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The Gilmanton Holiday Craft Fair is a wonderful community event

To The Daily Sun,

Gilmanton Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit 102 of the American Legion Auxiliary extends it appreciation to the Gilmanton PTA for hosting the recent Gilmanton Holiday Craft Fair. It was great to see all the crafters and guests who made it out in spite of the recent weather and power outages.

Thank you also to our many friends and supporters who purchased great home-baked items from the auxiliary along with raffle tickets for a chance to win a wonderful holiday/winter themed gift-basket. Ms. Ouellette was the winner of the raffle and was presented with a beautiful basket full of decorations, linen, holiday treats, gifts and home-good items.

As part of our Holiday Fair participation, members also donated and collected non-perishable food items which were donated to the Gilmanton Food Pantry. Fresh home-baked items were donated to the Dump Run Café for their weekly community gatherings.

The Mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to further Americanism and to support veterans, military, their families and community. Fund-raising is essential to the support we are able to provide during the year. The Gilmanton Holiday Craft Fair is a wonderful community event and we were able to raise over $300 to support our local veteran projects.

Please be sure to join us in Gilmanton next year at both the Gilmanton Old Home Day and Holiday Fair. For further information on the American Legion Auxiliary, our Veterans Projects, membership or donation opportunities, contact us at ALA102@ metrocast.net. Wishing you a great holiday season.

Raelyn Cottrell, President

Gilmanton Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit 102

American Legion Auxiliary


Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 11:34

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I will never forget kindness of hospice at this time in my life

To The Daily Sun,

It has now been six months since I lost my dear husband, Frank, to cancer. What a blessing it was to keep Frank with me after all treatment options were exhausted. As the disease progressed so did his needs and care. It was then that hospice came into our home.

When one has experienced the aid of a hospice team, one never forgets their incredibly strong, caring and supportive presence. I refer to those who helped me at this most extraordinary time as "God Sends."

Hospice is a wonderful organization that helps families with the difficult task of caring for their loved ones at the end of life. The journey is daunting, and the very caring hospice team helps and advises you every step of the way. They share your grief and are sympathetic at the time of grieving, at the time of dying, and at the time of death. When you think you are alone, you are not, for the hospice staff and volunteers are always there to assist and comfort. I cannot thank them enough for their professional and compassionate care.

At this time of year, the hospice program offers a very important Tree of Memories celebration. Saturday, Dec. 13, is not only a fundraising effort, but also an opportunity to remember and honor friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. The Tree of Memories is a reminder of the many people that hospice has helped transition into a more peaceful life with God.

I wish to thank all the hospice members for their tremendous service, dedication and kindness in all they do to help every one in our community.

We all have to make choices of what worthwhile causes we wish to support. But I know I can never forget the kindness of hospice at this time of crisis in my life.

Pauline de Ramer


Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 11:31

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Let's strengthen our support for small business owners of N.H.

To The Daily Sun,

Saturday, Nov. 29, was Small Business Saturday. My hope is that many Granite Staters took the time to visit and purchase goods and/or services in our many small-business establishments. These entrepreneurs comprise the backbone of our local and national economy. They also are the most likely sources of memorable customer service experiences. Let me share but one.

When my wife and I moved to New Hampshire in 2006, we purchased several pieces of equipment from Steve Woodbury at Belmont Hardware and Outdoor Equipment in Belmont. One item was an Ariens snow blower. As part of the purchase agreement, Woodbury said that he would service the snow blower annually, including its pickup and return delivery. His performance promise was the major reason we made the purchase.

That fall he did what he said he'd do, and he has done so every year since then. What big-box store does that for you? But, that's not all. This year we were a bit tardy in requesting service. Even so, he went out of his way to make sure that we had our snow blower in working order the morning of Nov. 26 so that we would be ready for the recent snow storm. That's delivering on his performance promise. That level of customer service is truly rare in our experience. Guess where we're going to buy our next piece of equipment?

We believe in honoring the efforts of those who honor us with outstanding service. Let's strengthen our support of the many fine small-business owners in New Hampshire not only on Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday but also throughout the year.

Robert & Diana McElwee


Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 11:08

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Tea Party doesn't at all sound like dictionary definition of fascism

To The Daily Sun,

E. Scott Cracraft obviously wouldn't know a duck if he tripped over one.

Perhaps Scott (a veteran, taxpayer and citizen of Gilford) should have checked the definition of fascism before showing his ignorance as to what is fascism and for what the Tea Party stands. Webster's defines Fascism as "a way of organizing a society in which government, ruled by a dictator, controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government; very harsh control and authority. It stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe  economic and social regimentation and forceful oppression."

It was interesting to read his inaccurate comments about the Tea Party as it was obvious that he knows nothing about the Tea Party or fascism. The Tea Party stands for strict adherence to the Constitution, small government of the people and by the people, true capitalism and individual rights and liberties.

Does that sound like fascism as defined in the dictionary? The Tea Party does not support the current "crony capitalism" which is supported by the progressive/liberal elements of both political parties in this country.

Scott obviously does not recognize that the closest thing we have to fascism is the current ruling of our country by the left-wing executive and legislative branches of government and big business. (See Scott's quote of Mussolini's definition of fascism).

I suggest that Scott educate himself rather than advertise his ignorance. He is entitled to his opinion but it should be based on facts. Then again, liberals never let the facts or truth get in the way of what they "know" is real just because they say it is so. Facts and truth only serve to prove that they are wrong.

Scott is a "professor" of history at Lakes Region Community College. God help us all!

Perhaps Scott should consider attending a Tea Party meeting and gain firsthand knowledge of what The Tea Party is really all about.

Vince Merola


Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 11:05

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President Obama has declared war on capitalism & our republic

To The Daily Sun,

"I am the president of the United States, I'm not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed (02/13)." "The notion that I can just suspend deportation through executive order, that's just not the case (03/11)." "I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own, but that's not how are system works (07/11)."

Those are just three of the speeches made by our 44th president and constitutional scholar during his first and second terms. Yet now it seems our dear leader has indeed become our "emperor". Because suddenly, with the stroke of his majestic pen, that now appears to be exactly the way the system works. One letter writer claimed that previous presidents have issued more executive orders. That only obfuscates the real truth does it not? I do not believe that any of them has ever issued one that approached the scope and reach of this breathtaking royal move. That being the unilateral undermining of the democratic underpinnings that have held together this constitutional republic.

Is anyone besides me, "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" over how rapidly President Obama has performed his royal transformation of not only his role as our dear leader, but also the direction of this country? In the 1940 Rodgers and Hart musical, "Pal Joey", the ambitious, manipulative night club performer and owner wannabe became bewitched, bothered and bewildered over how his lack of integrity and unabashed arrogance ultimately left him alone in the world. His affair was with a wealthy socialite, while Obama's is with the worldly and wealthy elites.

President Obama's legacy may very likely end up as lonely and discredited as Pal Joey's. More importantly, where will these last eight years of soft tyranny leave our nation? Will Republicans have the tenacity and fortitude to make it clear to the nation that it is they who represent the middle class and small-business owners? Will they be able to present a crystal clear plan that shows they are the ones who have the wherewithal to get minorities and the poor off of the government plantation and into better schools and better jobs? Will the GOP be able to stand up against this progressive tyranny? Or will the establishment Republicans take over, take cover and run to the center in a "doomed to fail" attempt at compromising with the central planning Democrats?

We shall soon find out and every person in this country should be on alert that our country may soon have "Crossed the Rubicon" if our representative leaders continue to disrespect our Constitution and the laws of this country. After six years of living through this progressive madness, it is my belief that President Obama has "Crossed the Rubicon" and has declared war on capitalism and our republic.

The Roman Senate believed that Julius Caesar had done so when he crossed that river back in 49 BC. The Roman people were out of work and paying too many taxes and wanted the government to help them. Stop me if you've heard that before. The Roman Senate was worried about Caesar's lust for power and feared he would turn into a king or dictator.

Hmmm, I wonder what our next Senate will do to stop our current lawless administration? Perhaps a return to law and order and functioning co-equal branches of government? A mainstream media that returns to its role as the "Fourth Estate" watchdog? Or a media that continues in its role as the "Trojan Horse, Fifth Column," providing complicit cover. Is it inevitable that we are on the cusp of a new, but hopefully peaceful, civil war as Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and a growing number of others have warned us could happen should we continue on this course?

Russ Wiles


Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 10:58

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