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Thanks to Ray family & all those who participated in bartender event

To The Daily Sun,

The tally from the Celebrity Bartender Event is $3,260 and still climbing. Unfortunately, due to the snowstorm down south, there were many people who were unable to attend and have indicated that they will be mailing in checks for this great cause. All funds will be sent to Tufts Medical Center Cardiac Division to assist patients in need of financial assistance.

I would like to say thank you to all of my family, friends and supporters who participated Saturday night. I would also like to extend a special thank you to Matt Langley, of the band Axis, for a great performance.

This event has been held at Faro's Restaurant since 2012. Every year they open their restaurant to us to host this event. Thank you so much to The Ray Family and their amazing staff, this would not be possible without their support.

I cannot express enough how thankful we are to be a part of such a kind and caring community.

Thank you all.

John Ganong


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Region was defined as Palestine long before creation of Israel

To The Daily Sun,

Steve Earle ("What claim do Muslim Arabs have for claiming Palestine?") dismisses the U.N. as a "pack of jackals" in response to a recent Security Council resolution condemning Israel's settlements. He doesn't seem to understand that the U.N. is made up of independent states including our closes allies, such as Britain. In fact, Britain, along with Japan and France, as members of the U.N. Security Council, voted for the resolution that offended Mr. Earle.

As for Mr. Earle's attempt to erase Palestine, his opinion is trumped by voluminous historical records. The region was defined as Palestine long before the creation of Israel. In 1905 The World Zionist Organization proclaimed its intention to "direct all future settlement efforts solely to Palestine." The all-important 1917 Balfour Declaration referred to "Palestine" and the "existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.. In 1922 the League of Nations granted Britain the "Palestine Mandate," which referred to the "inhabitants of Palestine, irrespective of race and religion."
I am very thankful that The Laconia Daily Sun prints enlightening letters from well-informed people like Janet Simmon.

Patricia Saenger

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