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Never a harsh word spoken is for a birthday party, not a debate

To The Daily Sun,

Well, it didn't take long for Paul Punturieri to respond to my response to his letter. Well, yea Paul, I did get your point. You want every letter writer to be nice, sweet, polite, with never a harsh word spoken or written. Paul that's not a debate, that's a birthday party. Really, if you have something to say that adds to the political conversation then say it.

You must have been reading letters here in this paper for some time and know the tenor of the conversation. If it bothers you so you have the option of not reading them but as for your expecting everyone with a political view to play nice that's wishful thinking. Now it seems to me you (intentionally) missed the point of my letter which was to clarify and identify what you were talking about.

On another subject, I hear the Hillary/Obama supporters screaming their outrage at Donald Trump. Isn't that too bad? These same supporters called anyone who didn't vote for Obama "racists, bigots, red necks" among every other slur and slander they could whip up. And yet when those two, yes "Marxist-socialists" proved their critics right on nearly every point these same people are outraged at The Donald. Almost 60 percent of Americans agree with Trumps message, which is: "Washington is broken, is not looking out for the American people" and we are mad as hell and aren't going to take it any more. We will overlook his bombastic, even vulgar, outbursts because it's overdue for Washington insiders to get the message: Enough BS.

Oh yea, I hear Hillary's "secret weapon" will soon enter the fray. That's right Bill is going to be campaigning for the Mrs. Should do wonders for the women's vote until all those women Bill molested get trotted out in campaign ads and Hillary destroyed in her smear campaigns. Should be getting really nasty before long, wait and see.

Steve Earle


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Celebrate recovery is proven program now available in Laconia

To The Daily Sun,

Celebrate Recovery kicked off in Laconia on Dec. 4 as a result of area churches coming together over a series of months to meet an urgent need in the community. As the Celebrate Recovery ministry leader and professional counselor (M.A.,PC), I want to make known just what a resource Laconia now has in Celebrate Recovery.

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program based on the 12-Steps and their biblical comparisons as well as eight recovery principles derived from the Beatitudes in the Bible. I began offering CR at the Belknap County Jail in September 2014. Numerous times over the course of a year inmates asked me, "Is there a CR I can get to when I am released?" At the time the closest CR was in Loudon and so my response was always, "Not right now." Offering CR at the county jail can be done by one trained individual. Offering CR in the community, however, requires a team of people and, at the time, I did not have a team.

Long story short, over the course of the summer months (2015), I was able to assemble a team of qualified people representing four area churches to begin the process of training and planning to launch CR in the late Fall 2015. The Lakes Region Vineyard Church, Evangelical Baptist Church, Faith Alive, Water's Edge Church, Calvary Assembly of God, Grace Capital Church and LifeQuest Church all contributed in some way to launching CR in Laconia. They either offered their people to the ministry, their support in promoting it to their parishioners, they invited me to speak to their parishioners and their leadership specifically about CR, including its need and requirements for implementation, or, as in the case of the LifeQuest Church, they offered their facility to us free of charge. Stand-Up-Laconia, New Leaf Counseling, Horizons Counseling Center and Partnership for Public Health have also given their enthusiastic support to this program.

CR is a proven recovery program that is now offered in over 27,000 churches worldwide. CR is unique though. Many anonymous programs provide help for a single issue: alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling, overeating, etc. CR deals with the whole person, every kind of issue that keeps people from being who God created them to be. It is my conviction that we do not need to wait for the state to take the lead in addressing this issue. We do not need to wait for millions of dollars to be made available in order to battle effectively. The Laconia community is already battling together in a powerful way and I am honored to be a part of it.

CR takes place Friday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the LifeQuest Church (115 Court St., Laconia). There is no cost, no prerequisites for involvement and childcare is available upon request. For more information on this highly reputable program please go to www.watersedgecofc.com or contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Shaun Dutile (M.A., PC)


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