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Keep music on of the 'players' on the Laconia educational team

To The Daily Sun,

Recent proposals significantly diminish music education in Laconia.

Some have said that music is less important than "core" classes. However, music should be considered more than an education "extra."

Music is like that player on a team can make the other players better.

According to an article headlined "Music Training Sharpens Brain Pathways, Studies Say," accessible at www.edweek.org, practicing and performing music may help students' cognitive development.

"It's really hard to come up with an experience similar to that," says Gottfried Schlaug, a Harvard Medical School director.

Starting music at a young age is even more helpful to cognitive development.

Colleges want well-rounded students that music education helps develop.

Laconia has a tradition of academic, athletic, and artistic champions. All these programs, all these students, are worthy of your support.

If that support is diminished, it diminishes the school system, alumni, and the entire city.

Keep music as one of the active "players" on the Laconia educational team. Keep Sachem Pride.

Greg Ives

LHS Class of 1984



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Addressing man-made climate change myth has already hurt

To The Daily Sun,

Mirno Pasquali claims (in his April 16 letter) to be a global warming realist, not an alarmist. Yet he demands that most Americans sacrifice 5-10 percent of their incomes because of projected climate disasters. That sounds pretty alarmist to me. The new set of disasters are projected by the same man-made global warming/cooling/climate change "experts" that promised numerous other climate disasters over the last 30 years, disasters which didn't occur.

While few Americans would weekly bet 5-10 percent of their income on the weekend weather forecast which is occasionally correct and would pay off immediately, the alarmists demand you pay (bet) now for the projected climate disasters that won't occur for 30, 50, or 100 years if ever.

Pasquali thinks we should be impressed that government websites, totally controlled by the world leader in the man-made global warming/cooling/climate change myth, endorse this myth. It would be ridiculous to think otherwise. For seven years this president has purged anyone, including the military (which may explain why they can't destroy the JV team — ISIS), who doesn't support his agenda.

The military follows the president's orders. (If that were not the case, American troops would have stayed in Iraq and the rise of ISIS would have been prevented.) Pasquali's claim that denying the man-made global warming/cooling/climate change myth is a slight to military men and women is ridiculous; this attempt to shutdown opposition reveals the weakness of his position.

Years ago many corporations decided it was easier and more profitable, especially with the associated subsidies and tax breaks, to go along with the man-made global warming/cooling/climate change myth than to argue against it and fight thousands of government regulators, delays, and taxes, etc.

This scientific debate has also been not only politicized but criminalized. Attorney General Lynch indicates that the Justice Department has been considering and 16 Democrat (and one independent) attorneys general announced their intent to threaten companies with legal action and fines for opposing the man-made global warming/cooling/climate change myth.

Running a successful business is difficult enough without asking for active government opposition.

Even if you believed the myth, no believable remedy has been suggested. Reducing carbon use can't possibly solve the opposite "problems" of man-made global warming and man-made global cooling. Doctors don't treat hyperthermia and hypothermia the same.

Even if you accept all the alarmists' claims and tax away and spend the tens of trillions of dollars demanded, the supposed theoretical beneficial impact is minor, in the distant future, and at best a few years delay in the inevitable.

Addressing this man-made global warming/cooling/climate change myth has already hurt most Americans whose jobs have been eliminated, whose incomes have been reduced, and/or whose cost of living has been increased.

For an excellent five-minute overview of this issue, see: https://goo.gl/lxsvwZ
Despite the harm to most Americans and the uselessness of the effort, pursuit of the man-made global warming/cooling/climate change myth has achieved its primary purpose which is to empower and enrich politicians.

Don Ewing

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