I have been outspoken about Alton school issues for some time

To The Daily Sun,
I was recently called by someone who has started a write-in campaign for me to be elected to the Alton School Board. I think in light of all the recent manipulations, unethical, and perhaps illegal actions by Steve Miller and Bill Landers, and supported by votes from Sandy Wyatt and Marilyn St. Cyr, this person is so fed up they wanted to try to give the voters more choice.

I was asked, if elected, would I serve on the School Board. I agreed. I have been outspoken about school issues for some time. Some would say I am too outspoken. I say read what I have written over the years. I speak out for the children, the teachers having the right to run their own classrooms, and transparency of the School Board. I do not like lies by omission, untruths or half-truths.

I believe that parents are the rightful partners in education and should be a huge part of what goes on in the school. I like honesty and integrity at all levels. I am not a fan of one grand educational experiment after another, at the expense of the children.

I think of every taxpayer when thinking of how their money should be spent and not just the perceived wealthy lakefront taxpayers.

If you agree with my ideals, which I believe would help create a better School Board and educational system for the children, then feel free to write me in. If elected, I will try my hardest to help improve education in Alton.

Barbara Howard


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Let's not lose iconic structure that is the Lakeport Opera House

To The Daily Sun

As some of you are aware, the Lakeport Opera House block is up for auction. This piece of real estate holds many enjoyable memories for residents of Lakeport and Laconia. As most of us can recall, Henry's Five & Dime was an instrumental part of many locals' childhood memories including myself, as were the regular visits to the Lakeport Post Office with my grandmother.

I recall both my grandparents sharing memories with me about the long abandoned theater that once existed upstairs. It was not till years later, I was able to view this unique hidden gem for myself, and gaze in wonder at its unused potential.

Years have passed, and after many intermittent tenants, and lack of esthetic care the block has fallen on hard times. As a former resident of Laconia, I see the value in preserving this structure, and it is nice to know I am not alone in this important cause. This structure would make an ideal venue for concerts, theater productions, and there is plenty of opportunity to utilize the existing lower level for retail space.

I read recently the curtain from the Moulton Opera House was discovered in a barn in Laconia. We no longer have that structure due to Urban Renewal, and yes, esthetically the Lakeport Opera House needs a little TLC, but it still exists today. What better way to honor the memory of this lost landmark, then to showcase it within its Lakeport counterpart.

We need to remember there are federal historic preservation grants available to secure these types of structures for the future. It will sadden many residents, including former ones like myself, if this iconic structure is lost.

Michael Brown

Ann Arbor, Mich.

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I will bring respectful & cooperative attitude to office of selectman

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Bev Lapham and I am a candidate for selectman in our Meredith town election on March 10.

For those who don't know me, my family and I moved to Meredith 27 years ago. Until 2008, I owned my own local business, Village Canvas. When I retired my son, Bev III, took over. I have been a member of the Meredith Rotary Club for 25 years and served as its president from 2012-13. I am treasurer and trustee of the Union Church on Meredith Neck and a board member of the Greater Meredith Program.

Before coming to Meredith, I had a 23-year career in banking, starting with Citicorp in New York and serving as executive vice-president at banks in Connecticut and upstate New York. During this time my family and I were also "homesteaders" raising our own meat and food, living a self-sufficient lifestyle — one that has kept me grounded and appreciative to this day.

In Meredith, my involvement in many civic projects, such as the construction of the lakeside walkway connecting Scenic and Hesky Parks, the Community Center Garden, co-chairman of the creation of the pocket park, Courtyard on Main Street, and currently the chairman of the GMP Meredith Sculpture Walk Committee, has given me a chance to work with dedicated town employees, business owners and residents.

I love the town of Meredith and am proud of what our town government, service organizations, non-profit organizations and our superb volunteer force have accomplished. I want to continue to contribute to Meredith's positive momentum. I can promise that I will bring my integrity, plus a respectful and cooperative attitude, to the office of selectman and would like to ask for your vote on March 10.

Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 677-2298 if you have questions or would like to have more information.

Bev Lapham


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Pleae help me do my part to keep Gilford great well into the future

To the Daily Sun,

My name is Harry H. Bean and I am running for a seat on the Gilford Budget Committee.

I am one of four family members that share the name Harry Bean currently residing in Gilford. Our family has been in Gilford since 1855, living on Saltmarsh Pond Road. I am a 60-year-old self-employed businessman (35 years). I feel that I am at a place in my life that can give back to this community that has treated me so well my entire life.

It is this sense of community service that lead me to assemble a small team (consisting of four generations of Beans) to donate the skill and labor that was required to finally complete the restoration of the warming hut at the now defunct outing club on Route 11-A.

Please support my candidacy so I can do my part in keeping Gilford great well into the future. I would appreciate your vote on March 10.

Harry H. Bean


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Samples of Christian Sharia, from Alabama to Virginia to Texas

To The Daily Sun,

Love is in the air! Or is it just a lot of blowing snow and perfect powder skiing and riding? Welcome to our Valentine's Day Edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity where we always endeavor to keep the stupid politicians newsworthy.

Poor old Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is dancing in the cow-patties again. Once again, defying federal court orders and becoming the target of judicial ethics complaints, old Roy told the judges and clerks of Alabama not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It didn't work. Showing the world he is another religious fundamentalist who flunked "Thinking 101," Roy has always claimed secular law opens the door to Sharia law. Banning gay marriages IS Sharia law, ya halfwit!

But the fight is not over! In Oklahoma, GOP Representative Todd Russ has a brilliant new idea. House Bill 1126 would end secular marriage licenses and bar all judges and other secular officials from performing marriages in Oklahoma. It is Mr. Russ' goal to just allow "God-approved" marriages because only a religious official could sign a couple's marriage certificate. God must have talked to him, too.

In Virginia, Bud Roth is a court-appointed officiant in Franklin County who also happens to be another faithful nutter. Although Morgan Strong and Tamar Courtney wanted a civil wedding, Roth insisted on marrying the couple in his church and they said agreed to that. But when he found out they didn't believe in God, he refused. These are his recorded words, "Because she's agnostic and you're an atheist. I will not marry you. You don't believe in God ... I just don't marry anyone who does not believe in God or believes that there is a God someplace. So I'm not going to talk the issue over with you and I'm not going to argue about it, okay? I'm just not going to marry you." Murica! Freedumb!

Texas State Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. (R) has had a "I haven't read the Constitution yet" brainstorm to get around the expected Fifth Circuit Court ruling for marriage equality. His HB-623, the "Texas Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act." would prohibit the use of taxpayer funds for the licensing of same-sex marriage, and any employee who violates this restriction would no longer be allowed to collect "a salary, pension, or other employee benefit", a punishable crime. Like Roy Moore in Alabama, Cecil Bell doesn't think the federal courts have any jurisdiction in Texas. Like I said, he hasn't read the U.S. Constitution, yet.

Ah, Christian Sharia. Love is in the air!

James Veverka


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