To The Laconia Daily Sun,
We humbly write this letter to thank all the wonderful people, agencies and businesses that helped us after losing most of our belongings as well as our dog and cat, Roxy and Selena, due to a senseless and tragic three alarm house fire at 143 Young Road in Gilford, on April 17, 2013.
Immediately during the fire, the Red Cross was there to comfort us. They helped with providing us shelter for two nights at a local hotel and with purchasing some personal items we needed daily.
Not being able to stay in the environment provided, I went to the Marriot in Gilford. The manager there, Doti, not only was able to offer a reduced rate, she was able to organize things so that the Elks Lodge in Gilford donated enough money for an extended stay there. This provided time to try to sort things our and start pieces our lives back together. Without Doti's help working as a liaison when I was unable to pay at times, it would have been impossible to make it this far.
We would like to thank all of our friends at the members of the United Methodist Church in Gilford, as well as the clergy members new and old. Their donations of clothing, money, and shelter when we had no other resource was such a blessing. A special thank you to Paul Weston who unselfishly took the time to contact as many people as he could. He and his family were very generous to us, providing anything we needed. Just being able to call and talk was comforting. I was too embarrassed to ask anyone else for help.
Although we remain homeless, we are optimistic that things will improve. We have witnessed this community time and time again pull together and help victims of all types of tragedies and losses. This has been one long, devastating, unimaginable experience to say the least. It's easy to feel sorry for yourself when you are sleeping in your car. When you have customers that take advantage of your situation sometimes deciding not to pay in full or a few not at all. It's embarrassing when you can't provide for your own family. The bottom line is, like my daughter tells me, "It could be worse dad."
If I could share one important lesson we have learned on this journey, please continue to support others in need. But most important stay on guard as parents, neighbors, teachers and coaches. Any guardian of our children. Tragedy, sickness and evil can strike anyone, anytime and show no discrimination.
We recently realized that as tragic and devastating as our losses are, there are so many more situations that go undetected in our community. As a single parent I know how difficult it can be at times, and how embarrassing it is to ask for help! If you need it please don't wait until its too late.
Let's all try and continue to help each other; let's ask for the ability to start in our own home. Let us not only pray for each other and all of the people who are always there to help. But let us also pray for the people who take advantage at some of these tragedies.
God Bless all who have helped, bless the people who need help. We are grateful for everything we have. We are trying to remain positive as we battle through one obstacle at a time together.
A heartfelt thank you to our friends, neighbors, and our wonderful communities: Gilford, Belmont and Laconia.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 07:51
To The Daily Sun,
After reading Paula Trombi's letter in Wednesday's Sun, I proceeded to take her advice and I e-mailed Sen. Forrester and I did feel better afterward. I advised the senator to stand her ground against the expansion of Medicaid as it will cause New Hampshire serious financial difficulties down the road.
Ms. Trombi states in capital letters that it is "ABSOLUTELY FREE". Her naivete is quite astounding. I'm sure she still believes her illustrious president's statement that "if you like your health plan you can keep your health plan." I hate to burst your bubble, Ms. Trombi but there is no such thing as "free money." It all comes out of our pocket one way or another. Have you noticed that the 100 percent funding of this program ends along with Obama's term in office? I wonder if the timing of that and the timing of the Unaffordable Care Act's onset after the 2012 election have anything in common. You bet your sweet bippie they do!
If you want a healthier society tell your Ppesident to put his ego and ideologies on hold and get to work making sure that everybody that wants to work has that opportunity and those that don't want to work aren't taking the funds that should be reserved for those in need, such as the elderly and handicapped. We could improve those lives dramatically if the leeches of society weren't sucking the blood out of our assistance programs. That's the kind of society I want to live in. I guess if that happened the new Democratic Party would lose most of their constituents along with their votes.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 11:43
To The Daily Sun,
I meet new people interested in the peace movement, and I see surprise on their faces when I tell them that our Plymouth Common peace vigil has run Saturdays for an hour since February of 1998. We miss occasionally for family reasons, but pretty much we maintain it. We leaflet with a peace/justice issue topic, timely, handing out between 25-30 of these. We raise up a peace banner between light-post and tree. We've done this in the work for no-war through administrations of Clinton, Bush, and now Obama.
Similarly N.H. Peace Action has passed our 30-year mark, last year. We have now seen the U.S.'s longest war, and we lament the loss of life, the maimed lives, the excessive monetary cost. We think the U.S. can do better. As President Eisenhower said, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."
I invite others beyond our N.H. Peace Action mailing list to donate to our statewide effort to shape a peaceful and sustainable world. Our website is nhpeaceaction.org, or call 228-0559. At year's end we look forward to being useful in 2014, to organizing, to providing speakers and speak-out opportunities. Our projects are both long-term and fledgling. We hire a full-time director and keep a Concord office. My daughters are now 43 and 40, so most of their lives their mom has been working for peace, and not alone in that. As chair of N.H. Peace Action Education Fund at this time, I thank all who do support us and ask others to prioritize peace and justice by connecting with us. Peace in 2014.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 11:41
To The Daily Sun,
I'm sure all of our Republican state senators are looking forward to a generous Thanksgiving holiday filled with friends, family and food.
It is unfortunate that they have chosen to be less than generous to nearly 50,000 N.H. residents who would have qualified for Medicaid coverage if N.H. expanded the state's plan.
These are individuals who will count themselves lucky if they have a turkey this Thanksgiving. These are the people who worry about a medical crisis costing them their home, not just their health. These are our neighbors who are forced to use the emergency room as their primary care physician because they cannot afford the alternative.
Senate Republicans had numerous options on the table to stamp Medicaid expansion with a N.H. brand, protect taxpayers from financial exposure, maximize the use of $2.5B in federal funds and keep individuals with employer-sponsored coverage on those plans. But they walked out on those options and turned their backs on 50,000 un- and underinsured N.H. citizens.
I wish I could believe these Republican senators will feel just an ounce of guilt as they sit down to a Thanksgiving feast, but I seriously doubt it.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 11:24
To The Daily Sun,
On November 12th, seven friends decided that they would participate in the Operation Christmas Child organized by Samaritan's Purse.
After dance class, all the friends gathered at the Gilford Dollar Tree and had a budget of seven dollars to pick out from their shopping list; gifts for a boy or girl in need. They carried their own basket and without judgment picked out lovingly items that they thought a boy or girl would like.
One of the mothers had told the cashier what we were doing since seven 4 and 5 years olds running around a store might be disruptive. The cashier thought it was kind. While the friends were choosing the right gifts; a gentleman approached and informed the cashier that he would be paying for the children's entire purchases for Operation Christmas Child. We were grateful and touched and at a loss for words. Here we are, parents of preschoolers trying to teach them about giving back, and they see in action what kindness is all about.
The friends went home, decorated their boxes, made cards for the recipients and packed the gifts in the box to be mailed out sometime next week.
The plan is to pay it forward... paying for someone's lunch at a restaurant, buying someone's coffee behind us, going to the food pantry to deliver food. Anything to use that money we would have spent on those children in need.
Thank you for your kindness, for showing our children there IS good in the world and that this community knows about giving back to others.
The following blurb is taken from the website if you want to know more about this organization: "Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God's love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan's Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ."
l-r: Tyler, Henry, Mercedes, Natalee, Sydney, Macy & Grace
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 11:05