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Combining business acumen with old-fashioned N.E. values

To The Daily Sun,
On Saturday, Sept. 13, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening open house at Top Notch Auto in Gilmanton. Upon my arrival, I was immediately greeted by a sincere young man, Michael Hancock, the new owner. After enjoying a delicious homemade lunch compliments of the Top Notch Crew, I had a detailed tour of the business. I came away from this experience smiling.

Mr. Hancock has successfully combined business acumen with some of the good old-fashioned New England values that we all love. He has taken not much and has turned it into something — a vacant business is now a lovely property full of promise. Michael also invested in giving back to the community where he works. He explained that he is committed to supporting local charitable endeavors that improve our area. To that end, he offered that his business would happily volunteer to provide a venue for a fund-raising car wash.

Finally, he gives value and service the highest priority. Michael plans are being part of this community for a long time and speaks with pride about this.

I welcome Michael Hancock to our community — stop by to meet this industrious young man and do the same.

June Garen

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:27

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They're waging a fight against something they don't believe exists

To The Daily Sun,

In society there are those who feel our government is running well and even efficiently. So, they want to add additional areas of control to it, so we all live better lives through central planning, regulations and guidance. Recent examples are Affordable Care Act, school lunch program mandates, etc.

Just recently, I had an example of our prompt efficient government performance, the Social Security Administration. On Dec. 3, 2013 I sent a letter to the SSA asking for a paper copy of my current Social Security statement. The reason I asked for it is that I was unable to create an on-line account via their website, because the website would not accept my 10 digit phone number.

Numerous attempts all failed. Thus, a snail-mail letter was sent with all the necessary information to identify me, for a simple paper copy.

I just received the reply, Sept. 20th, 2014. The letter says, we no longer mail paper statements, so please create an on-line account to view your projected benefits. Over nine months to send a letter that ignores the original issue.

Great! I've since been able to get the data, but just wanted to share this example of government performance for those who are in doubt.

Gene Ronikier


Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:25

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They're waging a fight against something they don't believe exists

To The Daily Sun,

This is in response to Mr. Valengavich's most recent letter in which he asks for a clarification of my statement about making an argument and not an enemy. In my view, speech is only "free" when it is not abridged, censored, or limited. Free speech can be good, bad, or ugly. My request for people to try and make an argument and not an enemy simply means that, while we may not agree, we should each try to respectfully challenge another's opinion . . . be that opinion good, bad, or ugly.

In his following paragraph, Mr. Valengavich asks for an example of "... how anyone is trying to deny others their religious beliefs?" I find it hard to believe that he is not aware of the ever-increasing attacks against Christianity but, since he asked, I will offer this website link, http://atheismexposed.tripod.com/atheist_successes.htm. It will bring him to the Freedom From Religion Foundation's (FFRF) website where, on its opening page, it lists a number of court challenges it has made, all intended to remove religion from the public eye. The FFRF proudly claims it, "Has brought nearly 30 First Amendment lawsuits since 1977, and keeps several Establishment law challenges in the courts at all times."

On a personal note regarding the FFRF and its challenges, isn't it odd that some of those who deny the existence of God, willingly wage a fight against something they don't believe exists?

Bob Meade


Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:22

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Join us on Saturday for WOW Fest '14 at the Laconia Swim Club

To The Daily Sun,

WOW Fest '14 is this Saturday, Sept. 27, bringing a fun and exciting event to our community. Presented by Bank of New Hampshire, WOW Fest '14 has something for everyone and all proceeds go to help construct Phase 2 of the WOW Trail.

Events include a three-mile walk out on the WOW Trail, a 5K and 10K road race along Lake Opechee and a 15-mile (Paugus Bay) and a 67 mile (Lake Winnipesaukee) bicycle challenge all starting and ending at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club. Following the events there is a festival with great food from our friends at Fratello's, T-Bones, Common Man and Patrick's. We'll have live music with Justin Jaymes, a beer garden with Contigiani's Catering and more.

Businesses and organizations are invited to participate with our team contests for most participants (Awakening Chiropractic 2013 winner), most money raised (Patrick's Pub & Eatery 2013 winner) best dressed (Laconia Fire Department 2013 winners) and fastest team (Awakening Chiropractic 2013 winners). Let's see some new challengers this year.

Take the Lake Bicycle Challenge: (67m) 7 a.m. start.

Take the Bay Bicycle Challenge: (15m) 10 a.m. start.

Take Opechee 5K Road Race: 9 a.m. start.

Take Opechee 10K Road Race: 9am start

Take the Trail Fun Walk: 10:30 a.m. start.

Food & Music: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pre-registration and complete event information is available at www.wowtrail.org. Allow extra time for event day registration.

Help us raise the money we need to build Phase 2 and double the length of the WOW Trail next year by participating at WOW Fest '14.

We hope to see you there.

Allan Beetle and the

WOW Trail Board of Directors

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:16

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Informed Americans today are outraged by Obama's performance

To The Daily Sun

Sorry to disappoint Mr. Hoyt but I'm not a carpetbagger. But did get a chuckle out of your analogy. My roots stem from Jackson, dating back to 1878 ,when real Americans lived here. I said I've moved here now permanently after 50 years of sporadic living in this great state. How about you? I also served my country with two tours in Southeast Asia and proud I did. How about you? So, I've actually come back home to the Granite State. How about you? Now, I may be all wrong about you and others who in my mind just don't get it. I'm hoping you're a home-grown guy, and if you are, you're really a moderate Democrat as I once was.

In any case, what I suspect is that you're the carpetbagger and you "spew" your liberal viewpoints over there in academic land. So, you think this president has done a fine job? Sorry Jon, you're wrong. As Russ Wiles so nicely put it, this president is filled with ideological fantasy, intellectual laziness and incompetent leadership. As much as I would like to ignore your statement, "look what he inherited" (liberals have used this weak excuse ad nauseum), I have to comment. Democrats seem to use this as an excuse for the failings of their beloved Obama. Look what Ronald Reagan inherited. Did conservatives whine for years about the peanut farmer?

So Jon, Mr. Obama has not done a fine job. What he has done is a lot of important things very poorly. Are you really that uninformed? Just know this Jon, informed Americans today are outraged because they have been paying attention — Republicans and Democrats alike.

By the way, it's Mr. Payton.

Terry Payton


Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 09:14

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