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I still don't like governmnt imposing on every aspect of life

To The Daily Sun,
Thanks to the Daily Sun for publishing all kinds of letters from very interesting readers. I'd like to comment about how beautiful Laconia looks. It looks like a lot of money is being spent in the area, so I was curious where it was all coming from. A lot of local businesses contribute to our beauty, but I found a name I wasn't familiar with — HEAL. It means Healthy Eating, Active Living. HEAL helped fund the WOW Trail and they had vegetable gardens in front of the high school last year. They also helped organize the Walk NH Week, the Catch Kids Club, 5-2-1-0 resources, the Meredith Walks Guide, and many other innovative activities. So who are they, and where do they get their funding?
HEAL is sponsored by the Foundation for Healthy Communities and funded by several private organizations, and the N.H. Department of Health & Human Services and the Tides Foundation, of George Soros. Hmm. It's also part of Plan NH, which is part of Granite State Future, funded by grants from the Regional Planning Commissions that get their money from the federal government through Housing and Urban Development, which has a moral obligation to the U.N. to carry out their UN Agenda 21.
No wonder the federal government doesn't have any money. It is spending so much of it on these feel-good projects that #1 we don't need, and #2 we could do ourselves. So why is the government so interested in spending our tax money on communities all over the country? I got some of my answer from Plan NH's website. They say, "The communities have received approximately $10,000 in grant monies and will continue to receive $60,000 of training and technical assistance over a two-year grant period. The grants were awarded to help communities identify and implement municipal strategies –— such as adding bike paths, sidewalks, and farmers markets — to provide more choices for residents to eat healthy and be physically active. Special consideration was given to rural towns and urban neighborhoods with health, social and economic disparities...
"The HEAL Community Grant Program is unusual because it requires municipal management (mayors, selectboards, town managers) to take the lead in mobilizing community members to work together — in contrast with traditional community health improvement models led by public health agencies or nonprofits."
My take on government grants is that there is no such thing as "Free Money". There's always strings attached. So I checked out Agenda 21 to see what it says. They are proscribing a global partnership for sustainable development. How does that affect us? Principle 5 encourages "states" to decrease the disparities of the standards of living of the majority of the people of the world. What does that have to do with HEAL? See above paragraph. Well, I haven't read all 300 pages of the agenda yet, but I believe it's not a good use of our taxpayer's dollars. Even though it "feels good". I still don't like the government imposing itself on every aspect of my life. Is this our future?
Peggy Graham
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 11:23

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What did Travon Martin do wrong? Perhaps, he did not run away

To The Daily Sun,
The acquittal of George Zimmerman has implications for New Hampshire that are subtle but potentially profound.
On July 14, a Florida jury found George Zimmerman, an armed adult, not guilty of murder or manslaughter in the killing of Travon Martin, an unarmed teenager. In essence, the jury said prosecutors failed to prove Zimmerman was not reasonably defending himself when he fatally shot Martin.
From the beginning, charges and denials of racism overwhelmed chattering-class objectivity. In the aftermath, those same undercurrents swamped analyses of fact. Moreover, they drove out consideration of the sociologic and legal implications beyond race.
Rudiments of the case were never in dispute. Zimmerman, on neighborhood-watch patrol, suspected Martin was strolling through his community up to no good. He got out of his car, followed Martin and called 9-1-1 to report the suspicious character. Shortly thereafter, there was a confrontation. Zimmerman shot Martin.
At the time of the shooting, testimony and evidence indicated (but did not conclusively prove) Martin was kneeling atop Zimmerman hitting him. One of them was yelling. It was unclear who or why. Was it for help subduing an attacker or a stalker? Was it fear of severe bodily injury? (A snippet of audio sounded like fear.)
Prosecutors tried to prove Zimmerman initiated the confrontation and killed Martin with malice and forethought (murder). They also convinced the judge to allow the jury to consider manslaughter — an unjustified killing without malice or forethought. In the end, the jury seemed to agree with the defense; Zimmerman was probably defending himself.
The likely scenario — although speculative on my part — is that Martin initiated the confrontation. Once he recognized someone was following him, he had a choice: ignore it, run away, hide or confront. If no one had died, would a jury have convicted Martin of assault, or would it have excused his actions as self-defense? Was Martin attacking, defending or standing ground?
Instead of solely concentrating on race, perhaps a gender perspective could have been revealing. If a woman confronts a stalker in the dark, does the stalker have the right to kill her if she gets the best of him?
In the aftermath of the verdict, an oft-asked question was, "What did Travon Martin do wrong?" Perhaps the answer is he did not run away.
It is a strange answer. Florida, like New Hampshire, specifically authorizes civilians to use force, including deadly force, when threatened even when there are options. Both states offer protections for those using force to counter perceived threats. (Does that encourage civilian to use force?)
Is it reasonable for a 17-year-old to feel threatened when he or she is alone and stalked in the dark? Do "stand-your-ground" provisions of law apply; that is, is it reasonable for the teen to use force to counter the threat? Is the ensuing confrontation, then, a continuation of the stalk or a new threat authorizing the stalker to use deadly force?
In May, in light of the Zimmerman case, the state Legislature thought to reassess N.H.'s stand-your-ground law. Nothing came of it. In explaining the state Senate's decision to table reconsideration, a state senator said, "Since (the bill was enacted two years ago) we've had no problems, no vigilante behavior and no questionable actions. We trust our citizens to interpret the law and behave appropriately."
The senator, of course, was paraphrasing Abraham Lincoln. You can trust all the people all the time. No one need be a double-oh to have license to kill. Chances N.H. will be a national spectacle are nil.
Robert Moran
Meredith

Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 10:46

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Travon Martin knew he was stronger, so he attacked Zimmerman

To The Daily Sun,
That case is quite simple: If Travon Martin had not attacked Zimmerman he would still be alive today! Simple as that. But Martin knew he was much stronger, so attacked and attempted to kill Zimmerman with brute force. He ignored Zimmerman's gun, at his peril! This has nothing to do with race, other than Martin, a very strong young person, just knew he could destroy Zimmerman, for no reason.
Those who try to make this a race issue show gross ignorance or stupidity, since race had nothing to do with it!
Jack Stephenson
Gilford

Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 10:42

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Gilmanton School District doesn't need its own superintendent

To The Daily Sun,
The building which houses SAU 79, Gilmanton School District, is up for sale. It is used for the superintendent's office, staff and equipment. Soon, all of the above will be looking for a new home and asking the taxpayers to foot the cost. Since the present population at the Gilmanton School exceeds the recommended capacity, the School Board will come to us to ask for other accommodations.
Since 2012, the superintendent has reduced his position from full time to only two days a week. The question is do we need a superintendent at all?
An easy fix for this upcoming problem would be to dissolve the SAU and hire a school administrator to work out of the Gilmanton School and to continue the financial administrator's contract with Gilmanton but not necessarily supply an office for this position.
What we have is a School Board that has relied upon their superintendents for much too long to do their job and have become nothing more than a "Rubber Stamp Board". Case in point is a recent debacle regarding the replacement of the school's underground fuel oil storage tank (see School Board Minutes for July 9, 2013). This project was brought to them for approval, they did not do any research into it, approved and spent money for it, then realized they couldn't get that money back once they found that the project wasn't to be done. This ended with the expenditure of nearly $18,000 of surplus funds for a" project to nowhere".
This sort of abuse has been going on for much too long without true oversight. The N.H. Department of Education has no oversight of our budget. The N.H. Department of Revenue has no authority to tell the School Board how to budget or spend. Only we, the taxpayers, have that authority but we are not using it.
It is time to reduce the budget by ridding the town of the SAU and to begin to force our elected School Board to become responsible fiscal agents.
Our town must begin to make time to look into School Board decisions and expenditures with a curious eye instead of giving them a blank check. Remember YOU are holding the purse, not the School Board, so only YOU can tighten those purse strings and make them accountable.
Remember, it's YOUR MONEY.
Elena Ball
Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 08:14

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Meredith Emergency Food Pantry in desperate need of donations

To The Daily Sun,
The Meredith Emergency Food Pantry is in desperate need of our community's help! Due to the monthly increase of needy families we are finding it very difficult to keep up with the demands. Our supply of nonperishable items and finances are at an all time low.
We would like to thank the entire community, businesses, churches ,schools, organizations, bank and individuals who have continued to support us. We realize times are very hard right now but we still need everyone's help and support. No donation is too small. Every little bit helps. So we are asking you once again to help us! So we can help others in need.
Donations may be dropped off at the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry at 147 Main Street Meredith N.H. 03253. Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM till 4:30 PM. Thank you again for your past support.
Paul Rowley, Director
Meredith Emergency Food Pantry

Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 08:05

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