To The Daily Sun,
Speaking in regards to the Hathaway House, I am hoping to help convince the owners of Cafua and the citizens of Laconia not to allow the demolition of this bit of your heritage. Don't for a moment think that because there is a lake nearby that tourists will seek out your town and patronize your businesses if the soul of your town has been lost. Travelers are seeking places that have preserved that feel of a simpler, quieter time. Structures like the Hathaway House exude that feeling.
I have watched the Hathaway House, year after year, in articles in your local papers. I've read about the hopes and plans for saving the building. I've driven by. I've been waiting. I am a summer visitor. I live in Massachusetts but I am not from New England.
I come from a small town in New York. My little town was a spa destination for New York City vacationers back in the early 20th century. Much of my town's heritage was completely lost in the 1950s by imminent domain when the St. Lawrence Seaway was built. The town was told that we would again become a tourist's Mecca. Pavilions were built overlooking the St. Lawrence River to provide a vantage point to watch ocean going ships pass by toward the Great Lakes. They were pavilions to watch prosperity passing us by without stopping. The pavilions are now derelict or simply fallen down or razed. Since then the train of thought has been 'tear it down and build new. New is better/cleaner/modern and a sign of prosperity.
Unfortunately, the new buildings are now shabby and in need of replacement... and on and on it goes. All that is left are fast food chains and prefab buildings. This is urban blight. It is devouring our country.
There was a plan in the seventies to renovate and preserve what little was left of the history there. It never happened. Now there is nothing left to preserve.
The last quality landmark, the mayor's house on Main Street, was torn down to make way for a bank about 10 years ago. It is a sad little town that has died multiple times over. This is why people like me love New England.
I go to New Hampshire to seek out that feeling where there is a sense of place. A place that is undying.
Don't let this happen to Laconia. Don't let your heritage be stolen by short-sited corporations whose profits don't even stay in your town.
Your Hathaway House is a treasure.
Preserve this landmark for all future generations to enjoy.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:04
To The Daily Sun,
We are balanced between our customary cynicism and what, for many, is a search for some redemption in this the Christmas season. Many of us get e-mails detailing the alleged wonders of the season and may wonder if the stories are grounded in reality.
Yesterday, I stopped at Quik Laundry and Cleaners on South Main Street in Laconia just in time to hear a customer thank Sara most profusely for turning in a very large sum of money which she found in the man's coat pocket. The money was the result of the combined contributions of several
family members who were sending an aged relative, a member of a religious order, on an extended trip.
This struck me as too good a story to ignore or to keep to myself. Merry Christmas!
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:00
To The Daily Sun,
President Obama during his recent speech on growing inequality made one thing perfectly clear to those on the bottom rung of the work force. You have no chance in this greedy, capitalist society unless the nanny state bails you out. You have no chance of making it on your own, especially with the greedy one per cent not paying their fair share. His disdainful "audacity of no hope" message was said against the backdrop of an administration that has furthered the cause of crony capitalism through the increased us of surreptitious back room deals with unions and corporations. Where is the much alluded to transparency?
It is not true capitalism, but rather an incestuous form of socialist redistribution of funds. Government is only supposed to provide objective oversight of businesses. However, the growth of government only provides fraud, waste and corruption as it continues to take over the private sector rather than allowing it to thrive.
Madison Root, an 11-year-old budding entrepreneur, made it perfectly clear that she fully intends to make it on her own through hard work, creativity and the honest selling of goods and services. The nanny state bureaucrats told her otherwise. You cannot sell your mistletoe in this park in order to make a small profit to help pay for your braces they told her. However, if you would like to beg for money to buy pot or play music for a donation, well that would be just fine with us. Having grown up within a family of hard working entrepreneurs, she was aghast. It made no sense to her because she has not yet been indoctrinated into the collectivist mission of social justice and redistribution of income. Somehow, I don't think she and her family will let that happen.
How is it that an 11-year-old is able to act in a more mature and responsible manner than the President of the United States? How is it that at her tender young age, she understands why this country is so exceptional, precisely because of our ideals of liberty, industriousness and self-reliance and yet our president exudes just the opposite by minimizing those ideals? Yes I know, Barack Obama has spent his life imbibing of Marxist ideals while sharing his contempt for capitalism and our Constitution. The comparison is striking and oh so chilling since he will be in charge of this country for another three years.
Madison Root's message was received from those who appreciated her message of hope and freedom. One man ordered 30 bags of mistletoe. The owner of a Christmas tree farm in Estacada, Ken Cook, donated $1000 to her dental fund. On December 14, she plans to return to the market with more mistletoe for what she is calling the "great kissoff". The mistletoe will either be sold or given away on a "donations accepted" basis. Madison also plans on giving a speech about "making a difference". To counter the city of Portland's laws which she says "support begging and are against working".
Madison is from Lake Oswego in Oregon and offers hope for a brighter future. Our President might as well be from Lake Whoa-Is-Me as he offers despair and dependence. I think I'll check out her speech and pass on the next campaign speech of our dear leader who appears unable to actually be a real leader.
Remarkably, Madison already seems to have a grasp of what Thomas Jefferson meant when he said, "I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude". Margaret Thatcher implored all responsible adult citizens to be cognizant of the following: "Let's ensure that our children will have cause to rejoice that we did not forsake their freedom." Indeed that is what we must do, no matter what. Madison Root, I salute you and I respect you for it seems you have inherited the gumption of the Iron Lady. It would be my honor to meet you some day.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:07
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to express my support for the Wild Meadow Wind Farm Project proposed for Danbury and Alexandria.
I believe that this project has many benefits. Local land owners will benefit from leasing their land as well as be able to continue using the land for their own purposes. The town will receive much needed revenue for many years that will come to help the towns' people. During construction many good jobs that local and traveling construction workers need will be available, as well as a few permanent jobs for local people with the skills to operate and maintain the turbines. The State of New Hampshire as well as the counties of Merrimack and Grafton will receive much needed revenue as well.
Renewable energy like this project is the future. As older power plants retire we will need all available sources to take their place. Iberdrola has been building these projects all over the U.S. and I believe they will do this project with much thought and pride. I took a tour of Groton Wind and was very impressed with the way that project was designed and constructed.
I realize that many people are concerned with how this project will change the landscape and impact their lives. I believe that Iberdrola will work with these people to reduce their concerns.
New Hampshire is fortunate to have many renewable resources. We have water resources that fuel hydro power plants. We have the wood resourced that fuel biomass power plants. Now we can reap the benefits of wind for power as well. The power produced by all these plants goes into the New England Power Grid. Some of this power stays local to support our load and some travels long distances to power our neighbors not only to our south but to New York and Canada as well. Power goes to where its needed and renewables are part of that mix.
I believe that this project will make a positive impact on our local economy and provide for many years to come a clean source of energy. This is an opportunity that we should not pass up.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:01
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the Alton Historical Society, we would like to extend thanks to all who participated in the Town of Alton Light-up Night on Saturday, December 7.
The superb coordination of the festivities, spearheaded by the Alton Parks and Recreation Department, the Alton Business Association along with the Alton Historical Society, created a fun-filled evening of activities for many families and community members.
Thanks are also extended to Alton Home and Lumber Center for providing hay rides, Hannaford's of Alton for providing sandwiches, the Alton Police Department for a safe night, and to the many individual volunteers for their time and donation of refreshments.
The Alton Historical Society was pleased to welcome over 100 people for refreshments in our museum in the Gilman Library, and to the J. Jones Freight Building next to the B&M Railroad Park for a bonfire with S-mores.
Nelson Kennedy, Vice-President,
Alton Historical Society
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:17