Expert training, specialized gear & dedication prevented tragedy

To The Daily Sun,

We are writing to express our awe and appreciation of the incredible efforts we witnessed Sunday night during the successful rescue of two young men who had fallen through the ice on Lake Winnisquam.

After the first young man pounded on our door yelling for help, we immediately called 9-1-1. The ensuing actions ranging from the dispatcher, fire departments from Laconia, Gilford and Belmont, Laconia Police Department to DHART helicopter service were testimony to how fortunate we are to have such efficient services and well trained personnel.

The rescuers who actually reached the man in the water, had to maneuver out 1,300 feet, breaking through treacherous ice and immersing themselves in frigid water. Considering how long the young man was in the water, the coordination of efforts and expertise led to what we consider a miraculous rescue.

What also was impressive was that it was a collaborative effort between towns. Meredith, Northfield Fire Departments and Stewart's Ambulance stepped up to cover the Laconia Fire Department crew.

Too often, community members take for granted our local support agencies and begrudge their requests during local budget hearings. After what we witnessed last night, we will never do that again. Their expert training, specialized equipment and dedicated personnel turned what could have been a tragedy into a successful rescue.

Wendy Oellers-Fulmer & Ron Fulmer


Alfred J. Binder


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We stand against the darkness of intolerance, hate & violence

To The Daily Sun,

To pre-empt some, who I'm sure, are writing or have already written letters of outrage that I was so critical of the left-wing media, president and gang and, well, those who refer to themselves as liberals but are anything but, I would like to point to an exchange/debate between Bill Maher and Jimmy Kimmel on the latter's TV show just after the massacre in France by Muslim terrorists.

Bill: "We have to not avoid who did this. Who did this Jimmy?"
Jimmy: "Well we presume ----" (Bill interrupts)
Bill: "No it's not presume! No, no it's Muslim terrorists."
Jimmy: "Yes, Muslim terrorists."
Bill: "This happens way too frequently. It's like Ground Hog Day, except if the ground hog kept getting his head cut off. This has to stop and unfortunately a lot of us liberals — who are my tribe, I am a proud liberal ---." (audience begins to applaud)
Jimmy: He's about to turn on you."
Bill: "I'm not turning on them. I'm asking them to turn toward the truth as I have been for quite a while. To be liberal you have to stand up for liberal principles. It's not my fault that the part of the world that is most against liberal principles is the Muslim part of the world."

Maher then goes on with a long list of statistics regarding the treatment of women and gays in Muslim nations.

Bill: I know most Muslim people would not have carried out an attack like this. But here's the important point. Hundreds of millions of them support an attack like this. They applaud an attack like this. What they say is, 'We don't approve of violence, but you know what, when you make fun of the prophet, all bets are off.'"

Jimmy: "Hundreds of millions?"

Bill: "Absolutely. That is the mainstream in the Muslim world. When you make fun of of the prophet, all bets are off. You get what's coming to you, which is death. Not in every Muslim country, but this is is a problem in the world in the world that we have to stand up to. And again, I'm the liberal in this debate."

Bill Maher is indeed a liberal and most often drives me crazy. Here, though, he points to a true fact that whether liberal or conservative, Democrat, Republican, black or white, rich or poor there should not be a splinter of light as we stand shoulder to shoulder, rank upon rank in a wall of enlightened civilization against the darkness of intolerance, hate and violence coming from "the part of the world most against liberal principles."

Steve Earle


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To Tripoli you should go, but to Benghazi? Well, no!

To The Daily Sun,

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. The House Intelligence Committee's final Benghazi report supposedly exonerates our State Department of any wrongdoing. The liberal letter writers to this paper appear absolutely giddy. There, "I told you so" smugness about this "phony scandal" strikes at the heart of the "liberal progressive superiority complex." It also strikes at the heart of all that is decent and necessary for the protection of all who go into harms way to secure our safety and liberty.

Here comes the mainstream media flying above the fray on gossamer wings with their White House coattails flapping in the wind. As Daniel Greenfield notes, "The report concludes that there was no intelligence failure because there was no specific warning that an attack would occur on September 11. Aside from the stream of contradictory and conflicting intelligence afterward." Yet the media reports the findings as though everything is hunky-dory and the left does cartwheels cross the floor.

The "stand down order" has become the Saul Alinsky progressive semantic distraction du jour. We never told the them to "stand down" which means "do nothing" To Tripoli you should go, but to Benghazi, well no. Meanwhile, back on the "keeping it real ranch," the report actually does say that there was inadequate State Department security.

Let's engage in some critical thinking and bona fide research. Those would be the two bullet points that the liberal writers are constantly imploring those on the right to try. I checked out the Daily Signal's "26 Ways the Media Botched Their Reporting on the Latest Benghazi Report." I took a look at the book, "13 Hours" by Mitchell Zuckoff and Mark "OZ" Geist. They were part of the annex security team that survived. Mark has had more than a dozen surgeries with more to come. They were there that night. Lou Dobbs said the book brings to life the horror and carnage of that night. It left him in awe for the heroes, sorrow for the dead and utter disgust for the security breakdown. Mitchell and Mark believe many more lives could have been saved absent the "stand down" orders or rather the orders to be patient and do something else.

In Sharyl Attkisson's book, "Stonewalled," book reviewer Elise Cooper said Sharyl wonders why we (1) still do not know what President Obama was doing during the attack; (2) what decisions did he make while Americans were under attack on foreign soil; (3) why is the White House withholding photos taken at the White House that night and surveillance videos taken in Benghazi that were promised for release; (4) why did they stay so long with the "caused by a video" narrative; (5) why did this administration put our ambassador in harm's way in the first place? Answers to these questions might explain why President Obama felt confident enough to fly to a Vegas fundraiser the next day.

Remarkably, we still cannot get an honest answer from this administration as to how and why the U.S. got involved in Libya in the first place. Please spare me the "Gadhafi imminent bloodbath" scenario falsely proffered by our president. If our commander-in-chief were really compassionately motivated by such reasons, he would have been in involved in the Iranian "green revolution." Democrat Alan Kuperman's book, "The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention" has already debunked that false talking point, according to Jack Cashill.

Finally, Benjamin Weingarten of the asks these questions. 1. Why was the U.S. trusting a group called the February 17th Martyrs Brigade to guard U.S. diplomatic/intelligence personnel in Benghazi? 2. How is it possible that terrorists could storm right through the gates of the U.S. Special Mission and overtake it? 3. Why did Ambassador Stevens' security at the compound consist of only five Diplomatic Security agents with little significant field experience, and eight ultimately ineffectual Libyan guards? 4. Why were the special operators at the CIA annex who were ready to rush to the Special Mission to save Ambassador Stevens and others instructed by the CIA base chief, "Bob" to wait three times while our men languished? 5. Has the government ensured that such glaring security failures will never be made again?

Apparently, Carol Stappi has no such concerns because she seemingly has been convinced that our government acted appropriately during this massacre and will do so again during future massacres by radical Jihadist terrorists. Are you all feeling comforted now?

Elise Cooper states, "If one compares the Obama administration's first accounts of the Benghazi fiasco, the pages from a novel, if you will, to the facts that have trickled out since, the contrast is stark." The Daily Signal mentions, "... although USA Today claimed the committee 'cleared the Obama administration of any wrongdoing,' the actual report makes numerous references to administration officials doing things wrong. Mainstream news reported that Republicans had exonerated the Obama administration on all counts. House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers stated in an op-ed on Dec. 10th, "Some have said the report exonerates the State Dept. and the White House. It does not".

I am not the least bit heartened by Carol Stappi's apparent trust in this administration. To the point where she feels confident enough to trash Steve Earle's character after he questions the veracity of these findings. I am however terribly dismayed with the way this administration's clueless foreign policy actions continue to threaten our national security.

Now the dilemma for Henry Osmer. Is it really Russ writing this letter or Steve himself? Only his therapist/psychic/private eye/conspiracy team can know for sure.

Russ Wiles


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There are enough white crosses along our shoreline as it is

To The Daily Sun,

Laconia Firefighters risked their lives to save one of two idiots who took their snowmobiles 1,400 feet on thin ice, offshore at dusk in open water on Lake Winnisquam last weekend.

Even I have learned over the years that when you weigh in around 300, you don't venture out on thin ice on Fishing Derby Weekend.

Laconia and Gilford train for these winter lake rescues all the time. Thank God they do. There are enough white crosses on our shorelines as it is. I don't think Terry and Andrew will be running any open water any time soon.

Tom Sellew

Lochmere (Tilton)

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Gilford Historical thanks those who volunteered for Candlelight Stroll

To The Daily Sun,

The third annual Gilford Candlelight Stroll has come and gone. Many thanks go to all the many, many volunteers who made it a success. The Gilford Historical Society would like to thank those who volunteered so that our three buildings could be open to welcome visitors.

I will start with those who were in the Rowe House, since that is the building that often seems like my "second home" and where I was. We thank Alexandra Breed and Lauren Siboski for donating their doll houses (I lent mine), Dr. Kelly White for donating her American Girl Doll, and Cindie Graham for lending her dolls so we could have a special exhibit showcasing doll houses and dolls.

It was interesting as many shared stories about their childhood doll houses and dolls. We are already thinking about what we could have for a special exhibit at the Rowe House next year, (perhaps even at the Meetinghouse also). If any readers have a collection that they would like to share during the stroll next year, please contact Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are grateful to Carmel Lancia for creating the beautiful green centerpieces that were on the mantels, to Carol Anderson who helped the children make a candy cane decoration and to Jerry Murphy for playing his guitar and leading us in holiday singing. We thank the members of the Senior Momentum group who diligently worked to string the popcorn (no easy task) and the cranberries that decorated our country-themed tree. They are Joanne Blais, Ginny Brake, Carleen Cornelison, Diana Dufault, Bev Fortson Carol Graves and Kristin Jarvi and Sue King from Parks and Recreation. We also thank Carmel and Tony Lancia, Ann Montminy, Helen Murphy and Rosemary Shannon for welcoming our guests.

At the Meetinghouse, Diane Mitton was aided by Terri Bobseine, Jim Colby, Carolyn Brown, Nan Fay, Anita Hewitt, and Ashley Hewitt. Thanks go to Jane Rollins for decorating the inside of the building with greens and to Bill and Sally Bickford for decorating the outside. Thanks also go to Denise Sanborn and her High School Carolers who came inside to sing. It was gratifying to see so many people/families who came inside to view the historical items that were on display.

The aroma of gingerbread cookies was enticing to many at the Grange, thanks go to Patti Herrick (who lives in Meredith) for making the dough for us and to Kathy Dahll and Jesse Lacombe for baking the cookies in the kitchen. Thanks go to Karin Landry and Rusty Davis who enjoyed greeting our visitors, while Carole Johnson in the Homestead Room and Walt and Shirley Stockwell and Pete and Sue Allen in the Store shared their knowledge with visitors.

It is with a sense of gratitude that we can say that Gilford is a great place to live and we are thankful to all who were willing to work and volunteer their time to help make the Candlelight Stroll so enjoyable.

Kathy Lacroix

Gilford Historical Society

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