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
To The Daily Sun,
Thank you, to the citizens and businesses of Laconia and the Lakes Region! Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 68 has had some hard moments recently. It has been the whirlwind of gracious and kind acts by so many that have helped us smile through it.
The best news is that our Scout Hut will be up and running again very soon! Our boys will be able to "come home" to their hut and continue to follow their path through scouting in the building built for them. Please know that there will never be enough words to thank all of you for the support and assistance you have given us.
In just the past year, Troop 68 has had three young men make Eagle. Boys and troop leaders have given over 200 hours of community service to local organizations (Got Lunch! Laconia and the WOW Trail) and local citizens (leaf raking, wood staking and various other odd jobs). They have slept in cold weather, wet weather, very hot weather and perfect weather. They have climbed mountains, raised flags, pitched tents, and collected food. The Peace Light was brought and shared and people were served a lot of pancakes! We intend to increase all of these activities and hope to add more in the coming year. We look forward to giving back to you, Laconia!
As we come to the end of this exciting year we come to a very distinctive milestone. This year we are celebrating 75 years of scouting in Laconia! It's tough to imagine how many boys in this city have a connection to this troop. I often wonder who they are and where they are today? Are they here, in Laconia? Have they traveled the world? What do they remember from their years with 68? Did it help them in anyway in their adult lives? What would they tell our current boys to encourage them to continue in scouting?
We have met a handful of people who were members but we would love to meet even more! This Sunday, Nov. 24 from noon at 3 p.m. at the Norman J. Tourigny, Scout Hut, located behind Holy Trinity School off of Church Street in Laconia, Troop 68 will celebrate its 75 years of service to this wonderful city and its young men. If you were associated with this troop in any way; a scout, a leader, a parent, a committee member, at any time and would like to share memories (in picture form or in words) please stop by and say hello! If you would like to visit the scout hut and learn a little more about scouting in Laconia, stop in! We look forward to meeting you!
Thank you Laconia!
Committee Chair, Troop 68
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 10:58
To The Daily Sun,
After reading some of the letters in the Laconia Daily Sun, I wondered, at what point do loyalists give up on supporting the ones who provide the lies du jour?
Every day we are being informed that the current administration knowingly deceived the citizens. We're informed that information was manipulated to sway voters into believing something good happened when, in truth, just the opposite occurred. Promises were made that the authors of those promises knew couldn't be fulfilled. Stonewalling, hiding the truth, has become the standard operating procedure. Rewarding incompetence and guile is now the norm, as no one gets their employment terminated, even for the most grievous of offenses. Deceit abounds! New scandals are introduced to deflect truth seekers away from even more troubling scandals, and the seekers are demonized and attacked with untruths about their character. Government departments and employees are being turned against the citizens in support of the leadership. The Constitution is being routinely ignored and laws violated while the leader of the Senate barely gives a yawn to the problems. At the same time, he changes the rules so that he can implement the tyranny of the majority. Separation of powers are trod upon as more dictatorial methods are being employed, and the will of the people is being ignored. Cover-up is accepted and defended by loyalists.
When the president was re-elected, I wrote that regardless of our political side, we all would live under and be affected by how the administration performs, on both the national and international stages. I mention this to alert the administration's loyalists, that they too will suffer the consequences of what our Chicago-style administration is doing.
After the Constitutional Convention, Mrs. Powe asked Benjamin Franklin, "Tell me, what kind of a government have you given us?" To which Franklin replied, "A Republic, if you can keep it."
Can we keep it? Start demanding truth.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 10:54
To The Daily Sun,
I was shocked, disgusted, and driven to write this letter by the comments of the former Gilford chief of police, Kevin Keenan, in your paper yesterday. "It is known that police officers of all ranks have had extra-marital relationships at times when there were problems within their own marriages." I quote.
Cheating and lying, yes, have gone on in many occupations and areas of life. I agree. There should be a higher standard for someone in public life when such issues are breached. The other officer in question has not been publicly raked over the coals, as the chief has been, but they also were entrusted with duties such as helping to police young people and teaching right from wrong — how dare they!
Plus, when caught they were given paid leave. When I screw up at a job, I get fired with no pay!
It never occurred to him that it was against regulations, or the law. . . really. . . a grown man does not know that was wrong . . . especially in the position he held? Give me a break. Then I guess if there was nothing wrong you didn't need to hide it from everyone — like your children, family members, and your neighbors you supposed to be working for and leading by example? And you had a problem having your daughter read about it in the paper. . . how about next time you cheat think of her reaction first, not after you were caught. Everyone is sorry after they are caught.
Adultery hurts everyone involved. It is not a crime anymore but it hurts so many people that it should be. Just because it's not on the books anymore doesn't make it okay, Mr. Keenan. When fellow officers watch you lie to your wife and family, sneak around with another officer, and know you are a cheater it undermined your department, your town, and the honorable badge you were entrusted to wear.
I am sorry for having gone off like this, but when people make blatantly stupid remarks it drives you to speak up. For shame on you and the other officer fro holding others up to the law and whats right while you ran around behind peoples backs lying, cheating, and being hypocrites.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 10:50
By 1968, Walter Lippmann, the dean of liberal columnists, had concluded that liberalism had reached the end of its tether.
In that liberal epoch, the 1960s, the Democratic Party had marched us into an endless war that was tearing America apart. Lyndon Johnson's Great Society had produced four "long, hot summers" of racial riots and a national crime rate that had doubled in a decade. The young were alienated, the campuses aflame. Lippmann endorsed Richard Nixon.
For 40 years, no unabashed liberal would be elected president. Jimmy Carter won one term by presenting himself as a born-again Christian from Georgia, a peanut farmer, Naval Academy graduate and nuclear engineer. Bill Clinton ran as a centrist. So toxic had the term "liberal" become that liberals dropped it and had themselves rebaptized as "progressives."
Barack Obama, however, ran unapologetically as a man of the left. An opponent of the Iraq war, he had compiled a voting record to the left of Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont. And Obama proudly placed his signature achievement, Obamacare, right alongside, and in the tradition of, liberal giants FDR and LBJ. This is the new progressivism of the 21st century, Obama was saying, and I the transformational figure who will usher in the post-Reagan era. Where Clinton failed, I will succeed.
But now that Obamacare is coming to be perceived as a political catastrophe, not only does it threaten Obama's place in history, it could invalidate, indeed, eviscerate the defining idea of the Democratic Party itself. For Democrats are the Party of Government. They believe that government is more nobly motivated than a private sector that runs on self-interest and the profit motive, and that government can achieve goals private enterprise could never accomplish. To liberals, government is us, the personification of the nation.
Social Security, Medicare, Medicare and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are monuments to this belief. So, too, are the world wars fought and won under liberal presidents Woodrow Wilson and FDR. It was 1968, the Tet Offensive, the assassinations, the urban riots, the campus anarchy, the smash-up of the Democratic Party in the streets of Chicago that caused the national recoil from liberalism that lasted for 40 years.
Now consider what the rollout of Obamacare is doing, not only to this president and his administration, but also to the idea that government has the solution to America's problems. Though they had as long as World War II to get it done, Obama's crowd could not even produce a working website. Now we learn the White House was alerted to the website problems in March but plunged ahead.
Obama's reputation for competence has been shredded, and, so, too, has his reputation for truthfulness.
With millions losing their health insurance because of Obamacare mandates, we learn that Obama and his team knew this was inevitable, even as they reassured us, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period."
The brutal truth: Our president got his legacy program passed by deceiving the American people in a giant swindle.
Not only have millions lost their health care plans, tens of millions more may lose theirs at year's end when they learn that their employer's health care plans also do not meet Obamacare mandates.
Hillarycare cost the Democrats the House in 1994. Obamacare, the love child of Hillarycare, could cost Democrats the Senate in 2014.
But what makes this a disaster not just for a party but a philosophy is that Obamacare is liberalism incarnate. It is premised on the idea that progressives, starting from scratch, can redesign a health care system, 16 percent of the economy, and make it more fair, more just and more efficient for us all. Obamacare was an act of hubris by an administration of talking heads most of whom never ran anything in their lives. And what we are witnessing is the antithesis of what we were promised.
So confident were they in the wonks that wrote the bill that Nancy Pelosi could say, "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it."
Seven weeks in, the website is not fixed. Millions have lost their health care plans. Quality hospitals are being cut out of the program as too costly. Individuals are being offered plans inferior to what they had in terms of benefits, but with far more costly premiums.
The crisis for Obama, his party, and his philosophy is that this is not only a nightly national story; it is a daily story in every state. And the anecdotes of debacles have been piling up, one upon another, for seven weeks. They do not cease, and there is no end in sight. Nothing, it appears, will interrupt the litany of personal woes before Democrats, in panic, cut themselves loose of Obamacare and try to swim away from the Lusitania.
It will likely be a long time before another Democratic president dares again another such Great Leap Forward.
(Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 10:47