Pages practices pale compared to wickedness of Christianity

To The Daily Sun,

I'm not against any religion per se, as long as it's peaceful and teaches good morals, but (Bishop) Paul Blake is a bit over the top. I've noted several of his preachy letters where the guilt is laid on thick with ominous tones of obedience "or else," but his most recent letter is just plain ridiculous.

His brief and one-sided history of Halloween is crass and hardly correct. But I won't get into any history lessons about the pagans. What I find curious is your definition of Halloween, "Although the level of debauchery and wickedness has waxed and waned over the centuries, nothing 'hallowed' has ever been associated with the practice." For your information, those small pagan practices were not even close to the scale of the debauchery and wickedness that the Bible and Christianity has developed and hidden over thousands of years. Granted, history shows that Christians were persecuted in the early years of its following, but once it got rolling, oh how the tide has turned....
To start, there are about 1,283,000 mass killings specifically enumerated in the Bible. Then throw in another 1 to 3 million for the Holy Crusades. Pretty horrific? Not even the tip of the iceberg. There are so many documented and undocumented inhumane incidents from England to Europe to shores of America where people were tortured and killed by so-called Christians. From rich kings to rich plantation owners. But who can blame them right?

After all they were only brainwashed by quotes like this from your Colossians 3:22 "Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord." Or here's a message of hope, "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ." (Ephesians 6:5). And if you want some light reading try Ezekiel 25:17, "I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them." (Jules favorite) Slavery, vengeance, murder and don't even get me started on the church's covering up of pedophiles and rapists or how they diverted funds to compensate the victims (all true). Raises some questions to any thinking man. I'm truly sorry if makes me a bad person that I just can't jump in and give myself over to the Lord.

I was raised Roman Catholic, but can only make decisions based on my life experiences and have seen the devastation of religion first-hand when I was in the Middle East. I have spent many hours listening in pews, but have never heard God speak to me. I have however, heard the joy in my children's voices as they excited dress up in costumes and trick-or-treat. The memories are part of a matrix that makes my life special, and as much as your Bible Dress Up Night sounds like a hoot, I prefer our family tradition and am sick of hearing about all the fire and brimstone from hypocrites like yourself. You pick and choose Psalms to further your cause while ignoring the absolute archaic messages and tall stories of the other seventy percent.

Again, I know that all religions have a good side and my own beliefs are spiritual, moral, family-based and optimistic. This letter is only in response to the people who feel the need to chime in and chastise us on a weekly basis while ignoring their own imperfections, namely following a fallible book written by fallible people speaking for a supposed infallible God.

Thomas Lemay

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It has been true honor to serve Sanbornton & Tilton, thank you

To The Daily Sun,

The following open letter to the voters of Sanbornton and Tilton was submitted for publication.

I'd like to thank everyone who came out and voted in Tuesday's general election. Especially, I'd like to thank my constituents who voted for me, placed my signs in their yards, and who helped my candidacy along the way. Your support made my re-election possible.

We have a lot of work to do in Concord, and I will work tirelessly on your behalf over the next two years with members of the House on both sides of the aisle. If I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 603-528-6224.

It has been a true honor to serve the citizens of Belknap District 4, and I look forward to continuing to represent you in Concord.

State Rep. Dennis Fields

Belknap District 4


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A thank you to Patrick's Pub for hosting our LCC team's event

To The Daily Sun,

Pub Mania Team, Laconia C.C. 19th Hole, sincerely thanks Patrick's Pub for hosting this annual event and for all the help they provide to the community.

This event is only possible due to the overwhelming generosity of our local businesses in donating these gift certificate prizes totaling over $2,500.

Join us in thanking: A Balanced Body Massage, All My Life Jewelers, Al's Village Pizza, Appletree Nursery, Auto Serv, Bob House – Moultonboro, Burriito Me, Café Déjà Vu, C.J. Avery's, Del's Kitchen, El Jimador, Fire Clean Up Services Inc., Fratello's, Funspot, Greenlaw's Music, Greenside Restaurant, Hannaford's Gilford, Happy Cow Ice Cream, Imbue The Salon For Hair, Jason Baldini, Asst. Pro Lac CC (golf lesson), JJ's Yolk & Co., Katie Flo's, Kellerhaus, Kitchen Cravings, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, Laconia Car Wash, Laconia CC Round of Golf for 3 (must play with a member), Laconia CC Golf Pro – Todd Rollins, Lakeside, Local Eatery, Lochmere CC - round of Golf for 2, Lowe's Tilton, Lyons' Den.

Also: My Coffee House, Mystery Gifts by Judy, Ninety-Nine Restaurant, Our Place, Patrick's Pub, Prescott's Florist llc, Quik Laundry & Dry Cleaners, Shaw's Belmont, Shear Definition, Shiloh's, Shooters Tavern, Smoke n Styles, Stafford Oil, Steele Hill Resorts, Sunday's Salon & Spa, Terry Murphy's Court St. Auto, The Golf Club @ Patrick's Place, The Mill Fudge Factory & Ice Cream Café, The Purple Pit Coffee Lounge, Tilton Snacks & Wraps, Top of The Town, Vic's Pro Shop @ Lochmere CC, Whittemore's Flower & Greenhouses, and Wine'ing Butcher.

Come join us on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free, however, there is a $1 donation per bingo card played each round. All proceeds go directly to the WLNH Children's Auction. Prizes make great Christmas gifts.

For more information, contact Lucy Jacobson @ 455-4348 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember, it's for the kids.

Lucy Jacobson

Team Captain

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Susan Estrich - Managing my health care, HA!

I've had stomachaches for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I called it an "uncomfortable feeling." As an adult, it was sometimes downright painful. But they came and went, and I chalked it up to stress and overwork and my long family history of stomachaches. And when it got a little worse, I dashed in to see the gastroenterologist, who wrote me scripts to stop spasms and break the cycle. But that stopped working, too. I couldn't break the cycle, and I entered a world in which trying to figure out my stomachaches produced even bigger ones — the world of modern American medicine at its best and worst.

I'm not covered by Obamacare, like it or not. One of the advantages of having two full-time jobs (law professor and lawyer) is having two comprehensive insurance policies. Most of the doctors I went to see — supposedly "the best" — had posted signs announcing that they do not participate in any plans, Obamacare or otherwise, no PPOs. Two of them, my two insurance policies notwithstanding, made me pay upfront for each visit. I had access to the best.

I've read a lot of stories about how you're supposed to "manage" your own health care, "produce" it even, as I've explained to my friends in the business, just like you might a program or a campaign.

If anybody should be able to do this, other than a doctor, it should be someone like me: smart, well-insured, good for the deductible, semi-famous, well-connected, not to mention charming, not demanding (really, I'm not), a well-liked patient who has done favors and extended thoughtful gestures to many of my doctors.

I spent almost two years trying to manage things. My family doctor tried to help me. And all I can say, in this small amount of space, is that other than in the past month, I failed completely. Once in a while, a client will mention something he found online about an issue in a legal case, and I will try, kindly, to tell him he really shouldn't look for legal advice online, that situations are different and facts matter, that some people who write about law online have no idea what they're talking about even though they do it with great certainty, and that the most important thing a person can do is pick the right lawyer and listen to her or him. I may be wrong, I tell my clients, but the chances of my being right are so much greater than those of someone who doesn't know this system and understand its workings as I do after more than 30 years that it makes sense to trust me.

Get a second opinion, of course. But make sure it is from the right person. Ha!

I think I saw 14 different doctors. In critical respects, most of them were simply wrong. Wrong. The ones who were sure I needed surgery were wrong because the tests, until the last ones, didn't prove that. The one who was sure it was all in my head was definitely wrong. The surgeon who reassured me that I needn't worry about a bag ("I hate those bags; you just can't find shoes to match.") was right about that risk, but was completely inappropriate and proposed the wrong surgery anyway.

I say this assuming the most recent doctor, the one I met last week at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, is right. I didn't manage my medical care. I just endured long enough to find someone my gut told me I should listen to, in the same way my clients should listen to me.

But what I also found at Mayo, and not just from the doctor, was hope and courage. The people I was with for those three days of testing displayed a level of dignity, decency and determination I have rarely seen. To a person, they were sicker than me. I don't think any of them would tell you they were "managing" their care. We were just lucky to be there and trying to help each other through it. God bless them all.

(Susan Estrich is a professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law Center. A best-selling author, lawyer and politician, as well as a teacher, she first gained national prominence as national campaign manager for Dukakis for President in 1988.)

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Lack of maintenance of the Hathaway House was a human failure

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to a letter written by Jessica Alward, which appeared in the Nov. 4 edition of The Daily Sun.

It is a little-known fact that the Hathaway House was deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places just a few weeks before its demolition. In order for a property to become eligible for the National Register, an extensive survey must be compiled detailing the history of the property, and it must be proven that the property has historical significance. The survey prepared on the Hathaway House was conducted by an expert in the field of history and preservation. Their findings found that the property was historically significant in two of the five categories that prove significance and was a surviving, rare example of domestic architecture in the area.

It is true that the exterior of the Hathaway House was in disrepair. However, the lack of maintenance was a human failure, not the failure of the building. Prior to its demolition several individuals were allowed to tour the interior of the house. They found it to be in pristine condition with original features dating back to the 1800s, and a hand-painted mural that filled one of the walls.

A plan had been devised to move the Hathaway House from Union Avenue to a nearby lot without using taxpayers' dollars. The relocation included the restoration of the exterior of the house and interior space being utilized as a museum and also rental space for new or existing businesses that may have wanted a unique and historical place in which to locate their establishments. The plan was two-fold and offered a positive solution for both sides: the area where it once stood would have been cleared for commercial space, and a significant piece of Laconia's history would have been preserved.

Laconia would do well to carefully study successful, prosperous communities, such as Boston, Portsmouth, and Meredith. These communities have done an impressive job of preserving and using their historical buildings for the benefit of today's businesses and for the community in general. They are also the communities that people to flock to because of their rich cultural environment — which includes the careful preservation of their history.

Carol Anderson


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