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Volunteers, barbers and sponsors made St. Baldrick’s a success

To The Daily Sun,

The Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the many local businesses that were part of making our event this year a huge success. Our annual head shaving event raises money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The money raised is utilized to help fund research in an effort to find a cure for all childhood cancers. St. Baldrick's is the largest volunteer-driven charity focused on this effort. Our community has supported this organization for more than 10 years and has been relentless in raising money and shaving heads.

The following businesses were actively involved in our event this year and went above and beyond our expectations. We cannot thank them enough for their involvement, ideas, and generosity. Thank you to: Aavid Thermalloy, Gilford Youth Center, Lakeside, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Gator Sign Shop, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, Matt Langley and Axis, Body Covers Screen Printing, Taylor Rental of Belmont, Jason Drouin Custom Homes, Ossipee Mountain Electronics, Sugar Maple Carpentry, Young's Auto, Shaw's of Gilford, Vista Foods and Hannafords of Gilford.

In addition to thanking the local business community, we would like to thank the volunteers, barbers, shavees, and supporters of our event. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year for more fun, head-shaving, and money-raising for this very worthy cause.

With appreciation, and until there is a cure ...

The Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee

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We remember in hope that nuclear weapons aren't ever used again

To The Daily Sun,

In 1945, a Gallop poll immediately after the bombing found that 85 percent of Americans approved of using the new atomic weapon on Japanese cities. In 1991, according to a Detroit Free Press survey conducted in both Japan and the U.S., 63 percent of Americans said the atomic bomb attacks on Japan were a justified means of ending the war, while only 29 percent thought the action was unjustified. At the same time, only 29 percent of Japanese said the bombing was justified, while 64 percent thought it was unwarranted.

But a 2015 Pew Research Center survey finds that the share of Americans who believe the use of nuclear weapons was justified is now 56 percent, with 34 percent saying it was not. In Japan, only 14 percent say the bombing was justified, versus 79 percent who say it was not.

Times change people's viewpoints. Experience changes people's viewpoints.

In our Hiroshima Remembrance in Concord on Thursday, Aug. 6, our participants numbering about 40 included all ages, from college-age to people in their 80s. One of the elders present quoted for us, because of the threat of nuclear war, "If ever we have WWIII, WWIV will be fought with clubs and stones." I value that we had our gathering, and that one individual reminded us of the larger picture. Nuclear war, and billions dead, and nuclear winter as an aftermath destroying most of the world's agricultural output, is not something to ignore as a possibility.

Kudos to the thoughtful and to the activists who want to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings as a tragedy, in the hopes that nuclear weapons are not ever again used.

Lynn Rudmin Chong


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