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Neigher Mr. Wiles nor I are likely to change opinions of any readers

To The Daily Sun,

A number of weeks ago, Mr. Wiles submitted a letter to this forum in which he claimed that racism was "no longer a problem." But in each of his next two follow-up letters, he acknowledges "right-wing bloggers and radio hosts on the fringe of society with racist intent" (are Beck and Limbaugh considered "fringe"?) and racist groups "so on the fringe" they "have been condemned by all of civil society." He claims, "They do not represent the conservative view" and "can be found in both political extremes." With these acknowledgements, Wiles is confirming my contention that racism still exists and plays a roll in modern day politics. For every vocal racist "on the fringe" there are thousands of quiet racists in the mainstream who are not shouting racial epithets or actively discriminating against people of color.

He continues by citing former Texas Representative Ron Paul's racist comments newsletters distributed by his office as "very bad indeed." Then Wiles tries to mitigate the offensive rhetoric by asking if I've heard or witnessed Ron Paul making racist comments; are Paul's statements to be considered less offensive because I didn't personally witness them. Are we to believe that he never reviewed the newsletters that bore his name? And then he has the audacity to claim he has "no idea" how racist comments made it into print. It's hard to believe that a man who wanted to oversee the entire U.S. government would provide zero oversight of his publications, or even better, read them from time to time.

Wiles goes to great lengths to defend the, "I don't have to make black people's lives better with taxpayer money" statement by former Sen. Rick Santorum. While I must agree with some of the arguments Wiles presents, I am disturbed that Santorum singled out blacks specifically as being recipients of assistance through federal benefit programs. With the latest research, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, blacks and whites make up a roughly equal percentage of welfare recipients, showing that blacks receive 39.8% of welfare assistance and whites are receiving 38.8%. Why did Santorum not mention whites? It may be because welfare has been a racialized issue for decades?

As Wiles often does, he tells those with opposing views something they didn't think, what they didn't believe, or what they didn't say. I am not familiar with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which he arrogantly infers that I research. And I'm not sure why he mentions the difficulty of finding any reference to "white on black crimes", other than possibly to highlight that blacks are more racist than whites. If this was his intent, it just substantiates my views that racism does exist on both sides of the color line. In the same vain, Wiles misrepresents my views by attributing a quote to me that I never stated. I did say that "attributing the success of members of one race to that of another race is considered racist", but I never said, as Wiles contends, "they are only successful because white folks 'allowed' them to be." This statement by Wiles is a deliberate attempt to undermine my credibility and distort my views.

As far as letting "the readers decide who's opinion has more validity"; I believe the readers of this forum have already formed strong opinions and nothing Wiles or I can say can alter them.

L. J. Siden

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 01:24

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We continue to fight for the Hathaway House; make your voice heard

To The Daily Sun,

Five years ago the Laconia Heritage Commission was formed to oversee the preservation of historic properties in our community. One of the main reasons that it was formed at that time was over the community's concern for the preservation of the historic Hathaway House. The house had been bought by the DUNKIN' DONUTS franchise owner Cafua Management. Due to the city's concerns for the Hathaway House, the site plan for the new DUNKIN' DONUTS was revised to save this building. Promises were made by Mr. Greg Nolan, representing Cafua and DUNKIN' DONUTS, that the Hathaway House would be maintained and painted. This was not done. After a while there was a "For Sale or Lease" sign put on the property. Inquiries went unanswered.

Mr. Nolan and DUNKIN' DONUTS have been lying to the citizens of Laconia for the past five years. Not only was the Hathaway House not maintained, it was allowed to crumble into disrepair. In October of this year they even had someone smash out windows to make the building look worse.

For the past three months the Heritage Commission has been picketing in front of the DUNKIN' DONUTS on Union Avenue in order to point out to the community that the owners of this DUNKIN' DONUTS LIED to all of us. We have never wavered in our desire to save this beautiful old Victorian.

A demolition application has been filed by the DUNKIN' DONUTS franchisee.
The Heritage Commission would like to thank all the people who have signed our petitions, honked their car horns, even brought us coffee from other establishments. We need your help one more time. Please come to the Public Hearing on Wednesday, January 22, at 6:30 p.m. in city council chambers to voice your support one more time for the Hathaway House. Don't allow the out of town DUNKIN' DONUTS owner get away with destroying this historic landmark that means so much to the citizens of Laconia. We will continue to fight, make your voices heard.
Pam Clark, Chair

Laconia Heritage Commission

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 01:19

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Hurt's Turkey Farm & George'sDiner made Vet Holiday Dinner possible

To The Daily Sun,

On Saturday December 28, the Sons of the American Legion, Post 33 in Meredith hosted a Veteran's Holiday Dinner. There were several veterans from the Tilton Home attending, along with many local veterans. A great meal was served to all and we would like to thank Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant and George's Diner for their continued support of this annual tradition.
We would also like to thank The Ladies Auxiliary and all others that volunteered to help with the event.

John Fessenden

Sons of the American Legion

Post 33 - Meredith

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 01:14

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Every BC Nursing Home resident received a beautifully wrapped gift

To The Daily Sun,

Christmas was a lot brighter at the Belknap County Nursing Home due the kindness of employees from the Inns at Mill Falls and parishioners of St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church. Every resident received a gift, each beautifully gift wrapped, thanks to these wonderful employees and parishioners. Mill Falls employees, who have been doing this for the past 10 years, purchased lovely gifts for approximate 50 residents. The church members began helping out several years ago and purchased gifts for the remaining residents.
Phil Rowley played the part of Santa and passed out all the gifts at a party held on December 20. Phil has been volunteering at the nursing home every Tuesday for several years, providing room visits, assisting on outings and conducting men's groups. He is truly loved by the residents.
The nursing home is a 94 bed facility, and coordinating, purchasing and wrapping so many gifts is a huge undertaking, so the staff is very grateful for the kindness of these wonderful people. It was wonderful to see the smiles on the faces as Santa handed out the gifts and packages were opened.
Many thanks to each of them for showing the true meaning of Christmas.
The Staff of Belknap County Nursing Home

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 01:10

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Establishment GOP wants nothing to do with principled conservatives

To The Daily Sun,

Just an observation from yesterday's LDS. I admire brevity, and Don Irvin you did it!

Jane Cormier and I are NOT friends, but I am voting for Joe Kenney for Executive Councilor. Joe is a good man, a Marine of many years. Heck, he was in Afghanistan within the past two years as a Marine.

This is a good time to point out the truth to Don, and other voters who are not voting for my guy Joe. The GOP is in shambles nationwide. And yes here in N.H. Problem is, the GOP has no identity, has no message, no record of trying to save America from Obama Socialism — AND worst of all, the Elites, the Establishment, the RINOs want nothing to do with principled conservatives, Christians, a group called the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Allen West, Ben Carson,Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and my grandchildren!

For some reason I think of Don being a fiscal conservative in Belmont. I would like to know how Jane can bring you to the point of withholding your vote from an excellent candidate like Joe Kenney.

Niel Young


Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 01:06

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