A Tale of Two Towns: One fixes a bad road & the other does not

"A Tale of Two Towns"

To The Daily Sun,

To borrow a phrase: "It was the best of roads, it was the worst of roads."

To borrow another phrase: "Gilmanton and Loudon, they are the two best towns in New Hampshire."

However, these towns are not mirror images of one another.

Bear with me while I narrate an enlightening and exemplary tale:

Once upon a time, there was a cross-town road, called, on one end, Gilmanton Road, and on the other, Meadow Pond Road. One part of the road lies in Gilmanton, the other, in Loudon. It is a pretty scenic drive way, but also it is among one of the worst roads, condition-wise, in our state.

Loudon town officials, requested to repair Loudon's portion of the road, did so promptly, and well, without any comment.

Gilmanton town officials, requested to repair Gilmanton's portion of the road, did nothing except to respond in a "snit" — declaring that there is nothing wrong with the road, and declining to do any improvements.

This cross-town road is regularly traveled. Driving across the Gilmanton portion is like driving through a moonscape — or a minefield. Careful: to borrow a phrase: You might lose your Volkswagen in one of the potholes.

One would hope that the Town of Gilmanton would exercise a better public interest character than this — and promptly.

To borrow a final phrase: "New Year, New You?"

Michael Harris


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1 percenters are doing great under Obama; what about rest of us?

To The Daily Sun,

Flash! Professor George Maloof makes an astounding discovery.
Hey George, you notice it too; Wall Street and the big corporations are all doing fine under Obama. Must be why they are pumping hundreds of millions into the Democrats' coffers. Too bad the people Democrats say they are "for" aren't doing very well. You know, the elderly, the poor, working single moms or dads, working families and our rapidly shrinking middle class.

By the way, how are you and all the other tenured professors doing these days? Don't have to worry about layoffs or reduced hours? Oh forgot you're on salary, that's right.

Now I must have just misunderstood Obama back then when he was denigrating banks and Wall Street a few years ago. I thought they were the "bad guys." But the left has no problem taking their cash today.

So what's changed? CEOs are still getting hundreds of millions in salaries and bonuses. Still write off expenses, homes and limos, not to mention trips on a company's private jets. Oh wait, maybe those guys are only bad when Republicans are running things but are good when Obama and his gang are in charge.

Now what's that word I'm looking for? Hypocrisy I think it's called, yea that's it — hypocrisy.

Steve Earle


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Thanks to NH1 for coordinating an outstanding Children's Auction

To The Daily Sun,

The Children's Foundation of the St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to thank the NH1Children's Auction for coordinating another outstanding auction. With the support of the Children's Auction and many fine businesses and individuals in our community, we are able to provide services year round to thousands of children in the Lakes Regions whose families could use a "helping hand."

The Children's Foundation would also like to thank everyone who adopted a family or took tags from one of our Christmas trees at the following places; Walmart, Fratello's, Sacred Heart Church, and St. Joseph's Church. I also want to thank the Gilford Village Nursery School, John and Cheryl Barton of the LR Corvette Club, the Byse Agency and the thoughtful ladies who crocheted/knitted hats, mittens, scarves and lap blankets and all the generous people who dropped off donations.

Due to a spell of bad weather, we provided 683 children in the Lakes Region with clothing and personal hygiene items, during the three days of our Christmas program give-away. We couldn't have done it without your help.

A big "thank you" goes out to all the volunteers who supported and worked the Christmas Angel Program. Your help made a huge difference in the number of packages we handled in the weeks before Christmas.

We are truly blessed to live in the Lakes Region, where the people are generous, caring, and willing to help us provide children with the necessities. By working together, we can truly make a difference in the lives of children in our community.

Merry Christmas and a healthy, Happy New Year.

Sue Page

Children's Foundation Volunteer

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Tim for Daily Sun letter writers to do some logical thinking

To The Daily Sun,

Now that the election season is behind us for at least a few months, perhaps the letters to the editor could be less confrontational. It's time for some logical thinking before putting pen to paper. In order to be effective you must have a persuasive argument. It is necessary to inject logic, not emotion.

Many of the letters I read in The Sun do not keep clear the difference between facts and statements about facts. Facts can be verified. Statements about facts are colored by the writer's point of view. Inferences without facts are fraught with potential errors especially if made while expressing a strongly held point of view.

It would be a wonderful world if we could make logic fit it perfectly. Alas, that will never be the case. Education and science have failed us because, once educated, we become emotional instead of approaching problems using the scientific method.

The primary tool of science is induction. That is, specific observations produce general truths. Observation may produce a number of possible conclusions. Therefore, each has to be tested before they rise to the level of truth based in fact.

Now, many people have a tendency to bend the truth to their own purposes. They inject emotion and point-of-view. Thusly, they create barriers to their reader's deductive abilities. Arguments occur when we don't define our terms. You must remember your English teacher emphasizing the absolute need for a subject and a predicate (the simple sentence). Take the following sentence: "Government is corrupt." It meets the basic sentence requirements but is a bit short on facts. When we start adding modifiers, informal logic errors abound because they lead to invalid conclusions.

Debaters know both sides of their arguments, so they must use some tricks to persuade. Some of the letter writers in The Sun were probably debaters in high school or college. In an effort to encourage them to keep the "debate tricks" to a minimum I will list a few frequently found in their letters:
1. Appeal to Ignorance — If you can't prove me wrong, then I must be right.
2. Card Stacking — Concealing or withholding evidence (facts).
3. Hasty Generalization — Drawing conclusions from too little evidence.
4. Appeal to force — (You fill in the blanks) Attack ads are a good example.
5. Personal attacks — Demeaning your opponent (see #4).
6. Appeal to prejudices — This is one of the most insidious because it gives birth to all sorts of personal attacks and slogans.
7. Bandwagon — A raw appeal to peer pressure.
8. Guilt by association — Employed by those who would smear the reputations of their opponents simply because of their opinions.

The foregoing are the most blatant tools of the persons who write opinion letters to The Sun. We, the readers, know that when a person writes a letter to the editor he/she has a strongly held opinion about the subject of his or her letter.

To conclude, the writer, if he/she wants to be effective, needs to employ logic, check the facts and use reason instead of emotion. Otherwise, the reader must be aware of the tricks being employed. A fellow by the name of Strunk had what he called his, "Fog Index." He used it to sort out the truth and logic and edit out the rest. The result was clear and unambiguous prose.

I will leave you with a quote from Oscar Wilde: "The truth is rarely pure and never simple."

Bill Dawson


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Obama has pushed U.S. race relations back into the 1970s

To The Daily Sun,

Bernadette Loesch claims she has no idea why Steve Earle hates President Obama. Unless she is getting all of her information from Veverka's the "Center for the Study of Absurdity," she has to be kidding. Now, I don't hate the man personally, but I abhor and detest his policies. I absolutely loathe the way he is attacking the very fabric of this country.

He has dangerously downsized our military and left our borders open for terrorists and other criminal elements to walk on in. Those of us imbued with rational thought are terrified of what may follow in the near future.

Steve has given many reasons for his distaste of this president in his recent letter. To insinuate Steve doesn't like him just because he is our first black president borders on a racist comment, Bernadette. You then end your letter by urging us all to show peace and love. Now that is some real chutzpah. Yes Dave Schwotzer, liberals like Bernadette and Lynn Rudmin Chong do seem to have the market cornered on chutzpah and they apparently do not have any use for mirrors to self-reflect. Otherwise, Bernadette might have realized that her letter was laden with criticism and condescension.

In case Bernadette has spent most of her free time studying Veverka's "Tea Party Potty Tricks," I am glad to enlighten her as to President Obama's latest trail of divisiveness. He has pushed race relations between blacks and policemen back into the 1970s. He, Eric Holder, Mayor Bill de Blasio and of course Obama's "racial adviser", Al Sharpton, have disgracefully trashed the best and most diverse police force in this country, New York City's finest. And apparently for purely, political reasons. That affects all of us Bernadette.

Two policemen were executed in broad daylight by a criminal thug. He boasted on social media, "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take out ours . . . . Let's take out two of theirs."

Thanks to shameless, super-heated rhetoric by Democrats and their followers, the New York police are being forced into the role of reluctant defenders. This will likely cause an increase in the death count of black individuals in New York City, reversing all the good that former mayor Rudy Giuliani accomplished. He saved many thousands of lives during his tenure as mayor. For that magnificent accomplishment, he has been castigated by those on the left. That would be the group that appears to not care so much about the cause of the vast majority of deaths in the black community and that would be black on black crime.

I find it unconscionable that President Obama and his cronies have insinuated that our country's police force is out hunting down black people just because of the color of their skin. Charles Barkley is correct when he says we cannot ruin the reputation of our police force because they are not perfect and a few racist police types still exist. He reminds us that without the fearless work of our "thin blue line," large inner city ghettos would turn into the wild, wild west. That is just what might happen to the city of New York.

I have little doubt that liberals will blame future deaths on the plague of racist cops hunting down innocent black people. Wallowing in deceit, liberal progressives will deny how allowing violence on the left to continue, mostly unchecked, has created a grotesque climate of hate and made violence more acceptable. Living in the land of delusional retro racism and denying that we have made more progress in race relations than any other country, looms as some perverted form of a progressive cognitive disorder. How else to explain this blossoming war on police and the use of a false narrative. That being the repeated incendiary phrase of "pervasive racism" used to smear the reputation of the many thousands of good cops.

Greg Gutfield points out that there is only one color that is acceptable to hate these days and that is blue. A race war appears imminent and much of the blame will be borne by the lack of leadership of Barack Obama. He could have spoken in the manner of Martin Luther King Jr. He has instead chosen to continue to promote the notion that blacks must fear the police. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our police men and women for the great work they do in putting their lives on the line every day to keep us all safe. I love you guys and wish you peace and prosperity.

Russ Wiles


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