To The Daily Sun,
Has anyone seen a recent political cartoon concerning the PA/Israeli war? It posited the question: "Which is worse": A. Gaza using human shields or B. Israel hitting them. According to Lynn Rudmin Chong and other left-leaning academics, the answer is B. She ends her letter by speaking of the Israeli invasion of Gaza. Those dastardly Jews are at it again, right Lynn?
Let's peruse the facts shall we? Israel accepted the Egyptian proposed cease-fire while Hamas kept firing away. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians while Israel takes every precaution to avoid them. Israel's prime minister says, "We're using missile defense to protect our civilians and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles." Apologists from America to Europe and the despicable U.N. Human Rights Council all blame Israeli occupation for this latest attack from Hamas. The idea of supporting terrorists is apparently lost on all those Jewish-hating, misguided souls.
Remember less than 10 years ago when Israel pulled up all its roots from Gaza and turned it all over to the Palestinians? Israel was hopeful of having a peaceful Palestinian neighbor and gave them 3,000 greenhouses with which to export fruit and flowers. The Gaza Palestinians proceeded to destroy the greenhouses and elected Hamas in 2007. So rather than building an economy, schools and hospitals, they built underground tunnels and spent millions on rockets and other weapons. Yet somehow, it is the fault of Israel that the Palestinian people are impoverished.
The Palestinians know that the Israeli "Iron Dome" defense shield will destroy most of their missiles. Their goal is to produce photo ops of dead civilians with which to promote the endlessly false narrative of those "ruthless Israelis" because they loathe Jewish people and have no desire to make peace.This cartoon is pure rubbish and perpetuates a terrible myth.
Though it was Hamas that kept firing hundreds of rockets in Israel forcing more than half of the country to run for their bomb shelters, they showed amazing patience and restraint. They warned the Palestinian people in every way possible that they must take shelter because they were about to respond to the assault on their homeland if the rockets kept coming. So what did President Obama say about the matter? He urged Israel to proceed with all due caution and get to the bargaining table quickly while not mentioning the name Hamas. He then commanded John Kerry to get on his white horse and ride to the defense of, you guessed it, Hamas.
The Palestinians are suffering more casualties due to their own country not only "not" providing them with bomb shelters, but using them as human shields to be mutilated and killed to elicit sympathy from the international community. Senior Israeli leaders have been killed while leading their troops into battle while the Hamas leaders are either hiding out in Qatar or in deep air-conditioned bomb shelters.
I find it absolutely reprehensible that with the Holocaust not such a distant memory, much of Europe and academics in the United States can unabashedly spew their venomous, anti-Semitic rhetoric at our most cherished ally in the Middle East.
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters laments as follows: "Israel is an island of civilization in a sea of barbarism. It is the only rule of law democracy in the history of the Middle East where women's rights are respected. Where even the president is not above the rule of law. Where education and hard work are valued. And yet our government is once again betraying Israel."
Nonie Darwish, was born in Cairo and grew up in Egypt-ruled Gaza in the 1950s. She notes that after the revolution, Egyptian president Nasser's commitment was to unify the Arab world and destroy Israel. She said that Gaza public schools taught the children hate, vengeance and retaliation or "jihad" against Israel. A favorite song, "Arabs are our friends, Jews are our dogs."
Here's a memo to the apparently deluded Lynn Rudmin Chong and other academics: Israel wants to live in peace while the Hamas-ruled Palestinian Authority wants to wipe the Jewish people off the face of the earth. Is that enough moral clarity for you?
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:39
To The Daily Sun,
We live in Connecticut and also have a residence in Weirs Beach. Whenever we are here, we are fortunate to be able to take advantage of two wonderful theater groups in the area.
Last night (Wednesday) we saw the lively and funny presentation of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, playing until Aug. 2. We also had the opportunity to see "The Foreigner," which was outstanding. Continuing this summer season will be "Any Other Name," playing from Aug. 6 to Aug. 16, and "Talley's Folly," from Aug. 20 to Aug. 30.
Our other favorite theater is the Interlakes Summer Theater, where we recently saw "42nd Street" and "Miss Saigon." We felt like we were at a Broadway theater. The remainder of their season presents "Hello Dolly" (July 29-Aug. 10), and "The Wiz" (Aug. 12-17).
If you are looking for an enjoyable evening, take in these theaters performances. We are lucky to have them.
Tom and Donna Barnas
and Weirs Beach
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:35
To The Daily Sun,
In order for a student to be academically successful and college and career ready, they must be strong readers. It is important for learners of all types to read and comprehend a wide variety of material both in and out of school to develop increasingly more advanced reading skills. These skills are vital as a student moves from high school to the college and career path. So that Laconia High School students can keep advancing their reading ability over the summer, LHS teachers have carefully selected a reading and writing assignment for every student to complete.
Prior to the start of each English and humanities course, every student at LHS is required to complete a summer reading assignment in time for the first day of school. Please note that students taking an English or humanities course during the spring semester must complete the summer reading and assignment(s) by the first day of school. All summer reading assignments are available at the LHS Library website:
LHS Humanities Department
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:11
To The Daily Sun,
As a high school senior at Prospect Mountain High School in the beautiful town of Alton, I am about to begin my last year in the district. It is mid-summer and I'm thinking of all of the exciting things coming to me in the next 10 months: prom, ski team, and of course, college applications.
As I saw all of my friends from the class of 2014 choose, apply, and become accepted by colleges, I began to think about my future education even more. There are two aspects of college I have thought about:
— What opportunities will the college experience afford me?
— The hefty price tag that could sit over my head after I start searching for my first job.
Education is very important to me, but the cost of education cannot be overlooked because I know I will have to pay for college on my own, and my restaurant job, sadly, will not cover the tens of thousands of dollars college costs. College just seems to get more expensive by the minute. state tuition state schools, and the present discount a local student can get doesn't seem to sway me from applying to school outside New Hampshire.
Seeing as how my district's state senator, Sam Cataldo, continually votes against funding college education, I'm definitely going to have a harder time affording higher education.
Voting against funding the next generation's education is a selfish move by politicians, in my opinion. I just want to go to college, get a job, start a family, and then one day retire. But it seems more and more politicians today are casting votes to make my American dream more difficult.
What happened to representation for the people, like we talk about in my Prospect Mountain history classes?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
The State of Massachusetts will be accepting some of the influx of the illegal children/teens crossing the border. These children/teens are held in deplorable conditions. After they go through the system, they are given a bus ticket to where they want to go and dropped off at the bus station. To think that some of illegal children/teens will not make their way to New Hampshire is naïve.
Gov. Hassan is not aware of the state of New Hampshire being asked to take some of these illegal children/teens. Not aware? She should be aware.
So in the future, if not already, New Hampshire could be receiving these illegal children/teens. Funds will be needed for these new additions to the school and medical systems. Housing will have to be provided if they are not going to a relative already here. This costs money. This costs the towns and states money. This is an added burden to budgets.
Towns in Massachusetts are having these problems. Manchester already has additional homeless people for whom it is responsible to provide housing.
The Democratic House voted against a bill that would allow scholarship money to send their children to the schools of their choosing.
I keep hearing the Democrats say, "for the children". Yet they vote against programs for children that are citizens of this country.
I feel for these children, but it is not the responsibility of the U.S. to take care of the rest of the world. We can no longer afford it.
For the children? Let's think of our children first. There are many children in this country, in this state, that need help.
Gov. Perry is sending about 1,000 National Guard to the border. He asked the president to do this. But the president has not acted. Therefore Gov. Perry has to act. The cost will then have to be covered by the State of Texas. An additional cost to Texans, besides the influx in their school and hospitals. A cost that they would not have to have if the president enforced our borders.
Kudos to Gov. Perry. I hope other Southern governors will have his courage. We must stand with them in protecting our sovereignty.
We must have secure borders now.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:05