It takes many people many hours to prepare for Candlelight Stroll

To The Daily Sun,

During the holiday season I think about why I am grateful to be living here, in this area of the world and during this time. I am a member of the Gilford Stroll Committee and of the Gilford Historical Society and I am grateful to be working with so many busy people who donate their time to make life a bit more enjoyable during this time of year by creating the free Candlelight Stroll.

We so often take for granted all the people who volunteer their time and energy to help make our lives enjoyable. It takes many, many people working behind the scenes and many hours to prepare for Gilford's Candlelight Stroll (on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.).

The Gilford Historical Society would like to publicly thank those members of the Gilford Senior Moment-um group who patiently strung the garlands of popcorn and cranberries that will be on the tree in the parlor of the 1838 Rowe House. Thanks go to Kristin Jarvi and Sue King for helping to coordinate this and to Joanne Blais, Ginny Brake, Carleen Cornelison, Diana Dufault, Bev Fortson, Carol Graves, and Doris Millo. We appreciate your volunteering.

Kathy Lacroix


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Multi-million dollar Meredith roundabouts project not necessary

To The Daily Sun,

As a resident of Meredith for 13years, I must voice my thoughts and feelings about the three proposed roundabouts. On Monday December 15th, there is a workshop at 4:15, followed by the regular scheduled Selectboard meeting at 5 p.m. — location is the Community Center. I encourage the people of Meredith to come, listen, and voice their concerns! If you are unable to come, please call the Selectboard members, talk to them, or maybe write a letter with your thoughts. It is our town and We the People should be deciding this important change to our town. Most folks I talk to are against this project!

I am against this multi-million dollar adventure. I do not want the antiquity of our town changed again! A lot of our character as a town has been relinquished to the restaurant business. The more development, the more impersonal the town traits and features become. Do the good town folks really want this change? We are a nice town right now! The whole project reminds me of the game "Candyland"...I use to play with my grandchildren — a board of circles and lines, making anyone feel like they are in seclusion. The town will be surrounded and shut in everywhere one goes! Millions of dollars to defeat traffic congestion and only for eight weeks out of the year. It seems to me a policeman could accomplish this same feat. We need a new Meredith Neck Road, this road is heavily traveled all year round by many of our residents and businesses! This road has needed repair for years! I have spoken with Joe Kenney, our Executive Council representative and he is looking into when it was paved properly. The roundabouts are not a necessity!

I travel Pleasant St. on a daily basis and the safety cones that are in place during the summer months are sufficient. Phil Warren has such good ideas. I really find myself comfortable and safe exiting Pleasant St. I certainly agree with Phil about the fire truck, plus EMS travels could be hampered by three roundabouts, and very dangerous. I can't imagine either vehicle going around three at the speed they travel, certainly a risk for everyone! I think improved signalization is the most cost effective decision. I also think Ingrid Smith from Center Harbor idea was very good; he stated he had directions that would include a usable by-pass. Coming from Route 104 to Winona Road to Waukewan Road, and continue past the golf course to Route 3. Then if motorists want to reach Route 25, they simply cross Route 3 and take Keyser Road until they come to Route 25 and continue east. Ingrid Smith called the directions, the "Meredith Scenic By-Pass!"

Mr. McCarthy, who is being contracted by the state Department of Transportation said 'there's concern there will still be congestion after construction is finished." Is this common sense? I would say not! I repeat a multi-million dollar project is not a necessity!

Rosemary Landry

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Our system of government derives from 'We the People', not God

To The Daily Sun,

Ruth Provencal, the ballot clerk in Derry, was let go because of her use of the expression: "God bless you." This was her preferred way of thanking people for participating in the electoral process. Perhaps the simple way of thanking people would have been to just say thank you rather than introduce a religious element in the public arena. We agree with Renee Routhier, the supervisor of the check list, for not asking Ms. Provencal to return. Religion has no place at the ballot station.

While her peculiar remark may have meaning to certain Christians, it has no meaning to atheists and other non-believers.

We atheists live with this on a daily basis. On a personal level we hear this expression along with, "I'll pray for you," quite frequently. Ms. Provencal remarks that it is her First Amendment right and William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, agrees with her.

They both miss the point. It's not a question of whether or not she was fired or let go. It's a volunteer position and Derry officials were within their rights to release her. It's a question of separation of church and state in the workplace. A similar case occurred at the New Jersey toll booth. Cynthia Fernandez also used religious expressions to "thank" people. She was also fired. Perhaps state agencies should have a policy against using religious phrases.

Christian revisionists would have us believe that this nation was founded on Christian beliefs. They couldn't be further from the truth. The U.S. government derives from people (not God) as it clearly states in the preamble..."We the people." The omission of God in the Constitution did not come out of forgetfulness, but rather out of the Founding Fathers purposeful intention to keep government from religion. Christians can "pray for us" all they want if they don't mind us "thinking for them."

Ruth Provencal is not an evil woman but her misplaced remarks represent at the very least a cultural insensitivity and should be discouraged.

George Maloof

Plymouth Secular Society

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How ironic that Goliath might meet his match in Green Mtn. State

To The Daily Sun,

Monsanto and its allies have announced they are suing the tiny, rural state of Vermont to block a law requiring the labeling of GMO foods. If they succeed it could set a precedent that stops labeling in dozens of other states and countries.

Vermont has a chance against this giant poison factory but they need help. Please go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and contribute what you can. How ironic that Goliath might meet his match in the quiet rolling hills of the Green Mountain State. It's the stuff movies are made of.

George Maloof


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Of all the lies told about Obamacare, 'Death Panels' stands out

To The Daily Sun,

It was interesting last week to read the letter from Ms. Landry in which she admonishes Professor Cracraft for what she perceives as "a misplacement of facts and a doublespeak process," and "picking an untruth and running with it"; has she been reading this forum? What she takes offense to appears on these pages almost on a daily basis.

Contributors from both ends of the political spectrum are guilty. The "spreading of information while leaving out the real facts" is the life-blood of many writers. In fact, one conservative writer claims. "I don't have to prove anything."

Speaking of "untruths and running with it," while Ms. Landry may have read Betsey McCaughey's book, "Beating Obamacare," of all the falsehoods and distortions relating to the ACA, one stands out from the rest — "Death Panels." This claim is a lie ("untruth") orchestrated by people whose only agenda was to kill reform at any cost. The claim has been disproven, and it has been referred to as the "death panel myth," as nothing in the proposed legislation would lead to individuals being judged to see if they were worthy of health care.

McCaughey and others tried to distort Section 1233 of bill HR 3200 which would have paid physicians for providing voluntary counseling to Medicare patients about living wills, advance directives, and end-of-life care options.

In her "Big bald-face lie," McCaughey distorts the truth (lies) by stating that Section 1233 of HR 3200 was "a vicious assault on elderly people" because it would absolutely require Medicare patients to have counseling sessions every five years that would "tell them how to end their life sooner." By misrepresenting provisions, the AARP has described her "euthanasia" counseling and "Death Panel" allegations as "rife with gross — and even cruel — distortions."

I would encourage readers to research the facts by utilizing independent and reliable news sources. I would, however, caution you against researching Fox News, as they are still reeling from the findings of the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee report of its two-year investigation of the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, which debunked a serious of right-wing fantasies, just as other inquires had before it.

Mr. Demakowski, I can "read the writing on the wall," and it illustrates to what depths opponents of the ACA will sink. Your outrages accusations are "debunked" because you give no evidence, and they are totally disconnected from facts. If you, or Ms. Landry, can refer me to any section of the ACA referencing "Death Panels" or their equivalent, please enlighten me.

L. J. Siden


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