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2 more of Tom Clairmont's many achievements deserve mention

To The Daily Sun,

The local papers gave an impressive list of Tom Claremont's achievements at LRGH this past week. I'd like to add two more that deserve mention.

For years there has been a regular monthly meeting of local clergy in Laconia and Gilford. Tom invited himself to one of our meetings, and described the need for a full-time professional chaplain at the hospital, and asked us to create a committee to create a job description, title, and training for the position. as a result of Tom's initiative we have had two chaplains, George Hankins-Hull from Northern Ireland, followed by our current chaplain, Festus Kavale, from Kenya. Both were clergy who came to the U.S. to take advantage of the clinical training programs needed to qualify as professional hospital chaplains. Each has made a significant contribution for hospital patients, staff, as well as the local community.

Another initiative Tom took was to support the creation of what are called monthly "Schwartz Rounds" at the hospital. These meetings are open to all professional staff, with presentations made by panels of staff members, on a different topic monthly, related to challenges for staff in their interactions with patients.

All staff are eligible to attend, and to respond with their own experiences related to the sharing of the panel. Patient confidentiality is strictly respected in not disclosing patient identity. The topics relate to the stresses, challenges or crises experienced by staff in their work with patients. Helping caregivers receive support for their emotional needs in the stresses of the hospital context, strengthens their resiliency and helps them be more effective as caring caregivers. Understanding for Schwartz Rounds can be found on-line.

The Rev. Bill Zeckhausen, D.Min.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:13

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We are so divided we are very close once again to violence

To The Daily Sun,

This is in response to the vicious diatribe written by the far-left "intellectual" who unsucessfully attempted to create a new acrostic, and in the process, insulted millions of Christians in America and around the world, in his letter to The Daily Sun on Thursday, Aug. 7.

I prayerfully write this to encourage the thousands of you who read this publication daily, who are not brain-dead, low-information followers of these people, to start making some noise, to drown out these rantings that seem to dominate the news media.

Most anyone of you are certainly more intellectually capable of putting this guy's ideology to shame than what passes for political talk that gets published on a daily basis. It would serve no purpose (not to mention — almost impossible) to address each of his points individually, except to capsulize them and identify them as "pablum," "baby food," unintelligible babblings without much meaning.

Regarding his criticisms of Fox News, the No. 1 news leader in all of cable news for over 15 years, Fox will often beat the ratings of the three networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, combined. The media as a whole in this country should be ashamed. They have a specific reference in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution all to themselves, to protect them from any abuses of government, and what do they do? They squander that privilege for the sake of their own ideology.

One last point: Muslims are divided over ideology, and have been for 1,000 years. Sunnis believe one thing, and Shia believe another, and they kill each other over that difference, and have been for hundreds of years. America fought a bitter and very tragic civil war 160 years ago, again over ideology. We are today so divided over ideology that we are very close once again to violence.

Last Friday the former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, became so furious over something a Republican representative from Pennsylvania was saying in a speech on the floor of the House, that she broke long-standing protocol and rushed across the House floor, screaming and shaking her finger at him, while he was still speaking. The last time that happened was just before the start of the U.S. Civil War.

Come on, Patriots, let's hear your voices. I know you are out there. You know how to write letters. Write. You know how to vote. Vote.

Your grandkids and great-grandkids are depending on you. And so are mine.

Jim McCoole


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:10

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Can't we hold some of these wonderful events on Sunday

To The Daily Sun,

This isn't as high a priority as Common Core, or the Market Basket rallies, or even the next election; but sometimes it's the smallest requests that make the most noise.

I would love to put in a request to all the planners of craft shows, old home days, races (foot or bike), festivals, multicultural market days and farmers markets.

There are many of us who would love to attend and participate and enjoy these wonderfully diverse happenings, but we work on Saturdays and by the time our workday is done, you all have packed up and left, or not many of you are still in the area.

My request is simple: Perhaps you could hold some of these wonderful events on a Sunday, or later on Saturdays or even Friday nights so that those of us who are unable to attend on Saturday before 3 p.m. (which seems to be the end time for most events) can benefit and enjoy? Thank you in advance.

Judi Leavitt


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:06

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No one wants to make any sacrifices for the common good

To The Daily Sun,

Ask anyone if they are in favor of green energy and almost all will say yes. The devil in in the details. Everyone wants clean renewable hydroelectric power, but nobody wants the high voltage towers to carry that energy from the north, where the hydro power is, to the south where the energy is needed. Additionally, they don't want any hydroelectric dams because it impedes the fish migration.

Likewise, they want wind energy but don't want to see any wind towers on their mountains. Solar is only 30 percent efficient and still too expensive for the average person. Plus, I wonder how well they work with a foot of ice and snow on them during our short winter days.

They say that wind towers and power lines will hurt the tourist industry. Tourism is certainly important, but it mostly provides seasonal, low-wage jobs with no benefits — nothing you can raise a family on. Manufacturing and high tech is where the good-paying jobs with benefits are and electricity prices are a big factor in where they locate.

Some say we don't need the electricity. We don't need it now as long as we keep our ancient coal fired power plants belching greenhouse gases and mercury, but those old plants won't meet the new regulations and will have to be shut down.

Likewise, Vermont Yankee will shut down at the end of the year which will leave a big hole in the New England Power Pool. Shortly thereafter the Salem, Mass., reactor is also scheduled for shutdown as most of the nukes built in the early 1970s reach the end of their designed lifetime and shut down.

Without sufficient generating capacity, utilities will have to buy power on the open market at if it's even available. Convert the coal power plants to natural gas? Sorry, there isn't enough pipeline capacity in New Hampshire to do that. And guess what? Nobody wants a gas pipeline running through their town either.

We have some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, and it will get much worse without baseload like Northern Pass and other forms of green energy. Industry will not want to locate in New Hampshire when other states offer much lower rates. Already New Hampshire is graying as retirees move in and our young people move out to other parts of the country to find good-paying jobs.

It's the same problem from Washington, D.C., to local government. Nobody wants to make any sacrifices for the common good of the state/nation. They cling to their position regardless of what is good for the country and demand their position be adopted without compromise. No nation can continue like this. Instead of a nation of like-minded patriotic people, we will become just a bunch of squabbling interest groups, and nothing will get done and our nation will decline.

Andrew Bourassa


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:01

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My mistake; Mr. Havenstein had left BAE Systems in 2010

To The Daily Sun,

In my letter I sent some days ago, I made a mistake that I would like to correct.

I was incorrect in stating that it was BAE Systems that lost thousands of jobs and shed 30 percent of its stock value while (Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt) Havenstein was CEO. It was another government contracting company, called S.A.I.C., that he was CEO of. Mr. Havenstein left BAE in 2010 and became CEO of S.A.I.C. until 2012, and in that time the company struggled significantly.

I regret the error.

Paul Bonneville

Lochmere (Tilton)

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:58

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