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Future editions of 'Absurdity' will get the attention they deserve

To The Daily Sun,

I generally agree with Steve Earle and his assessment of our beloved collector of all things obtuse, irrelevant, irreverent and trivial, Mr. James Veverka. However, I must take issue with Steve regarding his lack of acknowledgment of the new post assumed by the esteemed letter writer of all things progressive and mindless.

Based on his astute 2013 letters to the editor, and his exalted position in the Center for the Study of Absurdity, he must have been recruited from the elite Mensa Society. His brilliant edifications regarding the foibles of the "right wing nuts" and the too numerous to mention "Tea Party Potty Tricks", have recently left me speechless and in awe.

So Steve, please, please, we must all give credit where credit is due. In fact, I'm hoping James will be more forthcoming and not be so darn humble. I am willing to bet that he is indeed the president of the Center for the Study of Absurdity. I can't possibly think of anyone more qualified for the position. In fact, I'm even betting the voting was unanimous. Me, myself and I all voted for the same person. I would so much love to be a fly on the wall during one of those "heated debates" that occur among the editorial board. I salute James, clearly a legend in his own mind. Carry on the good fight my man. I promise you, we will give your future submissions all the attention and concern that they deserve.

Russ Wiles

Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 08:57

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Wind towers are mysteriously beautiful, like stars in night sky

To The Laconia Daily Sun,

A little about myself: Welton Falls and Cardigan Mountain, these were my playgrounds as a child. New Hampshire and its mountains so beautiful.

I'm a person who likes to stay informed of things that concern my environment. I do not promote things that would harm our environment or the beauty of our great state.

I know that to produce electricity they have nuclear plants. These do harm the environment. These plants make radioactive waste that is harmful and remains forever. The method of disposal is to go destroy another piece of property by burying this waste encased in millions of pounds of cement. A rather large hole is needed here. Coal, fuel oil, or jet oil is another source to make power. These however, are caustic and harmful as well. Never mind the devastation left behind from mining or extracting from the earth and the refining process.

Wind towers to me are mysteriously beautiful, kind of like stars in the night sky. I know, now your saying this is a stretch of the imagination comparing the two, but I like to think that the same Divine Spirit that created the stars in the night, also planned out the life and intellect of the person/persons who invented such an amazing machine as the wind tower. My thought is that these towers do hot harm the environment, and they are not offensive. The towers take nothing from us but only borrow the wind as it passes by.

In closing, I would like to thank the company for the thoughtful planning and designs to make these farms safe and the environment a friendly source of power.

I hope some day there will be others that think as I do.

Sandra Hutchins


Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 08:48

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Our schools are filled with great kids . . . our greatest resource

To The Daily Sun,

In the past few weeks, Walter F. Kalin has written two letters to the Sun. The first letter reported the decline of Laconia High School. The second letter expands this decline to include our entire educational system. I have since reread both letters and have a couple of observations:
The first letter describes the well-intentioned efforts of a substitute teacher, recalling horrible behavior by some students. I would, however, like a clarification of the following:
"I know a lot of families in Laconia. Students from good families seem to do well, but are frustrated by so many rotten apples in the barrel. Students from broken families or indifferent parents do poorly and are a big part of the discipline problem."
So sad. How judgmental and ignorant.
I would really like to have this gentleman's definitions of "good families" and "broken families".
I haven't heard the term "broken family" in many years. I honestly thought that we, as a society, had evolved beyond that mentality. I sincerely hope that "broken" does not mean divorced, widowed, or separated. Broken relationships do not determine broken families. I have many dear friends, co-workers and acquaintances who are single parents. They have astonishing children and are astonishing parents. I returned to Laconia 20 years ago to raise my two children. We were NEVER a broken family. Who sets the parameters for "good"? Are there really that many "rotten apples"?
Letter two quotes a very "wise" friend who blames education for the world's inability to live in peace and the ultimate fall of civilization.
Isn't it just possible that, on his last substituting excursion, Mr. Kalin simply had a bad day? Education is a two-way street. To get students involved, teachers need to illuminate their subject matter and inspire their students.
Our schools are filled with "good" — in fact — "great" kids. It is a shame that these gentlemen are incapable of appreciating our greatest national resource.
June M. Huot

Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 08:45

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Thank you Kylee Drew for working with Boys & Girls Club members

To The Daily Sun,

I would like take time to recognize Broadway North dancer Kylee Drew for taking her time and working with the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region. She has been working with several girls and boys at the club one day a week for the past several weeks. Broadway North was very gracious and allowed the club to take part in their Christmas Extravaganza that was held at Inter-lakes High School on December 14. This invitation to participate in their recital was very last minute and some of the dancers were not able to make it. None of it could have happened however, without the support of the Boys and Girls Club and parents.

I would like to thank Kelsey Nims of Beyond The Fringe for donating her time and her help with hair, make-up and costumes. I would also like to thank Lacy Lewis for taking the dancers out to lunch in between recitals; and of course none of this could have happened without the Boys and Girls club and Dana Meade & Broadway North!

Susan Sargent


Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 08:41

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Northern Pass will provide reliable electricity for future generations

To The Daily Sun,
We have been bestowed with one of the greatest gifts being presented to New Hampshire in the history of this great state, the Northern Pass project. I am not employed by this project or even any of its contractors, but am a private N.H. citizen, in Alton Bay, who is so impressed by it that I was inspired to send this to you.

Northern Pass will provide us with clean generated hydroelectric service for us and for infinite future generations. Consider the following facts concerning the project, which we should all support based on common sense alone. The demand for electrical service is only going to increase over the next few years. We have the obligation to ensure this service is available for future generations. According to ISO New England (June 1, 2006, http://www.iso-ne.com/pubs/whtpprs/elec_costs_wht_ppr.pdf): "Power consumption on the hottest summer days has been growing at about 2 percent each year, which is higher than the growth in average consumption. This consumption trend drives the requirement to build additional resources (e.g. peaking units), increasing the capacity costs of the region. It also is creating an underutilized power system where resources are built to satisfy demand for only a few days of the year. Adding 1,000 megawatts (MW) of supply produced by low-cost plants will save New England consumers $600 million a year.".

The geographical/environmental impact of this project will only affect a small fraction of the tens of thousands of N.H. forestry/woodlands acres. Anyone who thinks this is going to even slightly affect the N.H. tourism industry is being severely overdramatic, as can be evidenced by the ramblings of columnist John Harrigan. Hydroelectric power, by its very nature, as provided by the Northern Pass project, is one of most environmentally friendly forms of energy that we could ever ask for our state. Dependance on fossil fuels is not only costly, but harmful to our precious environment; nuclear power carries with it the constant threat of a major disaster, not to mention the fact that there is still nuclear infused waste from these facilities that has to be dealt with. Also, nobody wants a nuclear facility in their neighborhood, let alone a related waste dumping facility. The suggestion of using the decommissioned nuclear aircraft carrier is also totally absurd. If it had an impending nuclear disaster, there would be relatively little time to tow it out to sea and hope for the best, let alone a contaminated fisheries harvest from New England.

As an additional bonus, Northern Pass is not only a cost-free project for the state, but is actually projected to provide a considerable financial income resource for N.H., a good incentive to reduce taxation resources in addition to providing a competitive entity amongst the various electrical service providers.
Anyone who truly cares about the pride of being a New Hampshire will fully support Northern Pass, if only to provide reliable electric for our future generations; so let's stop being so selfish about the relatively little negative sight impact of the project and start using common sense before some gloom and doom bandwagon rolls by, which we think we all have to dive on to.

Abe Goldberg

Alton Bay

Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 08:37

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