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Hit the # button on your phone 6 or 7 times in quick succession

To the editor,
This morning, Friday May 17 at 3:51 AM, we received another unwanted phone call from TIFF Brokerage (417 800-2575). Looks like, we have to hang-up our phone for the nights.
I have repeatedly contacted the "Do Not Call Center" via Internet and filed complaints. All in vain. Someone is being paid to do a job, yet it seems, they do nothing to stop those daily, unwanted calls.
Friends have been helpful and suggested the following actions:
— Say three little words 'Hold On, Please" then put down the phone ... until you hear the 'beep-beep' tone.
— Calls without answers are used by telemarketing people to determine the best time to call.
The best you can do if nobody is answering, immediately start hitting your # button on the phone 6 to 7 times as quickly as possible. This will confuse the machine that dialed the call, and best of all it kicks your number out of their system!
Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer!
Werner Rebsamen
Meredith

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 May 2013 12:10

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Newfound Lakers: let's not let this happen to our special place

To the editor,
It's summertime and Newfound Lake is open for business. Its pristine waters are considered the jewel of New Hampshire — just ask any resident about its water and you'll get an earful.
This area is packed with many small adventures. Newfound Lake is also home to the New Hampshire Marathon, it has the largest fresh water beach in N.H., it has miles of bike paths, endless water activities and thousands of miles of hiking trails. You know it's a special place when you find yourself smiling — just by saying the words "Newfound Lake".
We all look forward to coming here in the summer. Do you remember the excitement of driving by Our Lady of Grace Chapel when you were kids and couldn't wait to get a glimpse of the lake! And as you got older that excitement line seemed to have moved to the New Hampton Bridge, then to Exit 23, then to Concord... and finally to that big blue "Welcome to New Hampshire" sign by the border. You know what I am talking about.
That stress somehow lifts off our shoulders as we head to the lake for the weekend or vacation. It's a carefree and tranquility type of attitude — right? Well, let's keep it that way! We're happy to see all of you again, let the summer of 2013 begin and may the summer days be warm and full of sunshine...
A few of you may have noticed the wind turbines being built here last summer at the north end of the lake. Well, since you left we have heard of many, many, many more wind turbines being proposed for this beautiful lake. A dark cloud is hanging over our community casting its shadow over many of the towns around Newfound Lake. This dark cloud is a metaphor for all the confusion surrounding these next three proposals. If approved, Newfound Lake will be the wind turbine capital of New England with as many as 125 turbines, standing 454 feet high (taller than the Groton turbines) with red flashing lights.
From one Laker to another... let's not let this happen to our lake. Let's be extremely vocal in our opposition toward these next three proposals — for they will not be the only thing we will be staring at: more power lines, more substations, wide paths carving up our mountainsides, and extensive deforestation on our mountainous ridge lines.
Please help us in our efforts to protect the lakes beauty and help heal the community by showing your support in these trying times. Residents here are united against these next few proposals — and we want your support! Let's consider it a united effort of both residents and visitors alike.
Follow us on facebook "Newfound Lake Wind Watch" or visit us at "www.NHwindwatch.org". Find out how you can help...
Ray Cunningham
Bridgewater

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 May 2013 12:07

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Armed Forces Day - Sacrifice

Surrounded by sand, rocks and grit
Eating meals from a ready-made kit
I dream of my green, far away homeland
As I'm here fighting in Afghanistan.

Old soldiers who fought in other wars used to say,
"Mine is not to question why,
Mine is to do or die."
Asking not to die is now how I pray.

New technology like Skype does help some
I get to see my family for ten minutes a month.
The days seem endless as we patrol in 12-hour shifts
But not seeing my boys grow is what I miss.

My wife is courageous and provides all their care.
Everyone is doing more than their fair share.
Sometimes all this sacrifice just doesn't seem fair.

But soldiers answer the call whenever it comes;
From barracks to planes on a dead run.
They fight wherever they are needed
until the job is completed.

— Patsy Wells, Sanbornton

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 May 2013 12:04

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Over 20 years, true small business produced just 17% of new jobs

To the editor,
In defending his opposition to tax rate increases for the affluent, Speaker of the House John Boehner continuously says, "Small business is the engine of job creation in America." Even in a news conference, no one questions him. Yet, the statement is overly simplistic, under researched and misleading.
Perhaps no politician of either party wants to risk explaining the economic impacts of small business are limited, and "small business" is not what most voters think it is.
When looking at jobs in the American economy, investigators classify business as small, medium or large by establishment size. They calculate the number of new jobs produced in each tier and conclude small business does indeed produce the bulk of them. It seems to make sense. At any one time, there could be thousands of restaurants hiring. On the other hand, there are only 120 automobile assembly plants in the United States.
The conclusion, however, glosses over a couple of realities, both of which independently refute, or at least complicate, the speaker's adage. One is the very nature of business in the job-creation arena. The other is the difference between establishments (the unit of analysis) and firms.
First, the nature of business as it pertains to jobs:
Job destruction, job creation is a continuous process. Destruction occurs when an incumbent leaves a position. In calculating job destruction, the underlying reason for departure (death, promotion, termination, furlough, resignation, etc.) is not considered.
Creation is the opposite: A person enters or begins a job. Again, the underlying rationale (new hire, recall, transfer, etc.) does not influence the calculation.
The number of "new jobs," whether across the economy, in an industry or at an establishment, is a simple calculation: Job creation minus job destruction equals new jobs. (In the worst of times, this could be a negative number.)
So, for instance, if the restaurant down the street hired two cooks, and a dishwasher quit, analysts would say this establishment experienced two job creations and one destruction. Therefore, it generated one new job.
Every first Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cumulates individual establishment numbers and issues its monthly "Employment Situation Report" – America's official "jobs numbers." Instead of parsing establishments by size, however, number crunchers could analyze jobs data by establishment age; that is, how long has an establishment existed? This analysis produces findings that muddy the establishment-by-size analysis.
Establishments in their startup year generate about two-thirds of all new jobs. In other words, startup establishments produce two new jobs for every one new job generated by all the establishments — regardless of size — that have existed for at least a year.
With this finding, the speaker might conclude, "startups are the engine of job creation in America." Instead of advocating tax breaks for business owners and managers, he might pursue strategies to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.
Second, the difference between establishments and firms:
To produce valid findings, investigators must collect analogous data from comparable sources. "Establishments" are comparable sources. They are the places where people conduct business. They produce analogous data, their payrolls.
In the case of the "jobs numbers," the methodology is sound. Calculations are valid. Findings are accurate. Nonetheless, results can be misleading. The culprit is the unit of analysis, establishment size.
Consider two pharmaceutical retailers a block apart. Both the family drugstore on Elm Street and the CVS Pharmacy on Main Street conduct business onsite and have payrolls. Therefore, both are establishments for data collection purposes. However, even though CVS employs about 200,000 people with nearly 7,460 retail stores nationwide, its establishment on Main Street is a small business by definition — less than 50 employees. More to the point, the CVS Main Street store is small business in the data as is each of its other 7,500 establishments across the country.
The family drugstore is not just an establishment. It is also a firm by definition. The single establishment on Elm Street encompasses the totality of the family's business activity.
One the other hand, the CVS retail store on Main Street is a very small part of a much larger firm. The CVS firm is clearly very large business. The family drugstore firm is just as clearly small business.
Using firm size instead of establishment size as the unit of analysis flips findings on their head. When new jobs from the 12-month period from February 2010 through March 2011 were calculated — data beyond March 2011 were not available at the time of this analysis — the dichotomy was remarkable:
With "establishment" as the unit of analysis, small business produced 44 percent of the new jobs. Large business generated just 5 percent.
But with "firm" as the analysis unit, 17 percent of the new jobs came from small business. Large business spawned 56 percent.
Over 20 years (1990-2011), small firms produced 16 percent of the new jobs. Large firms generated 65 percent.
With these findings, the speaker might conclude, "Big business is the engine of job creation in America." Instead of advocating tax breaks for business owners and managers or pursing strategies to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, he might suggest increasing subsidies to large corporations.
Poul Anderson, famed science fiction author and winner of the Libertarian Futurist Society's first Special Prometheus Award for Lifetime Achievement, summed up the complexity of problems in a sentence widely known as "Anderson's Law": "I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated."
Robert Moran
Meredith

Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 12:04

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Thanks for your constant commitment to young people of Laconia

To the editor,
We would like to publicly thank everyone who supported our recent "Chem-Free After Prom Party" for the students of Laconia High School. This successful and positive event, which was organized through the efforts of Officer Steve Orton and Students Against Destructive Decision-making (SADD), students and staff from Freedom Found and Stand Up Laconia, offered students who committed to being drug-free a truly wonderful time. In this initial effort, we had over 60 students join us for a night that was safe, drug and alcohol free and fun for everyone.
Our evening started after the prom ended. By 11:30 we are all on the bus in the parking lot of The Gunstock Ski Area. We took the bus, the cost of which was fully covered by our transportation friends at First Student, over to Funspot. There we had free reign of the games and bowling until 2 a.m. Students had a wonderful time but I think some of the chaperons may have had even more laughs while engaging in "Deal or No Deal" while eating pizza and donuts. It was great to see all the smiles and hear the laughter from our students and chaperons throughout our entire time at Funspot and we thank them for their support of this effort.
At 2 a.m. we loaded up the bus for a trip over to the Gilford Cinema 8. Thanks to their support, we were able to watch Iron Man 3-D on its opening night (technically, the morning of its second day) while enjoying some very outstanding popcorn. After the show, we held our give-aways and students walked away with gift cards, iPods and many other prizes, once again due to the significant community support that occurred to make this initiative happen for our students.
To wrap up the event, we took an early morning drive over to Weirs Beach and had a sunrise breakfast on the beach that was sponsored by our local school district food service program. In summary, lots of great food, lots of great company and a completely enjoyable event for all who chose to participate.
The following agencies and businesses are the reason this event was able to happen and we are very appreciative for their constant commitment to the young people of Laconia.
Thanks so much to: Laconia City Council, Laconia Police Department, Meredith Village Savings, Gilford Cinema 8, Gilford Mobil and Summit Distributors, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's, Papa Gino's, Sal's Pizza, Uno's, Pizza Hut, Dominoes, Hart's Turkey Farm, T'Bones/Catus Jack's, The Kellerhaus, The Vintage Café, MC Cycle, New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Dr. Gauthier DDM , U-frame We-frame, St. Andre Bessette Parish, All MY Life Jewelers, Super Cuts, Tanger Outlets, Lakes Region Cupcakes, Mary Kay, Home Goods and Hair Excitement....and our parent and staff chaperones!
Steve Orton
LHS Resource Officer, Counselor
Jim McCollum
LHS Principal
Phil Reed
LHS Guidance

Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 11:58

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