To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the Women's Guild of St. James Episcopal Church, I would like to thank the people that were instrumental in the success of our recent Christmas Fair. Because we have recently sold St. James building to the Boys and Girls Club we were afraid people might not know where we are located. Our concerns were unfounded because local people came to our aid and spread the word that the congregation of St. James Episcopal is alive and well and sharing space at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Parade Road.
Thanks to Stafford Oil, American Eyecare, Carole Johnson, Rose Nyatsambo, Sheila Akerstrom, Betty Lacroix and Judy Farr for raffle prizes; Bob Meade for articles for the papers, Taylor Community for the use of their sign, Lou Gaynor of HATT who made the chowder for our luncheon, Karin Salome and Carole Johnson for hosting craft groups in their homes, the members of the youth group who waited table and all of the members
of St James who volunteered their skills, time and talents to make the fair a success.
Karen Vliet, Secretary
St. James Women's Guild
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:34
To The Daily Sun,
I can't tell you how delighted I was to read your letter in The Laconia Daily Sun today. Information we have provided to the press in seeking attention and support has had to be mostly factual and informative. Your letter had personal warmth and experience of heritage in your hometown. Your background shows a love for culture and architectural design. I am so pleased with your attachment to Laconia.
Now you are living in a community that has been totally restored as the very important knitting industry and is a famed historical site to make trips to visit. My Uncle Lowell of our Lowell family worked in the Lowell Mills. He lived in Methuen and I lived with them for a year. Fond memories of that area too.
We will not approve the demolition even though we have not power to stop it. We will conduct a public hearing Wednesday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, Laconia. We may go for an injunction. And we will continue to picket Dunkin' Donuts (by Hathaway House) on Union Avenue each weekend.
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:31
To The Daily Sun,
To those who may have any concern:
I think its great that opinionated citizens can voice that which may be on their hearts and minds, via the "Daily Sun." All to regularly I read about the national level concerns, or issues that don't directly concern our community. I've been reading "letters to the editor," as long as I can remember. I find others thought and opinions to be "thought provoking, and intriguing."
There are so many large scale issues that are voiced regularly. They usually concern the president, governing entities, and or policies and laws. Outside of voicing and or complaining through the usage of the "Daily Sun," I would like to know "What individuals are doing to create and initiate CHANGE?"
I'm a firm believer that one easier can "point the finger;" and try to orchestrate what "another," or "something else" can do and should do?
The issue still remains, one cannot "make" anyone do anything at any time or agree to anything at any time!
At that point it is only the initiator of the thought and opinion that can change! The change usually entails how one perceives, reacts, behaves, or agrees to disagree with the topic or concern that has been voiced.
I would like to see a day set aside where locals can voice/discuss issues/topics of the community that are concerning and or pleasant. I do see people utilizing this option, by far it is NOT often enough. Despite what is transpiring nationally or locally, "being grateful in all things" seems to be an lost art!
More often than not I read ones opinion and it comes across as complaining, or bitter. Even I know, that whether I agree or disagree with principalities and entities put in place above me, there is a level of respect that I am OBLIGATED to reflect and give. Especially in the case of our president, I don't agree with a lot of what has transpired in his presidency but his position as president calls for and requires respect. Ranting and raving about him in a negative or disrespectful manner is wrong! It is not creating any change or opportunity for change.
I would like to see opinions on local issues more widely discussed so we can put our minds together to work towards and create the changes needed to be a successful community.
After living here in Laconia for the better part of 40 years, seeing and experiencing changes in the community, and being able to identify with ALL walks of life good and bad; I know I have something to offer. I know I can add a voice for a lot of people who don't feel they have one and or haven't learned how to use it. There are so many local issues that are disturbing, disheartening, and just plain "OVERLOOKED." I want to initiate change, and with the experiences I've endured I have the upper hand in educating those who are ignorant, or choose not to even care.
Discussing concerns of the local young and poor, pregnant and single, addicted and criminally inclined, homeless and struggling takes a level of compassion and understanding that most seem to lack? If we want to see this community change for the better and well-being of others; it is TIME TO TAKE THE TIME to really understand what's actually taking place. The issues of the heart, and what our part is to help or to rectify the situation. Sometimes situations even require you be the bigger person, even when you don't want to. In whatever situations I have found myself in, it IS a kind gesture, encouraging word, an open heart, or a given and undeserved opportunity that has provided the hope for me to continue and try to do my best. It IS absolutely being looked-down on, profiled, stereotyped, ignored, ridiculed, unaffirmed, voiceless and finally invincible "that fuels the flame" to the concerning breakdowns that increasingly are getting worse and plaguing our community.
So I want to pick others brains, discuss my experiences, and educate so we may work together and take responsibility for what is or isn't taking place, and CHANGE will naturally enforce itself.
Unfortunately what the "lost, oppressed, depressed, afflicted and or addicted" need is NOT to be passed off to some community/government resource. It takes an ACTUAL person willing to care, willing to walk along side and take chances that may be seen as risks. As way to affirm, encourage and breath life back into the broken dead places and parts of society and our community and to set others up for success instead of failure and to build self-esteem and value. This is what NEEDS to take place.
It is high time this community takes some responsibility for keeping the "have nots" down trodden and criminally inclined in those places! It ALWAYS "takes two to tango".
It is also quite evident society lacks the level of compassion, forgiveness, and willingness to value these human lives — all to busy with the act of dehumanizing one due to their past, an action or situation.
You can take this with a grain of salt, and continue complaining about the increasing serious breakdowns in our community. When the simple resolution comes down to what you or I are willing to do.
The time is NOW to dig deep and step out of "comfort zones." Make yourself be part of the solution and not the problem!
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:20
To The Daily Sun,
In 1854, members of the Whig Party and Free State Democrats got together and formed the Republican Party. They believed in stopping the spread of slavery in the new territories but their leaders were just as committed to expanding the industrial might of the nation by moving from an agricultural economy. They recognized that the Industrial Revolution had brought more prosperity to Western Europe than the United States. "Railroad Republicans," as they were called, believed that the government should take a major role in expanding business activity by promoting infrastructure projects. Unlike European nations, we had no national railroad network that connected the far-flung parts of our nation.
A large part of the problem was political. Southerners were against the establishment of an intercontinental railroad, citing that bringing more passengers and commerce to the territories would speed the establishment of new states and the political power of the South would be diluted. Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860 on a platform to build an intercontinental railroad, as well as expanding the industrial potential of the U.S.
When the Southern Democratic states seceded, five months after his election, resistance to the Republican platform evaporated and the Lincoln Administration began to make its industrial plans a reality. The Southerners in Congress could no longer stand in his way. They had formed the Confederacy, a loosely held nation of seven sovereign states that would later be joined by six other states in the Great Civil War.
I bring up this little snippet of history to illustrate how far today's Republican Party has come from its formation. The philosophy that the GOP stood for under Lincoln has been transferred to the modern Democratic Party. Maintaining financial institutions, establishing high-speed rail, helping bankrupt car companies, building airports, and helping to establish electric battery and solar panel companies, to name a few areas, are now the province of the Democratic Party. The Republicans and their Tea Party cohorts have shown no interest in expanding or even maintaining the nation's business infrastructure. A majority of Republicans even voted to let the nation's banks and financial institutions implode in 2008 and the nation default on its debts in the recent vote in October, 2013. In both cases, if the Democrats had voted with the Republicans, the nation would have suffered a monumental, financial disaster. I have no idea why a clear-eyed business person or any voter could reward today's Republicans for their harmful and basically, unpatriotic actions.
People who look at these actions objectively, have to ask themselves: "Why would the GOP take this bizarre course? Is it possible they have made the decision to sabotage President Obama, and in effect, the entire nation's prosperity so the voters will turn to them in the next election? This suicidal strategy didn't work in 2012. Is it possible they'll try again in 2016?
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:15
To The Daily Sun,
Lakes Region Better Together Steering Committee wishes to thank the many hands that made our Annual Celebration such a wonderful event! Lakes Region Food Network collaborated with us to coordinate many local farmers who donated fresh, local produce and poultry for a variety of delicious soups for dinner. Karen & Tom Barker and Aaron Lichtenberg were the master soup chefs that donated their time and talent. They created homemade Chicken, Squash Bisque, White Bean & Kale, and Minestrone Soups. Kevin Halligan donated the use of the kitchen at Laconia Village Bakery and also provided fresh salad and rolls for the event. The farm(ers) who contributed included: Krebs Farm (Sanbornton), Winnipesaukee Woods Farm (Alton Bay/Gilford), Minglewood Farm (Laconia), Evandale Farm (Pittsfield), Beans & Greens (Gilford), Big Banana (Laconia) and Shephard's Hut (Gilford). This effort is a fine example of how local communities can work together to create healthy food choices from area farmers.
This year's celebration highlighted Stand Up Laconia, a Better Together action group. They offered an insightful and inspiring message on the importance of the issues surrounding drugs and alcohol in our schools and our communities and what we can do to make a change. Contributions from the N.H. Charitable Foundation (Tym Rourke) and Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, were included, as well. We are also grateful for Lakes Region Community Services who provided the space for us to share these stories.
Additionally, Lakes Region Child Care Services were very creative with the centerpieces. Children individually hand wrote the words "Together" and filled glass jars with stones, celebrating how "together, we can make a difference".
We welcome your presence and wish all of you a healthy Holiday season!
Lakes Region Better Together Steering Committee
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:05