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LHS Band Boosters will hold annual yard sale from 8 to 4 on Saturday

To The Daily Sun,

On Saturday, July 26, Laconia High School Band Booster organization will be holding its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Laconia Middle School Gym. Funds raised through this endeavor help with the purchase, repairs and replacement of musical instruments.

Through this program, students of all socioeconomic statues are afforded the opportunity to learn an instrument and participate in the LHS Band and helps ease the pressure of obtaining their own instruments. Under the leadership of Ms. Debbi Gibson, the band and chorus have traveled to such places as Busch Gardens, Walt Disney World and most recently to Toronto, Canada.

We are still in need of donations to help make this event happen. We will take donations of everything except for clothing, shoes televisions and computers. Items may be delivered directly to the Laconia Middle School between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. up until July 25 or by contacting 491-4573 to arrange a pick-up.

The Laconia Sachem Band Boosters extend a warm and robust thank you to the community for being such strong supporters of the LHS Music Department and Ms. Debbi Gibson.

Lisa Fortson


Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 09:56

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These men aren't spewing hate, they're expressing love of country

To The Daily Sun,

In the weekend edition of The Sun there was a letter to the editor from a Ms. Carol Stappi congratulating Bernadette Loesch for chastising Misters Earle, Boutin and Ewing for their "hate" letters to the editors. I don't know the contents of Ms. Loesch's letter as I no longer read them due to the lack of facts and truths in them. If the world was flat, Bernadette would have fallen off the left side of it a long time ago. Obama could murder his family and Bernadette and others of her ilk would find some way to blame someone else.

As far as Ms. Stappi is concerned, her hypocrisy is blatantly exposed by her failing to add the writers from the left, Mr. Veverka is one who stands out, who spew more hate than anyone on Ms. Stappi's list. Apparently, Ms. Stappi is another who blindly voted for Obama (twice) without checking into his background which showed he didn't have the experience to sell hot watches on a street corner, never mind running this country, and the last six years have proven it.

The Misters Earle, Boutin and Ewing aren't spewing hate they are showing that they care for this country, and it's a shame that Obama doesn't do the same.

Dave Schwotzer


Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 09:52

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We have to come up with an affordable number for county jail fix

To The Daily Sun,

If nobody thinks we need a $42 million jail, and nobody thinks we can afford a $42 million jail, how did we end up with a $42 million price tag? The answer is in the normal construction process.

My wife and I have long considered fixing our kitchen so that it's not freezing in the winter and getting rid of the flat roof that leaks when it snows. We invited an architect who was recommended to us to develop a plan. She gave us three alternatives. One of them looked to best meet our needs, so we asked her to put a a price tag on it. "$14,000," she said. "Whoa," we said, 'that's not happening."

How did she get to that price? She estimated conservatively so we would know what the highest priced scenario would be. She hadn't spec'ed out the finishes so she assumed the best of everything. She included extra touches like a really nice bow window and a large deck (which we are not going to do) and so on. We talked, she revised, and came back to us with a simpler plan. We sent it to three contractors for estimates and the numbers which came back were much more reasonable for our budget.

Should we do the job? Well, in a cold winter, the kitchen isn't very usable, interest rates are low, and construction costs only go up.

We have the same considerations when it comes to the jail. We have to find a happy medium between the best possible plan which would meet all our wishes and what we can afford. And we have to work at it from both directions. We have to look at the tax burdens across the county and come up with an affordable number, and we have to continue to work the plans and specs with the sharpest of pencils to get the price down.

But one thing is clear: Refusing to do anything or making any improvements is not realistic and is not going to save us money — either in the short term or in the long run. Burying our heads in the sand and hoping the problems will magically go away, or throwing out alternatives that simply won't work in the real world are only going to cost us a lot more — and in more ways than financial ones.

Dave Pollak
Candidate for County Commissioner

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 09:49

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Hard as it is, I should start looking to bridge gap between right and left

To The Daily Sun,

Last month, my husband and I had the remarkable opportunity to visit Omaha Beach two days after the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. This was actually our second time there.

Nothing prepares you for the overwhelming impact of the American cemetery. Walking amid the endless rows of white headstones, understanding that despite the fact that nearly 11,000 bodies were brought home, there are nearly 9,000 graves at that site. The loss is unimaginable.

We had traveled there with over 100 of our shipmates. Despite our gender, ethnic, religious, political difference, we were all Americans. At a brief ceremony, we faced the flag and the national anthem was played. We then proceed to the beach itself. Walking out to the water, I turned and faced the cliffs, wondering how my dad felt when he stood here. These incredible men and women faced death in the eye defending our freedom as Americans.

One of our group was an 88-year-old veteran, Owen Mahony, who piloted an LST on D-Day. He shared his experiences and gave us his first-hand insight. On the way back to our ship, he asked us to pray for peace and understanding — both in our country and internationally. He wanted us to pray for dialogue and cooperation to unify our country.

Our country is faced with an almost insurmountable complexity of crises — both internal and international. I would like to point out that, excluding Native Americans, we are all immigrants or descendants of immigrants. I would like to think that we are still a compassionate nation.

As a liberal —  yup — I said liberal, I find it difficult that I could find common ground with someone who is terrified to come in contact with a potentially "diseased" child who might show up in Maryland, or someone who is furious with a government who is taking away their "God-given" rights. But, perhaps, Owen is right and I should start looking for ways to bridge the gap. Maybe we, as Americans, should cut the crap and stop screaming at each other and start listening to one another.

June M. Huot



Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 09:45

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Mr. Veverka has stopped debating

To The Daily Sun,

Wow! It seems James Veverka has made another astounding discovery.

Some stupid people say stupid things and some are conservatives (but many are liberals). He omits them from his page of useless quotes for obvious embarrassing reasons. If he had included some of them the names of Pelosi, Reid, Biden, Sharpton, Matthews, Berger, Learner and, well the list is longer then both my arms spread wide would be at the top of his list.

What I notice most is James has stopped debating any relevant facts, acts or incidents and contents himself with petty name-calling. Guess that's easier then trying to defend the indefensible.

Steve Earle


Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 12:06

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