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Thanks to Harry Bean family for skillful work on warming hut

To The Daily Sun,

Anyone traveling on Route 11-A near the Gilford Town Hall will notice that the former Gilford Outing Club warm-up hut has taken on a new and impressive appearance. It will not be long before the building is fully restored and added to the list of historic structures that have been saved from possible demolition.

Harry Bean, a member of one of Gilford's oldest families, recently came forward and volunteered to assist in the restoration project. He volunteered not only his services but also that of his construction crew, which consisted of his father, son, grandson, and an employee, Lou Sousa.

During the initial meeting that was held to discuss the work required, Harry stated that he would be able to complete the work in a week. He and his crew did exactly that — they began on Monday morning and by Friday afternoon, he called us to let us know that the work was done and that they were moving on.

He insisted that he did not want to be recognized for the volunteer labor he gave to this project. However, he and his employees — his family — do need to be thanked for their thoughtfulness and generosity. They are truly dedicated to the town that their family has called home for many generations.

Members of the Bean family never had a chance to belong the Gilford Outing Club — they were too busy working. Yet, they came forward and helped save one of the club's historic structures, not for the recognition but because they felt it was the right thing to do. With that attitude, they would have made phenomenal members of the organization.

The preservation of history is hard work, but it is rewarding and can bring out the best in people. There are some wonderful families living in Gilford, and the Bean family is one of them. We wish to wholeheartedly thank them for the skillful work they put into this restoration project. It has truly been a pleasure working with them. We are sure that the entire town appreciates their hard work, caring, and dedication.

The Anderson Family


Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 08:47

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Ray Cunningham (8-5) 457

To The Daily Sun,

Recent statements from Governor Margaret Hassan's office regarding wind farms in Central New Hampshire has been causing some angst among local residents around Newfound Lake. Writing off registered voters around the states fourth largest lake is not a smart political move.

Purposely creating uncertainty with local residents over her political support for wind farms is not a smart move. Is the Queen being deliberately dodgy about her "green" governor views. I believe so.

One thing is for sure — she's a sucker for shiny toys paid for with piles of public money. She's truly short cited: First, she fails to see an exit strategy paid for by developers. Being shortsighted is not a crime — but approving it before she understands it — surly sounds familiar doesn't it?

Second, she fails to hear arguments on protecting our watershed. Even children understands the basic laws of gravity — "what goes up must come down". The Queen needs to understand that building on mountaintops will effect everything below — and below is our watershed.

Third, she needs to understand that the majority of residents in this area are completely opposed to the next three projects for one simple reason — it's too much for us to handle. Four wind farms within a 15 mile radius, combined with four other renewable energy plants — not to mention all the new power lines — will surely have a negative impact on our community. Where else in New England has this type of renewable energy intrusion occurred?

Any time you have the top elected official in the state questioning whether wind energy is a good thing, that creates concern. There remains significant debate over whether wind power would be cost-competitive without subsidies, federal tax credits and state policies meant to encourage the development of renewable energy sources.

Regardless of the political debate over subsidies for wind energy, it is clear that the wind developers are running here — cash in hand — looking to build, build, build. Almost a half a billion dollars will go into outfitting this area with over 100 turbines... and they expect me to believe that $600,000 in decommission costs per wind farm will be acceptable? I think not.

Let's be more objective and make sure that we all understand the economics of it before it's rammed down our throats. I think each and every politician should go on the record — and tell residents of New Hampshire why they are for it or against it. In their statements they should outline why New Hampshire rate payers should pay more to power southern states; how many new full time/year round jobs will be created and why Massachusetts is outsourcing their renewable wind tax credits through the State of New Hampshire.

It's only fair, right?

Ray Cunningham

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Sarah Palin was right about death panels; let me tell you a story

To The Daily Sun,

I had an eye opening experience this past July 4th I thought I would relate to the readers of The Daily Sun.

On that day, at a barbecue at a friend's house I met a 60 year old man whose medication has been taken off the list of medications covered by his insurance. He needs this medication to stay alive. Before he was 60 his insurance paid for it. But now that he is 60, under the rules of Obamacare they are not allowed to pay for it anymore. Now he and his wife have to wait every month until he's close to death and rush him to the emergency room where he gets treated because at the emergency room they have to treat you. I'm not making this up. So Sarah Palin was right about the death panels. And that doesn't even touch on what this plan is going to do to the already dwindling job market.

Anyway, that's not even the interesting part. I was upset about this, so I decided to write to Annie Kuster, my representative in Congress and ask her to please vote to defund Obamacare. I got two form letters back from Annie. One was a letter thanking me for my e-mail and another was a letter thanking me for supporting her efforts to keep student interest rates down.

So now I know when I write to Congress no one read my e-mails and no one cares what I think. I guess I suspected that already, but now I know it. There are issues facing this country right now that have the potential to permanently derail it, like the Affordable Health Care Act and amnesty. And no one's listening. And there's no one to turn to. Have a nice day.

Hillarie Goldstein


Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 11:19

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Gilmanton School Class of 2013 donated $100 to food pantry

To The Daily Sun

The Gilmanton Community Church Food Pantry Committee would like to say a big THANK YOU to the Class of 2013 from the Gilmanton School. Your recent $100 donation to the food pantry is greatly appreciated. What a wonderful thing for your class to do for those folks in your home town who are in need of some assistance. Good luck at Gilford or wherever you are attending high school this fall.

We would also like to thank the Gilmanton Youth Group for giving us a helping hand with the vegetable garden at the pantry. Raelynn Cottrell and a wonderful group of about eight young people were able to come down on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and give us a helping hand with the planting. Your hard work was greatly appreciated, thank you.

Jane Sisti

GCC Food Pantry Committee


Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 11:09

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Common Core education standards are rotten to the very core

To The Daily Sun,

How many parents out there are aware of the new "Common Core" curriculum being foisted upon our teachers and children in 46 states, including New Hampshire. Recently, a good friend of mine from Danbury asked me if I was familiar with it. I was not. I saw an article about it in my grandchildren's monthly Winnisquam Middle School newsletter. If you're not familiar with our government's use of Orwellian speak, then it will sound like a wonderful program to help our children catch up with nations who have surpassed us academically. I've spent the past few weeks researching Common Core and the more I have learned about it, the more it appears to be rotten to the core.

Dean Kalahar, an economics teacher, asserts that regarding it's real content, "if articulated openly would never be taken seriously". David Coleman, a leading architect of this program, has never been a classroom teacher and believes that education should be best utilized as the "engine of social justice". It appears that President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have lied to school teachers and administrators by claiming the standards were developed by the states and voluntarily adopted. Seems it was actually developed by an organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association and funded by the Gates Foundation with 173 million dollars.

Columnist and former educator, Everett Piper has also researched this program and found it lacking in (1) academic freedom; (2) intellectual integrity; (3) liberty and liberation. Yet, conversely, full of group think, political correctness and social engineering.

Common Core is being sold as a "state-led initiative" since federal law prohibits the U.S. Department of Education from prescribing any curriculum. From everything I've read, nothing could be further from the truth. The Marietta Times sums it up nicely: "Other than dangling a little green in front of cash-strapped states, offering No Child Left Behind waivers, threatening to hold Title I funds, forcing the states to choose from among one and only one common set of educational standards in order to qualify for federal money, crafting standards behind closed doors, and now determining how and when teachers will be evaluated, the federal government is not at all involved in Common Core. "Really". Since this is a "the end justifies the means" social Utopian ideal, it is perfectly okay to coerce teachers while keeping them in the dark, dumb-down students using a one-size-fits-all plan and treat parents like dumb and dumber. After all, it is "the collective" that must bring up our children properly rather than their own parents. Oh, and this just in, the program is terribly unfunded so get ready for the tax man.

Betty Orweller, a certified teacher of some 45 years of experience concludes that much of the teaching of Common Core includes psychological conditioning for predetermined outcomes. Or as she puts it, "outcome-based education philosophy on steroids, foisted on gullible educators and citizenry". She says students are being trained for a "planned global economy who will work for the 'collective' under control of a socialist elite".

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, perhaps it is time to play connect the dots. Power, money, coercion and bribery while using our money to subvert the democratic process to further an agenda for a global one-world government. And you thought Agenda 21 was just some crazy conspiracy notion conjured up by some wild-eyed, sovereign seeking, constitutional conservatives. Here it is, alive and well right under our noses and in front of our children's faces. Paradoxical progressives claim this is part of a "race to the top" for our youth when in reality, it seems to be more akin to watered down, internationally, uncompetitive standards which will leave young adults completely detached from their own nation's great history and culture, according to historian David Barton. Oh, and by the way, it appears as though Common Core's nationwide student tracking system will allow a students' academic record to be shared with just about anyone under a private database called "inBloom". We've gotta be blooming idiots to sit still for this totalitarian takeover of our educational system because this looms as a potential dagger through the heart of our American culture and education.

Russ Wiles


Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 11:06

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