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Lots of people contributed to the resounding success of our festival

To The Daily Sun,

The 14th annual Laconia Multicultural Festival was a resounding success! The perfect weather set the stage for a day full of great music, food and celebration of our varied heritage. The thousands of attendees gathering in our downtown for this celebration made for an exciting and rewarding day. The happy faces of the folks gathered at Rotary Park, the kids beating the drums at Kid's Corner, and the toe tapping folk grass music at City Hall made the city come alive.

Great events like this can only happen with the support of many sponsors, advertisers, committee members and volunteers. Our thanks to Larry Frates and the 60 flag bearers led by our Mayor, Ed Engler, for kicking off the day with the colorful Parade of Flags! We are grateful to our major sponsors, Well Sense Health Plan, Ascentria Care Alliance, Laconia Human Relations Committee, Genesis Behavioral Health and the Penny Pitou-Milo Pike Family Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.

Our LMF Committee works on planning this event year-round. To all our committee members, we give thanks for your tireless efforts. To the volunteers who are there for us each year as well as the many new volunteers that joined us this year, we salute you. Thanks to our media sponsor, Binnie Media and to the Laconia Daily Sun, the Laconia Citizen, Salmon Press and LRPA-TV for the great coverage leading up to the event and the coverage of the event itself. To our sound and electrical experts, the help from the Belknap County House of Corrections, and tables from the Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church, we thank you all.

The Laconia Human Relations Committee & the Belknap Mill join together to help sponsor this community celebration. It is the hard work & support of many people, organizations, businesses and agencies in Laconia and the Lakes Region that lay the foundation for this great celebration of culture.

Special thanks to Healthlink for allowing us use of their electricity and parking lot, and the City of Laconia: Police Department, Finance Department and Paul Moynihan at Public Works, as well as City Manager Scott Myers and Mayor Ed Engler. It was wonderful collaborating with our friends from the Farmer's Market to make sure our guests visited them, too.

To produce an event like this requires substantial funding. The Multicultural Festival recognizes with gratitude all of our program advertisers. To our many patrons and supporters of this wonderful event — our heartfelt thanks for your donations.

To all our wonderful performers at Rotary Park, City Hall and the Kid's Corner stages — thank you so much. There wouldn't be a festival without our great vendors and non profit/service agency friends. Thank you all for participating.

And finally and most important — to all of you that attended, we hope you enjoyed the day and we so appreciate your continued support and encouragement of the Laconia Multicultural Festival. Mark your calendars for next year's date of Sept. 10. Again, thank you Lakes Region!

Follow us on Facebook and check our website: laconiamulticulturalfestival.org for some great photos.

Becky Guyer

Multicultural Festival Coordinator

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Do Americans see how our military has been given the last word?

To The Daily Sun,

The United States has achieved dubious records in its military aggression in Middle Eastern countries. We have dropped more bombs, killed more people, spent more money, and still (14 years later) have no reasonable time limits to our occupation and dominance of countries we are trying to rescue! One thing is very clear: the only enterprise that has profited is the armaments industry. Their profits are supported by most politicians whereas not one of them has spoken out against our corrupt policies that support wars year after year. Isn't that an obvious fact if you review the lack of rational in our continued support for changing loyalties and new alliances, keeping the world in constant guesswork of who is in charge
and who is the enemy, at this time?

The United States mission (unspoken, non-admitted) is to bomb countries until they submit to our version polices that agree with our overall goals. Forty years ago we dropped 7 million tons of bombs on Vietnam, killing 3 million civilians. We were there to save them from communist rule. Instead they were victims of our calumny and deceit. Here again, the bombing raids achieved nothing less than huge profits for the arms industry at the cost of millions of lives. Can you reasonably explain it any other way?

The bombing and invasion of Iraq is something no one wants to talk about. It is very clear: it was a mistake. Over a half a million civilians and soldiers paid for our treachery, but here again — agents for the arms industry (most of our senators and reps) said little or nothing about this tragedy. Has Christian ethics been sold out for monetary gains? Do Americans see how the military has had the last word, doing as they please with no restrictions on the supply of money they use. There always has been a concerted effort to justify further bloodshed. Gullible Americans still believe they are in danger. There are no facts, now or ever, to support these baseless fears. None!

Support candidates who speak out strongly against endless wars. Restore America to decency, truth, resolving conflicts with negotiations and peaceful accords. Ban bombing raids and violence. Be the champion for truth and Christian values. It is your responsibly.

Leon R. Albushies
Gilford

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