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My 2nd grader had a similar experience with One Voice chorus

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing in response to the letter written by Donna Page regarding the discrimination of a young child by the One Voice chorus organization. I am deeply disturbed by this behavior, but unfortunately not at all surprised. I have also had an upsetting experience with this organization.

When my daughter was in second grade, she brought home a flyer from school advertising a chorus program. This chorus program was sponsored by a church and was a younger version of One Voice. The organization goes through the school to recruit students, and uses the school after hours for its activities. The chorus was advertised as focusing primarily on singing and some of the songs would be religious in nature. Since my daughter loved to sing, I thought that this was something she would really enjoy.

I was alarmed when she was given literature after one of the chorus classes which implied that I was a "sinner" because I was a divorced single mother. My daughter also began having stomach aches on chorus days, and begging to stay home from school. I discovered that, instead of focusing mostly on singing as advertised, the chorus was basically a religious education class. My daughter was being told and read very detailed, violent, bloody Bible stories. These stories were upsetting and confusing her, as in our family, we take a positive view of God and do not focus on fear or violence in regard to religion. I was upset that I, as her parent, was not told in advance that these stories would be shared and given the opportunity to decide if they were appropriate for my child or not.

I called the woman in charge of the chorus (this individual is also very much involved with the One Voice program) and voiced my concerns via a voice-mail message. In my message, I was very polite, respectful, and professional. I left my number and asked for her to call me back. I was fully expecting her to call me back with an apology, an explanation, or at the very least, a respectful discussion. No call ever came. I called back, and left another, similar message, again requesting a call-back. My message was ignored. My daughter was very relieved when I told her that she did not have to be part of this group anymore and has fortunately moved on from this traumatic experience.

I feel terrible for this 5-year-old child who has been upset by this organization and made to feel as though there is something wrong with his mother not being married. I hope that his parents will take advantage of the many, many more open-minded churches in the area that also offer singing and choir opportunities. My family and I will also not be attending the One Voice performance this year. We will not support or condone any organization that judges and condemns people in this manner.

Melanie Hodge


Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 09:28

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I'm voting for a creative, hard-working, highly-competent woman

To The Daily Sun,

Three simple reasons to elect Lisa Scott for the office of Carroll County Register Of Deeds: Competent, trustworthy, and experienced.

I have had the joy of serving on the Doris L. Benz Community Center Board of Directors and the Sandwich Senior Housing Committee Inc. while Lisa was the president. Lisa is a natural leader who was able to see the needed improvements concerning these organizations and accomplished them.

With over 30 years of experience as a skilled real estate and probate paralegal, she has the familiarity and knowledge of the technical aspects or real estate documents and their registration. She has worked in all 10 counties in the State of New Hampshire, and has a vast understanding of the technologies needed to bring the registry online.

I am voting for a creative, hard-working, highly competent women, Lisa Scott for Carroll County Register of Deeds.
Please join me at the polls on Nov. 4.

Paula Kuehn


Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 09:25

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Would they deny Jesus a spot because his parents weren't married?

To The Daily Sun,

Concerning the 5-year-old who was denied opportunity to sing for Jesus, what a shame. Joseph and Mary were not married either. Would they deny Jesus a spot?

Bob Ely

New Hampton

Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 09:08

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Gail will be missed by all of us; our family thanks you for support

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank all the friends and family of my daughter, Gail M. Harbour, for attending her services.

I would like to especially thank all of you who took time out from your work day and for the many other friends and relatives that I didn't get a chance to speak to. It was overwhelming the friends Gail had in her short lifetime. She would have been so happy to see so many of her friends all gathered to say good-bye to her.

My family and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Gail will be missed by all of us. God bless each and everyone whose lives Gail touched.

Sally A. Abbott & Family



Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 09:05

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I don't want my representatives blindly following party platforms

To The Daily Sun,

In your Tuesday, Oct. 7, edition, you published a letter from Raymond Howard, Jr., who is running as a Republican to represent Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton in the New Hampshire Legislature. His letter specifically stated, "As your representative in Concord, I will follow our Republican Party platform and the New Hampshire Constitution when voting for what is the right legislation for all citizens of New Hampshire."

What I believe all persons holding public office should be doing when voting for what is right for all the citizens of New Hampshire, is follow the state's Constitution. Absolutely. No question there. But to take one's marching orders from one party's platform is the wrong way to go in voting for the good of all citizens. I want my elected representative to do his or her own homework and base their vote on what they determine to be in the best interests of their constituents. In other words, I am looking for my elected representative to be independent, not a party stooge.

Indeed, it should not be that radical to vote one's conscience.

Bob Longabaugh
Alton Bay

Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 09:02

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