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'Can't fight City Hall'; perhpas Ellacoya is the beach to go to

To The Daily Sun,

Regarding the article headlined "Water Wings clipped" which appeared in the Saturday, July 9, Daily Sun, first I was not complaining nor did I file a complaint. I simply asked the attendant (at Laconia's Bond Beach) why this rule was in place, regarding flotation devices. I was not unhappy at all with the answer, as it states in Saturday's paper that I was, "Stephanie Chandler from Laconia who was unhappy to be told by an attendant." This is not true, a complete assumption on (reporter) Adam Drapcho end.

Also, for Christine Collins, recreation director of Wolfeboro who was reported as saying, "Carry & Albee beaches are so shallow that drowning is unlikely." Anyone can drown in a teaspoon of water, so never say it's unlikely.

Shannon Farr from Concord who goes to Ellacoya State Park in Gilford, states in this article, "It seems strange to me that other beaches don't allow life vests or arm floaties, because they help ensure safety."

I stated the safety reason as well in my first letter. So, if the state parks have no issues, perhaps Ellacoya is the place to go.

As the old saying goes:"Can't fight City Hall."
Stephanie Chandler

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Cracraft's material is taken from far-left websites & bloggers who don't know Jesus

To The Daily Sun,

Obviously, Scott Cracraft, who, by the way, is a citizen, taxpayer, veteran, and resident of Gilford, and is also an expert on Christianity, and revisionist history; and he is at it again. He writes on a subject that makes him sound like a impressive intellectual, but his observations reveal that he doesn't even come close. He rants on and on about Christians, but apparently is not a Christian himself. His recent column on Christian Dominionism reveals a profound bias toward all Christians, because he attempts to lump us all together into one, unbiblical belief system that misinterprets Old Testament scriptures as its basis.

Christian Dominionism is a term coined and totally made up by some social scientists (in other words, hard-left atheists), and popularized by "hard-left" journalists, to refer to a minority subset of American Christianity that is conservative, politically active, and believe that Christians should live their lives in accordance with extreme Old Testament laws and concepts. The term is a ridiculous misreading of one single verse in the Old Testament, Genesis 1:28, which instructs Adam and Eve to have "dominion" over (not people) but the "creatures of the earth," and is sometimes used as a "catch-all" phrase by bloggers to describe any politically active Christian. But, of course, not every conservative, politically minded Christian is a Dominionist.

It is very unfortunate for people living in a hurting and broken society to read this nonsense, and be left with an erroneous perception of what Christianity is to hundreds of millions of good people worldwide. It is also unfortunate that some non-Christian people vehemently declare that the Bible is just a book of fairy tales. What is most interesting is that most of them have never even read it, and, in fact, can't tell you, in one sentence, what its message is. How is it possible for intellectual eggheads to opine something is nonsense they've never even read?

Here is a brief tutorial for those who may be still searching for some helpful, spiritual meaning to life: "All (biblical) scripture is written by inspiration from God, and is useful to teach us what is true..." The Old Testament Law was written and brought to the people by Moses, and was intended solely for the Israelites (early Jews), about 1,400 years before the birth of Jesus. The old law was then made obsolete (Hebrews 8:13) when Jesus brought a New covenant (Testament), that went into effect at his crucifixion. Sadly, even most modern Christians are not aware that the Bible teaches that the whole world now lives under the new covenant, which has only two commandments, replacing all of the old law, when Jesus said, in Matthew 22:37-40, "...love the Lord your God..." and "...love your neighbor as yourself." Early Christians were never part of any denomination; they were "added to" Jesus' church, the only "church" ever envisioned by Him and the apostles.

Cracraft is, of course, wrong again when he says, "Christians want to execute gay people." He also erroneously refers to a "very narrow Calvinist theology," a "Calvinist utopia," that is not taught in the Bible, and most New Testament Christians do not believe it, or teach it. John Calvin was a German Catholic priest, who lived in the 16th Century in Geneva, and whose unscriptural "Five Pillars of Calvinism" has led to the formation of thousands of unscriptural so-called denominations worldwide ever since.

Warning to all readers: Cracraft's writings are taken from far-left websites and bloggers, who don't know Jesus, and who want to live their lives without any accountability to him for their behavior. Want to talk? Call me at 707-1174. No screamers, please.

Death penalty for blasphemy, indeed. Christians do not "blaspheme" God, although some certainly take the Lord's name in vain. But the "death" referred to in that statement is the eternal death — of unbelievers.

Jim McCoole


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