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Kelly Ayotte deserves the support of New Hampshire's veterans

To The Daily Sun,

Last Wednesday was Veterans Day, a time to reflect on the tremendous sacrifices that generations of military men and women have made for us. And while we paused to honor the men and women who served our country, I want everyone to remember that honoring our veterans shouldn't stop after Veterans Day.

Part of our commitment to our veterans is making sure they have access to the health care and benefits they have rightfully earned. Post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses are on the rise among our veteran population. Nearly 20 percent of veterans returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan will struggle with PTSD, and every day 22 veterans commit suicide.

Congress is finally starting to pay attention. But we still aren't doing enough to help them. At the beginning of this year, our senator, Kelly Ayotte, helped pass a law that will improve veteran suicide prevention programs and treatment. Senator Ayotte has been working on mental health issues for a long time, but she also understands the importance of tailoring mental health care for our veterans. It's clear that Sen. Ayotte cares deeply about finding solutions for our veterans and supporting those who are struggling. She's working to ensure that the VA is always looking out for veterans' needs, not just its own bureaucratic interests.

Sen. Ayotte is also a supporter of Liberty House, an organization in Manchester that provides substance-free housing for veterans transitioning out of homelessness. As we face growing security threats around the world, she recognizes that it is more important than ever that we ensure our servicemen and women have the equipment and support they need to keep us safe.

In the upcoming election Maggie Hassan has announced that she will challenge Sen. Ayotte in a contest that could very well determine control of the U.S. Senate.

Kelly deserves our support.

John Lashnits
Alton Bay

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There are several problems with the 'day-age' theory of creation

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to make a brief reply to the letter from Ms. Hillarie Goldstein. Thank you for your kind words and God bless you.

I am aware of the theory that you mention that stretches the six days of creation over billions of years. This is known as the "day-age" theory and I researched it thoroughly when I first came across it. I would just like to note one main issue with it ... in Genesis, God ends each of the six days of creation by saying "and the evening and the morning were the first day.", "and the evening and the morning were the second day.", etc... telling us they were six literal 24 hour days. There are several other problems with this theory that are too much to go into here.

Anyway, I'm not saying I have all the answers, I just want to spread knowledge about conclusions I have been able to draw to this point. Ms. Goldstein had asked about the use of Hebrew and Greek to study the scriptures so I would like to take a moment to explain an excellent resource that I use to help me when I'm researching difficult passages.

It's a computer program called "e-Sword" and it can be downloaded for free at www.e-sword.net. This program has several bible translations including all of the original Hebrew and Greek texts as well as the "Strong's Concordance" that links the original Hebrew/Greek words with our English translation.

The English translation of the scriptures that we commonly read comes from what is called the "Textus Receptus" or the "Received Text" that was compiled in 1516. This is a compilation of what was determined to be the "best" Hebrew manuscripts for the Old Testament and the "best" Greek manuscripts for the New Testament. This compilation was "canonized" with the production of the Authorized King James Version in 1611. A gentleman named James Strong went through the entire Bible in 1890 and indexed every unique Hebrew and Greek word to its English translation equivalent and numbered them.

There are 8,674 unique Hebrew words and 5,624 unique Greek words used within our Bibles.

Once you get e-sword, you simply use the translation that is called "KJV+" which is the King James Version (plus the Strong's numbers). It will then show you the Strong's number as a superscript next to each English word. If you click on the number (or hover over it), it will tell you the original Hebrew or Greek word along with its meaning and a full list of everywhere in the bible the word is used. Obviously, there is much more to the Hebrew and Greek languages than just word definitions because of things like grammatical rules as well as euphemisms, metaphors, and other linguistic and cultural anomalies; however, this is a great place to start.

I would like to openly offer my assistance to anyone who has questions about the scriptures, how to study the Bible effectively, or any biblical topic. As I had previously mentioned, my wife and I run The Christian Resource Center of New Hampshire (www.crcnh.org) and everything is always free (including our assistance). I am also available to give free classes at your church and would be more than happy to converse with anyone through phone or e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). One final thought for non-Christians...all scripture is "God breathed" and profitable (2 Timothy 3:16) but most important is the fact that we're all sinners and while we're alive, we're being given the opportunity to accept the free gift of salvation offered to us by the creator of the universe, Jesus Christ. Once we die, that opportunity is no longer available ... Please don't miss it!

Scott Joyce


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