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WOW Trail won’t be as idyllic as the Winnipesaukee River Trail

To The Daily Sun,
RE: Letter from Peter Davis on August 9; "WOW Trail is a Golden Gem that needs to be completed ASAP"

Peter, not to dampen your enthusiasm, but it is important to point out the difference between the trail you observed in Tilton and the one proposed for Laconia. As you stated, the Winnipesaukee River Trail is built along an abandoned railroad track but the Laconia WOW trail is proposed to be built next to an active railroad track, hence the requirement for a fence. There are no trees growing among the ties on the Laconia railroads. There is a big difference between riding your bike along an idyllic abandoned rail bed and riding within a few feet of a moving locomotive.

Warren Murphy
Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 08:51

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Universities teach students to be about as free-thinking as ants

To The Daily Sun,

PSU, goof-ball professor George Maloof had the "academic" fertilizer spreader out again. I hope the administration at the university realizes every time this man opens his mouth he weakens the nation and the credibility of the college. George and the pointy-head gang in academia think the great windmills that surround Newfound Lake improve the scenery there. Another writer pointed out how scary it is to think we are paying people like George small fortunes to "educate" our kids with their deranged, partisan, logic. There is no group in America dragging around more fears, insecurities and "hang ups" than the cloistered, self-congratulating, above all others crowd at the "academy". Simply finding one to think as an "individual" is as rare as the sighting of a yellow bellied sap sucker. They are like a nest of jungle, leaf-cutter ants all placed on earth to perform a single task — which is to constrain business success through sky high taxation, unending new rules and guillotine regulations that even Houdini could not extricate himself from.
The ultimate "academy" mission is to replace capitalism with socialism through government the size of a galaxy, as expensive as a kings ransom, as bankrupting as Detroit unions, and as controlling as a day at the gulag. This is what your kids are being taught when you send them to PSU and almost every other university in America. If you think your son or daughter is being taught some healthy, open and honest view of the world, I can assure you with certainty they are not. Every whack-O, distorted, distilled , partisan, delusion of the world that grips academia like a boa constrictor is inculcated as if college were Sunday school. There is no honest, unbiased, offering of all sides of the issues permitting the kids to think for themselves, allowing them to come to their own conclusions. The college is not some OPEN FORUM where free thinking is allowed to happen. Freedom of speech on a college campus is muted to the "company line of beliefs" where the owners have one mission. That is to covey the windmills that have wrecked the sight and sound around Newfound Lake must be embraced and loved by all because they say so. Professor beliefs must be your beliefs. Any opposing arguments to the contrary, no matter the quality of the arguments, must be demonized and discredited. The stronger those arguments the louder the screaming. Professors channel Obama, opposing thinking is "DANGEROUS". You saw how quickly the IRS interpreted Obama's statement as "legal cover" to launch an all all out, illegal war on conservatives and the tea party to improve Obama's election odds after he and his agenda had been shredded by the tea party in the 2010 election. Obama used the enforcing arm of government to CONTROL FREE SPEECH because it could harm him politically.
Do you think George Maloof or Leo Sandy or any other academic tightly wrapped in the deepest of partisan political thinking have the discipline and courage to offer up all SIDES of every environmental or economic or social argument allowing the student to DECIDE FOR HIMSELF the right conclusion. Consider for a moment the poor student trapped in the college setting with his grade and future totally dependent on listening to and believing the ratings of socialist leaf cutter professors like George determined to replace capitalism with welfare and oil and gas with high cost wind. Don't believe me, try living in Germany or Denmark — both countries use lots of wind and their bills are 300 percent the cost of yours this month. George Maloof and Leo Sandy are only going to teach you what they WANT YOU TO HEAR, not what you NEED TO HEAR.
Tony Boutin
Gilford

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 08:48

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Everyone at LRGH was exceptionally caring and competent

To The Daily Sun,

I recently had an 11 day stay at Lakes Region General Hospital, having entered through the emergency department. Yes, I did have to wait. But triage is triage and there were those who were more in need of urgent care than I and, therefore, earned their place in line.

Once admitted to the ER, my care was top notch. Doctors Matrice and Jeffery were decisive, kind, explained there actions, ordered tests and made their diagnosis, and arranged my admission. The nurses were excellent, efficient and caring. The ER was jumping with patients but nothing seemed hurried. I felt like I was the only patient there and all their attention and skill was for me.

After I was admitted and in my room, I couldn't have asked for better care. I asked how many employees are on the floor and was told about 30, counting three shifts a day an those in house keeping. There wasn't a sour face, short temper or bad attitude anywhere. From housekeeping staff, nurses, LNAs and the nice young lady who delivered meals. Speaking of meals; the kitchen was most accommodating, creating dishes for me that were not really on the menu (yes, menu). You get to choose from a varied and delicious variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between snacks. I never had a bad meal. Hot food was hot and cold was cold.

From the staff who took blood, physical therapists to the volunteers who delivered mail and flowers, not a bad apple in the bunch.

And finally to my doctors, surgeons Dr. Greg McCarthy and Dr. Raza Shariff — both specialists in what they do. What they do is reassure, explain, calm fears and instill trust so that I knew from the get-go what to expect so I didn't worry when I came to and felt like I'd been a low jumper in a hurdles race. I couldn't have had better care anywhere.

LRGH is a wonderful facility with modern, up-to-date equipment, well trained staff and soon to be renovated rooms. I had the good fortune to be on 4 North, the top floor of the hospital, which all the staff call "The Penthouse". It certainly is. Everyone I came in contact with has earned my heartfelt thanks, deepest respect and confidence.

Nell Brown

Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 08:30

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Dunn could learn a lot from the state about avoiding responsibility

To The Daily Sun,

My wife Elaine and I own the Belknap Point Motel here in Gilford. Our motel has a swim area and raft on the lake. Last week a guest reported to me that they could see a television set on the lake bottom between the shore and the raft in about 10 feet of water. Apparently someone decided it was easier to dispose of a television by dumping it in the lake than taking it to the transfer station and paying the disposal fee. Since it is state property, I decided to call the state to remove it. I got referred and transferred five or six times to various state agencies, each claiming to not be the responsible agency. Out of frustration I called Scott Dunn, our town administrator. After explaining the situation to Scott he said without hesitation, "I'll take care of it. Next time I'm out in the boat I'll come by and get it out."

I was very surprised by Scott's response and once again want to say "Thank You" for your outstanding service.

Harry Blinn
Belknap Point Motel
Gilford

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 08:17

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Alton Community Services would like to serve more people

To The Daily Sun,

Alton Community Services is entering its 15th year. Our mission is providing relief to the poor, distressed or underprivileged throughout our community. ACS tries to meet their physical, spiritual needs through pour provision of food, clothing, furniture and referral services.

The churches of Alton and Alton Bay continue to sponsor us and are represented on our board. At our fall meeting we appointed J. Meehan to the board. He works closely with St. Katherine Drexel in assisting those in need. We are trying to coordinate our efforts in assisting the less fortunate.

We are still trying to reach more families. Laconia has over 1,000 who come to their food pantry, Wolfeboro 80, Barnstead 35, GIW 35, New Durham 30, and Alton 20-30. New Hampshire Food Bank thinks we are not reaching the families who would benefit our program. The families that receive food stamps, WIC or reduced lunches at school, as well as Back Pack programs would be eligible for our program. Our office is open Saturday mornings from 8 to 11 a.m. or by appointment. Our telephone number is 875-CARE (2273), if we do not answer please leave a message.

The local gardeners have told me that they are planting extra vegetables for the pantry. Maxfield Realty on Main St. as well as Spencer Hughes at the Bay has become a drop-off center for the pantry as well as Profile Bank and Alton Home and Lumber, a/k/a Reuben's Store. We are in need of canned vegetables as well as jellies and jams. condiments as well as shampoos paper products. Our shelves are dwindling down.

We would like to give a heartfelt thanks to all who continually support us with their time and donations.

Dorothye S. Wentworth

Alton Community Services

 

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 08:02

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