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Phenomenon looked like shooting star but I never saw one as large

To The Daily Sun,

Friday, Aug. 8, about 10:15 p.m. four of us were enjoying a beautiful moonlight evening on our Crystal Lake, Gilmanton Iron Works lakefront deck and were watching local fireworks displays when we witnessed an impressive natural phenomenon the likes of which that none of us had ever witnessed before.

The moon was shining bright in a near-cloudless sky. It was so bright we were immersed in moon shadows and only a few stars were visible. Then as we watched a slow moving plane overhead about two fingers below the moon a huge "shooting star" appeared moving from south to north at about a 195 degree angle (horizon being 180 degrees). The shooting star was as bright as the moon and had a blueish tint and appeared to be about 1/15th or 1/20th the relative size of the moon. We were amazed to watch what I assume was a meteorite travel across the sky for at least three or four seconds, and then break up into at least three pieces as it disappeared directly north of us in the direction of Mount Major, Lake Winnipesaukee and beyond. We were all nearly dumbstruck by the experience.

The phenomenon did look like a shooting star, but I never saw one remotely as big as this one. I would guess appearing maybe 15 to 20 times bigger than the usual shooting star and lasting two to three times longer than what we usually see during the Pleades or other meteor showers this time of year.

We wondered if any of your followers reported this event or if any of you had an explanation for it or could conjecture a guess as to what it was. Thanks for any info you could report to us.

Ned W. Downing
Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 08:57

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The guardrails at Route 11-A & Belknap Mtn. Rd. are much better

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank the crew of men and women who worked so tirelessly doing traffic control on Route 11-A for so many weeks, during all the hot summer days. My husband worked for New England Telephone Co. many years ago, so I know how tiring it was to stand hours on end. The new guardrails are so much better now and we can see when we drive from Belknap Mountain Road onto 11-A. A job well done by all the workers.
Thank you all so very much.
On another note, I would like to thank the crew from LaChance's Landscaping for the wonderful job they did putting in our new patio, a back-breaking job for sure, but they did it with a smile each day. The patio turned out beautiful. So, many thanks from the residents, including me.

They also do a great job of maintaining the grounds year-round, especially the snow plowing. Thanks again to all the crew. We appreciate it all.

Sally Abbott

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 09:35

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I'm ashamed of myself for questioning motives of Market Basket employees

To The Daily Sun,

The hour glass is slowly running out for the Market Basket employees.

I am ashamed of myself for even questioning their motives. Loyalty of the people only comes from the integrity shown by their leader. Why are so many willing to sacrifice so much, for what? I don't know about you, but I just got a history lesson.

Tom Sellew

Lochmere (Tilton)

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 09:27

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Story said little about disregard for the law & previous practice

To The Daily Sun,

Reading about the lopsided score in the Shriner's football game makes me realize what there is about school games that turns me off. What does it prove when one team pounds another team into the ground running up a 36 point advantage? Is it all an ego trip for the winning team, as well as humiliation for the losing team. After all the hoopla and high-fives it is, after all, only a game. And did the New Hampshire coach ever realize its negative consequences, or was it his intention only to prove how smart he was as well? My question for the coach is, Did you ever consider putting in the second or third team when you saw the score escalate so quickly? Or did you bask in the glory of decimating the Vermont youngsters?

Games on the field or on the court, wherever they're played, are highly esteemed, even as students fail repeatedly in STEM subjects. It is the games that get extraordinary attention. The inequity of these diverse endeavors, is noticeable and disturbing as it indirectly involves everyone.

It is a national problem that very directly affects our ability to compete for the better jobs that go unfilled for lack of available talent.

So stop being a fanatic about games. They should be treated as an addendum to scholastic schedules, certainly not more than that. Be sensible. Work with your children to get passing grades. Help them get a better job, when the time comes.

Leon R. Albushies


Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 09:22

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Story said little about the law & previous practice

To The Daily Sun,

The article by Michael Kitch in the Thursday, Aug. 7, Daily Sun, front page no less, shows just how biased this reporter is in his reporting and writing about the struggle that the Belknap County Convention has had in trying to control cost and keep the spending under control, with only a brief statement about the two year struggle we have had that required the convention to take this action.

There is very little mention about the commissioners' disregard for the law, or their disregard for what has been the practice of the law by those commissioners who were once delegation members themselves and for the action they took in the past to control spending.

What this reporter did point out however was a long diatribe of the commissioners' lawyer as to what this convention has no authority to do. No authority to bring a lawsuit against a lawless Commission, no authority to speak for the citizens that voted for them, no authority "To stand in the shoes of the individual taxpayers," no authority to follow the law.

I would have to ask each and every voter this question, "What then is the purpose of having representation, if a lawyer can stand up in court and say the legislators that you elected have no authority to follow the laws that they have created."

It seems to me we have a president who has set this table, and we have a bunch of Democrats who want to sit down at this table. When November comes around, I sure hope the people who read this paper take the advice of the commissioners' lawyer and "throw these bums out"

State Rep. Robert Greemore


Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 09:19

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