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Community-minded civilians dealt with fast-spreading Laconia fire

To The Daily Sun,

Yesterday, I was at my friends house on Rollercoaster Road spending some quality time. We had taken a break from his chores and I was showing him one of my YouTube videos (I'm a musician from St. Augustine). As we walked out in the front yard he noticed smoke coming from across the street and leaped into action. He first tried to step out the flames, but when that didn't work he ran for his tractor and started extinguishing the flames with his bucket loader. By this time a line of motorists had stopped and a couple of gentlemen had 5-gallon buckets in their truck and started a bucket brigade. Meanwhile, I am trying to corral his dogs to keep them out of traffic, while running buckets as well.

He dialed 911 to dispatch the fire station, which responded quickly. However, by the time the fire department had arrived our group of community-minded civilians had contained and nearly completely extinguished the fast-spreading fire. All the fire department had to do was rake and finish soaking it down. I'm definitely impressed with everyone who jumped in to help, this could have turned bad very quickly.

Thanks to all of you. It just goes to prove we must be careful with fire, this was most likely started by a discarded cigarette butt. Be smart and aware, and use your ashtray.

D.P. "Mugsy" McGuinness


Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 10:45

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Christian myths, like others, are deeply rooted in traditional folklore

To The Daily Sun,

I have long felt that we should have comparative religion classes in high schools. Such a class would study the history, people, and beliefs of a wide range of religions. One of the things kids would learn is that that there is much more that unites religions than divides them. Religious fundamentalists don't want people to find this out. Us vs. Them is the core of their world. They don't want kids to learn real science. Creationism isn't science and religious myths are not history. A telling truth is that archaeologists can find no evidence for any captivity, Exodus or conquest of the so-called holy land. While we can find prehistoric campsites hundreds of thousands of years old, we can't find anything to support thousands wandering the desert for decades. Seems a bit silly, eh?

In general terms, not much is new with any religion. There is not one that comes to mind that did not adopt and adapt some elements of another religion. Even their deities' names. If one takes an honest look at Christianity, it is a syncretism of Hellenism, Judaism and Paganism inside and out. This is not surprising considering the multicultural times this particular religion arose within.

Let's take a little trip through the world of virgin birth myths. Were virgin births new with Christianity? Nope. In Hinduism, the divine Vishnu himself descended into the womb of Devaki and to her was born Lord Krishna. Also, Krishna did not die and ascended to heaven. Buddha has similar origins. In the Mahapadana-sutra, the incarnation of the Buddha is described: "Now Vipassi, brethren, when, as Bodhisat, he ceased to belong to the hosts of the heaven of Delight, descended into his mother's womb mindful and self-possessed." The Second Book of Enoch also speaks of an event called the Exaltation of Melchizedek, which claims Melchizedek was born of a virgin. In Zoroastrianism, Zoroaster's virgin mother conceived Zoroaster by a shaft of light. In Egyptian mythology, there is Horus who was born of a virgin named Isis. In Greek mythology, who hasn't heard of Zeus, the Father of Gods, fathering god-men with human women. Hercules, Apollo, and Dionysius are some. Then there is the mystery religion that was so popular in the Roman world at the time of Christianity's ascension; Mithraism. In ancient Indian Vedas Mithra was the god of light, and was called "the Light of the World." He was the mediator between heaven and Earth. Mithras also claimed that drinking his blood and eating his flesh was the only way to be saved. Mithras was said to be present in the flesh and blood of the sacrificial bull the worshipers ate. All this sounds very familiar.

Christian myths are no different than other religious myths, being that they are deeply rooted in tradition and folklore, changing ever so slowly over the centuries. What was once the Canaanite Desert God of War "El Elyon" is now Elohim. The Canaanite's War God was adopted by the Jewish peoples and then it protected the Israelites against their enemies. Its this way with every collection of religious myths. Anointed ones, saviors, enlightenment, creations, floods, angry deities, protective gods, resurrections, and miracles are par for the course for every religion. Inventing myth and meaning is the nature of the beast. We seem to need these myths, even if they are fiction.

James Veverka


Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 10:41

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Where is caring & compassionate view of seniors in Meredith?

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is written in reference to the letter to the Meredith senior community on April 26.

How can the town of Meredith be so beautiful on the outside, but so uncaring on the inside. It was very upsetting to read that as of May, 30 the senior congregate lunch program at the Meredith Community Center will be discontinued. All seniors will have to go to the Laconia Senior Center to be served, according to the Community Action Program Department of Elders director in Concord.

How can this situation be allowed to happen? Is caring for seniors in Meredith not a top priority with our town leaders and elected officials? Obviously, negotiations between these officials broke down, compromise was not forthcoming. As a result as usual, the Meredith senior population is the loser. Where is the caring and compassionate attitude for helping seniors in need? Allowing someone else to care for Meredith seniors is an insult to this town. This decision made is nothing more than a struggle for money, resulting in Meredith seniors losing a home.

Where do our elected officials, town and state stand on this issue? Remember that seniors still have the right to vote, if they can get to the polls. The many caring volunteers that have supported the Meredith Senior Program are disappointed with this decision. We have until May 30 to step up to the plate. Remember, we are all going to be seniors who will need these humanitarian services.

A new sign at the Meredith Community Center should read "Welcome to all EXCEPT SENIORS".

Janice Buckman


Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 10:35

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Scare tactics working in Sanbornton, people don't want to be sued

To The Daily Sun,

Why did the Sanbornton Planning Board use scare tactics supplied by the Regional Planning Commission in a handout by Gerald Coogan, LRPC, at the Sanbornton Planning Board informational meeting Thursday night? The theme of the meeting, after the clarification of the amendments, was a steady drumbeat of being sued. The town counsel quoted almost verbatim from the handout which listed a history from decades ago of three other bizarre N.H. cases. Scare tactics are working, and the people are worried about being sued. He also said that anyone can sue anyone at any time for any reason. So no matter what we do, that could still happen. Some think that we are still opening ourselves to future litigation.

The residents of Sanbornton, according to that meeting, want controlled development, but they don't want to be sued. They want the town to stay the way it is — a rural community. But unlimited cluster development, IF it happens, would create an undue burden on the town.

According to a Daily Sun article April 10, Plymouth State University made an analysis that shows Belknap County has a shrinking workforce and an aging population most likely due to the depressed economic conditions. Therefore, the future does not show an increased need for workforce housing in Belknap County.

According to the newspaper, the meeting was advertised as a public meeting, therefore anyone is entitled to come and speak. However, a statement was made at the beginning of the meeting that it was a Planning Board meeting, which limits input from the public. Disrespect at the meeting was shown by a few of the townspeople towards Representative Jane Cormier because she was a non-resident. That embarrassed us as we thought it was a public meeting open to all and the loud comments made town appear to be unfriendly. The handout said "municipalities do not exist solely to serve their own residents, and their regulations should promote the general welfare, within and without their boundaries".

After the meeting, talking with Rep. Cormier, she said her reasons were to help us understand the ramifications of accepting workforce housing and its negative aspects in other towns. What is wrong with that? Information was the reason for the meeting. The more the better.

The irony of the whole evening was when the question was asked, "Do we already comply?" The Planning Board didn't know, and they won't know until the time comes to prove it.

Hal & Peggy Graham

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 10:31

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As your Sanbornton selectman, I will never forget that I work for you

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Jeff Jenkins.
I wish to put my many years of management experience to use as Sanbornton's next selectman. I have a back ground in many types of work. I spent 25 years with a volunteer fire department, rising to the rank of fire chief. I served 22 years in the Army Engineers, with the last five years as a first sergeant. I worked 35 years for N.H. Department of Transportation, the first 28 years of which I worked for the Bureau of Traffic (pavement marking, highway signs and traffic lights) where I became the maintenance supervisor responsible for 15 crews. The last seven years with NHDOT before retiring I worked in the field for the Bureau of Construction as a contract administrator performing quality, quantity, and compliance inspection of road and bridge projects. My duties included inspecting contractors work, keeping project records, serving as liaison between the state and contractors, resolving conflicting design problems, releasing funds for monthly payments to contractors for progress made, and resolving issues with abutters. After retiring I have spent the last eight years working as a consultant (self employed) for cities and towns doing this same work as a contract administrator.

Those who know me know that I like to keep busy and have served on many of Sanbornton's committees. At this point I have served on the town Budget Committee for 12 years, the CIP Committee for seven years, and before that two years on the Town Government Study Committee, six years on the Town Building Committee, and currently on the Road Privatization Study Committee.
In 1998 I graduated from a 2-year course, sponsored by the State of N.H. as a "Certified Public Manager".
I feel that I am a true Yankee both by my heritage and by my approach to life.
I am happily married to my wife, Joyce and we have 4 sons and 6 grandchildren.
I am asking for your vote to elect me as your next selectman so I can serve the Town of Sanbornton at another level. As a leader working for you I will not forget that I work for you and my job is to keep the town's best interest at heart.

Jeff Jenkins


Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:28

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