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No amount donated to the Lakes Region Santa Fund is too small

To The Daily Sun,
The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region was established in 1973 to provide charitable assistance to the Lakes Region children during the holiday season and throughout the year. We will begin our winter outerwear distribution on November 6. We have partnered with Salvation Army, St. Vincent Children's Foundation and local schools and police departments to assist families in the Lakes Region with their holiday needs. The need this year appears to us to be much greater than in past years and with the cold weather already on the way we are anxious to get this done. We rely on cash donations to purchase these items and do most of our shopping in the off season locally in order to get the best deals possible for our money and support local businesses.

Earlier this year we were fortunate enough to form a partnership with Al Miltner and Bootleggers to purchase high quality children's winter boots at a great discount. We are concerned that we may not have enough boots this year, even with what we had purchased from Bootleggers and have reached out to Bootleggers who have responded most generously and donated $500 towards the purchase of more boots. In addition they have also offered discounts to us when these funds are expended. This is an example of collaboration with local vendors and the Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes and our mission of spending our donated funds locally, as much as possible.

We would like to personally thank Al Miltner and Bootleggers for helping keep the children of the Lakes Region warm this winter.
If you would like to help keep our children warm this winter please send your donation to: Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region, PO Box 7454, Laconia, NH, 03247. No amount is too small and together we can make sure the children of the Lakes Region are taken care of. The Board of the Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region thanks you for your thoughtfulness.
Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region Board of Directors
Kim Lacasse
Janet Brough
Kathy Crane
Andrea Condodemetraky
Brian Winslow
Chris Guilmett
Chris McCarthy
Dennis Phelps
Paul Charlton
Jim Carroll
Jamie Caldwell
Lisa Cornish

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 11:11

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Representatives have failed American people & must be replaced

To The Daily Sun,

Obama is phony, he and his administration are responsible for the death of Americans in Benghazi!
They are guilty of covering up the IRS, NSA and other major government scandals! They need to be held accountable for their crimes against the American people! We no longer have representation in our government! They have failed the American people and must be replaced. We are at a crossroads as to what will happen to the America we knew and loved. If you agree, let your so called representatives know that we have had enough and will not take it any more. If they don't act NOW and stand up to Obama and his administration we will clean house in the next election. It's time we hold the people we elected accountable. It's time to clean house and vote against every one of them and put regular God-fearing Americans in office that will adhere to our Constitution and the principals America was founded on.

It's time "We The People" take back America. Our time is now, let's not remain silent any longer. . . .Never, vever, give up!

Harry Accornero


Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 11:06

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Cafua Management not living up to its Hathaway House responsibilities

To The Daily Sun,

Dunkin' Donuts has failed Laconia. Dunkin' Donuts is one of the most successful businesses in town, yet they do not keep their promises to the city.

When Cafua Management built the Dunkin' Donuts next to the historic and architecturally stunning Hathaway House, they agreed to preserve the building. When the project was approved by the city, they assured the Planning Board that the house would be repainted and fitted with a fire alarm and fire suppression system.

Cafua Management and Dunkin' Donuts are responsible for a landmark building becoming an eyesore. Laconia and Dunkin' Donuts would be shamefully remiss if this treasure were to fall into further disrepair.

It took some digging to discover just who Cafua is. With more than 180 Dunkin' Donuts stores spanning seven states, Cafua Management Company is the largest privately owned Dunkin Donuts franchisee in the U.S. Cafua Management has its corporate offices in North Andover, Mass.

I suggest we all buy our coffee and doughnuts at one of the many other coffee shops in Laconia until Dunkin' Donuts lives up to its promises.

Janet Simmon

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:32

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We recognize Rep. Huot for his role in protecting & promoting health

To The Daily Sun,

The New Hampshire Public Health Association would like to publicly thank Representative David Huot who is among those in this area whose hard work this past year helped further public health in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Public Health Association (www.nhpha.org) is committed to strengthening the state's public health system to improve health, prevent disease, and reduce costs for all. Each year we recognize representatives of both parties whose votes supported sound public health policy this legislative session in Concord. Among the many pieces of legislation impacting public health each year, we select a few key bills with roll call votes to determine which legislators should be called Champions. This year our Public Health Champions worked to: ensure that more children are safe in automobiles by supporting changes to childhood restraints; that the taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products were restored in New Hampshire; that New Hampshire repeal the Stand Your Ground legislation; and that the hours for the sale of liquor in New Hampshire not being extended by an hour.

We recognize Representative Huot for taking seriously his role in protecting and promoting healthy communities.

Marie Mulroy, President

New Hampshire Public Health Association

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:26

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Obamacare will make things be more equal for all Americans

To The Daily Sun,

Just read your letter, Mr. Boutin, and all I read was the same Fox News talking points. Insurance companies, for too many years, have had the pleasure of dropping people who are very ill, denying coverage to people (even kids) with pre-existing conditions, increasing their rates every year to make more profits while cutting benefits, upping maximum annual pay outs for conditions, even cancer. You just do not seem to get it. They now cannot do this stuff so old policies which don't meet new standards under the Affordable Care Act have been discontinued. Some deductibles also went up and some benefits were cut out just so they could make a profit. See things will now be more equal for all people in the USA and people will all have access to health care.

As to an increase in rates. Give me a break. Rates increased every year in the past. That was a given. I worked with people who got raises just to see them complain because their health insurance rates went up using up their raises. And complaining because some benefits they had the year before were cut out and no longer covered. Also companies that provided health insurance for their employees, to save money, worked with the insurance companies to cut stuff out so the premiums they paid on behalf of their employees stayed low. As to people who are having their policies of last year canceled the fact is that those policies do not follow current regulations for what they offer. These people will be able to get better coverage for less premium dollars. Insurance companies are the ones canceling the policies because it is more expensive for them to do what is necessary to comply with the current regulations. They do not want to loose profits and will get rid of these rather then adjust them to meet the standards just to keep the cost down so they make money. This is an example of what power the insurance companies have had for so many years.

Might I suggest you start paying attention to what is actually being said by the doctors, hospitals and other people involved with this new insurance act.

I just had major surgery and my bills to date are over $180,000. One ambulance ride for a total of five miles cost me over $3,000. I'm lucky because I have insurance. If not I still would have gotten the care but you and others with insurance would be paying my bill. NO BILL GOES UNPAID. Hospitals,labs and doctors have to up their rates to make up for any loses due to unpaid bills so the ones with insurance doing the paying. People go to the ER all the time to get care because they have no insurance. They agree to make monthly payments problem is most times they can't. So these bills go unpaid. So if everyone has some sort of insurance hospital, lab and doctor costs will stabilize and possibly go down. How is that a bad thing.

I'll end this with one question because I have been reading your letters for years now and you certainly have a hate for President Obama. Why? Would you like him better if he were white or Republican? And yes, before you say it, race is a very important factor in all of this and has been since the day he announced he was running. People know this but they will never admit it because no one wants to admit they have racist attitudes, especially in 2013.

Nancy Parsons

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:22

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