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Hands Across The Table provided 7,015 free meals during 2013

To The Daily Sun,

Each Tuesday evening, the local non-profit Hands Across the Table (HATT) provides a free hot dinner to those in need. Our home is the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region, 876 North Main St., Laconia. We make every attempt to live up to our mission statement: "To feed all who are hungry in body and spirit. We do so willingly and with compassion and understanding." All are welcome.

Recently, the HATT Board of Directors made a concerted effort to raise the money needed to fund our program for the next 12 months. In November, we held a dessert auction at the Beane Conference Center. During the months of November and December, we conducted a sustainability campaign by mail, asking for donations. Last Sunday, Feb. 9, we held our third annual Soupathon and Silent Service Auction for the community at St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall.

Each fundraiser was successful, either meeting or exceeding our goals. HATT volunteers and supporting religious organizations, service clubs, businesses and the community at large gave with open hands and hearts. Our donors are too numerous to list in this letter. A notice of thanks is forthcoming in the local papers. For now, suffice it to say that Hands Across the Table is a community organization well-supported by its community.

Whether you bid $50 for a homemade pie at the dessert auction, contributed $1,000 to the sustainability campaign, paid $10 for a ticket to the Soupathon, or won the hot air balloon ride for $55 at the Silent Service Auction, we sincerely thank you.

In 2013, we provided 7,015 meals. We plan to provide as many or more in 2014. We are grateful for your fundraising support, knowing that we could not provide these meals without you.

Ginger Wells-Kay

HATT Board Fundraising Chair


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 10:48

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Ben Franklin's concept of public library alive & well in Gilmanton

To The Daily Sun,

Benjamin Franklin understood that for democracy to flourish, all citizens must have access to the knowledge and information they need to participate in that democracy. To this end, he and his colleagues devised a plan to create a single collection of their combined personal libraries and make these books available to the citizens of Philadelphia. Thus was the concept of a public library born.

Now, nearly 200 years later, the Gilmanton Year-Round Library continues the tradition. Resources available at the library allow every Gilmanton resident an equal opportunity to access information regardless of socioeconomic status. Whether it is a child learning the alphabet or a senior searching for computer assistance, the librarians are there to help. Early childhood programs ensure that every student has the opportunity to begin their school years with appropriate language skills. Library resources for older students allow those with less access to information at home to keep up with their peers. Adults benefit by finding information needed to pursue further education, conduct job searches, and research government programs.

Now that we're living in the digital age, the digital divide may have narrowed. But it has become much deeper for those who do not have computers or internet access. As government resources become available only through the internet (including our own town information!), as e-commerce allows for better consumer shopping for those big ticket purchases, as job searching and application submission is available almost exclusively online, we are pleased that the Gilmanton Year-Round Library makes both computers and internet access available -- for free.

As we follow in Benjamin Franklin's footsteps, we encourage all residents to make use of the information and programs offered by the library. Our goal is to provide every community member with the resources needed to reach their fullest potential.

Board of Directors

Gilmanton Year-Round Library

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 10:44

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In no way does IRA require I fill out a W-9 form for court costs

To The Daily Sun,

The Laconia City Clerk Mary Reynolds and Laconia City Attorney Laura Spector-Morgan continue their quest to punish me for requesting a recount that proved that there was a mistake made in the Sept. 10, 2013, Laconia Ward 5 Primary Election. They believe that I'm required to fill out a IRS W-9 form before I can recover my court cost for correcting their mistake. The following clearly explains who is required to file a W-9 Form. The return of court fees is not included in this explanation because court fees are not income.
This is what the U.S. Tax Center says: "The W-9 Federal Income Tax Forms are filled out by people who have done work for a company but not as an employee. Companies who hire people such as freelancers or independent contractors to do work are still required to report these non-employee's wages to the IRS. Employers get all the information that the IRS requires by asking these independent contractors or freelancers to fill out W-9 Federal Income Tax Forms."

This is the same information that is on the IRS W-9 Form under "Purpose of Form": "A person who is required to file an information return with the IRS must obtain your correct taxpayers identification number (TIN) to report, for example, income paid to you."

The City has not submitted one court case where the winner or loser was required to submit a W-9 Form.

David Gammon


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 10:41

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Obamacare already turned poor situation into something worse

To The Daily Sun,

There has been no greater political, social or economic disaster this century than Obamacare. The bungled roll-out wrapped in never ending horror stories, millions of canceled insurance policies, ultra narrow provider networks with monster deductibles has overwhelmed the logic of voters. The noisy, nut case supporters that filled this paper have become all but silent.

Democratic lawmakers at high risk of losing their jobs in November are running scared and speaking out. Even Democrat Carol Shea Porter is said to have ripped into Obama last week for not having left a trail of fired bodies over the mind-numbing failure of Obama care. Note, Porter now trails her Republican opponent in the polls. She and other Democrats find themselves between a rock and a hard place after their yes vote uttering you could keep your insurance and your doctor. These people know Obamacare stinks to the high heavens. More scary for them, they know the public smells the stench.

The main purpose of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to get the uninsured, insured. It isn't working. Only 11 percent of the people signing up were uninsured. The Congressional Budget Office ( CBO) now predicts there will still be 33 million people uninsured six years from now.

The statistics all skew the older and sicker are signing up. Why not, They are getting a good deal. They are going to consume far more health care than they pay for. The young folks, staggering under record college debt are not signing in numbers required to stop future premiums from rising by double digits, annually.

We needed the ACA to stop the uninsured from using the costly emergency room for routine care. The ACA has only worsened that problem. The vast majority of people getting insurance are being thrown on to Medicaid. Medicaid patients are 40 percent more likely to use the emergency room than an uninsured person. Emergency rooms now are being overrun with new ACA/Medicaid patients demanding to be treated for colds, sore throats, head aches and rashes at costs 15 times greater than being seen by a primary care physician. These people cannot find doctors who will treat them and doctors won't treat them because the government pays them a meager pittance to do so, below their actual cost.

The CBO just announced that the ACA was going to kill employment by the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs. Why? Because the ACA produces an incentive to work less, especially at the bottom third of the income ladder. The person who gets a $1 an hour raise or promotion pays higher taxes. In addition the person will likely lose all or a portion of their insurance subsidy making the person worse off financially. The person gains nothing by working harder to get a raise and get ahead. Obamacare destroys the work ethic of Americans and will keep doing it into eternity. Obama has made working less the better strategy.

Wasn't the ACA implemented to cut health care costs. The CEO of Aetna said last week unless the data changes his company would be required to increase premiums by double digits in 2015 to reflect the poor health risk pool of the ACA. Tens of millions are already paying far more for insurance than they were a year ago simply because of the ACA. All with higher deductibles and a much narrower network of providers produced by the ultra low reimbursement rates from government. Doctors and hospitals demanded protection from competitors in order to participate. The result: Less choice for you.

Before the ACA stock holders took the losses on the chin when insurers lost money. Not now. Can you believe it? Obama has promised billions in taxpayer bailouts to insurance companies that lose any money participating in the ACA. Obama demonized insurer profits before the laws passage. Now he guarantees their profits with your money.

Who can deny that Obama care turned an already poor situation into something far worse, now with endless billions of wasted taxpayer dollars for good measure. The same result we get every time government sticks its nose into private enterprise claiming it can do things better and of course to produce equality. All it does is create disasters of biblical proportion with pain and suffering for millions that is incalculable.

Tony Boutin


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 10:35

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Don't think it's reasonable to shut off all social support systems

To The Daily Sun,

In Wednesday's paper, Toni Piper responded to a recent letter of mine where I suggested Republicans need to have a plan to transition people off welfare and dependency. Toni said it isn't government's job to get people out of poverty. Right, absolutely right. But then there is the reality we smash our heads up against if we don't consider finding some realistic transition vehicle.

I don't think it is reasonable to shut off all support systems, like turning off the lights. Such would result in starvation, homelessness, riots, crime rates soaring. Heck, it would cost more then it would save.

Okay, so I at least put out an idea. What ideas on the subject do others have? Toni, what is your thinking for some realistic plan?

Steve Earle


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 10:30

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