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Many honored at St. Vincent de Paul volunteer appreciation dinner

To The Daily Sun,

The Laconia Conference of St. Vincent de Paul held its annual volunteer appreciation dinner on Monday, May 18. The affair was hosted and catered by Contigiani Catering Services at Peasant Ridge Country Club. The Contigiani's excellent cuisine and service were appreciated by all of the SVdP volunteers.

Approximately 110 volunteers who staff and manage the Conference's four programs — thrift store, food pantry, financial assistance program, and the Children's Foundation — attended the annual recognition of the volunteer service. As an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, such dedication is essential to the effectiveness and efficiency of St. Vincent de Paul in providing needed assistance to some many in the region. In its 24 years of existence, St. Vincent de Paul has never paid any wages or salaries, so more of our donations of clothing, furniture, and cash go directly for community support.

Six individuals received service awards: Teresa Farrara, Sylvia Dion, Rachel Allen, and Sydny Dowd for 20 years of volunteer service, and Jack Holland and Martha Levesque for 10 years of service. Many Lakes Region vendors provided door prizes for a raffle. We wish to thank Fratello's, Local Eatery, Prescott Florist, the Common Man organization, Home Comfort in Center Harbor, Meredith Bay Coffee House, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Canoe Restaurant, Laconia Car Wash, China Garden, Ellacoya Barn & Grill, Winnipesaukee Bay Gulls, Laconia Village Bakery, and Hannaford's for their wonderful generosity.

On behalf of these many volunteers and the people we serve, I offer our sincere appreciation to all in the Lakes Region who have supported us. Many thanks.

Erika Johnson, President

St. Vincent de Paul Society


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Again I ask: What has Obama done for working Americans

To The Daily Sun,

A notable letter appeared here in Tuesday's edition of Letters to the Editor. Mr. Robert T. Joseph Jr. pointed out a much overlooked threat both to the nation and the people. Hackers from China, Russia and well all over the world are stealing people blind and threatening our national security. Already Obama's personal accounts have been reported hacked as have been those of the State Department and about a million government workers private information.

Mr. Joseph points out that the Internet is the most dangerous form of communication ever invented. He's right of course, and so he calls for our government to create a separate and secure system under which to conduct its business. I fully agree. But at the same time I'm not going to hold by breath, at least for as long as the current administration is running things.

Look, this president has his eye squarely on those things he thinks are important, like global warming and how to distribute America's wealth to Third World countries that hate us. He would rather give lip service to fighting terrorism then actually lead his 60 phantom-nation coalition against it. He's had two years to develop a strategy to defeat ISIS and on Sunday last he announced he doesn't have one yet. True to form he passed the blame onto the Defense Department. Are you kidding me? The Department of Defense has contingency plans for everything from defending an invasion from Canada to how to defeat ISIS.

It's Obama who can't even bring himself to utter the words "Islamic terrorists," who doesn't have either a plan or a desire to form any such plan. And the far left, those who support the Palestinian drive to destroy Israel and murder all Jews cheer him on.

Face it America, Obama doesn't want to lead. He sure doesn't want to anger terrorists who might not like him. He wants so much to be loved by every crazy around the world. Everyone wants to be liked, but no president will ever be liked by everyone. So, a good president does the job, protects his nation, all its people and fights those who would harm the nation and its interests. If any president will not, can not or chooses not to, that president should resign or be made to step down because he hurts all the people.

Once again I ask what has Obama done that helps working Americans? The Affordable Care Act has proven to be far from affordable. Working wages have been largely stagnant for seven years, businesses are still leaving the country, small-business starts are at an all-time low, race relations are worse then in the '60s, and the rising costs of everything is because of the rising costs of energy. All these things are because of Obama's policies.

He refuses to enforce laws he doesn't like and makes up ones he does all in contradiction to our Constitution. And things are only going to get worse because this president is unfit to govern and the next liberal in line, Hillary Clinton, is another Saul Alinsky disciple who we have already seen follows the same pattern of unethical and corrupt behaviors. Having seen the failures of progressive liberals I hope people will remember them in 2016 election and vote them out. Save yourselves, save your children and grandchildren.

Steve Earle


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