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Conservative media companies rule our public airwaves

To The Daily Sun,

Here are but a few facts which Mr. Earle deliberately chooses to ignore when it comes to who is in control of TV, radio, print media and blog outlets in the United States.

Internet sites where one can find just who and how our national media outlets are controlled: 1) www.freepress.net, 2) www.mediamatters.org, 3) www.opensecrets.org, 4) www.cfr.org, 5) www.flackcheck.org, 6) www.truthrevolt.com, and 7) www.monitorscourcewatch.org

In addition we cannot forget or should we discount the "One Percenters" who are contributing millions if not billions of dollars for airtime. How many of our politicians receive PAC and Super PAC monies from these individuals and conglomerates? By my count it comes to at least 16 or more conservative entities contributing to the GOP. At best this is a very limited accounting.

We would be remiss if we did not mention Noonan, Will, Krauthammer, Limbaugh, Beck and Palin, who appear weekly if not daily on any and all media outlets. We cannot and should not omit the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). This agencies oversight of national media is minimal at best.

Some suggestions for those who want a say in corporate media policies:

1. Purchase stock in those conservative media companies in order to have a say as a shareholder.

2. Inspect broadcasters' public files to ensure that they are within keeping of their public interest obligations.

3. Contact your local congressional elected officials to let them know that radio stations need to be locally owned.

Follow the money. Billions of dollars are funneled by politicians (via PACS & Super PACS) into our local TV stations to pay for campaign ads which, by law, do not have to be true. Remember this very simple fact: We the people own the public airwaves (local TV and radio). Sadly this is not the case with cable TV.

Suggested reading: 1. "Digital Destiny: News Media & the future of Democracy" by Jeff Carter; 2. "Media, Profit and Politics: Competing Priorities in an open society" by Kent State University Symposium; and 3. "Six Amendments" by Justice John Paul Stevens.

Bernadette Loesch


Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 08:24

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Jane Goss will be retiring on May 16 after 26 years as town clerk

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jane Goss for her 26 years of dedicated service to the residents of Sanbornton. On May 16 Jane will be retiring upon completing her final term as Town Clerk/Tax Collector.

I have served with Jane as her deputy for the past 5 1/2 years. During this time I have learned a lot from her, and she has allowed me to obtain my certification as deputy tax collector. As a result of her retirement, I am running for the vacant position of Town Clerk/Tax Collector in Sanbornton.

I hope that the residents of Sanbornton will support me as they have always supported Jane.

I would like to ask for your vote on Tuesday, May 13.

Marla Davis


Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 08:19

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Romans gave up their Republic through cleverly crafted hoax

To The Daily Sun,

In 70 B.C., Marcus Licineus Crassus was a extremely wealthy and minor Roman politician whose desire was to rule Rome . The invention of the fire brigade has been credited to him. His slaves would rush to the scene of a burning building. Crassus would make an offer to buy the building for a tiny fraction of its worth. If the owner declined, the building would burn to the ground. If the owner agreed then the slaves would douse the fire with buckets of water. Crassus's wealth and power increased. He became one of the wealthiest land owners in Rome. It would not be inconceivable to equate that some of those fires may had been deliberately set.

When Spartacus led a slave revolt, Crassus saw an opportunity to terrorize Rome and take the city. Spartacus and former slaves only wanted to sail to freedom. Crassus paid the mercenary fleet to sail without Spartacus and his army, and called for two Roman legions to block their way. This gave but one exit: To march toward Rome. The people panicked and declared Crassus Praetor (They lead armies, presided in law courts and administered the law, second only to position of consul.) He then defeated the gladiators and was elected Consul of Rome the following year.

Through the stratagem of fear, Crassus altered the Roman Republican form of government. The commencement of the first Triumvirate consisted of Julius Caesar, Marcus Licinius Crassus, and Gnaeus Pompii.They met in 60 B.C. and conspired to share the power of ruling Rome. Crassus was killed fighting the Parthians in 53 B.C. Pompeii was defeated in the battle of Pharsalus in 48 B.C. Julius Caesar then had total control of the government.

Mark Antony, Octavian and Marcus Lepidus were the second Triumvirate to rule Rome. Caesa ended up with all power after Lepidus resigned after a mutiny attempt. Antony killed himself after Otavian defeated him in the Battle of Actium. They were followed by emperors who ruled as god-like.

Romans gave up their Republic through a cleverly crafted hoax developed by one man who sought power for himself. Sound familiar?

"It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." — Mark Twain.

Gene F. Danforth

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 09:23

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We regret we have to close the Inter-Lakes Senior Center

To The Daily Sun,

It is with deep regret that the Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties Inc. (CAPBMCI) is announcing the closing of the Inter-Lakes Senior Center in Meredith. The agency has been faced with making this very difficult decision due to rising costs and funding reductions. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the community for supporting the center for many years. The Senior Center would not have been possible without the support of volunteers, civic groups, business donations, local agencies and municipalities.

The Senior Center relocated to the Meredith Community Center in Apri, 2006. Senior Center activities were held at the Trinity Episcopal Church for many years.

We want to be clear that the Elder Services Department under the umbrella of CAPBMCI will continue to provide all current services for residents of Meredith, Center Harbor and New Hampton. Meals-On-Wheels participants will continue to receive their meals five days a week through the nearby Laconia Senior Center. Service will continue without a noticeable change.

It is our intention to continue the Rural Transportation Program offering rides for medical appointments, grocery shopping and other important community resources.

For a delicious mid-day meal and fellowship seniors may take part in luncheons held at any of our senior centers, such as the Laconia Senior Center. We may offer rides to Laconia for lunch as needed. Other nearby luncheons includes Tilton, Franklin, Alton or Belmont. Depending upon the interest of local seniors we are exploring the option of a new community luncheon to be held once or twice each month in the area.

The Inter-Lakes Senior Center will be closing on May 30, 2014. For information on the closing of the center please contact me, Pam Jolivette, Director of Elder Service, CAPBMCI at (603) 225-3295 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For information on services after May 30, 2014, please contact Tom Menard, Laconia Senior Center manager, who may be reached at (603) 524-7689. Meals-on-Wheels referrals still go to the Meredith Area Center, CAPBMCI at (603) 279-4096.

Pam Jolivette, Director of Elder Services

Community Action Program

Belknap-Merrimack Counties Inc.



Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 09:15

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Truth prevailed in the end; Gulick v. Cormier was frivolous lawsuit

To The Daily Sun,

A Victory for Truth, Justice and the Rule of Law was decided by James D. O'Neill at Laconia Superior Court on April 16,2014. Case Name: Ruth P.Gulick, et al v. Jane Cormier, et al (211-2014-CV-00034).

The definition of a lawsuit is a case in a court of law involving a claim, complaint by one party against another. A frivolous lawsuit is characterized by lack of seriousness or sense and of little or no weight, worth, or importance.

On March 3, 2014, a complaint for violation of RSA 91-A was filed in court by Ruth P. Gulick, retired attorney, Democratic Representative to the House and also the Belknap County Convention. Colette Worsman, Republican chair of the Belknap Convention and Jane Cormier, Republican clerk were named as defendants. After the filing, David O. Huot, retired lawyer and judge, Laconia rep. and convention member took over as the case name in the suit. The complaint was signed by three more Democrats, Beth Arsenault, rep. from Laconia, Ian Raymond, rep. from Sanbornton and Lisa A. DiMartino, a rep. from Gilford.

The lawsuit was definitely frivolous in context, a political maneuver to fight for a bigger Belknap County budget, without thought of the taxpayers. Did the elected Democrats have limited knowledge of RSA 91-A statute? What will happen now? Will the Belknap County taxpayers be responsible for the cost? The elections this year gives us a chance to vote for the best candidate, one who will be for We the People.

At the Hearing on April 3, it was stated the court may invalidate the action of a body, not a person. I believe the judge stated this. The plaintiffs' filed a motion to amend on April 8. The motion was granted. Another try to keep the frivolous lawsuit moving by Rep. Huot, who was arguing for the plaintiff.

Did Rep. Arsenault, on February 18, decide to bring a vote to the table knowing there were more votes for the commissioners budget? Was the stormy night a chance to facilitate the bigger budget? Did anyone object to the speaker-phone conversation of Rep. Comtois? There was stealth participation from the convention members, no one objected (RSA 91-A:2, 3a and c).

All representatives take a vow to serve the public with honesty and integrity. The truth prevailed in the end, from a N.H. Superior Court: Interested parties at a meeting are entitled to object, but are not entitled to change their decision after the meeting. Accordingly, the plaintiffs' count 1 and 2 denied.

Rosemary Landry

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 09:11

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