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Raffle prize donators & winners aided printing of Food Guide

To The Laconia Sun,

The Lakes Region Local Food Guide is going to press very soon, thanks to the support of generous community donors. Our most recent fund-raising effort was a raffle, with gift cards offered by Laconia Local Eatery, BurritoMe, and Laconia Village Bakery. All of these locally-owned restaurants purchase food from our local farmers and wanted to support this great resource.

The raffle drawing was held at Laconia Local Eatery on June 2, and the following people were the lucky winners: $100 gift card to Local Eatery, Colin Fuller; $50 gift card to Local Eatery, Rich Kordas; $25 gift card to Local Eatery, Elaine Barros; $25 gift card to Burrito Me, Roy Barros, Rich Stanley, Hali Dearborn and Nicky Gallagher; $25 gift card to Laconia Village Bakery, Melissa Guldbrandsen and Don Womack.

Congratulations to the lucky winners, and much appreciation to everyone who purchased tickets. We're already planning ahead to next year's raffle, which will be bigger and better with even more locally produced products as prizes.

 Karen Barker
Lakes Region Food Network

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Anyone think Ayatollah is worried about getting bad deal from Obama?

To The Daily Sun,

I would love to know President Obama's strategy in Iraq. First he and VP Biden declared Iraq a victory achievement of theirs, after the Bush/Patraeus surge worked and Iraq was reasonably stable when he came into office. Then he declined to hammer out a status of forces agreement which would have given a reasonable likelihood of continued stability in Iraq.

Now ISIS has filled that vacuum left by the total evacuation of the United States. Today, Iraq has lost more territory and important cities to ISIS as it appears that only the Islamic State and Iran have the will to fight. Yet our president implores us to "be patient" and assures us "we are winning".

Lou Dobbs believes that his foreign policy strategy is not intended to advance U.S. interests in foreign policy in any corner of the world. He goes on to say, "the Obama Administration is better aligned with the Iranians, than with Israel or Saudi Arabia . . . more closely aligned with the Chinese who the Obama Administration challenges in the South China Sea." Yet it seems he ignores China's expansionary strategy in Central and South America, as they invest many billions of dollars there.

And what of Obama's perplexing "more flexibility" policy with Russia as he appears to be ignoring the concerns of European nations while Putin increases his aggression against Eastern Europe. Are we losing influence around the world and putting this country in grave danger?

Recently, General Martin Dempsey told "Frontline" that the Pentagon totally botched the offensive by ISIS. He said there was no real plan to deal with the fall of Mosul. How is that even remotely possible that our defense team was taken by surprise?

How is it that our foreign policy is in such disarray, totally incoherent and totally feckless? Why only pinprick strikes in Iraq with inadequate special forces on the ground, which merely keeps the war ongoing, but unwinnable? So what does our dear leader decide to do? Roll back 50 years of foreign policy by officially removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism without demanding any alterations by Cuba.

Don't look now, but the five Taliban leaders are apparently now free to roam the countryside and renew their jihad against the West. Freed so that we could get back a deserter and possible Islam sympathizer in Bowe Bergdahl. Oh, and this just in, Obama has changed the ahem, strategy in Iraq by stating that we can try to help out, but we are no longer responsible for securing the country. So now, Iraq has to rely on Iran-backed Shiite militias to battle ISIS.

Lou Dobbs asserts that Obama's foreign policy strategy is clear. "The president is rolling back decades of U.S. foreign policy, reneging on countless commitments and once reliable alliances." He is withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan while cheerfully proclaiming that he has ended two wars. Geez Mr. President, what happened to your pronouncement that the U.S. and the 60 state coalition that you put together would crush the Islamic State? He now seems to be telling us that would be too big a problem to take on at this point.

Does anyone think that Ayatollah Khamenei is worried about being on the losing end of a nuclear deal with Obama? Does anyone believe that Chinese President Xi is worried that Obama will draw a red line against China's expansionist plans? And oh those perilous open borders to our south. Let 'em all come on in, seems to be the focus of the president's flexibility.

President Obama's unilateral surrendering to the rest of the world has created a vacuum for pure evil to enter and thrive. That is a severe dereliction of duty, is it not? Who did he think was going to fill that void? Dennis Prager is correct, I believe. He said that the left hates those who confront evil. Perhaps that is why our president would rather attack cops and Christians and ignore real evil.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's comment on confidence which he had in abundance, goes like this: "Confidence . . . thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live." Mr. President, you are an embarrassment to the ideals that have held this country together for so long. He clearly doesn't believe in them and wants to destroy them. Why else would he want to fundamentally transform this nation?

Russ Wiles


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