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Homelessness can happen to anyone in the blink of an eye

To The Daily Sun,

After three years of envisioning, planning, purchasing a building and embarking on extensive renovations, Belknap House is poised to open our doors. Belknap House will create safe shelter for homeless families in Belknap County in cold weather months. With your help, the shelter will open in late this month.

Homelessness can happen to anyone in the blink of an eye. One of the true tragedies in this epidemic of homelessness is the innocent children. They are blameless, too young to have had the chance to make choices or decisions for themselves. All they know is they are hungry, they are cold, they are frightened.

We need to stop the cycle of circumstances that lead families to homelessness. The purpose of Belknap House is twofold: To house families in immediate need, and to strengthen these families by providing guidance and mentoring. The end goal is housed, healthier families leading more stable lives. Belknap House will provide warmth, shelter, food, counseling and consoling.

Our annual appeal for $25,000 ends this week and we are only halfway there. Your donation will help us open our doors. If you can spare $5, $10 or $25 each month, consider enrolling in our monthly giving program. Knowing your donation can be counted on will help to sustain Belknap House each month. Alternately, a check may be mailed to Belknap House, 291 Union Ave., Laconia, NH 0326. Please visit our website at www.belknaphouse.org to donate today.

We thank you for the generosity and compassion for those in need that has been shown in the past by the Lakes Region communities. Please consider a special gift as we open our doors.

Karen Welford

Executive Director, Belknap House

Colleen Garrity
President, Belknap House Board of Directors

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Three strikes on climate change claims and yer out!

To The Daily Sun,

Steve Earle recently claimed that if the "fanatical global warming gang really wants to stop pollution, head off to China, Russia, India where the greatest carbon footprint and world pollution comes from." Considering that Steve is both an biological evolution denier and a climate change science denier, it is no surprise Steve can't keep up with science and pulls his facts out of the end of his alimentary canal.

China is the only country that emits more greenhouse gases than the USA. The EU is third, India is fourth, and Russia is fifth. Steve is clearly ignorant of the fact that the U.S. puts more carbon in the air than both Russia and India combined and also more than all 28 nations in the EU combined. Steve misses! Strike one! See http://www.ecowatch.com/top-10-greenhouse-gas-emitters-find-out-which-countries-are-most-respo-1882054580.html

About India: "According to a draft of the country's 10-year energy blueprint, the Indian government expects that 57 percent of the country's total electricity capacity will come from non-fossil fuel sources by 2027 ... The draft also noted that no new coal-fired power plants would be needed to meet India's electricity demands through 2027." According to Tim Buckley, a director at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, "India is moving beyond fossil fuels at a pace scarcely imagined only two years ago." He also characterized the forecast as "absolutely transformational." Not even close, Steve! Strike two!
See https://thinkprogress.org/india-new-clean-energy-electricity-targets-d7773b884968#.kilx2e2n3

China isn't messing around, either. In 2015, its energy capacity from solar and wind increased 74 percent and 34 percent respectively. Coal consumption dropped about 4 percent. Like India, China is proceeding faster than the Paris accord requires. Tim Buckley (mentioned above) also said of China, "The latest figures confirm China's record-breaking shift toward renewable power and away from coal." And Coal imports dropped 30.4 percent. Stirrrrike three! Yer out, loser!

Russia hasn't ratified the climate agreement yet. While most senior officials and federal ministries in Russia support the Paris accord, Russia's steel and coal corporations are pushing back (golly, what a surprise!). Russia is not nearly as modern as India, China, or the EU in many ways and will find the transition to renewables more difficult. Get an education, Steve.

James Veverka

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