To The Daily Sun,
Lakes Region Better Together Steering Committee wishes to thank the many hands that made our Annual Celebration such a wonderful event! Lakes Region Food Network collaborated with us to coordinate many local farmers who donated fresh, local produce and poultry for a variety of delicious soups for dinner. Karen & Tom Barker and Aaron Lichtenberg were the master soup chefs that donated their time and talent. They created homemade Chicken, Squash Bisque, White Bean & Kale, and Minestrone Soups. Kevin Halligan donated the use of the kitchen at Laconia Village Bakery and also provided fresh salad and rolls for the event. The farm(ers) who contributed included: Krebs Farm (Sanbornton), Winnipesaukee Woods Farm (Alton Bay/Gilford), Minglewood Farm (Laconia), Evandale Farm (Pittsfield), Beans & Greens (Gilford), Big Banana (Laconia) and Shephard's Hut (Gilford). This effort is a fine example of how local communities can work together to create healthy food choices from area farmers.
This year's celebration highlighted Stand Up Laconia, a Better Together action group. They offered an insightful and inspiring message on the importance of the issues surrounding drugs and alcohol in our schools and our communities and what we can do to make a change. Contributions from the N.H. Charitable Foundation (Tym Rourke) and Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, were included, as well. We are also grateful for Lakes Region Community Services who provided the space for us to share these stories.
Additionally, Lakes Region Child Care Services were very creative with the centerpieces. Children individually hand wrote the words "Together" and filled glass jars with stones, celebrating how "together, we can make a difference".
We welcome your presence and wish all of you a healthy Holiday season!
Lakes Region Better Together Steering Committee
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:05
To The Daily Sun,
Liberals/progressives would like you to believe that conservatives and TEA Partiers like me don't care about people and don't want people to get health insurance or needed medical care. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We want everyone to have affordable health insurance that enables them to get excellent medical care.
Medicaid does not meet this requirement. Medicaid already pays less than the cost of providing services, and Medicaid payments are continually being reduced. Thus doctors and other service providers are increasingly unwilling to accept Medicaid patients.
The Obamacare insurance policies don't meet this requirement. Obamacare insurance premiums are unaffordable for many middle-income Americans and Obamacare insurance frequently excludes, as in New Hampshire, many doctors and hospitals. E.g., reports indicate that 70 percent of California doctors may not accept the insurance from the Obamacare exchange.
Obamacare hurts middle-income Americans who can't afford the premiums for Obamacare-compliant insurance which covers more services than most people want or need. Consequently the number of previously insured middle-income Americans who won't have insurance because of Obamacare may exceed the number of new people getting taxpayer subsidized insurance.
Progressives claim that their motive is to help people, but they deserve no credit for providing "insurance" that doesn't enable access to needed doctors and services and they deserve condemnation for outlawing good affordable insurance.
Progressive politicians promote things like Medicaid expansion, Obamacare, extended unemployment benefits, and enhancing other welfare programs to pretend to care about people and to divert attention from their destructive progressive policies which hurt peoples' income producing abilities. Progressives know that struggling people may become dependent on government and then reward the politicians who promise the most "help". This, political gain, is the evil motive for progressive policies.
Caring people would object to policies that devastate middle and low-income Americans by destroying good jobs, by condemning students to failing public schools, by flooding our labor markets (often with illegal aliens) which suppresses wages, and by destroying the culture that leads most Americans to be responsible, capable, and self-sufficient.
Caring people would join conservatives and TEA Partiers in fighting for the time-tested policies that lead to prosperity for the American people and for our country: fiscal responsibility, private property rights, rule of law, free enterprise / capitalism, and small, constitutionally limited government.
If our politicians really wanted every American to prosper, they wouldn't promote Obamacare and welfare to cover up failing policies, they would promote the time-tested economic policies that create a powerfully growing economy so people can earn enough money to purchase what they want and need including good health insurance.
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:02
To the editor,
When I read the headline "Racism..." over Bob Meade's column of November 26th, I was expecting some insightful dialogue on an ongoing problem in our American culture; but once again Meade disappoints. His column becomes a political statement on how Obama's skin color is to blame for criticisms of his detractors and used "as a shield against legitimate criticism." Its purpose, however, was to make conservatives appear as the enlightened ones by demeaning and ridiculing liberals on the race issue. They like to project racism by taking it and accusing the liberals of using it first; often anti-racists are portrayed as racists.
His column is based largely on an interview done by Oprah Winfrey in which, when responding to a question posed, she states that the president's detractors, MAY be so, because of the color of his skin.
When it became apparent that Obama would be the Democratic nominee for president, racist and white supremacists were posting increasingly ugly and even threatening remarks on the Internet. Conservatives haven't been shy about attacking Obama because of his race; many have used racist comments when speaking about him. From deriding him as the "welfare president" and the "hip-hop president," to suggesting he wasn't actually born in the United States, to claiming he's "race baiting" when he speaks of his personal experience as a black man. Conservatives have no shortage of criticisms rooted specifically in the color of Obama's skin.
I found it very disconcerting that Meade, in his disingenuous comments about Obama being elected to the highest office in the land, emphasized the "enormous support from 'white' people." He continues in that same vain by attributing Opra Winfrey's success to her "mostly 'white' female audiences." Continuing, he relates that, "Both achieved their positions of stature, in part, because of the backing and support of the country's 'white' people." He places the success of these people of color at the feet of "white" people. The power of self determination is taken away from them, and regardless of his motives, it is still about white control. He may not be shouting racist epithets or actively discriminating against people of color, but he still experiences privilege based on his white skin color.
Further in his column, Meade talks of "unfounded charges of racism" and how they create "unnecessary divisions and animosity among the people ..." Could it be that he was referencing comments made by conservative icon Glenn Beck when he accused Obama as being "a person with deep seated hatred for white people or the white culture." Beck went on to say, "I'm not saying he doesn't like white people. He has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist." I'm assuming that this, coming from a Fox commentator, must be true. Or could he be referring to another flag bearer of the conservative right, Rush Limbaugh? After Obama's election, in 2009, Limbaugh warned, "The days of them (minorities) not having any power are over, and they are angry. And they want to use their power as a means of retribution." This type of rhetoric represents the mind-set of the conservative right.
Although Meade accuses Obama of being deceitful, he himself is a practitioner of the art. He takes a statement by Joe Biden during the re-election campaign — "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive" — and labels it as "street talk." He further deceives the reader by suggesting that this statement played a significant role in "inciting rioters in the Middle East." I noted that he didn't follow his own advice, and "name names and offer proof."
The "race card" is used in an effort to devaluate and minimize claims of racism, and Meade proves that it can be played from both sides of the table.
Unfortunately, racism is part of our national fabric, woven in light to dark colors and too many patterns to count. We can't talk about it honestly because that would mean it EXISTS.
L. J. Siden
Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 11:18
To The Daily Sun,
As I was reading the latest AARP, I happened on the databank column which told of the income of people in New Hampshire ages 45-64 being $77,833 and people over 65 income $41,445. I was so glad to see that. It meant that I could finally retire, or that someone had figured out that there were no low income people or that one was better off on the state dole.
Maybe my 1 percent Social Security raise will put me into a higher income bracket?
Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 11:08
To The Daily Sun,
Regarding the recent turn of events relating to the former Gilford police chief's conduct and explanation: Why not tell the truth; be responsible for your actions; and try to live in peace with yourself and our fine community. Try it, please.
Let us all live accordingly. Does it matter? Yes.
William R. Morley
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 11:28