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Taboo against talking about dying is about to change, locally

To The Daily Sun,
Ever wonder what kind of a crap game you're in and who the players are? Wonder no longer because a Death Café is coming this way very shortly. Talking about dying has long been taboo in our culture but that's all about to change. A movement which started about 10 years ago in Switzerland and spread to Belgium and France then the UK and since 2004 has made its appearance in various cities as Columbus Ohio, Vancouver BC , Sonoma County, California and Chicago.
The goal is to raise awareness with the view of helping people make the most of their lives. It has to be a good thing when people are open to get together and talk about death. Keeping it socially unacceptable and taboo is how the funeral industry got so commercial. Usually meetings are held over coffee and donuts and usually run themselves even though there is a facilitator.
Sample questions that you might run into are: How do you want to die? In your sleep? In the hospital? Of what cause? When do you want to die? Is 100 too old? Are you scared? What kind of funeral do you want — if any. Is cremation better than burial? What do you need to accomplish before your life is over?
You may also learn about creating wills and advanced medical directives. I'm sure near-death experiences and communicating with the dead will pop up somewhere! What happens after death? Is there a heaven or hell? What are the different views of various religious traditions? Sound kind of gloomy to you? I thought so too at first but anytime we can demystify and throw light on a subject — to the horror of western religions — I'm all for it. If you're interested in attending such meetings you can call Starr King on Fairgrounds Rd.  in Plymouth at 536-8908. Go easy on the donuts though. One too many may make these meetings more pertinent than you think.
If you're young enough to last another 10-15 years you might not need to attend. There are some very bright people sponsored by some very rich people who are looking into making us all immortal in the very near future. It's just a matter of downloading your brain and exchanging your flesh and blood for some shiny mechanical parts. Voila! Instant immortality. Snicker all you want. We share 60 percent of our genes with a banana; 90 percent with a mouse; and 99 percent with a chimpanzee. I look at it as "upward mobility". Pass the lubricant.
George Maloof
Plymouth

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 09:42

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New Northern Pass pamphlet is full of biased talking points

To The Daily Sun,
On Saturday, the mail carrier dropped off a professionally-produced, tri-fold pamphlet titled "We've Listened" that was distributed by the Northern Pass. Perhaps you received one too, or will soon. You can't miss its friendly pastel green and blue colors.
I was intrigued by the opening paragraph, being a writer myself. Remember your mom reading to you Little Red Riding Hood? Or have you ever heard the saying, "A half truth is a whole lie."?
Let's take some of the exact text from the pamphlet and add the missing text. I'll put the missing text in all CAPS so there's no confusing the two. Here we go:
"The Northern Pass is a proposed ALMOST ENTIRELY AN OVERHEAD transmission project that would bring clean, low-cost hydroelectric power from Quebec, CANADA into New Hampshire WHERE IT WILL THEN BE SENT DOWN TO HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES IN MASSACHUSETTS, CONNECTICUT, RHODE ISLAND AND NEW YORK. YOU FOLKS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE DON'T NEED ELECTRICITY BECAUSE YOU PRODUCE PLENTY FOR YOURSELVES. YOUR CURRENT HIGH ELECTRIC RATES WILL NOT DROP SIGNIFICANTLY BECAUSE WE'RE SELLING OUR CHEAP ELECTRICITY TO YOUR NEIGHBORS.
This project is a partnership between Public Service of New Hampshire's parent company, Northeast Utilities, and its Canadian energy supplier, Hydro-Quebec A $12 BILLION DOLLAR A YEAR COMPANY."
When you open the pamphlet to page two, there's more soft and gooey language. It's important to note they keep saying the words region or regional because truth be told New Hampshire is just a tool.
Hydro-Quebec needs to come through New Hampshire to be able to sell its juice to all the other states to the south of us. Their wording in the pamphlet is designed to make us feel GUILTY if we don't act like good neighbors. (Throat-clearing noise.)
Here's some additional text from the pamphlet:
" .... burn fossil fuel that creates carbon emissions linked to climate change. OUR NEW TALL OVERHEAD TRANSMISSION LINES WILL BE COMING DOWN THE PEMIGEWASSET RIVER VALLEY. JUST 18,000 YEARS AGO ICE FROM THE ENORMOUS CONTINENTAL GLACIERS EXTENDED FROM THE NORTH POLE DOWN AND ACROSS TO CAPE COD. THIS ICE WAS PROBABLY 2,000 FEET THICK OVER MUCH OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. IMAGINE HOW MUCH CLIMATE CHANGE IT TOOK TO CREATE AND THEN MELT THAT ICE!
GUESS WHAT? NO TRUCKS, FACTORIES, POWER PLANTS OR CARS WERE AROUND THEN TO BELCH CARBON! ONE MORE THING — THERE WERE FOUR, COUNT THEM FOUR, PERIODS OF THIS CONTINENTAL GLACIATION IN THE PAST 2,000,000 YEARS! WOW, THAT'S LOTS OF MOTHER-NATURE PRODUCED CLIMATE CHANGE!"
I think you get the point. The pamphlet is full of biased talking points. Hydro-Quebec wants to make tens, possibly HUNDREDS, of millions of dollars as do their N.H. partners, but they don't care about you and me. They most certainly don't care about our pristine scenic views.
Here's the deal. I'm not against Canada selling its electricity to Americans. I'm against them stinking up our landscape just like those despicable wind turbines near Rumney and Newfound Lake that are spreading like a cancer.
Hydro-Quebec can do the RIGHT THING and BURY the power cables across our entire state and just charge the cost to those buying their product. THEY CAN PAY THE PEOPLE OF N.H. A PERPETUAL TOLL WHEREVER THE LINES ARE ON OUR ROAD RIGHT OF WAYS. It's a simple cost of doing business. Why should WE SUFFER? Tell Hydro-Quebec, PSNH and Northeast Utilities to STOP CROSS DRESSING and take off Grandma's clothes!
Tim Carter
Meredith

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:58

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Corporations aren't people & corporate America isn't democracy

To The DailySun,
"Citizens United"? Really? Make that "Corporations United" — united to influence elections with out-of-state money.
Will New Hampshire join other states, 16 so far, in voting to overturn Citizens United?
The State House of 400-plus representatives is in favor, but the State Senate is not, and it only takes 12 senators to defeat anything in the New Hampshire Legislature.
Despite what some lawyers say, corporations are not people, and Corporate America is not democracy.
Dick Devens
Center Sandwich

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:53

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Heat exhaustion & heat strokes are serious medical emergencies

To The Daily Sun,
It is going to another hot week. The fourth time this summer that we have experienced prolong heat and humidity. We recommend a few tips — dress lightly, stay out of the direct sun, and drink plenty of water. If you need to get out of your home because of the high temperatures the City Library is open from Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other options are to go to the Senior Center on Church Street; all the city beaches are open and free; the Belknap Mall is air conditioned.
A problem in New England is the humidity levels actual slow down the body's ability to cool down. The body cannot evaporate internal heat as easily when the skin is wet.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious medical emergencies. Dizziness, weakness, fast heartbeat, headache, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting are signs of heat emergencies. Get into the shade and drink plenty of water. If you do not improve within a few minutes call 911. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which is a true emergency. Signs of heat stroke are fever, seizures, confusion, skin is hot and dry; this is a life threatening condition — call 911.
If you need assistance you can call 211, if you are having an emergency call 911.
Chief Kenneth L. Erickson
Laconia Fire Department

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:49

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Every member of Congress is responsible for our burden of debt

To The Daily Sun,
The current economic system is based upon a lie. "Our" economy and the world's economy are based upon debt. An economy based upon debt, where people borrow to have gratification in realty is a system where people sell themselves into slavery. Debt is the money of slaves. It is absolutely ludicrous and an incredible lie that our individual viability and security, as well as the world's economy can be based upon debt. It is lunacy to think, for "our" economy and the world's economy to recover, banks must start lending and people MUST start borrowing! Debt is contrary to every biblical principle.
Look at what has happened and what is happening (right now) across the "Eurozone". Did borrowing (and over spending) solve their problems? Now, look at our debt. Check out www.usdebtclock.org. The real-time debt clocks are mind numbing. More important than all the debt clocks, is the ratio of the U.S. federal debt to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The current Debt:GDP ratio is at 1.0666 (last year at this time it was 1.03866). This is not good! Several countries in the Eurozone were getting in trouble when their ratio was around 1.04000. By the way, each one of the U..S citizens is in debt to the tune of $50,137 (Last year it was $50,382.00).
Not doing anything is like entering a fairy tale. "I know they're talking nonsense," Alice thought to herself: "and it's foolish to cry about it." So she brushed away her tears, and went on as cheerfully as she could. ("Through the Looking Glass", by Lewis Carroll).
We need to hold every member of Congress accountable for putting every future generation into debt. Nobody wants to cut back the those "necessary" federal programs. Unfortunately, it appears that the decision it is going to be thrust upon my generation very soon! May God Bless America.
Thomas Selling
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:33

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