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Middle School Sachems football team finished with 9-1-1 record

To The Daily Sun,

As a parent of a player, I would like to extend a huge "Thank You" to the coaching staff, support staff, and parents of the players of the Laconia Middle School Sachems Football Team that made this past season an almost perfect one.

The LMS Sachems faced a very busy schedule, playing 11 season games with several scrimmages intermingled throughout the season. Opponents faced this year include Kearsage, Kennett, Kingswood, Newfound, Plymouth and Winnisquam.

The Middle School Sachems closed the season with a 9-1-1 record, defeated only by the Plymouth Middle School team on October 22 on Plymouth soil. Prior to this game, both teams were undefeated and the Sachems were down a few key players due to the flu and injuries. The LMS Sachems had a chance to redeem themselves against Plymouth on October 30th and faced off again, this time on home turf. Both teams battled back and forth on the gridiron with intense determination. Plymouth struck first with a touchdown in the second quarter but the Sachems denied them the conversion to set the score at 0 – 6, Plymouth. Not to be left behind, the LMS Sachems fought back with a touchdown of their own in the third quarter. Plymouth would not fall easily and the LMS conversion was stopped by Plymouth's incredible defense to tie the score 6 – 6. Both teams were locked in a stalemate for the rest of the game, closing the game with a 6 to 6 tie in an incredible game of suspense and anticipation.

Several LMS players stood out as excellent athletes throughout the season but what truly lead the LMS Sachems to an outstanding record was the fact that each and every player on the team came through when it counted, stepping up and making a whole-hearted effort when it was needed, no matter the circumstance. These young men should be proud of the efforts and dedication they have shown this season — Great Job Team!

We would especially like to thank the coaching staff, Chip Nyhan, Mike Schofield, and Dem Chaisson for all of their time and dedication to making this season a success. Daily practices and weekend games combined with a work schedule makes for a very busy week. These men give their all to make this a successful program and especially so this year. There are countless others that deserve recognition for this season's outcome as well and I wouldn't attempt to name them all for fear of forgetting someone. Honorable mention is definitely deserved by Rod Roy for assisting the coaching staff and Sherri and Tim Minor for all that they do to videotape the games and distribute copies to parents and coaches. Of course we cannot forget to mention all the parents and thank them for delivering the players here, there and everywhere when practice locations changed, and above all else, supporting your players so that they can participate in this program.

LMS as well as the community can be proud of this program, players, and staff members!

Michael Shastany

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:44

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Alton selectmen are not treating one of their own with respect

To The Daily Sun,

I attended a selectmen's meeting in Alton on Nov. 4th. I was surprised and saddened by a couple of board members' lack of respect for the newest Alton selectman,
Robert Daniels. One certainly got the impression they were not happy about Mr. Daniels being elected to the board to the point of attempting to thwart the will of the voters who elected him.

It reminded me of the character assassination I witnessed when I attended a Planning Board meeting and heard the newest elected member referred to as "an idiot." Talk about the "good ol" boys (and girls) network! Much of what was directed at Mr. Daniels was in reference to his not supporting a $300,000 budget increase. Because he chose to contact the Budget Committee members by e-mail, he was bullied and reprimanded by the chair and vice chair. Most people in Mr. Daniel's position would've walked out but to his credit, he didn't.

It seems the time has come for the town of Alton to invest in an audio system to record all meetings by the various boards so that the citizens can have some insight into the character of their elected officials. Audio equipment is not that expensive these days. It's a sad commentary that we see what appears to be contempt for the will of the voters when they elect new conservative board members. All of our elected officials deserve to be treated with civility by co-board members, including the newly elected ones.

Phil Wittmann

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:41

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No interim reports to explain deterioration at jail is serious matter

To The Daily Sun,

In response to Commissioner Philpot's letter to the editor of November 12, the ad hoc jail planning committee wishes to make the following points:

1. The commission has been told by many, including the Laconia City Council, that, while they may feel that the Ricci Greene jail project can be built for less than originally estimated, they should look for a solution which is more affordable to the citizenry. Appealing to buzzwords such as "value engineering" does little to gainsay the fact that the county cannot afford this outsized proposal.

2. As recently as this past Spring, the commissioners identified as stakeholders only those working within the system. When this was pointed out in a letter to the editor the language was removed from the county website and after opposition to the Ricci Greene proposal became apparent, the commissioners then formed a second jail committee. This committee has doubled down on the proposal despite the questionable assumptions and lack of metrics in the Bennett report on which the Ricci Greene
plans are based.

3. The 30:12-B section of state law which requires timely filing of reports related to the jail is not a suggestion but a mandate and the failure of the commissioners to comply is a serious matter. We plan to ask the Attorney General's office to investigate this non-compliance with the law. That conditions were described as satisfactory in 2009 and as dire in 2013, with no interim reports to explain the deterioration, is a serious matter.

4. The commissioners determined advocacy for Ricci Greene excludes the consideration of other possibilities. While seeking to pressure the delegation into acceptance of Ricci Greene, an open dialogue between the two elected bodies has never been attempted. Bullying and accusatory tactics on the part of the commission have been the order of the day.

5. The statement that the informal committee, which was set up because of concern that the commissioners were not making progress in preparing an alternate and affordable solution to the jail, is insufficiently knowledgeable is belied by our study of Bennett's report, Ricci Greene's plans and by visits not only to the Belknap jail but to jails in other counties. The official commission-led meetings have Bennett as a point of embarkation and Ricci Greene as a terminus; one need not ride on this railroad
to understand what is happening on County Drive.

Rep. Robert Greemore, Meredith

Rep. Mike Sylvia, Belmont

George Hurt, Gilford

Dave DeVoy, Sanbornton

Rep. Richard B. Burchell, Gilmanton

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:36

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New faces & new ideas always welcome at Tea Party meetings

To The Daily Sun,

Are you tired of government interference in your private life? Or even aware of it? Are you tired of the politics? How often do you think, "Just let me do my thing? I am a responsible citizen and I understand the laws of my town". But they just keep imposing more and more rules into our lives. Many others feel the same way. I was at my wits end of frustration until I found out about the Lakes Region Tea Party last year and found a way to vent my feelings, and learn more about what is really happening in our country, and in the world.

The Lakes Region Tea Party is a group of ordinary citizens who feel like the government is not acting the way it was set up to do. They meet the third Wednesday of each month at the Moultonboro Library at 7 p.m. and welcomes anyone, regardless of party affiliation to join them. Usually there is an in-depth presentation by one of the participants on a given topic, and cookies afterwards. New faces and new ideas are always welcome. We are looking for people who want to learn how to voice their concerns and be willing to fact find and prepare pamphlets to help others. Check them out on the websites of N.H. Tea Party Coalition.org and Granite State Futures.org. Make new friends and see what you can do to stop the over-reach of the government.

Peggy Graham

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:32

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Froma Harrop - Wheels of misfortune

The problem of America's congested roads has long been simple: too many tires vying for a fixed amount of pavement. But with a growing bicycle culture joining the car culture, the difficulties have expanded greatly. The conveyances now travel at very different speeds, follow different rules of the road and expose their operators to vastly different levels of physical vulnerability.

Let me start with a disclaimer: I am no fan of the car culture. I use buses, trains and my feet, as well as my car. And I'm a fair-weather bicyclist who sticks to routes with little traffic.

But the rise in all-conditions, all-traffic bike commuting is causing considerable anxiety and injury or worse — and for all concerned. Here's a real-life example:

I'm driving at night on a city street with two narrow car lanes. This is a college neighborhood in which students habitually emerge from between parked cars, wearing earbuds and dressed in black.

As I scrutinize the shadows for darting students, a bicyclist materializes on my right. She passes me in the tiny space between my Honda and the parked cars, offering a high sign. I give her a high sign back out of friendliness but also out of relief that I hadn't veered three inches to my right and done her terrible damage.

The cyclist was clearly operating under a set of dangerous assumptions: That I had eyes on the back of my head possessing superhuman powers of peripheral vision. That the extra eyes were wearing infrared goggles able to detect bodies in the dark. That I was not intoxicated or texting or otherwise distracted.

Different dynamics govern bicycle-pedestrian interaction. Amateur cyclists traumatized by motorized traffic often try to share the sidewalks with pedestrians. But when the coast is clear on the road, they whiz through crosswalks, frightening those on foot.
My father was hit by a bicycle going the wrong way down a one-way street. He had looked before crossing, but not in the direction from which no traffic is supposed to come. He ended up in the hospital.

Meanwhile, tragedies befalling bicyclists are legion. In San Francisco, a 24-year-old riding in a bike lane was killed when a truck made a right turn into her. It is really hard for a trucker to see a silent low vehicle coming along the right. When the driver was not cited, controversy ensued.

My sister commutes by bike in Boston and offers accounts of death and near death. A friend died after his bike slipped on the snow and fell under a truck. In this case, no one was really at fault. The story sharply curbed my interest in bike commuting, however, though not my sister's.

You be the judge. I'm driving at rush hour on a busy four-lane with no shoulders at the sides. We're going uphill, and there's a slow-moving bicycle taking up the right lane. Actually, he was doing great, considering the demands of pedaling up a steep slope, but he did slow traffic behind him to 12 miles an hour. Because the hill was long, drivers knew they were in for an extended crawl unless they veered one lane left into the stampeding traffic.

Now, the cyclist has a legal right to be on the road. But he is creating a traffic jam and raising blood pressure all around him.

How does one factor in all the factors? You want to encourage biking, but there really has to be separation from motorized vehicles and pedestrians.

Of course, bicyclists should honor the laws of the road. Harder to enforce, though, are the laws of common sense.

(A member of the Providence Journal editorial board, Froma Harrop writes a nationally syndicated column from that city. She has written for such diverse publications as The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and Institutional Investor.)


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:29

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