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Lies being told to promote idea of assigning women to combat

To the editor,
Those who are promoting the assignment of women to combat units are (in my opinion); basing that decision on one lie after another.
The biggest lie is that success in combat leads to promotion. In WW II Generals Eisenhower, Bradley, Marshall, had never served in combat, not even in the "Great War" (WW I) when they were recently commissioned West Point Grads (and Military Institute Grads; whom the Army desperately needed in France). Due to serving in the rear areas in the U.S., they never were shipped to France. Yet, in WW II, they were "over" General Patton, who had served in combat in WW I, where he was wounded.
In my 30 years of Army experience, the way to "promotion and pay" is to avoid any and all combat duty, or even field duty; because the "promotions and pay" positions, normally go to those whose service was in the rear areas; as illustrated by the duties that Generals Eisenhower, Bradley and Marshall, had had.
Another lie is that combat is being shot at. No, this also is a false statement, because being shot at, or shot up, or shot down; is not "Combat". "Combat" is carrying the war to the enemy and winning the close battle.
When it comes to women in Combat, let us be a little more truthful about what Combat is all about.
There is more, a great deal more, a lifetime of experiences more; but enough for now.
Robert Kingsbury
Once a Rifleman for General Patton

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:43

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What we are witnessing on wind farm front is not democracy

To the editor,
A remarkably consistent picture is emerging from the Groton Wind Farm survey online, combine that with a growing number of residents, pro-wind proponents and visitors that are speaking out against future wind developments. They're showing that the public's attitude toward additional wind developments in the region are strongly leaning in the oppositions corner.
Their Groton message, their findings and their photos are running rampant through out the foothills of Grafton County. This community is very upset and it is taking action. Besides sharing personal experiences, people are attending all local and state meetings, they're educating themselves and they're lending a helping hand to neighbors who feel helpless with these new proposals.
Those living near proposed developments are happy to have such strong community support and backing. However, this stands in marked contrast with the impression conveyed from their state politicians, which typically portrays our massive grassroots opposition campaign in a negative light. And the press, it seems, is ignoring the Lakes Region Wind Farm topic all together.
Giving disproportionate emphasis to the silent minority while ignoring the vocal majority that opposes additional wind development is currently a hot topic in our region. We voted to oppose future projects around the lake, we have organized and we will vote again.
Our opinions have been formed by broken promises at the Groton Wind Farm, they've been formed by attending local/state meetings and by how developers have been conducting business. Residents feel that developers are now buying their way into the community via: institutions, companies and residents alike. In other words their drumming up support and shutting up opposition threats to their plans.
The preservation of valued landscapes motivates many around here. Much of the noisy debate over wind farms comes down to the location, site selection and scale are crucial, and these cumulative impacts must be considered. Another opposition to wind development is a reaction to the unseemly rush to development (also known as a gold-rush effect) — which I felt made a strong case for a moratorium. Unfortunately, Concord politicians did not.
This green energy business model represents a new kind of divide for our community — a divide on peoples voting rights. Why didn't our votes count. Have we lost our right to vote? Have we lost our voice? Do we have no right to be concerned? Do our kings and queens in Concord know what's best for us? for them? Or is it simply about a new tax revenue stream?
It's a fact: public attitude toward existing and proposed wind developments around the Newfound Lake are: (a) that local people become less favorable towards wind farms after construction; (b) that the degree of acceptance decreases with proximity to them; and (c) that safety issues are a real concern for all in our community -— relating to emergency training, year-round access, boater safety, watershed concerns, wildlife issues and deforestation concerns.
What you are witnessing and experiencing is not democracy.
Ray Cunningham

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:39

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Winter Market's partnership with AutoServ has been rewarding

To the editor,
I am writing to express my heartfelt appreciation to the people of the Lakes Region and surrounding regions for bringing success to the Tilton Winter Farmers' Market for the second year. I was fortunate to have the generous support of AutoServ of Tilton and all their help with the location and marketing. With the dedicated participation of more than 44 local farmers and food producers, the market brought in about 1,700 shoppers every weekend from January through March, on both Saturdays and Sundays. Shoppers eagerly awaited the arrival of the weekend so they could purchase their fill of wholesome, local food and fresh produce. Our Facebook community of 867 fans, has become a hub of local food lovers, and was always a-buzz with recipe sharing and positive feedback about the market; it was always great to see the interactions and heartfelt enthusiasm of everyone.
My ongoing partnership with AutoServ of Tilton has been such a rewarding collaboration. I appreciate all the support from the Town of Tilton and the Tilton Police Department. This market has brought a steady flow of business to the area and has enabled me to open a summer market in Tilton this year. It is always a pleasure to work with people in the community that envision growth, access to local foods and innovation as a part of their leadership goals.
I would also like to thank Alex Ray and The Common Man for help with some of the operational expenses. Northway Bank also helped with some of the advertising expenses. WMUR Channel 9 featured the market on Cooks Corner to showcase our vendors, which was always very enjoyable to watch. The vendors themselves were all wonderful and so hardworking, bringing their enthusiasm for local food with them each week, and because of them our customer loyalty has been unsurpassed. . I also had a group of volunteers who helped the vendors with set-up and take-down and everything in–between.
I am now working on finding a home for the Tilton Winter Farmers' Market and request that anyone from the community who has a retail space with a large area for parking and would like to develop a collaboration, speak with me. I'd be honored to continue to bring a vibrant winter or year 'round farmers' market to the Lakes Region. Please give me a call at 603-496-1718. In the meantime, please support your local farmers and producers by shopping at the Tilton Farmers' Market opening this summer. Visit www.tiltonfarmersmarket.com for more details.
Joan O'Connor, Market Director
Tilton Winter Farmers Market

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:36

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Please participate in planning for our region's future on May 7

To the editor,
The Steering Committee of Lakes Region Listens encourages local residents to participate in a thoughtful conversation about the future of our communities and our region on Tuesday, May 7th at Laconia Middle School from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Free on-site childcare is available.
Anyone who lives or works in the Lakes Region is welcome to participate and contribute their thoughts about how to make the Lakes Region the best place to live, learn, work, and play for everyone. This event is one of a series of listening sessions being held across the state this spring as part of the Granite State Future project, which will result in the creation of regional master plans for the areas served by NH's nine regional planning commissions. You can register for the event, download the discussion guide that will be used that evening, and learn more about the Granite State Future project at http://nhlistens.org/event/granite-state-future .
Lakes Region Listens started in 2010 as an initiative of the Lakes Region United Way, which sought to stimulate civic engagement on local issues. The Lakes Region Listens Steering Committee is comprised of people who live or work in the Lakes Region. We commit our time to creating opportunities for the general public to have a voice in matters of civic importance. We choose to do this work because we think it is important.
Since mid-2011, we have worked with the Winnisquam Regional School District, the City of Laconia, the Financial Stability Partnership, the Laconia Health & Wellness Academy, Lakes Region Planning Commission, and the NH Office of Energy and Planning to facilitate local community conversations on a wide range of topics. For more information on the work that Lakes Region Listens has done, you can visit our webpage: http://www.lruw.org/index/lrlistens.asp
The conversations that we facilitate are different from public hearings in that they allow people to sit down around a table, learn about each other, and explain their experiences and individual points of view. Public hearings are an important part of our democratic process and they always will be. The conversations that we facilitate further enrich the democratic process by allowing people to share their knowledge and experience at a more detailed level. This allows nuances to be expressed and, sometimes, helps people find common ground on issues that may be polarizing their community. We feel strongly that this kind of dialogue is important to have here in the Lakes Region, and we are honored to serve in this capacity. If you are interested in learning more about what we do, joining the Steering Committee, or serving as an occasional facilitator, please contact Carmen Lorentz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Please consider participating in the regional conversation on May 7th at Laconia Middle School.
Lakes Region Listens Steering Committee
Suzanne Cagle
UNH Cooperative Extension Belknap County
Emily Clement
Local resident and high school teacher
Ed Engler, Co-Chair
Editor & President, The Laconia Daily Sun
Carmen Lorentz, Co-Chair
Belknap Economic Development Council
Carol Pierce
Laconia Human Relations Committee
Jack Terrill
Granite United Way
Shanna Saunders
City of Laconia Planning Director

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:31

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Good old covered dish supper is best way to get people together

To the editor,
Covered Dish Suppers are popular with churches, clubs, and other friendly organizations. Seems that I've enjoyed them at various churches for at least 74 years. On the way to last Sunday's excellent dinner at the Gilford Community Church, Joan and I discussed the problem with getting some older or disabled people to those, and their perception that one must bring some food. Not so! There is always more than twice the food that can be eaten! And always people willing to drive to bring those who might have transportation problems.
After waiting for about 25 minutes, and seeing the tremendous task ahead of consuming such a big variety of great food, I suggested to Pastor Michael Graham that getting started might be in order. His nice reply was it wasn't up to him, and, oh "I hope you don't plan to write an editorial on this". Hadn't crossed my mind till then. But thinking of the many good older friends who had not gotten there to help us with the excess food, it seemed Michael had a good suggestion with that. So, here it is, mostly finished with the introduction.
If you belong to a church, fraternal order, club of any kind, remember that the good old Covered Dish Suppers were the best way to get people together for pure fun and idea exchanges. Promote them, but when doing so, be sure to remind the seniors, and all, that they are welcome whether they bring food or not: their appetite and company are most important, and they can make someone happier by letting them bring you to and from the supper! Just ENJOY!
Jack Stephenson

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:19

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