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In polarized country, it's hard to get something like health care done

To The Daily Sun,

When President Obama was campaigning in 2008, the top priority of the voters was health care. Then the economy crashed, and Obama got elected, and had to deal with that. Then, the Democrats were in charge, and managed to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act before the Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives in 2010.
In a polarized country, it's hard to get something like health care done. Different people hate it for opposing reasons. Now 'ACA' is law, and the 'loyal opposition' can't stop demonizing 'Obamacare', and have little to offer as an alternative.
"Don't nix it! Fix it!

Dick Devens
Sandwich

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:34

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Thanks for putting on such a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner

To The Daily Sun,

Id like to thank One Voice for a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner they put on for everyone at the Laconia Middle School. You did a great job. I enjoyed the songs you sang. Thank you.

Debra Davis

Laconia

 

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:49

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People are already raving about the New Hampton Fitness Trail

To The Daily Sun,

The verdict is in! While only the basic ground work (path defined) is done and culverts installed for the New Hampton Nature-Fitness Trail, enthusiasts are raving about it and one, who has walked it several times, said "we never thought it would be so beautiful." Bob Barry, engineer, and in charge, is lining up volunteers for the fitness-station installations and willing persons are asked to leave their names at the Town Office, 744-3559. R. P. Williams of Bristol is contributing post cement as needed and Selectman Neil Irvine has his trusty powered post-hole digger wound up, so the "Citizens Committee is much relieved to see this movement," said Nancy Conkling, committee member. . . but cautions "don't expect too much as the snows are coming, but a good start, we'll do."

"Just this week a study bolstered the reasons for the trail originally," Pat Schlesinger, also of the committee said: LRGH's Healthy Communities, Dr Susan Lynch's efforts against childhood obesity and DRED's concern for outdoor activities for the young/elderly, and the latest is the American Heart Association's report of studies that say today's children are 15 percent less fit than their parents. They explain the problems most likely stem from too much TV watching, playing video games and not enough options for outdoor activity. Not any more in New Hampton!! ... and the committee is hoping to provide for ADA accessibility."

Patricia P Schlesinger
New Hampton

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:46

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To our dear colleague Ray Burton: rest in peace; you deserve it

To The Daily Sun,
New Hampshire's North Country has lost a very special person. Those under 55 will remember always seeing Ray Burton's name on the ballot. We just knew Ray was the one who could do the job right — everyday, for everyone, and for almost any cause or need. He did it with compassion, friendship, and the certainty of knowing who could get him the answer. Many of us contacted Ray over the years and, with a mind like a Rolodex for names, he would inquire "how is your son?", "how about that new baby?", or "how is your mother doing?", and "take my card and call me anytime." He ALWAYS got back to you. Ray was everywhere — in either his bright yellow convertible or the Mercury with number "1" on the plate. Whether a potluck supper in Warren, a special hearing in Colebrook, a washed out road in Lebanon, or a fund-raiser for a needy family in Piermont — Ray was there!
Our region has been privileged to have Ray watching our backs for so many years — 35 years as Executive Councilor and 23 years as a Grafton County Commissioner in District #2. This is surely a record for any office holder in New Hampshire! He would have hoped that his successor would carry the same passion for the North Country with its special issues and needs. Whoever replaces him should take a look at his record and remember that he helped everyone, regardless of where they lived, how they voted, or what they needed to have done. What a legacy to leave us all.
To our dear colleague, may you rest in peace — you deserve it!
With our utmost respect and sympathy to Ray's family,
The Plymouth Area Democrats

Louis R. Lieto, Groton

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:38

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'You Now See Me As Useless?'

"YOU NOW SEE ME AS USELESS?"

You now see me as useless? I once was more useful than the landholders of my presence now-

You took no time to save me? A few do now, and gallantly-
Lies, broken promises and handshakes with sweaty palms that slip away-
That's how you "agreed," verbally, to save me?

 

I stand majestically firm of old wood and a granite base still viable-
I was here before you — my pristine cast iron white fountain now gone-
I watched the railroad pass in its' infancy-

I saw the steam rise from steamships in the Bay and felt the rumble of the Iron Horse pass by-
I was part of the mariner and railroad heritage, for freight and for passengers, and so was my builder, Samuel Clark-

 

He spins in his grave watching me rot, leak and falling in disrepair — callous disregard and disrespect for an architectural wonder-

What does it take to foster tradition and history if gone...gone forever, which " is forever" — a sepia photo left behind in books?-

 

City Hall rhetoric and indecision once again abates the pleas by serious protectors of my body and soul-

Excuses rampant, apathetic dribble of money needed and unworthiness of my skeleton — the direct result of planned disregard or for nostalgia-

 

Those who stand with signs of protest, wrap your arms around my porch supports — chain yourself, steadfast- Don't let them!
Lies, broken promises and slimy handshakes with heads turned backwards that were smiling in deception, still come to mind-

 

I have been a homestead, with laughter, fireplaces raging at Christmas and Thanksgiving, a dress shop for the ladies of the city, a place where food was served and a place where homes could be purchased — thriving businesses that occupied my residence and my barn surrounded by a constant "visual" of my beauty-
My stables succumbed to fire in 1991 — now they want "me" gone too?

 

In 1870, I was once regal with land and waterfront-

I was, and remain "your heritage"-

I "am your history", surrounded now by materialistic, tacky, and gaudy, profit-oriented liars of the spoken word-

"I am still 'your history' — Hear me out!"
You did not act in good faith! — you shook hands with crossed fingers-

 

Now you block the sun in my windows, lock my doors to once weary travelers and friends...friends... that for decades wished to save me-
No rocker is stable on my doorstep — it leans and slides forward, beckoning for a savior-
The rain and snow pounds my roof — and often enters where it should not...in the wind — uninvitingly so, following beams and walls — enhancing my slow demise by rot and mold-

Shame on you...for the history that will be lost-

Light my fireplaces once more for Christmas... before the giant metal machines of destruction remove my chimneys and my soul forever-

"Lies, broken promises and slimy handshakes with heads turned backwards"-

I am the Clark-Hathaway House; and you control my fate!-


J.P. Polidoro November 19, 2013

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:33

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