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We are back to the me & mine concept to the exclusion of the needy

To The Daily Sun,

As a rule I like to stay above the fray as far as letters to the editor is concerned. I do, however, read both sides of the rancorous debates that rage in The Laconia Sun. I will now try to give both sides some instruction and advice.

The word humane has a variety of connotations. It implies membership in the so called human race. That membership requires us, as humans, to have compassion and a certain amount of benevolence toward others of our race. To make that work, you have to recognize that there is only one human race.

What do all members have in common? We are all born, live and die. As a result, we must seek to stay alive until its time for us to die. Our first need is for sustenance which is or should be provided by our parents. That is not always possible for a number of reasons. So we, as the human race, must or should care for the needy members. The question that begs an answer is: who or how many of us are to shoulder that caring responsibility? Other than food, what other needs do each of us have. In nature, it is the survival of the fittest. At some point in our evolution, humans stepped away from that concept and became able to love and care for those beyond their immediate offspring family. They formed religious codes and laws of governance. Relationships took on national characteristics. As the circle grew, so did the potential conflicts.

And now, we find that we have come full circle. We are back to the me and mine concept to the exclusion of the needy. Some of us go on the attack. Many times it occurs within the family unit itself. Drifting apart is a natural occurrence as children grow older and achieve independence. That is the natural way of families. Rejection is not the natural way.

What I see in the letters to The Sun is position taking and posturing. I also see denigration of others and their views. Vicious ill will and malicious attacks have become common in the letters. Both are detrimental to settling issues between two sides that should be seeking the best solution. Solution of conflicts requires compromise and a commitment to make that compromise be fair to all.

So, what is the "common good?" I submit that the regular writers are of average intelligence and most of them are humane. Rather than ranting and raving about the oppositions point of view, pick a topic and offer your solution. Maybe the editor could publish the topic of the week or month and invite solution letters. At the end of the month or what ever period of time seems appropriate, all those who have submitted could vote on the best solution as submitted. After the letter writers have had a chance to rank the solution letters the general public could be given a chance to weigh in on line to give the writers a chance to find out how much appeal their ideas have.
Bill Dawson


Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:46

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Large measure of extra caution needed if you're going to fry a turkey

To The Daily Sun,
Over the past decade there has been a new trend for cooking turkeys — the turkey fryer. The traditional method of cooking a turkey could take hours; a turkey fryer can complete the job in less than an hour. Unfortunately, every year deep fat fryers are responsible for around 1,000 fires, resulting in five deaths and 60 injuries. As the fryers become more common, the fires and deaths will continue to increase. Because of the risks attributed to turkey fryers, Underwriters Laboratories will not certify any fryer with their trusted UL mark and many safety organizations warn against their use. The majority of reported incidents occurred while the oil was being heated, prior to adding the turkey. For this reason, it is very important consumers monitor the temperature of the oil closely. If any smoke at all is noticed coming from a heating pot of oil, the burner should be turned off immediately because the oil is overheated. A flash fire can occur very quickly at this point.
Should you choose to fry turkeys follow these safety guidelines:
— Turkey fryers are not meant to be used indoors.
— Keep the fryer in FULL VIEW while burner is on.
— Do not let children get anywhere near the fryer.
— Place the fryer in an open area AWAY from all walls, fences, or other structures.
— Never use IN, ON, or UNDER a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or any structure that can catch fire.
— Raise and lower food SLOWLY to reduce splatter and avoid burns.
— COVER bare skin when adding or removing food.
— Check the oil temperature frequently.
— If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn gas supply OFF.
— If a fire occurs, immediately call 911.
— DO NOT extinguish fire with water.
Follow these guidelines as you prepare to use a turkey fryer:
— Make sure there is at least two feet of space between the liquid propane tank and fryer burner.

— Place the liquid propane gas tank and fryer so that any wind blows the heat of the fryer away from the gas tank.
— Center the pot over the burner on the cooker.
— Completely thaw (USDA says 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds) and dry turkey before cooking. Partially frozen and/or wet turkeys can produce excessive hot oil splatter when added to the oil.
— Follow the manufacturer's instructions to determine the proper amount of oil to add. If those are not available:
— Place turkey in pot
— Fill with water until the turkey is covered by about 1/2 inch of water
— Remove and dry turkey
— Mark water level. Dump water, dry the pot, and fill with oil to the marked level.
Remember you are heating combustible oil to a very high temperature. There could easily be several gallons of oil in the fryer. If this ignites it will create a very serious fire and produce huge amounts of thick black smoke. I dealt with one of these fires about 15 years ago. It wasn't a Thanksgiving turkey, however the resulting fire destroyed the home's kitchen and left major damage to the rest of the home.

Chief Ken Erickson

Laconia Fire Department

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:38

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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

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



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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