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For most of my daughters lives, mom has been working for peace

To The Daily Sun,

I meet new people interested in the peace movement, and I see surprise on their faces when I tell them that our Plymouth Common peace vigil has run Saturdays for an hour since February of 1998. We miss occasionally for family reasons, but pretty much we maintain it. We leaflet with a peace/justice issue topic, timely, handing out between 25-30 of these. We raise up a peace banner between light-post and tree. We've done this in the work for no-war through administrations of Clinton, Bush, and now Obama.

Similarly N.H. Peace Action has passed our 30-year mark, last year. We have now seen the U.S.'s longest war, and we lament the loss of life, the maimed lives, the excessive monetary cost. We think the U.S. can do better. As President Eisenhower said, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."

I invite others beyond our N.H. Peace Action mailing list to donate to our statewide effort to shape a peaceful and sustainable world. Our website is nhpeaceaction.org, or call 228-0559. At year's end we look forward to being useful in 2014, to organizing, to providing speakers and speak-out opportunities. Our projects are both long-term and fledgling. We hire a full-time director and keep a Concord office. My daughters are now 43 and 40, so most of their lives their mom has been working for peace, and not alone in that. As chair of N.H. Peace Action Education Fund at this time, I thank all who do support us and ask others to prioritize peace and justice by connecting with us. Peace in 2014.

Lynn Rudmin Chong


Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 11:41

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Republicans turned back on 50k un- & underinsured N.H. citizens

To The Daily Sun,

I'm sure all of our Republican state senators are looking forward to a generous Thanksgiving holiday filled with friends, family and food.

It is unfortunate that they have chosen to be less than generous to nearly 50,000 N.H. residents who would have qualified for Medicaid coverage if N.H. expanded the state's plan.

These are individuals who will count themselves lucky if they have a turkey this Thanksgiving. These are the people who worry about a medical crisis costing them their home, not just their health. These are our neighbors who are forced to use the emergency room as their primary care physician because they cannot afford the alternative.

Senate Republicans had numerous options on the table to stamp Medicaid expansion with a N.H. brand, protect taxpayers from financial exposure, maximize the use of $2.5B in federal funds and keep individuals with employer-sponsored coverage on those plans. But they walked out on those options and turned their backs on 50,000 un- and underinsured N.H. citizens.

I wish I could believe these Republican senators will feel just an ounce of guilt as they sit down to a Thanksgiving feast, but I seriously doubt it.

Cathy Merwin

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 11:24

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Thank you for showing our children there is good in the world

To The Daily Sun,

On November 12th, seven friends decided that they would participate in the Operation Christmas Child organized by Samaritan's Purse.

After dance class, all the friends gathered at the Gilford Dollar Tree and had a budget of seven dollars to pick out from their shopping list; gifts for a boy or girl in need. They carried their own basket and without judgment picked out lovingly items that they thought a boy or girl would like.

One of the mothers had told the cashier what we were doing since seven 4 and 5 years olds running around a store might be disruptive. The cashier thought it was kind. While the friends were choosing the right gifts; a gentleman approached and informed the cashier that he would be paying for the children's entire purchases for Operation Christmas Child. We were grateful and touched and at a loss for words. Here we are, parents of preschoolers trying to teach them about giving back, and they see in action what kindness is all about.
The friends went home, decorated their boxes, made cards for the recipients and packed the gifts in the box to be mailed out sometime next week.

The plan is to pay it forward... paying for someone's lunch at a restaurant, buying someone's coffee behind us, going to the food pantry to deliver food. Anything to use that money we would have spent on those children in need.

Thank you for your kindness, for showing our children there IS good in the world and that this community knows about giving back to others.

The following blurb is taken from the website if you want to know more about this organization: "Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God's love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan's Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ."

Allison Howe



l-r: Tyler, Henry, Mercedes, Natalee, Sydney, Macy & Grace

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 11:05

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Pack & Troop 68 will be celebrating 75th Anniversary on Sunday

To The Daily Sun,
Thank you, to the citizens and businesses of Laconia and the Lakes Region! Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 68 has had some hard moments recently. It has been the whirlwind of gracious and kind acts by so many that have helped us smile through it.

The best news is that our Scout Hut will be up and running again very soon! Our boys will be able to "come home" to their hut and continue to follow their path through scouting in the building built for them. Please know that there will never be enough words to thank all of you for the support and assistance you have given us.

In just the past year, Troop 68 has had three young men make Eagle. Boys and troop leaders have given over 200 hours of community service to local organizations (Got Lunch! Laconia and the WOW Trail) and local citizens (leaf raking, wood staking and various other odd jobs). They have slept in cold weather, wet weather, very hot weather and perfect weather. They have climbed mountains, raised flags, pitched tents, and collected food. The Peace Light was brought and shared and people were served a lot of pancakes! We intend to increase all of these activities and hope to add more in the coming year. We look forward to giving back to you, Laconia!

As we come to the end of this exciting year we come to a very distinctive milestone. This year we are celebrating 75 years of scouting in Laconia! It's tough to imagine how many boys in this city have a connection to this troop. I often wonder who they are and where they are today? Are they here, in Laconia? Have they traveled the world? What do they remember from their years with 68? Did it help them in anyway in their adult lives? What would they tell our current boys to encourage them to continue in scouting?

We have met a handful of people who were members but we would love to meet even more! This Sunday, Nov. 24 from noon at 3 p.m. at the Norman J. Tourigny, Scout Hut, located behind Holy Trinity School off of Church Street in Laconia, Troop 68 will celebrate its 75 years of service to this wonderful city and its young men. If you were associated with this troop in any way; a scout, a leader, a parent, a committee member, at any time and would like to share memories (in picture form or in words) please stop by and say hello! If you would like to visit the scout hut and learn a little more about scouting in Laconia, stop in! We look forward to meeting you!

Thank you Laconia!

Tara Shore
Committee Chair, Troop 68



Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 10:58

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Loyalists will also suffer consequences of what Obama is doing

To The Daily Sun,

After reading some of the letters in the Laconia Daily Sun, I wondered, at what point do loyalists give up on supporting the ones who provide the lies du jour?
Every day we are being informed that the current administration knowingly deceived the citizens. We're informed that information was manipulated to sway voters into believing something good happened when, in truth, just the opposite occurred. Promises were made that the authors of those promises knew couldn't be fulfilled. Stonewalling, hiding the truth, has become the standard operating procedure. Rewarding incompetence and guile is now the norm, as no one gets their employment terminated, even for the most grievous of offenses. Deceit abounds! New scandals are introduced to deflect truth seekers away from even more troubling scandals, and the seekers are demonized and attacked with untruths about their character. Government departments and employees are being turned against the citizens in support of the leadership. The Constitution is being routinely ignored and laws violated while the leader of the Senate barely gives a yawn to the problems. At the same time, he changes the rules so that he can implement the tyranny of the majority. Separation of powers are trod upon as more dictatorial methods are being employed, and the will of the people is being ignored. Cover-up is accepted and defended by loyalists.

When the president was re-elected, I wrote that regardless of our political side, we all would live under and be affected by how the administration performs, on both the national and international stages. I mention this to alert the administration's loyalists, that they too will suffer the consequences of what our Chicago-style administration is doing.

After the Constitutional Convention, Mrs. Powe asked Benjamin Franklin, "Tell me, what kind of a government have you given us?" To which Franklin replied, "A Republic, if you can keep it."

Can we keep it? Start demanding truth.

Bob Meade


Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 10:54

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