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I am calling on your generosity to fill our Alton food shelves again

To The Daily Sun,

Alton Community Services recently held its board of directors meeting. Pastor Larry Adams name was removed from the directors as he has moved out of state. Other board members include Pastor Sam Huggard, Hazel Potter, Peter Bolser, Jay Mehan, Dale Schaeffner, officers include Dorothye Wentworth - Director, Amy McDonald - Assistant Director, Diane Eagles - Director of Volunteers, Sandy Wyatt - President, Paul Monzione - Vice President, Jean Stone - Treasurer, and Purr Whalley - Secretary.

The Boy Scouts has offered to renovate a closet for us to use for storage.

We are reviewing our by-laws and updating the wording. This will continue for our fall meeting.

It has been rewarding for so much generosity you have given us, our success depends on you. I must take advantage of your generosity again by asking you for non-perishable items as our shelves are diminishing. A notice of availability of our services went home to all the "back pack" children from school. We haves see some of the families, but we would like to see more. I'm calling on your generosity to fill our shelves again. You may leave donations at Maxwell Realty, Profile Bank, Alton Home & Lumber, or Ice Out Consignments at The Bay.

Dorothye Wentworth




Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:33

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Thanks to Fish & Game officer for easing the pain of one old crow

To The Daily Sun,

Back on July 3rd I saw one of my least favorite birds (a crow) sitting on a branch extending out over my bird feeder. Later that evening I noticed he was still there, a closer viewing showed his leg was caught between the branches and he was unable to free himself. He frequently flapped his wings to try to free himself. He was too high up for for any rescue effort by us. A heavy windstorm came that evening and did not free him. He was in real trouble. The next morning we called the Fish and Game who, despite being a holiday, sent down a very capable individual — Chris Braison. We borrowed a long extension ladder that Chris was able to climb and cut off the tree limb. The bird had a lengthily piece of fishing line trapped around his legs and the tree limb. Chris was very personable and explained to my grandchildren what he was doing and where he was taking the bird for healing purposes.

A good job. Thank you Fish and Game and thanks Chris for going out on a limb and easing the pain of "one old crow".

Shirely & Hank Hayes


Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:29

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I witnessed firsthand how vets are treated by their own government

To The Daily sun,

It was like a MASH unit inside the LRGH emergency room last Wednesday. They worked on me out in the hallway. There were plenty of doctors and staff around; just a lot of really sick people in need that day. I got to my private room in the ER in no time, you know the ones with the pull curtains, and for the next five hours it was nonstop.

The first guy to come in next to me was in so bad a shape they had to "medflight" him out. The next guy to come in was a local veteran with 22 years of service, wounded twice in the line of duty. His wife told me he received a Bronze Star and suffers badly from post traumatic stress. He had fallen and broken his hip that morning. Maybe that's because he's been waiting two years for the VA to schedule the knee replacement that he needs.

As we were talking, the doctor came in and told the veteran's wife that her husband needs surgery and has to be taken to the VA in Boston or Vermont, and by the way, we just got off the phone with the VA they will not pay for him to be transported. They will have to pay out of pocket.

After the doctor left I lay there not wanting to look at my heart monitor, for I could not believe what I just heard. I'm sure every disabled vet with kids has 800 bucks just lying around. As I was getting discharged this vet's wife told me he goes through this crap all the time with the VA all the time.

I wish someone would write to the papers, she said to me, about how these vets are treated.

Ma'am, I hope you approve.

Tom Sellew

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:27

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'Wake up America! We have met the enemy and it is us'

To The Daily Sun,

"It is religion and morality alone which established the principals upon which freedom can stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure than they have it now they may change rulers and the form of government, "but" they will only exchange tyrants and tyrannies." Stated by John Quincy Adams.

Pogo says, "Wake up America! We have met the enemy and it is us."

I suggest we lose today's created rights that fly in the face of God before he sends someone to destroy us. My prayers are with Israel.

Donald C. Porier


Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:22

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Many hold a mirror to the world and still see only themselves

To The Daily Sun,

In political circles there is a phenomenon known as the mirror–image fallacy. It is the belief that the whole world is me, and as me, there is a radical denial of the anyone else's ideas. It is a blinding belief in common humanity and the wish for sameness over human differences.

The common thought is that if one digs deep enough beneath the surface, we will discover that people everywhere are essentially the same. Therefore, as I look in the mirror, I believe that we must all want the same thing because, deep down, we are all like me. Of course that couldn't be further from the truth, but has become the "political truth" everywhere.

This is more than just a happy vision. It is meant to have practical consequences.

If people everywhere share the same hopes and dreams and fears, they should all get along. And if they don't, then there must be some misunderstanding, some misperception, some problem of communication. Therefore, you must not be seeing things clearly, as I am seeing them in my mirror. So it is my duty to persuade you, threaten you, cajole you into seeing the "real" truth. Of course, if everyone is looking through their mirror, then each person sees things their way and only their way.

We have the county commissioners and the county delegation. Each says they want the same things for the county: lower or higher taxes (whatever suits the upcoming budget), better conditions for our elderly, the incarcerated, and lower-income families, and so on. And both say they have come to the only conclusion possible for a budget that would allow all of these things to happen in the shortest amount of time for the most people possible.

Then why can't they agree? Could it be because each has essentially put a mirror before their eyes and said, "It is impossible to believe that these things are not seen in the way that I see them. I can see everything clearly. Why can't the others?"

All one has to do is to remove the mirror from in front of your view and see what is truly in front of you. Only then can you see those who don't want a job but would prefer to be on assistance, a prison that has been left to disintegrate and now has no easy fix or answers, the elderly who have been mostly forgotten unless or until taxes for their "needs" run low, and all other 'real life' events right before your eyes.

To gloss over contradictory interests, incompatible ideologies, and opposing cultures is more than anti-political. It is dangerous. Those who have long held a mirror to the world and seen only themselves are apt to be shocked and panicked when the mirror is removed, as inevitably it must be. We have become a culture so fixed on its own image that we have become blinded to what is all around us because, of course, we are looking at life through the mirror.

Let's make changes in November. Bring in new commissioners and new state representatives. But, before we vote, let's take a good look at how they see things in the county and how they intend to resolve them. Remember a "blind vote" is equal to the mirror-image fallacy.

Elena Ball
Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:15

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