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We need more bands for our battle at Laconia High on May 10

To the editor,
Laconia High School students are preparing for Sachems Band Boosters Fund Raiser on May 10th — The Battle of the Bands. However, we need more bands! Come showcase your talent! We are looking for more bands. If interested, contact Lisa Fortson at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Sharon Pond, Vice President
Laconia Sachems Band Boosters

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:07

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Ayotte suported constitutional right of law abiding citizens

To the editor,
I want to publicly thank Senator Ayotte for her vote on the U.S. Senate's terrible gun bill. We are fortunate to have one senator to support the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens.
Two key words here: Llw abiding. The liberals that would confiscate our weapons just don't understand that part.
Tyler Simpson
New Hampton

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:04

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Michelle Malkin - Again, U.S. is victimized by the political asylum con game

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon killing spree by foreign-born jihadists, see-no-evil bureaucrats in Washington are stubbornly defending America's lax asylum policies. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Tuesday that the screening process is rigorous, effective and extensive.
These people can't handle the truth. Or tell it.
The Tsarnaev brothers reportedly were granted asylum by "derivative" status through their parents. After entering on short-term tourist visas, the mother and father (an ethnic Chechen Muslim) won asylum and acquired U.S. citizenship. Next, younger son Dzhokhar obtained U.S. citizenship. Older son Tamerlan, whose naturalization application was pending, traveled freely between the U.S. and the jihad recruitment zone of Dagestan, Russia, last year before the bombers' gunfight in Watertown, Mass., last week left the Muslim terrorist dead.
Though they had convinced the U.S. that they faced deadly persecution, the Tsarnaevs' parents both returned to their native land and were there when their sons launched last week's terror rampage. Authorities will not reveal any details of the sob stories the Tsarnaevs originally spun to win asylum benefits for the entire family.
The whole thing stinks. And it's an old, familiar stench. Immigration lawyers have been working the system on behalf of asylum con artists for decades. The racketeers coach applicants with phony stories and documents from "chop shops" and game their way through "refugee roulette."
Asylum and refugee claimants are being rubber-stamped at all-time-high rates. Government data analyzed by the nonpartisan TRAC website show that "the odds of an asylum claim being denied in Immigration Court reached an historic low in FY 2012, with only 44.5 percent being turned down. Ten years ago, almost two out of three (62.6 percent) individuals seeking asylum lost their cases in similar actions. Twenty years ago, fewer than one out of four (24 percent) asylum applicants won their cases, while three out of four (76 percent) lost."
The game is rigged in favor of identity-group hustlers, who mau-mau adjudicators whose approval rates don't meet their approval.
Soft-on-enforcement lobbying groups argue that it's better to err on the side of allowing bogus asylum-seekers and refugees to stay than to get serious about cracking down on fraud and send undeserving foreigners home. It's not "practical" or worth it, they say.
But what about the "if it saves just one life" standard set by President Obama? Why does it only apply to gun control? Why won't Washington err on the side of public safety by reexamining and overhauling our fraud-riddled asylum, detention, deportation and visa issuance policies after the Boston jihad?
In case you'd forgotten, the Tsarnaevs were not the first murder-minded jihadists to benefit from ineffective policing of our asylum and refugee policies.
As I've reported previously:
— Ramzi Yousef landed at New York City's JFK airport from Pakistan and flashed an Iraqi passport without a visa to inspectors. He was briefly detained for illegal entry and fingerprinted, but was allowed to remain in the country after invoking the magic words "political asylum." Yousef was released for lack of detention space and headed to Jersey City to plot the deadly 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
— Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer, a Palestinian bomb-builder, entered the U.S. illegally through Canada in 1996-97. He claimed political asylum based on phony persecution by Israelis, was released on a reduced $5,000 bond posted by a man who was himself an illegal alien and then skipped his asylum hearing. In June 1997, a federal immigration judge ordered Mezer to leave on a "voluntary departure order." Mezer ignored him. He joined the New York City bombing plot before being arrested in July 1997 after a roommate tipped off local police.
— Mir Aimal Kansi, convicted in 1997 of capital murder and nine other charges stemming from his January 1993 shooting spree outside the CIA headquarters in McLean, Va., also exploited our insane asylum laxity. Despite his history as a known Pakistani militant who had participated in anti-American protests abroad, Kansi received a business visa in 1991. After arrival, he claimed political asylum based on his ethnic minority status in Pakistan. While his asylum application was pending, he obtained a driver's license and an AK-47, murdered two CIA agents and wounded three others.
— Somali national Nuradin Abdi, the al-Qaida shopping mall bomb plotter convicted in 2007, first entered the U.S. in 1995 using a false passport. He entered again illegally from Canada in 1997 and secured asylum on false grounds. Abdi then was able to fraudulently obtain a refugee travel document, which he used to fly to Ethiopia and, yes, Chechnya for jihad training.
— Among the convicted Fort Dix (N.J.) jihad plotters were three ethnic Albanian illegal alien brothers, Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka, who snuck into the country through Mexico with their parents. In 1984, the father applied for asylum, but the feds ignored them for two decades. In the meantime, as America showed the Dukas' refugee community unmatched compassion and generosity, the Muslim trio returned the favor by planning to massacre U.S. soldiers.
As always, political correctness and political pandering are the handmaidens of terrorism.
(Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin is the daughter of Filipino Immigrants. She was born in Philadelphia, raised in southern New Jersey and now lives with her husband and daughter in Colorado. Her weekly column is carried by more than 100 newspapers.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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If Obama really cared about saving lives there are things he could do

To the editor,
President Obama is angry. A bi-partisan group in the Democrat-controlled Senate refused to pass a gun control bill that everyone agreed would not have prevented Newtown. Vice President Biden promises that the president will issue executive orders to make up for the Senate's failure to restrict the rights of law abiding citizens.
President Obama claims that opponents lied about the gun control bill. Well, that is the pot calling the kettle black. Lies are President Obama's forte! His claims that 2,000,000 felons have been stopped from getting guns by background checks and his claims that 40 percent of gun sales avoid background checks are misleading if not blatant lies. He falsely says the law would prevent a federal gun registry. The proposed law only makes it illegal for the Attorney General to create a gun registry, i.e., Homeland Security or other agency could create a registry.
Gun confiscations from law abiding citizens are already happening without warrants in NJ, NY, and California. Anyone who thinks that liberals don't want to take people's guns, removing their ability to defend themselves, is not listening. Each proposed gun control bill takes a little more of Americans' rights and abilities to defend themselves.
Of course President Obama was using grieving Newtown parents as political props! That's normal. He certainly didn't showcase anyone who opposes more federal and state gun controls. President Obama wanted Newtown parents to make senators vote for gun controls out of sympathy rather than based on the bill itself, the Constitution, or on the will of their constituents. President Obama was angry that the press pointed out that he was using Newtown parents as props.
Background checks are only part of the proposed gun control bill. Any claim that 90 percent of Americans support the bill is a lie. The bi-partisan group of senators who voted against the gun control bill, including Senator Ayotte, deserve our thanks.
If President Obama really cared about saving innocent lives rather than restricting people's rights, there are plenty of things he could do. He could make sure that felons who illegally get or try to get guns are prosecuted. He could make sure that people who commit violent crimes are kept locked up for long periods of time. He could encourage and help the mayors of America's large cities, where most crime occurs, get guns out of the hands of gang members and criminals and aggressively prosecute people who harm others. These are the things that a president would do if his real desire were to save the lives of innocent people.
Don Ewing

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 01:25

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If just one child is saved, new safeguards one guns will be well worth it

To the editor,
I have heard the mantra, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people" ad nauseam from the staunch defenders of the Second Amendment.
Accepting that premise, how could there possibly be an objection to background checks? Let's see, the staunch defenders believe it would be taking away the rights of felons and the mentally ill to deny them the opportunity to buy a gun?
Their next objection — All the safeguards already in place should be enough, we don't need anything more.
The bottom line is that if one child is saved, the safeguards are worth it.
Imagine it was your child put in harm's way by a convicted felon who had been allowed to purchase a gun at a N.H. gun show. It puts a different outlook on it when it is our own child. Sadly, that is why the parents of those children killed in Newtown have now become activists — to put safeguards in place to prevent another child from being killed.
"New Hampshire is one of 39 states that have a gun show 'loophole', which means there is no federally mandated background check requirement for any weapon sold by an unlicensed dealer. The only identification required must show the purchaser is a state resident and over age 21. If federal firearms licensed dealers sell at gun shows, they... must conduct a background check." (Seacoast Online, August 27, 2012)
Individuals not "engaged in the business" of selling firearms can sell guns without a license — and without processing any paperwork. These "private sales" include guns sold at gun shows, through classified newspaper ads, the Internet, and between individuals virtually anywhere.
There is no one magic fix that will prevent death by firearms in our country, but we really need to be logical about common sense gun reforms. Background checks are common sense.
Senator Kelly Ayotte, who represents our state in Washington, has failed her constituents by voting against this common sense bill.
Cathy Merwin

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:39

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