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We are very proud of students & staff at Pleasant Street School

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul and the folks we serve in the Lakes Region, I want to express our thanks to the students at the Pleasant Street School, their principal, Dave Levesque, the school staff, and their parents for the wonderful generosity in collecting and donating boxes of toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, and shampoo for our Children's Foundation and food for our Food Pantry.

It is especially appreciated when our young students find the time and determination to benefit those in our community who are less fortunate than many of us. These students showed the adults that community spirit is live and well at the Pleasant Street School with the backing of their teachers and parents.

Congratulations for a great job well done. We are very proud of you.

Erika Johnson, President

Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Laconia

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Capitalism gives every person a chance for a productive life

To The Daily Sun,

May Day in Seattle, Washington and the "peaceful (leftist) protesters" threw a riot. They also threw rocks, bricks and Molotov cocktails at police five of whom received minor injuries while arresting nine of the thugs.

Note to Bernadette Loesche, James Veverka and Scott Cracraft: no Tea Party persons were to be seen. Nope, this was an all-leftist, Marxist socialist, anti-capitalism riot with not a single Tea Party sign in sight. Right, but no one should be surprised this is classic leftist communist activity.

Bernie Sanders must be so proud. After all, he champions the socialist mob mentality or the something-for-nothing for deadbeats and spoiled brats. And what better day for it then the annual Communist Party holiday of May 1? These ignorant do-nothings, if asked, just have no idea how their vagrant lifestyles will be funded without the hated capitalist system. They give a Sanders vague sound bite something about Wall Street and big banks, having no idea what they're talking about.

First off, let me say that the capitalist free-market system has raised more humans up out of abject poverty then any system in the history of humanity. Socialism has been an abject failure wherever it was introduced, even western Europe which had to be subsidized, rebuilt and protected by the United States from the end of World War II in 1945 until the fall of the Soviet Union. We are still the leading consumer market for their goods today. But they are going slowly broke as all socialist systems always do. Yet the liberal Democrats are promoting it like it's the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. But like that fairy tale, there is only an empty dark hole at the end of socialism to bury it in along with the people.

Want proof of the superiority of capitalism? Take a lesson from India, which was locked into a caste system for thousands of years, then a British-imposed economy for a couple of hundred more, and the poverty and suffering of its people was legendary. In the 1980s and '90s they threw off those systems and went to a capitalist free market system and their economy boomed. They have the fastest and largest growing middle class in the world, today pulling millions up out of poverty. Even China, though still a communist politically-controlled country, has adopted a capitalist economic model, and they too are a vibrant growing economy and middle class.

But socialism? Look at Cuba under the communist/socialist system everywhere poverty and military repression by the Castro brothers. The people exist without hope of a better future for themselves or their children. Then there is the country of Venezuela, it has huge oil reserves, it should be rich and prosperous, but again the Marxist socialist system reduces the people to poverty and despair.

The only people who benefit from this system is the ruling elite and this is the system Bernie, Hillary, Bernadette, James and Scott champion and want for us — for you and your family. So consider, is this what you would bequeath to your children/grandchildren? Are you among the elite, or do you expect to be, and if so, are you so callous as to subject millions of others to hopeless futures of poverty to enrich yourselves?

It's simple, capitalism gives every person a chance of a good productive life if they are willing to apply themselves and work for their futures. Following Bernie and Hillary is a downward spiral with nothing at the end but that empty hole. Simple.

Steve Earle


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