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Students have no connection to GHS grad who died 10 years ago

To the editor,
This past Saturday, which was deemed as Armed Forces Day, had the Daily Sun featuring a photo of a very happy group of young people enjoying perhaps the best years of their lives, heading for the prom from Gilford High. In remembrance of Armed Forces Day a lady from Sanbornton had a poem titled "SACRIFICE", inserted in the same paper. No mention or note was made in that day's Sun of the young man, also of Gilford High, who passed away on this date in Iraq seven years ago. The community seems to little note nor long remember what he did and what then became of him there.
Some of the students currently matriculating at Gilford High have proposed that an athletic field be named in honor of one of their most successful, well loved, and admired coaches. They are not contemporaries of the young man who sacrificed his life in Iraq when they were in 4th or 5th grade. The School Board seemed reluctant to take their request under advisement. I think in this season of remembrance that some mention should be made of this young man who is remembered fondly by his contemporaries of the greater Gilmanton, Gilford, Laconia community, as well as by the rest of that community who know and understand that freedom is not free.
Timothy Sullivan
Gilford

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:44

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Ask Senator Ayotte to support disaster relief for Oklahoma

To the editor,
I just e-mailed Sen. Kelly Ayotte about the possibility of federal funding for disaster aid for Moore, Oklahoma. Last time she voted against aid for Hurricane Sandy in New York and Jersey. She has no problem giving money overseas but forgets that our citizens should come first. Every now and then we need extra help from some sort of storm and we always get it. Usually it is from Hydro Quebec for electrical aid. But sometimes it is federal help that has to be voted for or against. So, I ask all of you to e-mail her and ask her to support help for those out in Oklahoma.
Remember the laws of Karma — or do unto others, etc.
Jon Hoyt
Bridgewater

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:41

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Do we want Meredith the be glow-in-the-dark capital of N.H.?

To the editor,
The Town of Meredith has decided to participate in a federal program that will greatly increase the number of high-reflectivity signs on the town's roads. This is apparently the result of a desire to save some money on maintenance of currently existing signs. On my own road, markers show that this will result in the placement of 11 new signs in the space of one mile. My road is winding and hilly, but there have been no accidents recorded there in the last three years (official records do not go back further), nor have I seen any in seven years of running and walking the road on a daily basis. Placement of the eleven new high-reflectivity signs is not being done because the road is unsafe, but because of its "geometry" in the definition of the Federal program. How many new high-reflectivity signs will appear on your road? A check of the white dots sprayed on the pavement will tell you.
The Meredith town government is conscientious, but in this case I think the long-term visual impact and the long-term maintenance of so many more signs was not fully considered. Do the citizens of Meredith want all these new and additional "retro-flective" signs, effectively turning the town into the glow-in-the-dark capitol of the Lakes Region? Is this worth saving a little money on maintenance of our current signage?
Dan Heyduk
Meredith

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:37

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I'll help pay for new pants when Cpl. Morrison is back at work

To the editor,
I lived for 16 years at Shellcamp Lake in Gilmanton. I was always gratified to see Belmont police backup when the Gilmanton police were summoned. When my house burned down in 2003, I believe that the Belmont Fire Department was the first responder. Indeed, my phone had a Belmont prefix (267), denoting my proximity to the town. For all those years, Belmont was very important to me.
The April 26 Daily Sun included a letter from a Belmont mother and daughter requesting donations in support of the "Ditch the Gray" (police uniforms) campaign, an effort to return to the traditional dark blue.
Unless things have changed for the better, Tilton Pollce Cpl. Nate Morrison still needs financial support for his kidney issues so he can return to active duty free of medical debt.
Far be it for me to ever suggest what Belmont police folks should do with their money, but I'll do it anyway. This officer's service is far more important than the change in police uniforms. The money from donations needed by Cpl. Morrison's return to active duty should be #1.
I have never met Cpl. Morrison but I still mailed in $20 to the "Nate Morrison Fund," c/o BPD.
Looking at the multiple wrinkles on the Belmont lituenent's trousers (photo published on April 26), very dark blue is an excellent camouflage and is needed. Even from Plymouth, I'll be happy to donate some bucks tot he "Kick the Gray" campaign . . . after Cpl. Nate Morrison is back on active duty with his medical bills paid in full.
Bill Carberry
Plymouth

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:35

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Pat Buchanan - Our spectator president

No, this is not Watergate or Iran-Contra. Nor is it like the sex scandal that got Bill Clinton impeached.
The AP, IRS and Benghazi matters represent a scandal not of presidential wrongdoing, but of presidential indolence, indifference and incompetence in discharging the duties of chief executive.
The Barack Obama revealed to us in recent days is something rare in our history: a spectator president, clueless about what is going on in his own household, who reacts to revelations like some stunned bystander.
Consider. Because of a grave national security leak, President Obama's Department of Justice seized two months of records from 20 telephones used by The Associated Press. An unprecedented seizure. Yet the president was left completely in the dark. And though he rushed to defend the seizure, he claims he was uninvolved.
While the AP issue does not appear to have legs — we know what was done and why — it has badly damaged this president. For his own Justice Department treated the press, which has an exalted opinion of itself and its role, with the same contempt as the IRS treated the Tea Party. The episode has damaged a crucial presidential asset. For this Washington press corps had provided this president with a protective coverage of his follies and failings unseen since the White House press of half a century ago covered up the prowlings of JFK.
The Benghazi issue is of far greater gravity. Still, Obama's sins here as well seem to be those of omission, not commission. The president was apparently completely in the dark about the urgent requests from Benghazi for more security. Obama was also apparently completely out of the loop during the seven-hour crisis of Sept. 11-12, when Ambassador Stevens was assassinated, calls for help from Benghazi were denied and two heroic ex-Navy SEALs died fighting to defend U.S. personnel from the roof of that CIA installation.
No one seems to know where Obama was that night.
The following week, as the State Department, CIA and National Security Council all worked the "talking points" to make it appear that this preplanned terrorist atrocity was a spontaneous event triggered by an anti-Islamic video, Obama knew nothing of the discussions. Thus, almost a week after the massacre, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was put on six networks to move the line that we could not have better prepared for what would happen in Benghazi because it was all a spontaneous event triggered by a YouTube video.
Rice's version was untrue, but consistent with Obama's campaign message: "Bin Laden is dead, and al-Qaida is on the run."
Yet if Rice's credibility was crippled by what she was sent out to parrot, a week after she got the egg all over her face, Obama was himself peddling the same line at the United Nations. Obama, it seems, may have been the last man to know the cover story had collapsed.
As for the IRS's targeting of Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status, this bureaucratic misconduct began as far back as 2010, when the Tea Party was a national sensation. Yet, despite Tea Party protests to members of Congress, who made inquiries of the IRS, the discrimination against groups with "Tea Party" and "Patriot" in their names continued, and was extended to groups whose proclaimed mission was to defend the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
Literally for years this went on. Investigations were begun by the IRS, and the results reported to the Treasury Department. But nothing was made public before the election of 2012.
This weekend we learned that the White House counsel was told this April about the IRS misconduct and the investigations, but she did not inform President Obama. He learned about it from news reports.
What we have here, it appears, is a government out of control and a president clueless about what is going on in that government.
And that is the best case. For it is difficult to believe the IRS could conduct a full-court press on Obama's opponents, that IRS higher-ups knew about it, years ago, and that Treasury knew about it before the election — but the White House was kept in the dark about a scandal that could have derailed the Obama campaign. But whatever Obama knew, he and his allies in Congress bear moral responsibility for denying these Tea Party folks for years their right to participate fully in the politics of their country.
For years, Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and other Democrats have slandered and slurred Tea Party people as enemies of progress — smears echoed by their mainstream press allies. Should we then be surprised that IRS bureaucrats, hearing this, thought they were doing what was right for America by slow-walking applications for tax exemptions from these same Tea Party folks?
Who demonized the Tea Party people? Who created the climate of contempt? Whoever did gave moral sanction to those IRS agents.
And the Spectator President is right in the vanguard.
(Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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