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I am appalled & disgusted by Sen. Ayotte's vote against gun bill

To the editor,
A simple Facebook post to help the victims of Sandy Hook quickly escalated into the 26.4.26 run on April 14th, the four month anniversary of the attack. The response was phenomenal, and while everyone who lives in the Lakes Region knows, this area responds to crises with compassion and caring and action. But this tragedy deeply touched all of New Hampshire, and the response came from well beyond our borders as well. Fifteen hundred participants from 78 school districts across the state raised $31,000. Why? Because we felt the pain of those affected and wanted to do something to ease that pain and suffering.
Sandy Hook. Those two words conjure up scenes and emotions for the victim's families we will never truly comprehend. And yet these same families, despite the literal cry in their voices to make their children's and loved one's deaths not be in vain, had the raw courage and fortitude to get legislation passed that would at the very least require background checks for gun purchases.
And were denied.
As a resident of our very caring state of New Hampshire, as evidenced by the turnout for 26.4.26, I am appalled and disgusted that one of our senators, Kelly Ayotte, voted against this bill. Ninety percent of the people in the nation supported passage. She was well aware of the effort and tolls it had to have taken on the victim's families working with Washington bureaucrats despite their devastating losses. Never-the-less she still chose to shoot down the legislation and the families in favor the NRA. Does anyone honestly believe that Ms. Ayotte was representing a majority of New Hampshire residents with her vote? She sure as heck wasn't representing me, and for all who would agree, please remember that at voting time.
Everett McLaughlin
Gilford

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:44

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Clean out your closet & donate to St. Vincent dePaul thrift store

To the editor,
The St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Laconia is looking forward to another wonderful summer. It's springtime, and the weather is gradually warming. Spring flowers are starting to emerge, it's time to rake up the leaves, spread fertilizer on our lawns, and... deal with our closets that are too crowded.
I know it's time for me to clean out my own closet. The other day I was able to fill six large bags of clothing to donate to our thrift store, which leaves room to ... buy more new things for my wardrobe!
I'm sure a lot of closets in the Lakes Region need the same spring cleaning. Maybe you've been eyeing that new chair for the living room or new dressers for the bedroom. You'll have to clear some space by donating the old furniture. St. Vincent de Paul will help you with the job! Our volunteers at the thrift store are anxiously waiting for your donations to help us meet the needs of our community.
Most of the donated furniture and clothing is sold to support our programs — the pantry, financial assistance program, and the Children's Foundation. However, we also give away about $25,000 in clothing and household items to those who can't afford our already low prices. With all of our volunteer help, we're able to take your donated goods and help others.
As you've just finished preparing your tax returns, you'll appreciate that you always receive a receipt from St. Vincent de Paul for your donations if requested. And remember — the funds raised from your donations always stay local.
So, start looking around the house for those unused and unwanted items that can help bring a smile to some other family in our community. Thank you for all your support.
God bless you.
Erika Johnson, President
St. Vincent de Paul - Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:40

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Looking for members of the Laconia High School Class of 1983

To the editor,
The Laconia High School Class of 1983 is planning its 30th reunion and needs some help locating missing classmates. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the following classmates, or their last known location, please e-mail Lynn Brody Keltz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tracy Denaris Dassatti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Decato, Robert; Dion, Dean; Doherty, Paul; Gouette, Dave; Hall, Rick; Hodgkins, Mike; Houston, Kurt; Keefe, Deborah; Langan, Keith; Latour, Kevin; Laurent, Kevin; Lefler Hoagland, Faith; Levasseur, Rob; Mathena-Senechal, Sherri; Moffett, Charron; Moore, Clayton; Morrissett, Jason; Plume, Patrick; Ricker, Steve; Rogers, Martha; Runnals, Scott; Sargent, Wayne; Silcox, Rodney; Thorten, Shawna.
We've recovered most of our classmates, and just need a little help finding a few others.
LHS Class of 1983
Reunion Committee

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:29

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Politicians want to pass gun laws to create false sense of security

To the editor,
One of the difficulties with having an honest discussion with liberals is that they misrepresent, or should I say lie about, what their opponents say. James Veverka's comments on my letter of April 9, 2013 are a good example.
Veverka says I claimed that "2.5 million crimes were averted by gun toters" is a Clinton administration number. That is false. As I clearly indicated, the Clinton administration numbers were 1.5 million crimes prevented annually by "gun toters" (in Veverka's words). Here is the text from my letter that Veverka refers to: "Estimates are that between 1,500,000 (Clinton Justice Department number) and 2,500,000 crimes are prevented annually by armed citizens." (Note: There are numerous studies with estimates in this range.)
In typical liberal attack mode, after misrepresenting what I clearly stated, he claims that Fox and the NRA misrepresent facts, but he provides no justification for this opinion. He is certainly entitled to his opinion no matter how irrational it is.
I looked, but I have not found anywhere in the world where total gun confiscation has reduced violent crime. Generally, murders, occupied home invasions, and other violent crimes increase... and in some cases increase significantly.
As long as hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens can cross our borders annually and bring thousands of tons of illegal drugs, criminals will be able to get weapons if they want them no matter how many guns are taken from law abiding citizens ... making them defenseless.
President Obama claims that background checks have stopped two million people from getting guns. Like most liberal statements that are not outright lies, that claim is misleading. Almost all those initial denials were later approved. So they just delayed law abiding citizens from getting the guns they wanted, and the guns that some of them may have needed because of real immediate threats.
How many felons or dangerous mentally ill were prevented from getting guns? I don't know. But, in 2010, out of the approximately 80,000 background check denials, the Obama administration only prosecuted 44 people. In fact, under Obama Federal gun prosecutions are down 40-45 percent.
How are law abiding people harmed by background checks that delays them from getting a gun? If 2 percent of the two million denials stopped people who really needed a gun NOW to protect themselves, that would be 40,000 people prevented from being able to defend themselves at the moment that they felt most at risk from a stalker, an angry ex-lover or spouse or someone else.
I don't know the number of the law abiding people who were actually battered, raped, or murdered because their attempt to obtain a gun was inappropriately denied, but some were. Maybe 2 percent is too high an estimate. Maybe only 1 percent, 20,000 end up being victims because they could not defend themselves from a known threat. Maybe only half a percent, 10,000, a quarter of a percent 5,000, or maybe only one-hundredth of one percent, 200 law abiding people were prevented from getting the gun they needed to prevent being beaten, raped, or murdered.
As far as I am concerned if only 200 law abiding people became victims because of government hindrance, it is unacceptable. Government is supposed to protect us, not make us victims. Vice President Biden seemed willing to move heaven and earth to save one life ... well, he can start by fixing the background check system so it won't create hundreds of defenseless victims.
Veverka says that murder rates dropped during the 1990s. Great! That is part of a long-term trend. Veverka probably knows (but apparently is unwilling to inform other readers) that even though Americans now have about 50 percent more guns and about 100 percent more concealed carry licenses, murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault have continued to decline significantly since 2000.
I understand that politicians desperately want to pass some law so they can claim to concerned constituents that they are doing something. Less vocally politicians acknowledge that nothing they are considering would have stopped Newtown or Columbine or any other crime. Why do we want politicians to pass laws that may harm law abiding citizens just so they can create a false impression of usefulness?
The fact is that politician don't do a good job of enforcing current laws, and their failure is no excuse to pass new laws that won't stop criminals and may create more defenseless victims.
To stop crime, keep violent criminals locked up. Ensure that there are safeguards against those who have been adjudicated as dangerously mentally ill. And, to reduce the number of defenseless victims, encourage more law abiding people to consider, as many in law enforcement suggest, being prepared to defend themselves.
Remember, when seconds count, the police are minutes away.
Don Ewing
Meredith

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:09

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Let's hope we'll vote Sen. Ayotte out of office next time she runs

To the editor,
Shame on Sen. Kelly Ayotte for voting to block gun safety reform. It's a disgrace that a small group of senators were able to block life-saving gun legislation. Background checks are common sense — and they work. If we are required to register our cars (which also occasionally kill), why shouldn't we be required to register our guns?
Sen. Ayotte decided to stand with the NRA's lobby for the profit of the gun industry, and reject expanded background checks, even though 89 percent of the people in New Hampshire supported it. Because of the cowardice of Sen. Ayotte and others like her, 33 people per day will continue to be murdered with guns every single day of the year — that multiplies out to over 12,000 people per year killed by needless gun violence!
If we as American citizens are devastated by the bombing violence that killed 3 people and injured 170 during the Boston Marathon incident, how much more should we stand firm to support, in any way possible, the saving of 12,000 lives every year that are now threatened by gun violence?
Let us hope that the 89-percnet of NH voters who support better gun safety laws will remember this shameful action of Congress — and vote Sen. Kelly Ayotte out of office the next time she runs for re-election.
Charlotte Cox
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:01

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