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Talk about condemning an entire class of people, with no exceptions

To The Daily Sun,

I had to laugh out loud at the hypocrisy of the lady who, in your October 22 edition, bemoaned the idea that people condemn everyone who receives public assistance in any way as taking advantage of the system, yet in the same letter demonizes all of the so called one percent of "Uber Rich" as she characterizes them as follows — "The one percent of the wealthy want to keep all of what they have without caring about or feeling any brotherly concern or responsibility for others who are less fortunate than them."

Talk about condemning an entire class of people with no exception! Hasn't she ever heard of people like Bill and Melissa Gates or Warren Buffet, to name a few of the top of head, who have voluntarily given millions if not billions of their personal fortunes to many worthy causes?

You can't have it both ways. People needed public assistance are not all leches any more than all so called "Uber Rich" are not unfeeling, selfish tightwads.

Richard Purington


Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 09:22

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378 students attended School to Farm event at Ramblin' Vewe

To The Daily Sun,

New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom recently hosted its fourth School to Farm two-day event for Belknap County fourth grade school students. This event was once again held at Ramblin' Vewe Farm in Gilford with 378 students attending plus their teachers and chaperones. On these two days, the farmland was bursting with excited students learning where their local food comes from and seeing how important it is to keep agriculture right here in New Hampshire.

We wish to thank all the presenters who exhibited and presented an educational program for the students during the day. This year our presenters were Pemi-Baker Beekeepers, Huckins Farm, Prescott Farm Environmental Education, Ox-K Farm, Belknap County Farm Bureau, Suroweic Farm, Belknap County Cooperative Education, Belknap County Conservation District, Shepherd's Hut Market, Ramblin' Vewe Farm and Lindon Garlic Farm. Again a big thank you to Ramblin' Vewe Trust for allowing us to use their farm land for this event.

However, this event would not be possible without our sponsorships. Thank you to Ramblin' Vewe Farm, Moulton Farm, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Farm Family Insurance, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Barbara and Bill Angevine, Huckins Farm, and Allison and Jon Howe.

Ruth Smith, Coordinator
New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom

Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 09:19

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Still time to get team together for the Nov. 23 Turkey Plunge

To The Daily Sun,

The 9th Annual Salvation Army Turkey Plunge will take place on Saturday November 23 at Opechee Cove Beach. Gates open at 11 a.m. with sponsored plungers taking a dip in Lake Opechee starting at 12 noon. This is a fun family event with many Plungers wearing costumes for the Plunge. Funds generated from this event support the many worthy programs of the local branch of the Salvation Army including the only homeless shelter in Belknap County, the Salvation Army's Carey House. Over 100 Plungers are expected with hundreds more spectators there to cheer them on.

Following the Plunge, a delicious luncheon will be served at the Laconia Middle School cafeteria. Restaurants donating food for the luncheon include Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Kitchen Cravings, Lago, Hart's Turkey Farm, T-Bones, Fratello's and O Steak & Seafood. Desserts and service will be supplied by the Culinary Arts students of the Lakes Region Community College and beverages are compliments of Coca-Cola of Northern New England. The general public is invited to the luncheon for a $5 per person donation while Plungers eat for free. Raffle prizes will be awarded to some lucky attendees. Anyone interested in taking the Plunge for the Salvation Army or simply to make a Plunge donation may visit the website www.saturkeyplunge.org. or calling the office at 524-1834. The Turkey Plunge Committee is also requesting any local business with a marquee or electronic message board to promote the Turkey Plunge by placing a public service message on their sign for a day or two between now and November 23 promoting the Plunge. Thanks to all our supporters and we hope to see you at Opechee Cove Beach for the Plunge!

Don Morrissey
Plunge Committee


Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 09:16

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We keep lowering definition of who is poor, creating dependency

To The Daily Sun,

There is no person in the Lakes Region who could benefit more from an economics and tax class than Bernadette Loesch. Bernadette has the audacity to accuse others of being narrow minded when the truth is she does not know what the hell she is talking about. I was a tax and business consultant for 15 years so I know just a smidgen about taxes and economics. Bernadette simply does her best to escalate division and hatred in America, things we already have an too much of. She suggests the wealthy want to earn and keep their money. Don't we all? That is a human instinct, not a rich one. The rich should alone should be pilloried by an uninformed, socialist for a trait we all share. The facts are, the wealthy, represented by the top 20 percent of earners already pay about 80 percent of ALL the income taxes collected in America. Corporate tax rates at 35 percent are about the HIGHEST of any developed nation on earth. This ONE FACT explains in good part why the Obama economy STAGNATES and the MIDDLE CLASS suffers. All as American business thrives, having expanded its footprint successfully every place BUT HERE to avoid HIGH TAXATION. Over and over Wall Street hits historical records while government can't design a single WEB SITE or FIX ANYTHING. FIFTY PERCENT of the people in America pay ZERO INCOME TAX — thanks to the RICH. Bernadette says that is not ENOUGH FREELOADERS, we need more. Who the hell thinks people paying no income taxes are capable to make voting decisions that go beyond who will provide them the HIGHEST welfare handouts? Demented Democrats like Bernadette demand security, not from WORK but from their VOTE. Such people are not STAKEHOLDERS in tax policy decisions. They are just TAKERS from YOU. They want OTHERS to pay their way and they do not care who it is. The YOUNG are going to pay BILLIONS to the point of bankruptcy for the "sick" under Obamacare. NOT THE RICH! Does Bernadette give two craps for the harm caused to them? NOPE. The U.S. Constitution does not imbibe Bernadette or anyone else with dispensing economic equality or that the concept of social justice even EXISTS. The Constitution guarantees no equality of economic outcome. It only implies an equal opportunity for all, nothing more.
This country has MORE SOCIALISM TODAY that it has had in the past 100 years. Capitalism has been steadily diluted for the past century, never more assaulted than by Obama. The result, this country is WALLOWING in a record amount of self-inflicted, socialist-induced DEBT that will ruin the lives of our kids who will pay for this insane spending spree. We have more social, safety nets, of greater variety, with longer durations than ever. We have eased the qualifications to almost all of them to the point of absolute absurdity. There are countless studies that PROVE increasing unemployment benefits only lengthens the time people spend unemployed. Today, we have the smallest percentage of the eligible working population, working in more than 30 years, as we OFFER the best and longest unemployment benefits EVER. We have record food stamps because we keep REDUCING the qualification to get them. Disability insurance has become just another pure form of welfare. The past few years has seen the numbers on disability DOUBLE. Why? because we have REDUCED the qualifications to become eligible for disability. A week-long head ache or back ache has suddenly become the TICKET to $300,000 worth of TOTALLY FREE government money. Lawyers GUARANTEE you will not be turned down for the benefit. We have put more people on disability in the past five years under Obama than we put on in the previous 50. We keep LOWERING and LOWERING the definition of WHO IS POOR, loosening the path to a lifetime of welfare and DEPENDENCY on YOU. I repeat YOU. I am all for a HAND UP. Just not for lifetime HANDOUTS made ever ever easier, DESTROYING the incentive for people to take responsibility for their own LIVES and their own DECISIONS. The majority of people who fail most often get there from a lifetime of poor choices.
After 100 years of the great New DEAL from FDR ,the GREAT New Society from LBJ, the great humanity of JFK, Medicare, Medicaid, disability insurance, unemployment insurance and more welfare, whirly gigs and contraptions than anyone can shake a stick at all PROMISES SCREAMED TO INCREASE EQUALITY by Democrats like BERNADETTE what do we have? RECORD POVERTY  RECORD POOR and RECORD WELFARE, high unemployment, a lousy, stagnant, economy and ZERO change in the distribution of wealth In America, with Democrats and Bernadette screaming the SOLUTION to all out troubles is MORE SOCIALISM. Whether this is insanity, ignorance, or plain and ordinary stupidity is hard to ascertain. But it sure is hubris and arrogance that has no equal. Democrats like Bernadette will NEVER stop demonizing the successful of this country and their taxes will never be high enough. It is simply a deep, character flaw.
Tony Boutin

Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 09:13

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Ray Burton has exemplified highest standards of office holding

To The Daily Sun,
Let us all take a moment to thank a tireless public servant, Executive Counselor Ray Burton, for his years of service to this state and especially to the North Country.
Councilor Burton has always exemplified the highest standards of public office holding by working for all his constituents, regardless of party affiliation or level of contribution, with a cheerful demeanor, a friendly handshake and an amazingly full schedule.
We wish him well, send him our gratitude and seek to follow his remarkable example.
Kate Miller, Chair

Belknap County Democrats


Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 09:09

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