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Wicwas Grange raised $3,518 to aid Suzanne's battle with cancer

To The Daily Sun,

On a snowy Saturday night the community wore its heart on its sleeve and helped raise $3,518 to benefit Suzanne Taggett, who is battling cancer for the third time.

The Wicwas Lake Grange 292 hosted a benefit ham and bean supper, and in spite of the weather, a capacity crowd turned out for a good cause.

The event which included a silent auction and the raffle of numerous gift baskets could not have happened without the willingness of area merchants and others who generously donated goods and services.

The membership of the Wicwas Lake Grange 292 would like to offer a huge thank you to those who donated: Middleton Lumber, Maurice and Helen Gouin, Frank's Firearms, A.J.'s Bait & Tackle, Sunshine & Pa's, Amoskeag Beverage Company, NAPA of Meredith, Norwax Cleaning Products, Center Harbor Diner, Waterfall Cafe, Funspot, Annalee Dolls, Harley-­Davidson of Laconia, Tim MacDonald, Jeanie and Jim Lowrey, Steve and Dawn Durand Double 'D' Ranch, Barry and Diane Ladd, Leslie Cyr, Bailey and Adalyn Taggett, Kimball Family & Friends, Dennis and Cookie Boulanger, Meredith Fire Department Auxiliary, Lou's Custom Exhaust of Meredith, Bill and Christine Taggett and Family, Style Works of Plymouth, Hair Excitement of Gilford, Family Affair of Meredith, Taylor's Country Style Restaurant, George's Diner, Louie's Pizza, Tom and Jan Joslin, Liz and Bev Lapham, John and Cheryl Ramsay, as well as all the people who baked beans, made coleslaw, baked cornbread, brown bread, made au gratin potatoes or baked cookies, pies, cakes and other desserts.

Steve Durand, Master

Wicwas Lake Grange 292

Meredith Center

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Let us open up a dialogue in the Jeffersonian tradition

To The Daily Sun,

Has the president who won the Nobel Peace Prize nurtured peace? Or, is he, the president who promised to end war,  instead become the president of never-ending war?

USA has been at war continuously since, at least, 1995.  The infrastructure of U.S. Government security failed in national security protection, resulting, eventually, in the 9/11 attacks, primitive attack efforts, which by all security protocols, should have been "nipped in the bud."

Had U.S. government seen properly to its constitutional responsibilities toward vigorous common national defense, instead of wasting precious national resources of blood, treasure and energy on ineffectiveness and foreign adventures, 09.11.01, wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., all the costs and suffering incurred would have been avoided.

Where now are the architects of the resulting failed disastrous policies? Cutting brush in Texas? Hunting quail with friends?

The U.S. bumbling subsequent misguided attacks and interventions in the Middle East created nothing but chaos and death — and an interminable waste of life, blood and treasure. All this created a disastrous mess for U.S., which now we must deal with, for years numbered unknown into the future. The U.S. drew other nations into this vortex as well, and they suffer also.

U.S. citizens will have to pay for this humanitarian and financial mess, for all our future. We are in a dump.

Now, in 2015, the U.S. is involved in war, war, and more war.  Many nations involved, no end in sight.

The last thing that officials in Washington will do is to blame themselves. Instead, blame the Boogieman.

Don't look to establishment, self-interested and invested, major political parties or government beneficiaries to resolve the mess. They are for themselves. Let us open up a dialogue, in the Jeffersonian tradition, of what we all citizens can do.

God save us from yet another Bush vs. Clinton establishment presidential election. Haven't these people done enough?

Let us step up and say that U.S. is not for sale. (And of course, if we fund all these foreign adventures, the U.S. hasn't the money, and we will have to borrow it, principally from China.)

Please be in touch, in the Public Square.

Meanwhile, what happened to Peace Prize Obama, the peacemaker? Mr. Nobel, who endowed the Peace Prize, must be sad.

Michael Harris, Ph.D.

Gilmanton

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