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Thannks for all the help with our 23rd Annual Project Pencil

To The Daily Sun,

The Children's Foundation of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, would like to thank everyone who helped make our 23nd Annual Project Pencil a huge success. By working closely with the school nurses, guidance counselors and resource coordinators, the Children's Foundation was able to provide assistance to over 600 children. Backpacks, various school supplies, personal hygiene items, lice shampoo, underwear, socks and diapers were delivered to the local schools, preschools, and child care centers in the Lakes Region.

A special "thank you" goes out to The Citizen for offering to be a drop off location for back to school supplies and Bert and Mary, for delivering these backpacks and supplies to the local schools.

The continued commitment and generosity from individuals and businesses in our community, to helping "children in need" is heartwarming.

Thank you for your support.

Sue Page
St. Vincent de Paul Children's Foundation

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:07

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Constitutional framers would be astounded by today's arguments

To The Daily Sun,

Watching the left-right quarrel over the limits of government re-erupt on the opinion pages of The Laconia Daily Sun is a sorry, sad scene. In a time of national decline, a persistent, often rude quarrel waged by extremists over the fundamentals of government just adds more rot to the decay.

Except for tiny San Marino (30,000 people on 24 square miles), America is the planet's longest surviving republic. To some that means the American experiment exceeded expectations. Demise is overdue. To others, it demonstrates unequivocal success. The nation will endure in perpetuity. Odds on demise, however, probably increase as leaders manipulate truth for personal gain and an uninformed citizenry accepts and embellishes their altered reality.

The Daily Sun debate is as old as the republic itself. At its heart is a dichotomy in our foundation. Our basic documents — the Declaration of Independence and Constitution — are politically incompatible.

The Declaration touts individual liberty and local sovereignty over centralized, distant dominance. The Constitution promotes nationhood.

History shows we usually cope with our schizophrenia. When we could not, Civil War ensued. Assumptions we are now immune from self-inflicted catastrophe are wishful (if not outright foolish).

The Declaration of Independence lays out the rationale for our existence. It justifies 13 British colonies severing political ties with an empire. The rationale denies legitimacy to governing authorities operating beyond the control of the governed.

In effect, the Declaration of Independence asserts government capable of governing a population scattered "from sea to shining sea," enforcing uniform laws or pursuing national agenda across 50 self-governing states is fundamentally illegitimate.

By late 1777, the Continental Congress that declared independence had designed a government consistent with the Declaration's ideals. Over the next three years, all the states ratified the design, and the United States under the "Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union" became reality March 1, 1781.

The Articles established a "firm league of friendship" among the states and ensured each retained its "sovereignty, freedom and independence." The national government was a committee of state delegates. It was empowered to conduct foreign affairs, declare war and maintain a military. It could not collect taxes, regulate interstate commerce or enforce laws. Almost immediately, political leaders, beginning with George Washington ("we have errors to correct"), began questioning the utility of the Articles.

More than utilitarian concern, however, drove the founders to question the Articles. During the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), an American identity had taken hold. The Articles (with nearly complete deference to state sovereignty) failed to incorporate that spirit.

Multiple efforts to strengthen the Articles failed. Finally, in September 1786 at Annapolis, the states agreed to repair the document once and for all in a "Grand Convention" to be convened the following May at Philadelphia.

In Philadelphia, however, the delegates (being Americans) immediately closed the doors and far exceeded their mandate. The "Grand Convention" became the "Constitutional Convention." Instead of trying to fix the Articles, the delegates (now known as "the framers") set them aside and began drafting a new document (and a new nation).

Their challenge was to safeguard personal and states' rights while ensuring the exercise of those rights did not overwhelm the nation's ability to govern itself. Meeting that challenge required the framers embrace and integrate principles into our essence that seem mutually exclusive (individual liberty and collective action). In other words, they framed a government on a contradiction.

The libertarian mindset currently dominating energetic right-wing politics looks at the central government enforcing collective behavior, regulating corporate activity or restricting individual prerogatives and screams "socialism." Although there is some truth in the accusation, they use the word because they know it has a special toxicity in the American psyche.

Intimidated, the progressive wing of American politics cannot muster the courage to engage on the issue. It simply denies the charge, promises more and forfeits the opportunity to make its constitutional case. Too bad: It would astound the framers to learn today's champions of individual sovereignty and state supremacy cite the Constitution as their authority.

As a substitute for engagement on the issue, progressives mock their ideological opponents. This dubious (and strikingly immature) tactic betrays the work of the framers by allowing street protestors, conventioneers and populist political hacks to pontificate state and individual rights over nationhood without reasoned challenge.

The bottom line is America can allow neither libertarian nor progressive ideology to win this debate. It is a tug-of-war between anarchy on the right and despotism on the left. Neither comes to a good end in the absence of cooler heads seeking balance — not in 1787, not in 2013.

Robert Moran

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:03

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CIty needs to throw the book at minors who defaced new field

To The Daily Sun,

I believe the property taxpayers of Laconia deserve more than an apology from the three young people who purposely damaged our new Laconia High football "field". I hope others will come forward and join me in requesting that City Prosecutor Jim Sawyer will do the right thing and have these minors charged with committing a malicious offense against the people of Laconia. These three took the time to find their way to our taxpayer-funded football facility and perform disrespectful acts against the student body, the coaches and players. With this "it's all about me attitude of today", I am in no mood for anything but tough love; babying them will not bring results.

From the website for the John H. Sununu Youth Services Center: When the court deems necessary through the pre- and post-hearing process, a juvenile found to be delinquent may be court ordered to a secure institutional setting. Juvenile Justice Institutional Services is comprised of two major programs; the Youth Services Center and the Youth Detention Services Unit. Juveniles placed in the Sununu Youth Services Center range in age from 13 to 17 years old. When a youth is committed to SYSC, a systematic process is used to classify and assign youths to a secure residential unit where they participate in a prescribed behavioral program. The program encompasses academia, cottage life and group sessions. Progress in all three spheres is measured using a rating system with progress regularly communicated to the youth. The average length of stay prior to initial release from SYSC is 8-12 months.

Six decades ago this facility was known as the Manchester Industrial School, later, Youth Development Center. Most young men and women learn respect for others, and recidivism numbers are very low. Save them now, or possibly lose them forever.
Niel Young

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 09:53

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City has moved forward & we owe Mayor Seymour a big 'thanks!'

To The Daily Sun,

I think that it is time for those of us that live in our great city to reflect on what has happened in Laconia. The city has moved forward in many ways, thanks to the leadership of our city leaders. When one donates their personal time to help our city prosper, it is very necessary to take a simple moment to say "Thank You"! I want to thank all our city councilors, department mangers, and staff for their dedication and very valuable personal family time to lead our city. I also, like councilor Brenda Bear, want to especially "thank" our soon to be retired Mayor Mike Seymour for all you have given to Laconia. You, Mr. Seymour, have sent a very valuable level for the person elected to step into your shoes, not only this year, but for years to come! I personally cannot say thank you enough, not only to you, but your family as well, they also allowed you, to serve us!

In this same light, I hope that your successor will have the same courage to lead by example. I very strongly believe that there is one candidate who can fill this position. Please consider Ed Engler as our next mayor. I firmly believe that Ed has the leadership to keep Laconia's momentum and carry our city goals and desires to be a great city to live and work. He will work for all citizens, and he has the ability to rally our city government toward our future. I have to disagree with Mr. Luther though. Being mayor of Laconia is more than "ceremonial in nature"! Being mayor is leadership, and having positive goals of what Laconia needs are My personal feelings are that Ed Engler, is not running for mayor to be ceremonial.

Please vote on Tuesday, September 10. You have a right to vote, please go to the poll and vote. I will, and hope that you will as well!

Mayor Mike Seymour. . . "Thank you. . . Thank you. . . Thank you"!

Don R. Vachon

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 09:49

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Identifying all vet graves in Gilmanton a true community project

To The Daily Sun,

The members of the American Legion Auxiliary, Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit #102 of Gilmanton would like to thank all of the planners, workers and sponsors of the 2013 Gilmanton Old Home Day for providing such a wonderful community event.

Seventy-four visitors signed our guest book on Old Home Day; and our heartfelt thanks go to all of those who stopped by and purchased some of our delicious home-baked goods and took a chance on our raffle. Judy Williams won the linen basket, Ginny Stanley won the hand-knitted afghan and Betty Derby won the lasso golf/bean bag toss game combo.

This year the unit show-cased their new Veterans project, Veterans at Rest in Gilmanton. The purpose is to locate the graves of Veterans in Gilmanton and to work closely with the Gilmanton American Legion Post for the placement of flags so that every veteran is duly honored for their service to America. This is truly a community project where everyone can be involved. Contact our unit at P.O. Box 56, Gilmanton, NH 03237 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and see if your passed veteran family and friends are included.

Your generous support to the Unit continues to provide assistance to our local veterans and their families.

Raelyn Cottrell, President

American Legion Auxiliary

Unit #102, Gilmanton

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 09:45

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