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1st Sunday after Easter in N.H. recognized as Gold Star Mother's Day

To the editor,
During the First World War, in May 1918, President Woodrow Wilson approved the suggestion of the Women's Committee of National Defenses recommending that American women should wear a black band on the upper left arm adorned with a gold star. Each star representing a family member who had given his or her life for their country. President Woodrow Wilson first used the term "Gold Star Mother" in his letter to the Women's Committee.
The mothers of New Hampshire's fallen heroes have made the ultimate sacrifice for human freedom, and we owe them the most profound debt of gratitude. More than anyone, they bear the deep emotional burden and loss of those who have laid down their lives for the cause of liberty. New Hampshire owes these dignified and graceful mothers of freedom our deepest admiration and our promise that the sacrifice of their children will never be forgotten.
To assure that their children would not be forgotten, in 1999, Gov. Jeanne Shaheen signed into law RSA 4:13-h: "Gold Star Mother's Day" calling for ... the proper observance of the first Sunday after Easter which shall be known as Gold Star Mother's Day recognizing and honoring all mothers who have lost sons or daughters while on duty in the United States armed forces. The governor shall urge the citizens of the state to observe this day with appropriate events..."
Each year, this observance is an opportunity to offer our solemn respect to Gold Star Mothers and renew our ongoing pledge that America will always remember those who died while wearing the uniform of the United States and forever honor their families' sacrifice.
In the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944: "There is nothing adequate which anyone in any place can say to those who are entitled to display the gold star in their windows America lives in freedom because of the sacrifices of America's finest citizens and of the mothers who raised them.."
Karen Thurston
Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire
Gilford

Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 12:08

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I see no reason to expect freedom we've enjoyed to continue

To the editor,
The book of Revelation was written to correct and strengthen the church and to show us "what must take place." It shows us that the culmination of history is the opening, reading, and fulfilling of the Book of Life, actually it's a scroll. One of the things we see in studying the book of Revelation is that there are seven drivers of history that have been bound up as with seals on this scroll. These drivers are released into the world in their time when Jesus opens their particular seal. When Jesus opens the first seal a rider on a white horse is released. He has a crown and a bow and he is sent out to conquer. This rider is the focus of this letter. He is easily seen throughout the historical period from shortly after the time of Christ, historically speaking, until very resent history. I believe we first see this rider with the conversion the Roman emperor Constantine and the vision in the sky that he had, of the cross, and the instructions written in it: "by this conquer." With Constantine begins the succession of military victories won by nations of Christian cultures that ends with operation Iraqi freedom, all of which collectively this rider on the white horse represent. Some of the campaigns in this this succession are Charles Martel's victory over the Umayyad Caliphate at the battle of Tours, the Northern Crusades, the exploration and conquest of the new world, the United States push westward that has been know manifest destiny and the United States victory over the Japanese in W.W. II. The American Revolution was but a parenthesis in this riders ride.
It is important for us to know where we are in history, so as to know what is the proper response to the events of our time. I do believe that we have just ended an era. The American experiment founded on the conviction that God is not a respecter of persons, that God is a just God, and that government should reflect God's concern for the individual has been a by-product of this rider's ride. With the completion of this riders ride, which I believe has been terminated in operation Iraqi Freedom, I see no reason to expect that the freedom we have experienced as a consequence of the expansion of Christian culture world wide should continue; for the political philosophy that birthed our nation was from protestant Whig philosophers.
What to expect: Actual tolerance has been a Christian virtue; you will not see it any longer in the public sphere, only it's counterfeit. Orwellian euphemisms will replace meaningful dialog and critical thinking. Consolidation of political power into the hands of a few, for according to the new wave of political philosophy which is now taking hold, only a few holding to "progressive" doctrine have the understanding to chart the course of our nation's future. A new generation which does not understand what it takes to maintain liberty will support these.
Violent rebellion to restore what has been lost will not succeed for the for the first rider has completed his ride. Christians and men and women of moral conviction will find it necessary to choose civil disobedience and will be persecuted for doing so. Welcome to the End Times.
John Demakowski
Franklin

Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 12:03

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Ms. Buker has right to publish misinformation but it will be challenged

To the editor,
In her recent letter to the Sun, Thea Aloise wrote: "Bev Buker is my next door neighbor . . . she is a very caring and compassionate person as I know her." Ms. Aloise also stated that I "owed an apology" to Ms. Buker for my criticism of her false statements about immigrants, particularly the refugees in our area. If I in any way personally offended Ms. Buker, I do apologize for that but I believe I referred not to her personally but to her hateful and bitter diatribes and her "apparent" lack of compassion which unfortunately DOES appear in her letters. That was not a personal attack on Ms. Buker but rather a statement of truth based on simple observation of the things she has published in this paper over the years on a number of matters.
I do not know Ms. Buker but Ms. Aloise is probably right: Ms. Buker is quite likely a very nice and compassionate lady on a personal level. I find that many people with whom I disagree are likable people. But ,that does not change the fact that Ms. Buker frequently DOES write vitriolic and angry pieces to this paper.
Ms. Buker certainly has the right to her opinions on immigration or anything else. But, unfortunately, she doesn't just express an opinion about immigration. She also disseminates misinformation or disinformation about immigration and other issues. Misinformation is based on a simple misunderstanding of the truth and is, of course, pardonable. Disinformation, on the other hand, is disseminating false information on purpose. I am quite willing to give Ms. Buker the benefit of the doubt and assume she simply does not know what she is talking about when it comes to immigration or the refugees living in the Lakes Region.
Ms. Buker has the right to publish this misinformation but she does not have the right to expect that she will go unchallenged and her misinformation will go uncorrected. There are a lot of myths in the community about our refugees and other immigrants and how they get all sorts of "free rides" and they need to be refuted. These legal, hard-working members of our community have a right to have these accusations challenged with the truth.
E. Scott Cracraft
Gilford

Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 11:45

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So what? The subject of my letter was energy production, not war

To the editor,
The other day Henry Osmer questioned my ability to read but I must assure him that I can indeed, although after reading more of his thinking I might wish I couldn't. Henry keeps trying to revise history, suggesting to readers that the Iraq was strictly a Bush/Republican deal. He even suggested I look up the vote, so I did. In the Senate the vote to give the president the authority to use force was 77 yea to 23 nay and the yeas included 48 Republicans and 23 Democrats. In the House it was 297 yea and 133 nay, which included 82 Democrats voting yea with the 215 Republicans. Liberals don't have to like it but the votes were bipartisan, so they can stop trying to change the facts of history any time now.
On another subject, Henry responded to a statement in one of my letters saying solar panels and wind turbines are subsidized by the government. His response was that the Wars in Iraq an Afghanistan cost much more then these subsidies. While true, so what? The subject of my letter was energy production not wars. Liberals like Henry, when unable to respond to a factual statement always either try to change the subject (this example), or try to attack the author of the statement. While Henry offered to engage me in civil debate on issues he has shown he is incapable of doing so. A few days ago he demanded we all turn off Fox News and tune into a MSNBC program. No thanks Henry, though I realize MSNBC and Saturday Night Live are probably where you get all your information. I prefer a balanced network.
To show the absurdity of relying on MSNBC, the other day Chris Mathews gave the definition of racism as: One race, the white race, thinking it has the right to rule all the other races. For readers information that IS NOT the definition of racism. Look it up if you doubt me.
Steve Earle
Hill

Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 11:41

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Trouble is, Listen's organizers have already decided the outcome

To the editor,
After I picked myself up off the floor, I re-read Bruce Mallory's "N.H Listens' Role is Complimentary ...." letter to the editor (March 29 edition of The Laconia Daily Sun) once more to make sure I didn't miss something.
Dr. Mallory wrote, "We weren't sure exactly what that was, so we Googled it." Rest assured that prior to tapping out the letters on his keyboard, he had both a profound and a deep understanding of the word "that" in the quote above. "That" refers to the Delphi Technique. Dr. Mallory had quite a few half truths in his letter, and you know the old saying don't you? A half truth is a whole lie.
How can I make such a bold statement? It's easy. I've had several conversations with Dr. Mallory, both in person, on the phone and via e-mail. In a recent email conversation, Dr. Mallory clearly talked about the Delphi Technique. You can read his exact words here: http://go.askthebuilder.com/mallorydelphi.
One face-to-face conversation about the Delphi Technique happened in the presence of two of his minions and two of my friends. We were all sitting in the warm sun gathered around an outdoor table at the Burrito Me restaurant in downtown Laconia. In case Dr. Mallory can't remember that either, the date was August 23, 2012. I still have Dr. Mallory's e-mail invitation to that meeting if you'd like to see it. Yes, he invited me to discuss NH Listens and how it's perceived in the community. While sipping iced tea, I clearly told Dr. Mallory that NH Listens employs the Delphi Technique. He denied it.
Speaking of facts, here are a few more. The Delphi Technique is a highly unethical method of running a meeting. The organizers of the meeting position the gathering to make the attendees believe they'll be providing valuable input that will guide an initiative. Highly trained facilitators run the meetings using powerful psychological triggers. Dr. Mallory clearly said in his letter that his NH Listens meetings are facilitated.
The meetings that employ the Delphi Technique all have the same or similar structure. The attendees are first addressed as an entire group with a welcome introduction. Then the attendees are broken up into circles or smaller discussion cells. These cells meet privately for at least 90 minutes. Each cell has it's own facilitator. The meeting concludes with all attendees gathering together once more where a brief summary of points from each cell is presented to the entire group. These summary points are then combined into a consensus document that the organizers publish.
The trouble is the organizers have already decided on the outcome of the meeting's consensus document. They steer the discussion by providing discussion points that are highly biased, and the facilitators cleverly extract what they want from the attendees as they chat in the small discussion cells.
What's more, there are almost always plants in each discussion circle that are loyal to the initiative's cause and/or are paid to be part of the discussion. Their programmed input in the small discussion cells is almost always favored by the facilitator and the other plants. This input always makes it into each cell's summary points.
As they say, the proof's in the pudding. Just a little over two weeks ago I attended one of the "facilitated small group discussions" as Dr. Mallory calls them in his letter to you. It was held at the Plymouth Senior Center. The topic was the Granite State Future.
I attended the listening session as a member of the media to cast a harsh spotlight on this unethical meeting format. One of Dr. Mallory's UNH's peers, Molly Donovan — the head facilitator that night — tried to stop me from video taping the event, but I politely informed her that I have crystal clear First Amendment rights in that setting to tape, record, quote and photograph the attendees and event. You can watch the video here: http://go.askthebuilder.com/delphi
After watching the video evidence you'll clearly see that NH Listens uses the Delphi Technique. You'll see the warm and fuzzy introduction. You'll see the small discussion cells. You'll see me holding the handout that contains the biased discussion points. You'll see the limited summary points given at the end. The only thing you won't see in the video are unicorns prancing under rainbows. You might find those on the Granite State Futures website.
My guess is after watching the video you'll probably agree that Dr. Mallory is suffering from one of two conditions: He possibly has temporary fatigue amnesia from writing too many grants, or he's mimicking Jon Lovitz's famous character on Saturday Night Live — Tommy Flanagan, the pathological liar.
Whichever it is, I strongly suggest you don't believe another word from his mouth or fingertips until such time as he makes a formal apology and calls the Durham NH Fire Department to have them on stand by in case his tweed pants catch on fire.
Tim Carter
Meredith
Co-Leader Lakes Region Tea Party

Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 11:36

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