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Early childhood development is about preparing for success

To The Daily Sun,

I thank all of you who have spoken to me about my letters. This one is about a serious matter that the far right and far left should all agree upon.

Early Child Development is about preparing babies from birth to succeed in their education and lives. Public education in this country is not able to produce educated graduates. Charter schools may do better; that is an open question. Here is the answer: parents must be shown how to prepare their baby from birth to start in kindergarten at the level of children from educated privileged families. Kindergarten teachers have told me that they can tell, with fair accuracy, on the day they enter how a child will do in life.

Every educator knows the value of these programs. They make their jobs more productive in many ways. Every grade school teacher knows how much time is spent working with discipline and failing students. The schools would not have as many drop outs. Their overall school performance would drastically improve.

The second equally important component of ECD is the health of the children. Neglected, sick, abused and hungry children can only learn to repeat what they are exposed to from birth.

The Family Resource Center of Lakes Region Community Services, and the United Way have programs which are trying to address the things I talk about above. Unfortunately public funding has been reduced and funneled to other places. (I will not get into that here.) A program that I am working to start in a village near NYC will require that I raise large amounts of money to get started. I am seeing more and more very wealthy individuals and foundations recognizing the need to invest in ECD.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis made a study years ago which showed in dollars how much such a program can save the schools and society in general. These cost vs returns studies took into account many factors such as the wasted time of teachers trying to help failing pupils, while shorting their primary job of teaching the curriculum. It went on to the cost of welfare, and the criminal justice system. The graduates of schools go on to get jobs, pay taxes, and raise, wanted, responsible children. The return on the cost of ECD is $17 for every $1 invested. You can Google the link to see the entire report. There are many others on the subject that are very interesting.

Kent Warner

Center Harbor

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 03:53

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Dinner theater to benefit Winni Wellness Center was a great success

To The Daily Sun,
The Winnipesaukee Wellness Center would like to express our sincere appreciation to all the generous people who helped make our 1st Annual Dinner/Theater succeed. We were able to raise $$6,859 to continue providing exercise/strength training programs at affordable rates.
Our major sponsors were incredible! Meredith Village Savings Bank was "on board" to give us the support we needed before we even knew what our major fundraiser would be this year. Scott Ouellette was very generous providing a gourmet meal in a very nice venue at his Magic Foods Banquet Facility on Rt. 25 in Moultonborough. Nancy Barry of Interlakes Summer Theater gave us a "great deal" and we experienced an outstanding performance of "Les Miserables"
To our 80 attendees at the dinner & theater we say thank you! There were so many positive responses to this fundraiser we plan on doing it again next year. Thank you to all who donated items for the Lakes Region Food Pantry. It was our opportunity to "give back" and help others.
The following businesses were so generous in donating cash or prizes for our raffle: Meredith Dental, Meadow Pond Animal Hospital, Mark Richter's Repair, Central Insurance, Good Neighbor Services, The Inns & Spa at Mills Falls, Pirates Cove, Fitness Edge, Harts Turkey Farm, Ragged Mountain Resort, Funspot, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Georges Diner, Paridise Falls Mini Golf, Village Kitchen, Sal's Fresh Seafood, Skelley's market, Shoppes at Red Hill, The Common Man, The Sandwich Fair, Country Drummer Jewelers, and Misprint.
To the many who could not attend but wanted to support the event and gave a donation we thank you! We hope to see you all there next year!
Debra Emerton
Winnipesaukee Wellness Center
Moultonborough

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 03:29

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Many sources of factual information on health of Social Security, etc.

To The Daily Sun,

In the September 4 edition of The Laconia Daily Sun, Tony Boutin issued another of his ideological diatribes on what he calls "Social Welfare" programs. He asserts that Social Security, Medicare and Disability Insurance (part of Social Security) are all insolvent. This assertion is simply not true and is intended to alarm those who either do or will receive benefits from them. The Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report is available on-line (http://www.ssa.gov/oact/trsum/) to anyone who prefers to have factual information about their current status and future challenges. An easy-to-read summary of Social Security and Medicare (2012) can be found on the State Committee on Aging web site at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/beas/aging/documents/ss.pdf. These programs do indeed face significant challenges which Congress must address but it is not helpful to have purposeful disinformation propagated about these programs by those who have ideological objections to their very existence.

In the same letter, Mr. Boutin attacks the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), using much of the same level of hateful disinformation being propagated by right-wing opponents of the existence of this program. To be sure, there are significant challenges associated with the ACA but those attacking its existence have apparently forgotten that nearly everyone who evaluated the health care needs of the United States (from across the political spectrum) have agreed that the system prior to the enactment of the ACA was unsustainable. Again, there are many sources of factual information available on the web about the ACA. A good place to start is the Congressional Budget Office's Director's blog found at http://www.cbo.gov/blog or the AARP fact sheets found at http://www.aarp.org/health/health-care-reform/health_reform_factsheets/.

If Mr. Boutin and others desire repeal of the Affordable Care Act, what do they constructively suggest in its place? (Silence!)

Russ Armstrong
(Formerly of Gilford)
Peterborough

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 03:25

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4 people who died in Benghazi were murdered, it wasn't war

To The Editor,

Henry Osmer, in his last jumble of words, took me to task for my numbers pertaining to the country's debt. Henry, the national debt when G.W. Bush took office was $5.73 trillion and it increased by $4.9 million during his eight years. in office. Obama has been in office for four years and nine months., not six years, as you stated, and in that four years and nine months, the national debt has increased by over $6 trillion and is still climbing. I have to say that math must not be one of your strong suits. I also have to remind you that we were at war during the majority of Bush's eight years in office. Think back Henry, Sept. 11, 2001. Do you remember what happened on that day? So to use war as the reason for Obama's increased spending is a little hypocritical, don't you think?

People that died during war time, including collaterals, are deemed killed because we are at war. Other than war time, when someone dies at the hands of another it is deemed murder because it is an illegal act. The people that died in the Benghazi attack were murdered because we weren't in a legitimate war with their attackers. I hope that clears that up for Henry.

The scandal about Benghazi is the fact that Obama's gunslingers went on numerous news programs after the attack and proclaimed that the attack was the result of a negative to Islam video that was on the www prior to the attack when it was proven that the Obama administration knew it was an attack by jihadists. Obama himself stated it was the video that caused the attack and Hillary Clinton, who at that time was Sec. of State, while being questioned about the murders of four Americans at a congressional hearing, one our of whom was our ambassador answered "at this time what difference does it make?" The military was ready and willing to go in with whatever aid they could give to the ambassador and the three navy seals who died during the attack but were told to stand down by their higher ups. Henry, that's what makes it a scandal, one of the Obama administration's many, and if that isn't enough do a little of your own research and you'll find more.

This will be my last response to Mr. Hosmer's letters because, and I'm using some of Winston Churchill's words here, I feel it is unfair and even a little mean to continue in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.

Dave Schwotzer

Meredith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 03:20

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How does any youth sports league amass $10,000 to donate?

To The Daily Sun,

I write to thank David Huot for his kind words — all true — regarding a very good man — Rep. Bob Kingsbury. We need to let people know while we are breathing that we find something that should be said now, not later. So Dave Huot, let me say: "You come from good stock" (Mom and Dad). And then, there is your humor!
I wanted to just let it go, but the letter on Tuesday from Joe Adrignola (another good guy) gives me reason to speak out in support of his letter. The new facility for football and other sports is a wonderful addition to our community. Not the school board, not the coaches, and not a youth football team. The new facility belongs to all Laconians, and especially those who pay property taxes in Laconia.
I believe a wrong has taken place regarding who has the concession stand at Sachem games.
Can't we all remember the "shack" with members of Key Club and Kiwanis Club working to make a half-time snack available to all fans.
I will be direct. Why the secrecy of who would be operating the concession at high school football games? Where is the loyalty to the Key/Kiwanis Clubs? Kiwanians do a lot for our community, such as sponsor youth teams in different sports. I invite you to Google Laconia Kiwanis charity work. You will find it is a story of the Roger Ballantyne Memorial MC Ride for charity.Roger was a member of Kiwanis for 30 years. I know he and Jim Fortier were always in the shack. When you read the number of charities Kiwanis is involved in, you, with a heart, will ask, why were they kicked out of the shack for LHS home games? Is this truly about money? School gets $10,000 from the Laconia youth football group that has that kind of money laying around, and that gets them the Friday night concession, and to heck with the Kiwanis and their good work?

By the way, as president of Lou Athanas Youth Basketball League for 10 years, we kept just enough money in bank to begin the following season with new basketballs. How does any league amass $10,000 dollars in the bank to donate? That money came from people who donated to the league. Next year I will not purchase two Sachems cards with great deals from local businesses, and instead donate the money to the Kiwanis Club, with a little extra.

Niel Young

Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 03:16

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