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We love our glorious ski mountain views; & ample lakeside hues

To The Daily Sun,

"Live free or die" is said with voice and heart;
Rock walls and calloused hands marked the start.
Most Granite Staters will not homeland depart,
Nor with loved neighbors readily part.

Our forests green supplied Boston swell;
Beantown bought the lumber we felled to sell,
Enabling the landmarks that would later tell
The history all Americans know so well.

Our land we treasure beyond patriot's dream;
Our principles and values, we passionately mean.
Our neighbors offer shoulders on which to lean,
And we return feelings of unspoken team.

We love our glorious ski mountain views
And ample, peaceful, lakeside hues.
Our surroundings unite to bind us like glues
To our dear New Hampshire trails and venues.

Our winters are hard, with plentiful snow;
But springs are refreshing, while icy streams flow.
Our summers are splendid, when soft breezes blow;
But autumns are best, with colors that glow.

Our air is clean, our many lakes pure;
Our mountains and valleys provide the cure
For whatever ails one; short, tall, rich or poor;
Neither hikers nor bikers could want for more.

We love our kin and want all to be free;
Our lifestyle is pleasant; it is plain to see.
We work and play hard, with spirit and glee,
And respect one another; it thus should be.

New Hampshire is a heaven where many grow old,
And family histories are lovingly told
To youth who treasure their ancestors bold
And cherish traditions that bloodlines mold.

Whether canoe or sailboat or bob-house lures,
Many marvel at the beauty of our outdoors.
Snow shoes and sneakers reside on our floors
Beside hiking and ski boots, and a case of Coors.

Fishing poles and antlers hang on our walls;
Horses munch hay and neigh in our stalls.
Ducks guard their young while the loon's mate calls,
While bears and moose share secret waterfalls.

Pine needles weave thick rugs on the ground,
Where Fisher cats scamper and flowers abound.
A hunter stalks a deer with his loyal hound,
Where solitude and contentment together are found.

Our highways and byways many farms reveal;
Surrounding tiny villages with charm and appeal.
Quaint inns and rail-car diners offer a meal
At prices most visitors would find a steal.

Many come to New Hampshire for vacation play;
Several return for their duration to stay.
Mountains and lakes sound callings many obey;

You can settle here for myriad forms of pay.

Come and vacation in our playgrounds and lakes;

Golf on our hillsides; sleigh ride in our flakes;

Hike on our trails; water ski in our wakes;

Ski on our mountains until your breath takes.

Whatever you do, you'll do with a smile;

When hiking our trails, you'll want one more mile;
You'll strive for more fun than bodies allow.
You'll seldom find a time better than now.

You will cherish your time in our state;
Enjoy our proud people, engage and relate.
Our attractions and joys, you will find first rate;
Share New Hampshire Pride; make your life great!

Tom Messmore

Alton Bay

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People who ridicule Bible still claim to know what its purpose is

To The Daily Sun,

In response to Mr. Lemay's letter of Thursday, May 29, I am shocked at what seems like an otherwise fairly intelligent man saying such embarrassing things about God, the creator. Many of the things he said in response what others had said were total mischaracterizations of the correct and proper points they were making. He apparently doesn't know or doesn't care that over 80 percent of Americans have some belief in God.

Pat Buchanan correctly assigned some of the blame for the decline of Christianity in this country to the elite universities, and for your information, Mr. Lemay, those elite universities had their beginnings while this country was still very young, as purely Christian schools, started by Christians, and attended by students who were Christians, who went there at the urgings of their parents, who were also Christians.

And Mr. Lemay, much of that happened during the time of this great country's founding, during the foundational years leading up to the development of this country becoming the most powerful, but yet the most benevolent country in the history of man. Among other things, the "free" media ("books, movies, magazines") did take a drastic left turn during the 1960s, and did in fact begin "an assault on Christian beliefs and morality." The decline in moral and family values was because of the drug and sex culture, combined with the many young skulls full of mush believed what extreme, far-left college professors, and others who refuse to be held accountable for their behavior, were telling them.

Do you want an example of an extreme, far-left college professor's view? A man named Peter Singer, college professor at Princeton University believes in a woman's right to choose to kill her unborn child. He also believes that right not only extends right up till she gives birth, but he believes that her right to kill her child should extend until the child is two years old. Do you want your child to be taught anything by that man?

Want another example of extreme? When Barack Obama was a state senator in Illinois, he voted for a bill that would allow abortion doctors to end the life of a fetus, even if it survived the abortion. That means that if a woman had an abortion in the third trimester, and the fetus was perfectly formed and alive, and would survive on its own, the doctor can kill it after it has been delivered anyway, without facing consequences for his actions.

But there's more! The bill he voted for came up for a vote not once or twice, but four times. The bill didn't pass on the first three tries, but it finally did pass. That is a disgrace and an outrage, and in a civilized society, should be criminal. If that were your grandchild, how would you like it?

You see, Mr. Lemay, I lived through that tumultuous time. My wife and I raised children during that time. And the only people who blame "Christian beliefs and morality" for becoming agnostic (or even atheistic) because of it, or who vote for extreme far-left office seekers, are themselves "simple-minded". To blame your hatred of God on the behavior of other fallible and sinful human beings, who may or may not be Christians, but are only still trying to find ways to be "fit for the Master," is a cheap cop-out, and totally false!

I would like to now completely turn my attention away from Mr. Lemay's remarks, and others like him, and their warped view of what life is really all about, but who keep insisting that they have all the answers. I would now like to address, kindly and lovingly, those of you who are still searching for answers, like most of the rest of us.

People who insult and sarcastically make fun of the Bible still claim to know what its purpose is. But if you ask them to sum up, even briefly, God's message, they can't do it. And that's because they don't want to do it. They might just learn some things they don't like about themselves, and learn how simple it is for anyone to change their thinking, and become "fit for the Master" themselves. It's not too late for them to learn. It's never too late. But most won't even try.

And that is very sad...

Jim McCoole


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