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Thanks for generous donations to LHS Band's Sweet Sensations

To the editor,
It is so rewarding to know that our community loves our students at Laconia High School! On behalf of the Laconia Sachems Band Boosters, we would like to thank the following for their generous donations of wonderful "goodies" to our Sweet Sensations of the Lakes Region:
Hart's, Fratello's, T-Bones, Laflamme's Cakes, Becky Johnson, Vintage Café, Village Bakery, Jack's in LHS, Kathy Calvin, Lisa Cornish, Allison LeClaire, Priscilla LeClaire and Lori Walker
Without the help from the wonderful LHS custodial staff, parents and volunteers, this night would not have been the success that it was. We thank you all so very very much.
We look forward to seeing you all at our next fundraising event on April 5th, A Night of Laughter at LHS featuring 3 Boston-area comedians and the LHS Jazz Band! Tickets are just $9 and can be purchased at the door, through your favorite band or chorus student or at Greenlaw's Laconia.
Are there any band alumni out there that would like to contribute to our granite paver? The Band Booster will be purchasing a granite paver for the new sports stadium for $1,000. If you would like to donate please e-mail Lisa Fortson at Laconia Sachem Band Boosters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lisa Fortson, President
Sharon Pond, Vice President
Laconia Sachems Band Boosters

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:45

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Next year, can T-N Fire Board please make presentation to voters?

To the editor,
Another year has come and gone with regards to annual meetings. The Tilton-Northfield Fire District Annual meeting was at best a disappointment. I say that with all due respect to the Budget Committee, the commissioners and our administration. First, thank you all for your service and hard work.
Each time I have come to this meeting there is some kind of controversy over the warrant articles or the budget. This year it was pretty calm despite some harsh words from some friends and neighbors. The great thing was we all walked out friends. I am hoping we have put behind us the unpleasantry of the chief's employment contract and whatever divisions we have between our towns. Pat Clark was re-elected and we approved a well constructed budget. The disappointing part of this entire evening was there was no communication from our chief, Budget Committee or commissioner on the state of affairs of the district. No discussion (outside of statistics in the annual report) about anything. How about telling us about some accomplishments or great rescues... anything? It always seems like it is a one-way conversation. Some friends and neighbors took to the microphone to voice concerns, ask about line items in the budget, ask questions of Pat Clark and Jane Alden and a question for the chief. Seriously, when our very skilled moderator, Kent Finemore, read the warrant for the budget and it was brought to the floor with NO presentation from either the Budget Committee or the commissions, I was stunned. At least guide us through the highlights of the increases, decreases, challenges and disagreements between the two entities. What did we hear after Kent asked for discussion...? Crickets! Next year, can you please prepare a brief presentation so we have a starting point discussion and we can better understand the warrants and budget? Thanks.
The highlights from the School District meeting were sparse. We voted to support the football program with $1 for safety of the kids. $1 might seem like a small amount, but what that does is allows the school board to put much more money in that line item only for the safety of the kids and ONLY for this coming school year. A lot of folks thought this was an "end run" to fully fund the program in the future. It might well be, now that this line item has been created. However, it is for one year while the Football Feasibility Committee convenes and spends more time with the athletic director working on this issue and making a recommendation to the school board. Let's see what they come up with before we decide either way. It will be another hot button issue next year. I would be remiss if I did not mention the passionate comments of Valerie Kehr regarding the treatment of the Music and Arts Program compared to athletics. Valerie made a great point that more kids participate in music and arts than athletics and can claim an equal or even higher level of usefulness in future life than athletics. She also mentioned that a lot of the kids who participate in theater, arts and music often have to purchase their own supplies, make their own sets and instruments. Why should we not ask that of our athletes? Excellent points, Val!
The other hot issue surrounded merit pay for the non-unionized employees. The school board has been pushed by us for years to establish this for not only non-union but also unionized employees. They finally have done it. The amount they chose for the pool was 4 percent maximum. Friends and neighbors disagreed on that amount and justifiably stated they were not saying those people did not deserve a 4 percent raise but it was not what the district could afford. In the end, the 125 in attendance (pitiful turnout) left the budget alone with the 4 percent in.
Speaking of raises and unionized employees, I hope everyone had a chance to read the story last week about the negotiations between the school district and our teachers. In case you missed it, they hit impasse and the teachers do not have a contract. NO ONE can say our school board does not care about teachers. Did you see what the teachers turned down? Three years of raises that totaled nearly $1,000,000! Plus higher starting pay and higher retirement benefits for recently retiring teachers. The school board wanted to eliminate the multi-level step program that automatically increases teachers' pay just for years of service and level of education. And the teachers said NO? I'm glad this was made public and congratulate the school board for making these negotiations public. I wonder if the teachers know about this.
I also congratulate the Budget Committee for their tireless and thankless work this past year. This might seem self serving as I am about to rejoin the committee for another 3-year term following a 2-year absence. I am looking forward to the work and thank all those who cast a vote for me. I will serve you well. I am also very accessible. Call or e-mail me anytime.
Great to see everyone who turned out this year. Until next year...
Keith D. Murray

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:42

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Liberals are of the opinion there's is the only opinion you may have

To the editor,
I have not written to your for years, but here it goes.
Conservatives do not like to call liars — "LIARS". However, we have to face facts and the truth is that liberals are liars and cheats.
I started asking my neighbors and most of them have decided the elections are fraudulent. Many have decided not to participate and I tell them that this is what "these people" want.
Liberal-supremacists are of the "OPINION" that their "OPINION" is the only "OPINION" others are allowed to have.
Sarah M. Brown

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:37

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'Proof of Heaven' seems to me more than a little bit premature

To the editor,
There is another doctor making the rounds of the TV talk shows — this one is a brain surgeon. His book "Proof of Heaven" has been on the New York Times best seller list for 10 weeks now. His name is Eben Alexander and you can buy his book on Amazon for $8.79 paperback. I began to wonder why a book such as this would be on a best seller list so I scrounged up a few stats. Without boring one with the percentages let's just say that most Americans do believe not only in heaven but to a lesser extent hell and angels. I too am a believer but my beliefs are earth centered — that is that we should all strive for "heaven on earth". As long as there is a supernatural element involved where is the incentive to make this world a better place?
Back to the "Proof". Sam Harris, an American author, philosopher, public intellectual, and neuroscientist as well as the co-founder and CEO of Project Reason has done a good job in eviscerating Alexander's book. "Let me suggest that whether or not heaven exists, Alexander sounds precisely how a scientist should 'not' sound when he doesn't know what he is talking about and his article (Newsweek Oct 12, 2012) is not the sort of thing that the editors of a once important magazine should publish if they hope to reclaim some measure of respect for their battered brand."
Anyone seen a copy of Newsweek in the stores lately? To claim that near death experiences are somehow strong evidence that the soul exists independently of the body and that there is an afterlife which coincidentally reflects the beliefs and wishes of the person who experiences them seems to me a bit premature.
Stay tuned. Universal Pictures has won the bidding war for the movie rights and if you can't wait that long, Amazon has free delivery on the paperback.
George Maloof

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:33

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We don't want changes this N.H. Listens pushes on our towns

To the editor,
The PR Firm "NH Listens" is a corporate front group and is one of the groups employed by N.H. Regional Planning Commission (Lakes Region Planning Commission) to conduct Delphi sessions promoting "Sustainable Community Initiatives" in many towns and cities. The UNH Cooperative Extension/Carsey Institute directed by Dr. Bruce L. Mallory and Michelle Holt-Shannon engages in public-private partnerships where they can promote causes. N.H. Listens trains "facilitators, who then become "agents of change" in our public institutions. We now see them invade N.H. towns, cities and school meetings! They are employing "Radical Education" industry operatives to come facilitate meetings on how the N.H. schools must teach. They do this through our school board in most towns and cities. This should alarm everyone and raise red flags about the people we elect to these boards. Town folks, parents young and old, grandparents need to look at the agenda taught in schools. WE need to protect our school children, who are the links to strong families under our natural rights as parents.
N.H. towns need to speak out against the lies, doubletalk, and stealth policies of this corporation, whose main purpose is to take our freedoms away, under the masquerade of "community conversations", which will foster the changes through the Lakes Regional Planning Commission via community planners.
The true American tradition of planning is open meeting with ordinary citizens where they are free to suggest new ideas about community needs for the consideration by governing authority, where other citizens are free to oppose these ideas and elected officials discuss and debate the suggestion and then debate the answer.
It should not be a staged circle of 8-10 people, it should involve all the citizens, not a minority. A consensus of the majority! None of these established practices of honest and open government are used by the paid facilitators and their ilk. In fact these principles are adamantly opposed and crushed every step of the way via N.H. Listens program.The Delphi Technique is the "beast" that is destroying our constitutional rights, freedoms and our republic!
Let's tear down the liars as we take back our rights and our American Republic, We do not want the changes this N.H. Listens pushes on our towns and cities! Say no to the Sustainable Community Initiative and vote the people out in your community who push this agenda. We need to be the voice in our town, by going to the many committee meetings, as concerned citizens. If need be, form groups to attend the selectman meetings and committee meetings.
Rosemary Landry

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:29

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