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I ask taht Holy Grail Pub allow me to take cross down; I'll raise the funds

To The Daily Sun,
I'm writing this open letter to the owner's of the Holy Grail Pub at Veteran Square in Laconia. My first epistle of May 30 went unanswered. No one from the pub contacted me at all. It looks like they are not willing to discuss the matter of "taking down the cross of Christ". Why would you want to display an object that now blasphemes the cross of Christ our Lord?

In my May 30 epistle I pleaded with the owners "please take down that cross". I explained this cross has now become a blasphemous object, where it no longer glorifies the kingdom of God. It is written. "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." (Galatians 6:14)

So, I'm humbly, pleading, begging, and asking. Will you (the owners) of the Holy Grail Pub. Please give me, Bishop Paul W. Blake, permission to take down this cross from atop your building? Yes! or No! I will raise the funds to have it taken down professionally, with your permission. With a crane or a boom.

I respectively await your answer. You may reach me at 603-581-8681.

Bishop Paul W. Blake

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Internet was 'invented' by the U.S. government for military reasons

To The Daily Sun,

Steve Earle needs another history lesson. The Internet was first created through the work of a Defense Department agency called the Advanced Research Projects Agency, ARPA which is now DARPA, www.darpa.mil. This organization was created by the military immediately following the Russian launch of Sputnik. Funding from ARPA allowed researchers to experiment with methods for computers to communicate with each other.

Going online in Cold War 1969, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), originally linked only four separate computer sites at U.S. universities and research institutes, where it was used primarily by scientists for the U.S. Defense Department's agenda. In the early 1970s, other nations joined ARPANET and within a decade it was widely accessible to researchers, administrators and their students. Then the National Science Foundation, another government foundation at www.nsf.gov, was tasked with linking the users of ARPANET. That net system was then dismantled in 1990 and since then it is the government's National Science Foundation Network (NSFNET) that now serves as the technical backbone for all Internet communications in the United States.

It was DARPA who provided the communications network linking the country in the event that a military attack destroyed conventional communications systems. DARPA has been involved in military and intelligence projects from the start. In 1958 ARPA was involved with rocket development, specifically the Saturn V moon rocket and the Atlas-Centaur launch system. ARPA was also a critical player in the development and launches of the first weather, television and infrared satellites. Those duties were transferred to NASA in 1959. The now declassified Corona photo-reconnaissance spy satellite program, was jointly funded by DARPA and the Central Intelligence Agency.

As with most of the great technology we have, the Internet was "invented" by the government for military reasons and we became the beneficiaries. War has the same affect on modern technology, government creations eventually become mainstream and privatized. But government did the legwork.

James Veverka


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