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I will bring respectful & cooperative attitude to office of selectman

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Bev Lapham and I am a candidate for selectman in our Meredith town election on March 10.

For those who don't know me, my family and I moved to Meredith 27 years ago. Until 2008, I owned my own local business, Village Canvas. When I retired my son, Bev III, took over. I have been a member of the Meredith Rotary Club for 25 years and served as its president from 2012-13. I am treasurer and trustee of the Union Church on Meredith Neck and a board member of the Greater Meredith Program.

Before coming to Meredith, I had a 23-year career in banking, starting with Citicorp in New York and serving as executive vice-president at banks in Connecticut and upstate New York. During this time my family and I were also "homesteaders" raising our own meat and food, living a self-sufficient lifestyle — one that has kept me grounded and appreciative to this day.

In Meredith, my involvement in many civic projects, such as the construction of the lakeside walkway connecting Scenic and Hesky Parks, the Community Center Garden, co-chairman of the creation of the pocket park, Courtyard on Main Street, and currently the chairman of the GMP Meredith Sculpture Walk Committee, has given me a chance to work with dedicated town employees, business owners and residents.

I love the town of Meredith and am proud of what our town government, service organizations, non-profit organizations and our superb volunteer force have accomplished. I want to continue to contribute to Meredith's positive momentum. I can promise that I will bring my integrity, plus a respectful and cooperative attitude, to the office of selectman and would like to ask for your vote on March 10.

Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 677-2298 if you have questions or would like to have more information.

Bev Lapham


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Samples of Christian Sharia, from Alabama to Virginia to Texas

To The Daily Sun,

Love is in the air! Or is it just a lot of blowing snow and perfect powder skiing and riding? Welcome to our Valentine's Day Edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity where we always endeavor to keep the stupid politicians newsworthy.

Poor old Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is dancing in the cow-patties again. Once again, defying federal court orders and becoming the target of judicial ethics complaints, old Roy told the judges and clerks of Alabama not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It didn't work. Showing the world he is another religious fundamentalist who flunked "Thinking 101," Roy has always claimed secular law opens the door to Sharia law. Banning gay marriages IS Sharia law, ya halfwit!

But the fight is not over! In Oklahoma, GOP Representative Todd Russ has a brilliant new idea. House Bill 1126 would end secular marriage licenses and bar all judges and other secular officials from performing marriages in Oklahoma. It is Mr. Russ' goal to just allow "God-approved" marriages because only a religious official could sign a couple's marriage certificate. God must have talked to him, too.

In Virginia, Bud Roth is a court-appointed officiant in Franklin County who also happens to be another faithful nutter. Although Morgan Strong and Tamar Courtney wanted a civil wedding, Roth insisted on marrying the couple in his church and they said agreed to that. But when he found out they didn't believe in God, he refused. These are his recorded words, "Because she's agnostic and you're an atheist. I will not marry you. You don't believe in God ... I just don't marry anyone who does not believe in God or believes that there is a God someplace. So I'm not going to talk the issue over with you and I'm not going to argue about it, okay? I'm just not going to marry you." Murica! Freedumb!

Texas State Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. (R) has had a "I haven't read the Constitution yet" brainstorm to get around the expected Fifth Circuit Court ruling for marriage equality. His HB-623, the "Texas Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act." would prohibit the use of taxpayer funds for the licensing of same-sex marriage, and any employee who violates this restriction would no longer be allowed to collect "a salary, pension, or other employee benefit", a punishable crime. Like Roy Moore in Alabama, Cecil Bell doesn't think the federal courts have any jurisdiction in Texas. Like I said, he hasn't read the U.S. Constitution, yet.

Ah, Christian Sharia. Love is in the air!

James Veverka


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