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I think these episodes qualify as scandals, even if Obama doesn't

To The Daily Sun,

Yesterday the president gave what may have been his longest speech ever but did he say anything really new? If he did I must have missed it by dozing off now and then. Shame on me, but now that I think on it, I think he may have added a little twist on his usual spiel. He made quite a point of taking offense at "phony scandals". Now I wonder just what he meant by that? Could it be that the "Fast and Furious" gun running episode never really happened? Were the two hundred plus dead Mexicans and one of our boarder agents killed not a scandal? Did Eric Holder's lying to Congress then the president giving him cover of executive privilege not qualify as a scandal? And how about Benghazi? Now it was reported that our ambassador and three other Americans were killed there, not so? And what about that YouTube video lie every one from Obama on down was promoting for two weeks after? Guess that doesn't count either? Now surely the IRS being corrupted, not by a couple of rogue agents but from at least as high up as the legal counselor, appointed by the president, to the IRS, surely that must be? Could it be that witnesses questioned by Congress "couldn't remember" or taking the fifth means nothing? And Mrs. Clinton saying, "What does it really matter?"
Well I think all of these qualify as scandals in spite of the president's wishful thinking. And you know what, I think it does matter in spite of what Hillary said, trying to weasel out of her responsibility. Every one of the president's men and women have shown themselves to be unfit to serve, and many should be charged and prosecuted because real crimes have been committed by them in the name of the American people and I take offense at that.
Steve Earle


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:05

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My boat sank in the Broads & I'm luckiest person you could know

To The Daily Sun,

To my very generous Lake Winnipeaukee and Lake Shore Park Friends (LSP), on Saturday morning I think I became the luckiest person I have ever met.

At 7 a.m., while I was on a sinking boat out in the Broads, I became lucky in many ways. First, Kathy, my wife, had fortunately chosen not to go for a ride. Second, a fantastic, unknown at this point, water-ski family raced over, gave me a rope to tie to the boat as it went down, pulled me out of the water, and called 911. They also used their GPS to document the boats location, and sat with the boat for the entire morning.

I was lucky in another way, as a second generous ski boat family brought me back to the LSP to get my dive gear to retrieve the wreck. My brothers, Frank and Randy, as always, were already on the way to the scene. My good neighbor, Mike Fournier, was woken from a sound sleep, into his boat already en route.

My always overly helpful friends, Tommy and Richard Madden quickly came with Tom's brand new Tri-Toon to use as a retrieval base. Shortly after their arrival, the Department of Safety Officer, Phil Carpenter, and the Alton Fire Rescue Crew arrived, and remained there the whole time for support while staying clear and letting us work.

I can't even remember how many other Lake Shore Park friends showed up with boats to offer help, all are truly appreciated. I do remember returning up from down deep in full scuba gear to meet Aquaman Murphy, in no gear, swimming down to help rig the wreck (must have gills).

After Frank, Randy, and Richard towed the wreck all the miles in to Baby Beach, 10 or 15 other great friends waited for the truck and trailer, and then loaded the boat for me. Tommy proceeded to stay with me for another hour or two and actually got the motor running again!

If I have forgotten to name any helper, I am sorry, but there were so many helping me out that morning. The sense of community is absolutely mind boggling. Thank you so much, I am so lucky.

Gary Cook


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 08:47

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Thanks for making Buckey's Golf Tourney for VNA & Hospice a success

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of Buckey's Restaurant & Tavern and The Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice we would like to express our sincere thanks to all the generous people who helped make the 11th Annual Buckey's Open Golf Tournament Benefitting Hospice such a success.

We were able to raise $7,863.67 at this year's tournament. We are pleased to report more than $37,000 has been donated directly to Hospice over the past eleven years as a result of the "Buckey's Open".

We want to thank all who came out to participate in a fun round of golf and those individuals who gave of their time and resources.
Our sincere thanks also to the following who made a either a cash donation, sponsored a hole and/or donated fabulous raffle prizes: A & B Lumber, Archeez, Aubuchon Hardware (Moultonborough), Ben & Gerry's (Meredith), CruCon Cruise, Dan Buckley, DaSilva Motor Sports, Dennis Flint, Dunkin' Donuts (Moultonborough), E.M. Heath, Hair Connection, Hannaford's (Meredith), Inns of Mills Falls, Keepsake Quilting, Kellerhaus, Kepco Construction, Lakes Region Realty, Lavinia's, Lee's Candy Kitchen, Meadow Pond Animal Hospital, Melinda Sturgeon, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Mike Kepple, Mike Quinn, Miracle Farms Landscapes, Moulton's Farm, Papa Gino's (Gilford), Pine Ridge Lawn & Landscape, Preferred Vacation Rentals, Ridgewood Country Club, Scissor*ogy Day Spa, Smitty's Plumbing & Heating, T Bones/Cactus Jack's, Tanger Outlets, The Bob House, The Common Man/Flying Monkey, The Woodshed, Yankee Smokehouse.

Jim & Patti Gray
Buckey's Restaurant & Tavern


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 08:44

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Need to move beyond the white nationalism sense of identity

To the editor,

The dialogue about race since the Zimmerman verdict from the right is nauseating and counterproductive. Its best not to read or listen to it. It is not worth our time to argue with. I would, however, like to mention something interesting that just happened regarding Derek Black, who is the son of the white supremacist leader of StormFront website and a Klan leader at one time. A white supremacist most of his life, he has come to the conclusion shared by progressive thinkers. The wingnuts are screaming bloody mad, too, calling him a traitor and if whites ever regain their position, he will be on the 'hunt down list'. Here are some of the things he has just released in an e-mail to the Southern Poverty Law Center:

"Advocating for white nationalism means that we are opposed to minority attempts to elevate themselves to a position equal to our own. It is an advocacy that I cannot support, having grown past my bubble, talked to the people I affected, read more widely, and realized the necessary impact my actions had on people I never wanted to harm. . . After a great deal of thought since then, I have resolved that it is in the best interests of everyone involved, directly or indirectly, to be honest about my slow but steady disaffiliation from white nationalism." He described himself as having spent "the past few years ... disentangling myself from white nationalism."

Black also attacked the idea that whites are being victimized by non-white immigration, mixed-race marriages and affirmative action:

"I now consider this belief system principally flawed. Most arguments that racial equity programs disadvantage whites who would otherwise be hired or accepted to academic programs mask underlying anxieties about the growth of non-white social status. It is impossible to argue rationally that in our society, with its overwhelming disparity between white power and that of everyone else, racial equity programs intended to affect the deep-rooted situation represent oppression of whites. The advancement of minorities in the U.S. is not insignificant, but has not ended (let alone reversed) their circumstances. I can't support a movement that tells me I can't be a friend to whomever I wish or that other people's races requires me to think about them in a certain way or be suspicious of their advancements. Minorities must have the ability to rise to positions of power, and many supposed 'race' issues are in fact issues of structural oppression, poor educational prospects, and limited opportunity. The differences I thought I observed didn't go nearly as deeply as I imagined. I believe we can move beyond the sort of mind-boggling emphasis white nationalism puts on maintaining an oppressive, exclusive sense of identity — oppressive for others and stifling for our society."

Very articulate, Derek! I couldn't have said it better!

James Veverka



Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 08:37

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Friends of Library program at tea garden was most delightful

To The Daily Sun,

What a treat! The Friends of the Meredith library sponsored the most delightful program at the satori tea garden at Chi-Lin in Meredith. Suzanne Lee, owner of Chi-Lin gallery and hostess of the satori tea garden presented a history of tea — its beginnings, its importance in Eastern culture and its proper presentation. Then our very lucky group sampled some perfectly prepared teas amid the peaceful landscape of a tea garden. This was a place I have frequently passed and always wondered what it was like inside. This place is a gift to Meredith. Thank you Suzanne and thank you Friends!

Cathy Merwin


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 08:33

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