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Show you support for our Salavation Army by taking the plunge

To The Daily Sun,

A few weeks ago, columnist Bob Meade wrote an excellent piece entitled "Respect....Make it Contagious". In that article, Meade traced the beginnings of today's Salvation Army and its founder, William Booth. The article continued to discuss the many good works of today's Salvation Army, especially our Lakes Region office under the expert leadership of Captains Steven and Sally Warren. Our local branch provides free meals, summer camp experiences for needy children, work opportunities through the Thrift Shop, a food pantry and the Carey House, the homeless shelter for men, women and families.

Naturally, outreach programs of this magnitude require substantial funding. Columnist Meade, throughout the article, encourages his readers to support our local Salvation Army and provides information about how to do that. In addition to donating directly, there is an annual opportunity to show your support while enjoying a fun, family-oriented event and friendly competition. I'm referring to the Annual Salvation Army Turkey Plunge which will celebrate its 9th year this November 23rd. Hardy Plungers raise pledges for the "privilege" of plunging into Lake Opechee that day. This family-oriented fundraising event is presided over by our own mascot, Tommy Turkey, and comes complete with costumes, crazy warm-up exercises, a post-Plunge luncheon and raffle prizes.

Bob Meade encouraged everyone to support the good works of the Salvation Army. On November 23rd, you'll have that chance by joining us at Opechee Beach for the 9th Turkey Plunge. More details are on-line at www.salvationarmy.org/laconia. See you at the Lake.

Don Morrissey, Chairman

Salvation Army Turkey Plunge

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:03

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Remember Sgt. Bergdahl on National POW/MIA Recognition Day

To The Daily Sun,

Friday, September 20 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Over the past years this day has gone unrecognized by the media nationally at most levels. The reason for that could be discussed and speculated at great length. Any discussion would have to fall under the headings of,"Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility and Accountability".

For those American service men and women who were captured and returned, we can only be thankful beyond words. Prayers were answered. For those who died in captivity, blessings to them and their families. The only way we can say we are thankful for your sacrifice is to live our lives by doing everything we can on behalf of those who may find themselves in the same situation today or in the future while serving in our name.

Today, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, POW Afghanistan, captured June 2009. ALL evidence shows he is still alive. Even though the tribe holding him (Haqqain) was hit by three drone attacks just a couple of weeks ago and has been stated that leaders of that tribe were killed. There is "much" information known of this American POW and his situation including "where he is". Has and is everything being done to "Bring Him Home Alive"? I guess that's where the words Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility and Accountability come in. If Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was YOUR son would you have confidence that everything was being done? Would you have Faith and Trust in the DPMO that is under investigation for failing to have done its job for at least the past 25years? Would you believe everything you were told read or heard about Sgt. Bergdahl or what was being done on his behalf? Do you believe ANY Department in DC or Congress would be responsible or accountable in dealing with this issue?

And the band played on!

Bob Jones

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:00

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I get sick when any American gets killed while in harm's way

To The Daily Sun,

In response to Russ Wiles letter in the Saturday issue of The Daily Sun, I truly understand his concerns and the civil way he expressed them. I am aware of the questions you asked I have heard them on every network including Fox News, which I watch most every night at 6 p.m. I went for the second time to the Internet to read about the Marines and their first responsibility while guarding a U.S embassies. Russ, please take the time to go to Google and type in search box "military guards at U.S.embassies". You will find different paragraphs. I suggest "3-Marine security guard-Benghazi attack puts spotlight on Marine embassy guards, don't blame Marines here is who is supposed to protect U.S. diplomats.

I am aware of the military names you mentioned. I will just mention it. Col. Allen West is a disaster which happened.The Army got rid of him, Florida got rid of him, so he and others got on Fox News to continue the hate and discontent of this president. I can go back and tell you that Vietnam and Iraq where two of the biggest mistakes made by past presidents. I can also say that the Reagan administrations supplying Iraq with WMDs during Iran-Iraq war was a disaster also. It is also a fact that no president can please all the people all the time.

I can assure you Russ that I get a sick feeling every time an American gets killed in harms way. What I can't understand is why you and your friends don't value the death of a American military person as you do an American diplomat. Don't you think the family of the military deserve the same as a diplomats family? I am sure that when Congress investigators go in secret session that they have answers to many questions that they don't share with the public.

Finally Russ,I hope you will check the references I mention and though we disagree on everything, you will at least understand my point of view. Henry Osmer


Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 09:57

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Planning Commission forums shouldn't be held during workday

To The Daily Sun,

What is happening at the Lakes Regional Planning Commission in Meredith? A community of towns are invited to attend a forum on Workforce Housing in the middle of the day on Sept. 27, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. This is suppose to be a public outreach program!

I have e-mailed Mr. Jerry Coogan. AICP, program manager for Granite State Futures, the program of the LPPC, and CEDS on two separate occasions — Sept. 1 and Sept. 4. In the first e-mail, I asked for the format of this workshop, and if the public is allowed questions. As of Sept. 15, I have not received acknowledgement from Mr. Coogan.

In my e-mail of Sept. 4, I wrote: "Please explain to me why this meeting is from 11 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. The hours discriminate against the 'Working Class' in the towns, therefore there will be less input from 'WE the PEOPLE'. I think the time should be changed to accommodate the 'Working Class'". As of Sept. 15, I have not received acknowledgement from Mr. Coogan!

This appears to be an illegal "public meeting" because most people who pay taxes and work are unable to attend. Can people walk away from their jobs at 11 a.m.? Why would you have a public meeting without a majority of the people?

Under your enabling statute (RSA 36:47, General Powers & Duties), the Regional Planning Commissions are required "to make a good faith effort and respond to our communities". Having meetings during the lunch hour is not a good faith effort, particularly when you've had other meetings in the evening when more taxpayers can attend. Those who show up are not a representative of the majority of taxpayers in any community.

It is offensive that you would hold this important hearing at a time which is only marginally consistent with due process of law and suggests that you want to do an end-run around important public input. The meeting should be rescheduled for an evening time.

Rosemary Landry

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 09:51

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Baby Threads really needs your help. Please donate yarn

To The Daily Sun,

Can you help? Baby Threads has done a lot for the needy of New Hampshire, but now Baby Threads is broke. We need yarn or donations for the purchase of yarn.

You all know Jokie. She's the wonderful lady who crochets everywhere as she pushes her husband's wheelchair all around town. She crochets 250 twin size blankets each year. Those blankets are given to the elderly, kids in needy families, and kids in foster care. Baby Threads has been providing the yarn and now we need your help.

Jokie uses ordinary Red Heart yarn. It takes three plain color skeins and four skeins of multi-color to make one blanket. Yarn can be dropped off at Baby Threads Workshop at 668 Main Street in Laconia on Tuesday or Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Silvia Brooks


Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 09:48

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