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Because I'm against wind turbines doesn't mean I support Northern Pass

To The Daily Sun,

Stop Northern Pass! Save our Ridgelines! No Pipelines!

If you're paying any attention you're hearing and seeing these exclamations all over the state. The corporate spinners have called us NIMBYs — Not In My Back Yard, whiners. Now the industry spinners are calling us BANANAS! This newly created acronym stands for Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything. The rapacious corporate heads like to throw playground names at all of us in an attempt to discredit our very real concerns. I say, "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me." Or maybe that should be" infrasound and toxic water may destroy my life, but bullying will never stop me."

Another of the juvenile tactics taken by the parasites is to pit one group against another. If you're against hydro power from Quebec, throw the anti-industrial wind folks under the bus. If you're against industrial wind, throw the anti-fracking people under the bus. If you're against fracking, throw the hydro folks under the bus. The media/government spinners like to pit us against each other, therefore distracting concerned citizens from seeing the common enemy.

The corporate take-over of our government is our common enemy. Protecting my home, versus your home is not a valid option. We need to band together to protect all of our homes from destruction at the hand of the almighty dollar. The current system of government, which does not protect the health, safety and welfare of the people is what needs to be thrown under the bus. And then back that bus up and do it again.

Let's be realistic people. We did not create the problems these projects pretend to want to fix. Many of the supposed "problems" are created by the media, at the hand of the corporate leaders who control the government. It is not our responsibility to fix the problems as we're being told they exist or to choose between the lesser of the evils or the more worthy of the communities to exist as they do today. When you hear on the news things like "electrical rates in New England will soar this winter due to the polar vortex" what do you think? Well, there's a prediction that's bound to come true? What the heck is a polar vortex? Or do you laugh to yourself and think, "what a load of crap!"? Now that you've been told the rates will rise, they will. Now that you've been told there's a polar vortex, it must be true.

Let's take back our language first. Don't use the corporate media spin words that are contrary to the English language. Many of the touted "green", "renewable" energy platforms being pushed on us are not good for the environment, our homes, our lives, or even as viable energy sources to provide for our current needs. Phrases like "wind farm" need to be stricken from our vocabulary. Farms are places where living things grow and produce sustenance for humans. Industrial wind turbine complexes are eco-destroying areas filled with man-made, petroleum based killers of living things like trees, bats, birds, etc.

Next, let's be kinder to each other and empathetic to our parallel plights. I don't want 500-foot turbines decimating our ridgelines, but that doesn't mean I'm okay with Northern Pass. When I did my homework, past what the media tells us, as everyone should, I realized that the destruction being proposed in Quebec at the beginning of the project is far more harmful than any little bit of benefit there may be down the line. And why would any reasonable person think it's okay to blast the granite in order to run a gas pipeline across the bottom of New Hampshire so Kinder Morgan can sell it overseas?

Let's band together and show the country New Hampshire's first in the nation in more than just whittling down the presidential primary field. New Hampshire can, and by right ought to, take back local control of lawmaking. Government serves at the consent of the people, not the corporations. Article 10 of our state Constitution says, "Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind."

Please read those words over again and think about them. When we fight for our homes and our very way of life, we're often told "but that's the law." Why do we so willingly accept that but not these words, this law?

Cindy Kudlik

Grafton

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We thank all who participated in our 14th Annual Spelling Bee at LHS

To The Daily Sun,

We are so grateful to everyone who participated in our 14th Spelling Bee: The Laconia High School Chorus, comprised of Sabrina Desaulniers, Emily Paronto, Tim Maczko, Michael Tarling, Gabby Melvin, and Maddie Wunsch, opened the event with an uplifting rendition of the National Anthem. Master of ceremony, Pat Kelly; enunciators, Rhetta Colon and Rick Crockford; judges, Marcia Hayward and Marilyn Lynch each added a special flair to the Bee itself and the Laconia High School administration and facility crew provided us with all the support to make the venue inviting and workable. Photographer, Steve Loughlin, Lakes Region Public Access TV, (Denise Beauchaine and Bob Daniels); the Citizen of Laconia and The Laconia Daily Sun, all worked to provide coverage for the event.

Final thanks to all who attended the event to cheer on the spellers and purchased 50-50 raffle tickets (with special thanks to the 50/50 winner Karen Bianco who re-gifted her prize to the Scholarship Foundation.

We were able to raise over $9,400 this year, to benefit our "Friends of the Foundation Operating Fund," which helps us cover the expenses associated with administering our scholarship program. In addition to the above-mentioned, we extend our appreciation to all the following companies or individuals, who generously donated funds or volunteered their services:

Corporate Sponsors Belknap Landscape Company Inc., Calvin Dental Associates, Lawson, Persson & Weldon-Francke, PC, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and F. André Paquette in honor of Margaret Rose Paquette.

Team Spellers and Sponsors Congratulations to No. 1 Winning Team. Laconia Librarians: Randy Brough, Jamie Dalton and Natalie Moser, sponsored by Bob Merwin State Farm Insurance, who have been faithful participants in our Bee since its inception.

Spelling Teams, who won costume prizes, and their sponsors students: First-place team, Gilford High School Fantastic Fishermen: Keegan Coons, Nate Davis and Tommy Hart, sponsored by the DeCamp Team at Morgan Stanley; second place, GHS "SUPER" Spellers: Cassidy Bartlett, Kylee Drew and Emily Parker by Lawson Persson & Weldon-Francke PC; Adults: First-place team, DWS "Not Just # Nerds": Michelle Dean, Ben DeMark and Dawn Dragon by Denoncourt, Waldron & Sullivan; Second-place team: Laconia High School SemiConscious SemiColons: Natasha Reiner, Amy Scott and Chris Ulrich by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Third-place team: Seniors Raise Cain: Joan Allison, Doris Citron, Judith Dean and Sue Williams by Taylor Community.

Other intrepid team spellers and supportive sponsors ABC You at the Finish Line: Finnian Mousseau. Noah Mousseau and Sullivan Mousseau by Mary B. Orton; Belmont High School KMP: Malia Lundahl, Paige Norkiewicz and Karl Wieck by Bank of New Hampshire; BHS Wanna Bees: Taylor Becker, Alexa Robbins and Nicole Rosas by Marcia Hayward & Meredith Village Savings Bank;, GHS Charlie's Angels: Kathryn Andrews, Jessica Currier and Kassidy Morris by Gilford Police Department; GHS Interact: Christian Karagianis, Patrick McKenna and Mikaela Wardrick by Gilford Rotary Club; GHS Ugly Sweaters: Koral Bickford, Niki Bogdan, Helen Jude and Kris Shepard by Gregg & Sandra Caulfield; Gilford Rotary: Nancy Carsen, Don Clarke and Clara Jude by Gilford Rotary Club; Hip-Bees: Lisa Bianco, Jackie Gogolen and Karen Soucy by Bianco Child & Family Services.

Also: Holy Trinity Surfin' Squad: Christina Beane, Samuel Cooney, Allison Jope and Cheyenne Wright Team by F. André Paquette in honor of Margaret Rose Paquette; Huot Center Careers in Education: Robin Friend, Skyla Mooney and Cierra Pinkney by Thom Francoeur - Allstate Insurance; Laconia Clinic Scrubs: Judy LaFrance, Arnie Miller and Erica Russell by Laconia Clinic; LHS Class of 1977: Judy Ball, Ruth McLaughlin and Sherry Weeks by Belknap Landscape Co. Inc.; LHS Key Club: Lily Chanthasak, Anne Dionne, Becky Olewine and Becca Sirois by Kiwanis Club of Laconia; LHS Quarter Note Triplets: Taylor Gagne, Mariah Hawkins and Emily Huckins by The Ellis Family; LHS Sopranos: Sabrina Desaulniers, Emily Paronto and Michael Tarling by Steven & Marlene Hodgdon; LHS Sweet Adelines: Tim Maczko. Jessica McDermott and Gabby Melvin by Mary VanderNoot; Soul Sisters: Brenda Bouton, Tammy Emond and Kathy Giovanni by Congregational Church of Laconia.

In addition to our Corporate and Team sponsors, we give thanks to the following donors who sponsored ads in our program or donated gifts-in-kind: Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists, All My Life Jewelers, Janet D. Allison, American Eyecare Express Inc., Applebee's, Beane Conference Center, Belknap County Sportsmen's Assn., Belknap Mill Quilter's Guild, Bianco Child & Familiy Services, Judy Bissonnette, James & Carole Boehle, Boulia-Gorrell Lumber Company, George E. & Barbara H. Brixner III, Michael & Janet Brough, Gloyd & Janet Calley, Capitol Center for the Arts, Gregg & Sandra Caulfield, CBH Landscape Contractors, The Common Man, Contigiani's Catering Service, Cybertron Inc., Denoncourt, Waldron & Sullivan CPA, Edgewater Academy of Dance, The Ellis Family, Sue-Ann Fecteau, Realtor, The Fogarty Family.

Also: Thom Francoeur - Allstate Insurance, Fratello's Ristorante Italiano, Funspot, Claire Giguere, Gilford Hannaford, Gracie's Hair Salon, Florence Guilmett, Hackett & Hill Jewelers, Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant, Steven & Marlene Hodgdon, HRO Plus, Irwin Automotive Group, J & J Printing, Jazzercise, Kennell Orthodontics, Kiwanis Club of Laconia, Laconia Lodge of Elks, Laconia Police Department, Lakes Region Community College, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Laurent Overhead Door Systems, Paulette & Steve Loughlin, Malone, Dirubbo & Company, PC, Martin, Lord & Osman, PA, McDonald's.

Also: Atty. Scott D. McGuffin, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, NAPA Auto & Truck Parts, New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Ninety-Nine Restaurant, Normandin, Cheney & O'Neil, PLLC, O'dus LLC, Mary B. Orton, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Pike Industries, Inc., Katherine Reardon, Sal's Pizza, Shaw's Supermarket Gilford, Georgianna Silva, Blanche Sleeper, Squam Lakes Science Center, Stafford Oil Co. Inc., Joni Stover, Tanger Outlet Center, Taylor Community, T-Bones, Tilton Trailer Rental, Travel Health of NH, Uno Chicago Grill, Mary M. VanderNoot, VISTA ShurFine Supermarket, Wal-Mart, Wedbush Securities, John & Patricia Weeks, Whittemore Florist & Greenhouse, and Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Crematorium.

If anyone would like a copy of our 2014 BEE program, please contact us at 527-3533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We also wish to remind college-bound students that our scholarship applications for next year will be available by the end of January on our website: www.lrscholarship.org and also at the guidance department of our local high schools.

Paulette Loughlin, President

Joan Cormier, Executive Director

Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation

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