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Heat exhaustion & heat strokes are serious medical emergencies

To The Daily Sun,
It is going to another hot week. The fourth time this summer that we have experienced prolong heat and humidity. We recommend a few tips — dress lightly, stay out of the direct sun, and drink plenty of water. If you need to get out of your home because of the high temperatures the City Library is open from Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other options are to go to the Senior Center on Church Street; all the city beaches are open and free; the Belknap Mall is air conditioned.
A problem in New England is the humidity levels actual slow down the body's ability to cool down. The body cannot evaporate internal heat as easily when the skin is wet.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious medical emergencies. Dizziness, weakness, fast heartbeat, headache, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting are signs of heat emergencies. Get into the shade and drink plenty of water. If you do not improve within a few minutes call 911. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which is a true emergency. Signs of heat stroke are fever, seizures, confusion, skin is hot and dry; this is a life threatening condition — call 911.
If you need assistance you can call 211, if you are having an emergency call 911.
Chief Kenneth L. Erickson
Laconia Fire Department

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:49

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Every member of Congress is responsible for our burden of debt

To The Daily Sun,
The current economic system is based upon a lie. "Our" economy and the world's economy are based upon debt. An economy based upon debt, where people borrow to have gratification in realty is a system where people sell themselves into slavery. Debt is the money of slaves. It is absolutely ludicrous and an incredible lie that our individual viability and security, as well as the world's economy can be based upon debt. It is lunacy to think, for "our" economy and the world's economy to recover, banks must start lending and people MUST start borrowing! Debt is contrary to every biblical principle.
Look at what has happened and what is happening (right now) across the "Eurozone". Did borrowing (and over spending) solve their problems? Now, look at our debt. Check out www.usdebtclock.org. The real-time debt clocks are mind numbing. More important than all the debt clocks, is the ratio of the U.S. federal debt to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The current Debt:GDP ratio is at 1.0666 (last year at this time it was 1.03866). This is not good! Several countries in the Eurozone were getting in trouble when their ratio was around 1.04000. By the way, each one of the U..S citizens is in debt to the tune of $50,137 (Last year it was $50,382.00).
Not doing anything is like entering a fairy tale. "I know they're talking nonsense," Alice thought to herself: "and it's foolish to cry about it." So she brushed away her tears, and went on as cheerfully as she could. ("Through the Looking Glass", by Lewis Carroll).
We need to hold every member of Congress accountable for putting every future generation into debt. Nobody wants to cut back the those "necessary" federal programs. Unfortunately, it appears that the decision it is going to be thrust upon my generation very soon! May God Bless America.
Thomas Selling

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:33

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Zimmerman had history of spotting 'suspicious black people'

To The Daily Sun,

To Robert Moran and Jack Stephenson:
Your recent letters to the Laconia Daily Sun literally brought tears to my eyes. It is assumptions such as yours that assuage your collective consciences and then in turn are able to formulate your theories. The events which lead to the death of a young man, staying at his father's home in a gated community, returning home from the store at night was purposely stalked by George Zimmerman. These facts are documented.
It is unconscionable, unwarranted, unjust and unreasonable as well as illogical for the two of you to extrapolate out and thus form your theories about who did what when. You weren't there. One of the human beings who WAS involved in this tragedy is dead. We cannot hear his narrative of the series of events that ultimately lead up to his death, other than the screams for help. Trayvon Martin was able to utter (as recorded on the cell phone) "get off of me".
Fact: It took Florida prosecutors an inordinate amount of time, with public pressure, to file charges against George Zimmerman. Fact: Mr. Zimmerman's attorney's spun such a tale of deceit, innuendo and doubt, that the jury had very little choice in the matter. The options that the jury had of conviction or acquittal were narrow, shortsighted and much too restrictive.
Other known facts about this particular horror and subsequent outcome: 1) Trayvon Martin is dead. 2) George Zimmerman was a free man after he admitted murdering Trayvon Martin. 3) As a result of his "injuries", Mr. Zimmerman was NOT hospitalized. 4) The police dispatcher tape recordings let us hear what George Zimmerman was doing and saying at the point of his "sighting" Trayvon Martin. 5) George Zimmerman was instructed by the police dispatcher to stay in his vehicle until police arrived on the scene. 6) Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law is one of the very worst statues ever formulated and placed into our body of laws. This "law" allows any of us to use brute force if we perceive being threatened. To my mind this sounds like lawlessness. Why have authorities to turn to when we can "take care of the perceived problem on our own?" 7) George Zimmerman was stalking Trayvon Martin as a result of preconceived assumptions. 8) This case was developed on the part of both sides from a theory, especially a complex one formed from a number of simple elements. 9) Documented evidence shows that Zimmerman made numerous calls, over a period of time, to police in which he reported "suspicious black people" in and around his gated community. 10) Reasonable doubt: where, when, how? 11) And last, but certainly not least, if Mr. Zimmerman is innocent, why didn't his attorneys put him on the stand to tell us his side of what happened on that fateful disastrous night.
I will now take my turn to speculate: Could putting Mr. Zimmerman on the stand then allow the prosecutors a chance to refute, piece by piece any and all claims of the spun scenario?
Mr. Zimmerman was stoic during the trial, no affect, no change of expression. Do you think he was instructed by his legal team not to move a muscle, express emotion or show any signs of remorse for what he did? Mr. Zimmerman will now have the rest of his life to wonder if what he did was right and just.
Trayvon's Martin's death has sparked a national discussion and that is a good thing. Maybe, just maybe, it will lead to a better understanding of those individuals who we perceive different from "us".

Bernadette Loesch


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:28

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If Zimmerman had obeyed police, Trayvon would be alive today

To The Daily Sun,

The Daily Sun is, in my view, an excellent newspaper. It keeps us informed about the most important stories on the international, national, and local level, lets us know what events are taking place in the area, publishes op-ed pieces that express a variety of views and publishes letters from the local citizenry. These letters can be astonishing, informative and thought-provoking. In the former category I would place the letter by Jack Stephenson in which he claims Trayvon Martin attacked Zimmerman because he knew he was much stronger and that, had he not done so, he would be alive today. I very much doubt that Mr. Stephenson knows any more than I do what a 17-year-old black boy would be thinking while being stalked by an adult white male. He is correct, however, that Martin, by attacking Zimmerman, gave him a reason to commit murder and use Florida's "stand your ground law" to get away with it. It doesn't take a Talmudic scholar however to realize that, had Zimmerman obeyed the request of the Police Department and gone home, there is an excellent chance that Trayvon Martin would be alive today.By the way, I do hope everyone caught the press conference in which George Zimmerman's brother lamented that although the jury had found him not guilty, George would have to spend the rest of his life looking over his shoulder for fear of armed vigilantes. In the words of the great Robert Burns, "Oh wad some power the giftie gie us, To see oursels as others see us"!

Brenda Sens


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:20

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Does Ms. Loesch know difference between prison & county jail?

To The Daily Sun,

When reading letters composed by Bernadette Loesch, I have to conclude that she is a very intelligent person but just as with some of the others who indulge in the "sport" of opinion I tend to disagree with her in most instances. In her letter on Tuesday she chastises the County Convention for not joining in with the County Commission in favor of a new, shall we say, "jail" that will treat inmates like visitors to a spa in the Hamptons. She describes the existing jail as an " inadequate, decrepit, abundant violation facility". Hmm, I wonder how many visits she's made to the jail. She goes on to extol N.Y. State for it's revamp of it's "prisons".

Apparently Ms. Loesch doesn't know the difference between a county jail and a state prison. County jail inmates cannot be incarcerated there for a term of more than one year and because of plea bargains, good behavior etc. there are few that serve out a full year To spend the amount of money that the commission wants to spend on a facility for short term inmates is ridiculous. Short term stays don't allow enough time to make a major change in the thinking and lives of the people that end up there and by the way, I was always of the assumption that jails and prisons were meant to be a form of punishment. Oops,I guess that wasn't politically correct.

I applaud the County Convention for looking at other ways to improve the facility that won't require the outlay for construction and the massive annual expenses to operate it that would probably cause a mass exodus from the city of Laconia as it's citizens would bear the brunt of the increase in taxes necessary to fund it.
Now to Dick Devens (don't you just love him). Mr. Devens has concluded that corporations aren't people. Okay, if that's the case, are corporations run by trained mice ,robots or maybe aliens from outer space? Please explain Mr. Devens. If he feels that corporations
shouldn't be allowed to be involved in the political process does he feel the same about unions or non-profits or any organization that is run by a board of directors or a privately owned company that is under control of a family or investors? Please Mr. Devens let us know how
you would pick and choose.
Dave Schwotzer

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:06

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