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Mike Cryans will serve us well on the N.H. Executive Council

To The Editor,

We the undersigned encourage you to VOTE FOR MIKE CRYANS ON MARCH 11. As former and current Statehouse Representatives, we understand the important role of the Executive Council. Executive Councilors vote to approve or reject all significant state contracts, judicial nominations, and appointments of leaders of all state agencies. Mike Cryans' commitment to constituent services and rejection of partisan politics makes him the right person to work with the governor and the four other Executive Council members and represent District 1.

Mike Cryans is a 17-year Grafton County Commissioner, consultant to small business, former teacher, hospital board member, and is currently employed at Headrest, a non-profit organization that deals with substance abuse recovery with residential care. Mike is a native of New Hampshire, coming from Littleton and currently residing in Hanover. Mike has worked extensively in central and northern New Hampshire

Mike's priorities of building the economy, his work ethic and dedication to constituent services make him the best person to continue the public service of Ray Burton, who tirelessly reminded us all of the value of our citizens and resources north of Concord.

Please vote on March 11 for Mike Cryans for Executive Council. He will serve us all well.

Hon. Beth Arsenault

Hon. Mo Baxley

Hon. Lisa DiMartino

Hon. Ruth Gulick

Hon. David Huot

Hon. Elizabeth Merry

Hon. Kate Miller

Hon. Gail Morrison

Hon. Ian Raymond

Hon. Judie Reever

Hon. Richard Stuart

Hon. Jane Wood

Hon. Barbara Zeckhausen

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:43

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Year-Round Library offers plenty to keep seniors connected & engaged

To The Daily Sun,

We all know that seniors can often live in isolation — this is especially true in the winter months. Happily, the Gilmanton Year-Round Library recognizes this and ensures that the library has plenty to keep senior citizens connected and engaged. In today's world it is helpful to seniors to have access to family and friends who may live a distance away. The library has Internet access so people can stay connected. The library also offers ancestry.com, a popular program for many adults. The librarian is available to offer assistance to those who may need to learn some aspects of computers.
On the fourth Monday of each month, a movie is shown at 1 p.m. It is a great opportunity to enjoy a new movie or an old classic with neighbors and friends right here in town. A weekly craft group meets on Tuesday afternoons. Bring your most recent project to work on and share ideas with other crafters. Other programs are held throughout the year — just call the Library at 364-2400, go to the website (www.gyrla.org) or receive the monthly e-newsletter to keep informed of upcoming events.
Stop by the Library to read the newspaper, check out a new book or movie, or chat with neighbors. It is the library's goal to offer programming and services to meet the needs of all our community members. If there is a program or activity you would like to have available, contact the Library — new ideas are always welcome.

Board of Trustees

Gilmanton Year-Round Library

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:37

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2 Gilmanton parcels for sale are protected by conservation easements

To The Daily Sun,

Gilmanton Land Trust has received inquiries about the "For Sale" signs on two of the four tracts of land involved in the "Gilmanton's Greatest Views" conservation campaign. We would like to clarify the situation and put to rest any concerns.

First and foremost, these four tracts are now permanently conserved by perpetual conservation easements limiting their use to agriculture and forestry and assuring continued maintenance of existing fields and views. These restrictions will be overseen by Five Rivers Conservation Trust, a regional land trust based in Concord.

The Town of Gilmanton now owns two of the tracts, one on Meetinghouse Road and Pond, and the other at the top of Frisky Hill, with sweeping views. The Conservation Commission assumes ongoing management of these lands and will seek public input about their use.
The other two conserved tracts include fields along Rt. 107 overlooking Loon Pond, and a hayfield at the junction of Griffin and Loon Pond Roads. These are now being marketed to conservation-minded buyers as part of the overall conservation plan. Proceeds from the sale will help cover costs that GLT has incurred to accomplish the conservation result now in place and will assist in GLT's anticipated conservation of additional land adjacent to one of the four already conserved tracts.
Questions? Contact Tom Howe, Project Manager, at (H) 364-6131, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For information about the two tracts for sale, contact real estate broker Tom Howard, at 253-4999, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Board of Trustees

Gilmanton Land Trust

Fuzz Freese, John Dickey, Carolyn Baldwin, Tom Howe, Graham Wilson, Eliza Evans, Meg Nighswander

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:31

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Can't face somebody waiting on me & earning just $2 for doing so

To The Daily Sun,

As a resident of Laconia, I love this place. I do have three varied comments so I'll try and be brief.

#1. The Hathaway House is a mess. Let the owners do what they wish. Tearing it down would be wonderful, it's such an eyesore. Laconia is full of houses that represent times past. Just look at how many you see on a daily basis that are so big you know they probably harbored three generations under one roof in times past. But, better than that is Endicott Rock down at Weirs Beach, where surveyors carved their initials as they discovered Lake Winnipesaukee. I get a thrill whenever I show a guest that site. Finally, the mills we have, all gussied up now as apartments and meeting places but still looking like the mills they were from the outside. This is our heritage, we are rich in it .

#2. Downtown Laconia is the saddest little town. It reminds me of a poem about the poor old house by the side of the road, the house with nobody in it. I never show the town to guests because it is forsaken.: empty windows, second hand stores, can't we do better? It seems to become emptier every year that passes.

#3. Minimum wage: My favorite places to eat are T-Bones and Cactus Jack's. When I saw what the waiters receive as pay — I think it was $2.13 — it's a good thing I wasn't eating lunch there or I would have choked on my food. How can we allow that? Most of the people who wait on us hold two jobs to keep alive. I have a suggestion. Those of us who eat there can afford to .Yet we are continually earning a $10 coupon, sometimes more, depending on the day of the week. I don't need that $10. These restaurants are very community oriented, donating money to charities. But charity begins at home. I would rather see the servers earn more and I'll forgo getting a break on dinner . I was shocked at the wage they get. Perhaps it's universal and I'm just learning as it was written up in the paper. I can't bring myself to face somebody waiting on me and earning two bucks for doing so. Pay the servers, don't pay me, please? You don't have to wait for a law to pass.

That's it. We are so lucky to live here. Just some thoughts that I couldn't keep to myself.

Carole Polony

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:26

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GOP needs to find a leader, stop the infighting & take offensive

To The Daily Sun,

Like picking ripe fruit from low hanging branches, the Democrats and progressive types offer up current examples of how they really think. The NAACP has pronounced Tim Scott a "dummy for the Tea Party". His high crime or misdemeanor? Not being a member of the Democratic plantation. Condi Rice was called an "Aunt Jemim. Who can forget former RNC chair Michael Steele having oreo cookies rolled down the aisle toward him during a speech. Juan Williams was called a "porch monkey" way back when, before NPR found him to be too politically incorrect.

Liberal Internet outlets spewed their hate-filled venom recently at actress Tamera Mowry. Her alleged sin is being a black woman married to a white man. Not just any white man, but Adam Housley who works for that "nastiest of all networks", Fox News. Ain't 21st century political correctness wonderful in the land of hope and change? Betrothed to someone who has connections to conservatives, capitalism and traditional values gives her the title of "white man's whore".

Who can forget the heartwarming video of MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry and cohorts having themselves a jolly ole chuckle while viewing the photo of Mitt Romney holding his black adopted grandson on his knee. Go back in time to when USA columnist Barbara Reynolds referencing Justice Thomas as having a little "Archie Bunker mentality" for marrying a white woman.

Michelle Malkin reminds us, "poisonous attempts to shame are an old, endless schoolyard game played by bullies who never grow up and can't stand other people's happiness or success". And unfortunately, far too many liberal progressives seem perpetually unhappy. Go read Derrick Wilburn's Oct. 30, 2013 article in American Thinker entitled, "Liberalism = Unhappyism". It will give you enlightening insights into their dismal mindset. Oh and lest I forget, Michelle might just be the standard bearer for this sort of "lack of diversity" bullying. "Oriental Auntie-Tom" and "Manilla Whore" are just a few of the lovely epithets thrown her way over the years. Left wing neanderthals thought they could intimidate Michelle by shouting at her, "me love you long time" or "holla for a dolla".

Seems intolerance is never having to say you're sorry if you are of the so-called, superior, political persuasion. Okay, Melissa did offer a seemingly heartfelt apology, after others made her aware of her diversity deficient indiscretion. Go ask Stacy Dash how many belated apologies she has received for the many dozens of racial slurs hurled her way for not being a certified member of the Democrat plantation.

Perhaps we can understand, if not forgive, the Democrats for their hypocritical stance on racial diversity. Remember, Democrat Nathan Bedford Forrest founded the Ku Klux Klan. Democrat Woodrow Wilson segregated office buildings and jobs 50 years after integration by mostly Republican administrations. It was the Democrat party that instituted Jim Crow laws and separate but equal. Republican Dwight Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne into Arkansas to counter the Democrat Party's enforcement of segregation. It was Democrat Bull Connor who turned the hoses on the marchers in Birmingham and Democrat George Wallace who decried, "segregation forever". So perhaps that explains why they are returning to their elitist and bullying roots. Perhaps that is why they promote diversity as though they own the copyright, when their actions are to insist that others must think the way they do. Sounds more like a cult to me. Come in, but leave your diverse ideas, thoughts and opinions at the door.

It was Republicans who made up the majority who passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Which, by the way, was over the filibuster of such Democrat paragons as William Fullbright, Al Gore Sr. and of course, Grand Keagle Byrd. Now, revisionist history says that the Dixiecrats joined the Republican Party. Truth is that most remained Democrats. So, just how is it that the Republicans have allowed history to be revised to the point that most believe it was the Republicans who were and are, so enamored with segregation and slavery? Yes I know, the Democrats have the media, academia and Hollywood on their side. I don't care. Republicans need to unite the way Democrats do. They need to find some gumption, find a leader, stop the infighting and take the offensive against the modern day plantation owners. Otherwise, the GOP may dissolve along with our magnificent Republic and the freedoms that encompass it.

Russ Wiles

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:21

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