To The Daily Sun,
The Lakes Region continues to be plagued by a slow economy, cuts in public assistance programs, and high unemployment. As such, the charitable programs of St. Vincent de Paul are needed more and more.
We have been successful in increasing our mission of charity to meet the need. The food pantry was able to provide Thanksgiving food baskets to almost 800 families. Our financial assistance program continues to help folks pay over $125,000 of rent, utilities, heat and car repairs. The Children's Foundation will assist over 1,000 children this Christmas. The thrift store gives away $20,000 of clothing, furniture, and household items.
The donations that you give allows us to help make many families' lives more comfortable. Your monetary, clothing, furniture, and food gifts are used in our various programs to help the community. Also, your shopping at our thrift store brings needed revenue. These programs are extensive and reach local schools, the elderly, and especially families that are struggling with low-paying jobs, high heating and fuel costs, and increasing rents.
Our programs are very well staffed and managed thanks to all 125 of our volunteers. They are dedicated and committed to our cause in helping those in need. They come from all walks of life and all ages. However, with our works continuing to grow, we still need and could use more help. Why don't you join us? You'll work hard, but have great fun and make lasting friendships.
Thank you for all your support through the years. We appreciate all you do regardless of the type and amount. The community appreciates it as well.
So come and meet new friends as a volunteer of St. Vincent de Paul. Give me a call at 524-5470 or check our website, www.svdplaconia.org. Blessings to you and your family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Erika Johnson, President
Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Laconia
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
America is asleep at the wheel and needs a LOUD wake up call. Our so-called elected officials allow this president to take down America. His mantra is take down Christianity, screw our m ilitary and vets out of their retirement (but not Congress),
allow illegals to get welfare and vote. I could go on, but most of you know what is going on.
I am pleading with you to continue to speak out, write letters to your papers, get the word out to your friends and neighbors to do the same. We can no longer look to our representatives to speak for us, so we all need to step up (even more then we have) pray and ask GOD to help us TAKE BACK AMERICA!
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:03
To The Daily Sun,
In this beautiful Christmas season, when good will and cheer is supposed to be the focus, as the good lord would intend us to do, my husband and I, along with some others, have recently been the target of blame on Facebook, for the closing of the ACS, of all things! Mr. Dube, who once ran unsuccessfully for school board, began an open, public, conversation about the carbon monoxide poisoning of students and apparently some staff earlier this week. In his post he writes about several folks and lists their initials, referring to them as the " dark side of the force in town". And they say women are dramatic?
Another "Gentleman", Mr Ingoldsby, who was "let go" from being employed at the school, jumped in to name names and that's when we were mentioned, along with some others. Apparently we are all to blame for the school shutting down. In 2011, Mr. Ingoldsby sent a lengthy letter to the Budget Committee blaming the administration for the condition of the school, stating "he was told to not maintain it while he worked there". Today, it's all our fault. We are not surprised to hear the negativity from these two "gentlemen". Nor were we surprised to see Krista Argiropolis jump on board with a blatant lie, stating "Having no ventilation is not good, to say the least". This statement from an elected official, who was directly involved in obtaining two official inspections of ACS in 2012, and both inspection reports revealed there were no safety or health concerns — including with the ventilation, which does exist. Another upstanding citizen, Pam McLeod, director of technology at ACS, jumped into this online conversation. Not only discussing the carbon monoxide situation, she discussed her son's behavior in class with a substitute, Ms. Street, who also entered into the mix.
Parent's can't enter ACS freely any more "to protect the students" but, who is protecting the student's privacy from substitutes and administrator's Facebook chatter? But, hey, the rules and laws are for other people, right, Pam? Ms. McLeod state she believes the ventilation is the "biggest health issue facing our students/staff" and is "personally disappointed" with no plan to address the situation.This from an administrator, also involved in the whole health and safety concern blitz last year.
My husband and I, and others are called cheap, meaning we didn't vote for an $18 million dollar school expansion project. It's interesting that those pointing fingers don't realize the citizens of this town voted that project down, and we all have ONE vote each. Hmmm... perhaps they aren't grasping that to vote in support of a broken educational system, heavily laden with administration, which is suspected of purposely letting the building get run down in an effort to manipulate the taxpayers, is not ever in the best interests of the students, staff or tax payers. There is one good thing about Facebook. It's absolutely transparent as to the nature of people and their comments.
We won't let these ill meaning comments get us down and wish EVERYONE a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Barbara & Ray Howard
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:00
To The Daily Sun,
Seems the president is having problems with, of all people, Democratic senators, suddenly. With his latest foreign policy snafu, Obama wants to ease sanctions on Iran for the privilege of letting them pull the wool over his eyes. Not much of a trick really as we conservatives noted six years ago, Obama had no foreign policy experience or even knowledge. Seems he has a learning disorder also. Even the otherwise loyal senators know we can't trust the clerics who rule Iran. What a shock — but only those who have been buried in video games or something for several decades didn't know that. Still stubbornly Obama and Harry Reid are refusing to even allow debate or decent to be heard. Nothing new there, Obama thinks he was elected king and can rule by dictate but people are getting sick of that too.
Another bump in the president's road to glory are a couple of federal judges ruling against the administration and the NSA's invasion of American's privacy, which is the one bipartisan agreement by Republicans and Democrats. I don't think he will have a bump free 2014 given the number of Democrats running as fast as they can away from Obamacare. By the way, I'm going to continue calling it Obamacare in spite of an effort by some liberals to label the term racist. Funny, they keep doing things like that, remember when they tried to make the name Chicago racist? Recently I heard a liberal on TV say it was bad to say the president was a socialist. Heck it's not like the word socialist is an offensive description like calling someone a racist. They just think they can bully people into not speaking out if they utter the word racist. People are getting wise to that too and it's not going to work anymore.
Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013 12:04
To The Daily Sun,
I love Laconia High School.
I would like to begin by stating that I don not have three college degrees. Truth is, I don't have any. I have worked hard my entire adult life and would not have it any other way.
For most of my working life I worked as a caregiver in hospitals and nursing homes. However, for many years I worked at LHS as a simple custodian, as I am a common man, nothing special or outstanding about me.
For myself, being at LHS was, with the exception of my childhood in West Manchester, the happiest times of my life, and it was the students there over the years who helped forge those happiest of times.
I've seen them all, black, white, Hispanic, poor, rich, broken families, you name it. I can with all honesty say that I have never met a student that I did not like. Honor Roll or not I always found something unique in each individual.
For many of those years I was involved as a volunteer in several sports programs, as well as proms and dances and other school related activities. I knew the children and I knew them well.
Often students would seek me out, several of them troubled. They sought me out not for assistance with school work, but instead for lessons on life in general. Some took my advice, some did not. I was always happy to talk and be a friend, and let them know that I was a friend. I never was critical. I believed in faith and hope, still do.
I do not believe that LHS is in decline. I think that the best is yet to come. Instead of being critical, reach out with a helping hand. I have always been proud of LHS and I always will be.
I don't have all the answers, anyone who knows me will attest to that. I mean, diesel gas in a lawnmower? Yes, I did that. Would I do it again? Perhaps not. We all learn and grow and get better. We stumble, we get up again. LHS is a fine institution. I will forever look kindly and hold a special place in my heart for the students I knew at LHS and there were many of them. I knew them all, liked them all. It takes support, faith, patience, perseverance, and understanding.
No college degree here. Just a common man who does not want to see LHS students get a bad rap. Be a friend instead.
Matthew (Coach "T") Tetreault
Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013 12:01