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I hold Democrats to a higher standard & Shaheen disappointed

To the editor,
A couple of weeks ago, Manchester held a "march against Monsanto" rally as did over four hundred other cities in 52 countries around the world — totally ignored by the main-line media probably because of product sponsorships. For those readers who still don't know who or what Monsanto is, suffice to say that if you look up greed, corruption, arrogance and poison in the dictionary you'll find Monsanto. You see, Monsanto owns the White House and Congress along with many scientific institutions, universities and a lot of the media. This incestuous relationship has been going on for two decades now.
Three cheers for our local representatives who introduced New Hampshire HB-660 on January 3, 2013. This bill has been retained in committee in order that a final recommendation be made to the full house by this fall. Oh yes, the bill is about labeling GMO foods so that at the very least we can know what we're dying from. Ninety percent of the population want labeling of their food. I assume that some of those 90 percent live in New Hampshire? So if you don't like it, write a letter to the N.H. agriculture committee or just buy local food — it's cheaper to write a letter.
HR-933 continuing resolution aimed at averting a government shutdown was recently passed along with a sneaky clause referred to by opponents as the Monsanto Protection Act. Obama had promised during the primaries to require labeling and his refusal to veto the bill can only be seen as another successful attempt by Republicans. Monsanto can now do whatever they want completely free of the federal court system. Once again a genetically corrupt Congress is alive and well.
I don't really expect much from Republicans but I do hold Democrats to a higher standard. As an Independent, it gets a bit old to vote for the "lesser of two evils". I need to see our congressional delegation (minus Kelly Ayotte) get a bit more enraged and passionate about this topic and not leave it all up to Bernie Sanders. I want to turn on CSPAN and watch Jean Shaheen*, et al at least pretending like they're passionate. It might just convince me in future elections. After all, I did break the cigarette habit and if I don't see any emotional movement from the "the party of social justice" , I might just break another lifetime habit.
(*Bernie Sanders amendment to the farm bill to protect the 10th amendment and allow states rights the power to control labeling was voted down 71-27. Among the 71 who voted against it were 28 so called liberals and among them was Jeanne Shaheen. She's definitely on thin ice this time.)
George Maloof

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 11:29

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I want to say a proper goodbye to a good friend & a good man

To the editor,
My friend Carl Lafond passed away May 23.
Carl had known my husband John and I when we lived in Rochester. We found a place in the same building as Carl when we moved to Laconia. Carl and his cat "Molly"! For a long time before my husband passed Carl would drive him to Dover for medical treatments. When Carl became ill I was nearby to be there for him, as he was for John. Coincidentally, Carl left us five years and one day from the time of losing my husband.
Thank you for allowing me print space to say a proper goodbye to a good friend, and a good man.
Norma Kenney

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:59

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Another WOW Sweepstakes Ball sellout; lots of people to thank

To the editor,
The 10th Annual "WOW Sweepstakes Ball" was held at the Opechee Inn & Conference Center on Saturday, May 18st and was a great evening of food, fun, dancing and more. Congratulations to our 10 cash prize winners and $10,000 Grand Prize winner Alison Isabelle of Gilford! We write this letter to thank and acknowledge the individuals and businesses for their generous contributions and support of the WOW Trail. We are grateful that the WOW Trail has gained such widespread support from our community.
The proceeds from this year's WOW Sweepstakes Ball of approximately $35,000 will be used for the continued expansion and on-going maintenance of the trail. We have begun the engineering design of Phase II of the trail, which will extend the trail from downtown to Belmont, and we hope to build this section in 2014.
Many thanks to all who bought a ticket to this fundraising event. We were again delighted by the tremendous turnout... and our 10th sell-out!
The event committee includes Jennifer Beetle, Jeff Beetle, Susan Brown, Becky Doherty, Megan Page and Emma Womack. This group of volunteers did an absolutely awesome job of putting together one of the most fun and exciting events here in the Lakes Region! Jeff Beetle and the Patrick's staff prepared a delicious buffet for 500 people. Big Cat Coffee, Sawyer's Dairy Bar and Annie's Café & Catering finished the job with delicious lineup of coffee, ice cream and desserts.
We thank all our event sponsors and contributors listed below, for without them, it wouldn't happen. In particular, we thank our presenting sponsor Meredith Village Savings Bank for their continued support of the WOW Trail.
All Brite Cleaning & Restoration; Amoskeag Beverages; Annie's Café & Catering; Autoserv Dealerships; Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook; Jill Baron, Illustration; Baron's Billiards; Bayside Automotive; Beans n' Greens Farmstand; Beede Monument Services; Beyond the Fringe Salon; Big Cat Coffees; Binnie Media; Body Covers Screen Printing & Design; Body Design by Joy; Boulia-Gorrell Lumber Company; Brickfront Restaurant; Carrie's Eco Spa Boutique; Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region; Robert A. Clifford; Comcast Spotlight; Common Man Restaurants; Contigiani's Catering Service; Coppola Physical Therapy; Cross Insurance; CrossFit Juggernaut; Eastern Propane; Franklin Savings Bank; Fratello's Italian Grille; Funspot; Gail Beane Graphics; Gator Signs; General Linen; Gilford Hills Tennis & Fitness Club; Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante; Granite State Glass; Gunstock Mountain Resort; Hair Factory; Hannaford; Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant; Homeward Bound Professional Animal Care; Horizon Beverages; Ian Raymond Photography; InnSeason Resorts; Irwin Automotive; Irwin Marine; JMG Marketing; Kennell Orthodontics; Laconia Athletic & Swim Club; Laconia Muskrats; Laconia T-Bone's & Cactus Jack's; Laconia Trustworthy Hardware; Lahey Landscaping; Lake Opechee Inn & Spa; Lake Opechee Conference Center; Lakes Region Airport Shuttle; Lakes Region Association; Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce; Lakes Region Coca-Cola; Lakes Region Floral Studio; LRGHealthcare.
Mainstay Technologies, Mame's, Martignetti Companies of NH; Massage Therapy & Hypnosis by Nancy Lee; MC Cycle & Sport; Meredith Village Savings Bank; MetroCast; Nails by Shelly; NAPA Auto Parts; NASWA Resort; NH Distributors; NH Motor Speedway; Northeast Communications; North Shore Comedy; O'Du's Hair Salon; O Steak & Seafood Restaurant; R.A. Page; Patrick's Pub & Eatery; Pheasant Ridge Golf Course; Piche's Ski & Sports Shops; Pike Industries; Pine State Beverages; PSNH; Salmon Press; Sawyer's Dairy Bar; Scoring Concepts; Shalimar Resort; Southern Wine & Spirits; Steele Hill Resorts; Steven J. Smith & Associates; Stonegate Winery; Stratham Tire; Subway; Tanger Outlet Center; The Country Carriage; The Fitness Edge; The Golf Club at Patrick's Place; The Inns & Spa at Mill Falls; The Laconia Citizen; The Laconia Daily Sun; The Margate; The Weirs Times; Tylergraphics; U-Frame We Frame, Wescott, Dyer, Fitzgerald & Nichols, PA, Woodstock Inn & Brewery, Zoom Fitness.
In your travels, we ask that you take a moment to thank these people and organizations for their generous contributions to this exciting project.
Darcy Peary & Allan Beetle
Event Co-Chairs
WOW Sweepstakes Ball

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:55

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Blame the Illinois for lax gun laws? It's run by Dems

To the editor,
I can't say I'm surprised here on Wednesday that I read another letter from James Veverka accusing me of selectively (cherry picking) in my facts. Where I chose to get my facts to challenge his points, from a previous letter, was the Department of Justice Statistics in Washington DC, a noted independent source. His source was from the John Hopkins Hospital. Of the two which is in the business of collecting facts I ask readers? The hospital may also collect information but it is hardly their primary specialty. And it seems to me it is James who has an aversion to any facts that contradict his cherished left wing view of the world.
Another aversion James seems to have is an accurate description of Fox News. He states that Fox News repeatedly, and exclusively, presented poles saying Romney would win the election when what Fox News presented was political annalists from both party's each saying their candidate would win. It was far from the one sided presentation James described but I guess when one gets all their news from MSNBC it's hard to comprehend fair and balanced.
As for Illinois having lax gun laws, that's their problem, and I ask why? The Illinois Legislature is 67.8 percent Democratic and the governor is a Democrat. So how come the lax gun laws? Could it be they don't want to fix their problems? And again I say to James and readers, it is still the criminal gangs doing the killings in Chicago, not legal gun owners. It is also a fact that the anti gun movement in this country is not taking the safety of our children seriously when they will not consider any other options then what they put on the table. A non-solution designed to give the corrupt and bloated federal government the power to outlaw private ownership of all firearms.
I wonder if that plan has anything to do with why the federal government purchased two billion rounds of ammunition for non-military agency's last year?
Steve Earle

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:47

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Day care providers need better understanding of Mongolian Spots

To the editor,
My name is Yvonne and I'd like to raise awareness about Mongolian Spots. A Mongolian Spot is what looks like bruising on your body. People of mixed race or of a different origin are usually born with it. Not all people of a different origin have the patch or spots. The Mongolian Spot usually is located on your bottom, back, or arms.
I would like to raise awareness because of what happened to me. I had brought my two children to day care for their first day. The morning went well. When I showed up to pick them up, I was met by one of the day care workers. She had asked me if she could talk to me in a private room. When I went in, I was welcomed by a DCYF worker, a detective, and a Laconia Police officer. The detective said he would like to speak to me about my youngest daughter and the bruising on her butt, back, and shoulder. I was shocked! I explained to the detective that the bruising was actually the Mongolian Spot and that my daughter had is since she was born. After explaining this, everyone looked at me funny. They didn't believe me and had never heard of Mongolian Spots.
I was getting very frustrated because I was not getting through to anyone. I thought I was minutes away from losing my children for something I didn't do. They were claiming child abuse. I felt backed into a corner and didn't know what to do. I decided to call my daughter's doctor who agreed to speak to the detective. The doctor explained to the detective exactly what the spots were and where it was located on my child. When the doctor verified the Mongolian spots and explained that they existed on my daughter since birth, the detective was dumb-founded with the results. The detective really thought it was bruising.
I am writing this to provide education to prevent similar future incidents from happening to other families. My hope is that day care providers and other professionals working with families better understand more about the Mongolian Spot. For more information, please ask your doctor or you can visit: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/picture-of-mongolian-spots. Thank you taking the time to read this.
Yvonne Smith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:42

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