To The Daily Sun,
I was a first time competitor in last week's Timberman triathlon. As a beginner in the sport, I figured Timberman was a good choice for my first race. I grew up in Laconia, my first job was at Fay's Boat Yard, home course advantage!
As I talked to other triathletes everyone told me what a great race it is. How the residents and volunteers are some of the best in the country. Now that I have competed I know first hand it is true!
From the volunteers there at 4:30 a.m. checking, us nervous, athletes into transition to the wetsuit strippers, the first leg of the race went well. Then you encounter the families on the bike course risking an arm to hand us water on the fly! Encouraging us all to keep pedaling. Then you pass the fire station. The firefighters are out there yelling "keep pedaling you are almost there"! You finally get off your bike and start the run. The families on Scenic Drive are unbelievable. Out there with Bacon, live music, a hose to cool you off! High fives, water, sponges, soda and that tasty gel. Then finally into the finish area. People yelling your name, handing you your hat and water. Making sure you are okay.
The thing that impressed me the most — how many young kids gave up a Sunday to help me reach my goal! I thank you all!
Well done Lakes Region. See you next year.
Lake Placid, New York
Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 10:17
To The Daily Sun,
The federal government receives approximately 250,000 new applicants for disability insurance each month. Although more and more services are becoming available to aid people with disabilities, the number of registered disabled people is climbing at an alarming rate (doubling every 15 years). We have perfected mechanical legs and artificial hips to help people walk. We have improved hearing aids to help people here. And we have computer programs that read for blind people. With these and other advances in medical science it makes no sense that these numbers are climbing so rapidly.
The most upsetting part about this paradox is that the government doesn't publicize disability claims it in the same way they do job reports. These numbers should be reported alongside welfare, unemployment, and job numbers. There are currently 9 million people in the United States that are classified as disabled peoples, qualifying them for government funded payments and health care. According to a recent study by reporter Chara Joff, more than half of the registered disabled people are fraudulent. People are fabricating stories and excuses in order to be considered unable to work. Not only are these fraudulent people stealing taxpayer dollars, but they are also offending those who actually need disabled insurance.
I wanted to personally verify Chara's research, so I set up an interview with a man who society deemed "unable to work". I asked him how he was disabled, and he responded, "Well, I have high blood pressure". After I told him that doesn't qualify him for disabled benefits he quickly informed me that he also had diabetes. I was shocked. The government is paying this gentleman over a thousand dollars each month and paying his health care bills. There are millions of people in corporate America that go to work every day in spite with one ailment or another. In spite of their illnesses, they still find a way to be productive. Where are we going to draw the line? As a country we need figure out a better way to identify those who are really in need.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 10:07
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the LHS Band, colorguard and chorus students, we would like to thank the community for helping to make our weekly Saturday car washes so very successful! Any given Saturday, students from the three aforementioned groups have been out in front of the school washing vehicles of all types to earn money to travel to Toronto in April 2014, where they will compete and perform as a marching band, jazz band, select choir, and symphonic band. Students will be out for two more car washes — August 31 and September 7. Thank you again for your continued support!
Lisa Fortson, President
Laconia Sachem Band Boosters
Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 09:56
To The Daily Sun,
A very big than you to all who supported the Yankee Fare held by the United Baptist Church in Lakeport on July 27. Most of all we are grateful to the local merchants who contributed so generously to our silent auction.
The monies raised are for the Vincent Ladd Memorial Campership Fund which each year sends children to Camp Sentinel in Center Tuftonboro.
Gail McCown, Sue Taylor, Rindy Carpenter, Peggy Fletcher and Joyce McMath
Co-chairs, Yankee Fare
Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 10:44
To The Laconia Daily Sun,
I am proud and happy to say I have only missed one Multicultural Market Day because I had to go to a wedding at Waterville Valley. Carol Pierce and her committees over the years have made it better and better. This year I invited a friend who had never gone. She could not get over how great it is and also, how everyone is happy to be there. Not one mean-spirited, pushy, shoving, cursing person anywhere.
Colonial Theater needs to be restored. We have good food down town but a Greek restaurant would be nice. When you see the ocean of people eating ethnic food at Multicultural Market Day, you know people crave food they do not want to bother with at home.
Nobody misses Bloom's or Sundial more than I do, but it takes more than a one woman committee to keep downtown prosperous. How sad that some people feel there is nothing downtown.
We also have a great library, with many free programs, displays, and helpful great staff. I am proud to live in the middle of all this. Come on down and join the fun.
Oh, and there is our five-day-a-week Senior Center. Even though there are many old people who go there they are still volunteering and helping one another.
I could go on and on but just ask me.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 10:40