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Bow Wow 3 was great success; sincere thanks to everyone

To the editor,
Many thanks to everyone for a successful Bow Wow 3. It is such an honor to be head cheerleader for a Pooch Parade that gathers more steam each year. Beginning with my employer Melcher & Prescott Insurance and the Board of Directors of WOW Trail right on down to each business whose name appears on the back of our now famous "Kiwi" tee shirt, to every volunteer who helped from handling registrations to setting up shop to managing the two — and four-legged — participants, I give you all my heartfelt thanks. Special thank yous to Michelle Dupont and Annie Boissoneault!
It was a privilege to assist in raising funds for Gilford PD's new K-9, Ike, who will be undergoing life-saving surgery. I am proud to report that we did achieve our goal of $1,500 through the generosity of participants as well as individuals and businesses.
This event runs smoothly thanks to the expert advice from my co-coordinators, Ann Saltmarsh with the support of the Department of Public Works, Janet Brough from SAU 30, and Kevin Dunleavy who heads Laconia's Parks and Recreation Department.
It would be difficult to get the word out if it weren't for three amazing editors and their reporters: Ed Engler with Adam Drapcho (Laconia Daily Sun); Krista Marrs with John Koziol (Citizen); and Brendon Berube with Erin Plummer (Gilford Steamer). Great coverage!
Our business sponsors: "Top of the Heap" three years in a row: Hali Dearborn's family business, Eptam Plastics; Jodie Herbert of the Inns at Mill Falls; Steve & Nanci Jorgenson of AKA Tool; the Beetle family of Patrick's Pub; Steve Smith Associates; Cindy of Meredith Village Savings Bank; Lee & Brendon of Ameriprise Financial; Bill & Paul of Stealth; Faith of Binnie Media; Mike & Lois of Franklin Savings Bank; Mike of Tilton Vet; Chris of Fratello's; Sarah of Body Covers; long-time BW supporter, Gil Schohan — my deepest gratitude for your support.
Our devoted vendors: Brendon from My Coffee House; Jill Baron Trimble Illustrator; Kelly from Doggone-It-Training; Alix of Homeward Bound; Suzi , the Basket Lady; Bree of Happy Tails Dog Park; Sue of Animal Vibe; Janice of Embroidery N'More and last but not least, Aaron Bassett of Burrito Me for the much-needed water stations (Woof!).
Our emcee Pat Kelly kept things organized and on track; Father Alan from St. Andre Bessette brought his blessings; Charlie St Clair got us on film; our photographers Bonnie and Dean; our face painters, Regina and her girls; and thanks to all the sign support from these businesses: Interlakes Animal Hospital; Taylor Community; Insurance Outlet; Meredith Village Savings Bank; Belknap Tire; Maui Tanning. Deep appreciation to Caroline Drouin for your tireless efforts in distributing posters and to Brett and Bethany of Laconia Pet Center for their generosity in providing all of our contest prizes.
A picture tells a thousand words. . .see little Miss Remy Bassett, daughter of Aaron Bassett of Burrito Me, and her bodyguard Yeti.
See you next year!
Claire Hebert
Community Relations Coordinator
Melcher & Prescott Insurance

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:57

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Every president is accountable & rule of law is to be respected

To the editor,
White House senior advisor Dan Pfeifferit has astonished all astute Americans by actually asserted the law is "irrelevant" in considering the IRS scandal. Even after all the official deception since Ambassador Rice's initial ruse, Mr. Pfeifferit pronounced that the president's whereabouts as four Americans were murdered serving us in Benghazi was also "largely irrelevant fact." Employing a bewildering doublethink rationale, Mr. Pfeifferit went on to say that the charges of Republicans (not "of Americans" mind you) are "trumped up" and "offensive" to the White House. Are we to understand Mr. Pfeifferit's assertion to be that Americans are "trumping up" their dissatisfaction with being repeatedly mislead about the murder of the four Americans who died in their service? Is it "offensive" to seek the end governmental abuse directed at fellow citizens exercising their First Amendment rights? Are we to understand that it is the White House who is "offended?" The rationale would make George Orwell blush.
We have politically and legally evolution since kings of former times claimed their decrees represented God's will, Mr. Pfeifferit and those of his ilk forget that the basis of the president's authority is legal, not rhetorical. Laws are "relevant" to the exercise of governmental authority. President Obama's arbitrary decisions and warnings such as "If Congress does not act, I will," is not simply a poor decision making process; it is contrary to the rule of law inherent in the Constitution of the United States.
Federalist Madison, commenting of freedom of speech reminded us that "Without this robust freedom of expression, perhaps, the Constitution itself would not have come into being." It is the Constitution that grants the inherent Congressional oversight responsibilities that displeases Mr. Pfeifferitt. The First Amendment is the very core of the Constitution; the core "irrelevant" law Mr. Pfeifferitt and the IRS have sought to degrade. How does this occur?
Presidents use the word "enemy" to describe people with whom we are at war. President Obama, who pretends we are not at war, uses the word to describe selected fellow American citizens. For over five years he has personally and publicly ridiculed citizens whose opinions are not in lockstep with his own. He has used the bully pulpit to denounce citizens who owned aircraft, were "fat cats," worked on Wall Street, acquired wealth in their lives, were stupid police, had successful small businesses, believed in free markets, donated to the "wrong" causes, or saved too much for their retirement. Increasingly, with no thought to a targeted citizen's liberties, their reputations, financial, emotional, and psychological well-being, or even their physical safety following his vilification from the most powerful office on Earth, he has increasingly personally and publicly denounced citizens by their name. Just like Mr. Pfeifferitt has done, President Obama other minions have also substituted substantive and informed debate with layers of personal attacks until the facts--or the law, have no significance in articulating their reasoning.
After years of complaints of government abuse by Republicans, fiscal conservatives, and Tea Party supporters, and following Harry Reid's public bragging about his having 10 years of details of Governor Romney's taxes while speaking on the Senate floor, finally an I.G. report has confirmed what the complainants knew. President Obama's now wants informed citizens capable of independent thought, to believe that he became aware of these behaviors only days before they were to be made public. Additionally, intelligent citizens are to believe that the groups persecuted by the IRS are the very same targets of Obama's diatribes. rage, the activities just happened to coincided with his own political interests for years.
Subsequent investigations will probably fail to find a "smoking-gun." No one will discover a statement-of-work or contract signed by President Obama directing these abuses. I suspect that as more facts slowly emerge, Americans will rationally conclude what their hearts sadly already know. President Obama's years of unrelenting belittlement of fellow citizens, is directly responsible for the obnoxious and often illegal comportment of many of his underlings as they carried out both official and oblique abuses aimed at fellow citizens who had the audacity to think independently of his monologues. We have seen this tactic of intolerance called "hate speech" in other times. As President Obama would often say it is "Not who we are."
Thus Mr. Pfeifferit is half right after all. Although not the responsibility of the "enemies" Mr. Pfeifferit's implies, stories have been "trumped up." and "offenses" have occurred. Isn't it finally time to restore honor and trust in our institutions, for destructive attacks such as those from Mr. Pfeifferit's to cease, and for comprehensive respectful cooperation with Congress to commence? I suspect most Americans disagree with Mr. Pfeifferit on two points; (1) Every president is accountable to the citizens he or she serves, and (2). Our rule of law, the Constitution, and especially the First Amendment is highly relevant. It should be respected in letter and spirit. Actually, this is "Who we are."
Michael D. Breen M.P.A., Ph.D.
Moultonborough

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:43

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Belknap Convention seems poised to vote for expanding govt.

To the editor,
Nowhere in the report of Michael Kitch on the Belknap County meeting of Tuesday, May 21, was there mention of Colette Worsman's excellent rebuttal to false reports which have recently appeared in The Sun at the instigation of the Belknap commissioners. Curious, since until now Mr. Kitch has been so even-handed in his reportorial style.
As to the main event, one is left with the surmise that liberals are correct when they challenge alleged conservatives on their motivation to limit expenditures. Conservatives frequently use the refuge that they are guided by economic principles but that seems not to be the case with the Belknap Convention, which appears poised to vote for an expansion of government. The concept of reaping profit from an expansion of services that are more legitimately the function of the private sector is not one based upon a political philosophy nor even upon economic analysis.
The underling assumptions by the Belknap staff which were offered to the convention are arbitrary and not reducible to bedrock numbers. To see liberals and conservatives unite behind them in service to the growth of government is less than appetizing.
Rep. Dick Burchell
Belknap 5
Gilmanton
(Editor's note: Try as he might, it is not always possible for Mr. Kitch to commit everything to writing in the time allowed between the end of a given meeting and his deadline here at The Sun. Some things just have to wait. His report on matter referred to in Rep. Burchell's first paragraph is in today's paper.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:37

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Give up on SB-2 for Sanbornton? Sorry Monitor, it's not happening

To the editor,
Regarding the editorial in the Concord Monitor suggesting that everyone just give up trying to get SB-2 accepted in Sanbornton — I feel that I must protest. The gist of the editorial is that after 13 years of being on the ballot, SB-2 has not been chosen, proponents of SB-2 should back off.
To quote them, "Our advice to them: Give it a rest." The real message is..."You have been defeated, so enough already — give up, put your tail between legs, slink away and don't bother bringing it up again.
Ironically, town meeting is supposed to represent old fashioned values and community. And yet the Monitor's suggestion is the very antithesis of good fellowship and good sportsmanship i.e.; being good winners and good losers. While offering a back-handed olive branch by suggesting that Sanbornton tailor the meeting to meet the needs of additional participants, the "in your face" implication almost suggests that the Monitor might have some sort of ax to grind!  Odd since they are the CONCORD Monitor. At any rate, they are certainly NOT appearing to be a good winner, are they?
"They won — you lost — so go home and don't bother ever trying again because your defeat is a "done deal" — quite the poignant message to send out to people striving for change. Unfortunately, it is also a posture that is usually associated with bullies and dictators. I don't know about you, but the very idea of a defeatist mentality makes me sick. It wasn't the way I was raised and it certainly isn't the way I think living in a free country should be. And it is certainly not an acceptable concept to teach our younger generations.
In another op-ed piece I mentioned the likes of Nazi Germany and communist countries everywhere — where free speech was curtailed and (even with the Borg in Star Trek), all efforts to resist are considered futile. But consider what might have happened if defeat had been regarded as a fait du complet during the great wars of our time — the Revolution, the Civil War, WWI an WWII. We probably would all be speaking with British accents — or worse — we wouldn't be speaking any form of English at all!
The saying goes — If you don't succeed, Try, try again. The Monitor's message spin on it? If you don't succeed — just give up! Hopefully anyone working towards change in Sanbornton, or anywhere else, has enough intelligence and good sense as to NOT pay any attention to such drivel.
Give up? Sorry — not gonna happen!
T.K. Whalen
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 10:56

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864 voted on election day; 147 showed up for town meeting

To the editor,
Reading The Sanbornton Town Meeting Minutes, which can be found on the town website, you will note that of the two hand votes taken at the meeting; 147 people voted on one article and 120 on another. What a democratic process — 120-147 people voting out of 2,178 registered voters, I can't believe that anyone would in good conscience favor such a poor response when SB-2 would have brought out many more voters
On election day 864 people voted, and whatever the outcome they were able to vote on election day from 7 AM-7 PM. To bad the other 724 voters who showed up on Election Day couldn't make it to the Town Meeting.
Bill Whalen
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:23

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