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City should now name bridge as memorial to Lilyanna Johnson

To the editor,
My heart and prayers go out to the family's of Lillyanna Johnson and Alyssa Minor.
To my knowledge the Messer Street Bridge does not have a name other then the Messer Street Bridge. I would propose the Laconia City Council consider naming it the "Lillyanna Johnson Memorial Bridge".
Perhaps one of our local businesses would donate a plaque to put on the bridge?
Mike Beaule
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:15

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Where Senator Hosmer's children go to school is nobody's business

To the editor,
It looks like the far right in the Lakes Region has woken up again and is taking shots at Senator Hosmer for where he sends his kids to school. That is nobody's business; parents have the right to sent their kids to which ever school they wish, and the writers' charge stinks like all other red herrings. The real point here is that the government is not supposed to send taxpayers' money to organizations that teach kids narrow and biased religious points of views. The N.H. and U.S. constitutions prohibit such a practice.
So where are the defenders of the Constitution when you need them? The last legislation session did many things to harm our state and our Constitution and it's about time our representatives start doing the right thing. So thank you Senator Hosmer for trying to right a wrong. If HB-370 becomes law, $90 million that would have been taken out of the N.H. public school system will stay in our communities helping all kids become better students and giving teachers the funds they need in order to get their job done.
I have worked and volunteered in two different school systems and N.H. schools are in desperate need of funds to get our kids headed in the right direction. Many times I saw teachers getting laid off because it was the only option in order to save money for other programs, and many after school programs are left in the dark because of lack of money. Our kids should be focusing on studying, not on fundraising to get their favorite extra-curricular activity that keeps them in school.
Keep up the good work, Senator Hosmer. Thank you for keeping your pledge to put N.H. kids first and to defend our Constitution.
Carlos Cardona
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:12

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Mr. Wiles missed the boat & could use reading comprehension class

To the editor,
This past week I submitted a poem ("Boston Massacre Revisited") for publication in reaction to the Boston bombings on Marathon Monday. As a writer, it was merely a poem of grief, and not a letter to the editor. It required no rebuttal. It was placed in the "letters" section by the editor hence the inevitable rebuttal by the likes of Mr. Russ Wiles, a "frequent contributor to The Sun," who politicizes and "rebuts" everything, no matter what the subject or origin... and often weekly. For him everything written by others is politically motivated or has a hidden political agenda.
His manufactured attack analysis of me and erroneous supposition of virtually everything I wrote in the poem was wrong on all counts. Yes, the Black winner was in reference to the Marathon winner; Yes the 15th was coincidently Tax Day and Marathon Day; No it was not a slam on conservatives in any regard. All people dislike taxes! Anarchists can be national or international in origin and non-party affiliated hence at the time of the poem, the authorities had no clue who had successfully completed the acts of terror — one or more people.
Patriot's Day and Marathon Day is a special day in America, for some 100 plus years; a Boston tradition, thereby "someone evil of any origin" could seek to make a profound statement/impact on that day where patriotic Americans are gathered in celebratory fashion, en masse. I merely questioned the timing of the event and stated the hypothetical motives — clearly in the poem...at least clearly for most readers!
Basically Mr. Wiles's diatribe about the left, Chris Matthews and Rahm Emanuel and "leftists" in general were irrelevant to anything related to my composition. As is often seen in print, Mr. Wiles just "vented" without just cause — chastising me sans one compliment that reminded me of the Italian expression: "kiss on the cheek, and then slap in the face." You couldn't be further off the mark in your letter, Mr. Wiles — basically reflecting total ignorance of the poem's meaning and intentions, as well as its therapeutic value for some readers.
Thank you to all that contacted me directly with compliments on the composition. Even high school children who take reading comprehension classes identified with the meaning of the poem.
Mr. Wiles missed the boat and could benefit from a similar class, but resorted to turning "a simple poetic statement of profound remorse and anger regarding the tragedy in Boston" into unjust criticism of my heartfelt feelings and sympathetic creative prose which was cathartic for me personally (and apparently for others). You see Mr Wiles, for years I stood by the finish line, feet from where those people died or were maimed — years that were precious to me annually, when I worked in Boston/ Cambridge at Arthur D. Little. I almost went this year. Never again will I stand where I used to at the race, near the finish line. Two terrorists ruined that for me and my children, forever.
Jack Polidoro
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:08

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To Jack Polidoro: Thank you sir. Your poem was very well done

To the editor,
On Jack Polidoro's poem, "Boston Massacre Revisited — A Finish Line Unfinished" in the April 17th Daily Sun: Well done, sir, very well done. Well done, and thank you.
Bill Carberry
Plymouth

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:05

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Women's groups have been generous to Scholarship Foundation

To the editor,
Hats off to the Ladies of the Lake! We salute their many contributions to the Lakes Region and thank Brenda Polidoro, the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, and the Laconia Public Library for the lovely displays recognizing the work done by these dedicated ladies in our community.
We also wish to acknowledge the support of the many women's organizations that have awarded scholarships totaling of $215,660 from 1956 through 2012 to our local college-bound students through the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation. The following were founding members of the Foundation in 1956: Laconia Emblem Club, Lakeport Woman's Club, and Laconia Woman's Club. Over the years, they were joined by the Opechee Garden Club, Lochmere Woman's Club, and Zonta Club of the Lakes Region. We also wish to mention the past support of the Altrusa Club, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, and the Laconia Business & Professional Women's Club.
Joan Cormier, Executive Director
Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:02

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