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Selectboard needs to listen to concerns about roundabout plan

To The Daily Sun,

I have been on the Route 3-25 Committee from Day 1. I stated at the first meeting if we came up with a plan that wouldn't improve the traffic flow and make it better than it is at the present, I would be inclined to leave it the way it is.
After many meetings, in December, we came up with a plan that was accepted. The only reason I supported the plan, was I thought it seemed better than all the rest.

Even after voting in favor, I had many doubts that it would resolve the problems we have with the present situation.
I have lived in Meredith all my life. Born in 1942, I have seen many changes through the years. Personally I have got use to the lights at Route 3-25, and I wouldn't have any problem leaving it the way it is.

Another concern from the first day was, what do the citizens of Meredith feel about the plan and their reasons. I have had many comments about the present plan and I can honestly say not one person was in favor.

Some of the reasons make sense and others are right off the wall. One of the objections is, that no matter what, no changes should be considered. To many of these people I would like to point out that as a native, I have seen many changes that these same people by moving here have forced change on us.

I really have to speak out about one, even though I think of Karen Sticht as a friend. I really think she is off base if she thinks anyone would support removing the Town Docks. I hope she doesn't want to move the lake, too.

Last of all, I hope the Selectboard listens to the concerns of the citizens of Meredith.

L. Michael Hatch
Meredith

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People like sheep; we need someone to follow; it's the way we are

To The Daily Sun,
In response to L.J. Siden's letter of Jan. 20, as to the nature of liberals' lack of concern for human life, it is a true fact that particularly those who drive the liberal agenda demonstrate a lack of concern for human life in its earliest stages of development. This is true to the point that you can't even have an intelligent conversation with some over the the sanctity of the human life of a fetus. Their determination to protect their self-will over and against the welfare of the fetus precludes it. The matter is a lack of recognizing that this life is a gift from God, no matter how it was conceived. It is thus a rebellion against God, an act of not receiving his gift. So when God's agenda differs from yours, you snuff out the life, throw away the gift.

Now all liberals are not like this. Indeed some are pro-life, some are even Christians. But of those who drive the liberal agenda I think this can be said to be true of enough to make the generalization. It is this lack of honor and respect for God and the life that only he can give that concerns me. If you don't respect life at its earliest stages when it is helpless, it stands to reason that these pursuing their own self will, will not respect human life at its latter stages when it is again helpless. A panel of thusly minded people unanswerable to anyone does not sound good to me.

Here's the thing. People are like sheep. We need someone to follow. It's the way we are. Christians know this, but praise be to God we have a Good Shepherd. Many liberals and even conservatives who do not know the Lord exalt reason and their own ability, well, beyond reason, and become "useful idiots." I mean no offense. Particularly to those who participate in this forum, most are very intelligent. Yet if you do not realize that you need a shepherd you will end up serving someone who in the end you will wish you hadn't.

Mr. Siden is very wrong in ascribing my motive as stirring up hate and fear. In this he violates his own injunction not to draw unsubstantiated conclusions. My only desire is to encourage people as much as it is in our power, not to throw away our liberty for a security that in the end will turn out to be a false security. And that all would turn to Christ.

John Demakowski
Franklin

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