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What a sobering find on the 4th of July; let me share it with you

To The Daily Sun,
I write this on the 4th. This morning I rose early to beat the humidity in the garden and then settled to price and label books that the Friends of the Meredith Library sell at the Laconia Antique Center. As I was going through the sacks to label, I pulled a small book entitled: "I am an American: What Every Citizen Should Know," published in 1940. It is what fell from the pages that really captured my attention and I decided to take the time and share it with others.
It was a very yellowed newspaper clipping – actually, an Ann Landers' column published on July 4th and entitled "Declaration cost flesh and blood." It was a reader from New Jersey who shared it with the columnist; no author was cited. Here it is:
"Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons who served in the revolutionary army. Another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers and plantation owners. All were mean of means and well-educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKean was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family constantly. He served in Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Ellery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnet, Heyward, Rutledge, and Middleton.
At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
The home of Francis Lewis was destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from the bedside of his dying wife. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and gristmill were laid waste. For more than a year, he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and children gone. He died shortly thereafter heartbroken. Morris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight and unwavering, they pledged 'For the support of the Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.'
They gave us a free and independent America. The history books never tell us much of what happened in the Revolutionary War. We were British subjects at that time, and we fought against our own government. Too often we now take these liberties for granted.
So – while you are enjoying the festivities of the July Fourth holiday, take a few minutes and silently thank these patriots for their heroic contributions. It is not too much to ask for the price they paid. Freedom is never free."
What a sobering find on the 4th of July — and a reminder also about the patriots that have followed in their footsteps to this day to preserve and share that Freedom.
Eliza Leadbeater
New Hampton

Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 11:12

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Summer Fling fundraiser for Year Round Library a great success

To The Daily Sun,
The Gilmanton Year Round Library Board of Directors extends hearty thanks to all who participated in the Summer Fling Fundraiser on June 29.
The events on the grounds of the Library included local vendors selling many different kinds of items on the lawn and inside the library, a collection of antique cars, face painting, sand art, games, a petting zoo provided by Tiny Tails Farms, Fire Department equipment provided by the Canterbury Fire Department, which also brought Smokey The Bear, and an ambulance staffed by the Gilmanton Fire Department.
There was a book sale and a plant sale with plants provided by Cole Gardens. Music during the lunch of hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and soda was provided by the Burdett Brothers Band with Don Guarino on drums.
Raffle items were donated by Phil Eisenmann, The Home Depot, Aaron's , Cole Gardens, Whoop It Up Whoopie Pies, Lisa's Dragonfly Garden Center, the Gosselin children, Subway, and Scentsy Candles.
Congratulations to the winners of the raffles: Dodie Smithers, Jordyn McElroy, Ellen Courtemanche, Baldi, John O'Malley , Gertie, Marge Durkee, and Carol Welch.
Other sponsors include BJ's Wholesale Club, Fiddlehead Farms, Walmart, Rolling Out The Dough, Meetinghouse Soda and Byron's Septic Service.
We appreciate all our many volunteers who planned and accomplished the events of the day. Thanks so much for all of your enthusiasm to support the Library. We now have funding to continue operations through January, 2014.
Board of Trustees
Gilmanton Year Round Library

Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 10:46

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All liberal/progressive ideas end up in one place - bankruptcy

To The Daily Sun,
Elvis hasn't been spotted in the Lakes Region lately but Leo Sandy has. The old, sly dog is back. He has been seen in The Daily Sun writing under the pen name George Maloof. On Tuesday George spread a most distilled version of "Sandy fertilizer". George's conclusions: OLD FOLKS are stupid, gullible, dreamers while the LIBERAL MIND burns BRILLIANTLY. This lunacy logic is Leo Sandy reincarnated to perfection. Leo spent years trying to convince us his advanced, academic mind had reached the stratosphere. The only person who ever believed that was Leo as he sputtered out donkey dopey to the unsuspecting masses. I write to The Sun far less frequently now, feeling far less need to offset the weight of words written by a man never wanting to defend his beliefs in a head-to-head debate using at least one fact. Not unlike most academics. After a year free from Leo's insanity, an imitator now appears. Quick, somebody do a head count at the asylum. Maybe it really is Leo writing under a pen name.
Some thoughts to George Maloof  or Leo) about, liberals, progressives and Democrats.
Democrats have claimed for a century to be the advocates and protectors of the poor and less fortunate — most loudly at election time to buy their vote. Since FDR, Democrats have enacted one whirly gig, jerry-rigged social contraption after another under the donkey PROMISE to the poor and less fortunate they would bring equality. From FDR ,JFK, LBJ to Clinton, America has had "New Deals" shoved down its throat and New Societies shoved down its throat. The same with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and disability insurance. Illustrating the absolute wackiness of the liberal mind, Obama even offered government cash for your old clunker. Why not $50 for your old girlfriend. I ask George just how have all those Democratic JALOPIES worked out that liberals were one hundred percent dead sure would make our society better, equal, secure and prosperous. The answer is every cock-a -ma-mi idea liberals have ever FANTASIZED about and enacted since FDR have FAILED and floundered as miserably as any could.
TODAY, we have record numbers of people on welfare... FORTY SEVEN MILLION of them. If they were 50 feet apart the last one of them would step off on to the moon. Obama says "no need to LOOK for A JOB" to collect what are tens of billions in handouts from taxpayers. Welfare recipients now collect longer than any time in our history. We have the same percentage of the population working TODAY as there was in 1983 in good part because we have made NOT WORKING so attractive. The long-term jobless over six months are at record numbers. Our economy under Obama has seen the slowest recovery out of recession in almost 100 years. We have over SIXTEEN TRILLION in debt, headed a lot higher. Our credit rating was lowered UNDER OBAMA the first in our history. We chopped loan rates to college students for years. The federal government has thrown endless billions to education. The states have thrown hundreds of millions more to education. Still, tuitions never stop rising and student debt never stops rising with those increases. It now stands at ONE TRILLION, another history record. Student defaults are at record percentages, accompanied by failing academic success nationwide. All while there is TODAY LESS MONEY transferred to the lowest quintile of society today by government that there was 60 years ago. Social Security and Medicare are both insolvent. Medicare has unfunded liabilities going forward of over FORTY TRILLION dollars and Medicaid is pushing many states to the brink of insolvency, crowding out all other spending. One has only to look around the globe to see where the liberal, progressive agenda ends from Greece to Italy to Portugal to Spain. I can sum it up in ONE WORD, GEORGE, if it is beyond your scope of comprehension. That word is BANKRUPT — the same place all liberal/progressive ideas end for the people and countries that follow them. EVERY ONE goes bankrupt. Remind us all again, George, just how wonderful and successful the liberal agenda has been at reducing the pain and suffering of the less fortunate. That will happen when donkeys fly.
Tony Boutin

Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 10:39

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Clean family fun is essence of the Weirs; let's keep it that way

To The Daily Sun,
This letter is in response to Kathleen Kelley's letter to The Daily Sun in the June 29 issue:
The "Weirs", which is a section of the City of Laconia, is a family-oriented vacation area, with the exception of "Bike Week", a traditional event in June for the past 90 years. The resort owners here cater to families and guests from many different states. They come because of the clean water beach on Lake Winnipesaukee, the boating, arcades and rides for children, family restaurants and the beautiful mountain vistas surrounding the area. All this creates fond memories for adults and children. It is certainly not a place for a sex shop and if it is ever granted I would personally incite a petition to BANISH it from the Weirs.
What is here is unique — children laughing and playing on the beach, young and old holding hands and walking the boardwalk. Clean family fun. Let's keep it that way.
Cynthia Lepre
Weirs Beach - Laconia

Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 10:32

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Bob Kingsbury is rehabing in Manchester; let him hear from you

To The Daily Sun,
Open letter to friends of Bob Kingsbury:
Bob is at Maple Leaf Rehabilitation Center in Manchester (198 Pearl Street, 03104, corner of Pearl and Beech) He is in room 208 and his phone number is 603-669-1660.
I visited Bob on July 4. He is in good shape and would welcome visits from friends. If you drive, take the Bridge Street exit from I-93 and go across the river to the east. Stay on Bridge Street until you take a left on one-way Maple Street (you can't turn left on Beech because it is one-way south). Go one block and turn left on Pearl. Maple Leaf will be one block down on your right. If you are familiar with the Currier Museum of Art, Bob's temporary home is one block to the south of that institution..
Don Onofrio

Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 10:23

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