This is a religious war against the 'infidels', waged for centuries

To The Daily Sun,

American citizens are presently onlookers to France's 9/11 moment. There are so many questions, viewpoints, opinions and thoughts on what is happening, why and what should America do. Of course, I too have opinions and viewpoints concerning this critical point in history; however, I would like to point out something that seems to have been missed.

Some people are very sensitive to calling what is happening a "religious war" and quickly add that "the majority of Muslims are not involved" or that they even sympathize with these terrorist actions. Others ask: "If this is true, why DON'T they speak up in opposition and denounce the so called "radical few?"

In Turkey, at a soccer game, a moment of silence was asked for — a tribute to those who died in France on Friday, the 13th. As this tribute began, thousands in attendance started booing and chanting "Allah Akbar" — the war cry of the "radicalized Muslims," shouted during terrorist massacres. Hello?

This is a religious war against the "infidels" that has been waged throughout history, and in my opinion answers the question of why "the majority of Muslims" are not ever heard from. They just spoke.

Wake up America.

Ken Knowlton

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Rare today to hear politician talk of protecting liberty & property

To The Daily Sun,

When Alexis de Tocqueville visited America in the 1830s, Andrew Jackson was president. He wrote, "Americans were constantly forming associations to advance the arts, build libraries and hospitals, and meet social needs of every kind. If something good needed to be done, it didn't occur to Andrew Jackson or his fellow citizens to expect politicians and bureaucrats, who were distant in both space and spirit, to do it for them."

Tocqueville also noted, "... among the laws that rule human societies, there is one which seems to be more precise and clear than all others. If men are to remain civilized or to become so, the art of associating together must grow and improve."

The 19th century produced a flowering of charitable functions unseen at any time or place in history. Organizations like the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are but two of many that came into being. Unlike government programs that fail to perform and request more money, charitable organizations show results. If they did not, people would not continue to donate to them.

Free will gives private charities an element unseen in government functions. Where government gets bogged down in paperwork and catering to favoritism, the free party gives willingly of his/her time and resources. Peter Drucker, a management expert explains the difference. Both faith-based and secular "spend far less for results than governments spend for failure."

Grover Cleveland was the son of a Presbyterian minister. He was our 22nd and 24th president. It was said that he was so forthright and plain-spoken that he made Harry Truman appear indecisive by comparison. He felt it was dishonest to use government one's own benefit at other's expense. He became an early opposition to the welfare state.

Marvin Olasky, author of "The American Leadership Tradition," wrote, "When Cleveland was mayor of Buffalo, N.Y., in the early 1880s, his willingness to resist demands for government handouts made his name known throughout New York State, catapulting him to the governorship in 1882 and the presidency in 1884."

Cleveland vetoed 414 bills in his first term and 170 in his second term. He believed it was a "serious danger" that government should dispense favors and advantages to individuals or their businesses.

During President Grover Cleveland's term, Congress appropriated $10,000 to buy grain for the drought stricken Texans. President Cleveland vetoed the bill with these remarks: "The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow-citizens in misfortune ... federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood."

Cleveland understood that taking from some to give to others as a violation of the Eighth and Tenth Commandments, which warn against envy. He noted, "It does not say though shall not steal unless the other guy has more than you do, or unless a government representative does it for you, unless you can't find anyone who will give it to you freely, or unless you're totally convinced you can spend it better than the guy to whom it belongs."

Author Marvin Olasky wrote in his 1999 book "The American Leadership Tradition" that private and voluntary donations poured in to Texas not long after president Cleveland's veto which amounted to at least 10 times what Congress had asked for." Since the Pilgrims landing in 1620 a self resiliency had been practiced. Of course the first year a form of socialism had been practiced and nearly decimated the group.

Since the 1930s, federal bureaucracies have undertaken the coercive practice of charity as to their understanding. Offices were created, of course, at a high cost to the American public. As soon as government charity (confiscation) took hold, politics entered the equation.

FDR said in his State of the Union Address on Jan. 4 of 1935, "The lessons of history, confirmed by evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. The federal government must and shall quit this business of relief". He did not keep his promise.

Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" cost $5 trillion. After 30 years, President Bill Clinton said, "We fought the War on poverty and lost." Had we listened to those who came before us we might have had fewer broken families, less idleness and far less inter generational dependency and hopelessness. Taxpayers have paid an enormous fortune that has not cured the problem.

Two major groups benefited from federal welfare. First: politicians who were elected as champions of the people became opportunist to the plight of the needy. Second: the bureaucracy became an army of professional poverty fighters, always secure in their position regardless of results. Economist Walter Williams noted, "A lot of people went to Washington to do good, and apparently have done very well."

Are we living in a more enlightened era? Our American ancestors did not have elaborate air conditioned board rooms to conspire ways to divide the wealth. They gave us the most inspired anti poverty in existence. It was called Liberty.

Thomas Jefferson, our third president gave us a prophetic warning in his Declaration of Independence when he listed offenses committed by the king. We would do well to read it, study it, and compare how close we have slipped into the despotic analogy of those times. He stated, "A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the read it has earned. This is the sum of good government." His uncanny wisdom gave this advice: "You don't tax people in New Hampshire in order to build a road in Georgia."

James Madison, our fourth president was visionary as well. He said, "the government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects, it is not like state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."

Our founding generation would be saddened to see our day. To listen to politicians rant and rave on what they would give those who vote for them. Yet few even mention protection of liberty and property. Its a sick game that we have got ourselves into, and its weakening our core value. We are failing because we are using failed policies. Lets not elect those who sing the same old tired song of socialism. The first 20 presidents understood the constraints within the Constitution. America's security and liberty rests within the confines of that inspired charter. It will be our peril to trifle with it.

Gene F. Danforth


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When asked, community answered call to support the Lakers

To The Daily Sun,

The Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough football season has come to an end and what an end it was. Our boys had the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to live, what years from now will be known as, "the glory days" and our boys did great. They may not have brought home the plaque they went to Durham to receive, however, they went to Durham. They were one of two of the best 16 teams in Division III this year and they made this community proud.

How about our community? Our community is solid. When asked, our community answered the call, after call, after call... I want to start with the working faction of the I-L/MA Football Boosters program. These parents went above and beyond to see that our boys were recognized, our boys were fed and our boys had what they needed this season.

Next, how about our business owners and managers who changed their signage this past week to celebrate and show our team and our community "WE BELIEVE." In Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, Laconia, Gilford, "THANKS" beyond these words to all who marketed our football team with hope and pride. I bet we will be back again soon.

The local area fire and police departments who escorted our team to the big game. We thank the I-L senior class and their advisers for their role and letting our boys know that the school community was with them through the end. The school administration and high school community at large for pumping up our team.

The pep rally at school was fun and was exciting to be a part of, good form. Incredible thanks to Norm McGuigan Sue McGarry for being so gracious to host the "community" pep rally on Saturday night. This event was fun, it was safe and from what I'm told the kids will remember this event for the rest of their lives. Thank you Norm and Sue.

To the coaches who got the boys to this game, great job. Football is a long season of varying temperatures, working with boys who have a whole lot going on in their lives and (parents), need I say more. Head Coach Francis, his partner Coach Blundo and their staff, I believe did a masterful job helping our boys stay focused, have fun, understand the idea of winning (and losing) which I know will help to mold these boys' futures.

Finally, I would like to thank Ryan Kelly for his hard work and dedication not only to this team but to his school work and for helping us in the fan seats to have a fun season watching him move the ball down the field with his team. Doreen, God willing, we have more seasons ahead and I am blessed to have you with me. Bill and Randy, I look forward to joining you on the hard court, soon.

Chris Kelly


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2,000 lbs. of locally grown, fresh produce has been donated

To The Daily Sun,

This year I will be giving thanks that over 2,000 pounds of locally grown, fresh produce was donated by local farmers and home gardeners to the New Hampshire Gleans-Belknap County program. This produce was harvested by program staff and volunteers and was donated to local food pantries to help feed those in need.

One food pantry in Belknap County reported that a recent donation of 1,300 pounds of apples grown by two local homeowners and harvested by the New Hampshire Gleans program will be given to school children and used in the church's Thanksgiving pies. Earlier this year New Hampshire Gleans-Belknap County's harvest included approximately 300 pounds of blueberries, 350 pounds of pears, 50 pounds of tomatoes, 12 pounds of blue potatoes, and bags of fresh herbs and Swiss chard; all donated to local food pantries, including the New Hampshire Food Bank.

New Hampshire Gleans-Belknap County is supported by New Hampshire Farm to School–UNH Sustainability Institute and administered by the Belknap County Conservation District.

Lisa Morin
Belknap County Conservation District


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Governor Maggie Hassan - Need temporary halt to accepting Syrian refugees (B)

As the Governor of New Hampshire, my first and foremost responsibility is to protect the safety and security of our citizens.

In the wake of the horrific acts of terror in Paris, state emergency management officials and I have worked with federal Homeland Security, the FBI and local police departments to exercise extra vigilance, and I will continue to ensure that the state is taking necessary precautions to protect the safety of Granite Staters.

These heinous attacks were carried out on the streets of Paris, but the terrorists who committed these cowardly acts also targeted each of us — and the values we hold most dear — with threats of their savage violence.

As we see the images of both heart-breaking pain and incredible resilience in France, we know that these heinous attacks will only strengthen our collective resolve to defeat ISIS and rid the world of violent extremism, wherever it may be.

Protecting the safety and security of our people is the highest responsibility of government, and it's clear that we must do more to defeat ISIS.

Given that ISIS has proven that it can expand its violence beyond the territory of the Middle East, it is prudent to take a step back and make sure that every possible action is being taken to protect American citizens here at home.

That is why I have called for the federal government to temporarily halt acceptance of refugees from Syria until intelligence and defense officials can assure that the process for vetting all refugees is as strong as possible to ensure public safety.

This should be a temporary measure. The federal government can and must work in a timely fashion to conduct a thorough re-evaluation of every step in the screening process, including ensuring proper resources for departments responsible for carrying out these screenings.

When it comes to refugee resettlement, the federal government also needs to improve its coordination with state homeland security officials and local public safety officials. As governor, I know firsthand that the federal government does not do enough to communicate with local public safety officials about who is being resettled, what their backgrounds are, and how they have been screened – and that needs to change.

The Paris attacks also reinforce that it is not enough to simply slow the ISIS's progress or contain their territorial gains. We need to use every tool at our disposal, short of ongoing combat ground troops at this time, to defeat these terrorists.

To eliminate ISIS:

— We must intensify our efforts to destroy ISIS's command and control structure through both air strikes and targeted Special Operations raids where necessary.
— We must increase our coordination and support for moderate forces like the Kurdish fighters who have shown promising capability on the battlefield.
— We must strengthen both our intelligence capabilities and our ability to cut off ISIS's funding mechanisms by targeting its lucrative oil business and smuggling activities.
— And we must increase pressure on Russia and the rest of the international community to reach a political solution in Syria that takes into account who will fill the void that will be left after Assad.

And it also means that Congress should finally take up, debate, and pass a strong Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), and be honest with the American people about the fact that we are at war with ISIS. There is simply no excuse for Congress failing to do its constitutional duty, especially in the face of a threat as serious and evil as ISIS. Congress needs to hold hearings with military leadership on the necessary terms of a new AUMF, and then we need to be clear with the American people about what it will take to eliminate ISIS.

To truly defeat ISIS, we must also ensure that we do not give in to the fear these terrorists are trying to sow. We cannot allow them to undermine the fundamental values that make America the greatest country on earth.

We are a welcoming nation of immigrants, and we must always continue to be. Throughout our history, the United States has been an extraordinary force for good in the world, and as we work to protect our country and our allies, we cannot lose sight of the inclusive values of our founders or of our commitment to addressing humanitarian crises.

Part of the meaning of "Live Free or Die" and of our American values is a recognition that true freedom does not come without risk.

We cannot demonize an entire people or forever close our borders. We must recognize that if we don't remain a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse nation, then we will cease to be America. It's in the interests of our nation — both based on our values and our national security — to aid the vulnerable people, including women and children, who are fleeing from the atrocities and terror of ISIS.

After we re-evaluate and strengthen our security measures, we must engage in the process of addressing this humanitarian crisis.

We can wipe out ISIS and the radical ideology that feeds it. We can strengthen our security procedures to ensure the safety of our people while maintaining the values that make us strong.

And we can demonstrate to all who seek to do us harm that they can never defeat the resiliency and spirit that defines New Hampshire and the United States of America.

(Democrat Maggie Hassan is serving her second term as governor of New Hampshire.)

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