To The Daily Sun,
It takes one to know one is a common term. John Demakowski has alluded that our cordial professor, Mr Cracraft, may be afflicted with hot air. A misreading, of course. Mr Demakowski's hot air is straight from his make-believe Bible's lake of fire, where he has it in his tormented mind that you will be tortured with fire because you deserve it if you don't accept the beliefs of people who didn't know where the sun went at night. Got that?
Now let's get to hot air. Firstly, there is no evidence for any supernatural realm, beings, or deities. Zero, so stop pretending there is to make yourself feel warm and fuzzy. Ignorance of natural processes in the universe is not grounds for faith. It is grounds for awe and wonder and curiosity.
Secondly, there are no primary contemporary sources for the life of the Bible's Jesus. In my opinion, Jesus is a mythical construct, a synthetic person made by synchronizing Pagan mystery cults, Hellenism, and Judaism. All three represented the major religious currents of that Roman era. Nor does archaeology support the Pentateuch.
The Bible is not a history document; it is a religious document not unlike the Quran or the Bagativa Gita or the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Mr Demakowski speaks of his Biblical literacy but in my view that is as important as claiming one is well studied in Harry Potter novels, the Dune Trilogy or the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov.
Pretending to know things is not a virtue. Its the virtue of a wolf.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:08
To The Daily Sun,
Dear friends and relatives that do and do not know me as of yet:
This summer our presbytery here in Northern New England is sending a mission trip to the country of Romania. I am praying about and planning to be a part of this trip.
As I lay alone in my hospital bed healing from a horrible car/motor cycle accident, I knew then that Christ had saved my life for a future purpose of His. I feel that this trip to Romania to share the Gospel and administer Christ's mercy to others is part of the reason Christ let me live on. Please pray for me and help me if you can.
Romania has suffered oppression for much of the last century; at the hands of Nazi Germany during WWII and then the USSR for many years afterwards. Germany annexed large sections of land and the USSR bled Romania of natural and economic resources in the 1950s. The communist dictator Ceausescu came to power in 1965 promising independence, but proved to be brutally oppressive. Tens of thousands of citizens were detained, imprisoned, tortured or killed during his regime. Since his ouster in 1989 there has been steady improvement, but even today Romania has the lowest average yearly wage in the European Union. The average Romanian makes 1/8 to 1/10 of a comparable worker in the U.S.
This economic hardship creates many challenges for the Christian church in Romania, as ministry is complicated by poverty, child abandonment and birth defects from alcoholism. We are working with Hong Key Chung, a Korean missionary who is pastor of Zion Presbyterian Church in Bucharest. Rev. Chung, in addition to his work in church planting, has focused on ministry to the political establishment so as to effect change in the country through those with the greatest influence.
Our team will be providing an opportunity for Zion Church to be refreshed through a five-day retreat in rural Romania. We will be assisting with teaching, children's programs, drama and other elements of the retreat.
After the retreat is over, our team will partner with another local church to do evangelism and mercy ministry in Bucharest for three days.
The trip will take place from July 2 – 11 of this year. The cost of my trip is $1,800. This covers my airfare, lodging, food and ministry expenses. Because of the economic situation in Romania, our team is raising an additional $5,000 to cover some of the expenses of the retreat itself and part of the travel and lodging costs for Zion Church members. Otherwise most of them would be financially unable to go.
Please consider praying for this trip and, if you are able, contributing financially. This is a big step of faith for the presbytery, our team and me. I'm looking forward to seeing how God builds our faith through the process.
All financial contributions are tax-deductible and can be made out and mailed to: Grace Presbyterian Church, 174 Province Street, Laconia, NH 03246. (Place my name on the memo line)
Thank you for considering this opportunity!
Ralph "Rip" Perrino
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:05
To The Daily Sun,
We want to thank the amazing CASA advocates we work with in child abuse and neglect court cases in Belknap County. You are amazing men and women who are making a difference because you are willing to help families and children be safe in caring homes. You stand up in court and beyond to speak for what is in the children's and youths' best interest. You meet the children and the families where they are, always hoping for that place to be better when the court closes the case. You enjoy the miracles of small, every day successes, and you persevere in spite of various obstacles.
April 12-19 is Volunteer Appreciation Week and so we are publicly giving our whole-hearted thanks and appreciation to all the CASA/GALs we supervise (in our office, every week is Volunteer Appreciation Week). Each of you has made a positive difference in more than one child's life.
Jessica Storey & Joy Nolan
CASA Program Manager for Grafton County
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:01
To The Daily Sun,
Do you love your local farmer, and the great food he or she produces for you and your family? The message below comes from a young Lakes Region farmer (maybe YOUR farmer), who is working hard both at farming and growing the local food system. He sent it to other farmers, but I think the message is pertinent to all of us! He graciously gave me permission to revise the letter for general distribution. My husband and I have already donated, and I hope these words might inspire some of you to do so as well.
"I apologize to you all preemptively for what may sound like a 'sales' pitch, but I assure you it's not. I am a small vegetable grower here in the Lakes Region of our state.
The Lakes Region Local Food Guide is set to go to print again this year, but lacks ample funding. This publication, supported last year by grant funding, was distributed throughout the Lakes Region at libraries, medical offices, schools, stores, fitness centers, restaurants, hotels/resorts, with acknowledgments made through local newspapers, on websites, and in tourism publications. 27 percent of farms listed in the guide saw an increase in sales directly tied to new customers who found them through the guide.
This year's guide is not funded by a grant and we can't always be relying on grants to support what we do. Grants can help get things started, but they can't sustain our efforts indefinitely! This year the guide has kept advertising to a minimum to provide an uncluttered, content driven publication for folks to navigate and easily and learn about our farms.
Still reading? We farmers all do our best to promote our own farms, and each others farms. However, with "information age" fatigue, dominant digital platforms, "big data" (whatever that is) and digital overload, it's no question why these well designed printed guides fly off of every public library foyer shelf I've left them at!
Still not convinced this isn't a sales pitch? If we do not support those who support us, we'll constantly be lamenting to each other and sitting behind computer screens trying to figure out how to let folks know about how to support local agriculture and, in turn, our food system. It's a support pitch!
The Local Food Guide still needs $3000 to go to print ... if 150 people each gave $25, that would enable a full printing run, ready for distribution at the beginning of the prime growing season. Invite a few of your friends to pitch in and make a group donation. Any size contribution is appreciated.
A "sales" pitch it is not, it's about support ... if folks don't come back to our farm stands, farmers' markets, and CSA programs, it's local agriculture and our food system that suffers, and so I ask now if we can all make a small effort to support each other by supporting this guide." Visit
http://form.jotform.us/form/50125134869152 to access the on-line donation form, or mail donations, payable to The University of New Hampshire, to Kelly McAdam, UNH Cooperative Extension, 635 Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246."
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 06:50
To The Daily Sun,
How in the world can anyone have any confidence whatsoever in Obama's attempt to get an agreement with Iran over nuke development? The crazy mullahs say the destruction of Israel is non-negotiable, all sanctions must be lifted before an agreement will be signed, there nuke programs will only be slowed not ended, they will not stop supporting terrorism or attacking neighbors. So what exactly will they agree to? Only to make Obama look like a fool for even trying to deal with radical nut jobs instead of putting real biting sanctions against them, it looks like.
It was the sanctions in the first place that made them beg for negotiations, but then Obama gave away all his bargaining power even before talks began. That seems to be how Obama works because he did the same in his first year dealing with the Russians, killing the antimissile defenses in Eastern Europe, depending on Putin being so grateful that he would be reasonable after that. Look how that has worked out.
Obama's problem is he is incapable of learning from his past failures. Wasn't it Forest Gump's momma who said, "stupid is as stupid does?"
Let's talk about her highness, Hillary "What does it really matter" Clinton for a moment. Here is a woman who champions women's rights, but takes tens of millions of dollars from people who violate, subjugate, abuse, brutalize and kill women as a cultural norm. Her highness, as Secretary of State, violated law, policy and good sense by doing all her government work on personal servers kept at her home then when caught and questions were being asked had them wiped clean. Four years of communications destroyed in violation of right-to-know laws. Geeze, Nixon only erased 18 minutes of tapes and look what happened to him. Besides no one died at the Watergate unlike Benghazi.
So now we see she's running again for president. How can anyone even pretend to trust this old woman and her narcissistic judgments? Do Democrats really want someone representing them who believes she is above the law, above the Constitution and thinks she is just plain entitled to it?
After nearly seven years of progressive failures, blunders, scandals and harming the very people they pretend to represent real Democrats should examine themselves and ask: Do I really want another four years of the same shameful convolution of principles that have been committed in our names?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 09:44