To The Daily Sun,
The recent Laconia-Gilford Lions Club Electronic Waste Collection Day on April 18 was a great success, and the club is grateful to all those who participated in it. Thanks to you, we filled up almost two large trucks with recyclable electronic items.
Special thanks to Lowe's in Gilford for allowing us to use their parking lot for this fundraiser.
The money that the Lions raised will allow the club to meet pressing needs in our community including eye exams, eye glasses, hearing aids, scholarships to graduating seniors, Community Health & Hospice, and assistance to food pantries among other local charities. The club greatly appreciates all of your support and looks forward to seeing you on October 24, 2015 for our fall Electronic Waste fundraiser.
Laconia-Gilford Lions Club
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 08:51
To The Daily Sun,
Dear Shaker Regional School Board members:
I was happy to see the notice about a special meeting being held with regards to the Culture Survey requested by the community at our most recent school district meeting. I am pleased that the school board is taking action on this right away.
I would like to ask you to please consider the following while you are looking at options for this process:
— Use a third-party vendor.
— Ensure anonymity of respondents to obtain the best data results.
— Include all past employees who have left the district within the last 2-3 years.
— Create a small survey committee, as recommended, that would include staff members, parents, community members and school board members. As requested, please include Roy Roberts as one of these committee members. This committee should help with decisions about the vendor being used, the data to be obtained through the survey, review and analyze the response data when received, and potentially make recommendations to the school board for future actions.
— Include parent, student and community member surveys.
— This culture survey process should not be filtered through the SAU office. All communications with regards to the vendor, survey questions, data, etc. should be communicated with the survey overview committee/school board directly
— Plan and publicize a meeting when the survey data and analysis will be made available to the public and what action the school board may take with regards to the data obtained
I hope that this process will help to create the transparency that community members are striving for, and that we can help to rebuild the trust and confidence that has always been a huge cornerstone of the Shaker Regional School District.
Thank you for your consideration.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 10:56
To The Daily Sun,
I'm so pleased that my latest letter "amused" Mr. Ewing with all my "false assertions". If I may, I'd like to discuss a few of Mr. Ewing's assertions.
He states that: "We (the Tea Party) believe that our federal government today is bought (with political support) by special interest groups which have no concern for most Americans, or for the security and prosperity of our nation." This is a bit odd, given the fact that the Tea Party was founded and funded by the Koch brothers. They have pledged to spend just shy of a billion dollars on the 2016 elections. Rupert Murdoch is also a huge contributor. Frank Rich of the New York Times wrote a great article — "The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party." He states: "Their (the Koch brothers) program opposes a federal deficit, but has no objection to running up trillions in red ink in tax cuts to corporations and the super rich; opposes the extension of unemployment benefits; and calls for a freeze on federal regulations in an era when abuses in the oil, financial, mining, pharmaceutical ... industries ... have been outrageous. The Koch brothers must be laughing all the way to the bank knowing that working Americans are aiding and abetting their selfish interests."
Mr. Ewing also states that Ted Cruz's shutting down the government, "is ridiculous since only the president has the power to shut down the government". Now the Republican House has tried to repeal the Affordable Care act over 50 times. They just simply don't have the votes to override a presidential veto. In 2013, led by Senator Cruz, the House attached an amendment to defund Obamacare to the federal budget (sound familiar?) I actually think that the Affordable Care Act needs some tweaking. You cannot, however, simply discard health care for millions of Americans. Nothing was in place to replace this coverage. Ted Cruz gave a nifty 21 hour speech during which he read "Green Eggs and Ham". We had a 16 day shutdown, which cost the government $24 billion.
Mr. Ewing then quotes Rev. Huckabee's "actual words". Not exactly. He neglected to quote the beginning of the statement. The reverend states, "I think it's time for Republicans to no longer accept listening to Democrats talk about a war on women. Because the fact is, the Republicans don't have a war on women. They have a war FOR women. For them to be empowered, to be something other than victims of their gender." Really? Actually it was the Democrats that that passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act. It was the Democrats that passed the Federal Medical Leave Act. This entitles eligible employees to a 12 week unpaid, job-protected leave with a continuation of group health coverage. It includes the birth of a child or the adoption of a child among other specific situations. The Democrats also support raising the minimum wage. They also are strong advocates of women controlling their medical choices. Democrats don't believe that women are victims of their gender. Rev. Huckabee's statements are disgusting and completely untrue.
June M. Huot
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 10:52
To The Daily Sun,
Many new faces were among the regulars at the Lakes Region TEA Party on Wednesday night at the Moultonborough Public Library, to hear a presentation by a moderate Shi'ite Muslim living in our area. He explained the differences between Shi'a and Sunni sects of Islam and how they are practiced and how they react to non-Muslims. He told the group that all the terrorist groups (which he called ignorant and brain-washed donkeys) are all Sunni Muslims. Because he was held and tortured for aiding foreigners in Iraq, his name is being withheld here.
Answering a question regarding Sharia law, this speaker noted that Shi'a Muslims will adapt to the local laws and that the restrictive Muslim laws, made 1400 years ago, are voluntarily observed by each family.
There are many moderate Muslim groups being formed throughout the country, and the world, to combat the extremists, but it all takes time and perseverance.
The next meeting on May 20 will highlight Preppers. Come find out what they do!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 10:49
When the House of Representatives voted to cut New Hampshire's tourism marketing budget, they put at risk revenue from tourism, one of the cornerstones of the state's economy and of the state's tax base.
Tourism is New Hampshire's second largest industry, generating more than $5 billion of economic activity per year in the state. In 2014, the tourism industry supported 68,000 jobs in New Hampshire.
The number of visitors to the state has been growing steadily, tied to the growth in promotion by New Hampshire's Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD). In 2014, 4.7 percent more visitors came to the state than in 2013, and their total spending increased by 6.9 percent.
In 2009, the N.H. legislature passed a law dedicating 3.15 percent of revenue from the rooms and meals tax to tourism promotion. The Legislature has suspended this law to cut $3.77 million, almost half of the Division's total budget, from DTTD's Tourism Development Fund.
Most states, including nearby Maine and Massachusetts, spend more than New Hampshire currently spends on tourism promotion. With cuts of this magnitude, New Hampshire will have one of the weakest tourism promotion budgets in the country.
What happens to tourism after a state stops promoting? When Colorado cut its tourism marketing budget from $12 million to zero in 1992, the state lost 30 percent of its market share within a two-year interval. After Colorado reinstated its promotional spending, it took 11 years to regain the market share it lost.
A reduction in tourism to New Hampshire would be devastating to our economy, and it would severely diminish tax revenue for our state government. A study by The Institute for New Hampshire Studies at Plymouth State University has determined that DTTD's promotional activities generate at least $585 million in tourism spending annually. Losing that amount of spending would result in a loss of $53 million in net tax revenue to the state.
We understand that the Legislature faces many tough decisions as they decide on the state budget for the next two years. However, cutting promotion for tourism is short-sighted and fiscally irresponsible. In fact, we would argue that an increase in the tourism budget is the more logical path to solving our financial problems. In Fiscal Year 2014, state and local governments took in $9.23 of tax revenue for every dollar invested in tourism promotion.
Joined by members of the N.H. Travel Council and others in the tourism industry, we urge the Legislature to approve a budget that continues to fund tourism promotion at its previous level. It's an investment that benefits all New Hampshire residents.
(Rusty McLear is co-owner and president of Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith. Alex Ray is owner and founder of The Common Man family of restaurants. Together, they are the principals of Granite State Hospitality, the company that is currently building the new State Welcome Centers on I-93 in Hooksett.)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 10:45