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Please take the cross down from atop the Holy Grail pub

To The Daily Sun,

I want to draw attention to the cross of Christ that stands atop the Holy Grail Pub, at Veterans Square in Laconia. Although this building was once used to glorify God, it no longer serves his purpose.

In the Christian faith we put steeple's atop our buildings, because the steeple points to up to God in the third heaven. The cross of the Lord Jesus Christ stands atop the steeple to point the lost to God's (Trinity) house, where people may hear the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ preached, where they may choose to receive salvation through Christ Jesus.

I call on the Christian community in the Lakes Region to take that cross down. It no longer glorifies God, it does just the opposite. It blasphemes the redemptive work that Christ completed at Calvary. Satan's hand is it. Thus sayeth the Lord, "For the time has come for judgment to began at the house of God, and if, it begins with us FIRST, what will be the end of those obey not the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17).

The last pastor, deacons, should have taken it down, before the building was sold. Shame on them. At least, the last congregation should have taken it down, before the building it was sold. Shame on them. Father, please forgive them for they know not what they do. Thus saith the Lord, "A son honoreth his father, and a servant his master; If I then being a father, where is my honor? And if I being a master, where is my fear? Sayeth the Lord of host, O priests... (Malachi 1:6).

In these last days we live, God (Trinity) is shaken everything and every one that can be shaken. And what stands will stand. It doesn't matter what church you go to, or what denomination. If you love God (Trinity) you will do everything within your power to honor your heavenly Father. God is shaken everything and everyone that can be shaken. And what is left will stand. Every church and every person that loves him to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. Not just secretly, but also publicly. In this shaken the goats (half-hearted Christians) will fall. The sheep (true believer's, disciple's, Body of Christ) will stand. This is God's Holy Word.

If the owners of the building (Holy Grail) are Christian, I, as a man of God, ask you to take down that cross, please. If you are not Christian, and do not know Christ Jesus our Savior, God does not hold you accountable.

So please, take down that cross. It has now become a beacon for alcohol (sin). Thus saith the Lord, wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise" (Proverbs 20:1). Also see, Proverbs 31:4, 5:7. As you can see alcohol does not glorify God. Now, he will hold you accountable.

Please, take down that cross. It has now become a beacon for alcohol (sin). It is written, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise" (Proverbs 20:1, 31:4-7. As you can see alcohol does not glorify God. He will now hold you accountable, if you use it in an unholy way, the (cross of Christ) to draw patron's to your business. This offends our holy God. You'll stick your finger in his eye, so to speak.

I say this in love. I harbor no hate, malice, or ill will toward anyone. I love all. I've lived here all my life. When coming to Laconia via Prescott Hill, down South Main Street. The first thing you will see is the cross of Christ atop, the old Evangelical Baptist Church, now (Holy Grail), which if not taken down, will not point people to Christ, salvation, but alcohol (sin).

I never thought I would call for the cross to be taken down anywhere in the U.S.A., (least of all in) Laconia. How sad. It is written, "Arise, shine for the light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen on thee: For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee: (Isaiah 60:1,2).

Oh church, let it be so. Let's honor God (Trinity), so he may honor us, as we honor our community. God is watching.

If what I have said is not from a pure heart, "May a curse be on me and my ministry. May my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth."

Bishop Paul W. Blake


Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 07:37

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N.H. Education Tax Credit program is a win-win for everyone

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to inform business owners that the time is running low to take advantage of the New Hampshire Education Tax Credit program. This program allows businesses to donate to fund scholarships that help parents send their children to schools that fit their needs. The upcoming deadline to apply is June 15.

A business donating $1,000 could see a tax savings of $958 with the New Hampshire Education Tax Credit and federal tax deduction. Every donation counts, from $100 with an $85 tax credit to $100,000 with an $85,000 tax credit.

It's a win-win for everyone, a way to empower businesses to support quality education without breaking the bank. For more information check out this short video that explains the program. (https://vimeo.com/124366638)

Also more information is available at networkforeducation.org. This program helps many children who would otherwise be failing in the public school system. Thanks for checking them out and donating.

Bob Ely

New Hampton

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 07:34

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Who does Mr. Albushies condemn for hikes in defense spending?

To The Dalily Sun,

I have a few questions in response to Mr. Leon Albushies' recent letter expressing concerns over U.S. military spending.

Firstly, does Mr. Albushies condemn the president and/or the Congresses of the last six years for the 14 percent average annual increases in U.S. military/defense spending? Secondly, are U.S. military pensions part of the U.S. entitlements system, or part of the military/defense spending? Are these increases attributable to military spending part of the two cents in change that the president came into office promising and in fact delivered on?

Would Mr. Albushies like to see a Navy veteran president of a different political party assigned to the CVN-79 currently under construction?

Tim Sullivan


Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 07:29

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Our county attorney is not buying into the anti-recidivism model

To The Daily Sun,

With regard to the Belknap County jail, what a long, strange trip it's been. When the jail was allowed to deteriorate for four years under the leadership of three prior commissioners, the people of the county were told that it would cost $40 million dollars to build a replacement, and that an additional $20 million or so new correctional officers would be needed to staff it.

Over time, a new corrections model was identified in Sullivan County, which model demonstrated astounding success in reducing recidivism.

Under new leadership, Belknap County investigated the underpinnings of the Sullivan County model and hired the same consultant used there to guide our process. Another in a series of meetings will be held on Monday, June 1. Many of those with an interest in criminal justice will participate in this conference to help chart Belknap County's future.

It has been apparent for quite a while that Belknap's County Attorney does not accept the Sullivan County model as "best practice". When visiting their facility in Union, and later at a meeting of the jail superintendent, assistant county attorney, defense attorneys and others, it was most apparent that all of the people involved shared respect for one another and that all were dedicated to an anti-­recidivism model. That model has seen those arrested for a new offense plummet from about 60 percent to less than 20 percent.

Belknap's County Attorney is elected and follows her own script in deciding county policy. She has consistently challenged the direction of county corrections in implementing, where appropriate, electronic home confinement and work release for those incarcerated. She has lost some of these challenges but "won" an alarming victory this week from Belknap Superior Court. This ruling negated a decision by the superintendent of the jail to allow a sentenced offender to work and to wear an electronic monitoring device. This device tracks not only physical location but can detect drug or alcohol use. While this defendant may continue to work, her address will be the county jail.

Giving a County Attorney veto power over decisions made by those charged with rehabilitation of prisoners flies in the face of RSA 619. This statute gives the jail superintendent the authority to appropriately give those sentenced the chance to work and to be supervised by electronic monitoring. If it is not honored by our legal system then I believe the expensive programming which Belknap County has been contemplating should not be provided.

Should Belknap County build a "soft" facility where the construction is geared not to maximum security but to engaging prisoners in constructive programming, building their work and personal skill sets and providing evidence based treatment or should we merely fix the existing jail and provide a separate pod for women?

We are coming close to making this decision and for that reason, while I disagree with the County Attorney and the Superior Court, I am glad to have the latest ruling before any more dollars are expended on the anti­recidivism model. That model does work, as has been amply demonstrated in Sullivan County, but it does not work without the shared commitment of all involved in its implementation.

Dick Burchell

Belknap County Commissioner

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 06:59

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Lots of folks responsible for WOW Ball raising about $36,000

To the Daily Sun,

The 12th annual WOW Sweepstakes Ball was held at the Lake Opechee Inn & Conference Center on Saturday, May 16, and was another great evening of food, fun, dancing and more. Congratulations to our 10 cash prize winners and Grand Prize co-winners Alice Mowery and Pam Downey.

We write this letter to thank and acknowledge the individuals and businesses for their generous contributions and support of the WOW Trail. We are grateful that the WOW Trail has gained such widespread support from our community.

The proceeds from this year's WOW Sweepstakes Ball — approximately $35,000 — will be used for the continued expansion and on-going maintenance of the trail. We are preparing to build Phase 2, which will extend the trail from downtown and connect to Belmont's first section of trail.

Many thanks to all who bought a ticket to this fundraising event. We were again delighted by the tremendous turnout ... and our 12th sell-out! (Mark your calendars for next year ... Saturday, May 14).

The event committee includes Allan & Jennifer Beetle, Jeff & Wendy Beetle (Patrick's), Susan Brown (Lakes Region Floral Studio), Megan Page (Patrick's), Darcy Peary (LRGHealthcare), and Judi Taggart (community member). This committee of volunteers did an absolutely awesome job of putting together one of the most fun and exciting events here in the Lakes Region. Jeff Beetle and crew prepared a delicious buffet for 500 people. Big Cat Coffee, Sawyer's Dairy Bar and Annie's Café & Catering finished the job with delicious coffee, ice cream and cakes.

We thank all our event sponsors and contributors listed below, for without them, it wouldn't happen. In particular, we thank our presenting sponsor Meredith Village Savings Bank and our Gold Sponsors: Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Lake Opechee Inn & Conference Center and Patrick's Pub & Eatery.

603 Brewery, All Brite Cleaning & Restoration, Amoskeag Beverages, Angels in the Attic, Annie's Café & Catering, AutoServ Dealerships, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, Beans & Greens Farm, Belknap EDC, Beyond the Fringe, Big Cat Coffees, Binnie Media, Body Design by Joy, Boulia-Gorrell Lumber Co., Café Déjà vu, Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region, Contigiani's Catering, Crazy Gringo, El Jimador, Emily Clement-Life Coach.

Also: Fire Clean-up Services, Franklin Savings Bank, Fratello's Italian Grille, Funspot, Gail Beane Graphics, Gator Signs, General Linen, Granite State Glass, Guiseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante, Gunstock Mountain Resort, H&M Towing, Hair Factory, Hannaford – Gilford, Hart's Turkey Farm, Headliners Comedy Club, Horizon Beverages, InnSeason Resorts, Irwin Automotive Group, Irwin Marine, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, Laconia T-Bone's & Cactus Jack's, Lahey Landscaping, Lake Opechee Inn & Conference Center, Lakes Region Airport Shuttle, Lakes Region Association, Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, Lakes Region Coca-Cola, Lakes Region Floral Studio, LRGHealthcare.

Also: Marriott Towneplace Suites - Gilford, Martignetti Companies of NH, Massage Therapy & Hypnosis by Nancy Lee, MC Cycle & Sport, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Mill Falls at the Lake, Nails by Shelly, NASWA Resort, New England Wood Pellets, New Hampshire Distributors, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, O'Du's Hair Salon, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Piche's Ski & Sports Shops, Pike Industries, Robert Allan Clifford Photography, Salmon Press, Sawyer's Dairy Bar, Shaw's Markets, Shooters Tavern & Pizzeria, Steele Hill Resorts, Steven J. Smith & Associates, Stratham Tire, Subway.

Also: Tanger Outlet, The Citizen of Laconia, The Country Carriage, The Fitness Edge, The Golf Club at Patrick's Place, The Laconia Daily Sun, The Margate on Winnipesaukee, The Weirs Times, Trustworthy Hardware, Tylergraphics, U Frame We Frame, Uniformly Yours, WFTN Mix 94.1FM.

In your travels, we ask that you take a moment to thank these people and organizations for their generous contributions to this exciting project.

Darcy Peary, Chair

Megan Page, Co-Chair

and the entire WOW Trail Board of Directors

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 08:45

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