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Workers' Solidarity Alliance hopes to understand needs of Laconia

To The Daily Sun,

I'm writing to voice my trepidation regarding the continual breakdown of the "American Community," illustrated by Robert D. Putnam in "Bowling Alone." While Putnam and I would disagree with the causality of alienation and despair that workers and community members continue to experience, his analysis and compilation of evidence illustrates that an ever growing disconnect between ourselves, co-workers and our political, social, and economic institutions should motivate citizens to explore alternatives to the current system.

While the Workers' Solidarity Alliance (WSA) was conceived before Putnam's manuscript was authored, we've been attempting to combat the alarming dismantlement of "community" by maintaining a collective of activists, members, and friends, since November 1984, enabling neighbors to come together via the democratization of their workplaces. However, since our inception, we have evolved into a coalition of members that focuses upon coordinating self-managed movements, with the goal of working towards a society that fosters the healthy social bonds our psychologies desire.

Due to the fact that we continue to grow and have reached many corners of the U.S., we hope to initiate a dialogue with local residents and regional community members of the greater Laconia area to ensure that we understand the needs of each, and therefore, are able to offer our comradeship. By way of exploring the relationship the WSA, myself, and others can develop with one another, we will be ready to organize upon the immense challenges that emerge. For example: the intensity of isolation stemming from addiction or the recent financial recession that many Americans were subjected to by corporations that were devoted to more wealth acquisition.

With rare levels of discontent and disillusionment currently festering within the current state of presidential politics, let us unite and refocus the anger into collaborative process' that simply seek to ensure solidarity among local communities, regional areas, and national citizenry by educating and organizing with building blocks already established by the WSA.

To learn more about the WSA please visit https://workersolidarity.org/ and our e-journal Ideas & Action, http://ideasandaction.info/. To discuss your community oriented concerns, please e-mail the W.S.A. Corresponding Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to Workers Solidarity Alliance, PO Box 3967, Oakland, CA 94609.

Bryer C. Sousa

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Your heart was filled with job & breaking all at the same time

To The Daily Sun,

I was in Alton Bay Saturday morning for the annual Alton Old Home Days 5k. When I had finished the race and was sitting by the finish line, my son told me that a girl with crutches was in the race and he was wondering how long it might take her to finish. I said to him I don't think she was running the whole 3.1 miles but maybe she had just started the race. Sure enough, about an hour into the race, here comes this young girl, with some sort of physical disability that forced her to have braces on her legs and the need for a walking cane in each arm, down the sidewalk toward the finish line. The 300 or so people that were still there all got on their feet and vigorously cheered this 9-year-old girl across the finish line.

It was one of those moments where not only was your heart being filled with pure joy but breaking at the same time. If you didn't have tears in your eyes you weren't human. The smile on this girl's face as she finished the race to all the hoots and hollering of everyone there was so infectious you couldn't look away. It just made you so warm inside.

It also made me think of some of the people who send letters to the editor of this paper and what the majority of the topics are. Politics and surely politicians don't make this country great. We do. You and me. And maybe if we spent a little more time patting each other on the back instead of constantly trying to stab each other we would become even better.

So to all you people, and you know who you are, why don't you try finding something else to write about. We need to read more positive articles. We live in a beautiful area of a magnificent country. People shouldn't be constantly be reading negative articles about this great nation. And in the long run who really cares about the political circus anyway.

Try writing about the positive things you're experiencing in your lives. And if you can't, maybe you need to get a life. I, maybe more than most, know that life isn't all sunshine, but I still have to believe that the good still very much outweighs the bad.

Todd Welch

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