To The Daily Sun,
Contrary to the claims of Mr. Earle and those from the religious right, the United States was not founded as a Christian Nation. Those who make the claim portray themselves as knowing, but it's more an expression of emotion, not of empirical fact.
If you read and study the Constitution, nowhere will you find mention of God, Christ or any intention to found a Christion nation. On the contrary, the only reference to religion in the Constitution, before the Bill of Rights, comes in Article VI, which stipulates that political parties in the United States may never be limited to people of one faith, but must be open to all faiths or none.
Our founding fathers took the radical liberal progressive step of founding the first nation in history with no established religion. In their wisdom, the founders of our Constitution knew that the time had come to break from the presidents of history and bar any religious group from ever imposing itself on the nation using the engine of government.
Roger Williams, the founder of the colony of Rhode Island, argued that religious freedom is itself a Christian principle. Any attempt to establish a "Christian Nation", therefore, always has been and always will be unjust, dangerous and profoundly un-Christian.
As to Mr.Earle's assertion that our Constitution is based on Christian values; Christians don't hold a monopoly on these beliefs. Quoting directly from the scriptures of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Baha'I, Buddhism, and others, the principles shared by all, strip away the superficial differences between faiths by showing that the "great religious principles" are expressed almost word for word in every religion. Their similarities express the common origin of the religions descendant from the prophet Abraham. And because they have become standards of social and moral conduct for almost half the population of the earth, they are worth remembering.
Two interesting passages that I came across relate directly or indirectly to the comments of Mr. Earle. From the Quran: Say, O you that reject Faith! I do not worship that which you worship, nor will you worship that which I worship. To you be your way, and to me mine. From the Bible: He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor, but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
L. J. Siden
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 November 2014 12:21
To The Daily Sun,
The Gilmanton American Legion Auxiliary Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit 102 invites supporters and guests to join us and many other fine craft and holiday gift providers at the 2014 Gilmanton Holiday Craft Fair hosted by the Gilmanton PTA on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gilmanton School, 1386 Route 140.
For 55 years Unit 102 has served the military servicemen and women and military family needs of the community.
The auxiliary will have many delicious food items to enjoy during your holiday season. We also have a beautiful Holiday/Winter Basket raffle to be won that day. It's a unique and exciting gift for someone special on your list or enjoy this basket of home items, food treats and surprises for your own.
We will be accepting non-perishable food items to be donated to the Gilmanton Food Pantry. Bring along an item or two and have that warm feeling of directly sharing with others in the community.
All proceeds from the Auxiliary's efforts at this and other annual events are used to support service-members, veterans, their families and the community. We look forward to seeing you at the Fair and hope you will stop by our location to browse, enjoy and say hello.
Raelyn Cottrell, President
Gilmanton Ellis-Geddes-Levitt Unit 102
American Legion Auxiliary
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 November 2014 12:16
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry we wish to thank the 104 Diner for hosting a spaghetti fundraiser on Wednesday, October 15. We are most appreciative to the below listed businesses that provided in kind donations that made our raffle a success:
1/3 Cord Hardwood - North Hampton, Harts Turkey Farm - Meredith, Health's Market - Center Harbor, Aubuchon Hardware - Meredith, Circle K - Meredith, Soda Shopee - Laconia, Sub Crazy - Meredith, Lakes Region Nutrition Center - Meredith, So Little Thyme - Meredith, George's Diner -Meredith, Cumberland Farm - Meredith, Wineing Butcher - Meredith, JR Discount - 104 New Hampton, Taylor Country Style Restaurant - Meredith, Plum Crazy - Meredith, Hannafords - Meredith, Mug-Dw Highway -Meredith, 104 Diner -New Hampton, and Tilton Diner - Tilton.
Both dinner and the raffle raised funds for proving food support to area families in need.
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 November 2014 12:13
To The Daily Sun,
Alton Community Services wishes to thank all who have contributed to our success in maintaining our goal in assisting the less fortunate in our area. Our mission statement comes from Matthew 16.
If you have not applied for fuel assistance I urge you to do so by calling Community Action Program at 524-552 for an application.
If you or a family members need warm weather attire ,St. Katherine Drexel's has opened its coat roam. The hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment.
Hannaford is again selling the gift boxes for the holidays. These are divided with Barnstead, Gilmanton Iron Works, New Durham, Wolfeboro and the Alton Community Service. The Boy Scouts will be having their food drive within the coming weeks. Their leader should be commended in doing a great job with the Scouts. They certainly are a troop to be proud of.
We continue to be sponsored by the local churches: The Be Free Church, Community Church, and St. Katherine Drexel. You may continue to leave non-perishables at the Town Hall, Profile Bank, Maxfield's Reality, and Alton Home and Lumber (aka Reubens').
As we are entering the giving season you may send your donations to P.O. Box 43, Alton, 03809.
You may want to consider giving a monetary gift in honor or in memory of a loved one. We are recognized as a 501 organization by the IRS and all gifts are tax deductive.
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 November 2014 12:10
To The Daily Sun,
It used to be that seniors got a discount on some things. Not anymore! If they are in a wheelchair and have to sit in the house all day they have to pay big money in order to have cable TV. So they have choice TV or food, and if they live in low income housing they have no choice of a cheaper package you have to have what everyone else has or none at all! And you can't call another cable company because there aren't any other companies to call. And if you ask why they are going up the answer is, "I can't tell you."
Its great that seniors get low income housing. Its all the extras that they have to pay out of their once a month check that is so hard. In the summers its air conditioning; year round there's TV and phone, and bus fair, and medication and doctors and car care if they are lucky enough to have one.
Stay in your homes as long as you can because once you get into housing or the nursing home your wont have much money in your pocket. Getting old is no fun. (No TV isn't either.)
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 November 2014 12:07