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Religious leaders have shown no backbone during Indiana crisis

To The Daily Sun,

The owners of the pizza shop in a small town in Indiana have more courage than most of the religious church leaders in this country.

What a disgrace you people are. Your silence is as bad as if you were denying Jesus. People of religious conviction should not be forced by government "boot on the neck" to violate the tenants of their faith, or have to defend themselves against atheist secular progressives, who are looking for phony hypotheticals in order to further corrupt the culture.

Notice to all you religious cowards: If you don't begin to show some spine, like Jesus did in the Temple, you will continue to lose your "flocks" to the "prince of darkness" of this broken world.

You had better start speaking out before you are left all alone.

Jim McCoole

Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 09:16

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These are not evergy issues at all; N.H. is already a net producer

To The Daily Sun,

New Hampshire is dealing with three major corporate industrial energy fronts oppressing the people of this fine state. Canada's Northern Pass transmission line, overseas foreign industrial wind projects, and Kinder Morgan's out-of-state fracked gas pipelines are converging upon us all at once. The people of the state of New Hampshire are divided over these projects. Even our lawmakers, both local and those in Concord, are divided. The corporate industrial energy industry is thrilled. It's called divide and conquer.

This is my observation: Northern Pass would establish an improved transmission infrastructure needed to handle additional industrial wind projects. Kinder Morgan's Northeast Energy Direct (NED) fracked gas pipeline across southern New Hampshire would eventually help to provide needed baseload power to back up all the intermittent producing industrial wind projects eying our ridgelines. Then there is the goal to shut down our current baseload producers such as coal and nuclear power plants — possibly even our smaller hydro and biomass producers — hence the demand for even more fracked gas throughout the state of New Hampshire. All three of these for-profit, corporate industrial energy industries benefit from each other at our expense.

Northern Pass, overseas foreign industrial wind, and Kinder Morgan's NED out-of-state fracked gas pipeline industries would like you to believe these are energy issues — this is not an energy issue at all. New Hampshire is already a net producer of energy without any of these projects.

Not one of these projects is "needed" for New Hampshire. So, what are these energy projects really about? These energy projects are about large, corporate industries lining their pockets with profits paid from our tax dollars. But more than that, they are about who has more rights to decide what happens where you live — you, a corporation, a state agency or federal agency? This is a democracy issue!

The communities affected by Northern Pass, Industrial Wind, or NED overwhelmingly oppose the projects directly threatening their health, safety and welfare. Yet, even as sovereign people with inherent and unalienable rights defined within our local ordinances, as well as our state and federal constitutions, a state agency known as the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) and a federal agency known as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have final authority in granting permits that legalize these harmful, for-profit, corporate industrial projects against the will of the people.

If that isn't bad enough, I have noticed those that oppose one type of corporate industrial harm encourage another so long as it does not directly affect their own community. Seriously? All of these energy industries affect every single community in the state of New Hampshire whether they are located in your town or not.

We, the people of New Hampshire, are all in this together. We are playing into the "divide and conquer" strategy of these corporate energy industries by dividing our opposition. United we stand. Divided we fall.

Michelle Sanborn


Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 09:12

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Deplorable how our government has abandoned Amir Hekmati

To The Daily Sun,

Amir Hekmati, a former Marine and decorated war veteran, was born in Arizona and raised in Michigan. Within weeks of setting foot in Iran for the first time in August 2011 to visit his grandmother, he was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned. Months later he appeared on Iranian TV, forced to confess he was a CIA operative.

The U.S. State Department denies he was spying for the U.S. government and calls the case a gross miscarriage of justice. While Amir languishes in prison, his health deteriorating, and his father dying of cancer, his family pleads with the Iranian government to let him go free.

I implore all of you reading this to write to your federal representatives and ask them to work toward the release of this good man. That he was detained was unacceptable. That he has been there, this long, without any help from our government is deplorable.

Hillary Seeger


Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 09:03

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Free montly dinners in Meredith moving to the Community Center

To The Daily Sun,

The Altrusa Club of Meredith has been fortunate and is grateful to have been able to use the kitchen and hall of the First Congregational Church to serve dinners. From our first effort in September of 2013, Pastor Russ Rowland has been an enthusiastic supporter of our efforts and the church has been very generous in allowing us to take over the space on so many evenings.

We thank Pastor Rowland and the church most warmly for lending us an inviting space, giving encouragement and helping to spread the news about our project.

We will be moving to the Meredith Community Center in April, thanks to the cooperation of town Parks and Recreation Director Vint Choiniere, and the Community Center staff.

The club will now be able to cook onsite in a large kitchen complete with freezer and storage space. We will have more parking and easier access for our guests of all abilities. We are also making this a year-round project, rather than "closing" for the summer months.

Dinners will now be on the fourth Wednesday of the month. We hope that you will plan to join us on Wednesday, April 22, for our Community Center debut.

The dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and attendees may begin arriving at 5 to visit and enjoy a cup of coffee. Space is limited so please call to save your seat.

The meal is free of charge. However, donations are gratefully accepted and will be used to help fund future dinners. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please call me at 279-9918.

Alison Newton

Altrusa of Meredith Community Dinner Outreach Program

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 10:59

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Listen to what these brave women have to say about Muslim world

To The Daily Sun,

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a question for President Obama. How come the very existence of Israel as a country is negotiable, but whether or not Iran can eventually have a nuclear bomb is non-negotiable. Many of us would like to know that Mr. President. Perhaps it is time to enlist the guidance of women who actually understand Islam.

Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian born American and human rights activist, moved to the United States in 1978 and converted to Christianity. She reports that Iran, as an Islamic theocracy, can only make deals that are sharia compliant. She goes on to say, "Permanent peace agreements with non-Muslim countries are forbidden since peace with the enemies of Islam is not a value" and "would be treason if pursued for the purpose of peace."

The Sharia manual of Islamic law, "Reliance of the Traveler" notes that a truce (Islamic fake peace) not to exceed 10 years, is permissible only during times of Muslim weakness. That is why Iran is negotiating now. Our president must understand that and yet he is considering lessening the sanctions thereby kicking the can down the road for the next administration. Nonie says that if this deal goes through in this manner, Iran's economy will improve and it's control over it's citizens will be strengthened. We can then forget about any chance for another "green revolution" while worrying about the growing threat of a nuclear explosion.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was raised as a Muslim in Somalia, suffered from genital mutilation, multiple beatings and was forced to marry a distant cousin as a young teen. Rich Lowry reported that when Ali collaborated on a film in the Netherlands in 2004 about the abuse of Muslim women, her fellow filmmaker, Theo Van Gogh was killed by an Islamist who shot him, slit his throat and stabbed him deep into his chest. Attached to the blade of that knife was a five page note identifying Hirsi Ali as the next target. But Ali would no be silenced. Well, except for Brandeis University, which found her to be "Islamophobic" and decided she was not worthy to speak there.

For her belief that all of Islam needs a revival for the way it treats women and gays, for its restrictions on basic human dignity and for its literal interpretation of the Koran, requiring death to all non-believers. She is not denigrating moderate Muslims as the left suggests. She is pleading for the world to wake up and realize that the Islamic world, be it Shiite or Sunni, needs reformation from its mission to form a new caliphate. That being a centuries old mission to rule the world by either killing all infidels or by slowly implementing sharia law as they continue to infiltrate western societies through the use of taqiyya (lying to advance the cause of Islam is permissible even honorable).

Doctor Qanta Ahmed, a devout Muslim, yet supporter of Israel and author of "In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom" says that women in many Muslim countries are treated as an inferior species by their male dominated societies. She goes on to note, "I confirm that radical Islam exists. Political scientists, including Muslim political scientists, know it as Islamism. Only part of Islamism expresses violence frequently identified as terrorism. Much of Islamism pursues non-violent ambitions devoted to a new but entirely 20th century totalitarianism." She also asserts, "Most Muslims are not Islamists. But all Islamists are incontrovertibly Muslim." Dr. Ahmed believes that "to suggest Islam and Islamists are not connected as a denial of Radical Islam is intellectually dishonest."

I and others have mentioned the work of Brigitte Gabriel and her ACT for America organization that works tirelessly to warn this country and the world about the rise of radical Islam as the existential threat of our time. We should all listen to what these incredibly brave women have to say about the Muslim world. I wish President Obama would enlist their expertise as he tries in vain to negotiate with Iran utilizing John Kerry. Even France is afraid that the mullahs will snooker Obama. Neighboring countries are considering developing nuclear bombs in the wake of our president's apparent capitulation to the largest state sponsor of terrorism on the planet. Another liberal attempt at a personal legacy may paradoxically cause a proliferation of nuclear weapons rather than a reduction. Please Mr. President, talk to these women and give Valerie Jarrett a break from bending your ear. Let her borrow your golf clubs and hit the links.

Russ Wiles


Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 10:55

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