To The Daily Sun,
The subject of personal fireworks has reared its ugly head again in Gilford. A personal fireworks ban is the last warrant article to be voted on March 10.
Please keep in mind that this article does not prohibit professionally run fireworks programs offered most weekends around the Gilford area. It is strictly aimed at the disturbing noise at all hours of the night, potential for fires, and risk of personal injury to the user, but also to their family and guests as well.
In order to understand how we got to this point, we need to go over the history of personal fireworks in Gilford. The use of personal fireworks had been against the law since 1988. However, the law never had any penalty attached. Almost two years ago, the penalty aspect was brought up to the Board of Selectman for its review. Two of the selectman at the time, realizing their responsibilities for the safety, security, and serenity of the citizens of Gilford, initiated penalties to protect the citizens of Gilford from all the risks involved. It was still against the law. However, soon after the last election, our newest selectman brought fireworks up to the board once again and made the motion to overturn the entire ordinance. Again, by a vote of 2 to 1, personal fireworks, against the law since 1988, were now legal. Not only was there a concern of quickly overturning a decision made by a previous board, but quickly changing an ordinance in place for more than 20 years on the whim of a newly elected selectman is questionable at best.
There are reasons why fireworks are against the law in a large number of states and/or regulated in many cities and town in New Hampshire. If you don't think there are hazards from fireworks consider that nationally in 2011 there were 17,800 fires from fireworks, $32 million in property damage, hospitals treated 8,700 injuries from fireworks and recently, reloadable mortars were legalized in New Hampshire.
That couldn't occur in this area? Consider the horrible fireworks accident in Pelham in 2012 where 11 people were seriously injured, including five children — with "flip flops blown right off their feet." Consider the recent Lakes Region accident where a lighted sparkler set fire to the clothes of a young girl causing severe burns. You could say that if you do the math, the risk to Gilford is minimal — unless it happens to one of your family members. All these tragedies need is one mistake.
The arguments for legalized fireworks are somewhat silly. One was, if a personal display was set off on an island, how could we enforce it? Another was the wear and tear of police response vehicles and their time involved. One citizen said that at a large personal fireworks party he has every year, only less than six beers were consumed. Actually, he then mentioned that he's sure alcohol and inexperienced fireworks users are probably used in town but his is very safe.
But the big one was if fireworks are legal in New Hampshire, why should their use be limited. The answer is simple and easy: Guns are sold, but it's against the law to go around shooting them off, cars are sold but there are many laws to protect others, pools are sold but there are laws to install fences, and, finally matches are sold but you need a fire permit. The list can go on and on.
A quote from the National Fire Protection Association is "safe and sane personal fireworks don't exist." And, "the few seconds of enjoyment are not worth the risk of injury, permanent scaring, or even death" and the offensive explosions at all hours of the night.
Please vote to restore the ban on personal fireworks to keep Gilford safe and serene.
John T. O'Brien
Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 10:46
To The Daily Sun,
Readers of letters in The Laconia Daily Sun have seen many inane statements about Christianity, but James Veverka's letter of Feb. 18 wins the prize with his claims of Christian "Sharia." Let's consider some examples.
The most sacred Christian symbols are presented as "art" in urine and elephant dung. Most Christians ignore this offense. A few Christians say taxpayer money shouldn't be used to display such "art;" apparently "Christian Sharia."
A few cartoons make fun of Mohammed. Muslim clerics following real Sharia doctrine urge hundreds of thousands of Muslims to riot destroying property and killing dozens of innocent people.
If a pro-life extremist kills an abortion doctor, he is condemned by every Christian and prosecuted.
A Dutch moviemaker makes a movie describing the treatment of women in Islam and identifying the passages in the Koran directing that treatment. He is murdered without condemnation by Muslim leaders.
Most Christians believe people can pretty much dress as they like. Sharia "morality police" arrest and/or beat women for "immoral" dress that, for example, shows their ankles, is green (Mohammed's color), or exposes too much of their eyes, even when wearing a full burka.
When a woman is raped, Christians sympathize with the woman, try to help, and want to punish the rapist. Following Sharia, Muslim clerics permit honor killings of rape victims to restore the family's honor; stoning is the method urged by Mohammed.
If a woman becomes pregnant outside of marriage, some Christians think their taxes shouldn't have to pay for killing the fetus; under Sharia there is that pesky little honor killing thing again.
If a Christian converts to another faith, it's considered a personal choice. A Muslim who converts to another faith is condemned to death.
Judge Roy Moore came to national attention when he refused to remove a monument listing the Ten Commandments from in front of the Alabama Judicial Building. Apparently Moore demonstrates "Christian Sharia" by being insensitive to the discomfort that the Ten Commandments might cause thieves, adulterers, murders, and people who bear false witness. Judge Moore was removed from office, most likely by Christians.
Judge Moore was recently re-elected, and, representing the feelings of a vast majority of Alabama citizens and until recently President Obama's stated beliefs, he has stood up for Alabama's traditional marriage law, more Christian "Sharia".
A Christian baker turns down the request to provide a wedding cake for a homosexual marriage for people they have served for years, apparently "Christian Sharia".
Nevertheless, Christians don't approve of harming homosexuals, preventing what consenting adults do in private, or directing what homosexuals call their relationships.
Real Sharia directs killing homosexuals. Real Sharia tolerates no homosexual relationships let alone marriages.
President Obama, who has killed thousands of innocent people with drone strikes, condemns Christianity for the Crusades, Jim Crow laws, and slavery (but he won't condemn Muslim terrorism). And it's true, some evil, as well as much good, has been done in the name of Christianity.
But, showing amazing tolerance, the Crusades were only launched after 400 years of terrorism and attacks by Muslims on Christian Europe, Christian holy sites, and peoples of every religion within or bordering territory that Muslims controlled.
Jim Crow laws were created, supported, and enforced by Democrats ("Christian Sharia"?) such as Senator Robert Byrd (former KKK member who filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act) who Democrats called the conscience of the Senate, and opposed by Republicans and some Democrats most of whom were Christians.
Slavery has existed for the whole history of mankind and only eliminated by the influence of Christianity. Slavery was eliminated in the U.S. 150 years ago by a Republican president who defeated the Democratic presidential candidate who wanted to make peace with the South allowing slavery to continue.
Slavery existed legally in some Sharia controlled countries until the 1990s. Following real Sharia, ISIS is selling female captives as slaves right now; teenagers cost about $200, women in their 40s cost about $60.
Any attempt to equate modern Christianity with Sharia is evidence of ignorance, willful misinformation, and/or flights of fantasy.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:12
To The Daily Sun,
Sorry, Mr. Siden, if the letter I wrote offended you, I must be in the same club as Mr. Steve Earle. He told us all he is a Christian, and a firm believer in God and his word. As Christians we should not judge, but do our best to solve as many problems we all get into from time to time.
Our churches have food kitchens for poor people to come to, we also do mission work to many people all over the world. But nevertheless, we do have people who abuse the kindness of generous people, who won't work in any way to support themselves. You as a scholar Mr. Siden know this only too well. These so called "bums".
I believe we must do our utmost to work if able, to supply bread for the table, just as you and I have done all our working lives. But let God speak and you and I shut up, for His word is truth - John (17:17).
Gods word tells us, if anyone will not work neither shall he eat; also, we don't eat anyone's bread free of charge but be willing to work day and night so as not to be a burden to other people (2 Thess 3:8)
Life is not easy, it demands we work, pay our way, look after our family, give in love to real needy people and to stand for the truth of God's word.
I have no right to say who lives or dies, as a father I could not live with myself if my wife and I chose to abort any unborn baby, it is a life-long mental disaster fr any woman, to chose death for her unborn baby.
Remember God is the author of life, not us. Also, we as a nation have killed millions of unborn American citizens, by our own choice. The answer to this hell and sorrow is "STOP". Repent (be sorry) and ask God to forgive us of this national sin, and believe God will bless America, so we can all work and eat our bread with thankful hearts.
William Liam McCoy
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:03
To The Daily Sun,
The other day I was reminded of a small statue I purchased as a child. The statue showed a tree with a bird in it and a forlorn looking man sitting under the tree looking up at the bird. The caption on the base of the statue said, "Go ahead, everyone else does." At the time I thought this was very funny, but now it reminds me of the position in which Governor Hassan has placed New Hampshire, that being the scrap yard for Massachusetts.
First, the governor has failed to protect us against the Northern Pass Project and its plans to erect 1,500 steel lattice towers traversing 187 miles of this state. Then, because Massachusetts' residents protested the laying of gas pipelines in their own state, Kinder Morgan now proposes to lay the pipeline through Eversource (PSNH)-owned rights-of-way in New Hampshire. The power from this project will again to go to Massachusetts.
The governor once again is not protecting New Hampshire's citizens.
Lastly, government subsidized 400-foot turbines erected by a foreign country continue to pop up on many of New Hampshire's most scenic ridge lines. Is Gov. Hassan taking an active role to protect New Hampshire from this outside aggression aimed at destroying the beauty of this state and its citizens' property values? The answer is a resounding "no".
She has not used her position as the leader of this state to support the bipartisan bills which have been introduced aimed at protecting New Hampshire's citizens. Gov. Hassan can and should tell the Southern New England states in need of power that New Hampshire is not available for exploitation. The Northern Pass should be buried. But because of Hassan's political alliances with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Eversource through their funding of her campaigns and inaugural balls, she has turned a blind eye toward everyday citizens in favor of corporate cronyism. Unfortunately, my childhood purchase is no longer funny.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:00
To The Daily Sun,
Of the several candidates running for Bristol Selectman Les Dion is by far head and shoulders above the others. While all are to be commended for putting their name on the ballot, the most highly qualified is Les Dion.
She has experience with municipal finances, a solid reputation for working with people as well as a record of honesty and trustworthiness. When combined with her commitment to the Town of Bristol's youth and families she is most deserving of your vote in this election. Experience in working with the public counts, and Les has that experience.
When you cast your vote for Bristol's selectman, please, cast it for Lesley Dion.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:56