Why not give a little in return for all that you have received?

To the Daily Sun,

I would like to comment on the letter by the Gilford resident in Thursday, Aug. 6's, edition. In her letter she seemed to be annoyed by those who think able-bodied people should work for their living, and not be a burden on others. She said churches "pick and choose their favorites to help" leaving others, like her, to fend for themselves. How has she been left to fend for herself, when she said she receives SSDI benefits to help support her?

How about saying thank you, ma'am, to all the people, like my family, who go to work and help you survive? They pay the taxes that make it possible for you and others to live on those benefits. They struggle daily to pay the bills with what's left of their wages after the government takes its share to help the needy like you. How many people work low paying part-time jobs, only to be laid off when the business fails, or the boss finds someone else who will work for less money? Who will help them? Who cares when they can't find enough jobs to live on, and they struggle to keep their car, or a place to live?

I don't know your circumstances; maybe you really need the SSDI benefits. Just don't sit there and criticize those who are working hard to live, and are doing what they can to contribute to their churches to help others. Churches are not bottomless wells of money; they do need to set limits so that funds go to those most in need. They depend on donations from their members, yes, and we should give thanks to God that parishioners give generously when they can. Many also give their talents and their time to help, not just their money. Doesn't that count for something?

Jesus really did feed 5,000 people, by the way, but he only did it after someone brought to him those few loaves of bread and fishes. That's how God works. He asks us to give what we have, and then he makes it grow into blessings for all. Why not see what you have to give, and give a little in return for all that you have received?

Doris Morrissette


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A Selectman Currier and a Chief Currier? Awkward situation

To the Daily Sun,

It's unfortunate to read the tone of the letters submitted to this forum regarding the choice of an interim selectman for Gilmanton.

In a recent letter, Mr. Lines insinuates by innuendo, that candidates Rachel Hatch and Brian Forst would not represent the best interests of the town and its "taxpayers," suggesting only Bret Currier is "Pro taxpayer." Both Hatch and Forst have served Gilmanton with distinction, and if either were chosen, they would continue to represent all taxpayers fairly.

I also found it disappointing that Mr. Lines goes to great lengths to create an appearance of conspiracy by portraying Mr. Jean as an instrument of his "boss" Chief Hempel — must we have this character assassination of our elected officials? And while Mr. Lines goes to great lengths to cast aspersions toward Mr. Jean, he fails to inform readers of Mr. Guarino's close ties to Mr. Currier. Could this be the reason that Guarino rejected Jeans compromise candidate, Mr. Forst? I don't know, but it is worth considering.

Quite obviously, Mr. Line's campaign letter is directed at getting Mr. Currier appointed as interim selectman, with the goal of having him elected in March. If it plays out as Mr. Lines desires, I would hope that Mr. Currier would consider the possible ramifications. If his son, Matt Currier, is to be our next police chief, it could be placing Matt in an awkward situation with his father as selectman. If this scenario plays out, Mr. Currier would be obligated to recuse himself from any matters pertaining to the Police Department, possibly creating the same problem we find ourselves in today – a split among selectman and no third vote to break the stalemate. This would be a disservice to the community.

Many will interpret this letter as a rebuke of Mr. Currier, which it is not intended to be. I have great respect for Brett, and no matter how the selectman situation plays out, I would want him to continue (as I know he will) as a strong voice and a constructive community leader.

Jack Schaffnit


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There are more American women and we have fewer jobs for them

To the Daily Sun,

The Washington Examiner has an interesting article. Apparently all the employment gains by women since 2007 have been from foreign women.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said there were losses among American born women and gains among foreign born women.

There is a loss of 64,000 jobs for American-born women.

Some of these women are American citizens now. Great! But we do not need any more.

So why does Congress want to increase the number of H1B visas? Why are we letting all the illegals into this country?

Since 2007, there was an increase an increase of 600,000 more women with a loss of 64,000 jobs. We have more American women and fewer jobs for them.

Is there a war on women? The only war on women is by our federal government for letting more immigrants in to take American jobs that were held at one time by Americans.

So parents and grandparents, instead of buying your daughter or granddaughter a new dress or toy, contact your federal representatives and say "More jobs for American women – NO increases in H1B visas and no more illegal immigrants! It only takes a minute. This is important for the future of your grandchildren.

Is our immigration system broken? Yes. Maybe we should put a hold on immigration until more Americans have more American jobs for both men and women.

We cannot fix all the problems of the world. We cannot give better lives for people in other countries and ignore our own citizens.

I do not want to hear a candidate for president, Senate, or House of Representatives say they will secure the border first. I want to know how and exactly when. I want to know if they have written legislation to do this. I want to know if they are contacting fellow representatives if they would co-sponsor this bill and gather enough votes that if the president vetoes it, they have the votes to override the veto.

I do not want the spin line of "Secure the border first." I do not want broken promises. I do not want to send a representative back to Washington who promises to do something and then gives an excuse what it was not done. I want action.

Linda Riley


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Winnipesaukee Playhouse producing a timeless political satire

A timeless satire on government corruption
To the Daily Sun,

When President Kennedy was assassinated I was an exchange student in a Dallas high school. When Lee Harvey Oswald was killed a few days later conspiracy theories took off and to this day there are questions on who originated the plot.

Six years later a bomb went off in a crowded bank in my hometown of Milan, Italy, killing 16 people and wounding 84. The police, under pressure to resolve the case, immediately arrested an anarchist, Giuseppe Pinelli, and brought him in for questioning. A few days later Pinelli died from a fall from the fourth floor of the police station. The ensuing investigation attempted to clarify whether he committed suicide, was pushed, or fell accidentally. The eventual conclusion that indeed it had been an accident failed to convince many, and Dario Fo, a playwright, satirist and acute observer of the Italian political scene was urged to write a play about the perceived cover-up. What resulted was "The Accidental Death of an Anarchist" in which he used words of the many versions offered by the authorities and created an irreverent and comical portrayal of corruption and incompetence.

His effort caused him to be repeatedly sued for slander but also to be hailed as the courageous champion of morality. For his body of work in 1997 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His plays have been performed around the world and I was pleased to see that "The Anarchist" is going to be presented at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith. It will resonate with all those who have doubts about the explanations of recent events, those who enjoy satire, and all anarchists, that is all who believe that governments impinge on personal liberty in this state of "Live free or die."

Giovanni Frisone

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Council will discuss Laconia’s business climate at next meeting

To the Daily Sun,

There has been much written in the papers, and also said in council chambers lately re the Planning and Zoning Boards and how they deal with businesses and developers. The council itself has been divided on how it feels about this matter and will be discussing it at our next Council Meeting, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.

A recent scuff-up was brought about when appointments were being made to the Planning Board and it opened up a general discussion on how we would like to see the board take notice of what is being said and felt by people doing business with the city with the hope they would make adjustments and change their tenor and tone.

Beyond these problems businesses and developers go through, there is the overall perception of the public as to the fairness of these departments.

Recently the Planning Board Director sent out an email to the City Council advising them that we have 2,700 young adults (age 20-34) and further Laconia is a community that offers opportunities to live and work close to home for them.

Hello! Did anyone read the article a few days prior to this which said, "Immigrants won't be coming to Laconia. No job opportunities."

Another article in the Sun by Michael Kitch on July 30, pointed out the disparity of wealth that exists in Belknap County, the highest in the state. Further, the N.H. Business Review reported that the disparity between the rich and the poor is widening at a greater rate in New Hampshire and particularly Belknap County and Carroll County than anywhere else in the nation. It pointed out that the young people are leaving here for better opportunities and none is moving here for the same reason.

You can't go very long before there are other articles, pointing out the aging of our city and county and the loss of the young people to other areas where there are jobs and futures. It seems the retirees with money are settling here, and the young people who live here area working in low paying jobs that service these retirees.

We must find a way to keep our young people here, give them good working opportunities, and also provide social activities geared to them.

Hopefully, this discussion on Aug. 24 will lead to some solutions and better relationships with business and developers and the Planning and Zoning Boards.

Personally, I love our city and the fact that it isn't a bustling metropolis. This is why people retire here. It is why tourists flock here. They want a quiet, peaceful, easy-going place where they can come and go without a lot of hassle. That doesn't mean I don't want to see more business and tourist dollars flow into our city. It just means that people come here because they like us. If we can make it better without changing our character, bring it on.

Brenda Baer

City Councilor, Ward 4


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