Volunteers, barbers and sponsors made St. Baldrick’s a success

To The Daily Sun,

The Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the many local businesses that were part of making our event this year a huge success. Our annual head shaving event raises money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The money raised is utilized to help fund research in an effort to find a cure for all childhood cancers. St. Baldrick's is the largest volunteer-driven charity focused on this effort. Our community has supported this organization for more than 10 years and has been relentless in raising money and shaving heads.

The following businesses were actively involved in our event this year and went above and beyond our expectations. We cannot thank them enough for their involvement, ideas, and generosity. Thank you to: Aavid Thermalloy, Gilford Youth Center, Lakeside, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Gator Sign Shop, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, Matt Langley and Axis, Body Covers Screen Printing, Taylor Rental of Belmont, Jason Drouin Custom Homes, Ossipee Mountain Electronics, Sugar Maple Carpentry, Young's Auto, Shaw's of Gilford, Vista Foods and Hannafords of Gilford.

In addition to thanking the local business community, we would like to thank the volunteers, barbers, shavees, and supporters of our event. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year for more fun, head-shaving, and money-raising for this very worthy cause.

With appreciation, and until there is a cure ...

The Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee

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We remember in hope that nuclear weapons aren't ever used again

To The Daily Sun,

In 1945, a Gallop poll immediately after the bombing found that 85 percent of Americans approved of using the new atomic weapon on Japanese cities. In 1991, according to a Detroit Free Press survey conducted in both Japan and the U.S., 63 percent of Americans said the atomic bomb attacks on Japan were a justified means of ending the war, while only 29 percent thought the action was unjustified. At the same time, only 29 percent of Japanese said the bombing was justified, while 64 percent thought it was unwarranted.

But a 2015 Pew Research Center survey finds that the share of Americans who believe the use of nuclear weapons was justified is now 56 percent, with 34 percent saying it was not. In Japan, only 14 percent say the bombing was justified, versus 79 percent who say it was not.

Times change people's viewpoints. Experience changes people's viewpoints.

In our Hiroshima Remembrance in Concord on Thursday, Aug. 6, our participants numbering about 40 included all ages, from college-age to people in their 80s. One of the elders present quoted for us, because of the threat of nuclear war, "If ever we have WWIII, WWIV will be fought with clubs and stones." I value that we had our gathering, and that one individual reminded us of the larger picture. Nuclear war, and billions dead, and nuclear winter as an aftermath destroying most of the world's agricultural output, is not something to ignore as a possibility.

Kudos to the thoughtful and to the activists who want to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings as a tragedy, in the hopes that nuclear weapons are not ever again used.

Lynn Rudmin Chong


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A gracious article about Lakeport Landing better be next

To The Daily Sun,

Really Daily Sun? There are a whole lot of us who EXPECT to see just as in-depth story about Paul and Erica Blizzard's Lakeport Landing on the FRONT PAGE as well.

That was like rubbing salt in the wound and I and many other people think that was just plain nasty — unless, of course, you will be doing the exact same gracious piece on Lakeport Landing.

I certainly hope there will be another bid from Erica forthcoming as it seems like the door was slammed in her face. I know if Paul were still alive this would never have happened and I just cannot believe that Irwin is trying to run her over like this. And that the city is letting it happen.

Shame on you all as neighbors.

Judi Leavitt

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A-bomb drop saved 500,000 American lives & 6M Japanese lives

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Americans and Japanese should celebrate Aug. 6 because American action on this date 70 years ago helped save at least 500,000 American and six million Japanese lives during World War II.

Before the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan, Americans were planning the invasion of Japan. The Japanese were expected to fight even more fiercely for their homeland than they fought elsewhere. Typically they fought to the death. Often only about one percent of the soldiers were captured. Japanese women and children on Japanese controlled islands committed suicide rather than surrender.

Japanese preparations for the invasion were being made. Every man and woman was being trained and armed. Fighting in Japan itself might have continued until nearly every Japanese man, woman, and youth was dead.

The American military had ordered the first of multiple planned orders for 500,000 Purple Hearts to award to American casualties. Fighting was expected to be as fierce as at Iwo Jima where about 850 Americans died for every square mile of land captured.

Our World War II enemies were developing an atomic bomb which they would not have hesitated to use on our country or our allies to conquer us and end freedom on earth. Fortunately the United States beat our enemies in creating and using the atomic bomb to quickly end WW2.

As a result of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan, at least one million American sons, brothers, and fathers returned home alive and uninjured.

The quick Japanese surrender saved many millions of Japanese lives, prevented the utter destruction of Japan, and perhaps the very existence of the Japanese culture.

Although far deadlier bombs than those used in World War II have been developed, the horror that those World War II bombs demonstrated has kept the civilized world from their use.

We should remember and celebrate Aug. 6 as the first of the two events that saved so many lives, saved a culture, and taught the world the horror of the use of such weapons.

Don Ewing

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While we're taking a tour of the land of the hopelessly deluded

To The Daily Sun,

All Aboard! On Thursday, the Conservative Clown Car embarks on another comedy tour down false memories lane that promises to give us everything from jaw-dropping stupidity to belly aching laughs. Welcome to another Edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity. Here at the Center our crack reporters are teamed up with specially trained dogs to sniff out the best in stupid.

Did you hear what Jeb Bush recently said? Did you think George was the dumb one? Not so fast. In an interview with some religious conservatives Tuesday, Jeb suggested that the federal government had overfunded women's health. Yup, one-thousandth of federal health care spending goes to women's health issues and that's just too much. Jeb has no problem with truckloads of cash for wealthy corporations who ship jobs overseas, but girls? They're just girls!

Over in Christian Taliban La-La-Land, Rick Wiles of Trunews is warning his flock that Jade Helm is paving the way for a "two-month-long Night of the Long Knives," "a round-up of patriotic men," an illegal Obama third term and possibly a nuclear EMP attack. Nukes! Increase your meds, Rick. Somebody certainly believes that conservative fly-soup because yesterday, two right-wing militia crazies opened fire on our Jade Helm troops.

While we are in the land of the hopelessly deluded, hate radio's Michael Savage is convinced Obama will initiate an anti-white genocide. His evidence? He informed his listeners that he had interviewed an elderly Mayan woman who said she had dreams. She had dreams! "Chilling," Savage told his herd of frothing listeners.

Over in Christian Sharia World, Pastor Scott Lively told an interviewer on Dove TV that religious freedom was just for Christians and that's why God is punishing us. Must be a Muslim obsession thingy. Lively as you may know, is on trial in Federal Court for Crimes Against Humanity. He funded and engineered the Death to Gays laws in Uganda and is now paying the price.

You gotta love the Scott Walker spin machine. Not only is Walker (like Jeb) against the minimum wage, Wisconsin boasts the third-worst job growth in the Midwest, a $283 million dollar budget deficit and a median income $800 lower than the national average. In neighboring progressive Democrat Minnesota, the people got a minimum wage raise plus it will be indexed with inflation beginning in 2018. Minnesota has the second-highest job growth in Midwest, a median income $8,000 above the national average, a $2 billion dollar surplus, and the highest economic confidence in the nation. More failed liberal policies! After seeing these Minnesota stats, the consensus here at the center is that we all want to be big time losers. After all, liberals love evil. Right Russ?

James Veverka

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