New and improved Imagination Station is now open in Gilford

To the Daily Sun,

The new Imagination Station playground is now complete and ready for the children of the community to enjoy thanks to generous support of parents, community members and local businesses through in-kind donations, monetary contributions and countless hours of volunteer time. All are welcome to attend the official ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. during Gilford's Old Home Day.

As previously reported, the original Imagination Station had reached its life expectancy and had to be replaced. Part of the Gilford School District's strategic plan was to replace the playground equipment. However, thanks to all of the generous donations, the district was able to not just replace the equipment but also add additional items that were not in the budget, such as the NetClimber, OmniSpinner, and customized playhouse.

In addition, materials were donated for an outdoor classroom and a labyrinth.

Principal Danielle Bolduc said, "I couldn't be more proud of how this community came together to pull off such an important project to provide our children the best possible play space and outdoor learning environment."

The District would like to extend a special thank you to the following local businesses for their generous support:

Fireside Inn, Hannafords, Fay's Boat Yard, Fireside Living, Water Street Café, Shaws, Body Design by Joy, Wild Bird Depot, Kitchen Cravings, Walmart, North Country Deli, Laconia Pet Center, Gilford Football team, Gilford Rotary, Burrito Me, Gilford Home Center, Cantin Chevrolet, Papa Gino's, Petco, MB Tractor, Bank of New Hampshire, The Village Store, Annie's Cafe & Catering.

Also: GMI, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Fratello's, Roots & Remedies, Gilford Lowe's, Edward Jones, Plum Crazy Pizza, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Ironwood Stump Grinding, Gilford House of Pizza, Belknap Landscaping, Gilford Youth Center, Pizza Express, Gilford Community Church, and Pike Industries.

Gilford Playground Committee

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Fiorina was winner in debates, Trump & Paul were biggest losers

To the Daily Sun,

Great debates on Fox News. Excellent pointed questions without a powder puff or gotcha among them.

Looked to me like the biggest overall winner was Carly Fiorina in the early session. She should jump up into the top 10 with her performance. If she doesn't, they should make it a top 11.

Biggest losers were' in my opinion, Donald Trump and Rand Paul. Both will keep their base supporters most likely, but I can't see them expanding much. Trump was thin-skinned and crass, showing a fatal vulnerable target if he were ever to come to debate Hillary Clinton. Paul re-enforced his Libertarian label which is generally unpopular with most conservatives, based on his foreign policy views. We will need to wait a week or so for viewers to digest the results of these contests before a real picture becomes clear and new polls can make meaningful judgments on them.

One thing is clear. Fox did a great job, the best debate in years, decades really. It proves that lame stream media hosted debates are unnecessary, worse than useless except to Democratic candidates who benefit from the bias of reporters framing the questions. Republicans can now hold out and demand that presidential debates are not held with the stacked decks as they have been in the past. If necessary they can pass on a debate between the two candidates and just hold a series of interviews on Fox News. Couldn't be any worse than those with the likes of Candy Crowley.

Steve Earle


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17 right-wingers running and not one endorsed by the parrots

To the Daily Sun,

I find it hard to believe that all that I read about and lived through was all lies.

The question that needs to be answered is: How would you like to have the history and civics books written by the Tea Party conservatives, or parrots as I call them? If the younger folks of today grow up by the scribbling of these clowns, the future of the world is over.

"Ramblin On" the clown train has left the station, on its way to Cleveland, Ohio. I hope they arrive safe, as it was on the internet that the first train robbery occurred in 1866 and Obama hasn't solved it yet. Just think, 17 right-wingers running for president and not one has been endorsed by the parrots.

The question I would like to ask Mr. Wiles is this: Did you ever serve in the military? If so, put your self in the place of Bowe Bergdahl and tell us if you would condemn the president for making the trade to get you free from your situation? I can imagine if you had the right to know, there is a drone flying over their head.

A couple years back we got into a discussion over U.S. involvement during Iran Iraq War. How soon you forget. Reagan secretly sold weapons to Iran, Reagan and Bush senior gave Iraq WMDs, including chemical and biological weapons that Saddam used to gas the Kurds. President Obama takes Iran's WMDs and the Republicans go nuts.

"Ramblin On," Mr. Boutin says it will take 4 percent economics growth to save the middle class. Republican candidate Jeb Bush says the poor need to work more hours. Where was he when his brother George spent over 800 days on vacation while Dick Cheney was destroying America?

"Ranblin On," it is hard to believe that tomfoolery winner Steve Earle actually believes that President Obama reads the Daily Sun every day and failed to send him a copy of his birth certificate.

Stop squawking Steve. You also can't take it, so hush up. Awk Awk "Ramblin On."

Henry Osmer


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Multicultualism has taught immigrants they don’t have to assimilate

To the Daily Sun,

Professor Scott Cracraft reminded us that professors often do know what they are talking about in his recent letter. He then informed us that some of the stuff that Bob Meade writes about, including assimilation and the lack thereof, is "ethnocentric and borders on racism". This from the same man who once told us that only whites can be racist. Are you sure you know what you are talking about Scott?

Scott describes disinformation as "disseminating information that one knows is wrong to perpetuate an agenda." Does Scott know that he has just given us perhaps the perfect definition of the "leftist ideology" of the past century? I'll bet he does. Scott then goes on to brandish his altruism like a cudgel by challenging Bob to match his humanitarian efforts and his grasp of languages. "With all humility" he adds to his self-important rant. This after chastising Bob for daring to even bring up the notion that assimilation is now a problem in this country. Have you no decency sir?

Is Scott even willing to acknowledge that our immigration policy and lack of enforcement has caused a mass migration into this country to the point that assimilation has become almost irrelevant? Does Scott know that "the promotion of multiculturalism and diversity have taught many immigrants, legal and illegal, that they should not have to assimilate and that their culture may very well be superior to ours," according to Bruce Thornton? I bet he does, but won't admit it. It hits to close to the home of the "leftist agenda."

Yes millions of immigrants do not commit crimes, other than coming here illegally. However, you, the federal taxpayer is on the hook for nearly $20 billion a year to cover the costs of emergency room visits, criminal activity, carnage on the roads, welfare benefits, schools that have to accommodate a growing number of ESL students and the proliferation of fraudulent Social Security disability benefits, again according to Mr Thornton. This creates a crushing economic burden on an increasing number of our communities.

That "leftist ideology" that hates American sovereignty and capitalism really doesn't mind the open borders pilgrimage. Isn't it just necessary and equitable reparations for all the harm we've done to our southern neighbors, Scott? Yes, we know that many immigrants are fine people and do not commit crimes, but how do we ascertain which ones are the lawful ones, versus those who will rape, murder, kidnap, cheat, steal and live off of taxpaying citizens?

Because so many immigrants are coming her illegally, integration has broken down and assimilation is becoming less and less viable by the day. This country cannot handle this much influx this rapidly. Millions of Mexicans and those from Central America are risking life and limb to get to this country to escape racism, authoritarianism, corruption and economic misery, to live in a country that offers freedoms only dreamed of in their native countries. That fact is of course lost on "leftist ideology" that sees this country as oppressive and bullying and in need of its comeuppance.

I think Victor Davis Hanson is correct when he says, "many Americans are in favor of offering a path to legal residence to those undocumented immigrants who have long lived and worked in the U.S. and have crime free records — after they pay a fine for breaking federal law and then wait patiently in line while the legal process plays out — as long as the border is sealed to prevent future illegal immigrants."

Unfortunately, I don't see our politicians figuring out a way to do this unless a real honest-to-goodness conservative gets elected into the presidency next year. Our current president certainly does not want to solve this issue and Ms. Clinton will not do so either. To be fair, many establishment Republicans will avoid solving this issue as well.

The majority of illegals are Democrat voters in the making. All the better to make this a one-party government so that the "leftists" can finally rule over all areas of this country. Yeah, sorry Bob, lack of assimilation does not seem to be an issue for Professor Cracraft. And if his letter is an indication, he will obfuscate, attack, demean and put the rest of us in our place for daring to challenge professors. Because of course, "it does not follow that all ideas and opinions are created equal". Here's an idea Scott - try using the race card a little more judiciously, OK?

This information was gleaned from the writings of Bruce Thornton, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center and a Professor of Classics and Humanities at the California State University. Also from Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, an award-winning historian and past professor of classics and military history. I can only hope that using the superior minds of these two professors affords me enough backing to give an opinion on the topic of assimilation.

Russ Wiles


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Stimulus strategy has proven more effective than austerity

To the Daily Sun,

The author of a recent letter states that political leaders have failed to explain the recent "economic downturn." I think they have.

The primary cause was the popping of the housing bubble. For a variety of reasons, our housing market had become a house of cards that depended on a belief that housing values would continue to rise forever. When that growth inevitably stopped, the house of cards collapsed. Homeowners lost much of their wealth which caused consumer spending to screech to a halt. Credit dried up almost overnight and enterprises that relied on that credit to pay for materials and labor while they waited for their goods to sell were unable to meet their costs. The over-extended banks and insurance companies that had bet on the continued inflation in housing prices to support their loans began, with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, to fall apart. To stop the bleeding, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — or Obama's stimulus.

The theory supporting the stimulus came from economist John Maynard Keynes (pronounced "Canes" for some reason) who proposed that "during recessions, the government should offset the decrease in private spending with an increase in public spending in order to save jobs and stop further economic deterioration." Keynesians claim that government's role is to stimulate demand (get people to buy stuff which they can't do if they don't have money) when there isn't enough demand — which is what happens during a recession or depression when the economy shrinks. Interestingly, both parties had stimulus plans in 2008. Mitt Romney, in a New York Times interview, proposed a $250 billion stimulus plan and President George Bush proposed a smaller stimulus of $145 billion.

Obama's stimulus has worked according to a Council of Economic Advisers report, whose conclusions were affirmed by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and others. It prevented a double dip recession and, in combination with other stimulating measures including the Federal Reserve Bank's Quantitative Easing program (a way of injecting money into the economy), jump-started a return to job growth and has supported continued economic improvement.

According to a report in business and finance magazine Forbes, "President Obama's job creation kept unemployment from peaking at as high a level as President Reagan, and promoted people into the workforce faster than President Reagan."

That's not to say the economy is great or back to where it should be. But we are doing better than countries who followed the austerity path which involved cutting spending. The Economist Magazine (which has a business point of view) has reported that in a comparison of countries whose governments followed a stimulus approach and those that went with austerity - "austerity crimped growth." Keynes said it best, "The time for austerity is the boom not the bust."

Dave Pollak

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