Howes don't need to knickle under to whoever knucklehead is

To The Daily Sun,

Gilford, what is wrong with you? Do you all like GMO? Do you all like seeing neighbors fail? Well if you answered no, then what in God's name is wrong with you when you want to stifle farmers i.e. Beans and Greens, from giving all of us wonderful, chemical-free food for our tables? Those tables in this case are the weddings and scenic meals that they provide for the public.

I can't believe that you are seriously giving credence to the rants of someone who more than likely is jealous of a successful business and purveyor of fantastic food for the area.

Do not presume to cause them to have to shut their operation down because I am confident karma will come to roost in your back door when you're hungry and in need of chemical-free and wonderful veggies etc. not found in the local grocery stores.

Martina and Andy Howe, I am sure many other residents of this area stand with you and hope you don't have to knuckle under to whoever this knucklehead is.

Judi Leavitt

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Indoor yard sale will benefit Meredith Emergency Food Pantry

To The Daily Sun,

It's that time of year again. The Meredith Emergency Food pantry uses its own funds to fill the shelves in preparation for the holidays. It can be a monthly bill of around $3,000 for the food pantry. The pantry cannot survive on the account funds alone; it needs donations.

There are many, many families in need of assistance and part of being a community is to reach out and support in any way we can. With that being said, the caring educational people of the Inter-Lakes school system would like to assist.

The Inter-Lakes Education Association (ILEA) and the Inter-Lakes Support Staff Association (ILSSA) are now planning the sixth annual Indoor Yard Sale. These associations are the teachers and para-educators of the Inter-Lakes School District.

The food pantry is in need of help. Therefore, 100 percent of the money from the yard sale will be donated to the food pantry.

In addition to many donated items there will also be baked goods and specialty baskets for sale.

Please support this yard sale to help families in need as the holidays approach. Let's all chip in to make this event a successful one. Last year we raised $2,600 for the pantry. Over the past five years we have raised in excess of $11,000.

The indoor yard sale will be Sunday, Oct. 18. This event will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Inter-Lakes Elementary School in the multi-purpose room. The elementary school is located behind Inter-Lakes High School (Laker Lane) off Route 25 in Meredith.

Donations for the yard sale may be dropped off at Inter-Lakes Elementary School on Friday, Oct. 16, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. or on the morning of the yard sale Sunday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 8 a.m. (no electronics).

If anyone would like to bring a non-perishable item, we will have a collection box that will go to the food pantry after the event. Any questions, feel free to contact Alesia Parks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Meredith Emergency Food Pantry is located at 147 Main St. and is open for donations Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 279-1115 for any other information.

Alesia Parks

ILEA Member

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Maybe we need to take a look at our country & fix from within

To The Daily Sun,

I cannot believe the letters I've been reading in The Sun over the last few months. It is shocking that so many who live in this amazing state with the motto "Live Free or Die" can be so narrow-minded. How have people become so ignorant?

We are so quick to throw the blame on everyone else and to label whole groups of people because of the actions of a few. A foreigner with a different color skin commits an act of terrorism. Now all non-white foreigners are terrorists. I have a friend who is a doctor. He's from Pakistan. I don't think he's going to blow me up.

An illegal immigrant is arrested for smuggling drugs across the border. Now every Hispanic person is a drug dealer. Many of my friends are Spanish, but I don't do drugs and nor do they.

A black person is black so he must be bad in some way. My co-worker is black but I can't find one bad thing about him.

Racism remains everywhere in this country. We may of abolished slavery but now it comes in the form of inequality. If I was a black person I would imagine I'd be pretty upset, too.

When I get pulled over by the police I don't ever think that I'm going to get shot. How about you? Do we really think that everyone in this country gets the same chance as everyone else?

Why is Donald Trump leading in the polls? He is a form of racism. What he says out loud is obviously stirring in the guts of many of us. We blame everyone else for the positions we're in because it's the easiest way.

Don't get me wrong, America is still the best country in the world, but maybe we need to take a look at ourselves and fix what is wrong from within. Then, and only then will we be able to speak up. Hopefully what we have to say is that we're all equal. no one is better than anyone else. It's us against the world. We should all have each others backs instead of constantly trying to stab each other in the back. I don't think we want our state motto to say "live free or die, if you're white".

Todd Welch



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We need lawmakers committed to fighting our addication problem

To The Daily Sun,

Laconia set a shining example last week as its leaders — Police Chief Chris Adams, Officer Eric Adams, Horizons Counseling's Jacqui Abikoff, Stand Up Laconia's many representatives, and state Sen. Andrew Hosmer — described the city's innovative leadership in combating addiction to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin. The city is a model that others follow in reforming policing, offering peer mentoring and providing a supportive recovery community.

Those assembled at the Boys and Girls Club also heard two stories of a system that has failed, resulting in heartbreaking loss for two families. All of us in the room were moved by these parents' bravery and huge losses.

Hillary Clinton described to those in attendance her plan to combat drug and alcohol addiction and meet mental health needs, a plan developed in response to the needs she heard outlined in her first visits to New Hampshire on the campaign trail. All the speakers outlined the same needs: recovery centers, mental health beds, school partnerships.

The requirement that all these proposals have in common is one thing: adequate funding. We must keep in mind that our legislature's Republican leadership routinely rejects federal funding — even when it is free as in the case of Medicaid expansion — or presents budgets that cut the very services every single speaker cited as critical in the fight against addiction. When school budgets are cut, drug counselors get cut. When the state budget stalemate was on hold, 10 mental health beds at New Hampshire Hospital were on hold.

Hillary Clinton's laudable plan to fight addiction in New Hampshire and beyond will not get far here unless we elect legislators all the way down the ticket who want to fight this problem where it starts: in our schools, on our streets and through our health care delivery system. In a presidential election year, please remember that your candidate cannot get her agenda implemented without support from your representatives in Congress, at the statehouse and at the county level. It is up to New Hampshire voters to make sure her plan has a chance to succeed.

Kate Miller


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Thanks to the United Way volunteers who came to our offices

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of all the volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul in Laconia, I want to express our appreciation to the United Way volunteers who came to our offices for their Day of Caring. The three ladies were very helpful in working in our Thrift Store operations.

This service rendered by our United Way each September has always be of great benefit to our organization and other non-profits in the Lakes Region.

Thank you for all your support.

Erika Johnson, President

St. Vincent de Paul


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