To The Daily Sun,
On Dec. 8 there was a fire at 115 Kelley Pond Road that left a home uninhabitable and 12 people homeless, including six children and one adult with autism. They had no insurance and did not have the funds to rebuild. I met with the Batchelders on Dec. 12, offering my time to try to help them get back into their home before Christmas. The reason for this was that I believe that every child deserves a place to call home.
I was not there to judge what had happened in their past nor was I going to question why they did not have insurance. All I knew was that they needed their home back to raise their grandchildren. They were living out of a hotel room with no immediate resolutions to their problem, however, Scott Batchelder was determined to rebuild on his own no matter how long it took. Scott and Diana were committed to providing their grandchildren a home and I was committed to helping them.
We started on Monday, Dec. 15, with very little money, but many of my brothers and sisters from Laconia Professional Fire Fighters believing in me and my goal. As the days progressed, volunteers kept stepping up and businesses continued to donate. What happened over the next two weeks is a true testament to the good in people. We had many obstacles along the way, but were able to do what many called impossible. On the 14th day of working we were able to move the Batchelders back into their home.
Many people volunteered their time to accomplish this very fulfilling dream I had. They never asked for any recognition and were just there to help the family. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what all of you did for me and the family. You know who you are and if there is anything I can do for you in the future, you know my number.
To the businesses that helped, I also thank you. Without you we could not have accomplished what we did.
Laconia Professional Fire Fighters Local 1153, The New Hampton Fire Fighters Association, Alex Ray and the Common Man Chain of Restaurants, Dumpster Depot, Rowell's Sewer and Drain, Lakes Region Chimney Pros, Superior Insulation, Metro Walls Inc., TNT Electrical, Stove Barn, Cerutti Construction, Home Beautiful, Plymouth Sherwin Williams, DZN Remodeling, A&B Locksmith, J&M Plumbing and Heating, Creative Counters LLC, Tilton Lowe's Home Improvements, Tilton Home Depot, Pinard waste removal, Rockingham Electric, Nutter Enterprises, CruCon, DaSilva Motorsports, Northeast Tire, Middleton Lumber, Conneston Construction Incorporated. If I forgot to include you, I truly apologize. You did not go unnoticed.
To the Batchelder family, thank you for allowing me to help you. You may not know this, but this has helped me as much as it has helped you. Welcome home.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 11:30
To The Daily Sun,
Hi everyone, my name is Alana Persson and I am president of the Laconia High School Class of 2015. I am excited to inform the community that a Community Coffee House will be held this upcoming Tuesday, January 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia. The event will be open to all members of the community both young and old, who wish to perform or listen to the works of others.
The Coffee House will be an open mic concept featuring poems, songs, short stories, skits, instruments performances, etc. We welcome all types of artistic expression, especially original works that members of the community wish to share. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., as there will will be a sign-up sheet available at that time for those who wish to sign up early. The Senior Class will be providing hot coffee and tea, as well as pastries during the event. The cost to get in is $5 per person, with all proceeds going toward the Laconia High School Senior Class.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 11:26
To The Daily Sun,
In reply to Mr. Schwotzer's recent letter:
I have been involved in local, county, and state government for a number of years. I could not let your recent letter slide by. It seemed to be a parting shot at a man who has served his community, county, and state for at least 20 years and done it well enough to get re-elected on a continued basis. As I age I fear we view forever with different eyes. I am sure that you feel you can speak for the majority of all the voters in Belknap County, but you can't because they will speak for themselves.
You feel that Mr. Louge need not ever mingle with the residents of the County Nursing Home. One of the tings that is job one for the administrator is to assess the job performance of his staff. He needs to know how residents are doing. You indicate the residents should have input as to how they are being treated. I agree with your assessment that Mr.Logue did not have the experience to do a comprehensive budget, and the person he replaced should have done it. I did attend the hearing and I did not hear that he asked anyone for help with the budget.
Moving on: You say the only way you have been able to choose your boss was to quit and move on. Kind of a shame you feel that Commissioner Nedeau does not have that chance. You chose to take a cheap shot at a man who decided that his opinion would not be heard with the prospective commission. So he has done exactly what you describe for yourself. He decided to leave government service. I am sorry, he will be missed.
We are both suspicious of people's motives; mine comes from long-term in law enforcement. I wonder how you came about making the statement that he was "taking his bat and ball and going home because he didn't get his own way." In my opinion he left rather than staying in a hostile environment.
One last note, before you venture another opinion in print you should try for facts and not assumptions, and don't assume you speak for all the voters of Belknap County. Unless you can point to a long and storied political career, don't talk the talk and walk the walk. You are at best an outside observer of something you know little about. Oh yes, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I wonder what others think your opinion. Me not so much.
Rep. Robert Luther
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 11:23
To The Daily Sun,
The Declaration of Independence lists the offenses brought upon English colonials by King George. It was written after the olive branch to the king was shunned. We would do well to study this inspired document under the light of today. The main themes are: That people are endowed By Their Creator with certain unalienable rights and they the people grant rights to government.
The burden laid upon General Washington's shoulders was immense. He stated 67 occasions in his report to Congress "that had God not intervened in the contests the consequences would have been different." When Cornwallis put 6,000 men in boats to cross the York River and escape Washington, a tremendous storm came up and blew the boats back to the shore where the British were taken prisoner. Cornwallis exclaimed, "Even God wants Washington to win'.
Professor Gilbert Chinard a biographer of Thomas Jefferson wrote "Jefferson's great ambition at that time was to promote a renaissance of Anglo-Saxon primitive institutions on the new continent. Thus presented, the American Revolution was nothing but the reclamation of the Anglo-Saxon birthright of which colonists had been deprived by 'a long train of abuses.' Nor does it appear that there was anything in this theory which surprised or shocked his contemporaries .Adams apparently did not disapprove of it, and it would be easy to bring in many similar expressions of the same idea in documents of the time."
The first proposed seal was after the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson, Franklin and Adams offered "Moses standing on the shore, and extending his hand over the sea, thereby causing the same to overwhelm Pharaoh who is sitting in an open chariot, a crown on his head and a sword in his hand. Rays from a pillar of fire in the clouds reaching to Moses, to express that he acts by command of the deity. Motto: Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God."
Eventually Congress adopted a simpler seal. An American eagle on one side and an unfinished pyramid with 13 steps, representing the original 13 colonies on the other side. Two mottoes in Latin inscribed stated Annuit Coeptis — He (God) hath favored our undertaking. And Novus Ordo Seclorum — the New Order of the Ages.
John Adams described: "Mr. Jefferson proposed: The children of Israel in the wilderness, led by a cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night, and on the other side Hengist and Horsa, the Saxon chiefs, from whom we claim the honor of being descended and whose political principles and form of government we have assumed."
John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." With all the debauchery emanating throughout our society it is a wonder that we have lasted this long.
John Adams wrote, "Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward
Almighty God ... what a Utopia, what a paradise would this region be." Sounds much like the city of Enoch.
"Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. If once they become inattentive to public affairs, you and I, and congress and assemblies, judges and governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature"
Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Edward Carrington January 16, 1787).
"There have always been those who wish to enlarge the powers of the General Government. There is but one safe rule ... confine it within the sphere of its appropriate duties. It has no power to raise a revenue or impose taxes except for those purposes enumerated in the Constitution. Every attempts to exercise power beyond these limits should be promptly and firmly opposed," Andrew Jackson.
James Madison wrote, "the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many ... may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." He also wrote, "The powers delegated by the ... constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in State governments are numerous and indefinite," giving us a very limited federal government.
"... let virtue, honor, the love of liberty ... be ... the soul of this Constitution, and it will become the source of great and extensive happiness to this and future generations. Vice, ignorance, and want of vigilance, will be the only enemies able to destroy it." John Jay
Thomas Jefferson had this to say " When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."
We have but two choices to view the situation we are in. Either the majority of our public servants are ignorant or have become part of a larger conspiracy.
Gene F. Danforth
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 12:33
To The Daily Sun,
I've been reading a lot about tragic house fires, where the homeowner did carry a fire insurance policy. So I decided to get out my Allstate policy and review it. For $558.50 a year or $1.53 a day, I'm covered for $178,668 in dwelling protection, $138,751 personal property, and $300,000 in liability.
I could not fathom the thought of going without protecting my most valuable personal assets, at this cost. Homeowners please check your policy and update if needed, but please don't go without.
I hope when this family gets back to their home, they make fire insurance a priority. Just in case tragedy should strike again. Are you in good hands?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 12:17