To The Daily Sun,
Tom Crane wrote a beautiful, moving tribute to my classmate, Steve Selig, who recently passed away. High school was the part of life I shared with Steve. Friendship bonds were formed as we lived in an aura of naive, carefree, Cinderella "living happily ever after" innocence. The Vietnam War changed all of that innocence. Steve however never lost his genuine caring about old classmates and worked with great enthusiasm on our 50th class reunion.
Tom Crane, in his welcome home letter, speaks of the brotherhood bond of Vietnam veterans, alluding to moral conflicts and emotional turmoil. I respect the courage, bravery, and selflessness exhibited by Steve, Mr. Crane and all other veterans.
Interviewing veterans as an integral part of my artwork, I have always been impressed with their quiet, humble quiet voices. Each interview has left me with the knowledge I have just spoken with a man or woman of great honor. Steve had this quiet, humble voice. I never knew of his military career until his death.
And so it is with great honor I too say welcome home Steve and thank you Tom Crane.
"Goodbye," said the fox." And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." Antoine De Saint-Exupery, (The Little Prince).
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:21
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, I would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous support of the Laconia MS Walk 2014: Annie's Cafe & Catering, Laconia; Aroma Joe's, Laconia; Coca Cola Bottling, Belmont; Country Kitchen, Belmont; Hannaford's Supermarket, Gilford; Laconia Ice Company, Laconia; Michaud Distributors, Laconia; Sal's Pizza, Belmont; The 99, Tilton; and The Village Bakery, Laconia.
These businesses provided food and beverage items for all participants in the Laconia MS Walk 2014.
We would also like to thank Bank of New Hampshire for hosting the "rest stop" for this event.
The Laconia MS Walk 2014 hosted 160 walkers and has raised over $20,000. Thank you to all of you who walked and/or donated to this event.
Funds from this event will support research into the cause and cure of MS. The money raised will also fund community-based education, support and advocacy within Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. The NMSS Greater New England Chapter responds to the needs of the nearly 19,000 individuals and their families who are confronted every day by the many challenges of living with multiple sclerosis, empowering them with the resources to maintain independence and to live their lives as fully as possible.
Thank you for joining the movement to create a world free of MS. We appreciate all of the help that these local businesses have provided.
Laconia MS Walk 2014 Committee Member
Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 09:48
To The Daily Sun,
As a past alternate member of the Laconia Zoning Board of Adjustment, I was disappointed to see the City Council exert pressure on the current Zoning Board members. During my two years on the board, I witnessed a group of volunteers carry out their duties with professionalism and due diligence. I was proud to be part of and serve with this board. Having come from a town in Massachusetts where political pressure to sway ZBA Board members to act favorably toward politically connected people, it was refreshing to see a ZBA Board act fairly and independently.
The ZBA has strict guidelines/criteria that must be met in order to grant a variance or special exception. Granting a zoning variance or special exception cannot be based solely on the applicant. A zoning change or special exception goes with the land, not the person. Laconia will suffer if the City Council denies appointing or re-appointing ZBA volunteers who follow the ZBA guidelines and act independently.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 09:31
To the Laconia Sun,
Have you ever considered the cost of wars, in middle-eastern countries? It is a staggering loss of human life, revenue, and resources, this country has expended without apologies or rationality. And today, we can look back and assess their motives and reasoning that has allowed this catastrophe to happen, in the first place.
First off, this country has never experienced a viable threat from these small, backward, (and often) poorer countries, unable to defend themselves against domestic violence and unrest. If you recall we have had three fatalities from foreign terrorists in this time period — no more.
We have been kept in a state of anxiety, by mismanagement of the news, fearing the worst. The media has done their best to help the war-mongers present the worst-case-scenario, day after day week after week. And we ate it up.
The truth is we have not been in any danger. In the meantime we committed soldiers to several countries, endured their deaths, without an outcry from millions of citizens nor national leaders -- leaders who obviously, are more concerned with obtaining lucrative weapons contracts for their home states. Collectively, they are not concerned with human suffering and death — ours and theirs. Greed has prevailed as the value of human life has been diminished.
In conclusion, I can honestly say the whole matter of danger from terrorists, has been a devious hoax to bilk trillions of dollars on false claims and outright lies and deception making a military takeover of this country more a fact than an article of fiction.
If you see this differently, please let me know. Our country is going to hell in a hand basket because too many people don't give a damn! Please prove me wrong.
Leon R. Albushies
Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 09:24
To The Daily Sun,
Too bad there is so much misinformation out there about Northern Pass.
PSNH employees being demonized although they are our neighbors and our children go to the same schools. Quebec Hydro is being demonized although they are always here to help New Hampshire when we have bad storms and power lines are down. Criticism that this is just for power to the south of us when the truth is all New England states share power and we are all in this together. Massachusetts is referred to with derogatory names but we associate ourselves with their professional sports teams like it's our religion.
Claim Northern Pass will scar the north country and destroy tourism. A pretty woman with a facial scar is still pretty. What people say and what they actually do are usually different. Franklin downtown has an ugly reputation, but Tilton downtown receives praises.
The next time you drive through downtown Tilton and marvel at their storefronts and quaint appearance, look up and see all the power lines crisscrossing throughout downtown. The next time you drive through downtown Franklin, pause for a moment and look up. There are no power lines overhead. Did you ever notice that before? Proof that power lines aren't the issue.
Owl's Nest Golf Course has the biggest power lines and usually rates as one of the top golf courses in New Hampshire. Think of all the things we have now that would not exist if all the present day naysayers lived many years ago. No Interstate 93 through Franconia Notch. No easy access to the Old Man to see for many years. No Auto Road to top of Mt. Washington. No observatory on top of Mount Washington. No Cog Railroad, on and on.
They would have been criticized for "scarring" our views and would destroy tourism. As to imminent domain, laws were already passed to limit, if not eliminate that option. Come on people. Open your minds to the truths and not to the ugly rumors and misconceptions. Communities directly in line with Northern Pass should have every right to decide for themselves what they want and everybody else outside of those communities should let them decide for themselves.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 09:21