A great explanation of how 6-day creation spanned billions of years

To The Daily Sun,

I read with great interest the letter by Scott Joyce about how he believes in the God of the Bible but also knows the universe is 14 billion years old. I have always known the Bible contained ultimate truth, even before I began looking into it seriously. How did I know? Because the beauty of the poetic language has a weightiness, a depth and a substance that resonates with truth, more than any other poetry I've ever read. So much so, that it exists in a category of its own. I knew it had to come from God. When I began to attend church and read the Bible I knew the six-day explanation for the creation of the world didn't make sense. But it didn't bother me. I knew there was a way to understand it that I hadn't reached yet.

Then I read a book titled, "I Have A Friend Who's Jewish, Do You?" by Don Goldstein. He gives a great explanation of how the 6-day creation actually spans billions of years. It's not something I can recreate in a few sentences. I recommend reading his great book. Mostly his book is about how the Old Testament reveals Jesus. I know a lot of books do that, but this book has a uniquely inspired and lively way about it that I would highly recommend. The author is Jewish and he's writing for Jews and he approaches his subject from a very intellectual vantage point, which I appreciate. It is possible to arrive at a belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior through study and scholarly investigation, despite the claims of Calvinist types that it can only happen by being struck dumb by something completely outside yourself and devoid of any mental effort. That's baloney, as anyone who's read C.S. Lewis can attest.

Mr. Joyce says he came to his belief in God and adoption of Jesus as Savior while going through a difficult time in his life. This is what happened to me. I was dealing with an issue that was so large and impossible to cope with I knew that only God could help me. Further, I was dealing with something I believed was demonic, and I knew from hearing it all my life that Jesus is the go-to man for dealing with demons. So I began attending a church. In time I began to see my own sinfulness and was blessed with an intuitive understanding that unless I was saved, I would be nose to nose with all the black gunk inside my own soul for all eternity. Yuck!

Mr. Scott's assertion that you can't really grasp the meanings of certain Bible passages unless you read them in Greek or Hebrew gives me a strong desire to do that. But I'm daunted by the thought of how long it would take and how hard it would be to learn. Maybe Mr. Scott could write back and say something about that. I'm no spring chicken. I don't have 30 years to spend to learn two languages. But maybe it wouldn't be as hard as it seems. Also, if possible I would like to study these languages without doing it online, as I'm somewhat internet averse.

Hillarie Goldstein

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Thank you, whoever, for savings me such a lot of trouble

To The Daily Sun,

Whoever found my license, debit cards, etc. spread out all over Pleasant Street, I give you my most heartfelt thanks for picking all of them up and taking them to the police station. You saved me such a lot of trouble, and made up for my absurd belief that while pumping gas and placing my ID cards on the roof of my car, I wouldn't forget them.

Thank you for being a very good citizen.

Susan Goodnough


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Overwhelming size & impact of the proposed buildings is the issue

To The Daily Sun,

In response to your article of Nov. 4 regarding efforts by Shep Brown's Boat Basin to store more boats in large buildings and treat boat-wash water, the thrust of the neighborhoods' concern has certainly not been the necessary and desirable treatment of wash water, but, the overwhelming size and impact of the buildings proposed.

Already, Brown's has three enormous buildings out of scale to the surroundings, visible from the islands and from miles away on the lake.
It is this concern for those surroundings which are cherished by the residents that we have called for, among other remedies, a comprehensive review of the proposed buildings under the mandatory requirements of Meredith's Architectural Design Review Ordinance.

Once a 38-foot high, 80-foot long box building is on the ground and so highly visible, that genie cannot be put back in the bottle as the current enormous buildings on the site demonstrate.

We would hope that all our New Hampshire residents would want sensitivity from their Planning Boards when the aesthetic effect on their homes, the value of their property and safety of those using the roads is being unnecessarily compromised.

Bill Wuester

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This is just more proof of left-wing mainstream medai bias

To The Daily Sun,

Wow! Can you believe the mainstream media and CNN? Ben Carson, according to them, said he was offered a scholarship to West Point. Not an appointment mind you but a scholarship. Does any reader know the difference, I don't? Both, in this context, are free educations, so? So with the media obsession on this I think it's time again to ask just how Obama got into Columbia? All his records are still sealed; why is that? Did the media even ask about that seven years ago? Did CNN? No, and why not?

This is more proof of left-wing, mainstream media bias. They exposed that clearly at the last Republican debate and again now. Their excuse they say is Carson lies, yet when Hillary proved herself a serial liar at the Benghazi hearing what was the media response? Ho hum!

Anyone die as result of Carson saying scholarship instead of appointment? Did it cost tax payers one red cent?

What a farce! Just proves you can't trust today's media or liberal Democrats.

Steve Earle


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Our selectmen took away from us the opportunity to 'reuse'

To The Daily Sun,

Last week Sanbornton residents and selectmen experienced, together, some real democracy-in-action. People were not at home on their couches with their clickers for the evening. We came to a rare, public hearing. We will come to a resolution of our Transfer Station/Recycling Center's problematic, new changes, I am confident.

Hopefully, all parties realize the sincerity we have in common. Our selectmen give up enormous chunks of personal time to do the job we elected them to do, and we can be grateful. On their part, where so many voice that our selectmen have erred in their recent Transfer Station/Recycling Center decision, the selectmen should find it in their hearts to honor the testimonies of our public hearing attendees, who took time out of their busy lives to do their democratic duty and not sit by passively.

To buttress the "argument of the people," I want to stress that both the EPA's recommendations for solid waste management and our state level's prioritize "reuse." Reuse does not break something down for use in re-manufacture — that's recycling. Reuse maintains the item in its current form and extends its use. In our swap area's instance or former metal pile's instance, a perfectly good pair of blue jeans or a parka can be used by another. It's hand-me-downs in a family. A walker can be passed on to another needing a walker. A wheelbarrow can continue use as a wheelbarrow. Parts from one snowmobile can be reused to repair another. A book finished with by one can be taken home by another for entertainment or information. Toys that are outgrown, but unbroken and clean, can remain useful. Kitchenware and appliances can have extended life. Someone just no longer needed them.

Our Selectmen's Sept. 16 decision took away from us the "reuse" opportunity that so many want and many count on, being resourceful New Englanders.

Lynn Rudmin Chong


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