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100% of Indoor Yard Sale proceeds go to 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 eighth annual Indoor Yard Sale. These associations are the teachers and paraeducators 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 $2,725 for the pantry. Over the past seven years we have raised more than $17,000.

The Indoor Yard Sale will be Sunday, Nov. 5. 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 (21 Laker Lane) off Route 25 in Meredith.

Donations for the yard sale may be dropped off at Inter-Lakes Elementary School on Friday, Nov. 3, from 3:30 to 6 p.m., or on the morning of the yard sale, Sunday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 8 a.m. (no electronics or large pieces of furniture).

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 937-0592 for any other information.

Alesia Parks

ILEA Member


  • Written by Mike Mortensen
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Founders wanted people to have arms comparable to federal army

To The Daily Sun,

After reading Richard Davis’ letter (Oct 13) I think that he should have taught some U.S. History classes as well as English.

The “well-regulated militia” is the prefatory clause. It declares why the statement was written. The “right of the people” is the operative clause. It states the significant portion of the statement.

The first ten amendments were written to protect rights endowed by our Creator against government infringement; they did not grant any of those rights.

A standing army was exactly not what our Founders “...had in mind.” They had just thrown off the British Army. Why would they want to replace them with a local arm?. Yes, at it’s origin, the National Guard, made up of volunteer citizens, was what they had in mind. As of 1933, the guard is part of the U.S. Army Reserve (also under the control of the states).. The Founders wanted the people to have arms comparable to the federal army. (There was private ownership of cannon in the 1770s.)

The phrase “well-regulated” meant well-drilled. Towns had up a place where the local militia members would gather with their own weapons to train so as to be able to respond should the need arise.

On to “the people” which, to Mr. Davis, doesn’t mean “individuals.” Who does it mean then? So individuals don’t have the right to assemble, to petition the government, or be secure in their persons? The right to keep and bear arms was considered an individual right. George Mason said that “(the militia) consists now of the whole people, except a few public officers”. (June 6, 1788)

As an aside, there have been about a dozen court cases ruling that police have no legal obligation to protect individuals, only to protect the public at large. So where does that leave the individual needing the means for timely protection?

To wrap up, during the debates about the text in the Second Amendment, several delegates wanted to add wordage reflecting the right to self-defense. That right was so obvious that no statement was included in the U.S. Constitution. Connecticut’s did state, “Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state”. That certainly seems like more than Mr. Davis’ allowance for “public safety.”

The ability to protect your life should unalienable and not subject to utilitarianism.

Rick Notkin


  • Written by Edward Engler
  • Category: Letters
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