To The Daily Sun,
Want to pry your kids away from the Xbox and get them to an event they'll be talking about long after? Are you interested in auction bargains? How about an inexpensive yet filling family lunch, while everyone of all ages has a fun time?
You can enjoy all of these things and more at the first annual Church of the Holy Spirit Family Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the church grounds at 263 Highland St. in Plymouth (across from the Whole Village Family Resource Center and just before Hannaford's).
Magician Bob Nadeau will delight your family with his "parlor magic" sleight of hand and humor. Thanks to many generous sponsors, including a major donation from Community Guarantee Savings Bank, our silent auction will enable you to bid on such items as a $50 gift certificate for the Flying Monkey Performance Center, passes (including skate rental) to the PSU Ice Arena, a Parkhurst Hardware lawn spreader valued at $59, a book of prints by Georgia O'Keefe ($100 value), and gift certificates for a wide variety of restaurants and retailers in the Plymouth/Newfound area.
What else will be going on? A lot: The Girl Scouts will be painting faces and serving lemonade. The New Hampshire Humane Society will be there to answer any questions you might have about pet care or adoption (they might even have a pet to introduce you to). Kids can enjoy building fairy houses. Both kids and adults can win cash prizes playing musical chairs. A tree festooned with New Hampshire Lottery tickets will be raffled off. Live music will be played throughout the day.
And there will be a bounty of food to satisfy your family's appetite while having little impact on your wallet: Savor a taco for $2.50 from our deluxe taco bar, corn on the cob from Longview Farm for 50 cents, hot dogs and pie slices for $2, popcorn from Bill White Realty's popcorn machine for 50 cents, and where else can you get a big slice of watermelon for 25 cents?
We'll be doing this rain or shine, with everything under tents in case the sun gets too hot or rain tries to crash the party. Should you have any questions, Barbara Brooks (744-3597) will be happy to answer them. Come join in the fun.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:31
To The Daily Sun,
Heads up folks, and all parents of area school kids. The "dis-service" public servants of the local government schools, who don't understand that they work for us, are at it again. This year, they want the school year to begin before Labor Day, because district Superintendent Terri Forsten is trying to sell us the notion that the last days of August are cooler than the first days of June, and therefore our kids must start school on Tuesday, Aug. 26, and attend for only three days (Tues., Wed., Thurs.), and then be off for four days of the long holiday weekend (Fri., Sat., Sun., Mon.).
Some of us may already know what the real reason for this is, and it's not the weather. And when the real reason becomes public, heads should roll.
Summer jobs for some of these kids will be disrupted, and family summer vacations will be interrupted for others. The lack of common sense has become commonplace in the public sector. We must send a message to them that we hire them to do a job for us, not the other way around. We call the shots, not them.
There is a very simple solution for this attitude of "we know better than you" from these overpaid bureaucrats: Keep your kids home until Wednesday, Sept. 3, like you have in previous years. Let them know they work for us. Let them know that we pay their salaries, and we will not put up with any more of their arbitrary and dictatorial heavy-handedness.
So now, it's up to you, parents. If enough of you take a stand in this, there won't be any issue of truancy. And who knows, maybe some of these public servants will begin to understand what that form of employment actually means.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:28
To The Daily Sun,
Today a Trojan Horse stands outside the halls of Congress. Hidden within are warriors of chaos cloaked in religion. A democratic Republic ruled by secular law is targeted. Sympathizers are readying.
America, man our battle stations! If you survive the Republic's death at the hands of the administration, surely you will not escape the warriors of Sharia law hidden within the "Horse of Doom."
It's "teamsters" lull indifference, unconcern, distracting us from 24/7 vigilance. This mesmerizing "gift" is about to disembark its deadly cargo. All who dwell in freedom's light — beware.
Ward H. Flanders
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:24
To The Daily Sun,
The Friends of the Meredith Library are seeking sponsorship and volunteers for the third annual "Book-It!" 5K Road Race being held on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Community Park in Meredith. This popular family event attracts more than 100 runners and walkers each year. All proceeds from the race are used to support the Meredith Public Library.
Sponsors of $100 or more will be listed on the hi-tech shirts worn by the racers, on signage at the event, on the race website (mplbook-it.weebly.com) and in all public relation materials. To donate and be included on the shirts, please contact us by Aug. 10.
We would like to thank those who have already donated: Gold Sponsor, The Fitness Edge; Silver Sponsors, Miracle Farms Landscape Contractors, Overhead Door Options Inc.; Bronze Sponsors, Chippers, DES Home Repair and Remodeling, E.M. Heath Inc., Middleton Building Supply Inc. and Phu Jee Chinese Cuisine.
Friends of the Meredith Library
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:28
To The Daily Sun,
John Morrissey's letter of July 23 supporting Nick Vazzana's candidacy was amusing. While Vazzana may have been a successful entrepreneur as he claims, Vazzana also supports President Obama's policies which have killed more good jobs than it has created, made middle income Americans poorer, and widened the gap between our rich and poor.
Morrissey apparently likes Common Core which is another one-size-fits-all Washington-driven program to control education, indoctrinate children with the proper "progressive" views, and reward special interest groups.
Perhaps Morrissey is demonstrating his learning of Common Core math when he (incorrectly) asserts that before Obamacare one quarter (about 78 million) of our population was uninsured. The generally accepted, although overstated, number of uninsured Americans at the time of Obamacare's passage was about 45 million people, less than 15 percent. One-third of the 45 million were illegal aliens (who President Obama said would not get Obamacare), one-third were people who could afford but chose not to purchase health insurance, and about one-third were people who could not afford the high priced health insurance which meets the government requirements imposed to benefit bureaucrats and special interests.
Addressing the problem that 5 percent of our population could not afford health insurance did not require an Obamacare-like solution which drives up costs, reduces health care choices for most people, and puts Washington bureaucrats in charge of our health care.
Before Obamacare we were the center for innovation in health care (Obamacare's regulations and taxes will hurt this). Most of us know people who survived illnesses that would have killed them just a few years ago. The U.S. health care system is the world's best, or nearly the best in responsiveness to health problems.
Critics of our health care system point to the World Health Organization, and similar organizations, which bias their evaluations in favor of single-payer, central-controlled healthcare systems such as that provided in the U.S. by the Veterans Administration.
The ultimate goal for "progressives" like President Obama is a VA-type of health care system for all Americans because it gives the government control over everything related to your health.
The VA health care system has had problems for decades. Certainly some good care is provided. But now we find that patients are put on hidden waiting lists, patients who complain are neglected, and records are falsified so employees get raises and bonuses. Our pre-Obamacare system is much more responsive to patients.
I agree with Morrissey that we need to "restore the American dream." But big government controls and solutions, as exemplified by the results of President Obama's actions, are obstacles rather than aids to people achieving their American dreams.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:04