To The Daily Sun,
Amir Hekmati, a former Marine and decorated war veteran, was born in Arizona and raised in Michigan. Within weeks of setting foot in Iran for the first time in August 2011 to visit his grandmother, he was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned. Months later he appeared on Iranian TV, forced to confess he was a CIA operative.
The U.S. State Department denies he was spying for the U.S. government and calls the case a gross miscarriage of justice. While Amir languishes in prison, his health deteriorating, and his father dying of cancer, his family pleads with the Iranian government to let him go free.
I implore all of you reading this to write to your federal representatives and ask them to work toward the release of this good man. That he was detained was unacceptable. That he has been there, this long, without any help from our government is deplorable.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 09:03
To The Daily Sun,
The Altrusa Club of Meredith has been fortunate and is grateful to have been able to use the kitchen and hall of the First Congregational Church to serve dinners. From our first effort in September of 2013, Pastor Russ Rowland has been an enthusiastic supporter of our efforts and the church has been very generous in allowing us to take over the space on so many evenings.
We thank Pastor Rowland and the church most warmly for lending us an inviting space, giving encouragement and helping to spread the news about our project.
We will be moving to the Meredith Community Center in April, thanks to the cooperation of town Parks and Recreation Director Vint Choiniere, and the Community Center staff.
The club will now be able to cook onsite in a large kitchen complete with freezer and storage space. We will have more parking and easier access for our guests of all abilities. We are also making this a year-round project, rather than "closing" for the summer months.
Dinners will now be on the fourth Wednesday of the month. We hope that you will plan to join us on Wednesday, April 22, for our Community Center debut.
The dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and attendees may begin arriving at 5 to visit and enjoy a cup of coffee. Space is limited so please call to save your seat.
The meal is free of charge. However, donations are gratefully accepted and will be used to help fund future dinners. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please call me at 279-9918.
Altrusa of Meredith Community Dinner Outreach Program
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 10:59
To The Daily Sun,
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a question for President Obama. How come the very existence of Israel as a country is negotiable, but whether or not Iran can eventually have a nuclear bomb is non-negotiable. Many of us would like to know that Mr. President. Perhaps it is time to enlist the guidance of women who actually understand Islam.
Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian born American and human rights activist, moved to the United States in 1978 and converted to Christianity. She reports that Iran, as an Islamic theocracy, can only make deals that are sharia compliant. She goes on to say, "Permanent peace agreements with non-Muslim countries are forbidden since peace with the enemies of Islam is not a value" and "would be treason if pursued for the purpose of peace."
The Sharia manual of Islamic law, "Reliance of the Traveler" notes that a truce (Islamic fake peace) not to exceed 10 years, is permissible only during times of Muslim weakness. That is why Iran is negotiating now. Our president must understand that and yet he is considering lessening the sanctions thereby kicking the can down the road for the next administration. Nonie says that if this deal goes through in this manner, Iran's economy will improve and it's control over it's citizens will be strengthened. We can then forget about any chance for another "green revolution" while worrying about the growing threat of a nuclear explosion.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was raised as a Muslim in Somalia, suffered from genital mutilation, multiple beatings and was forced to marry a distant cousin as a young teen. Rich Lowry reported that when Ali collaborated on a film in the Netherlands in 2004 about the abuse of Muslim women, her fellow filmmaker, Theo Van Gogh was killed by an Islamist who shot him, slit his throat and stabbed him deep into his chest. Attached to the blade of that knife was a five page note identifying Hirsi Ali as the next target. But Ali would no be silenced. Well, except for Brandeis University, which found her to be "Islamophobic" and decided she was not worthy to speak there.
For her belief that all of Islam needs a revival for the way it treats women and gays, for its restrictions on basic human dignity and for its literal interpretation of the Koran, requiring death to all non-believers. She is not denigrating moderate Muslims as the left suggests. She is pleading for the world to wake up and realize that the Islamic world, be it Shiite or Sunni, needs reformation from its mission to form a new caliphate. That being a centuries old mission to rule the world by either killing all infidels or by slowly implementing sharia law as they continue to infiltrate western societies through the use of taqiyya (lying to advance the cause of Islam is permissible even honorable).
Doctor Qanta Ahmed, a devout Muslim, yet supporter of Israel and author of "In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom" says that women in many Muslim countries are treated as an inferior species by their male dominated societies. She goes on to note, "I confirm that radical Islam exists. Political scientists, including Muslim political scientists, know it as Islamism. Only part of Islamism expresses violence frequently identified as terrorism. Much of Islamism pursues non-violent ambitions devoted to a new but entirely 20th century totalitarianism." She also asserts, "Most Muslims are not Islamists. But all Islamists are incontrovertibly Muslim." Dr. Ahmed believes that "to suggest Islam and Islamists are not connected as a denial of Radical Islam is intellectually dishonest."
I and others have mentioned the work of Brigitte Gabriel and her ACT for America organization that works tirelessly to warn this country and the world about the rise of radical Islam as the existential threat of our time. We should all listen to what these incredibly brave women have to say about the Muslim world. I wish President Obama would enlist their expertise as he tries in vain to negotiate with Iran utilizing John Kerry. Even France is afraid that the mullahs will snooker Obama. Neighboring countries are considering developing nuclear bombs in the wake of our president's apparent capitulation to the largest state sponsor of terrorism on the planet. Another liberal attempt at a personal legacy may paradoxically cause a proliferation of nuclear weapons rather than a reduction. Please Mr. President, talk to these women and give Valerie Jarrett a break from bending your ear. Let her borrow your golf clubs and hit the links.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 10:55
To The Laconia Sun,
On behalf of everyone at New Beginnings, especially those we serve, I would like to thank everyone who voted "Yes" on the warrant article to provide New Beginnings with funding from the town of Gilford.
Since 1991, New Beginnings has provided free and confidential services to people in Belknap County whose lives have been affected by domestic and sexual violence and stalking. The result of this vote will help us continue providing essential, life-saving services to those in need.
Individuals and families from Gilford have benefited from New Beginnings' services. They have stayed in our shelter in order to flee violence in their homes. They have received assistance from court advocates while petitioning for a restraining order and attending related hearings. They have received support when they have arrived at the hospital after being sexually or physically assaulted. They have reached out to hotline advocates for crisis intervention, and non-judgmental support, and information about their options. After healing from the trauma they've experienced and creating positive changes in their lives, they have gone to serve as volunteers and Board of Directors members in order to create positive change in their community.
Through this demonstration of community support, you have not only granted the funds to help ensure continued services, you have also reached out to survivors to show that this is a responsive community that believes that everyone deserves safety in their homes and respect in their relationships.
If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic or sexual violence, New Beginnings is available 24 hours a day. Services are confidential and free of charge. You don't have to be in crisis to call us. Advocates are available through the state-wide hotlines: 1-866-644-3574 for Domestic Violence and 1-800-277-5570 for sexual violence. For general information about New Beginnings, education and prevention programs, or volunteer opportunities, please call the office at (603) 528-6511.
Education & Outreach Coordinator
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 10:49
To The Daily Sun,
Here on Wednesday, the 25th, Jon Hoyt answers my letter challenging his clairvoyance as to Obama's openness? I see very little to enlighten us.
First Jon brings up the Bush plan of "Wide Receiver". Yes, Bush tried to trace guns meant for the cartels, but after the cartel's discovered the tracking devices implanted in those weapons Bush ordered the plan stopped. Obama or Holder or whoever set up a similar plan under Obama, (we still do not know who), omitted the trackers, and then ordered the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to allow these guns to cross the boarder unencumbered. So what was the plan there Jon? Who devised it, who supervised, who approved it? Most of all, Jon, where is the results of the Obama-promised investigation and who did he hold accountable as he promised?
Benghazi may never be solved, Jon? Really Jon, is that what you think? No one knows why Ambassador Stevens was sent there in the first place? No one in the Obama administration knows why or who ordered it? Know one planned the mission or knew that the British, French, Dutch or whoever the other western nations with presence there had been attacked there and that they had removed there personal from there? Well guess your right after all at least as long as Hillary Clinton stonewalls Congress ("What does it really matter after all this time?") And by the way Jon, who invented that cock and bull story about a YouTube video being responsible? Who ordered this BS story to be presented to the American people for weeks just before the election by every administration spokesperson and excuse-rs during that time?
To answer your question to me Jon, yes I was concerned about those embassy attacks during the Bush years and the Clinton years and every years, but it was Obama who ran a cover-up, lied to the American people, the media, the world. Why Jon, did he think that was necessary? Bush didn't cover attacks up with lies, Bill Clinton didn't either as I recall. So with your clear insight into Obama and his plan's and policy's explain that to us please.
Jon, I see nothing wrong with your facts, just the spin you try to apply to them. You want to hold Bush and Republicans accountable for all their many mistakes, all the while excusing those of Obama and Hillary Clinton. Excuse the unending list of lies covering Obama's adult life, the deceit and cover-ups, over and over and over. The harm he has done the suffering and hardships his mismanagement has resulted in. These are the wrongs I see Jon. So even though pointed to by a conservative why are these things invisible to you Jon?
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 10:42