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Dessert auction raised $3,515 for Hands Across the Table

To The Daily Sun,

The overwhelming success of the recent Dessert Auction held by Hands Across the Table highlights the generosity of our local businesses, organizations and citizens. In a little over two hours the event raised $3,515 which will allow us to serve 1,755 hot meals at our Wednesday night dinners at the St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall in Laconia.

A big thanks to our sponsors — the Beane Conference Center and Contigiani's Catering and to Paul "PK" Zyla, our auctioneer. Thanks also to the many local bakeries and restaurants that contributed beautiful desserts — Hector's, Kitchen Cravings, Vintage Café, Ooo La La Creative Cakes, Village Bakery, Annie's Café and Catering, Wicked Sweet New England Treats, Penny's Crafts, Heavenly Confections, Fratello's, T-Bones, Water Street Café, O Steaks and Seafood, Too Good To Be Threw, and the Huot Tech Culinary Arts Department.

Gift certificates from Shaw's, Vista, and Hannaford's all resulted in large overbids. Many individuals, church groups and non-profits offered up their family favorite recipes while many HATT Board members and friends of HATT took on the task of providing refreshments, decorating and plating desserts, and assisting our guests with registration and check out. We are blessed to live in this great community.

Debbie Frawley Drake

HATT Board and Event Chair

Laconia

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:11

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Wind farms not a big financial gamble because of subsidies

To The Daily Sun,

As many people know, Energias de Portugal, the industrial wind farm people, after being turned down in their request for a meteorological tower (MET) in Alexandria, threatened to sue that town and I believe individual selectmen as well. Not having the resources of a multibillion-dollar corporation, Alexandria pretty much had no choice but to capitulate to this bullying by them.

The MET tower was needed, they say, to study the wind to see if in fact Alexandria, Canaan, and Dorchester were suitable sites. Sounds very reasonable so far. Here's the part we should all find very curious. Alexandria approved that tower to study the winds on Sept. 30. It was a quick install because on Nov. 5, Executive Vice President of EDP William Whitlock declared, "There's no question that there's plenty of wind in the area." His quote is from the Nov. 15 issue of the Union Leader.

EDP has filed for approval with the FAA because these things are one-tenth of a mile tall. A project that is to cost around $150 million, or more is attempting to go ahead based on a one month study of the wind? "There's no question that there's plenty of wind in the area," really?

Anyone who has lived in the Newfound Lake region knows that sometimes it's breezy and a lot of the times it's dead calm. It's a seasonal thing, not a month of October thing. What sort of a company would gamble like this? One that does not care if the wind blows or not. One that is getting free money from New Hampshire ($4 million, "thanks Gov. Hassan") and from the feds just to build them. It's not a gamble at all. This is a high tech Old West Medicine Show.

Pete Wirth

Hebron

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:07

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White House should not have access to individual taxpayer info

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing this letter to hopefully inform the public about the IRS scam.

I received a telephone call from a person who said he was from the IRS. He gave his name and said it was about a past return. I told him he should contact my accountant and he quickly said, "No, no, no."

This worried me. I said I would call him back and asked for his name again and phone number and the what year return. He said between 2008 and 2012. I thought it strange that it was more than one year.

I immediately called my accountant and she said the IRS usually sends a letter first. I had not received a letter and she thought it was a scam and was going to notify the IRS.

My thoughts went to people who do not have accountants. Would they give information over the phone. I had not heard anything about IRS scams. If I did not have an accountant I would probably have given information over the phone. I hear IRS and want to co-operate.

But it should not be that way. The IRS should not have that power. There are approximately 2,500 taxpayer returns that were shared with the White House. The IRS should not have given the White House any taxpayer privileged information. The White House should not have access to any of this information. Now the White House says it will not turn over the information because it is privileged information and yet the White House has the privileged information.

This must be stopped and we must find out what information has been given to the White House. Congress must do something now.

President Obama has consistently worked outside the law and Congress does nothing. Let's hope next year's Congress is different.

Linda Riley

Meredith

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:04

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Obamacare directly interferes with people's religious rights

To The Daily Sun,

In his Wednesday letter in The Daily Sun, Professor Cracraft went to great lengths to explain that the government has not impinged on the religious liberties granted to us in the First Amendment to the Constitution. I would like to point out that while the professor acknowledges that there is a "limitation in interfering with another's rights," he failed to acknowledge that that is precisely what the government has done.

Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, a number of religious leaders had been conferencing with the president concerning religious issues. Those leaders believed the president would continue the discussions before making crucial decisions that affected their religious beliefs. But the president didn't have the courtesy to tell them before the decisions were made public. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of the New York Diocese, openly stated his surprise that the president's contraception policies were ". . . intruding into the life of faith".

Others, including Democratic politicians, were also lied to and deceived in order to get the bill passed. For example, Democrat Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan, had written an amendment restricting abortion coverage on all policies sold through the new insurance exchange, and that amendment paved the way for passage of health care reform. Leaders of his own party assured him the language of his amendment would not be tampered with. But, they lied.

There are many more examples of lies and deceit but the bottom line is that the government has, in fact, enacted a law that has directly "interfered with another's (religious) rights."

The PPACA requires policies to include "free" contraception coverage, including the "morning after pill," which induces abortion. Outrageously, religious organizations are directed to comply with those provisions even though they are a direct affront to their religious beliefs. Please understand, the Little Sisters of the Poor for the Aged in Colorado, were threatened with fines in the millions of dollars if they didn't include such coverage for their employees. Justice Sotomayor issued an injunction on the matter and, after public outrage became widespread, the government offered religious organizations to include contraceptive/abortion coverage for their non-religious employees, but required the insurance companies, not the religious organizations, to pay for it.

If we recall MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber's comments, we know that the deal was to make the insurance companies pay, that those companies would pass along those costs by raising premiums, and the politicians could then use those events to demonize the insurance companies.

The professor needs to consider the old adage about the "Camel's nose under the tent." If we cede one freedom, we risk losing them all. When did truth become passé?

Bob Meade

Laconia

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 09:53

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City Council doesn't have the authority to bail out Belknap Mill

To The Daily Sun,

The Laconia City Council is having a public hearing on Monday, Dec. 8, to talk about the City of Laconia bailing out, buying or becoming a partner with the Belknap Mill.

I'm all for saving any historic building, but the City of Laconia has a conflict of interest with the two tenants that are renting office space in the Belknap Mill. The Mitchell Group, with Laura Spector-Morgan who serves as the City of Laconia's city attorney, and attorney Matt Lahey who has served as mayor and city councilor for many years with a majority of the present Laconia city councilors. It has been reported that both firms have been renting office space at the Belknap Mill for below market value for years. Let the attorneys buy and bail out the Belknap Mill.

Laconia Mayor Ed Engler and City Council don't have any authority to bail out anyone, with or without public input.

David Gammon
Laconia

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 09:49

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