To The Daily Sun,
We brought our bicycles over to Tilton to checkout the Winnipesaukee River Trail and "Wow" hardly does it justice.
What breathtaking views of the mighty Winnipesaukee River! What a wonderful use of an abandoned railroad track. the rails are still there. Trees grow among the ties and a lot of the trail was built right on top of the track with a single, half-buried rail running along side.
There are historic information placards about the Winnipesaukee River and the mills it powered in the past, but most have fallen to vandals.
There are vies of pristine wetland that Walk Kelly couldn't match. The trails leads to downtown Franklin. The return trip is a uphill grade, naturally, since it follows the river back upstream, but it is in no way challenging. That's the beauty of building a bike trail along a railroad track; there are never any steep hills, so anyone could peddle them.
Old train tracks are ready-made corridors through the back acres, often remote and always scenic. The WOW trail system following the old rail right of ways, which the state conveniently already controls, is a golden gem and needs to be completed in my lifetime (I'm already in my 60s). The is no good reason the trail should not run alongside the Hobo Railroad. South Down was built with the understanding that a bike path was in the future.
I do agree that a chain link fence would be an awful eyesore for South Down. The fence has been an expensive, unnecessary piece of overkill. The trail between Tilton and Franklin sometimes runs just feet from 50-foot drop offs into the raging river. Not a problem except in a nanny state. Let's get that trail to the Weirs done.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 10:01
To The Daily Sun,
George Dengel had a very thought provoking and informative letter in Saturday's Sun. The facts he presented regarding Democrat-run cities cannot be disputed. He says the problem is the Democrats, but they don't believe that. Do we think the government will collapse under Obama, as Detroit has? Never in America you say. But what is being done to stop the progressives from fundamentally changing America? We are being bombarded on all sides by friendly appearing organizations that don't have our best interests in mind. Mr. Dengel paints a very dark picture for our country, but could it happen?
Years ago I met a man in Antrim who said we should get out of the U.N. I wondered why we should, as it was keeping peace in the world. After a lot of study, including communism and the Russian language, I have come to agree with him. The U.N. and the progressives all want a homogeneous world — one world government, one people, everyone equal, everyone the same, whether they work hard to earn a good living, or get by on government handouts.
That's the goal of the U.N. Agenda 21, to gain total control over all of the Earth's wealth. They must convince Americans that in order to save their planet, we must give up our individual rights — like private property ownership — for the greater good.
In the world of sustainable development, as Agenda 21 is, even the possibility of doing harm to the environment, is a sufficient reason to create new and onerous regulations, giving up more of your constitutional rights.
It is thought that environmentalists are being used to this end, and likely many individual members do not even recognize it. The backers of Agenda 21 are good at selecting terms whose meaning seems self-explanatory and sound very positive. This is done in an effort to make those who hear them for the first time think they are probably good things. The reality is quite different.
Can Obama destroy America in the next 3 1/2 years as Mr. Dengel has said he must? Yes, he can, if we don't do anything. It has been said "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing". Can we stop him and all his Chicago and terrorist cronies? Yes, we can, with your help. If you want to learn more about Agenda 21 and its effects in Ohio, go to http://www.darkejournal.com/2013/07/gop-men-hear-ohio-anti-agenda-21.html?m=1.
We have to wake up now. I'd like to call forth all those 1960's flower children who staged sit-ins and riots to please come forth and be active again, this time FOR your country that you love.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:58
To The Daily Sun,
It's another success for the Gilmanton Year Round Library! Thank You to everyone who attended Doug Towle's Old House Tour on Saturday, August 3rd. The event attracted approximately 200 guests who were able to visit nine homes, and many of those attended the reception at The Mack House, Doug's current restoration project. Doug has been restoring homes in Gilmanton for over 30 years and his positive influence on the town cannot be understated.
Many thanks to all of the homeowners who agreed to share so readily — it wouldn't have been possible without them. They were gracious and informative, sharing the history and beauty of some of Gilmanton's old homes.
Through the generosity of both townspeople, and people from afar, the Gilmanton Year Round Library raised over $5,000. A good time was had by all, with numerous requests for a repeat performance in the near future.
Anne Kirby, Chairman
Gilmanton Year-Round Library Board of Trustees.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:53
To The Daily Sun,
Dear Friends in the Lakes Region:
Earlier this year, a San Francisco school teacher was contemplating how to encourage her students to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Walk. She arranged for them to follow around a young child with MD as a learning tool that they would understand the difficulties of living with the crippling disease. By "walking in that person's footsteps," they better understood the difficulties of life.
Perhaps I can do the same for you in understanding the lives of the people that Neighbors in Need helps through the stories we receive from the churches and agencies in the Lakes Region. To most of us, the home is our "safety net," our protection against harm and the elements. But for a family where the father loses his job and becomes violent, the home became a place of danger for the mother and her children. Through the efforts of the Salvation Army, she and her family was able to escape to a place of safety and security. They are now getting back on their feet.
Thanks to the Medicare and Medicaid programs, most of us who have reached the twilight of life have the financial security of health insurance to cover our medical needs. But for an elderly woman whose income is meager, the costs of government program "spend-downs" are terribly burdensome. Catholic Charities was able to help her fill the holes in her budget.
Another elderly woman supplemented her society security income by working a part-time job. However, when she was injured from a fall, she couldn't work. She fell behind in her bills. Service Link was able to help with some of the bills and avoid eviction, while she recuperated at home. She's now back to work and safe in her apartment.
The United Baptist Church tells the story of a family who had always been able to care for themselves. However, the mother became ill and required hospice care. The father took a leave from work to care for her. As a result, their rent went into arrears, owing more than $1,500 dollars. The church was able to negotiated a reduction in the rent owed with the landlord, and paid the balance. The husband is now back to work, and the family is stable again.
Most of us take our automobiles for granted as transportation to work, for children, or pleasure. However, a single mom at St. Vincent de Paul, could only afford an "old clinker" that was in need of repairs. If the car wasn't fixed, no work and no medical appointments for a sick child. The car is now working and back on the road.
Bill Johnson, President
Neighbors in Need
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:50
To The Daily Sun,
If there are already laws for boating, ranging from age limits, to lights and horns, to alcohol consumption, all designed with safety in mind, why has excessive speed been ignored this long? Over the last 10 years we have seen an increase in boating accidents and deaths on New Hampshire lakes involving high performance ocean-going boats made for one thing, speed! The excessive size and speed of these crafts has made animals, birds, and other boaters limit their use of the lakes to only certain areas, and has helped to destroy the natural shoreline and setting that wildlife depend on, while increasing water pollution.
The great outdoors here in New Hampshire provides us with four seasons of fun, beauty and enjoyment, but what we all need to remember is that this great outdoors is also home to our furry, feathery and finned little friends. If it is legal in New Hampshire to kill a coyote if it poses a threat to your safe enjoyment of the outdoors, then why have we overlooked the fact that high performance speed boats pose a threat to other boaters and wildlife enjoying the same outdoors? People in canoes, kayaks and sail boats present little if any threat to other boaters, as well as causing a minimal amount of disruption to the animals, birds and fish that consider "The Lakes Region" their home. When one group of people bullies other people and creatures into limiting their use and enjoyment of the public water ways, major changes need to occur.
The New Hampshire Marine Patrol is struggling as it is to keep up with increased numbers of boaters, all wanting to use limited spaces at the same time. The accidents that they have been responding to in recent years, many resulting in death, were unheard of prior to allowing ocean going speed boats to cruise inland waters. When a boat is big enough, powerful enough and potentially deadly enough to completely run over a 20-foot boat out for an evening cruise, and kill one of its passengers, or run straight into an island at 50 miles per hour in the middle of the night, killing one of its occupants, that boat does not belong in a confined area such as a lake, but rather on the ocean.
We have many laws in place already to prevent further destruction or erosion of the shorelines surrounding our lakes, but these laws only apply to septic systems, piers and decks, and the distance a boat needs to be from any shoreline before making headway speed. A rocket shaped boat, weighing more than 15,000 pounds, with a 1,400 horse-power engine, can throw a wake large enough to swamp smaller crafts, and travel uninterrupted for more than a mile before hitting shoreline. When this shoreline erodes and washes into the lake, it brings contaminates such as chemicals and animal feces with it, causing E. coli and other bacteria to enter the water. For the thousands of families that spend at least half of each year on the hundreds of islands that dot New Hampshire's lakes, the lake outside is the only water supply to their homes, using only a hose and shallow well pump.
The animals, birds, and other wildlife that have had their homes disrupted cannot speak for themselves about a problem that we, the caretakers of this Earth, have let happen. It is up to us to open our eyes and see what is happening to the wildlife around us, the dangers that boating now presents, and the impact that we have on the natural shorelines everywhere. It is impossible for the operator of a boat racing at 65 miles per hour, on a lake that is only 26 miles long, as Winnipesaukee is, to fully appreciate the impact on wildlife, danger to other boaters, and destruction to natural shorelines he has caused in the less than thirty minutes it takes to run the length of the lake. We need to implement and enforce a permanent speed limit on New Hampshire lakes, and dispatch the high performance racing boats back to the ocean where there are more uninterrupted open areas that lakes do not provide.
Cameron L. Gamble
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:44