To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to respond to letters written Dec. 2 by Mr. Meade and Mr. Wiles.
Mr. Meade writes a half page column to tell us that God gave Adam and Eve all they needed to have a wonderful life, only asking them not to eat of the forbidden fruit.
Mr. Wiles uses a half page to tell us that Julius Caesar crossed that river in 49 BC. The Roman people were out of work and paying too many taxes and wanted the government to help them.
This is what I call up-to-date breaking news that we needed to know.
They could have at least told us that New Hampshire is still ranks as the seventh-richest state, with unemployment under 5 percent, lowest minimum wage in New England states, with gasoline costing $1.02 less than a year ago, fuel oil under $3 a gallon.
I was hoping that at least one right-winger would tell us all the good things we could expect now they have control of both houses of Congress.
Yes, I realize they don't have a clue. I have come to a conclusion (that will be another letter) though. I will say this much only once: that compared to the right-wing Rush Limbaugh wannabes of the Lakes Region, Steve Earle of Hill is a genius.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:20
To The Daily Sun,
What do all these towns — Atkinson, Belmont, Canterbury, Epsom, Franklin, Gilford, Goffstown, Gilmanton, Harrisville, Laconia, Loudon, Moultonborough, Northfield, Rumney, Sanbornton, Weare and Wolfeboro — have in common? Not sure how to answer that question? All these communities will be represented at the sixth annual Holiday Bazaar at the Belknap Mill on Dec. 13.
New Hampshire crafters and local businesses will treat shoppers to a wonderful variety of handcrafted items and food. Consider picking up those things you need to fill Christmas stockings, for a Yankee Swap or hostess gift, or for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list ... or maybe something just for you.
Here's some items you will find: Fudge, zucchini salsa, peanut and cashew brittle, spiced nuts, homemade jam, jellies, pickles, relish, chutney, gingerbread trees, soy candles, fragrance products, goat milk soap, lavender and balsam sachets, birch and lichen covered bird, hobbit and fairy houses, jewelry, dog and cat items, catnip mice, stenciled canvas gift totes, baskets, handbags and accessories, fabric and embroidered items, fleece jackets, vests and capes, baby and toddler sewn items, stuffed animals, American Girl doll clothes, oven mitts, potholders and pillows, eyeglass cases, handspun yarn, adult and children's aprons, crocheted snowflakes, doilies and table runners, wooden bowls, pens, wine bottle stoppers, rocking horses, salt and pepper mills, crocheted hats, boot cuffs, cowl and colorful scarves, crocheted pins, sweater mittens, glass block lights, holiday decorations, fabric and wooden ornaments, home décor items and much more. So, there's plenty to select for everyone on your holiday list!
The Belknap Mill Gift Shop offers items year-round, including books by local authors, note, greeting and holiday cards, postcards, artwork, socks made on the Mill's vintage machines, Darn Tough socks, maple syrup products and honey, hot sauce, jewelry, aerial and matted photographs and prints, jigsaw puzzles, walking sticks, Raku pottery, bird and bat houses, candles, soap, mittens, holiday decorations, ornaments created by the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region, and other useful gifts. Young and old alike will enjoy touring the Riverside Gallery, powerhouse exhibit and knitting room where socks are made by volunteers.
I hope to see many friends and new customers at 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Support community crafters and the Belknap Mill — a historic Laconia building with treasures to explore. Our bake sale and craft raffle will benefit the Belknap Mill's historical, educational and cultural programs.
I want to thank the mill volunteers and staff for their assistance, as well as the returning crafters and new exhibitors joining us this year. Many crafters have donated items to the NH1 Children's Auction, so be sure to check out those items available for bidding starting on Dec. 9.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!
No Weare Else, Jewelry & Gifts
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:16
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
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:11
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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:07
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.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:04