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Possession of Islamic jihad material must be made illegal

To The Daily Sun,

Sunday, June 12, 2016, this country was attacked in Orlando, Florida, by a vicious militant member of a murderous ideology, masquerading as a legitimate participant of a so-called world religion, murdering at least 50 innocent people, and injuring at least 53 more.

This kind of murderous event keeps happening here and around the world because of at least three terminal "cultural cancers" that have infected Western society:

— The first is the cancer of "political correctness," which once again prevented people close to him from saying anything to authorities about things they witnessed that could have prevented this massacre.

— The second is the cancer of "multiculturalism," which has brain-washed many in our society into thinking that we should allow everybody and anybody, from all over the world, to come here, no questions asked, even if their overt intent is to completely change the American way of life!

— The third is that, if only one person in that night club had been legally armed with a concealed weapon, the total number of victims would have much lower.

Also, there is another huge concept that must be identified and changed. A couple of examples to illustrate:

(1) During the 1930s, it was illegal for Americans to have in their possession any material that supported Nazism, that had become prevalent in Europe, like a cancer.

(2) Today, it is illegal for anyone to have in their possession, any form of child pornography, even in the privacy of their own homes.

Congress must immediately pass laws that make it illegal to possess any Islamic jihadi material in this country, in any form, either by Muslim immigrants, or Americans who have become radicalized.

The leftist media is no doubt going to try to make this huge story, not about radical Islamist terrorism, but about either gun control and the "danger" of so many guns in the world, or about the civil rights of homosexuals, and how this massacre was the result of this gunman being "homophobic." But this attack must not be about guns or homosexuals. It must be about the real cause: radical Islam.

Jim McCoole
Laconia

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Join us on June 23 for a celebration of the life of Peter Karagianis

To The Daily Sun,

Some people are very special. Whatever it is — an innate joyfulness, deep caring for others, an unwavering dedication to community, a steadfast commitment to their convictions — some people have a gift for living. Peter S. Karagianis was one such person, and we are fortunate that he lived here among us. Our community is better as a result of his devotion and generosity. And that is certainly something to celebrate.

Therefore, the Belknap Mill is delighted to honor Peter, two days shy of what would have been his 100th birthday. He was a historic icon, whose commitment to our own community's history saved the Belknap Mill from near-certain demolition.

Built in 1823, the Belknap Mill is the oldest unaltered textile mill in the country and a sole survivor from the earliest phase of our country's industrial revolution. That, alone, is impressive. But even more significantly, the Mill is a symbol of our roots and a testament to the dedication and courage of our forebears who worked so hard to make lives for their families and build this community.

This industrial tradition continues in the Lakes Region today. We have a strong manufacturing community — a bastion of advanced processes and technology that evolved out of the Belknap Mill, the Busiel Mill and the many others that once drove the regional economy. The Belknap Mill remains a proud representative of today's industry, a symbol of the fortitude of our community and our ability to evolve and prevail.

Please join us at the Belknap Mill on Thursday, June 23, as we honor the great legacy Peter left to us. The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. with a public presentation delivered by state Sen. Andrew Hosmer, Mayor Ed Engler, and members of the Karagianis family. We will commemorate the naming of Peter Karagianis Way and present the plaque designating the Belknap Mill as a property on the National Register of Historic Places.

Following the ceremony and throughout the day, the Mill will be open for cake and will feature a special exhibit devoted to Peter Karagianis' remarkable commitment to save the Belknap Mill. We are also delighted to feature the grand reopening of Riverside Gifts at the Mill, and an exhibition of work presented by River Crew Art and created by Laconia's homeless community.

We hope you stop by on June 23 and join us in honoring Peter Karagianis.

Allison Ambrose
On behalf of the Belknap Mill Society
Laconia

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