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More folks who helped keep Lakes Region kids warm this winter

To The Daily Sun,

The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region was established in 1973 to provide charitable assistance to the Lakes Region children during the holiday season and throughout the year. This year we began our winter outerwear distribution in October. We have partnered with Salvation Army, St. Vincent Children's Foundation and local schools and police departments to assist families in the Lakes Region with their holiday needs. We were overwhelmed with requests for outerwear. We have been able to help over 650 children this season. The need this year appeared to us to be much greater than in past years and with the cold weather on the way we were anxious to get this done. We rely on cash donations to purchase these items and do most of our shopping in the off season in order to get the best deals possible for our money.

We received these donations after our first thank you was published and would like to thank the following people for their donations to help keep the children of the Lakes Region warm this winter: John and Terry Larrere, Lemay's Christmas Tree Farm, Jeremy and Tia Lacasse, Gator Signs, BIBA, Laconia Firefighters, and Laconia Police Department

If you would like to help keep our children warm this winter please send your donation to: Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region, P.O. Box 7454, Laconia, NH, 03247. No amount is too small and together we can make sure the children of the Lakes Region are taken care of.

Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region Board of Directors
Janet Brough
Jamie Caldwell
Jim Carroll
Andrea Condodemetraky
Courtney Coppi
Lisa Cornish
Kathy Crane
Marlee Guilmett
Kim Lacasse
Chris McCarthy
Dennis Phelps
Katie Pierson

 

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The legislative branch did respond, just didn't agree with Obama

To The Daily Sun,

The current administration is going down in history as the most anti-American ever. In a statement on the official White House website, the president acknowledged that he will do whatever it takes to advance his anti-Second Amendment agenda. He is promoting fear in order to add momentum to his anti-gun/anti second amendment agenda.

The president claims to be using "all the tools at his disposal" to make America safer. He admits he is raiding the congressional toolbox. He is stealing for the executive branch what is the responsibility of the legislative branch. This is a very dangerous situation for the freedom of all Americans. Charles Montesquieu warned in the 18th century "When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty..."

Whether you are on the side of gun control or you believe we need less government regulation in our lives, this action of the president is a major overstepping of constitutional authority. The president has clearly stated that what he is accomplishing through executive fiat is what should be done by the legislative branch, but since they "have not responded," he is going to act.

The truth is, the legislative branch has responded. They did not do what he wanted. So now, instead of acting with integrity and honoring the balance of powers, he has decided to overstep the authority of his office and the Constitution. This should concern everyone regardless of political philosophy. Even if you are comfortable unilateral implementation of gun control, even if you feel what he is doing will make you safer, you need to fully consider what the outcome of this consolidation of power will be.

The president's own experts agree his actions will not have an impact on curbing violent crime. Guns don't shoot people. People shoot people. Going after guns will not stop violence. There are several issues the president could address that would make Americans less vulnerable to violence, but he chooses to ignore them.

One of the greatest threats to our national security and to our ongoing fight against violent crime is our porous southern border. The border between the U.S. and Mexico is largely controlled by criminal cartels. They regularly smuggle narcotics, weapons, contraband, and people into the United States. The only way to properly secure the southern border is to employ a combination of physical barriers, technology, and more boots on the ground. Last year, the House Homeland Security Committee passed a border security bill that would have implemented such solutions, but the president promptly rejected it.

The president has chosen to ignore this significant security threat. Now, instead of funding more border patrol agents, his executive order calls for the hiring of 200 more ATF agents to investigate the sale of firearms to U.S. citizens. Additionally, the secretary of Homeland Security and the director of the FBI don't know how they were going to process, vet, and monitor the influx of tens of thousands Syrian refugees the president is bringing into our country. The FBI does not have the resources to monitor the refugees and investigate other potential terrorists currently in the country now. And we are going to bring in more... There is ineffective, and then there is incompetent.

Sorry Washington, I'm Cruz'in with Ted.

Marc Abear

Meredith

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