To The Daily Sun,
Recently state Sen. "Sam" Cataldo signed a "Pledge of Allegiance" to Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a Virginia-based, Koch brothers founded and funded, right-wing, political advocacy group. This means that Senator Cataldo now cannot vote for any bill, no matter how beneficial it would be for New Hampshire citizens, that would lead to any tax or fee increase, and that he must fight against expanding health care to those desperate for it, and that he must vote for bills that would lead to lower wages for New Hampshire workers and make their work sites more dangerous.
In 2010 AFP spent $40 million, in 2012 they spent $122 million, and in 2014 they will spend a mind-blowing pile of money on reactionary candidates and causes. Apparently the health, safety, and paychecks of New Hampshire's families do not make Senator Cataldo's to-do list. What a shameful move by the senator, pledging his independence and integrity to out-of-state political operatives. Let's not send someone accountable to a Virginia political organization back to our New Hampshire Legislature.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 05:57
To The Daily Sun,
Just a few words to say how much there was (and is) to celebrate in Sanbornton.
Thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make the day fun and informative. There are many ways we can continue to keep our town vibrant, from serving on committees to hiking our trails. One of them is to keep our roadsides clean. If you pick up trash when you walk our roads. Remember that there are free trash bags to use when you bring those cans and bottles and other "jetsam" to the recycling center. You can pick them up at either the town office or the library.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 05:54
To The Daily Sun,
Voters should know a little about Kathy Lauer Rago, who is challenging Andrew Hosmer for the state Senate.
Kathy has no interest in the Lakes Region. She is a rubber stamp for the Tea Party in Franklin. When she was on the school board there she tried to dismantle the school system. She would do the same if she were a senator and decimate funding and education in New Hampshire. I personally got to know Ms. Rago while I lived in Franklin and she was a closed-minded bully. We don't need more bullies in office. We need people willing to work responsibly, across the aisle, able to work with others to enable New
Hampshire to move forward, not backward. Old failed policies are inadequate for this decade. We need intelligent policy and bright ideas on how to teach our children and to help the elderly, the sick and people that need jobs.
This letter may sound like a personal attack, but she attacked my family (and all LGBT families in New Hampshire) while she ran for state representative. She is an opportunist looking for a stepping stone to advance her personal agenda, not looking out for the interests of the people of Laconia and the Lakes Region.
Where was she when Franklin had a job fair? The only candidate I saw looking to help people and to make sure that he was there to facilitate problem-solving was Andrew Hosmer. Andrew has a proven record and has worked for all New Hampshire families. He is reachable. I don't know a person that he has not helped when they needed it from him. We need world-class leaders, not minions for a narrow agenda.
A vote for Kathy Lauer Rago is a vote to dismantle New Hampshire and the progress we have made as a community. It is a vote to bring the extremist circus to Concord. I cannot in good conscience or with any concern for my state vote for
someone so lacking in vision and the qualities required of a state senator. I urge all voters of District 7 to reject a return to the bad old days.
Please vote to send Andrew Hosmer back to Concord where he will continue working for all of us.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 05:51
To The Daily Sun,
I wanted to respond to the letter to the editor that was titled, "5-year-old kept from One Voice cast because parents aren't married." Grace Capital Church was mentioned, yet we do not have any leadership or oversight with the ministry called One Voice.
I do not know what took place between One Voice and this family, as there are always two sides to any story. I do know that the heart of God is for our kids and our families in the Lakes Region.
God is always about restoration. His heart is to see broken lives restored, hurting marriages renewed, and fractured families healed.
I know we live in a culture today where it very common to experience hurts and brokenness. Many times this is complicated and out of our control and many times this comes with a process to know how to move forward.
I know with confidence that Grace Capital Church is a place where people can experience love, acceptance and forgiveness as we explore how God wants us to live our lives.
All of us have experienced hurts in our lives and I am thankful that Jesus brings restoration.
BTW ... I am still a work in progress.
Mark Warren, Pastor
Grace Capital Church
Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 05:48
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to respond to the letter by Donna Page, in which she regrets the decision of One Voice to keep a 5-year-old boy out of their Christmas program because his parents are not married. She thinks the decision is unkind and that it contravenes Christ's message of love and forgiveness.
I disagree with her, first of all that, the action of this group is unkind. I think what is unkind is bringing children into the world without getting married first. All statistics show that on every measure of successful adulthood, children without fathers come out on the losing end. Yes, I know the child in this case has an intact family with two parents who live together. But that is not the usual case. Usually children of unmarried parents grow up without their father. So it is not kind to condone unmarried parentage, because in most cases, it works against the interests of children.
The Lord gave us rules for living. Getting married before cohabitating is one of them. His rules exist for a reason. He made us and he knows our nature and what is good for us. The Bible says, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end leads to death." (Proverbs 14:12) I see a lot of children and young people these days who seem cold-hearted and calloused and disconnected. I believe this modern trend of having babies outside of marriage is part of that because the children don't have the strong family structure in place to give them the emotional foundation they need.
As for Jesus' message of forgiveness. Yes, the Lord is all about forgiveness. But forgiveness implies that something was done wrong. And that repentance should follow. In John 5:14, the Lord heals a lame man. Then He says, "Go and sin no more lest something worse happen to you." He healed him but didn't give him a blank check to keep doing wrong. If you are Christian and you think the Lord's forgiveness entitles you to sin with impunity, you're kind of crucifying him all over again, aren't you? What did he go through that torture for if you are just going to throw it back in His face?
It is not the group One Voice that has created hardship for this child, but his parents. Since they have been together for over eight years, love each other, own a home and have jobs, if they are so concerned about this and possible future ostracism of their child, there is something they can do. They can get married.
I commend this group, One Voice. I think the stand they took is courageous and life affirming. The Bible says, "Choose Life." (Deuteronomy 30:19) Living and affirming God's laws is choosing life.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 05:44