Pres. Lincoln died from assassan's bullet 150 years ago today

To The Daily Sun,

April 15th marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln. The president was mortally wounded on Friday, April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theater in Washington when he was shot behind his left ear by John Wilkes Booth. President Lincoln was carried across the street where he died at 7:22 a.m., on Saturday morning, April 15th. His assassination came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomatix Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War.

The death of the president was a great shock to the nation and its impact was felt in every community, including those in the Lakes Region.

The president's passing was formally recognized by the members of the Belknap County Bar Association. This association was formed in March 1865 when the Belknap County lawyers came together at the County Court House and established the association which continues to this day. The first recorded meeting occurred on March 27, 1865. A special meeting of the Belknap County Bar Association was held on April 17, 1865, at which time it was "voted that a committee of three be appointed by the president to make arrangements relative to a proper observance of the death of President Lincoln and to draft resolutions".

The original record book of the association contained the signatures of the lawyers who initially formed the association in 1865. Belknap County lawyers have continued to sign the original record book since 1865. The tradition continues to this day as does the association's tradition of service to the communities in the Lakes Region.

Rod Dyer
Wescott Law Firm

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Indiana law has nothing to do with religious freedom as a right

To The Daily Sun,

Mr. Ewing just can't help trying to con us by wrapping himself in artificial victimhood. As for my analysis of him, I'll go biblical: "By their fruits you shall know them;" in Mr. Ewing's case a never-ending crop of sour grapes flavored by fantasies, fanned by his ravings about an imaginary "war on Christianity" and by his twisting the meaning of religious freedom.

He apparently can't stop his misleading claims about Indiana's law. The federal RFRA of 1993 does require a "substantial burden". Indiana's did not. It only required that someone believe that their religious freedom was "likely" to be violated. That is a major difference, especially to those able to comprehend the English language. If he also thinks that Indiana's law had nothing to do with gay people he's blatantly ignoring the openly expressed motivation of those who pushed for such a bill, and he must have not listened to the debate in the Legislature, where complaints about gay rights and marriage equality were front and center.

And if he thinks that Christians would happily go to other businesses if non-Christians refused to serve them, he's living in fantasy land. I suspect that he would be among the first to pound out indignant protests if that happened throughout a state. This is not just about wedding cakes or pizza. It involves any provider: hotels, restaurants, stores and anyone who opens for business. Mr. Ewing dismissively suggests that customers refused service just "go elsewhere". That attitude is the same as the segregationist playbook in the pre civil-rights South. "Your kind isn't welcome to eat here, go find another restaurant." And once again, not only LGBT people, but anyone who a business owner feels is sinful or offensive, could be denied service. Everyone could pick the "sin", and the "sinner" to turn away.

When a business, not run by a religious group, opens to the public it is obligated to follow the same laws as every other business. That's not unfair discrimination, it's equal treatment. The Supreme Court has consistently held that laws may prohibit religiously motivated actions, as opposed to beliefs. It has said that when "followers of a particular sect enter into commercial activity as a matter of choice, the limits they accept on their own conduct as a matter of conscience and faith are not to be superimposed on ... others in that activity. Creating an exemption ... operates to impose [that follower's] religious faith on [others]." (United States v. Lee).

Religious freedom is indeed a fundamental right. Indiana's law had little to do with that. If there's a brouhaha, it was created by those whose religious liberty is not hindered at all. They have, and have always had, full freedom to practice their religion without interference. They are trying to use "religious freedom" as a smokescreen to impose their dogmas on others and exclude anyone who doesn't follow their beliefs. They have the notion that if they do not have the right to make everyone else bow to their beliefs then you are attacking those beliefs or taking away their religious freedom. Claims that they are being forced to violate their religion are simply not true.

We should wonder where in the Bible it says that Christians shall not serve gay people (or anyone else). This is simple discrimination trying to hide behind a cross. It's an attempt to twist the rhetoric of freedom in order to take away others' rights. It tries to gain exemptions from basic laws and to have government privilege their beliefs over those of others. Beliefs that belong to their version of Christianity. They don't speak for those Christians or churches and denominations that support equal treatment under the law. But they do demand special rights for discrimination disguised as a religious right.

Supporting for equal treatment in public life is not an attack on religious freedom. And Mr. Ewing is not defending the Constitution or our freedoms. He is shilling for a thinly-veiled theocracy.

Ed Allard


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More than 350 attended 25th Taste of the Lakes Region

To The Daily Sun,

Altrusa International of Laconia's 25th anniversary Taste of the Lakes Region is now history. Although chilly, it was a wonderful afternoon at Church Landing in Meredith. 21 restaurants and more than 350 attendees mixed and mingled and tasted.

For the past 25 years, in various locations, Altrusa has presented the Taste. Local restaurants have donated their time and gustatory talents. This year we changed the layout to provide more seating and to give the restaurants more room. In the 25 years, we have been able to support our scholarships, the libraries, the hospital and many other opportunities with the over $225,000 raised.

Our sincere thanks to the supporters of the Taste: those who attended, those who provided the excellent tastings, shuttled our patrons, and our sponsors. From Altrusa to the communities: Thank you.

Altrusa International of Laconia

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Resource document was inadvertently pasted into e-mail

To The Daily Sun,

I apologize to all for my sloppy editing regarding a recent posting of mine, having to do with the U.S. Constitution and Christianity. A partial draft from a resource I was using. and editing, to educate myself on some of the details I wanted to write about, got inadvertently pasted to my Daily Sun e-mail, and at the same time, my final draft got completely deleted. I regrettably didn't notice the error.

Again, I'm sorry to all for the error. I promise to try to be more careful...

Jim McCoole

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Funding for Tri-County CAP will provide needed transportation services

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the towns in Coos, Carroll, and Grafton Counties who supported Tri-County CAP Transit with town funding. Let me assure you the funds will be utilized to help provide transportation to the residents within your towns to get to services they need. Transportation is a much needed service for so many but the need is unrecognized by most.

Last year Tri-County CAP's Transportation Division provided 51,479 rides. All told, 13,585 trips were provided to people 60 and older, 1,255 to people over 60 or with a disability, 6,454 to the general public of any age, 617 trips to elderly 60 and older by volunteers using their personal vehicles. These volunteers drive to medical facilities outside our service areas to places like Maine Medical in Portland, CMC in Manchester, and DHMC in Lebanon.

Our Flex Route services operating between Berlin and Gorham, Lancaster/Whitefield/Littleton, North Conway to West Ossipee, and Wolfeboro to West Ossipee provided 25,479 passenger trips.

Community transportation helps people maintain health and well being by providing a resource for socialization, education, and a means to meet basic human needs. It keeps residents off town and federal services by providing rides to employment. Public transportation entices economic development by providing a way for employees to get to work.

Beverly Raymond

Certified Community Transit Manager

Director of Transportation

Tri-County Community Action Program

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