To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to a letter from a Ms. Richardson, who castigated me for my recent letter to the editor, which will be the only time I do so.
First of all, it would be appreciated if she would, if and when she has a problem with what I write, keep her comments directed to me. She accused me of being a liar, which anyone who knows me would disagree with wholeheartedly. Now I have to say that anyone who gains information from a subordinate position such as hers would have to rely on rumors and innuendos to garner her information, which I suspect she is more than happy to assist in continuing them on their merry way.
As far as confrontation is concerned, I always was told it was best to avoid it as in the end both parties usually end up losing.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 10:29
To The Daily Sun,
Thanks to The Laconia Daily Sun for its regular front page photos and stories highlighting the many performances presented locally for school productions, community theater, concerts and professional theater.
The current production at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse is an amalgam of all of these — musical theater and dance, performed by professional and community actors and local children in a traditional English Panto, this based on the magic of the Aladdin story.
It is a patchwork of theater forms — well loved music, comedic interludes and dramatic bits and plays through the holiday season with matinees and evening performances to suit the schedules of families and friends all over the state.
I attended a matinee (a few days ago), expecting to be amused. Instead, I heard myself giggling, then laughing out loud as I appreciated the continuous double entendres, the charm of the dancing and singing and the antics of the character actors. There were lots of children in the audience (whole families with sleeping infants and usually recalcitrant teenagers) as well as seniors (like me) and the production incorporated comedy, audience participation, story line familiarity and just plain fun.
And once again, thanks to The Laconia Daily Sun, for making sure we all know about the arts programming that is central to the wonder of living in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 10:25
To The Daily Sun,
I have a short and simple response to James V.'s long-winded and largely unintelligible claims that the United States government was not rooted in Christian principles.
Take out a piece of money from your pocket, a penny, dime or dollar. Either new or antique. Read the fine print. It says "IN GOD WE TRUST"
Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 10:22
To The Daily Sun,
The Altrusa International Club of Meredith recently held its 19th annual Festival of Trees at the Waukewan Golf Club. A record number of 56 magical trees were on display, created by area businesses, nonprofits, individuals and families, and 44 out of these were donated to local families distributed through area Christmas outreach organizations following the Festival. Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 7, the festival was open to the public. The Saturday Children's event, "Magic and Mittens,, with Jim Goren, magician "extraordinaire" and his charming assistants (our ASTRA teens), captivated a capacity crowd at all three performances.
Altrusa's Festival of Trees depends on community support from individuals, businesses and visitors. All proceeds generated by the festival support local charitable programs such as the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund, Inter-Lakes Community Caregivers, Lakes Region Visiting Nurses Association, area food pantries and our annual non-traditional scholarship awards program to name just a few, along with all other Altrusa charitable initiatives throughout the year.
Our sincere thanks go to our corporate sponsors: Keepsake Quilting, Country Carriage, Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante, M & B Dion Enterprises, and the Marketing Association of Plymouth State University (MAPS) and "Anonymous."
Thank you also to our tree sponsors: Meredith Fire Dept. Auxiliary, Scott Burns Landscaping, Karen and Chuck Thorndike, East Coast Foundation and Lovering Volvo. Also, our sincere thanks to the following restaurants and individuals for exceptional holiday fare served during our Gala – Bay Gulls, Canoe, Crazy Gringo, Faro Italian Grille, Frog Rock Tavern, George's Diner, Hannaford Supermarket, Harts Turkey Farm, EM Heath's Supermarket, Kara's Café and Cakery, Lakes Region Cupcakes, Lavinia's, Lee Wah, Mars, Maureen Siegelman, McDonald's, Meredith Bay Coffee House, Moulton's Farm, Phu Jee, Picnic Rock Farm, Rustic Gourmet, Tavern 27, The Mug and Walter's Basin.
Our sincere gratitude goes to the one hundred plus local businesses and friends that donated wonderful items for the silent and live auction and raffle baskets. Their amazing generosity demonstrated true caring, commitment and community spirit.
Once again the Waukewan Golf Club facilities provided a charming location for our event and for that we sincerely thank the new owners, Tim and Jill Noe and their staff for their support as well as the help of Mike Stanford. We would also like to recognize and thank our "friends of Christmas," the local newspapers, the artists who provided locally made specialty items to the Noel Shoppe and last but for sure not least -- all of our community friends and neighbors that became so involved with the spirit of the season through each individual labor of love that created 56 splendid trees for display, raffle or donation. Truly, the Altrusa Festival of Trees event is all about the magic of the trees and the spirit of giving.
The entire membership of the Altrusa International Club of Meredith, Leaders in Service, is extremely proud to be part of such generous, supportive and outstanding communities.
The Altrusa International Club
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 11:55
To The Daily Sun,
I doubt that anyone was shocked to learn that New Hampshire's Workers Compensation program is abused as described in Dennis Gaudet's column in Friday's, Dec. 26, Laconia Daily Sun. There are few government programs that aren't wasteful, abused, mismanaged, or even counter-productive.
Medicare and Medicaid are defrauded by about $100 billion annually. Many millions, if not billions, of Social Security dollars go to dead people or others inappropriately. These systems are only saved from the fate of other Ponzi schemes by politicians willingness to beggar future generations to cover today's promises.
Hundreds of millions if not billions have been wasted just on establishing the Obamacare "Exchanges." The IRS sends billions of dollars in refunds to people who shouldn't get them.
Our welfare and unemployment systems penalize intact families and are a disincentive to work. Our nation's Department of Education spends about $80 billion annually, it drives up local school costs, but educational results aren't improved.
One has to wonder if government programs exist to help Americans become productive and successful or only to give politicians power.
Examples of government waste, fraud, abuse, or counter-productive results are endless. These are the inevitable results when government does things that it shouldn't be doing, but were implemented to allow politicians to buy votes with taxpayer money.
There was a time when our nation was rich and could afford wasteful programs, but our nation can't even come close to balancing its operating budget even in supposedly good times. In addition, our politicians keep promising, but not funding, trillions of dollars of future benefits that subsequent generations will be taxed to fund, e.g., pensions.
Dennis Gaudet applauds Gov. Hassan for setting up a commission to propose fixes for the excessive Worker's Comp costs, and reduced costs would certainly help New Hampshire's budget problems.
Unfortunately commissions are often established so politicians can claim to be doing something while they are actually just postponing actions except for spending taxpayer dollars on "experts," aka political supporters. Hundreds of commissions and thousands of promises to fix problems have resulted in few improvements because politicians fear actually fixing problems (We can't even get the ethanol requirement removed!), especially those that reduce spending because recipients complain and politicians have less ability to buy political support.
While eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in government programs would be great, there are few successful examples. It would be more useful to start eliminating all government programs that foster dependence rather than achievement, that are not controlled and funded by the lowest possible level of government, and are not essential to promoting government's primary purpose of protecting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 11:41