Many businesses have supported BHS Spanish Club's Costa Rica trip

To The Daily Sun,

The Belmont High School Spanish Club is traveling to Costa Rica. There are many fundraisers.

We would like to thank the following businesses who supported us: Coca-Cola, Granite Ledge Coffee, House on the Hill Custom Creations, The Pampered Chef Consultant Melodie Esterberg, AutoServ of Tilton, McCauliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, JJ Yolk & Co. restaurant, Hill's Corner Sugar Shack, Laconia Ice Rink, Story Land, Amish Country Barn, Shaw's of Gilford, Capitol Center for the Arts, Whale's Tale Water Park, Funspot, Our Place restaurant, Alpine Adventures, Squam Lake Science Center, Jon Pike Automotive, Common Man, Agway, Hannaford, Mt. Washington Cruises, Fox Country Smoke House, McDonald's, Petals in the Pines, SAU 80, and families that have assisted us.

Belmont High School Spanish Club

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Who disrespected this family's Sanbornton burial ground?

To The Daily Sun,

Walking my dogs near my Wadleigh Road home, I pass two cemeteries. Sometime last week the stone posts and iron gate of one were removed. I walked in with pen and paper today, to write down two of the stones' names. Samuel Dustin (d. 1859) and his wife, Rachel, are readable on one old stone. David Dustin (d. 1850) and his wife, Polly, are readable on another. Some are such old stones they are unreadable or are field stones without names.

Who disrespected this family burial ground? If you know anyone who suddenly has a vintage iron gate newly installed for use, and you ferret out that the gate and posts were taken from an unguarded cemetery, would you please ask that they be returned?

Lynn Rudmin Chong


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"Almost Heaven' folks celebrating 152nd birthday on June 20

To The Daily Sun,

June 20 of this year, West Virginia will celebrate its 152nd anniversary of statehood. And, as many West Virginians believe, it deserves a celebration, and so a party is in order. All you fine folk who now make New Hampshire your home are invited to commemorate this delightful occasion next week.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia was invited to join us last June as we celebrated the 151st birthday of West Virginia. He regretfully declined. As busy as many governors are, traveling 17 hours for a New Hampshire version of your state's birthday would be rather above and beyond. However, the honorable Gov. Tomblin did send a message:


As governor, I'm pleased to see West Virginians celebrating our 152st birthday, even from as far away as New Hampshire! I'm sorry I'm unable to join you for this special occasion.

Pride in our state is one of our greatest assets, and I commend each of you for your unwavering commitment to West Virginia. I encourage you to enjoy this gathering to the fullest, reminiscing about your mountain home with dear friends and family.

The Mountain State is rich in time-honored tradition, as well as extraordinary natural beauty. From the gold dome of the Capitol to the excitement of white water rafting, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy; and I'm sure you each have your favorite memory of West Virginia.

Again, thank you for remembering the 151st anniversary of West Virginia's statehood. I hope you will have the opportunity to visit home soon!


(Signed) Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor

Yes, we do still call West Virginia "home," just like we say we're going "downtown" or just "up the street." So, if you now take your calls at "603" instead of "304" and would like more information about this gathering coming up next week, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'd sure love to have you all join us for a grand celebration of a place, a time and a people that resides deep in your bones no matter the miles between.

Montani Semper Liberi,

Catherine M. Reitz Tokarz

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Cartoon referring to 'schizophrenia' was in very poor taste

To The Daily Sun,

I respectfully question The Daily Sun's editorial judgment to publish the cartoon "B.C." on Tuesday, June 2 (page p.18). Over many years of my reading "B.C." cartoons I've never had problem with its off-beat, whimsical, humorous content, but this particular cartoon on that particular day featured a supposedly comical definition of "schizophrenia" which was in poor taste, I believe.

It's one thing to use the word "schizophrenia" in everyday language to attempt to explain something which appears disordered or divided, and I don't take issue with such usage. However, it's another thing altogether for a well-known cartoon to publicly offer a dictionary-style definition of schizophrenia, as "B.C." did, with the clear aim and intention of making people laugh by making light of something.

Schizophrenia is not a joke — it is a severe mental illness that affects people from all socioeconomic levels. My girlfriend suffered horribly from schizophrenia, despite taking psychiatric medications and working closely with her doctor, and she ended up dying by suicide 10 months ago in a confused and terrified delusional state caused by her mental illness — an illness which she did not cause and which she could not control.

It would be in equally poor taste, I believe, for a nationally-recognized, widely enjoyed newspaper cartoon such as "B.C." to use the issue of breast cancer, for example, or even Ebola, to attempt to make people laugh, all while failing to consider the suffering experienced by people with such life-threatening conditions.

I respectfully ask that The Daily Sun consider providing ongoing and well-balanced coverage of the stigma of mental illness.

Alex J. Boros

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Give you father your love and devotion throughout the year

To The Daily Sun,

Why do we seem incapable of celebrating Father's Day without the need to show our appreciation by buying yet another gift? Why does almost every father have the expectation of a gift as a true indication of someone's appreciation?

Like most of our holidays, Father's Day is no longer an occasion for reflection about the valuable role fathers play in the family and society. It's become just one more reason for merchants to be able to sell something and ramp up another frenzy of consumer spending.

Since its origin in the early 1900s, a then more well-meaning Congress resisted the pressure to make it a national holiday for fear that this most worthy celebration would become commercialized. It wasn't until 1972 that Richard Nixon bowed down to business pressure and opened the floodgates. Every year, it becomes less and less a time of reflection and devotion, and ever more about meaningless consumption.

Let's pass along a little wisdom to our children and break the consumer stranglehold this and other holidays have on our culture. Commit to giving your father your love and devotion throughout the year, and when he's least expecting it, maybe even a little gift.

Jon Godfrey

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