To The Daily Sun,
I am extremely disappointed with the recent budget passed by the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In particular, I want to highlight the impact it will have on crucial senior services.
This year's budget calls for a 50 percent cut to the Meals on Wheels program, congregate meals at senior centers, transportation services for seniors, as well as the elimination of ServiceLink, which connects seniors to services available to them.
Over the years I have attended many congregate meals at numerous senior centers throughout northern New Hampshire. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the social atmosphere these dinners provide, as well as seeing the seniors appreciate a nutritious, delicious meal. After the meal, many of them remain at the center to relax, socialize, play various games, listen to entertainment, etc. I have seen firsthand the value of this wonderful program.
I had never actually participated in the Meals on Wheels program until last week, when I was able to join a Meals on Wheels driver during his rounds. It was an eye-opening experience.
In addition to having meals delivered to them, for many housebound seniors the deliverer is the only person they see all day. The driver I rode with explained to me the importance of checking in on these seniors to make sure they are safe. While many of them are experiencing difficult living situations, they are very appreciative just to see a smiling face. And, it is equally gratifying for the deliverer to visit with them.
I encourage all state senators as they prepare their budget to do as I did — take a ride with someone who delivers for the Meals on Wheels program. If they see firsthand what I saw, I doubt they will cut this valuable program along with the services being impacted by the house budget.
Indeed, all of the above programs help many seniors stay in their own homes/apartments at a much lower cost than their being in nursing homes.
My final thought. Can you imagine these vital services being cut by a staggering 50 percent? I can't.
Michael J. Cryans
Grafton County Commissioner - District One
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 09:23
To The Daily Sun,
The Inter-Lakes Middle Tier Theater Company and the Inter-Lakes High School Theater Company recently brought to our auditorium stage the very popular and warm story "The Wizard of Oz". Composed by Frank Baum, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, with dance and vocal arrangements by Peter Howard, and with orchestration by Larry Wilcox, this tried-and-true production was superbly performed by a large group of our students, a perfect blend of novices and veteran actors and actresses of various ages. The four performances on captured the interest and the enthusiasm of many, many adults, students and children who filled the auditorium seats to capacity.
Director Kathleen Hill, who very fortunately "has been there and done that," uses such a thorough approach of integrating all major components of a theatrical production. Enumerated, these include excellent casting, consistent and strong character portrayal, appropriate costuming, functional stage designs and sets, excellent music and choreography, perfectly managed technical effects, and a diligent and attentive stage crew. All of our young people did a super job of making those components their top priority. Their impressive grasp and demonstration of the storyline, their energy and enthusiasm, and their very apparent fondness for what they were doing contributed greatly to the rave reviews received.
Congratulations to Director Hill, to her absolutely magnificent cast, to her stage crew and to all others behind the scenes who contributed to the successful show.
Inter-Lakes High School Store Manager
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 09:14
To The Daily Sun,
Don Ewing is in full bladder mode again. In his latest rambling letter as chief corporate shill, he did not provide a single rebuttal for my science-based claim that the post-Little Ice Age warming trend was not the same warming trend we're are presently in — as he claimed in a previous letter. Mr Ewing gets his science from right-wing sites like CATO and AEI, which I have also read. Right-wing economic sites lick the corporate boot and shine their shoes if they ask. Corporations help run them and fund them, too. Mr Ewing speaks for fossil fuel giants. Fossils love fossils!
Not once did he use "sun" or "solar" to refute my scientific data about the sun. It's because he can't. So he changed the subject to more corporate propaganda instead of addressing the central point of my argument: Solar irradiation. Mr Ewing, running with his tale between his legs, could not answer this simple question: If increased solar irradiation ended the Little Ice Age 160 years ago, why hasn't it started cooling? In fact, in the last 35 years, the sun has not bumped upward once but has steadily cooled unabated. Why isn't it getting colder? If the increase in the sun 's energy made us warmer in the mid-1900s why doesn't the decrease in the solar irradiation make it cooler. Why is it getting warmer if the sun is cooling? Come on, big boy!
The next time Mr Ewing wants to refute a claim, he should actually try to refute it instead of side-stepping it in favor of more right wing nonsense which is also so easily refuted. His letter reminded me of a spasm. His claims about CO2 are misinformed but I am waiting for Mr Ewing to provide a rebuttal for my solar activity claims which support human interference hypotheses before I put the silver spike in his CO2 fairy tales. He can just concede and we can move on. If he can't refute my solar energy claims then provide an explanation that isn't just right wing propaganda. Let's see some science, big guy. Concede on the sun and then we can move on to your other claims, one by one.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 09:08
To The Daily Sun,
Pub Mania Bingo will be hosted at Patrick's Pub in Gilford on Sunday, May 3 starting at 3 p.m. For only $1 donation per game card, over $2,000 in prizes will be awarded to lucky bingo winners, just in time to celebrate Mother's Day. Pub Mania Bingo is played with a deck of cards. Game cards only have three playing cards to cover to win, so games quickly move along.
Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded from Alterations Plus, Angels in the Attic, Café Déjà Vu, Center for Therapeutic Massage, Clarks, Crazy Gringo, Dairy Queen/OJ, Fire Cleanup Services, Fratello's or Homestead, Funspot, Giuseppe's Pizzeria, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Hanaway Theatre/PSU, Hannaford, Hart's Turkey Farm, Heaven Scent Design, Kellerhaus, Looney Bin Bar, Lyons' Den Restaurant & Tavern, Mill Falls at the Lake, Papa Gino's, Patrick's Pub, Pizza Express, Sawyer's Dairy Bar, Scentsy by Eileen Burnell, Shaw's, Shooter's Tavern & Pizzeria, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, T-Bones/CJ's, Walmart, Wine'ing Butcher, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Yikes Gallery and 405 Pub & Grill. There will be two cash jackpot games offered for a $5 donation per game card.
I want to thank Patrick's Pub and all businesses that donated prizes for our winners. Stop by Patrick's on Sunday and you could take home some great prizes while supporting the Children's Auction.
Tagg Team Pub Mania Team
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 10:37
To The Daily Sun,
In December of 1965 the power went out in New York City. Mayhem broke out. Store windows were broken and looting commenced. A photo-journalist captured what should have been front page news and child services should have been notified. A woman with two small children following behind her were walking down the street, when the woman found what appeared to be a concrete block. She hefted it up and found a store window and threw the block through the window, smashing it. She reached through the hole and grabbed a television set and ran down the side walk with the two small children trailing behind her. Not a very good lesson to teach ones children. Not practical and showed no respect to others property.
In the summer of 1969 I walked through a mob of rioters who exhibited no signs of civil behavior.
It was as if someone had opened the doors to the insane asylums. The authorities showed more tolerance to the mob than than they did to the victimized. The 1960's were a decade of civil unrest. Any excuse for looting.
Today we have seen an Attorney General resign. Eric Holder who took over a building at Columbia University in the late 70's was never prosecuted. Had charges been pressed he might not have been able to promote the division we have seen the last year. Since affirmative action had taken root back then, tolerance had become a privilege towards criminal behavior. The Republican senators who approved the recent nomination for Eric Holder's replacement have given us the same irrational concept. Loretta Lynch has testified that she will continue Eric Holder's legacy. Downright scary. More "Fast and Furious", IRS scandals, missing e-mails. More cover ups like Benghazi, voter fraud and intimidation and Illegal immigration. More corruption.
Detroit was once a thriving metropolis. Not today. Chicago, the communist capital within the United States has become a breeding grounds for anarchy and engineering America's decline. Ferguson, where so many had traveled from other areas to riot may never recover.
The Baltimore mayor has showed no signs of leadership and the riots have continued. Baltimore may be in their decline. One mother is shown smacking her son side the head and chasing him home as he prepared to join the rioters. I commend this mother for being a mother. When any people are given their right to govern themselves and abuse that right then civilization dies. We are witnessing the decline of the west by allowing the subcultures and subversives to destroy the successes of our country.
Cannot help but wonder if George Soros's Open Society may be distributing money for the Baltimore riots. Someone is manipulating and funding the thugs. Some within our society have shown they are easy targets for the anarchist and facilitators who hide in the shadows.
Gene F. Danforth
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 10:34