Friends, you have taken me to highest mountain with your words

To The Daily Sun,

Retirees who have preceded me and who have left Inter-Lakes High School have surely felt the warmth of kind words and the sincerity of impressive tributes. Their tasks done, they have left to pursue other positions or simply to rest and relax.

In a few weeks, I will be joining that group, retiring after a number of years as a teacher and as the manager of your school store. My stay at Inter-Lakes High School has been a rewarding and satisfying one, enriched and supported by school board members and administrators, by teachers and staff, by students and parents. Individually, each one of you has touched my life; collectively, all of you have nurtured my passions for teaching and for managing a small business.

Too often I have acknowledged you silently. Today I am thanking you graciously and lovingly.

At a recent retirement party, I was greeted by a large number of happy and enthusiastic colleagues and long-time friends. Hosted by my dear friends — Elaine Campbell, Cindy Boucher and Diane Hueber,  this party was a joyous blend of fun and entertainment, speeches and tributes honoring me, and the presentation of very generous gifts.

I deem it such a distinction to know that the high school library will now be called The Marjorie Lee Library; and I feel so honored and happy to know that the Inter-Lakes Alumni Association will present an annual scholarship, in my name, from the impressive monies donated by all of you. In addition to those beautiful honors, the 2015 Pinnacle (yearbook) was dedicated to me. Unbelievable? I would surely say so! Overwhelmed? I know so!

On Sunday, June 7, the Alumni Association held its 91st Alumni Brunch at Church Landing. A great gathering of 196 alumni honored the 50 year class and enjoyed an abundant brunch and entertainment. The association awarded three $1,000 scholarships to Catherine Quimby, Kylie Dickinson and Kodey Converse. The annual Alumni Cup was presented to Hannah Crosby, and the first alumni scholarship in honor of Marjorie Lee was awarded to Kylie Dickinson. The Class of 1960 awarded two $500 scholarships to Terri Folsom and Allison McCann.

All of you, my dear friends, have taken me to the highest mountain (figuratively) with your beautiful words, with your impressive gifts, and with your heartfelt love and gratitude. You have shown such warmth, such kindness, and such selflessness; you have given to me and honored me so beautifully from your very generous and big hearts.

In my humility and from my heart, I thank you all so very, very much. In the time ahead, I hope

that I can make a difference for you, the kind of difference you have made for me.

In friendship and with appreciation and love,

Marjorie Lee


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Those numbers don't address whether or not people are the cause

To The Daily Sun,

I don't make it a habit of responding to a response, as I am happier using the time that it takes to respond doing something productive. I'm responding to James Veverka, as I was impressed with the speed at which he researched his usual haunts and came up with a lot of figures that in fact did not address what I was implying.

Even if the numbers he produced are correct, they don't answer the question of whether or not people have anything to do with the rise in those numbers or whether it's old Mother Nature up to her normal hijinks. The climate change (nee global warming) alarmists ignore history and the changes in climate that have occurred long before we inhabited the earth. If you read Don Ewing's letter in Saturday's edition of The Sun you will find many statements that coincide with my quoting of parts of Irving Janis' book on "groupthink". If you compare in-group to alarmists and out-group with deniers you'll see exactly what professor Janis meant about the phenomenon of "groupthink".

On another note, I will stand by my statement that Al Gore claimed the ocean waters were going to rise by a few feet, the exact number he used I don't recall. It should come as no surprise to anyone that Gore would exaggerate the numbers as he has been known to skew the facts in the past. Keep in mind this is the same Al Gore that claimed he invented the Internet and that the book/movie "Love Story" was written about him and his wife.

Again, I want to thank Mr. Veverka for responding so quickly to my letter so that this cave dwelling conservative could learn the truth. His kindness is only exceeded by his tactful charm.

Dave Schwotzer

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Northern Pass owners don't care one sointilla about folks in N.H.

To The Daily Sun,

Last week I received a survey call from TargetPoint Consulting. I am writing this letter to set the record straight. Initially it appeared to be another typical political poll in which the interviewer asked opinions regarding Senator Kelly Ayotte and Governor Maggie Hassan. However, the remainder of the poll consisted of questions concerning opinions of Northern Pass and several questions regarding Kinder Morgan.

The problem with the survey is that a series of questions asked were based on false premises, which, for someone who has not followed the Northern Pass project in depth would answer the question based on the false premise set forth. This type of manipulative survey is known as a "push poll", that is, ask leading questions to get the result you want to attain.

For example, I was told that burial of the Northern Pass would cost five to 10 times as much as erecting overhead lines. This is blatantly false, but Eversource/Northern Pass executives continue to perpetuate this misinformation. Moreover, the Northern Pass executives have never even attempted to provide any supporting documentation to substantiate this claim. However, if you are given false information and then told that you, the ratepayer, will foot the cost of burial, and, if you are unaffected by the blight of the 2,300 steel towers which Northern Pass will erect, you will respond that you would probably live with the towers.

You must know the truth that you will never hear from any Northern Pass-sponsored survey, that is, that this project is merchant-funded and for-profit. This means that it is not needed to keep the lights on and it is merely being proposed to make a profit for the corporate executives of Eversource and their shareholders. Their only motive is to reap the greatest profit at the least possible cost no matter what damage it may cause to property values and the beauty of the state.

This Connecticut-based corporation and its foreign partner, Hydro Quebec, do not care one scintilla about the folks of New Hampshire. So, if you get a Northern Pass survey, listen very carefully to the couching of the questions asked. Northern Pass is not New Hampshire's friend.

Lee Ann Moulder


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Are you ready to survice a massive attack on our electricity sources?

To The Daily Sun,

Recently, there was a hacking of U.S. government computers. As CNN reported, it was a warning. This breach impacted millions of federal employees and perhaps even more. There was hacking of IRS files as well. Take this quote from CNN: "The Internet may look big, but it is a fragile little network. It can hardly handle the stress of streaming video without compromising its legacy of neutrality, much less the secrets of the U.S. government without sacrificing its true mission of connecting the people of world in open interaction. The government, along with business, banking, and everything else that depends on security should simply get off the Internet and build another one. After this week, they can't say they haven't been warned."

For some time now, I have been sharing sentiments about the dangers of Internet with friends and associates. I have been a victim of this Internet twice, once through identity theft, and most recently through an ex-wife. The Internet is the most dangerous form of communications mankind has invented. This along with Facebook and voice mail are seriously the most potential compromise to our personal rights, health, safety, and welfare. Many of us use social media to promote themselves to their targeted audiences, namely friends, relatives, and business associates. All this is doing is exposing those who use these sites to further compromise of themselves.

At the greatest risk of all, is the power grids that supply this Internet. We are but one second away from the greatest attack on our electricity sources. In one second, the U.S. as well as the world will find themselves back in time. Gasoline can only work when there is electricity. Everything is computerized. Financial markets will collapse instantly. Already we have seen computers on planes hacked, threatening the lives of those in travel. In one second, we will be back to candles, fireplaces, wood stoves (if you can transport it?), and gardens. Second Amendment, you will need the guns to survive, protect, and obtain food. Cell phones, computers will cease to exist at all. Are we ready to survive this massive attack?

It is not a question of if, but a question of when, unless safeguards are provided to protect us now.

All that we take for granted today will cease. The poor people, in irony, will be the survivors as they have the strength and stamina for this. Many already live off the "grid" now. Suddenly all of us will be equal once again, no matter your race, creed, skin color, or religion, because once again, we must live from the land we live on. Horses will become premium property until they are bred in sufficient numbers to accommodate our needs for transportation, if ever.

We all need to reduce our dependency on this internet. It will mean our survival later. We must seek better and hack proof computer systems. But never leaving to chance, better to be prepared or begin preparing is to be prudent. Given the free rein within this internet, it has become truly a dangerous place to depend upon. Even this writer has succumbed to the convenience of emails, reviewing the news, or researching topics of educational interest. It is done with wariness now and extreme caution.

As said on CNN, "No, data breaches aren't pretty, and the things smart hackers and governments can do with even peripheral files dwarf any of the cable-TV drama scenarios I'm imagining here. But they are to be expected because they are an inevitable outcome of using an open network to convey information we mean to keep closed."

It is imperative we all must be on alert and start to prepare. CNN did an excellent job telling us why.

Robert T. Joseph Jr.

New Hampton

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Lakeport Landing is not at all asking the city to bail them out

To The Daily Sun.

This letter is written in response to a Letter to the Editor written by Rick Ball, printed in the June 6 edition of The Daily Sun.

We live in a country where we have free speech, but my dear sir, your letter has lots of misinformation, so please allow me a moment to correct you please.

Lakeport Landing is not trying to change the terms of the original contract, they are trying to purchase the property from the city. They did not make a bad business decision and they did not low-ball the price. There was no price set at the time the lease was nearing its end. Lakeport Landing, sir, should have the right to have first right of refusal for the price that the city of Laconia feels appropriate.

Lakeport Landing is not asking the City of Laconia to, as you state, bail them out! OMG Mr. Ball, they are trying to appease the city councilors' requirement for the purchase of this property, not unlike any other business in our great city, no more, no less.

It appears that you work in Belmont. Great. Worry about Belmont, Mr. Ball. The folks at Lakeport Square work very hard in making that part of Laconia extraordinary for the citizens of Laconia. I say, well done folks, well done for all you have done to promote your section of the city.

However, I doubt that the city will allow that property to come off of the tax base and give it to the hard working folks of the Lakeport Community Association, and I doubt that those folks would want to take that property on either.

Mr. Ball, you have the right to voice your opinion, but if you choose to do so, be accurate in your facts. Do not libel Lakeport Landing in their endeavors to expand their business. And, by the way Mr. Ball, Lakeport Landing is a solid business that operates in Lakeport. Just saying. Have a great day, sir. Thank you for your comments.

Don Vachon



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