To The Daily Sun,
Reading The Sun's headlines over the past two days about the election outcome for Belknap County Democrats sounds like an obituary.
Yes, most of our candidates lost an election but it's not the end of our lives.
We will go on teaching, volunteering at the jail, advocating for the disabled, serving on boards, finding ways to make our county more energy efficient and making meaningful contributions to our communities.
Many of our candidates may have lost an election, but we didn't lose our principles or our goals or our deeply held belief that our towns, our state, our country can always be better and do better for its citizenry.
All our candidates know how much they won during this campaign by hearing people's stories, broadening their perspectives and developing new skills.
To revise some Coldplay lyrics just a bit, just because many Belknap County Democrats lost, it doesn't mean we're lost.
Kate Miller, Chair
Belknap County Democratic Committee
Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 11:43
To The Daily Sun,
Lakes Region Cafe & Tavern regrets to inform our guests that the town of Gilford Fire department has revoked our permit of assembly, for building violations which have been for many many years approved by the same fire department. This establishment is closed.
The decision went against what was said to be, that is, if we make certain improvements we'd remain open for business, with a course of action outlined to fix this long list of violations. After investing the time and resources into these improvements, Deputy Ober claimed they were not completed and found additional way to complicate our business operations.
Some would view this as harassment. It's been long known by members of this community and guest of this establishment that the town did not/does not want us in operation. I can only speculate that this is the reason for our closure because it's the only thing that makes sense. It's not surprising that this revoking of our assembly permit came only a few days after the property owner put a lawsuit against the town for his own reasons, which are not affiliated to the operations here at The Lakes Region Cafe & Tavern in anyway other than who owns the property. Aside from that, we here at Lakes Region Cafe Tavern have worked tirelessly to conform this location to a respectable, clean, safe, friendly and drug-free business. It's been a challenge, changing the reputation at this location, however up until now we were making a positive difference. Something we will continue when we are given back our assembly permit and can reopen.
It started with the renovations, changing the once dark cave-like interior decor to what some have called the classiest adult entertainment venue around and proceeded by structuring a safe, secure environment for work and experiencing only the best entertainment. As management, we enforced a no drinking policy which complies not only with the state laws but also with our guests desires to experience the company of sober ladies, something difficult to find in this industry. As the general manager I have made a few enemies in my very strict no drugs policy. However it's not only important to the community that we run a clean establishment but it's important to the ladies who came to dance at this club because is was a safe, drug-free environment — a place where no one would hurt them and they can be respected while dancing for their own reasons. To the average person looking in that might not be as important as to the ladies who formally struggled with addiction to drugs. Nonetheless, it was an important value I wanted our establishment to become known for. In addition to that, I made sure to welcome everyone; I'd stop what I was doing to simply shake the hands of my guests not only in respect for those who I've come to enjoy the company of but to show everyone that I truly appreciated them coming to support this establishment and the ladies who put on a show to entertain them.
There is very little I can do to change the past of this location and the bad name it's created in the town. The fire department has proven to me no matter how hard someone works to better the community in there own way, it can and will be taken for someone else's personal gain. However, I will tell you all this now, I will put in every effort to return to you what was taken by the fire department. You are the reason I am here, it's your enjoyment of what we do that encourages the reopening of this establishment.
I DO HAVE A FAVOR TO ASK ,though. It has been confirmed to me by a member of the Board of Selectmen that the fire department was acting on its own. I ask everyone in support to come to the town selectmen's meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Tell them in silence by a show of bodies in support of this establishment, that this club has a future in this town. Show them that our guests respect us as much as we respect our guests. That they might have gotten away with closing this establishment in the past but have no reason or need to now, with the way we run it. It will take the strength our of guests and community to outweigh the board, however I know you already know how important this establishment is to the people who need it to feed their children or escape the reality their life, to just enjoy the moment of the professional entertainment we provide central and northern N.H.
Zach Joseph, General Manager
Lakes Region Cafe & Tavern
Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 11:39
To The Daily Sun,
Thank you to the voters who supported me in Belknap District 1, New Hampton and Center Harbor. I also want to thank those who gave financial support, encouragement and time standing at the polls.
I will do my best to serve the district as your newly elected representative.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 11:36
To The Daily Sun,
I'm not against any religion per se, as long as it's peaceful and teaches good morals, but (Bishop) Paul Blake is a bit over the top. I've noted several of his preachy letters where the guilt is laid on thick with ominous tones of obedience "or else," but his most recent letter is just plain ridiculous.
His brief and one-sided history of Halloween is crass and hardly correct. But I won't get into any history lessons about the pagans. What I find curious is your definition of Halloween, "Although the level of debauchery and wickedness has waxed and waned over the centuries, nothing 'hallowed' has ever been associated with the practice." For your information, those small pagan practices were not even close to the scale of the debauchery and wickedness that the Bible and Christianity has developed and hidden over thousands of years. Granted, history shows that Christians were persecuted in the early years of its following, but once it got rolling, oh how the tide has turned....
To start, there are about 1,283,000 mass killings specifically enumerated in the Bible. Then throw in another 1 to 3 million for the Holy Crusades. Pretty horrific? Not even the tip of the iceberg. There are so many documented and undocumented inhumane incidents from England to Europe to shores of America where people were tortured and killed by so-called Christians. From rich kings to rich plantation owners. But who can blame them right?
After all they were only brainwashed by quotes like this from your Colossians 3:22 "Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord." Or here's a message of hope, "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ." (Ephesians 6:5). And if you want some light reading try Ezekiel 25:17, "I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them." (Jules favorite) Slavery, vengeance, murder and don't even get me started on the church's covering up of pedophiles and rapists or how they diverted funds to compensate the victims (all true). Raises some questions to any thinking man. I'm truly sorry if makes me a bad person that I just can't jump in and give myself over to the Lord.
I was raised Roman Catholic, but can only make decisions based on my life experiences and have seen the devastation of religion first-hand when I was in the Middle East. I have spent many hours listening in pews, but have never heard God speak to me. I have however, heard the joy in my children's voices as they excited dress up in costumes and trick-or-treat. The memories are part of a matrix that makes my life special, and as much as your Bible Dress Up Night sounds like a hoot, I prefer our family tradition and am sick of hearing about all the fire and brimstone from hypocrites like yourself. You pick and choose Psalms to further your cause while ignoring the absolute archaic messages and tall stories of the other seventy percent.
Again, I know that all religions have a good side and my own beliefs are spiritual, moral, family-based and optimistic. This letter is only in response to the people who feel the need to chime in and chastise us on a weekly basis while ignoring their own imperfections, namely following a fallible book written by fallible people speaking for a supposed infallible God.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 11:33
To The Daily Sun,
The following open letter to the voters of Sanbornton and Tilton was submitted for publication.
I'd like to thank everyone who came out and voted in Tuesday's general election. Especially, I'd like to thank my constituents who voted for me, placed my signs in their yards, and who helped my candidacy along the way. Your support made my re-election possible.
We have a lot of work to do in Concord, and I will work tirelessly on your behalf over the next two years with members of the House on both sides of the aisle. If I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 603-528-6224.
It has been a true honor to serve the citizens of Belknap District 4, and I look forward to continuing to represent you in Concord.
State Rep. Dennis Fields
Belknap District 4
Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 11:28