We are lax & indifferent when we need to be informed & active

To The Daily Sun,

If we are to prosper and improve our living standards, we need to be aware of the detriments keeping us from a realistic, doable solutions. First and foremost, to demilitarize — downsize the over-bloated military structure we do not need and cannot afford. To disentangle military from foreign nations, bringing all armed forces safely home. To end, for all time, the well publicized notion by fear-mongering that we are in danger. It is false — and always has been. The Pentagon budget, (never been audited) steals billions of our precious dollars creating the most powerful military machine the world has ever known. All these expenditures on additional weapons, planes, ships and nuclear subs, we don't need and cannot afford!

Simply put, the United States doesn't have a credible enemy in the world. Our senators and national leaders jump through flaming hoops to make you think differently. Homeland Security's annual budget should be reduced by 50 percent. The threats of terrorists is not a true anymore. Since post 9/11 not one person in this country has been killed from terrorists from the Middle-Eastern countries. Their excuses to use military forces overseas is purely a fabrication and manufactured lies. We are in wars that have existed for a hundred years — sectarian conflicts that have a long and sordid history.

Secondly, the value of education needs to take center stage. Academics must prevail over all other endeavors — certainly above frivolous games schools highly tout. Americans need to realize that this country must put learning skills back in front burner again. Worldwide, we are somewhere in the middle of industrial countries in producing a workforce capable of handling the technical jobs in demand today. Right now, we can't do that. I certainly don't blame our talented and hard working teachers.

We are lax and indifferent when we need to be informed and active to tackle these crucial problems and reclaim our nation's prominence and high moral standards. Don't let military activists take your hard-earned money — money borrowed on the backs of your children.

Leon R. Albushies


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Please pay attention to falg etiquette & the condition of your own flag

To The Daily Sun,

As I drive through the Lakes Region I am overwhelmed at the patriotism displayed by our residents. I am also made aware of the condition of some of the American flags that are displayed. Some are tattered and torn from the high winds. Others are very badly faded. If yours falls into this category I implore you to replace it with a new one, hopefully made in the U.S.A. It keeps people employed and no other country should be allowed to manufacture our flag just to save a few bucks. The old flag should be destroyed by burning, according to the U.S. flag code. The American Legion disposes of flags by burning on several occasions each year and will do so again on June 14th, which is Flag Day.

Incidentally, nowhere in the U.S. flag code is cutting up the flag for any purpose covered. When retired, it should be disposed of intact. Someone came up with the bright idea of cutting out the stars and presenting them to service members. Although they graciously accept the stars, many feel uncomfortable about "Old Glory" being cut up.

My last observation is the raising and lowering of the American Flag. The President of the United States and the governor of each state have the power through executive order to lower the flag on occasions other than holidays. He or she sets the dates and times that the flag will remain lowered. Mayors and other city/ town officials do not have the right or privilege to make this order. I noticed this year that city flags were at half mast since Friday for both the artificial Memorial Day and the real Memorial Day of May 30th for someone's convenience.

Please pay attention to flag etiquette and to the condition of your flag. Display it properly and replace it when it is worn out.

Earl Beale, Adjutant Post 1

The American Legion


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Still, influence of Christian values is at foundation of our culture

To The Daily Sun,

Here on Friday I read a very good letter by Thomas Lamay concerning his religious experiences growing up. I can even relate to those things he writes about. My mother was a devote Baptist and from an early age I was dressed up every Sunday morning walked to church where we children went down stairs for Sunday school. Like Thomas by the time I became a teenager I drifted away and like him I questioned so many of the accounts in the bible and teachings from the pulpit. Unlike him I have come to again believe in God and Jesus as I have aged and learned and experienced more in life. I agree with Thomas about all the stupid, vial and criminal things the church has done and I view the Bible as an imperfect document. I do not and will not take issue with how others view it. My view is however that all the evils done in God's name was done by men. Done in the name of the church for the power of the church.

I seldom attend church services, preferring the solitude of my barn where I try to contemplate and sometimes pray. Still the influence of Christian values, which admittedly are not exclusive to this religion, have formed the foundation of our culture. It is the loss of these cultural values, morals and ethics at such an alarming rate that plunges modern life into such chaos. That is where I take issue with the likes of James Veverka, who take great relish in trashing Christianity and Christians. My personal view is that James cares nothing at all about the religious aspects except that for the fact that most Christians are conservative and thus will not vote for James' Marxist socialist agenda politicians. James finds it far easier to smear, slander and trash individuals, organizations and opposing ideas then to defend the failed philosophy of Marxist socialism which he embraces.

Having unloaded all this from my chest I say to Thomas that I agree that if you live a good life, do your best to be good to your fellow man and are honest to yourself you stand as good a chance of going to heaven as any one else in spite of what might be spouted from any pulpit.

Steve Earle


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Converting old churches to places of merriment not unique to Laconia

To The Daily Sun,
In reference to the Bishop Paul Blake's Saturday letter concerning taking the cross down at the Holy Grail:

You strongly state that drinking alcohol is a sin. Is it? Ecclesiastes 9:7: "Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do."

Like most people in your position, you make your choice of how you believe people should live and act, then choose the specific areas of the Bible to justify your own feelings. However, because the Bible is a long book written over a long time by a bunch of mortal men who couldn't tell you the world was round, it has many contradictions. I'm no Theologian, but don't the serve wine in like 99 percent of all churches in the United States? I know it's the 'blood of Christ', but in reality... still wine. Didn't Jesus make wine from water? That was the Son of God, right? I mean if HE'S making it, it's got to be okay, right?
For any sane person reading this, converting failed churches into places of merriment is not something that is unique to Laconia. The Limelight in London, England was an immensely popular night club in the 1980's, built in a Welsh Presbyterian church. I myself tipped a pint or two there while in England for the 50th Anniversary of D-day and I have not been struck down by lightning yet (knock on wood). Another popular night club was built in the former Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in New York City. The big open space and acoustics are a natural fit for a pub or bar. There are many more all around the world...
In my opinion, whether the owners of the Holy Grail are Christians or not, they've created a pretty good atmosphere where you can get some good food, relax a little and spread some good will and cheer. In what kind of warped world does that have to be punished by fire and brimstone?

Thomas Lemay

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Maybe Republicans don't think the poor deserve to be secure?

To The Daily Sun,

How do you explain the opposition of our House and Senate Republicans to Medicaid expansion? The program is working. Approximately, 40,000 New Hampshire residents signed up for it. According to the New Hampshire Hospital Association, it has resulted in a reduction in emergency room visits by uninsured patients by 22 percent in the first three months of 2015 compared to same time period in 2014. And, inpatient admissions of the uninsured fell by 27 percent.

Business is in favor of it. The N.H. Business and Industry Association recognized the connection between the health of a population and the state's economic prosperity. According to BIA President Jim Roche, "regular, preventive care costs less, will lead to less utilization of healthcare services and ultimately lower health insurance costs for businesses and individuals."

If you do the math, it's a no-brainer. The federal government pays for most of it, and by reducing the amount of uncompensated care hospitals provide, it ends the cost-shifting onto those already insured or paying out of pocket. We all benefit, not just those on Medicaid.

The program also reduces the financial and personal insecurity of those formerly without insurance. Could it be that that's what New Hampshire Republicans really object to? Maybe they think the poor don't deserve to feel less insecure? The Grinch would be proud of them.

Dave Pollak


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