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Fall at polls on election day brought number of good people to help

To The Daily Sun,

We wish to thank all who helped us on Tuesday afternoon. We had gone to Gilford to vote and my husband used his walker to go inside to do so. On the way out he spoke to a few men who he knew and proceeded to the car where I waited. As he stood behind the car with the walker, he suddenly fell to the ground. So many people came to help it was incredible.

Russ Dumais was a really great help in getting Bill up as were several others who we do not know. Sandy McGonagle (the town moderator) was there with a wheelchair and they had Bill rest a few moments. One gal had a bit of blood on her sweater and it was determined to not be anything much. I did offer to get said sweater dry-cleaned, but was told not to worry. A true helper. A person even helped me get into the car and all had made sure we were going to be okay.

Thank you from the bottom of our heart for all who helped. As always, Gilford people show their true caring colors.

Cathy & Bill Edgar

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 12:32

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To learn more about the Purple Finches, visit with us on Sat. morning

To The Daily Sun,

According to the Administration for Children and Families Child Maltreatment Report, in New Hampshire in 2012 there were 901 reported child abuse and neglect victims. There was also one child abuse death that year. This is a horrific statistic if you believe as I do that even one victim of abuse or neglect is one too many.

N.H. Children's Trust, a local grassroots organization exists with the mission to eliminate child abuse and neglect in New Hampshire. The N.H. Children's Trust engages Granite Staters from the general public, community businesses, and religious groups to help with this vital mission.

Early this year, a small group of women, known as the Purple Finches, assembled in Gilmanton with the goal of contributing handmade newborn hats to the Period of Purple Crying Program. This program, run by the N.H. Children's Trust, provides education regarding infant crying, how to best console babies, and stresses the importance of never shaking or hurting an infant to new parents of infants born in 13 New Hampshire hospitals.

The little handmade purple baby hats accompany this education and serve as a daily reminder of the lessons taught. This year 4,000 hats were made by volunteers in New Hampshire. Of those, over 500 were donated by the Purple Finches.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Gilmanton Community Church in Gilmanton Corners, there will be an informational session for members of the community interested in learning more about current and future endeavors of the Purple Finches.

June Garen


Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 12:29

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I urge people to be in court Monday morning to support Wm. Baer

To The Daily Sun,

The morals of a community determines the society of that community and that society will determine the system of government (town and school).

I have read the book "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult. Was it ordinary moments in a teen's life? Was it joyous or depressing? In my opinion the book does not focus on eighth-grade reality, but takes away precious moments, feelings, and attitudes. It is not the decision of a school board to determine the food for thought that parents want for their children.

Did the Gilford School Board see the faces and thoughts of the students, kids who would never really be kids again? I found the material to be distasteful and I praise William Baer for protecting his daughter and speaking out to the parents and public. Some parts of the book instructs kids how to sneak around without their parents' knowledge. Kids are still very, very impressive at this age. We must all remember that our children belong to the parents, and that Mr. Baer's constitutional rights were abused by the local school district and the police.

School curriculum should be centered around the development of academic skills, critical thinking and high literacy.

"It is by the Goodness of God that in our country we have those two unspeakable precious things: freedom of speech and freedom of conscience." This is a quote from Mark Twain.

What has happened to English class? Mark Twain wrote and spoke on universal, vital subjects — the meaning of life, friendship, integrity. His proverbs have become an important part of everyday life — they are widely and wisely quoted. "On with the dance, let Joy be unconfined, is my motto" This is appropriate for the classroom.

I attended the Belknap Convention/commissioner's meeting last March, there was a law enforcement officer standing in uniform and listening to the public input about issues at hand. People became loud and disruptive, but they were not arrested and prosecuted, they were allowed their constitutional right of freedom of speech.

I have called the courthouse in Laconia. I encourage all parents and grandparents to attend in support of our freedom of speech and our right to voice what we want our children to read. The date is Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 a.m., at the Circuit Court, 26 Academy St., Laconia. It is a hearing to dismiss the case. It is early, but We the People need to be present. I will be there.

Rosemary Landry

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 12:25

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We're expected to suffer till the end because of a pretend God

To The Daily Sun,

There are few things I find more contemptible than the self-righteous know-it-all pontifications of people who pretend they know there is a God and what God thinks. James McCoole is the latest such voice from the Snake Oil Refinery who pretends he knows all about what YHWH wants. James tells us "Our lives are gifts from God, and only He has the right to take them back." Says who? McCoole? His make-believe God?

An ancient book of tales and historical fiction written my men in the Iron Age? He doesn't like the fact that Brittany Maynard ended her life peacefully instead of unnecessarily suffering and under a Niagara Falls of medical costs. That is not surprising since many Christians worship a God of depraved violence that will burn you forever for having the wrong religion. Saint Paul has a whole list of things in Romans that are worthy of death. It's right out of a Edgar Allen Poe book of psychotic horrors! Mr. McCoole would much rather have Brittany Maynard and her loved ones suffer because that's what God wants, he says. You have no right to determine your destiny in Mr. McCoole's spooky prehistoric world of demons and deities hiding under the bed and in the closet. Oh, and a magical book!

Mr. McCoole speaks of a book of alleged rules that God gave us and a slaughtered Lamb of God. A book that is just a book and only that, I might add, that reflects the times it was written in. A barbaric society writes a barbaric book such as the Bible. It has a barbaric God and a barbaric system of justice. There are no primary historical sources for Jesus' existence and biblical archaeologists believe the entire Pentateuch is fable. The great kingdom of Judah is a myth; it was a tribe. There was no Jewish captivity. There was no Exodus and Ten Commandments event, they say. Evolution is fact so there was no "Fall from Grace" and "original sin" in a magic garden of talking snakes and no belly buttons so there is nothing to be saved from, therefore no need for any savior. It's all excellent story-telling on an epic scale.

To many religious nuts, it's okay for a God to predestine his son to be brutally murdered but it's not alright for a terminally ill woman to die with dignity, in peace. It's okay for God to have people execute homosexuals, unbelievers, Wiccans, unruly children, and adulterers, but it's not okay for someone to pass gently into the night instead of facing an agonizing death. It's okay for God to murder almost every living thing with a flood and it was okay for God to murder every Egyptian family's firstborn child, but it's not okay for a person to die peacefully with their loving family surrounding them.

Humans can't stand to see their pets suffer and opt to have them put to sleep when the suffering gets too great. It's humane and caring. But, humans, naw, we gotta suffer agony till the end because of some pretend God in some people's heads. So instead of being humane and caring, the sock puppets of the religious world tell us that we don't deserve such humane treatment and should be treated as if we are being treated by a sadistic psychopath that enjoys our pain.

It's clear that in the Bible, God seems to get a big kick out of world suffering and lots of killing and cruel and unusual punishments. After all, the Bible's God created the Lake of Fire before the foundations of the world. Mr. McCoole's War God YHWH puts humanity's worst dictators in the amateur column! Doesn't that give you a warm and fuzzy feeling?

If Mr. McCoole wants to be cool, he can turn his attention to mental health and gun concerns because 20,000 people a year kill themselves — unnecessarily in most cases. Booze, mental illness, and guns together take a terrible toll.

James Veverka

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 12:22

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So many helped make our breast cancer fundraiser a success

To The Daily Sun,

We at Dental Expressions, the office of Dr. Darren Boles, would like to thank the many businesses and individuals that made our breast cancer fundraiser in honor of our 10th anniversary on Oct. 17 a success. So many of our local businesses stepped up and gave generous donations of gift certificates and services to be raffled or auctioned off to benefit this great cause. We would like to thank:

Dr. Boles and family, NH Endodontics, Gilford Hills Tennis & Fitness, Owl's Nest Resort, Mills Falls, The Margate, Poco Day Spa, Fratello's, Concord Sports Center, Silver Screen Salon, Tupelo Dental Lab, Funspot, Voila Salon, T-Bones/Cactus Jack's, Hermit Wood Winery, Mix 94.1, New Hampshire Fishercats, Tanger Outlet, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Poulo Insurance, Sunapee Lake Massage, The Wine'ing Butcher, Eden Nails, Garwood's Restaurant, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.

We also want to thank the staff of Dental Expressions for their great efforts and inexhaustible energy.

Thank you those that took the time to join us. We hope this will be the first of many annual fundraisers.

We look forward to an even larger event next year and you all can join us.

Dr. Darren Boles DDS & the staff of Dental Expressions


Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 11:55

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