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There is more to Memorial Day than barbecues and boats

To The Daily Sun,
What better way to spend Saturday evening of Memorial Day weekend than by having a great time and raising funds for a local group who helps wounded veterans. TBI We Care team has a great night planned with tremendous entertainment, terrific food, and a deserving beneficiary. All the details are below and more information as well as purchasing of tickets and honor booklet dedications can be found at www.tbinh.org
One of America’s top vocal impersonators, Jay Gates, will take the stage at the newly renovated Meredith Community Auditorium on Saturday, May 27, at the Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith to perform in a benefit for Gilford based Camp Resilience - helping those who have served bounce back in mind, body, and spirit. This high-energy reenactment of everything you have ever seen or heard of Rod Stewart and Barry Manilow’s legendary staging and music, complete with live back-up band and a huge video screen, will dazzle you and your friends. By purchasing a ticket for $27.50, you will enjoy great music, food, and drink while supporting Camp Resilience. Complimentary snacks and desserts can be enjoyed at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are available at www.tbinh.org.
Whether you are attending the event, or if you will be out of town for the holiday, you can make a special contribution to this great cause. A program book with dedications will be distributed that evening with names and messages honoring military friends, family, and loved ones. With a minimum donation of $10, your message of honor or remembrance will be included, and your entire donation will benefit the work of Camp Resilience. Dedications can be made online at www.prli.us. This Memorial Day, start a new tradition by remembering our veterans.
Temple B’nai Israel is delighted to welcome Camp Resilience of Gilford as the beneficiary of the net profits from this event. Camp Resilience, using the scenic beauty of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire as its backdrop and home base, provides sports, adventure activities and life skills programming for wounded warriors. The mission of Camp Resilience is to provide sustained, comprehensive programs to help wounded warriors recover their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
As always, the ticket price includes high quality home-baked refreshments and beverages. The music of both Rod Stewart and Barry Manilow appeals to everyone, and Jay Gates will perform hits from their combined huge body of work from rock that will move your body, to ballads that will touch your heart. What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than by supporting Camp Resilience and the great work that they due for our veterans.”
Special recognition to the event sponsors, Golden View Heath Care and Meredith Village Savings Bank, for their support for Camp Resilience.
The Meredith Community Auditorium in the Inter-Lakes High School is located right on Rte. 25 in Meredith, NH and is convenient for everyone in the Lakes Region and Central NH. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.tbinh.org. Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Hope to see you all on the 27th.
Stu Needleman
Moultonborough

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Throwing temper tantrums in the State House must stop

To The Daily Sun,
This is the 14th of my reports to the voters of Hill and Franklin on what is happening in Concord. I am new to the House of Representatives this year but I am frankly dismayed at the lack of civility and decorum. I come from a family and military background where "Sir" and "Mister" were just accepted as the right way to greet a person. I come from a family where we ate dinner together, played ball on Saturdays, and went to Church on Sundays. We spoke to one another with respect and although we did not always agree, we entertained the opinions of each other. It was what you did to show respect for the family, for others and for society. Our State House has lost this respect for itself and others and it has hurt the way we are perceived by you the citizen. I've thought long and hard about why this is and my conclusion falls back on one thing. The family.
Somewhere we seem to have lost the sense of family and replaced that with entitlement. This refocus led to looking at our individual needs and blaming someone else for our problems. We fail to accept the responsibility for our choices. Today, some adults behave like a child stomping their feet and screaming until they get their way. We recently had incidents in the House that made the newspapers. House members used the excuse that even thought they were rude and crude in their actions, you and I had to accept their behavior. After all, if it wasn't for somebody else with the opposing opinion the world would be so much easier. This is shocking to me and I believe those individuals learned this behavior at home.
When parents allow their children to have what they want when they want and avoid the consequences of their choices, why should we expect these children to grow up and conduct themselves any differently in public. When the parents take them to a soccer game rather than church on Sunday why should be expect them to grow up and have reverence for something bigger than their own desires. When I go to a restaurant I am appalled to see a family of four with their noses in their smartphones rather than engaging in a family discussion and developing those relationships. The State House is just a microcosm of our society. However, the State House should be a place where decorum is exhibited. The State House should be where our next generations observe how to have different opinions join together to achieve a conclusion that benefits all and how to disagree with respect and dignity. New Hampshire, we can do better!
This week in my House Committee, a crucial vote was lost when we did not pass a fetal homicide bill in committee. This is a euphemism for killing a baby in the womb by other than an abortion. I was terribly disappointed when two people from my party (whose platform says we respect life) voted to allow the murder of babies in the womb. My response was not a tweet describing these representatives as horrible people or that I felt "homicidal" about it. No, I vowed to continue to try to convince them in a civil way that what they believe is wrong.
We need to find a way in the House to have differences without making mortal enemies. Opponents yes ... not enemies. Spirited disagreement of course, but with respect. It will be difficult. We have at least two generations that did not learn from their parents that issues can be resolved without throwing temper tantrums.
There will be a vote in the future to decide the fate of these two House members. Should we expel them for "disorderly behavior" or should we discipline them as we would a child in our family having a temper tantrum? I need your advice. Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 320-9524 with your comments.
Cheers!
Dave Testerman
NH State Representative
Franklin and Hill

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