I want to publicly thank animal control officer for her help

To The Daily Sun,

Over the years many cats have passed through my yard — most kept going, several have stayed. Being a lifelong cat lover and cat-owner, it's easy to become attached to the special ones.
Most of my own cats have been abandoned by former owners who just left town and left them behind. My latest cat was locked in a basement for perhaps several weeks until the apartment management company discovered and released him- right into my yard. At that time we wanted another cat, so I took him in — after going to the vet for his shots, etc.

About three weeks ago a shadow of a young kitten settled in my backyard — very thin, hungry and apparently without a home of her own. After a few days I fed her, and she plumped out and her true personality shone through. No one came looking for her, and she never left the yard. Several
times over the years I've brought such cats to the Humane Society myself. It's hard to do, but it's what's best for them, and myself. I already have several cats who are content as things are among themselves.

After reading about the new animal control officer, Michelle King, I called LPD and arranged for her to come by. She brought me a cat carrier, but the first time the kitten wouldn't cooperate. The next time Officer Michelle brought a humane trap and I put tuna fish inside. The next day the food was gone but the kitten was meowing for her breakfast, at the door. Smart cat!

This morning I finally captured her and called Officer Michelle. She came by and brought the sweet- natured kitten to the Humane Society where I know she'll get wonderful care and attention, and hopefully, a great forever home.

I thanked Michelle personally for her professional help. Now I want to do so publicly; she's a much needed asset for this area and its four footed friends.

Diane Lewis

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Help us save bobcats; Fish & Game proposing hunting & trapping

To The Daily Sun,

We recently learned that at the upcoming October N.H. Fish and Game Commission meeting, the eleven-man commission of hunters, trappers, and anglers will decide whether to go to rulemaking with a proposal to hunt, hound, bait and trap N.H.'s much-loved and reclusive bobcat. The Fish and
Game Director said they would open a bobcat season to provide recreational opportunities to hunters and trappers. The bobcat's fur would be sold to the Russian and Chinese markets and turned into trophy coats and hats for the rich to wear. Some hunters and trappers like to keep the bobcat skull as a trophy.

Is New Hampshire going to let a small minority turn our bobcat into another "Cecil", to be killed for no other reason than pleasure trophy hunting?

Help us stop this barbaric and unnecessary destruction of our bobcat from happening! We can save "NH's Cecil" if we all make our voices heard to save our bobcat. Please come to the October 14 meeting at 1 p.m. at Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord. Call and write the N.H. Fish and Game Department (Wildlife Division is 271-2461, Chief of Division This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and let your wildlife agency know you are opposed to this proposal to open a season on our bobcat. Please also sign our petition that can easily be found on our Facebook page by googling
Save the Bobcat in NH. Click the beautiful bobcat picture and the petition will open.
Linda Dionne, coordinator
Voices of Wildlife in N.H.

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Thanks for helping to make church's silent auction a success

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilford Community Church would like to take this opportunity to thank the following businesses, individuals and volunteers for making our Silent Auction on Gilford Old Home Day a success:

Gunstock Ski Area, Ippolito's, Rice Law Office, Law Firm of Lawson, Persson and Weldon-Francke, Normandin, Cheney & O'Neil PLLC, Mill Falls at the Lake, Uno's, Pizza Hut in Tilton, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Wineing Butcher, Stonybrook Farm, Major Brands, Townhouse Marriott, Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, Petal Pushers, Nails by Shelly, Prayerful Touch Massage Therapy, Pizza Express, The Hair Factory Salon, Chili's, Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant.

Also: Patrick's Pub & Eatery, WLNH/Binnie Media, Waterville Valley Ski Area, Snowy Owl Inn, Sports & Marina Parafunalia, Owl's Nest Golf Course, Gilford Lowe's, Gilford True Value, Gilford Home Center, Heaven Scent Florist, Gilford Village Store, Funspot, Claudia's Belvidere Beauty, Clark's Trading Post, Sanitary Cleaners, Winnisquam Dental, Children's Dentistry , Dr. Alan F. Kennell Orthodontics, Squam Lake Science Center, Stewart Associates, Belknap Landscape Company, Common Man, Plum Crazy Pizza, The McDonald Family, Pheasant Ridge Country Club, Budget Blinds, Manchester Monarchs, Fisher Cats.

Also: Kathleen Arenstam and Associates, Robin Baron Photography, Boulia-Gorrell, T-Bones/Cactus Jack's, Holy Grail, Beans & Greens, Baron's Major Brands Appliances, Belknap Tire, Lyon's Den, El Jimador, ReFresh, North Country Deli & Pizza, Nu-Do's, Judy Buswell, Judy Cook, Gail Engle, Kathy Dahll, Bill and Kathy McNamara, David and Janet Haley, Jim and Anne Colburn, Jack and Lisa Drouin, Bette Helfrich, Leslie Berghahn, Chris Matthews, Alan Beard, Marilyn Goodwin, Mark Richardson, Ginny Babcock, Muriel Middleton, Jeremy Dale, Steve Bauer, Christine Huntoon, Stacey Pate, Lisa Berghahn, Joe Fleck, Jessica Fleck, Michael Bryant, Katie Bryant, Joe Wernig, Peter Sawyer, and especially all our bidders!

My sincere apologies to anyone that I have missed.

Our Summer Fair at the church is our largest annual fundraiser and with everyone's support, we are able to make a difference in the lives of many through our outreach efforts from this event.

Sue Allen

Silent Auction Chair

Gilford Community Church

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Establishment Democrat & Republican officials are out of control

To The Daily Sun,

On September 11, 2015, Americans remembered the attacks of 14 years ago and mourned the nearly 3000 Americans who died that day and the thousands of others who died or otherwise sacrificed as a result of the terrorist attacks. I thank the American Legion Post 33, Senator Forrester, other participants, and the attendees for the moving memorial ceremony in Meredith.
All the pain from 9/11/01 and related activities should have taught, really re-taught, Americans some reality lessons. While we want and pursue peace, others may war against us, even if we deny it. Failure to respond to terrorism is seen as weakness. Appeasement is seen as weakness. Weakness (whether military, leadership, financial, or lack of will, etc.) invites aggression. And, yes, there really are people who want to kill Americans.
Fourteen years later, we are ignoring these lessons. Enemies of freedom, e.g., Russian, China, radical Islam, and Iran, are building their militaries and becoming more aggressive. President Obama's agreement with Iran, eliminating sanctions and providing $100 billion, just strengthens and emboldens this enemy that cries, "Death to America" and promises the elimination of Israel within 25 years. Even the Obama administration admits that Iran violates agreements and will probably violate this one.
Many 9/11/2001 hijackers violated their visas. Yet, we have done nothing to protect ourselves from visa violators or people entering our country illegally. We accept hundreds of thousands of immigrants, students, refugees, and others from countries that hate us, and many believe in an ideology that is incompatible with our Constitution, laws, customs, freedoms, and tolerant way of life. The FBI acknowledges that it's impossible to vet these people (although ISIS promises to infiltrate terrorists among them), that there are terrorist investigations in all 50 states, and that some of these people have already committed terrorist acts against us.
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen indicated that "The most significant threat to our national security is our (national) debt." (http://goo.gl/9e5Afs) Yet our national debt is increasing by $500 to $600 Billion annually for the foreseeable future. (http://goo.gl/8Ab621)
The interest on our national debt is approximately $400 billion annually at today's (temporarily) extremely low interest rate (https://goo.gl/2Pm0Da). A return to more normal interest rates will "break" our federal budget, causing tremendous cuts, enormous tax increases (causing significant investment, job, and future tax collection cuts, and making Americans poorer), inflation, and/or dramatically increase our budget deficits which further threaten our national security.
Since 2001 both the Republican and Democrat establishment politicians have controlled our government, neither party addressed our problems; in fact in their quests for power and wealth both parties have exacerbated our nation's problems. Today we are even weaker (financially, militarily, leadership, acknowledgement of reality) than we were then.
Democrat and Republican Washington politicians are out of control, they don't fix our problems, they don't listen to the people, they don't keep their promises, and they govern against the wishes of most Americans.
Until the voters replace the politicians who have compounded our problems with people who reject the party establishments and address our nation's problems, the loss of the American peoples' freedoms, opportunities, and prosperity will accelerate.
In a nuclear age if our nation continues to ignore the lessons of history, the American people may suffer a disaster that makes 9/11/2001 look like a minor event.
Don Ewing

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Breasts shouldn't be covered because someone finds them attractive

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to Russ Wiles and his letter "Pretending there is no difference between a male and female breast is ridiculous."

Firstly, I must point out that in actuality there is no difference between the male and female breast and nipple. They are both anatomically the same and to suggest otherwise is ridiculous. In fact, in the womb babies develop nipples before genitalia. They develop nipples around 5 1/2 weeks and it isn't until around week 11 that a fetus begins developing genitals. Also, even though females generally have more milk ducts and larger milk ducts for breastfeeding, males do still have milk ducts and can lactate. In fact, there is evidence that shows men in internment camps begin to lactate when they are starving. With that said, the point isn't if we are indeed physically the same, the point is that we are all humans and deserve the same rights regardless of gender.

Later in his letter Russ makes the brilliant point that Free the Nipple supporters have made countless times. He says, "isn't the female breast, to which those nipples are attached to, a sexual part in a way that a man's is not?" If the breast is the part that is sexual then why are women allowed to show that part but not the nipple? Why is it that I can walk around completely topless as long as my nipples are covered? This makes no sense to me. We use breasts to sell everything from cars to cheeseburgers; We have giant billboards and magazine covers that show women with large busts and deep cleavage. If it is indeed the breast and cleavage that is the sexual part, then we might as well free the nipple too.

Russ then responds to what I said about breasts being for babies and children, not men or lovers. He writes, "I have always been under the impression that they served both purposes magnificently." The truth is, they do not. Our society values the sexual part of the breast over the actual nourishing function of the breast, hence why women are shamed for breastfeeding in public and often times encouraged to feed formula instead. Breasts are beautiful and they can be sexy and erotic much like any body part. Free the Nipple's goal is to knock the breast off the pedestal on which it has been placed. Breasts and nipples shouldn't be so hyper-sexualized to the point that a woman cannot even feed her baby without fear and embarrassment. I find men's calves sexy and attractive but it would be unfair to tell all men they must cover them.

Then, in his letter, Russ hypothesizes why people were offended and why it was illegal for men to expose their naked chests. He asks, "But didn't that have to do more with sartorial etiquette, rather than being titillatingly offensive?" Perhaps we should do some research and read some old newspapers and magazines to see what men and women alike were saying about this issue. Furthermore, can't we argue that today a woman is "supposed" to cover her breasts and nipples because it is a sartorial etiquette of our time? At one point it was offensive to see a female's naked ankle in public, but that changed, why can't we progress and lift the taboo from the female breast too?

The fact of the matter is, I shouldn't have to keep my breasts covered just because someone else finds them attractive. That is unfair. It is not my job to control the thoughts of others. If a woman is reading this and thinks to herself, "I don't want to show my breasts to everyone. I would rather only my lover see them." I say, wonderful! It is her choice to cover and she can if she wishes. I, on the other hand, enjoy swimming and tanning topless and that is my choice.

Kia Sinclair


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