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Belmont PTO Mom Prom was a fun way to combat budget cuts

To The Daily Sun,

The Belmont High School PTO would like to thank all the wonderful people who made our Mom Prom a success. The gym was beautifully decorated to set the mood for fun. Delicious food, music, shopping and dancing to the tunes from the 1970s, '80s and '90s brought much laughter and fun to the evening. Truly a girl's night out.

As we all know, challenging budget cuts have significantly impacted our schools. Recognizing the need for fundraising, the BHS PTO planned the Mom Prom based on success stories across the U.S. We could not have done it without so many helping hands and the willingness of so many to try something new. Thank you to all.

Extra special thanks to all attendees for happily trying something a bit different and making it a great time for all, to Austin and Logan Wilder for fantastic music and entertaining deejay services, Susan Brown for all the great decorations, Prescott's Flowers for donating lovely carnations for the ladies, and our local newspapers and businesses for publicizing our event. Thank you so much to the vendors that were willing to participate in a new venue, making shopping fun and donating raffle items in support of the PTO. These vendors included: Norwex, Silpada, Partylite, Thirty One, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Perfectly Posh, Usborne Books, Damsel in Defense, Denuttes Delights, and Origami Owl. If anyone would like to purchase from these vendors, please contact the BHS PTO for contact information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Additionally, we are extremely grateful to Doug Ellis for helping six crazy PTO women create their "Mom Prom" vision in the gym of the high school, Irene Mackes for her dedication to help with every aspect of the Mom Prom, Tursi Annis for her donation of beautiful gourmet desserts, Gayle Price for her generous donation of soda, Sharon Fernandez for publicizing the event at BG Hockey events, Gilford Hannaford and Market Basket for their gift card donations, Rhonda Reed for donating a portion of her Norwex sales to the PTO, and all the parents who donated to the PTO in support of our students even though they were not able to attend the event. We greatly appreciate these donations and welcome them at any time.

Please forgive us if we left anyone out. Thank you to all for the great support. We look forward to our second annual Lakes Region Mom Prom/Girl's Night Out next year.

Belmont High School PTO

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 05:34

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If ‘liberals always win’, why do Democrats run from Obamacare?

To The Daily Sun,

Jimminey Cricket! The laugh-a-minute progressives have outdone themselves this Tuesday. They tell us this January was 1.17 degrees warmer then it was last year. Swell, but omit to tell readers it has been the coldest winter in 100 years. No sense giving the folks the whole picture.

Leon Albushies blames games and sports for the poor performance in our schools. The unseen enemy he calls them. Of course teachers unions, dumbing down the standards, social promotions (wouldn't want the little dears to feel bad about not applying themselves) and graduating students that can't read or wright because of liberal feel-good polices couldn't be to blame.

Marty Valengavich says Obamacare is all the Republicans' fault. It was their plan. Obama is an innocent bystander I guess never mind his lies, deceit, dishonesty, subterfuge, and obfuscation. Typical though. It's never their fault no matter how much incompetence run amok in their party.

Lastly, Professor (any means justifies the end) Maloof tells us the trend is overwhelming, "liberals always win." Did I miss the 2014 elections? Really professor? Why is every Democratic incumbent running as far and fast away from Obamacare as he or she can run? I'd advise you not to count your chickens, as they say.

All in all they are a very amusing bunch living in detachment from reality and promoting a political philosophy that has failed every place it has ever been tried.
Steve Earle


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:14

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Why didn’t GOP complain when premiums rose before Obamacare?

To The Daily Sun,

Have you wondered why health care premiums will go up for some? It's rather simple. In the past, insurance companies would bar people with pre-existing conditions or drop people when they became too sick and expensive. That kept the costs down for healthy people and top earners. But now that is illegal.

By barring those people "not good enough" for the insurance company's bottom line, it kept many well-to-do and healthy people's premiums down. That's right. An uninsurable person gets sick for life or dies just to keep the premiums lower.

Now the playing field is leveled and the privileged are no longer customers with discounts due to barring people who really need health care. Fancy that. If you are not in the greatest health, you aren't good enough to be taken care of. People in actual need of health care get barred in order to keep prices down for others who benefit the cold, hard bottom line. This scenario is why health care can never work as a free market commodity. With health care, people must be the bottom line.

It would appear that the right wing is toast on repealing the Affordable Healthcare Act. The latest Quinnipiac poll reveals that 62 percent of Americans oppose repealing the law. In those 62 percent, 10 percent want it unchanged, and 52 percent want some tinkering and ironing out. The United States has finally caught up to New Hampshire, who by the same 62 percent, opposed its repeal back in 2011.

Last week, the Senate held hearings on Canada's single-payer system. A Republican was grilling the Canadian minster using the talking points of the Tea Party. One question regarded why doctors were leaving Canada. She made it clear such was not the case. When he hit her with the usual about waiting lines, she spoke of how they were dealing with that with elective procedures. It doesn't happen in emergency situations. She sunk his little plastic boat by adding, "We might have some waiting problems, but we don't have 45,000 people dying very year because they can't get health care."

I love my new Silver Plan. My wife and I pay a total of $106 a month. We do not shed tears for the people who lost their discounts and special treatment due to the illnesses of others.

Have you ever wondered why the GOP never said a peep when people got dropped or premiums went up before Obama? When you have been bought and paid for, you keep your mouth shut and let people die for the benefit of the sociopaths who only care about money.

James Veverka



Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:09

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Adjourning the meeting without public input was a slap in the face

To The Daily Sun,

I was appalled after attending the Belknap County Convention meeting yesterday. The chairman, Ms. Worsman, asked for adjourning the meeting without any public input.

This is yet another attempt to abuse her power as chairman. Moving the meetings an hour away to Concord and then prohibiting public input is absurd. I cannot believe your caucus believes that having constituents drive an hour each way for a meeting held at noontime would be conducive for open and transparent government.

Shame on you, Ms. Worsman, for making it impossible for hard working-class people to attend these meetings. It is a slap in our face not to allow us to ask questions after driving an hour each way to attend these meetings.

For those of you who missed the 3-4-14 meeting please click the below link to watch — the 3/19-14 meeting will be downloaded soon.


Lisa Merrill


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:05

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Our energy policies are friendly to developers, hostile to residents

To The Daily Sun,

The horror stories regarding negative impacts on residents tied to the development of the Groton Wind power plant continue to mount. The toll on families across our region builds while the governor and many in the Legislature appear to care less.

Over the past few weeks many of our local residents traveled to Concord to tell their true-life experiences living next to the Groton Wind power plant. As expected, our politicians half-listened as they had other things to do. Many of our local residents were adding to and reinforcing true Groton Wind concerns. The worse part is that the issues are greater and broader than previously defined by Iberdrola. There is no need to repeat these problems, as we video taped all testimonies and put them on our Facebook page for all to see.

But there is a need to once again ask the governor and those in the Legislature pushing for rapid wind deployment in our community. What's the rush? We, as a state, produce more than enough electricity. Heck, we've been exporting excess electricity for decades.

Has New Hampshire, a state that has its own Constitution and prides itself on protecting individual's rights, now chosen to sell out to industrial wind developers?

If Massachusetts intends to outsource New Hampshire land in order to meet their so called "green energy quota," why must New Hampshire residents pay for any of it? And what about our "green energy quota"?

It's more important for our state to step back and review its energy policy and development regulations to get things done correctly rather than doing so quickly. At this point, the state has embarked on an energy policy course that's friendly to industrial wind developers, hostile to New Hampshire residents, threatens tourism, threatens our watersheds and does nothing to improve the quality of life that we've all become accustom to. This is wrong and it's bad public policy.

Eventually, with many thanks to residents who publicly expressed their nightmarish Groton Wind stories, the tide will turn where a more viable and achievable energy policy can be developed without destroying people, lives and health.

Ask questions, demand answers and pound the table if you don't get them. Now is the time, not later.

Ray Cunningham


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:01

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