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Spreading that kink of wrong information harms our country

To The Daily Sun,

I read the letters to the editor published on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The letter by Steve Earle of Hill drew my attention. According to his letter, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi thinks that Hamas is a charitable organization. I spent a bit of time today on the computer researching his statements. I watched the whole interview between Nancy Pelosi and Candy Crowley of CNN.

According to Pelosi, in that interview with Crowley, Hamas is a terrorist organization and she never said otherwise. One of the things Ms. Pelosi did say was that the "Qataris have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization..." Qatar is a sovereign Arab country that gives major financial support to Hamas. This "charitable" giving is what allows Hamas to be able to cause so much damage and destruction against Israel.

Mr. Earle I don't know where you got your information, but it is wrong and that kind of misinformation passed along harms our country. I would ask that you check your sources before writing about something.

FYI—her name is Pelosi not Polosi.

Cathy Dawson


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:28

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70% of future jobs created will not require a college degree

To The Daily Sun,

There have been a number of letters pro and con regarding Common Core, and just as many complaining about the high cost of college education.

No Child Left Behind did not work. Common Core will be even more difficult for all school children to succeed with. Is this just another chapter in the overall dumbing down of America?

And a recent syndicated article noted that recently more than 70 percent of the jobs created did not require a college degree. So why the push to push students into debt that they may never be able to pay off? Looks like a great time for American to reinvest in what used to be called trade schools to help fuel the old-time entrepreneurial spirit.

Jim Raschilla

Alton Bay

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:16

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2 more of Tom Clairmont's many achievements deserve mention

To The Daily Sun,

The local papers gave an impressive list of Tom Claremont's achievements at LRGH this past week. I'd like to add two more that deserve mention.

For years there has been a regular monthly meeting of local clergy in Laconia and Gilford. Tom invited himself to one of our meetings, and described the need for a full-time professional chaplain at the hospital, and asked us to create a committee to create a job description, title, and training for the position. as a result of Tom's initiative we have had two chaplains, George Hankins-Hull from Northern Ireland, followed by our current chaplain, Festus Kavale, from Kenya. Both were clergy who came to the U.S. to take advantage of the clinical training programs needed to qualify as professional hospital chaplains. Each has made a significant contribution for hospital patients, staff, as well as the local community.

Another initiative Tom took was to support the creation of what are called monthly "Schwartz Rounds" at the hospital. These meetings are open to all professional staff, with presentations made by panels of staff members, on a different topic monthly, related to challenges for staff in their interactions with patients.

All staff are eligible to attend, and to respond with their own experiences related to the sharing of the panel. Patient confidentiality is strictly respected in not disclosing patient identity. The topics relate to the stresses, challenges or crises experienced by staff in their work with patients. Helping caregivers receive support for their emotional needs in the stresses of the hospital context, strengthens their resiliency and helps them be more effective as caring caregivers. Understanding for Schwartz Rounds can be found on-line.

The Rev. Bill Zeckhausen, D.Min.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:13

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We are so divided we are very close once again to violence

To The Daily Sun,

This is in response to the vicious diatribe written by the far-left "intellectual" who unsucessfully attempted to create a new acrostic, and in the process, insulted millions of Christians in America and around the world, in his letter to The Daily Sun on Thursday, Aug. 7.

I prayerfully write this to encourage the thousands of you who read this publication daily, who are not brain-dead, low-information followers of these people, to start making some noise, to drown out these rantings that seem to dominate the news media.

Most anyone of you are certainly more intellectually capable of putting this guy's ideology to shame than what passes for political talk that gets published on a daily basis. It would serve no purpose (not to mention — almost impossible) to address each of his points individually, except to capsulize them and identify them as "pablum," "baby food," unintelligible babblings without much meaning.

Regarding his criticisms of Fox News, the No. 1 news leader in all of cable news for over 15 years, Fox will often beat the ratings of the three networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, combined. The media as a whole in this country should be ashamed. They have a specific reference in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution all to themselves, to protect them from any abuses of government, and what do they do? They squander that privilege for the sake of their own ideology.

One last point: Muslims are divided over ideology, and have been for 1,000 years. Sunnis believe one thing, and Shia believe another, and they kill each other over that difference, and have been for hundreds of years. America fought a bitter and very tragic civil war 160 years ago, again over ideology. We are today so divided over ideology that we are very close once again to violence.

Last Friday the former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, became so furious over something a Republican representative from Pennsylvania was saying in a speech on the floor of the House, that she broke long-standing protocol and rushed across the House floor, screaming and shaking her finger at him, while he was still speaking. The last time that happened was just before the start of the U.S. Civil War.

Come on, Patriots, let's hear your voices. I know you are out there. You know how to write letters. Write. You know how to vote. Vote.

Your grandkids and great-grandkids are depending on you. And so are mine.

Jim McCoole


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:10

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Can't we hold some of these wonderful events on Sunday

To The Daily Sun,

This isn't as high a priority as Common Core, or the Market Basket rallies, or even the next election; but sometimes it's the smallest requests that make the most noise.

I would love to put in a request to all the planners of craft shows, old home days, races (foot or bike), festivals, multicultural market days and farmers markets.

There are many of us who would love to attend and participate and enjoy these wonderfully diverse happenings, but we work on Saturdays and by the time our workday is done, you all have packed up and left, or not many of you are still in the area.

My request is simple: Perhaps you could hold some of these wonderful events on a Sunday, or later on Saturdays or even Friday nights so that those of us who are unable to attend on Saturday before 3 p.m. (which seems to be the end time for most events) can benefit and enjoy? Thank you in advance.

Judi Leavitt


Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:06

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