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Judge for yourself: Do these actions suggest ‘Prophet of God’?

To The Daily Sun,

On Oct. 26, Frank M. Weeks asks why be critical of what Muslims did centuries ago but omit things Christians did in those same ages. He brings Muhammad marrying a 6-year-old cousin as an example and the Christian King John of England as a counter point.

First, let me be clear – not one of the Christians he mentioned declared themselves to be a "Prophet of God." That's a huge difference, Frank, it seems to me. None of those Christians created a major world religion either, another big difference.

Now, as to Muhammad's claim, let me ask readers: Muhammad advocated for rape, torture, war and killing of non-believers (people who wouldn't recognize his claim as a prophet of God), enslaving, lying and theft. Muhammad had 13 wives as well as many concubines (sex slaves). Muhammad taught that women are inferior to men, that hell would be populated primarily by women and a woman's testimony in court was only worth half that of a man's. Muhammad taught that no man-made laws, countries, or nations were legitimate unless they were ruled by Sharia law. I could bring a huge list of aggressive wars of conquest and subjugation but I'm trying to keep this letter a reasonable length. Enough to say that these wars are still ongoing though tactics have changed from period to period. So let me ask you something, Frank, and readers: Does this sound to anyone like a prophet of GOD?

So why is this relevant to today? It is because Islam, still today, holds to those same teachings and inspires modern-day, world-wide terrorist organizations, funded and approved of by a large percentages of the world's Muslim populations. We here in America receive only partial news coverage of the full impact of these events. Did our news inform people that in the past 30 days, 145 Islamic terrorist attacks committed in 24 countries killed 1,316 people and injured 1,222? In the year 2016 there were 2,491 attacks in 59 countries, with 21,261 killed and 26,722 injured? So far in 2017 there have been 1,723 attacks in 52 countries, 12,141 deaths and 12,356 injured? In modern times there is no comparable religiously-motivated attacks on all humanity and human rights. This is why it is important to understand the root cause and motivations behind them. Trying to deflect attention from this problem by bringing up hundreds of years of old Christian history is a false narrative that denies modern reality.

Mr. Weeks, if you doubt these facts and numbers you can check my research by going to "The Religion of Peace" website. This is a nonpartisan (not Democratic/not Republican), fact-based site.You can also check out a copy of the Koran from the library.

Steve Earle

Gilford

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Ashland is now on path economic stability and growth

To The Daily Sun,

Economic development is the key to Ashland’s economic future. Bringing in businesses and light industry and encouraging housing development is the only way to significantly lower taxes and pay for capital improvements. Over the past four years, the Board of Selectmen, the Ashland Economic Development Committee, and a few volunteers have worked to lay the groundwork necessary to encourage development. The most important steps have been to improve the town’s financial position, obtain grants for key infrastructure projects, and develop relationships with state and regional agencies to assist in planning and obtaining funding.

The selectmen have worked to stabilize the operational budget by controlling spending and developing the Capital Improvement Plan. The unassigned fund balance has increased from $10,000 to almost $1 million, and capital reserves have increased from $4,000 to over $750,000, thanks to the support of the voters. In addition, the town has purchased much needed equipment, repaired buildings, and paved roads and sidewalks. The departments have found ways to reduce operating costs and still provide services, and they have worked to reduce their capital equipment needs. As a result, the total budget increase over the past five years has been modest, despite increasing costs, and the town is in a much better financial position to attract business.

While there are some who oppose grants, Ashland is still not in a strong enough financial position to fund all of the capital improvements necessary to improve our infrastructure. Last year the town applied for and received $750,000 in grants for projects from reconstructing Main Street sidewalks, building a new septage receiving station, Town Hall repairs, and conducting Phase II Brownfield studies at the mill. While all of these grants will support economic development, the Phase II studies are critical to redeveloping the mill. The AEDC is working with the mill owners and regional economic development groups to develop plans and identify funding sources for redevelopment efforts. Several businesses have already expressed interest in the mill pending the outcome of the Phase II studies. Bringing in jobs to the mill area will help increase foot traffic and spur the development of the downtown and lower village.

A key to all of our efforts is the improved partnerships the town and the AEDC have developed with the Lake Region Planning Commission (LRPC), NHDOT, NHDES, Northern Borders Regional Commission (NBRC), state and federal representatives, and other government agencies. LRPC and NHDES have been instrumental in providing funding for the Phase II Brownfield studies. LRPC has also provided funding for a paving plan, a culvert plan, and support for the transportation alternative plan grant for sidewalks on Main Street. NBRC provided a $250,000 grant for the septage receiving station.

Ashland has many assets that businesses need, including close proximity to Interstate 93, commercial land and buildings in the mill area as well as other areas, low electric rates, large water and sewer capacity, proximity to a university, an excellent elementary school, and four-season recreation. There is still a great deal of work that must be done to plan and fund mill improvements, improve the town’s financial position, and identify and attract businesses. Support and participation by the townspeople is essential moving forward, especially in projecting a positive image and communicating the developing reality of the town’s current and future growth. We are at a critical juncture. We must prudently utilize the growing financial stability and progress we have made. If we continue on the current path toward economic development and careful financial management, we will see a vastly improved and economically viable town with a lower, sustainable tax rate and improved services.

Steve Felton

Ashland

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