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Knowing what is in our food is certainly worth fighting for

To The Daily Sun,

Rep. Anne McLane Kuster is the only N.H. representative currently, to sponsor HR-913 the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), a bill that would require mandatory labeling of GMOs. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is a sponsor of S. 511, the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). This is the senate version of a bill that would require mandatory labeling of GMOs.

Taking away our right to know what is in our food is not a partisan issue. It is a health care necessity. Apparently Frank Guinta and Kelly Ayotte have not yet realized that 90 percent of the American public wants the right to know if the food we buy is made with GMO products.

The country's first mandatory GMO labeling law, in Vermont, is set to take effect in July 2016. Meanwhile, across the country, legislators in 18 other states are working this year to pass laws like Vermont's. Once GMOs have to be labeled in a couple of states, it's only a matter of time before mandatory GMO labeling becomes the law in all 50 states. And that possibility has Monsanto, Pepsi and the rest of the gene and junk food giants on the defensive. The only thing Monsanto's gang can do now is to shut down the democratic process. Unless, that is, we the people let them know how we feel about keeping us in the DARK.

Fellow N.H. citizens, there is a bill before Congress, H.R. 1599, that some call the DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know). Why? Because if Congress passes this bill, states will lose the right to pass GMO labeling laws, and Monsanto will win the right to keep consumers in the dark. Permanently.

N.H. citizens have a long history of fighting to protect our inalienable rights. Knowing what is in our food is one worth fighting for. Join many of our families, neighbors and friends on Saturday, May 23 at the N.H. Statehouse in Concord for a demonstration beginning at 11.
Nancy Sheridan

Tamworth

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 09:28

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State senators should all take a ride with Meals on Wheels

To The Daily Sun,

I am extremely disappointed with the recent budget passed by the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In particular, I want to highlight the impact it will have on crucial senior services.

This year's budget calls for a 50 percent cut to the Meals on Wheels program, congregate meals at senior centers, transportation services for seniors, as well as the elimination of ServiceLink, which connects seniors to services available to them.

Over the years I have attended many congregate meals at numerous senior centers throughout northern New Hampshire. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the social atmosphere these dinners provide, as well as seeing the seniors appreciate a nutritious, delicious meal. After the meal, many of them remain at the center to relax, socialize, play various games, listen to entertainment, etc. I have seen firsthand the value of this wonderful program.

I had never actually participated in the Meals on Wheels program until last week, when I was able to join a Meals on Wheels driver during his rounds. It was an eye-opening experience.

In addition to having meals delivered to them, for many housebound seniors the deliverer is the only person they see all day. The driver I rode with explained to me the importance of checking in on these seniors to make sure they are safe. While many of them are experiencing difficult living situations, they are very appreciative just to see a smiling face. And, it is equally gratifying for the deliverer to visit with them.

I encourage all state senators as they prepare their budget to do as I did — take a ride with someone who delivers for the Meals on Wheels program. If they see firsthand what I saw, I doubt they will cut this valuable program along with the services being impacted by the house budget.

Indeed, all of the above programs help many seniors stay in their own homes/apartments at a much lower cost than their being in nursing homes.

My final thought. Can you imagine these vital services being cut by a staggering 50 percent? I can't.

Michael J. Cryans
Grafton County Commissioner - District One
Hanover

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 09:23

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Congrats to all for a wonderful production of 'Wizard of Oz'

To The Daily Sun,

The Inter-Lakes Middle Tier Theater Company and the Inter-Lakes High School Theater Company recently brought to our auditorium stage the very popular and warm story "The Wizard of Oz". Composed by Frank Baum, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, with dance and vocal arrangements by Peter Howard, and with orchestration by Larry Wilcox, this tried-and-true production was superbly performed by a large group of our students, a perfect blend of novices and veteran actors and actresses of various ages. The four performances on captured the interest and the enthusiasm of many, many adults, students and children who filled the auditorium seats to capacity.

Director Kathleen Hill, who very fortunately "has been there and done that," uses such a thorough approach of integrating all major components of a theatrical production. Enumerated, these include excellent casting, consistent and strong character portrayal, appropriate costuming, functional stage designs and sets, excellent music and choreography, perfectly managed technical effects, and a diligent and attentive stage crew. All of our young people did a super job of making those components their top priority. Their impressive grasp and demonstration of the storyline, their energy and enthusiasm, and their very apparent fondness for what they were doing contributed greatly to the rave reviews received.

Congratulations to Director Hill, to her absolutely magnificent cast, to her stage crew and to all others behind the scenes who contributed to the successful show.

Marjorie Lee

Inter-Lakes High School Store Manager

Meredith

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 09:14

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If, as you say, the sun is cooling, why is it getting warmer?

To The Daily Sun,

Don Ewing is in full bladder mode again. In his latest rambling letter as chief corporate shill, he did not provide a single rebuttal for my science-based claim that the post-Little Ice Age warming trend was not the same warming trend we're are presently in — as he claimed in a previous letter. Mr Ewing gets his science from right-wing sites like CATO and AEI, which I have also read. Right-wing economic sites lick the corporate boot and shine their shoes if they ask. Corporations help run them and fund them, too. Mr Ewing speaks for fossil fuel giants. Fossils love fossils!

Not once did he use "sun" or "solar" to refute my scientific data about the sun. It's because he can't. So he changed the subject to more corporate propaganda instead of addressing the central point of my argument: Solar irradiation. Mr Ewing, running with his tale between his legs, could not answer this simple question: If increased solar irradiation ended the Little Ice Age 160 years ago, why hasn't it started cooling? In fact, in the last 35 years, the sun has not bumped upward once but has steadily cooled unabated. Why isn't it getting colder? If the increase in the sun 's energy made us warmer in the mid-1900s why doesn't the decrease in the solar irradiation make it cooler. Why is it getting warmer if the sun is cooling? Come on, big boy!

The next time Mr Ewing wants to refute a claim, he should actually try to refute it instead of side-stepping it in favor of more right wing nonsense which is also so easily refuted. His letter reminded me of a spasm. His claims about CO2 are misinformed but I am waiting for Mr Ewing to provide a rebuttal for my solar activity claims which support human interference hypotheses before I put the silver spike in his CO2 fairy tales. He can just concede and we can move on. If he can't refute my solar energy claims then provide an explanation that isn't just right wing propaganda. Let's see some science, big guy. Concede on the sun and then we can move on to your other claims, one by one.

James Veverka
Tilton

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 09:08

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Play Pub Mania Bingo at Patrick's Pub on Sunday afternoon at 3

To The Daily Sun,

Pub Mania Bingo will be hosted at Patrick's Pub in Gilford on Sunday, May 3 starting at 3 p.m. For only $1 donation per game card, over $2,000 in prizes will be awarded to lucky bingo winners, just in time to celebrate Mother's Day. Pub Mania Bingo is played with a deck of cards. Game cards only have three playing cards to cover to win, so games quickly move along.

Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded from Alterations Plus, Angels in the Attic, Café Déjà Vu, Center for Therapeutic Massage, Clarks, Crazy Gringo, Dairy Queen/OJ, Fire Cleanup Services, Fratello's or Homestead, Funspot, Giuseppe's Pizzeria, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Hanaway Theatre/PSU, Hannaford, Hart's Turkey Farm, Heaven Scent Design, Kellerhaus, Looney Bin Bar, Lyons' Den Restaurant & Tavern, Mill Falls at the Lake, Papa Gino's, Patrick's Pub, Pizza Express, Sawyer's Dairy Bar, Scentsy by Eileen Burnell, Shaw's, Shooter's Tavern & Pizzeria, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, T-Bones/CJ's, Walmart, Wine'ing Butcher, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Yikes Gallery and 405 Pub & Grill. There will be two cash jackpot games offered for a $5 donation per game card.

I want to thank Patrick's Pub and all businesses that donated prizes for our winners. Stop by Patrick's on Sunday and you could take home some great prizes while supporting the Children's Auction.

Judi Taggart
Tagg Team Pub Mania Team
Gilford

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 10:37

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