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Bigger may not be better when it comes to Children's Auction

To The Daily Sun,

I read the article about the Children's Auction in the Friday, Dec. 5, paper and how NH 1 News is playing a major role. I may be in the minority on this one but does this "growth" seem to be moving the auction in a more corporate direction?

From my memories, this auction always felt "small town" and personal. It would appear that being rebranded and televised throughout the Granite State could also explain why the WBIN executive team is looking to propose the expansion of the donation area outside the Lakes Region.

I really hope that the auction continues to do great things, but I'm cautious that bigger isn't better.

Adam Mini

Gilmanton

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:40

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We have never declared war on anyone in Middle East and yet . . .

To The Daily Sun,

There are certain ingredients that fall into place time and again that make (war) possible. The first item needs to be news releases (from the highest authorities — that are taken to be the gospel truth) that we are in immediate danger from a foreign country, most likely in the Middle-Eastern regions. Based on that threat we again go into a aggressive mode of attacking (bombing) which we have done for twelve consequent year: (270 raids on ISIS.)

These military acts of war need additional armaments which translates into contracts from the (so-called) Defense Department, which are then distributed to various states via representatives assuring local industries a constant flow of work and full-time employment. Surely these transaction will help those politicians (most of which are owned by weapons contractors, in the first place) get re-elected. Can't beat that!

Now we are faced with the threat of ISIS. Considering the fact that the United States has not lost a single person in an attack upon this country since 9/11, Boston Bombers were from Russia — yet we continue to assert that somehow we are in danger again (from another belligerent group of sectarian rebels) that we claim pose a serious threat to our safety and the world! (repeating the same broken-down lie.) This sad picture has been repeatedly given us an ample excuse to use excessive military force in one of many undeclared wars.

Considering that many people actually benefit from ongoing (wars) it only seems reasonable that no questions are asked, none given. We have killed thousands of people using the same deceitful practices that started our military involvement in the first place — for 12 long, brutal years.

The paramount question for me is: Where does morality come into the picture? Is Holy Scripture denied outright? Thou shall not kill. In this holy season, for Jew and Gentile we need to passionately speak out against further killing. We have never declared war on any one, yet bombing raids that kill hundreds of innocent people go on daily.

Is this business (of undeclared war) just too good to turn off? Can we put war-mongers and war profiteers, out in the cold and hold our heads up high, for a change! God help us!

Leon R. Albushies
Gilford

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:38

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Where is our outrage? This is racism in its deadliest form

To The Daily Sun,

Recently, there's been quite a flurry of letters to The Sun. They've centered around the Judeo-Christian tradition influence on our founding fathers, the TEA party and, of course, Obamacare.

Conspicuously absent, though, is any mention of the events that have caused, and continue to cause, massive demonstrations throughout the country.

Two weeks ago, a grand jury in Missouri failed to indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown. This past week, a grand jury in New York failed to indict the police officer for the death of Eric Garner. This death, unlike the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, was recorded on a cell phone.

Mr. Garner's "incident" shows him being taken down by a choke hold and held on the ground by several officers. When they discover that he is clearly in critical distress, someone says to "call 911." When the EMTs arrive, no one administers CPR and any "care" involved dumping him on a gurney — face-down.

Last week in Cleveland, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was playing with a pellet gun in a playground. A police car arrived and two seconds later, the child was shot. His parents buried him this week.

Where is our outrage? This is racism in its most vile and deadliest form. Is it just easier to ignore it and focus on issues we feel comfortable with? Or, is it just a lack of concern? Where are the Right to Life folks? Where are the defend-your- rights TEA party? All human life is sacred.

These are clear civil rights violations. I did see an interview with Rand Paul denouncing the decision. He did though, finish by stating that the real problem was the cigarette tax. How odd that the senator from Kentucky would point this out.

What about the majority of law enforcement who are well trained and self-disciplined? How does this affect their ability to serve and protect? The officers, commissioners and prosecutors who make these terrible decisions need to be replaced.

June M. Huot

Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:23

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Bigger may not be better when it comes to Children's Auction

To The Daily Sun,

The Newfound Area School District's Budget Committee unanimously voted to strongly support the proposed two-year agreement that has been ratified between the Newfound Area Teachers Association and the Newfound Area School Board.

While the Budget Committee did not negotiate the agreement between the teachers and the school board, the committee wants the public to know that this agreement provides for concessions on both sides. The new contract allows for teacher salary increases, a correction to the salary matrix to allow for equalization between and among steps, and a significant change to the current authorized leave language. The teachers also will be increasing the percentage that they will pay toward their health insurance during the second year of the contract.

The agreement will be further discussed at the school district's Annual Deliberative Session scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Voting on the ratified agreement will occur on Election Day, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Simon Barnett, Chair

Newfound Area School District Budget Committee

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:20

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Obama's priorities not in line with those of most Americans

To The Daily Sun,

For many years the president said that he legally could not suspend deportation with an executive order. He said that the U.S. is a nation of laws. He took office and swore to uphold the laws of the U.S.

The president said he was not granting amnesty. He, however, is granting work permits. Work permits to people who illegally entered the U.S. They will be allowed to apply to jobs that Americans citizens are applying for. We have many Americans who want to work and are unemployed. Do we want them to lose the opportunity of a job because an illegal — yes, an illegal and not an undocumented person — has the opportunity to apply for the job and may work for less money?

The president said he secured the border. Yet illegals are still entering. What the president proposes is for more children to enter the U.S. illegally.

2011 — 16,00 children illegally entered

2012 — 24,000 children illegally entered

2013 — 68,000 illegally entered

Our president is telling people in other countries to come on over and you can do whatever you want.

The president said he will deport criminals. There are many criminals that are deported and come back again and again.

We need to have our borders secured now. We need the Congress to stop him. Our president has promised the American citizen that. He has not done that.

Do not fund the work-permit printing.

Harry Reid is asking the new Senate majority (the Republicans) to allow amendments to bills being proposed. Funny he didn't, and hasn't done that. He could do something now. Harry Reid could, with the Republicans, defund what the president wants to do. Harry Reid could impeach the president for not following the Constitution. Harry Reid could put bills on the floor that were passed by the House and see if they pass. Harry Reid could work with existing senators to pass a legitimate budget.

It has been said that other presidents have done this. Yes, they have. But it is more and more common with this president. He has done it many times, and not to speed up what Congress has passed, but in opposition to Congress.

Now I read that Congress will pass a budget that funds Obama's amnesty provisions. Congress can pass a law that will not fund the creation of work permits and other parts of this law. They must do this.

Executive orders were meant to do something when Congress was not in session and it was an emergency. Amnesty for illegals is not an emergency.

The president could have lowered corporate taxes and bring businesses back to the U.S. The creation of jobs (and not government jobs, but good-paying manufacturing jobs) for Americans is an emergency. Our president has his priorities that are not in line with the priorities of the American people. We must elect a president in 2016 that favors American citizens.

Linda Riley

Meredith

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:15

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