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I've not done anything on Halloween that would shameful to God

To The Daily Sun,

I am a 15-year-old Catholic girl, and Bishop Paul W. Blake's opinion on Halloween I found ridiculous.

He claimed that Halloween has been corrupted and that church should have nothing to do with it. Is this not exactly the opposite of what we should do? Aren't we called as Christians to be in the world, but not of it?

So some people have polluted the celebration, but isn't that what humans do, being sinful beings? We mess stuff up. That doesn't mean we should give up completely. But turning off your lights and hiding in your home is the exact opposite of what Jesus wants us to do. He wants us to go out and show the world what a wonderful gift we have in His salvation.

My parents have never encouraged the gory or creepy costumes, but encouraged us to be creative and fun with our garb. And the tradition of carving pumpkins and going trick-or-treating will be memories that stick with me forever.

In short, Bishop Paul, I can somewhat understand your point, but you do not realize the facts. I have participated in every Halloween as long as I can remember and I have never done anything that would be shameful to God. I do not mean to offend, but I can't help but feel sorry for the children you "restrict" from these innocent festivities.

Colleen O'Brien


Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:30

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Hosmer is unque position to argue for best business climate possible

To The Daily Sun,
As voters in Senate District 7 go to the polls today, I hope they will reflect on the outstanding representation they have had by state Sen. Andrew Hosmer over the past two years.

Sen. Hosmer understands the impact of every vote he takes. He spends the time to talk to constituents about their views on the issues and takes real people into consideration as he weighs his position on an issue.

As a local businessman, Sen. Hosmer is in a unique position to argue for the best business climate possible for the state of New Hampshire and for Senate District 7.
As a parent, Sen. Hosmer knows how critical it is that New Hampshire's education system provide the best possible opportunities for all the students in the state.

As someone who takes full advantage of the recreational opportunities available in New Hampshire, Sen. Hosmer knows it is crucial to protect our natural resources and spectacular New Hampshire environment.

Please return Sen. Andrew Hosmer to the New Hampshire Senate today.

Kate Miller


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:15

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Shaheen voted for Obama's agenda because it was right thing to do

To The Daily Sun,

After hearing this ad by Scott Brown for a month, I can't take it any more. He said that Jeanne Shaheen voted for Obama's agenda 98 percent of the times. So would I! He is doing what we needed to have done in the United States. We need to get the middle class going again and to have medical insurance for many who were never able to have it in the past. A friend told me that her nephew has MS and could never afford the medicine to take care of it. He couldn't walk! After he got some insurance and got help, he is now walking!

Who thinks that Obamacare is all bad! Yes, I am paying a little higher premiums, but if I know I am helping someone else walk, than I am happy to help. Americans shouldn't be selfish! We should be proud of a senator and a president who want to have everyone experience the American Dream. Vote with that in mind at the polls today.

Thank you for voting, EVERYONE!

Diane Wells


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:10

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Thanks to all who supported the 64th Annual Rotary Club Penny Sale

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of all the members of the Plymouth Rotary Club, I would like to thank the many local businesses and merchants who supported our recent 64th annual Penny Sale. Their generous gifts of merchandise, services, and gift certificates helped the Plymouth Rotary raise over $15,000 — ensuring that the Penny Sale was a resounding success. As always, the proceeds from the evening will be earmarked for local community projects and scholarship awards to deserving high school seniors.

We are also grateful for Plymouth Regional High School exceptional support of our event. We would like to thank theater teacher Heather Joy for her powerful rendition of the National Anthem, as well as Ms. Joy's student a cappella groups, including the women's a cappella "Hear Comes Treble" and the men's a cappella "Menharmonics" for their stellar performances. In addition we wish to thank the High School Honor Society for its assistance with delivering the prizes, Mr. John Spear and the DECA group (Future Business Leaders of America) who ran the concessions, the culinary arts program that supplied the baked goods, and Assistant Principal Randy Cleary for arranging for PRHS participation. In addition, we would like to thank Coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willet and the Plymouth Women's Tennis Team (recent winners of the Little East Conference championship) for supporting the event by assisting with raffle ticket sales.

We'd also like to congratulate the winners of our Grand Prize Raffle drawing: Bruce and Susan Wigget of Plymouth won the first prize of a week's stay at the Cold Spring Resort (a $1,000 value), Regan Weaver of Ashland won $500 cash donated by Community Guaranty Savings Bank and the Bridgewater Power Company, Jennifer Maine of Laconia won 100 gallons of home heating oil donated by the Dead River Company, and Katie Badylak of Plymouth won the $200 "Shop Local" shopping spree donated by Venture Print Unlimited Inc.

A special thank you goes to these major sponsors along with thanks to the Bank of New Hampshire, the Common Man Family of Restaurants, CMD Bookkeeping, New Hampshire Electric Co-op, Laconia Eye and Laser Center, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Rand's Hardware, Resource Management Inc., and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank.

Thank you all again for your generous support of the Penny Sale.

Kathleen M. Kearns, Executive Director of the Circle Program

Plymouth Rotarian – Past President and Penny Sale Chair

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:07

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What then? The Republicans don't have a clue how to govern

To The Daily Sun,

The best question asked this Monday morning on the "Morning Joe" program was by Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics to Bill Kristol founder and editor of the Conservative Weekly Standard. What will be the GOP message if they take over both the House and Senate after the elections? There was no response. But Kristol, after a short thoughtful period, did say energy and repeal of the ACA.

In my opinion that says it all because the Republicans have no idea of what they will do if they win. After eight years of trying to stop everything the president has tried to do the only thing they can say is "No." They have forgotten how to be positive and creative. Led by Boehner and Mitchie they only know how to be negative.

Whatever the president has wanted they were against even if they were for it first. They have voted against bills they once voted for depending what the president wanted. They talk about job creation, but the only one they keep referring to is the Keystone pipeline which is a non-­starter.

Ignoring or eliminating science will not make our problems go away so we need groups like the EPA. If anyone saw a news clip of the marathon in Beijing, China, over the weekend with the runners wearing gas masks you have just looked into our future. The air quality was rated as hazardous. We need to slowly wean ourselves off of fossil fuels. We need to study and invest in alternative energy sources. There is room for more than one source. We have to solve our problems no matter where and what they are.

Ebola, ISIL, immigration are just a few to start and if the new Congress won't deal with them we're all in trouble.

Jon Hoyt


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:01

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