To The Daily Sun,
I had the honor and privilege of attending the inaugural Top 10 dinner at Laconia High School last evening. I seldom write letters to the editor but was so moved by the event that I felt the need to share my observations.
The Top 10 dinner was the brainchild of LHS teacher Chris Ulrich and LHS principal Jim McCollum, who saw it as a way to honor the 10 top students at LHS for their academic achievement. I expected the evening to be similar to the many other award dinners that I have attended in the past, but I could not have been more wrong. Each student chose a teacher who had made an impact on them to attend and have dinner with the student and their family. After dinner concluded, each teacher was invited to the podium to speak about the student and each student then immediately followed to talk about the teacher. What transpired was something that I wish that everyone in Laconia had been there to witness. Each teacher knew the student well and had clearly spent significant time outside of the classroom with the student and developed a strong personal relationship with them. However, it was what the students had to say about their teachers that made the night so special. Every single student told a story about the teacher taking an interest in them and helping them to successfully navigate through their high school years. Many went far deeper. One student who grew up without a father remarked that when he joked with his teacher by calling him "Dad" that it really wasn't far from the truth. Another talked about how her relationship with her teacher allowed her to lose her internal filter and truly express herself in her writing and heal from things that had happened to her in her life. Still another talked with tears in her eyes about her insecurity and the pressure that she put on herself and how her teacher had helped her to realize that she didn't need to be perfect or to worry about what others might think of her but to just do her best and be happy with herself.
It is impossible to adequately express the emotion in the room, but the deep bonds between these students and their teachers were obvious and I must confess that I had a tear in my eye on a number of occasions. In reflecting on the evening and the difference that these teachers have made on their students lives, I found myself both admiring and envying them. An engaged and caring parent has the ability to positively impact the lives of their children and their children's' friends. An engaged and caring teacher has the ability to positively impact the lives of hundreds of young people. It is obvious from last night's Top 10 dinner that we have a number of engaged and caring teachers at LHS I am truly thankful that they are there making a positive difference on our kids and our community.
Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 08:43
To The Daily Sun,
Another month and seems spring has finally sprung. Another month and it springs another scandal.
Yes, I'm speaking of the VA scandal this time. We all heard Obama promise to fix this way back in 2008. Well now he's "mad as hell", or so his press secretary claims. Just what is he mad at I need to ask? Is he mad because he appointed another incompetent political stooge to fix the thing? Mad because he hasn't got the leadership ability of a hive of termites or just because the whole rotten mess has come out?
Yet, this is classic Obama; give a great speech full of promises and hope then go golfing on vacation. After all it's always someone else's fault. Funny how that works, he speaks, does nothing and what, expects a fairy godmother to wave a magic wand?
What isn't a bit funny is the body tolls building up due to this man. Fast and furious, the gun running scheme to Mexico has killed hundreds down there. He promised a complete investigation so it could never happen again. Attorney General Holder sent 25,000 pages to the Congress, which included everything except the questions which Congress wanted to know. When pressed, Obama declared executive privilege, stonewalling the investigation.
Then there was Benghazi, where our ambassador and and three man security team members were killed. Obama gave another speech, looked America right in the face and lied to us. He again promised a complete investigation so it could never happen again. He promised to bring those responsible to justice but has not even done that. Congress again tried to investigate, only to hear Mrs Clinton ask, "What does it really matter"? More reams of documents were sent to Congress but again none of the questions Congress wanted to know were released.
Same story with the IRS persecution of Conservatives in 2011 and Mrs.Learner pleaded the 5th before Congress. Another scandal followed which has the government spying on all our private communications. On and on, Obama and company goes — speech's, lies, stonewalling and blaming others for his failures. Now the VA scandal in at least 19 states and our vet's are suffering and dying because of another broken Obama promise. And let's not forget Obamacare, written behind closed doors, promoted by deceit and lies yet is touted as Obama's great achievement. We might note that the VA system is the only health care system in the U.S. that is fully funded and run by the government and because it is it has layers and layers of bureaucracy making it a cumbersome, inefficient department built on layers of subterfuge and dishonesty. The results are our vets are dying from criminal neglect. This is what happens when the politicians take over. They pay off political debts with jobs, give power to incompetent bureaucrats and people die. Can we really expect anything different from Obamacare? Only if your in complete denial.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:14
To The Daily Sun,
The 11th Annual "WOW Sweepstakes Ball" was held at the Opechee Inn & Conference Center on May 17th and was another great evening of food, fun, dancing and more. Congratulations to our 10 cash prize winners and $10,000 Grand Prize winner Rae Hahn of Laconia! We write this letter to thank and acknowledge the individuals and businesses for their generous contributions and support of the WOW Trail. We are grateful that the WOW Trail has gained such widespread support from our community.
The proceeds from this year's WOW Sweepstakes Ball of just over $35,000 will be used for the continued expansion and on-going maintenance of the trail. We are in the process of engineering design of Phase II of the trail, which will extend the trail from downtown to Belmont, and we hope to build this section in 2014.
Many thanks to all who bought a ticket to this fundraising event. We were again delighted by the tremendous turnout...and our 11th sell-out! (Mark your calendars for next year...the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend — May 16th)
The event committee includes Allan & Jennifer Beetle, Jeff & Wendy Beetle (Patrick's), Susan Brown (Lakes Region Floral Studio), Becky Doherty and Darcy Peary (LRGHealthcare), Megan Page (Patrick's), Trish Laurent (Town of Meredith) and Judi Taggart. This committee of volunteers did an absolutely awesome job of putting together one of the most fun and exciting events here in the Lakes Region! Jeff Beetle and crew prepared a delicious buffet for 500 people. Big Cat Coffee, Sawyers Dairy Bar and Annie's Café & Catering finished the job with delicious coffee, ice cream and cakes.
We thank all our event sponsors and contributors listed below, for without them, it wouldn't happen. In particular, we thank our presenting sponsor Meredith Village Savings Bank and our Gold Sponsors: Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Lake Opechee Inn & Conference Center and Patrick's Pub & Eatery:
603 Brewery, Alan T. Blakely, Construction, All Brite Cleaning & Restoration, Amoskeag Beverages, Annie's Café & Catering, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, Baron's Billiards, Belknap EDC, Beyond the Fringe, Big Cat Coffees, Binnie Media, Body Covers Screen Printing & Design, Body Design by Joy, Brickfront Restaurant & Lounge, Burrito Me, Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region, Clipture – Hair Salon & Photography Studio, Comcast Spotlight, Common Man Restaurants, Contigiani's Catering, Cross Insurance, CrossFit Juggernaut, Emily Clement, Life Coach, Franklin Savings Bank, Fratello's Italian Grille, Funspot, Gail Beane Graphics, General Linen, Granite State Glass, Guiseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Handmade Pet Company, Hannaford – Gilford, Hart's Turkey Farm, Headlines Creative Hair, InnSeason Resorts, Irwin Automotive Group, Irwin Marine, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, Laconia Country Club, Laconia Muskrats, Laconia T-Bone's & Cactus Jack's, Lahey Landscaping, Lake Opechee Inn & Conference Center, Lakes Region Airport Shuttle, Lakes Region Association, Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, Lakes Region Coca-Cola, Lakes Region Community College, Lakes Region Floral Studio, LRGHealthcare, Magic Foods Restaurant Group, Martignetti Companies of NH, MC Cycle & Sport, Meredith Village Savings Bank, MetroCast, Mill Falls at the Lake, Misiaszek Turpin, LLC, Mount Washington Cruises, Nails by Shelly, NASWA Resort, New Hampshire Distributors, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, O'Du's Hair Salon, O Steak & Seafood Restaurant,, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Pheasant Ridge Golf Course, Piche's Ski & Sports Shops, Pike Industries, Rowell's Sewer & Drain, Salmon Press, Sam Johansson Photography, Sawyer's Dairy Bar, Southern Wine & Spirits, Stafford Oil Company, Steele Hill Resorts, Steven J. Smith & Associates, Stratham Tire, Suzanne Roantree, Tanger Outlet, The Citizen of Laconia, The Country Carriage, The Fitness Edge, The Golf Club at Patrick's Place, The Laconia Daily Sun, The Margate on Winnipesaukee, The Weirs Times, Tylergraphics, Yoga from the Heart, WFTN Mix 94.1FM and Woodstock Inn & Brewery.
In your travels, we ask that you take a moment to thank these people and organizations for their generous contributions to this exciting project.
Darcy Peary, Chair
and the entire
WOW Trail Board of Directors
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:03
To The Daily Sun,
I have to thank the right-wing moron former police commissioner from Wolfeboro for clarifying the right wing's position on racism in this country. I'm sure he won't mind me calling him a moron because he certainly meets and greatly exceeds my criteria for such. I assumed — yes, I know about assuming stuff — that the right wingers were saying there is no racism problem in this country, but apparently what they mean is that they have no problem with racism in this country. Please, keep it up, this is exactly why I don't like political correctness, let the morons speak their minds so we can see who is really out of touch with reality.
I would also like to thank the hundred or so residents of that town who came out to demand that this guy resign. And hey, the former commissioner may get a call from the channel called Fox; maybe he can help them out with an apparent problem they are having. I've been waiting to hear from them on just what color the Easter bunny is, is it pink, or purple, or maybe white? You know the really important stuff they decide their viewers need to be told to believe. I wonder what color they will choose, gee, it is a poser.
I would also like to thank Mr. Ewing for the best laugh I've had in a long time; my stomach actually hurt I laughed so hard. Mr. Ewing claims we liberals do things that "border(s) on insanity". Okay, speaking of insanity, Mr. Ewing's party has held how many votes to undo the ACA? Obviously that's a party that knows insanity first hand, so maybe he has a point, but I wouldn't trust that observation for the obvious reasons. I didn't realize Mr. Ewing believed so strongly about making sure we have to supply working people and military families with food stamps and health care. Or, perhaps he thinks that the working poor should just die off due to lack of food or medical care, after all they are just a drain on society. You know, the takers.
Geez, are you kidding me, Mr. Ewing needs to slow down. My stomach can only take so much. Perhaps Mr. Ewing would benefit from speaking to Mitt Romney about Republicans in the great state of Massachusetts, he was the governor there. I'm sure Mitt would talk to him if Mr. Ewing can come up with a couple hundred million dollars. Maybe Mr. Ewing could get a hold of George Pataki, the former Republican governor of the "Empire State". Both of those guys might be hard to find, but possibly quite soon John Rowland, former Republican governor of Connecticut, will be easy to find. If there is any justice in this country and he is convicted of his latest right-wing criminal activity he will be in a state prison, but most likely he will be in whatever federal prison he was in last time. But I do suggest that Mr. Ewing keep traveling out of the Lakes Region, perhaps he can connect with some sort of tether to reality.
To the school system in Gilford, considering who is saying you "stink" you are doing something right. Keep up the good work. I get that the right-wingers think we all should pay for their children's religious education, of course just more lazy Republican thinking. This aspect has always confused me. They say the poor should count on the compassion of others, yet they want to get "something for nothing" by having us all pay for their religious obligations. I have no problem with anyone else's religious beliefs, but if you want your kids to go to a religious school, perhaps you should do what my hard working liberal parents did, pay for it yourself. Speaking of religion, the founding fathers were for the most part Christians, but not all were. If you are a well informed person you already know this. Some were down right nasty in their anti-religious statements. And they were all horribly wrong about at least one thing back then, you know what I mean. However they were all intelligent people and understood what compromise actually meant. It is a shame we can't find the same thing these days from the right wingers.
Now to the tea partiers out there, I have a question for you. What do the words "A Government of the people, by the people, and for the people" mean to you?
Another thing that really sets Abraham Lincoln apart from extreme right wingers is that he was known as "honest Abe", it would be a joke to call any right wing politician honest these days.
I would like to comment on the idea of getting out of the solar and wind business and sticking with oil and coal. So the right wingers like to call themselves conservative; unfortunately the only thing they seem to be conservative about are intelligent ideas. I have to believe there is a reason for this, they care only for money. I know, because we have seen it over and over again. They like to pick and choose the articles of the Constitution they focus on just like they pick and choose which of the Ten Commandments to adhere to. According to the Bible, greed is a mortal sin, they seem woefully unconcerned about their own disgusting embracing of this so called mortal sin. The oil companies have spent billions to defeat anyone who dares to be intelligent and develop new ways of harvesting these free and clean sources of energy, all the while they are the biggest corporate welfare "takers" in this country. Now when I say "free" I don't mean cheap or even inexpensive, but as a life long liberal, I believe in American ingenuity, the prices will quickly come down once we stop supplying the oil companies with subsidies. You know, corporate welfare.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:55
To The Daily Sun,
Thank you to Elaine Morrison for your thoughtful and accurate letter. My mother was 32 years old on February 15, 1964 when she received an early morning phone call that her husband, my father, had passed away after a two year long illness. He was 34 and the father of five ages 15 months to almost 10.
My mother worked and raised her children and there were good and bad times. She received Social Security checks for each of us and for herself as a widow. We lived in the projects and I'm pretty sure the rent was well under $100/month. Since she worked full-time, I believe there was some health insurance but it was supplemented with Medicaid. We never felt poor because we had each other and an invested extended family and friends that helped. I know that conservative types won't like it but there was a village that assisted my mother in raising five very successful children.
Between the five of us there are three post graduate degrees and the two who did not graduate from college (but did attend college) are successful both financially and personally. The shortest marriage is somewhere around 25 years. We own homes in San Diego, Denver, Atlanta, Meredith, and Western Massachusetts. My two children have Master's degrees, and my sister's oldest has a doctorate in economics; all our children have attended college. We are as close as any family I know.
Not that I need reminding but thank you Elaine Morrison for reminding me of my roots and pointing out something that many do not understand through all the political rhetoric of our times. What a shame that we are constantly bombarded with all the negative BS and rarely hear about the successes. God Bless America.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:51