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I would like to remind Mr. William McCoy of Luke 18: 9-14

To The Daily Sun,

Mr. William McCoy submitted a letter that was published recently. It was addressed to Mr. Veverka. I would like to, if I may, respond to some sections of the letter.

In his letter he states: "Seeing you made Pope Francis, your delight, he just fired 300 plus priests for homosexual abuse against boys." Actually, it was Pope Benedict who defrocked 400 priests during his papacy. Having reviewed several studies of priestly abuse I discovered that the majority of victims are between the ages of 10 and 14 with between 20 and 30 percent or more of victims being female. This figure could actually be higher given the reluctance of these girls to come forward.

Those guilty of these horrendous acts are rapists and pedophiles — who should be prosecuted. I pray for the victims, their families and the vast majority of dedicated priests who have dedicated their lives to God. To completely define this abuse as "homosexual" is misleading.

Mr. McCoy also states: "I believe that Jesus Christ can save you from the guttermost ... Come on Jim, for once in your life, join the Lord's side." Just when did Jesus join the conservative Republican party? In Mark 12:17 Jesus says, "Render unto Caesar the things that are to Caesar's and to God the things that are God's."

As an both canon and government. I also vote my conscience.

It seems that Mr. McCoy has already determined that Mr. Veverka is bound for damnation. I would like to remind him of Luke 18: 9-14. This parable recalls the man so comfortable in his own righteousness that he can despise others. "He who exalts himself shall be humbled, he who humbles himself shall be exalted."

June M. Huot

Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:09

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It's not the government's place to get people out of poverty

To The Daily Sun,

Mr. Earle's letter of Feb. 11 highlights the problem with this country: the belief that it's government's duty to get people out of poverty.

Where in the Constitution does it say government is to get people out of poverty or provide jobs? And why is it up to "the GOP to come up with a plan for people to get out of poverty"? (Oh! The other party keeps people in poverty and on welfare!)

Mr. Earle tripped over something: as long as the welfare system rewards folks for not working, they will never transition out of poverty. Government programs are the problem. It is not the government's place to get people out of poverty — nor is it the responsibility of any political party — because there is no plan they can make that will work.

There are decades of research and education available if people want to get off welfare — but they have to truly want to do it. I think Nightingale Conant is the most well-known for self-improvement programs, but far from the only source. People can access these programs through their local libraries.

Government is the problem, not the answer to the economy. How can the government jump-start the economy again? Our federal legislators need to look at our country's history, and cut all government agencies and programs back to what we had at our most prosperous. Fat chance of that happening.

A.C.R. "Toni" Piper

Ashland

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:05

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They don't make Republicans the way they used to; vote Cryans

To The Daily Sun,

Next month voters of Executive Council District 1 will be asked to vote for a candidate to replace Ray Burton who was respected on both sides of the aisle.

Since they don't make Republicans the way they used to I would suggest voters mark their ballot for the Democratic candidate, Michael Cryans, if for no other reason than to show respect for the prior holder of this office and to the office itself.

It's the difference of sending flowers that will wilt after a day or two or making a contribution to the deceased's favorite preoccupation, which was indeed New Hampshire's North Country.

George Maloof

Plymouth

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:58

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Removing all copies of Daily Sun from Briarcrest won't stop co-op

To The Daily Sun,

Removing most or all of the copies of The Laconia Daily Sun from the box located at the Briarcrest Estates Community Center both last Friday and Saturday was very childish. Did you think that we wouldn't go out and get some more?

Did someone pull this prank because there was a letter to the editor both days in favor of the Lakemont Co-op buying Briarcrest Estates from people previously opposed to the transaction? Did you think that would stop the co-op from going on with their meeting on Saturday at the Community Center? Did you know we can read the entire newspaper online? Did you know that we can e-mail copies of those letters to others and also print them out to pass around? Did you know there are security cameras outside the Community Center? Did you know that we checked with The Laconia Daily Sun to see if they delivered their papers both Friday and Saturday, and in what quantity?

My guess is that you didn't think about how your prank would play out. You lost a lot of credibility by doing what you did. Please act your age and come meet with us to work on the problems you have about the Co-op buying Briarcrest. See you Saturday.

Louise Rosand

Briarcrest resident
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:56

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Move to replace Alton assessor with contractor makes no sense

To The Daily Sun,

The move by some in Alton to remove the current assessor, Tom Sargent, and replace him with a contract assessor appears to make no sense. A review of Mr. Sargent's compensation and monies being paid to contract assessors in the region makes clear that the Town of Alton is getting a bargain.

Not only is Mr. Sargent being paid less than most assessors in the area, he costs the town less than what most other communities are paying for contracted services. More importantly, the town would be losing the services of one of the area's most respected assessors, one known for is professionalism and competence.

In my work as an independent fee appraiser, I have had the opportunity to know first-hand the level of assessing services throughout our region and across the state. None top that provided by Mr. Sargent. I've had the opportunity both to challenge assessments in Alton as well as to work with the town when challenges have been raised by others. In both cases, I've seen Mr. Sargent work hard to resolve disputes with the single goal of having accurate, well supported assessments.

I trust that the citizens of Alton will see that giving up that level of service in return for what amounts to part time assessing services simply makes no sense.

William J. McLean III
Gilford

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:49

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