Thank you new Americans, for coming to our United States

To The Daily Sun,

On Sunday afternoon, we attended a very cool interfaith service at Temple B'nai Israel in Laconia. The event was sponsored by the Greater Laconia Ministerial Association and was a ceremony of thanks, especially highlighting the refugees in our community.

Four refugees talked of their journey to the United States. All were inspiring. All were hard-working people with families. They have brought new energy, smarts, dedication, family values, and enthusiastic patriotism to Laconia and the Lakes Region. Their stories of the journey to America were moving. They add vigor to our economy and commitment to our common values and life. We were glad to participate in such an affirmation of the welcome the United States has traditionally given those seeking shelter and safety and a new start.

Thank you, new Americans, for coming here.

Ruth & Richard Stuart


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Obama is 'thinking' because he has no idea how to handle ISIS

To The Daily Sun,

On the morning of Friday, Nov. 13, our president made a statement that we have ISIS under control. That same night in London, 130 people, including a college student from the USA, were killed by the same group that he said we had under control.

Does he have such a bad memory that he can't remember a Russian plane was brought down by a ISIS bomb. All 224 people on board were killed.
Just this week in Mali, 170 hostages were held in a Radisson Hotel where French troops are stationed. Over 20 people killed including one American.
Now doesn't this make you much safer. On top of all that, our president wants to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal 2016.

In last week's Democratic debate Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, said we should increase that number to 65,000. She said this should be done if we have a carefully screening and vetting process as we can imagine.

My question is, how do we find a way that is 100 percent accurate? Look what happened in London, one of the terrorist came to their country posing as a refugee. It takes only one person to do the same thing in our country. Do we want to take that chance?

Just this week of people polled on accepting these refugees, only 38 percent were in favor.

From the start our president had no idea how to handle this important problem, and he still doesn't. He expects all of our allies to do the job of ridding the world of ISIS and other terrorist groups, and then he can take all the credit. To make things even better we can feel that much safer knowing we had Hillary Clinton as our secretary of state at this period of time.

It is good to know that our Congress knows that now is not the time to accept this plan for accepting these refugees. This past week they passed a bill that wouldn't let this happen. It must be really hard for our president to know that more than 40 Democrats supported this bill.

Of all the letters in the past few weeks by people that support the president was one by Kent Warner of Center Harbor., "Obama has been criticized for doing more in Syria, he is thinking out how to deal with ISIS." The reason he is thinking is because he has no idea how to handle this situation and he hasn't since the first day.

I can only pray we can only survive another year under this so-called leader.

Michael Hatch

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Disgruntled county home employees should do some soul searching

To The Daily Sun,

I am appalled to read the criticisms of Matthew Logue. I knew Matthew when he accepted his first position with NHC at Naples, Florida. He had just completed his administrator training with NHC. I had accepted a position as director of nursing, after spending eight years as a regional nurse with NHC. This decision was reached when I decided I had enough years of travel and wanted to stabilize in one facility. Matthew was faced with a director who had many years and experience and it could have been a disaster. However, I found Matthew a very intelligent person and well versed in long-term care.

We had accepted positions in a facility that was new, but had been mismanaged. Together, Matthew and I received excellent ratings in the next two years. I find it very difficult to listen to the insinuations made by a former director of nursing and former employees. When a new person is hired, it is not unreasonable nor unusual for there to be a change in staff positions. Actually, it is commendable for this newly hired employee to make these changes in a hostile environment.

I would hope that the disgruntled employees do soul-searching, and realize how damaging they can be to a fellow human being, due to their own failings.

Frances M. Baillie

Winston Salem, N.C.

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Thousands of our wildlife species will be affected by climate change

To The Daily Sun,

The New Hampshire Audubon met in November to explore how climate change is affecting the Granite State wildlife population, and the potential mitigation that could be done.

New Hampshire's sea level is expected to rise an expected 3 to 4 feet over the next 100 years, fundamentally changing our coastline. Thousands of wildlife species will be affected above and below the waterline. And many agree the New Hampshire moose can't survive it.

Though climate change is inevitable, there are ways to prevent further, unknown consequences. Advocacy for causes such as President Obama's carbon emission-cutting Clean Power Plan, talking with local, state and national political officials, and conservation efforts like creating wildlife migration corridors are all ways to start.

So, it seems we need to change the environment for our wildlife and I agree. My only suggestion would be: Don't create these wildlife migration corridors in the paths of industrial wind turbines or you'll have a very different outcome.

Ray Cunningham

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People who attended interfaith worship service were very moved

To The Daily Sun,

Seventy-five people will look upon the American flag flying high in the Pleasant Street circle a little differently after attending an interfaith Thanksgiving service held Nov. 22. The people who attended the joint interfaith worship service put together by the Greater Laconia Ministerial Association and the Immigration Integration Program were profoundly moved, filled with joy, hope and pride in our country.

Gathered as one in celebration of Thanksgiving for all the blessing we each enjoy, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Unitarians, Buddhist and people of no religious affiliation celebrated the diversity of this nation.

Mayor Ed Engler told of his great-grandparents speaking their native language at family gatherings. Gerie Pingol spoke of the joy of getting a green card and knowing his family will remain together after 16 years of working and living in the United States. Irene Gordon spoke about her Jewish family leaving their native country of Germany in 1939 out of fear and persecution. Egon Schuster spoke of his father being taken from their home by the Russians and being forced out of his small German village during World War II. Seifu Ragassa spoke of being a political refugee from Ethiopia in the 1990s and landing in Laconia. All expressed joy and great gratitude for the blessings of being in America. Three of the four speakers are now U.S. citizens and demonstrated a strong patriotism and love for a county that welcomed and gave them a chance for safety and a new life.

Voices of different faiths and different cultures joined together in song....."We Gather Together," "This Land is Our Land," and "America the Beautiful," was truly a moving time of fellowship, worship and unity.

Today we give thanks for Mayor Ed Engler, who had the vision to obtain grant funding and for hiring Kate Bruchacova to be the coordinator of the Immigration Integration Program. We are grateful that we have this program in our community.

During this season of Thanksgiving ...let us each celebrate and give thanks for the blessings we enjoy as residents in this amazing community and spectacularly beautiful region. Let us look upon the American flag flying in the center of our community with a little more joy, a little more hope and hearts filled with thanksgiving.

Blessings and Thanksgiving.

The Greater Laconia Ministerial Association

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