Lots of people contributed to the resounding success of our festival

To The Daily Sun,

The 14th annual Laconia Multicultural Festival was a resounding success! The perfect weather set the stage for a day full of great music, food and celebration of our varied heritage. The thousands of attendees gathering in our downtown for this celebration made for an exciting and rewarding day. The happy faces of the folks gathered at Rotary Park, the kids beating the drums at Kid's Corner, and the toe tapping folk grass music at City Hall made the city come alive.

Great events like this can only happen with the support of many sponsors, advertisers, committee members and volunteers. Our thanks to Larry Frates and the 60 flag bearers led by our Mayor, Ed Engler, for kicking off the day with the colorful Parade of Flags! We are grateful to our major sponsors, Well Sense Health Plan, Ascentria Care Alliance, Laconia Human Relations Committee, Genesis Behavioral Health and the Penny Pitou-Milo Pike Family Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.

Our LMF Committee works on planning this event year-round. To all our committee members, we give thanks for your tireless efforts. To the volunteers who are there for us each year as well as the many new volunteers that joined us this year, we salute you. Thanks to our media sponsor, Binnie Media and to the Laconia Daily Sun, the Laconia Citizen, Salmon Press and LRPA-TV for the great coverage leading up to the event and the coverage of the event itself. To our sound and electrical experts, the help from the Belknap County House of Corrections, and tables from the Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church, we thank you all.

The Laconia Human Relations Committee & the Belknap Mill join together to help sponsor this community celebration. It is the hard work & support of many people, organizations, businesses and agencies in Laconia and the Lakes Region that lay the foundation for this great celebration of culture.

Special thanks to Healthlink for allowing us use of their electricity and parking lot, and the City of Laconia: Police Department, Finance Department and Paul Moynihan at Public Works, as well as City Manager Scott Myers and Mayor Ed Engler. It was wonderful collaborating with our friends from the Farmer's Market to make sure our guests visited them, too.

To produce an event like this requires substantial funding. The Multicultural Festival recognizes with gratitude all of our program advertisers. To our many patrons and supporters of this wonderful event — our heartfelt thanks for your donations.

To all our wonderful performers at Rotary Park, City Hall and the Kid's Corner stages — thank you so much. There wouldn't be a festival without our great vendors and non profit/service agency friends. Thank you all for participating.

And finally and most important — to all of you that attended, we hope you enjoyed the day and we so appreciate your continued support and encouragement of the Laconia Multicultural Festival. Mark your calendars for next year's date of Sept. 10. Again, thank you Lakes Region!

Follow us on Facebook and check our website: laconiamulticulturalfestival.org for some great photos.

Becky Guyer

Multicultural Festival Coordinator

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Do Americans see how our military has been given the last word?

To The Daily Sun,

The United States has achieved dubious records in its military aggression in Middle Eastern countries. We have dropped more bombs, killed more people, spent more money, and still (14 years later) have no reasonable time limits to our occupation and dominance of countries we are trying to rescue! One thing is very clear: the only enterprise that has profited is the armaments industry. Their profits are supported by most politicians whereas not one of them has spoken out against our corrupt policies that support wars year after year. Isn't that an obvious fact if you review the lack of rational in our continued support for changing loyalties and new alliances, keeping the world in constant guesswork of who is in charge
and who is the enemy, at this time?

The United States mission (unspoken, non-admitted) is to bomb countries until they submit to our version polices that agree with our overall goals. Forty years ago we dropped 7 million tons of bombs on Vietnam, killing 3 million civilians. We were there to save them from communist rule. Instead they were victims of our calumny and deceit. Here again, the bombing raids achieved nothing less than huge profits for the arms industry at the cost of millions of lives. Can you reasonably explain it any other way?

The bombing and invasion of Iraq is something no one wants to talk about. It is very clear: it was a mistake. Over a half a million civilians and soldiers paid for our treachery, but here again — agents for the arms industry (most of our senators and reps) said little or nothing about this tragedy. Has Christian ethics been sold out for monetary gains? Do Americans see how the military has had the last word, doing as they please with no restrictions on the supply of money they use. There always has been a concerted effort to justify further bloodshed. Gullible Americans still believe they are in danger. There are no facts, now or ever, to support these baseless fears. None!

Support candidates who speak out strongly against endless wars. Restore America to decency, truth, resolving conflicts with negotiations and peaceful accords. Ban bombing raids and violence. Be the champion for truth and Christian values. It is your responsibly.

Leon R. Albushies

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It will be fun watching Sen. Ayotte put Gov. Hassan out to pasture

To The Daily Sun,

As Ronald Regan would say, there she goes again. My favorite Democrat from Meredith, Paula Trombi, is trashing Senator Ayotte again.

She states we shouldn't be fooled by Senator Ayotte's recent tactics. There is nothing to be fooled about, She has been against funding Planned Parenthood as long as I can remember.

There are many good reasons for that. No. 1: it cost the taxpayers $538 million a year to fund Planned Parenthood; No. 2: they made $127 million in profit last year; No. 3: they give millions of dollars to Democrat candidates throughout the country, I wonder how much of that is taxpayer money; and No. 4 is the best part: they pay the director $500,000 a year in salary.

As a taxpayer I thank the senator for trying to save us from wasting so much money.

I would also like to thank the Executive Council of New Hampshire for defunding Planned Parenthood.

As far as Sen. Ayotte shutting down the government, two days ago she voted with the majority to keep the government running.
Paula wants the people of New Hampshire to remember her record, and they will by electing her again for another six years.

It is my personal wish that the Democrats will run Governor Hassan against her. It will be fun putting the governor out to pasture. She and Hillary can have fun intheir retirement.

Thanks Senator Ayotte.

L. Michael Hatch


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If only we make government a little bigger, a little more controlling. . .

To The Daily Sun,

Whenever Bernadette Loesch speaks it comes with a paucity of logic both shocking and amazing. Her never-ending bear hugs of socialism and liberalism gone wild never ends, no matter the incredible harm it does to the people she alleges to care about. I used the Greek bankrupt spending fantasies in a recent letter as the the perfect example of where her thinking and Bernie Sanders leads. She takes issue with it despite it's total accuracy.

I suggest we take a poll of Daily Sun readers. Who thinks the United States is heading toward a Greek-like economy, run with a heavy hand by government, or one toward more free enterprise. Come on readers weigh in. It is an important question with elections looming.

It has been well established and recognized for centuries that if you want something done quickly and for less money you employ the private sector. If you want three people to change a light bulb, then argue for two days about who is going to do it because they all get the same union wage you are looking at a public sector occupation.

Nothing illustrates the point like education. America spends the most per student of any country in the world while we produce academic results that put us in the middle of performance globally. All while performance keeps worsening as education keeps screaming to get paid more for the failed results. If that is performance that serves the public good, maybe Bernadette can explain how. She is quite the wizard of socialist spin, especially around Halloween.

We have had 40 years of Democratic Party presidents in the past 83 years. Everyone of them in various ways looked and talked exactly like Bernie Sanders. Prosperity is just around the corner after you vote for them. Poverty will be banished, the middle class will thrive, all the essentials of life will be free and equality will magically arrive. Bigger, more generous government, more controlling government will hold back nasty free enterprise while will create the communal society where we all live peacefully in the world among others.

Where are we after those 40 years of FDR's sure-fire promises? Americans in 2015 feel less safe. Our allies feel less safe. They feel like we have abandoned them. We have. Surely so Israel and Saudi Arabia. The Middle East is a tinder box set to explode. Iran is going nuclear bomb, deal or no deal. Russia has gone mean and rogue. China is flexing its military might. While in the U.S. the middle class lifestyle has become extinct while dependence on government in its every from sets records.

Economists inform us every major government program is insolvent. Promises far exceed incomes for every program from Medicare to Social Security. All have unfunded liabilities in the trillions looking out. Obamacare cost increases run double digits in almost every state. The highway trust fund is broke, disability insurance is broke, and the Post Office bankrupt. American companies and jobs are trying to leave to friendlier places caused specifically by government bullying and threats. The economy limps, exports drag, while inequality flourishes. Poverty is the same percentage it was in 1965 while our debt set new records regularly.

Don't fret. Just around the corner is prosperity from Bernie, Hillary (maybe Joe) with the free-to-you from government. The FDR model. If only we just make government a little bigger, a little more controlling, a little more generous and a little more in debt, all will be wonderful. My friends ,that is Greek national anthem. It ends one place, bankrupt!

Tony Boutin

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State income tax necessary if we are going to meet budget needs

To The Daily Sun,

Once again the state Legislature has put needs of their concept of reality before the needs of the citizens of the state. The governor, reluctantly, has signed on to a hacked-together budget compromise. Everyone agrees that taxes are just about the worst way to collect money. It ranks right up there with begging. Unfortunately both are used by those who need for whatever reason need some help to get by on the margin of poverty, to be educated, to supplement inadequate care for their children and an allowance to medical needs.

If I may, let me point out some ways their budget fell short. The obvious problem is they didn't adequately plan for the payment for the needs they are trying to ignore in hopes they will go away. Can anyone defend cutting taxes in the face of so many glaring needs. Here are some of the ways they made changes to fees, not taxes. New Medicaid enrollees can be ignored for a couple of years because it is 100 percent funded by the federal government. User fees are popping up all over the place.

One that really galls me, an old-timer, is the announcement that fishing license for those over 68 will now cost $10. It has been free for about 20 years. The Fish and Game Department has been using volunteers for all sorts of things that would be left undone because of lack of staff. Now, after volunteering for some task, I can't go down to the riverbank without paying the state $10 a year after I have registered boat and trailer for about three times that amount. I am not overly fond of fees. You can't even park without paying a fee at some of the states recreational facilities.

Someone has to do a needs analysis for the state government. What are the fixed costs of running the various departments. A few years ago there was a court case that was trying to answer the question: What is an adequate education and what does it cost. I don't think we ever solved that little conundrum. They weren't even addressing the college cost and how to address them.

What about the roads and highways in the state? How many bridges are being ignored? How many roads formerly maintained by the state are now the responsibility of the towns? Can the towns afford that cost? The state's dirty little secret — cost-shifting to the counties and the towns — is revealed as we at the local level struggle to make sure we tax our real estate to cover the needs.

We also run food banks in church basements to provide an adequate diet for those that state is failing in provide for in so many ways. To sum this up for all those legislators who still have a conscience, there is a solution based on the age-old concept of fair taxation. User fees have their place but fair taxation is the solution. Taxes should not fall on those already in need. Business profits can be taxed but that is not the most fair tax. At some point we have to face the fact that large individual incomes should be taxed at a rate equal to that paid out by the vast majority in federal taxation. Yes, the dirty word in New Hampshire, income taxation is long overdue if we are going to address budget needs. Local real estate can't stand another jolt. So let's get real during the next budget go-round. Some of you may take some heat but who knows, some of us will be cheering as we go to our well deserved lunch at the senior center.

Bill Dawson


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