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11 Gilford & Laconia students selected for Babcock scholarships

To The Daily Sun,

The Nathan J. Babcock Memorial Scholarship recently concluded its 10th year of providing financial assistance to college bound students from Gilford and Laconia High Schools. The criterion for the scholarships is a demonstration of the students' history of helping others and the acts of kindness they have done to help make this world a better place. Nate Babcock was a young man who would constantly put others first, and who demonstrated a strength of character that truly resonated throughout his life. When he lost his battle with cancer in the fall of 2005, the scholarship program was started to give others the opportunity to continue their education, a chance Nate never got.

This year, The Nathan Babcock Scholarship Fund honored 11 students for their incredible efforts on behalf of others. These students were awarded their scholarships at their respective Awards Night last Thursday. Laconia students receiving awards were Alana Persson, Samantha Sapier, and Tyler Mitza. Gilford students who were acknowledged on Thursday were Maxwell Sawyer, Misty Medieros, Bridget Eldridge, Jordan Dean, Cassidy Bartlett, Carter Mercer, Sienna Remick, and Emily Curtis.

The Babcock Family would like to give a special thanks to our 10 member board of directors, the guidance staff at both high schools, and all those who have supported our cause with assistance and donations over the past 10 years. A special thanks to the Milligan Memorial Golf Tournament for their continued financial support, and all the folks who come together to make the Francoeur/Babcock Basketball Tournament possible every year. We could not have done this without you.

Jim Babcock

Gilford

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90% of us have consistently supported reasonable run regulation

To The Daily Sun,

Every single time there is a mass shooting that horrifies the nation, the NRA, gun makers, and their toadies in Congress automatically argue against any common-sense attempt to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists or deranged people. They also recoil at any attempt to stop the sale of assault weapons to civilians, saying that doing anything at all would be "taking away our right to own guns." This is not true and they know it.

These apologists for the right to commit mass murder are complicit in sucking the life's blood out of our nation. They create and then feed on people's fears. Even Justice Scalia, in his Supreme Court decision stating an individual right to own guns, said that governments are entitled to enact regulations.

Those gun barrel-licking politicians happily accept money from these entities, knowing full well that if they dare take one baby step out of the NRA line they will face a well-funded election challenge and lose their precious seat in Congress. It's a stranglehold. In any other setting it would be called legalized bribery, or blackmail.

Almost 90 percent of all Americans, including majorities of both Republicans and Democrats, have consistently supported reasonable regulations. The "public servants" who are puppets of the NRA leadership apparently don't care about us. But the collective cries for no more military-type weapons in the hands of ordinary citizens is being heard 'round the world. The only question is how many more innocent people will die before enough is enough.

Bernadette Loesch
Laconia

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