Golf tourney raised $13,600 for proposed homeless shelter in our county

To The Daily Sun,

Belknap House hosted its first annual golf tournament on Sept. 14 at Lochmere County Club. It was a huge success in raising much needed funds to open a homeless shelter for families in Belknap County. We were able to raise more than $13,600.

We thank all the golfers for playing and supporting our cause, we could not have had a tournament without you. We would like to thank all the sponsors for their generous support to help our cause. The following is a list of our sponsors:

Exceptional sponsor: Granite State Glass; premium sponsor: St Andre Bessette Parish.

Hole sponsors were, Cantin Chevrolet, Tilton Knights of Columbus Council 11868, Mainstay Technologies, Tilton/Northfield Rotary, Onions, Graham & Graham PC, American Legion, AutoServ, Pike Industries, Cross Insurance Laconia/ Meredith, Bob Laflam, Belknap Landscaping Inc, Don Morin Assoc. Inc., Inn Season Resorts, Quinn Hogan, NWM, Belmont K of C Council 10943, Martin, Lord & Osman, P.A. & Water St Café.

Hole in One sponsor was Irwin Motors. Driving Range Sponsor was Eased Edges.

Breakfast sponsor was Laconia K of C Council 428, Franklin K of C Council 12147.

Golf shirt sponsor was Stafford Oil.

Program advertisers were Graham & Graham PC, Tilton House of Pizza, Belknap Subaru, Stump Grinding by Mike, Walnut St Productions.

Auction & Raffle Donations by Red Sox, New England Patriots, DeMoulas Market Basket, Belknap Subaru, Baron's Major Brand, Bolduc Park, Hart's, Shaw's Gilford, Smitty's Cimema, NH Motor Speedway, Manchester Monarchs, Harris Family Furniture, Mill Falls at the Lake, Tanger Oulets Country Carriage, Bryant & Lawrence, Arvidson Health Clinic, Inn Season Resorts, Foy Insurance Tom Beary, Barrie Little-Gill.

Monetary Donations were provided by Frank & Jennifer Ruffing, James V Hatem, John Crafts & Deirdre O"Riordan, Stephen & Lorraine Verderme, Michael & Jennifer Muzzey, GG Real Estate Investment, Donna & Gary Grantz, Charles W Gallagher, Atlantic Valuation, Kori and Philip Smith, Bill Benoit, Neil and Mary Flaherty, Randy and Melissa Annis, Don Morin, Pat and Madeline McGrath, Greggory and Carol Landroche, Fratello's Ristorante Italiano, Alan Whitney, Kenneth Clark, Linda Knott CFP, Nutter Enterprises Inc., Peter and Sharon Spanos.

Special thanks to my golf committee members who put in tireless hours, Andy Foss, and John Shevenell.

Thank you to our golf tournament volunteers, Steve Archanbeault, Kristy Blanchette, Don House, Andrew Moeller, Bill Poulin and Anne Shevenell. A special thank you to Tom Garrity for guiding us along, as non-golfers, to organize this event.

Please forgive me if I have forgotten to mention someone's name.

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Colleen Garrity, President

Belknap House


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603 Alliance's version of Iowa caucuses will take place on October 17

To The Daily Sun,
Among the many Republican presidential candidates are several who would be great presidents. After eight years of President Obama, our nation really needs a great president to protect our homeland and our freedoms, repair our nation's finances and our international relations, and create a growing economy that provides opportunities and prosperity for all Americans.

The 603 Alliance has been formed to help make sure that a candidate who would be a great president wins the New Hampshire Republican Presidential primary.

To accomplish its goal, the 603 Alliance is conducting an Iowa-like caucus on Oct. 17. The 603 Alliance will endorse the caucus winner and encourage people to help him or her win the N.H. Republican Presidential Primary.

Unlike a primary election, a caucus conducts multiple rounds of voting to determine the candidate that most voters prefer. Everyone votes for their first choice, then votes are counted and the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. People who voted for the eliminated candidate(s) vote for their next choice in the next round of voting. The process of voting, eliminating the least popular candidate(s), and voting again from among the remaining candidates is repeated until a single candidate, the winner, is left.

The caucus winner is the candidate that most people prefer, hopefully one of almost everyone's top choices. Identifying the caucus winner should help voters decide who to vote for in the N.H. Presidential Primary in February 2016.

All registered New Hampshire Republican and Undeclared voters are invited to participate in the caucus which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds. Caucus sign-in begins at 10 a.m. Photo ID is required. There is no charge to participate. See for more information.

Your participation in the caucus and vote for the caucus winner in the New Hampshire primary will help ensure that New Hampshire does its part in making sure that the next Republican presidential nominee is someone who will be a great president, and someone that all Americans will be proud to vote for.

Don Ewing

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Unless you're 100% Native American, don't complain about immigrants

To The Daily Sun,

When one reads some the attacks on immigrants in the pages of The Sun, it is easy to feel both despair and disgust. What hateful attitudes. Once, I called these attitudes "ethnocentrism bordering on the racist". But, after reading some of the recent immigrant-bashing in The Sun, I wonder if that line has not been crossed.

After all, although I am sure that many writers do not see themselves as bigots, they at least discriminate in their dislike of foreigners. Most of the letters seem to speak of Muslims and Hispanics and not other foreigners. Of course, some say that they just do not like "illegal" aliens, but recently there has been opposition to letting Syrian refugees who are fleeing ISIS into the country. Such immigrants would certainly be legal and receive deep background checks, but opponents are using anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim propaganda.

As a recent writer to The Sun said, we should welcome these immigrants. This is the right, humane, and compassionate thing to do. Sure, we always take a risk but we should welcome them for no other reason than the "ISIS Problem" is largely the fault of our own country beginning with our illegal invasion of Iraq. When you contribute to a problem you should contribute to the solution. Or, as my mother always insisted, one should always help clean up a mess they helped to create.

Many immigrant-bashers say they are only against "illegal immigrants", but if you look closely at what they write and say, they are often opposed to the legal ones too. False rumors prevail against even legal immigrants. For example, we have many refugees from all over the world who have made their new homes here in the Lakes Region are subject to accusations that they "get a free ride at taxpayers' expense". The truth is that Lutheran Social Services and other charities get them a month's rent, a week of groceries and a few household goods. After that they are pretty much on their own.

Let's make it clear: Unless you are 100 percent Native American, do you really have the right to complain about immigrants? So you claim your family came here "legally"? That might be true if you family came in the late 19th century. If you are like me and your ancestors came much before Ellis Island was opened, "legality" becomes hazy. Some of our ancestors came in the 18th century were questionable when compared to today's legal immigration standards.

America is a land of immigrants. It is what we are.

I am glad that same writer cited the inscription on the Statue of Liberty but I am sad to report that America has often not lived up this ideal (and others). There have been waves of immigrant-bashing throughout the nation's history. One of the first was when Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Acts, during the administration of President John Adams. That was to prevent "wrong ideas", including those of people who thought the American Revolution should follow the French model.

In the 1840s and 50s, American hate propaganda turned to the Irish and German immigrants. The former were fleeing famine and the latter were often "free thinkers" and revolutionaries fleeing the upheavals in Germany in the 1840s. The Irish were subject to the dual stereotypes of drunkenness and violence. To make things worst in the minds of right-thinking Protestants, they were Catholic. Many Americans do not realize that historically, anti-Catholicism has been a deeply ingrained prejudice in the country. Lies and urban legends abounded about Catholics in the 1850s, just as false accusations abound today about immigrants we do not like.

My favorite was the one that the pope was digging a tunnel under the Atlantic to invade the U.S.A and that all the recent Catholic immigrants would serve as a "fifth column"!

After World War I, America attempted to close its doors, due to fear-mongering that immigrants, including those from Eastern and Western Europe were communists, anarchists, or in other ways trouble makers. The 1920s saw the rise of the "Nativist" and "100 percent Americanism" movement. Along with a strong Fundamentalist Christian backlash against evolution the Ku Klux Klan was refounded and became a major political player, not just in the American South but in Northern states as well.

This time, the KKK expanded its hate list. Not only did it include African-Americans, but now it included Catholics, Jews, communists, socialists, immigrants (especially if they were Catholic or Jewish), labor unionists, and others who did fit their model of "Americanism". They also opposed the teaching of evolution in schools. Moreover they saw themselves as defenders of prohibition and "white womanhood" (at least until their Grand Imperial Wizard was convicted of getting a white woman drunk and then raping her).

The anti-immigration laws of the 1920s actually backfired. Although Americans like to credit themselves of acting like heroes during the Jewish holocaust, simply because we fought Germany, the truth is that these Nativist laws made it hard for the U.S.A. to accept Jew fleeing Hitler. Some were actually turned back and died in the camps.

Those who oppose immigration often do so with hatred and with a lot of racism. After all, the immigrants that are often bashed are those who look different than white Americans. Some want to build a fence across America's border with Mexico (our porous border with Canada doesn't seem to bother them). Such a fence will cost the taxpayers at least one billion dollars.

Donald Trump has promised that if he becomes president, he will round up and deport all illegals, including those with kids born here who are, constitutionally speaking, U.S. citizens.

How much will that cost us?

If illegal immigrants are such a drain on the taxpayers, as some say, why not find a way to make them legal so they can start paying taxes like the rest of us? This seems like a cheaper and more rational solution.

Again, the hatred many Americans show toward immigrants is shocking. I am especially offended when many on the right who hate those unlike themselves, claim to be Christians and falsely claim that the U.S.A. is a "Christian" country. Can you imagine Jesus acting with such bitterness toward foreigners? There is a commandment in the Old Testament Book of Exodus that comes very shortly after the Ten Commandments and it says not to "oppress a stranger in thy land".

E. Scott Cracraft


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Champions of the poor have avoided fixing anything for the past 40 years

To The Daily Sun,

Early in this election cycle we are already getting a good idea of just how nasty the left is going to get. Even more so then in previous cycles judging by the likes of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, head of the DNC.

In her latest smear release, Debby attacks Marco Rubio because he attends a fundraiser at the home of someone who has collected historical documents and items, including some Nazi items. She calls the Holocaust up for her smear attempt that Marco is insensitive and so on. Now let's recall Debbie has already come out as a big supporter of Obama's Iran nuke deal which threatens the very existence of Israel and the lives of millions of Jews. Selling out her own people I guess is not insensitive if it means advancing her political career.

Then we have Jake Tapper from CNN in an interview trying to paint Ben Carson as anti-Muslim because of his reluctance to rubber-stamp a Muslim running for president who views Sharia above the U.S. Constitution. Carson had been very clear on this at the time but Trapper just kept hammering away at the idea Carson was anti-Muslim. Clearly a political agenda at work here.

So why is it that Democrats have to resort to smears, personal attacks  and lies and underhanded tactics to promote their cause? It's because Democrats do not want to even address important issues let alone try to fix them. What they want is "issues" to run on. The more emotional the better. The supposed champions of the underdog, the poor and working people have for the past 40 years studiously avoided fixing anything of importance. Instead they have given us staggering national debt, deflated our once vibrant economy and lost industry (with a hand from Republican insiders) along with the jobs, raised taxes, expanded government in Washington and driven record numbers of us below the poverty line.

It should also be noted that the verbal currency by the left is lies (see Obama, Hillary, Kerry, Reid, Pelosi, just a few) who distort, stonewall and consider the Constitution as a list of suggestions.

I hope voters will have finally come to see these progressives for what they are, self serving opportunists, who like dear Debby will sell out anyone to advance their personal importance.

Steve Earle


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Franklin residents are lucky to have Ken Merrifield working for them

Living in New Hampshire, it's easy to get caught up in the swirl of presidential candidates coming through our state. They are all here, being followed around by press, staff, security, fans, protesters, etc... It seems like no matter where we look or go, someone is somewhere because of our primary. It's fabulous and can be almost surreal at times. But, lest we forget, only one of these people is going to be president. Only two of them will end up with their party nomination. In the mean time, we have a few others running for office:

One senator:Kelly Ayotte's (R) term is up and she will be running for re-election.

Two congressional seats:Frank Guinta (R) and Annie Kuster (D) are both at the end of their terms.

One governor: Maggie Hassan's (D) term is up. She is running for U.S. Senate, and Republicans Chris Sununu and Frank Edelblut are declared to run for that office.

State Senators, State Reps, Executive Councilors, Selectmen, School Voards ... and yes, mayors.

There is a very important mayoral election on Tuesday, Oct. 6. I would never seek to diminish the importance of the presidential election. It is critical to get our country on track that we put strength and leadership back into that office.

But, our towns and our cities are important. They are just as important and governance begins at home.

I live 20 minutes from Franklin, so you might think I don't have the proverbial "horse in the race", but nothing could be further from the truth. Our communities in New Hampshire are small and very intertwined. Things that happen in cities and towns even an hour or two away are inextricably tied to things that happen right in our back yards.

So, let's talk a little bit about Franklin. It is one of the smaller cities in New Hampshire with a population of right around 9,000. It's a lovely and historic community sitting right where the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee Rivers come together to form the Merrimack. Like so many cities and towns in New Hampshire, it's afflicted with some crumbling privately owned buildings and a heroin problem. So, why do I care and why should you?

I care because these things overflow into the surrounding communities. And I care because I've watched the current mayor working so hard and making so much progress to combat these problems that I want to see him continue and I want to be able to watch other communities emulate his success.

You see, Ken Merrifield actually cares. This isn't about him. It's about Franklin. It's about the city he loves and calls home. It's about the Opera House that's now attracting regional favorites and selling out shows. It's about taking the time to involve the children and teenagers of the community in positive activities. It's about reaching out to seniors by being involved in Meals on Wheels. It's about a non-partisan relationship with all of the residents of Franklin and working to make this the best small city in New Hampshire. Working together.

I've only known Ken for about a year now, but I knew of him well before them. One of the things that I found out a few months back, and that came as a total surprise to me, is that Ken actually has a full-time job in addition to being the mayor of Franklin. Frankly, I'm not sure how he manages to get a 60 hour day when the rest of us only get 24, but he must because with everything he does for the city, there is just no way he could be accomplishing it within the time constraints that the laws of physics place on the rest of us.

So Franklin friends, get out and vote on Tuesday. You're lucky to have Ken Merrifield working for you. Vote so you can keep him there. And everyone else, don't forget those folks who are working locally for you.

Hillary Seeger

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