Honored to have been a part of an event that will help so many

To The Daily Sun,

It is with humble gratitude that I am writing to thank so many people who supported me in representing The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region at the sixth annual Dancing with the Stars.

What an amazing experience to compete and raise money with some of the community's most dedicated volunteers. I would first like to thank Laura Brusseau and her partner Ashley Halsey for organizing this huge event! A big congratulations to all of the dancers, who I can truly say deserve so much applause for getting out there, being brave and dancing in front of over 400 people. Thank you to my partner, Katie Laroche of Dancing Feet Studios for her time, energy, and patience. There have been so many people — friends, family, businesses who have supported me in this endeavor and I am beyond grateful for their kindness and generosity, and belief in this cause.

I would also like to give a special thank you to the incredible people in our downtown neighborhood for supporting me in this event: John Moriarty, MC Cycle, Daub's Cobbler Shop, All My Life Jewelers, Ian Raymond Photography, Grace Capital Church, Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, Greenlaw's Music, Patrick Wood.

There are no words to express my appreciation. I am honored to have been a part of an event that will help so many people in need. All donations big and small were so greatly appreciated by me and the gracious volunteers of the Santa Fund Board.

In a world full of so much sadness and tragedy, I am comforted knowing that we are doing what we can to make our tiny corner of it better for so many. "No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." — Aesop

With gratitude on behalf of myself, my loving family, my extended Santa Fund Family, and the children of the Lakes Region.

Andrea Condodemetraky


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Kelly Ayotte deserves the support of New Hampshire's veterans

To The Daily Sun,

Last Wednesday was Veterans Day, a time to reflect on the tremendous sacrifices that generations of military men and women have made for us. And while we paused to honor the men and women who served our country, I want everyone to remember that honoring our veterans shouldn't stop after Veterans Day.

Part of our commitment to our veterans is making sure they have access to the health care and benefits they have rightfully earned. Post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses are on the rise among our veteran population. Nearly 20 percent of veterans returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan will struggle with PTSD, and every day 22 veterans commit suicide.

Congress is finally starting to pay attention. But we still aren't doing enough to help them. At the beginning of this year, our senator, Kelly Ayotte, helped pass a law that will improve veteran suicide prevention programs and treatment. Senator Ayotte has been working on mental health issues for a long time, but she also understands the importance of tailoring mental health care for our veterans. It's clear that Sen. Ayotte cares deeply about finding solutions for our veterans and supporting those who are struggling. She's working to ensure that the VA is always looking out for veterans' needs, not just its own bureaucratic interests.

Sen. Ayotte is also a supporter of Liberty House, an organization in Manchester that provides substance-free housing for veterans transitioning out of homelessness. As we face growing security threats around the world, she recognizes that it is more important than ever that we ensure our servicemen and women have the equipment and support they need to keep us safe.

In the upcoming election Maggie Hassan has announced that she will challenge Sen. Ayotte in a contest that could very well determine control of the U.S. Senate.

Kelly deserves our support.

John Lashnits
Alton Bay

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Now, France closed its borders; a little late, don't you think?

To The Daily Sun,

Look what took place in Paris on Saturday. One explosion after another. All those people taken hostage. That is the 9/11 of Paris. Now they closed the borders. A little late, don't you think? Is this what it takes for the country to wake up?
Well, I hope the refugees we let come to America does not turn into another 9/11. You know what? With all the Muslims they are letting in we will have another worse than 9/11. The borders should have been closed long ago. No Muslims in any country but the country they come from.

Wake up America. What the hell are you waiting for? Take your heads out of the sand and do something now. We should have never taken those refugees. They are going to be nothing but trouble. They are all young and ready for battle. Do you not see that?

Sorry that some of you liberals do not have the eyesight to see the writing on the wall. So I say take the refugees to your house. Send them all back, Donald, please. Enough is enough. Charity begins here at home. Remember that?

Anna DeRose


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There are several problems with the 'day-age' theory of creation

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to make a brief reply to the letter from Ms. Hillarie Goldstein. Thank you for your kind words and God bless you.

I am aware of the theory that you mention that stretches the six days of creation over billions of years. This is known as the "day-age" theory and I researched it thoroughly when I first came across it. I would just like to note one main issue with it ... in Genesis, God ends each of the six days of creation by saying "and the evening and the morning were the first day.", "and the evening and the morning were the second day.", etc... telling us they were six literal 24 hour days. There are several other problems with this theory that are too much to go into here.

Anyway, I'm not saying I have all the answers, I just want to spread knowledge about conclusions I have been able to draw to this point. Ms. Goldstein had asked about the use of Hebrew and Greek to study the scriptures so I would like to take a moment to explain an excellent resource that I use to help me when I'm researching difficult passages.

It's a computer program called "e-Sword" and it can be downloaded for free at www.e-sword.net. This program has several bible translations including all of the original Hebrew and Greek texts as well as the "Strong's Concordance" that links the original Hebrew/Greek words with our English translation.

The English translation of the scriptures that we commonly read comes from what is called the "Textus Receptus" or the "Received Text" that was compiled in 1516. This is a compilation of what was determined to be the "best" Hebrew manuscripts for the Old Testament and the "best" Greek manuscripts for the New Testament. This compilation was "canonized" with the production of the Authorized King James Version in 1611. A gentleman named James Strong went through the entire Bible in 1890 and indexed every unique Hebrew and Greek word to its English translation equivalent and numbered them.

There are 8,674 unique Hebrew words and 5,624 unique Greek words used within our Bibles.

Once you get e-sword, you simply use the translation that is called "KJV+" which is the King James Version (plus the Strong's numbers). It will then show you the Strong's number as a superscript next to each English word. If you click on the number (or hover over it), it will tell you the original Hebrew or Greek word along with its meaning and a full list of everywhere in the bible the word is used. Obviously, there is much more to the Hebrew and Greek languages than just word definitions because of things like grammatical rules as well as euphemisms, metaphors, and other linguistic and cultural anomalies; however, this is a great place to start.

I would like to openly offer my assistance to anyone who has questions about the scriptures, how to study the Bible effectively, or any biblical topic. As I had previously mentioned, my wife and I run The Christian Resource Center of New Hampshire (www.crcnh.org) and everything is always free (including our assistance). I am also available to give free classes at your church and would be more than happy to converse with anyone through phone or e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). One final thought for non-Christians...all scripture is "God breathed" and profitable (2 Timothy 3:16) but most important is the fact that we're all sinners and while we're alive, we're being given the opportunity to accept the free gift of salvation offered to us by the creator of the universe, Jesus Christ. Once we die, that opportunity is no longer available ... Please don't miss it!

Scott Joyce


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Obama has transformed U.S. into a crony capitalist system

To The Daily Sun,

Bernadette Loesch has once again provided readers with a crystal clear example of what happens when "leftism" smacks up against reality. Delusions, muddled thinking and an appalling lack of insight blaze across the page in a fiery mess of mendacity.

Don Ewing's recent letter gave us many examples of the magnificence of capitalism. Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams, two of the most preeminent economists of the last half century, have written volumes as to how and why capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty than has any other economic system ever devised.

In Bernadette's Veterans Day letter, she has allegedly found someone who attempts to prove otherwise, one David Cay Johnson. She mentions his recently published article, "Is Capitalism Killing White Middle Aged Americans." She mentions everything from prescription drug addiction, various health maladies, stagnant wages and long term unemployment as being caused by capitalism. And of course, the constantly parroted phrase by the Left that only the evil 1 percent prosper from this elitist system.

However, in full jabberwocky mode, Bernadette failed to offer even one example from this Nobel prize winning author of how or why capitalism has caused this decline in our society. Bernadette, who may have found a religious leader by the name of George Soros, fails to understand that she has just described what has occurred in this country over the past seven years under our job-killing, Marxist-loving and capitalism-hating president.

Yes Bernadette, we all know that this decline began before the "Age of Obama.".That is because thanks to most Democrats and a bunch of feckless Republicans, a bureaucratic behemoth has transformed us into a crony capitalist system that does favor the 1 percent. While the poor and middle class has suffered, President Obama has rewarded the 1 percent handsomely, has he not, Bernadette? What you actually did Bernadette, is give everyone another example as to why we need a true, tea party-type, conservative Republican to return us to a fiscally sound, entrepreneur-inspiring, system of unbridled, real capitalism that will set the small business world on fire.

Bless you Bernadette, you truly are a conservative's best friend. Oh just wondering, any chance you think that Senator Bernie Sanders is just the person to get our economy booming again? After all, socialism has such a glorious history of bringing nations out of poverty and into prosperity. Oh wait, we are still waiting for just one example of this in the entire history of mankind aren't we? Socialism equates to good intentions and misery. Capitalism, when allowed to do it's thing, brings good results and prosperity. Through the Looking Glass she skips along. Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Humpty Dumpty, the lion and the unicorn. Is it all so very confusing? Well not really, just a bit incongruous. Sort of like a socialism oxymoron — "cruel kindness." Keep up the good work Bernadette, and a happy Veterans Day to you.

Russ Wiles

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