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A Thanksgiving Tale It’s Thanksgiving and we thought this column by one of our original columnists, Ed Allard, would help put everyone in the holiday spirit. Originally published on November 26, 1998. We hope you enjoy it!

look out for them there Indians, trudged off to hunt for a reasonably plump wild turkey. Two hours later, he had tripped over a log, detonating the old muzzle loader and scaring the bejabbers out of a squirrel that scolded him from a limb. An hour later, while trying to cross a brook, he skidded off a mossy stone and stood knee deep in the cold water for a startled second before leaping for the bank. All this, and

Preparations for Thanksgiving did not seem to be going too well for the Pilgrims that year. Only the day before, Ebenezer Tudwaddle had picked up his blunderbuss, pecked his wife on the cheek and, ignoring her warning to

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Holiday Community Concert in Rochester

Thanksgiving is the start of the Christmas season and Santa Claus is gearing up for a busy few weeks. Here he sneaks a peek out the window of one of the Hobo Railroad’s Santa Express Trains in Lincoln, NH, making sure everything is ready for this great New Hampshire tradition. Read more about the Santa Express trains on page 20. Photo Colleen Steele / Two Dog Photography

The Strafford Wind Symphony performs its annual Free Holiday Pops Concert at Emmanuel Church Family Life Center on Eastern ave in Rochester on Sunday, December 8th at 6pm, following the Christmas Parade – and keeping with the theme of “A Patriotic Christmas: Supporting our Troops” with “Christmas and Sousa Forever”. Also enjoy the wonderful story of “The Littlest Angel” with an arrangement made famous by the USAF band narrated by special guest, new Spaulding High School Principal Peter Weaver. The story – a tradition in many families – reminds us that the greatest gift we can ever give may be the one that means the most to us.

Share in traditional favorites and new festive tunes that will ring sweetly for all who truly believe in the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season. Enjoy the goodies at the intermission bake sale and take the opportunity to join the annual gift basket raffle to check off those special gifts from your list. Please call 603-749-9246 or visit www.straffordwindsymphony.org for more information.

Inside This Issue:

CHRISTMAS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Your Guide to Holiday Gifts & Celebration!


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New Hampshire Humane Society Adopt-a-Thon

Thursday 28th 1st Annual Tater Trot

Franklin Falls Dam, Franklin. Registration begins 8am. Race begins at 9am. The first 50 people to register will receive a free t-shirt. The Tater Trot offers a 1.5 mile fun run and a 3 mile trail race. Brooketrout27@yahoo.com

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Newfound Grocery, Mayhew Turnpike, Bridgewater. Registration 8am, race at 9am. 3.6 mile walk/run. All proceeds from the race and raffles will benefit the Santa Fund. 744-8616 Friday 29th

Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride

The Flying Monkey, 39 Main Street, Plymouth. 536-2551

Bog Iron Farm – Open Barn

210 Browns Ridge Road, Ossipee. 10am-2pm. Offering hand spun yarns and wool products from their sheep. 312-7473

One Stop Christmas Shop for Kids

Tapply-Thompson Community Center, Bristol. 4-7pm. This is a great opportunity for children Kindergarten up to grade 8 to shop for their families and friends with assistance from TTCC volunteers. All gifts are wrapped and tagged before they leave. Most items are $5 and under and many are under $1. 744-2713

Milk and Cookies with Santa and the Elves!

Kellerhaus, Rt. 3, Weirs Beach. 2-4pm. Bring cameras to capture the moment! After your visit with Santa head to the Toy room for your free personalized ornament from Santa and get a

in the dining room prior to the event. $15pp. Fundraiser benefits carpenter Crescent Lake PTO. 569-7803

Bog Iron Farm – Open Barn

Belknap Mall, Laconia. 10am-3pm. Lots of animals looking for “forever homes”. 524-3252

210 Browns Ridge Road, Ossipee. 10am-2pm. Offering hand spun yarns and wool products from their sheep. 312-7473

Fri. 29th – Sun. 1st

Owl Brook Alpacas Open House

The Nutcracker

The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover Street, Manchester. Performed with a live orchestra. 668-5588 or www. palacetheatre.org

Saturday 30th Kashmir – Led Zepplin Show

The Flying Monkey, 39 Main Street, Plymouth. 536-2551

Dueling Pianos

257 Perch Pond Road, Holderness. 10am-3pm. Meet the alpacas and shop for alpaca teddy bears and accessories including socks, hats, mittens, handknits and yarn. 5365404

Holiday Open House

The Loon Center, Lee’s Mills Road, Moultonborough. 10am-2pm. Fun for the whole family. Santa arrives at noon! 476-5666

Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord. 225-1111 or www.ccanh.com

Kingswood High School, Wolfeboro. 9am-3pm. Many local and one of a kind crafters, also a great raffle.

Holiday Craft Fair

Art Sale/Meet the Artists

Harriman-Hale American Legion Hall , 142 Center Street, Wolfeboro. 9am-3pm. Breakfast and lunch will be served at reasonable prices. 5694296

Old Fashioned Herbal Holidays - Class

Sunflower Natural Foods, 390 S. Main Street, Laconia. 10am-noon. Class if free but space is limited. Preregistration recommended. 524-6334

Craft Fair

Mascoma High, West Canaan. 9am3pm. Free admission. 523-7712

Comedy Fundraiser

Wolfeboro Inn, Wolfeboro. 8pm. Doors open at 7pm for drinks at the cash bar. Dinner can be purchased

Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon Street, Laconia. This exhibit and art sale showcases original works of local Lakes Region artists. Open to the public. Free admission. 524-8813

Sat. 30th – Sun. 1st Lakes Region Holiday Craft Fair

Opechee Conference Center, 62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia. Sat. 10-4, Sun. 10-3. Free admission & free parking shuttle. Holiday music, food and a huge raffle. 528-4014

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Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord. 225-1111 or www.ccanh.com

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DIY Natural Bodycare Gifts Workshop

Wintergreen Botanicals, Allenstown. 6-8:30pm. Discuss and demonstrate the basic steps for making lip balm, body cream, bath salts & sugars, aromatherapy spray and massage oil. $35pp. Pre-registration required. www. wintergreenbotanicals.com 340-5161

Mon. 2nd – Tues. 3rd Workshop for Veterans to Eliminate Post Traumatic Stress

Wolfeboro Inn, 90 North Main Street, Wolfeboro. Workshop by Source Transformation’s Liesbeth Gronski. Please contact Liesbeth at Liesbeth@ SourceTransformation.org 515-1780

Tuesday 3rd Central NH Amateur Radio Club Meeting

Gilford Community Church, Gilford. Interested in amateur radio? New members welcome! Check website for details www.chnarc.org

Meredith Historical Society Member’s Luncheon

Mame’s Restaurant, Main Street, Meredith. Noon. $18pp, includes dessert. RSVP to 524-6586, if you need a ride, let them know at that

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Lakes Region Holiday Craft Fair Buy American made holiday gifts for all the special people on your holiday list at the Lakes Region Holiday Craft Fair at the Opechee Conference Center, 62 Doris Ray Court, in Laconia, on Saturday, November 30th from 10am to 4pm & Sunday, December 1st from 10am to 3pm. There will be over 80 fabulous exhibitors with an array of beautiful arts & crafts including custom cedar log furniture (beds, nightstands, floor lamps, table lamps, and cedar framed prints), beautiful holiday decor both primitive & country, holiday florals, fine jewelry, bat & bird houses, stained glass art, corian cutting boards, soy candles, pillow quilts, quilted wall decor, fleece blankets, decorative pillows, Ben’s NH maple syrups & candies, American girl doll clothing & accessories, decorative painting, homemade fudge, specialty foods with salsas & dips, handpoured soaps, delicious cupcakes, personal care products, personalized rings, holiday decor, fabulous wooden bowls, Lakes Region photography, wood turned pens and more. Music will be provided by Tim Janis, Holiday music, food, parking shuttle and free admission . There will also be a raffle to benefit the NH Humane Society in Laconia. For more information call (603)528-4014 or visit www.joycescraftshows.com.

Natalie Macmaster Comes to Plymouth At 7:30pm on Thursday, December 5th, Grammy winner Natalie Macmaster will return to the Flying Monkey in Plymouth. Natalie in known as one of the premiere fiddle players in the World, and her holiday show is praised for its fusion of Cape Breton and Celtic music, along with high energy step dancing. The lively and spirited nature of Celtic music makes it the perfect soundtrack to a holiday event. The concert titled “Christmas in Cape Breton” will feature the celebrated Cape Breton fiddler taking a musical sleigh ride through Nova Scotia in this spirited holiday performance with traditional Celtic jigs, reels, strathspeys and waltzes. Her delightful holiday show also features Christmas carols, traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies, as well as her own signature hits, which she performs with her fiddling and explosive step-dancing Tickets for this concert start at $45. For tickets or more info visit www.flyingmonkeynh.com

Christmas Rockin’ A Cappella With Tuckermans At 9 The rockin’ a cappella of Tuckermans at 9 returns to Café Nostimo in Portsmouth on Saturday, December 7 at 8-10pm. Based in the New Hampshire Seacoast, the group, dubbed “T9” by fans, has entertained audiences from Boston and the north and south shores of Massachusetts to Lewiston, Maine, and in New Hampshire from Portsmouth to Nashua and into the Lakes Region. T9 favorites such as Bruno Mars’ “Grenade”, the Beatles’ “Because”, and the Manhattan Transfer’s “Trickle, Trickle” will mix with “Let It Snow!”, “Holly Jolly Christmas”, and “Merry Christmas, Darling”. Café Nostimo is located at 72 Mirona Road in Portsmouth, NH. Plenty of free parking and no cover. For more information call603-436-3100.9.

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by Mike Moffett Contributing Writer

SPORTS, HEALTH CARE AND THANKSGIVING Health care remains at the top of the news. It’s that rare subject that affects EVERYONE. The medical arena is proximate to the sports arena. Just consider the Red Sox. How fortunate it was that John Lackey’s surgery and rehab worked out the way it did. Ditto for Clay Buchholz. And Jacoby Ellsbury. I’m glad that the physical ailments of David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia received world-class medical attention. And how great was it that Jon Lester beat cancer? EVERYONE has health issues to some degree— including big, strong sports columnists like me. OK, I’ll use the first-person, singular pronoun. I’ve noted that the great columnist George Will never uses “I” or “me,” but I’m not him and will go ahead and personalize things. Sports fans don’t usually pick up a newspaper to find out the latest on someone’s health. Unless, of course, they want to know how soon Aaron Rogers might return to form with the Packers, if they want to bet on Green Bay. But having recently spent some time in a hospital, medical thoughts have been bouncing around my brain. My hospital stay was prompted by worsening run times in 5K road races. When my friend and colleague Fred King of Colebrook and Loudon beat me in a race, I knew it was time to chat with a doctor.

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Cancer survivor Jon Lester. Eventually I had a cardiac ablation procedure which appeared to clear up an irregularity. But while in the hospital and while rehabbing, I had plenty of time to think, and I figured out that I/we live in a wonderful time and place where things get fixed that used to sideline people—or worse. So thank you, Dr. Chadosh, for your great work. I don’t know what you make, but it should be at least half as much as the Red Sox pay Jarrod Saltalamacchia! It took a few days for the effects of general anesthesia to wear off, and I thought of earlier sports medical situations. Everything from ankle sprains to stitches to finger dislocations to poison ivy infections—from looking for lost golf balls. My first hospital visit came about in 1980 after being sucker-punched in the eye during a basketball game. My eyesight returned but in 2010 I required a serious vitrectomy procedure after “floaters” significantly obscured my vision. Kudos to all the personnel at Bethesda Naval Medical Center for all they did and thank you Captain Blice, USN, for your surgical prowess. The Navy should pay you at least half as much as the Red Sox pay Ryan Dempster. Before retiring my Marine Corps uniform, I made another 2010 trip to Bethesda, where Lieutenant Commander Humphries expert-

ly repaired a glaring hernia situation. Thank you Doctor Humphries. I hope the Navy pays you at least half as much as the Red Sox pay Johnny Gomes. A side effect of the vitrectomy was a cataract, which was expertly removed last year in Concord. Thank you, Dr. Wasserman, for your great work. I hope you earn at least half as much as the Red Sox pay Jake Peavy. At my age, it is a joy to participate—pain free—in road races or in NBA basketball (Noontime Basketball Association) at NHTIConcord. Basketball battles had earlier taken a toll on the joints, resulting in torn meniscuses in both knees. Thank you, Dr. Moran, for your great orthopedic work during those 2005 and 2008 operations. The wheels have been working great ever since. I wish your arthroscopic procedures were around years ago for the Bobby Orrs and Joe Namaths of the world. I hope you make at least half as much as the Red Sox pay Will Middlebrooks. So after my successful procedure, I received a letter from my insurance company. Having heard that millions of Americans are likely to lose their health insurance, and knowing of cancer patients who’ve already had their coverage terminated, I looked at the See moffett on 14

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To The Editor: What follows is a true New Hampshire story. It’s relevant if you live up north in Pittsburg, down south in Hollis, west in Claremont or east in Rye. Last night (11/19) the Selectmen of Loudon, NH asked me to come to one of their regular meetings. I don’t live in Loudon. Months ago I authored a pamphlet titled Granite State Future - The Real Facts. It was given to the Loudon Selectmen a month ago and they wanted to know more about the topic. You can read the pamphlet here: http://go.timcarter. com/GSF. I walked into the meeting room and just three men were sitting at a standard folding cafeteria table passing letters to one another and then depositing them into a large plastic bin. It was a bureaucratic conveyor belt. No one else was there, even though there were 40 soft chairs to sit in. No one. Not one Loudon citizen was in the room watching decisions being made. Not one citizen was there participating. Are you one of these people in your town? After fifteen minutes, Mr. Krieger cordially asked me to approach the folding table and introduce myself for the record. They asked me to tell them about the Granite State Future. I did. “Are you telling me you’ve not been contacted by Michael Tardiff, the executive director of the Central New

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Hampshire Regional Planning Commission about the Granite State Future,� I said. “No we haven’t. We have NO CLUE what the Granite State Future is about.� “Well, for starters you should go to GraniteStateFutures.org,� I suggested. Wow. I almost fell over I was so shocked. I shouldn’t have been, because this is the same thing I’m encountering all over the state. Selectmen in countless NH towns have not heard about the Granite State Future, even though it’s been in motion since February, 2012. On that dark day the nine NH regional planning commissions signed a legally binding contract with the Federal government mandating NH zoning and planning mirror what the Federal government wants, not what you or your Selectmen want. Why didn’t Mr. Tardiff come to Loudon months ago before I showed up last night? That’s easy. The nine NH regional planning commissions don’t want you or your Selectmen to know what’s going on. They don’t want you to know they control every aspect of your life here in NH. They don’t want to remind any elected officials that they, the RPCs, are filled with unelected bureaucrats making critical decisions about every aspect of your life. It’s time for you to wake up.

This newspaper was first published in 1883 by Mathew H. Calvert as Calvert’s Weirs Times and Tourists’ Gazette and continued until Mr. Calvert’s death in 1902. The new Weirs Times was re-established in 1992 and strives to maintain the patriotic spirit of its predecessor as well as his devotion to the interests of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Cocheco Valley area with the new Cocheco Times. Our newspaper’s masthead and the map of Lake Winnipesaukee in the center spread are elements in today’s paper which are taken from Calvert’s historic publication.

Tim Carter Meredith, NH

Dysfunctional To The Editor: When Democrats call Republicans “extortionists�, “anarchists� and “arsonists�, we know Washington, D.C. is dysfunctional. When Republicans hand out billions of our hardearned dollars to bail out private companies, we know Washington, D.C. is dysfunctional. When Republicans and Democrats have to resort to filibusters, we know Washington D.C. is dysfunctional. When Nancy Pelosi, as Speaker of the House, said, “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it,� referring to the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), we know Washington, D.C. is dysfunctional. When President Obama promises to have every bill on-line for five days before signing them, but has only done so for ONE bill, we know Washington, D.C. is dysfunctional. In light of this disturbing trend over the last decade, in August of this year, the University of New Hampshire conducted a survey of New Hampshire citizens to examine a comprehensive set of political reforms. This survey was conducted prior to the U.S. federal government shutdown and near default. The data was released publicly on October 7, 2013 and can be found at NHrebellion. org. The results were overwhelming and demonstrate exactly why the NHRebellion was founded and See mail boat on 27

Locally owned for over 20 years, this publication is devoted to printing the stories of the people and places that make New Hampshire the best place in the world to live. No, none of the daily grind news will PO Box 5458 be found in these pages, just the good stuff. Weirs, NH 03247 Published year round on Thursdays, we distribute 32,000 copies of the Weirs Times TheWeirsTimes.com and Cocheco Times weekly to the Lakes info@weirs.com Region/Concord/Seacoast area. An independent circulation audit estimates facebook.com/weirstimes that over 66,000 people read our @weirstimes newspaper every week. To find out how your business or service can 603-366-8463 benefit from advertising with us please call Fax 603-366-7301 1-888-308-8463. Š2013 Weirs Publishing Company, Inc.


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Thankful

by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

If you are holding a copy of this paper on Thanksgiving Day I’d imagine you are doing it in one of two settings. You are either sitting around the fireplace surrounded by parents, siblings and cousins, the family dog curled in a ball by your feet. Everyone, full from a hearty meal wait anxiously as you turn the page to this column to see what delights this Flatlander will have to warm the cockles of your heart on this special day. Or… You are waiting in line, along with hundreds of other people you don’t know, or will ever know, using this paper as a shield against the cold, harsh wind as you keep yourself positive with the fact that in only a mere eight hours you will be 15th in line to buy that latest and greatest electronic gadget that will be considered a dinosaur come next Thanksgiving.. if you survive. In your own way, you each have something to be thankful for, and that is really what this day is all about, a day to be thankful for anything you want to be thankful for. Whether it is enjoying the day with family and friends or with strangers who will do anything they can to keep you from grabbing that brass ring, or that new X-Box, the choice of what to be thankful for is really up to you. I always find the time

to reflect on what I am thankful for on this day. I usually find there is ample time for this between the first and second football game of the day. I don’t go for the obvious and overplayed thanks. Of course I am thankful for family and friends, but that’s true the other 364 (365 on a leap year) days of the year. It’s sort of like throwing your wife a few roses and taking her out for dinner at your favorite restaurant on Valentine’s Day and then doing nothing else for her for the rest of the year. (Boy, did I just score some points there!!) So, I have decided that I will not go for the redundant “Things I am thankful for” this Thanksgiving issue. Instead, I would like to share with you other things I am thankful for, things that cross my mind during the year that I have been writing down and keeping to myself specifically for this column,. I have found that over the course of a year there are many small things that one can find to be thankful for. It has taught me that it really is important to stop and smell the roses (as long as they aren’t on someone else’s property). I haven’t even, no matter how hard the temptation, put them on my Facebook page and thus risked being an outcast of social media. I have silently suffered as I’ve seen “friends” of mine post wonderful snippets of life that they have found inspirational and then I cringe as person after person show their appreciation by clicking their “thumbs up” button. I knew that I could step right in and blow their doors off with my own great thing I have found to be thankful for, could easily divert their numerous likes to my profile instead. But, I have kept silent, lurking in the background, compiling

my own great things to be thankful for, things they might have never considered, saving them up for this week’s column. There are so many great things on my list that there is not enough space to put them all here. So, I have done my best to pick the cream of the crop, to list the things that are near and dear to me and sure to bring a tear to your eye as well. So gather the family around the fire or use this as a tool to make piece with your angry neighbors in front of the electronics store as I share with you the things that I have found, and you will, to truly be grateful for this Thanksgiving Day. I am thankful that there are 365 days in a year, because if there were less, I would be a lot older today than I already am. I am thankful for being a New York Jets fan because by this time most years I’ve already lost all hope and no longer have to stress about making it to the playoffs. I am thankful for Healthcare.gov. I love puzzles and this one has had me trying to figure it out for days on end and I still haven’t figured it out yet. Better than a SuDoKu. I am thankful for Thanksgiving because it gave me the idea for this week’s column without having to think too much about coming up with an idea. Shoot!! Seems I’ve run out of space. I hate that!! I guess I’ll have to finish next year. Happy Thanksgiving!! Brendan will be at Bayswater Books in Center Harbor this Saturday, November 30, from 11am to 1pm signing copies of his new book “The Flaltlander Chronicles.”

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From The State House The Battle of Medicaid On November 21, the NH House and Senate took up bills on the expansion of Medicaid in NH. The Republiby Rep. Jane can majority Cormier of the Senate Belknap District 8 defeated the expansion bills from both houses. While Medicaid expansion passed the House on a 198 – 146 vote, the Senate defeated the bill 13 – 11 (laid on table),so it seems Medicaid expansion will need to wait for now. The discussion begins where the Federal government has promised federal dollars to subsidize Medicaid in states wh ich support expansion. The government tells us it will pay 100% of the expansion for three years. But, what happens if the federal match-

ing funds are cut? (Therein lies the rub…) You guessed it! NH taxpayers would be on the hook for paying for the expansion to the tune of millions and millions of dollars. Accor d i n g t o t h e N a t i o n a l Journal, federal sources are already discussing Medicaid funding be reduced to 90% with further reductions in the future. Before Medicaid expansion even hits, the Feds are already discussing reducing its matching funds for the states who have bought in! No state should count on the Federal government to keep the matching rate. The battle in the House centered on this debate. The conventional wisdom on why the House needed to call a Special Session is that the Powers That Be wanted to push the expansion through at all costs. This had more to do with politics rather than See cormier on 27

Arne Duncan’s War on Women and Children Just when you thought the Obama administration couldn’t antagonize America any further, along comes Education Secretary by Michelle Malkin Arne Duncan. Syndicated Columnist He didn’t just attack “white suburban moms” and children over their criticism of the Common Core “standards”/testing/ data-mining program. The feds’ top educrat also managed to insult every one of the nation’s minority families and educators who oppose Fed Ed’s threat to academic excellence, local control and student privacy. On Friday, while defending the beleaguered Common Core program in a meeting with state school superintendents, Duncan unleashed a brazen race and class warfare attack on grassroots foes. As The Washington Post reported, Duncan sneered that he found it “fascinating” that the revolt came from “white suburban moms who -- all of a sudden -- their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.” As a brown-skinned suburban mom opposed to Common Core, I can tell you I’ve personally met moms and dads of all races, ethnicities, backgrounds and parts of the country over the past year who have sacrificed to get their kids into the best schools possible. They are outraged that dumbed-down, untested federal “standards” pose an existential threat to their excellent educational arrangements -- be they public, private, religious or homeschooling. Duncan’s derision exposes the

very control-freak impulses that drive Common Core. He condescendingly implies that the only reason “white suburban moms” object to Common Core is that their children are too dumb to score well on tests -- which, by the firsthand accounts of educators from urban New York City schools to rural Kentucky schools to every corner of the country, are a complete and utter mess. Thousands of moms and dads immediately took to social media to speak truth to bigoted Fed Ed power. The nonpartisan Mothers Against Duncan (MAD) group on Facebook declared: “Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has insulted the Moms of America and our children! This MAD group is intended to be a gathering place where America’s Moms can show him that he picked the WRONG group to mess with!” Patti McKelvey wrote: “I am so angry about the latest comment out of Arne Duncan’s mouth. I find it incredibly insulting. I am a clinical laboratory technologist. I have two (master’s) degrees. I am a grandmother. He has stirred a real hornet’s nest now -- white suburban middle-class women should not be messed with. Nor should parents of any race, creed or religion who care about their (children’s) education.” Daphne Scott Yuhas posted: “I ain’t white, and it doesn’t matter a damn, but I am a Mom, and I am now in angry Mommy Bear mode! Watch out!” Elle Commanderr, a “white former urban now suburban pissed off mom,” directly addressed Duncan: “Education without representation is as egregious as taxation without representation. Our children are not YOUR children nor do we wish to ‘assimilate’ them to

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Philippine Typhoon; Global Givers and Grinches UNITED NATIONS—The su-

per Typhoon Haiyan which swept across the central Philippines left a brutal legacy of death, deby John J. Metzler struction and Syndicated Columnist dislocation in its wake. The category five storm which slammed into Leyte and Cebu islands directly confronted the global community with yet another gripping disaster in which 13 million people were affected with over 4 million persons displaced and at least four thousand dead. Both the UN humanitarian relief agencies as well as much of the world community sprung into action; a Typhoon Haiyan funding appeal for $301 million, was quickly supported by forty countries. The United States, Britain and Australia lead the list with Canada and Japan being other major givers. Other countries such as Mainland China and many of the Arab states have been found wanting. Equally, European Union states have donated both in their national capacity as well as in the European Commission basket. Significantly Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark offered significant aid and assistance too. Some smaller countries such as Israel sent a staffed 148-bed field hospital operating on Cebu, Belgium and South Korea sent a field hospital and medical personnel while Malaysia dispatched a field hospital and relief flights. Seeing the tragic pictures from the affected area we are witnessing a true multinational humanitarian effort; C-130 cargo planes from the United States, the Royal Thai Air Force, Japan, Taiwan and Australia are lumbering in and out of Tacloban city in the epicenter of the destruction. United States Navy assets such as the Aircraft Carrier George Washington, and a slew of support ships are on station along with an array of indispensible helicopter assets. Importantly, the US Navy has deployed six tactical water purification systems and Canada an additional two to help ensure a supply of vital fresh uncontaminated water. When the winds died down and

the storm finally passed, both the Philippine government and the United Nations were confronted with bigger numbers than previously planned. Days after the storm, the UN’s Office for humanitarian coordination OCHA stated that 9.8 million people were affected and 659,000 displaced. Now the Philippine government estimates and OCHA concludes the numbers have reached thirteen million affected, with 4.4 million people displaced including over a million children. According to UN Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos, “The relief operation has been scaled up substantially…every day aid efforts gather pace with the systems getting through to more people.” Ms. Amos added, “Significant food and medical assistance has been provided, and water services, as well as limited telecommunications services, restored.” Yet so much of the aid is too little too late and still not getting to remote areas. The UN family of relief agencies such as he High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) is delivering tents, blankets and solar lanterns for more than 100,000 people. Yet amidst all the global humanitarian giving and food aid photo ops, many countries, China among them, has politely stood on the sidelines. Beijing begs to differ offering that long standing territorial disputes with the Philippines over contested islands in the South China Sea is one reason for its reticence. After some observers pointed out that the Swedish home furniture store IKEA has donated more than the People’s Republic of China, only then did the world’s second largest economy give two million dollars more. As a counterpoint, the Republic of China on Taiwan has pledged nearly $4 million in relief supplies in cash and kind for the storm ravished islands. Although Typhoons are commonplace in East Asia, Typhoon Haiyan which ravished Leyte was reminiscent of a similar super storm which ravished the same area in 1912. Nonetheless, low lying areas in Typhoon and flood prone regions should have proper storm surge planning and preparation to avoid such disasters. The Philippines needs international help now. America’s long standing friendship with the people

of the Philippines underscores a bond of solidarity, borne in war, peace, and calamity. It’s now time for the USA to rekindle that friendship. As UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon stated, “I encourage people across the world to show their

solidarity with the Philippines at this time and contribute to the response.” John J. Metzler is a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues. He is the author of Transatlantic Divide USA/Euroland Rift? (University Press, 2010).

The War Against Achievement A friend recently sent me a link to an inspiring video about an upbeat young black man who was born without arms. It by Thomas Sowell showed him going to work Syndicated Columnist -- unlike the record number of people living on government payments for “disabilities” that are far less serious, if not fictitious. How is this young man getting to work? He gets into his car and drives there -- using controls set up so that he can operate the car with his feet. What kind of work does he do, and how does he do it? He is involved in the design of racing cars. He sits at his computer, looking at the screen, with the

keyboard on the floor, where he uses his toes as others use their fingers. His story recalls the story of Helen Keller, who went to an elite college and on to a career, despite being both deaf and blind. Her story was celebrated in books, in television documentaries and in an inspiring movie, “The Miracle Worker.” But our culture has changed so much over the years that the young man with no arms is unlikely to get comparable publicity. Helen Keller’s achievement was seen as an inspiration for others, but this young man’s achievement is more like a threat to the prevailing ideology of our times. The vision on which the allencompassing and all-controlling welfare state was built is a vision of widespread helplessSee Sowell on 26


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“Where Government Dictates Truth, Defines Moral Values, And Is A Pivotal Influence On Raising The Next Generation” What a great radio guest Jeannine Richardson from Merrimack was. So much straight talk from by Niel Young Advocates Columnist her. She will return. In the meantime perhaps her sites landlordconnection.com and nhlandlords.blogspot.com can be of immediate help. ******** Probably the worst Thanksgiving for me was the first one that my “Gram” and “Great Aunt Emma” were not with me. It was those two ladies who were my parents. Now thirty four years later this holiday for giving thanks for what we have has a new and unacceptable reason. The demise of our country as we knew it is in progress. We were told in 2008 by Barack Hussein Obama that a “change” was coming. I believed him. And though I knew that it would be bad, I questioned how much time before the “change”? Would you agree that the time is now? Obama and his ruthless- nit -wit- anti-American through law, have already caused so many Americans who had health insurance into crisis mode as these good people are notified THAT they no longer have THEIR insurance but there is always the “single payer” option: Government Run Health Insurance! That Barack is an attack on the elderly, those with the “pre-conditions”, and the financially less fortunate. So, you are not convinced that the Community Organizer wants to be a dictator, our first? Our US Constitution is just a piece of paper to him. The rules of the US Senate are flexible in his

opinion, as are Executive Orders. Just get it done Harry Reid! ******** Paul Kane and William Branigin of The Washington Post: The partisan battles that have paralyzed Washington in recent years took a historic turn Thursday, as Senate Democrats eliminated filibusters for most presidential nominations, severely curtailing the political leverage of the Republican minority in the Senate and assuring an escalation of partisan warfare. Saying that “enough is enough,” President Obama welcomed the end of what he called the abuse of the Senate’s advice and consent function, which he said had turned into “a reckless and relentless tool” to grind the gears of government to a halt. While “neither party has been blameless for these tactics,” Obama said in a statement to reporters at the White House, “today’s pattern of obstruction . . . just isn’t normal; it’s not what our founders envisioned.” He cited filibusters against executive branch appointments and judicial nominees on grounds that he said were based simply on opposition to “the policies that the American people voted for in the last election.” ******** Did you read that? A president with an approval rating last week of between 37 and 41% is any indication of the election results now in real time, he is smoking, and I am not sure what! Obama knows his plan for Socialism is on the ropes. He is desperate. He and Reid are pushing the envelope, you know; taking action that America is not used to. Making ridiculous statements. We truly do have a government in crisis right now.

******** Obama has finally stated that HE wants to remake the court system – with HIS judges. Ken Klukowski is senior legal analyst for Breitbart News: Only presidents nominate judges to the three levels of the federal judiciary: 94 district courts (for trials), the 13 circuit courts of appeals, and the Supreme Court. Thus, every president makes a very significant impact on the third branch of government, and those appointments— most especially to the Supreme Court—are a defining aspect of each president’s legacy. There are serious implications in choosing to say he’s “remaking the courts.” That indicates the President is not just replacing retiring judges with new judges; he is instead fundamentally changing the philosophical balance of the courts. It is Obama’s right and prerogative to try to remake the courts. At least he understands the importance of the courts and takes seriously the constitutional power to make judicial appointments. Not all presidents have been as focused on this constitutional duty to staff the entire third branch of the federal government. Obama is seeking to use that power to advance his far-left vision of what America should be, one in which government plays a central role in people’s lives; with a centrallyplanned economy; strict and comprehensive government regulation; the redistribution of wealth through massive economic entitlements; and a militantly secular culture where government dictates truth, defines moral values, and is a pivotal influence on raisSee ahog on 27

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With the holiday season arriving, many people transform from rational normal people, to fatigued, time crunched, over stressed, Christmas cookie gobbling, smoke coming from the credit card, crazy person. It happens to the best of us. When this happens the busyness and the commercialism of the season takes over the true meaning and spirit of the season: faith and family. If this sounds like you, then perhaps you should take our holiday survival guide under advisement. 1) Treats, not platters: as far as food goes, don’t deprive yourself. If you’re surrounded by treats that you want and you completely abstain, generally many people will eventually go nuts and eat more than they would have originally. Simply choose a treat that you want, have one and enjoy it, then be done. Along with this, it’s important to abandon the “all or

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nothing” attitude that people take with food during the holidays. Meaning, if you eat poorly at one meal, or too much at Thanksgiving, you don’t need to throw in the towel and go nuts till Christmas. One meal is one meal, one treat is one treat. If you make a poor choice, regroup and do better on the next choice. My advice is to have a healthy “pre meal-meal” when going to a holiday gathering. Eat a handful of nuts, some veggies, or some fruit, and drink plenty of water, that way you won’t be ravenous upon seeing the buffet. 2) It’s positive, to be negative, aka the power of no: during the holidays you will be pulled in many directions, by obligations, schedule changes, and others’ expectations. Obviously, we all want to do as much as we can and we want to make everyone happy. This will not always work well for you though. As you’re baking 5 dozen cookies for the bake sell, sending out 100 cards, and running errands all over the world, you will begin to breakdown mentally and physically. So many people I meet in our offices, aren’t even that excited for the holidays, because they just see work and fatigue on the horizon. Seriously, add the word “no” to your vocabulary. We don’t always like to use this word, but plan to do what you can with each day and anything that exceeds that….”no”. Examples: can you host the holiday party tomorrow night, should we go over our gift budget to get the new, shiny toy, or should I have a fourth holiday cookie….no, no, and no. See, it’s easy. 3) Stop comparing: You know these people, right? The “I finished my Christmas shopping already, how far along are you” person, the “how

much did you spend on gifts this year, I spent a billion dollars” person, or the “I didn’t gain a single pound this year” person….think about them, annoying right? Yet, we compare ourselves to them and others everyday. We see what others have or are doing and think that their situation is better than ours. It’s just not true. Do not let these thoughts come to you. They are a waste. Those people are those people and you are you. This is enough. To think otherwise, is unhealthy. Be your best, be satisfied with it, and let it be. 4) More money, more problems: this is simple, don’t let pressure force you to spend more than you should or want. I promise, if money is tight, your child can do without the $500 electronic device. Set a budget, stay with the budget, and if stuff goes beyond the budget it doesn’t need to be bought. It’s no fun to hide from the credit card bills in January and February. Keep the holidays simple and they will be way less stressful. Focus on what’s important: faith, family, and friends. These are the essentials and if stuff doesn’t fall into one of those categories treat it accordingly: optional or non-essential. Do this and you are on track for a happy and healthy holiday! Dr. Graham Moneysmith, DC., graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2007.  He is currently working with Crossroads Chiropractic at both of their locations in Meredith and Pembroke, NH.  Their website is www.crossroadschiropractic.com.


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Whole Village Family Resource Center/Granite United Way, 258 Highland Street, Plymouth. 6-8pm. This 3 week series covers coping through separation and transition, skills for dealing with stress and anger, positive communication strategies, how to reduce and resolve conflict and negotiation agreements. Anyone who is co-parenting will gain valuable insight and information. Workshop is free and child care is provided at no cost. 536-3720 ext. 106 to register.

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Eric Carle Art Showing

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Gilford Community Church Christmas Fair

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Porcupine Ball Workshop

League of NH Craftsmen, 279 DW Highway, Meredith. 1-4pm. The Porcupine Ball is a traditional Polish Christmas ornament that will become a family heirloom. $25 per student includes material. Preregistration required. 279-7920

Christmas Fair

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“A Broadway Christmas Carol”

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Unitarian Universalist Church, 172 Pleasant Street, Laconia. 9am-2pm. Cookie Walk, baked goods, crafts, jams & jellies and more. 425-8814

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yourself and a colleague or family member. A little flexibility now could work to your advantage later. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might feel a bit threatened by a proposed workplace change. The best way to deal with it is to ask questions. You’ll find that those involved will be happy to provide you with the facts. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Feeling alone in a crowd during the early part of the week is an unsettling emotion. But your spirits soon perk up, putting you into the right mood to start making holiday plans. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A pesky problem should be dealt with immediately so you can put your time and effort into something more important. Someone from your past could have significant news for you. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) High-energy aspects dominate, both on the job and at home. Use this time to put some long-range plans into opera-

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tion. Things level off later in the week.

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CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Even the usually gregarious Goat might feel overwhelmed by a flurry of activities. Be patient. Things soon return to your normal social routine.

The Old Man of the Mountain when he was just starting out. -Rick Kaufman, Dover, NH.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Career choices that seem too confusing to deal with at this point probably are. More information would help uncomplicate them. On the personal side, a friend might need your advice. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your Piscean imagination is stimulated by possibilities you see in a new opportunity. But keep those ideas to yourself until you feel ready to translate them into a workable format. BORN THIS WEEK: You have an ingratiating way of helping people deal with their fears. Have you considered a career in social work or with the clergy?

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