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THE WEIRS, LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE, N.H., THURSDAY, January 7, 2016

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An Entertainment Venue Unlike The Rest by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

Pitman’s Freight Room on New Salem Street in Laconia has been, since it opened in 2010, the premier place in the Lakes Region for enjoying blues, jazz, swing and comedy in a relaxed and open setting. Still, as popular as the venue has become over the years, that was never the thought in mind by owners Dick and Connie Mitchell when they bought the property in 1988. “When we bought it it was a cold storage building. It

was made of non-corrugated metal and looked nothing like it does today,” said Dick Mitchell. The building was originally constructed in 1890 by Charles Frank Pitman of Pitman Manufacturing in Laconia. They were one of the largest manufacturers of hosiery in the country in the 1800s. They built the building as a track side freight room. Pitman sold it in the 1940s and it has gone through several owners until the Mitchells purchased it. “For the first five years See pitman’s on 23

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Dick and Connie Mitchell with Rory in front of Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia. Originally a cold storage building when they purchased it in 1988, it was eventually an antique store and now one of the best places in the Lakes Region to enjoy a laid back night of jazz, blues or comedy. It is also a unique venue for weddings and private parties.

As the New Year begins, many of us have made our New Year’s Resolutions. Statistics show that losing weight and staying fit and healthy are always in the top five resolutions. Statistics also show that only about ten percent of those who make resolutions actually keep them. Seems like we can use all the help we can get. That is why this month, the Weirs Times will be expanding its once a month Healthy Living section for the entire month of January. We will be providing you with tips and information on the best ways to keep

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Through the Month Laconia Rotary Club’s Indoor Golf Tournament

The Golf Club at Patrick’s Place, 18 Weirs Road, Gilford. Teams can register for the 4-person scramble event by calling Golf Pro Dan Wilkins at 387-2597. $160 per team, payable by cash or check to Laconia Rotary Club. Open and Senior divisions are available. Thursday 7th

Happy Hour for the Mind and Body

Riverfront Place, 2nd Floor, Tilton. 6:30pm-8pm. Life Development Strategies invites you to take a break from your busy week to rejuvenate your mind, body, soul and business. To create a more comfortable experience, please bring a pillow and a blanket. Pre-register by calling 7243417 or email mary@maryrhowe.com

Storytelling Dinner

Corner House Inn, 22 Main Street, Sandwich. 6:30pm. Full dinner and entertainment for just $19.95pp (plus tax and gratuity). Includes; salad, entrée, glass of wine, dessert and coffee. 284-6219 or email at info@ cornerhouseinn.com

Holycow! Music Trivia

Holy Grail of the Lakes, downtown Laconia. 6pm-8pm. The addicting tavern game for all ages. Each week featuring 50 new artists from all music genres. Test your musical knowledge (and luck) while winning cool prizes! holycowband@gmail.com

Date Night! With Complimentary Babysitting Service during Dinner

The Wolfeboro Inn, 90 North Main Street, Wolfeboro. 5pm-9pm. Enjoy dinner at the Inn and enjoy complimentary babysitting while you dine!569-3016

Friday 8th Holycow! Solo Acoustic Show

Holy Grail of the Lakes, downtown Laconia. 8pm-11pm. holycowband@ gmail.com

Holycow! Music Trivia

Juniors Crush House, Gilford. 8:30pm-10:30pm. The addicting tavern game for all ages. Each week featuring 50 new artists from all music genres. Test your musical knowledge (and luck) while winning cool prizes. holycowband@gmail.com

Discovering New England Stone Walls

The Margret and H.A. Rey Center, 13 Noon Peak Road, Waterville Valley. 7pm. Kevin Gardner, author of ‘The Granite Kiss’, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. 236-3308

Saturday 9th Recycled Percussion

The Flying Monkey, Main Street,

Plymouth. www.flyingmonkeynh.com 536-2551

Fishing and Hunting Expo

Rockingham Expo, Exit One off of 93, Salem. Over 200 Hunting, Fishing, Boating and Outdoor Exhibitors. 50 Free Seminars and hourly door prizes. Kids trout pond, paintball range, archery range and more! $10/adults, $5/kids ages 6-15, kids under 5 are free. www.rockinghamexpo.com get $2 off admission when you buy online with the code: WIERS

‘From the Many-One’ – Seacoast NH and Southern Maine Artist Exhibit and Reception

The Franklin Gallery at RiverStones Custom Framing, 33 North Main Street, Rochester. Noon-2pm. The public is invited to come see the exhibit and meet some of the artists. Light refreshments will be served. 603-812-1488

Homemade Turkey Dinner

St. Charles Church Hall, 577 Central Ave, Dover. $9/adults, $8/seniors, $5/ children. Take out meals available. Tickets at the door.

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast

First Church Congregational, UCC, 63 South Main Street, Rochester. 7:30am-10am. 332-1121

John Ganong’s Celebrity Bartender Benefit

Faro Italian Grille, Endicott Street, Weirs Beach. 7pm. Join in the fun with John Ganong as he celebrates his fifth year of new life! Every year, John is a Celebrity Bartender and donates all of his tips & donations collected to the Cardiac Transplant Division at Tuft’s Medical Center in Boston as a way of “giving back” to those who gave him new life with a heart transplant. 5278073

Children’s Arts Festival for Grades K-6

Plymouth State University’s Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth. 8:30am-2pm. This day of arts will take children into the wonderful, whacky world of “Shrek the Musical”. Five specially created workshops engage youth in the arts, using themes from Shrek as a vehicle. This is a no-to-bemissed magical excursion for children, filled with new friends and exciting experiences. $35 per child. Register in advance at 535-2647

Sunday 10th Public Breakfast Buffet

St. Martin’s Church Hall, corner of West High and Maple Streets, Somersworth. 8am-11am. Eggs, pancakes, French toast, breakfast meats, home fries, toast, beans and more!$6pp, $2.50/children 7-15, children under 7 are free.

Granite State Choral Society Seeks Singers of All Ages

First Church Congregational, 63 South Main Street, Rochester. Registration begins at 3:15pm with first rehearsal starting at 4pm until 6:30pm. No audition required to join. Interested individuals are invited to attend one or more rehearsals in January before deciding to join the group. The Spring concert will be held on April 23 and 24. 207-457-1579

The National Theatre Production of ‘Jane Eyre’

The Peterborough Players Theatre, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough. 1pm.

This screening will be presented just as it was at London’s National Theatre. $20pp, students with proper ID are $15pp. 924-7585 or www. playerstix.com

Monday 11th Laconia Historical and Museum Society’s Photo ID Day

St. Francis Home, 406 Court Street, Laconia. 10am-4pm. Join them as they share with you some of the many images from their collection that they need help identifying; people, places and events. Can you put a name to the face, or share a great story about an event?? Join them for this casual day of reminiscing.

“What Lies Beneath Lake Winnipesaukee?” – Hans Hug Jr’s Presentation

Rotary Room of the Laconia Public Library, Laconia. 7pm. In Hans’ 28 years of diving experience in local waters, he has located, scanned using sonar, video-taped or photographed more than 70 wrecks and other artifacts or items of this environment. Hug will show photographs and videos of some of his underwater research while he narrates his history of Lake Winnipesaukee and his many scuba dives. Free and open to the public. 527-1278

Tuesday 12th Tutor-Training Workshop

Second Start, 17 Knight Street, Concord. 6pm-9pm. The Merrimack County Adult Learner Services/ Tutorial Program holds it’s first of tutortraining workshops. The subsequent workshops will be held on January 19th and 26th at the same location. After completion of the three workshops, tutors volunteer two to four hours per week to help adults in the community who need help in reading, writing, math, high school equivalency test preparation or English as a second language. To register call Susan at 228-1341 ext. 4210

Wednesday 13th Merrimack County Republican Committee Meeting

The Draft Sports Bar and Grill, 67 South Main Street, Concord. 6pm. State Representative, Jack Flanagan, will present his exploration as a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District and Greg Moore, AFP, will discuss Medicaid Expansion. Open to all Republicans and likeminded Independents. www. merrimackcountygop.org

Thursday 14th ‘The Birth of a Nation’ – Silent Film Series

The Flying Monkey, Main Street, Plymouth.6:30pm. This controversial movie will be screened with live musical accompaniment in honor of MLK Day. $10pp. www.flyingmonkeynh.com 536-2551

Happy Hour for the Mind and Body

Riverfront Place, 2nd Floor, Tilton. 6:30pm-8pm. Life Development Strategies invites you to take a break from your busy week to rejuvenate your mind, body, soul and business. To create a more comfortable experience, please bring a pillow and a blanket. Pre-register by calling 7243417 or email mary@maryrhowe.com

Pitman’s To Kick Off 2016 Comedy Season Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia kicks off it’s 2016 comedy season, Saturday, Jan. 16, at 8pm with a top rated lineup starring Shaun Bedgood, Matt Barry, and Steve Halligan. Tickets are $15 and Pitman’s (94 New Salem St.) is a BYOB venue. Bedgood is a top Boston area star and headliner who has appeared at top clubs across the country including the Borgata in Atlantic City, the Laughing Skull in Atlanta, Catch a Rising Star, Mohegan Sun, Comix at Foxwoods and the top New England clubs. He was selected to be one of the comedians in the Comedy Central competitions and has been a finalist in the prestigious Boston Comedy Festival and the New England’s Funniest Comic, competition. He was a semifinalist in the NBC Standup Showcase held at Caroline’s in New York and opened up for the Last Comic Standing Tour. Appearing along with Bedgood will be Barry, who was a finalist this year in the New England’s Funniest competition. Barry quickly rose through the ranks in Boston’s highly competitive comedy scene and is among the most sought feature acts in the region. Halligan, the night’s first comedian, has opened for and shared the stage with some of the best in the business. For additional information and reservations, check Pitman’s website at www.pitmansfreightroom.com, call (603) 527-0043 or email msmith789@comcast.net.

Registration For “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” Winter Workshop Registration is now open for New Hampshire’s 2016 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Winter Workshop, a one-day program where women learn outdoor skills to enjoy during the winter months. The Winter BOW workshop will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H. A fee of $55 covers the workshop, lunch and most equipment use. A discounted registration fee of $25 is available for participants age 18-25. You must be at least 18 years old to take part. Registration forms and a brochure describing the winter workshop are available at www.nhbow.com. If you are interested in attending, sign up early, as the popular workshop fills up fast. Registration forms must be received by postal mail; no email or walk-ins will be accepted.

Super Bingo Game Will Award Over $10,000 Join the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society on Saturday, January 16th for Super Bingo, a high stakes bingo game, and take a chance to win over $10,000 in prizes. Doors open at 2pm at the Funspot Bingo Hall, Rte. 3, Weirs Beach, NH. The Super Bingo Game offers a $13 9-card package for the afternoon session (4:30-5:30pm) and your choice of a $25 12card package, $30 18-card package for the evening session (6:45-9:15pm). You may also rent a Bingo computer for just $6.00 per day, play e-cards, paper cards or both to increase your chances of winning! Players are allowed to buy a maximum of 54 faces on an electronic video bingo device and are limited to one unit per person. Guests may play either the afternoon or the evening session, or may come early and stay late to play both sessions. Proceeds of these games support the LWHS mission to preserve the history and heritage of Lake Winnipesaukee, specifically its Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, located on Route 3 in the Weirs, next door to the Funspot Bingo Hall. The museum is open seasonally, Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm; admission is free. For further information, Please call 603-366-5950, or visit www.LakeWinnipesaukeeMuseum.org.

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From Executive Councilor Kenney To the Editor: On Wednesday December 16th, 2015, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) submitted its Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan (Ten Year Plan) to the Governor for the State of New Hampshire. The members of the commission included the Executive Council and the Commissioner of Transportation who serves as a non-voting member. The process began in July when Department of Transportation (DOT) and nine Regional Planning Commissions finalized a draft based on preservation, maintenance and safety of the pavement and bridge infrastructure throughout the state. The Ten Year Highway Plan aggressively addressed financial constraint, assuming federal funding of about $160 million per year, with continued reliance on turnpike toll credits in lieu of State hard match to the Federal program. The draft plan addressed the highest priorities developed by each Regional Planning Commission. The result was a financially constrained document identifying the needs that best align with the priorities of communities, the Regional Planning Commissions and DOT. GACIT held sixteen public hearings throughout the State between September and October

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to receive input from the public on the draft and transportation funding issues the State is facing. In Executive Council District 1, there were six hearings in Conway, Berlin, Wakefield, Laconia, Plymouth and Lebanon. The themes that were heard most often: preservation and maintenance efforts to safeguard and improve infrastructure conditions of all roads, especially secondary and unnumbered state roads; recognizing that the transportation needs of our older population in NH are changing, that millennials are also very interested in transportation options that do not include the use of vehicles, and the support of transit and safety funding through the CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) program and HSIP (Highway Safety Improvement Program). On November 30, 2015 GACIT met to finalize the recommendations made throughout the process to include six priority changes of which one included the use of GARVEE bonds to advance and complete bridge improvement of I-89 bridges over the Connecticut River in Lebanon. GACIT made the following additions in Executive Council District 1: 1.) $2.25M in construction funding for US 4 (Mechanic Street) improvements in Lebanon; 2.) include funding to complete improvements to the US 2 Corridor in Jefferson and Randolph; 3.) re-

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.

scope an existing funded Center Harbor-New Hampton bridge project to be a bridge rehabilitation project. Construction is currently scheduled in FY 2021; and 4.) advance improvements to US 3 in Colebrook to FY 2020 (previously 2023), allowing a local water and sewer infrastructure improvement project, roadway resurfacing and sidewalk improvements to all occur at the same time. On November 30th, 2015, the US Congress passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides increased federal funding to the States for a five-year period. GACIT recommended to use any supplementary funding for red listed bridges and to continue to improve pavement conditions across the State. However, the GACIT refers to the Governor and Legislature on how best to use these additional funds. The Ten Highway Plan is now in the hands of the Governor and in January it will go through the Legislative process as a comprehensive bill and then the final plan will be passed and signed into law in June 2016. Please let me know if you have any questions. Joseph D. Kenney Executive Councilor District 1 Wakefield, NH

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This week I’d like to put the humor aside. I am on a mission and I need your help. In past columns I have written about an expression which has been overused in our society. Once dripping from the mouths of the young, who are given a pass when it comes to certain figures of speech, it has since morphed into the lexicon of people of all ages and intellect and we were late to react to and keep it from spreading. Of course, I am talking about the expression “No Problem.” Once a phrase meaning that a person was going to attempt a difficult task in order to unselfishly help another human being, it now is affixed to anything done by anyone else when it should never be a problem in the first place. For example. Customer: “Excuse me waitperson, but as I attempt to eat my meal which I am paying good money and for which I will leave you a tip, I see I have no utensils to do so with.” Waitperson: “No problem. I’ll get you some.” You get the idea. Now I’d like to talk about another phrase, a single word, that was is being used with reckless abandon by youth but now, like “No Problem”, as they grow older has the possibility of growing like a weed through spoken English. We must do all we can to stop it before it

does. I’m talking about the use of the word “literally.” Literally, according to Websters means: “Used to stress that a statement or description is true and accurate even though it may be surprising.” Nowadays, if you listen closely, it is used to mean exactly the opposite and is used to describe a surprising statement that isn’t true at all; at least you hope not. We are getting used to hearing it from the mouths of the young, combined with the nauseating and constant repetition of the word “like” it is tolerated as something that one might eventually grow out of. “He was literally driving like a thousand miles an hour.” Might be used to describe witnessing a scene of a speeding driver. “I’ve seen him in concert literally like a million times,” might be used as one-upmanship while sparring verbally with another over who is the biggest fan of the latest teen idol. All cute and innocent at first until it becomes a part of their permanent language and never leaves until we have a growing society of people of all ages and professions using it. Can you envision the day you go to the doctor to hear: “Whoa dude, that’s like literally the biggest mole I’ve ever seen. We’d better cut that thing out.” If we don’t stop it in its tracks now, there is no telling what the future will be like. That is why I have started a group called People Against Literally or P.A.L. (Friendly sounding acronyms are important when trying to gain the trust of the younger generation.) It must be our never

ending crusade to stop the use of this expression before it becomes an embarrassing staple of our language. When we were young, the group A.G.O.G. (Adults Gathered Against Groovy) saved us from ourselves by putting an end to a word that, if it had become part of our permanent language, who have had a devastating effect on humanity for decades to come. It is already too late to put a stop to the damage done by “No Problem” but that doesn’t mean we should ignore the gathering storm. So, what can we do as individuals to combat a possible “literally” epidemic? First, we need to notice our own failings when it comes to language. After all, we have filled the heads of the young with statements that were good-intentioned but totally absurd and they are merely following our lead. “I’ll be back in a second,” “This won’t hurt a bit” and “If elected I promise to work for all the people” are just a few of those statements that led to today’s youth literally misusing the word “literally.” Second…well. I haven’t come up with a second thing yet, but I’ll keep you posted. So, I hope you will join with me in my crusade against this attack on our language. It may not seem like a big deal today, but left unchecked this will surely become a major problem and then there will be no turning back. Thank you for indulging me on this serious issue. Brendan welcomes your comments at brendan@weirs.com. He is on the web at www.BrendanTSmith.com

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Defining Political Child Abuse: A Tale of Two Cruz Families Remember 5-year-old Sophie Cruz? Groomed for a year by an outfit called the “Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition,” Soby Michelle Malkin p h i e i s t h e ponytailed Syndicated Columnist poster child for amnesty who was literally propped up in front of the pope during a September visit to Washington, D.C. Latino activists brazenly bragged about training the first-grader before the visit and crafting a letter in her name pleading with the Catholic pontiff to help her rescue President Obama’s executive illegal immigrant amnesty program DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents), which was halted under federal court order on May. In The Washington Post, a Harvard University professor praised the kiddie human shield tactics of the amnesty movement after Sophie’s stunt. “Tactically really, it’s one of those moves that is just brilliant,” Roberto Gonzales, a Harvard University sociologist, told the Post reporter, Janell Ross. Ross marveled at the “power of personal narrative” and noted how the use of a child to deliver a political message had been “deployed to great effect.” Sophie Cruz’s family now works with FWD.us, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s multi-milliondollar lobbying group, which just two weeks ago featured the girl in a high-profile ad campaign reading a fear-mongering script on “how her family would be ripped apart” if America got serious about deporting illegal border-crossers, visa overstayers, document fraudsters and criminal alien fugitives.

The Washington Post again provided positive coverage of little Sophie Cruz’s latest foray in politics. The article attacked Republicans who support strict immigration enforcement and included a massive photo of the cute child, supplied by her father, coloring a “proimmigration” propaganda picture for amnesty. Now, imagine. Imagine if a conservative political cartoonist had depicted Sophie as an organ grinder monkey on a leash held by her illegal immigrant parents and Mark Zuckerberg. Imagine if a conservative political cartoonist had defended the depiction of Sophie as a chained dancing monkey by commenting that her parents’ use of their daughter in political ads and media students made the child “fair game.” Imagine the front-page, whitehot, and nonstop outrage from Democrats, journalists and the White House that would ensue. Somehow, The Washington Post’s coverage of 5-year-old Sophie Cruz’s manipulation and exploitation by corporate special interests and amnesty theater production managers escaped the attention of Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes. Instead, Telnaes focused her supposed wrath over political child abuse last week on another Cruz family: GOP presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz’s sin? Including his 4-yearold and 7-year-old daughters, Catherine and Caroline, in a lighthearted Christmas video poking fun at his rivals and playing off his “Green Eggs and Ham” moment on the Senate floor in 2013. In the bizarre world of The Washington Post, employing a 5-year-old to breach Secret Service security for an international headline-grabbing papal photo op and to shill

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NHRTL Victorious In Suit Against NH DHHS On Tuesday, December 22, the Strafford County Superior Court ruled that New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services by Jane Cormier should not have Hooksett, NH. delayed releasing documents under a valid “right to know” request from New Hampshire Right to Life. The documents in question related to the licensing of Planned Parenthood’s distribution of the abortion drug, RU-486 and FDA safety protocols required under NH state law. RU-486 is a chemical abortion drug. Mifeprex is used, together with another medication called misoprostol, to end an early pregnancy (within 49 days of the start of a woman’s last menstrual period). Since its approval in September 2000, the Food and

Drug Administration has received reports of serious adverse events, including several deaths, following medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol. NHRTL requested PUBLIC documents regarding the following of the FDA protocols here in NH. However,Planned Parenthood and the NH Dept. of Health and Human Services worked together to try to thwart the legitimate Right to Know request from NHRTL. Fortunately, they lost in court and must supply the documentation. But, why is this case important for you to know about? Because this decision was a clear and concise victory for all community organizations, businesses, and individuals who seek transparency and fairness from their government. NH DHHS broke the law when it did not enforce a simple Right to Know request. By doing so, they gave Planned Parenthood the abilSee cormier on 17


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New Year, Old Memes Baby New Year is only weeks old and the s c y t h e wielding old man of 2015 has passed away. Beyond the by Ken Gorrell symbolic Northfield, NH. hand-off little has changed. Same old resolutions made and quickly broken, same challenges, same hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, being an election year, the 2016 Baby will live most of its life enveloped in the smog of political lies. If only 2015’s Old Man could have cut through the smog with his scythe, he might

have given Baby a chance for a better life. More than a decade ago, R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., founder of The American Spectator, coined the term Kultursmog. Defined as the “popular culture of the United States, polluted utterly by a weird politics…that is often called liberal but is actually simply leftish and adolescent,” its values are “incompatible with traditional American social, cultural, and economic ideals.” Air quality has improved in the USA since Tyrrell wrote those words, but Kultursmog has extended its noxious fumes across the land like the toxic air in China that contributes to the deaths of an estimated 1.6 million people annually. While Kultursmog

Middle East and Terrorism First and foremost the USA, the Arab states, and Russia must redouble their efforts to solve the Syrian conflict which has taken 300,000 lives. While recent United Nations efforts to bring the warring parties together for a durable cease-fire seem quixotic, there’s simply no alternative in stopping this spreading political cancer.

falsely that women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Never addressed is the question, all things being equal, why don’t evil Capitalists simply hire more women and cut personnel costs? Of course, all things aren’t equal. The “studies” Clinton cites create job “equivalencies” instead of providing head-to-head comparisons. The fact that the most dangerous jobs in America are See gorrell on 26

Remembering 2015

How shall we remember 2015? Or shall we try to forget it? It is always hard to know when a turning point has been reached, by Thomas Sowell and usually it Syndicated Columnist is long afterSyria must be solved this year. wards before Beyond the pure carnage, Syria offers a grisly playground for Is- we recognize it. However, if 2015 lamic State and a gaggle of other has been a turning point, it may terrorist groups. According to the well have marked a turn in a UN relief agencies, over four mil- downward direction for America lion Syrians have fled their coun- and for Western civilization. This was the year when we estry and another 6.5 million are internally displaced; that’s half the sentially let the world know that entire population! Over one mil- we were giving up any effort to try lion Syrian migrants have flooded to stop Iran -- the world’s leading into Europe, mostly going to Ger- sponsor of international terrorism many and Sweden. Millions more -- from getting a nuclear bomb. are camped in neighboring Turkey, Surely it does not take much Lebanon and Jordan. Refugees at imagination to foresee what lies at Europe’s borders pose a searingly the end of that road. It will not matter if we have more poignant reminder of a problem nuclear bombs than they have, needing solution. ISIL is stirring this witches brew if they are willing to die and we through its occupation of large are not. That can determine who surrenders. And ISIS and other swaths of Syria and Iraq. But beyond the calculation of terrorists have given us grisly conflict, the wider human tragedy demonstrations of what surrender is often not seen. Persecution and would mean. Putting aside, for the moment, attacks on the ancient Christian communities in Iraq, Iran and Syr- the fateful question whether 2015 ia continues in 2016! And killings, is a turning point, what do we see rape, and persecution of other when we look back instead of lookgroups such as the Yazidi minor- ing forward? What characterizes ity, highlights a particular target the year that is now ending? More than anything else, 2015 of Islamic State intolerance. ISIL’s attacks on Christians and Yazidis has been the year of the big lie. pose a glaring case of Darkness There have been lies in other years, and some of them pretty versus Light. Beyond the region, Islamic ji- big, but even so 2015 has set new hadi terrorism has carried out two highs -- or new lows. This is the year when we learned, See Metzler on 20

Looking Ahead at 2016; Light vs Darkness? NEW YORK— It’s time to consult the crystal snow globe for a look at both the likely and unexpected events which will shape the by John J. Metzler New Year. SeSyndicated Columnist rious strife both in the Middle East, and Africa to a lesser extent, have expanded leading to a culture of conflict with the ensuing reverberations of refugees which have swamped into neighboring countries and deeper into Europe. The appalling violence affecting Syria is no longer a regional crisis but widened through humanitarian challenges and international players, thus creating a serious threat to the global status quo. Let’s look at the map.

doesn’t kill outright, it certainly does deaden minds. One mind-deadening meme that Baby New Year will have to live with is the so-called War on Women. Like the mythical Hydra, no matter how many heads are cut off, i.e., no matter how many times the lies are disproved, the creature lives on. Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unleashes the beast in TV ads and speeches, repeating

from Hillary Clinton’s own e-mails, after three long years of stalling, stone-walling and evasions, that Secretary of State Clinton lied, and so did President Barack Obama and others under him, when they all told us in 2012 that the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed the American ambassador and three other Americans was not a terrorist attack, but a protest demonstration that got out of hand. “What difference, at this point, does it make?” as Mrs. Clinton later melodramatically cried out, at a Congressional committee hearing investigating that episode. First of all, it made enough of a difference for some of the highest officials of American government to concoct a false story that they knew at the time was false. It mattered enough that, if the truth had come out, on the eve of a presidential election, it could have destroyed Barack Obama’s happy tale of how he had dealt a crippling blow to terrorists by killing Usama bin Laden (with an assist from the Navy’s SEALS). Had Obama’s lies about his triumph over terrorism been exposed on the eve of the election, that could have ended his stay in the White House. And that could have spared us and the world many of Obama’s disasters in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world. That is why it matters, and will continue to matter in the future. Lying, by itself, is obviously not new. What is new is the growing acceptance of lying as “no big deal” by smug sophisticates, so long as these are lies that advance their political causes. Many in the meSee Sowell on 26


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I love Jean’s iris watercolor painting. Ethereal, fluid and exquisitely composed, Jean has a way of rendering the essence of each subject that she tackles. The iris is my favorite flower and Jean nailed this subject! Arriving in New Hampshire by way of England, New York City and then Louisiana, Jean is now firmly established in the arts of the Lakes Region. In fact, Jean is the President of the Lakes Region Art Association and brings a thoughtful and experienced leadership to the role. I first met Jean when I joined the group and she graciously guided me in the protocols of my first show. Suffice it to say, that was many shows ago. Jean’s favorite mediums

are watercolor, acrylics and oils. Her watercolors feature flowers and birds and they are not to miss. Watercolor painting, for those who have not tried this, can be quite difficult because they can easily look overworked. Jean’s watercolors are simply, just right. The artistic journey of Jean V. Kennedy includes awards in both Louisiana and New Hampshire. Her work can be seen at both the LRAA Gallery at Tanger in Tilton and the Vynnart Gallery in Meredith. One particular acknowledgement was a Best in Show at a Louisiana Orchid Society show. Here, Jean’s ability to capture the beauty of one of nature’s gifts was recognized and celebrated. To quote one of the artist’s processes, Jean tells us, “One of my techniques is a negative painting pro-

cess called painting outside the lines.� This strategy allows an open ended process of having no preconceived notion of an end result and no photograph to copy. In this process, the artist alone visualizes and constructs what will become the work. Jean’s work includes originals, prints and cards. Visit her Tilton or Meredith gallery to add her to your collection. You can take a peek at http:// www.lakesregionartassociation.com. Her email is jvk2347@gmail.com. I invite you to check out the beauty of Jean V. Kennedy’s beautiful work. Kimberly J.B. Smith is an artist and art educator. Visit her website at kimberlyjbsmith.com. You can contact her at artgirl@ weirs.com

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major attacks in France as well as the USA in the recent San Bernardino, California killings. While Barack Obama may have wished ISIL away, the terrorist group persists and poses a clear and present danger to the U.S. The security ramifications of the controversial Iran nuclear “deal” are unfolding; since the accord the Islamic Republic has tested two ballistic missiles. Moreover Tehran has flexed its political muscles both in Iraq and Syria. Afghanistan also poses a serious challenge for global interests; shall the central government hold on against the fundamentalist Taliban terrorists or shall this land descend back into the darkness?

Latin America There’s an amazing opportunity here if Washington seizes it. Elections in Argentina have led to a positive change in government away from the Christina Kirchner’s socialist/statist regime to a free market and U.S. leaning administration of Mauricio Macri. Here’s a great chance for the USA to revive once close ties with Argentina. Equally, legismon of our 2013 trip and a personal lative elections in Venezuela, repudiated the Chavez

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Asian states including Vietnam and the Philippines. Moreover, PRC policies to put the South China Sea under Beijing’s sovereignty, a Mare Nostrum, pose a wider threat to trading states such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The USA must support the Freedom of the Seas doctrine in this vital region. On the electoral side in January, the Republic of China on Taiwan will hold free presidential elections, the outcome of which will greatly impact on the balance of peace across the Taiwan Straits between the Mainland and democratic Taiwan. Significantly the U.S. Presidential election holds the key to either reinvigorate the American economy and reengage the USA as a global political player or to look inwards and create a wider balkanized social dependency culture. The hinge of fate comes in November. At this time let me wish my readers a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2016!

East Asia Actions by the People’s Republic of China in the South China Sea pose a looming danger to global John J. Metzler is a United maritime states. Beijing’s Nations correspondent coveroccupation and expansion ing diplomatic and defense The Weirs Timesinisthe printed on recycled newsprint issues. He is the author of of islands and reefs Divided Dynamism Diplodisputed Islandenvironmentally withSpratley smudge-free, safeThe inks. group impinge upon the macy of Separated Nations: interests of six Southeast Germany, Korea, China.

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ogy. Do an online search and you’ll discover these in minutes. They come in a variety of colors. Once they cure, they produce a tenacious bond with the two concrete slabs. It’s very important that you follow the directions to the letter when working with these caulks and sealants. I beg you to read the instructions on the label as well as any other printed literature that comes with the sealant. You don’t fill the entire depth of the gap with the sealant or caulk. You’ll use a special foam backer rod that the sealant manufacturer recommends. Once again, use the exact backer rod that they say works best with their sealant. This ensures you’ll never have to do this repair again. Getting the color to match is step one of making the gap look great. In two of my videos that you didn’t see, I show a trick or two how to make cracks in blacktop and concrete disappear. It takes a little work, but it’s so worth it. When I look at the photo you sent of your patio slab, I can clearly see some coarse sand particles in the concrete. You need to locate sand that’s got this same colored rock in it. Understand that sand is just small tiny pieces of rock. Go

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lakes are lowered in the fall. Some lakes are lowered six feet or more to accommodate extra water from spring snow melt. Lowered water levels can leave launch sites high and dry, if not completely inaccessible. Since our kayak fishing trip, winter has arrived. The temps are getting colder and we have even had our first snow of the season. It won’t be long before our lakes and ponds will be frozen and kayak fishing will turn into ice fishing. For now I will begin the task of put-

to local sand suppliers and get a small bucket of sand that matches what you see in your slab. I’d probably not grind off the high spot at the edge of the patio slab. I’d first try to use a wider cold chisel and knock off the highest points. This will make less dust and achieve the same goal. Start filling the gap at the farthest corner where you don’t look so much at the gap. I want you to fill the gap as the sealant instructions say and only do about a foot of the gap. As soon as you get the sealant to the correct height, I want you to cover the caulk with a 1/8-inch layer of the dry sand. Carefully pat the sand into the caulk. Stop working and allow the caulk or sealant to dry or cure. It could take 24 hours or more. Once you’re sure the sealant has hardened, then carefully brush off the excess sand and save it. Look to see if the joint is aesthetically pleasing. I can guarantee you it will look better than it would have if you hadn’t put the sand onto the wet sealant. Adjust the amount of sand you apply to get the look you like. All of Tim’s past columns are archived for free at www.AsktheBuilder. com.

ting all of my kayak fishing gear away for a long winter’s nap, and making sure my ice fishing gear is ready for that first trip. Tim Moore is a yearround professional fishing guide in New Hampshire. He owns and operates Tim Moore Outdoors, LLC and guides ice fishing trips on Lake Winnipesaukee. He is a member of the New England Outdoors Writers Association and the producer of Tim Moore Outdoors TV. Visit www. TimMooreOutdoors.com for more information.


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over, Peyton’s place in histhat the injured Denver tory should be more secure Bronco quarterback may than ever, not just with have used illicit perfor- Tennesseans but with fans mance enhancers when in everywhere. Indianapolis. More specifically, an Al Jazeera source Sports Quiz claimed that Peyton’s wife It’s 2016—a Summer received human growth Olympics year! Where are hormone (HGH) substanc- these games going to be es in the mail. The clear held? (Answer follows) implication was that Peyton may have accessed the Born Today ... HGH materials in violation That is to say, sports of NFL policies. The source standouts born on January has reportedly recanted, 7 include one-time BoSox leaving Al Jazeera pulling outfielder and power hitter things back a bit. Tony Conigliaro (1945) and The NFL is reviewing current Cub and former the situation. Hopefully BoSox pitcher Jon Lester this won’t be a drama that (1984). lasts as long as DeflatSportsquote egate, which still has court “Cross country skiing is appeals pending. But it’s great - if you live in a small clear that Al Jazeera was country.” - Steven Wright premature with its story. Ironically, all the hoopla Sportsquiz Answer will HELP Al Jazeera in This year’s Summer terms on raising awareness Olympic Games will be about the Qatar-based held from August 5-21 communications enter- in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. prise. It became a player The 2020 Games will be on U.S. television when it held in Tokyo. (The 2024 purchased cable rights to Games will NOT be held in “Current” television from Boston.) former Vice President Al Michael Moffett is a Professor of Gore in 2013. Gore, of course, is from Sports Management at Plymouth State Tennessee, where Manning University and at NHTI-Concord. He played college football. Pey- recently co-authored the critically-acton remains beloved in the claimed and award-winning “FAHIM Volunteer State. (Tellingly, SPEAKS: A Warrior-Actor’s Odyssey Gore was unable to win from Afghanistan to Hollywood and his home state when he Back” (with the Marines)—which is ran for president in 2000.) available through Amazon.com. His When this controversy is e-mail is mimoffett@comcast.net.

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almost entirely done by men – who account for 92% of on-the-job fatalities – doesn’t factor into her equation. What price does she put on assuming fatal risks? None, apparently. Moving from the fatal to the merely silly, the latest micro-aggression to infuriate the perpetually-angry War on Women crowd: Just in time for Christmas, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) “discovered” that female consumers pay more than men for the same goods. Specifically, it claims that for no good reason, “on average women’s [and girl’s] products cost 7% more than similar products for men [and boys].” The DCA concluded that “women are paying thousands of dollars more over the course of their lives to purchase similar products as men.” Oh, the inhumanity! The examples provided started with a quickly-corrected typo from Target. The retailer’s online price for a red boy’s scooter was $25 less than a pink version for girls. When notified of the discrepancy, the price for both was marked at the lower $24.99 figure. I’m waiting for some incensed feminist to rail against the indignity of the

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campaign Kodak moment, those geriatric masters of Democratic political stagecraft are currently welded to their baby granddaughter like toddlers tethered to a binkie dipped in Pixy Stix. Imagine the storm of protest that would have rained down on any prominent conservative political cartoonist who caricatured Sasha, Malia, Chelsea or Charlotte as circus animals performing for their parents for maximum electoral gain. Democrats surround themselves daily with human Snuggie blankets of other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s babies, toddlers, tweens and teens to push gun control, endless expansions of government health care programs and entitlements, and abdication of our borders and immigration laws. But instead of decrying this blatant political child abuse, â&#x20AC;&#x153;progressivesâ&#x20AC;? attack the critics of these debatestifling tactics for ... hating on children! When the mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selective civility police argue

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tion Program provides a means for NH State Prison inmates who are on track for release after serving their sentences, to reconnect with people, animals, and society in general, in a kind, safe environment, while working hard to get assigned tasks completed. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sort of re-calibration of the heart, mind, and body, preparing them for re-entry to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;real world.â&#x20AC;? Started in June, the program now enjoys a work group of inmates on the farm four days a week, nearly ten hours a day. They are remarkable men, facing a tough transition in the near future. How wonderful that such a program can benefit so many parties involved, to such a high degree. As we say goodbye to 2015, and look forward to embracing 2016 with all the challenges, victories, and learning experiences that await us, we remain ever grateful for all your support, love, letters, and contributions that make our work possible. May 2016 bring you all fulfillment, growth, and true joy. ******** Please consider contacting Live and Let Live if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re considering adopting a loving family companion. Financial contributions are desperately needed and greatly appreciated, as the costs to operate such a facility are staggering. Contributions are fully tax deductible, and 100% allocated to the care and healing of these animals. Contact Teresa by email, at: tehorse@aol.com, or send donations to: Live and Let Live Farm Rescue, 20 Paradise Lane, Chichester NH 03258. Donations can also be made with credit or debit cards, at: www. liveandletlivefarm.org. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget! Beautiful 2016 calendars with custom artwork are still available for $12. We welcome you for our weekly tours, held Sundays at 2:30 pm, to meet the animals of Live and Let Live Farm. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to adopt or become part of the working hands and caring hearts of our volunteer family, the tour is where it all begins.


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