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Veterans Book Looks To Help Other Vets Heal Through Birds by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

for a bird trip to the White Mountains. He decided to go. “It changed my life,” said Robert. Eventually he was asked by Mark Suomala of The Audubon Society if he’d be interested in helping monitor bird sites. Today, so many years later, Robert’s life and his healing on a spiritual level

continue through his love of birds: watching them and chronicling his journey. His book “Wounded Warriors – A Soldier’s Story of Healing Through Birds”, written along with Jacquelyn Howard, is the product of the years of Robert’s journey and how it has See vallieres on 18

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Robert Vallieres of Concord, New Hampshire, suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and internal injuries in a vehicle equipment accident while serving in Kuwait in 1990 during the Persian Gulf War. He lives in constant pain.

Working through his new life with TBI involving clinics, painkillers and pills to modify behavior, Robert eventually found true healing. His wife, Carol told him “you are not going to be sitting around and moping and feeling sorry for yourself.” It wasn’t long after he saw an ad in a local paper


Robert Vallieres and Jacquelyn Howard with the book “Wounded Warriors - A Soldier’s Story Of Healing Through Birds.” The two collaborated on the book which tells the story of Robert’s struggle of dealing with a brain injury suffered during the Gulf War and his way to a new normal he discovered through bird watching. Their hope is the book will help other veterans suffering brendan smith Photo from the wounds of war.

The Central NH Amateur Radio Club’s will be hosting National Weather Service SkyWarn spotter training on Tuesday evening, May 6th, at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Rd. Program will start promptly at 6:30pm. SkyWarn is the National Weather Service (NWS) nationwide program of trained volunteer severe weather spotters. SkyWarn volunteers support their local community and government by providing the NWS with timely and accurate severe weather reports. Upon completion of the training you will become a SkyWarn storm spotter helping form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There is no charge and class takes about 2 and 1/2 hours. Refreshments will be served! Coffee, water, and soft drinks as well as cookies will be available. For more about the SkyWarn program, visit the NWS National SKYWARN skywarn

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May Thursday 1st Rummage Sale

Holderness Community Church, 923 US Route 3, Holderness. 9am-6pm. 968-7643

From Mess to Masterpiece – Art Workshop

The Studio, 50 Canal Street, Laconia. 5:30-7:30pm. Owner, Melissa McCarthy will guide you through the process of creating your mess with ink marks using non-traditional tools and then using filters to find your masterpiece. This out of the box technique will unveil your inner artist. $5pp. Space is limited. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Facebook. com/NHFusion for more details.

Lakes Region Camera Club Meeting

Trinity Episcopal Church, Meredith. 7pm.Open for Club choice. Persons of any experience level are welcome. 340-2359

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The Brundibar Project

Winnipesaukee Playhouse, 50 Reservoir Road, Meredith. This project commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day. www. or 2790333

Friday 2nd Rummage Sale

Holderness Community Church, 923 US Route 3, Holderness. 9am-2pm. 968-7643

Lakes Region Singers Concert

First United Methodist Church, Rt. 11A, Gilford. 7:30pm. Suggested donation of $8pp or $15 per family. 524-0835

Line Dancing Demonstration

Taylor Community’s Woodside Building, Laconia. 3pm. Presented by dance instructor, Bonnie Deutch. Free and open to the public. RSVP to ensure seating 524-5600

The Lottery Cocktail Party

The Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. 5:30pm. Be part of this fun filled fundraising event featuring hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music, games and a live & silent auction plus the chance to win the $10,000 Grand Prize! Only 300 tickets are sold. $100 admits two. 3351992

Fri. 2nd – Sun. 4th “Harvey”

Garrison Players Arts Center, Route 4, Rollinsford. Fri. and Sat. 8pm. Sun. 3pm. 750-4ART

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Rummage Sale

Holderness Community Church, 923 US Route 3, Holderness. 9am-2pm. 968-7643

Flea Market

Masonic Hall, 410 West Main Street, Tilton. 8am-2pm.

Free Paper Shredding Day

Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant Street, Laconia. 9am-12pm. All papers

will be shredded on location in the mobile truck. Documents should be free of large binder clips; staples and paper clips may be left on documents. 800-832-0912

breakfast and lunch will be served at reasonable prices. 569-4296

Housing Information Day

Tanger Outlet’s, 120 Laconia Road, Tilton. 10-5. Food, live music and free admission. 528-4014

Wakefield Town Hall, 2 High Street, Sanbornville. 9am-2pm. Hosted by the Eastern Lakes Region Housing Coalition. For anyone looking into renting or buying a home. 569-4216

Techniques for Painting Your Historic House

Corner Meeting House, 16 Sargent Street, Belmont. 1-4pm. Presented by New Hampshire Preservation Alliance in association with the Belmont Heritage Commission. Reservation required. NHPA members $15. Nonmembers $25. 224-2281

National Free Comic Book Day

Main Street, Rochester. 10am-4pm. Thousands of comic book fans will gather in Rochester for multiple activities, from a chance of a photo op with the “Back to the Future” deLorean, to a gaming room, exhibits and guest artists, comic book fans will travel from store to store collecting free comics throughout the downtown area. www. 330-3028

Sat. 3rd – Sun. 4th Mother’s Day Craft Show

Seacoast Cat Club Show

Everett Arena, Concord. Sat. 9:30am4:30pm. Sun. 8:30am-3:30pm. $6/ adults and $4/children. 526-4688

Sunday 4th Lakes Region Singers Concert

First United Methodist Church, Rt. 11A, Gilford. 3pm. Suggested donation of $8pp or $15 per family. 524-0835

Ashland Area Community Breakfast

Ashland American Legion, Main Street, Ashland. 7-11am. All proceeds to benefit the Ashland Dupuis Cross American Legion Post 15. $7/adult, $5/children, kids under 5 are free.

Marie Bostwick – “Quiltapalooza Book Bash Road Show”

Moulton Farm, Quarry Road, Meredith. 10am-3pm. Beautiful colorful displays, samplings of delicious foods and gardening information sessions. 2793915

Bayswater Book Company and Keepsake Quilting, 12 Main Street, Center Harbor. 1-3pm. Join Marie and friends for a fun-filled afternoon of stories, readings, laughter, goodies and games. An event that fans of Marie’s beloved Cobbled Court series and lovers of quality women’s fiction shouldn’t miss and won’t soon forget! 253-8858

Ask a Nutritionist

May Concert

Concord Food Co-op, 24 South Main Street, Concord. 12-2pm. Local dietician/nutritionist Traci Komorek will be on hand to answer your quick health and nutrition questions. Free. First come, first served. 410-3099

Union Congregational Church, 80 Main Street, Union. 4-6pm. A variety of performers, music styles and talents will be presented for your enjoyment. Refreshments to follow concert. Free will donations accepted. 473-2727

Blue Oyster Cult

Newfound Area Churches Annual Crop Walk

Moulton Farm’s Annual Open House

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

Turkey Dinner & Country Bluegrass Concert

Center Ossipee Town Hall, Ossipee. 1-6pm. Featuring: The Bluegrass Country Boys, New England Country Boys and The Cedar Mountain Boys. $12pp or Family rate of $25 (2 adults, 2 children). 539-6772

Meet the Authors – Lisa Olech and K.D. Mason

Innisfree Bookshop, Mill Falls Marketplace, Meredith. 2-4pm. All are welcome to attend. Come and support your local authors.

Herban Safari

Sunflower Natural Foods, 390 South Main Street, Laconia. 10am-noon. Join Melissa Morrison, M.H., the Herb Sherpa, and rediscover the wonder of nature all around you! We will be walking around the South End of Laconia, so wear comfortable shoes/ clothing. Bring notebooks, pens and cameras too. 524-6334

Bon Jersey – Bon Jovi Tribute Band

Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. Flat floor dance party!. $12pp. 332-1992

Spring Fling Craft Fair

Harriman-Hale American Legion Hall, 142 Center Street, Wolfeboro. 9am-3pm. Plenty of free parking and

Beginning at 1pm at the Bristol Bike Park, Lake Street, Bristol. 25% of all funds raised will benefit Community Services in Bristol. 744-3885

Monday 5th Integrated Pest Management for the Home Garden

Boscawen Municipal Complex, 116 North Main Street, 4th floor, Boscawen. 6:30pm. Cindy Saka will discuss how you can use IPM to keep common garden pests in check. Free and open to the public. 753-9188 x 301

Thursday 8th “Intolerance” – Silent Film Showing

The Flying Monkey, 39 Main Street, Plymouth. 6:30pm. Film will be accompanied by live music featuring Jeff Rapsis. 536-2551

“The Glory of Creation” Concert

Gilford Community Church, Gilford. 7:30pm. The Pemigewasset Choral Society will perform “The Glory of Creation”. Admission by donation. 764-5851

3rd Annual Fusion Bowl-A-Thon At Funspot Fusion’s Third Annual Bowl-A-Thon is to be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Funspot in Weirs Beach, NH. This year’s event will benefit the Lakes Region Santa Fund and future Fusion programs. The Lakes Region Santa Fund provides year-round financial assistance to support children’s activities and provides personal care items and warm gear for the winter months. This is a great opportunity to provide support to two fantastic non-profit groups; one dedicated to providing assistance to children and families in the Lakes Region and the other to promote connectedness within our local community. Immediately following, all are invited to the After-Hours event at T-Bones and Cactus Jack’s for additional opportunities to network! Team registration is currently open; contact contact or visit today to reserve your space. Fusion is also accepting donations for raffle prizes from local businesses.

Garrison Players Arts Center Presents “Harvey” A six-foot rabbit has been spotted in Rollinsford! The Garrison Players present the classic American comedy “Harvey” by Mary Chase. “Harvey” is the story of the eccentric Elwood P. Dowd. When he introduces his invisible friend Harvey, a six-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. Problems arise when she is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy herself. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play has been adapted for film and television, most famously the movie starring James Stewart. Performances at the Garrison Players Arts Center are May 2-4, 9-11 and 16-17 at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3pm on Sundays. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students under 18. They can be purchased at the door, by calling 603-750-4ART or at The arts center is located on Route 4, at the corner of Roberts Road in Rollinsford.

Mother’s Day Craft Fair at Tanger Outlets in Tilton Come and join us at the Mother’s Day Craft Fair on May 3-4 at the Tanger Outlets, 120 Laconia Rd., Rt. 3, Tilton! Sat & Sun 10am to 5pm! The above photo features fabulous silk floral design arrangements by Olde Quarry Farm who will be among the exhibitors. Some of the other exhibitors will include bling bling clothing by Laurie, woodturned pens, cribbage boards, clocks, fine jewelry, beautiful quilts, fabric fairies, fabric totes, handpoured soaps, pewter figurines, Ben’s NH maple syrups, personal care products, glassware, metal silhouettes, bat & bird houses, and lots more!!! Music of Tim Janis - Free Admission - Food + Kettle Corn - Info Joyce (603)528-4014 or www.joycescraftshows. com Directions: I-93 Exit 20 & Bear Left (Opposite BJ’s) See you there!!!

Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale

Moultonborough Central School, Moultonborough. 8am-4pm. There will be a variety of flowering plants, herbs and vegetable plants available at affordable prices. Public welcome.

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UNIONS, CONNECTICUT AND CHOW The National Collegiate Athletic Association recently sanctioned unlimited meals for all athletes. This occurred after the top player in college basketball’s March Madness/NCAA tourney said he didn’t get enough food. Coincidence? I think not. National Champion University of Connecticut star Shabazz Napier claimed he often went to bed hungry. How could this be? Much has been made of Northwestern University’s football players trying to unionize and of how big time college athletes generate huge revenues for their institutions but don’t share in the booty, beyond their scholarships. I’ve been skeptical of the union thing, but if players are starving, then maybe they DO need a union. And what about the thousands of non-scholarship basketball players across the land who presumably are even more hungry? How many more, Mistah Speaker, how

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Division II state champs petitioned to move up to Division I, but the brave sports administrators at the large school level don’t seem to want to let the PA Spartans into their club. They’re reticent to schedule

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Lost Wedding Ring To The Editor: On April 17th I was at The Belknap Mall in Belmont about to do some shopping. Lying on the ground in the parking space directly beside me, I found a 10kt gold wedding band. I had no way to tell how long it had been there, but it appeared to be undamaged. It is very distinctly textured with a wave-like design and has a name, date, etc. written on the inside I would love to be able to give it back to its proper owner. If the person can tell me what is correctly written on the inside of the band, I will be more than happy to return it to them. I am sure they are devastated to have lost it. My phone number is 603-630-5745. Becca Bacon Lakeport, NH.

Political Soundtrack To The Editor: The philanthropic Koch Brothers and the McCutcheon Supreme Court decision are both examples of why there is still hope for positive change in America. They offer hope for a stronger and healthier republic. Conversely, progressive liberal types, epitomized by the likes of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, are apoplectic at the prospect of a slowdown in the 90% incumbency rate and an increase in fair and competitive political

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races. Pelosi laments the turning of politics into a “money war�. Nancy my dear, have you forgotten that unions have poured a mountain of cash into super PACS in recent decades? AFSCME($60.6 million), NEA($53.5 million), UAW($41.6 million), SEIU($38.3 million) in political donations from 1989 to 2014 according to The ever so evil Koch Bros. were far down in 59th place with $18 million. To be fair, the Koch Bros. contributed tens of millions to GOP causes while the unions spent about half a billion for Democratic causes in the 2012 election cycle. The Koch Brothers are an example of entrepreneurship, capitalism and charity at it’s finest. That Harry Reid has the audacity to attack them at every turn is a very nasty take on Democratic hubris and hypocrisy. Star Parker asserts that the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission supreme court 5 to 4 decision is a shot of adrenalin to American democracy. While Pelosi, Reid and the NY Times claim that this gives those with the most money a corrupting influence over political elections, the opposite is true when viewed through the lens of objectivity. New candidates do not have the money, fringe benefits, freebies and visibility of incumbents which explains the 90% rate of the same bunch getting re-elected time and time again. Ms Parker notes that “limiting the amount of funds that

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.

free citizens can contribute to candidates, or how much those candidates can spend, just stifles competition and protects incumbents�. Betsy McCaughey reminds us that “members of Congress will favor self-serving rules that protect their own re-election and their big government agenda. The constitutional rights of opponents be damned�. When the progressive clouds have cleared, we can clearly see how the political culture of greed actually rests more within the confines of the liberal left than it does within the conservative right. The Washington “power scene� has become intellectually, morally and ethically corrupt. Let’s get rid of Democrats and Republicans who have failed to live up to their constitutional obligations. The “Supremes� got this one right. Had they voted against unfettered competition and free speech, we would have had “Nothing But Heartaches�. But now, I think “I Hear a Symphony�. Throw the bums out, throw the bums out. Here’s a song for Harry Reid when his senatorial bullying ends after the November 2014 elections, “Love is Here and Now You’re Gone�. Let’s be done with that vile incumbent theme song, “You Just Keep Me Hanging On�. Russ Wiles Tilton, NH.

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by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

I don’t fly very often, but when I do, I prefer to use an airplane. This past week I had the opportunity to do so. My wife Kim and I took a quick, two-day trip to Chicago to visit family. I like Chicago. It’s a very easy city to get around in with lots to see and do and the people are very friendly and will go out of their way to help you; I guess it’s a Midwestern thing. Not everyone is killing everyone else like you see on the news. Sure, there are some bad neighborhoods that you should stay away from, but there’s nothing to see and do there anyway. The flight from New Hampshire to Chicago is pretty quick. A little less than two hours. So, no matter how crammed in you might feel in your seat it’s just short enough to be bearable. If you are like me, not only are you a six-foot two bald white guy, but you also like to enjoy noticing what goes on around you during a flight. Of course, you must first get on the plane. Going through TSA security is pretty simple if you know the rules. Just keep your mouth shut, don’t ask any questions and follow the rest of the cattle though the motions. At Manchester Airport, getting through security is quick and painless. In Chicago, it is much more of an adventure. You have the inexperienced travelers who, while

slowly following the crowd to the security checkpoint are needlessly worrying if they are prepared. Are they doing everything right? Will they make one fatal flaw and be pulled out of line? Will that additional threeounce bottle of hairspray sound the alarms and shut down the airport? Then there’s the gumsmacking, over-cologned businessman. He’s a pro. Unaffected by it all, showing his impatience while talking loudly on his cell phone to someone somewhere about some big deal that is going down. Trapped among the flying peons, he does his best to show his superiority. Odds are good you will make it through unmolested (except for those full body scan photos, some of the best which make it on the TSA website…just kidding…I think). Once you get to your gate, you check out the competition; the others who you might have to sit next to. Will it be the family with the screaming baby? Maybe the tattoo-covered, dressed in black, Goth convention attendee with the headphone. It’s possible you’ll end up next to the gum-smacking over-cologned businessman who, though confident in his every move, still hasn’t closed the big deal and is still travelling in coach. “All passengers with preferred boarding, special needs and little children can board now,” says the voice over the intercom. At this point, everyone with a ticket will get up and start to quickly mosey (if that is possible) over to the boarding gate. It evolves into every man and woman for themselves…with a smile. After all, we are a civilized people. Once inside the plane you feel as though you are at a Black Friday sale with people trying to get by one another across a space that might be a foot-and-a-half

wide at best, while wielding giant bags above their heads trying to squish them into overhead bins before someone else claims the space. If you are lucky enough to have finagled your way onto the plane first and are already settled in with your food tray down, earbuds in, and Kindle on, you can now show a look of disdain at the rest of the arriving passengers who, while trying to get through the madness, are now merely an annoyance to your comfort as they bump your elbow and, God forbid, ask you to get up again so they can have the seat next to you because you wanted to sit on the aisle. Then you get your seat. Who did you draw in the lottery? Bagel-eating, elbow wielding, New York Times folding and unfolding businessman? Maybe the woman who insisted you sit by the window but continually leans over you to take a peek once in a while. Possibly it’s that aloof weekly columnist who keeps looking around and then writing stuff down. Maybe it’s that young family with the crying baby who stops crying every once in awhile to give you a big smile and makes you realize that all in all, life is pretty good. After an hour-and-a-half that includes a frantic pace by the flight crew to get out cold beverages and peanuts – how could we survive the flight without these refreshments – your plane lands safely and the moment it stops, giant springs eject everyone to a standing position to be the first one to get their bags from the overhead bin so they can wait another fifteen minutes before moving again. Soon you will be on your way out of the airport, past the lines of those waiting to get in. I like flying, it gives me something to look at.


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From The State House The “Gift” That Will Keep On Giving... Beginning July 1, 2014, you can expect to pay an extra 4.2 cents per gallon of gasoline. This is because Progressives by Rep. Jane decided they Cormier need even Belknap District 8 more money to repair roads and bridges in NH. Now, believe me, I agree we need road/bridge maintenance in New Hampshire. But, I also believe if our state government STOPPED RAIDING the Highway Fund (to the tune of tens of millions of dollars annually!), we would not have to burden our citizens with yet ANOTHER tax/ toll. In our last House budget

alone, $28 MILLION DOLLARS was diverted from the Highway Fund. YIKES! Yes, yes - on April 23, 2014 the New Hampshire House voted 193-141 to bring this new toll/tax “gift” to you and yours! Obviously, this 23% increase in the Gas Tax happened despite a UNH poll which expressed 67% of NH residents said NO to a new Gas Tax. This didn’t matter to the Democratic majority who had a 97% party-supporting vote of the new Gas Tax. It is unfortunate that these elected officials are “giving” our hard earned dollars away, rather than acting responsibly to rein in disabling and reckless spending. Now the “Progressive Party Line” on this tax was it was only a “small increase” which will

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Obama’s Dirty Watchdogs The Obama administration doesn’t have watchdogs. It has whitewash puppies. The president’s Chicago bullies deby Michelle Malkin h a v e Syndicated Columnist fanged true advocates for integrity in government in D.C. from day one. So the latest report by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Operations Committee on corruptocrat Charles K. Edwards, the former Department of Homeland Security inspector general, isn’t a revelation. It’s confirmation. Investigators found that Edwards compromised the independence of his office by socializing and sucking up to senior DHS officials. “There are many blessings to be thankful for this year,” the sycophantic Edwards wrote to the DHS acting counsel on Thanksgiving 2011, “but one of the best is having a friend like you.” Geez, get them a room. Whistleblowers outlined how Edwards cozied up to multiple DHS execs and legal staffers, who directed him to alter reports on immigration enforcement, TSA screening and the Secret Service’s dalliances with prostitutes in Argentina. Edwards failed to obtain independent legal analysis of ethics issues. The IG counsel was cut out of the loop. Edwards ordered reports to be doctored or delayed. He failed to recuse himself from audits and inspections that had conflicts of interest related to his wife’s employment. The probe among DHS employees also discovered that

Edwards’ apparent retaliatory actions against staff dissenters “contributed to an office environment characterized by low morale, fear and general dissatisfaction with Mr. Edwards’ leadership.” The Obama White House was quite happy, however. The administration installed this 20year career bureaucrat as acting DOJ senior watchdog despite the fact that he had zero experience conducting audits, investigations and inspections -- the three fundamental duties of an inspector general. They got exactly what they needed: A do-nothing, know-nothing, toothless lackey. Edwards’ main non-accomplishment was carrying water for the Obama corruptocracy as he dithered on the internal investigation of Alejandro Mayorkas, who was confirmed late last year as the No. 2 official at Homeland Security. As I’ve previously reported, veteran internal whistleblowers told Capitol Hill about fraud, reckless rubber-stamping and lax enforcement under Mayorkas’ tenure as head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Put on your shocked faces: The DOJ’s IG probe into Mayorkas’ role on fast-tracking visas for wealthy Chinese investors on behalf of GreenTech -- the crony company with ties to Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Hillary Clinton’s other brother, Anthony -- has yet to be completed after more than a year. Former DHS crook-inchief Janet Napolitano continues to deny any wrongdoing. Conveniently, Napolitano’s longtime aide and crony pal Su-

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an old Washington adage that, if there’s bad news or no news, announce it late on a Friday afby John J. Metzler ternoon. And Syndicated Columnist if that afternoon happens to be Good Friday, you are assured virtually no one will notice. This was the game plan for the Obama Administration’s yet again stalling a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. For an Administration who rightly presses for energy independence from vulnerable and far off foreign suppliers, Canada’s trans-border XL Keystone pipeline would seem like a slam-dunk solution. Not only would the USA have access to 800,000 additional barrels of oil daily, but building the pipeline would create over 40,000 new construction jobs. Creating high paying hardhat jobs has won favor with trade unions on both sides of the border. But wait, that’s the logical answer. Though common sense and political ideology often clash in Washington, the saga of the XL Pipeline proves that despite public sentiments and commercial logic, the environmental lobby still holds the key to Keystone. And thus, President Obama, with already low approval ratings and faced with a possible political rout in the November Congressional elections, plays the wavering Hamlet,

in stalling the decision making process. Officially the Keystone latest speed bump comes from the U.S. State Department’s “National Interest Determination Review,” which allows for more study of the project. Despite a favorable environmental impact assessment by the State Department concerning the cross border project, Foggy Bottom has allowed for yet another delay to await the outcome of court cases over the route going through Nebraska. The latest delay has caused the predictable anguish ranging from Transcanada’s CEO as “inexplicable” to quiet consternation in Stephen Harper’s government in Ottawa who has long pushed for this trans-border win-win option. When operational, the Keystone pipeline will send 800,000 barrels of petroleum daily from Alberta’s oil sands to U.S. Gulf ports. Yet for nearly six years, the pipeline has been mired in controversy since the route crosses a number of American states, and theoretically could cause oil leaks or spills. But some oil is already flowing; carried by truck and train routes which have already had many accidents. Moreover, the “carbon footprint” of heavy truck traffic on interstates or tanker trains is obviously higher than an underground steel pipeline. Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer puts it succinctly, the pipeline is the “cleanest, safest way to proceed.” There’s bipartisan support for the Keystone XL including both

Republicans and a number of frustrated Midwestern and Southern Democrat Senators who see both the business benefits from the $20 billion pipeline as well as the electoral backlash from voters to the Obama Administration’s fastidious

flip flopping. “It’s absolutely ridiculous that this well over five year long process is continuing for an undetermined amount of time,” lamented Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND.

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The High Cost Of Liberalism Liberals advocate many wonderful things. In fact, I suspect that most conservatives would prefer to live in the kind of world envisioned by libby Thomas Sowell erals, rather Syndicated Columnist than in the kind of world envisioned by conservatives. Unfortunately, the only kind of world that any of us can live in is the world that actually exists. Trying to live in the kind of world that liberals envision has costs that will not go away just because these costs are often ignored by liberals. One of those costs appeared in an announcement of a house for sale in Palo Alto, the community adjacent to Stanford University, an institution that is as politically correct as they come. The house is for sale at $1,498,000. It is a 1,010 square foot bungalow with two bedrooms, one bath and a garage. Although the announcement does not mention it, this bungalow is located near a commuter railroad line, with trains passing regularly throughout the day. Lest you think this house must be some kind of designer’s dream, loaded with high-tech stuff, it was built in 1942 and, even if it was larger, no one would mistake it for the Taj Mahal or San Simeon. This house is not an aberration, and its price is not out of line with other housing prices in Palo Alto. One couple who had lived in their 1,200 square foot home in Palo Alto for 20 years decided to sell it, and posted an asking price just under $1.3 million. Competition for that house

forced the selling price up to $1.7 million. Another Palo Alto house, this one with 1,292 square feet of space, is on the market for $2,285,000. It was built in 1895. Even a vacant lot in Palo Alto costs more than a spacious middle-class home costs in most of the rest of the country. How does this tie in with liberalism? In this part of California, liberalism reigns supreme and “open space” is virtually a religion. What that lovely phrase means is that there are vast amounts of empty land where the law forbids anybody from building anything. Anyone who has taken Economics 1 knows that preventing the supply from rising to meet the demand means that prices are going to rise. Housing is no exception. Yet when my wife wrote in a local Palo Alto newspaper, many years ago, that preventing the building of housing would cause existing housing to become far too expensive for most people to afford it, she was deluged with more outraged letters than I get from readers of a nationally syndicated column. What she said was treated as blasphemy against the religion of “open space” -- and open space is just one of the wonderful things about the world envisioned by liberals that is ruinously expensive in the mundane world where the rest of us live. Much as many liberals like to put guilt trips on other people, they seldom seek out, much less acknowledge and take responsibility for, the bad consequences of their own actions. There are people who claim that astronomical housing prices in places like Palo Alto and San Francisco are due to a scarcity of See Sowell on 10



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lowed to play. But to cut to the chase, much of what’s going on here is old-fashioned jealousy. Matt’s father, Frank, is a long-time fixture on the N.H. hoop scene, coach of the AAU’s Granite State Raiders, an operation which has brought together top N.H. basketballers over the years, players who seemed to benefit from the experience, to include Concord’s Matt Bonner,

who now plays for the San Antonio Spurs. Unsurprisingly, some Raiders later played for the elder Alosa at Manchester’s Trinity High School and for the younger Alosa at PA. Let’s lay it all out there. If Pembroke broke the rules and Alosa is guilty, then he should be replaced as head coach. If he’s not guilty, then the Division I programs should man up and schedule the Spartans.

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WHAT GOES AROUND ... ... comes around. Granite State hoop fans will remember the great Bishop Brady teams of the mid1990’s, coached by the late, great Frank Monahan. Brady also had trouble setting up a schedule because local Class I rivals accused Monahan of recruiting— just like they accused Frank Alosa of recruiting when he coached some great hoop teams at Trinity High. But the rules are different for Catholic schools, like Brady or Trinity. That’s just the way it is. I think those great Brady teams of the 90’s elevated the play of everyone in Class I. Of course, rival coaches cried “foul” and sought to isolate Brady and wouldn’t schedule the Green Giants, much as current Division I schools won’t play Pembroke. But 17 years ago, Pembroke was a Class I rival of Bishop Brady. PA had different coaches and administrators then, but I am trying to remember if Pembroke was one of the schools that didn’t want to play Brady, because Brady “recruited.” What goes around ... Sports Quiz Who are the five golfers to

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win golf’s Grand Slam—the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA titles? (Answer follows) Born Today ... That is to say, sports standouts born on May 1 include NFL running back and one-time Patriot Curtis Martin (1973) and NFL receiver and one-time Patriot Wes Welker (1981). Sportsquote “Ronald Reagan and I have one thing in common: we both played fullback. I played for Michigan, he played for Warner Brothers.”—President Gerald Ford, during the 1976 Republican primary campaign. Sportsquiz Answer Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen, and Tiger Woods Michael Moffett is a Professor of Sports Management at NHTI, Concord’s Community College. He recently co-authored the critically-acclaimed and awardwinning “FAHIM SPEAKS: A Warrior-Actor’s Odyssey from Afghanistan to Hollywood and Back” (with the Marines)—which is available through His e-mail address is

same story in San Francisco, which was a bastion of liberalism then as now. There too, incredibly high prices are charged for small houses, often jammed close together. A local newspaper described a graduate student looking for a place to rent who was “visiting one exorbitantly priced hovel after another.” That is part of the unacknowledged cost of “open space,” and just part of the high cost of liberalism. Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell. com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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helped him take it, one step at a time, in overcoming what at once seemed insurmountable. It was written not simply to tell his story but to be used as a stepping stone for other wounded veterans as they face the long road back to a new normal. “My hope is that if I can even educate one disabled veteran then it was worth it,” said Vallieres. “When you get battle scars you lose something, There is healing in nature.” The story of the how the book itself came about is a story in itself but its impetus came from Jacquelyn Howard. Jacquelyn from Virginia, is a birder herself, as well as working for the National Guard supporting their training mission, an environmental management specialist, naturalist and avian field biologist. She was in New Hampshire visiting family when she saw a documentary on Public Television called “Journey Of The Broad-Winged Hawk.” In the documentary, Robert was featured as a wounded veteran who worked with the Audubon. “After the documentary was over I called and talked to Phil Vaughan, the

Robert Vallieres, Jacquelyn Howard, Larry Pelland and a Peregrine Falcon. director of the documentary,” said Jacquelyn. “ I said, ‘do you realize what you missed in this story, the story of Robert and his using birds to help with his recovery?’” Vaughan passed along Jacquelyn’s information to Robert who eventually got in touch with her. Over the next year and a half, Jacquelyn would

meet with Robert at the Audubon whenever she was in New Hampshire. Eventually she discussed with him the idea of writing a book about his journey. “Robert was reluctant at first,” said Howard. “But I convinced him that he wouldn’t have to do any of the work. I would write the book. I told him if he

was interested that the next time I was in New Hampshire he could give me some of his many notebooks to look at.” Robert had years of notebooks that he had kept as part of his bird monitoring. The next visit to New Hampshire, Robert gave Jacquelyn Howard two boxes of journals to start. “Amidst the notes he took were these lush passages from his own head that were amazing,” said Howard. “There was so much gratefulness that came through on the pages. It is wonderful stuff. Real healing work.” Many of the excerpts in the book are taken from those notebooks. Weaved through the story are italicized segments which were written by Howard that told the story of Robert’s injury and flashbacks of his life. See vallieres on 19

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Jacquelyn Howard also contributes her own chapter “Cages” describing one extraordinary afternoon with Robert at the Audubon. The foreword of the book was written by Cindy Parsons whose son, Shane

suffered a traumatic brain injury and lost both his legs in Iraq. Shane’s “Saving Grace” was the day a veteran named Bob and his wife, volunteers with a raptor rehabilitation center, visited Shane at a VA See vallieres on 21

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Experience the past, and be inspired by a nation united.

MUSEUM ADMISSION RATES: Museum Members - Free Adults $10.00 • Children (5-17) $6.00 / (4 and under) Free All Military and Seniors (60 and over) $8.00 There is a 10% AAA discount available on normal admission fees. Please present AAA Card for discount.



*Valid from opening day, May 1, 2014 through May 18, 2014, free admission must be equal or lesser value of purchased admission, must present this coupon at time of purchase.

603-569-1212 • • 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH

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