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VOLUME 28, NO. 49

THE WEIRS, LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE, N.H., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019

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Charlie Brown Christmas At Pitman’s

Scott Philbrick with Dune six days before the horse was to be euthanized. Dune was rescued in December of 2018 by Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester. COURTESY PHOTO

by Scott Philbrick

A Lesson In Gratitude At Live and Let Live Farm

Live & Let Live Farm

Gratitude. It’s a word that we speak of quite often at this time of year with the holidays and all. As we prepare to end 2019 and face 2020 square in the eye, we have much to be grateful for. Over 40 pregnant dogs have been

rescued, which contributed to a total of hundreds of dogs saved and adopted, when mothers and all their pups are added together. Additionally over twenty-five pregnant cats and litters of motherless kittens have been taken in, rescued, fostered, and adopted out. And yet for every animal

we rescue, we know there are hundreds out there, unseen, unheard, who slowly sometimes agonizingly slip on over— alone, cold, hungry, scared, in pain. Rescue work can be gut wrenching, and it’s important to find the gratitude, which can often be quite elusive. As an example of this

hidden gratitude, I’d like to share my own personal story from 2019. Last December I did a rescue along with Executive Director Teresa Paradis. The two of us rescued a group of three malnourished, neglected, and severely dehydrated horses, and I had the privilege of See GRATITUDE on 24

The Heather Pierson Jazz Trio will bring their popular Charlie Brown Christmas Show back to Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia, New Hampshire on Thursday, December 19th at 7pm. The Heather Pierson Jazz Trio performs a rich variety of Heather’s originals, jazz and blues standards, and unique reworkings of familiar American music. They are best known for their annual Charlie Brown Christmas Concert tour, wherein they present their interpretations of the work of the late great jazz pianist and composer Vince GuaraldAi. The Jazz Trio performs the entirety of the Charlie Brown Christmas album as recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio as well as other compositions by Guaraldi. Joining Heather for this very special Christmas concert will be Shawn Nadeau on bass and Craig Bryan on drums. Pitman’s Freight Room is located at 94 New Salem Street, Laconia, NH 03246. Tickets are $20. For additional information go to www.pitmansfreightroom. com. More artist info is available at www.heatherpierson.com.

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To The Editor: Oops there it goes! Eliminate the Electoral College and New Hampshire would be forever marginalized and always underrepresented in national issues. Without the Electoral College, groups such as New Hampshire laborers, Iowa farmers, and Ohio factory workers would be ignored in favor of satisfying crowded metropolitan areas with higher population densities. Today, to win a national election, presidential candidates must win electoral votes from multiple regions. Therefore candidates must construct campaign platforms with a national focus, addressing needs for the entire country including New Hampshire! Does eliminating the Electoral College make sense for New Hampshire? No of course not. But Wait! I can name four people to whom this may make sense. Four people who would support eliminating New Hampshire’s influence in national elections: Senators Shaheen and Hassan, Representatives Kuster and Pappas. Why? Because Democrats in DC typically do what Chuck & Nancy dictate. If Democrat leadership asks Democrat Senators and Representatives to support a bill, then that’s how they’ll be expected to vote. We all know Chuck, Nancy and the DNC have no fondness for the Electoral College! Some describe the down-

sides of a pure democracy as the same as two wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for dinner. Substitute California, New York and New Hampshire voting which national policies should prevail. In a popularvote-takes-all process, densely populated states will simply run roughshod over less populated states. Not interested? Wake up! This affects us! Fifteen states have decided to allocate all their electoral votes to the NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE WINNER. Surprisingly, Vermont a state with less people than New Hampshire is one that has signed on to ceding their influence in national issues to the larger states. I say good luck to them. I pray New Hampshire stays independent. While we’re at it, why do we send hundreds of destructive Democrats to represent us in Concord? These local Representatives are just as bad as our Washington DC contingent when it comes to ignoring everyday New Hampshire citizens: In the spring of 2019 our newly elected House Democrats in Concord proposed over $1.3 billion in new taxes & fees for New Hampshire taxpayers. Preposterous! Please New Hampshire, for the sake of the country and the sake of our beautiful state do not vote Democrat this next election. Vote Republican, we can’t afford not to. David Rivers, Thornton NH.

Hospice Helped us so Much

Bittersweet comes to mind when I think of my wonderful experience with hospice…let me explain. My Mum was in hospice care for six and a half months. From the very first meeting with Dr. Crosby on the day Mum was going home from the hospital, to the day of her passing, we were all treated with sincere compassion and respect. Our nurse Linda understood and had an immediate connection with her. Mum wanted to be at home where she was comfortable and hospice made that possible. At first, I didn’t understand what the full spectrum of hospice care was. In our situation, we did not utilize all that it has to offer, but the folks that did come were great and I cannot thank them enough. For my family and me, hospice allowed us to be free to take care of Mum with support from frequent clinical visits and 24/7 access in case we needed someone. To this day, I still feel supported and have been able to participate in bereavement services through a grief support group. In closing, Mum was very fortunate to have hospice care and to go in peace the way she wanted. Thank you Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. Herbie Roberts

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A Reader’s New Year’s Resolutions by Debby Montague Book Reviewer

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DECEMBER Through Dec. 17th Grief in the Holidays – Support Group

Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia. Group will meet on Wednesdays from 5pm6:30pm. Central NH VNA & Hospice hosts the Grief Group, that is open to all adults in the community. This time of year can be full of powerful memories, feelings, and challenges – Navigating through gatherings and traditions- while vividly aware of those that are not with us. Together with others we can acknowledge our grief and anticipate what we may need and learn from how others have navigated these waters. All groups are nonreligious and are offered at no cost. 524-8444 x2390. Through Dec. 18th

Grief in the Holidays – Support Group

First Congregational Church, 115 South Main Street, Wolfeboro. Group will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30pm8pm. Central NH VNA & Hospice hosts the Grief Group, that is open to all adults in the community. This time of year can be full of powerful memories, feelings, and challenges – Navigating through gatherings and traditions- while vividly aware of those that are not with us. Together with others we can acknowledge our grief and anticipate what we may need and learn from how others have navigated these waters. All groups are nonreligious and are offered at no cost. 524-8444 x2390.

Tues. 3rd – Sat. 7th Annual Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction The Auction will be LIVE at the Belknap Mall, Belmont, from 9am-3pm & 6pm-9pm. Looking for great holiday gift items? Shop at the Children’s Auction! You can watch live at the Belknap Mall, On Atlantic Broadband channel 12, or watch it streamed live at Facebook.com/ChildrensAuction. Visit the website for more information

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Thursday 5th Frankly Speaking About Cancer – Workshop for Patients with Cancer to Learn About Clinical Trials

Tay l o r C o m mu n i t y ’s Wo o d s i d e Building, 435 Union Ave., Laconia. 6:30pm-7:30pm. This workshop is for those people impacted by cancer and their loved ones to learn about clinical trials. Clinical trials have led to major advances in the field of oncology today by validating the benefits of new and improved cancer treatments.

It will highlight the importance of research and how clinical trials work. Workshop is open to the public. Preregistration is preferred by calling 387-6775, but walk-ins are always welcome.

The Seacoast Men of Harmony Present “Christmas at Wesley Woods”

Fellowship Hall at the First United M e t h o d i s t C h u r c h , 1 8 We s l ey Woods, Gilford. 7pm-8pm. Join for a Christmas show of the songs and carols we have loved since childhood, presented Barbershop style by the Seacoast Men of Harmony from Dover. Admission is free, but you will be expected to sing along if you just can’t help yourself! Donations are gratefully accepted.

Pemi Choral Performs Vivaldi’s “Gloria”

Gilford Community Church, Gilford. 7:30pm. Exper ience the sound of “Gloria” by the Pemigewasset Choral Society, a 93-member adult community chorus based in Plymouth. Admission is by donation. 581-4187

American Independence Museum’s Holiday Open House Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter. 6pm-8pm. This is a free event that welcomes the community to enjoy and view the beautifully decorated Folsom Tavern and celebrate the start of the holiday season. www.

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Thurs. 5th -Fri. 13th 33rd Annual Cash and Cans – Money and Food Drive This fundraiser, star ted by Mix 94.1fm’s Fred Caruso in 1987, raises food and money for a number of central New Hampshire charitable organizations, from food pantries to soup kitchens to toys-for-tots programs. During the Cash & Cans campaign, Caruso and morning cohost Amy Bates will be accepting monetary and non-perishable food donations with 100% of the proceeds staying right here in central NH. A complete list of broadcast locations is available at www.Mix941fm.com

Friday 6th Christmas Night in Ashland

Most events take place between 5pm and 8pm on Highland Street and Main Street, Ashland, in venues all within a short walking distance. There will be pictures with Santa at the Library and book giveaways to children. The Community Center will host it’s popular Cookie Walk and Santa’s Gift Bag Raffle, and a Horse Drawn Wagon ride. The Ashland Community Church will have hamburgers and

hot dogs in the dining hall, and so much more. For more information call 968-7716

Marshall Tucker Band Flying Monkey, Main Street, Plymouth. www.FlyingMonkeyNH.com or 5362551

Pemi Choral Performs Vivaldi’s “Gloria”

St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Franklin. 7:30pm. Exper ience the sound of “Gloria” by the Pemigewasset Choral Society, a 93-member adult community chorus based in Plymouth. Admission is by donation. 581-4187

Christmas Fair Gilford Community Church, Gilford. 5pm-7pm. Baked goods, silent auction, evergreen Christmas arrangements, white elephant table and much more!

www.GilfordCommunityChurch. org Rochester Festival of Trees

S t u d l ey ’s F l owe r G a r d e n s, 8 2 Wakefield Street, Rochester. 6:30pm8:30pm. This festive event offers the public an opportunity to win dozens of wonderfully trees and wreaths, donated by area businesses and organizations. Admission is $5pp. 330-3208

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Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia. 8pm. Tickets are $20pp. Pitman’s is a BYO venue. 527-0043 Fri. 6th – Sun. 8th

Altrusa of Meredith’s 24th Annual Festival of Trees The Barn at Waukewan Golf Course, Meredith. Fri. 2pm-6pm, Sat. 10am5pm, Sun. 12pm-4pm. Individuals, organizations, and businesses enter decorated trees with themes from traditional to whimsical. Returning this year is the popular “Tis the Season Silent Auction Trees”, for your bidding pleasure. Visitors will be given a pass to return and update their bids during the weekend. Local Cub Scout Pack #55 led by Erica Witcher will be selling handmade wreaths to enhance your holiday decorating. Live musical performances will take place throughout the weekend. There will be homemade goodies and cider for visitors. www.AltrusaMeredithNH.

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Rochester Festival Of Trees The public is invited to attend Rochester Main Street’s fourth annual Festival of Trees event on December 6th between 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 7th between 3-7 p.m. This fundraiser event gives guests the opportunity to win fully decorated holiday trees and prizes. The event is held at Studley’s Flower Gardens at 82 Wakefield Street in Rochester. This year also features Premium Trees with total values over $500. Guests can enjoy baked goods, hot chocolate, a Children’s Activity Table, music, and a visit from Santa on Saturday 5-7p.m. Saturday also features the availability of adult beverages for guests over 21 years of age. Admission to the Festival of Trees is just $5 each day and includes 5 raffle tickets for the drawings. Children enter free. Additional raffle tickets are also available for purchase to increase chances of winning. All drawings are pulled Saturday at 7 p.m. Winners will be contacted via phone. Guests can vote for their favorite trees in categories of “Best Dressed” and “Most Creative.” Winners from 2018’s event include: Studley’s Flower Gardens for “Best Decorated” with Moe’s Italian Sandwiches as runner-up; Happy Pappy’s Country Store for “Most Creative” with JetPack Comics as runner-up; Revolution Taproom & Grill as “The People’s Choice” of Premium Trees with Rotary Club as runner-up; and The Governor’s Inn as “The People’s Choice” of Holiday Trees with Cumberland Farms s runner-up.

Annie’s Book Stop Hosts Author Jane Rice Please come by Annie’s Book Stop in Laconia on Saturday, December 7th from 10-noon, author Jane Rice will be signing copies of her book ‘Bob Fogg and New Hampshire’s Golden Age of Aviation” In Rice’s book: Bob Fogg and New Hampshire’s Golden Age of Aviation, we see a local aviator’s adventurous and independent spirit coupled with the history of a new industry. Before bridges, Bob Fogg used his seaplane to transport mail and newspapers back and forth to the islands from the Weirs among other tasks. Originally published by Peter E Randall in 2012, we offer to you a historical book with enduring value. Filled with a fascinating account of airplanes, Lakes Region history and wonderful old photographs, this book is a must have for those interested in NH history, antique airplanes, or book collectors. Jane Rice, local author and historian, is a graduate of Laconia High School, and has been a librarian at the Moultonborough public library for over 35 years. Situated on the Barton’s Motel property at 1330 Union Avenue in Laconia for over 35 years, Annie’s has been a local book stop landmark for anyone interested in stimulating conversation, education, literacy and stress reduction!

Urinetown the Musical Winn ipesa ukee Play hous e, 33 Footlight Circle, Meredith. It’s a satire and a musical extoling the idea the “It’s a Privilege to Pee”, in the words of one song title, and it’s an uproarious comedic romp! Urinetown

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Label Maker As I grow older and life has thrown me a couple of curveballs along the way, I have found myself with no choice but to pay attention by Brendan Smith to the health Weirs Times Editor choices I make. Not necessarily a bad thing. Gone are the days when a sugar-filled, fast food diet energized my resilient teenage body and the thought that I might one day actually be..gasp!!...forty years old, horrified me. It wasn’t possible that everyone would get older; it would never happen to me. I was different. Now, as I seep further into my sixties, my thoughts aren’t consumed with such frivolous thinking. I have taken getting older as the natural life progression that it is. Now when I wake up in the morning, I take a deep breath, look in the mirror and say to myself: “What is that bump on my face? That wasn’t there yesterday. Should I get that checked out? How in the heck did I miss that giant hair in my ear? Is it possible I have been walking around like that all week?” Still, with age comes wisdom. Also with age comes carefully reading the labels in the supermarket. I now am one of that club. You members know who you are. Standing sheepishly, many of us with reading glasses, studying sodium, calorie and other important, possibly life-saving info while teenagers and twentysomethings reach around us, one or two even saying “excuse me” on occasion, to grab at things willy-nilly on the shelf. Often when this happens, I think two things to myself. 1) How reckless, you don’t even know what you are putting in

your bodies, your precious temples and 2) I’m jealous. Of course, labels didn’t always exist. Our parents and grandparents somehow survived, many well into their nineties and beyond, without ever looking at a label to see what they were actually eating. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. Labeling for food items began in 1990 when the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act was passed. (I know this because I looked it up.) To many, this was a great breakthrough. This eventually led to the incessant possible side-effects disclaimers that accompany most drug ads. (I’m not really sure about this but I don’t have time to look it up.) Still, I don’t think the labeling thing has gone far enough. Labeling shouldn’t be simply to let us know what we are eating. There are a few other things that I think would serve the public well if they were labeled or preceded by disclaimers. There should be labels on all voting booths that read: “By casting your vote you are no way guaranteed that things will get better. In fact, odds are good that not much will change.” In that same vein, all political mailings should carry the same, modified, statements that are on natural food supplements: “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (Facts and Details Administration). This is not intended to treat or cure any actual problem the country is facing.” Also, I think it would be a great idea to put that little recycling logo we see on a lot of things in the corner of the TV screen every time a politician makes a speech. Before each weather forecast on television, there should be a disclaimer: “The following weather forecast is subject to change at a moment’s notice. Do not use this information to actually plan

your day as you are bound to be greatly disappointed.” Most Reality TV Shows should actually come with labeling: “The following show contains no calories, no protein and no nutritional value whatsoever. During poor economic times, dollar bills should be labeled with something like: “This dollar bill contains a greater percentage of your daily fiber than the actual amount of fiber you are able to buy with it.” I think Smartphones should come with the disclaimer: “Just because it is called a Smartphone, that is no reflection on the actual intelligence, or lack thereof, by the user.” (This disclaimer would be, unfortunately, geared to those fifty and older.) Labelling and disclaimers work only if people really care. For most people, on a day to day basis, many of these things are ignored. In fact, most folks don’t bother paying attention to obvious signs, much less those in small print. Maybe if some of these were more direct, people might pay attention. I always thought it might be fun to change the sign on the 14 items or less line at the supermarket: “Considerate people – 14 items or less . Rude, selfish and self-centered people – As many as you’d like.” Not sure if it would matter. Well, that’s it for this week, I know some of you plan your week with this column in mind so I thought I’d let you know that next week it will contain 10% protein, 30% sugar and 60% filler. (No sodium though.) An audio version of this and other columns can be heard at BrendanTSmith,com. Brendan is the author of “The Flatlander Chronicles” and “Best Of A F.O.O.L. In New Hampshire” His latest book “I Only Did It For The Socks & Other Tales Of Aging” will be published in early 2020.

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Fight for the Freedom to Question Vaccines

by Michelle Malkin Syndicated Columnist

Thank you, Rob Schneider. Thank you. Very rarely do Hollywood celebrities stick their necks out on behalf of the concerns of ordinary parents whose voices have been suppressed by the liberal media, Silicon Valley and the political establishment of both parties. But this week, the actor and comedian used his formidable Twitter platform to stand against the increasing censorship of vaccine skeptics by Big Pharma and Big Tech. This is what speaking truth to power

looks like. With the Overton window on acceptable discourse about government-coerced immunization rapidly shrinking, Schneider’s timing couldn’t be better. “Free Speech is ALL speech. Even the speech that you find repugnant,” Schneider declared. “We don’t need people deciding FOR us what to think, see or hear. That’s a load of totalitarian crap.” He singled out Amazon “banning books that dare question medical orthodoxy,” as well as “Facebook, Google, (and) YouTube” for burying information inconvenient to vaccine manufacturers, their lobbyists and water-carriers in elected office. As I reported in March, social media kingpins in America have launched a crackdown on “anti-vaccine” speech by rigging search results and algorithms. A Pinterest insider confirmed to me recently that the image-sharing network’s targeting of moms who shared negative memes and information about adverse vaccine reactions was the “canary” in the free speech coal mine. Facebook and Instagram also actively suppress vaccine-critical posts and re-direct them to government sources promoting vaccine mandates. One fact they aren’t linking: $4 billion has been paid by the federal government to adults and kids harmed by vaccines. Schneider’s call to arms comes as the state of New York considers a draconian law mandating that all children born after 2008 be required to take the HPV vaccine to attend school or day care. HPV stands for “human papillomavirus,” a usually harmless sexually transmitted disease -- not a public contagion. Lead sponsor Brad Hoylman, a Democratic state lawmaker whose husband owns stock in pharmaceutical company Merck (maker of the HPV vaccine Gardasil), declares that the shot is “safe and effective.” But why make it mandatory for seventh grade girls and boys? Answer: Merck, the HPV market promises an estimated $5 billion to $7 billion in sales by 2025 as the shot once sold as protection for girls and See MALKIN on 27

Pete Buttigieg’s Big Mistake: Telling the Truth This week, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has risen to the top of the heap in early Democratic presidential primary polling in Iowa and New Hampby Ben Shapiro shire, came under seSyndicated Columnist rious sustained attack for the first time in his candidacy. Buttigieg’s early candidacy gained credibility thanks to the moderation he displayed compared with other Democrats. He quickly lost steam when he tacked to the left. Now Buttigieg has swiveled back toward the center, launching a series of assaults on the radical plans of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and stealing her momentum in the largely white early primary states. Normally, such political rises are attended by a spate of negative reactionary coverage, and Buttigieg’s story is no different. The most effective attack on Buttigieg has centered around his complete lack of black support -- a crucial problem for a candidate whose party sees black voters as a near supermajority of primary voters in states like South Carolina. Some of those attacks have focused on Buttigieg’s less-than-stellar governance in South Bend, where crime rates have remained critically high and relations between the local population and police have been strained throughout his tenure. But the latest attack is on Buttigieg’s entire political mentality. This week, an article from Michael Harriot at The Root, titled “Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF,” trended on Twitter. What, exactly, was Buttigieg’s lie? He suggested back in 2011 that not all educational outcome disparities between blacks and whites are attributable to systemic racism. “The kids need to see evidence that education is going to work for them,” Buttigieg stated

(“whitely,” in Harriot’s adjective). “(Y)ou’re motivated because you believe that at the end of your educational process, there is a reward; there’s a stable life; there’s a job. And there are a lot of kids, especially the lower-income, minority neighborhoods, who literally just haven’t seen it work. There isn’t somebody they know personally who testifies to the value of education.” According to Harriot, this statement makes Buttigieg a “lying motherf-----.” Why? Because majority-minority schools are underfunded compared with majority-white schools; because black students are “disciplined more harshly than white students,” as Harriot says; because black college graduates don’t have as successful an employment record as white college graduates. “Get-along moderates would rather make s--- up out of whole cloth than wade into the waters of reality,” Harriot wrote. “Pete Buttigieg doesn’t want to change anything. He just wants to be something.” But none of these three factors should explain the bulk of racial educational disparities. The black dropout rate from high school is far higher than that of white students, which has nothing to do with underfunded schools. Black students, by best available data, misbehave in school more often than white students. Black students drop out of college far more often than white students, which has nothing to do with institutional discrimination. Adjusting for household income, black women actually overperform white women in terms of college attendance and income. Something else is going on. What is going on? According to a 2018 study from researchers at Stanford, Harvard and the Census Bureau, young black men do best in areas with high levels of fatherhood. Lack of school mobility, largely due to entrenched interests preventing such mobility, doesn’t help either. HarSee SHAPIRO on 26


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A New Hampshire Roadmap

by Ken Gorrell Contributing Columnist

One of the downsides to our first-in-thenation presidential primary is the proliferation of political ads during Thanksgiving holiday football games. One of the most bizarre this year came from Democrat

Tom Steyer. Steyer justified his support for congressional term limits using the “diversity” canard. Apparently, better government requires more

“women of color” in power. Coming from an old, white, billionaire seeking to replace the current old, white, billionaire in the White House is irony defined. If he wanted to walk the walk, he’d spend his cash supporting fellow Californian Kamala Harris. The idea that the cure for what ails us is more race- and sex-based diversity in politics is idiotic. Ask the people of Baltimore if former mayor and current indicted ex-pol Catherine Pugh was the womanof-color they needed to turn their city around. Ask Chicago voters if they are pleased with their choice for state’s attorney, woman-of-color

Kim Foxx, after the Jussie Smollett fiasco. No race or sex has a special claim on political ability or insight. The most important ingredients for making good politicians are good ideas and the ability to implement policies based on those ideas. People of all shapes, sizes, colors, and both sexes are capable of being good politicians. But when your party doesn’t have good ideas and when your successful candidates manage to despoil most everything they touch (see Baltimore, Chicago, the state of California...), a bit of misdirection is your best option. Democrats prefer sowing seeds of

social division by claiming against all evidence that race and sex “diversity” in and of itself is a strength. It’s no way to run a country. I hope a majority of my fellow NH voters aren’t fooled. To improve our situation, we should look at what proven winners do, and try to emulate it. At his American Enterprise Institute Carpe Diem blog, economist Mark Perry recently published an analysis of state winners and losers in “Top 10 inbound vs. top 10 outbound US states.” Theorizing that people vote with their feet, moving to places with better opportunities, See GORRELL on 10

Afghanistan; A Taliban Deal? UNITED NATIONSPresident Donald Trump put Afghanistan back in the news again after his surprise Thanksgiving visit to U.S. troops by John J. Metzler stationed in the Syndicated Columnist embattled South Asian country. Besides bringing holiday cheer for American forces serving in the eighteen year long conflict, the President again offered a conditional olive branch to the Taliban insurgents. After a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Donald Trump in his classic style stated, “The Taliban wants to make a deal, we’ll see if they make a deal.” He added, “If they do, they do, if they don’t, they

don’t. That’s fine.” The President’s broad brush offer to resume long-stalled negotiations with the Taliban militants while offering more style than substance, addressed one of Donald Trump’s key objectives, indeed campaign promises; winding down the Afghanistan commitment and reducing America’s military footprint. U.S. forces have been in Afghanistan since late 2001, when the George Bush Administration, in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks on America, intervened to crush the Al Qaida network and topple their Taliban regime protectors. Eighteen years later the ousted Islamic Taliban militants still control large swaths of the country, the central government in Kabul is hopelessly dependent of foreign aid

and troops, corruption flows rampant, and “the security situation remains volatile,” to quote a recent UN report. “The war in Afghanistan has been long and brutal, and the path to peace will be challenging,” adds the report by the UN Secretary General. Approximately 12,500 American troops are still serving in the war weary land with 8,500 specifically part of a multilateral NATO operation Resolute Support. Mission strength stands at 17,000 troops largely from the USA, Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy. Many of the American troops are deployed in a train,advise and assist mission to the Afghan army. President Trump apparently wants to reduce overall American force strength by about 4,000.

Last week in the Security Council an Australian delegate stated, “There is no military solution to the conflict. Dialogue and negotiation are the only path to a permanent settlement…We condemn the Taliban’s ongoing use of violence. We are disappointed that the Taliban continues to resist direct talks with the Afghan government.” Afghanistan’s UN Ambassador Adela Raz stated, “On the security situation, the Taliban and the other transnational terrorist groups have continued be relentless and violent to create terror and fear.” The other “transnational groups” include Islamic State and Al-Qaida terrorists who continue to sow hideous violence in Afghan cities. Yet as the Afghan del- See METZLER on 26


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Pedal kayaks are becoming the new norm, offering ease of use and hands free fishing. Boat and Best of Show at ICAST with the release of the Predator XL Minn Kota. A few years ago Old Town outdid themselves once again with the release of the latest in the Predator lineup, the Predator PDL. This kayak went on to win best new boat out of about 15 pedal driven boats released at ICAST. Here are a few of my thoughts on this amazing fishing machine. The Predator PDL is a pedal driven kayak on the same great Predator platform, with a few minor improvements that I’ll discuss later. The drive on the PDL is a circular bicyclestyle pedal drive to a two-blade prop that allows you to go in reverse simply by pedal backwards. The 10:1 gear ratio spins the propeller so fast that you cant see it move at high speed and pushes the kayak at speeds up

to almost 6 MPH. The PDL drive has a spring assisted stow and deploy feature that is a slam dunk. It makes stowing and deploying the drive easier than it needs to be, which is great when landing after a long day of fishing or when you unexpectedly encounter shallow water and rocks. The drive is by no means heavy, but having the spring assist makes the process of stowing or deploying the drive much smoother. The drive lowers into an enlarged scupper hole (like the Minn Kota console on the XL) and stows on a small shelf to keep it securely out of the way. There is also sealed storage in the drive and I’m told when sealed, the air trapped inside the drive storage will float the entire drive, but I haven’t tried it... yet. The drive is held in place with two clips,

the same clips used to hold the Minn Kota drive in the XL, and can be removed in seconds. The PDL is steered with a rudder, but a much upgraded rudder system than before. The rudder is stowed and deployed using a lever that can literally be used with one finger. Steering is by way of a knob on the left side of the kayak that you turn left to go left and right to go right. It too can be operated with one finger. Some improvements to the entire Predator line include additional padding sewn into the now removable seat, making it even more comfortable and allowing you to take it out during transporting and storage. Two flushmount rod holders behind the seat mean you need to mount fewer rod holderes on the kayak, which leaves room for other accessories such as flags, lights, or camera mounts. There is also a change to the mounting plates. The four forward mounting plates now consist of two plates, one on each side, and all the mounting plates now come ready for gear track accessories. The forward mounting plates are longer and the rubber storage pockets that used to be alongside the seat now sit beneath the forward mounting plates. The PDL also now comes See MOORE on 20


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disrupting free speech is “de rigueur” for liberal activists. Just sayin’. Sports Quiz Who was the star quarterback for that 1968 Yale team? (Answer follows) by Mike Moffett

Born Today ... That is to say sports standouts born on December 5 include former Stanford University and New England Patriot quarterback Jim Plunkett (1947) and NFL wide receiving star Art Monk (1957).

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HARVARD GLORY I was recently with a friend in a lounge in Lebanon watching a Dartmouth football game on TV. (OK, it was a bar.) Had some very interesting conversations with patrons as we watched the Big Green take on Princeton University at Yankee Stadium. Yes, a New Hampshire college team was playing football at Yankee Stadium. Then Tulsi Gabbard walked into the bar. (This is not a joke. She actually walked into the bar.) Anyway, Dartmouth handily beat Princeton to stay undefeated and keep dreams of an Ivy League title alive. Unfortunately, a 20-17 loss to Cornell later on meant that Dartmouth and Yale would share the Ivy title with league records of 6-1. A hundred years ago the Ivy League was the crème de la crème of college football. In 1920 undefeated Harvard beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Dartmouth was often nationally ranked back then as well. Inevitably, the center of the football universe eventually moved west, away from New England, but the Ivy League continued to feature great rivalries, exciting action, and future NFL stars. A half century ago the eyes of the football world

Actor Tommy Lee Jones on the 1968 Harvard Football team. were trained on Harvard Stadium for a season finale featuring undefeated Harvard hosting undefeated Yale, led by future Dallas Cowboy Calvin Hill. (Harvard players included Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones who later made names for themselves outside the football arena.) With 40 seconds remaining, Yale led 29-13. Then Harvard got a TD and a two-point conversion. Then the Crimson recovered an on-side kick and scored a touchdown with no time left to make the score 29-27. Fans took to the field but enough room was cleared for Harvard to complete another two point conversion for a 29-29 “victory.” Epic and legendary. Check it out on YouTube. YALE SHAME Last month saw another Ivy League gridiron finale between Harvard and Yale, this one hosted by the Bulldogs

in New Haven, Connecticut. Once again, fans took to the field—not at the game’s conclusion, but rather at halftime. And they refused to leave. The occupying protesters were left-wing “Climate Change” activists. After an hour passed, there was increasing danger that darkness would end the contest prematurely. The Yale Bowl has no lights. Finally the riffraff was cleared from the field and Yale ended up prevailing 50-43 in overtime just before dark. The win gave the Bulldogs that share of the Ivy title with Dartmouth. Democrats like Elizabeth Warren sadly applauded the loony lefty activists. Have you ever noticed that it’s always the left that pulls stunts like this? Have you ever heard of Republicans engaging in such anarchy? Interrupting forums, stopping football games, or shouting down speakers? But

Sports Quote “It might be said that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree.” -- John F. Kennedy Sports Quiz Answer Brian Dowling. (The character B.D., in the Doonesbury comic strip, was originally based on and named after Dowling, a Yale classmate of cartoonist Garry Trudeau.) Mike Moffett was a Professor of Sports Management for Plymouth State University and NHTI-Concord. He co-authored the critically-acclaimed and award-winning “FAHIM SPEAKS: A WarriorActor’s Odyssey from Afghanistan to Hollywood and Back” (with the Marines)—which is available through Amazon.com. His e-mail address is mimoffett@ comcast.net.

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GORRELL from 7 he attempts to answer the question: “What significant differences are there, if any, between America’s top ten inbound and top ten outbound states when they are compared on a variety of measures of economic performance, business climate, business and individual taxes, fiscal health, electricity and housing costs, and labor market dynamism?” The good news is that NH wasn’t in the bottom 10. The bad news is that we didn’t make the top 10. But the data contains a roadmap of good ideas – things our legislators should use to improve our economic future. The Empire State was the #1 outbound state – people really want to escape from New York. Many of them are going to Arizona, the #1 inbound state. Weather is undoubtedly one

non-economic factor, but the Grand Canyon State also boasts much lower tax burdens, a better business climate, higher GDP and employment growth, and lower utility and housing costs. Granite Staters can’t do anything about our weather, but we can and should demand that our legislators and governor work to make our state more attractive to those outwardbound Americans seeking opportunity. A few tips: 1) Right-to-work states attract businesses. Seven of the top ten inbound states are RTW states; we should be, too. Nine of the top ten outbound states are forced-unionism states. Why are we with them? 2) Our tax freedom date is April 22, just one day ahead of the US average, making us 31 of 50. We can do better. Maine, at April 17, ranks 19th.

3) Our Forbes Best State for Business ranking is 34th. We took a hit for our regulatory environment. Massachusetts, at 19th, has a better regulatory environment than we do. Let that sink in. 4) Our Business Tax Climate ranking was 6th, mostly due to high marks for low individual income taxes and no sales tax. We took hits for high tax rates for corporations, property, and unemployment insurance. 5) We joined the top ten inbound states for measures of state fiscal health, mostly due to our taxes, revenues, and expenses being a low percentage of personal income. We have long-term solvency issues, however. 6) Electricity costs and median home prices – yikes! We pay the 6th highest electricity rates, and our home prices are $50,000

higher than the median of the top ten inbound states. If we want to attract and retain families, we need to address basic living costs. 7) We lag the best states in GDP and job growth, but our unemployment rate is lower. A tight labor market and poor growth prospects aren’t good for business. To put New Hampshire on the map as a destination for domestic migration, all legislation next session should be judged on its ability to improve fiscal metrics, reduce regulations, encourage economic dynamism, and lower energy and housing costs. Concord needs to follow the leaders. Ken Gorrell welcomes your comments at kengorrell@gmail.com

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It’s that time of year again when we realize it’s better to give than receive… although, if you are reading this, you’ll want to be on the receiving end this year as a beer lover! In most cases, craft beer lovers want to look the world over for great taste and enjoyment. For those who are hard to please on your shopping list, this article might help make your gift more memorable. It is widely known that beer tastes better in the proper glassware. You could have a bourbon aged stout in a pint glass but it smells and tastes better in a snifter glass since you can put your nose right into the aroma area where it is focused. With glassware in mind, there are quite a few choices of glass and beer gift boxes available. Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown, NY, has an amazing 3 bottle set with a specially printed tulip glass. Each of the three cork and wire cage offerings is an intriguing experience into how

diverse the Game of Thrones movies are. A red ale, double white ale and a spiced stout await your presence. Another beer and glass set is from Lindeman’s who provides wonderful lambic varieties of world renown beers. This two beer and glass offering provides a Belgian fruit lambic package for those discerning taster buds. Firestone Walker of California has an enormous selection of awesome tasting beers in every variety imaginable. The Merlin series of stouts is in a gift pack as well as Sucaba, Stickee Monkee, Helldorado, Parabola and other aged beers that will certainly capture your gifter’s attention. Samuel Smith has a three bottle offering package that will please your gift patrons. In the kit is an awesome Nut Brown Ale, Oatmeal Stout and Taddy Porter. Each of these delicious beers from this European brewer is revered as a brewing accomplishment. The Guinness Stock Ale 4 pack is a wonderful gift for those who truly enjoy aged beers. Bourbon barrel aging is the best way to enjoy craft stout who’s recipes require a bit more time to deliver the best flavor possible in brewing excellence. And for those who See BREW on 14

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FOR THE BIRDS

by Chris Bosak Contributing Writer

The word typical often has a negative connotation. It is usually used to describe something boring or mundane. “Just a typical day at the office.” Or worse, as a word of exasperation to draw attention to a recurring negative behavior: “He said what? Oh, that’s so typical of him.” But I’m going to use typical in a positive way here. After all, Thanksgiving is a fresh memory, the holiday season is upon us, and 311 is my favorite band. The band encourages “positivity” and closes its concerts with “Stay positive. Love your life.” So I will do that here with the word typical. The other day, all the “typical” birds showed up at my feeder. And that’s a good thing. My typicals include black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, white-breasted nuthatches, downy woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers, and

A blue jay grabs a peanut from a deck railing last week in New England. CHRIS BOSAK PHOTO

blue jays. You can throw juncos in there, too, during the winter — and late fall as they have already arrived. Other birds visit from time to time, but those are the birds that are always here. Many people have written to me lately about a lack of chickadees at their feeders. It’s definitely a trend to keep an eye on, but thankfully, I still have plenty of chickadees visiting my feeders. I still haven’t solved the mystery as to why so many people are experiencing a scarcity of chickadees, but I can tell you that I see them often. I’m not trying to be boastful about my feeders or the fact that I see a lot of chickadees. There are some obvious bird species that I hardly ever see in my backyard. Cardinals, for whatever reason, are rare sightings at my feeders. I see them

all the time in the bushes along the sides of the road when I am driving through the neighborhood, but they avoid my yard like the plague. Although I get more than my share of juncos in the winter, I rarely see white-throated sparrows — a usual accompaniment of juncos. At my previous houses, white-throated sparrows were a common winter occurrence and easily outnumbered all other winter birds. Here, I barely see them. I’ve seen more fox sparrows here than whitethroated sparrows and that’s just plain odd. I do see a ton of chipping sparrows in the spring and summer, but not enough to add them to my typical list. I am lucky enough to get good numbers of rosebreasted grosbeaks each spring, but their

length of stay is too short to make the list. I do enjoy that short window each year, though. Ruby-throated hummingbirds miss the cut by the barb of a feather. I see them daily from late April until the end of September, but I couldn’t bring myself to include a bird that is not a year-round New Englander. The hummingbirds are off sunning themselves and gorging on insects in Costa Rica or thereabouts, not like the chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches that visit me daily regardless of the temperature. I don’t just give out the title of “typical” to anything, you know. Chris Bosak may be reached at chrisbosak26@gmail.com or through his website www.birdsofnewengland.com


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Not So . . . o g A g N o L

Exploring ThE lEgEnd & lorE of our graniTE STaTE

St. Nicholas – The Magazine For Children

An 1884 children’s m a g a zine with a section c a l l e d J A C K IN-THEPULPIT included by Robert an artiHanaford Smith, Sr. cle titled Contributing Writer “A MYSTERY”. “Jack” said:“Now who would think that a good little New England girl would do such a thing as try to frighten a kindly, self-disposed Jackin-the-Pulpit like me!” He (she) then shared her letter which was postmarked ‘New Hampshire.” Dear Jack-in-the-Pulpit: I want to tell you about what was on our farm. No one knows what it was. It makes a noise like singing, and my aunty thought it was a crazy man walking around. Grandma put a bone on the window-seat, and it nibbled it some and went away and left tracts, but they could not tell what it was. Your friend, Helen. Horrible! The idea of those tracts sends a chill through me. Deacon Green has seen your letter, and, though he is badly frightened, he says ‘it’ evidently is not a schoolmaster, or it would have left different ‘tracts’ from those.” The magazine was called St. Nicholas: An illustrated magazine for Young Folks. The Jack-in–the-Pulpit section, just a small section of the magazine, was written by the editor, Mary Mapes Dodge. Another feature of St. Nicholas

was the monthly report of The Agassiz Association, an organization for people of all ages stated to be “a society for the encouragement of the personal observation of nature.” Local chapters were formed around the country, including New Hampshire, and letters were written to the magazine from these chapters as they reported their nature observations. One-fourth of the members were said to be adults. The St. Nicholas magazine was first published in the year 1873 with the first issue being distributed in the month of November. The publisher was Scribner and Company and the editor was Mary Napes Dodge who contributed many of her own writings to the publication as well as per-

suading many other talented writers to write stories for the magazine. St. Nicholas was named for the celebrated saint known for being a special friend of young Americans as he had previously been for Europeans. The Granite Monthly magazine of November, 1882 illustrated the popularity of the magazine in New Hampshire by including articles about it and the Century Company, located in New York City, which had followed the Scribner Company as the publisher. There was also a Century Magazine. Other features of the Saint Nicholas magazine included a section for young children, another on puzzles and quizzes, and another on the written contributions of the readers. The bulk of the monthly magazine, however, was filled with stories for and about young people, some of them being serial tales, giving the children the suspense involved in waiting to see what would happen in the next issue. Mary Napes Dodge enlisted story contributions from some of the best writers of the time for the magazine which began with 48 pages and grew to a high of 96 pages. The Granite Monthly explained how The St. Nicholas See BREW on 31

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OUT on the TOWN Great Food, Libations & Good Times!

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Tilton Nor thfield United Methodist Church, 400 West Main Street, Tilton. 10am3pm. Choose from a variety of homemade pies, crafts and treasures from the White Elephant table. Lunch includes cor n chowder, sandwich, beverage and cookie, for $6pp. Pies are $10 each.

Annalee’s Christmas Open House

Annalee Gift Shop, 339 DW Highway, Meredith. 10am5pm. Up to 50% off gifts for everyone on your list, plus door prizes, cookies, cocoa and more! They are also giving a free gift with Purchases $49+. 800-433-6557

TTCC Annual 5K Jingle Mingle Tapply-Thompson Community Center, Bristol. Registration begins at 9:30am and the race starts at 10am. All abilities of runners and families are encouraged to participate. Upon return, there will be hot soups, hot chocolate and snacks for all participants as well as a prize raffle. www.

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Wright Museum, Center Street, Wolfeboro. 10am4pm. Charity benefit featuring two levels of more than 60 trees decorated by area organizations, businesses and individuals. Admission is $7/adults, $2/kids under 2, or $15/family. 508-596-2850

Jane Rice – Author Meet and Greet

Annie’s Book Stop, 1330 Union Ave, Laconia. 10am-12pm. Stop by and pick up a signed copy of local historian Jane Rice’s book “Bob Fogg and New Hampshire’s Golden Age of Aviation”. This book is filled with a fascinating account of airplanes, Lakes Region histor y and wonderful old photographs!

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on any threats. Select the right variety. Family tradition may dictate your tree choice. Many prefer the fragrance of balsam fir and the needle retention of other firs like Fraser, white, Grand and Noble. Though not a true fir, Douglas fir needles have a wonderful aroma when crushed. White pines lack the fragrance that many prefer. Its pliable branches only support lightweight ornaments, but the soft needles have less See TREE on 17


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TREE from 16 bite than the popular Scots or Scotch pine. This evergreen has stiff branches that support heavier ornaments and its needles hold even when dry. Check for freshness. A fresh tree will last throughout the holidays. Run your hand along the stem. The needles should be pliable, yet firmly attached to the branch. Avoid trees with lots of moss, lichens, vines, broken branches and other signs of poor care. The right fit. Look closely at the overall shape and size of the tree. Stand the tree upright to make sure it will fit in the allotted space. Check the trunk. It should be

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Stratton, executive director of the museum. The festivities begin with a free Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 5 from 6 to 8 pm and will feature light snacks/ refreshments, colonial holiday gift-making, seasonal music, popup gift shop, silent auction and more. Other events include Colonial Holiday Tea on Saturday, December 7

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GRATITUDE from 1 giving them their traditional “new names” upon arrival at LLLF. Regular readers will recognize this as our tradition— a symbolic fresh start. The beautiful mare we named Morgan, and the mini we named Pinto Bean. And the weakened little colt stallion that had broken free and essentially led authorities back to his horrid home to rescue the aforementioned mare and mini, I named Dune, as he was the color of a golden beach sand dune. Dune and I made an immediate, indescribable connection. There’s an old favorite song of mine written by Jimmy Driftwood back in the ’50’s, but to me

Lisa Roche, who spent many hours caring for Dune, saying her final goodbye. it will always be a Doc Watson song, called “Tennessee Stud.” Everyone seemed to see a sickly, parasite laden, brown drop cloth draped over a lethargic, slow moving horse

skeleton. I saw glory. I saw winsome. I saw the Tennessee Stud. The rescue was December 20, 2018, and by January I was working one on one with Dune, sponsoring the

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two and a half year old stallion who was in the worst shape of the three, with an eye toward possible adoption in the future. I was approaching my 10 year mark as a volunteer with LLLF, and while there had been horses that held special places in my heart, I had managed to avoid letting any one horse truly grip my heart. But Dune did. Animals have a way of doing that, in ways that people rarely do. Tragedy loomed however, and an aggressive, pernicious bone infection festered in Dune’s face and jaw. It gripped him, and he simply didn’t have the strength to overcome it. On March 22, three months and two days after his rescue, and 48 days before his third birthday, Dune was euthanized. The day was raw and cold, heavy with rain and fog. I had literally been up all night inconsolable in the knowledge that tomorrow I would say good-bye to this young stallion that had clutched my heart like no other. Standing there in the cold with a handful of volunteers, the vet and her assistant, and my dearest friend and heroine Teresa Para-

dis, I stood by my now sedated Dune. He was encircled, as if in some peculiar intervention. Face to face, I stared straight into his deep green-bronze eyes, as I wanted mine to be the last face he saw. The final injection gripped his blood stream in an instant, and he was gone before he even hit the ground. He struck the ground with such force I felt the earth shudder, and I bellowed like a wounded steer. I dropped to the ground beside him, placing my ear and face on the side of his neck like I had done so many times in the past three months. I felt his warmth, but the familiar gentle cadence of his breathing

up and pulled my coat closed a bit. No words were spoken, as they would only be clumsy and useless. Most had been in my shoes and knew the pain. In that fellowship of anguish, there was gratitude. Teresa was the first to break the silence, grabbing my wet coat and pulling me into her saying, “it’s done, Scott… it’s over. He’s over— he’s passed over now, no more pain, he’s running like the stallion he was meant to be.” I looked up at my friends, still surrounding the earthly cage that a moment earlier had held my Dune, and choked out an apology. There were some teenagers there and I felt badly; they prob-

Dune out for a walk about one hour before he was to be euthanized. was not there. The cold, raw, soupy mud seeped easily through my jeans. The small circle remained throughout my maladroit moment. When my jeans were saturated with mud and my shirt sufficiently drizzled with the blood that streamed down Dune’s neck, I stood

ably didn’t need to see a 56 year old man falling apart. “I thought I got this all out of my system last night,” I stammered. Teresa, still tethered to me with a hand clutching my shoulder, said, “no… no, we don’t ever want to get that all out.”

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— THE WEIRS TIMES, Thursday, December 5, 2019 — GRATITUDE from 24 And she was absolutely right. We don’t ever want to reach a point where we can no longer cry over all that we see in the world of animal rescue. In this we find gratitude. I removed my 31 yearold Stetson 5X beaver felt hat, and pulled out the silk liner. I handed the liner to Jahsun, asking if he could see to it that Dune was buried with it. “Something soft,” I said, “for the softness in life he barely tasted.” He took the silk and said “of course.” I looked across Dune’s former temporal prison, steam rising from the escaping heat, winnowing into the fog. The vet, instead of simply getting in her vehicle and driving off, was braiding a length of hair from Dune’s tail. She cut it and presented it to me, along with

Scott Philbrick working and playing with Dune. a hug and condolences. Gratitude. By this time, the circle was dispersing, as it was getting dark and there was work to be done. There’s always more work to be done

on a rescue sanctuary. Always. But there was Jahsun, crouching down, artfully braiding my silk hat liner into Dune’s mane. And this…this is precisely why we do

what we do. Nothing strengthens the bond of friendship like supporting one another in the endless cycle of anguish and joy in animal rescue. The joys are greeted like

warm April sun. But it is in the tragedy, the loss, the deep-in-thegut anguish where our friendships are truly galvanized. And it’s in those friendships, we find it — gratitude. Driving home, I popped in my Doc Watson CD, and let the music wash over me: “The Tennessee stud was long and lean, the color of the sun and his eyes were green; he had the nerve and he had the blood, and there never was a horse like the Tennessee stud.” Gratitude. It’s everywhere folks. We just gotta go find it and grab ourselves a big handful from time to time. From all of us at LLLF, have a blessed holiday season, and here’s to a wonderful 2020. Please consider contacting Live and Let Live if you’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. We welcome you for our weekly tours, held Sundays at 2:30 pm, to meet the animals of Live and Let Live Farm. If you’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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METZLER from 7 egate stressed, “Fighting terrorism is the basis of our critical partnership with the United States and our NATO partners, one to which Afghanistan remains firmly committed.” Afghanistan remains a frazzled quilt of tribes, ethnicities and warlords more than what we would understand as a formal nation state. Nonetheless over the past fifteen years the country of 38 million has assumed the trappings of modernity with regular elections for Parliament and the Presidency, notably expanded freedoms for women, and rebuilt infrastructure. Yet entrenched corruption and a lucrative narcotics trade bedevils what positive strides

have been made. A UN Report concedes, “Despite some progress, corruption remains a pernicious challenge in Afghanistan, diverting valuable resources from where they are needed most and eroding public confidence in State institutions.” Corruption particularly affects the National Police. So what about an long elusive political settlement? Peace negotiations have continued but not inside the country. Some Taliban factions want to settle; but the gap between “tribal nationalist insurgents ” vs “Islamic fundamentalist internationalists” remains deep. Terrorists inside Afghanistan; such as Islamic State and Al

Qaida who use wanton terror as a weapon are not part of any domestic solution. Taliban would be wise to distance themselves from these foreign forces. Notably there’s the surreptitious role Pakistan has long played in its bordering country. Factions in the Pakistan military such as the secret military parallel government the ISI have used the Taliban as across border cat’s paw to advance Pakistani interests. Now that Pakistan has a reasonably forward looking government with Prime Minister Imran Khan, it’s time overdue for Washington to press for a deal here first. President Trump is absolutely right to insist that a serious

ceasefire must preclude peace negotiations; naturally here Islamic State and Al Qaida will deliberately try to sabotage the process through heinous terrorist attacks throughout the country. But then Taliban must talk directly with the Kabul government. For the USA it would be rash and shortsighted to set any phased withdrawals from Afghanistan until the situation has seriously stabilized. That will still take time. John J. Metzler is a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues. He is the author of Divided Dynamism The Diplomacy of Separated Nations: Germany, Korea, China.

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— THE WEIRS TIMES, Thursday, December 5, 2019 — MALKIN from 6 women against sexually transmitted warts transformed into a lucrative cervical cancer shield being promoted to both female and male ages 9-45. “Safe and effective” is a lie. The science is far from settled. Japan suspended its HPV vaccination program aimed at teen girls after researchers reported adverse symptoms from chronic pain and motor impairment following immunization. Denmark reported multiple cases of girls developing autonomic dysfunction and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome after receiving HPV shots. In New York, a 21-year-old

woman died of heart arrhythmia induced by an autoimmune response to the HPV vaccine; her family sued the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary in federal court (private drug makers are shielded from liability) and received compensation for their daughter’s vaccinecaused death in 2017. Government watchdog Judicial Watch reported in 2013 that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program had paid out nearly $6 million in claims to 49 victims of HPV, including two deaths. A 2015 study published in Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics reported that

HPV vaccines failed to protect young women from certain high-risk HPV types and that more study was needed “to determine its effectiveness in a real-world setting.” Meanwhile, French oncologist Gerard Delepine has reported a paradoxical effect of HPV vaccines on cancer rates across Europe: While other countries have reported increased cervical cancer rates as HPV vaccine uptake has risen since Gardasil was introduced in 2006, France (which has a low 15% uptake) saw steady declines between 1995-2017. I’ve fought this battle before. It’s not just speech-squelching Sil-

icon Valley and special interest Democrats colluding to suppress the freedom to question mandatory vaccine programs and disseminate information challenging Big Pharma and Big Government’s narratives. A decade ago, I sounded the alarm over former GOP Texas Governor Rick Perry’s shocking executive order forcing every sixthgrade girl to submit to a three-jab regimen of the Gardasil vaccine and mandating that state health officials make the vaccine available “free” to girls ages 9 to 18 -- only eight months after the FDA had approved it. Before backing down,

Perry’s Republican administration smeared Gardasil-mandate critics as fear-mongers and vaccine-skeptical parents as public health threats, while Merck’s political action committee dumped nearly $400,000 into the Republican Governors Association (Perry’s largest donor). I was dismissed as “fringe” for exposing shady science and conflicts of interest. Most recently, an ignorant smear merchant for the conservative Washington Examiner derided me for having “peddled the lethal pseudoscience of antivaxxing amid a global health crisis spurred by that very movement”

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— THE WEIRS TIMES, Thursday, December 5, 2019 — pages and were provided by “almost all the prominent illustrators of the day.” Stories including Santa Claus, today’s version of the person of St. Nicholas, seemed to be prominent in the issues of the magazine in my possession. So that is the maga-

zine many children in New Hampshire were probably reading in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. When it began one man said, “If the children don’t like it, I think it is time to begin to change the kind of children in this country.” The children did like

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nor other implements of happiness suited to child-nature until our own time.” The purpose of the magazine was stated as an effort to replace bad books and influences of the time with good ones. Quoting again from the 1882 article: “It has been the special aim of ST. NICHOLAS from the start to supplant the poison trash- the deadly nightshade of the news-stands – with stories of a living and healthfulinterest ,uncontaminated and fresh as the open air of heaven.” Contributors to the magazine included Louisa May Alcott, Alfred Tennyson, George MacDonald, Lewis Carroll, Bret Harte, Bryant, Longfellow, Whittier, and many

others. St. Nicholas was promoted as a magazine that included timely articles, particularly about children, serial stories, nstruction in a variety fields of knowledge, thus being a school-master, all of which contributed to a religious and moral influence. “To hundreds of thousands it is a teacher of religion – not in dry, dogmatic form like a catechism, not in any sectarian sense. But it teaches what a great orator once called ‘applied Christianity ’ - the principles of religion as they are applied to ordinary life.” A huge attraction of the magazine must have been the illustrations which were found throughout its


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