To The Daily Sun,
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a letter claiming that conservatives and Republicans could find common ground if they recognized the real enemy, which is Wall Street and the 1 percent. A few days later Don Ewing wrote about his dissatisfaction with the spending bill that Congress just passed. There you go. George Maloof agrees with Don Ewing.
Would you print, word for word, the highlights of Elizabeth Warren's speech on the Senate floor? I believe this is the beginning of the compromises that we sorely need in Congress:
"Democrats don't like Wall Street bailouts. Republicans don't like Wall Street bailouts. The American people are disgusted by Wall Street bailouts. And yet here we are, five years after Dodd-Frank with Congress on the verge of ramming through a provision that would do nothing for the middle class, do nothing for community banks, do nothing but raise the risk that taxpayers will have to bail out the biggest banks once again...
So let me say this to anyone who is listening at Citi[group]. I agree with you. Dodd-Frank isn't perfect. It should have broken you into pieces.
If this Congress is going to open up Dodd-Frank in the months ahead, then let's open it up to get tougher, not to create more bailout opportunities. If we're going to open up Dodd-Frank, let's open it up so that once and for all we end too-big-to-fail, and I mean really end it, not just say that we did.
Instead of passing laws that create new bailout opportunities for too-big-to-fail banks, let's pass ... something ... that would help break up these giant banks.
A century ago Teddy Roosevelt was America's Trust-Buster. He went after the giant trusts and monopolies in this country, and a lot of people talk about how those trust deserved to be broken up because they had too much economic power. But Teddy Roosevelt said we should break them up because they had too much political power. Teddy Roosevelt said break them up because all that concentrated power threatens the very foundations of our democratic system.
And now we're watching as Congress passes yet another provision that was written by lobbyists for the biggest recipient of bailout money in the history of this country. And its attached to a bill that needs to pass or else the entire federal government will grind to a halt.
Think about that kind of power. If a financial institution has become so big and so powerful that it can hold the entire country hostage. That alone is reason enough to break them up.
Enough is enough. Enough is enough with Wall Street insiders getting key position after key position and the kind of cronyism that we have seen in the executive branch. Enough is enough with Citigroup passing 11th hour deregulatory provisions that nobody takes ownership over but everybody will come to regret. Enough is enough.
Washington already works really well for the billionaires and the big corporations and the lawyers and the lobbyists.
But what about the families who lost their homes or their jobs or their retirement savings the last time Citigroup bet big on derivatives and lost? What about the families who are living paycheck to paycheck and saw their tax dollars go to bail out Citi just six years ago?
We were sent here to fight for those families. It is time, it is past time, for Washington to start working for them!"
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 01:23
To The Daily Sun,
Stop Northern Pass! Save our Ridgelines! No Pipelines!
If you're paying any attention you're hearing and seeing these exclamations all over the state. The corporate spinners have called us NIMBYs — Not In My Back Yard, whiners. Now the industry spinners are calling us BANANAS! This newly created acronym stands for Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything. The rapacious corporate heads like to throw playground names at all of us in an attempt to discredit our very real concerns. I say, "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me." Or maybe that should be" infrasound and toxic water may destroy my life, but bullying will never stop me."
Another of the juvenile tactics taken by the parasites is to pit one group against another. If you're against hydro power from Quebec, throw the anti-industrial wind folks under the bus. If you're against industrial wind, throw the anti-fracking people under the bus. If you're against fracking, throw the hydro folks under the bus. The media/government spinners like to pit us against each other, therefore distracting concerned citizens from seeing the common enemy.
The corporate take-over of our government is our common enemy. Protecting my home, versus your home is not a valid option. We need to band together to protect all of our homes from destruction at the hand of the almighty dollar. The current system of government, which does not protect the health, safety and welfare of the people is what needs to be thrown under the bus. And then back that bus up and do it again.
Let's be realistic people. We did not create the problems these projects pretend to want to fix. Many of the supposed "problems" are created by the media, at the hand of the corporate leaders who control the government. It is not our responsibility to fix the problems as we're being told they exist or to choose between the lesser of the evils or the more worthy of the communities to exist as they do today. When you hear on the news things like "electrical rates in New England will soar this winter due to the polar vortex" what do you think? Well, there's a prediction that's bound to come true? What the heck is a polar vortex? Or do you laugh to yourself and think, "what a load of crap!"? Now that you've been told the rates will rise, they will. Now that you've been told there's a polar vortex, it must be true.
Let's take back our language first. Don't use the corporate media spin words that are contrary to the English language. Many of the touted "green", "renewable" energy platforms being pushed on us are not good for the environment, our homes, our lives, or even as viable energy sources to provide for our current needs. Phrases like "wind farm" need to be stricken from our vocabulary. Farms are places where living things grow and produce sustenance for humans. Industrial wind turbine complexes are eco-destroying areas filled with man-made, petroleum based killers of living things like trees, bats, birds, etc.
Next, let's be kinder to each other and empathetic to our parallel plights. I don't want 500-foot turbines decimating our ridgelines, but that doesn't mean I'm okay with Northern Pass. When I did my homework, past what the media tells us, as everyone should, I realized that the destruction being proposed in Quebec at the beginning of the project is far more harmful than any little bit of benefit there may be down the line. And why would any reasonable person think it's okay to blast the granite in order to run a gas pipeline across the bottom of New Hampshire so Kinder Morgan can sell it overseas?
Let's band together and show the country New Hampshire's first in the nation in more than just whittling down the presidential primary field. New Hampshire can, and by right ought to, take back local control of lawmaking. Government serves at the consent of the people, not the corporations. Article 10 of our state Constitution says, "Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind."
Please read those words over again and think about them. When we fight for our homes and our very way of life, we're often told "but that's the law." Why do we so willingly accept that but not these words, this law?
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 01:16
To The Daily Sun,
We are so grateful to everyone who participated in our 14th Spelling Bee: The Laconia High School Chorus, comprised of Sabrina Desaulniers, Emily Paronto, Tim Maczko, Michael Tarling, Gabby Melvin, and Maddie Wunsch, opened the event with an uplifting rendition of the National Anthem. Master of ceremony, Pat Kelly; enunciators, Rhetta Colon and Rick Crockford; judges, Marcia Hayward and Marilyn Lynch each added a special flair to the Bee itself and the Laconia High School administration and facility crew provided us with all the support to make the venue inviting and workable. Photographer, Steve Loughlin, Lakes Region Public Access TV, (Denise Beauchaine and Bob Daniels); the Citizen of Laconia and The Laconia Daily Sun, all worked to provide coverage for the event.
Final thanks to all who attended the event to cheer on the spellers and purchased 50-50 raffle tickets (with special thanks to the 50/50 winner Karen Bianco who re-gifted her prize to the Scholarship Foundation.
We were able to raise over $9,400 this year, to benefit our "Friends of the Foundation Operating Fund," which helps us cover the expenses associated with administering our scholarship program. In addition to the above-mentioned, we extend our appreciation to all the following companies or individuals, who generously donated funds or volunteered their services:
Corporate Sponsors Belknap Landscape Company Inc., Calvin Dental Associates, Lawson, Persson & Weldon-Francke, PC, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and F. André Paquette in honor of Margaret Rose Paquette.
Team Spellers and Sponsors Congratulations to No. 1 Winning Team. Laconia Librarians: Randy Brough, Jamie Dalton and Natalie Moser, sponsored by Bob Merwin State Farm Insurance, who have been faithful participants in our Bee since its inception.
Spelling Teams, who won costume prizes, and their sponsors students: First-place team, Gilford High School Fantastic Fishermen: Keegan Coons, Nate Davis and Tommy Hart, sponsored by the DeCamp Team at Morgan Stanley; second place, GHS "SUPER" Spellers: Cassidy Bartlett, Kylee Drew and Emily Parker by Lawson Persson & Weldon-Francke PC; Adults: First-place team, DWS "Not Just # Nerds": Michelle Dean, Ben DeMark and Dawn Dragon by Denoncourt, Waldron & Sullivan; Second-place team: Laconia High School SemiConscious SemiColons: Natasha Reiner, Amy Scott and Chris Ulrich by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Third-place team: Seniors Raise Cain: Joan Allison, Doris Citron, Judith Dean and Sue Williams by Taylor Community.
Other intrepid team spellers and supportive sponsors ABC You at the Finish Line: Finnian Mousseau. Noah Mousseau and Sullivan Mousseau by Mary B. Orton; Belmont High School KMP: Malia Lundahl, Paige Norkiewicz and Karl Wieck by Bank of New Hampshire; BHS Wanna Bees: Taylor Becker, Alexa Robbins and Nicole Rosas by Marcia Hayward & Meredith Village Savings Bank;, GHS Charlie's Angels: Kathryn Andrews, Jessica Currier and Kassidy Morris by Gilford Police Department; GHS Interact: Christian Karagianis, Patrick McKenna and Mikaela Wardrick by Gilford Rotary Club; GHS Ugly Sweaters: Koral Bickford, Niki Bogdan, Helen Jude and Kris Shepard by Gregg & Sandra Caulfield; Gilford Rotary: Nancy Carsen, Don Clarke and Clara Jude by Gilford Rotary Club; Hip-Bees: Lisa Bianco, Jackie Gogolen and Karen Soucy by Bianco Child & Family Services.
Also: Holy Trinity Surfin' Squad: Christina Beane, Samuel Cooney, Allison Jope and Cheyenne Wright Team by F. André Paquette in honor of Margaret Rose Paquette; Huot Center Careers in Education: Robin Friend, Skyla Mooney and Cierra Pinkney by Thom Francoeur - Allstate Insurance; Laconia Clinic Scrubs: Judy LaFrance, Arnie Miller and Erica Russell by Laconia Clinic; LHS Class of 1977: Judy Ball, Ruth McLaughlin and Sherry Weeks by Belknap Landscape Co. Inc.; LHS Key Club: Lily Chanthasak, Anne Dionne, Becky Olewine and Becca Sirois by Kiwanis Club of Laconia; LHS Quarter Note Triplets: Taylor Gagne, Mariah Hawkins and Emily Huckins by The Ellis Family; LHS Sopranos: Sabrina Desaulniers, Emily Paronto and Michael Tarling by Steven & Marlene Hodgdon; LHS Sweet Adelines: Tim Maczko. Jessica McDermott and Gabby Melvin by Mary VanderNoot; Soul Sisters: Brenda Bouton, Tammy Emond and Kathy Giovanni by Congregational Church of Laconia.
In addition to our Corporate and Team sponsors, we give thanks to the following donors who sponsored ads in our program or donated gifts-in-kind: Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists, All My Life Jewelers, Janet D. Allison, American Eyecare Express Inc., Applebee's, Beane Conference Center, Belknap County Sportsmen's Assn., Belknap Mill Quilter's Guild, Bianco Child & Familiy Services, Judy Bissonnette, James & Carole Boehle, Boulia-Gorrell Lumber Company, George E. & Barbara H. Brixner III, Michael & Janet Brough, Gloyd & Janet Calley, Capitol Center for the Arts, Gregg & Sandra Caulfield, CBH Landscape Contractors, The Common Man, Contigiani's Catering Service, Cybertron Inc., Denoncourt, Waldron & Sullivan CPA, Edgewater Academy of Dance, The Ellis Family, Sue-Ann Fecteau, Realtor, The Fogarty Family.
Also: Thom Francoeur - Allstate Insurance, Fratello's Ristorante Italiano, Funspot, Claire Giguere, Gilford Hannaford, Gracie's Hair Salon, Florence Guilmett, Hackett & Hill Jewelers, Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant, Steven & Marlene Hodgdon, HRO Plus, Irwin Automotive Group, J & J Printing, Jazzercise, Kennell Orthodontics, Kiwanis Club of Laconia, Laconia Lodge of Elks, Laconia Police Department, Lakes Region Community College, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Laurent Overhead Door Systems, Paulette & Steve Loughlin, Malone, Dirubbo & Company, PC, Martin, Lord & Osman, PA, McDonald's.
Also: Atty. Scott D. McGuffin, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, NAPA Auto & Truck Parts, New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Ninety-Nine Restaurant, Normandin, Cheney & O'Neil, PLLC, O'dus LLC, Mary B. Orton, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Pike Industries, Inc., Katherine Reardon, Sal's Pizza, Shaw's Supermarket Gilford, Georgianna Silva, Blanche Sleeper, Squam Lakes Science Center, Stafford Oil Co. Inc., Joni Stover, Tanger Outlet Center, Taylor Community, T-Bones, Tilton Trailer Rental, Travel Health of NH, Uno Chicago Grill, Mary M. VanderNoot, VISTA ShurFine Supermarket, Wal-Mart, Wedbush Securities, John & Patricia Weeks, Whittemore Florist & Greenhouse, and Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Crematorium.
Paulette Loughlin, President
Joan Cormier, Executive Director
Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:34
To The Daily Sun,
In his op-ed on Dec. 9, E. Scott Cracraft says one correct and important thing, "a 'right' ends where the rights of others begin." Nevertheless, most of the rest of his op-ed, e.g., the stuff about snake handlers, attempts to convince readers that it is okay for Obamacare to violate employer religious rights by forcing employers to pay for abortion-inducing drugs. Fortunately the Supreme Court did not agree.
Actually Obamacare doesn't require employers to provide health insurance except under certain conditions. And, employers meeting those conditions can choose to pay a fine/tax instead.
Many businesses cannot absorb the large increase in health insurance cost caused by Obamacare, even by raising prices of goods or services, so they are forced to take actions that hurt workers.
To avoid the Obamacare insurance requirement some businesses are cutting to fewer than 50 full-time jobs. (This is particularly devastating to workers who can't find decent jobs and our economy because small businesses have historically been the source of most American job growth (many large businesses consolidate and cut jobs).) Or businesses can cut employee pay, benefits, or pay increases to cover the cost of the fines/taxes or the increased health insurance costs.
Obamacare (and other Obama policies) have devastated many middle-income Americans. Just during Obama's six years in office the number of poor Americans has increased by about 50 percent and the median income has declined by about 8 percent ($4,000). And, since most impact from Obamacare was postponed until after last November's election, much more harm is coming to middle-income Americans and to our national economy.
The truth is that Obamacare was never intended to help the American people. Many simpler, cheaper, and less damaging options to address our healthcare problems were rejected. Obamacare was created as another step along the path toward total government control (single payer) of our health care system.
For decades, big government proponents have been expanding government control over our health care, each intrusion creating new problems which are then cited as justification for more government control. (As President Reagan said, "Government is the problem.") Total control of our healthc are system provides politicians enormous control over our lives (Bloomberg's attempt to control beverage sizes reveals a tiny bit of the level of control they want).
In their pursuit of total control of our health care, politicians and their dupes demonize anyone presenting an obstacle. And so they demonize Hobby Lobby, a family-owned corporation which provides good pay and benefits, exemplifies its Christian beliefs by closing on Sundays and comparatively early on other days so employees can be with their families, and objects to funding abortions. Hobby Lobby provided health insurance to its employees that covered birth control, but not drugs causing abortions.
Unwilling to violate its religious beliefs, Hobby Lobby could comply with Obamacare by cutting full-time jobs, cutting pay or benefits to recoup the cost of the fine/tax.
Hobby Lobby sued so it could do what it felt was right (but not obligated to do) for its employees and still honor its religious beliefs. No people or business should be forced to hurt others or give up its firmly held religious beliefs. Fortunately the Supreme Court agreed.
The United States Constitution was created to protect people's natural (or God-given) rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Progressives often try to confuse people by lumping politician given (legislated) "rights," e.g., Social Security or welfare or health care, with natural, constitutionally protected, rights. Politician given "rights" will vanish when they no longer benefit the politicians.
Politician provided "rights" which forcefully transfer wealth, e.g., employers must provide health insurance, violate Cracraft's assertion, that one person's (employee's) rights must not infringe on another person's (employer's) rights.
Although it violates some peoples' rights, politicians buy a lot of votes by transferring wealth. Many people object when rights are violated and balk at providing all the funds the politicians want to buy votes. So our immoral politicians borrow money to be repaid by the earnings (lives) of unborn Americans who can't object.
If you agree that big government threatens our liberties, that stealing from the unborn is immoral, and that job killing policies like Obamacare must be ended, then join the only people fighting for our liberties, balanced budgets, and pro-growth job creating policies, join a TEA Party.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:30
To The Daily Sun,
We insult babies to point out babyish behavior in New Hampshire's Republican-strong House of Representatives. Luckily, their babyish or bratty behavior may have an upside, later in 2016. During that election cycle, enough New Hampshire voters may be fed up with Republicans that they don't put their votes there, from the top of the ticket on down.
We have obstructionist Republicans from the top of the ticket on down. Let them cook their own goose, if that's what they want. Sorry though we may be for the damage they can do in two years.
Meaning of that idiom about the goose: "Be one's own worst enemy."
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:23