To The Daily Sun,
Much is said about the New Hampshire Advantage. We attribute many of our successes to our frugality and willingness to take care of our own communities while living within our means. But as much as we talk about it, sometimes we don't pay enough attention to what it really means, think about its components, and take proactive steps to preserve it.
Protecting our natural resources and cultural heritage lies at the heart of "Live Free or Die", and is an important component. Here in the Lakes Region we particularly value our mountains, lakes and rivers, the most visible components of our natural heritage. Our richly diverse communities and magnificent geography clearly identify us as the center of New Hampshire.
Hardest to see and measure, though, are the contributions of our people and the decisions we make. People here in the Lakes Region are strong and resilient and we embrace our neighbors and visitors alike. These define our character and enrich us as well as the entire Granite State, to say nothing about attracting abundant tourists to enjoy our hospitality.
When viewed through this prism, the choices some of our legislators are making are baffling. We know that investing in the New Hampshire Advantage pays dividends, yet we see aggressive, crippling cuts being made to programs — including some which return more than $8 for every dollar we spend.
For example, for every dollar we put into promoting our state's tourism industry, our state and local governments take in more than eight dollars in revenue. At the same time, spending by visiting tourists help fund more than 68,000 jobs in our state.
One of the smart decisions we made a few years ago to ensure this continues, was to dedicate a small portion of rooms and meals tax revenue specifically to tourism promotion. The House Republican passed budget is poised to suspend that action — a cut of nearly half of the budget for promoting our state's tourism industry. Again, for every dollar we spend on tourism promotion we get eight back. This cut of more than $3 million could result in real revenue losses of more than $20 million, and deliver a long term domino effect in job losses and business contraction.
Research in other states has shown that even temporary reductions in promotional marketing of tourism can have a lasting impact on the state's economy. Why would we want to risk that?
The Lakes Region that so many of us call home would suffer mightily if these illogical cuts aren't reversed. We aren't just talking about the loss of seasonal jobs, we are talking about small businesses we've known for years, even decades, disappearing. Hardworking Granite State families, people that have supported their communities and our state for generations, facing hardship over bad business decisions made by legislators more concerned about campaign slogans than the strength of the communities they represent.
When we look at the states that have come out of the recent economic downturn the strongest, the common element has been investing in themselves. If we don't do the same, the New Hampshire Advantage will be something we tell stories about, "remember when. . ."
The actions of the current legislature aren't even penny-wise, they are just pound-foolish. We should be investing in the preservation of the New Hampshire Advantage. These cuts aren't the right choice for our state, we owe Granite Staters better decision making than that.
David O. Huot
Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2015 05:33
To The Daily Sun,
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am writing today to pass along some information about a local necessity that is in jeopardy of shutting its doors. The Center Harbor Food Pantry has served over 400 families a month for close to 18 years. It was recently brought to my attention that after decades of service, the pantry will close its doors unless it can come up with close to $90,000 to repay loans taken to stop the auction of the property a year ago.
Pastor Bob, still very active at the young age of 76, has worked tirelessly to provide this service and has dealt with more than his fair share of roadblocks. The services provided by the food pantry go beyond simply food on the table, though that itself is something we all take for granted. Pastor Bob has helped people to receive basic toiletries, clothing, and furniture, and does so free of charge.
I have volunteered with the Center Harbor Food Pantry for about a year now. It can't be explained as to how important this pantry is to the Lakes Region and if it were to cease how many families will be looking to other already overloaded food pantries further away. What we need is money. What we really need are ideas to save this diamond in the rough so that those affected by this economy can find the supplies they need to continue on.
New Hampshire takes care of its own. We need you, your donations, your ideas to keep the Center Harbor Food Pantry going along.
State Rep. Glen Aldrich
Gilford & Meredith
Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 12:58
To The Daily Sun,
James Veverka, man-of-minutia, joins forces with the eco-tyrant scam artists. He asserts that meteorologists are unqualified to have an opinion on how humans may or may not be affecting climate change in any meaningful way. Those would be the scientists who are concerned with the processes and phenomena of the atmosphere in helping them forecast the weather. Climate refers to weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period. Synonyms include weather conditions and atmospheric conditions. Well, now I understand why Jim might think meteorologists would have as little understanding of climate change as progressives do with the complicated processes of capitalism.
Perhaps our resident contrarian-in-chief has not been apprised of the notion that historically, from Galileo to Einstein, scientific advances come from outside of consensus. S. Fred Singer notes, "The very notion of a scientific consensus is unscientific." Of course those of us who pay attention to real scientific measurements through honest to goodness atmospheric measurements, understand that public faith in climate models has hit rock bottom. Again, Singer reminds us, "if the science were as certain as climate activists pretend, then there would precisely one climate model and it would be in agreement with measured data. As it happens, climate modelers have constructed literally dozens of climate models. What they all have in common is a failure to represent reality, and a failure to agree with the other models".
Yet Fred tells us that the "climate clique" have nevertheless grown from confident to cocky to arrogant. Not so dissimilar to the way James treats those who disagree with him. Which coincidentally, is much the same way that the left treats anyone who disagrees with their ideology, but I digress.
Who is S. Fred Singer? He is professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and director of the Science and Environmental Policy Project. His specialty is atmospheric and space physics. Now I realize that these credentials do not make him as qualified to discuss climate change as those marvelous scientists who get paid to interpret climate models. Nevertheless, I am going to quote him one more time just to add a little more CO2 to the conversation. "Climate activists seem to embrace faith and ideology — and are no longer interested in facts".
Well, knock me over with a feather. liberal, progressive, leftists unite! There is gold in them thar climate model hills. Blindfold the public, send in the government bandidos and rob the middle class. There are so many more Solyndras to bankroll and so many more solar and wind turbine projects to throw money at. Sorry James, master obfuscator, but the jig is up. The hype has been deflated and this climate change consensus con game is all about greed, money, power and control of people's lives. It has absolutely zero to do with "saving the planet", wink, wink. James pretending he is not aware of that is like Hillary Clinton pretending she does not know she is in the top echelon of the 1 percent, while threatening to go after the 1 percent to help the poor and middle classes. You two kids are just so darn silly.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 12:55
To The Daily Sun,
There is a new book out that is must reading for the Daily Sun writers crowd entitled "Clinton Cash" by Peter Schweitzer. It is an inside look at how foreign governments have made Bill and Hillary Clinton celebrities extraordinaire in what I thought was the despised 1 percent by the Democratic Party. The only wealth Democrats revile is when some Republican holds it. It was alleged Mitt Romney's millions made him out of touch with the common man while Democrats now proclaim Hillary is Dear Abby and Mother Teresa with her millions. Read the book whether you hate the Clintons, or love them.
The one sure conclusion the book offers, the Clinton Foundation runs as a semi philanthropic slush fund to increase the Clintons clout and power. Not just in America, but around the globe. The Clintons are truly unique in the annals of American politics. They have become so corrupt their next scandal isn't some surprise, it is expected.
There are few people in politics who could survive their level of deception. The Clintons not only survive on corruption and scandal, they thrive on it. Hillary Clinton just got caught wiping her computer clean of thousands of e-mails sent while conducting official business. Not only is she still in politics, she is running for president expecting to be coronated. If Romney had been caught "vaporizing: and "cleansing" his communications as governor he would have been hung by his private parts, left to be stripped to the bone by the political buzzards. We all need to stand in awe of the Clintons. They are indeed among the privileged few allowed to "lie and cheat" expecting to be adored for it.
How does the Clinton foundation corruption work? it is simple. Bill flies around the world disguised as a humanitarian and wise man almost always accompanied by "close friends" who have business interests in the country Bill is making speeches in. After the speeches, introductions are made to the "right people". Then obstacles his friends encountered doing business in these countries suddenly disappear. Very quickly donations arrive at the Clinton Foundation from his very beholding, close friends. This is all 100 percent documented.
The Clinton Foundation uranium story stands out above all and is the stuff legends are made of. In 2005 Bill meets with the unsavory, dictator of Kazakhstan. A Clinton "friend" accompanies him to the meeting. The guys name is Frank Guistra. Frank had been trying to buy some uranium mines in Kazakhstan without luck, impeded by government bureaucracy. Soon after the trip Frank gets his mines. Quickly, the Clinton Foundation gets a $31.3 million gift from a very grateful Frank. Soon after, Frank's company merges with another called Uranium One. Shareholders from Uranium One soon begin making out checks to "you guessed it", the Clinton Foundation. It doesn't end there. Not long after, wealthy Frank announces a $100 million joint venture called the Clinton Guistra Sustainable growth initiative.
It doesn't end there either. This is where Bonnie and Clyde tag team. Russia wanted to buy Uranium One, but the company had some mines in the U.S. This meant the deal required federal approval when Hillary was ecretary of state. Guess what? Deal done, mysteriously the U.S. mines of Uranium One got transferred to some mysterious holding company controlled by guess who? The Russians.
We won't be potentially electing Hillary Clinton president. We will be electing "Bonnie" Elizabeth Parker, offering her keys to the U.S. treasury. "Clyde" won't be far away playing the piano out front, smiling, recalling the deep pleasures sitting behind his presidential desk. The infamous, mistress, Monica in the blue dress appeared during Bill's presidency.
The only unknown in the next Clinton saga "who's playing the gigolo?" Will he be wearing a blue suit? Will he be wearing a "wire" connected to Iran or China? What ever mess happens, the Clintons will be given a "pass."
Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 12:51
To The Daily Sun,
Hillary Clinton just can't catch a break lately. It's been one thing after another so far this year, her servers then her faulty; explanations/excuses where facts just don't support what she says. She announces her candidacy for president then goes into hiding, won't answer any questions not scripted and darn few of those. Add to troubling questions not being answered came those about the donations to the Clinton Foundation from very suspicious sources/circumstances.
Earlier this week it was revealed her statement that she only used one e-mail address has proved false, she used at least two, it was reported. Also turns out she and "old friend" Sidney Blumenthal were very chatty about some deals Blumenthal was trying to promote in Libya while Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state.
Now, holy cow, New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt gets hold of some of Hillary's 55,000 emails turned over to State and Michael digs out 349 pages related to the Benghazi incident. Gee-whiz, no matter how hard they try they just can't make that pesky thing go away. Wait now and you will hear all the excusers try to blame that on the famous old "vast right-wing conspiracy" or right-wing nuts or perhaps Tea Party extremists, but all this has been coming from the left. That's right, the New York Times, ABC News. What does Hillary do now that she can't find someone on the right to blame? Anyone got a mirror she can borrow?
Back to the Blumenthal connection. Seems Mr. Schmidt at the Times has discovered that Sidney was up to his ears in "creditable sources" and was sharing with Mrs. C. all about the attack. All the who, why and wherefores which Hillary passed along but without identifying her source, (Blumenthal). It even appears possible that it was he who credited the event on the now infamous YouTube video? And the questions just keep piling up on poor ol' Hillary, every liberals favorite victim.
So I wonder what's next? The way these things keep breaking makes me wonder how liberals can keep a straight face when they say they will support her nomination? Then again, any means justifies the end.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 08:46