To The Daily Sun,
The editorial cartoon on Aug. 27 suggested that a border wall that would really protect America would be built surrounding the NRA. As a life member, I could actually see some potential for that idea. The purpose of the wall would be to let people decide which kind of a country they would really like to live in.
One side still cherishes our God, our families, our jobs, our independence. One that still promotes self-reliance, integrity and personal responsibility. Where, as Dr. King asked, people are judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Where all people had equal economic opportunities and the law applied equally to every individual. I seem to remember a place like that.
On the other side of the wall, anything goes. The law is really just a polite request to behave yourself. Depending on who you are, you might be able to get away with taxing and regulating your political opponents away, or controlling the people's very lives by controlling what kind of care they might receive when they get sick. Where you are constantly flooded with new unknown people bringing in equally unknown agendas, substances, diseases. Where you are not allowed to protect yourself from the criminals who want to take your stuff. Where your kids leave school without learning critical skills they will need to keep a job. That is, if they could find a job after the government has taxed and regulated many companies to death and the rest have been burned to the ground. And when you get robbed, raped or killed by one of your fellow citizens, they police might show up to help, or not.
But of course there are both kinds of places here in the United States already, existing side by side with ever increasing conflict. What if there was a great big wall to separate us from each other like the Berlin Wall in Germany. Which side would you want to live on?
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:01
To The Daily Sun,
The Universal Man
It is not my pain I feel, but yours
a spirit crushed by violence and death.
It is not my weariness I bear, but yours
hungry and wounded you stumble on.
It is not my soul that is troubled, but yours
reaching out for help; you grasp the empty air.
I am not abandoned, but you are, friendless
in a hostile land — your family scattered.
You are the universal man ... despised and
forsaken. However you came to be you came
thru me —
For you and I exist in the same space and time
separated only by chance!
Leon R. Albushies
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:58
To The Daily Sun,
Money has corrupted our politicians and 83 percent of the nation agrees. Our elected representatives have been compromised by the consistent need to raise funds for the next election, so much so that they spend the majority of their time courting campaign donors instead of doing the job they were elected to do.
Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Martin O'Malley have all spoken out about the corruption involved in the system, but no one has prioritized fixing it, until now. Professor Lawrence Lessig has announced a unique presidential campaign and has started to raise money, money from individual citizens, in order to fix it, first.
Professor Lessig's plan calls for a national referendum, a massive uprising of popular support from the people to elect him as president with one goal, to enact the Citizens Equality Act. The CEA is a series of revolutionary campaign finance and election reforms designed to take the power back out of the few who have the money to finance elections and back to where it belongs, with the people.
And he plans to fix it, first. The Citizen's Equality Act is his No. 1 priority, in fact, it's his only priority. We can't expect a politician to risk their political career by making this leap, which is why we need a statesman like Professor Lessig to enact such a vital change. Once in office, he will work hard to get the reforms into law, and then step aside.
Professor Lessig needs your support, which is why I am writing to the readers of this newspaper. New Hampshire knows representative democracy. We pride ourselves at being first to choose the next president, and it is not a job we take lightly. I urge you to check out Professor Lessig's plan on his website at Lessig2016.org. If you agree, as I do, that eliminating the corruption of money in politics is so important that it needs to be the first priority of the next president, please consider supporting him.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:52
To The Daily Sun,
In a recent e-mail discussion I had with Senator Kelly Ayotte, I asked why she voted down federal funding of Planned Parenthood. This was the Senators reply.
"Like many Americans, I was appalled by recent videos that show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of organs from aborted babies."
This is what I sent back.
The video you are referring to has more splices than the Nixon tapes. I agree that a full investigation into those tapes should be made, I'm sure it came from some wacko-doodle far-right group who have failed to push their agenda in the past. We need to keep the Church separated from the State. If you feel so strongly about defunding Planned Parenthood then you should also agree that the taxpayers in this state/nation should not be footing the bill for Narcan. Drug addiction is not a disease, it's a choice or a weakness, if you prefer. Why are we not footing the bill for chemotherapy. If lawmakers are on a guilt trip because the money they spend on drug interdiction has proven futile at best, then they should stop dropping it on the taxpayer. In other words don't load your pack on the other guy's shoulders. As a secular Republican I would rather see a woman get an abortion than to be forced into having a baby who will be not only a burden on the woman, unloved and perhaps despised, but also a burden on the state. If I sound a bit Trumpish, I'm not the only one. The last thing I want to see is going back to the coat hanger, in some dark room, down some back alley. Remember that social issues will lose re-elections faster then a F on the Congress report card.
On a follow-up thought, I keep reading over and over again about the one constituent who was a friend of one of our state senators, who lost her 21-year-old to a drug overdose. That one loss is grounds enough to increase the state's drug interdiction from $28 million to $59 million so it will ease the pain of a guilty conscience (not to mention all of the state jobs with all of those future votes it will bring in). Perhaps spending this kind of money on the 20 percent of the state's population who go to bed hungry or the for real diseases that taxpayers have to pay out of pocket or with high insurance rates would be much more beneficial to the majority of the senator's constituents. Get your priorities straight, senators, and keep your personal beliefs out of politics and out of our pockets and off our backs.
Eric T. Rottenecker
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:35
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the Laconia School District, I would like to thank the following local businesses for welcoming our new Laconia School District professional staff on Monday, Aug. 24.
These businesses include: All My Life Jewelers, Art Escape, Bank of NH, Bead Devine, Belknap Mill, Bootleggers, Burrito Me, Happy Cow Ice Cream, Laconia Fire Department, MC Cycle, Polished and Proper, Daubs Shoe Repair, Frates Art Studio, Laconia Athletic and Swim Club, Laconia Chamber of Commerce, Laconia City Hall, Laconia Police Department, Laconia Public Library, My Coffee House, Prescott's Florist, Soda Shoppe, SunDay's Salon, Sunflower Health Foods, The Studio, Village Bakery, Vintage Row, Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, and Whittemore's Florist.
Many of our new teachers are new to the area and it was helpful to introduce them to local merchants and services as well as learn about our amazing and supportive community.
Laconia School District
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:29