Our leaders not capable of tackling real solution to heroin problem

To The Daily Sun,
Letters in this paper in the last week have spoken in favor of increased funds for the ever-increasing problem of heroin through the land. Some people criticize our Democratic governor for spending our taxpayer dollars on people who make very poor decisions, others believe it is truly a disease incapable of curing itself unless receiving outside help. In Maine, the Republican governor wants more funds to fight heroin than his lawmakers have given him and is threatening to bring in the National Guard if he can't get more taxpayer money. The Democrat House speaker there says he won't "waste taxpayer dollars".

With this evidence, I don't think that this is a battle between Democrats or Republicans, but rather a battle between those of us who believe it is just people making stupid choices or those of us who believe it's a disease.

I personally believe that this problem is just the tip of the iceberg for our communities here in our local area. I'm convinced that people making the jump from other less-lethal drugs to heroin is a combination of being desensitized to drugs from our society's media and under-education. They have a bad self-image, communicate poorly and have a lack of positive role models. There are so many growing communities of poorly-raised children bleeding out onto our streets. These are people who abuse government handouts, people who don't succeed in their adult lives, or give back to the community, people who are lazy and refuse to work lower wage jobs, people whom have numerous children without any plans for their future. Now how do you fix that? By throwing money at these individuals after they have decided to go down this road? Do you reward your child for bad behavior? Our government seems to think that is the way.

I think to solve this epidemic, we have to focus on fixing those type of families first — to reinstall pure American values infused with good intentions, diversity and fresh ideas, to make kids healthy and happy with families that can get ahead in life and prosper mentally and financially, to get families who raise kids with good morals and decision-making back in the majority, to teach kids not to fear what is different than them, but to embrace it. It's so easy, yet unfortunately we are a society that yells so loudly from both sides that nothing gets heard. I cannot fathom any force in our political climate ever getting something like this going. It's disheartening, really.

It's what will happen if this problem continues to grow that really scares me. I am starting to see the results of this "epidemic" daily here in Laconia. Skinny, pale-faced man-boys smoking on street corners. Young mothers with too many kids hardly dressed on cold winter days. Parents covered in expensive tattoos yet collecting at a food bank. Drug busts in all parts of the city on any night or every night of the week. It is becoming more and more common, and sooner or later you will know one of these kids in the police logs or obituaries, if you haven't seen a few already.

In conclusion, I feel it's almost comical if it wasn't so wretched that we argue about red herring answers to a problem whose real solution is a much bigger endeavor than our leaders seem capable of tackling.

I wish we had real leaders who weren't mired in controversy or seriously flawed, yet they get voted into office because voters don't want to throw their vote away on the less polished candidate whom they agree with, but don't think will get the popular vote. This is accomplishing nothing, people. Our system is seriously broken and needs to be reevaluated. Big Money always wins, but does nothing for the middle class. Is that really the American way people?

Thomas Lemay


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Maybe this price increase will hit home to backers of fracking

To The Daily Sun,

I read this in The Conway Daily Sun, on Friday, Oct. 20, Page 3: "But the price of firewood is going up for people in the Northeast. The timber industry said hardwood is in demand for building hydro-fracking sites in Pennsylvania, so homeowners are paying about $325 per cord, up from $50 tp $75 this year."

To those who still believe that fracking is not one of the dirtiest forms of energy, maybe this price increase will hit home.

Dick Devens
Center Sandwich

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There are over 50 Muslim countries that offer compatible cultures

To The Daily Sun,
One has to wonder if Todd Welch's comments (see his Nov. 3 letter) about immigration/refugees and the people who oppose uncontrolled immigration or accepting more Middle-East refugees is a simple misunderstanding or a standard leftist ploy to shut up people who have a different opinion.

Welch seems a little too accusatory and a little too self-righteousness for my taste. He feels good about himself that he would take in a refugee and because he thinks other people, whose struggles he knows nothing about, should take in refugees, but he just isn't able to do it.

Or, perhaps he feels our federal government should borrow even more money to support hundreds of thousands more refugees/immigrants. Apparently he is willing to further sacrifice the future of his and your children, grandchildren and future generations who will bear this extra burden on top of our already outrageous $19 trillion in operating debt which grows daily by more than $1 billion. How willingly Welch sacrifices others so he can feel good about himself.

Welch wants everyone to have equal rights. Did he support the war which was partly an attempt to provide those rights to Iraqis? I haven't noticed any of his letters critical of President Obama's Iraq policy, which has dashed any hope that Iraqis might have had for those rights.

One major lesson we should have learned from the Iraq war and our subsequent study of Islam is that many Muslims either don't want the same rights as we do or don't value them very highly. Muslims weren't willing to cooperate to ensure such rights in Iraq. They wouldn't even fight to defend their country, their cities, or these rights against ISIS. Although few of us can understand it, many Muslim women want to live under Sharia where they, from our viewpoint, have few rights and are, essentially, property.

I oppose illegal immigration by all people, race is not a factor. Illegal immigration must not be tolerated from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Americas or any place else.

Immigration must only be allowed which benefits American citizens and only to people who want to assimilate into our American way of life. We have a right to protect the way of life which has made us the freest, strongest, fairest, and most prosperous people on earth and pass it on to future generations of Americans. The best we can do for ourselves and other peoples of the world is to protect our successful society for others to see and emulate to obtain similar benefits in their countries.

Most of the world's roughly 6 billion people want to come here; some to become Americans, some to make money to send or take home, some to take advantage of our welfare system, and some for criminal and/or terrorist purposes. Obviously we can't let everyone come here, so we must select carefully; we must exclude all those who don't benefit our current population and way of life.

Does our country have an obligation to help less fortunate people in foreign nations? Many nations do nothing to help foreigner poor. President Obama and other leftists tell us America isn't a Christian nation, so leftists can't claim we have a Christian obligation to do so. Nor is there any constitutional authority to forcefully take money from Americans to give to others. Nevertheless, we are the world's most generous nation, both privately and publicly.

Are we obligated to jeopardize our own people's safety, prosperity, freedom, and way of life to help others by bringing people here who jeopardize our way of life? No. I wouldn't let such people come from Great Britain, Germany, Japan, or anyplace else.

The idea that we have an obligation to bring many thousands of Syrian and Middle East "refugees" here is sheer lunacy (it is estimated that perhaps 70 percent don't even originate from war zones). If nothing else, the example of the flood of such refugees in Europe, their ingratitude, their demands, and their lawlessness should keep us from repeating that folly.

There is no way to vet these people to ensure they are not criminals or terrorists. Most don't speak English, have skills needed to be self-supporting, or even want to live the American way of life; their culture is incompatible with ours. In addition, Muslims have a 1,400 year history of violence among different Muslim sects and against people who won't submit to Islam; do we want that violence here?

There are over 50 Muslim countries that offer more compatible cultures where Muslims would fit in better than here. However, the best solution, better for them and better for the rest of the world, would be for coalition forces to create safe zones in Syria and/or Iraq for these people to restart their lives or wait to return home.

If we were to accept any refugees from the Middle East, they should be Christians, Jews, and other non-Muslims who are a threat to no one but are being exterminated by Muslims. The cultures of these people and ours are a much better match.

Because of the American way of life that provides freedom, the opportunity for achievement and prosperity, equal (as humanly possible) justice, and a very tolerant society, the American people are free and prosper. It amazes me that some people are willing to casually throw that away so they can feel self-righteous.

Don Ewing

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Net proceeds of BCbOp! concert go to Visiting Nurses & Hospice

To The Daily Sun,

What an opportunity. . . residing here in the middle of New Hampshire has its benefits as well as shortcomings. No one could ask for a prettier and a friendlier place to live, but we don't often have the opportunity to see live performances from internationally known artists. Well, on Nov. 14, one of those rare opportunities will present itself. Boston College's renowned jazz band and vocalists, BC bOp! will perform at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. with homemade refreshments and soft drinks (a cash bar for beer and wine will also be available). The concert will begin at 7:45 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 a piece and include the refreshments.

Created almost three decades ago at Boston College, BC bOp! includes a 20-piece band plus vocalists. This award-winning ensemble performs an extensive repertoire of instrumental and vocal jazz music from the 1940s, '50s, '60s, and '70s — all designed to appeal to a variety of musical tastes. It has consistently placed among the top 10 college instrumental vocal ensembles in national competitions. Competitive auditions of instrumentalists and vocal performers are held each academic year in September to determine who is qualified to become a member of this talented group.

BC bOp!'s musicians have performed and captivated fans at Carnegie Hall, Jazzfest in Orlando, Fla., the Reno, Nev., and Lionel Hampton Jazz Festivals. In addition, they have performed internationally at resorts in Cancun, the Bahamas, and Jamaica.

The net proceeds of the BC bOp! performance will go to Central N.H. Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice (www.centralvna.org) whose mission is "Promoting dignity, independence, and well-being through the delivery of quality home health, hospice and community-based care services." Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice serves Lakes Region communities in Belknap and Southern Carroll County and provides home care (nursing and rehabilitation services in the home); pediatric care (direct health care, education and support services for children and families); and a comprehensive, team-based hospice program.

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified provider of home care and hospice services, licensed by the State of New Hampshire.

Tickets are still available at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse box office by calling 603 279-0333. Don't delay. Seating is limited at the intimate theater; so act now.

Why am I telling you this? Because the "We Care" program that Temple B'nai Israel created as a fundraiser for important community charitable organizations, is offering the BC bOp! concert as the finale for the program's 2015 fundraising efforts. You don't want to miss this opportunity.

Stu Needleman


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Selectmen should not pretend it will cost $5,000 to hold a town meeting

To The Daily Sun,

The Sanbornton selectmen, in their attempt to deny the right of voters to petition for a special Town Meeting, cited the cost of $5,000. This, at best, is a disingenuous statement. When asked, one experienced municipal attorney simply stated the alleged cost is "outrageous".

In the past, the town has conducted several special town meetings. One, in which I was the lead petitioner, was to change voting hours; another was convened by selectmen in 2008 and the current chairman was on the boat at that time; another, a budget committee member. Never was the issue of cost or concern raised. Based on previous experiences, the cost of a special town meeting is several hundred dollars, not $5,000 — nor can selectmen use this as a reason to deny citizens of our community the right to vote.

Hopefully, the selectmen have learned that thee is a higher authority in town — Town Meeting.

Tom Salatiello


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