To The Daily Sun.
This letter is written in response to a Letter to the Editor written by Rick Ball, printed in the June 6 edition of The Daily Sun.
We live in a country where we have free speech, but my dear sir, your letter has lots of misinformation, so please allow me a moment to correct you please.
Lakeport Landing is not trying to change the terms of the original contract, they are trying to purchase the property from the city. They did not make a bad business decision and they did not low-ball the price. There was no price set at the time the lease was nearing its end. Lakeport Landing, sir, should have the right to have first right of refusal for the price that the city of Laconia feels appropriate.
Lakeport Landing is not asking the City of Laconia to, as you state, bail them out! OMG Mr. Ball, they are trying to appease the city councilors' requirement for the purchase of this property, not unlike any other business in our great city, no more, no less.
It appears that you work in Belmont. Great. Worry about Belmont, Mr. Ball. The folks at Lakeport Square work very hard in making that part of Laconia extraordinary for the citizens of Laconia. I say, well done folks, well done for all you have done to promote your section of the city.
However, I doubt that the city will allow that property to come off of the tax base and give it to the hard working folks of the Lakeport Community Association, and I doubt that those folks would want to take that property on either.
Mr. Ball, you have the right to voice your opinion, but if you choose to do so, be accurate in your facts. Do not libel Lakeport Landing in their endeavors to expand their business. And, by the way Mr. Ball, Lakeport Landing is a solid business that operates in Lakeport. Just saying. Have a great day, sir. Thank you for your comments.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 08:12
To The Daily Sun,
It's time to start planning for the big one, the Laconia High School Class of 1966 50th Reunion. We will have a kick off meeting on June 30. Time and place to be determined by the number of volunteers who respond. All are welcome.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 08:09
I am not a native of New England but I have grown to love the region. I like the geography, the scenery and the people. It is not a bad place for a Midwestern/Southern/military kid to wind up in his later years! Perhaps the cold winters have created a tough breed of people who have no problem expressing their thoughts and opinions on a wide range of subjects all the while not caring in the least what others think? Maybe that is a stereotype but many stereotypes have at least a bit of truth in them somewhere.
One thing I especially like and admire about many New Englanders is their penchant for saying what they mean and "saying it to your face." This is often true even if it is mean or unfair. I have observed that here, if people do not like someone, that person knows it quickly. I have an African-American friend who once said he preferred bigots who wore sheets because at least you knew where you stood with them. Much scarier were those who smiled to your face but did or said things behind your back.
Being upfront and forthright about how one feels is a wonderful quality and this quality is reflected in the pages of The Sun, my favorite "small town newspaper!" Even when an attack is unfair or personal most people say it to your face or at least sign it.
Ed Engler is a courageous man. He is willing to publish anything no matter how outside-of-the-box it may be. He even publishes the "loony" letters. Of course, "loony" is a relative matter; I am sure many feel that includes a few of my own contributions! Ah, I love a free press!
The Sun Writers Club (We did meet for lunch. Does that qualify us as a "club?") is a diverse and interesting group. They are also courageous. Many disagree with each other but all have that quality I like: even when it is a unwarranted or personal attack, they still have the You-Know-Whats to "say it to your face" or to at least sign their names.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with writing under a "pen name" or alias when addressing a political or social issue. Our Founding Fathers did that frequently. For example, the letters to the New York press defending the new U.S. Constitution that became known as the Federalist Papers were written under a pseudonym. As many know, Ben Franklin was also adept at this tactic of taking on a different persona. Anonymous personal attacks and intimidation, however, have no place in this process.
As a proud member of The Sun Writers Club, I have had many responses outside of The Sun. Some of these are "fans" who agree with me. My wife has taken numerous calls from people who say "I just love what your hubby writes." It is natural that I am pleased that at least some agree with me! But, I know there are people who do not and who instead agree with other writers. I am sure those who take positions different than mine have their own "fan clubs".
On the other hand, I also have had plenty of communication with those who disagree with me. I talk via phone fairly regularly with at least two Sun contributors I disagree with. I have had lunch with people I would never vote for. But, no matter how they communicate with me they at least identify themselves. I do the same when I have something to say to someone.
What has no place in public, political and academic dialogue are anonymous and threatening hate messages, intimidating e-mails, unsigned "poison pen" letters, anonymous crank calls, harassing hang-up calls and the like. These are cowardly acts. If you have something to say to someone, especially if it is negative, say it to their face. If not, then at least have the courage to identify yourself in any sort of communication. This is how adults living in a sane, democratic society behave.
(Scott Cracraft is a citizen, a taxpayer, a veteran, and a resident of Gilford. He has an opinion about most things.)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
To The Daily Sun,
Let's hold on a minute here. There have been recent letters stating that the city should do the "morally right" thing and sell the Lakeport Square property to Lakeport Landing.
Thirty years ago, Lakeport Landing leased the land for ten years with the opportunity to extend the lease two times for a total of thirty years, after which the property and anything they built on it would revert to the City. That was BUSINESS DECISION that they made signed a contract to that effect. Now they want us, the citizens of Laconia, to accept a low-ball price that doesn't come close to appraised value of the parcel. If the city decides to sell this property, it should be by auction or sealed bid with an appropriate reserve.
I don't believe that Lakeport Landing has the moral high ground here as they try to change the terms of the contract that they signed 30 years ago. They seem to want the city to bail them out from, what may have been, a poor business decision.
I believe that the city should keep this piece of property and it's building as much needed space near Lakeport Square, which is already over-congested and lacks public parking.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2015 09:40
To The Daily Sun,
Some false and misleading claims concerning climate-change need to be addressed.
First, CO2 has not doubled in many thousands of years. (In my previous letter I mistakenly assumed as fact the false claim by climate alarmists that CO2 has doubled recently.)
CO2 started increasing about 250 years ago, long before the increase can be explained by man's actions, from about 275 of 1 million molecules (i.e., 275 ppm (parts per million) or about one in every 4,000 molecules) to about 400 ppm today. But humans didn't contribute enough CO2 to the atmosphere until about 1960 to account for the CO2 increase. Which raises the question of how much of the CO2 increase is really the result of human, rather than natural, e.g., warming oceans release CO2, forces?
The earth's temperature increased by about one degree Fahrenheit (F) between 1850 and 2000. Most of this warming was before 1940, before any significant human contribution of CO2. This one degree F temperature increase is far less than that predicted by the Greenhouse effect theory (about 4 degrees F) based on the CO2 increase.
The earth's current level of CO2 is nowhere near a threat to human life. It is low compared to what people put into their greenhouses, about 1/8th of the level at the times of our primate ancestors (about 3,000 ppm), and about 1/12th of the level that the U.S. Bureau of Mines says is safe for humans (5,000 ppm). Some scientists, including physicist Dr. William Happer, argue that much higher levels of CO2, e.g., 1,000 ppm, would be better for humans, for plants, and for the earth.
Obviously very little about the effects and optimum level of CO2 is settled.
Second. We've all heard that 97 percent of scientists agree with man-made climate-change; this claim is meant to deceive us. The Doran/Zimmerman report is based on a graduate student's study which reviewed 77 selected responses from a survey sent to 10,000 selected "scientists." The Cook Study reviewed the abstracts of about 12,000 peer-reviewed papers which researchers judged as agreeing (the paper at least implies that humans cause global warming), denying that humans cause global warming, or no opinion. (NASA cites these and similar studies which is particularly amusing since 40 years ago some NASA "scientists" told us to fear the coming ice age!)
The Climategate and Climategate 2 scandals revealed attempts to shutdown publishing dissenting papers, efforts to conceal scientists' data because of its weaknesses and manipulation, and that some scientists pursue climate-change as a political cause rather than a real scientific study.
Frankly, the questions in both studies are so general that almost all scientists (alarmists, deniers, and end-of-days believers) agree. The honest debate is over the significance of human influence and whether it is good or bad.
A survey American Meteorological Society members indicates that barely over half (52%) agreed that global warming is mostly human caused. (http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00091.1)
Rather than accepting the 97 percent claim as meaningful, people should visit www.petitionproject.org to see the 31,487 American scientists who signed a petition stating: "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."
The term "denier" is just used by climate alarmists to try to marginalize anyone who doesn't help justify spending trillions of dollars on further climate studies, conferences, bureaucrats, and to reward politicians' and their supporters.
Third. Alarmists charge that the oil companies spend lots of money to disprove man-made global-climate-change. Compared to government funding which I understand to be about $2.5 billion annually to prove man-made climate-change, the amount spent on research to fight the climate alarmist claims is miniscule. Scientific American reports that has averaged less than $8 million per year spread among about 100 organizations to contest the alarmists' claims. The last identifiable Exxon (one of the last major oil company holdouts) contribution was in 2008.
By now most business executives have jumped on board the climate change band wagon recognizing that it is easier to go along with the politicians rather than antagonize them as long as they can continue doing business and sometimes earn extra profits by taking advantages of the politician provided subsidies and regulations.
Exxon, BP, Chevron, Conoco-Philips, Marathon, and other oil companies pursue reduced environmental impact. Many invest in non-fossil fuel energy generation, e.g., Chevron generates twice the electricity from geothermal in Indonesia and the Philippines than are provided by all solar generation in the US. Feel free to check their websites for more information.
Fourth. Don't confuse weather and climate. We are used to weather changing significantly on a daily basis, e.g., rain/no-rain, snow/no-snow, and 20-40 degree temperature swings. Climate considers longer periods of time, at least 15 years, in which temperature and other changes are usually minor and slow. As stated above the earth's climate warmed about 1 degree F between 1850 and 2000. The earth's climate has had long periods of much colder and much warmer temperatures, generally the earth has been much warmer than today.
The earth's climate has and will continue to change no matter what humans might contribute to climate change by building cities, roads, cutting or growing forests, water use and management, perhaps some from burning fossil fuels, etc. Natural forces such as the sun, ocean currents and temperatures, volcanoes, earthquakes, clouds, and hundreds, perhaps thousands of other factors however are the dominant influencers of our climate.
How much human action influences the natural forces and whether the results are beneficial for humans is still being debated. Warmer is better, that's why Canadians go to Florida in the winter.
The first sentence of the conclusion of the Cook Study reveals its purpose is not science but to influence the public: "The public perception of a scientific consensus on AGW (man-made global warming) is a necessary element in public support for climate policy."
What should be a scientific issue became a political issue which "scientists" and politicians exploit to increase their power and wealth at the expense of other citizens.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2015 09:36