To The Daily Sun,
I've been following the robust discussion about the proposed Meredith roundabouts in your paper for the last few weeks. As usual, I'm astounded by some of the questionable information that's being submitted to you.
I tend to call them half truths, and the old saying is "A half truth is a whole lie."
Here's what's missing in many of the letters written to you by the members of the Meredith 3/25 Advisory Committee and Meredith Selectmen:
— Proof of their claims.
— In one letter, Warren Clark talked about how he and others gathered at the 3/25 intersection and observed traffic. That's good, but none of them has had extensive education in traffic engineering.
— I maintain that all the members of the 3/25 Advisory Committee, as well as the Meredith selectmen, make a field trip to the Portsmouth roundabout where State Route 16 goes under Interstate 95. I'd like them to do this at rush hour on a Monday morning and then on a Friday afternoon. They'll quickly determine that roundabouts are worthless in periods of peak traffic.
— Tell me again why we need roundabouts in Meredith? Have hundreds of citizens of Meredith lobbied for them? Who are they? Show me the petitions.
— As for turning right at the intersection of Routes 3 and 25 in Meredith, motorists and logging trucks can already turn right on red. If they can't turn right now because of oncoming traffic, that same traffic will block them from entering the roundabout. That fact was conveniently left out of several letters.
— If roundabouts are such a great idea instead of "inefficient traffic signals that force cars to stop," then why don't we see roundabouts at all larger intersections controlled by signals?
Finally, don't fall under the spell of the magic word "grant." You'll hear those in favor of the roundabouts that we're getting a free grant from the federal government to cover the cost. There's no such thing as free grant money from the federal government. All grants are legal contracts and the Town of Meredith will be bound to provide many things to the federal government in return for the money. It's all in the documents that you can read right now.
Here are a few questions that need truthful answers:
— Have the residents of Meredith been polled to see if they want their taxes to go up and tax revenue to go down as a result of installing roundabouts?
— Are a majority of residents of Meredith unhappy with the flow of traffic in non-peak hours?
— Have all of the selectmen of Meredith read all of the accompanying documents that are part of the legally binding contract the Town of Meredith must sign with the federal government?
— Are the selectmen of Meredith aware of all of the strings that are attached to the grant? Are they aware of future obligations to the federal government that are part of the legally binding contract they must sign?
There are countless questions and facts that must be answered and considered before roundabouts are approved.
If you want to discover some additional questions and facts about the proposed Meredith roundabouts that some of the other letter authors have left out or are not aware of, please visit this web page:
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:18
To The Daily Sun,
Recently, there has been a number of letters to the editor in this paper regarding the Historic Belknap Mill in Laconia, and most of the letters are concerned about the mill and what, if anything should be done about the state of its finances.
Since I don't actually live in Laconia, I had not paid much attention to the mill until after reading Carol Anderson's book on the industrial history of the mill. Her fascinating story not only talks about the history of the mill, but also how the city of Laconia played an important role in this country's industrial history.
For example, does everyone know the mills in Laconia manufactured stockings for soldiers during the Civil War, World War I, and also World War II?
When my wife and I visited the Belknap Mill in late October, we were surprised to see a small manufacturing museum on the first floor where stockings are still being made by cleverly designed, complex knitting machines that were manufactured during the 1800s.
We were also given a tour of the machine room where water, diverted from a dam on the Winnipesaukee River, had once provided direct power to the mill. Later, around the turn of the century when electricity was still in its infancy, two large, specially made electric generators were installed to provide hydroelectric power to the Mill. Excess electricity was sold to other customers in Laconia.
In my opinion, the Belknap Mill is a unique treasure that needs to be publicized as a major attraction for visitors from outside this area as well as for local residents, and hopefully, publicizing it might also lead to other sources for additional income to help support and maintain this historic building.
I encourage everyone who has never visited the mill to go see it.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:12
To The Daily Sun,
Early Sunday evening as we were finishing dinner while visiting a neighbor, there was pounding on the front door. A young man with panic in his voice told us that both he and his friend had fallen through the ice on snowmobiles. He made it to shore, but his friend was still out in the frigid water.
Within minutes, the emergency teams from three towns responded to our 9-1-1 call. This story might not have had a happy ending had it not been for the excellent training and teamwork of these three local fire and ice rescue units. As eyewitnesses we stand in awe of the dedication and professionalism of the Laconia, Gilford and Belmont ice rescue teams. The young man in the water was in the middle of Lake Winnisquam approximately one-half mile from shore. We could only watch and pray. The focus and dedication of the rescue effort was incredible. We are so fortunate to have these highly trained professionals in our community.
Without them the ending to this story would have been tragic. There are heroes in our midst — each and every member of the ice rescue teams from Laconia, Gilford and Belmont was a hero on Sunday night. We were privileged to see them in action and we are extremely grateful that they were there. We also thank the Tilton-Northfield and Meredith Fire Departments who covered Laconia and the Weirs should there have been another local emergency.
We cannot end our letter, however, without issuing a word of caution to all those who venture out on the ice during the winter when ice fishing, snowmobiling or skating. In many of our lakes, currents affect the thickness of ice. There are often areas of thin ice or open water on our big lakes due to these currents. An open water rescue, especially at night is a challenging and dangerous endeavor for all involved.
The firefighters who risked their own lives to save the young snowmobiler did so without question and with amazing precision. We owe it to them not to engage in unsafe practices while we enjoy the outdoors in winter.
Liz & Alan Rosenfeld
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
Tony Boutin says there are just too many zeros for life or the universe to have happened without God. Mr. Boutin brought us the "God of the Gaps" argument to us in all its glory. For those who don't know what this term is, its the habit people have when they don't have the scientific answers yet, don't understand them, or just refuse to acknowledge them, the say God did it. A god fills in their gaps in knowledge. When primitive man didn't understand lightning, plagues, earthquakes, battle losses, famines, infertility or floods, they said God did it. But since the dawn of the scientific age, millions of things have turned out to be just natural events, not God.
These days, folks like Tony use the God of the gaps argument to explain life and the "creation" of the universe. Unknown to our scientifically illiterate brethren who prefer Fox news and Duck Dynasty over education, science is at work to explain those two as natural phenomena. The physics math that brought us the television screen and the nuclear reactor also brought us the prediction of the Higgs Boson particle in the 1960s. In 2012 it was discovered at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and sent shockwaves and excitement around the scientific world. The Higgs particle is what gives other particles their mass. No, not magic.
Backed by many lines of evidence, physicists have for decades predicted that the universe appeared spontaneously due to quantum fluctuations. Now we have a mathematical proof for just that prediction of a universe from nothing (zero energy state). Thanks to the work of Dongshan He and his team at the Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics in China, these guys have come up with the first rigorous proof that the Big Bang could indeed have occurred spontaneously because of quantum fluctuations. https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/a-mathematical-proof-that-the-universe-could-have-formed-spontaneously-from-nothing-ed7ed0f304a3
It might surprise you to know that the total energy of the universe is zero. All the positive energy and negative energy together adds up to zero. In the matter of life's beginnings, scientists have long conjectured on how life could have sprung from non-living matter. Now we have a testable theory.
"According to physicist Jeremy England, the origin and evolution of life are processes driven by the fundamental laws of nature — namely the Second Law of Thermodynamics. He's come up with a formula showing how a group of atoms, when driven by an external source of energy (like the sun) and when surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), can sometimes restructure itself as a way to dissipate increasing rates of energy." http://io9.com/physicist-proposes-a-thermodynamic-explanation-for-the-1507452119
Scientists have already come up with some experiments with which to test the idea. It appears we may live in a Biophile universe where life is a cosmic imperative.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:02
To The Daily Sun,
Poor Alan Moon just can't hit the target with his rubber darts. What Mr. Moon is misinformed and unaware of is that "In God We Trust? was put on our coins by an act of Congress in the 1950s. He may also not know that "Under God" was not in the pledge of allegiance until the Congress put it in there in the 1950s. None of these acts reflect the Constitution's directives, but instead are religious reactionaries pumping up their chests at Communism.
Mr. Moon would become enlightened if he were to see what actually was on our early coins. One on the 1792 half-dime said "LIBERTY THE PARENT OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY" around the obverse. Others said, "MIND YOUR BUSINESS" while sitting on a pagan sundial. Nearly all pictured Roman goddesses and the Roman eagle as they are seen on Roman coins, too. That included pileus slave caps with the Roman goddess of liberty, Libertas, too.
So, Mr. Moon's arguments are arguments from ignorance since he has not studied these issues, but likely watches Murdoch entertainment industries for the delusionally religious at Fox News.
G.W. Brooks might learn something outside of his little black conservative quotation box he lives in by reading my short essay on the evolution of American Constitution framing in three parts beginning with the story of the Treaty of Tripoli at http://www.stopthereligiousright.org/constitution.htm
Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 11:06