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Pres. Obama has habit of disregarding the suffering he causes

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The Obama-made crisis on the border could be stopped by him in hours. An executive order for the National Guard to shut the invasion off would be all it would take but Obama will not do that. Obama will hold the children hostage thinking he will force Republicans to sign his immigration reform on his terms. Once again he has miscalculated the American people, who are growing angry at this man's narcissistic disregard for the nation, the law, the Constitution and the welfare of all these thousands of children he has caused to risk their lives coming here in the care of the hardened criminals of the cartels. He obviously doesn't care even enough to visit the boarder and see the children; he has no trouble exploiting them for his own political agenda though. He seems to have a habit of disregarding the suffering he causes, everything he touches hurts people here in this country or around the world but what does he care? After all he can go golfing or play pool.

Steve Earle

Hill

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 08:35

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Marijuana arrests account for more than half of arrests nationally

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It's all about the bottom line.

Let's start with introducing two organizations barnstorming across the U.S. opposing the growing state and federal efforts to legalize pot. Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) co-founded by Patrick Kennedy who's been in and out of rehab because of his abuse of prescription drugs, including the painkiller OxyContin. The second is the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA), one of the largest such organizations in the country.

Here's Mr. Kennedy addressing this group back in February: "Let me tell you, there is nothing more inconsistent with trying to improve mental health and reduce substance-abuse disorders in this country than to legalize a third drug." Great, spoken like an ex-politician that has been bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical industry which by the way is profiting the most by the anti-pot lobby.

Some advocates of marijuana legalization have criticized Kennedy's crusade against pot. The former congressman received many second chances in his struggle with alcohol and prescription drugs, yet he has opposed any move toward marijuana decriminalization that would afford similar leniency to others. Let's be perfectly clear, prescription opioids, a line of pain-relieving medications derived from the opium poppy or produced synthetically, are the most dangerous drugs abused in America, with more than 16,000 deaths annually linked to opioid addiction and overdose.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more Americans now die from painkillers than from heroin and cocaine combined. It's also interesting to note that there are no known deaths related to marijuana, although there have been instances of impaired driving.

Lee Fang, a San Francisco based journalist puts it this way: "The opponents of marijuana-law reform argue that such measures pose significant dangers, from increased crime and juvenile delinquency to addiction and death. But legalization's biggest threat is to the bottom line of these same special interests, which reap significant monetary advantages from pot prohibition that are rarely acknowledged in the public debate."

A recent poll of police officers found that nearly two-thirds believed marijuana laws should be reformed. In the old days during Prohibition the police and judges got their money in brown paper bags. Today they get their money through legitimate, systematic programs run by the federal government — hence their lobbying efforts to fight every reform.

In Minnesota there was an effort to pass a medical marijuana bill earlier this year and was met with a police lobby backlash because there was a concern about losing federal grants tied to drug enforcement laws. It's all about the War on Drugs, you know.

The ACLU reports that marijuana arrests account for more than half of all drug arrests nationally. Of course this keeps the private prisons well stocked to a point that the prison system has become the new cottage industry. By no means am I advocating marijuana use. However, when CADCA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids have adopted a hard-line approach to marijuana, opposing even limited legalization and supporting increased police powers and when the anti-pot interests, many of whom have a financial stake in the status quo — including law enforcement agencies, pharmaceutical firms, and nonprofits funded by federal drug-prevention grants — one can't help being a bit skeptical.

George Maloof
Plymouth

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 08:30

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Too many right-leaning states are making it hard for people to vote

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Co-sponsor a Parallel Joint Resolution to S.J.Res.19, to Amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United.

It is imperative that we pressure the House of Representatives and the Senate on the national and state level to get voters rights' protections back into place. The conservative majority of the Supreme Court does not speak for me. Too many right-leaning states are making it very difficult for people to vote in elections. Enough already. Stop the madness.

Bernadette Loesch
Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 08:27

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Music Festival's '14 season opener was wonderful; we're in for great season

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This week's New Hampshire Music Festival concert in Plymouth was one to remember. I have been attending the concerts for over 50 years and have never heard such bright and dynamic season-opening summer music. Frances Renzi playing the Mozart piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major was spectacular. Another member of the audience noted, "You will never hear it played better." Mendelssohn's Overture to A Midsummer's Night Dream and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 were equally wonderful.

My hat is off to the Maestro Donato Carbero for a delightful evening. If you have any interest in music classical or otherwise, the Music Festival has five more concerts. My recommendation is to check them out. It is worth the trip to Plymouth. Meanwhile, I am eagerly awaiting next weeks Bassoon Concerto and Jennifer Cho's violin performance of Four Seasons in Buenos Aires.

Alida Millham
Gilford

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 10:19

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Fight for your N.H. open-country lifestyle before it is all gone

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On the hills around Newfound Lake, an inch of rain makes all the difference.

Mountain streams can be heard roaring after a downpour, rivers can swell and the lake will rise long after the storm passes. To most, that's Mother Nature at work. To the rest, it's a reminder of sediment running into our watersheds from the industrial wind farms above.

New Hampshire Wind Watch has put a lot of time and effort into trying to educate residents on what lies ahead for our region long after turbines are put up.

I urge you not take a back seat in this EDP Spruce Ridge fight. Take a stance and show not only current developers, but future developers, that they are not welcome here.

For some reason people feel like it's over and that they don't need to come out of the woodwork on this Spruce Ridge fight. I'm disturbed by this, because we all have come so far in such a short period of time as a community. Our voice and attendance has made a huge difference and I ask all of you to continue.

You've seen what they've done in Groton. You've seen them abandon Met towers in Wild Meadows. You've heard them at Town Hall meetings. You know they don't communicate. You know they don't provide updates — on anything.

Fight for your open-country lifestyle before it's gone. Because what we are looking at now is just Phase I.

Make our last stance count — don't give them an inch.

Ray Cunningham

Bridgewater

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 10:14

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