Public input sessions shouldn’t be held at end of the meeting

To The Daily Sun,

I recently noticed that the public comment item on the agendas for Sanbornton Selectboard meetings, which had always been after the Pledge of Allegiance, is now placed after all other business. Please read the following letter (quoted below) expressing my concern about this decision by the Board of Selectmen. Don Foudriat and I both wrote letters of concern to the board and the media the last time the board took the same action in 2008. Please reconsider and move the Public Comment item back where it belongs.

In 2008 I wrote, "Moving the 'Public Comment' portion of the BOS meeting to the end of the meeting agenda, after all other business items have been discussed, is a disservice to the residents of Sanbornton.

"Average meetings run approximately three or more hours and it seems unfair that residents attending the meeting will now have to wait almost that long before they have an opportunity to express their concerns.

"I would hope that the selectmen's motive in making this decision was not to discourage our elderly, or any other town resident, from having an opportunity to speak out on important issues. I do understand that the BOS want to speed up the business portion of the meeting, but that should not be done at the expense of our concerned taxpayers.

"It is the responsibility of the BOS Chairman to respectfully limit the time allowed for individual public comments and to move the meeting along giving everyone an opportunity to speak.

"Unfortunately the only other option for addressing the Selectmen at a meeting involves having to first schedule an appointment by noon of the Friday preceding the following Wednesdays meeting to get on the agenda. That's not very practical when something urgent has to be addressed.

"Selectmen, reconsider your decision and place 'Public Comments' back on the beginning of the meeting agenda."

Bill Whalen


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Central NH VNA & Hospice volunteers honored all year long

To The Daily Sun,

April 12-18 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, but at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice we appreciate them all year long.

Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice celebrates the wonderful service and dedication of many volunteers who enhance the lives of patients and families every day. Our Hospice volunteers work tirelessly providing companionship, respite care, reiki, pet therapy, music therapy, bereavement and veteran support at end of life. In addition, volunteers provide administrative help, work with fund development, the Maternal and Child Health/Young Family Program, the Volunteer Service Department and much more.

Every year Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice volunteers contribute more than 3,200 hours of service and enhance all that we do. Thank you all for sharing your time and talents with us. We couldn't do what we do without you.

Pam Littlefield
Volunteer Coordinator
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

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Pacifists and appeasers have only made bad situations worse

To The Daily Sun,

Hooray! hooray, hooray, an agreement has been reached, it's peace in our time. Obama said so and we all know Obama never lies, nope not ever, really truly, he crosses his heart. So why did the Iranians go on TV and claim the terms are not the terms Obama told us they were? Something stinks here and it's not Friday's fish.

I don't know who is lying but I have a pretty good idea. I don't trust the Iranians as far as I could throw the whole country. But then I don't trust John Kerry either. Maybe John is fibbing to the president and Obama really doesn't . . . nah.

Readers ask yourselves, who has something to gain here? Well, both really, besides this agreement isn't about nukes if reports are right. Its actually about continuing to go through the motions to kill time for first, Obama's term to end, second, for sanctions to end so Iran will have the money to continue development of the bomb and pay for terrorism both.

Idiots keep framing the debate as either a terrible deal or war. Where have they been? There is already a war going on over there and it's spilling over to over here. Pacifists and appeasers have never served humanity well. All they do is make bad situations worse and when it hits the fans it's always many times worse for people then if they had stood up to evil in the first place. But then you can never convince those who are blind to history and refuse to see.

This whole thing is more of what we have come to expect from progressive leftists. Any means justifies the ends, but what are their ends? To hear them tell it it's a just world, a socialist-world government where everyone shares equally and peace and justice prevails. My problem with that is when they are asked for an example from history where socialism has ever worked they are silent. They have no such example of a nation or a culture where that has ever occurred so why do they persist with this?

To me I believe they see this as a route to personal power and privilege. That's the way it was in the USSR before it collapsed, that's the way it is in China, Indonesia, Vietnam you name it, it's always the same, no justice, no prosperity, no sharing, nothing promised only poverty and hopelessness for the people.

Ask yourselves readers, can you trust an administration with such a obvious record of lies and deceit? An administration that betrays our allies and embraces our enemies then shows no remorse for the lives effected. Lefty will point to former bad actions by Republicans as if that justifies Obama's. Jessie James robbed banks and trains, so does that make it okay for others? We can't fix the wrongs of the past, but we can stop the wrongs being visited on us and the world now.

Steve Earle


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Kansas law is a wonderful step in the fight against abortions

To The Daily Sun,

A law has been signed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, quoted from CNN, April 8, 2015. This law will ban abortions that "...knowingly dismember a living unborn child." This procedure is "commonly used" during abortions in the second trimester of a woman's pregnancy and is used in most other states and is the procedure used in New Hampshire clinics.

The signing of this law is a wonderful step forward in the fight against abortions, the killing of innocent babies. Just imagine the child within being torn apart because it is the "choice" of the pregnant woman. Pro Choice kills. Thank you Governor Brownback.

Life is precious.

Harry Mitchell

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Nazis hated homosexuals, abortion & immigration. Sound familiar?

To The Daily Sun,

Clown car drivers, start your engines. The 2016 presidential race is now unfortunately here. Welcome to another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks where we continually strive to keep quality stupid in the news.

Ted Cruz is getting Obamacare because it's more affordable than COBRA; Rubio says he isn't a scientist but he knows climate change isn't happening; and Huckabee will be soon spreading magic dust to cure our "secular theocracy." Jeb Bush wants to eliminate the minimum wage, likes the first Indiana law, and again, Tony Boutin is wrong. Chuck Schumer, who co-introduced the federal RFRA in 1993 says that claiming the two laws mirror each other is "completely false" and "disingenuous". Sorry, Tony.

It appears that Scott Walker isn't a scientist either. During an interview, Walker was asked if he was comfortable with the idea of evolution and did he accept it?" Walker's tail shot between his legs and he said, "I'm going to punt on that one." Isn't this going to be fun, circus goers?

Indiana has clearly taken over as America's least luminous state. Every Hoosier was relentlessly hosed last week because in Indiana and other Fundy No-Go-Zones, personal liberty is synonymous with the freedom to discriminate and parade the pig-headedness of George Orwell's "Animal Farm". But all is not lost because America's own Senator Seditious, Tom Cotton, has graced us with his adolescent wisdom. "Tehran Tom" now claims gays have it good in Indiana and you should "be thankful you're not living in Iran, where they hang gay people." Last week, Cotton pushed for forceful dealings with Iran because they have already taken the city of Tehran. Yes, the Persians took Tehran.

Christian Sharia advocates in Arkansas and Georgia saw the waves of disdain and ridicule flooding Indiana and quickly did what was prudent. Arkansas changed its RFRA and Georgia completely dropped its version because, shucks, what's the point of passing it if we can't discriminate? In the angry and gloomy netherworld of right wing radio, Liberty Council's Pastors Staver and Barber equated the humiliating blowback against the Indiana law with how the Nazis demonized Jews in Germany. Over on Rick Wiles' End-Times radio show, Jennifer LeClaire from Charisma Magazine reported "a recent prophetic experience she had in which God warned her, "A tsunami of perversion and all manner of wicked sin is headed towards this nation." God said so.

Fox Noise's fake-outrage machine perpetually pimps persecution of Christians. Fox's view on Madison, Wisconsin's law adding atheists to the city's non-discrimination code is that its anti-Christian. Huh? In Fundy-land, freedom is being able to legally discriminate. Glen Beck chimed in that gay rights activists have become modern-day Nazis who are leading an Inquisition that will turn into a Christian holocaust. One of Huckabee's political preacher buddies was on the Lars Larson radio show the other day. His take on the changes in Indiana's law was, "This is all about unilateral coercion, it's political correctness with the regimentation and force that Nazi Germany would be proud of."

Well, no, actually. The Nazis arrested, imprisoned and executed homosexuals, despised multiculturalism, banned abortion, hated immigration, and went after contraception and family planning. Sound familiar?

James Veverka

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