To The Daily Sun,
First, I attended the Laconia City Council meeting Monday night. State Sen. Andrew Hosmer was present to explain his resolution for support of SB-366 — to have the state of N.H. accept two gambling casinos in southern N.H. My reason for attending was to ask our mayor and city council to NOT sign on as supporters of this proposed legislation.
I was sure that my ward councilor would vote in opposition after I had provided the full body of information, and expalined this was not really the duty of of our leaders at the council table. Mayor Engler allowed me adequate time to speak to the council and Hosmer. He runs a good meeting!
Upon my arrival to City Hall, all were told that my wife reports she can see you (on television) but she can't hear you. As it turns out; the audio never worked.
Hence, the reason for a brief description of what happened.
They (councilors) were speaking for the residents. There were many good arguments (mine) of what will bring eggs to the faces of Councilors Baer, Hamel, and Bolduc if this $600,000 does not materialize after the first one or two years of gambling revenue sharing to Laconia. They have a plan. As City Manager Myers reminded all; an understanding is only good for two years — until the next council is seated. Question: how many times in the past 3-4 years has the state government diminished, or cut in its entirety, that shared money? Why would anyone in these times promote the uncertainty of this type of legislation?
Two last points. Why did Councilor Bownes never take a position but rather choose to recuse himself, just prior to the vote? Be sure to remember that Mayor Engler said, though he does not vote unless there is a tie, he would have voted NO. That, my friends, is someone who is going to be a leader.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:22
To The Daily Sun,
Once again, Bernadette Loasch tells us our main stream media leans right due to cooperate ownership. Well the media itself disagrees with her. Top journalists from the N.Y. Times, Peter Baker and Mark Liebovich, and CNN, Jake Tapper, were reported by Politico.com to have admitted on a panel that indeed the media leans left. A study at UCLA led by Tim Groseclose and Jeff Mylio reviewed the past 10 years of the major media reporting and concluded the left-leaning bias is real. ABC news even admits to left leaning. Add to that the fact that most reporters who reveal a political preference say they are Democrats.
The reason Bernadette thinks the way she does I suspect is because she gets all her information from MSNBC, media maters and other extreme left wing groups.
Just not a very balanced source.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:16
To The Daily Sun,
RE: Keystone pipeline again
The bottom line here is, I think, that it would be unconstitutional to build this pipeline. The 5th Amendment concerns itself with, along with other issues, eminent domain which is, to make it short, the seizure of private property with just compensation for public use. So, Congress says land can be taken with or without the owners consent. That is exactly what is happening out west with the Keystone pipeline. The only requirement is that the taking of private property be for public use. It is a violation if the state takes the property for any other reason than public use. So far it seems like there will be a lot of private profits or gains from this.
Another question here is whether the oil will be exported — Trans Canada says NO but everyone else says YES, it will be exported and we get no benefit or use from it. It will not reduce our dependency for foreign oil because this will be deported to Europe, Latin America and wherever else and the profits, of course, will be TAX FREE. The Koch brothers, who own two million acres in Canada under the name Koch Exploration Canada or KEC, will not be held responsible for any clean-up but will profit from any sale of the product. Gas prices will also increase, especially for the farmers due to the fact we have an abundance of oil stockpiled out west. The issue of job creation is all over the board but the equation used is the strangest part. If 10,000 jobs are created for two years then that would equal 20,000 construction jobs created per year overall. Most of the jobs created are only short term jobs or less than two years. Long-term or permanent jobs created are forecast at about 50-100. There will be numerous short-term transient jobs created but those are just low paying short term jobs like the food industry or those that will follow the work. The steel industry also gets the short end of the stick with 50 percent of steel pipe made outside of the USA or maybe all of it. A company called Wellspun from India made pipe for Keystone and they also have a factory in Little Rock Ark with a stockpile of piping. This is turning into a very tricky and strange scenario. So its a good chance the steel made will not have the made in the USA logo on it therefore another loss of jobs.
Another factor is the unknown or jobs lost, small communities destroyed, pollution clean-up after spills, crop failures, possible destruction of the water supply and who knows what else. All this just to bring the oil to the USA for refinery and export because the Canadian laws are to strict to do it up there. Some of the oil companies involved here are EXXON, Royal Dutch and BP — all very profitable companies. So, the ones who do benefit, TAX FREE, are the Koch Brothers and the people they distribute their money to but not the general PUBLIC. As a footnote (Rand Paul pay attention here), most of this information was taken from a Cornell Law School article along with other pro and con Keystone sites.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:11
To The Daily Sun,
I just came home from the Street Car production of "Les Miserables". When PBS showed the 10th anniversary in concert, I bought the tape — which I wore out. I watched it every time it was on TV.
Last year there was a performance by professionals at Inter-Lakes which was fabulous. When Streetcar said they would do it, I wondered if they could.
To see the Streetcar do it was such a high; I would go again if my relatives were not singing with the Lakes Region Singers. Do you realized how many hours all these people spend rehearsing, building scenery, sewing costumes, and all that goes on with any performances? For the love of music and sharing their talents, fabulous!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
I know little about Steve Earle except that he lives in the town of Hill and occasionally writes letters to The Daily Sun with fact and wisdom. He did this again last Friday by validating real and present bias in most American newsrooms. In politics, the counter-punch is always more powerful than the punch, and that's when Earle is at his best.
Earle is quick to recognize those who try scamming the voters with dubious rhetoric. He challenges the public to embrace a common sense analysis on what they hear and read. His writings stir people to think for themselves.
Much of how Earle writes can be likened to this week's Weirs Times editorial page headline: "Statistical Frauds" by Tom Sowell. Sowell's column reminds us all to look beyond "false slogans" intended to rile people up for votes.
Yes, like Sowell, Earle's writings convey reason to issues, and in doing so quell the impact of political rants. Good reasoning by the "common folk" has that effect.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 08:32