To The Daily Sun,
Nick Vazzana of socialist-soaked Sandwich drones us all to sleep again with another lesson in failed "donkeynomics". Nick alleges to have have run some company for 30 years. Put that down as the 8th Wonder of the World. It is more than clear this man knows squat about how basic economic principles, incentives and taxation ( or lack of it) drive business formation and job creation. Nick says Henry Ford doubled the wages of his employees. What he did not say was how Henry did it. That was by single-handedly inventing the automobile assembly line that produced TWICE as many cars with the SAME AMOUNT of labor cost. No mystery, just labor productivity improvements supporting wage increases. The antithesis of Henry Ford? The recent taxpayer funded GM bailout costing tens of billions after the UAW union had driven GM into bankruptcy after 30 years of never ending monster wage hikes and lucrative benefit increases while NEVER increasing productivity and car output to pay for any of it. The taxpayers got screwed by union labor one more time. Tell me the last time you heard any union promise to greatly increase labor productivity and improve quality in their contract in order to pay for their wage/benefit demands? YOU CANNOT. It is ONLY productivity improvements that increase living standards.
Nick complains the jobs crisis is because Republicans refuse to work with Obama. Nick is somewhere in outer space with his logic, like most liberal-progressive.socialists. It seems Nick forgot the voters had the opportunity to change the color of Congress a few months back. They DECLINED to do so. In fact, when voters gave Congress back to Republicans in 2010 they did it with the BIGGEST landslide in 75 years, after Obama and both DONKEY Congresses had crammed down TAX AND SPEND INSANITY on voters for two solid years. Nick seems to have a memory capacity shortage. Obama now has lowest job approval ratings of his presidency with GOOD REASON. The electorate has smartened up. After 5-years in office, George Bush, Clinton and Regan all had higher job approvals than Obama now has. Like all liberals, Nick has to find somebody to blame. It is all Democrats know. . . blame somebody. At least he stopped blaming George Bush — that took five years. Now it is just GENERIC Republicans to blame. Tell you what Nick, I give you a chance to put your liberal BS blabber where your mouth is. I bet you even money that 12 months from now there will be MORE Republicans in both the Senate and the House than there are today. You name the amount. If you think Democrats are so GREAT then put up or shut up. The public has had it up to their EYE BALLS with Democrats and their OVER-THE-TOP, endless failure of Obamacare with more horror stories that come out every day. Get this, 60 percent of the UNINSURED do not even like or support Obamacare. The Congressional Budget Office just reported Obamacare will destroy the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs over the next few years and cost businesses ONE TRILLION dollars in new taxes and expenses. Nick, you think that STIMULATES business investment and job CREATION? We NOW have the FEWEST small business start ups in 20 years. American businesses refuse to invest because Obama is a crazy man, continually demonizing them and their profit motive while threatening new taxes and new regulations to hand cuff them in EVERY SPEECH. There has never been any president more threatening to business on every level, on every front than Barack Obama.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 09:59
To The Daily Sun,
Does N.H. really want Medicaid expansion?
As with most of Obamacare, not all parts of the bill have been made public before the passing of the bill.
Under Medicaid expansion those who own property (home, car, etc.), the federal government can put a lean on property after the person dies to pay back the federal (not state) government what it paid out under the Medicaid expansion.
Why is this not in the media? Is this something we want? What happens if one spouse dies? Can the other be kicked out of the home to sell it to pay for the benefit?
Why do we not know the ramifications before a bill passes.... Especially when part of Obamacare?
Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 11:00
To The Daily Sun,
The people of New Hampshire cannot afford to allow Joe Kenny to be elected to the Executive Council.
The Executive Council, unique to this state, is another "check" on the state's executive branch. The council provides "advice and consent" to the N.H. Governor when he or she spends money allocated by the Legislature, appoints judges of all state courts, grants pardons and commutations, or performs other duties. The job is too important to go to an ideological extremist like Mr. Kenny.
Mr. Kenny's supporters may tell you that as a Republican, he is the "natural" replacement for the late Councilor Ray Burton. But, Ray and Mr. Kenny could not be more dissimilar. I knew Ray and found him to be a fine gentleman who encouraged everyone, especially young people, to be part of the political process. Politically, Ray was a moderate Republican who was re-elected for years by members of both parties. The main reason he kept his seat on the council for so many years was that he was a moderate who could talk with — and respect — Granite Staters of all political persuasions
Although a Republican, Ray distanced himself from extremist conservative movements like the Tea Party, the Free Staters, and the "Birthers." He truly "reached across the aisle" and gave constituent advice to everyone. As a result, both Republicans and Democrats voted for him over and over again but he never took a single vote for granted. His death came too soon and he will be sorely missed.
Joe Kenny, on the other hand, is an extremist with an anti-worker, anti-education, and anti-woman agenda. He would like to distance himself from the extremism he has shown as a state senator now that he is running for Executive Councilor but the record speaks for itself.
Most disturbing has been his record on reproductive rights in the New Hampshire Senate. He is openly anti-choice and seems to like to target Planned Parenthood over the abortion issue in spite of the fact that much more money is spent by the organization providing other women's health services such as pre-natal care, contraception, and cancer screens.
As a N.H. Senator, he voted to defund Planned Parenthood, forcing it to curtail its contraceptive and STD prevention programs. He also voted for the parental notification bill, against emergency contraception (the "morning after pill"), and against extending Medicaid funding for family planning service.
When it comes to health care, Mr. Kenny seems to take his conservative principles so seriously, that he opposes expanding Medicaid in the state. Even though the startup and initial expansion of Medicaid would be funded fully by the federal government and provide health care for thousands of citizens, Mr. Kenny, like others on the extreme right, seem more interested in seeing Obamacare fail than in the health and welfare of people in this state. His record on the environment is not much better. He voted against the regional greenhouse initiative. He also was opposed to a law that would help protect children from lead poisoning.
Moreover, in the State Senate, he worked hard to prevent the state from taking even reasonable, moderate steps to try and control the escalating gun violence that is in the news every day. He voted in favor of New Hamshire's "Stand Your Ground Law" which is an invitation for abuse and unnecessary uses of force.
While in the Senate, Mr. Kenny also voted to make New Hampshire a "right to work" state. In spite of the positive-sounding name, "right to work" laws are lobbied for by big business to take away workers' rights.
Finally, it is very disturbing that Mr. Kenny has the endorsement of the extreme right in his district. For example, a far-right website Granite Grok seems to be behind him. Rep. Charlotte Worseman, another "pro-life" far-right ideologue who is currently using the Belknap County Convention as a forum for her intolerant extremism has also endorsed Mr. Kenny.
Joe Kenny is no Ray Burton. I guess Ray might resent the comparison but knowing Ray, he is probably stretched out on his cloud right now laughing at the very implication.
E. Scott Cracraft
Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 10:55
To The Daily Sun,
I saw a bumper sticker on a car a few days ago. It read: "Don't watch Fox News". I wondered why someone would want to shut out part of what happens in the world.
Remember the Trevon Martin case? Who doesn't? The non-Fox News media ran this story in the front page for several months and even created a new race classification; "White Hispanic". George Zimmerman's name appeared daily in the news media and even after he was acquitted. I'm guessing this person who doesn't watch Fox News was well versed in the names of the "victim" and the "assailant".
A few months ago in New Jersey, a man was murdered in front of his wife by four men who simply killed him for his car. This story made the non-Fox News for a few days until it was learned that it was four black men who killed a white man. There was no question about these assailants not killing out of self-defense. It was a brutal murder by four men. Do you think that person with the bumper sticker can name just one of those assailants or the victim? Of course not, because this story did not fit the non-Fox News media agenda and it was dropped from the radar.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 10:37
To The Daily Sun,
Did you know that consumer grade fireworks (class C) are banned in Gilford? This ban was enacted in 1988, and is still in force. There has been a recent review of this policy by the Board of Selectmen. Most of the discussion to date appears to address the fire issues, and personal safety of users. As has been pointed out, fireworks can be confiscated, but then they could cause a storage concern, and also a safety issue.
I would offer my personal opinion on what I consider equally important considerations, the major effect on people and animals.
Consider the effect on those who need to arise early to get to work, and others whose 8-hour sleep pattern has been interrupted. And, does this also apply to seniors and young children?
Consider the effect on persons with an acute sense of hearing.
Consider the possible effects on combat veterans, especially those with PTSD. I have not seen studies on this aspect.
Consider the effects on domestic pets. My dog seeks shelter in a closet, and shakes heavily during fireworks, and even after they are done. I would assume that other pets and farm animals could also be affected.
And consider the effect on our wildlife. Could they also be affected in many different ways that we do not really understand?
I live in what is generally considered a peaceful, quiet neighborhood. During 2012, I was disturbed by fireworks 36 times between May and October. During 2013, I was disturbed 29 times between May and September, and four more times in December. Some of these were at 11:30 and later.
I was not aware that consumer grade fireworks were banned in Gilford, and what the penalties were. I understand the difficulties in enforcing this ban, and in educating the public. I believe that a few strategically placed signs would help. A few news articles, and an occasional ad would go a long way, and a note on the town webpage and annual report. A separate strategy might be considered for permanent residents, summer residents, rental properties, etc. My personal opinion is that all fireworks should be banned. The professional grade displays are larger and even more objectionable. Do they really bring more people to activities, or would they come anyway for the primary purpose of the event. I offer these comments for your review, and ask your consideration of these issues.
The Gilford Board of Selectmen has scheduled a public hearing on this topic on Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. at the Town Office. You are welcome to attend, to see if we can make our communities more peaceful and quiet, and safe for all.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 10:25