To the Daily Sun,
The New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region would like to express its thanks to the Sanbornton Community for inviting us to be part of the Sanbornton Old Home Day Celebration.
We all enjoyed sharing our music in the wonderful atmosphere of the Old Home Day. The bandstand is a great spot to play and we all enjoyed seeing the parade, animals and the many activities that so many people made happen for the day. With great appreciation we say thanks for letting us be part of such a great community event.
New Horizons Band member
Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2015 06:41
To The Daily Sun,
I have no idea whether Scott Walker will be the Republican presidential nominee or not. All I do know is that on the debate stage he is the anti-union candidate.
People will surely ask what does that have to do with being president. The answer is everything. Union clout may have withered over past decades in the American workplace, but unions represent the main obstacle to just about every kind of critical reform this country needs to improve our ability to compete globally, and remain solvent.
Scott Walker tapped into the voter outrage in Wisconsin. He has been elected three times in a row in a very blue collar state with over-the-top union opposition and money contributed in the many millions from unions far and wide to defeat his candidacy. That is where union dues go. Not to workers, but to determine political outcomes. Often with the dues money paid by people who oppose unions goals. That is why "right to work" has become law in so many states in recent years including Wisconsin.
The enormous union slush money opposition never worked. In fact Walker has been elected by ever larger majorities each time he has run. We can be sure just about every union member in Wisconsin voted against him all three times. But he carries non-union, taxpayer voters by 75 percent. The general public and taxpayers across Wisconsin had their fill of what unions had done to their living standards. Property taxes in Wisconsin today are lower today than they were four years ago thanks specifically to Walker. Few states if any can say that. Surely not New Hampshire under Democratic governors for the past decade.
Enthusiasm for Walker is driven by taxpayers in towns and cities across Wisconsin who noticed that public, state and government workers had morphed into a privileged political class with the best pay, benefits, longest vacations (teachers work eight months, but seek wages like they worked 12) and job security that literally makes government workers and union members unmovable no matter their proficiency. Union dues fund a political class that seems oblivious to everyone else's pain. Unionized school teachers in Wisconsin demanded higher wages during the peak of the recession, despite the fact they were the highest-paid teachers on average in America. It is not difficult to see why Walker's message resonated with taxpayers, many who were suffering terribly at the hands of unions.
Democrats Bill Clinton, Dick Gephardt and Tom Daschle desperately wanted to back private Social Security (SS) accounts in the mid 1990s until big labor shut the discussions down cold. More than 20 percent of the delegates at Al Gore's 2000 convention were union members who stated loudly their one goal was to make sure nothing was inserted in the Democratic platform that involved entitlement reform. Unions still oppose entitlement reform and private accounts.
Let me point out to you. Had Social Security adopted those private accounts when Clinton wanted them, people other than the rich today would now be in possession of hundreds of billions of dollars the rich now have and they don't. Union logic leads one place. More inequality, not less. That is exactly why Walker is governor of Wisconsin today, with sky-high polling approval numbers. He freed the taxpayers from union dominance. Walker spreads the wealth to every one, not just union members.
Walker won the hotly contested Wisconsin recall election because it was more than clear every fear FDR stated in his loud opposition to allowing public government employs to unionize had befallen the state of Wisconsin. The utter failure of the so called Blue-State model of governance had finally been revealed, characterized by a stagnating economy, an over-taxed private sector, a bloated, over paid public sector, pushing health care and pension time bombs set to explode in the face of towns and cities across the country. Walker reversed this failed circle, syndrome where democratic politicians are in truth puppets on a union string. Walker has been rewarded politically for it. Not just by conservatives, but by taxpayers across the political spectrum.
Good luck Scott.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:12
To The Daily Sun,
First we again hear from James Veverka after a long silence, now it's Henry Osmer saying nearly the same things about my person.
Well, Henry read my response to Veverka in Wednesday's paper where your rather dumb letter appeared. I say dumb because Henry seems to believe we never had roads and highways, sewer systems and medical care, police, firemen or a postal service until socialists came to power. He cites Social Security and Medicare as though they are great achievements though both are going broke unless serious reforms are put in place. Of that there is no debate though Henry's side in this refuses to even consider any changes.
As for the internet it was not invented by the government, Henry. It came about by private sector scientists and researchers working outside the government. Google, Yahoo, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and every service on the internet are all private sector businesses. Where you get your ideas and information is a mystery to the rest of us living in the real world.
Am I obsessed with Muslims? Well, gee these guys are in the news constantly Henry or haven't you noticed? They are murdering people all over the world in the most heinous and vial methods imaginable. Aren't you at least a little concerned? Birther, me? All I did years back was question why Obama wouldn't put the issue to rest when it first arose. Remember it was a year or so before he finally produced a birth certificate? And to this day all the rest of his public records like travel documents (passports), collage admission records, grades or any of the other papers historically politicians brag about. Why not him, what is he hiding? And be sure he is hiding plenty.
Now let me refresh my question which Henry dodged by smart (butt) name calling. Name me a successful socialist nation not dependent on others? Can you manage a civil answer for that Henry?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:09
To The Daily Sun,
We were proud to be named Belmont Old Home Day parade grand marshals, along with other Heritage Commission members, for the historic bandstand restoration. Our hats are tipped in thanks to the committee and Gretta Olson-Wilder, who coordinated the traditional event. The real honor is seeing residents of all ages gathering at the bandstand again, enjoying music and more.
And congratulations to village project volunteer leaders of the Tioga River Bridge and new river bank pavilion — Ken Knowlton and Mark Roberts, as well as Christine and Woody Fogg. They were also recognized as parade grand marshals at Belmont's longtime annual celebration.
Wallace P. Rhodes – President, Belmont Historical Society
Linda Frawley – Chairman, Belmont Heritage Commission
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:03
To The Daily Sun,
Heroin deaths have been on the increase in the state as well as the country.
There is pressure to increase addiction treatment centers.
This is a Band-Aid for a problem. We should prevent people from being addicted to heroin. Why is the answer to fix a problem instead of trying to prevent a problem?
Heroin addiction has increased exponentially in the past 10 years all over our country. States now have to spend money to fix the problem.
Where is the heroin coming from? Most of it comes from our southern border. Drugs are easily coming over the border.
Why don't we stop the drugs from coming over the border? Yes, we have to help the people with addictions, but that will be increasing if we do not stop the influx of heroin.
How do we stop the influx of heroin? Build a fence. Stop the illegals who are bringing it over. Some are arrested and put in jails, which then increases the need for prison budgets.
So we are spending more money for prisons and drug rehabilitation, when we could at least start to plug the hole which lets the drugs into this country.
Where are our federal representatives in having the fence built? Why has it not been built already? They say they vote for security, but what are they actually doing? Are they creating legislation that just says build a fence on southern border? Simple. Then they need to meet with fellow representatives to get the bill passed. The majority of citizens in the U.S. want the border secured.
Our representatives keep saying they want a secure country and we keep electing them to do the job they promised. But they don't do it. Why do we not have a fence yet? It is really not that hard ... well. We are talking federal government and so everything is drawn out so people can keep their jobs.
I want someone to say they will have a fence built in two years and if it is not built, then they will not run again and time to get someone to do the job. Our reps will never say that. That is not job security.
We must demand results from our representatives!
Poll questions can be misdirected. If you ask, do you want the southern border secured and walls built, there will be a resounding yes.
But the polls say do you want people who through no fault of their own sent back..... Then it gets murky because we cannot imagine how to send that many people back to their own countries. We let them loose and then 90 percent never show up to their immigration hearings.
What are the presidential candidates saying about this?
Bush, in Spanish, promised illegals amnesty. Why not in English? Would he think the American citizen would be upset?
He said 11 million illegals. Why does the media keep saying 11 million illegals? It has been 11 million illegals for over 10 years. More are coming, and no one is going back to their home countries, so the number is going up.
I do not understand why he is so high in the polls in New Hampshire. Is the media not reporting what he is saying?
I bet many of you do not think we have an illegal problem. Maybe not as bad as other states yet, but it is coming.
The Welcome to New Hampshire signs also say, "Bienvenue." That is the only place I know of that has a French translation. Every place else, it is Spanish. Look at signs in stores. I know that home improvement signs have Spanish translations. Make a call and you have to press 1 for English.
If you saw the Spanish translation of "Welcome" on the Welcome to New Hampshire signs, would you then realize there is a problem? What are you waiting for? By then, it will be too late.
So, instead of spending more state money, let's plug the hole. Yes help those already addicted. But stop the heroin from coming in.
Build the damn fence now!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:00