To The Daily Sun,
Saturday, Nov. 29, was Small Business Saturday. My hope is that many Granite Staters took the time to visit and purchase goods and/or services in our many small-business establishments. These entrepreneurs comprise the backbone of our local and national economy. They also are the most likely sources of memorable customer service experiences. Let me share but one.
When my wife and I moved to New Hampshire in 2006, we purchased several pieces of equipment from Steve Woodbury at Belmont Hardware and Outdoor Equipment in Belmont. One item was an Ariens snow blower. As part of the purchase agreement, Woodbury said that he would service the snow blower annually, including its pickup and return delivery. His performance promise was the major reason we made the purchase.
That fall he did what he said he'd do, and he has done so every year since then. What big-box store does that for you? But, that's not all. This year we were a bit tardy in requesting service. Even so, he went out of his way to make sure that we had our snow blower in working order the morning of Nov. 26 so that we would be ready for the recent snow storm. That's delivering on his performance promise. That level of customer service is truly rare in our experience. Guess where we're going to buy our next piece of equipment?
We believe in honoring the efforts of those who honor us with outstanding service. Let's strengthen our support of the many fine small-business owners in New Hampshire not only on Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday but also throughout the year.
Robert & Diana McElwee
Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 11:08
To The Daily Sun,
E. Scott Cracraft obviously wouldn't know a duck if he tripped over one.
Perhaps Scott (a veteran, taxpayer and citizen of Gilford) should have checked the definition of fascism before showing his ignorance as to what is fascism and for what the Tea Party stands. Webster's defines Fascism as "a way of organizing a society in which government, ruled by a dictator, controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government; very harsh control and authority. It stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation and forceful oppression."
It was interesting to read his inaccurate comments about the Tea Party as it was obvious that he knows nothing about the Tea Party or fascism. The Tea Party stands for strict adherence to the Constitution, small government of the people and by the people, true capitalism and individual rights and liberties.
Does that sound like fascism as defined in the dictionary? The Tea Party does not support the current "crony capitalism" which is supported by the progressive/liberal elements of both political parties in this country.
Scott obviously does not recognize that the closest thing we have to fascism is the current ruling of our country by the left-wing executive and legislative branches of government and big business. (See Scott's quote of Mussolini's definition of fascism).
I suggest that Scott educate himself rather than advertise his ignorance. He is entitled to his opinion but it should be based on facts. Then again, liberals never let the facts or truth get in the way of what they "know" is real just because they say it is so. Facts and truth only serve to prove that they are wrong.
Scott is a "professor" of history at Lakes Region Community College. God help us all!
Perhaps Scott should consider attending a Tea Party meeting and gain firsthand knowledge of what The Tea Party is really all about.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 11:05
To The Daily Sun,
"I am the president of the United States, I'm not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed (02/13)." "The notion that I can just suspend deportation through executive order, that's just not the case (03/11)." "I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own, but that's not how are system works (07/11)."
Those are just three of the speeches made by our 44th president and constitutional scholar during his first and second terms. Yet now it seems our dear leader has indeed become our "emperor". Because suddenly, with the stroke of his majestic pen, that now appears to be exactly the way the system works. One letter writer claimed that previous presidents have issued more executive orders. That only obfuscates the real truth does it not? I do not believe that any of them has ever issued one that approached the scope and reach of this breathtaking royal move. That being the unilateral undermining of the democratic underpinnings that have held together this constitutional republic.
Is anyone besides me, "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" over how rapidly President Obama has performed his royal transformation of not only his role as our dear leader, but also the direction of this country? In the 1940 Rodgers and Hart musical, "Pal Joey", the ambitious, manipulative night club performer and owner wannabe became bewitched, bothered and bewildered over how his lack of integrity and unabashed arrogance ultimately left him alone in the world. His affair was with a wealthy socialite, while Obama's is with the worldly and wealthy elites.
President Obama's legacy may very likely end up as lonely and discredited as Pal Joey's. More importantly, where will these last eight years of soft tyranny leave our nation? Will Republicans have the tenacity and fortitude to make it clear to the nation that it is they who represent the middle class and small-business owners? Will they be able to present a crystal clear plan that shows they are the ones who have the wherewithal to get minorities and the poor off of the government plantation and into better schools and better jobs? Will the GOP be able to stand up against this progressive tyranny? Or will the establishment Republicans take over, take cover and run to the center in a "doomed to fail" attempt at compromising with the central planning Democrats?
We shall soon find out and every person in this country should be on alert that our country may soon have "Crossed the Rubicon" if our representative leaders continue to disrespect our Constitution and the laws of this country. After six years of living through this progressive madness, it is my belief that President Obama has "Crossed the Rubicon" and has declared war on capitalism and our republic.
The Roman Senate believed that Julius Caesar had done so when he crossed that river back in 49 BC. The Roman people were out of work and paying too many taxes and wanted the government to help them. Stop me if you've heard that before. The Roman Senate was worried about Caesar's lust for power and feared he would turn into a king or dictator.
Hmmm, I wonder what our next Senate will do to stop our current lawless administration? Perhaps a return to law and order and functioning co-equal branches of government? A mainstream media that returns to its role as the "Fourth Estate" watchdog? Or a media that continues in its role as the "Trojan Horse, Fifth Column," providing complicit cover. Is it inevitable that we are on the cusp of a new, but hopefully peaceful, civil war as Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and a growing number of others have warned us could happen should we continue on this course?
Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 10:58
To The Daily Sun,
In regard to L.J. Siden's Nov. 26 letter concerning death panels.
Mr. Siden speaks of the thoroughly debunked claims that the ACA would create "death panels". That's funny I've never seen that they were debunked. Just what do you think an administration that doesn't fear God. One that sees killing a living fetus as acceptable collateral damage in sustaining a modern lifestyle. One that is in favor of mercy killings. What do you think that they will do when the elderly become a much greater portion of the population, and there are not enough doctors, facilities and money to take care of everyone? Can you not read the writing on the wall sir?
Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 10:55
To The Daily Sun,
Regarding the recent letter submitted to The Sun about the possibility of a by-pass around Meredith to solve the occasional congestion through town n the summer, I began thinking that we already have a very usable by-pass.
Coming from Route 104 you go to Winona Road and then turn onto Waukewan Road, continuing past the golf course and onto Route 3. Then if motorists want to reach Route 25, they simply cross Route 3 and take Keyser Road until they come to Route 25 and continue east. Even if it is approaching from Parade Road, they can cross over Pease Road and then over Winona Road.
I and many other locals use this route when we realize that there is a traffic tie-up on Route 3.
I call it the "Meredith Scenic By-Pass!"
Ingrid I. Smith
Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 09:08