It's a plain fact that N.H. has never been a progressive state

To The Daily Sun,

Considering the debate about minimum wages, some issues stand out. First and foremost: any working person from any background, trained or not trained, needs to make a living wage — sufficient wage to pay their own way. The mere suggestion of increases (from $7.25 to $8.25) to $9 or $10 over two of three years borders of the incredible. How much are we out of touch with the real world? I'd say working people should be paid $12 to $14 now.

Unfortunately legislation must be enacted to bring this about. And the knee-slappers that sit and legislate laws in the state are never going to do that. They have always been over-zealous to protect business interests, in no way would they vote for a mere nickel increase. If these modest increases are not enacted many workers will fall back to state aid or help from the federal government, so in effect the taxpayers ultimately pick up the bill.

When potatoes cost $2 a pound and bread $4 a loaf, who can eat and pay rent to sustain a decent living on a pittance? You're asking for the improbable and impossible from honest hard working citizens! It all goes back to the plain fact that New Hampshire is not a progressive state. In my 50 years of residence in New Hampshire I've seen the same scenario (of disdain for the working class) from a form of government long since outdated. A 400-member legislative body is a black hole, unable and unwilling to improve the state's economy without drastic cuts in essential services. And our good governor has the audacity to suggest our way out is casino gambling.

On "Car-Talk" with Tom and Ray, they'd say she needs a "dope slap!" If anything, casino gambling would take precious money from working-class people spending rent and food money putting themselves and family in serious financial shortfall.

It should seem obvious by now the state needs revenue from a sales tax or income tax. If not, we will go through the same insane reordering of priorities, robbing one department to pay another — leaving the state in a turmoil ... again! But then again, our brothers in Concord would rather stand on the deck of a burning ship then even mention a broad based tax. Send most of them home

One other thing needs changing. The governor's term should be for four years, not two. So much vital time running for office leaves state business in limbo. Will New Hampshire continue in free-fall or come to their collective senses. We desperately need progressive laws to move this state to center stage.

Leon R. Albushies


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Try and take some comfort knowing that I don't hate you back

To The Daily Sun,

Mr. Earle's letters are consistently filled with misstatements, "facts" that aren't real, all leavened with heaping doses of a persecution complex and venom for anyone who opposes him.

I would like to tell him that we will not be hating you back, and I'll tell him why, even though he may have no interest in knowing the reason.

Hatred does accomplish some things. It's a loud "attention getter", as any parent who has a child in the "terrible twos" can tell you. Hatred does provoke and stir up people. We could even say that Mr. Earle is a provocateur and an agitator. We could spend our time trying to prove that you shouldn't waste your time or energy consuming yourself with hatred of anything or anyone different than you. But a more visceral (and often satisfying) response is often to "get back" or worse, to "get even".

Doing the last can be a waste of time. You read the letters in The Daily Sun. Writers continue to counter your lies, half-truths and purposeful omissions. They have given you responses to your addicted hatred toward President Obama.

Your constant expression of hatred will no longer faze us. Maybe we are just wasting our time and efforts to answer your hatred and your lies. Maybe it's wiser not to be annoyed or baited into a tit for tat.

We've had many discussions amongst our group and have come to a simple solution. You will probably love it. When we turn to the Letters to the Editor pages our eyes will immediately go to the end of each letter. If we happen to see your name attached to that particular letter, we will not read it. From now on, we will just ignore the rants that you submit to this newspaper. The same way we would ignore the crazy man with the wild hair standing on the corner, bug-eyed and yelling at everyone who walks by. Or the crotchety and irritable man who yells at the neighborhood kids to, "Get off my lawn".

Have a good day and try to take some comfort knowing that we don't hate you back.

Bernadette Loesch


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Drastic state budget cuts will affect our most vulnerable citizens

To The Daily Sun,

An effective democracy demands action from ordinary citizens. We have the power to facilitate change, especially at the local and state level, if we care enough to make our voices heard.

Once again, our New Hampshire state Legislature is proposing more drastic, deep cuts to the Health and Human Services budget for some of New Hampshire's most vulnerable children, youth, and families. The current proposed budget cuts will be in addition to all of the devastating cuts that the legislature already implemented in 2011 for health and human services. The current proposed budget cuts for 2015 include:

1. Funding for emergency shelters: Proposal to cut half ($4 million) out of the current $8 million annual budget to provide shelter to the over 4,000 New Hampshire families that become temporarily homeless each year. We already have a crisis with a lack of space in New Hampshire homeless shelters — this proposed budget cut would double our current problem.

2. Proposal to cut $52 million from developmental disability services from the current budget of $293 million.

3. Allow Medicaid expansion to sunset as of Dec, 31, 2016, for New Hampshire residents, leaving approximately 39,000 New Hampshire citizens living in poverty without affordable health-care coverage. Since the federal government covers almost the entire cost of Medicaid expansion with our federal tax dollars, the state Legislature voting to end Medicaid expansion for New Hampshire means denying us a benefit that we will still continue to pay for.

4. Eliminate Medicaid optional services. This budget cut will eliminate many health benefits for people living in poverty, including psychiatric services for youths on Medicaid under 21 years of age.

5. Cut $6 million from the current $9.5 million New Hampshire budget for drug and alcohol treatment and prevention. This proposed cut comes at a time when Laconia struggles with a severe heroin problem.

If you want to help stop these harmful budget cuts, please contact your representatives in the state Legislature before it is too late.

As we enter another road construction season, I always feel saddened by how much money we as a state and nation spend to fix many roads that seemed to be perfectly fine even before we spend millions of dollars annually to repair them. While fixing crumbling bridges is essential for public safety, so many New Hampshire road construction projects have nothing to do with fixing bridges. Although road construction projects use public money to create more jobs, increasing public health and human services programs would also create more jobs. We should reallocate some of the money from non-essential road repairs to fund the above-mentioned public health and human services fully. Is it more important to smooth a drivable road or to save a human life?

Although the United States has only 5 percent of the world's population, we warehouse 25 percent of all people behind jail and prison bars in the world. The United States now has the highest incarceration rate and the highest percentage of its population behind bars of any nation in the world. The more we cut prevention, intervention, and support services for children, youth, and families today, the more people will likely end up in prison later. We need to increase essential funding for health and human services, not decrease it!

Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund, writes, "Investing in children is not a national luxury or a national choice. It's a national necessity.... The issue is not are we going to pay -- it's are we going to pay now, up front, or are we going to pay a whole lot more later on."

Dave Lynch


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Internal combustion engine can be replaced by self-charging motors

To The Daily Sun,

I doubt any here are familiar with me, but I was involved with electronic and electrical power for much of the earlier part of my life — repair, control and testing. In the letter's section of the March 21 paper, Steve Earle made comments about about energy supply and technology — something I've complained about for years, which urges me to make some clarification. The cost issue has some merit but, relative to it, there is a greater issue.

Even with my "ancient" technology, we can eliminate the hybrid vehicle. That infernal, oops, I mean internal, combustion engine can be replaced with a second battery pack along with a charging system. There is a charging system in standard vehicles. It's called an alternator (within it is a rectifier circuit, that changes its AC to DC, and a regulator circuit, which maintains the determined voltage output). With a little more control circuitry, you'll now have a vehicle that can travel indefinitely. As Steve indicated, there is still maintenance, wear and possible breakdowns to contend with, but this is a simple application of "old" technology.

What is the drawback? If our vehicles are self-charging, what happens to all those convenience stores and service stations relying on refueling (now by electric chargers). Those air pumps that the quarters are plunked into will get more use. Can you see those places, with all their employees, replaced with "Going Out of Business" signs?

The oil industry put us over the barrel long ago. Now we'll have to slip and slide our way out of it.

H. Hudson

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Maybe it's t ime for utility companies to file suit against state

To The Daily Sun,
Reading in the news that the N.H. House budget proposes shifting taxes paid by the utility companies (intended for use to increasing the use of renewable energy) into the NHDOT budget made me wonder why nobody is being honest enough to call this what it is . . . A NEW TAX. This new tax on the utility companies is to pay for DOT expenses.
The N.H. House bill does not indicate that the money will be paid back. How could it be paid back without some other new tax. Therefore it must be "theft in office" or fraud for collecting it under false pretenses.
Maybe it's time for the utility companies to file suit against the state demanding that the money be returned to them, with triple damages . . . and maybe we might see some of our money back.
I had thought that the conservative mantra was "No New Taxes" and "Keep Your Hands Off Other People's Money." What happened?

Earl W. Miller, Jr.

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