To The Daily Sun,
In response to Belknap County Republican Chair Alan Glassman's September 16th letter assailing State Senator Andrew Hosmer's voting record, I would assert there are few in the N.H. Senate who have reached across the aisle as often as Senator Hosmer. In reality, Senator Hosmer has maintained his promise to his constituents to legislate in a common sense, bi-partisan fashion, that puts people over politics. To dispute this is to simply defy the facts and his voting record.
I would urge Mr. Glassman to not rewrite history. The GOP-controlled Legislature tried to do away with kindergarten and to lower the drop-out age, took away millions from hospitals in uncompensated care payments, attempted to deprive women of access of accurate medical information and defied the state's promise to our disabled population to end the wait list.
Moreover, Mr. Glassman cannot give Republicans credit for balancing N.H.'s budget: it is mandated by our state Constitution.
I recognize that Mr. Glassman is following the GOP playbook. But Sen. Hosmer has demonstrated that he makes meaningful promises and delivers what his constituents voted for: representation of their best interests in Concord.
Kate Miller, Chair
Belknap County Democrats
Last Updated on Saturday, 05 October 2013 12:06
To The Daily Sun,
Something Veterans of N.H. may care about as a voting bloc, parties aside, to think about in the future?
Our two congressional representatives. Shea-Porter and Kuster voted with their party and against the Veteran Community of the nation to not fund Veteran Affairs during the "shutdown". This, their negative vote, will affect thousands of veterans, young and old. They had the opportunity to Stand with the Veterans of N.H. and the country and do the right thing (party aside) or think of themselves. They made a choice.
In the future, the Veterans on N.H. will have a choice and as a bloc we can stand together as veterans and make the correct choice. Anybody BUT Shea-Porter.. Anybody BUT Kuster! Believe me, I know our choices will be limited especially knowing the one who will be running against Shea-Porter. He's not a veteran candidate BUT this can be a lesson. Having your picture taken handing a veteran a medal earned long ago or telling the story of your loved one who served in the past or your recent trip visiting the troops won't save your political butt at home.
Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility and Accountability. We have told you before, Republican or Democrat, it makes no difference. Veterans no longer accept 2-3-4th place. Veterans of N.H., it's time to take your organizational hats off and make a statement as one — VETERANS.
Next time you vote, it's not Republican or Democrat here in N.H., it's... VETERAN and remember — Shea-Porter and Kuster are OUT! . . . for a start.
Last Updated on Saturday, 05 October 2013 12:03
To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to Jon Hoyt's letter in the October 3rd Daily Sun:
Jon, once again you are projecting your own prejudices upon those opposed to the Affordable Care Act, which is not affordable nor will it provide care. You attribute this to racism rather than a rational belief by a large majority of Americans (there are more than a few polls out there that prove it) that the ACA is not sustainable, will not help the very people you say it's supposed to, and that will hurt everyone in the long run. Mind you, there's nothing wrong with being empathetic to the plight of those who may not have health insurance, but that empathy can cloud your perceptions and your logic and motivate you to promote something you believe will help but in the end will only make YOU feel better while not providing for the very people for which you have empathy.
Over the past couple of decades I have come to realize that many people like you who use accusations of racism as a tool to dismiss dissent are quite often the actual racists. The racism is not blatant. Rather it is subtle and insidious, and colors your thinking in ways you may not realize. You do not see American minorities as being capable of doing the same things everyone else does without the guiding hand of guilt-ridden liberals such as yourself. And more often than not, that "guiding hand" does not help them, but instead holds them back. Call it yet another form of backhanded racism.
You are very good at pointing fingers, Jon. But you must remember the old adage about pointing fingers: Three of them are pointing back at you.
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
To The Daily Sun,
The Committee for the Laconia High School Alumni Reunion would like to express its gratitude to Laconia School Department administration, staff and, most importantly, the alumni who gave so wholeheartedly to insure that the 3rd Annual Alumni Reunion was a success. Specifically, we thank the Laconia School Board whose endorsement was so important, LHS Facilities Manager Steve Dalzell, Jack Aldrich and his students of the Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Jennifer Mitchell and Jeff Twombly – IT Department, Laconia High School Kitchen staff, current LHS students who all allowed us to share their homecoming events, and the LHS janitorial staff for their support during the day and night of the event.
We would also like to especially thank Krista Marrs from The Citizen, who was the driving force in making our second alumni publication a reality. We hope to build on this in the years to come to make it a wonderful keepsake of the event.
We thank the generations of alumni who came to Laconia High School to renew friendships, to exchange memories, and to show that we still remain Sachems in the most respected sense of unity for the blessings of our public education. Special thanks to Warren Mitchell, who organized the amazing parade of classic cars for our alumni to ride in. Gert Gilman, Class of 1933, was our senior alumni and we were thrilled to have her join us again this year in the celebration. We think that alumni who attended had a great time reconnecting.
We were also thrilled to have Laconia High School students take alumni on tours of the new Huot Technical Center and the new science center at Laconia High School. Alumni were so impressed with all the work that has been done to benefit our students and support them in ensuring their potential for success with every student, every day, in every way.
On behalf of the alumni, we thank our parents for their insight in supporting us when in school, thank our teachers who challenged us, taught us, and set out dreams and goals to be sought. We know full well that those buildings at 345 Union Avenue have long brought forth a group of citizens who, for some, gave the ultimate commitment so that public education would be available for generations to come, brought forth citizens who made a difference in their nation, their states, their communities, and in the neighbors, in their families, and, yes, in their school systems.
As an alumni committee, grateful and committed to public education, we thank you and hope that next year we can meet again.
Laconia High School Alumni Committee
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 12:38
To The Daily Sun,
"...Once the president signs something into law, it is supposed to apply to everyone. Obama has granted waivers, exemptions, delays to his cronies and allies. House Republicans asked if delays, waivers, and exemptions were good for some, they should be good for all Americans. But Obama, Reid, and Pelosi said no. House Republicans asked that a specific 2.3 percent medical device tax, which is causing jobs to ship overseas, be repealed. Again, Obama, Reid, and Pelosi said no. Obama and liberal media are lying to you America. Obamacare is not a law, according to our Constitutional Republic, because laws apply to everyone...." — Allen West
"Elected leaders should not be treated better than the American people" — Senator Ted Cruz
For those who only watch mainstream media, you are being mislead. This health care law was passed with not one Republican vote. Our president will negotiate with Iran and terrorists but not with the Republicans.
Insurance is not a right. Welfare, Medicaid/Medicare should be reserved for elderly, kids, people with major illnesses, pregnant moms. The rest of America that still maintains its sanity and dignity and does not want hand outs and we don't want to pay for yours. Time to be weaned off the government tit people, and be productive members of society. I'm sick to death of socialist hacks trying to tell us what we have to do and not do. It's beyond time to rise up and tell them we aren't taking this crap anymore.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 12:33