To The Daily Sun,
George Maloof, like myself, has made mistakes. Mr. Maloof, I believe you are heading in the right direction, because you now are turning to God's word to correct even Steve Earle. Good man, George.
Always remember, you have your own mind, and are not led by the Republican Party, or the Democrat Party either. In "Proverbs", it says in Chapter (1:7) "The fear of the Lord, is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
When you look into our Universe, and out of all the planets, the Earth is the only one that has life, it's the blue planet because of the oceans we have — that's amazing. How could any person create such a masterpiece? Only a loving a God could. He made us in his own image. We are wonderfully made and George, you are a teacher to our children. Teach them with the mind God has given you.
I am an evangelist. I proclaim God's word, telling them of a loving God who sent his son Jesus Christ to die on a cross to save us from our sins. (Matt 1:21)
Go to it George, don't sing the praises of the Democrat or Republican Party, but rather sing the praises of a loving God and see how it will turn out students that will love God and American and the whole world.
William (Liam) McCoy
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 12:29
To The Daily Sun,
Holy gridlock, the government has shut down; the sky is falling; it's Obama's fault; it's the Tea Party's fault; Republicans; Democrats. Geeze, the finger pointing, name calling, blame game goes on and on.
Lets face it folks, there is enough blame to go around to both parties, with no ones hands clean. My take is that the Republicans are short sighted. The GOP should have let the damned ACA go into effect and let the chips fall where they may. Once that happens, I believe so many Americans will be hurt they will be screaming to repeal the whole thing and that the whole liberal movement would be set back 30 years and sanity will return, at least to so degree, to Washington. Nuff said.
George Maloof had a report in his recent letter about the meeting regarding the Northern Pass held in Plymouth last week. I was there along with my wife and I noted George's estimate that the anti-Pass folks out numbered the pro-Pass folks by 10 to one. I think that's kind of conservative there George, it looked to me that you might double that and be not far off.
What is it with government people, why can't they listen to we the people? Now, I like the idea of clean hydro power, it's the kind of green energy that makes sense. But I don't want a bad plan shoved down my throat — our throats — by some big corporation and government stooges. Bury the damn lines along the highways, take the transmission fees and add to the regional grid, but if Quebec Power doesn't like that tell them to take a hike.
Hard to believe George and I are on the same page with this but as he noted it's a cause that has brought political opposites together for once.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 12:26
To The Daily Sun,
To Ms. Betty Fortier:
We are not talking about the past in Briarcrest, we are talking about the FUTURE of Briarcrest. Yes, the Mooney's have done a great job and we all applaud them for their efforts, but now the residents of Briarcrest must look forward to the years that are ahead of us whether it be a short time or a long time. The Lakemont Cooperative was formed by residents of Briarcrest that care about that future. And, by forming a cooperative, where every resident can be involved in the decisions of how Briarcrest is run, seems to be the best way.
ROC-NH (Resident Owned Communities — New Hampshire) was asked to help those who wanted to form a resident-owned cooperative since they have the experience and their rate of success is 100 percent. Approximately 107 owner-owned parks have been bought by their residents' cooperatives and all 107 are still running very well as a resident-owned community even after 10, 15 or 20 years.
Do you think a multi-national company would run Briarcrest in our (the residents') interest or in their profit-making interest? You can bet that they are going to run their company by looking at the "bottom line", as any company should to stay in business. Anywhere they can make a dollar is where they'll put their attention and keeping our rents at the level they are now is not how you make a profit. Why do you think the Mooney's have kept the park "up to snuff"? ALL out of the "goodness of their hearts"? They've done it to make a profit year after year (to make a living). It's the Amercan way of capitalism — if you don't make a profit, you won't be able to make a living no matter how caring you are to the residents. The bottom line is: profit — for all companies, including a cooperative. In a cooperative, the profits are put back into the cooperative and can be used to lower rents, do capitol improvements (regular and emergency), make mortgage payments, etc., not sent to the shareholders of some out-of-state company. Besides, all the cooperative's business would stay local — as we are want to hear from all around us. Where would your rent go if Hometown America bought Briarcrest?
We all came here for at least one common interest — to live as we want in a nice place and have someone else do the work, but unfortunately someone has stuck a stick in our wheel and we have to fix it.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 12:20
To The Daily Sun,
Over the weekend, my family and I went for a hike in the White Mountain National Forest in Waterville Valley. After the 2-mile hike up the Livermore Trail we came back too the parking area and had to use the bathroom facilities that were in the parking area. Upon going up to the facility, we discovered that it was boarded up with 2x4s with a notice informing us that due to the government shutdown they were closed.
We were upset that the U.S. Government could,not even afford to keep this pit toilet open for use.
I think that maybe they should board up the White House bathrooms along with the Congressional bathrooms, too.
You know the old saying, what's good for the goose is good for the gander!
You gotta just love it!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 12:14
To the editor,
A few weeks ago, Mr. Earle was having difficulty grasping the meaning of extremism. He can be assured that holding political views and beliefs do not make one an extremist. However, if those views show distain for the rights and liberties of others they do become extreme.
Rest assured, Mr. Earle, that extremists represent both sides of the political spectrum, right wing or left wing, their views are typically beyond the boundaries of logic. They are broadly divided into two groups; movements and adherents that are hate oriented and those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority or rejecting government entirely. They like to cloak their extremism under the guise of more legitimate discussions, but beneath the facade is some form of hate.
Extremists hold a strong feeling that their opponents have differing view because they are bad, immoral, dishonest, hateful, prejudiced, etc. and not merely because they simply disagree, see matters differently, or are mistaken. They demonize the other side and are intolerant of dissent, attacking the character of those with opposing views rather then deal with the facts or issues raised. Often they will question motives, qualifications, past associations, alleged values, and personalities as a diversion from the issues under consideration. A favorite devise of extremists is to resort to taunts/name calling (e.g. nutty professor, cool-aid drinker, moon bats, elitists, etc.) to label and condemn opponents and to divert others from listening to their positions or arguments. In addition, extremists may deliberately lie or otherwise distort, misquote, slander, defame, or libel their critics. With extremists, the end justifies the means.
Recently, Mr. Earle exemplified extremism with a letter to this forum in which he declared that the Obama administration had six members of the Muslim brotherhood on its staff. His information stems from a forwarded e-mail with the title of "White House Staff" or "new in the White House." This is an unproven conspiracy theory, which alleges that six American Islamic activists who work with the administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives influencing American policies. There is a great lynch mob among us and they go unhooded and work without a rope.
In previous letters I've tried to outline how right wing extremists in the Republican Party have flirted with "birtherism", charges of socialism, and allegations that the president is a secret Muslim, hated whites and wanted to get even. This type of rhetoric was done to both enrage and energies the party's extremists. In doing so, they've turned their guns on their own leaders and in the process have driven the party more and more toward uncompromising positions. At one time the divide in the GOP was between Republican moderates and conservatives; today the intra-party cleavage is between the Republican establishment and the lunatic fringe.
Ultimately, the core problem that extremism presents is less the severity of their activities, but more so the closed, fixed, and intolerant nature of extremist attitudes and their subsequent imperviousness to change.
The time has come for extremists to start standing for something, instead of simply lashing out against things.
L. J. Siden
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 12:10