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
To The Daily Sun,
The election of an academic ideologue with deep distrust for business should be more than a cautionary tale for Americans going forward. One sure question we should ask future presidential aspirants is tell us how you negotiate, your experience at negotiating and in the end will you negotiate for the greater good of ALL AMERICANS, not just those that elected you. Barack Obama's presidency exemplifies the calamity, war and political dysfunction created in two party democracy when one person refuses to negotiate or more precisely does not know HOW TO NEGOTIATE.
Just about every American president and surely the trans-formative ones all knew well the black art of negotiating. They all found someone they could TRUST in the opposing party to pursue the give and take required to FIND SOLUTIONS AND PROGRESS as the bickering and "politics" went on out front. The behind the scenes working relationships that Reagan had with Democrat Tip O'Neil and the one Bill Clinton had with Republican Newt Gingrich is stuff legends are made of. Both men produced presidencies that we STILL TALK ABOUT. More importantly, both presidents found paths to move their parties partisan walls in order to MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARD. Not Obama, the ACADEMIC IDEOLOGUE sees himself above negotiating, PROSTITUTING the PURITY of his principles. Having negotiated endless business deals myself there is no single greater DEATH WISH to GETTING any DEAL accomplished than one person trying to protect the PURITY of their PRINCIPLES in any negotiation.
Obama's job approval rating reflects his LEADERSHIP FAILURE. They now hover at the LOWS of his presidency. Obama's five years have produced one of the most dysfunctional, partisan PARALYZED periods of American politics in the past century, including our first debt down grade in history. We now head for another one. For a man PURE IN PRINCIPLES NOTHING IS BEYOND harm to protect them. We WITNESS this today. Our Government is now SHUTDOWN. The KING has spoken. Not the president, presidents negotiate, KINGS DICTATE. We witness the inability of a man to negotiate OUT OF IDEOLOGY, in a political system that only moves forward through NEGOTIATION. What ever the problem, it is always caused by simply not OBEYING THE KING. Well, Americans do not recognize a king, as you may have noticed. Remember, the opposite of negotiating is WAR. REAL WARS with real guns, bombs and killing. We like to settle things in a more civilized manner. Politics settles differences without war. In fact one could say the ONE SKILL any politician REQUIRES above ALL is that of negotiation and compromise. If the TOP political leader in America, the president, the place where the TENURE and PULSE of negotiating BEGINS says "I WILL NO NEGOTIATE". Then the opponent is only left with ONE course of action, WAR. Gosh, do we know how destructive WAR is... look at the harm already. Right now we have WAR declared by the highest office in America, the president of the United States. He declares WAR at every obstacle he faces. He seeks no advice or counsel from some trusted ally on the opposing side as has been the path to progress so often for American presidents for decades.
The day after he was elected in 2012, with FEWER VOTES than he got in 2008, Obama said he recognized his obligation to be president FOR all the people NOT JUST those who voted for him. He talks so eloquently and then blows smoke up our knickers. Obama is not representing the almost 50 percent of Americans who DID NOT vote for him. He represents ONLY the pure ideology of Democratic politics. The American public has opposed Obama care for five years with strong majorities to this very second. Did that make any difference to Obama. He decided we needed Obamacare, then shoved it down our throats over scramming protests that still DEEPLY DIVIDE the country and the economy. The harm done to this country by Obama's principles are of NO CONCERN TO HIM. Harm to others is NEVER a concern of ideological despots like him. By the way he says " the current mess is all George Bush's fault". You still buying that one?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 12:07