To The Daily Sun,
I've often wondered why a newspaper allows "bullying" on their opinion pages and more than one person has asked me why I don't respond to my so-called critics. I consider bullying to be offensive and wish not to encourage them. I have a sneaking suspicion that those few (the minority fringe) who choose to be offensive, resort to name calling, and being very personal in their remarks, are some of our "older denizens". You see? I could have said "old farts" but I didn't. Their unrelenting negativity and half-truths are definite signs of bullying.
Arguing with anonymous people on these pages is a sucker's game. Inevitably they turn out to be like self-righteous teenagers who have a lot of time on their hands. As a wise man once said: "It's like wrestling with a pig. You both get dirty but the pig will enjoy it." "Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference" — Mark Twain.
One can see how easy it is to fall into the bully trap. Sometimes I think that the only cure for them is six feet of dirt but someone once said that even death can't cure someone with questionable cognitive capacity! One famous comedian suggested that to argue with one of them would only bring you down because they would beat you with experience.
I've never been known to turn the other cheek but for those Christians who do, this would be a good note with which to end: "Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him." Proverbs 26:4
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:31
To The Daily Sun,
Citizens of Grafton County are valiantly fighting the same battle that is turning rural New Hampshire communities into industrialized energy zones. Our common enemy is the government — blinded by unrealistic green energy promises of the wind industry.
It's past time to take this fight to the courts, where we can restore democracy and protect rural Central New Hampshire from violations under our New Hampshire Constitution. Simple common law rights with enjoyment of our property. Our "Rights and Freedoms" are being legislated away with the erection of these man-made monstrosities. I urge you to turn your attention toward N.H. politicians and our "Queen of Green" Governor, Maggie Hassan.
Thousands of local residents have written to their elected officials in Concord. The summer is almost over and only a three politicians dared to visit this beautiful lake and its proposed sites? What message are New Hampshire politicians sending us — they don't care?
Nevertheless, both wind developers and our N.H. government continue to site wind energy projects too close to our important watersheds and state wildlife areas.
One thing is clear — large international wind energy corporations have too much power. I view them as wind cartels, who are bad actors, who try to suspend the laws of supply and demand, exclude competition and gouge their customers.
This is not the New Hampshire way!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:19
To The Daily Sun,
Well, its August, which is the silly season in politics. Dumb and dumber people say the darnedest things. The right has gone apoplectic about Obamacare being implemented and lunatics are still off and riding in their birther clown cars. Ted Cruz, with Louie Gohmert close on his heels, has replaced Michele Bachmann as the most ridiculous person in DC and the American Taliban's abortion bills are now 0-6 in the courts this year. Tod Kincannon who is was director of the South Carolina GOP tweeted that Muslims worship Satan and the National Institute of Drug Abuse recently denied that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol. "Ex-gay" therapist Jerry Mungadze told televangelist Benny Hinn he can identify someone possessed by demons based on what colors a person chose when coloring in a drawing of a brain. Paul Taylor of Creation Today recently stated that Tyrannosauruses were not created to eat meat and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's police state is arresting people for singing in Madison protests. Tea Party extremists are encouraging young people not to sign up for Obamacare and Ted Cruz was just wildly heckled for having government health care while preaching the defunding of Obamacare. Sean "Inanity" Hannity will lose both his TV and radio slots and Ed Schultz is returning to MSNBC's nightly lineup at 5 p.m. due to popular demand. North Carolina House Majority Leader Paul Stam told June Atkinson, the state's superintendent of public instruction that "She should stick to her own knitting" and California Tea Partier Rep. Tom McClintock asserted that there is no crime on Wall Street because bankers don't use guns.
Finally, in this edition of Bobby Jindal's Party of Stupid, Mike Huckabee and James Inhofe say climate change isn't a threat because "God is still up there" and N.H.'s Bill O'Brien once again made a complete jackass of himself by comparing Obamacare to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:15
To The Daily Sun,
The Belknap County Commissioners would like the citizens of the county to know that we were disappointed to miss the opportunity to attend the last delegation meeting. The meeting was noticed as a Gunstock meeting only. The only item on the agenda was a revenue anticipation note for Gunstock. On the morning of the meeting the chairman of the delegation issued a revised agenda which included topics that were not related to Gunstock, but certainly of interest to the county commissioners. The commissioners, per RSA 91-a must provide 24 hour notice of any meeting they are to attend. They were not able to meet the posting requirement. Coincidentally, a handful of citizens were made aware of the revised agenda and came prepared to discuss the additional topics.
It is unfortunate that the general public had no notice of this change and no opportunity to consider attending the meeting.
The Belknap County Board of Commissioners
John H. Thomas
Edward D. Philpot, Jr.
Stephen H. Nedeau
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 11:25
To The Daily Sun,
Many of us in Senate District 2 have read with interest Jeanie Forrester's recent newsletters and applaud her interest in and concern for our men and woman in the military. Writing letters to them is a great service indeed.
But we would really like to hear more about Jeanie's work on behalf of the State of N.H., and particularly Senate District 2.
We know Jeanie has been meeting with groups and individuals throughout the district to discuss the subject of expanded Medicaid eligibility. What has she learned and how is what she has heard shaping her position on this issue?
Senate President Bragdon came under scrutiny recently when he took the position of executive director with the Local Government Center. He has recently expressed his intent to step down as Senate president, but we would like to hear Jeanie's views on this process, especially as she is Senator Bragdon's pick for a seat on the committee that is reviewing changes to the laws governing the LGC's procedures going forward.
And we are wondering about Jeanie's response to PSNH's recent announcement of a $7.5 million job creation fund in Coos County contingent on approval of the Northern Pass project. Her constituents along that route want to hear her response to PSNH's most recent proposition.
While ice cream socials are a delightful way to spend summer afternoons, we are actually more interested in learning what policies Jeanie is working on and what legislative issues are occupying her time. A perfect opportunity to hear from Jeanie on these subjects would be at her "thank you" picnic in Meredith on August 25. We will be listening!
Kate Miller, Chair
Belknap County Democrats
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 11:18