To The Daily Sun,
In November, the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Republicans, released the results of a lengthy investigation that debunked a series of allegations perpetrated by conservative media outlets about the events and culpability surrounding the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. The report reaffirmed the findings of several previous investigations and once again determined that "there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria." Benghazi is pretty much what the entire non-insane world has figured all along.
Of course, Fox down played this report, as it indicates that the thousands of hours they have spent on Benghazi have all been based on yet another conspiracy/lie. In fact, Fox ran a hilarious story that ignored nearly every finding of the report and managed to all but say that it was actually a stinging rebuke to the Obama administration. This warped reporting is another example of how Fox viewers come to believe lies to be the truth and has the makings for an even greater conspiracy theory.
In his most recent letter, Mr. Wiles accuses liberals of "giddiness" and smugness," when in fact, it was a collective sigh of relief that the facts and truth had been heard and the conspiracy/lie was put to rest. But no, wait, has it? Not wanting to waste a good lie, Wiles attempts to subvert the committee report by injecting his own findings. To his credit, Wiles mentions his sources, which I took time to research. The Daily Signal is a news organization which provides conservative coverage and analysis. The Blaze is a news and entertainment network founded by Glenn Beck. And Elise Cooper authors a conservative blog and contributes conservative views to the Tea Party Tribune.
While I have no problem with Wiles using whatever sources he chooses, I do believe his views to be very narrowed by relying on the above-named "authorities." I would also question if these sources were made privy to all the testimony and documentation that the Intelligence Committee had at its disposal.
If malfeasance or cover-up were found in the Benghazi investigation, you can be assured that Wiles and other conservative contributors to this forum would be shouting it from the rooftops 24/7.
It's unfortunate, but right-wing conservatives will not let the Benghazi conspiracy theory expire. They are determined to use this tragic event and the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty as a potential weapon against Hillary Clinton if she should decide to run for president in 2016.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:50
To The Daily Sun,
I want to remind readers of the names called President Obama because his middle name was Hussein. The president wasn't American, born a Muslim, and the list goes on.
I am sure every right-winger in the Lakes Region knows Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.,) who was chairman of the select committee that investigated Benghazi and IRS and later replaced by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R- S.C.). Mr. Issa is also the richest person in Congress, reported to be worth $460 million.
Fox Alert Breaking News. The Union Leader reported in today's paper, Monday, Jan. 19, that an Israeli helicopter strike in Syria hit a convoy carrying Jihad Moughniyah and commander Mohamad Issa, known as Abu Issa, in the province of Quneitra, near Golan Heights. I would ask Messrs. Meade and Wiles, Benghazi experts, to chew on this to see if any scandal exists.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:42
To The Daily Sun,
The Gilmanton Year-Round Library provides a central meeting place for a town so widely spread out. Besides books and magazines, DVDs, computer use, scheduled children's and adult programs, the Year-Round Library hosts many group meetings in comfortable community space.
Some of the groups meeting regularly this year at the Year-Round Library have included a crafter's group, a book club, a murder mystery group, home-schoolers, and a Magic the Gathering group. In the past groups have met for senior movies, and to play Scrabble, bridge, and chess. If you would like to ask about your group meeting at the library, please call 364-2400 during Library hours to speak to one of the librarians. See the website at www.gyrla.org for already scheduled meetings.
Some of best use of the library is when friends and neighbors, who haven't had a chance to see each other for a while, meet at the library. Library patrons know these chances to visit with others can be the one of the library's strongest features. For many people the Year-Round Library has become Gilmanton's community living room.
Support your library. Attend the Town Meeting deliberative session on Saturday, Jan. 31, and be sure to vote "Yes" for Article 20 on the Town Warrant on Tuesday, March 10, at the Academy.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:32
To The Daily Sun,
I have been on the Route 3-25 Committee from Day 1. I stated at the first meeting if we came up with a plan that wouldn't improve the traffic flow and make it better than it is at the present, I would be inclined to leave it the way it is.
After many meetings, in December, we came up with a plan that was accepted. The only reason I supported the plan, was I thought it seemed better than all the rest.
Even after voting in favor, I had many doubts that it would resolve the problems we have with the present situation.
I have lived in Meredith all my life. Born in 1942, I have seen many changes through the years. Personally I have got use to the lights at Route 3-25, and I wouldn't have any problem leaving it the way it is.
Another concern from the first day was, what do the citizens of Meredith feel about the plan and their reasons. I have had many comments about the present plan and I can honestly say not one person was in favor.
Some of the reasons make sense and others are right off the wall. One of the objections is, that no matter what, no changes should be considered. To many of these people I would like to point out that as a native, I have seen many changes that these same people by moving here have forced change on us.
I really have to speak out about one, even though I think of Karen Sticht as a friend. I really think she is off base if she thinks anyone would support removing the Town Docks. I hope she doesn't want to move the lake, too.
Last of all, I hope the Selectboard listens to the concerns of the citizens of Meredith.
L. Michael Hatch
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:28
To The Daily Sun,
In response to L.J. Siden's letter of Jan. 20, as to the nature of liberals' lack of concern for human life, it is a true fact that particularly those who drive the liberal agenda demonstrate a lack of concern for human life in its earliest stages of development. This is true to the point that you can't even have an intelligent conversation with some over the the sanctity of the human life of a fetus. Their determination to protect their self-will over and against the welfare of the fetus precludes it. The matter is a lack of recognizing that this life is a gift from God, no matter how it was conceived. It is thus a rebellion against God, an act of not receiving his gift. So when God's agenda differs from yours, you snuff out the life, throw away the gift.
Now all liberals are not like this. Indeed some are pro-life, some are even Christians. But of those who drive the liberal agenda I think this can be said to be true of enough to make the generalization. It is this lack of honor and respect for God and the life that only he can give that concerns me. If you don't respect life at its earliest stages when it is helpless, it stands to reason that these pursuing their own self will, will not respect human life at its latter stages when it is again helpless. A panel of thusly minded people unanswerable to anyone does not sound good to me.
Here's the thing. People are like sheep. We need someone to follow. It's the way we are. Christians know this, but praise be to God we have a Good Shepherd. Many liberals and even conservatives who do not know the Lord exalt reason and their own ability, well, beyond reason, and become "useful idiots." I mean no offense. Particularly to those who participate in this forum, most are very intelligent. Yet if you do not realize that you need a shepherd you will end up serving someone who in the end you will wish you hadn't.
Mr. Siden is very wrong in ascribing my motive as stirring up hate and fear. In this he violates his own injunction not to draw unsubstantiated conclusions. My only desire is to encourage people as much as it is in our power, not to throw away our liberty for a security that in the end will turn out to be a false security. And that all would turn to Christ.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:17