We need senator who will strengthen our country, not embarrass it

To The Daily Sun,

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte has embarrassed the Senate, embarrassed the United States and embarrassed herself by signing a letter to the Ayatollah in Iran schooling them on the way the government works in the U.S. The U.S. government is just one of many partners — the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China — negotiating with Iran to verify that Iran is not in the process of developing a nuclear weapon. Any imposition of further sanctions will be fruitless if these other countries don't agree.

By scuttling these talks, the signatories are saying the only way to stop Iran is a military option. By undermining the negotiations and calling for regime change, they are succumbing to the Bill Crystal neo-cons, the people that greased the wheels for our involvement in Iraq.

Our foreign policy in the area since 1945 has been an abject failure. From covertly toppling a democratically-elected government in Iran in 1952 and installing the Shah (a brutal dictator), to supporting the religious fanatics in Afghanistan against the Soviets — which then morphed into the Taliban — to supplying weapons to Iran in the Iran/Contra scandal in the 1980s, to believing we would be treated as heroes in toppling Saddam in Iraq.

Contrary to the belief that the U.S. isn't respected by the world, the present administration has worked hard to change the perspective after the disastrous Bush years where were derided by our European allies. We can't unilaterally make the world march to our tune and as we become more energy independent — the success of all of the administration's energy policy — we are no longer tied to Mideast oil. The policy has brought the price of oil to under $60 a barrel from $100 and has done more harm to Russia, Iran, and Venezuela than the sanctions the West can impose.

Let's get a senator in 2016 that will work to strengthen the U.S., not embarrass us.

John Morrissey


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I say down with the political establishment! Vote 3rd party

To The Daily Sun,

Law is force. Once it is in place we are theoretically bound by its imperatives and constrained by its prohibitions.

The guiding principle of any lawmaker/policy maker ought to be consistency with individual freedom. Government revenue from taxes is a taking by the force of law. It should be minimal, only enough to maintain an infrastructure that protects the liberty of those from whom the money has been taken.

Not a dime of public funds should support a special interest such as a casino. This is not a legitimate way for tax dollars to be spent.

The proposed extension of commuter rail is even worse. This project doesn't even offer a figment of payback to taxpayers. Instead it requires millions in subsidies taken from taxpayers for each year it will operate. It would operate for the benefit only of special interests.

Common Core is a vile usurpation of state's rights by a federal machine that hopes to entrench its influence in every public school. It must be denied.

New Hampshire should be a leader in actions that successfully repeal the "Affordable" Care Act", even if for no other reason than it is not legally in place. A legislative act that requires taxation must originate in the House of Representatives. The ACA did not, and the Supreme Court ruled that the penalties for not signing up are a tax.

Also, history shows that a federal bureaucracy always costs more and delivers less than similar efforts at a state level.

New Hampshire should be a leader in visibly and noisily refusing to put any public funds in support of abortion. One can be pro-choice and still not be pro-abortion. But in any case abortion is no action for which public funds should be used.

Sadly, in the real world, none but the fewest lawmakers/policy makers is guided by principle. Most strive to satisfy the demands of special interests. They attempt to imbue this behavior with integrity by disingenuously saying they are serving their constituencies.

Down with the establishment! Vote 3rd party.

David M. Zebuhr


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U.S. has no intelligence that Iran is building a nuclear weapon

To The Daily Sun,

Recent media reports about negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are disappointingly one-dimensional and misleading. For example, it is all but accepted that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon. Yet all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies report there is no evidence that Iran is building a nuclear bomb. Israel's own intelligence agency, the Mossad, says the same.

As a veteran, I know that democracy is dependent upon a well informed public. People should be able to consider all the relevant facts.

Israeli leaders may feel threatened by the re-emergence of Iran as a strong regional power, as has historically been the case. But they know that Iran poses no military threat to Israel. The U.S. should not allow itself to be "played" in a regional power struggle.

A peaceful, stable Middle East is in the interests of the American people, the Iranian people, the people of Israel, of the region and of the world.

As a military veteran, I know that war is horrible as well as futile. The militarization of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has been a disaster for all concerned.

I am grateful that President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are pursuing diplomacy with Iran, instead of more sanctions, leading to a war that could kill hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

As a signer of the Treaty for Nuclear Non-Proliferation (NPT), Iran has the legal right to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes. Instead of pressuring Iran, the U.S. government should take steps to comply with its own obligations under the NPT. The U.S. should be destroying its nuclear weapons instead of developing a new generation of doomsday missiles.

Our senators should not sign any bill that would undermine the possibility of achieving a peaceful, negotiated solution with Iran.

Diplomacy, not war!

Dennis Lintz

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Another huge tax increase for Belmont thanks to Shaker voters

To The Daily Sun,

Even with lower student enrollments and a suggestion by Shaker School Board members not to fund full-time kindergarten this year, the voters once again were able to stack the meeting and vote them in as well as another pay raise for teachers.

I was not at the meeting, as having been in the past it is a waste of time. This last meeting proves that point. They even funded a teacher's position deemed not to be needed any longer.

Huge tax increase once again for Belmont taxpayers, who are in no position for it, all due to the school district. You should be ashamed of this and the hurt it is causing the taxpayers of Belmont and, to a lesser degree, Canterbury.

Don Irvin

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Fortunately, we have leaders who know true value of education

To The Daily Sun,

Many have attacked President Obama's plan to make the first two years of community college free and disparage the benefits of making a two year degree more affordable.

The economic ideology supporting these attacks is both callous and incorrect. Yes, we value what we pay for and what we work hard for. Suggesting that a student who doesn't pay for college won't value it when part or all of the tuition is subsidized is faulty economics. That student is studying and delaying working while learning and putting him/herself in a position to get a better job and to earn more money. Going to school, even for free, incurs costs for the student. Economists refer to these costs as "opportunity costs". It's the money that the student doesn't earn when he or she is studying rather than working. It's the time he or she doesn't get to spend doing something else more immediately profitable. It's an investment the student makes in his/her future. Every study shows that those with a degree will earn significantly more over the course of their working lives than those who don't graduate.

If the critics were correct, students would value their community college experience less each time a legislature provides some money to reduce tuition costs — as was done in N.H.'s last legislative session. There is zero evidence that this has devalued community college to N.H. students.

Even though we here in N.H. run a lean and efficient community college operation the cost of community college can still be a heavy burden. Education costs money. Nevertheless, it's one of the smartest investments we, as a society, can make. Educated students will be able to fill the best jobs which will go unfilled without education. According to a study by Georgetown University, by 2020 the U.S. will have 5 million job positions that can't be filled due to a lack of qualified candidates.

A college education should not be a luxury reserved for only the wealthiest in our society. It's the key to America's future. Those who want to keep cutting support for colleges and for students are woefully shortsighted. A former senator nailed it when he said, "If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs."

Fortunately, we have leaders who understand the true value of an education. We know about President Obama's proposal to make the first two years of community college free. Governor Hassan has also proven her commitment to making college more affordable. Granite State community colleges were able to reduce tuition because of increased funding in the last budget, and they'll be able to do so again if Governor Hassan's budget current proposal is adopted.

These efforts are investments in the future. They give Americans the chance to have the foundation on which they can build more successful lives: for themselves, for their families, and for society at large.

Dave Pollak

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