To The Daily Sun,
I have been following the letters to the editor concerning whether the United States is or is not a Christian nation. Lately, this discussion has turned to our coinage and the motto "In God We Trust." As a numismat, rather than a civil libertarian, I felt a need to add an objective, non-partisan opinion.
In truth, both Mr. Veverka and Mr. Cacciatore are wrong. With the exception of the Indian Head cent (1863-1908) and the Buffalo Nickel (1913-1938) every coin minted for general circulation in the twentieth century bore that motto as do coins minted today, not just commemorative coins.
Going further back, the Barber series of coins, minted from 1892 to 1916, had the same motto on all coins except the dime. It's thought that space limitation prevented the inclusion of the motto on that coin. Morgan dollars, minted from 1878 to 1904 (and reissued for one year in 1921) also bore the motto. It is also important to note that those same coins had our Latin motto, "E Pluribus Unum" as well.
I believe this confusion may be caused by the fact that paper currency did not have "In God We Trust" printed on the reverse until around 1954.
Just for a historical note, the 1792 five-cent piece referred to in one of his letters was actually spelled "half disme" rather than "half dime." However, it was pronounced "dime." Ah, those crazy Founding Fathers and their spelling....
Should either gentleman wish confirmation of my claims, simply contact me and I will be happy to show you samples of U.S. coins from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:41
To The Daily Sun,
The tree is down, the decorations are put away for another year. But before we move on the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund needs to thank all the wonderful businesses and people who made this a very successful year. The 237 children in 117 families from Meredith and Center Harbor who were the recipients of the 121 pairs of boots, 166 jackets and snow pants will not soon forget this holiday. These children also received loads of toys and other clothing items, and let's not forget the 35 bikes that were distributed.
The elderly in our community were not forgotten with 35 receiving gift cards from local businesses. We also received trees from Altrusa after their Festival of Trees so that 25 families could light up the eyes of their children with a beautiful tree. Yes, the season is coming to an end but our sincere gratitude will continue.
We wish we could mention by name all of the people that we have to thank for what they did: The anonymous person who purchased our boots, the one who allowed us use of his building, the hard-working people who adopted children, the churches who made their angels and came through with gifts that were needed, and last, but certainly not least, the wonderful businesses that helped us with funds to supplement what was needed, and many who put up Angel trees.
We also could not have accomplished our successful results without our volunteers who helped make it all work. Thank you, Thank you. It is our hope that we will all come together next year and do it all again.
The Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund
Nancy Howe, Sandy Ambrose, Wendy Bagley, Jan Joslin, Alesia Parks, Bart Merrill, Teresa McCormack, Jodi Pendexter, Charleen Hughes, Lori Harding-Chiefe, and Bronwen Donnelly.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:49
To The Daily Sun,
On Feb. 18 the White House will host a summit on countering violent extremism — to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from recruiting and radicalizing individuals to commit violent acts like the ones that recently occurred in Ottawa, Sydney and Paris. The man who refuses to admit that this terrorism is cause by radical Islam and further asserts that terrorist atrocities committed in the name of Islam are but a few and not connected to true Islam, is going to host this conference.
Biden and Kerry were not present Sunday as millions gathered to support France and freedom worldwide. Eric Holder was nearby, but apparently had other more important commitments. Whither President Obama? The man who decided it would create a distraction for him to attend this historic rally of solidarity in Paris, while other world leaders made it a top priority, is going to host a rally to combat violent acts of extremism. How absurd and ironic is that?
Jonah Goldberg attempts to bring our dear leader down from his fantasy delusions of proclaiming workplace violence at Fort Hood and denying the existence of the growing radical Islamic threat. "These acts were done by specific people with a specific ideology and this White House is still incredibly gun shy, no pun intended, about calling any attention to the fact that the people we're at war with aren't just generic extremists off the shelf, but they're a specific ideology with a specific religious orientation. And President Obama won't even call ISIS Islamic."
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the leader of the free world says that the deadly group that calls itself the Islamic State in Iraq while shouting "allahu ackbar" is not really Islamic.
Vermont Democrat Howard Dean told an MSNBC host that calling these violent extremists Muslim terrorists is wrong because they are not really Muslims since Islam is the religion of peace. He also claimed that ISIS is just a cult. Yes, we all know that most Muslims, probably 99 percent, are peaceful. But 1 or 2 per cent of 1.6 billion people is still a whole lot of evil rapidly spreading around the world, consuming more and more countries. And why are so many moderate Muslims silent while these killers are co-opting their religion?
Dr. Zudhi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, himself a Muslim, has been asking this question for a long time while imploring Muslims to speak out. For that he has death threats made against him while radical Imams try and shut him up.
Back in the good ole USA, the leaders of this country refuse to name our enemy. Praising Allah is being taught in our schools while hints of Sharia Law in some states rise menacingly (already happening in some communities in France).
We are in grave danger of being overrun by barbarians at our gates, especially since the Muslim Brotherhood, progressive Democrats and assorted Marxist types are already creating chaos from within. France is under siege now with little chance of long term survival. It could happen here as well if we don't wake up and crush the secular, progressive evil that is spreading its tentacles far and wide within this great nation.
Let's not wait until radical Islamic terrorists infiltrate one of our schools and murder 132 children and burn teachers alive while continuing the practice of beheading. Let's also not wait until they become ever more adept at cyber warfare. Yes, let's not have a 21st century rebirth of Genghis Kahn and the 13th century Mongolian reign of terror shall we?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:46
To The Daily Sun,
Gas prices are going down... and already a senator has asked for a federal increase on the gas tax. Six percent for each of the next two years making it a 12 percent increase.
The president was in Tennessee to promote his free community college for those who keep their grades up.
Governor Hassan wants to build a commuter rail from Manchester to Boston.
More spending. Spending money we do not have. The federal government is trillions in debt. The governor will not let us know how much she has gone over the budget.
Why cannot our representatives spend only the money we actually have? Why are they not talking about cutting the deficits? How about saving money and putting in rainy day funds?
I don't know about you, but I pay plenty of taxes. More than enough. How about cutting taxes? Or maybe a fair tax. Why are our representatives not talking about that?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:41
To The Daily Sun,
Based on the presentation made at last month's Meredith Selectboard workshop it seems the state Department of Transportation came to Meredith with a proposal for a highway project which would increase the throughput capacity of the intersection of Routes 3 & 25. The state's proposal was for a single, two-lane roundabout to replace the existing traffic lights. The DOT made the selectboard aware of the availability of funds to carry out the project.
The selectboard formed an advisory committee to investigate the opportunity. We are grateful to the advisory committee for volunteering their time and efforts. The advisory committee reviewed the state's proposal and did not like it. The advisory committee came up with a counter-proposal of three single-lane roundabouts.
The counter-proposal was presented at a December selectboard workshop by a member of the town's advisory committee and a representative of the engineering firm McFarland Johnson. Some of the unanswered issues raised at the workshop are:
— What amount of traffic is the current road configuration designed to accommodate?
— What amount of traffic will be accommodated by the proposed three single-lane roundabouts project?
— If the town accepts the project does that remove the 3/25 intersection from the DOT needs priority list?
— If the adopted project improves but does not solve the congestion issue how many years will it be before the 3/25 intersection gets back on the DOT needs list?
— Is tearing up the downtown in all or parts of the 2017 and 2018 construction seasons without solving the congestion issue worth the aggravation?
— Why is a roundabout proposal better than the already-studied alternatives, such as bypass?
— Will rework of the existing utilities under the road right of way be required?
— If so, will it add cost to the project now or in the future, and who will have to pay?
— If the project is largely a beautification project (meaning it does not solve the congestion issue), is there a reasonable expectation that road salt and sand won't kill off the greenery in the dividers each year?
— Who will bear the cost if that turns out to be the case?
— Who is responsible for the normal maintenance of the dividers, water, mowing, trimming... etc. and the costs associated?
— What will making the downtown area a divided highway do to the foot traffic from lake-based activities we promote, such as the pond hockey and fishing derbies?
— Why are roundabouts being considered for Meredith?
— When pedestrians cross the roundabout or the legs leading out of the roundabout at Routes 3 and 25 and cars stop for them as required by law, how will that affect the traffic in the roundabout?
— Can you show me the grant documents from the federal government that would fund the roundabouts?
— Before you vote to approve the roundabouts, are you willing to go on record that you have you read and understand all of the documents that would be part of a federal grant to pay for the roundabouts?
At the workshop the presenters deferred questions which they were unprepared to answer. Both the advisory committee and McFarland Johnson suggested that answers could be found at the DOT website http://www.meredith3-25.com/. You are urged to go there and review the information available. No engineering, no quantifiable data on demographics, no traffic studies and no growth projections are found there.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:37