To The Daily Sun,
About two weeks ago my wife and I were in an accident on Interstate 93. The accident occurred while I was driving at about 65 mph and I wound up coming to rest in the median divider.
The car actually went airborne twice. We were very lucky to escape with the injuries we did suffer.
I am writing this letter to emphasize the importance of seat belts and wearing them.
Before this accident, we wore our seat belts only sometimes. If my wife and I had not been wearing them this time, we would most likely be dead. Yes, we never expected something like this to happen to us ... only to other people. Well, it did happen to us and it does happen to other people. It can happen to anyone.
A principal reason that we were wearing our seat belts was that we were coming back from Massachusetts where they are mandatory. While we were living in Virginia, where seat belts are also mandatory, we always wore them. But when we moved to New Hampshire, we became more and more lax in putting on our seat belts.
We are writing this to ask all of you to please wear your seat belts every time you start up your car to go somewhere. Accidents happen everywhere; they are unpredictable. So please, if you want to live a full life, wear your seat belts. We owe our lives to them.
I also need to take this opportunity to publicly thank the New Hampshire State Police and the EMTs, all of whom arrived on the scene very quickly, for their professionalism, caring approach and outstanding efforts on our behalf.
John & Barbara Morgenstern
Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 09:51
To The Daily Sun,
During the spring of 2013, the Laconia Parks and Recreation department removed the press box and all bleachers from Memorial Field.
Many of you may remember that Memorial Field was the best and largest of the Laconia baseball fields. Games were scored from the press box as it was a clear view of the batter's box and umpires. With the press box being removed, the scoreboard was disconnected.
During last year's American Legion baseball season, which runs from mid-June to the end of July, we were assured that the wires for the scoreboard would be extended to the concession stand or home dugout. The conduit is in, but alas, no wires. One set of mobile bleachers was brought in from somewhere, but are not enough. Competing teams do not want to sit together on the home team side of the field, which I do not find strange at all. We are trying to get families interested in American Legion baseball, which is college-level ball, but people do not want to stand for hours and not even see the score displayed on a perfectly working scoreboard.
We have to pay for each player, yet do not get the services that these kids deserve from the city.
Millions have been spent on Memorial Park , Leavitt Park, and the high school athletic fields. The money maker, Robbie Mills Park, on Meredith Center Road, is in great shape. But for some reason, Parks & Rec has neglected the once best baseball park in the city.
Mayor Engler, City Council and Parks Commission, what are you going to do with Memorial Field?
Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 09:48
To The Daily Sun,
This country is an economic disaster in the here and now. The latest numbers reflect the unhappiness.
Last week NBC/WSJ reported Obama's job approval at 41 percent, the lowest number of his presidency on domestic affairs, and an even-lower 37 percent on foreign policy. These are Bush-like statistics.
When polled, 80 percent of Americans say they want their politicians to compromise 50 percent of the way to make a deal. Obama sees compromise as a four letter word betraying his beliefs, unlike Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, who saw deal-making and compromise as the key ingredients to progress on what they wanted, more importantly what the country wanted.
The inability or unwillingness of a politician to compromise produces a traitor, not to oneself, but to the American people. Our founders established divided government with the single idea that different views hammered and blended produced a stronger product that the thinking of any one individual, including the president. Deal-making success and vitality at every point in history are signaled form the top down, not from the bottom up or from the minority party who has little power to control the agenda.
For nearly six years Barack Obama has refused to compromise on any issue of great importance to the American people including immigration, tax reform and entitlement reform.
Businesses are trying to leave this country on the express train today. American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer just tried to buy its British rival AstraZeneca, announcing one of its primary motives was to become a British company. Pfizer needs lower tax rates to compete globally against people who pay far less taxes on the same profits allowing them to fund more R&D. Another medical giant, Medtronic, announced it is trying to buy Conidian, a European rival, saying it as well will convert to foreign company if the deal goes through to escape what are the highest corporate tax rates of any developed economy on earth. Abbvie, another huge company, just announced it wants to buy Irish company Shire, with the major focus to escape our tax system. These are among Americas finest and largest companies trying to leave our shores. Wake up, people.
Barack Obama and his Fed have have produced an absolutely stunning recovery for this country's wealthiest Americans. The aggregate wealth of Americans, including stocks and real estate, just hit a record $81.8 trillion, up $26 trillion in less than five years. The top 10 percent of this country have gotten richer faster in the past five years under Barack Obama than any president in history, while the bottom 90 percent have gone nowhere with his policies. In fact, the bottom 50 percent have only fallen further behind.
Obama produced an incredible asset recovery, not an economic recovery. Stocks keep hitting records never seen before while home values have recovered nicely in many places. But there is a major problem. Half the country does not own a single share of stock (thanks to the continued stonewalling by Democrats allowing Social Security monies to be invested in stock indexes), and more than one-third of Americans do not own a home.
Then Obama has the audacity to suggest we have wealth inequality. Of course we do. His policies have created the biggest tsunami of wealth inequality in history. No one else has been president but him during this unprecedented rise in wealth of the top 1 percent. No one else but the Democrats have controlled the majority of politics (one or both houses of Congress) during this spectacular rise in prosperity for the top 1 percent. Democrats never stop talking about the poor while stuffing the pockets of the rich with wealth beyond description with their policies and actions screwing the poor and middle class to the wall.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 09:45
To The Editor,
It is appropriate to share the great news I learned this week about Holy Trinity School.
1. A new principal, Mary Jane Cooney, was hired with new energy and ideas!
2. Enrollment is up over 10 percent over last year already! Anyone still considering enrollment for this fall is still welcome!
3. 7th and 8th grade students qualified for and succeeded with high marks across the board in the National History Competition in Washington DC. Qualifying for such a prestigious competition is something many schools can only dream of.
On a fraction of the per student cost compared to public schools, with God's continued blessings, the outcome can be superior. Interested families are invited to call the school to arrange interviews and visits. Tel: 524-3156.
Endowment Fund Chairperson
Holy Trinity School
Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 09:41
Since the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court went up in flames back in 1987, every appointee to the court has understood that when asked at confirmation hearings about how your personal experiences might affect your decisions, the right answer is "balls and strikes." Just an umpire, they all say, and even though no one — on the left or the right — believes this to be true, we all understand the necessity of the charade.
Consciously and unconsciously, what seems to be objectively "right" is inevitably influenced by the experiences of the person judging.
Years ago, a friend was writing a brief seeking to convince the court to exclude the contents of a locked trunk chock full of marijuana. Much to everyone's surprise, at a time when virtually every search-and-seizure case to go to the court resulted in approval of police conduct, the court in this case found that the officers had gone too far.
The brilliance of the brief, if you ask me, was that she never called it a footlocker. It was a valise, more like a briefcase, more like the kind of thing justices use to carry draft opinions than the things drug dealers use to transport drugs. Who would want their briefcase — full of personal papers, much less draft opinions — searched without a warrant? Certainly not a majority of the court.
And who would want to see their daughters suffer as the victims of discrimination? Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted years ago that the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, in what she termed a "delightful surprise," had written an opinion criticizing "stereotypes about women's domestic roles" and speculated that his "life experience" — one of his daughters was a recently divorced working mother — might have played a role.
A new study conducted by professors Maya Sen of the University of Rochester and Adam Glynn of Harvard found that having at least one daughter "corresponds to a 7 percent increase in the proportion of cases in which a judge will vote in a feminist direction." To quote Sen, "Things like having daughters can actually fundamentally change how people view the world, and this, in turn, affects how they decide cases."
If having a daughter affects how you see the world and carrying a briefcase affects how you view searches of "valises," then we should not be surprised that having a cellphone, which I think it's fair to assume all nine justices do, might lead you to think carefully before declaring open season on cellphone records. And so the court ruled, notwithstanding that the defendant in the case was a gang member — as we used to say, "not exactly a sympathetic defendant."
Real-world experience matters. If only one of the justices had run for office in his or her life, or been in charge of raising money for a campaign, we might have some common sense on the subject of campaign finance regulations, instead of the court's naive view that somehow money that doesn't go directly to the candidate can't possibly corrupt the process. Where is Chief Justice (and former governor) Earl Warren when we need him? The court desperately needs a real-world politician.
In the meantime, cellphone users can be assured that absent extraordinary circumstances, police must secure a warrant to view your records. But the privacy debate is not likely to end with this ruling.
I've never understood why people get so outraged that the government might be reviewing data in its effort to fight terrorism (or stop gangs), but even greater intrusions by private companies raise no hackles. Of course, criminals know when their records have been seized, because the evidence is used against them in court, which is where and how the challenge gets raised. You and I probably have no idea who knows what about us, or how they are using that information, or how to find out, let alone how to challenge its use. But I have no doubt that there are lawyers and hackers figuring that out right now.
(Susan Estrich is a professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law Center. A best-selling author, lawyer and politician, as well as a teacher, she first gained national prominence as national campaign manager for Dukakis for President in 1988.)
Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 09:33