Three times in recent weeks, Laconia Post Office has not delivered

To The Daily Sun,

What is wrong with the Laconia Post Office?

Three times in recent weeks those of us who live in the Lakeport section of the city have not received mail delivery. I can understand the first time when there was no mail delivery throughout the entire state because of the blizzard.
Since then there has been late or no deliveries at all, and it was not because of snow-covered streets. This includes Tuesday when there was no delivery.

One time, the weekly advertising fliers which contain the weekly grocery fliers were not delivered. These stores spend hundreds of dollars to have these printed and mailed.

When I asked about the lack of mail delivery I was told by several people it is because the Laconia Post Office is short of help and the postmaster will not hire additional people to fill in the vacancies,.

I do not know the postmaster, but if what I have been told is true that person is not doing the job they are supposedly qualified for.

Gordon D. King

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Stop the budget bleeding, but not at the expense of the infirm

To The Daily Sun,

Madam Governor, listen to the weakest voices!

It is unlikely that our governor or (Health and Human Services) commissioner will ever be on Medicaid. They will probably not spend their remaining days in one of our county nursing homes. Perhaps that is why they can so easily propose to cut funds earmarked for the oldest and frailest among us. The governor needs to be reminded that these funds are not in her pocketbook to do with as she pleases. They are state funds voted by the state Legislature for this purpose and only for this purpose.

On Jan. 14 it was reported that state revenues year-to-date were beating estimates by $19.2 million, yet at the rate of current spending that would only result in a projected surplus of a mere $44,000.

Madam Governor, where are you spending our money? Wherever it is can you justify taking more from those who can't speak for themselves in Concord?

Yes, stop the bleeding of the state budget, but don't do it at the expense of the infirm and those dedicated to caring for them in their final days. Listen to the weakest of voices and act responsibly.

Senator Jeanie Forrester and a host of other legislators are challenging the Governor's proposed action. You and I should, too.

Edward C. Touhey


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'Islam has proud tradition of tolerance,' says our president

To The Daily Sun,

Hear ye, hear ye, Christians need to get down off their high horses, sit down and shut up. That's what President Obama seemed to be implying at the recent National Prayer breakfast. That would be the very same gathering that was put together by Christian members of Congress to pay homage to the ideals of Christianity. His timing as always, is just so impeccable. Many of us are still seething at the cold and capricious nature of a commander-in-chief who could run to the golf course minutes after commenting on the beheading of James Foley. How maddening to hear reports that Obama's merry band of Jewish-hating operatives are trying to undermine the March 17 Israeli elections. Just further proof of the strong dislike that our President has for Netanyahu.

But the lecturer-in-chief may have outdone himself with his latest bodacious scolding of Christians, while sticking up for radical Islam, just days after ISIS burned a Jordanian pilot alive. Is there a Christian alive today who does not agree that the Crusades were very bad? I think not. How many people understand that though atrocities were committed, they were done out of necessity. They were fighting radical Islam who was trying to take over the world and kill all Christians. Talk about history repeating itself, yikes.

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson reminds us as to how and why our president could be so callous and condescending toward Christianity and Jesus. Especially since Jesus earned the reputation as the Prince of Peace while Mohammed's reputation was regarded as the warrior who killed many innocent people who dared to challenge his barbaric ways. Remember these famous Obama quotes — "Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance"; "The Muslim call to prayer is one of the prettiest sounds on earth at sunset"; "America is not — and never will be — at war with Islam."

What better way to deny that our present enemy exists. You know, the one that is committing rape, murder, genocide, mutilation, decapitation, burying children alive, oppressing women, stoning gays and other assorted measures of torture and terrorism. Yes, let's go back a thousand years or so and develop some warped version of tortured, moral equivalency, replete with historical inaccuracies. Mendaciously maddening you are Mr. President.

You don't suppose President Obama read Jonah Goldberg's recent column do you? The one where he reminds us, "Christianity, even in it's most terrible days, even under the most corrupt popes, even during the most unjustifiable wars, was indisputably a force for the improvement of man." Christianity made its mistakes, but moved forward advancing humankind along the way. Much of Islam, including some moderate countries, remains mired in their ancient ways of existence, to the detriment of humankind.

Moral equivalency our dear leader implies? Poppycock. That speech, uttered by our patronizing patriarch, could only by spoken by someone who thinks the country he leads is as bad as his preacher of 20 years believes it to be: "God Damn America," screamed the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Six years in, where do you think Obama's sympathy's lie? I'm with Jonah who remarked in his column: "I see no problem judging the behavior of the Islamic State and its apologists from the vantage point of the West's high horse, because we've earned the right to sit in that saddle."

Meanwhile, all we patriotic cowpokes who are stuck on the Obama ranch for two more years might be asked the same question as the horse who walked into the bar. "So why the long face" queried the bartender.

Russ Wiles


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Timing of Meredith meetings makes it hard for people to serve

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to the Meredith Selectboard:
It is after much thought and reflection that I submit to you my resignation from the Selectboard in the Town of Meredith. The time constraints placed on me by my full-time job make it difficult for me to fully participate in an endeavor which is largely scheduled during normal business hours.
I strongly encourage you to look at the schedules of other towns and think about having committee meetings and Selectboard meetings outside of normal business hours so that the general public is able to participate without impacting their livelihood. Having committee meetings at 8 in the morning and 2
or 3 in the afternoon is just not practical for most working citizens. Furthermore, the Selectboard workshop at 4:15 p.m. and the meeting right after also conflicts with the normal business hours of the average citizen and impacts people's ability to attend these meetings as most people do not even get
back to Meredith from work until 5:30 or 6 p.m..
Since there are eight people signed up to run for the Selectboard at this time, I felt it was appropriate to tender my resignation now as to give the town the opportunity to choose from one of them to fill the vacated position.
It has been a pleasure to serve the town I love so very much. Thank you to the people of Meredith for electing me.
Hillary Seeger


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Michelle Malkin - Generous unemployment benefit kills jobs

Being a San Francisco liberal means never having to say you're sorry. Or wrong. Take Nancy Pelosi, please.

Five years ago, California's genius Bay Area Democrat declared that government unemployment checks generate job growth. Yes, really. "Let me say about unemployment insurance," she told reporters, "this is one of the biggest stimuluses (sic) to our economy. Economists will tell you, this money is spent quickly. It injects demand into the economy and is job creating."

She babbled on: "It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name, because, again, it is money that is needed for families to survive, and it is spent. So it has a double benefit. It helps those who've lost their jobs, but it also is a job creator."

What Crazy-Cakes Pelosi failed to mention, however, is the long-established conclusion of labor economists from all parts of the political spectrum that extending unemployment insurance benefits prolongs unemployment. While she heralded the short-term effects on consumer spending, she ignored the blindingly obvious: outside the land of progressive make-believe, workers respond to incentives. Over the long term, subsidizing joblessness creates more of it.

I bring this all up because a new paper from the venerable, nonpartisan National Bureau of Economic Research concludes that the recent job gains Pelosi and the Democrats are now crowing about may be due to the very policy they fought so hard against: ending extended unemployment benefits.

"We find that a 1 percent drop in benefit duration leads to a statistically significant increase of employment by 0.0161 log points," the NBER economists reported. In practical terms, it means that "1.8 million additional jobs were created in 2014 due to the benefit cut." Take note: "Almost 1 million of these jobs were filled by workers from out of the labor force who would not have participated in the labor market had benefit extensions been reauthorized."

The jobs bump coincided with the expiration of the 99-week UI benefits extension passed as part of the Obama stimulus package. Remember: laid-off workers were already collecting up to 79 weeks of unemployment in half of the states before the last extension. Democrats were pushing for yet another 13-week extension that would have cost tens of billions of dollars more. The cost of the joint federal-state program is borne by employers who pay state and federal taxes on a portion of wages paid to each employee in a calendar year.
Remarkably, the NBER analysis attributed "61 percent of the aggregate employment growth in 2014" to the congressional cutoff in unemployment benefits at the end of 2013. Here's the NBER team's bottom line for Pelosi and her fellow unemployment benefits cheerleaders: "The findings in this paper imply that the negative effects of unemployment benefit extensions on employment far outweigh the potential stimulative effects often ascribed to this policy."

This vindication comes after a hyperbolic campaign by Democrats accusing Republicans of "meanness" and "obstruction" for opposing "temporary" unemployment benefits that have become enshrined permanently.

But it's not just partisan hacks in Washington who've so falsely demonized those opposed to endless unemployment checks as a "job creation" vehicle. During the contentious debate over extending UI checks as part of the Obama stimulus in 2009, I argued on an ABC "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" panel, "If you put enough government cheese in front of people, they are just going to keep eating it." Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Cynthia Tucker took offense, mischaracterizing standard economic arguments for moral judgment. "Does the right really believe the unemployed are lazy?" she wailed.

The left-leaning journalism outfit at PolitiFact jumped on board, rating my 100 percent-true reference to decades of labor economics literature on UI's impact on joblessness "half-true". And the George Soros-funded hitmen of Media Matters called me and several other conservatives "reality"-deniers for stating the bloody obvious about UI's warped incentives — even though their favorite "progressive" economist Paul Krugman acknowledged that "everyone agrees that really generous unemployment benefits, by reducing the incentive to seek jobs, can raise the NAIRU" (the minimum rate of unemployment consistent with a stable inflation rate).

The politicians posing as economy-healers and the political operatives posing as journalists will no doubt find clever ways to slice, dice and explain away the latest NBER findings. But this simple truth endures: Government dependency doesn't "create" jobs. It kills them.

(Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin is the daughter of Filipino Immigrants. She was born in Philadelphia, raised in southern New Jersey and now lives with her husband and daughter in Colorado. Her weekly column is carried by more than 100 newspapers.)

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