To The Daily Sun,
Having a fair, open and honest debate, where the truth can set us free, is the supposed clarion call of those on the left, including Bernadette Loesch, L.J. Siden and Marty Valengavich. So here is an addendum to my previous letters on race and diversity. Here's hoping the left-leaning statist types are willing to actually embrace the truth, rather than just continue to give it short shrift as viewed through a deceptive, mind numbing, ideological lens.
Yes indeed, Hubert Humphrey and other white liberals did play a leading role in the final passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Also, Senator Barry Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act. Tis true the Republicans made a big mistake in admitting segregationist Strom Thurmond to the Republican Senate Caucus in 1964. These points, and others to follow, are verified by Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, two men of integrity with regards to their research of history.
Having said that, Republicans still deserve the lions share of credit for the progress in race relations over the past century, as I have previously written about. There is yet more unraveling of another of the lefts' twisted racial yarns to be undertaken. Back in the year 2000, during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, Jesse Jackson and Al Gore utilized an oft repeated but erroneous lie. They told the crowd that George W. Bush's supporters believed that black people were only three-fifths of a person. Then just last fall, Chris Mathews claimed that conservatives believe black people are, or once were, only three-fifths of a person.
In actuality, that rule of compromise was a mathematical formula the founders used to limit the power of the slaveholding states. All those southern states had to emancipate the slaves in order to count them as full representation. Republicans were imploring the southern Democrats to consider the blacks as whole persons and set them free and they were to be penalized politically, to think otherwise.
It was the brilliant Frederick Douglass, who after studying this compromise at length concluded, the three-fifths compromise was an anti-slavery measure. Here is his quote: "It is a downright disability laid upon the slaveholding states; one which deprives those states of two fifths of their natural basis of representation .... taking it at it's worst, it still leans to freedom, not slavery; for, be it remembered that the Constitution nowhere forbids a coloured man to vote".
I attended a diversity conference many years ago that included some of the finest, hardworking social workers I had ever met. During the lunch break, a keynote speaker brought up the three-fifths rule in much the same way as noted by Chris Mathews, Jesse Jackson and Al Gore. An emotional shower of guilt soaked the consciousness of the room. I was ashamed, again, of my privileged "whiteness". Unfortunately, Walter Williams was not present to offer a clarifying response. I researched the issue and found out the true nature of this compromise. I was relieved of some undeserved guilt, yet dismayed at the acceptance of this lie by folks far more educated than I.
If a lie is repeated often enough, people come to regard it as fact. All these honorable, charitable and compassionate people had apparently come to believe this lie. A lie that has long been perpetuated by the Democrat party and their accomplices in the media and academia. I find it immensely frightening, frustrating and demoralizing that Republicans have let their political opponents twist the truth into a pretzel. To the point where this audacious lie has become an historical fact, settled science if you will.
I pray to God every day that someone from the Grand Old Party will emerge as a strong, moral and charismatic leader, ready to counter the corrupt liberal, progressive politicians. Barack Obama has seemingly become the emperor of a "Secular Democracy". Eric Holder has, for all intents and purposes, become the attorney general of the Dept. of Social Justice. Will anyone emerge to stop them from their fundamental transformation of our moral, Judeo-Christian imbued Republic into a morally bankrupt, secular humanist democracy?
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:20
To the Daily Sun,
I would like to address the problem of rescuing irresponsible hikers.
All of the information that I am sharing about safe hiking in N.H., I found on the N.H. State Fish and Game website.
Safe hiking in N.H.: Under the safe hiker responsibility code you are responsible for the following:
— With knowledge and gear, become self reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and equipment before you start.
— Leave your plans, tell someone where you are going, including the trails you are hiking, as well as when you will return. Address emergency plans as well.
— Stay together, when you start as a group, end as group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
— Turn back if necessary. The weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike, so know your limitations and when to post pone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
— Be prepared for emergencies, even if you are headed out for just and hour, an injury, server weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don't assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.
— Share the Hike Code with others, NH RSA-153-A:24 I-(C)-Recklessly or intentionally creating a situation requiring an emergency response. II-A person's liability under this subdivision for response expenses shall not exceed $100,000 for any single public agency incident response.
I am very upset that we continue to see hikers that do not follow the above rules of hiking and being rescued.
For example, on Saturday, January 18th, three hikers climbing Mount Washington were well off the trail (to quote N.H. Fish and Game officials) and one of the hikers tried to find a new route up and icy flowage. She was unable to return to her group and they continued without her expecting that they would meet at the top of the climb. She had trouble and what does she do? She uses her cell phone to call for help. What is wrong with these people? You don't leave your fellow hikers behind. After the rescue an official statement from Fish and Game: she kept a level head and used her skills and available gear to ultimately get herself back to a known location. The group was experienced, had done extensive research on their planned hike and were appropriately dressed for the winter adventure. So if this group was so well prepared why did she need to call for help? She left her group, went out on her own, and they continued on without her. This is not prepared, this is stupid and wrong, it also breaks the Hiking Code in all the research they did not visit the Fish and Game website.
Next example: Sunday, January 19, 15 hikers attempt to hike Mount Washington summit, setting out early Sunday morning, but a smaller group later decides to separate and head back down to Pinkham Notch while the larger group continues. The smaller group misses the trail junction and become disoriented, so they tried do dig themselves into the snow and called 911 and activated their emergency signaling devices.
Is anyone besides myself starting to see a pattern? In both of my examples hikers left their hiking group, and instead of being prepared, they used their cell phones to call for help. At least with the second group they weren't praised for being prepared.
What really bothers me about all of the above rescues is that these hikers are only thinking of themselves when they go our to hike. They have their cell phones and all they need to do is have fun, get lost and call for help and the N.H. Fish and Game, U.S. Forest Service Snow Rangers and the Mountain Rescue Service and I am sure many others will come to save them. On the 19th, winds were 65 mph, with 95 mph gusts, zero degree temperatures, and the brave rescuers came. They risked their lives to save foolish people who didn't follow the rules. These rules are there for a reason, for safety, both for the hikers and for the rescuers.
The above RSA states that hikes that are reckless are responsible and liable for the response expenses. I would like to know if any of the hikers were billed? The state has now recommended that all hikers pay a hiking fee to buy insurance in case they need to be rescued. This is a great idea, but until we start to bill the foolish hikers why should the smart hikers have to pay? I would like to see signs at the beginning of all the trails that state RSA0153-As contents. Until we start to bill these hikers that venture off on their ow, and know that all they have to do is dial 911 on their cell phones, we will continue to have to rescue them and the Fish and Game will continue to be over budget and begging for more money. I know that it can't be done , but I really think that we should be able to tell these foolish hikers to leave their cell phones in their cars.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:17
To The Daily Sun,
We are looking for classmates of the LHS Class of '77 and friends, including under- and upper-classmates from Laconia and Gilford, who would like to join us at a casual get-together on Saturday, March 8, starting at 6 p.m. at Leavitt Park. It will be BYOB and a pot-luck dinner with deejay Tim to follow.
We will be asking for a $10 donation, which will cover any expenses. Those attending will have a chance to buy a brick paver with Class of '77 on it for the LHS Athletic Field Capital Campaign, and add money to a Class of '77 scholarship fund. We may also have a jam session if there are any musicians that would like to play and we know in advance, so we can plan on setting up the equipment needed.
Please let us know if you are interested in coming and if you can help with setup and/or cleanup.
Please contact me at 603-998-1418.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
Consumer choices abound these days. What to eat and where to find good quality food are at the top of the list for many. Consumers also choose whether to head to the mall or support local artisans when shopping for gifts and special things and they often long to support — and feel connected to — their local communities. For many consumers, making choices that support personal values like living a greener life is more important than ever. The Tilton Winter Farmers' Market makes those choices easier than ever.
The market offers an opportunity for shoppers to buy delicious prepared foods, winter greens and other veggies, locally-produced wines, mushrooms, beer, and high-quality crafts and body care products. But this one-stop shopping experience is just the beginning. Many people believe that eating locally is close to impossible in the depths of a New Hampshire winter, but this market proves otherwise. Dairy products, honey, vegetables, baked goods, condiments, fresh herbs and meats — all from local farms and producers.
But that's just the beginning. Just as importantly, the market is a welcome winter opportunity to step in from the cold to chat with friends, sip a hot drink and nibble a sweet treat. There's plenty of sampling to be enjoyed. All to the rhythms of local musicians. It's fun.
The Tilton Winter Farmers' Market, now in its third year, was voted as Editor's Pick in NH Magazine's Best of New Hampshire 2013 awards.
With support from AutoServ Dealerships of Tilton, the market features more than 45 vendors featured every Saturday and Sunday, and the market will continue through the months of February and March. It's a rich and lively indoor destination for weather-weary shoppers.
Choosing to support the local economy by shopping at the market this weekend is a good choice for individuals and the community as a whole.
The University of Vermont recently shared these 10 reasons to buy local food: Locally grown food tastes and looks better; local food is better for you; local food preserves genetic diversity; local food is safe; local food supports local families; local food builds community; local food preserves open space; local food keeps taxes down; local food benefits the environment and wildlife; and local food is an investment in the future.
The Tilton Winter Farmers' Market, located at 67 East Main St. in Tilton, across from AutoServ of Tilton, is open weekends through March, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. The market facility is fully handicap accessible. For more information, visit www.tiltonwinterfarmersmarket.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/TiltonWinterFarmersMarket.
Joan O'Connor, Manager
Tilton Winter Farmers
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:05
To The Daily Sun,
Our cities glow at night, consuming fossil fuels. Seven or eight million motor vehicles emit fumes every day, especially while idling. Football games are often at night, using electricity instead of the free light of day. Incandescent bulbs are still legal.
The Colorado River doesn't have enough water to supply our growing needs, much less feed golf courses in desert states. Then there's West Virginia. These are small parts of a world problem. People are really "literally killing" each other for water.
Global corporations are taking land from people who can't prove ownership, and changing its ecology to make money.
Desertification is spreading.
We are on the brink of building the Keystone Pipeline, another answer to the question, "How dumb can we get?". A 'no-brainer' to the uneducated.
Oil is getting harder to find, and will become more and more expensive, affecting food prices.
Energy Tomorrow has a slick ad on TV for "fracking". Know anything about that? It can be Googled.
The burning of coal is polluting our air, more and more every day.
Will global population reach 9 billion by2050? I think 4 billion is more likely. Hundreds of thousands are already dying from starvation every day. Lots of us will have to change our lifestyles as energy becomes more expensive -- shorter showers, LED bulbs, solar collectors. We still think that the economy is more important than the environment.
TransitionUS is a website concerned with life after oil. Permaculture is about producing food sustainably, renewing topsoil. Anything else on the plus side?
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:01