To The Daily Sun,
This week, Mr. (Steve) Earle once again pontificated on the value of Fox News, over other outlets. Like many of the saner folks, I cut off all cable years ago. I don't get my news from any TV show. Instead of being fed chocolate covered cow patties being called cupcakes, I read the news. I have read many studies that show Fox News to be the least trustworthy cable news outlet and that its viewers are the least informed. In fact, non-Fox watching Republicans are more informed than Fox viewers.
The latest round by Punditfact compared statements from Fox, MSNBC, and CNN. A whopping 60 percent of comments on Fox were "Mostly False, False," or "Pants on Fire" while 22 percent were rated "Half True." Not exactly a beacon a moral rectitude, Fox scored 18 percent in the Mostly True rating. MSNBC fared slightly better with 31 percent mostly true and CNN fared the highest with 60 percent of the statements being mostly true.
My favorite study is the latest 2014 PublicMind survey out of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The study also aimed to isolate where people got their news. Fox viewers came in below those who watch no news. NPR listeners and Sunday morning news show viewers took the top spots. Now of course, there are faults to be found in every study, but the striking fact is that Fox comes in last and least informative in every study. MSNBC would be last if Fox didn't exist.
Mr. Earle will be giddy with delight to find out that Hannity has won a cable news YS prize this year. Mediaite conducted a poll asking fellow media members of Fox, CNN and MSNBC who was the best and worst of each cable news outlets. Winning the worst at Fox? Sean Hannity. When Hannity found out he went on a vein popping ALL CAPS tirade!
So folks, ditch the cable news if you value integrity and honesty. Like giving up high salt foods, booze, or religion, you'll be fine without them. And saner.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 12:14
To The Daily Sun,
Fellow townie Henry Osmer always enjoys taking some potshots at me but usually is pretty far off mark, as is the case in his latest effort.
Henry tells us that all the scandals like Benghazi, the IRS, on and on have been investigated and no wrongdoing by Obama and company could be found. Well let's look at that a little closer.
The State Department did an internal investigation on Benghazi and found themselves innocent. The IRS did an internal investigation on the IRS and found themselves innocent. And then, so on and so forth. (LOL, Al Capone would have loved this system).
How it works is each department or agency suspected of wrongdoing decides beforehand what the investigation findings should be then announces an investigation then shortly after announces that they cleared themselves.
Wow Henry, who could possibly question those findings?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 12:09
To The Daily Sun,
I have been following the ongoing saga of Belknap County seemingly forever. Thankfully it will be over soon when the new commissioners take over. Judging by the outcome of the November elections, I believe that the overwhelming majority of the the residents of Belknap County feel the same way. There are some who believe the current commissioners are completely innocent of any wrongdoing and that the members of the convention are just mean-spirited people who trample anybody who disagrees with them. I, personally, disagree with the people who think that way and with good reason.
Let me begin with Mathew Logue, the nursing home administrator. I have personal reasons for disliking the man and apparently so do some employees of the facility and its residents. I am suspicious of the residents signing on to the circulated petition without some pressure from the staff as an administrator has very little, if any, contact with the residents. As far as the staff is concerned, I don't know about any of you readers, but the only way I have ever been able to choose my boss was by quitting a job and moving on.
One of the reasons the commissioners used for his termination was that he gave a staff member a chance to change her ways without suspending her. When you hire an administrator don't you hire him/her to make this type of decision without second-guessing him? How many of you could work under these conditions?
I'm going to go back a little to point out the hypocrisy of that particular reason for his termination. I believe it was a couple of years ago when a staff member tested positive during a random drug test. The protocol at the time was immediate termination which the person in charge of the nursing staff proceeded to do until her decision was overturned by either the commissioners office or human resources.
As far as the nursing home's budget is concerned, I don't know how anybody can come into that type of facility cold and come up with a budget of his own making until he/she has had time to witness how that particular facility functions. I would suggest that the new commission sits down with everybody who has a stake in the way the nursing home functions on a day-to-day basis and then draw their own conclusion on whether he stays or goes. In the end it might be better to make a fresh start with someone else and if that's what you decide let them do the job they're hired to do without continuous nitpicking.
The commissioners seem to have an ego problem. Although they were found to be breaking the law, which was determined by a judge in a court of law, they refused to accept the finding and have kept up their fight against the judges ruling all the time increasing the bill from their attorney(s) that we the taxpayers will probably end up paying sooner or later even though none of them will be in office by the end of next month if not sooner. I have to think that if the half million-plus dollars that they spent on upgrading their offices, which included new leather furniture, a new gymnasium for their use and new signage at the front of the complex, a couple of years ago, when, by the way, the roof in the nursing home was leaking and the jail was falling apart, maybe the budget wouldn't be so strained. I know that's history but it tells you a lot about the current administration's priorities.
I read recently where the commissioners project a 10 percent jump in the county tax bill to the city/towns. I also read where they were proud of the fact that the increase in the county tax was close to flat for the last few years. First of all I don't believe it's very good stewardship when you keep the budget funded at a rate that in a way hides the truth and then all of a sudden say you need a large increase to keep the county running. Being a suspicious person I've always considered that job security.
I'm not going to address the jail issue as that would consume too much newsprint but I do believe that was the beginning of the end for the present commission.
One last note, I have to say to Commissioner Nedeau, I haven't seen a case of someone taking their bat and ball and going home when they didn't get their own way since I was a kid at the playground.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 12:04
To The Daily Sun,
The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region was established in 1973 to provide charitable assistance to the Lakes Region children during the holiday season and throughout the year. This year we began our winter outerwear distribution in October. We have partnered with Salvation Army, St. Vincent Children's Foundation and local schools and police departments to assist families in the Lakes Region with their holiday needs. We were overwhelmed with requests for outerwear.
We have been able to help more than 550 children this season. The need this year appeared to us to be much greater than in past years and with the cold weather on the way we were anxious to get this done. We rely on cash donations to purchase these items and do most of our shopping in the off season in order to get the best deals possible for our money.
We would like to thank the following people for their donations to help keep the children of the Lakes Region warm this winter: John and Teresa Larrere, Greek Ladies Philoptochos Society of Laconia, Brian Winslow, Laconia Youth Soccer League, Philip and Claire Bragg, The Citizen of Laconia, Thomas Dooley and Michele Angers, Linda Keith, Ready for Service Women's Group, Christine Gingerella, Jane Marett, Leon Smith, Christopher and Janelle McCarthy, The Insurance Outlet, The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation proceeds from Lakes Region Dancing with the Stars Hali Dearborn, and Jamie Caldwell.
Also, James Carroll, Lori Hale, Al Miltner and Bootleggers, Sanitary Dry Cleaners, Eddie Baeur Outlet (Tilton), Brooks Brothers Outlet (Tilton), Laconia Middle School Junior Honor Society, William Moore, Dawn and Michael Phelps, LRGH Nursery Guild, Diane Michelena, Norman and Gloria Lacasse, Lakes Region Rotary Club, Boulia-Gorrell Lumber Co., Lisa Cornish, Barbara Harris, Victoria O'Hara, Lisa Green-Barber, Fusion NH, Taylor Community Employees, Theresa Mahoney, Phyllis Harding, Mix 94.1 Cash 'n Cans, Kim Lacasse, CJ Avery Cruise Nights, NH1 Children's Auction, Laconia Congregational Church Knitting Group, and Greg and Lauren Lemay.
If you would like to help keep our children warm this winter please send your donation to: Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region, P.O. Box 7454, Laconia, NH, 03247. No amount is too small and together we can make sure the children of the Lakes Region are taken care of. The Board of the Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region thanks you for your thoughtfulness.
Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region Board of Directors: Janet Brough, Jamie Caldwell, Jim Carroll, Paul Charlton, Andrea Condodemetraky, Courtney Coppi, Lisa Cornish, Cathy Crane, Chris Guilmett, Kim Lacasse, Chris McCarthy, Dennis Phelps, and Brian Winslow.
Kim Lacasse & Janet Brough, Co-Chairs
Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 09:56
To The Daily Sun,
Gene Danforth seems to think there is either ignorance at the root of it or possibly a conspiracy. In regards to what? God? Natural law?
Anyone can put together a collection of founder quotes to make their case and folks on the right try exceedingly hard to use such quotes to establish a case for religion in government. The problem with that agenda is the foundation on which our laws are built, the United States Constitution, is godless and secular. There is no mention of God, Christianity, Jesus, or Moses, yet the folks on the right put much energy into using quotes, some spurious and many without citations, to advance a religious political agenda. But Article Six of the constitution bans religious tests for oaths of office. This clause makes one's religion irrelevant for the functions and purposes of the state. The Constitution also puts a barrier between the free exercise of religion and lawmaking with the first amendment's establishment clause. The state can not promote any religion in any official manner, thus making religion not only irrelevant in matters of governance but actually saying your free exercise ends at a specific point. Furthermore, in a blow to those who would specify Christianity as the religion the founders based their ideas on, the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli stated unequivocally in Article. "as the Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion". The treaty was crafted and negotiated by Joel Barlow during the Washington administration and signed into law by President John Adams after it was ratified unanimously in the U.S. Senate. But who were these men? They were prestigious men who did not see their nation or its founding in any way similar to the view held by today's religious right.
At one time or another, 17 of the 23 Senators were delegates to the Continental Congress (Congress of the Confederation). Three of them attended the Philadelphia Convention of which two signed the Constitution. One signed the Declaration of Independence and most of them served in some important way in the Revolutionary War. Nearly all of them served in their state legislatures. Five of them helped frame their own state's Constitution and four of those supported the ratification of the federal Constitution at their state's convention. Blount signed the U.S. Constitution, framed his state's Constitution and was a driving force behind his state's ratification of the federal Constitution. In the ratification convention, Livermore urged New Hampshire to affirm the federal Constitution and was later a framer of the second and third New Hampshire Constitutions.
Most were attorneys educated at either Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, or the College of William and Mary. All of these school were bastions of liberal thinking during the American Enlightenment. One was a physician and some were wealthy shipping merchants or planters. Most had "Ivy League" education steeped in enlightenment thought and in the writings of classical antiquity. Universities were also strongholds of Deism, the religion of the enlightenment. Six of the senators were judges of which five became the chief justices of their state supreme courts. Two of these judges also served as U.S. District Court judges. One was also a probate judge and another a naval admiralty judge. One of them served as chief justice of their state's highest court and then as justice of the U.S. Circuit Court. One was part of his state's war council, one was deputy governor and six became governors of their states.
"As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion..." You can view the Treaty that was voted on at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fe/TreatyofTripoli.gif
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 09:50