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The unseen enemies of education are games and sports events

To The Daily Sun,

Our economy, for the most part, depends on the availability of trained and dedicated workers to fuel the fires of commerce. Today, more than ever, there must be a talented workforce, ready and able to fill vacancies and increase production in needed industries across the country. Sadly, there isn't. And this economy will stagnate and lag behind the rest of the industrial world and we will all suffer because of it.

Why are our percentile grades in essential subjects (math and science) so far behind other less affluent nations. It is because our students, especially in high school lack the motivational skills to succeed. Frankly, they don't try hard enough — and there are too many distractions that get a lot more attention and acclaim than good grades.

The unseen enemy are games and sports events that are always the biggest, loudest, and most celebrated events in the school year. We, as a people, do not have the respect and honor and recognition that classroom studies should garner. The newspapers in every city and town will daily present three pages of games and scores, and very little if nothing, of academic achievements. We are a nation enthralled in the ongoing test of sports excellence.

Consider also the fact most students know little of state government or world history. The percentile grade in math across the state is somewhere around 24 percent. Other Asian nations are boxing our ears off. They'll get the higher-paying jobs. They are smarter than we are, and we are to blame for our misplaced priorities. We are lazy and complacent, giving little concern to a problem of immense importance — to the prosperity and welfare of ourselves and our neighbors. Games are transient. Education is permanent and irreplaceable. Insist that education will always be the foremost issue in every school and games somewhere in the distant background.

Leon R. Albushies

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 09:59

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Recent election results suggest United States is waking up

To The Daily Sun,

In January, I asked 14 questions of Sen. Shaheen, Reps. Shea-Porter and Kuster. As of March 14, my questions have gone unanswered. Allow me to answer my questions.

1. How many people have paid the premium? No one knows. Why not ask the insurance companies?

2. Who is buying Obamacare,e.g. old, young, etc.? No one knows. Why not ask the insurance companies?

3. What is the cost of the healthcare.gov website including repairs? HHS does not know.

4. When will the website work, front and back? No one knows.

5. In 2009-10, Rep. Shea-Porter and Sen. Shaheen told us we could keep our insurance. Why haven't they apologized for lying to us? They refuse to apologize for this.

6. Senator Landrieu of Louisiana stated was misled when she voted for Obamacare. Were Rep. Shea-Porter and Sen. Shaheen misled? No, they knew everything about the ACA and were proud of it.

7. Rep. Shea-Porter told us that "Obamacare will reduce the deficit." Please explain how? Rep. Shea-Porter has never explained how this would happen.

8. Why are Dems running for the hills because of Obamacare? Because they are tied to Obamacare and it is hurting their re-election chances.

9. Will Reps. Shea-Porter, Kuster and Sen. Shaheen run on Obamacare? No, they will run as far away from Obamacare as they can.

10. Why was the D.C. Insurance Commissioner fired for criticizing Obamacare? Because this is the way the Dems work. Why was Doctor Ben Carson audited by the IRS after criticizing President Obama?

11. Why did Sen. Shaheen want to delay the Medical Device Tax until after the 2014 election? Because, she want to be re-elected.

12. Why is Sen. Shaheen joining other Democrats to delay Obamacare? Because, she want to be re-elected.

13. Why does Obamacare allow for children to stay on their parent's policy until the age of 26 and military (our veterans) to age 21? Rep. Shea-Porter and Senator Shaheen knew this when they voted for Obamacare. I cannot answer this question.

14. Why does the media, newspapers, politicians say that the tax for not having Obamacare is $95? Lately, the media has been stating that the tax is progressive based on your income.

The Florida election of Rep. Jolly and the election of Colonel Kenney in New Hampshire are signs that the United States is waking up to the liberal policies of the Democrat party. God bless America.

Jim Mayotte


Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 09:55

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Rosemary wouldn't make up a conversatoin with Herb Vadney

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the Belmont Heritage Commission and Belmont Historical Society we thank the community for interest, participation and support on March 11 and throughout the year. Generous approvals for the Heritage Fund and John M. Sargent Fund requests, will help match a bandstand restoration grant from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, and establish a long-term project to "Preserve Belmont History" with digital archives of vintage photographs.

Despite disappointment that a proposal for Historic Demolition Review will not be implemented this year, we believe a community conversation about demolition decisions is needed. Much Belmont history has been lost, including the Badger and Fellows dams, Railroad Station, Village School House, Baptist Church Parsonage and significant barns and residences throughout our town.

Citizens and others have been resourceful protecting local treasures, like the re-purposed Belmont Mill, architecturally distinctive library, 1792 Province Road Meeting House and the landmark Victorian-era Bandstand. We salute them, and appreciate the privilege of serving the community's future, in part, by celebrating its past.

Linda Frawley

Heritage Commission Chairman 2012-2014

Wallace Rhodes, Founding Member & Historical Society President

Heritage Commission Chairman 2004-2012

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 09:52

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Rosemary wouldn't make up a conversation with Herb Vadney

To The Daily Sun,

First, congratulations to Joe Kenney in his bid for Executive Council. It is encouraging that a conservative with no union backing and using his own money, can still get elected in New Hampshire.

Second, on behalf of our family, many thanks to the 185 voters who wrote Dave's name in for the Meredith Selectboard position. Dave was not actively running a campaign, so was overwhelmed with the number of votes he received. Those votes are a direct result of unbelievable energy on the part of Rosemary Landry, Don Ewing, and Nancy Duren, as well as letters that expressed confidence in Dave's ability to be on the board. Thank you all for the support. It is important to have choice in the electoral process.

Because it is bothersome to me, my third point deals with the "shenanigans," claimed by some, within this election. I am and have been on many boards ranging from school board, quilt guild boards, music organization boards, PTO boards, booster boards, and church boards. I have many friends who have been on a variety of other public boards.

The common ground on all boards is that when someone's term is up and they are leaving the board, heads come together informally to think of a replacement who is a "like" thinker for the majority of those still governing. There are laws in place concerning public boards and the Right to Know Law, but nonetheless, this is both human nature and common practice.

In looking at accusations about the Meredith Selectboard elections and reading computer and newspaper comments, I know that Hillary Seeger was recruited by Carla Horne to become a candidate. I cannot believe that Carla Horne would have encouraged Hillary to run unless she knew that Herb Vadney was not running. Hillary is a very nice person, but not very well known to most, and she had never even been to a Selectboard meeting before filing, making Vadney pretty tough to beat.

Given the cohesiveness of the Selectboard, when the filing date for elections was looming, it is also impossible to believe that someone on the board would not have asked Herb Vadney if he was resigning. It is equally probable that board members would have been told that Hillary Seeger, a friend of Carla Horne, was running for the board.

Over the past years, I have read Rosemary Landry's letters. She gets her facts before she puts them to paper. She absolutely would not have made up a conversation with Herb Vadney and then put it in writing for the newspapers. I do find it odd that only Carla Horne and Herb Vadney have been asked about the situation by both Seeger and the press. It might be interesting to know what the chairman knew and what was passed on to the other board members, before casting stones in the direction of letter writers, who still have a right to their opinions and interpretations.

I'm certain there was no conspiracy on the part of the board to limit candidates. But a public announcement of vacancy would have been a nice courtesy gesture for the people of Meredith.

Karen Sticht


Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 09:47

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January 2014 was 1.7 degrees warmer than 20th Century average

To The Daily Sun,

"Despite the snow and cold in much of the eastern and southern U.S., January 2014 was 1.17 degrees warmer than the 20th-Century average for the planet as a whole. In fact, it was the fourth warmest January on record, dating back to 1880. NationalJournal.com"
— The Week magazine, March 7, 2014, page 16

The same issue had a dissenting opinion by two scientists. I wonder if they read the little snippet above. Can we afford to hope that global warming is a myth?

Dick Devens
Center Sandwich

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 09:44

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