To The Daily Sun,
Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the memorial service for Ray Burton at Plymouth State University. Kudos to the university for arranging such a wonderful tribute to Ray! He would have been so pleased and honored to see so many Republicans and Democrats in one room together.
From the president of the university to one of Ray's interns, every speaker had their own unique perspective, but the theme throughout was a continuous acknowledgement of Ray's commitment to the people of the North Country, District 1, and the entire state. He set a standard of excellence that all public servants should strive to achieve.
Ray was a mentor and a friend to me and to so many others — he will be sorely missed, but not surely not forgotten.
Senator Jeanie Forrester
N.H. State Senate, District 2
Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 10:56
To The Daily Sun,
You can be conservative, liberal or in between, religious, spiritual, agnostic or atheist, of any race or nationality, able bodied or disabled, but if you are breathing, you cannot deny that we need to treat our children better. You can be for or against welfare, guns, war, the government, more regulations, taxes, GMO or higher minimum wage but how can you be against the children? When you see a child being abused and psychologically damaged by any other human being, how can you look away? If we send children into the future without a foundation of security and respect for each other and a
healthy, undamaged brain, how can we ever expect to solve our political, social and economic problems? Our world is full of damaged children now grown, who we have to support, carry, keep and tamp down. How could you not want to deliver our children, intact, into adulthood?
You can change the world, one act of courage at a time. If you see something, dig deep and say something. Find your courage to protect our young. They are ours, not his or hers. Do not look away. The abuse that occurs every day to our young human beings is way out of balance, and still we look away. We say dont get involved. We say its not worth putting yourself through that. We say there is nothing we can do. We say look away and dont disrupt your life. There is a mass culture of looking away and that needs to change, now. I ask you to take a step, any step that feels right to you to help stabilize the lives of our children, and evolve. We can do this. That is my Christmas wish.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 10:54
To The Daily Sun,
Who would have imagined Grafton Country would be Ground Zero for New Hampshire's anti-wind movement, pitting people power against wind power?
Economics is what's causing the greatest drag on wind power today. Lagging wind seen at Groton wind power plant have prompted residents to tilt against additional wind turbine plants for the area.
As the future of worldwide wind expansion scales itself back, the New Hampshire government wants to move forward? Additional wind plans for this region, coming without data from the Groton wind plant, makes no sense. Residents are concerned.
Too much, too fast is what's happening here. Economics must be discussed first, before another project can be approved.
Is Groton simply a case study for what is to come for the rest of New Hampshire? Are we not paying close enough attention to our cautionary tale — Groton Wind? Would taking a look at Groton Wind reports be essential reading for N.H. energy officials as they look for the light at the end of our wind tunnel?
What has happened at Groton? That information provides a valuable lessons regarding how appealing or unrealistic wind plants are in this area. What are underlying costs, problems, concerns, impacts, and the complexity of that wind power plant?
Over the past year, the N.H. government has looked the other way on the Groton wind plant. Now is the time to discuss Groton before we rapidly sign other wind contracts.
You can create electricity, burning coal or natural gas, when needed. But you can't make the wind blow on demand, and sometimes you can't make the wind stop blowing. Doesn't make sense, does it?
In New Hampshire, wind tends to produce power when consumers don't need it. And on the flip side... too much wind creates an operational problem that requires reducing output from hydro, nuclear, and/or other wind turbines.
I wonder if a New Hampshire bean counter will ever get to see Groton's numbers. Lessons from the Groton power plant provides valuable insights on what's to come for our area. So why don't we have access to those numbers?
Makes you wonder — doesn't it?
Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 10:50
To The Daily Sun,
George Maloof wants points for "good intentions." Really, I do believe he he wants to do good but I'll give no points for intentions when he says, "the ends justifies the means" — they do not. If points were given for good intentions then the Salem witch trials get points. Even the old KKK believed in their hearts and minds they were doing good. They were not. Neither example, in spite of good intentions, were good.
Doing good depends on the effect, not the intention, and George's side in this debate has not been doing good in spite of intentions.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 10:46
To The Daily Sun,
While I can understand why Earle would be discomforted by the mention of "birthers", considering the embarrassment they brought upon themselves and the Republican Party, he is well aware that they are alive and well and have redirected their efforts to a new conspiracy I have referred to as the Transcript Disorder.
The notion that any Obama record is "sealed" is false. Research will show, that the word "sealed", when applied to documents refers to records that would normally be public information, but that a judge has ruled cannot be released without the court's permission. These supposedly "sealed" (they like the term "sealed" because it makes it appear so much more sinister) records that Earle refers to, are private documents that Obama hasn't released — and as I've stated before, other presidents haven't released them either.
It is public knowledge that President Obama graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School and was elected president of the law review, which should make it clear that he obtained good grades and really didn't have a difficult time graduating. Graduating with honors is granted to undergraduate students who achieve high grade point averages. To obtain the honor of graduating Magna Cum Laude, one must obtain a grade point average of 3.65 to 3.79. This may vary slightly from school to school. So, for Obama to claim a 3.7 gpa is well within the whelm of possibility.
I would hope that Earle would enlighten us with his conspiracy theory as to how Obama could be elected president of the Harvard Law Review, considered the most prestigious law reviews in the country, as the first black president in its 104-year history. The position is considered the highest position at Harvard Law School.
Earle insists that I point out his various lies. Most recently, his lies have been to claim the President defrauded Columbia and Harvard, that the administration has six American Islamic activists working for them that are Muslim Brotherhood operatives, and closer to home, that I get my information from MSNBC. He continues to justify these lies by claiming they are his "personal views", or a "difference of opinion." While I recognize his "personal views" and respect his "difference of opinion", Earle doesn't seem to understand that when voicing these "views" and "opinions" as truth, without proof, they are considered fabrications. He submits these concocted "views" and "opinions" often, not knowing whether or not they are actually true — false statements made with the intent to deceive. Earle's lame defense for this misinformation is that he relies on a "blog site he trusts", his "reliable sources", and the "accuracy" of others. It would be enlightening if Earle could support his contentions with facts and appropriate sources to substantiate his claims. Lacking this information, we must conclude that his statements are manufactured. I would caution Earle not to equate "lack of proof" as "proof."
Another observation I'd like to make, is that centrist independents now determine election outcomes, and no one that can rub two healthy brain cells together is buying the various conspiracy theories which emanate from the far right.
L. J. Siden
Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 10:41