To The Daily Sun,
In Wednesday's letters, both Henry Osmer and L.J. Siden seem worked up about conservatives continued focus on the Benghazi cover-up. No fear guys, as much as you want it to just "go away" that's not going to happen. We the people want answers and we are not going to be distracted by bogus complaints from the left.
What's more we will not be limited to just Benghazi. We want to know the details about that and about the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, and the other half dozen misdeeds committed by the Obama administration. So guys my advice is, suck it up and deal with it.
Mr. Siden is particularly exercised that some of we right-wing folks do not feel the need to prove our statements. L.J. has been critical of me personally in the past for this. It goes back a few months to when I wrote that I didn't have to prove Obama lied because the president had proved that far beyond my ability himself — which was true and reported in nearly every reputable news organization in the world. Apparently L.J. want's those of us on the right to give citations for every fact already in the public domain. Not gonna happen L.J. Want to stand there and say Obama didn't lie, be my guest, but the world already knows better.
Lastly and once again I accuse Obama and the liberal media of bias in favor of Muslims and Islam. Their refusal to identify and report that terrorism in the world today is committed by far most often by Muslims is a clear and open fact. Their excuse that it's a small minority is wrong. Bill Maher, noted liberal, said it best, "Hundreds of millions of Muslims applaud these terrorist attacks." So now Mr. Osmer and Mr./Ms. Siden can chew on those facts.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:40
To The Daily Sun,
How much space does the Town of Belmont need for a town hall? The article in today's newspapers indicates the selectmen and others wish to renovate the Belmont Mill building for use as a Town Hall? How many employees currently work in the present Town Hall? How much space is needed for so few people?
I don't disagree that the town needs to make improvements in the Town Hall, however the costs indicated in the news articles to refurbish the mill would create a huge tax increase in a town that is already one of the highest taxed towns in the entire state. The taxpayers can't afford this increase together with a possible increase from the school district for kindergarten. The taxpayers can't afford this idea.
Here is an idea. Perhaps the town should look into tearing the present Town Hall down and then consider perhaps building a new Town Hall which could also include space for a new police station which is more needed at present than the Town Hall. There is at present, or was, a building for sale across from the fire station. Would that lot be cheaper space for a new Town Hall in the form of a modular type building, etc.?
I urge the voters of Belmont to consider other options rather than this very, very costly one being proposed. It's your money. Are we paying too much in taxes already? I think so as compared to other towns. I don't often agree with George Condodemetraky, but in this instance he may have a valid point.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:36
To The Daily Sun,
It's a miracle that President Obama has been able to achieve what he has without much bipartisan cooperation. In fact the accomplishments have happened despite a Republican opposition that openly declared in advance that it would automatically oppose anything the president supported — before they knew what was going to be proposed. Clean air, education, immigration, the economy, taxes, reining in Wall Street are but a few of the issues that still need action and that were covered last night during the president's State of the Union speech.
For example, President Obama just challenged America — and Congress — to "set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline" and not to take us backward in the fight for good jobs and a bright future for our children.
"Over the past six years, we've done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That's why we've set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that's why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts."
One of the sad facts is that we pay these congressional salaries that enable their purely self-serving political behavior that has cost each one of us so much. Now you are able to see your dollars at work — or not. The State of the Union was one of the best speeches I've heard in a long time. It was a reminder of just how much good for this country President Obama has been able to do in spite of tremendous odds and non-cooperation from the GOP.
I was totally disgusted to see the "tan man" sit there as if he was glued to his seat. I was disgusted with his fellow Republicans who also sat on their pious rear ends smirking when each accomplishment, goal or achievement and success was mentioned.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:32
To The Daily Sun,
During 2014, the Gilmanton Food Pantry and Thrift Shop has been successful in our efforts to provide supplemental assistance to members of the Gilmanton community to ensure that every person's basic needs are met. We would not have been able to do so without the help and support of the greater community.
The number of persons, businesses and organizations are too numerous to list individually. However, the volunteers at the Gilmanton Food Pantry & Thrift Shop want to extend their sincere appreciation and thanks to one and all for your donations of food, money, toys, clothing and time. No donation is too small, whether it be a single can of food or extra change when purchasing clothing. Everything helps and is appreciated by those of us who help to manage the pantry and thrift shop as well as the families and children who we are able to help.
Through your support, the Gilmanton Food Pantry was able to provide generous holiday baskets to make an otherwise simple holiday meal something special, as well as school kits, gifts for children at Christmas and winter clothing for children in need. This is in addition to monthly allotments of food throughout the year. The sales from our thrift shop go to support these wonderful programs as well.
We thank you all for giving so generously and making everything we do at the food pantry possible.
Our next event to benefit the Food Pantry is coming up on Feb. 14. There will be music and many luscious desserts. Admission is free, donations are welcome. This will take place at the Gilmanton Community Church in Gilmanton Iron Works. Watch for further details and save the date.
The Gilmanton Food Pantry Committee extends wishes for a peaceful, joyful, healthful and Happy New Year.
Visit us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/GilmantonCommunityChurch.
Winter Hours: Wednesday, 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Route 140, Gilmanton Iron Works.
Parking & Entrance: Gilmanton Community Church Parking Lot.
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 16, Gilmanton, N.H. 03237
Gilmanton Food Pantry Committee
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:04
To The Daily Sun,
Last night our president gave the mandated State of the Union address. I did not watch. Personally I do not have the patience to listen to a few sentences and then people jumping up and clapping for a minute or two. Boring. I read it online in a short period of time.
No surprise, the president wants to raise taxes. He says on the rich. I just wish we would spend less.
He stated that our unemployment rate is lower than when the financial crisis started. Funny, I am still out of work and I know of no one who is better off than five years or one year ago. I see four new consignment shops in our area alone and they are doing very well. I do not think people have the money to spend that they used to have. The median salary has decreased — yes, decreased — in the past 15 years and some of that was with a Republican president. Middle America is getting poorer and poorer.
He said our job is done in Afghanistan. Troops are home from Iraq. Well, we all know how that worked out. Isis has control of a large part of Iraq and there are militants in many countries all over the Middle East. Libya which was controlled by a miserable dictator is now controlled by terrorists.
He said our economy is growing. Yes, we have lower gas prices, which are not a result of the president's energy policies. We are drilling more and we are not the No. 1 producer of oil and natural gas. He would not mention the Keystone Pipeline. My electric bill went up along with yours because the president put such restrictions on coal plants that many were shut down as it was not fiscally feasible for them to operate.
Green energy just does not cut it yet. Cape Wind in Massachusetts: the companies that were going to buy the electricity have declined now as the project has gone on too long with no results.
The president said that the warmest in the past 14 years. Yes the planet temperature is warmer. But it has plateaued. The earth's temperature has gone through many changes — warming and then cooling. We may be in one of those changes. The polar bear population is growing. The arctic surface ice grew 6 percent last winter. Do we hear about this? Let's compost. That is an easy fix to the problem and not so expensive. Let's use common sense.
The most troubling thing the president said was, "We gave our citizens schools and colleges, infrastructure and the internet -—tools they needed to go as far as their effort will take them."
I beg your pardon, Mr. President. You gave me nothing. My mother paid for my college tuition and I had a loan. My son had scholarships and loans and I helped when I could.
I pay taxes on practically everything. I pay state and federal gas taxes and register my car to pay for highways and roads. I pay property taxes to pay for schools. My son also went to some private schools for part of his education and I paid for that, not you.
I pay a monthly bill for Internet. I pay a tax on my cell phone and land line. I pay a tax on cable and internet. I pay a tax if I eat at a restaurant.
I worked hard, Mr. President. And if I have anything, it is because my grandparents worked hard and my parents worked hard. And because I work hard. My dollar is worth less than when my parents or grandparents were living because you keep printing paper money and keep borrowing money.
Mr. President, you gave me nothing and I resent the fact that you said you gave me. This sounds like socialism to me. And I do not want socialism. My life is not better. But yours certainly is at the cost of we the taxpayer.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 01:55