To The Daily Sun,
On Saturday, during the Laconia Holiday Parade, one of my students experienced a medical emergency while marching in the parade. The student is doing much better, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who came to our aid in helping by giving up their jackets on a cold day to the student. Thank you to the Laconia Police officers who helped, as well as the medical people and doctors at LRGH. Also, thank you to Frank Weeks for stopping and helping us and to Janet Breton for watching the band when they arrived back at Gilford High School. It's reassuring to know how many people showed their concern and jumped in to help us.
Thank you so much!
Gilford High School Band Director
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:10
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to President Obama:
Ever since you became president, you and your administration have lied to the American people on every promise you have made. I wish I could go into every lie you have told, but I just don't have the time. I would like to suggest you stop your lying to the American people and seek professional help, we are not as stupid as you and your administration think.
I would like to address your latest lie and scam on the American people. More than half of the American people know that your latest lie about Obamacare is a scam and not about health care, but about giving more POWER to the government in order to enslave the American People! You and your administration knew from day one that the Affordable Care Act (I still have to laugh when I say that) was not going to be affordable. It is all about putting America on the path to a one-payer system which leads to socialized medicine. You and your administration hate America, and want to see America as a third-world country. However I would like to thank you because you have awaken the sleeping lion. We The People have had enough and will not take it anymore. We will take back America in 2014 in the next election and kick all of you haters of America out. The American People want our America back, Like Santa we are making a list and checking it twice.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:05
To The Daily Sun:
As the Earth's power elite (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States) seeks accord with Iran, naysayers come out of the woodwork. Opposition arguments seem legitimate at first listen, but they lack context. Since 9/11, events, ineptitude and arrogance have conspired to undermine American influence and respectability throughout the Middle East.
Two of our traditional allies in the region, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are the most vocal. Both say Iran is ambitious, untrustworthy and dangerous. Probably true, but they fail to mention they are gambling on (and promoting) American obsolescence in the region while undermining American goals that do not advance their agenda; i.e., America as tool not partner.
Israel routinely flouts American aspirations. Pundits and pols attribute the acrimony to Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama's personal dislike for one another. However, it is more than individual animosity when America seeks to reinvigorate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Israel announces new settlements.
The Saudis ridicule American uncertainty and vacillation in Egypt, Iran and Syria (publicly and personally mocking the president in the latter). They rejected a prestigious seat on the United Nations Security Council telling the world their unprecedented decision was more a message to America than a slap at the U.N. Saudi Intelligence Chief Bandar bin Sultan, recently told multiple news sources, the kingdom is reviewing its relationships with America and looking at alternatives.
At home, the naysayers want more machismo: more sanctions, more threats, perhaps a few more strategic bombings in a few more countries. Yet, firmness in lieu of caution, belligerence over diplomacy has brought America the look of a buffoon and to the brink of irrelevance.
Keeping the boot to Iran's neck may not be as easy tomorrow as it was yesterday. It was never in the best interests of China, India, Japan or Russia. They rejected wholesale sanction busting because they detested and feared the fanaticism of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The new president, Hassan Rouhani, is a much different person.
We hear the phase "war weary" so often we might suspect it replaced "have a good day" in pundit land. Perhaps, it is not exhaustion as much as failure that exasperates Americans. Everywhere we look, disaster is the norm.
— Afghanistan: President Hamid Karzai, corrupt and volatile, may yet choose to side with the Taliban. (He certainly threatens to do so often enough.)
— Egypt: The military, in charge since the July coup, routinely waves its middle finger at America and thwarts democratic ideals (often with great fanfare).
— Iraq:Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has aligned his government with Iran.
— Syria:When America tried to initiate cease-fire negotiations, it was the rebels (our guys!) who refused to participate.
— Turkey: An Islamist (Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan) now leads the nation that was once the model for secular democracy in Islam. A member of NATO, Turkey recently stunned its western allies by rejecting NATO-compatible missile defenses for Chinese arms.
— Yemen: It has no government at all. Armed gangs — mostly anti American — rule the land. (The same is pretty much true for Libya and Somalia.)
So, what does détente with Iran offer? Perhaps we avoid another war where we create more enemies and new terrorists, where we undermine our principles and emulate the great villains of history, where we lie to ourselves, confuse kill-target success with goal achievement and set the stage for another war with a country to be determined.
Rapprochement with Iran offers more than war avoidance, however. It offers opportunities to douse some of the flames we ignited in the Middle East and resolve insidious issues that threaten regional war and global side choosing.
Columnist Tom Friedman (The New York Times, Nov. 13) captured much of the potential in two sentences: "Let's start with the fact that Iran has sizable influence over several of the United States' most critical national security concerns, including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, terrorism, energy security and nuclear proliferation. Whereas tension with Iran has served to exacerbate these issues, détente with Tehran could help ameliorate them."
For those who cannot imagine America and Iran working together, Friedman went on to point out "Iran played a vital role in helping us to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001 and can help us get out without the Taliban completely taking over again."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:59
To The Daily Sun,
I and others are still concerned about the failure to provide health care to thousands of working poor in New Hampshire. Back on Nov. 15, six days before the Senate vote on Medicaid expansion, Senator Jeanie Forrester wrote a letter to the editor published in local papers in which she expressed her concern that "growing the Medicaid entitlement ... will...break our budget and lead to a broad-based tax."
We need to remember that Sen. Forrester was among the senators who voted last June against including Medicaid expansion in the budget legislation about to pass the Legislature. She instead called for the naming of a commission to study the issue, yet again. The N.H. Department of Health and Human Services had already authorized a complete study of the issue by the reputable Lewin Group. The Lewin Group's reports were issued in November, 2012, and January and September, 2013.
There was no mention in the Lewin Group reports of the need for any new taxes to finance Medicaid expansion. The Commission to Study the Expansion of Medicaid Eligibility used the Lewin Group reports as some of its primary sources of information and data. The Commission's final recommendations also did not raise any words of caution about the potential for a broad-based tax.
Yet now that the Senate Republicans have succeeded in killing all proposed forms of Medicaid expansion, Senator Forrester is quoted as saying, "I think people want to get this done." She indicated that all sides were working together. "Right after the session adjourned, we began talking," she told the press.
So I and other voters are really confused. Which is it, Sen. Forrester? Do you oppose Medicaid expansion because you think it is likely to bring a broad-based tax to N.H. or is it a proposal you in fact support and that is therefore likely to happen?
Your constituents would like some clarification of your position on this issue, for it is extremely murky from our perspective.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:40
To The Daily Sun,
At the beginning stages of the meetings of the co-op for Briarcrest Estates, there were a lot of unanswered questions. Since then, many of those questions have been answered. We have found out it IS affordable. We have also found out through lawyers, bankers, realtors and the local community many reasons why it is the right choice. Home values, loan interest rates, equity loans are just a few. I have listed some of the questions that I know concern many of us. The answers have been confirmed. We will be having meetings frequently to answer any questions people may have. We are hoping that people will take an interest in hearing what we have accomplished. The meetings are open to all residents with no obligation. We want to take control of our own destiny and hope you feel the same.
Will my rent go up? The park rent will fall under the existing lease, weather it be co-op or not. Whoever buys Briarcrest has to follow the existing lease.
What will my rent include? Your rent will include all of the services you are presently getting.
Will I have a mortgage? You will have no mortgage, just your existing park rent. No person, will be responsible for the mortgage to purchase the park. The rent you pay will stay the same and follow the rules of the lease.
What about my house? Will it be part of the mortgage? Your house remains yours. It is not, a part of the mortgage.
Will the park be kept up? The park will be kept up to the same standards we presently enjoy. We will all be owners and have a say in protecting our investment.
Will there be rules? There will most definitely be rules as there is now, to protect the beauty of the park. Any rule changes will be voted on by members of the co-op.
Does it cost to Join the Co Op? There is a joining fee that has not yet been determined. It will not exceed $500. You make the decision whether to join or not.
What if I want to join in order to have a vote in the community decisions but can't afford it? You can opt to make small monthly payments with your park rent for as little as $5.
How does the board get chosen? The board gets chosen by a vote by members of the co-op. The board we have now are all volunteers, doing an excellent job!
Will the same people be running the co-op that are handling it now?. The existing board is temporary. If they choose to run, they will have to be elected by the majority.
Will we have to work in the community? No, the maintenance of the community will be contracted out to local business. Everything will remain local including management, banking, landscaping, rubbish removal etc. All will be included in your park rent as it is now.
Please attend a few meetings with an open mind. We all have the same interest.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:34