To The Daily Sun,
The Declaration of Independence lists the offenses brought upon English colonials by King George. It was written after the olive branch to the king was shunned. We would do well to study this inspired document under the light of today. The main themes are: That people are endowed By Their Creator with certain unalienable rights and they the people grant rights to government.
The burden laid upon General Washington's shoulders was immense. He stated 67 occasions in his report to Congress "that had God not intervened in the contests the consequences would have been different." When Cornwallis put 6,000 men in boats to cross the York River and escape Washington, a tremendous storm came up and blew the boats back to the shore where the British were taken prisoner. Cornwallis exclaimed, "Even God wants Washington to win'.
Professor Gilbert Chinard a biographer of Thomas Jefferson wrote "Jefferson's great ambition at that time was to promote a renaissance of Anglo-Saxon primitive institutions on the new continent. Thus presented, the American Revolution was nothing but the reclamation of the Anglo-Saxon birthright of which colonists had been deprived by 'a long train of abuses.' Nor does it appear that there was anything in this theory which surprised or shocked his contemporaries .Adams apparently did not disapprove of it, and it would be easy to bring in many similar expressions of the same idea in documents of the time."
The first proposed seal was after the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson, Franklin and Adams offered "Moses standing on the shore, and extending his hand over the sea, thereby causing the same to overwhelm Pharaoh who is sitting in an open chariot, a crown on his head and a sword in his hand. Rays from a pillar of fire in the clouds reaching to Moses, to express that he acts by command of the deity. Motto: Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God."
Eventually Congress adopted a simpler seal. An American eagle on one side and an unfinished pyramid with 13 steps, representing the original 13 colonies on the other side. Two mottoes in Latin inscribed stated Annuit Coeptis — He (God) hath favored our undertaking. And Novus Ordo Seclorum — the New Order of the Ages.
John Adams described: "Mr. Jefferson proposed: The children of Israel in the wilderness, led by a cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night, and on the other side Hengist and Horsa, the Saxon chiefs, from whom we claim the honor of being descended and whose political principles and form of government we have assumed."
John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." With all the debauchery emanating throughout our society it is a wonder that we have lasted this long.
John Adams wrote, "Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward
Almighty God ... what a Utopia, what a paradise would this region be." Sounds much like the city of Enoch.
"Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. If once they become inattentive to public affairs, you and I, and congress and assemblies, judges and governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature"
Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Edward Carrington January 16, 1787).
"There have always been those who wish to enlarge the powers of the General Government. There is but one safe rule ... confine it within the sphere of its appropriate duties. It has no power to raise a revenue or impose taxes except for those purposes enumerated in the Constitution. Every attempts to exercise power beyond these limits should be promptly and firmly opposed," Andrew Jackson.
James Madison wrote, "the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many ... may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." He also wrote, "The powers delegated by the ... constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in State governments are numerous and indefinite," giving us a very limited federal government.
"... let virtue, honor, the love of liberty ... be ... the soul of this Constitution, and it will become the source of great and extensive happiness to this and future generations. Vice, ignorance, and want of vigilance, will be the only enemies able to destroy it." John Jay
Thomas Jefferson had this to say " When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."
We have but two choices to view the situation we are in. Either the majority of our public servants are ignorant or have become part of a larger conspiracy.
Gene F. Danforth
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 12:33
To The Daily Sun,
I've been reading a lot about tragic house fires, where the homeowner did carry a fire insurance policy. So I decided to get out my Allstate policy and review it. For $558.50 a year or $1.53 a day, I'm covered for $178,668 in dwelling protection, $138,751 personal property, and $300,000 in liability.
I could not fathom the thought of going without protecting my most valuable personal assets, at this cost. Homeowners please check your policy and update if needed, but please don't go without.
I hope when this family gets back to their home, they make fire insurance a priority. Just in case tragedy should strike again. Are you in good hands?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 12:17
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