To The Daily Sun,
Who does state Sen. Jeanie Forrester represent?
In May, our state Senate voted down a bill to raise the minimum wage (Bill 1403), in spite of the fact that it had widespread public support and had passed in the House— 65 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats supported it.
This leads me to wonder who our senators represent. For instance, Jeanie Forrester voted against it, in spite of the support of most of her constituents. The people in her district would have greatly benefit from this gradual raise. According to the N.H. Fiscal Policy Institute's research, over 12 percent of our areas workers would have more money in their pockets to spend around town — about $1,200 per year, as a matter of fact. Women would benefit more than men, since so many adult women — many with children and working full time — are stuck in our local low-paying jobs in the retail and the tourist industries.
New Hampshire now lags behind every other state in New England and half of the country on this issue. This embarrassing statistic is enhanced by the fact that our cost of living is the 20th highest in the country. However can people make ends meet?
Senator Jeanie Forrester needs to listen to the people she represents and vote according to their needs, or else we need to find a new senator.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:00
To The Daily Sun,
The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, the ACA is working in New Hampshire. Despite the political ads on WMUR or the negative letters to the editors, thousands and thousands of New Hampshire citizens are better off now.
For example, the Part A Trust Fund of Medicare is fully funded until 2026 instead of 2016. Seniors in the "doughnut hole" have been saving money on prescriptions since 2010. Medicare is better off and seniors should be cheering.
If you are a young adult and presently being insured under your parent's policy because of the ACA, you are better off. Obamacare is giving you a chance to adjust to the work world.
If you have been sick and no longer have to worry about pre-existing conditions, you are better off now.
If you are among the working poor that are eligible for insurance in New Hampshire under Medicaid, you are better off now. You have a chance at early detection and all the other benefits of good health care.
I take the opportunity to talk to relatives and friends about health care. The answer that I am getting most often is that we have better coverage at a lower price because of Obamacare. Some of them are really surprised.
We need to thank Senator Shaheen, and our representative in the House, Carol Shea Porter, for sticking their political necks out for us. They need to know that we are thankful.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:56
To The Daily Sun,
Do you realize we (the public) have been given erroneous information year after year? Like Pavlov's dog we salivate almost every time. We have experienced years of induced fear and paranoia as a result of misinformation and outright lies by government leaders, namely President George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, in an unprecedented effort to lay down reasons to assault Iraq and Afghanistan. As a result we committed criminal warfare against a country, blameless of any terrorist acts against us.
We have been told about the threats of terrorism almost daily. The fact is: foreign terrorism is, and has been, non-existent in this country for the last 12 years. The Boston bombers excepted: one was a citizen, the other, a legal immigrant. Other devious plots have been detected and prevented by our vigilant surveillance authorities. Those numerous incidents happen in every country in the world, especially in smaller nations frequently in a state of chaos and civil disorder.
We are not, in any way, in danger from abroad — from any country, big or small. Consider the amount of surveillance we have covering this country like a tight net. Consider the agencies involved and the amount of money expended. The NSA, Homeland Security, ($600 billion annually) the CIA, the FBI, Military intelligence and so forth. These agencies present an impenetrable wall of protection. Why the constant panic?
The biggest business conducted in this country in more than a decade has been in the weapons industry. I'm sure they have the strongest lobby in Washington. They have had tremendous profits as a result of so-called wars that are directly connected to our huge deficits. They are profit-oriented, regardless of the moral concepts of injuring and killing people. To make these wars possible the public needs to believe that there exists a real and pending threat to our safety, an immediate and near chance of bombs falling out of the skies. It was cleverly and deceitfully started with our previous president and his gangsters friends and still is very present to this day.
Scaring people, like you and me, and keeping them scared is how their strategy works: their ploy. We fell for these lies, hook, line and sinker.
It's overdue that we rebuke these purposeful lies and direct or time and treasure to rebuilding this country — never again to live in fear, putting these detractors in their place. Peace is possible. Work for it.
Leon R. Albushies
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:53
To The Daily Sun,
Attempting to distract the American people from the Benghazi, VA, and other scandals, President Obama committed another major blunder instead of the media coup he desired. The illegally executed, ill-considered trade for Sgt. Bergdahl aids the enemy and will cost Americans and many others their freedom and/or their lives.
According to the military, Sgt. Bergdahl was not a prisoner of war. He voluntarily and secretly abandoned his post in Afghanistan, reportedly to join the enemy. Soldiers in his unit call him a "deserter" if not a "traitor," and some believe that he gave the enemy information that helped them kill more Americans.
The trade for Sgt. Bergdahl released five top Taliban terrorist leaders (unlawful enemy combatants, not soldiers), including some al-Qaeda members and some wanted by the World Court for war crimes (for killing thousands of civilians).
From a danger standpoint, Vietnam veterans should consider these terrorist commanders as dangerous as Viet Cong or North Vietnamese Commanders like General Giap. World War II veterans should consider them as dangerous as Commanders like Admiral Yamamoto, who planned and attacked Pearl Harbor, or Field Marshal Rommel, who won many victories, including beating our army at the Kasserine Pass. Such trades would have been unthinkable because such trades would, just like this trade will, cause many thousands of people to suffer and die.
President Obama violated the law in releasing prisoners from Guantanamo without prior notification to Congress. The claimed health problems aren't apparent in the Bergdahl exchange video. Desperate for a media coup, the administration probably thought that the "brilliance" of this trade would quiet the strong objections that Congressional Republicans and Democrats voiced about similar previous proposals.
President Obama violated our policy against negotiating with terrorists and made every American, worldwide, a hostage target.
President Obama's trade for Sgt. Bergdahl to try to divert our attention from his scandals was illegal, careless, and possibly treasonous. He made the world more dangerous. Release of these five top enemy commanders to maim, kill and enslave certainly appears to be giving "aid and comfort" to our enemy.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:48
To The Daily Sun,
It was obvious to me while reading the letter in the Wednesday newspaper about the indictment of Robert Woodbury of Gilmanton by a Belknap County Superior Court grand jury that the author is ignorant of the law and how court proceedings work.
The story about Woodbury was based on the indictment issued by the grand jury after he had been charged by local police and been to district court. Felony charges are automatically forwarded to superior court to see if an indictment is warranted.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt but shows sufficient proof exists to warrant a trial in superior court.
Indictments do not state anything about whether a person is good or bad or their background. It simply states the barest facts of the alleged crime and the person's, age and address.
If the author of the letter had bothered to check the facts they might not have written a letter which I found very disgraceful to The Daily Sun and to the reporter who wrote the story in the May 17 issue.
I am not an expert on court proceedings but I did cover the courts as a news reporter for more than 10 years and do have experience on how the court system works.
Gordon D. King
Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 01:52