To The Daily Sun,
I wrote a letter a while ago responding to letter writer Tony Boutin's so-called facts that he used to claim that people choose to stay poor and dependent on programs offered by state and federal government.
I asked for specific examples of what Republicans have done for those who are classified as the lower class. How has the GOP proposed to get this segment of our population out of the vicious cycle of poverty? Actual proposals, instead of the usual vague platitudes, would be greatly appreciated.
Since Mr. Boutin never responded I wonder: Does he need more time? Is he still doing research? Or did has he decided to ignore the topic which you broached in the first place and just move on to another talking point?
Could it be that Republicans on any level haven't implemented many laws or programs to serve this segment of our population? Could it be that many programs and laws enacted by Democrats have, in point of fact, been watered down by the GOP, or just blindly opposed and obstructed because they were Democratic ideas? Could it be that through the actions (or inaction) of the GOP programs and laws have been defunded or just wiped out?
I won't hold my breath waiting for a detailed report of facts and figures. This winter's snow banks will be long gone before we see evidence of Republican concern for those on the bottom rungs, or of any attempts to help them climb up the ladder to a much better standard of living, right?.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:13
To The Daily Sun,
I was shocked to learn that New Hampshire's 36 percent annual interest rate cap on small loans contains an exception you could drive a car through — an exception that allows so-called "car title lenders" to charge interest up to 300 percent per year on loans secured by the borrower's vehicle.
The car title loan industry says it serves people who have "nowhere else to go" in an emergency. What these loans really do is delay the emergency, leaving people worse off than they were in the first place. Some borrowers will end up in our town welfare offices, seeking assistance funded by our property tax dollars. The Local Welfare Administrator's Association supports reducing the maximum interest rate on these loans. The borrower may sign the contract for 300 percent interest, but we all will end up paying.
HB-562, recently passed by the New Hampshire House with broad bipartisan support, would restore a reasonable rate cap on car title loans.
I ask our state Senators to pass this common-sense bill. I also ask that we all contact our state Senators to let them know we want them to vote in favor of this bill. You can find your senator at the following link: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/members/senate_roster.aspx
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:10
To The Daily Sun,
I do not know if Senator Shaheen thinks I am stupid or what. She wants Senator Brown to sign a pledge to limit outside money in the race for the Senate.
She is the incumbent and has been collecting money for a long time. He is not even in the race yet, so has to start collecting money. She already has a lot of outside money.
Please Senator Shaheen, do not take me for a fool, nor Senator Brown.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:07
To The Daily Sun,
Interlakes Community Caregivers needs your help.
You hear about the graying of America, you know of people who are coping with an aging parent, and you read about the demographics of the region. But maybe the reality hasn't ever really struck you. If not, it probably will, as we all need some help at some point in our lives.
Interlakes Community Caregivers Inc. provides non-medical supportive services and information for our neighbors to assist them in their daily lives. Our organization is involved in helping people remain independent in their own homes. We refer to those we serve as "neighbors" as we work from the premise of "neighbors helping neighbors." Although our services are available to those of any age in the communities of Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough and Sandwich, nearly half our neighbors are 80 years of age or older. The number of neighbors is more than three times the number of current volunteers, and the demand for services is increasing.
That's where you come in. We need volunteers in many areas, and particularly need help with the following:
— Drivers to take our neighbors to medical appointments, shopping, etc.
— Coordinators to match service requests with available volunteers.
— Volunteers to run errands or pick-up items to deliver to our neighbors.
— Volunteers to provide friendly visits and check-in calls.
— Office volunteers to help with administrative tasks.
Any assistance you can give us will be greatly appreciated: please, don't hesitate to respond because you think you don't have enough time as you may volunteer when it fits your schedule.
Anne W. Sprague, Executive Director
Interlakes Community Caregivers
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:03
To The Daily Sun,
Who knows what President Obama really meant by his message to Putin, "After my election I have more flexibility?" But Putin's actions suggest what he heard.
Putin apparently heard that despite his blustering, President Obama won't do anything to stand in the way of Putin's efforts to re-establish the Russian/Soviet empire. Putin believes that President Obama is a weak leader committed to weakening our country, economically and militarily, to reduce our influence in the world.
After more than five years it is clear that President Obama can't or won't pursue policies that promote creating jobs for our unemployed or underemployed workers or put our nation's finances back in order.
President Obama's reckless spending and enormous deficits (even worse than Bush's), and his economy depressing policies have made our country economically vulnerable.
Our economic weakness enticed Russia to propose teaming with China to destroy our dollar, but China wasn't quite ready to act. Both nations would gain significantly from destroying our dollar. That would hurt our country and cause enormous pain for the American people.
Our military leaders complain that our economic weakness is a major national security problem.
President Obama claims success in Iraq and Afghanistan by withdrawing our forces, but both are more unstable than under President Bush and are likely to become bases for terrorists.
Our military might is declining. Lost equipment isn't replaced. Key new programs are being canceled or delayed, and the president announced plans to reduce the size of our military.
Weakness encourages aggression. Without American power stabilizing the world, less-benevolent nations are encouraged. Is it a coincidence that Russia moved into the Crimea shortly after President Obama announced significant military cuts? The world's weak response just encourages Putin and other aggressors.
American progressives have long praised the Soviet Union and communism anywhere it exists (no matter how many people it murders or keeps in terror and poverty). So, it wouldn't be too surprising if President Obama intended to tell Putin that he would not interfere with Putin's aggression.
Putin, and other nations know, that the U.S. is weak economically and militarily, and has a weak leader. Putin's aggression in the Crimea is probably just the beginning. China, North Korea, Iran, etc., are also making aggressive threats and claims.
The immediate threat is to the freedom and safety of others. But, treaties commit us to defending many countries against aggression.
President Obama's personal weaknesses and the economic and military weakness he is creating for our country could drag us into war. I doubt that is President Obama's intent, but it is the likely result of his weakness, bad policies, and naivety.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 08:58