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Far-right & far-left not blessed with intellectually honest thinkers

To The Daily Sun,

I have come to find it amusing and somewhat hypocritical that conservative contributors to this forum find fault with others who question the Bush administration. Aren't they the ones who fall over each other blaming Obama, the Clintons, FDR, JFK, LBJ, Carter, unions, educators, mainstream media, elitists, immigrants, voters, etc. for all the social and political ills of this nation?

I know conservatives would like to forget Bush, but remember, he was "the decider." Announcing to the American public that, "I'm the decider, and I decide what's best." When he left office in 2008, the country was reeling from Bush's disastrous economic stewardship. His irresponsible tax cuts and deregulation policies contributed significantly to the nation's economic plight, slow recovery and failed to produce the claimed prosperity that would eventually "trickle down" to everyone else. Remember, "the decider" decided to cut taxes for the wealthy, and "the decider" decided we needed two wars, costing the country trillions of dollars, and more importantly, costing the lives of thousands of brave young men and women.

To avoid accountability, Meade and Earle recently blamed Democrats for the push for war in Iraq, while downplaying the fact that Bush was the commander in chief and "the decider."

Conservatives, while screaming for the impeachment of Obama, have this seeming inability to learn from their past mistakes. I understand their hatred of President Obama. It is the glue that holds them together in the absence of any real vision. Time and time again, they attack the president on every issue with the flimsiest of evidence of wrongdoing (while never once admitting their own messes and disasters from the immediate past), and they fail to renew a better or more coherent vision of themselves.

As a grandparent, I can understand Mr. Young's concern for his grandchildren. But he is naive to believe that they will live and compete in the America he has known. Unfortunately for Young and conservatives like him, the world is ever changing.

Due to his opposition to change and preoccupation with the past, it puts him constantly on the defensive — fear and anger become his mantra. He magnifies our perception of threat, whether by foreign aggressors, illegal immigrants, terrorists, or invading ideologies such as socialism. To Mr. Young, the world is a frightening place.

Recently, while vilifying liberals and Democrats, Young suggests they are threatening his grandchildren apparently, if they don't vote Republican. It must be that he can't perceive liberals as being parents who are also conscientious, responsible, and want the best for their children.

There is much to be said for considering the merits of both sides of the ideological divide in our country. Good ideas have come from conservatives, as well as liberals. But with the far-right and the far-left we are not dealing with sophisticated and intellectually honest thinkers. We are dealing with hardened partisans whose effort it is to defeat anyone identified as a Democrat or Republican. They are not engaged so much in a struggle of ideas as in incessant disingenuous fear-mongering and lies that attempt to smash anyone with opposing views ("You're either with us or against us").

L. J. Siden


Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 10:42

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N.H. is net exporter of electricity, why is cost to us so high?

To The Daily Sun,

New Hampshire is a large net exporter of electricity to the rest of New England. Meaning our state produces too much electricity and has been for decades. So, if we produce too much electricity, why are our electrical rates skyrocketing as much as 50 percent this year?

All the proposed electricity from wind turbines and Northern Pass is not needed to keep one light bulb on in the state of New Hampshire. It's all being shipped to southern states. So, why are paying higher electrical prices to ship it to them?

We all cherish New Hampshire's natural landscape and the economy it supports. We must now protect ourselves from those trying to destroy our landscape and start looking out for everything that depends on it.

Do your own research on which politicians are pushing this energy policy down our throats and vote them all out in November. Your electrical bill, your landscape and your New Hampshire way of life is at stake.

Ray Cunningham


Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 10:35

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State your opinions but let's do away with the name-calling

To The Daily Sun,

I totally enjoy reading all of the letters to the editor in the paper. So many are so thankful for many things and feel wonderful being able to express those feelings. We help so many by being able to get information out to the public.

But I need to say this.

In spite of all the learned pundits posting about the government, both here and in Washington, D.C., I have no problem with them stating their opinions. What I do have a problem with is the name-calling. You are grown people, yet you are acting like a bunch of kindergartners. It's truly sad. You all have viable opinions. Why can't you just express them?

There is no need for calling people names. Shame on all of you. Really? Name-calling at your ages? It's pathetic.

The rant is over. I would love to read what everyone has to say without the barbs.

Judi Leavitt


Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 10:31

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Yet to meet a veteran who's gone from Republican to Democrat

To The Daily Sun,

First to respond to Mr. Hoyt. Sounds like you're not the distorted progressive liberal I had you pegged for. After all, you voted for the last "almost great" president this nation had .... that would be Ronald Reagan. Recently traveled to Simi Valley to visit his presidential museum and it is amazing. I'm afraid BO would never understand the Americana contained within those buildings.

Anyway Jon, I'm not the far-right freak you may think I am. I'm very smart politically and will tell you that for 52 months out of George Bush's 96 months in office, he ran a good show. Then, the Bush/Cheney duo just turned awful. Believe me I was their biggest critic. Did they open a can of worms? You bet they did.

You stated if I've wondered why so many vets are becoming Democrats over Republican? Not aware of that Jon and haven't met one yet. Where are your facts and figures? Perhaps a little presumptuous on your part?

Also, your not aware if people complained about Carter. What? Oh, come on Jon, now your making yourself sound foolish. And, because FDR was elected to office four times makes the policies he spewed correct? He got into office past eight years because there was a war going on and the American public was scared and feared changing horses in the middle of the stream. Period. FDR did good and harm to this country. Don't even go there with me.

In closing, I must comment on one of your followers (I presume). That would be Bernadette Loesch and her list. Not bad Bernadette, despite 90 percent of what you report is completely incorrect. Here's my advice for you. Try reading and thinking about Tony Boutin's article as well as Steve Earle and George Dengal articles. I know it's difficult, but think seriously about what they say. Also, watch Fox News for a change, you just might learn something.

Terry Payton


Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 10:29

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There are 3 classes of WMDs: chemical, biological & radiological

To The Daily Sun,

Just a quick note to clear up one little thing. Marty Valengavich decided that when Bush spoke of WMD in Iraq he was referring to nukes. Absurd. If Marty had done any research he would have learned that there are three classes of WMDs: chemical, biological and radiological.

Glad to help with your belated education Marty, no need to thank me.

Steve Earle


Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 10:25

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