To The Daily Sun,
On Memorial Day I had terribly mixed emotions. Our freedoms and opportunities to prosper have been purchased by our soldiers at great personal cost — moments of great stress and even terror, suffering, physical and mental wounds, loss of limbs, hearing and sight, and many gave their lives.
We owe our soldiers much more than we give them. We owe them political leaders who consider each soldier's life as precious. We must avoid war unless absolutely necessary for national defense, consider our soldiers the most precious things on the battlefield and to be protected above all else, and that there are no restrictions to our soldiers' ability to win.
Today's volunteer military represent a small percent of our population so most of us are unaffected by the consequences of our leaders' bad policies that cost our soldiers so dearly. Therefore we haven't been appropriately offended by, and demanding changes of, bad policies.
In my lifetime the political leaders we elected, and trusted to conduct our wars, have limited our soldiers' abilities to win...and even sometimes to survive. From President Johnson's "acceptable" 10-to-one kill ratio and off-limits enemy supply routes in Viet Nam to Bush's and Obama's limited objectives and restrictive rules of engagement, too many of our soldiers have been wounded and died unnecessarily.
Sadly, today we fail our soldiers and veterans even more than usual. Our soldiers returning from war are labelled potential "domestic terrorists" by President Obama's Department of Homeland Security and efforts have been made to limit their constitutional rights.
And our VA (government run) health care is even worse than usual. Many veterans needing health care are placed on secret lists so VA employees can claim bonuses for responsiveness. E.g., the Phoenix VA kept 1,700 veterans on secret lists and delayed their health care, as a result several dozen veterans died unnecessarily.
It is long past time for the American people to think of every soldier as their own child, parent or sibling, and demand that our political leaders do the same. Americans should not accept any war unless the lives of the children of our political leaders are put in jeopardy alongside the children of Third Street and Fifteenth Street, etc. If the children of our political leaders are in the front lines, perhaps our leaders will be more careful in their decision making.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:41
To The Daily Sun,
Mr. Earle obviously is welcome to his misguided opinions, he should at least have some respect for the dead ambassador. Do a little research and learn how to spell the mans name. I understand you care only about blaming President Obama for any wrong that has ever happened since the beginning of time, try to at least pretend you care about the ambassador.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:39
To The Daily Sun,
Important deadlines are fast approaching!
If you want to change your party affiliation prior to the State Primary Election on September 9, Tuesday, June 3, is the last day to do so. It is also the last day to register to vote if you are planning to run for elective office in 2014.
Then, beginning June 4 and running until June 13, comes the filing period for state elective offices.
It costs $2 to file for N.H. State Rep. and you do so at your town or city clerk's office. The only day that registration must be in person is the last day: June 13.
All other state office seekers must file their paperwork with the Secretary of State's office in Concord.
I urge any Democrat thinking of running to stop thinking and sign up!! And I urge any Democrat who has questions about running to contact me ASAP at 491-6913.
Kate Miller, Chair
Belknap County Democrats
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:36
To The Daily Sun,
Do you realize that 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner, our National Anthem. The words were written by Francis Scott Key on the morning of September 14, 1814 at the Battle of Fort McHenry. To celebrate this milestone, the Smithsonian Institution is coordinating a nationwide event on Flag Day, June 14. At 4:00 p.m. (EDT), people across the country are encouraged to gather to sing the first (of four) verse of the National Anthem. The theme is "Raise It Up! Anthem for America". You can get more information on-line at AnthemforAmerica.si.edu . This is also an opportunity to learn more about the Anthem's history. What prompted Key to write these words? Where did the tune originate? How many stars and stripes are there on the "Star Spangled Banner" flag? Who actually made the flag? Etc.
I would encourage individuals, groups and organizations, businesses, towns and cities, community groups, schools, media, etc. to participate in this event. And to also consider researching and disseminating the story of the Anthem and the flag. Let's all "Raise It Up – Anthem for America".
I'll be listening for your support on Flag Day.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:33
To The Daily Sun
Waking up to news today, May 28, is a real wake up. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (John McCain, Jr. she might also be) is endorsing Scott Brown. All we need, another southern-tier N.H. senator who takes the positions of a Western U.S. senator! Representation is intended to be geographical, with reason. The needs of the West are different from the needs of our New Hampshire. Ayotte, hoping to score a political career, ditto-marks John McCain. Would we want ditto-mark, ditto-mark — what we'd get if Scott Brown also "represents" New Hampshire?
New Hampshire Republicans would do better to look at N.H. candidates for their nominee. New Hampshire needs are particular to New Hampshire.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:28