To The Daily Sun,
Recently, Carol Huber, a Bristol Budget Committee member and resident, wrote a letter hoping to show what is wrong with Bristol's leadership and why rents and property taxes keep going up.
She advised that folks should watch the Feb. 6 Bristol Selecboard video, and especially part 2. She gave kudos to Garlyn Manganiello, whose husband, is running for selectman. As I recollect in the lengthy list of imagined ills she spoke of the only thing she left out was to vote for her husband.
She next addressed resident Paul Simard and his concerns for the Bristol taxpayer and a crazy comparison with the Town of Weare and its budget. She quotes him as saying lots of people share his wife's sentiment to get the heck out of Bristol. I wonder who these "lots of people" are? In a recent survey of Bristol's townspeople showing up in the Good, Very Good, or Excellent column, respondents answered the following way:
1. Library 98 percent, 2. Fire 95 percent , 3. Emergency/Rescue 95 percent, 4. Cemetery 85 percent, 5. Town Offices 91 percent, 6. Recreation Areas 89 pecent, 7. Trash/Recycling 88 pecent, 8. Health Services 76 percent, 9. Water/Sewer 81 percent, 10. Police 83 percent, 11. Condition of Roads 82 percent.
This doesn't sound like folks are planning to move out in droves to me. Instead it sounds like folks recognize good government when they see it and they do see it in Bristol.
Joe Denning, Selectman
Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 08:53
To The Daily Sun,
Ever notice that Republicans always manage to make it seem like the president is doing what they are themselves doing. "Lawless" in the case of this Congress is duel in meaning. Not only have they not done anything to create jobs, they keep saying stupid things about the president. Yes we understand they have no moral compass, they, like so many locals, are so wrapped up in their whining about losing the last presidential election they seem to forget that they were elected to do a job; maybe if we paid them minimum wage for a month, they would get it. Oh, and no food stamps or taxpayer funded lunches, you know, there's no free lunch. I don't believe they would get it, no moral compass and all, but it might save the country some money.
Now some people who claim to be Christians are up in arms about the Pope pointing out the income inequality. Lots of people think that the saying is "money is the root of all evil" and while that may be true, the actual saying is "the love of money is the root of all evil". And someone once pointed out that "it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven". Never having been financially wealthy, I'm not too worried about that, but it's mostly that I don't believe in heaven that way. I don't know about you but my morals would never allow me to be affiliated with a party that would cheer for the death of a person simply because he or she had no insurance. Talk about not having any morals. By the way, I have been blessed with a wealth of good family and friends. That, to me, is the best kind of wealth.
If you think the right have any grounds to impeach the current president, Chris Christie has a bridge he would love to sell you. Honesty is the best policy. Stop talking about non-existent "scandals" and maybe we can get back to the business of being the best country on this planet. Vote Democratic, the only true moral choice. And could one right winger actually give one instance where our president has violated the Constitution or stop saying he has.
Now, about Planned Parenthood: yes they sometimes advise women to have abortions but it's a very small percent of what they do. My only experience with them was back in the 70s. My girlfriend was prescribed birth control pills because she was having problems during her period, her regular doctor wouldn't prescribe them. It worked. I know it's hard to believe but everything is not always, or in most cases really, like what the right wing says it is. Really try to do a little more research than reading some demonstrator's signs; you might learn something. I will say this, I am pro-choice, and anti abortion; as a man it is the only opinion I feel I can have. I don't believe in abortion as a means of birth control, but I also don't think forcing a young woman to have a child under any circumstances is a good idea. Yes I understand that the right wing feels that rape, incest, and child molestation are "just another means of conception" as was so aptly pointed out by Paul Ryan. I don't happen to agree with that, maybe because I feel those three things are horrible crimes, if a woman or child becomes pregnant due to one of them it should be her choice, for an adult and just common sense to abort the pregnancy of a child, with as little drama as possible.
Lastly, to the gentleman who wrote a letter in support of your local drug dealer. Does Mr. Sellow believe that illegal drug dealers check IDs when they sell a bag of weed? I feel I can say with some certainty that they do not. And for a state that avoids a sales tax by selling booze, the real gateway drug, it is to me pretty silly to be against pot being sold legally, and taxed on top of that. If you think people aren't smoking it now, you should really open your eyes.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:37
To The Daily Sun,
Jim Veverka, I'm impressed that you made Pope Francis "your delight of the year", I'm glad and pray he can lead you into the truth that God loves you, that Jesus Christ died for you, and wants you to join his center (the Kingdom of God). Now I have read letters by many people, sent to The Daily Sun that call you the "Poster Boy" and the "cheerleader" of everything that is rotten and corrupt.
I believe that Jesus Christ can save you from the guttermost, to the uttermost, I have faith to believe the Lord will come into your life, and you will never be the same again. God's word says "therefore if any man (Jim) be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are becoming new." (11 Cor 5:17).
Concerning homosexuality, legal abortion, ect., let God speak and every man may listen, Gods Word is truth. (John 17:17) The truth of the Lord endureth for ever (Psm 117:2). Read Rom 1:18-32 and we see homosexuality is evil, to say the least, they are not gay (happy), but reprobate in their minds. Now God created Adam and Eve, true marriage is between a man and a woman, not Adam and Steve. (Gen 2:23-24) Only a man and woman can produce children. Adam and Steve can produce zero. Seeing you made Pope Francis, your delight, he just fired 300 plus priests for homosexual abuse against boys, a lot more will be fired; all Christians are saying, thank God for a man of God who stands for God's truth.
Legal abortion is murder, children are the joy of your life. I proved that, my wife and I had eight children and we thank God every day for them. God says thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine, by the sides of your house your children like olive plants, round about your table (Psm 128:2).
Now concerning Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty on A&E, God's people came through for Phil, because all he said was, what God's word says. Now Jim, believe this, its not against a black president, but what he stands for. The sleeping giant is awake, and God will answer his people's prayers. Our next president, will be a Godly man, and America will experience the greatest revival in all our history.
Come on Jim, for once in your life, join the Lord's side, and stand for absolute (God's) truth.
William "Liam" McCoy
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:30
To The Daily Sun,
Having a fair, open and honest debate, where the truth can set us free, is the supposed clarion call of those on the left, including Bernadette Loesch, L.J. Siden and Marty Valengavich. So here is an addendum to my previous letters on race and diversity. Here's hoping the left-leaning statist types are willing to actually embrace the truth, rather than just continue to give it short shrift as viewed through a deceptive, mind numbing, ideological lens.
Yes indeed, Hubert Humphrey and other white liberals did play a leading role in the final passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Also, Senator Barry Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act. Tis true the Republicans made a big mistake in admitting segregationist Strom Thurmond to the Republican Senate Caucus in 1964. These points, and others to follow, are verified by Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, two men of integrity with regards to their research of history.
Having said that, Republicans still deserve the lions share of credit for the progress in race relations over the past century, as I have previously written about. There is yet more unraveling of another of the lefts' twisted racial yarns to be undertaken. Back in the year 2000, during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, Jesse Jackson and Al Gore utilized an oft repeated but erroneous lie. They told the crowd that George W. Bush's supporters believed that black people were only three-fifths of a person. Then just last fall, Chris Mathews claimed that conservatives believe black people are, or once were, only three-fifths of a person.
In actuality, that rule of compromise was a mathematical formula the founders used to limit the power of the slaveholding states. All those southern states had to emancipate the slaves in order to count them as full representation. Republicans were imploring the southern Democrats to consider the blacks as whole persons and set them free and they were to be penalized politically, to think otherwise.
It was the brilliant Frederick Douglass, who after studying this compromise at length concluded, the three-fifths compromise was an anti-slavery measure. Here is his quote: "It is a downright disability laid upon the slaveholding states; one which deprives those states of two fifths of their natural basis of representation .... taking it at it's worst, it still leans to freedom, not slavery; for, be it remembered that the Constitution nowhere forbids a coloured man to vote".
I attended a diversity conference many years ago that included some of the finest, hardworking social workers I had ever met. During the lunch break, a keynote speaker brought up the three-fifths rule in much the same way as noted by Chris Mathews, Jesse Jackson and Al Gore. An emotional shower of guilt soaked the consciousness of the room. I was ashamed, again, of my privileged "whiteness". Unfortunately, Walter Williams was not present to offer a clarifying response. I researched the issue and found out the true nature of this compromise. I was relieved of some undeserved guilt, yet dismayed at the acceptance of this lie by folks far more educated than I.
If a lie is repeated often enough, people come to regard it as fact. All these honorable, charitable and compassionate people had apparently come to believe this lie. A lie that has long been perpetuated by the Democrat party and their accomplices in the media and academia. I find it immensely frightening, frustrating and demoralizing that Republicans have let their political opponents twist the truth into a pretzel. To the point where this audacious lie has become an historical fact, settled science if you will.
I pray to God every day that someone from the Grand Old Party will emerge as a strong, moral and charismatic leader, ready to counter the corrupt liberal, progressive politicians. Barack Obama has seemingly become the emperor of a "Secular Democracy". Eric Holder has, for all intents and purposes, become the attorney general of the Dept. of Social Justice. Will anyone emerge to stop them from their fundamental transformation of our moral, Judeo-Christian imbued Republic into a morally bankrupt, secular humanist democracy?
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:20
To the Daily Sun,
I would like to address the problem of rescuing irresponsible hikers.
All of the information that I am sharing about safe hiking in N.H., I found on the N.H. State Fish and Game website.
Safe hiking in N.H.: Under the safe hiker responsibility code you are responsible for the following:
— With knowledge and gear, become self reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and equipment before you start.
— Leave your plans, tell someone where you are going, including the trails you are hiking, as well as when you will return. Address emergency plans as well.
— Stay together, when you start as a group, end as group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
— Turn back if necessary. The weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike, so know your limitations and when to post pone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
— Be prepared for emergencies, even if you are headed out for just and hour, an injury, server weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don't assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.
— Share the Hike Code with others, NH RSA-153-A:24 I-(C)-Recklessly or intentionally creating a situation requiring an emergency response. II-A person's liability under this subdivision for response expenses shall not exceed $100,000 for any single public agency incident response.
I am very upset that we continue to see hikers that do not follow the above rules of hiking and being rescued.
For example, on Saturday, January 18th, three hikers climbing Mount Washington were well off the trail (to quote N.H. Fish and Game officials) and one of the hikers tried to find a new route up and icy flowage. She was unable to return to her group and they continued without her expecting that they would meet at the top of the climb. She had trouble and what does she do? She uses her cell phone to call for help. What is wrong with these people? You don't leave your fellow hikers behind. After the rescue an official statement from Fish and Game: she kept a level head and used her skills and available gear to ultimately get herself back to a known location. The group was experienced, had done extensive research on their planned hike and were appropriately dressed for the winter adventure. So if this group was so well prepared why did she need to call for help? She left her group, went out on her own, and they continued on without her. This is not prepared, this is stupid and wrong, it also breaks the Hiking Code in all the research they did not visit the Fish and Game website.
Next example: Sunday, January 19, 15 hikers attempt to hike Mount Washington summit, setting out early Sunday morning, but a smaller group later decides to separate and head back down to Pinkham Notch while the larger group continues. The smaller group misses the trail junction and become disoriented, so they tried do dig themselves into the snow and called 911 and activated their emergency signaling devices.
Is anyone besides myself starting to see a pattern? In both of my examples hikers left their hiking group, and instead of being prepared, they used their cell phones to call for help. At least with the second group they weren't praised for being prepared.
What really bothers me about all of the above rescues is that these hikers are only thinking of themselves when they go our to hike. They have their cell phones and all they need to do is have fun, get lost and call for help and the N.H. Fish and Game, U.S. Forest Service Snow Rangers and the Mountain Rescue Service and I am sure many others will come to save them. On the 19th, winds were 65 mph, with 95 mph gusts, zero degree temperatures, and the brave rescuers came. They risked their lives to save foolish people who didn't follow the rules. These rules are there for a reason, for safety, both for the hikers and for the rescuers.
The above RSA states that hikes that are reckless are responsible and liable for the response expenses. I would like to know if any of the hikers were billed? The state has now recommended that all hikers pay a hiking fee to buy insurance in case they need to be rescued. This is a great idea, but until we start to bill the foolish hikers why should the smart hikers have to pay? I would like to see signs at the beginning of all the trails that state RSA0153-As contents. Until we start to bill these hikers that venture off on their ow, and know that all they have to do is dial 911 on their cell phones, we will continue to have to rescue them and the Fish and Game will continue to be over budget and begging for more money. I know that it can't be done , but I really think that we should be able to tell these foolish hikers to leave their cell phones in their cars.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:17