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The 60s? This ain't your dady's Republican Party anymore

To The Daily Sun,
I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I read Bob Meade writing that 80 percent of the Republicans in Congress voted for the Civil Rights Act in 1964. It's political false advertising — like putting a 767 next to a biplane and saying that all airplanes are the same. Where are those 80 percent to be found in today's Republican party? They're not. Those congressmen and senators couldn't even be nominated in today's version of the party. If they were already in office they would lose primaries to opponents from the knuckle-dragging wing which currently holds the entire party by its shorthairs.
This ain't your daddy's Republican party. Look at last year's presidential primaries. In 2012 clownish buffoons like Bachman, Cain, Trump and Perry were all front-runners. 40 years ago they would have been laughed off the debate stage by fellow Republicans.
Oh, and those one-third of Democrats in Congress who voted against the Civil Rights Acts? Like ole Strom Thurmond and his fellow Dixiecrats, many of them became Republicans and formed the base of the new GOP in the late '60s.
This aint your daddy's Republican party. It isn't Dwight Eisenhower's or Teddy Roosevelt's or Abraham Lincoln's either.
Werner Dietrich
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:22

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We've reached point where religion is viewed as harmful to society

To The Daily Sun,
When case precedent becomes so far removed from the Constitution from which judges are supposedly basing their ruling on; that you can't recognize one from the other, it's time for the average Joe to take a look at the Constitution and the ruling and see for himself how they square. I'd like to look at Abington School District v. Schempp, the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court case that rendered school sponsored Bible reading in public schools "unconstitutional".
In Abington School District v Schempp, the Supreme Court ruled that school-sponsored Bible reading, even though the student could opt out with a note from his parents, violated the establishment clause of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, that even though the 1st Amendment as well guaranties the free exercise of religion, the court judged that, that free exercise was subject to limitations and arbitrarily judged that school-sponsored Bible reading fell outside of that guarantee. Or if not arbitrary they judged that this exercise was harmful to at least some of the students.
Let's look at what the amendments to U.S. Constitution say concerning this: Within the 1st Amendment it says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;". The 9th Amendment says,
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." The 10th Amendment says, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Within the 14th Amendment it says "No state shall" "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." This amendment was passed to guarantee newly freed slaves equal protection under the law.
The court used the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, quoted above, to apply the establishment clause, also above, to the states. Note that in the 1st Amendment, the establishment clause is specific to Congress where as the free exercise clause is broad. The 9th Amendment, also above, forbids any right written by way of amendment from being interpreted in a manner that will undervalue other rights, as the use of the 14th Amendment to disparage the free exercise of religion guaranteed in the 1st Amendment In a functioning democracy, state and local governments most closely reflect the free will of the people. If the Warren Court were interested in making a constitutional ruling and were not pursuing some other agenda that previous courts patiently pioneered, it should have upheld The Abington School District's right to have these exercises. For in order for the court to accomplish its desired affect it needed to change the specificity of the establishment clause, a major change in its meaning. This was done for them by a previous court in a previous ruling, this is how they do it with out appearing to be revolutionary. They then ignore the 9th and 10th Amendments completely and disparaged the peoples protection from Congress "prohibiting the free exercise" of religion. In doing this and in other similar court decisions, within a generation and a half they have changed the character of the American people, for the compulsory nature of education and the cost of private education being prohibitive to most, most of our children attend public schools. Those who graduate from high school spend 12 years, at an average 1078 hours per year, in a school system that God has been expelled from. These decisions have turned our public schools into purveyors of atheism and the expounders of all sorts of evil doctrines, which was the natural result of these decisions, for social rules governing the conduct of a people always flow from some type of apriori assumption. If you can't assume God, you are forced to assume the other. The neutral stance would have been to allow the FREE exercise of religion to continue.
George Washington and his right hand man, Alexander Hamilton would have considered these decisions treasonous. Read it for yourself in the 27th-29th paragraphs of George Washington's farewell address. Here's an excerpt, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens."
Can you see it? The issue is not that the practice of school sponsored Bible reading has been unconstitutional, but that the attitude has changed from viewing religion as an indispensable support, to that of, it is harmful. This will prove to be the undoing of our nation if it is not turned around.
John Demakowski
Franklin

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:17

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Siblings of David W. French say thank you for your comfort & support

To The Daily Sun,
The siblings of David W. French would like to acknowledge with grateful appreciation, our deepest gratitude for the very kind and thoughtful expressions of sympathy received during our time of sorrow. We sincerely thank all of our family and friends for their support, generosity and comfort during this most difficult time. We would also like to thank the Portsmouth Regional Hospital and the Town of Rye emergency responders for their services and professional care that was provided to our beloved brother Dave. We will always remember each and every one of you for your thoughtfulness.
Cheryl, Peggy, Debbie, Kathy, Ray, Sherry, Sue, Mike, Pat, George, Sis, Jim, and Jeanne.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:10

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Nature of the universe is conservation; E=mc2 is its statement

To The Daily Sun,
Neo-cons (new conservatives) originated in the 1960s from a group of anti-soviet liberals and social Democrats who come from intellectuals writing in the journal of the American Jewish Committee, which had replaced the earlier Contemporary Jewish Record of the 1940s. Letter writer George Maloof referenced neo-cons in a long opening paragraph about conservatives. The twist being his reference is towards those "old" liberals who just can't progress. Ronald Reagan was a Democrat dissatisfied with the neo-libs, who are the neo-cons Maloof references; he ran as a Republican.
He goes on then to "broad stroke" conservatives as reactionary fundamentalist of the "Religious Right" of all the religions around the world who are notorious for overreaching. The thick and desirably sticking paint on his brush, a colorless "cognitive dissonance", is summed up as, "they don't like change". Ending with what might be a brilliant thought, "Einstein, who was no conservative . . .", except Einstein was the ultimate conservative.
For over a hundred years an effort has sought to disprove his foundational equations, string theory the latest, all have only succeeded to secure it. The nature of the universe is conservation, was it otherwise the energy which created it would long ago have burnt out. E=mc² is the statement of conservation as it states energy and mass are equivalent. The ends of the universe is limited only by our ability to see.
Psychologists have terms for everything, if they don't they lump it in somewhere as it may always be redefined.
His gospel of terms and definition chase after a desperate search for a truth which only may be found when one looks into a mirror. That long list of labeling others is the cloth which comforts those who are unable to define themselves.
Politically, a conservative — which I consider myself — is one who adheres to the Articles of the N.H. Constitution, Part I — The Bill of Rights. Has there been change, yes, and there has been a more recent redefining of the RSAs as a means of that change. Article IV. Among the natural rights, some are in their very nature unalienable, because no equivalent can be given or received for them. Of this kind are the RIGHTS OF CONSCIENCE. Psychologists most likely have a term for that as well, fortunate for them it is "their" right as well!
G.W. Brooks
Meredith

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 10:14

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Granite State Future goal will be to get us to accept 'free' money

To The Daily Sun,
The nine unelected Regional Planning Commissioners are pushing their vision to permanently change every N.H. town and city into their perception of the new N.H., by mandating equal outcomes for everyone and not equal opportunity. This perverted vision disregards our elected representatives form of local and state government.Through the tenacles of their regional planning framework, the Granite State Future intrudes into virtually every aspect of our lives — housing, health (HEAL Program), transportation, water infrastructure, environment, economic development, climate control assessments, energy efficiency, education and green building.
The structure of the Granite State Future program includes state and federal agencies (as well as special pay-to-play organizations) that have contractually committed to "cross intergrate their policies with the statewide policy framework". Each of these "chosen" partners have been granted a direct conduit into defining New Hampshire state policy — conveniently bypassing our State Legislature. The deceptive plan to implement this agenda (without elected oversight) is to use state agency policies and regulations via Granite State Future partner agencies to impose the Granite State Future with the force of the law, circumventing our elected representatives.
We should all be concerned based on the recent abuses by the EPA, IRS, and NSA. Need more convincing? Ask the regional planning commissioners who owns the water in your well. They'll say the water is a "community resource" that must be protected by the state. By "protected", they mean regulated and taxed.
The regional planning commissioners, via the Granite State Future program, presented their vision to our N.H. representatives on June 11, 2013. The meeting was a "Listening Session that was chaired by Ben Frost, the director of N.H. Housing Finance Authority (NHHFA), a pay-to-play partner in the Granite State Futures program The NHHFA is overseeing the distribution of HUD's Community Planning Grant Funding (CPG) in N.H. They are pushing the bait of "free money" to willingly entice communities into relinquishing their property rights and local zoning control — in perpetuity — using a deceptive, systematic scheme that is being implemented slowly and incrementally. Once grant money is accepted, towns and cities will be left with little to no options to change their minds.
The grants are presented as innocuous to the recipients, but in reality they open the door for the federal government (via HUD and other federal agencies), to dictate changes in local zoning ordinances under the guise of fair housing. And if towns fail to comply HUD can wield its iron fist by using the brute force and full power of the federal government.
Westchester County, N.Y. accepted Community Planning Grant money, and is now in battle for its life. Based upon the grant agreement, HUD is now trying to force the county to meet HUD's definition of "fair housing" by demanding Westchester County change all zoning in every town AND build 10,768 "affortable" homes at a cost to Westchester County taxpayers of $700M to $1B (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kZJYD2XvpM). Former HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Simms referred to Westchester "as a model for building strong, inclusive sustainable communities across the entire United States." This approach is coming to the Live Free or Die Free State via the Trojan Horse called the Granite State Future program.
Call your selectmen, state representatives, senators and governor. Tell them to end this deceptive program to usurp our GOD given rights to Life, Liberty and Property.
Rosemary Landry
Meredith

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 10:06

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