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Un-conference on Oct. 18 will focus on adjunct professor issues

To The Daily Sun,

"I just want to thank everyone who made this day necessary," sometimes quipped Yogi Berra.

Now we can bring that mixed-message of gratitude to an upcoming, Oct. 18, gathering of adjunct professors from the New England campuses. RSVP should be at: GreenChairPictures.com/NH-adjunct or http://bit.ly/NECUReg. Registration at the Concord, NH, Holiday Inn opens at 8:30. Attendance is free, but we need a count for coffee-break order. This Un-Conference 2015 — "Connections" runs from 9 - 3:00.

An un-conference lets the participants propose the topics that day, meet fellow faculty, strategize for the future, and at this one — see the documentary "Con Job. Please put this on your calendar for Saturday the 18th of October, if you are, yes, grateful for your teaching opportunity but, yes, questioning what you've done, taking such a low-paying job. Bring someone with you, someone sharing the situation that more and more faculty do, as campus administrations latch onto adjuncts and low salary as a costs-reduction measure.

Lynn Rudmin Chong
Sanbornton

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We must prioritize what we're going to spend available money on

To The Daily Sun,

Congress faces a short-term deadline of Oct. 1 to prevent a shutdown of the federal government. Some lawmakers are also trying to reach a deal on a longer term spending measure that would run likely run through the end of the fiscal year in September 2016. A congressional budget plan and another presented by President Obama are proposed as a guide that process.

The Republican-controlled Congress ratified a 10-year budget in May. That document, and it is a non-binding document and not a law, cuts spending by $5.3 trillion keeping discretionary domestic spending below the limits imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Implementation of that budget document went nowhere.

Republican committee chairmen have to draft legislation in the form of 12 separate bills appropriating money for different government departments that actually impose the prescribed cuts dictated by the budget. That has not been accomplished.

Democrats vow to block legislation that does not raise domestic spending. Their position is that they want a new agreement replacing the agreed-upon sequestration. One that instead matches increases in domestic spending with increases in defense spending. They have stymied the budget process in the Senate by filibustering bills that keep intact sequestration. The Senate has passed exactly zero appropriations bills, while the House has approved six of them.

The impasse has led to a situation where there is no more money in the treasury, the wiggle room is gone, and the borrowing authority will soon be exhausted. This is not a Democratic problem. This is not a Republican problem. This is an unnecessary political problem. Our progressive politicians have made it reoccurring intentionally for dramatic effect. It is also an act of personal and political irresponsibility on the part of our elected representatives.

We need representation that is effective enough to get a result. It is time to stop the kabuki theater. It is time to pass a balanced budget. It is time act responsibly. We must prioritize what we are going to spend the available money on. The debt needs to be reduced because debt service is taking a lot of money away from more important matters (debt service is the largest single cost of the federal government) ... which we would otherwise be able to support.

If the best judgment of both political parties is that the federal government should be shut down until the Democrats and Republicans can sit around the campfire and sing "Kumbay", then I, for one, say okay, fine. Go for it. Shut it down. We did not miss it last time. It is unlikely we will miss it this time either. Maybe there's a message in that someplace.

Marc Abear
Meredith

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