Here's a tip on how you can leave comments on U-L website

To The Daily Sun,

The New Hampshire Union-Leader recently changed its online webpage edition, to a new "updated" format. Since that change, many of us current and former readers and posters of comments, have not been able to post comments online.

I inquired a few times to them concerning this issue, online links, and got no response.

Today, I figured out why. If the reader has an "ad blocking" plug-in on their web browser, like Adblock Plus on Firefox, it will not enable the comment box to appear, so the reader cannot post a comment for an article. This change was never explained to the readers of the new webpage. It did not interfere in the old format.

Don't know how to spread the word to the thousands of UL readers about this issue, but I know the UL won't do it. So, I share this tidbit with you.

I do read and value the daily edition of The Laconia Sun. Keep it up.

Gene Ronikier


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I am back on the radio & taking calls on Saturday morning

To The Daily Sun,

Recently, Tony Boutin called to alert me of a gathering of writers/activists for lunch. While it might have been interesting, breaking bread with folks who dislike conservatives, and tend to say some nasty things — no constructive debate – and resort to name-calling, is not discussion. As for taking it and dishing it out, no problem for me, but it is a waste of time and life is short. It would be nice if more Americans could get involved, but many of those who share my political views are working. Or, perhaps, their employer does not want them to attend meetings or pen letters to the editor.

Someone tried that with me in 1974, in my first term as a city councilor. This was a good customer for my courier business. They found that I would lose their business before stabbing my constituents in the back. And, we did lose the account.

After 18 years (this week) of hosting my radio show I am back this Saturday from some repair work to take calls from like-minded listeners from across the country, and take calls from some of those writers/activists to have a conversation, if we are talking about issues.

Niel Young


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DOT recognizes that single-land roundabouts will fail at peak times

To The Daily Sun,

I started a petition against the three proposed roundabouts in the People's town of Meredith. I was standing in front of the Post Office in the cold for many days, plus I was at the Waste Management Center. I have met many concerned citizens and instantly developed a spiritual friendship. I did a lot of listening and to my surprise many folks were not informed about the issue and information was scarce.

Why were the good folks of Meredith uninformed? Now the meetings were held for nine months at 3 to 5 p.m., two hours per session. There was no public hearing for nine months. Why not televise the sessions for the people of Meredith? The people would be well informed about this issue. Families are busy with their children, jobs, driving their children here there and everywhere. I certainly understand the family life. Not long ago, that life belonged to me!

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) objective policy states that the public should have extensive public hearings and opportunities for comment regarding the effects of any proposals. Why didn't this happen?

I have read the minutes of the advisory meeting material, it took me four hours to absorb and then pick out the main points. There was limited readable dialogue, but here are the main points from Gene McCarthy, NHDOT.

— Police manage traffic flow and have done this for years effectively.

— Single-lane roundabouts do not perform as well as present signal configuration. Single-lane roundabouts make congestion worse.

Gene McCarthy recognizes that single lane roundy-rounds would fail during peak periods. Gene advised that a single-lane roundabout would not provide as much capacity as the current signalization and characterized performance as "poor." Failure would occur for significant periods of the year.

Gene McCarthy also said that single-lane roundabouts have insufficient capacity to handle peak demands and would create congestion. Single-lane roundabouts result in significant backup during peak periods.

Pleasant Street and Lake Street roundabouts represent new delays and associated queuing.

After reading all the material, I cannot understand a "Yes" vote for this project. I would vote "No," and would like further investigations done. There are many obstacles to consider. Safety is first and the Fire Department input is vital for the health and well-being of We the People. Actually I asked to be on the committee, but I was told they already had nine, plus Rusty McLear as an alternate. I really think Rusty McLear had a conflict of interest and he should have been excluded. He has vested interest in properties.

Gene McCarthy stated on several occasions at the Dec. 15 public hearing, that if the people of Meredith do not want this roundabout proposal, the State of New Hampshire will not force it upon them.

Rosemary Landry

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It was most enjoyable State of the Union speech I've watched

To The Daily Sun,

A couple of years ago I read of a 25-year study's findings that adults who were very conservative were very whiney children. Crybabies. I know it's no surprise to folks who don't live in "Teabagistan."

After the burn our fine president put on the GOP at the State of the Union, we should all write our Republican representatives and suggest maybe its nap-time. I know The Daily Sun's conservative clown-car riders need naps. It's one temper tantrum after another.

It was the most enjoyable State of the Union speech I have ever watched. What's even funnier is to watch the post-speech reactions of the Tea Bag Brigade and the Christian Taliban. If you haven't seen the clips of Texastan's John Cornyn whining on "Fox and Friends" or Ted Cruz's epic fail at a rebuttal, they are must-sees.

Did I mention the Hog Whisperer? And the online memes are collectibles. Adding to the hilarity are the various fake news outlets that are raging about the president doubling down on his policies. As I said in November right after the election, "get ready for the hissy fits."

The extremist GOP agenda is DOA in the next Congress. They won't be able to get their pipeline of poison built. They won't be able to chip away at women's reproductive rights. They won't be able to put more sanctions on Iran at such a sensitive time in the talks. They will not be able to kill Dodd-Franks bank laws. They will not be able to take away people's health care. They will not be able move the country to the right. And if the Supreme Court decides against the federal subsidies of Obamacare, it will mean certain disaster for the GOP in 2016 as swing states turn bright, bright blue.


James Veverka


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I accuse Obama & liberal media of bias in favor of Muslims

To The Daily Sun,

In Wednesday's letters, both Henry Osmer and L.J. Siden seem worked up about conservatives continued focus on the Benghazi cover-up. No fear guys, as much as you want it to just "go away" that's not going to happen. We the people want answers and we are not going to be distracted by bogus complaints from the left.

What's more we will not be limited to just Benghazi. We want to know the details about that and about the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, and the other half dozen misdeeds committed by the Obama administration. So guys my advice is, suck it up and deal with it.

Mr. Siden is particularly exercised that some of we right-wing folks do not feel the need to prove our statements. L.J. has been critical of me personally in the past for this. It goes back a few months to when I wrote that I didn't have to prove Obama lied because the president had proved that far beyond my ability himself — which was true and reported in nearly every reputable news organization in the world. Apparently L.J. want's those of us on the right to give citations for every fact already in the public domain. Not gonna happen L.J. Want to stand there and say Obama didn't lie, be my guest, but the world already knows better.

Lastly and once again I accuse Obama and the liberal media of bias in favor of Muslims and Islam. Their refusal to identify and report that terrorism in the world today is committed by far most often by Muslims is a clear and open fact. Their excuse that it's a small minority is wrong. Bill Maher, noted liberal, said it best, "Hundreds of millions of Muslims applaud these terrorist attacks." So now Mr. Osmer and Mr./Ms. Siden can chew on those facts.

Steve Earle


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