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Fundamentalists notorious for overreaching; they don't like change

To The Daily Sun,
I've always been intrigued by the conservative mind set and I've always associated it with the older generation.( I do tend to paint with broad strokes). The whole idea of "young Republicans" on college campuses dressed in three piece suits always seemed to me a bit oxymoronic. . . sort of like "compassionate Republican" or "gospel truth". It's perfectly understandable that the "C" word would be attached to let us say more mature people— especially the ones that you can fool all the time. After all, they have seen the nation decline in so many ways in their lifetime (moral, economic, prestige etc). They want to hang on to the past while it keeps slipping away. They view liberalism as the agent of change but that change seems to occur for the worse. One has to give them credit. They get angry rather than apathetic because anger is a better motivator. I only wish more liberals would get angry but not in the nasty hateful manner of the neo-cons.
The more extreme forms of conservatism sometimes manifests itself in the form of reactionary fundamentalism, which can be seen being played out not only in the U.S. but around the world. Conservative factions of all religions are gaining popularity. Jews, Muslims, Christians, and even Hindus are moving toward the crazy end of the belief scale. How long it can sustain itself in a modern society is debatable but my guess is that we are witnessing it's last gasp. Think of a cornered animal how it inflates itself and bears its teeth! Even young evangelicals are rejecting the extreme views of many of the Religious Right.
Fundamentalists are notorious for overreaching. They overreached in 1925 with the Skopes Monkey Trial; they overreached in 1933 with the abolishment of prohibition; they overreached in 1964 with the Civil Rights Act; and in 1965 with the Immigration and Nationality Act and of course the Supreme Court's school prayer decision. They just don't like change. I think they are still trying to get over the invention of the wheel.
Psychologists have a term for this mind set. It's called cognitive dissonance — a reaction between dearly held beliefs and undeniable evidence in opposition to those beliefs. It is a characteristic of a rigid mind and expresses itself in anger — and it is dangerous. However, to be perfectly fair, it's not limited to conservatives. Those in progressive faith communities will have to take a stand against the fundamentalists lest the Judeo-Christian heritage becomes identified as narrow, exclusive, homophobic and at times hateful.
Albert Einstein, who definitely was not a conservative, sums it up this way: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe"
George Maloof
Plymouth

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 10:30

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There's a perfectly good surplus jail on the State School property

To The Daily Sun,
Why ask the taxpayers for money to build another or onto the current jail when there is a perfectly good jail on the State School property? It needs renovation you say? Well you have all the cheap labor you need to renovate the place in the current jail and it would give them (the prisoners) an incentive to getting early release by volunteering their time cleaning out the old prison. If this does not make sense to the powers that be, who want to spend, spend, spend, then get them out of their cushy offices and get some frugal Yankees to replace them.
Bev Buker
Gilford

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 10:27

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Five more authors & filmmakers who are worthy of your interest

To The Daily Sun
This is the third letter to the editor from my suggested list of authors and filmmakers. Thanks in advance for publishing my letters.
1) Upton Sinclair: "The Jungle" — Novelist, journalist and political activist. Was a candidate for governor of California. His book, "The Jungle", published in 1906, exposed conditions in the U.S. meatpacking industry, leading to passage in 1906 of the Pure Food and Drug Act and The Meat Inspection Act. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Family history: his family originally from the South was highly respected. Due to the Civil War and Reconstruction the family's wealth evaporated and the family was ruined. Attended City College of New York at the age of 13 . Graduated from Columbia University.
2) Michael Moore: "Dude, Where is my Country?", "Fahrenheit 9/11" (the highest grossing documentary of all time and winner of the Palme d' Or award), documentary: "Bowling for Columbine" and documentary "Sicko" also placed in the top 10 highest grossing documentaries. Another documentary of note: "How Wall Street Got Away with Murder". Following the massacre at Columbine ,Moore became a lifetime member of the NRA. Time Magazine named Moore one of the World's 100 most influential people. He became an activist when he watched the auto industry in his hometown of Flint, Michigan lay off thousands of workers, many included in his family, then move most of their operations overseas.
3) Steven Spielberg: film director and producer. Net worth $3.2 billion. Won an Academy Award for the movie "Schindler's List", which is based on the life of Oscar Schindler, who personally saved at over one thousand Jewish people from being killed during the Nazi's rein in Germany. Spielberg's second Academy Award was for "Saving Private Ryan". His recent film "Lincoln" was nominated for 12 Academy Awards.
4) Robert Redford: "All The President's Men" — Film was based on the true story on the Watergate scandal, journalism and President Richard Nixon. He is a Kennedy Center Honoree, these are people who are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American Culture through the Performing Arts. He has a PhD of Fine Arts from Brown University.
5) President Barack Obama: "Dreams from my Father", personal memoir. Donated all the profits from his books to charity. Elected two consecutive terms as President of the United States, currently in office. Alma maters: attended Punahou School in Hawaii, Occidental College, CA, Columbia University (BA),NY majoring in political science with a specialty in international relations, won a scholarship to Harvard Law School (J.D. magna cum laude), editor and president of the Harvard Law Review. Taught Constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. In 1993 he joined the law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Galland, a 13 attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation. Served on the boards of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, the Joyce Foundation and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge Project (founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995 to 1999). Side note: Walter Annenberg is a major owner in CBS-TV and financial backer to President Ronald Reagan. Awards: Nobel Peace Prize, 2009. Signed into law: Economic Stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: 2009. Signed into law: the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act 2010. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; equal pay for equal work law, 2009. Same year reauthorized the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which covers 4 million uninsured children. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which includes health –related provisions to take effect over four years, including the expansion of Medicaid eligibility. Provides incentives for businesses to provide health care benefits, prohibiting denial of coverage and denial of claims based on pre-existing conditions, prohibits annual coverage of health care caps, etc., often referred to as Obamacare. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. The Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. In foreign policy he ended U.S. military involvement in the Iraq War, increased troop level in Afghanistan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia and ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Appointed to the Supreme Court: Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, bringing the number of women sitting on the court to three for the first time in the history of the country. Engineered the 'bailout' of General Motors and Chrysler. Signed into law: Car Allowance Rebate System aka: cash for clunkers which boosted the economy. He is the first bi-racial president. He is a devout Christian by choice.
Bernadette Loesch
Laconia

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 09:02

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Please save a life, hang up and concentrate on your driving

To The Daily Sun,
Distractions
All around us
Vehicles potential killers
Conversation
Worth a life?
Your?
Mine?
Save a life; hang up and drive.
Recent research shows that cell phone usage in ANY fashion by ANY age group can lead to accidents and deaths.
Jean Petterson DO
Laconia

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 08:59

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Family of Spencer Hadlock is thankful for your reaching out to us

To The Daily Sun,
The family of Spencer Hadlock wishes to express its sincere thanks for all the flowers, cards and condolences that were so touching to all of us during this difficult time.
To all of you who came to the calling hours, the graveside service and made donations to the Heart Association in Spencer's name, the outpouring of affection for Spenser's memory was overwhelming and will always be remembered.
Thank you.
Kathy Hadlock, Lisa Vincent and Dan Defosses, Angela and Antonio Mahatha

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 08:57

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