To The Daily Sun,
Michael Bloomer's letter of Saturday, Aug. 2, suggests he is a thoughtful young man. So Michael should do some critical thinking, considering results not promises, and facts and viewpoints typically ignored by schools and the main-stream-media.
First, the claim that there is a Republican "habit of denying funding for higher education..." is a lie promoted by Democrats and their supporters. In order to minimize taxes and student costs, Republicans fight for efficiencies, for elimination of waste and abuse, and against excessive subsidies that increase student costs.
Second, if government money actually reduced higher education costs, why are their costs so high? Our governments spend billions of dollars annually to support higher education. The fact is that government money (e.g., grants, scholarships, loans) supports higher, not lower, higher education costs.
Without government money, higher education providers (generically "colleges) would be forced to make the changes needed to offer educations at affordable prices or go out of business. There are many obvious ways to cut costs without harming student educations if government money didn't support wasteful practices, e.g., low utilization of professors and space, low value classes (e.g., UC Professor Mireille Miller-Young's classes on pornography and queer studies), excessive administrators, excessive salaries, benefits, and bonuses (some university presidents are paid over $1 million), etc.
Third, college costs are high because progressive politicians benefit from them being high. High college costs enable progressive politicians to claim benevolence while transferring wealth from hard working Americans to a key progressive special interest. With big incomes colleges provide cushy jobs to leftists (progressives, socialists, communists, etc.) who indoctrinate students with their anti-American ideologies, increase staff and compensation, wastefully expand facilities, and provide political support to the progressive politicians who subsidize them.
Easy college loan money encourages some students to make poor choices related to higher education, leading to drop-outs, low-value degrees, and college debt problems.
Before the easy availability of government money which supported the great increase in college costs, students who were not from rich families, like my father (pre-GI Bill), my friends, my brothers, and me were able to work and pay substantial portions or all of our college costs.
Fourth, President Obama wants more people to attend college. Is this to help young people or to help President Obama and his political supporters in colleges and universities?
Almost one in 10 recent college graduates is unemployed in President Obama's economy. More than 40 percent of recent graduates don't get jobs that require a college degree or pay wages commensurate with their education level. About 15 percent can only get jobs that don't even require a high school degree. Almost half of the people who start college don't graduate within six years (drop-outs don't get jobs that require a degree). And, even before President Obama's push to get more college attendees, his Labor Department reported that in 2010 more unemployed people had attended college than hadn't attended college.
The average recent graduate has about $30,000 in college debt which will take years to repay while young people struggle with many other expenses (about one-fourth of the loans are in default). (The Obamas finally repaid their school debt in their 40s despite having a family income over $200,000).
Having more less-qualified students attending college, who postpone starting their careers, taking on college debt, perhaps dropping out, or graduating without a good job will harm far more students than it helps. President Obama wants more college students because that would benefit his political supporters and his political goals.
Fifth, considering the high cost of a higher education and the fact that a college degree no longer guarantees a good job, students need to carefully consider their options for after high school. Fortunately, there are good options that lead to successful futures. Inexpensive online educations and degree programs provide an affordable alternative to a traditional high priced college; people can attend full-time, part-time while working, or just take classes occasionally to meet specific desires.
Many jobs that don't require a college degree can provide good incomes, e.g., plumbing, electrician, mechanic, appliance repair, heating and cooling, carpentry, and computer repair. Tech savvy young people can write programs, teach classes, install software and hardware, fix problems, etc. Many will become even more successful by building their own businesses and creating jobs for others.
Postponing, or skipping, college to get work experience, to learn what they are good at and enjoy doing, and to mature, may be a better option for students who would drop out or graduate with a relatively worthless degree and college loan debt.
Sixth, progressive propaganda, including President Obama's, claims that progressives take from the rich to help everyone else, but the results tell a different story. Under President Obama the rich keep getting richer, perhaps this is why they attend his $35,000 a plate fund raisers, while the number of poor people increase and the wealth and incomes of the middle class declines.
I accept Michael's description of success as being able to earn a higher income, pay higher taxes, and contribute to society. These imply that successful people are self-supporting, law abiding, and responsible for personal and family obligations.
The fact is that Senator Cataldo, Tony Boutin, myself, and everyone believing in traditional Republican principles wants Michael, Gabe, every other student, and every other American to be successful as Michael defines success, and we pursue tried and true policies that lead to people being successful.
Republicans have no incentive for wanting people to be unsuccessful. Unsuccessful people don't benefit us or anyone, they increase everyone's cost of living, and they too often react to their unhappiness by hurting people.
Most unsuccessful people vote for Democrats which may explain why Democrats continue, even after decades of failing results, their "progressive" policies that make so many people unsuccessful, e.g., by locking children in failing schools, by flooding the labor market with illegal aliens, by enticing people into debt, by trapping people in welfare, and by killing good jobs.
Reality is far different than the promises and the one-sided picture that people get from politicians, the main-stream-media and what most students get in school. Once people get past the (false) compassionate justification claimed for progressive policies, it is obvious that progressive policies, like the Trojan Horse, provide, at best, a brief benefit followed by long-term pain.
Best wishes to Michael, Gabe, and everyone.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:32
To The Daily Sun,
In the year 2012 the state Legislature passed legislation allowing veterans to have their status indicated on their drivers license, thus providing us with a photo I.D. proving our service to our country. A veteran's photo I.D. is something that major stores always require before they will provide a veterans' discount.
Unfortunately Home Depot and Lowe's will not accept the new license with honorable veterans status noted on the card for an everyday veteran's discount at their stores. They only accept active, retired, reserve I.D.s and cards issued to veterans who have filed a medical claim against the V.A.
So what about all the other veterans who served but do not meet the stores criteria, the answer is, sorry no discount without the required documentation! Our New Hampshire drivers license is not acceptable!
We and the State of New Hampshire should boycott both of these stores until they change their discriminatory policy!
What do you think?
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:28
To The Daily Sun,
It's a good thing Bob Greemore is not running for re-election. Given the content of his recent (Aug. 8) Letter to the Editor, it is obvious he doesn't care much about the facts.
Greemore's criticism of the Sun's coverage (Aug. 7: County Factions Make Their Arguments Before A Judge) of the lawsuit brought by some members of the County Convention against the County Commissioners completely overlooks a key piece of information: The reporter simply described what actually happened at the hearing.
In fact, Attorney Desrosier did occupy most of the time describing his clients' position on the plaintiffs' standing in the case. Attorney Desrosier was simply doing his job, arguing on behalf of his clients, not engaging in a "long diatribe."
In a hearing that lasted only an hour, Attorney Desrosier simply laid out his clients' argument that the County Convention previously voted to challenge 2013 budget, not the 2014 budget which is the basis of the current lawsuit.
I am glad the Sun is covering this issue and, given the reports I have received from those who were there, I believe it is doing so with accuracy.
Kate Miller, Chair
Belknap County Democrats
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:24
To The Daily Sun,
Tom Crane wrote a beautiful, moving tribute to my classmate, Steve Selig, who recently passed away. High school was the part of life I shared with Steve. Friendship bonds were formed as we lived in an aura of naive, carefree, Cinderella "living happily ever after" innocence. The Vietnam War changed all of that innocence. Steve however never lost his genuine caring about old classmates and worked with great enthusiasm on our 50th class reunion.
Tom Crane, in his welcome home letter, speaks of the brotherhood bond of Vietnam veterans, alluding to moral conflicts and emotional turmoil. I respect the courage, bravery, and selflessness exhibited by Steve, Mr. Crane and all other veterans.
Interviewing veterans as an integral part of my artwork, I have always been impressed with their quiet, humble quiet voices. Each interview has left me with the knowledge I have just spoken with a man or woman of great honor. Steve had this quiet, humble voice. I never knew of his military career until his death.
And so it is with great honor I too say welcome home Steve and thank you Tom Crane.
"Goodbye," said the fox." And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." Antoine De Saint-Exupery, (The Little Prince).
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:21
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, I would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous support of the Laconia MS Walk 2014: Annie's Cafe & Catering, Laconia; Aroma Joe's, Laconia; Coca Cola Bottling, Belmont; Country Kitchen, Belmont; Hannaford's Supermarket, Gilford; Laconia Ice Company, Laconia; Michaud Distributors, Laconia; Sal's Pizza, Belmont; The 99, Tilton; and The Village Bakery, Laconia.
These businesses provided food and beverage items for all participants in the Laconia MS Walk 2014.
We would also like to thank Bank of New Hampshire for hosting the "rest stop" for this event.
The Laconia MS Walk 2014 hosted 160 walkers and has raised over $20,000. Thank you to all of you who walked and/or donated to this event.
Funds from this event will support research into the cause and cure of MS. The money raised will also fund community-based education, support and advocacy within Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. The NMSS Greater New England Chapter responds to the needs of the nearly 19,000 individuals and their families who are confronted every day by the many challenges of living with multiple sclerosis, empowering them with the resources to maintain independence and to live their lives as fully as possible.
Thank you for joining the movement to create a world free of MS. We appreciate all of the help that these local businesses have provided.
Laconia MS Walk 2014 Committee Member
Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 09:48