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My writings on Duncan v. N.H. resulted from many hours of study

To The Daily Sun,
In response to letters from Ron Godbout, William McCoy's and James Veverka, the ones that concerned my last series of letters:

Firstly, I would like to thank Ron Godbout for his service. Yet I will take issue with even a veteran when he speaks wrongly. In your letter sir, you characterized my last series of letters as rants and religious diatribes. Did you do that because my discourse fits the definition of these or because you did not like what I said and wanted to paint it in a negative light. The series that I just finished, on Duncan v The State of N.H., represents many hours of study and research and immeasurable amount of wrestling with these concepts in an attempt to get it right. If you would like to do diligence and examine the documents and historical accounts yourself, I will welcome your input. If not, with all due respect sir, please keep your cheap shots to yourself.

I see that James Veverka's has become the Lakes Region's poster boy, for liberal intolerance. Jim, mocking people does not show a whole bunch of understanding.

And to William "Liam" McCoy: Thanks for your support. Keep fighting the good fight, and don't let these rascals get your goat.

John Demakowski


Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 11:08

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Learn more about the expectations of Common Core standards

To The Daily Sun,

The board of the New Hampshire Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NHASCD), the state's largest professional development organization, supports the Common Core State Standards.

The Common Core Standards outline what students should know and be able to do in reading and mathematics from kindergarten through 12th grade. They align with the knowledge and skills that New Hampshire high school graduates need to be fully ready for college and careers.

They are benchmarked to the standards of top-performing countries and states, and mark the first time that states share a common set of educational goals and expectations for the nation's students. States and local districts develop their own curriculum and instructional activities to address these standards.

To develop these standards, state governors and state commissioners of education collaborated with educators and subject matter specialists. The federal government was not involved with their development, and state adoption is voluntary.

NHASCD is a non-profit organization of over 850 members that sponsors educational conferences and workshops, and is the co-sponsor of the NH Journal of Education.

NHASCD joins organizations such as the N.H. Business and Industry Association and the N.H. Coalition for Business & Education in supporting the Common Core. We appreciate and value the Common Core's rigor and its emphasis on critical thinking, deeper understanding, and more personalized teaching and learning. As New Hampshire schools thoughtfully plan to implement these standards, we believe that all students will become far more successful in college and in their future careers.

The NHASCD Board urges New Hampshire's families, educators, community members, and local school boards to learn more about the expectations of the Common Core standards and then work to actively support their implementation.

Judith Adams, Manchester
Bethany Bernasconi, Windham
Gerard Buteau, Plymouth
William Carozza, Hopkinton
Kim Carter, Manchester
Rebecca Gagnon, Hopkinton
Christopher Harper, Derry
Stephanie Pike, Derry
Roberta Tenney, Concord
Marianne True, Plymouth

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 11:04

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Please ask store owners to remove incense/spice from shelves

To The Daily Sun,

I recently became aware of disturbing information related to the consumption of incense/spice. Sold under the names of K2, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, Spice Gold and labeled "not for human consumption", the problem arises when it is consumed.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had labeled the five active chemicals as controlled substances and therefore illegal to sell or possess but the manufacturers' then substitute other chemicals and continue to market them as harmless. They are not harmless.

I spoke to Officer McLaughlin of the Meredith PD. He tells me that they are not being sold in Meredith stores but are being sold in Lakeport and Franklin. My friend, whose child unfortunately consumed (smoked) incense, had a terrible reaction. That "spice" was purchased in Tilton. Another young man that I know of in Laconia has become addicted to smoking spice and has exhibited a detrimental change in personality (paranoid and hostile). He has lost his job.

If you go into a store where you see this product being offered for sale, please ask the store owner to remove it. If they decline, please consider telling them that you will shop at another store until they do remove it. This is something we can all do to make a difference.

Cathy Merwin

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 11:01

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NRA needs your support in this ongoing battle to preserve rights

To The Daily Sun,

Exactly what will it take to make the dwindling number of Obama admirers see that his constant push for more gun control laws are a major part of his real agenda for additional people control? His administration has plenty of such laws on the books to control every aspect of illegal possession and use of a gun. Just look up Federal Firearms Laws on the net and you will find so many laws there that you will wonder why they are so rarely prosecuted. Obama's former Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanual, takes every opportunity to blame the everyday slaughter in his Chicago streets, on the law abiding citizens, not the gangs and thugs that he chooses not to jail, using existing laws. He would rather push for new laws in an attempt to make his law abiding gun owners the criminals. You can bet the farm that he would pursue these people aggressively if he is successful. This is true in most major cities and most definitely at the national level. Obama would like nothing better that to add to his growing list of attempts to turn us in to a docile flock of sheep more and more dependent on the government. Can anyone still believe anything this chameleon, a proven liar, (think "you can keep your health care policy") when he says that he supports the 2nd Amendment?
Notice that every savage attack on schools could never happen if any existing laws could prevent them. Federal Law 922 (q) restricts firearms within 1,000 feet of a school and another section makes it illegal for a juvenile (a person under age 18) from possession of any handgun. Obviously the school attackers could care less about these laws. The people clamoring for more laws know that they wont make any difference, but callously pursue their agenda anyway. Their real objective is more and more control of the millions of law abiding gun owners, with the eventual registration and confiscation of all of our guns, just refer to Australia and England. While you are at it, check on the effect that this action had on violent crime there
I am a long time member of the NRA and you can tell that they are one of the more effective organizations, in fighting the many attacks on the 2nd Amendment, by the constant vilification of the NRA by the politicians and most of the mainstream Media. If you are a gun owner, or even a supporter of our Constitution, you should belong to the NRA. They need your support in this ongoing battle to preserve our rights and freedom.
Donald Lockwood


Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:57

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Pat Buchanan - Going to pot?

Smoking Marlboros is now forbidden in Irish bars in New York City. But buying, selling, and smoking marijuana is legal in Colorado. It doesn't take a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.

But where are we going?

One certain result of the legalization of marijuana is that there are going to be more potheads, more dropouts, and more deaths on highways from those high or stoned — and more rehab centers.

Scores of thousands of Coloradans may relish the freedom they have voted for themselves. But the costs will be borne by society and the families of future victims of potheads behind the wheel. So it has been with alcohol. All of us can recall classmates injured and dead in auto accidents, jobs lost by friends, lives destroyed, and families smashed because of booze.

Just as beer opens the door for the young to bourbon, scotch, gin and vodka, marijuana is the gateway drug, the escalator drug, to cocaine and heroin.

And if marijuana sales bring in the revenue Colorado envisions, other states will follow suit, and some state will become the first to decriminalize cocaine.

Undeniably, the cultural revolution is gaining converts and picking up speed. The haste with which some Republicans are deep-sixing the social issues to focus on tax cuts testifies to this.

It was half a century ago that pot first began to replace alcohol as the drug of choice for baby boomers arriving on campuses in 1964. Yet not until the boomers began moving onto Social Security rolls did the first state legalize marijuana for personal enjoyment. Yet, as with same-sex marriage, now legal in 16 or 17 states, the legalization of marijuana appears to be an idea whose time has come.

What does this tell us about our country? America is not only diversifying racially, ethnically and religiously as a result of continuous mass immigration, legal and illegal. We are diversifying, and disuniting morally, culturally, and politically. Not so very long ago, the U.S. government enforced Prohibition, pronounced smoking a menace to the national health, punished gambling as organized crime, and declared a war on drugs.

Now the government has shouldered aside organized crime to take over, tax, and regulate the rackets. At federal, state and local levels, the government rakes off vast revenues from taxes on booze, bars, cigarettes, casinos and, coming soon, online poker. Government lotteries have crowded out the old numbers racket.

As the poet Alexander Pope wrote three centuries ago:

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,

As to be hated needs but to be seen;

Yet, seen too oft, familiar with her face,

We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

In the 1965 decision Griswold v. Connecticut, the Warren Court discovered a constitutional right to privacy and overturned a state law prohibiting the sale of contraceptives. Contraceptives are now handed out to high schoolers and a right to contraception has been written into Obamacare.

Abortion and homosexuality used to be scandalous. Now they are constitutional rights and popular social causes, and same-sex marriage is the civil rights cause of the 21st century.

As Justice Antonin Scalia noted, if tradition, religious beliefs, or a community animus against conduct is insufficient to restrict private behavior, upon what legal ground do we stand upon to outlaw polygamy, adult incest, or prostitution?

Yet traditional America is not rolling over and playing dead.

"Abortion rights" face new restrictions in state after state, as a new generation appears more pro-life than its parents.

And as the A&E network discovered when it sought to suspend "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for his biblical reflections, the silent majority remains faithful to the traditional morality.

And while a libertarianism of the left appears ascendant, there is also a rising and militant libertarianism of the right. We have seen it manifest in the explosion of "stand your ground" and concealed-carry laws, opposition to federal background checks for gun owners, and ferocious resistance to the outlawing of assault rifles and 30-round magazines.

In that Colorado where pot is now legal, state senators have been recalled for insufficient devotion to Second Amendment rights. And there are bubbling secessionist movements in states like Colorado, of folks who would like to separate themselves from places like Denver.

The triumph of the sexual revolution has not been without its casualties, e.g., an endless supply of new HIV/AIDS and STD cases and a national illegitimacy rate of over 40 percent of all births.

And the correlation between that illegitimacy rate and the dropout rate, drug use rate, delinquency rate, crime rate, and incarceration rate is absolute.

Undeniably, the claims of the individual to maximum autonomy and freedom appear triumphant over the claims of community. The clamor of me is prevailing over the claims of us.

But in yielding, America has not only tossed overboard the moral compass that guided us for two centuries. We no longer even agree on what is "True North" anymore.

(Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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