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I'm opposed to the increasingly juvenile actions of Tea Party

To The Daily Sun,

As a fellow veteran (and strong supporter of Veterans' programs), I respectfully disagree with my friend Bob Jones in his letter attacking our two congressional representatives for their vote not to separately fund the VA during the government shutdown. In fact, both supported a bill to fund ALL agencies, including the VA, but it was deemed "not germane" (huh!!) by the Republican leadership and blocked from reaching the floor.

The bill in question is part of a cynical effort by the right wing of the Republican party (read, Tea party) to pit groups needing support against one another. We saw this in their pitiful actions at the WWII memorial with Tea Party minions rushing in to exploit Veterans for political gain ­ an effort which the veteran's groups wisely and quickly shut down.

Yes, veterans need and deserve full support from all Americans but anyone who knows veterans know that they would never place their needs above those of a hungry child or a critically ill mother. As is all too often the case, veterans are being used as political pawns in the destructive political tug-of-war in Washington in which right wing Republicans are cherry-picking support for those with the loudest political voices for their own myopic gain.

It is ironic that the Tea Party literally cheered when the government shut down, with their darling Michele Bachman saying "it's exactly what we wanted...and we got it". Their stated goal is to bring the government of the United States of America to its knees. Sounds much like another terrorist group we are fighting doesn't it?

Now that the heat is on, they are claiming that the shutdown wasn't their fault ­ it was someone (anyone) else's fault and they are scurrying for cover with selected funding exceptions. To show how ridiculous all of this is, they have now voted back-pay for all furloughed workers. If we are paying them anyway, why are they not immediately put back to work helping all Americans, including veterans?

And no, I am not one of those "liberal lefties" that the right wing loves to attack. I am fiercely independent. But I am opposed to the juvenile actions of the increasingly strident Tea Party. The funding issue can be resolved easily and quickly but the House speaker refuses to take the simple action of putting a funding bill without political strings attached to the vote, largely because he is also being blackmailed by the Tea Party. And some of these same dimwits think that a debt default is a good thing and will have no deleterious consequences.

Both of our congressional representatives have a record of exceptionally strong support for veterans' programs. They are just not willing to play along with the Tea Party charade. Whether I do or do not vote for either of the two current congressional candidates in the next election will be based on substantive issues, not the irresponsible behavior of the Tea Party during this unnecessary and destructive government shutdown.

Russ Armstrong
(Formerly of Gilford)

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:38

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Thanks for the many contributions to Alton Community Services

To The Daily Sun,

We are entering the fall season and many thanks to the local gardeners who have supplied us with fresh vegetables and fruit. The many anonymous donors who continue to leave food at the drop of centers: Max Realtors, Profile Bank, Spencer Hughes Realty, Alton Home and Lumber a/k/a Reuben's Store. The members of the Alton Community Church, Be Free Church and St. Katherine's and the Senior Center.

If you would like to make a monetary contribution you may mail it to Alton Community Services, PO Box 43, Alton, N.H. 03809. You make made a memorial or honoree gift in someone's name. We are a non-profit organization and your gift is tax deductible. 

A reminder for individuals/families to fill our our forms for fuel assistance. If you haven't received your application or if you feel you may be eligible call Community Action Program (524-5512) for an apartment. If your rent includes heat make sure your landlord applies it to your rent. 

The new guidelines are in and a family of three making $3,100 a month may be eligible for assistance, it goes up in increments. If your child is eligible for reduced or free lunches you could be eligible to make use of our services. 

If you would like to volunteer your services please call 875-(CARE) and leave a message. Diane Eagles is the Volunteer Director. 

Dorothye S. Wentworth 

Alton Community Services


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:34

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The state is morally & financially responsible to FRM victims

To The Daily Sun,

The N.H. House must support SB-180 for the victims of the state's multiple failures to enforce the law regarding FRM.

The N.H. Banking Departments made "mistake after mistake, after mistake, after mistake" for nine consecutive years in six banking audits documenting 70 state and federal law violations and insolvency at FRM. Obviously this was more than a simple mistake. The bank commissioner's two brothers were involved with FRM. Did banking turn a blind eye to FRM?

The N.H. Banking Department made another "mistake" by not requiring FRM to acquire and maintain a fidelity bond as required by law to cover employee theft. This failure cost victims significantly.

The second agency to make more than a simple mistake is the AG's office, when their ex white collar crime attorney went to them twice in a one year period and informed them that FRM and Scott Farah were running a criminal scheme, while the same AG's office had just received a similar report from a former FRM employee and another Farah company. There wasn't a single investigation.

People with reasonable judgment or simple common sense must conclude the state is morally and financially responsible to the FRM victims.

Is the state setting a precedent by righting the wrongs it allowed to happen to the FRM victims? It is my opinion and that of many others, if it doesn't, the state admits failure is the acceptable standard and is business as usual.

For more info, see www.sb180.info.

Harry H. Bean

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:28

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Meredith youngster had strength to stand for sportsmanship

To The Daily Sun,

On Thursday evening, October 3rd, Sandwich's 5/6 soccer team hosted a team from Meredith and it was a wild raucous affair with lots of great plays and tons of cheering. The most important part of this game was in two acts. Early in the game one of Sandwich's players fouled a player from Meredith, missed the ball and whacked him in the shin. Ouch! He had to come out of the game to recover while I sat our player for the rest of the first half just for being a bit reckless.

Later, in the second half, this same young man from Meredith was dribbling towards our goal and got bumped and fell. This by definition is a penalty kick and as the referee put the ball in front
of goal for him to take his earned shot one-on-one with our goalkeeper a remarkable thing happened. He walked to the referee and quietly told him that he had tripped over his own feet and that he had not been bumped at all. This was in a tied game 1-1 that was back and forth with tough play by everyone.

This young man, Brady Malcolm, had the strength to do this by himself. Even I, as the opposing coach, thought it was a foul and had no problem with the probable goal from this penalty kick. In a tied game, with well over a hundred people in attendance, he took it upon himself to do the right thing. How many of us would have done that? In a tied game with the chance to put your team in the lead? I am honestly reluctant to hear my own answer to that. This is what makes youth sports so great, this true learning moment for both players and spectators.

Well done Brady.

Leo Greene, Director

Sandwich Parks & Recreation Department

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:21

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U.S. no longer distinguishing between right & wrong on immigration

To The Daily Sun,

Flipping to the second page of the October 4th Daily Sun, I literally dropped my jaw upon reading that our nation has no problem allowing illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses, some not even distinguishing whether or not they license holder is the the country legally or not. Furthermore, the concern that was expressed in the article for "proper training" these illegals and normalizing their interactions and status by being provided with aid and comfort is enraging. Why do our leaders welcome these criminals with open arms? Would you put on a pot of hot coffee for a stranger who sneaked into your home? After all, he is merely an "undocumented house guest." Why is this acceptable on such a larger-scale?

Michael Savage hit the nail on the head in that "liberalism is a mental disorder," stating, "Section 8 of the United States Code, 1234 (a) (1) (A) (iv) (B) (iii) says 'A person (including a group of persons, business, organization or local government) commits a federal felony when she or he" assists an illegal alien she/he should reason ably know is illegally in the U.S... or knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions. Isn't providing illegals with driver's licenses 'knowingly' assisting them?"

Our nation is no longer differentiating between the right and wrong way to go about migration, and quite frankly, we need to stop passing out the coffee.

Austin Kessler


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:16

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