To The Daily Sun,
With the passing of our friend Ray, I have been thinking of him and different memories of how he made a difference to me or made me smile, as I am sure everyone in the state is doing! With this great loss I find comfort in these stories.
Many times Ray would stop at Hart's on a Friday evening on his way home to the North Country. He always had a small turkey dinner, maybe a glass of wine and always some great conversation with the gang.
One night he came over to the table for some chat and started handing out the combs. My friend Barbara said "that is a guy comb; I couldn't get that through my hair!" Ray calmly turned to her and said "dear, it's not to comb your hair, it's a collector!"
Back in 2008 when the state passed home inspector licensing I decided that I wanted to apply to sit on the licensing board. So I acquired the paperwork and sent it in to Concord.
Shortly thereafter I received a call from Ray. I will never forget it; I was sitting in my office doing paperwork and was a bit surprised that he would be calling me out of the blue.
"Carla, he said, I am very pleased that you are stepping up to do public service but I have some things to speak to you about." Suddenly I felt a bit nervous. Even though I had many conversations with Ray in the past, it was Ray Burton, calling me, on business "affayas"
Ray continued, "Why do you want to sit on this board?" I explained that I wanted to look out for the safety of the public. "Good", he said. We talked for about 10 minutes and he said, "Now I want you to always remember, when you run for any public office, it is for the good of the citizens and never for personal or political gain!" "Now I want you to call each of the other counselors to speak to them personally and tell them why you want to sit on this board and here are their numbers." "If you ever have any questions, call me on my "cah phone" any time."
I am still on that board and to this day every time we go in for a meeting I remember those words from my friend, Ray Burton.
What a special guy.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 08:49
To The Daily Sun,
Empty Bowl organizer's wish to thank many! The Inter-Lakes National Honor Society (NHS) members, NHS co-advisors, art students, and Mrs. Jan Sanguedolce, I-LHS art teacher, would like to thank the public, contributing restaurants, and the student entertainers for a successful Empty Bowl's Dinner at Inter-Lakes High School that was held on October 24. The following restaurants provided more than just a meal of soup for this event; there were rice dishes, pasta dishes, and shepherd,s pie.
Thank you Giuseppe's Restaurant, George's Diner, Hart's Turkey Farm, Lago's & Mame's, of Meredith, also Canoe and Lavinia's Restaurant of Center Harbor who provided the delicious food for the event. Three student performers provided entertainment: Allie Smith, Tony Aquilla and William Abbott. The event raised $600 in a short period of time! The funds raised have been divided and given to the following organizations: Center Harbor Food Pantry, Meredith Food Pantry, Heifer International, and the Families In Need Food Fund at Inter-Lakes High School. We are thankful for all who contributed and the generosity of the people in our local communities. Thank you all!
A very grateful group,
I-LHS NHS members
Co-advisors, art students and
Jan Sanguedolce, art teacher
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:09
To The Daily Sun,
In a previous letter concerning the Superior Court case that has bared scholarship funds from N.H.'s education tax credit program to be used to send children to religious schools, I related how the Blaine Amendment to our state Constitution, the amendment to our Constitution that was passed in 1878 that forbids money that has been raised by taxes to be used to support schools "of any religious sect or denomination", was passed out of concern that with the growing catholic population resultant from the influx of emigrants coming to work in the mills of N.H. during this, the Industrial Revolution, that there was a fear that as the Catholic population was requesting aid from the state for their schools, that our public education would eventually become Catholic. Public education was as it was considered at the time, nonsectarian protestant. (A little aside here: a society in order to be cohesive needs to determine what it holds to be true. It can be done openly by consensus of the people or in secret by an elite few and trickled down to the people over a long period of time indiscernibly so that they don't even know that they've been manipulated. As much as what a society accepts to be true is congruent with what is actually true a society prospers. As much as society holds as true that which is in fact false a society flounders. In 1878 the time of the passing of the Blaine Amendment, the Bible was held to be true in our state and our nation, as it had been from our nation's founding well into the 20th century.)
Now I would like to explain the reasoning for this concern about the Catholic Church. Though I'm sure some must have been ignorantly prejudiced against Catholics, the actual concern that propelled this amendment into law was that our public schools were as they called them nonsectarian protestant in orientation, which meant that they held to what was commonly agreed to be Christian in values and orientation, denominational differences were put aside in favor of what they could agree on. One very important protestant ethic was the importance of each man and woman being able to read the Bible himself and to understand for himself the word of God. This was in reality the foundation stone of American liberty. No one could tell you what you needed to believe. This was felt to be the very foundation of our liberty. (You were free not to believe that the Bible was true, but as a consensus it was held to be so, therefore our laws and customs were based on it.) And as you can imagine it was considered of utmost importance that we train up our children in that discipline.
Catholicism, or as it was sometimes referred to then, Papism, because Catholics looked to the Pope for spiritual authority, gave cause for concern. This looking to a man for authority was seen as a threat to the very essence of our liberty. The possibility that with the growth of Catholicism in America that a future generation of Americans might be taught to follow a man for their most important spiritual foundation instead of reading and understanding for themselves was the issue that mobilized voters to support the Blaine Amendment. In this manner they reasoned that religious liberty and consequently all of our other liberties would be preserved. The essence of this reasoning was in line with Articles 3 - 6 and Article 10 of our state Constitution (http://www.nh.gov/constitution/billofrights.html). Article 3-6 deal with natural rights the trade off in surrendering some natural rights to protect others, unalienable Rights of Conscience, and religious liberty. Article 10 is a very, very strong admonition against arbitrary power.
So how did we get to where we are today? And what bearing do these things have on the mentioned case before our Supreme Court? If God and the editors are willing I will discuss these things in future submissions.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:06
To The Daily Sun,
On Saturday, Roland Jutras wrote a hopeful letter expressing his desire for polite and civil debate in our political letters. I wish it could be so but as Roland pointed to Nancy Parson"s letter in which she claimed to have "detected" a racial element in Tony Boution"s letters (complete nonsense) is the perfect example of why it will never be. I can go back 50 years when the "what are you, a racist", phrase began being thrown into the faces of anyone who would dare disagree with left wing activists of the time. Since then nothing has changed especially with Obama coming onto the scene a few years ago. Let me recap just a bit.
Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the nomination for president. Critics rightly pointed out his lack of experience, lack of accomplishments. The leftss response: "Racism", they screamed.
Barack won the nomination and the election. Those who voted against him for the above stated reasons were labeled by the left as, "racists".
Barack broke just about every campaign promise in the next couple years and many of us made a point of pointing that out. The left's answer: "racism" again!
The Tea Party emerged speaking against raising taxes, growing government and national debt. The left's response: you guessed it, "racism".
In the last few years we have seen "Fast and Furious" (the failed gun running scheme), the Benghazi debacle, IRA scandal, foreign policy incompetence, and latest the failed ACA roll out. When anyone dared speak or write a critical word you know by now how the left responded. "Racism" they charged, "bigots, rednecks", and all manor of personal smears and slanders were cast but seldom was it that the left was able to deny the facts or present reasonable arguments on their behaves.
Several years ago I decided I wasn't going to take it any more, I wouldn't remain silent, so Roland, I must confess your hope for polite, civil debate will not be. I will give back to as I receive from the left. If they can't take it I'd suggest they stop dishing it out.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:01
To The Daily Sun,
In his letter to this forum recently, Mr. Moran would have us believe that "America is losing its way in a leadership vacuum, and a leader has emerged." The potential leader he refers to is Ted Cruz. Cruz has surpassed Sarah Palin and others as the champion of the tea party right. If Cruz, as suggested by Moran, "has donned the mantle of leadership", the Republican Party is in dire straits.
Cruz, on his narcissistic joy ride, ignited the defund Obamacare fight which led to the shutdown of the government at the cost of 24 billion (which could eventually reach $55 billion) and the cut of 0.6 percent off of yearly fourth quarter GDP growth. This was all precipitated by the House voting 40 times to repeal ACA, knowing it won't pass the Senate and if it did the president would veto. They then threaten economic disaster if it's not defunded, then delayed, then medical device tax stripped out, then they "have to get something, but don't know what." All this spearheaded by Cruz leading a rebellion against his own party comprised of one faction of one half of one third of government.
Many Republican congressman have questioned Cruz's political tactics, which may be a sign of party frustration with the Tea Party as a whole. Fellow Republicans have labeled Cruz as "either a fraud or totally incompetent" for having instigated a shutdown strategy, focused on killing ACA, that had no chance of succeeding.
While public support for the Tea Party has fallen to record lows, with many Republicans now viewing the movement negatively, Cruz's own popularity has soared among Tea Party Republicans. Unfortunately for Cruz and the Tea Party, his unfavorable rating among Americans has doubled to 36 percent from 18 percent in June.
Despite what my critics may say, I feel it's imperative that our nation has a strong conservative Republican Party. What we're seeing though, is a party lacking leadership and waging war within itself. What we've been witnessing with the divisiveness of the Tea Party is a dangerous shift to the far right and a party out of touch with the electorate and determined to maintain a strangle hold on the country in a backwards, unprogressive way. Voters, in large part, agree with them on their nominally austere fiscal policy, but these same voters are also socially liberal. They have come to perceive the Tea Party as defining themselves in terms of what they oppose — they have put forward no positive plans for dealing with unemployment, economic expansion, effective and fair dept reduction, foreign policy or diplomacy.
A Republican Party capable of standing on a conservative fiscal platform without alienating socially progressive voters would handily win over independents, moderates, and a large portion of the American electorate from the Democrats. Unfortunately, a divided Republican Party cannot win a major election — the divisions within the party are holding it back.
As a nation, we are not going to make any progress on our biggest problems without a compromise between the center-right and the center-left. But, for this to happen, we need the center-right conservatives, not the Tea Party, to be running the G.O.P.
L. J. Siden
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:57