To The Daily Sun,
Friday night's naming of the athletic field at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium — "Jim Fitzgerald Field" — in my honor was a humbling and greatly appreciated honor.
I would like to thank the "Silver Sachems" and all who helped make this wonderful athletic complex a reality. This athletic complex is a symbol of pride for the school and community. It will serve the youth of Laconia for generations to come and I am proud to have my name associated with it.
My 30 plus years at Laconia High School as football coach and athletic director were wonderful years. The friendships I and my family developed with players, parents, fans, teachers and the community will always be special in our hearts.
Thank you once again for this wonderful honor.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:43
To The Daily Sun,
Temple B'nai Israel does it again!
"Gathering Time", the New York based folk rock trio, brings it's captivatingly unique blend of inspiring harmonies, spiritual togetherness and memorable creativity into the spirit reflective of today's events and experiences. This concert, along with an enormous dessert buffet, will take place this Sunday night, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Belknap Mill in Laconia. This high energy group combines the sounds reminiscent of Peter Paul and Mary, and Crosby, Stills & Nash and infuses them with the electricity of the Byrds, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and America.
"Gathering Time" has captured center stage on the northeast folk scene and has already placed in the top 20 national folk groups, according to New York's well respected disc jockey national survey.
This concert coming to the historic Belknap Mill features elaborate desserts, along with coffee and soft drinks presented by noted Lakes Region caterers, "The Rustic Gourmet, Josette's Fine Catering, JB. Scoops , the Common Man, Moulton Farm and Temple caterers (BYOB). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the music begins at 7:15. Organize a group of your friends and round out your weekend with this finale!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:39
To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to Jon Hoyt's letter in the August 27th Sun:
I have to agree with one statement you made in your letter, Jon, "...if (Obamacare) works as advertised then we, the American people, will win big time." The problem is it isn't working as advertised. It isn't even coming close. When a program like a takeover of one-sixth of the American economy, which is what Obamacare is, requires 10 years of tax revenues to fund six years of operations, then it's a loser right out of the starting gate. When a program that adds yet another layer of government bureaucracy on to an already bloated system, all it does is add cost, decreases efficiency, creates delay, and in the end, results in an artificial shortage of the very thing it was supposed to provide.
The disincentives built into Obamacare are staggering, both for businesses and individuals. The heavy costs to be shouldered by small businesses and the younger generations in order to fund Obamacare have been driving many to forgo participation. Businesses are being forced to dump employees onto the exchanges because they cannot possibly afford to pay the premiums required by Obamacare. Other businesses are not expanding because they don't want to go over the 49 employee limit that triggers their requirement to provide health insurance. Others are turning full-time jobs into part-time jobs in order to stay under that limit. Individuals who were promised that they could keep their doctors and their health plans are finding out they can't. The young are unwilling to pony up the exorbitant amounts of cash in order to pay for the health benefits of older Americans, and frankly I don't blame them. The unintended consequences of Obamacare are far reaching and will actually end up hurting everyone, including the people it was supposed to help.
When Max Baucus, one of the authors of the misnamed Affordable Care Act, calls Obamacare a "train wreck", it should give you and others pause to consider that maybe it isn't such a great idea after all and that it should be scrapped. It won't be delivering on the promises made by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid no matter how much anyone hopes and prays that it will. When a large majority of the American people don't want and don't like Obamacare (and they never have liked it), how can anyone possibly justify forcing it upon the American public?
To paraphrase a statement made about the Canadian health care system: "85 percent of the Canadian people like it. The other 15 percent are sick." Soon enough we'll be saying something similar about ObamaCare, though I expect the numbers will be different, with the former lower and the latter higher.
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:35
To The Daily Sun,
The letter telling of the tragic and senseless shooting in Baton Rogue, Louisiana — "My daughter was senselessly murdered; let's prevent another" — omits relevant facts. The shooter had recently been in jail. Released early, he committed this despicable act. Like many criminals, he had a well-established rap sheet. He, for example, stole a rifle from his grandmother, who has nothing to do with him. Another crime was in violating Louisiana law when he was found with a loaded handgun at LSU. The judge dismissed the charge, however, and asked the man to do "three random acts of kindness".
Bonnie Hunt's heartfelt letter, which supported gun control efforts, could have more plausibly supported truth in sentencing and condemned permissive judges.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:32
To The Daily Sun,
I remember an energy conference at Plymouth State back in the 80s. The keynote speaker was to be a well-known Canadian author but died a week before the conference date. In his place, the chairman of Hydro-Quebec consented to come down to fill his slot. It was a big occasion. WMUR was present with its cameras and it aired that same evening. It was a time when many were extolling the "virtues" of hydro power. They couldn't say enough about Hydro-Quebec, which was touted as the "Arabs of electrical power". A company that could transfer DC power from Quebec to California with only a 4 percent loss. No one questioned their world dominance in the field of hydro power.
New Hampshire Governor Sununu, an MIT graduate with a nuclear background, was promoting Seabrook while Governor Snelling of Vermont was forging relations with Rene Levesque, the premier of Quebec. People complained at the time that Hydro-Quebec flooded an area the size of Great Britain thereby displacing the native cultures — but it was all so far away. When the energy needs of two and a half million people conflicted with a few thousand natives it was apparent to everyone who would win — much the same with our "iron horse" as it rambled west to make America a two ocean country
Perhaps if the towers passed within eyesight of my property I would be a bit more "intense" in my opposition as well. The meeting in Silver Hall on September 24 was attended by some 400 participants, outnumbering the backers of Northern Pass by ten to one. It appears that Northern Pass has brought the Democrats and Republicans together against a "common enemy" — Hydro Quebec. Could we be witnessing another Clamshell Alliance here? The power lines, if they are to be built, should be buried just like Martha Richards and one or two others buried the DOE with their gutsy rhetoric. Deservedly they received the most applause. Their conviction and sincerity shown through like a beacon light piercing a moonless night.
Finally, let me tell you what's really bothering me. Back to the meeting on September 24th. From the very beginning I felt an uneasiness about my surroundings. Yes, there was a mix of Democrats and Republicans there but mostly Republicans as far as I could tell — and you don't want to ask me how I know! The fact that I was sitting right behind two Republican representatives begged the question: "what the hell am I doing here?" As an independent with propensity towards the Democrats, I think it's downright un-American that any issue can bring these two groups together. We would all like alternative energy but solar power on a large scale is probably not going to happen in N.H. Wind power is also not a favorite among many and we can forget about the latest oxymoron that has entered our lexicon —"clean coal".
So those that wear orange with the inscription: "not now, not ever" need to be careful that they don't conscientiously become the proverbial painted sepulchers — white and shiny on the outside, inside full of dead-men's bones.
To end on a lighter note, in the dubious event that the worse case scenario plays out against the opponents of NP, there is always a silver lining — no "view tax" — "not now, not ever"!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:27