Our right of conscience not derived from 'the people' but from God

To The Daily Sun,

G. Maloof states, "The U.S. government derives from people (not God) as it clearly states in the preamble..."We the people." No question about that, but ask yourself from where do the people (little people such as myself or you — so educated) so obtain the authority or right to so declare the establishment of government and to confer to it power.

Originally it didn't reference the United States when it was inserted in the last days of the convention but did list the states. Further, due to its limited nature, the Preamble has never been used in case adjudication, other than some frivolous litigation. That the "People" were those of the various states and New Hampshire was one of them it is quite safe to say that at least those representing our state absolutely believed in God. Article 5 of the New Hampshire Constitution, as it states a natural and unalienable right to worship God.

(Art.) 6. (Morality and Piety). As morality and piety, rightly grounded on high principles, will give the best and greatest security to government, and will lay, in the hearts of men, the strongest obligations to due subjection; and as the knowledge of these is most likely to be propagated through a society — piety — the quality of being religious or reverent. Blessings and Ordain are not words used by atheist but by the religious. Our unalienable right of conscience is not derived from "the people" or granted to us by government. Thomas Jefferson held John Locke in high esteem, John Locke held that the people's common refuge was provided by God.

Mr. Maloof must feel like one of the lions in the Roman Coliseum being one of "we atheist" licking his chops knowing another God-fearing person has been put in their place.

G.W. Brooks


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People could buy a lot of food with their beer & cigarette money

To The Daily Sun,

Stop the smoking and drinking! The government would have a lot more money if they would stop buying booze and cigarettes for people who live in low income housing. Don't they realize that people who don't smoke have to smell that awful cigarette smell in their hallways everyday, plus if they fall asleep with a cigarette not only will they burn, several other places will too! Because they are all connected. Second hand smoke is bad for people as much as first hand is.

The cost for both cigarettes and beer are very high now. People could buy a lot more good food with that money, and everyone would be much safer. It should not be allowed on government property in the first place.

Diana Fields


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Why is governor not an advocate for burial of transmission lines?

To The Daily Sun,

I want to comment on the article that appeared in your paper on Dec. 9, regarding statements made by the outgoing N.H. Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement. Clement discussed an expected shortfall in the highway fund of $50 million by the middle of next year. Clement further discussed how he would solve this deficit, including another gas tax increase, a hike in vehicle registration fees, or charging a premium tax on individuals who are environmentally sensitive enough to drive alternative fuel vehicles and whom he feels do not pay enough in gas tax for road maintenance.

I am wondering why Mr. Clement did not mention the creation of an energy corridor. Back in 2012, state Sen. Jeanie Forrester chaired the SB 361 Commission, where the Department of Transportation commissioner was designated as a member of that commission. This commission, including Mr. Clement's designee, Michael Pillsbury, the deputy Transportation commissioner, determined that it was feasible to bury electric transmission lines underground in state-owned rights of way. By creating an energy corridor, proposed energy projects, such as the Northern Pass, would be buried along state-owned rights of way and the state would reap the revenue paid by Hydro Quebec for the use of the state's rights of way. In that instance alone, it has been projected the state could earn up to $50 million a year.

It is a complete "no brainer," but here we are two years after this determination and still talking about raising taxes as the solution. Why are we not following suit along with Vermont, Maine, New York, and other forward-thinking states?

Why is our governor not speaking out on our behalf and using the bully pulpit to advocate for the burial of HVDC transmission lines? Through her inaction, it appears that she is on the verge of allowing the destruction of this beautiful Granite State. The Northern Pass project, with its proposed 1,500 made-in-China, lattice style steel towers, will deface the White Mountain National Forest and destroy property values for 187 miles.

Lee Ann Moulder


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I'm ashamed both our senators support funding for illegal aliens

To The Daily Sun,

Saturday night U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz forced the Senate to vote on the amnesty bill as part of the vote on the $1.1 trillion spending bill for 2015. He argued that Obama's amnesty plan was unconstitutional because Obama's amnesty plan had no input from Congress.

Less than half the Republican senators voted with Sen. Cruz. Sen. Ayotte and Sen. Shaheen both did not vote with Sen. Cruz.

Both our New Hampshire U.S. senators are in favor of funding to go to illegal aliens. Both our senators are in favor of giving work permits to illegal aliens and taking jobs away from New Hampshire citizens.

I am ashamed of our senators. Unfortunately, one of them was just re-elected to another six-year term.

Linda Riley


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Remember and be thankful that your mother chose life

To The Daily Sun,
Just a note here about the disgusting act of abortion.

Did we ever notice that on TV and at the movies the birth of a child is shown to be a sweet and rewarding experience, the baby a joy to behold? Ever wonder why abortions are not shown? Well, showing an abortion with the baby being killed would be repulsive, disgusting, and shocking.

To have an abortion is a horrific experience, the murder of an innocent infant. Please consider the choices and choose life. To anyone who is pro-choice, remember and be thankful, your mom chose life.
Life is precious.
Harry Mitchell

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