To The Daily Sun,
In Thursday's Daily Sun, L.J. Siden wrote that Bob Jones was using veterans as "pawns" in his criticism of Representatives Shea-Porter and Kuster.
To accuse Bob Jones as he/she did, is despicable. But Siden, who for years has childishly refused to identify his or her gender, and who frequently
misrepresents what others have said or done, has once again gone over the cliff.
For those who don't know Bob Jones, here's a little sketch of his background. Born and raised in Vermont, he graduated from Fairhaven High School, after having set the school record for touchdowns scored. It was during the time of the Vietnam war and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and studied to become a battlefield medic. He was sent to Vietnam and assigned to a division of U.S. Marines engaged in front line duty. During that time, Jones spent considerable time under fire on the battlefields, tending to wounded Marines. He was wounded twice and, because of his heroic actions under fire, he was awarded the Bronze Star with a "V" for valor. (He still bears the consequences of those wounds.) When he returned from the war, he was assigned to St. Alban's Naval Hospital as a medic. It was there that he met and married his wife Paula, who was also a Navy medic.
When they were honorably discharged, the Jones' settled in New Hampshire and he was in Dartmouth's first "Physician's Assistant" class. After graduation, he served for a number of years in a medical practice in Meredith. He then signed on with LRGHealthcare and was responsible for the hospital's "Vet-Link" program from its inception until his retirement late last year. He continues, as a non-paid volunteer, assisting veterans who avail themselves of that program. The number of veterans and their families that he has helped over the years is incalculable.
Jones was also one of the prime movers that established the POW-MIA weekly Thursday night vigil at Hesky Park in Meredith. That vigil remains unbroken for over 25 years and has received recognition by multiple governors of the State of New Hampshire. A noble cause to which he continues to devote his time and
In my lifetime, I have never met anyone who has been more sincerely dedicated to helping veterans and their families than Robert Creighton Jones. It has been my pleasure to know this genuine American hero.
For Mr./Ms. Siden to refer to him as a "pawn" is shameful. An apology is owed.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 09:33
To The Daily Sun,
Comment made by one of the organizers of the Veteran Memorial March this past Sunday in DC: "The political agenda put forth by a local organizer in Washington DC yesterday (Sunday) was not in alignment with our message. We feel disheartened that some (guess who) would seek to hijack the narrative for political gain. The core principle was and remains about America honoring Veterans in a peaceful and 'apolitical' manner. Our love for and dedication remains to our Veterans, regardless of party affiliation or political leanings".
This is what was written on a Facebook page and explained to me by a person who had discussed with organizers that were Veterans. First of all, it should NOT have been called the "Million Veteran March" and second, it should have been pointed out that people OTHER than Veterans were involved in the organization of the march. Most there were there for the right reason. Many were not veterans and there for "other" reasons. It was explained to me that the "Don't Tread On Me" and "Confederate flags" that he saw were held by "other" than veterans.
The two nationally-known figures who spoke of "veterans not being used as pawns" were the ones who most often use veterans as pawns and were passing out small American flags. Those veterans who were there for the right reason were at the memorials — WW2, Korean and Vietnam — standing, walking and remembering with honor as they should have been. Others were looking for media attention and the opportunity to hug and say "thank you for your service" so others could hear, an act often used which has little meaning.
My letter in last week paper, in which I stated our two Congressional representatives should NOT receive the veteran vote here in N.H. generated some response both positive and negative. Both beat apathy. IF our reps did choose to stand with veterans and those who serve, the 1 percent they SAY they care about, they would have thought about their vote, USED the paid staff they have and done the right thing on behalf of the veterans of N.H. They along with our senators should understand by now that "Thank You For Your Service" no longer works. Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility and Accountability are what makes the difference. When it comes to Veterans and the 1 percent, "apolitical" actually means something!
Oh yes, by the way, American soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, is'STILL being held POW in Afghanistan. We're to believe everything that can be done, is being done. Really? Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility and Accountability no longer an issue?
Veterans like myself AND Mr. Armstrong (buddy, Russ from Peterborough) are NOT going to carry your banner just because of your party name. Like he stated, "we agree on most issues", I think the difference might be, Mr. Armstrong served in the Air Force so at times his view would be "clouded". Having been a Navy Corpsman who served with the Marines, I had more training on just cleaning up the mess: "Get in, get out." Or, in the case of DC, discussing OUR N.H. reps: "Get it done or get the hell out!"
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:59
To The Daily Sun,
Thank you, Barack Hussein Obama...
For the way you have divided our country more than any president that I have lived through! How easily you forgot the very platform you ran on. Remember your words, "There is no Red or Blue America, there is only America. You ran as the great "Uniter," but you are really the great "Divider!"
You do your very best to pit Democrats against Republicans and what a great job you have done! Mission-accomplished, you have won!
The way you insult American citizens, who dare disagree with you, like when you disrespectfully said, "the Republicans can sit on the back of the bus." I could not believe your words in your recent speech, when you twice said, "the Republicans are holding a gun to our heads." This type of speech only incites violence, especially coming from the President of the United States of America! Maybe you can come up with a better way to get your point across! I remember the left jumping all over Sarah Palin, when she drew a circle on a map and put a pin in it!
I am equally disturbed at your hateful speech, blaming the "Tea Party" for everything. Are you aware Mr. President, that the "Tea Party" is made up of hundreds of thousands of hardworking American citizens, like myself, who have a constitutional right to voice our concerns and worries about the way our country is being governed? Now, under your IRS, we have to fear that right!
How easy it was for you and your administration to condone the disgusting actions of the "Occupy Wall Street Gangs" as they caused disruption and destruction in numerous cities across America? Their movement cost American taxpayers millions of our hard-earned tax dollars!
You promised great transparency — far from it! Your words are meaningless! Why would you tell the American people (knowing it was not true) that under your health care plan, we could keep our current health care plans and doctors? Only meaningless words and lies come out of your mouth!
I believe these facts, along with the many scandals that have plagued your administration, are enough to ask for your resignation. Please Mr. President, do what is best to save our great nation and resign!
I suppose I will be seeing the IRS knock on my door, as Dr. Ben Carson did after he disagreed with your health care plan. Is this really, where the left wants America to go? I would hope not, but knowing the censorship that all major mainstream news stations deal in, many American Citizens are kept in the dark! I never thought America would see that day but, it has arrived and can be proven!
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:55
To The Daily Sun,
Numerous studies have been conducted on the positive benefits of developing wind projects in the United States, which include creating jobs, supplying clean energy and economically stimulating local communities.
One need only look to Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts to note the many advantages of wind farms. Today, many other wind projects will be announced in rural communities like ours across New England and the Nation. Media announcements will be filled with wonderful words like: green energy, saving future generations, harnessing the power of free wind, etc.
If only it were ALL true. I have yet to hear of a community in New England searching for a developer to erect 500-ft. turbines in their community.
A few things will come true. First: developers will try and convince you that your community supports them; second: developers will conduct and release bogus studies done by outsourced 3rd parties; third: developers will deforest and blast their way through the mountain ridges; forth: developers will hire many temporary workers (many from out-of-state) for logging and road construction; fifth: developers will install 500-ft. turbines for all to see; sixth: developers will leave; and seven would be crazy to even suggest: developers may return to build more.
We witnessed the Groton Wind Farm installation and the challenges they had to overcome — both environmentally and legally. And it's apparent that the need for "Green Energy" is truly desired in Massachusetts, So why isn't Massachusetts developing its own state first?
Why hasn't one N.H. Ski Resort made room for turbines? Is Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain, Waterville, Gunstock, (etc) not windy enough for turbines? Turbines promise to be profitable, right? So, why are N.H. Ski Resorts turned off to turbine development?
Addressing the challenges facing our local wind developers and our community begins with taking a look at the people behind these projects. A half a billion dollars is being spent in our community. My question is how much of this will stay in our community? Not much when you factor in their decommissioning strategy. Almost all of the money leaves our community, our state and our country.
Let me explain: many temporary out-of-state workers will flock here from three states for a 4-6 month time frame. None will stay, none will buy a house and none will send their children to our schools or invest in our community. Experienced and knowledgeable workers will be brought in because they are fully trained to complete the job in a certain time frame. Cheap labor will also be brought in. Simply put — local workers will not be considered for many of these jobs because it's all about deadlines and money.
Hats off to you — if you're a local company involved in the deforestation process, the road building process or the logging process, but you too know there's no room for training. It's truly a race to finish on-time and incentives are put in place to guarantee that. So it's fair to say that land owners will prosper and so will a hand full of logging and trucking companies in the state.
Developing wind farms will not create long-term benefits for our community. Are other turbine communities overflowing with jobs, wealth, and incremental business?. I think not. If it they were prospering — developers would not be fronting them money... developers know their development plan will harm you...that's why they come bearing gifts.
Wake up. Developers are here to take profits not give them away. They have a playbook that they've used on every community before us — and it's a playbook full of broken promises.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:52
To The Daily Sun,
Last year we asked residents in the Meredith area to donate coats, sleeping bags and other winter apparel to Liberty House, a shelter for homeless veterans in Manchester and you generously responded. With winter approaching, they need your help again. Please check your closets for any winter clothing, hats, gloves, etc. or sleeping bags you no longer use and drop them off at Village Canvas, 31 Foundry Ave. in Meredith by November 8th. and we will deliver them.
We ask your help in continuing to support New Hampshire's homeless veterans population, many of whom are combat veterans, by donating to Liberty House.
Liz & Bev Lapham
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:46