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I'll help pay for new pants when Cpl. Morrison is back at work

To the editor,
I lived for 16 years at Shellcamp Lake in Gilmanton. I was always gratified to see Belmont police backup when the Gilmanton police were summoned. When my house burned down in 2003, I believe that the Belmont Fire Department was the first responder. Indeed, my phone had a Belmont prefix (267), denoting my proximity to the town. For all those years, Belmont was very important to me.
The April 26 Daily Sun included a letter from a Belmont mother and daughter requesting donations in support of the "Ditch the Gray" (police uniforms) campaign, an effort to return to the traditional dark blue.
Unless things have changed for the better, Tilton Pollce Cpl. Nate Morrison still needs financial support for his kidney issues so he can return to active duty free of medical debt.
Far be it for me to ever suggest what Belmont police folks should do with their money, but I'll do it anyway. This officer's service is far more important than the change in police uniforms. The money from donations needed by Cpl. Morrison's return to active duty should be #1.
I have never met Cpl. Morrison but I still mailed in $20 to the "Nate Morrison Fund," c/o BPD.
Looking at the multiple wrinkles on the Belmont lituenent's trousers (photo published on April 26), very dark blue is an excellent camouflage and is needed. Even from Plymouth, I'll be happy to donate some bucks tot he "Kick the Gray" campaign . . . after Cpl. Nate Morrison is back on active duty with his medical bills paid in full.
Bill Carberry
Plymouth

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:35

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Pat Buchanan - Our spectator president

No, this is not Watergate or Iran-Contra. Nor is it like the sex scandal that got Bill Clinton impeached.
The AP, IRS and Benghazi matters represent a scandal not of presidential wrongdoing, but of presidential indolence, indifference and incompetence in discharging the duties of chief executive.
The Barack Obama revealed to us in recent days is something rare in our history: a spectator president, clueless about what is going on in his own household, who reacts to revelations like some stunned bystander.
Consider. Because of a grave national security leak, President Obama's Department of Justice seized two months of records from 20 telephones used by The Associated Press. An unprecedented seizure. Yet the president was left completely in the dark. And though he rushed to defend the seizure, he claims he was uninvolved.
While the AP issue does not appear to have legs — we know what was done and why — it has badly damaged this president. For his own Justice Department treated the press, which has an exalted opinion of itself and its role, with the same contempt as the IRS treated the Tea Party. The episode has damaged a crucial presidential asset. For this Washington press corps had provided this president with a protective coverage of his follies and failings unseen since the White House press of half a century ago covered up the prowlings of JFK.
The Benghazi issue is of far greater gravity. Still, Obama's sins here as well seem to be those of omission, not commission. The president was apparently completely in the dark about the urgent requests from Benghazi for more security. Obama was also apparently completely out of the loop during the seven-hour crisis of Sept. 11-12, when Ambassador Stevens was assassinated, calls for help from Benghazi were denied and two heroic ex-Navy SEALs died fighting to defend U.S. personnel from the roof of that CIA installation.
No one seems to know where Obama was that night.
The following week, as the State Department, CIA and National Security Council all worked the "talking points" to make it appear that this preplanned terrorist atrocity was a spontaneous event triggered by an anti-Islamic video, Obama knew nothing of the discussions. Thus, almost a week after the massacre, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was put on six networks to move the line that we could not have better prepared for what would happen in Benghazi because it was all a spontaneous event triggered by a YouTube video.
Rice's version was untrue, but consistent with Obama's campaign message: "Bin Laden is dead, and al-Qaida is on the run."
Yet if Rice's credibility was crippled by what she was sent out to parrot, a week after she got the egg all over her face, Obama was himself peddling the same line at the United Nations. Obama, it seems, may have been the last man to know the cover story had collapsed.
As for the IRS's targeting of Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status, this bureaucratic misconduct began as far back as 2010, when the Tea Party was a national sensation. Yet, despite Tea Party protests to members of Congress, who made inquiries of the IRS, the discrimination against groups with "Tea Party" and "Patriot" in their names continued, and was extended to groups whose proclaimed mission was to defend the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
Literally for years this went on. Investigations were begun by the IRS, and the results reported to the Treasury Department. But nothing was made public before the election of 2012.
This weekend we learned that the White House counsel was told this April about the IRS misconduct and the investigations, but she did not inform President Obama. He learned about it from news reports.
What we have here, it appears, is a government out of control and a president clueless about what is going on in that government.
And that is the best case. For it is difficult to believe the IRS could conduct a full-court press on Obama's opponents, that IRS higher-ups knew about it, years ago, and that Treasury knew about it before the election — but the White House was kept in the dark about a scandal that could have derailed the Obama campaign. But whatever Obama knew, he and his allies in Congress bear moral responsibility for denying these Tea Party folks for years their right to participate fully in the politics of their country.
For years, Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and other Democrats have slandered and slurred Tea Party people as enemies of progress — smears echoed by their mainstream press allies. Should we then be surprised that IRS bureaucrats, hearing this, thought they were doing what was right for America by slow-walking applications for tax exemptions from these same Tea Party folks?
Who demonized the Tea Party people? Who created the climate of contempt? Whoever did gave moral sanction to those IRS agents.
And the Spectator President is right in the vanguard.
(Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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We've spent last decade killing people we claim are a menace

To the editor,
The prisoners held at Guantanamo can (legally) be held indefinitely, without trial, according to the latest reports. They have (not be their own means) forfeited the right to trial. The U.S. military admits to torture, and evidence of guilt will not be allowed in court whereas it was obtained by duress. So by the illegal use of torture, the prisoners have lost their right to trial, unable to extricate themselves from prolonged imprisonment. Many are on a "death watch", desperate for some hope, where none appears!
By the use of torture, and denial of trial, we have condemned these men to unending imprisonment, separation from family and country of origin, claiming arrogantly, " We know they're guilty anyway!" The Republican party is mainly responsible for this flawed policy.
At one time the United States was the citadel of law, justice and freedom. This has been the character and mettle of the American people for countless generations. It is who we are! But there has been a seismic shift in our basic beliefs concerning treatment of those caught up in war and terrorism. We have backed away from time-honored Christian and Judaic law, becoming no better than those we prosecute. We permit any and all war criminals — suspected or not, to be subjected to lawless, cruel and degrading punishment. We do things today — with the approval of most people — that we protested against in countries like China and Russia, and commit these same crimes openly, with reckless disregard of law and without shame.
We have serious economic problems at home. We have spent the last decade and beyond killing people we have claimed are a menace to our country. There is no justification for this assault knowing full well these countries do not have the will, or the way to harm us — yet the military fights on, in spite of overwhelming evidence their mission is null and void. Still many people continue to support violence and death around the world.
I pray to God our self-righteous attitude will no longer tolerate inhuman treatment and abuse of people estranged from our culture and fearful that the use of military might as a method of problem-solving we prevail. Let there be peace!
Leon R. Albushies
Giliford

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:57

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Hatred for Obama is the glue that holds conservatives together

To the editor,
I find it amusing and somewhat hypocritical that Mr. Young takes offense to contributors finding fault with the Bush administration. Isn't he the one, on his radio show and in this forum, that finds fault with and blames Obama, Clinton, unions, educators, mainstream media, elitists, immigrants, voters, etc. for all the social and political ills of this nation?
Mr. Young won't like hearing this, but the leading contributing factor as to why "this person" is in the White House is George W. Bush and his administration. I know Young and other conservatives would like to forget Bush, but remember he was "the decider." When he left office in 2008, the country was reeling from Bush's disastrous economic stewardship. His irresponsible tax cuts and deregulation policies contributed significantly to the nation's economic plight and to the slow recovery. Remember "the decider" decided to deregulate Wall Street; "the decider" decided to cut taxes for the wealthy; and "the decider" decided we needed two wars — costing the country trillions of dollars and more importantly costing the lives of thousands of brave young men and women. With the ignominious record of the Bush administration it didn't matter who the Democrats ran as their candidate — the GOP was out. Voters, who Young finds fault with, were upset with staggering home foreclosure rates, crashing 401(k) s and pension plans, and the $700 billion bailout of rich Wall Streeters. The American public was fed-up with failed Bush/McCain economics, which claimed that prosperity would eventually "trickle down" to everyone else.
Mr. Young, we find "this person" still in the White House in 2013 because the Republican Party still finds itself saddled with the title of the grand old white man's party. In 2012, while Republicans secured 62 percnet of the white male vote, they fell short in every other demographic. Republicans lost not just women and Latinos, but also the youth. And this is not counting the ones they never had, i.e. the African Americans, gays, lesbians, and so many others.
The influence of evangelical Christians and the Tea Party hurt the GOP organization and helped divide the country. The result was a party that was out of touch with mainstream America — a charge once smugly leveled at liberals by the very same party.
It is extremely unhealthy for the nation to have one party that relies primarily on whites for votes, and the other based on inclusive politics. In 2012, the Democrats won with the America of the future, while the Republicans lost with the America of the past.
It's interesting to observe that Young and other conservatives, while screaming for the impeachment of Obama, have this seeming inability to learn from their past mistakes. I understand their hatred of President Obama — it is the glue that holds them together in the absence of any real vision. Yet time and time again they make the same critical errors: they attack the president on every issue with the flimsiest of evidence of wrongdoing (while never once admitting their own messes and disasters from the immediate past), and they fail to renew a better or more coherent vision of themselves for the voter to feel there is even a choice. This makes for a prediction of just more lost elections, and they seem determined to make that happen.
I'm sure that you've noticed that Young and the conservative community are fond of using Obama's middle name Hussein. While not calling Obama a foreigner, a Muslim, or a terrorist, the use of the middle name, often without the first name, is meant to illicit fear, an image of evil and that he is not one of "us" in the minds of readers. This is a juvenile attempt to denigrate the president and portray him as a secret Muslim out to destroy America.
L. J. Siden
Gilmanton

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:54

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At the end of the day, we all want what is best for Sanbornton

To the editor,
Dear voters in Sanbornton:
Please accept my gratitude for your support as a selectman candidate on Election Day.
My congratulations and best wishes to Dave Nickerson as he begins his third term.
As Town Moderator, I want to thank everyone who came out on Wednesday night to participate in that wonderfully democratic process known as Town Meeting. Working together as caring members of this special community is an honor. Sanbornton is enriched by so many voices and so many opinions. We need to remember that we can agree to disagree on many issues, but at the end of the day, we all want what's best for Sanbornton.
With my best wishes for our continued success,
Patsy Wells
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:49

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