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Just when did citizens become slaves to public office holders?

To The Daily Sun,

I wrote a letter about the "Common Core" curriculum which was printed in The Sun back on August 2nd. I spent a great deal of time researching this subject for the letter and included a variety of sources to validate my claim that it appeared to be "a totalitarian takeover of our educational system". I was accused by some of my liberal acquaintances of engaging in hyperbole. Though not from any letters to The Sun.

Well, how many of you have seen the video of the Howard County, Maryland parent who was bullied by the security guard (an off duty Baltimore County police officer) at a Towson public school meeting? Robert Small had the temerity to challenge the way the question and answer session was going on the subject of "Common Core". All questions were supposed to be written and approved ahead of time, ostensibly so that more questions could be answered. When the questions really were not getting to the heart of the "Common Core" philosophy, Robert tried to ask an important question in that regard since this program would be affecting his children for years to come.

Outrageously, he was booted out of the hearing by the security guard who seemed to be looking for a confrontation. Robert was formally charged with assault though the charges were later dropped. All the other parents sat quietly as Robert was forced out of the room. Pat Caddell wonders just when did citizens become slaves to office holders? Those would be the ones who pay the educators and bureaucrats' salaries. Deneen Borelli noted that the "you better be quiet" message was delivered loud and clear. Yes indeed, you better sit down and shut up because the nanny state is taking over control of your children's education. Hyperbole you say? Well let's just keep our eyes and ears open shall we?

Later in my August 2nd letter I stated my opinion about what seems to be behind the "Common Core" agenda, rather than the cleverly worded goals of helping our children: "since this is a 'the end justifies the means' social Utopian ideal, it is perfectly okay to coerce teachers while keeping them in the dark, dumb down students using a one size fits all plan and treat parents like dumb and dumber. After all, it is 'the collective' that must bring up our children properly rather than their own parents".

This looks to me like exhibit A of what I feared in my previous letter. This incident would appear to be another nudge, or in this case push, toward a dictatorial state of soft tyranny. Are we really inching toward becoming the "United Socialist States of America? While more countries in Europe have been declaring the "welfare state" dead due to unsustainability, this country continues its mind numbing march toward the welfare state. By that I mean, the government takeover of our educational system and the government takeover of our health care system. If we are not all reading, listening, absorbing and responding to what is happening to our republic, then we definitely are not paying attention. Be very afraid and speak out, or remain ignorant and acquiesce to the collective mindset.

Russ Wiles
Tilton

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:49

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My daughter was senselessly murdered; let's try & prevent another

To The Daily Sun,

Three years ago — September 24, 2010 — in the early morning hours my daughter, Alexandra Engler, was in her kitchen in Baton Rouge making coffee, and studying before getting her daughter up, taking her to school then going to work. A man broke into her home, put a bullet in her head — execution style, then emptied his gun into my 9-year-old granddaughter, Ariana, leaving her for dead. The obituary in local papers passed unnoticed except for folks who are acquainted with me.

This was a horrific crime — even for Baton Rouge which has one of the highest per capita crime rates in the country. While it doesn't command national attention compared to the Aurora theater massacre, the Newtown school tragedy and now the shooting rampage in our nation's capital, it isn't just one more byline to me. And I ask your readers, shouldn't this mean something to you too? Where is this country on gun control? Don't start groaning that I'm some liberal nut. My husband is a member of the NRA and the Pemi Fish & Game Club. He and many other acquaintances are responsible gun owners, and to jump to a conclusion that the right to bear arms will be trampled is a far cry from requiring background checks for those who purchase firearms. Would a background check have saved my daughter's life? I don't know the answer, but it might someday save someone's life, and that's worth it to me!

I applaud Senator Shaheen for her support last April for the Manchin-Toomey proposal — a measure for additional background checks through gun-dealers and gun shows, and I wrote Senator Ayotte expressing my disappointment for her lack of support.

For my part, in honor of the memory of my daughter, I must speak my mind today because if just one life is spared, I will have helped with positive change, and my beautiful daughter's brutal, senseless murder will not have been in vain.

Bonnie M. Hunt
Holderness

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:44

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Great disappointment in the Keep Women Barefoot camp

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to welcome The Sun readers to another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks. In the news recently are the four Colorado Congressman who after voting against Sandy relief begged for emergency relief after the floods devastating Colorado. Huh?

Not missing a step, and as making a documentary about sociopaths, the House voted to increase hardship and food insecurity in America by cutting food stamps for 22,000,000 children in 2014. Ten million of those kids live in deep poverty. Showing the compassionate side of the tea party, ONLY 9,000,000 who are elderly or have a serious disability will be effected. And if that isn't patriotic enough for you, ONLY 170,000 of our veterans that laid their lives on the line will also be hit and made even MORE vulnerable. (http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3899) Being so both empathetic and fiscally responsible, the $39 BILLION cut over 10 years will help pay the $40 BILLION that we will pay Big Oil in subsidies in the same period. The Devil and His Angels are now in conference trying to figure out a way to more easily pay the $50 BILLION we subsidize the corn industry within the same period. Cuts to WIC (Women with Infant Children), and TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) look like an easy kill. Anonymous sources inside Hades' pro-hunger "We Love Corpses" camp say infrastructure funds look appetizing because, "hey, East Germany was kind of quaint".

Transcending his new glory as the most ridiculous person in Washington, DC, Ted Cruz is now being piled on by Republicans who seem to have gotten the message that he is truly the heir apparent to Miss Tin-Foil Hat USA, Michelle Bachmann. GQ's Mr Buffoon USA and Sarah Palin are now joined at the hip, yet John McCain, who gave us Miss Death Panel USA, "(expletive) hates him" say sources inside the McCain camp. Its the maverick, right? According to N.Y.'s Peter King, Cruz is a fraud. Ya think?

The U.S. House decided that insuring 17,000,000 children with pre-existing conditions is bad for America and voted for the 40th time to repeal ObamaCARE. It is estimated that each vote costs $1,000,000. Although ObamaCARE got its ideas from the Heritage Foundation and RomneyCARE, that doesn't matter because "we hate Obama". Up to 120,000,000 adults have pre-existing conditions but golly, isn't that what emergency rooms are for? Heck, we're pro-life.

Topping the "Is He On Crack?" Charts this week is Wayne Lappierre of the NRA, who told us that the Naval Yard slaughter happened because there just wasn't "enough good guys with guns". This week's Alexander Hamilton Award goes to the dueling team of Robert Taylor and James Pullum, who pulled into a parking lot in Michigan, neither knowing the other was armed, who then shot each other dead. Rumor has it these were two law abiding citizens previous to the now famous duel. Its not every day that two good guys with guns actually stop two bad guys with guns. Wayne Lapierre must be gushing.

On social issues, there is great disappointment in the Keep Women Barefoot camp. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals smacked down a lawsuit against the contraception mandate in ObamaCARE. A conservative appointed by George Bush, Justice Julia Smith Gibbon, wrote in her holding, "We dismiss the claims of the individual plaintiffs on standing grounds". But worry not folks, it seems that Catholic hospitals are claiming religious liberty protects them from unionization.

On the Big-Religion front it seems that the Catholic Church now have a very gracious and thoughtful Pope that is way left of the U.S. House of Representatives. In a total turn-around from the crusty rhetoric of the last two, the new Pope chastised Catholic leaders for being obsessed with abortion, gays, and contraception and slammed the cuts in food stamps. The audacity! He must be a commie!

James Veverka

Tilton

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:36

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Thank you Laconia volunteers; 3 great events on one day

To The Daily Sun,

I wanted to say thank you and congratulations to the city of Laconia and all of the businesses and volunteers that made the WOW Fest, Harvest Day at Prescott Farm and the New Hampshire Coffee Festival such great successes. These well organized and well attended events allowed us all to celebrate what makes Laconia special.

Again thank you to the many volunteers and supporters who helped make these events so successful.

Sen. Andrew Hosmer
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:26

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Alton community rallying to help photographer Matt Fassett

To The Daily Sun,

Last week Matt Fassett, a local senior citizen and photographer from the town of Alton, was robbed of his lap-top and all back-up drives. These items contained all of Matt's photos, including those already prepared for waiting customers.

Matt is a kind and generous man who lives a life of modest means and not only did not deserve this loss, but will have a very hard time financially trying to replace his equipment.

As outraged citizens, and people who know how much Matt Fassett has given to this community, we want to try to help him recoup a bit of his loss. We have set up a fund at TD Bank in Alton and would like the town and surrounding community members to know how they can help. Contributions can be sent to:

The Matt Fassett Fund
TD Bank
92 Main Street
Alton, NH 03809
875-6111

Please help us spread the word of this attempt to raise funds for the purchase of equipment Matt will need to continue his livelihood and his contributions to our area. Thank you.

Barbara Bald

Alton

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 11:56

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