To The Daily Sun,
Summer is here and many of us are heading out to spend time on the water.
We should be glad the Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed a long-overdue rule that will safeguard water quality across the country.
This "new" proposal is really an old one. It simply clarifies which bodies of water are protected under the Clean Water Act.
The proposal will restore federal protections to two million miles of streams — waters that provide drinking water to 117 million Americans and vital habitat for wildlife.
Like just about everything else these days, the proposal has generated some controversy in the halls of Congress. But many of those making wild claims about the rule may not have read the proposal or understand its sweeping exemptions for the agricultural community.
On the next hot day this summer, please sit down with a cool glass of clean water and send our members of Congress an email letting them know about the importance of clean water and healthy wetlands and streams — for our economy, for wildlife, and for our way of life.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:55
To The Daily Sun,
In The Daily Sun's Thursday edition, Mr. Valengavich acknowledged that I had sent him a letter concerning the children crossing our southern borders. In his letter, he seemed to indicate that he knew all about the problem and indicated that anyone referring to the border crossers as "illegals" are the ones acting "lawlessly."
While I had intended to simply engage in a private correspondence with him, to offer a broader perspective to the existing problems, he has chosen to "go public."
FYI, here is a copy of the letter I sent to him and the internet video link that provides a broader perspective. I would invite people to access the link and decide for themselves.
"Hi Mr. Valengavich,
"I read your response to Steve Earle and was interested in your comment about the children crossing our southern border. I have saved a video link that is probably the best, condensed description of the immigration problem and how it needs to be addressed. Take a look at it . . . I'd be interested in your thoughts after you've viewed the presentation."
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:51
To The Daily Sun,
For many decades I have believed that Thomas Jefferson was the originator of "Eternal Vigilance". The text is a warning of what has to be done to preserve our Liberty. At a time when some are re-writing history, at my age some issues are just not worth the time. However, Eternal Vigilance is one rule for the voters. One only has to turn to the Community Organizer and Truth Fabricator for the examples of BHO's string of down and out lies! This short letter is to inform city government that it is my opinion that you have decided to control future municipal elections. And why, because the City Clerk in charge of elections did not account for all of the ballots cast, and write-ins in Ward 5 and when challenged, would only look at the ballots if Laconia resident and property taxpayer David Gammon would pay to see the ballots.
The City Council has chosen to run an election on the very day Laconia voters are holding their primary for state and federal candidates. Is Councilor Bob Hamel in such a hurry to make sure the "protect the incumbent" city ordinance is passed NOW?
Oh yes, I have been hosting my radio program for nearly two decades. What radio program has city councilors and other city officials used to get their message out to Laconia? Oh yes, that has been me and Alan Harrison. We are hometown.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:46
To The Daily Sun,
The organizers of Gilmanton's 116th Old Home Day on Aug. 9 extend special thanks to all of those who made the event a success.
We are grateful to all our volunteers who worked in the kitchen, food booth, wait-staff, pie bakers, art show judges and participants, ticket takers, car parkers, crafters, vendors, Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts, American Legion flag ceremony, ambulance rescue, antique car participants, raffle hawker, Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals, and the Parker Hill Road Band.
Hearty thanks go also to everyone who attended to make our Old Home Day a grand day.
For the Old Home Day Committee
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:43
To The Daily Sun,
Recently I received a letter from Bob Meade, in it he invited me to visit a web sight. So this is addressed to him.
Mr. Meade, thank you for the letter, I always enjoy receiving mail that is not an ad or a bill. However, I have to tell you I already know what's going on with the refugee children. That's why I back Catholic Charities and anyone else that wants to treat these kids humanely. I can't believe that there are people who feel compelled to call these children "illegals." While I feel sorry for these people, I'm sorry but they are the ones acting lawlessly. I will always believe you have the right to say stupid things, that doesn't come close to making it right.
I saw one gentleman from Catholic Charities say they wanted to procure empty warehouses, office buildings, and schools to build dormitory type housing for these children. Those are my thoughts on the matter Mr. Meade, thanks again for your interest in my opinion.
On the same subject, one of the frequent writers to this wonderful paper questioned where the poor families were getting the several thousands of dollars it cost to send these children up north. These are families who love their children and they will make any sacrifice to get their children to safety. I don't believe it is any of his business where they get the money, but, think loan sharks, think selling anything and everything to save your child.
Now I have been waiting patiently for Mr. Earle to respond to my challenge to name even a single "made-up fact" he claims we on the left write about. I presume he is researching this challenge and is having some difficulty coming up with anything, when you're ready Mr. Earle.
But I seem to have struck a nerve with Mr. Jim McCoole. Gosh Mr. McCoole, what offended you so that you would write such a letter. I would like you to try to say exactly which of my points upset you so, pick one, just one. Was it asking Mr. Mayotte about what he thinks religious freedom means to him? Was it me pointing out the misdirection of the right-wingers saying liberals are in trouble in the coming mid-terms? Perhaps it was the fact that I know Christians, and other people of different religions, who have no problem with anyone's religious beliefs, as long as they don't try to impose them on someone else. I think it was probably when I pointed out that Jesus, were He to show up at our southern border, would most likely not be carrying an AK-47. That if you believe He would be, you are a CINO.
Mr. McCoole, I was raised by two of the most devout Catholics I have ever met in my life. I myself was Catholic until I was 12 when I made the decision to find something else to believe in. This was a very personal choice I made after seeing people who called themselves Christian doing and saying some very un-Christian things. Actually it was much more than just that, but that's the simplest way to put it. If I insulted any true Christian, that was not my intention and I apologize for the misunderstanding.
Mr. Earle is certainly king of the "half-truths" line of opining. The letter where he misquotes Nancy Pelosi is the kind of classic half truth nonsense we have come to expect from Mr. Earle.
To Cathy Dawson: Mr. Earle either tries to be funny by misspelling peoples names or he just doesn't know any better. Either way it is just more of the disrespectful attitude he shows in almost every one of his letters, even when he pretends to care about the person in question. I don't know for a fact that the president hasn't asked Hamas to show some restraint, but I doubt he has. If anyone were to ask them to do that it would probably be Secretary of State John Kerry. But let's say the president did come out and ask them to show some restraint, you can bet the first thing to come from the right-wingers would be that he is negotiating with terrorists.
I would also like to thank Mr. Ewing for his wonderful advice to visit a couple of states to the south. To be honest I would have gone even without his urging. I wish I could still be there but my present circumstances won't allow it. Anyway, while I was there I was shocked, the roads, the taxes, the prices, the people. What a difference from here.
The roads I took to and from my destination were smooth and for the most part trouble free, some construction traffic, not to bad though. As to the sales tax, it of course goes hand in hand with the prices of taxable goods, here I really was shocked. The prices of things I regularly purchase in New Hampshire were 50 cents to a dollar cheaper, the sales tax is 6 cents on a dollar, and I was in one of the wealthier sections of the state. The gas prices there have dropped drastically since my last visit, a pleasant surprise to be sure.
And the people, as I ran into strangers in my running around, I greeted and was greeted by perfect strangers I noticed a lack of suspicion that I get here on a daily basis. I was greeted with many hearty "good mornings" and was happy to return the same. When I said good morning to people they responded with the same with a smile. While there are many people here that will do the same, most I have run into look at you like you want something from them that they don't want to give. It's sad really. I have found in my life that the most distrustful people are the ones you can trust the least. Anyway, I spent 10 glorious days in the most beautiful state in the country, in my humble opinion. That would be Connecticut of course.
One last thing, Mr. McCoole points out the ratings for a channel called Fox. Honey Boo-Boo, that Jersey shore show, and Paris Hilton, and many other silly shows enjoyed high ratings. Does that make them relevant to anyone other than viewers of these shows? I won't even bother to point out how ratings are gathered other than to say that Fox might actually have higher ratings than are reported, of course they may also have lower ratings.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:05