The voters spoke on Nov. 4; stop trying to circumvent their will

To The Daily Sun,

When the issue of line-item authority of the Belknap County Delegation (Ch. 24:14) first became a contentious matter, the delegation sought to have the county attorney present the issue to the Superior Court for clarification. The county commissioners prevented the county attorney from so doing, but now wish to avail themselves of this self-same, and inexpensive, avenue to resolve the dispute. Tres amusant!

There will, very shortly, be a direct answer to this issue, an answer voted on most decisively by the county on Nov. 4. An attempt to circumvent the will of said voters by spurious allegations will not succeed. A word of advice to those who would disenfranchise Belknap voters: When you are in a hole, stop digging.

Dick Burchell


Commissioner-elect, Belknap 2


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I would like to thank owner of Soda Shoppe for thinking of others

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank the Soda Shoppe for the wonderful meal they served on Thanksgiving Day. It was a very good meal, and the cook and the sever did a wonderful job.

I would like to especially thank the restaurant owner for thinking of others. Thanks again.

Debra Davis


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Our federal government has shifted towards absolute control model

To The Daily Sun,

There is no bigger Big Lie than the lie by big government advocates and beneficiaries, repeated by E. Scott Cracraft in his Nov. 25 op-ed, that the TEA Party is "fascist," racist, and/or extremist.

The real TEA Party (there are progressive and party establishment imposters) is millions of everyday Americans (of all ages, races, sexes, ethnic origins, income levels, etc.) in thousands of mostly local groups striving to return to constitutionally limited government "of the people, by the people, and for the people". TEA Party members want no privilege or special treatment for themselves that is not available to all American citizens.

Cracraft tries to confuse readers with his discussion of "fascism".  Some people who became fascist dictators were elected as heads of democratic governments, typically by deceiving the people about their intent to suppress their opponents, claim unconstitutional powers, and turn their governments into dictatorships, e.g., Germany and, more recently, in Egypt. President Obama has also deceived Americans about his intent, used government power to suppress his opponents, and exercised powers beyond those granted by our Constitution. The future will show how much further he intends to abuse his office.

The only meaningful spectrum of government power is from anarchy at one end to absolute government control at the other. Batched together close to the absolute government control end of the spectrum are fascism, communism, and various other dictatorship forms that use government power to suppress, and often kill, opponents of their policies. The TEA Party wants to re-establish our nation's founders' vision of a government near the middle of that spectrum with the primary purpose of protecting everyone's liberties so that each person has the maximum opportunity for achieving his or her own goals.

Most Americans know that our national government has shifted towards the absolute control end of the spectrum. Instead of primarily using power to protect the rights of all Americans, our government favors the special interests, the politicians, and government itself.

Most Democrats and Republicans see various government excesses that threaten our safety, prosperity, and freedoms. E.g., the Patriot Act, government spying on innocent Americans, deceitfulness, excessive taxation, irresponsible spending of taxpayer money, and uses of excessive force against citizens who don't threaten anyone, e.g., Ruby Ridge and in raids of homes of non-violent and sometimes totally innocent people. There are thousands of less-well-known regulations, e.g., allowing government to control the food you grow for your own use;,and proposed regulations to control the Internet and free speech. These excessive government powers far exceed what would have been acceptable to our nation's founders.

Americans appropriately disapprove of Washington politicians because they constantly lie to us and too often legislate (e.g., Obamacare) and govern (e.g., Obama's amnesty for illegal aliens) against the will and best interest of the vast majority of Americans.

Contrary to Cracraft's claim, the TEA Party is not against any group, but we oppose any government action that allows one group to unduly benefit at the expense of other, usually less powerful, Americans. And, despite false claims to the contrary, we have little concern for President Obama's history, race, or religion. We do care that he constantly lies to us, hides his intentions from voters, violates his oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," and because his policies hurt people, especially Americans who aren't rich.

Except for rare times of extreme national danger, e.g., World War II, the TEA Party opposes deficit spending which passes an immoral burden onto our children and subsequent generations.

After 40 years of failing federal government intrusion into and influence over public education, it is time to allow the parents of children trapped in failing public schools to use the money taxpayers provided for their children's education to a school of their choice.

After more than 60 years of growing government regulations that waste billions of tax dollars (e.g., Solyndra), increase our cost of living, (e.g., ethanol), and favor special interests at the expense of American workers and taxpayers, it is time to eliminate all special privileges, subsidies, bailouts, non-competitive bid contracts, competition limiting regulations, and excessive regulations that make American businesses uncompetitive and drive jobs overseas.

Most Americans see that Washington operates against their interests and for special interest groups and the politicians themselves. The TEA Party demands that laws must apply equally to all Americans, including politicians and government officials (e.g., insider trading and Obamacare), that special privileges (e.g., taxes, regulations, "too big to fail," legal exemptions) and spending that is wasteful or driven by politics rather than national interest be eliminated.

Seeing continuation of their benefits threatened, the special interests and politicians of both political parties use the wealth and power gained at the expense of the American people to launch voluminous and well-funded attacks on the TEA Party.

E. Scott Cracraft's op-ed is just another part of the Big Lie put out by the special interests, politicians, and other beneficiaries of big government who prosper off the efforts of hard working Americans. These privileged few see their gravy train threatened and therefore they fight, misrepresent, and slander the everyday Americans striving to return to a constitutionally limited government, "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

Don Ewing


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'Scraped' or 'scooped' or 'sucked' the abortion process still kills

To The Daily Sun,

A woman once wrote, "I regret my abortion; I could feel my baby being scraped and scooped out of me."

With more modern techniques, the babies are now "sucked" out of women, but regretfully, the process still kills the baby. Please think of the choice you have. Choose life for the unborn child within you.

Life is precious.

Harry Mitchell


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The Bill of Rights doesn't 'grant' anything, it 'prohibits'

To The Daily Sun,

E. Scott Cracraft writes in his letter, "... that the U.S. Constitution grants us 'Freedom of Religion." Well it does not grant anything. The U.S. Constitution, which the original states composed to create a government which would serve the individual states as well as the general population within in a "united" framework for the states to work with each other and as one nation in dealing with the other nations of the world. It is a document meant to limit the government of the United States while granting it the authority deemed necessary for it to function.

E. Scott Cracraft referencing the First Amendment of what is known as the Bill of Rights, which denies the Congress of U.S. Government from making a law respecting an establishment of religion. One might ref:

The problem some have is in the way they look at things; at times we must give our minds a rest and allow the brain to do its work. To read the First Amendment and view it as granting us anything is simply flawed as it is well documented that the Bill of Rights was written to prohibit the federal government and not as some see it as granting the citizen something.

E. Scott Cracraft might read Article 4 of the N.H. Constitution (which predated the U.S.'s) as it states, "Among the natural rights, some are, in their very nature unalienable, because no equivalent can be given or received for them." Of this kind are the Rights of Conscience. Article 5 recognizes our religious freedom as a natural and unalienable right. While he is at it he might read the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd and realize that is was the people who granted the government rights.

G.W. Brooks


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