To The Daily Sun,
In the American Dictionary of the English language published by Noah Webster in 1828 we find the following definitions:
Patriotism, n. Love of one's country; the passion which aims to serve one's country, either in defending it from invasion, or protecting its rights and maintaining its laws and institutions in vigor and purity.
Patriotism is the characteristics of a good citizen, the noblest passion that animates a man in character of a citizen.
Statesman, A man versed in the arts of government; usually, one eminent for political abilities.
Our Founding Fathers spoke often of the difference between a politician and a statesman. A statesman was understood as a citizen who worked for his livelihood and handled the affairs of the people once a year in a legislative body. They feared career politicians who thrived off the backs of the people. Patriotism often spoken by our Founders meant adherence to the founding principles. Very little of this is done today, even by the flag waving culture.
Who do we know today that fits this identification? I met Robert P. Kingsbury (May 5, 1926 - Sept. 7, 2013) about 15 years ago and felt we would be friends forever. After knowing him for a while I felt we were kindred spirits. His dedication as a young soldier under the command of General Patton fighting Nazism instilled in him an understanding of a totalitarian government. He spent the rest of his life fighting against the same evil that permeated throughout Nazi Germany and communist Russia. And he saw the signs here in his beloved country. I am amazed at those who grew up in Nazi Germany, Hungary and Russia are seeing the same force being organized. He did not treat the subversion of our Constitution lightly and labored his entire life to teach others. With the understanding there would be opposition he stepped up and marched forward. He never gave up. He ran for State Representative 12 times before getting elected. Sharing the truth is never easy and often the enemy to facts can be downright mean.
Bob could honestly state that he did his very best and more to preserve that which our founding generation gave us. While others are trading our legacy and heritage for a little porridge and empty promises he did not waver but warned others. Even amidst attacks on his character. He can stand with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and those who gave us our grand charter. The souls who dedicate their lives to preserve its principles are of the same character as they who gave it. Rest in peace my Good Friend First Scout for General Patton, Lt. Colonel Robert Kingsbury. Soldier, statesman, patriot, historian and scholar. And above all he considered himself a follower of the teachings of Christ.
Gene F. Danforth
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2013 12:14
To The Daily Sun,
"There he goes again"' to quote Ronnie Reagan, this time talking about Tony Boutin, and his continued assault on Social Security. No new idea's, just the same old rhetoric , "its broke , we are going bankrupt," not any new idea's on how to "fix it".
Here is a history lesson for "Tony". Social Security was signed into law by Franklin Roosevelt in 1934, became effective in 1935 , and started paying benefits in 1940.
Ida Mae Fuller receives the first monthly benefit from Social Security. Her check is for $22.40 It has been paying out to retirees ever since, to millions of Americans , who have and continue to receive them today.
Speaking of Ronnie, who is the "Guru" of the conservatives, he along with Tip O'Neill worked together and fixed Social Security, a compromise, which included yes Tony, a tax increase. That was in 1982, 31 years ago. Today, it needs "fixing" again. It does not need stupid suggestions, like handing the money over to the Wall Street. gangsters They were responsible for the worst economic decline since the Great Depression. Bushy 2, of "heck of a job Brownie" fame, suggested privatizing and it was rejected, even by some members of his own party.
Social Security will continue to provide benefits now and well into the future.
As the Republican Party continues on the road to its demise, and more responsible people are elected to Congress, then real reform in the BENEFITS plans will take place .
So, Tony, , as my mother use to say, "get over yourself " and join the 21st Century.
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2013 12:11
To the editor,
Five days from the one-year anniversary of the "Benghazi scandal", Henry Osmer has implored Steve Earle and yours truly to explain why we think that massacre was a scandal. Okay, Henry, I'll give it one more shot to see if I can bring you out of the darkness and into the light.
— The security was sorely lacking prior to the terrorist attack despite numerous cries for help. Why?
— No one knows who ordered the military generals to stand down so that for over eight hours no help ever came. Why?
— Why was the attack blamed on a anti-Muslim video for two weeks when the truth was known almost instantly?
— Why has the cover up continued for a year with no arrests when our president promised the terrorists would be captured and prosecuted?
— Why has there been no accountability for the whereabouts of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during most of that night?
— Why have the potential whistle-blowers been intimidated into silence?
— It has recently come to light that as a result of Benghazi, allegedly, jihadist terror groups have stolen 400 ground-to-air missiles and are now controlled
by those jihadists.
But Henry, it goes far deeper than just the above bullet points. It now appears that the Obama administration, the Democrat party and the complicit media are behind the corrupt cover up in order to avoid another Jimmy Carter debacle which gave rise to Reagan conservatism. It is crystal clear that the White House was shielding President Obama from any political damage during his re-election campaign. The CIA's alleged, illicit role in smuggling weapons from our Benghazi compound to Turkey and eventually to Syria has never been proved nor disproved.
Drone button pushing aside, President Obama has gone out of his way to sympathize with the Muslim world and go after anyone who dares to slander the Prophet of Islam. Overseas contingency operations, man-caused disasters, workplace violence, rules of engagement, military political correctness and elimination or avoidance of any references to radical Islam and Islamic terrorism is akin to lying about Imperial Japan after the Pearl Harbor attack.
James Lewis has assured us that Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, John Brennan and Hillary Clinton are intimately familiar with the war theology of Islam. They know that the Al-Qaeda signature is always to commit mass murders twice on the same day and thus the Cairo Embassy attack. For those of us who have our heads out of the sand, the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the White House is no secret though the mainstream media treat that fact as just some conspiracy kookiness.
Henry, if you really want to know about the deadly serious, long range consequences of Benghazi and the Obama pro-Muslim and anti-American culture of corruption then read articles from the following Middle Eastern experts: Walid Phares, Whalid Shoebat, Brigette Gabriel, Nonie Darwish, Reza Kahlili, Erik Stakelback, Raymond Ibrahim, Frank Gaffney, Michael Scheuer and K.T. McFarland. Or check out what the following military folks have to say on the subject: Lt, Col, Ralph Peters, Col. David Hunt, Gen. Jack Keane, Col. Allen West or Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer. Then perhaps, if you do have an open mind, you will finally understand why Benghazi is a scandal and that it is a day that will live in infamy. If you are of the belief that this is a phony scandal, then let me ask you this. After a year, do the families of Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith deserve to know the truth and have justice served?
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2013 12:07
To The Daily Sun,
As a former member and chairperson of a planning board and later a zoning board of adjustment in another town I followed the recent events surrounding the so called Bear's Nest application before the Moultonborough Planning Board with interest. With the hearings to remove two planning board members over I felt everyone involved would step back, take deep breaths and learn something from the multiple mistakes of the planning board and the board of selectmen.
It appears that is not going to happen. One of the selectmen has chosen to continue a vendetta against two planning board members via this publication. It would appear now that a vendetta, for whatever reason, was this selectman's objective from the start of the removal process. The selectman in his letter that appeared in the September 13 issue of The Sun gave multiple, valid reasons to suggest errors in the planning board's decision on the Bear's Nest application. However, he chose to do nothing to correct the decision through the clear path available to him under New Hampshire law. One would think that as a selectman he would have a duty to invoke a process to correct what he considered to be a serious error. Instead he participated in the selectboard's attempt to remove two planning board volunteers, accomplishing nothing positive and ignoring his and the selectboard's responsibility to require a further review of the planning board decision. Now that the removal effort has fizzled he continues to disparage the two planning board members. What a way to encourage involvement of citizens in volunteer boards in his town!
My experience has been that members of the various volunteer boards throughout the state are typically good, dedicated individuals who care about the values of the boards, committees and commissions that they serve and they spend many hours of their time devoted to the efforts of those groups. Yes these volunteers are human and they sometimes make mistakes. Even selectmen sometimes err. One error, however is not an excuse for this vendetta.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 11:57
To The Daily Sun,
During my first term on the N.H. Executive Council in 1977, I initiated the N.H. Student Intern Program. This program affords the opportunity for college-age students to gain experience at my Statehouse office; attend official events and legislative hearings and work with N.H. state government agencies and N.H. congressional offices to assist citizens throughout Executive Council District One. There have been 142 interns through this program from eight New Hampshire colleges that have worked to serve the 263,000 people in the 108 towns and four cities in the seven counties of District One.
If anyone is interested in more information about this program, please contact my Statehouse office at 603-271-3632 or my home office at 603-747-3662 at 338 River Road, Bath, NH 03740.
It is an honor to be of service to District One.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 11:54