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Shouldn't the background of Mr. Zimmerman be relevant, too

To The Daily Sun,

Over the past several weeks there have been many letters filled with speculation and conjecture regarding events leading up to the death of Trayvon Martin. The issue that is common in most, is race, and the role it may or may not have played. A refreshing letter from Mr. Andrew Engler says it best when he writes that, "I was not there for the confrontation that night so really have no business in determining what happened ... a jury heard the evidence and came to a conclusion. They were far more qualified to do so than are you and I."

Despite all the rhetoric, the only individual who knows if race was a motivating factor is George Zimmerman.

In referencing this tragic event, Mr. Ewing makes a dramatic sweeping generalization that the "incident revealed corruption of our media" — I'm sure he's including Fox News and other conservative media in that condemnation. But rather than defending the Stand Your Ground law or discussing the verdict of the jury, it's unfortunate instead that he went after the victim, portraying him as a doped-up hallucinatory career criminal who probably had it coming.

Medical examiners found THC, an ingredient in marijuana, when they tested Martin's blood and urine, but the amount was of such a low level that it would have played no role in his behavior the night he was killed. The level described can be seen days after somebody smokes. Ultimately, whether Martin was a perfect person or not is irrelevant to whether Zimmerman's conduct that night was justified. Clearly, there are two different versions of the events that transpired on February 26th, the night Martin was killed.

To be "fair and balanced" shouldn't Mr. Ewing have provided us with the relative background on George Zimmerman? His criminal records reveal that he does not have a clean past and has several brushes with the law. Records seem to indicate that he does have an aggressive personality. In 2005 Zimmerman was arrested and charged with "resisting officer with violence" and battery of law enforcement officer." Both of these felonies are considered third degree. Due to his desperate attempts, and possibly the fact that his father was an Orange County magistrate judge, the charges were reduced to "resisting officer without violence and the remaining charge was waived when he entered an alcohol education program. Again in 2005, Zimmerman's ex-fiancé was granted a restraining order alleging domestic violence. Prior to the events of February 26th, Zimmerman's neighbors complained about his aggressive tactics to the local police and the homeowners association. In police interviews, acquaintances of Zimmerman described him as a racist and very confrontational.

Who had the right to stand their ground — Martin or Zimmerman? The Florida Stand Your Ground law is a murky mess at best, which will hopefully lead people to start thinking and reevaluating. With this having been said, it risks a change in the law, and the NRA simply cannot have a defeat to their agenda of extending the scope of the Second Amendment. Political influence is what's most important — to hell with innocent victims.

L. J. Siden


Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 09:37

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Today's 20-somethings need to get their heads in game, fast

To The Daily Sun,

The origin of the assertion "There's a sucker born every minute" is disputed, but there's no disputing the fact that it applies to today's young adults. Call them Generation Y, Global Generation, or Net Gen, but know that they are the Sucker Generation. Government con men and Baby Boomers — who loudly profess to be looking out for their interests — are taking the kids to the cleaners.

By the time enough members of Generation Y start asking "Why us?" the con game will have run its course. The greatest inter-generational theft in history will have left them indentured servants to the past, with a future circumscribed by decisions made long before they had a vote. Ironically, surveys show this generation largely supports the progressive policies that will limit their lives. To avoid playing the part of patsy, New Hampshire's youth need to understand what's being done to them and by whom. They then need to start voting from enlightened self-interest, not youthful idealism.

Across the country governments at every level, in cahoots with public-sector unions, have amassed unfathomable debts in a vicious cycle of quid pro quo. In exchange for votes and financial support, they made promises to pay unionized workers wages, benefits, and retirement packages that far out-strip the ability of current taxpayers to manage. To avoid alienating those taxpayers in their bid for union support, elected representatives hid the true costs of their promises, chronically underfunding the debt obligations and pushing the day of reckoning beyond voters' attention spans. But the free-lunch mentality is finally giving way to reality as the bills come due. Witness Detroit to see the future for us all.

Detroit's financial woes have been long in coming and are now widely reported. The city owes more in public pension and bond obligations than it can ever hope to repay. Across decades city leaders failed to live up to their most basic municipal duties. Other cities — and some states — are not that far behind and soon their stories will make headlines. But why should the Granite State's 20-somethings care? Because inevitably, and underhandedly, those debts will be transferred to them.

In an egregious case of "taxation without representation," New Hampshire's young adults will pay for poor decisions made in places where they had no vote. Money that would otherwise fund their schools, their roads, their communities — or their own family's necessities — will instead bail out municipal pensioners who will make more in retirement than they will after decades in the workforce. Their earnings will be spent to rescue residents of Detroit, Oakland, Chicago, and a dozen other cities whose budgets have been built on unsustainable borrowing.

It gets worse: In addition to municipal insolvencies, costly and underfunded federal health care and entitlement programs will pull even more money from their future to fund obligations from the past. The generation that once rallied to "Don't trust anyone over 30" and railed against the power of "The Man" now acts the part. While holding most of the nation's political power and wealth they show little regard for Gen Y, except as a source of revenue. Gen Y will pay to maintain programs today that won't be there for them tomorrow.

It's not youthful innocence that enables the Boomers to run this scam, it is ignorance. For that, you can thank a public school system that infamously and inexcusably has been handing diplomas to functional illiterates who fail to achieve proficiency in math, history, and civics. Too many don't understand the fundamental truths of the governmental and economic systems in which they live. They don't know what's being done to them, and the people who should be passing on this knowledge have little incentive to do so — and a lot of self-interest in failing to do it.

If they're going to save their futures from a rapacious past, today's 20-somethings need to get their heads in the game and act fast. While adopting the slogan, "Don't trust anyone over 60!" might be extreme, the gap in generational priorities and perspectives is as great today as it was nearly 50 years ago.

Ken Gorrell



Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 09:30

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Dear Post Office: Do you think my punishment fit my crime?

To The Daily Sun,

The grandkids, my mother, and I were so excited to go to the Multicultural Day's events in downtown Laconia on Saturday. After circling the block three times, I realized that I would not find a parking place close enough for my mother to walk so I let her out to wait while my grandkids and I searched further away for a parking spot. I turned right by the U.S. Post Office and saw the lot where the mail trucks park. Only two mail trucks were there and about 25 open parking places! Eureka! The Post Office is closed, this is perfect! The kiddos and I walked down and found mom and all of us enjoyed the day's weather and festivities.

When it was time to leave, about 3:30, I had my family wait by the Belknap Mill while I retrieved my car. Imagine my horror when I saw my car was no longer there! It was then I saw the sign on the gate that said Authorized Parking Only. I called the Laconia PD and was told that my car had been towed by Al's Towing and the officer gave me the number to Al's. I called Al's. They said they had my vehicle and it would cost $145 cash to get it back today. I walked back to my family and told them what happened and had them wait in the shade while I walked to Al's. I had to get my purse out of my car to get my debit card. The person that let me into the gated area where my car was told me I could not take my car to go get the cash. He did give me a ride to the ATM after I begged him to for the behalf of the two grandkids and elderly mother waiting for me, also, I don't think he wanted to wait there the time it would have taken me to walk to the ATM and back.

I paid the man — $95 for the tow and $50 for the storage. My car was towed two hours before. I asked the man, who benefits from this? He said that someone at the Post Office calls the Laconia PD and the Laconia PD calls Al's Towing. Al's gets all the money. The man said I wasn't the only one towed that day. My own fault, but some how it seemed that the punishment didn't fit the crime. Expensive day.

Louisa Simpson




Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 09:24

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2 nights in new lodge at Church Landing is our raffle prize

To The Daily Sun,

Roger's Ride is scheduled for August 25th. As a fund-raiser associated with the ride, $5 raffle tickets are available at several businesses throughout Laconia. Although we are saying Church Landing, it is actually one of the new lodges completed last year and located adjacent to Church Landing.

Please help Kiwanis help our kids by stopping by one of the businesses and buying a chance for a wonderful two-night getaway at a FABULOUS location. Better hurry, only 500 tickets will be sold, and they will not last. All proceeds will go to the Kiwanis Charity Fund. Details about the Ride and the Club are available at www.laconiakiwanis.com. Check it out.
Scott Laurent, President

Laconia Kiwanis

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 09:21

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I've come to love those giants seen from Tenney Mtn. Hwy.

To The Daily Sun,

"Do you see over yonder friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants?" I intend to do battle with them and slay them." "Take care cried Sancho, those over there are not giants but windmills.....they turn the millstone."
The idiom "tilting at windmills" comes from the English and means "attacking imaginary enemies" and I fear that these enemies still exist in the Lakes Region area. I have come to love those "giants" seen from Tenney Mountain Highway and no, they are not attached to millstones like the ones Don Quixote attacked but nevertheless they continue to serve a useful purpose — in this case creating energy with a very small carbon footprint.
I even get concerned when a few of them are not turning and it doesn't matter to me if they are producing energy for us or someone else. Many reasons have been expressed in these columns why people are still tilting at these wonderful inventions. Sound, sight, light flicker, health and the general impact on the environment. Try as I may, I can't find any credible evidence for any of them as long as they remain at least eight hundred and fifty meters away from humans.
Nothing is perfect and windmills do kill a few birds but when you consider fossil fuel alternatives, transmission lines, building windows, pesticide use, domestic and feral cats, it's a drop in the bucket.
Of course beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. I for one find them pleasant to look at. It's reassuring to know that nature can be harnessed for our benefit instead of being its victim. As for people who spend half their year on the lakes and don't want their property values to go down—my sympathy bucket is pretty empty at the moment.
If you want or need a contrast, just drive down Highland St. towards Hannaford and look to your left. With all those double telephone poles and wires it looks like earth after all the rich people have gone to Elysium — and not one complaint! One wonders where all the impetus comes from when action is needed. Perhaps real estate and lake-front developers, golf course owners, tourist industry and even environmentalists on occasion? The rest is easy. If you grew up with Gene Autry you'll know how easy it is for the bad guys to stir up a town and form a lynch mob. Too bad community action was absent when Plymouth was being turned into the inner workings of a pin ball machine.

George Maloof


Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 09:07

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