Why do some deny the values upon which our nation was founded?

To The Daily Sun,

Just a word or two about L.J. Siden's protestation as to this nation not being a Christian nation. He quotes "Roger Williams, the founder of the colony of Rhode Island, argued that religious freedom is itself a Christian principle. Any attempt to establish a "Christian Nation," therefore, always has been and always will be unjust, dangerous and profoundly un-Christian." He and Roger Williams are in error to assume that we shouldn't be, are not — as they say religious freedom is itself a Christian principle. Therefore that this nation's First Amendment establishes religion freedom, first and foremost — which as they point out is a Christian principle — we therefore are indeed a Christian nation. Our form of government is a constitutional republic and its first principle of the rights of its citizens is a Christian principle one would commonly agree our foundation is Christian.

For what reason one must argue time and time again to deny the values upon which the nation was founded I really find to be sad, just the fact that one may so argue publicly should alert one to appreciate those values.

Our founding Fathers were not radical liberal progressives, they were in one word "conservatives" — sorry Siden.

They fought to preserve their rights of common law and the Magna Carta which the liberal progressive king and his Parliament were seeking to strip from the English colonists.

G.W. Brooks

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House had 500 days to take a vote on Senate immigration bill

To The Daily Sun,

Bravo President Obama — for issuing an executive order on immigration after years of obstructionism by the Congress. The House has had over 500 days to take a vote on the bipartisan immigration reform bill passed by the Senate — but Speaker Boehner won't allow a vote, though most reporters agree the House would have passed the Senate bill, making the president's executive order unnecessary. And the House could still pass this Senate bill, which would supersede the president's executive order.

Now the Republicans seem to be throwing a tantrum, annoyed that they are unable to succeed at stalling any meaningful action on immigration reform.

As conservative legal scholar Eric Posner (University of Chicago) wrote in the New York Times on Nov. 18, the Constitution clearly gives the President "executive power" — which, as Posner wrote, "has always been understood to include the discretionary power to allocate resources among enforcement efforts."

While some on the right have been whining about the number of executive orders President Obama has issued, it might be useful to review the facts. The numbers are available to all on the Website of the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara (http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php ). Their chart (updated every month) lists the numbers of executive orders from Presidents Washington to Obama. On the chart are both the total number of orders issued and the average number per year in office. Looking at this latter number (updated through Oct. 20, 2014), President Obama has the lowest average of orders per year (33.57) since the first term of Grover Cleveland (1885-89), whose average orders per year was 28.25.

Looking at the total number of executive orders issued for some recent Presidents, Reagan issued 381, George W. Bush issued 291, and President Obama has so far issued 193.

Gary McCool


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Is that all? Compare mill situation to what was faced in 1970s

To The Daily Sun,

On Dec. 8, a public input session will be held about the current challenges facing the Belknap Mill Society. Since the Society is a public, non-profit organization, perhaps it should be recommended that an independent audit of the organization's finances be made before any public hearing is held and that audit be made available to the general public. It is important to note that the members of the current board of trustees of the mill are all new, and the public needs to know exactly how the society got into its present-day financial difficulties.

The Save the Mill Society was formed during the turmoil of urban renewal. There were two mills in need of preservation: the Busiel Mill and the Belknap Mill. When attorney Arthur Nighswander bought and restored the Busiel, the Save the Mills Society was renamed the Belknap Mill Society, and its mission was to preserve and restore the Belknap Mill. Four local businessmen were the founders of both organizations. Peter Karagianis, Norman Weeks, Lawrence Baldi, and Richard Davis. They put their entire lives on the line to save those mills, and they were highly successful.

They did it before the field of historic preservation was in place. They did it before there were LCHIP grants for preservation. They had a tremendous passion for their mission, and they hit the ground running. It was hard, hard work, but they never once doubted that what they were doing was right, and that it needed to happen.

When these men were facing the restoration of the Belknap Mill, the mill was in far worse shape than it is today. The mill was unwanted by the city of Laconia, as well as a high percentage of the city's residents. One of them went as far as to set the mill on fire in order to rid the city of such an "eyesore." Fortunately, that fire was extinguished before it caused any damage.

Economic environments are often far from perfect when it comes to conducting historic preservation projects. That's where passion and creativity come into play. The Belknap Mill today is in need of repair, and some of the repairs are costly. That is what preservation is all about, and that is the job of the Belknap Mill Society. There are preservation grants available, such as LCHIP, which this year was funded with millions of dollars.

The Belknap Mill's future is not gloom and doom. There is a one-of-a-kind industrial museum housed within the mill, which includes a power system built in 1918 and a room filled with knitting machines that were made in Laconia. There are tenants that utilize the building on a daily basis and an award-winning school program that is held there on an annual basis. The mill is functioning, but it needs some preservation.

If the four men who saved the mill in the 1970s saw what the mill needed today, I can assure you that they would say, "Is that all?"

Carol Anderson


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Don't go down that road; 'every junkie is like a setting sun'

To The Daily Sun,

After reading the front page (11/18/14) on the three men charged with shooting heroin, and seeing their age, I could only say, "You're old enough to know better." But they say opium addition is a dark cloud that will follow you the rest of your life.

I grew up in the late sixties, early seventies, when heroin was an epidemic. I lost a couple of friends to a heroin overdose. They way I would mourn their loss and serve as a constant reminder not to go down that road, was a song by the artist Neil Young. The last verse was, "I've seen the needle and the damage done, a little part of it in every one, but every junkie is like a setting sun."

God bless those who have broken the chains of heroin addiction, and God help those who have not.

Steven Belcher


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Are right wingers now going to apologize for Benghazi libel

To The Daily Sun,
So what say all you right-wing conspiracy Obama haters?

(Last week an investigative report prepared by the House Intelligence Committee founds little to support questions raised about CIA actions on the ground in Benghazi, Libya, the night of a deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound.)

Our president and his administration did not in fact lie to the American people as the talking heads on Fox News where most of you get your "facts" repeatedly told their viewers. The true patriotic Americans deserve an apology for all the damage you have caused to this great country and the memory of the brave men who gave their lives.
Carol Stappi

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