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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 09:30
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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 09:24
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
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 09:21
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.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 09:07
To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to Jon Hoyt's letter in the July 31st edition of The Sun:
Mr. Hoyt, I find your diatribe against the GOP to be disturbing on many levels, perhaps the biggest one being the absolute paranoia you display. Your accusation that the GOP is only able to win through voter suppression is ludicrous on the face of it. As a number of indictments, trials, and convictions have illustrated, it is primarily Democrats who have been suppressing the votes of legitimate voters, enabling non-eligible voters to vote, stuffing ballot boxes, finding "lost" ballot boxes in the trunks of Democrat election official's cars, and allowing the dead to vote. How is it that laws such as Voter ID will suppress the vote of any eligible voter?
You make the claim that in North Carolina a state issued ID is almost impossible to get, making it equally difficult to vote. Really?
I made a call to the North Carolina Secretary of State's office and inquired about what was needed to get a state issued ID. All that is required to receive an ID card is "verification of an up-to-date North Carolina address". Acceptable forms of verification include military orders, correspondence from the Social Security or Veterans Administration, vehicle registration, or a North Carolina voter registration card." With one of those documents and $5 you can get a state issued photo ID. The only way it is "almost impossible to get" is if you cannot prove you reside in North Carolina, you don't have the $5 to pay for one, or are too darned lazy to go get one. Strike One.
In regards to "student's parents will be fined if their kids vote at their school", I must assume you are talking about college students attending a school not in their home town or home state. It has not been uncommon in the past that those students would use absentee ballots from their home town to vote. If their legal residence is in another town or state then that's where they should vote. There may be issues that you do not understand (or more likely, don't care to understand). My question about your claim: How is it that parents of a student who is legally an adult can be held liable for the actions of their son/daughter? That goes against a couple of hundred years of American jurisprudence. If such a case were brought before a judge it would be thrown out as it's no different that you being charged with a violation of the law for something your neighbor did while he was away on vacation. Strike Two.
Next you make some a claim about private schools down there, tie them into Mitt Romney and his son Tagg, and state "they will be making a fortune on those private schools." Okay, prove it. You made the accusation, NOW PROVE IT. Or is this just something else you picked out of thin air to back up yet another of your baseless accusations? You also say the GOP will "kick numerous unemployed off" (you didn't state exactly what they would be kicked off from) and that their benefits will be cut off. I'm sorry, but if they've exhausted their 99 weeks (almost two years) of their unemployment benefits, how is that the fault of the NC GOP? Those are federal benefits administered by the state. If they haven't found work after two years, I would place the blame on Washington, and particularly the Obama Administration for its failure to get the economy moving again. (I could go on and on about that particular subject, but I know it would fall upon the ears of a closed-minded individual incapable of forming a cogent opinion not based upon the same old tired leftist talking points, fueled by feelings and not upon provable facts.) Strike Three.
All you have managed to do with your letter is show that you really have no idea about reality, that what it is you profess to know "just ain't so", that feelings override any facts that contradict your beliefs, and that you pull "facts" out of thin air to make your accusations sound legitimate.
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 09:04