To The Daily Sun,
More than a decade of bloodshed and sacrifice took place in the rugged terrain of Iraq. President Bush's successful surge brought a chance for real democracy for the Iraqi people. Al-Qaeda had been decisively defeated and actually "was on the run". All this was accomplished remarkably, with an historically low casualty rate for a war of this length and with a terrific effort by our dedicated troops.
Fast forward to the end of 2013, and the final days of President Obama's 5th year as our Commander-in-Chief. Thirty-seven killed in a Christmas Day bombing in Iraq. Accomplished by two targeted bombing attacks. One at a Christian neighborhood and the other during a Christian mass. Four-hundred people have been killed in Iraq in December alone and over 6,000 this year.
During his year-end speech, President Obama cited as one of his accomplishments, the success in Iraq by virtue of ending the war in Iraq. There is a good chance that these deaths would not have happened had President Obama been willing and able to put together a "status of forces agreement" which would have left a small contingent of U.S. forces in Iraq to ensure stability within the country and avoid the kind of bloodshed that has occurred this year.
Iraq is now considered, by most experts, to be a client state of Iran. Al-Qaeda and it's many affiliates, rather than being on the run, has had an inspired revival. It now controls most of Iraq and Syria and according to most Middle East experts, is now a dominant force in that part of the world. People in those countries are wondering, "just where is the United States?" Charles Krauthammer says the answer lies in "Obama's foreign policy of retreat". "And when Americans retreat, the bad guys fill the vacuum". Our influence has been diminished and with it, lost opportunities for peace around the globe.
Egypt and Libya have been disasters for the United States as we all know. Syria could have been a worse disaster if Putin had not stepped in to save Obama's red line ultimatum. West Africa would be under al-Qaeda control if not for the French stepping up in Mali. Steve Hayes reminds us of how our president dithered and dallied for weeks on end while the Green Revolution was sparking in Iran and the whole world showed concern and looked for that "bright beacon on the hill" to again light up the cause for liberty. Apparently, the White House did not want to meddle in the affairs of others and Dennis Rodman was not available.
Now, we are supposed to believe that the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's speeches for peace are believable? Have we learned nothing from Hitler's peace speeches? If there is anyone who has a clue what our president's foreign policy is, could they please enlighten the rest of us. Steve and Charles believe that there is not now and never has been a coherent foreign policy under this administration. I suppose it's possible that our president is inspired from a song of harmony. That song is probably not from Beyonce, Jay Z or Kanye West, or even his favorite song for singing in the shower, Al Green's, "Let's Stay Together". No, I believe it is "Give Peace a Chance", by John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band.
Sometimes it seems as though America's soul has gone to sleep. How to awaken citizens from our complacent slumber? Is repeating, "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Hare, Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare", the answer to awaken our soul? Or should we reread the history of Ronald Reagan, Maggie Thatcher, Pope John Paul II and Lech Walesa and their indomitable spirits that brought down the Soviet Union? As Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel reminds us, "Indifference to me, is the epitome of all evil". Should we not demand a coherent foreign policy from our president and proper accountability for how our tax dollars are spent on defense? I think so. What say you?
Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 11:26
To The Daily Sun,
The column by Michelle Malkin in the January 3rd edition of The Sun was a perfect reminder of the sactity of Life. Her words prompt me to remind everyone that coming up in just three weeks is the anniversary of the terrible Roe v. Wade decision. Now, 42 years of horrific abortions have been committed in the United States since that decision was made. Many New Hampshire residents will be traveling to Washington on January 21st to protest that decision and encourage lawmakers to change the law. However, choice is still the law of the land; I urge pregnant women to take the choice for Life, as Michelle said, Life is precious.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 11:23
To The Daily Sun,
Here in Thursday's paper I find that L.J. Siden has once again out done himself. He decided to take a few words out of a long sentence I wrote in order to personally attack me. Wow ! I must be really getting under his skin. People like him get that way when they can't debate and support their positions with reason and logic. I suppose I should just be grateful he didn't resort to calling me a four letter word or a racist or something. The gist of his description of what I said was — I don't have to prove anything — and thus I was lying. Taking these words from a sentence that I must paraphrase because I don't have the letter in front of me, is: I don't have to prove my criticism of Obama because he has proven it beyond any words that I could say or write. That's a lot different from what Siden wrote.
I stand by those true words because anyone with half a brain who has not been in a coma for the last five years has seen, heard or read of all the lies, deceptions, deceit, scandals and underhandedness of this president. Siden clearly endorses, supports, and follows the examples given to him by Obama. And he has the gall to call others LIERS.
Any means justifies the ends, right Siden?
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 11:11
To The Daily Sun,
Local control. How can that not be the best answer for a community? It is true for ANY community, but I'm particularly thinking about OUR beautiful, educated, informed, small, involved community. What can possibly make a reasonable person believe that a centralized forum would reach a "better" answer than we could locally? They wouldn't. Children are best served with parents who care about them and take responsibility to raise them. Schools are best served when the local residents are involved in guidelines for schools and set parameters for education. Local towns are best served when the local organizations are vibrant, have input from citizens, and work together with local townspeople to deliver the best government for their residents.
Planning boards are key to the development of a town. The local planning boards are in tune with the local population and can best provide a positive direction for the evolution of a town.
Why would we think that a centralized process would be better? It certainly won't be cheaper, and it's not likely to be more aligned with our town values. What's the incentive? The incentive is to control and to take our resources. "Centralized Planning". Planning is difficult enough. The only reason someone outside wants to plan "for" is to control us.
Watch out for the rhetoric around centralized processes. Jane Cormier (R, State Representative) is articulating the details around the regional planning boards and their drive to usurp our local control. Take a look at what she is doing and think about it. She has my support!
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 11:02
To The Daily Sun,
Why the Gilmanton Year-Round Library matters:
Did you know that studies show categorically that children who enter kindergarten without a book-rich experience enter far behind those who have been exposed to books? The Gilmanton Year-Round Library provides programs, collections and support for parents to all of Gilmanton's children. There are two story times weekly during the school year, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Miss Tasha begins Wednesday sessions with a rousing sing along including both classic children's songs and new favorites. Both sessions feature interactive flannel board stories and a themed craft. Children of all ages are welcome to attend.
The Gilmanton Year-Round Library offers monthly programs for children as well. On the first Thursday of each month we host a "crafternoon" which allows children to explore different art mediums. No need to be super crafty, just have a willingness to try something new . . . and maybe get a little messy! An Afternoon at the Movies films, shown on Gilmanton School early release dates, are enjoyed by as many as 30 or more children every month. The wildly popular Lego Club provides an opportunity for friends to meet up and create 3D imaginings which are then put on display in the Children's Room. A full listing of children's programming can be found on the Library's website – www.gyrla.org.
There is something for everyone in the Gilmanton Year-Round Library's Children's Room, but and the staff is always open to suggestions for new programs.
Besides providing children with rich experiences, the programs afford parents, grandparents and caregivers the opportunity to reconnect, socialize and network in a relaxed setting.
The collection of children's books, books on cd, music cds and dvds continues to grow. If you don't find what you are looking for, don't forget that the Library participates in the New Hampshire State Interlibrary Loan program and can request titles from other libraries at no cost to you.
Stop in soon and "check us out!"
Gilmanton Year-Round Library Association
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:59