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Gun control advocates are mostly pro killing of 1M fetuses annually

To the editor,
Gun control advocates say their proposals are worth whatever the impact to law abiding citizens, "if they save just one life". History teaches that gun controls create more, not fewer victims, but gun control advocates persist anyway, ignoring the additional deaths.
Aside from their refusal to learn from history, what makes me so skeptical of their claimed desire to save lives is gun control advocates' unconcern about millions of other unnecessarily lost lives.
Most gun control advocates support Obamacare. Obamacare's Independent Patient Advisory Board (IPAB) essentially will ration spending on those "too young" or "too old" (suggested as under 15 and over 40), thus causing millions of Americans to die prematurely or live limited or painful lives.
Some people in President Obama's inner circle (Steven Ratner, former Obama car czar, economist Paul Krugman, and Peter Orszag, Obama's OMB Director) admit that the IPAB is, essentially, the much ridiculed "death panel."
President Obama says, "maybe you are better off not having the surgery but taking the painkiller". While this may be true, such a decision should be made by the patient and doctor based on the patient's circumstances, not forced by remote, faceless, unaccountable bureaucrats.
Gun control advocates are mostly pro-abortion, pro killing over one million fetuses annually. That's more than 100 times as many lives as are taken by murder.
The trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia shows that these million plus annual abortions include living breathing moving babies killed after birth. Where is the outrage against these barbaric murders? Where is their concern for these lives?
Are gun control advocates fighting for other things that save lives? E.g., tougher sentences for violent criminals, elimination of "gun free zones" which create so many defenseless victims, or elimination of bureaucratic obstacles to getting a gun when a person is faced with credible threats? No.
Are they protesting President Obama's cutting federal gun prosecutions nearly in half, or his releasing criminal illegal aliens from prison unnecessarily in response to the sequester? No. Have they condemned President Obama for the "Fast and Furious" program that funneled guns to Mexican drug cartels who used them and other weapons to kill Americans and about 30,000 Mexicans? No.
Gun control advocates' lack of concern for millions of other destroyed lives is inconsistent with their claimed concern for gun victims. While I am sure many gun control supporters do care, they are being deceived by their liberal leaders who know their proposals won't save lives. Liberal leaders advocate these proposals because they advance their objectives of increasing government power at the expense of the freedoms and independence of law abiding, and in particular middle class, American citizens.
Don Ewing
Meredith

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 01:44

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SB-2 worked in Gilmanton without a hitch; don't be bullied

To the editor,
I've been reading the articles in the newspapers regarding information pertaining to SB-2 in Sanbornton and I must say I'm amazed at the amount of incorrect information, scare tactics, and pressure put upon the citizens of your town. You might ask, "Why would someone from Gilmanton write to the newspapers about our town? What does she know?" Good questions. Let me respond.
Two years ago our town tried for the 5th or 6th time to pass SB-2. Prior attempts were met with much the same rhetoric I'm seeing from your town: "Deliberative Session will take away the rights of the town to make decisions" or "SB-2 is destructive and complicated. My response is BOLDERDASH!
A small group of us got together in my town and put to rest the lies and distortions put out by the "nay sayers" who really don't know what they're talking about. My suspicion is that either there is something untoward going on with the select people who bash SB-2 or they just don't like change.
This year was our first chance to try SB-2 for our town and for the school district and guess what? IT WORKED WITHOUT A HITCH! We had more people show up for the Deliberative Sessions (otherwise known as Town Meeting or School District Meeting), people stood and voiced their opinions, added or deleted from the budgets and Warrant Articles, just as is done at any town meeting. Then they had the opportunity to look over the final budgets during the month before our town election so as to be informed before going into the voting booth to vote on how our tax dollars would be spent. Not everyone in the town showed up for the Deliberative Sessions; and yet, no less showed up than we usually have at the Town Meetings.
Sanbornton, don't be bullied or fooled by those who would say differently. SB-2 opens up opportunities that you now don't have. You will be able to vote for your choices for elected positions as well as vote for the budget, including Warrant Articles, in the privacy of the voting booth, or by absentee ballot (people on vacation, those in the military, and any others who cannot physically come to the polls). Tell your town how important it is that YOU make the final decisions on how your tax dollars are spent at your Town Election. It's YOUR money.
Elena Ball
Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 01:39

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Sen. Ayotte is fighting to keep guns out of the hands of criminals

To the editor,
Senator Kelly Ayotte, a longtime prosecutor who served as our state's Attorney General, is someone who is widely respected by law enforcement at all levels from across New Hampshire. During her time as Attorney General, she earned a reputation for working hard to prevent violence while also vigorously prosecuting criminals.
I have always and continue to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. That's a commitment that Senator Kelly Ayotte shares.
The senator has also kept her focus on key areas that we have identified as essential to preventing violence, strengthening mental health services, improving the existing background check system, bolstering school safety and increasing prosecutions of those who commit gun-related crimes.
In this debate, Senator Kelly Ayotte has been able to stand on her extensive experience as a prosecutor and as Attorney General. We appreciate the efforts she has made to advocate for common sense solutions that are focused on keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals and those with mental illness.
Sheriff Douglas R. Dutile
Grafton County

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 01:34

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Not a lot of space for free thinking at Granite State Future forum

To the editor,
Tuesday night I attended a NH Listens session for the Lakes Region Planning Commission. I was under the impression that it would be for the people to air their concerns about what they think needs to be planned. However, in my group of 19 people, there were only one or two other "common citizens" from the local area. Everyone else was a professional of some kind, or had special interests they wanted the commission to hear about. After speaking with a few other friends, I discovered that the situation was the same all around the room. The facilitators did a great job, but since every topic was pre-planned, there was not a lot of space for free thinking. The discussions were mostly about spending money that will line the pockets of the special interest groups. For whose benefit? Certainly not for landowners in the country. Certainly not for middle class hard-working individuals who now will have to pay more for repairing and helping the cities. I felt it was an intrusion of government mandates, pushed by the elite, upon those of us who truly feel that we have rights, too, yet won't be heard, because we were not represented at that meeting Tuesday night.
Now we are facing a bill in the N.H. Legislature that will force us to pay extra for water rights, which they are taking away from us. Check out SB-11. It would allow water districts set up to take over control of private wells by eminent domain. That's all part of Governor Lynch's "Water Sustainability" Initiative.
Is this what we want for New Hampshire? I don't.
Peggy Graham
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 01:30

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To Rep. Worsman & her convention supporters, I say, 'press on'

To the editor,
Belknap County Convention Chair Colette Worsman and her supporters on the convention have received severe criticism over the past several weeks over their handling of the Belknap County budget process. As a Belknap county resident I want to say that the criticism is completely unwarranted. In the Belknap County budget-making process, the convention represents me, the taxpayer, and they are doing exactly what I would want them to do on my behalf which is to intelligently question every line item in the county budget to determine its validity. Without their efforts the Belknap County budget would be 9 percent higher this year. In my view, it isn't the average taxpayer who is complaining, it is those that didn't get the increase they were looking for.
The convention's job, by law, is to oversee the budgeting process, not to "rubber stamp" a commissioner budget 9 percent higher than last year. The chairs of the Belknap County and Lakes Region Democrats have called for a "cease fire in the ongoing battle between the majority of the delegation's Republican members and the county commissioners", but instead of raising a white flag the county commissioners keep on fighting.
If the Democrats want peace, have the Belknap County Commissioners stick to the line item approved budget and get written permission for any changes from the Executive Committee per RSA 24:14 instead of transferring money as they see fit. Checking the county website proves the public may not even access the approved 2013 Belknap County Line Item Budget. The web site shows only the department totals under the 2013 Budget, not the individual line item expenses that were approved. Additionally, there are indications that the county commissioners are spending money from lines where no appropriations exist in violation of RSA 24:15. Rep. Worsman and her supporters would be derelict in their duty if they didn't challenge these actions.
The county commissioners recently requested a $200,000 increase to the 2013 budget to enable the nursing home to potentially receive $400,000 in additional revenue. In spite of the acrimony of the earlier budget process, Rep. Worsman scheduled a public hearing to discuss the matter but the county commissioners did not provide sufficient backup information to justify the expenditure and Rep. Worsman cancelled the meeting. Good for her. Any reasonable business person would insist on plenty of supporting material for any project where there is the possibility to double your money in a short time. The convention would be neglecting their oversight duties if they were to approve a budget increase without sufficient justification.
To Rep. Worsman and her convention supporters, I say good show and press on. The Belknap County Commissioners are like a big ship with a small rudder. It takes a long time and hard work to effect change. Rep. Worsman and her convention supporters have added a couple of feet to that rudder and we are beginning to see some positive change i.e. no tax increase this year and no longer a "business as usual" approach in determining the Belknap County Budget. If the Democrats want peace tell them to stop fighting.
Roger Grey
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 01:23

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