To The Daily Sun,
New Hampshire, by almost any standard you use, stands out as a special place. You name it — education, health, environment, standard of living, beautiful tourist areas, on and on — New Hampshire ranks near the top of all 50 states. I moved to New Hampshire from Kentucky many years ago and while Kentucky, unfortunately, ranks at the bottom of almost all categories, one thing even Kentucky understands is not to despoil their mountains and scenic vistas for energy production along the highway system and major tourism areas.
In New Hampshire, on the other hand, Northern Pass is proposing that the most beautiful, tourism-dependent areas of the state host 1,600 steel lattice towers (some as high as 155-feet tall) to wind their 180-mile way from Canada to southern New Hampshire. If Northern Pass gets its way, these towers and dangling wires would cross I-93 six times from Concord to Woodstock, pass through two segments of the White Mountain National Forest, the most visited national forest in America, cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and devastate many scenic villages. The visual impact of Northern Pass would be jarring and the real tragedy is it's completely avoidable.
Underground power lines down state-owned ROWs would completely eliminate this visual blight. As the Concord Monitor pointed out recently, "Ideally, the state would have created a publicly-owned energy corridor along highways and railroad beds years ago to permit the easy burial of power lines. The impact on the landscape would be minimal; the revenue received would go to taxpayers, not corporate stockholders. The Legislature is exploring the possibility of doing so, and it should act with dispatch." Unfortunately PSNH is fighting tooth and nail to block a burial mandate.
Overhead power lines are outdated technology and buried power lines are the future. Burial is being done in New York, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut, so why not in New Hampshire? Could it be that Northeast Utilities wants the income derived from using PSNH's existing ROWs? Keep in mind PSNH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Connecticut-based Northeast Utilities, and it appears Northeast Utilities couldn't care less about the scenic impact of steel lattice towers on N.H's property values or our tourism economy. What they do care about is the electricity which Connecticut needs and the income from using PSNH's ROWs. New Hampshire would be sacrificed for corporate interests, plain and simple!
The State of New Hampshire deserves better than to be turned into an overhead power corridor for the likes of Northeast Utilities and Hydro Quebec, especially when there's an excellent alternative. Starting August 6, a series of subcommittee meetings on burial of power lines will begin at the Legislative Office Building, Room 304, at 10 a.m. Get involved in this battle. If you love this state like I do, don't let New Hampshire be Number One in visual blight by power lines.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 12:56
To The Daily Sun,
As a resident of Laconia, I would personally like to thank Doug Lamos for all the care that he has been giving the downtown area to keep it looking fabulous. Doug is the man who works for Public Works making sure that the downtown streets and sidewalks are clean and weed-free. I have seen him out at all hours and on all days working diligently taking pride in his work. Thank you, Doug, for all your care and attention to our wonderful downtown Laconia.
Don't forget to support your local businesses. These people are your neighbors.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 12:53
To The Daily Sun,
"There are alternatives to violence" wrote Rev. Jed Rardin, pastor of South Congregational Church in Concord, in a recent op-ed. I pick out especially, "Good peacemaking rests on the ability to imagine something good." This ties well to an upcoming New Hampshire Peace Action event, for which the public is needed, and perhaps the public will feel they need the event. On Saturday, September 21st, International Day of Peace, we have reserved the Statehouse's front lawn for "Art for Peace." From 11 a.m. through 3:00 p.m., New Hampshire Peace Action provides the opportunity to display art that shows what the artist imagines a world at peace looks like.
Any media is welcome, with artists bringing their work to the lawn for display. Our website has a registration form. Lunch will be for sale near the street, front sidewalk. Art supplies will be on hand for spontaneous renditions of "a world at peace looks like this." Every age participant is welcome. School will have just started — maybe art teachers and Sunday school teachers can work this into their plans. Retirement communities may have art to enter. This is not a contest. This is a come-together time and elevate peace time.
Please look at www.nhpeaceaction.org, and see there, too, our August 8th Hiroshima / Nagasaki Day remembrance event.
Lynn Rudmin Chong, Chair,
N.H. Peace Action Education Fund Board
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 09:29
To The Daily Sun,
Thanks for informing us Mr. Maloof that you are 60 percent a banana, 90 percent a mouse, and 99 percent monkey — that explains why you write such foolish letters.
Seven out of every 10 Americans, believes that the Holy Bible is God's words; it tells us how to live, and how to die.
I am a Christian and not afraid of death, because Jesus Christ rose from the grave and promised that if we believed in him we would not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Jesus Christ said I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
To have everlasting life all we have to do is repent of our sins, ask Jesus into your heart by faith, and you will become a child of God. Saint Paul said, For he (God) has made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God, in Christ (11 Cor 5:21). Also he said, therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are becoming new. (11 Cor 5:17).
Friends, only a fool says there is no God, God loves you, His son died for you and your eternal future, he wants you to share with Him, in God's wonderful kingdom.
God created all things, everything your eyes can see, the sun, stars, moon, animals, birds, fish, etc, but friend's he made (created) you special, not from a banana, a mouse, or a monkey, he made you in His own image. He breathed into you a living soul (life). I'm excited about death, because it is an open door to eternal life, if God made such a beautiful Earth , "Friends" what must heaven be like.
Have you go your ticket to go? Put your hand into the nail pierced hand of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and I will see you there.
William (Liam) McCoy
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 09:20
To The Daily Sun,
I was wondering if anyone else has subscriptions to a magazine or two, because I have. The problem was I gave a subscription to a daughter and I wasn't going to do it another year so I did not renew it. Well I received a bill for another year! I called and they told me I had!
It had showed up on their computer that I had and I told them I hadn't. Well I decided to let it go this time. Then I was still receiving magazines myself and I hadn't ever renewed a bill for another year. I called and they told me the same story. But I hadn't. But I did want it because I really like their magazine. It is very helpful in products you buy and if they are good or not and subjects cover all sorts of things and there are no ads in them.
Well that settled, I received mail from another magazine company and they had a contest with thickets saying you may have the winning ticket for a new car and then they asked if you wanted a subscription. I checked no!
Well a while later I started receiving a bill for a magazine but I put off paying for it. I wouldn't owe that if I had not ordered it because it was in the line of the other magazine I was reading and liked so much. But I still did not send in a payment. Well about three weeks later I received a magazine. Then I realized that the magazine was for the bills I was receiving and I realized I did not order this. So I put cancel on the bill and sent it to them. Meanwhile, I received the free copy they promised to send with the subscription. Well I do like the magazine very much and I can compare what each one has to say that will help with shopping and buying and products that are good and things and companies to stay away from! So I may subscribe.
Also, I get anywhere from two to four phone calls a day to try to sell me something and I have been receiving calls for almost a week now. Some calls after 8 p.m. I am so sick of it and I was wondering what I could do about them. Now I pick up the phone and hang up on them. Just received another call!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 09:16