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Common Core education standards are rotten to the very core

To The Daily Sun,

How many parents out there are aware of the new "Common Core" curriculum being foisted upon our teachers and children in 46 states, including New Hampshire. Recently, a good friend of mine from Danbury asked me if I was familiar with it. I was not. I saw an article about it in my grandchildren's monthly Winnisquam Middle School newsletter. If you're not familiar with our government's use of Orwellian speak, then it will sound like a wonderful program to help our children catch up with nations who have surpassed us academically. I've spent the past few weeks researching Common Core and the more I have learned about it, the more it appears to be rotten to the core.

Dean Kalahar, an economics teacher, asserts that regarding it's real content, "if articulated openly would never be taken seriously". David Coleman, a leading architect of this program, has never been a classroom teacher and believes that education should be best utilized as the "engine of social justice". It appears that President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have lied to school teachers and administrators by claiming the standards were developed by the states and voluntarily adopted. Seems it was actually developed by an organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association and funded by the Gates Foundation with 173 million dollars.

Columnist and former educator, Everett Piper has also researched this program and found it lacking in (1) academic freedom; (2) intellectual integrity; (3) liberty and liberation. Yet, conversely, full of group think, political correctness and social engineering.

Common Core is being sold as a "state-led initiative" since federal law prohibits the U.S. Department of Education from prescribing any curriculum. From everything I've read, nothing could be further from the truth. The Marietta Times sums it up nicely: "Other than dangling a little green in front of cash-strapped states, offering No Child Left Behind waivers, threatening to hold Title I funds, forcing the states to choose from among one and only one common set of educational standards in order to qualify for federal money, crafting standards behind closed doors, and now determining how and when teachers will be evaluated, the federal government is not at all involved in Common Core. "Really". Since this is a "the end justifies the means" social Utopian ideal, it is perfectly okay to coerce teachers while keeping them in the dark, dumb-down students using a one-size-fits-all plan and treat parents like dumb and dumber. After all, it is "the collective" that must bring up our children properly rather than their own parents. Oh, and this just in, the program is terribly unfunded so get ready for the tax man.

Betty Orweller, a certified teacher of some 45 years of experience concludes that much of the teaching of Common Core includes psychological conditioning for predetermined outcomes. Or as she puts it, "outcome-based education philosophy on steroids, foisted on gullible educators and citizenry". She says students are being trained for a "planned global economy who will work for the 'collective' under control of a socialist elite".

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, perhaps it is time to play connect the dots. Power, money, coercion and bribery while using our money to subvert the democratic process to further an agenda for a global one-world government. And you thought Agenda 21 was just some crazy conspiracy notion conjured up by some wild-eyed, sovereign seeking, constitutional conservatives. Here it is, alive and well right under our noses and in front of our children's faces. Paradoxical progressives claim this is part of a "race to the top" for our youth when in reality, it seems to be more akin to watered down, internationally, uncompetitive standards which will leave young adults completely detached from their own nation's great history and culture, according to historian David Barton. Oh, and by the way, it appears as though Common Core's nationwide student tracking system will allow a students' academic record to be shared with just about anyone under a private database called "inBloom". We've gotta be blooming idiots to sit still for this totalitarian takeover of our educational system because this looms as a potential dagger through the heart of our American culture and education.

Russ Wiles


Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 11:06

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Obama will give the poor free cable & they'll give him their rights

To The Daily Sun,

Let's take a look at the top 10 Poorest Cities in America, each having a population of over 250,000. Next, let's look at the percent of people living below the poverty level within these cities. Please note the last time a Republican Mayor was elected in these cities.
Number one on the top 10 list is Detroit, MI with 32.5 percent living below the poverty level and they haven't elected a Republican mayor since 1961; followed by Buffalo, NY with 29.9 percent and it hasn't elected a Republican since 1954. Cincinnati, OH, at 27.8 percent, hasn't elected a Republican since 1984; Cleveland, OH, 27.0 percent, hasn't elected a Republican since 1989; Miami, FL 26.9 percent, has never had a Republican mayor; St. Louis, MO, 26.8 percent, hasn't elected a Republican since 1949; El Paso, TX 26.4 percent has never had a Republican mayor; Milwaukee, WI, 26.2 percent, hasn't elected a Republican since 1908; Philadelphia, PA, 25.1 percent, hasn't elected a Republican since 1952 and Newark, NJ, 24.2 percent, hasn't elected a Republican since 1907.

Einstein once said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results".

Before and after the Civil War the slave owners were Democrats and the slave states were the Democrat states.

In the early 1960s, President Johnson (D) initiated the War on Poverty and the entitlement programs were in full swing. The Democrats saw an opportunity to create a fixed voting base by encouraging the lower socioeconomic peoples, through entitlements, to move into the large cities. (This was before Agenda 21, but the same idea.)

These cities built massive low cost housing projects, which became Ghettos. These large cities could afford the entitlement programs because of their large tax-paying base.

Next, the Democrats convinced the city unions to vote Democrat by awarding them generous contracts and retirement programs. The Democrats with their tax and spend mantra had their voting blocks in place and had all the answers to the social problems; that is until the taxpaying businesses that were being over taxed and over regulated moved overseas.

After the exodus of the tax base, what was left became known as Uncle Sam's Plantations. With no jobs, no proper schooling, no prospects and too poor to move out of the ghettos, the poor and ignorant were trapped and forced to rely on government assistants. Democrats put the poor in the ghettos and keep them there by convincing them they were victimized by the upper class society and Republicans. So the poor, disillusioned, ignorant, ghetto dweller continues to vote Democrat. But what the Democrats failed to tell their constituents is that with $17 trillion in debt, the government is going the same way of Detroit.

Obama must collapse the dollar within the next three years. This is when Obama's ultimate plan takes effect. With millions of people depending on entitlements and then suddenly finding themselves without the basic necessities including food Obama comes to the rescue.

Empty stomachs equal's food riots followed by marshal law curfew regulations, controls, restrictions, confiscation of guns and private food supplies by Obama's Homeland Security army.

He suspends the Constitution and appoints himself dictator. In actually if he provides the food the people they will call for the Constitution to be abolished and insist on Obama (their savior) to take complete control.

Obama will give the poor free food and free cable TV so they can watch American Idol at which time the indigents will gladly give up their rights.

It wasn't long after Rome provided the masses with free bread and entertainment / games in the coliseum/amphitheater that the republic went down the tubes and soon after that some of the spectators became reluctant participates in the games.

Remember this, Obama is a Muslim and as such Sharia Law will become the law of the land. So you can look forward to public floggings, stonings and executions (beheading) simply for being gay, Christen or Jewish.

If you find this far-fetched, read what is happening in Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood. Oh, and for the edification of Sun's readers, the Muslim Brotherhood has visited the White House more times than the past director of the IRS. Another little known fact is that when the Muslim Brotherhood visits the White House all the pictures of the past presidents are covered up but as we all know cover ups in the White House are a common occurrence.

George Dengel


Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 11:02

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Thanks to Laconia DPW employees for addressing runoff issue

To The Daily Sun,

We at Engraving, Awards & Gifts want to thank the Department of Public Works, City of Laconia. Through their efforts, a serious water runoff/erosion problem at the intersection of Washington Street and Franklin Street has been addressed in what we feel was a cost effective and timely fashion. Kudos to all city employees involved.

Bob Powers, President
Engraving, Awards & Gifts


Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 10:57

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We GI's would sleep 110 (without fans) in that same size space

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing this letter in reference to the "Go to jail" article in the July 26 Times.

A 9 percent tax increase in the county budget and millions for a new Jail. No one in the private sector gets a 9 percent raise, People are still losing homes, businesses are still closing. Any politicians who are for this are either Democrat, RINO or represents a special interest not the taxpayers of Belknap County.

The photo on the front page of the House of Corrections reminds me of my military barracks where we had double racks in about the same space for 110 military personal; we had no A/C, no fans, you just sucked it up. So invest in military style double racks and get three times the number of inmates in the same space.

Oh, I have a few Kleenex left over for Charlie Flanagan if he has run out; great letter Charlie.

George Horne

Meredith Center

Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 10:52

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Don't pave over UNH's outdoor pool; historic charm is best asset

To The Daily Sun,
Recently I have received some troubling news from a dear friend in Durham about the fate of the University of New Hampshire's outdoor pool. It saddens and perplexes me to hear that UNH is seriously considering extending the Snively arena over the majority of the existing pool. During my four years as an undergraduate student at UNH I understood the administration to be quite reasonable and hospitable in their decision making process. However, in this particular instance I think they are making an incredibly short-sighted decision.
When I accepted UNH's offer of admission in 2009 it was not because it was the least expensive or the best in my field. I chose to attend UNH because I fell in love with its historic charm. This, in my opinion, is the most valuable asset UNH has to offer its perspective students. I am baffled at how easily UNH overlooks its greatest asset and how eager they are to swap one of its most precious treasures — the pool — for large gyms or hockey arenas — things that may bring in more revenue tomorrow, but in the long run, will dilute the desirability and beauty of the school — making it less attractive to year-round students in the competitive market.
I imagine UNH will offer to rebuild a new pool or preserve half of it, leaving merely a shaded puddle, but the current pool is spectacular in its natural and historic state — with smooth cement walls that descend into deep waters with fun paintings along the floor. It is Durham's refreshing and community-building gem.
Perhaps it would be wiser to extend the Snively arena toward the alumni center instead, or build it up? Many students often complain about the remote location of Snively — maybe it would be wiser to create another site at the other end of campus?
I've heard rumors that UNH believes it is unsafe, but from what I've read the pool passes its health and safety tests regularly. If UNH wanted to improve the cleanliness of the pool from its already satisfactory state I'm sure one of the brilliant engineers UNH educates or employs could devise a way to improve the mechanics of it while preserving and saving the current pool and its surrounding environment.
I cannot imagine a UNH summer without it and I hope future UNH students will be allowed to enjoy the pool the way I did. I am optimistic that UNH will be able to see how valuable the pool is and do what's best for the UNH Durham community — preserve and save the current pool!

Julia Rose Miller
UNH Class of 2013

Newton, New Jersey


Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 10:49

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