To The Daily Sun,
Just read Bob Meade's "Wouldn't it be nice if" editorial. Most of his musings are things that I'm sure the majority would agree with, I know I agree with many of them. But, there's always a "but" isn't there?
I have to take exception to a few of them" . . .people wrote letters to make their argument and not to make an enemy?" Okay, do you mean when people call others names or use unfounded statements to belittle those who don't agree with them should not expect to be called out on that, in a respectful way? Because if you do, then I have a definite problem with that.
The one that starts with "those who deny the existence of God . . ." Can You please give an example of how anyone is trying to deny others their religious beliefs? I would help in any way I can to stop those people, if you can show me who they are and how they denying you anything.
Don't want to make any enemies here, but my beliefs and my spirituality are not akin to yours, perhaps. They are to me very personal. I would not try to stop you from yours, or try to force my beliefs on you or any one else. Can you say the same?
Now I will add to the list as Mr. Meade suggested: Wouldn't it be nice if . . .
— People used whole truths when they write letters to any paper?
— Drivers understood that tailgating will not get them any where faster, and could cause them to be delayed even more in case of an accident?
— Drivers also understood that speeding and running red lights and stop signs are a crime for a reason?
— "Justice for all" weren't just pretty words in a pledge?
— Racism was truly not a problem in this country?
— The only political ads you see on television were the candidates themselves, and perhaps some willing family members, touting only their own agendas and positions of importance to their constituents?
— Those who use references to things like "union thugs" could understand that the "company thugs" were the cause of unions to begin with?
— For that matter, the United States is one of the first "unions" on this land, and for good reason?
— People understood that unions are why we have a "middle class" in this country?
— People could walk around without worrying about being shot because someone was afraid of them?
— People everywhere understood that revenge is not synonymous with justice, and the death penalty could be abolished in exchange for true justice?
Yes, I could go on and on, but that's enough from me for now. I'm not saying I agree with all the rest of Mr. Meade's points, but everyone is entitled to their opinions, aren't they?
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:12
To The Daily Sun,
Thank you, voters of Carroll County, for the encouragement and overwhelming support received for my candidacy for serving as your next Carroll County Register of Deeds.
With more than 30 years of experience as a real estate paralegal and small-business owner in Carroll County, I will bring the expertise needed to thoughtfully and carefully execute the duties of this complex and very important office. I look forward to serving you as your next Carroll County Register of Deeds.
Respectfully, I ask for your vote in the general election on Nov. 4.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:08
To The Daily Sun,
During difficult times of economic recession or depression, the right-wing lobby suddenly becomes very supportive of everyone's "freedoms". Despite the misery caused by an economic downturn, which they often caused, these reactionaries tell us that we should be fearful of any government efforts to alleviate the suffering or help the average citizen.
Happily, if we look at American history, we can see where these cynical efforts end up. In 1934, the largest corporations in the country led by DuPont, Standard Oil, and General Motors, openly formed an organization called The American Liberty League. Its main goal was to defeat President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and warn of "creeping socialism".
Cunningly, the League made sizable contributions to leading Democratic politicians so they would criticize Roosevelt's policies. Al Smith and John W. Davis, former Democratic candidates for president, and John Jacob Roskob, Democratic Party Chairman warned that Roosevelt was on the path to anarchy, as well as our loss of freedom. Luckily, the League began a rapid decline by 1936 when Roosevelt beat Alf Landon in a landslide, claiming, "the League wants to squeeze the worker dry in his old age and cast him like an orange rind into the refuse pail."
Today, we have the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity and the Tea Party, the heirs of the Liberty League.
How long before they all share the same fate?
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:05
To The Daily Sun,
The responsibility of serving as representative is to look after the interests of over 6,200 constituents, in five towns. This is a volunteer position that carries a great deal responsibility. It takes 24/7 concentration that should not be taken likely. That is why state Sen. Jeanie Forrester is so successful in the job she has been doing. The same goes for Executive Councilor Joe Kenney.
These positions in state government require all of one's time in order for it to work. If the voter fails to elect responsible, unselfish candidates who are willing to give 100 percent of themselves to our branches of government, we all lose. Please know your candidates before you just vote for the first name you see on a ballot. Talk to your local town officials about your representative and senate candidates. They will know their candidates. Voting because of a sign on the road or mailer in the box is irresponsible. Talk to the people you chose to elect and know their mind, before making more rash decisions in November.
This is the United States of America, the envy of the Free World, envy of our rights, which has pushed for democracy all over the world. The passe approach to voting on election day is a joke. Let's prove to ourselves, that we know better on how to chose our leaders. If you don't know your candidate, you can get screwed out of government.
I will be proud to hold a totem out side my voting station in November for Jeanie and Joe.
Don't forget your pen.
Eric T. Rottenecker
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:02
To The Daily Sun,
On Tuesday, I called my three federal representatives, Senator Shaheen, Senator Ayotte, and Congresswoman Shea-Porter to find out their position on auditing the Federal Reserve.
The auditing the Federal Reserve issue has been around for quite some time. There was not one staffer who knew where the senator/representative stood. I find that odd. A person is either for auditing the Federal Reserve or they are against auditing the Federal Reserve. Simple question. The person should know by now where they stand on this issue, and yet no one could answer it.
I was asked to leave my e-mail so they could reply. I did not give it. I gave my phone number. I wanted to know the answer. I did not want an e-mail that had nothing to do with my question sent to me as in the past.
I just called Rep. Shea-Porter's office again. HR-24, which wants the Federal Reserve audited, will be up for a vote today (Wednesday). The intern and the staffer did not know how she was going to vote. Yes, no or not at all. The person on the phone wanted to send me an e-mail with the response and not return my phone call with a phone call. This is unacceptable.
Our representatives work for us. Not enough staff. How long does a phone call saying "yes, no or not voting" take? I do not want an e-mail with spin. I just want an honest answer. Is that too much to ask from a representative?
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:51