To The Daily Sun,
I had to chuckle when reading the first of Steve Earle's letters this week. He predicts the mud will soon be flying from desperate Democrats. He predicts that they will make personal attacks on Republican candidates and supporters and will be nasty as they get unceasingly desperate.
Mr. Earle sure knows about being nasty, making personal attacks and slinging mud as that is exactly what he, Mr. Wiles, Mr. Ewing, Mr. Boutin and alike do in every letter they write. And they sure do write a lot of letters! They have made countless personal attacks and flung mud at the president and their nastiness only increased after his 2012 repeat rout of their preferred candidate. He talks about Democrats being desperate. Look at the letters from this group of individuals written this year alone — they write day after day after day about the exact same things desperately trying to convince readers why they should hate President Obama as they do.
It is amusing that he predicts Democrats will do exactly what he has been doing for years and yet he chides them for it. Mr. Earle, look in the mirror and reread your letters. You and your fellow weekly writers could give lessons on how to sling mud and make personal attacks.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:26
To The Daily Sun,
What do we get from those who are advertising their qualifications for elected office on TV? One says he wants the "Best for New Hampshire." Who doesn't want the "best" for our state? His wife says he is a "leader" and "fearless. What wife wouldn't say that about her husband.
Then we have another candidate running for the Senate. His sister says that he protected her as a youngster from an abusive stepparent. He was also a Boy Scout who lived in Portsmouth as a child. So what? That's all we get so far. I like to think he has something else?
Then we have the incumbent senator. She is for the Portsmouth Navy Yard. That's nice. Who is not in favor of keeping the Navy Yard? As a senior senator, if she cannot keep the yard in New Hampshire, we don't need to keep her in the Senate. She also likes small business. How about getting some big business to move to New Hampshire instead of China?
Then we have the former senator who is running again. Although he hasn't run an ads on TV, he has signs up all around the area. Guess we have to remember what he did when he was in the Senate years ago, in order to get an idea of what he would do if elected this year.
All of them are giving us a "Pig in a Poke." We don't know what we will get from any of them if elected until they get the job. We are entitled to more. How do they feel about immigration, the pipe line, Northern Pass, taxes, Afghanistan, military spending?
We want specifics. Facts, not emotion.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:55
To The Daily Sun,
Hopefully everyone had a great Fourth of July, celebrating our nation's birth, and remembering the men and women who served and sacrificed for our freedoms. Last week's jobs report that President Obama and the media hype began the weekend on a positive note.
Unfortunately the hype about the jobs report, the 288,000 new jobs and the 6.1 percent unemployment rate, provides a false impression of reality. The reality is that this jobs report, like most recent jobs reports, signals a disaster for more hundreds of thousands of American families.
The primary scintilla of good news was that 799,000 part-time jobs were created. But 523,000 full-time jobs went away. Now over 7.5 million Americans wanting full-time jobs have to settle for part-time jobs with lower wages and few or no benefits. Lack of full-time jobs means people struggle with multiple part-time jobs to achieve the same standard of living ... or endure a lower standard of living.
In June 111,000 people gave up their fruitless job searches and dropped out of the labor force. Nevertheless, because the unemployment rate only counts people looking for work, this personal disaster helped reduce the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent.
Fewer than two out of three people capable of working have jobs. This is the lowest labor force participation rate since 1973. This would be great if people were better off, but most Americans, except the rich, are poorer, earning thousands of dollars less annually since Obama became president.
The progressive policies that President Obama has implemented have been a disaster for most Americans. Progressive policies, e.g., Obamacare, energy, immigration, regulatory, environmental, labor, and tax policies, stifle job growth and often kill the good jobs needed by middle- and lower-income Americans. But Obama's bailouts, subsidies, and crony-capitalist policies (e.g., Solyndra) make sure that the rich get richer.
If President Obama really cared about people, he would implement policies like Presidents Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush that encouraged a growing economy creating millions of good jobs.
But President Obama, like most Washington Democrats, cares more about his progressive ideology than about what is best for every American. President Obama pursues his ideology by destroying jobs and making people increasingly dependent on government and the politicians that provide subsidies to divert attention from the hardships caused by their progressive policies.
Unfortunately President Obama's progressive policies are achieving his ideological objectives including increasing the president's power in a bigger, more powerful government. As a result most Americans are poorer and less free.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:50
To The Daily Sun,
Usually I don't bother replying to letters from Mr. John Hoyt from Plymouth but this one on Wednesday I can't pass up.
Apparently Mr. Hoyt thinks it's the Republicans who are standing in the way of immigration reform, That's untrue.
They even say they are willing to go for a realistic plan but they insist the president secure the boarder first. Why? Because they have been taken down this road a couple times before, most notably when Ronald Reagan signed an amnesty bill for 3-million illegals with the Dems' promise to pass boarder security afterward. The Dems reneged. Why trust them now?
All Obama has to do is send the National Guard to the boarder with orders to turn back the illegals and an immigration bill can be had. Simple enough for you Mr. Hoyt?
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:35
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Thomas Dawson and I am running for the first time for the N.H. House of Representatives. You might ask "but why?" Maybe this letter will give an explanation. I have included bits of my background and my beliefs.
The past six years have been a combative and ugly period in our political history from the highest level of federal government all the way down to our local municipalities. Good, common sense, honest people are needed in our governments to get us back to a more practical and mature form of governing. I feel I can contribute to that climate.
I've been married 46 years and have two adult children, both born in Laconia. The Lakes Region is a wonderful place to live, raise a family, and retire. My past career and community experiences have contributed to qualifications that I would bring with me in representing the citizens of Laconia in the N.H. House of Representatives.
I have been elected to the Laconia School Board three times (nine years from 1984 to 1992).
As the State Fire Marshal of New Hampshire -— a Governor and Council appointment — I worked within the Statehouse and with all the cities and towns in the state. I also wrote, in 1984, the first State Fire Code in the state.
I was the Assistant to the Fire Chief of the Houston, Texas, Fire Department, the second-largest fire department in the fourth largest U.S. city. In this position, I acted as the department's chief financial officer, managing a staff of eight accountants. I built and administered a budget of over $130 million in a fire department of over 3,000 men and 75 fire stations (1980). As the department liaison, I communicated extensively with treasury, controllers office, purchasing department, and other city departments.
For seven years I was a full-time fire protection consultant operating in Northern New England. I successfully ran this business as a sole proprietorship until I began teaching in the Fire Protection Technology program at the Lakes Region Community College, a program that I had started in the early 1970s. I continued consulting part-time and ended my professional career as a community college professor upon retiring in 2002.
Since retirement, I have become extremely active in the early steam automobile community worldwide resulting in the publication of my book, "Stanley Steamer Tales." Currently, I am the American representative in the Steam Car Club of Great Britain.
The people of Laconia need state representatives who truly represent them. Every decision, every bill, and every vote in the House needs to be evaluated for what is best for Laconians and the citizens of the state of New Hampshire. Extreme ideologies must be countered with truthful, common sense, carefully-thought-out actions. I will support the citizens of Laconia and the working families of this great state.
Thomas W. Dawson
Retired Professor & Retired State Fire Marshal
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:26