To The Daily Sun,
I would like to publicly thank Joe Newton, commandant, and members of Tilton's American Legion, Post 49, for making it possible for me to accompany my father to Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight. Honor Flight is an organization devoted to providing airfare for as many surviving World War II veterans as possible to view the Veterans Memorial.
My dad, 87-year-old Donald A. Bickford, is a 60-plus year member of Post 49 and, as his daughter, I am excited and proud to be able to accompany him on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. The trip will take place on Father's Day in June.
The generosity of Post 49 has made this possible.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:51
To The Daily Sun,
The following businesses in the town of Meredith would like to thank the Greater Meredith Program (GMP) for putting together a fun and successful event, Meredith Cabin Fever, in an attempt to wake up our beautiful town during its cold and sleepy months. We appreciate your dedication to enhancing our town and community, in turn bringing economic energy during our quieter months. Please keep doing what you are doing.
Those grateful businesses are: The Frog Rock Tavern, The Ballard House Inn, Mame's, Edward Jones Investments, Waterfall Café, Kara's Café, Adornments, The Mug Restaurant, The Bay Restaurant, Davidson, Cozy Cabin Rustics, Meredith Bay Colony Club, Consignors Avenue, Lady of the Lake, The Fitness Edge, Sacred Waters Yoga, Threads - A Fashion Forward Boutique, Bonita D. Story Antiques and Estate Jewelry.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:18
To The Daily Sun,
The philanthropic Koch Brothers and the McCutcheon Supreme Court decision are both examples of why there is still hope for positive change in America. They offer hope for a stronger and healthier republic.
Conversely, progressive liberal types, epitomized by the likes of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, are apoplectic at the prospect of a slowdown in the 90 percent incumbency rate and an increase in fair and competitive political races. Pelosi laments the turning of politics into a "money war." Nancy, my dear, have you forgotten that unions have poured a mountain of cash into super PACS in recent decades? AFSCME ($60.6 million), NEA ($53.5 million), UAW ($41.6 million), SEIU ($38.3 million) in political donations from 1989 to 2014 according to OpenSecrets.org.
The ever-so-evil Koch Brothers were far down in 59th place with $18 million.
To be fair, the Koch Brothers contributed tens of millions to GOP causes while the unions spent about half a billion for Democratic causes in the 2012 election cycle. The Koch Brothers are an example of entrepreneurship, capitalism and charity at its finest. That Harry Reid has the audacity to attack them at every turn is a very nasty take on Democratic hubris and hypocrisy.
Star Parker asserts that the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court 5 to 4 decision is a shot of adrenalin to American democracy. While Pelosi, Reid and the NY Times claim that this gives those with the most money a corrupting influence over political elections, the opposite is true when viewed through the lens of objectivity.
New candidates do not have the money, fringe benefits, freebies and visibility of incumbents which explains the 90 percent rate of the same bunch getting re-elected time and time again. Ms. Parker notes that "limiting the amount of funds that free citizens can contribute to candidates, or how much those candidates can spend, just stifles competition and protects incumbents."
Betsy McCaughey reminds us that "members of Congress will favor self-serving rules that protect their own re-election and their big government agenda. The constitutional rights of opponents be damned."
When the progressive clouds have cleared, we can clearly see how the political culture of greed actually rests more within the confines of the liberal left than it does within the conservative right. The Washington "power scene" has become intellectually, morally and ethically corrupt. Let's get rid of Democrats and Republicans who have failed to live up to their constitutional obligations.
The "Supremes" got this one right. Had they voted against unfettered competition and free speech, we would have had "Nothing But Heartaches." But now, I think "I Hear a Symphony." Throw the bums out, throw the bums out. Here's a song for Harry Reid when his senatorial bullying ends after the November 2014 elections, "Love is Here and Now You're Gone." Let's be done with that vile incumbent theme song, "You Just Keep Me Hanging On."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:07
To The Daily Sun,
There is something desperately wrong with the system when a supposedly non-profit hospital will turn you away if you do not have health insurance, or if you do have insurance but cannot afford or have the co-pay. You may as well just roll up and die because they will not take care of you.
Do not let this shock you, it is the new norm to turn people away. But and this you will not believe: they will do a sex change on you free of charge and my tax dollars will pay for it.
In the last few weeks, a young woman went to the hospital because she was so sick she thought she was going to die, and because she was uninsured, they made her sit in the lobby for seven hours waiting for help, finally telling her to go to Dartmouth for help as they wouldn't see her. An 85-year-old woman went to the hospital with pneumonia, and because she had insurance but didn't have the co-pay with her, refused to see her. This is now the norm.
Pay your co-pay and they will take care of you, but your co-pay must be paid first. We all knew this was coming, or at least the people with brains knew it. So perhaps only people with brains should be allowed to vote?
As for the sex changes being paid by the state with our tax money, as soon as this is known to all the people desiring this operation, there will be a flood of people moving to New Hampshire demanding their free reassignment. Are you just going to sit there and let the state throw away money on non-life threatening operations, while the elderly and poor go without help? Perhaps some of you with a little more income could help with the co-pays. But for God's sake, do not give it to the state, we all know how foolish those spendy people are.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:58
To The Daily Sun,
I read the letter by Joanne D. Haight titled, "To us she is just Kelly & she's a strong leader for New Hampshire." Huh? Senator Ayotte a "strong leader?" Really? When, where, how?
Our junior senator was elected to go to Washington to work for all of the citizens of New Hampshire. She was elected to go to Washington to work with all of her fellow senators. Sen. Ayotte was elected to bring the concerns of all New Hampshire citizens to Washington, not just those of her Republican supporters. But she has failed time and time again.
Case in point: The massacre of young children and adults in Newtown, Conn. The vast majority of Americans cried out for stronger gun control laws. Where was Sen. Ayotte? Much to the sadness and great disappointment of those who were hoping that she would do the right thing, she stuck with those who chose to turn a blind eye.
She had a perfect opportunity to put in place stronger laws which could lessen the chance of yet another mass shooting in the U.S. while protecting everyone's rights. She could have shown the leadership we expect from a senator. She could have helped create a lasting testament for the little children who died before they even had a chance to live their lives. She had the chance to start the process of putting real money into real programs for intensive help and intervention for dangerously mentally ill individuals.
Instead, she waffled, she hedged, she procrastinated, and in the end she did not go along with the wishes of almost 90 percent of Americans, both right and left, who have had enough mass death from weapons in the hands of the disturbed and dangerous.
She stuck with those in her party who drafted a watered-down disgrace. Why didn't she support the bi-partisan draft created by both Democrats and Republicans which President Obama stated he would sign as soon as it came to his desk?
I, and many other New Hampshire citizens wrote to her begging her to change her mind. We pleaded with Kelly to finally do the right thing for all Americans, so more families wouldn't have to mourn another person killed by guns in the hands of the criminally insane or by weapons designed solely for wartime action.
I am against killing of any and all human beings, no matter the circumstance. I believe in the Commandant from God which says: "Thou Shalt Not Kill." There is no addendum on this commandment. Thou Shalt Not Kill is an absolute. Taking another human life in any shape or form should not be justified, ever.
This is an excerpt from the famous Farewell Address of President George Washington in 1796: "You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:54