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New Northern Pass pamphlet is full of biased talking points

To The Daily Sun,
On Saturday, the mail carrier dropped off a professionally-produced, tri-fold pamphlet titled "We've Listened" that was distributed by the Northern Pass. Perhaps you received one too, or will soon. You can't miss its friendly pastel green and blue colors.
I was intrigued by the opening paragraph, being a writer myself. Remember your mom reading to you Little Red Riding Hood? Or have you ever heard the saying, "A half truth is a whole lie."?
Let's take some of the exact text from the pamphlet and add the missing text. I'll put the missing text in all CAPS so there's no confusing the two. Here we go:
"The Northern Pass is a proposed ALMOST ENTIRELY AN OVERHEAD transmission project that would bring clean, low-cost hydroelectric power from Quebec, CANADA into New Hampshire WHERE IT WILL THEN BE SENT DOWN TO HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES IN MASSACHUSETTS, CONNECTICUT, RHODE ISLAND AND NEW YORK. YOU FOLKS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE DON'T NEED ELECTRICITY BECAUSE YOU PRODUCE PLENTY FOR YOURSELVES. YOUR CURRENT HIGH ELECTRIC RATES WILL NOT DROP SIGNIFICANTLY BECAUSE WE'RE SELLING OUR CHEAP ELECTRICITY TO YOUR NEIGHBORS.
This project is a partnership between Public Service of New Hampshire's parent company, Northeast Utilities, and its Canadian energy supplier, Hydro-Quebec A $12 BILLION DOLLAR A YEAR COMPANY."
When you open the pamphlet to page two, there's more soft and gooey language. It's important to note they keep saying the words region or regional because truth be told New Hampshire is just a tool.
Hydro-Quebec needs to come through New Hampshire to be able to sell its juice to all the other states to the south of us. Their wording in the pamphlet is designed to make us feel GUILTY if we don't act like good neighbors. (Throat-clearing noise.)
Here's some additional text from the pamphlet:
" .... burn fossil fuel that creates carbon emissions linked to climate change. OUR NEW TALL OVERHEAD TRANSMISSION LINES WILL BE COMING DOWN THE PEMIGEWASSET RIVER VALLEY. JUST 18,000 YEARS AGO ICE FROM THE ENORMOUS CONTINENTAL GLACIERS EXTENDED FROM THE NORTH POLE DOWN AND ACROSS TO CAPE COD. THIS ICE WAS PROBABLY 2,000 FEET THICK OVER MUCH OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. IMAGINE HOW MUCH CLIMATE CHANGE IT TOOK TO CREATE AND THEN MELT THAT ICE!
GUESS WHAT? NO TRUCKS, FACTORIES, POWER PLANTS OR CARS WERE AROUND THEN TO BELCH CARBON! ONE MORE THING — THERE WERE FOUR, COUNT THEM FOUR, PERIODS OF THIS CONTINENTAL GLACIATION IN THE PAST 2,000,000 YEARS! WOW, THAT'S LOTS OF MOTHER-NATURE PRODUCED CLIMATE CHANGE!"
I think you get the point. The pamphlet is full of biased talking points. Hydro-Quebec wants to make tens, possibly HUNDREDS, of millions of dollars as do their N.H. partners, but they don't care about you and me. They most certainly don't care about our pristine scenic views.
Here's the deal. I'm not against Canada selling its electricity to Americans. I'm against them stinking up our landscape just like those despicable wind turbines near Rumney and Newfound Lake that are spreading like a cancer.
Hydro-Quebec can do the RIGHT THING and BURY the power cables across our entire state and just charge the cost to those buying their product. THEY CAN PAY THE PEOPLE OF N.H. A PERPETUAL TOLL WHEREVER THE LINES ARE ON OUR ROAD RIGHT OF WAYS. It's a simple cost of doing business. Why should WE SUFFER? Tell Hydro-Quebec, PSNH and Northeast Utilities to STOP CROSS DRESSING and take off Grandma's clothes!
Tim Carter
Meredith

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:58

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Corporations aren't people & corporate America isn't democracy

To The DailySun,
"Citizens United"? Really? Make that "Corporations United" — united to influence elections with out-of-state money.
Will New Hampshire join other states, 16 so far, in voting to overturn Citizens United?
The State House of 400-plus representatives is in favor, but the State Senate is not, and it only takes 12 senators to defeat anything in the New Hampshire Legislature.
Despite what some lawyers say, corporations are not people, and Corporate America is not democracy.
Dick Devens
Center Sandwich

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:53

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Heat exhaustion & heat strokes are serious medical emergencies

To The Daily Sun,
It is going to another hot week. The fourth time this summer that we have experienced prolong heat and humidity. We recommend a few tips — dress lightly, stay out of the direct sun, and drink plenty of water. If you need to get out of your home because of the high temperatures the City Library is open from Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other options are to go to the Senior Center on Church Street; all the city beaches are open and free; the Belknap Mall is air conditioned.
A problem in New England is the humidity levels actual slow down the body's ability to cool down. The body cannot evaporate internal heat as easily when the skin is wet.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious medical emergencies. Dizziness, weakness, fast heartbeat, headache, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting are signs of heat emergencies. Get into the shade and drink plenty of water. If you do not improve within a few minutes call 911. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which is a true emergency. Signs of heat stroke are fever, seizures, confusion, skin is hot and dry; this is a life threatening condition — call 911.
If you need assistance you can call 211, if you are having an emergency call 911.
Chief Kenneth L. Erickson
Laconia Fire Department

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:49

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Every member of Congress is responsible for our burden of debt

To The Daily Sun,
The current economic system is based upon a lie. "Our" economy and the world's economy are based upon debt. An economy based upon debt, where people borrow to have gratification in realty is a system where people sell themselves into slavery. Debt is the money of slaves. It is absolutely ludicrous and an incredible lie that our individual viability and security, as well as the world's economy can be based upon debt. It is lunacy to think, for "our" economy and the world's economy to recover, banks must start lending and people MUST start borrowing! Debt is contrary to every biblical principle.
Look at what has happened and what is happening (right now) across the "Eurozone". Did borrowing (and over spending) solve their problems? Now, look at our debt. Check out www.usdebtclock.org. The real-time debt clocks are mind numbing. More important than all the debt clocks, is the ratio of the U.S. federal debt to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The current Debt:GDP ratio is at 1.0666 (last year at this time it was 1.03866). This is not good! Several countries in the Eurozone were getting in trouble when their ratio was around 1.04000. By the way, each one of the U..S citizens is in debt to the tune of $50,137 (Last year it was $50,382.00).
Not doing anything is like entering a fairy tale. "I know they're talking nonsense," Alice thought to herself: "and it's foolish to cry about it." So she brushed away her tears, and went on as cheerfully as she could. ("Through the Looking Glass", by Lewis Carroll).
We need to hold every member of Congress accountable for putting every future generation into debt. Nobody wants to cut back the those "necessary" federal programs. Unfortunately, it appears that the decision it is going to be thrust upon my generation very soon! May God Bless America.
Thomas Selling
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:33

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Zimmerman had history of spotting 'suspicious black people'

To The Daily Sun,

To Robert Moran and Jack Stephenson:
Your recent letters to the Laconia Daily Sun literally brought tears to my eyes. It is assumptions such as yours that assuage your collective consciences and then in turn are able to formulate your theories. The events which lead to the death of a young man, staying at his father's home in a gated community, returning home from the store at night was purposely stalked by George Zimmerman. These facts are documented.
It is unconscionable, unwarranted, unjust and unreasonable as well as illogical for the two of you to extrapolate out and thus form your theories about who did what when. You weren't there. One of the human beings who WAS involved in this tragedy is dead. We cannot hear his narrative of the series of events that ultimately lead up to his death, other than the screams for help. Trayvon Martin was able to utter (as recorded on the cell phone) "get off of me".
Fact: It took Florida prosecutors an inordinate amount of time, with public pressure, to file charges against George Zimmerman. Fact: Mr. Zimmerman's attorney's spun such a tale of deceit, innuendo and doubt, that the jury had very little choice in the matter. The options that the jury had of conviction or acquittal were narrow, shortsighted and much too restrictive.
Other known facts about this particular horror and subsequent outcome: 1) Trayvon Martin is dead. 2) George Zimmerman was a free man after he admitted murdering Trayvon Martin. 3) As a result of his "injuries", Mr. Zimmerman was NOT hospitalized. 4) The police dispatcher tape recordings let us hear what George Zimmerman was doing and saying at the point of his "sighting" Trayvon Martin. 5) George Zimmerman was instructed by the police dispatcher to stay in his vehicle until police arrived on the scene. 6) Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law is one of the very worst statues ever formulated and placed into our body of laws. This "law" allows any of us to use brute force if we perceive being threatened. To my mind this sounds like lawlessness. Why have authorities to turn to when we can "take care of the perceived problem on our own?" 7) George Zimmerman was stalking Trayvon Martin as a result of preconceived assumptions. 8) This case was developed on the part of both sides from a theory, especially a complex one formed from a number of simple elements. 9) Documented evidence shows that Zimmerman made numerous calls, over a period of time, to police in which he reported "suspicious black people" in and around his gated community. 10) Reasonable doubt: where, when, how? 11) And last, but certainly not least, if Mr. Zimmerman is innocent, why didn't his attorneys put him on the stand to tell us his side of what happened on that fateful disastrous night.
I will now take my turn to speculate: Could putting Mr. Zimmerman on the stand then allow the prosecutors a chance to refute, piece by piece any and all claims of the spun scenario?
Mr. Zimmerman was stoic during the trial, no affect, no change of expression. Do you think he was instructed by his legal team not to move a muscle, express emotion or show any signs of remorse for what he did? Mr. Zimmerman will now have the rest of his life to wonder if what he did was right and just.
Trayvon's Martin's death has sparked a national discussion and that is a good thing. Maybe, just maybe, it will lead to a better understanding of those individuals who we perceive different from "us".

Bernadette Loesch

Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:28

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