To The Daily Sun,
This letter is a follow up to a letter I read recently in the paper about the drug "Spice", which is being sold in convenience stores as incense. Many people begin to use this substance and feel it is harmless, as it is being stores and is legal. Unfortunately, what is happening is people are becoming highly addicted to this substance and cannot stop once they start using it. This is not just happening to young people, but older people as well. It is especially harmful to anyone that has a mental health issue. Often times we feel there is nothing that we can do to stop drug addiction, but with this drug there is something we can. We can tell the people that own these stores that we will not be shopping there unless they stop selling this product. Sometimes we think that drug addiction happens to other people's families, but in reality it can happen to anyone.
Everyone reading this probably knows someone affected by alcohol or drugs. I urge you to stand up and tel the people that own these stores how we feel and then do not go there. There are enough stores in the area to choose another one.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 11:00
To The Daily Sun,
Attention Bristol voters! As promised last year, I have been working feverishly on the Bristol Budget Committee to help keep an eye of the bottom line in an effort to reduce spending and work towards lower taxes without jeopardizing essential public services. It has been an uphill battle to say the least and there is still a lot of hard work to be done to make Bristol a more AFFORDABLE and attractive place to live, work, do business and vacation.
My hat is off to Betsy Schneider and Janet Cote for their hard work and dedication during their first year as selectpersons. They both have many excellent ideas but haven't made much headway with some of the current selectmen who are resistant to change and for which we are all paying a heavy price. Did you know our town budget almost doubled in the nine years that Rick Alpers was a selectman? Surely we can't afford another nine years of that type of leadership. So many Bristol residents and seasonal taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet and it is my personal mission in life to do whatever I can to bring some common sense to the table.
That is why I am endorsing Paul Manganiello for Bristol Selectboard and David Carr for Bristol Budget Committee! They have been outstanding to work with on the Bristol Budget Committee and are committed to reducing spending, lower taxes which attract new business to Bristol, thus growing more desperately-needed jobs and using a solid sensible approach to achieve the goal of making Bristol fiscally sound and one of the most attractive towns in New Hampshire.
We can't do this without YOU. If you are tired of higher property taxes, not getting enough bang for your taxpayer buck or worried about how long you can continue to afford to live in Bristol, please come to Selectboard and Budget Committee meetings, watch the videos at www.townofbristolnh.org or on Channel 26. Please check out Newfound Area Taxpayers on facebook.com and get informed, get involved, attend meetings with like-minded folks and please get out and vote! Together we can make Bristol a place we can all be proud of!
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:55
To The Daily Sun,
In reaction to the President Obama's State of the Union speech, Speaker of the House, John Boehner went on TV and said, "I appreciate the president's comments but Mr. President, "Where are the jobs? This would be a perfectly logical question if Mr. Boehner and his party had even considered the president's $447 billion American Jobs Act.
Ironically, the rejected bill contained many bipartisan ideas to increase jobs, including:
1. A 50 percent cut (to 3.1 percent) in payroll taxes for employers;
2. Elimination of all payroll taxes on newly hired workers;
3. Help for entrepreneurs and small business with access to capital;
4. Employers get $5,600 Returning Home Tax Credit for each veteran hired;
5. Invest $35 billion to keep teachers, cops and firefighters on the job;
6. Modernize schools, roads, rails and airports;
7. Expand job retraining to reflect the modern economy.
The Republicans not only voted against the bill, but were able to get a handful of Democrats to go along. To further add insult to injury, these Republican stalwarts for Free Enterprise came up with their own jobs plan. Guess what was their number one idea?
Yes, you guessed it. Repeal the new health care law. Also included was an elimination of rules and regulations affecting businesses and the EPA. They also threw in the Keystone Pipeline and cutting taxes for oil companies How's that for a jobs plan?
Do you agree with Boehner and honestly believe he has a good alternative plan to the American Jobs Act? Well, Mr. Boehner and his friends apparently don't care what you think.
Republicans in Congress only care about voting against the president and limiting the scope of government. They constantly rage against minimum wage, collective bargaining, unemployment insurance, and food stamps. They see no role for the government in job training, education or increasing the earning power of workers.
As someone, who ran a corporation for nearly 30 years, I realize that labor is a business expense that affects profit margins. Automation, computer technology and outsourcing have devastated good jobs but have significantly increased worker productivity. Large numbers of employees are no longer needed to run a business. The president is trying to create jobs by encouraging innovation and the creation of new industries, including alternative energy and new health initiatives.
Years ago, "moderate" Republicans understood that cutting the taxes on the affluent was not sufficient in boosting the entire economy. Economists tell us that the key to success is a substantial increase in consumer spending. This can only be achieved when low income, middle class and the wealthy have discretionary money to buy the goods and services of our economy.
One hundred years ago this month, Henry Ford doubled the wage of his workers to five dollar a day. He was immediately attacked by his fellow business leaders, and some Republicans as "a socialist" who will wreck the auto industry, as well as the economy. Ford, who certainly was no socialist, but the most innovative business leader of his time, replied, "You can't impoverish your customers. If I pay my workers a decent wage they'll have money to buy my cars."
It's been a hundred years, and the Republicans still have not gotten the message. If a political party really wants to help business it should work to increase the purchasing power of all of our citizens. You don't have to be a progressive Democrat to understand that if a business is selling a product, and its potential customers only have money to spend on essentials, like food, housing and medical expenses, they will not have any money to buy that product.
Let's be honest, the goal of today's Republican Party is not the growth of jobs or the increase in the wealth of workers. Since winning the House in 2010, Republicans have tried to deny President Obama the ability to get anything done. These "psuedo-patriotic" demagogues pray for a return to recession and 2008's mass unemployment, the perfect recipe for a Republican landslide in November.
Do you and your family really look forward to this prospect?
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:52
To The Daily Sun,
Hmmmm... Let me see if I understand this correctly. Several business leaders had to appear before Congress this week to explain how their customer's credit card info was hacked. They were also expected to tell what they are doing to prevent it from happening again.
Now this is the same Congress that passed the Affordable Care Act, without knowing what was in it or what effect it would really have on the American people. They have also been warned recently that security for the website is a failure and that people using it are taking a leap of faith that their private info will not be compromised.
So, who will Congress appear before should the government site be hacked and citizen's personal info stolen? Who will ask them how it happened, especially now that they have been warned?
"Those in glass houses..." people. They have also been warned recently that security for this web site is a failure and that anyone using it is taking a chance that their private info could be compromised.
So, who will Congress appear before should the government site be hacked and citizen's personal and private information stolen? Who will ask them how this could happen, especially now that they have been warned?
"Those who live in glass houses..."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:57
To The Daily Sun,
It has been very confusing to me when readers of this paper mention the U. N. Arms Trade Treaty or the U.N. Small Arms Treaty. After much research, I have found that the exact title is ATT or U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, which regulates the international trade in conventional arms, from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships.
According to the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA): "The treaty will foster peace and security by putting a stop to destabilizing arms flows to conflict regions. It will prevent human rights abusers and violators of the law of war from being supplied with arms. And it will help keep warlords, pirates, and gangs from acquiring these deadly tools."
UNODA claims the treaty will not interfere with domestic arms commerce or the right to bear arms in its member states; ban the export of any type of weapon; harm the legitimate right to self-defense; or undermine national arms regulation standards already in place all weapons—including all military, security and police arms, related equipment and ammunition, components, expertise, and production equipment.
Anti-gun treaty proponents claim the treaty would have no impact on American gun owners. That's not true. For example, the treaty includes export/import controls that would require officials in an importing country to collect information on the "end user" of a firearm, keep the information for 20 years, and provide the information to the country from which the gun was exported. In other words, if you bought a Beretta shotgun, you would be an "end user" and the U.S. government would have to keep a record of you and notify the Italian government about your purchase. That is gun registration. If the U.S. refuses to implement this data collection on law-abiding American gun owners, other nations might be required to ban the export of firearms to the U.S.
If international registration is required, then foreign governments would have knowledge of every (foreign) gun owner in the country, and have the right to regulate arms imports and exports, conceivably allowing for the barring of import or export of certain classes of firearms to and from the U.S.
How does this violate our constitutional rights? Article VI of our Constitution states that all treaties made, along with the Constitution shall be the supreme law of the land.
From what I have read, I don't think the treaty steps on our Second Amendment rights YET. But what happens is the baby steps the U.N. is taking to eventually have one World Government, and having control of our guns is a step in that direction. The international community is largely unfriendly to the American concept that firearms ownership is a right and that government is not only allowed to permit such a right, it is duty-bound to uphold and protect that right.
Jeanne Shaheen recently voted to ratify our part of the treaty. If you think she shouldn't have, please let her know.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:52