To The Daily Sun,
Let us all take a moment to thank a tireless public servant, Executive Counselor Ray Burton, for his years of service to this state and especially to the North Country.
Councilor Burton has always exemplified the highest standards of public office holding by working for all his constituents, regardless of party affiliation or level of contribution, with a cheerful demeanor, a friendly handshake and an amazingly full schedule.
We wish him well, send him our gratitude and seek to follow his remarkable example.
Kate Miller, Chair
Belknap County Democrats
Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 09:09
To The Daily Sun,
According to Wikipedia: "Hatred/Hate is a deep and emotional extreme dislike; it is often associated with feelings of anger and a disposition towards hostility". I regularly read this paper and increasingly find that many of the letters written display anger and hostility representing hate for our president. After seeing portions of, and reading about, the recent "Value Voters Summit" I was left with the feeling that the only thing they seemed to value is their hate of anything related to the President of the United States and their anger and hostility about anything he says or does. The content of so many letters and of the speeches at the Value Summit are focused on tearing down the president or anyone who may write a positive thing about him or Obamacare. They offer no constructive thoughts or suggestions, just bullying and hate speak. I guess I should not be surprised as many writing the letters and speaking at the Summit are fueled by organizations such as the Tea Party, Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation and Freedom Works; all organizations that depend on the hate of others to spread their divisive messages.
Blinded by the emotion of hate renders individuals unable to care about the truth and accepting of any information that satisfies their anger and hostility. If you read the claims made in the letters of writers such as Mr. Ewing, Mr. Boutin and Mr. Earle, to name a few, you know many of their claims have already been discredited by credible, non-partisan sources such as the Kaiser Foundation, Pew Research and PolitiFact. If you listened to the speeches from the "Value Voters Summit" you heard the long ago discredited claims made against Pres. Obama and Obamacare continued to be repeated and applauded by the hate frenzied attendees.
Blinded by the emotion of hate allows individuals and groups to believe they can say and do anything and makes them willing to spend fortunes on it. Shortly after Pres. Obama started his second term, a coalition of conservative activists led by for former Atty. General Edwin Meese met and plotted a strategy that played out this month. Their "blueprint to defunding Obamacare" was a take-no-prisoners strategy asserting that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push their fellow GOP members into cutting off financing for the entire federal government. We saw this long hatched plan play out as the Tea Party/GOP shut down the Government. It cost the country over $24B and actually resulted in an improved view of Obamacare while leading the Republications, primarily the Tea Party, to a decline in their favorability ratings.
I appreciate that we all have the opportunity to express our views but am personally tired of the hate and bullying displayed in so many letters, Mr. Boutin's letter published on October 19 is a representation of this. He continues his routine rant against our president, Obamacare and the Dems while taunting Kate Miller to reply to him. His letter does not deserve reply, although those who love to fact check could have a field day with it.
Consider the benefit to our local and broader community if all the effort and emotion put into the hate and bullying was channeled for constructive purpose. Perhaps the World Series can at least take attention off the hate speak and give us all at least a short reprieve.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 09:05
One of the best things you can do for someone is to give them a job. A job can require significant physical skills and detailed knowledge about a particular function. That could be as a carpenter, a plumber, a lumber jack, an automobile mechanic, or any other number of jobs. In the medical area, bright people spend up to 12 or 13 years after high school, learning and polishing their skills in their chosen specialty. While their physical requirement may not be the same as that of a carpenter, in many cases their need to be critically focused and precise in their movements for hours on end in an operating room, may even be more taxing on their body than what the carpenter endures. And in the case of the surgeon, another's life may hang in the balance. Every job brings with it a need for knowledge and effort. And, regardless of the field of endeavor, not everyone is as skilled or accomplished as their fellow workers. There is a natural "bell curve", or ranking of people based on their level of skills and abilities and their accomplishments. Normally, in any field, those who perform at the highest levels of skills and productivity are the ones who are paid the most.
Each job has a value in the marketplace, and that value is most often based on supply and demand. The level of training or education needed for the various jobs differs greatly. A person may become adept in one of the manual arts after apprenticing for three or four years under a journeyman in that field. In some trades, the state requires the apprentice first pass a comprehensive test to show that they are qualified to be a journeyman in their chosen field. In most cases, the process is rigorous enough that there is rarely an over abundance of qualified workers in any one of the skill sets. While there is competition to get work among those workers, the demand is often high enough that good wages are paid for their labor. In the case of physicians and surgeons, they must go through very costly and rigorous learning and training to become licensed in their fields. The supply of them is limited and hospitals, clinics, and research facilities not only compete for their services, the individuals themselves have the option of starting their independent practice, and that increases their competitive value in the marketplace. Other "professionals" are in law, accounting, engineering, computer technology, and a few other specialties. Which ever the professional skill set one chooses, there will still be a natural "bell curve" where the most competent and productive performers will command higher wages.
There is also a wide variety of what are called unskilled labor jobs. That label is not meant to demean in any way the individuals performing those jobs, it is meant to show the difference between those jobs and those that have a basic requirement of training and/or education in order to be licensed to work in certain fields. Examples of what are called unskilled workers are often in the service industries and agriculture. The supply and demand for these positions is generally quite different than those that require more training to develop their skill set. Because of the greater availability of people to do these jobs, the laws of supply and demand place less monetary value on them. Again, individual performance will dictate where in the "bell curve" the person fits, and he or she will be compensated accordingly
Young people in particular should be aware that their future earnings will be based on which of these categories they are in . . . unskilled, skilled, or professional. Each of these categories, these jobs, are essential to a functioning society and are to be respected. Not everyone is capable of becoming a skilled neurosurgeon. Not everyone has the interest or desire to become a skilled plumber or electrician. Not everyone wants to work in a service industry. It is up to the individual to figure out the field of work in which they want to spend a large part of their life.
Sadly, often times a person's station in life may have been determined by the decisions they made as a youngster, as a teenager. Didn't study hard for that exam? Or that other one? Or that other, other one? Was that lack of study reflected in your SAT score? Won't that affect what college you can get in to? Or if you can get into a college at all? Missed a lot of school because you overslept? Is oversleeping now a habit? Try being late when you're apprenticing with that master electrician or plumber. Sorry Charlie, we can't waste our time teaching a no show.
Every job is to be respected . . . just be aware that you get out of it commensurate with what you put into it . . . and it starts when you're a kid.
(Bob Meade is a Laconia resident.)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
To The Daily Sun,
What is it about some of the people who live in the Lakes Region that make them want to shoot the messenger all the time? Is the lake that polluted that it's beginning to affect their thinking? I realize that shooting the messenger is a time-honored response to unwelcome news but it is not a very effective way of remaining well-informed.
Case in point is the "mysterious" L.J.Siden. If the right-wing Republicans would spend more time reading the message instead of obsessing about his identity they definitely would be better informed. But that would require a smidgen of tolerance and open-mindedness that seems to be lacking in a few 'lake people' tea partiers. I read L.J. Siden's post about veterans last week and I don't think he owes anyone an apology. I think the person who requested the apology, and I'm not mentioning any names, but sometimes his picture appears next to his posts, loves to bathe himself in the flag. For his penance he needs to repeat 100 times: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel".
To accuse half of the N.H. congressional delegation of "using veterans" as pawns is despicable and is typical of right-wing thinking. L.J.Siden is a voice crying in the wilderness. He upsets a lot of the loons nesting on or around the lake. I wonder how Tea Partiers, who often cite Jesus in their ideology, would behave if they ever suspected that Jesus was merely a man. Come to think of it, I'm beginning to wonder how any Christian would behave if they suspected the same thing. Would the message of love lose some of its potency if it had come from let's say a gay man? A little less thumping and a bit more reading of the bible would be in order here.
Francois Marie d'Arouet also used a "pen" name and one can fill multiple libraries about this product of the "Enlightment Period" — a period that obviously by passed certain areas of the Lakes Region. So Mr. Mystery man. Keep up the good work. I, along with many others love reading your messages and we don't care who you are.
(Editor's note: The Daily Sun does not knowingly allow anyone to write letters to the editor over a "pen" name. We also do not hire private detectives. We tend to take people at their word until given a darn good reason not to.)
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 12:58
To The Daily Sun,
I am sending this letter to The Laconia Daily Sun because I will never buy a Laconia Citizen again after reading their paper today (Thursday) about the tragic death of a local physician.
This morning, the Laconia Citizen did two useful things. First, the article on the front page made me feel something other than sorrow; it filled me with a clean, bright anger. Second, and most appropriately, I used it to start my wood stove, only because I have enough toilet paper in the house.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am an emergency registered nurse and a nurse practitioner student about to graduate. I am writing this letter in order to explain my working diagnosis of a terminal illness in your newspaper: malice.
Krista Marrs, news editor, your running the story about Dr. Andrew Kane on the front and second pages, directly next to his obituary, was insensitive at best. Bea Lewis expounding on the details was sensationalist, unnecessary and cruel — more fitting to a tabloid than a community newspaper. Rather than illustrating the countless amazing qualities of a physician who dedicated his life to the health and welfare of this community, you drivel on about a solitary legal case dismissed years ago. He was a man who practiced excellent medicine, often throughout the wee hours of the night, saving lives and curing ills while you and your reporter drooled on your pillows. If he didn't take care of either of you, I guarantee he took care of someone you knew. How dare you diminish the good this man did in his too-short life by focusing on the end?
Drew Kane adored his family and spoke of them constantly. He was gentle and generous; quick with dark chocolate or an encouraging word. He was energetic and empathetic, smart and unassuming. He was an outstanding friend and mentor to nursing and EMS alike, and never had an unkind word to say about anyone.
Trust me; no one will ever say these things about either of you.
The story was not only poorly written, it was pathologically unkind. Bea Lewis shows a remarkable lack of humanity and empathy. In the medical world, this is considered a psychological disorder requiring medication and therapy. I strongly suggest that Krista and Bea seek immediate treatment for this disturbing malady.
Know that if you do, the staff at LRGHealthcare will treat you both like everyone else, and like Dr. Kane would have: with kindness, respect and discretion.
Unlike you, they are dedicated professionals who care for the people of the community individually and as a whole.
I would also recommend that your newspaper hire a new editor who is immunized against the type of petty malice that harms the community you are supposed to serve.
Carolyn Brown, RN CEN SNP
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 12:27