To The Daily Sun,
I'd like to thank the gentleman or lady who sent me the very nice card from Manchester, but it was unsigned. It had a nice sentiment printed on it, though the hand-written words of the sender belied the card's intent. Still it was a nice card.
Might I respectfully suggest if you disagree with my opinions that you, too, can write your own letter to the editor and join the ongoing debate here in The Sun. A couple of things though, you will need to have something to say other then name-calling, which I think you might accomplish, and you actually have to sign your name. Given those minor inconveniences I'm sure your ideas and opinions will be printed here. Thanks again for your input.
Now that that is out of the way, it's hard for me to understand what liberals have against Fox News. They keep saying Fox News lies, but just can't identify any lies any of the Fox News people have supposedly told other then report things Democrats have actually said and done. But they do the same to Republicans, so what's the problem?
I know they are use to the mainstream media hammering Republicans and covering for Democrats, but are their egos really that fragile that that can't even stand to hear and see anything except what they are being spoon fed by the liberal media?
The fact is they are being hurt just like everyone else in the middle and poor working family classes. If all you look at is the stock market rising you get the impression we're doing well, but fact is that's only Obama and his millionaire, billionaire and trillionaire golfing buddies are getting richer, not us. What you thought he was golfing with bro's from the hood? Get real, every fund-raiser is attended by the above golfing elite. A man of the people? Not likely.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:21
To The Daily Sun,
Democrats believe all guns should be banned.
Democrats believe women should control their own health care but their bosses should pay for it.
Democrats believe women need to have maternity coverage up to age 65.
Democrats believe Obamacare is great; then why is it a mandate?
Democrats believe that they (Democrats) should control corporations. Just look at what they have done for General Motors.
Democrats believe that taxes are the solutions to all problems. For example, Obamacare contained 20 new taxes.
Democrats are against the death penalty but are for abortions.
Democrats do not believe in religious freedom.
Democrats believe that you have no right to defend yourself.
Democrats believe Senator Elizabeth Warren would be a good president.
Democrats believe we should not be spending money on the military but we should spend it on illegal aliens.
Democrats believe that President Obama was correct 99 percent of the time; just ask Senator Shaheen and Reps. Kuster and Shea-Porter.
Democrats believe that the Supreme Court is only correct when they agree with the ruling.
Democrats believe that President Obama is the best president ever but American voters believe he is the worst president since World War II.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:18
To The Daily Sun,
Newfound Lake seems to be paradise for Industrial Wind Turbine (ITW) developers. One after another they continue to press for more development in our Lakes Region community on our mountain tops.
Developers believe the benefits outweigh the risks. I bring this up because there are reports that a few Groton Wind turbines were struck by lightning last week. Will we ever know, or this none of our business? Is anything that happens up there our business?
The Groton ITW plant has given me a firsthand view of what a mountain looks like before and after an IWT project has been built, and has helped me better understand the process of proper siting, construction and resulting effects on mountain ecosystems, true wildlife impacts and the threat to our waters below. Our testimonies are on record in Concord.
It is important to emphasize that many private proponents of Industrial Wind Turbine (IWT) projects have little or no on-the‐ground experience in this environment. Frequently these proponents are invited for a brief visit only after the facility is built. One can only truly comprehend the scale of disturbance by first visiting an undisturbed mountain ecosystem and then being present for all phases of construction from design to the finished operation. In short, an "after the fact" bus tour cannot begin to reveal the story of these projects. It will take years to fully understand these environmental impacts.
Knowing these private proponents only take assigned bus tours to support their reports, a good question comes to mind: Have any of our New Hampshire wildlife resource managers been properly trained in clean energy projects and their effects on our watersheds or wildlife across our greater landscape. IWT projects that sprawl across miles of undeveloped ridge-lines may be fragmenting important forestland habitat far greater than we now realize.
Should we be sacrificing our ridge-lines based on developers promises? Should we be informed of any ITW incidents? Should the state require all ITW incidents to be public knowledge? Should developers be held accountable for decommissioning their Met towers after they abandon a project? Do we have a right to know anything? The questions just keep coming ... even after developers bail.
We must all now protest the next EDP Spruce Ridge ITW site.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:15
To The Daily Sun,
When I was deciding about becoming a candidate for Belknap County commissioner, I spent time considering what I can bring to the job.
As it turned out, one inspiration came from my friend, Kerry, who was talking about replacing one of her vehicles. She told me that she had to wait until payments on her Hyundai ended before she could buy a new car (she's giving the Hyundai to her daughter). And I thought that it made sense to think in a similar way about things for the county.
It seems to me that a good way to minimize the impact of a new project on the tax load is to first figure out if there are any current expenses coming off the books in the near future. Unfortunately, there aren't any in the near term, but that made me think that I could make a contribution in that area.
We can surely develop a model for planning capital projects to control the effect on taxes in the same way we plan when it's time to replace our car or truck. Of course, my wife's car just started burning through oil so we have to adjust our plans there, but unexpected stuff happens.
As I was talking about this with a friend of mine, she suggested that by coordinating with the towns in the county we could work together planning our capital projects and coordinate where it is appropriate, by, say, a Cooperative Capital Planning Committee. The current commissioners have engaged in 'County Conversations' and this is a good vehicle that could be expanded into regular meetings where we could see not only what each other is doing, but also plan together.
This could be a good chance to see what other savings we can generate through things like joint purchasing and economies of scale. This is something that uses the knowledge and experience of people from each town, and can lead to better ideas, best practices, and cost savings. It is this innovative attitude and openness to new approaches and ideas that I will bring if I am elected county commissioner in November.
Thank you for your consideration.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:02
To The Daily Sun,
Funny, that we don't call Iraqi people gone to Turkey, or Syrian people gone to neighboring countries "migrants." We call these desperate people refugees. Read online what NicaNet: the Nicaraguan Network writes on June 30. You'll realize that the refugees coming through Mexico from Central America are from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, all countries that we destabilized. Destabilizing happened with President Reagan's Central America warring. It came further with NAFTA, signed by President Clinton, because the wealthy's power increased while the poor and the farmers lost out. More recently the U.S. supported the coup against President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras. We have refugees coming to the U.S. border with Mexico.
The refugees we speak of now are not coming from Nicaragua because President Ortega has succeeded in being a president for the people and instituting reforms. "Honduras has 92 homicides per 100,1000." Nicaragua has 8.7 per 100,000. Honduras "has the highest murder rate in the world." In the 1980s the U.S. began training (School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga., for one site) and funding Salvadoran and Guatemalan military and police to prevent popular revolutions.
A June 21, 2011, article, "Weekly Diaspora: How Bad U.S./Latin America Policy Fuels Unauthorized Immigration," is about the Central American Free Trade Agreement, signed by President Obama, exhibiting not a bit of promised "change," but being more politics as usual, favoring corporate bottom lines. It pushed desperate people our way. I really imagined, back then, that he might do a first signing of a Fair Trade Agreement, but not this president. He's 20th century mush ("spongey and shapeless").
President Obama is as bad as a climate-change deniers when he labels these people "migrants." I've written this, too, to Gov. Rick Perry and his compassionate wife Anita. I ask them to see the human face of this tragedy and to help President Obama see it, too. If Turkey can take in fleeing refugees, surely the wealthiest nation in the world can manage to do the same.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:58