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Based on experience, I say 3 cheers for Manchester & Tilton VA

To The Daily Sun,

There is a lot of hub-bub going on about the Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics. The news is negative on all fronts. Well, my experience for the past three years has been quite the contrary in Manchester and in Tilton. I have found the doctors, nurses, and other staff members to be pleasant, knowledgeable, and patient. They are punctual with their appoints and explain things thoroughly.

Let everyone complain about Phoenix and other locations, but I say, "THREE CHEERS FOR MANCHESTER AND TILTON V.A.!"

Robert P. Farah, Pastor
Center Harbor Christian Church

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:40

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Establishment Republicans recognize you for money & your vote

To The Daily Sun,

It has been two years since the Republican Primary between the new State Senate District 7 contenders (Grimm and Youssef). Most primaries can be extremely competitive. Republicans are such a breed. I long for a primary every time a non-conservative, establishment candidate is holding the position. I ran against the late honorable Sen. Leo Fraser. I lost, I endorsed Leo immediately. I said then, that is was imperative that a Republican be in that seat.

Twenty years later I am so fed up with the state and national GOP that my forums have been a home to pro-American, conservative, principled Republicans for 18 years. Saturday from 8:30 to 10 (wezs.com) we will begin the healing of long-time political colleagues Ken Merrifield and myself. To quote Doug Lambert: "being your friend, is not easy".

There is more to friendships than agreeing all of the time. However, God, family, and country rise high above any politician or friend.

From many campaigns my view is the establishment Republicans recognize your existence for money, and your vote. How many of them have made themselves available to talk shows, especially mine? Could it be that some candidates would rather not ANSWER questions? And they want me to lay off? You want this job (career for many of you), then you earn my vote by answering our questions! Is the attitude; as the establishment candidate, of course you will vote for me in November. No, that is not so. When is the last time you voted right on my issues? Exactly.
Niel Young


Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:36

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I would rather get energy from an ally than the Middle East

To The Daily Sun,

Two senators have proposed a 12 cents a gallon gas federal tax increase to get funds for improving our highway and transit programs.

I have some questions. Why is both federal and state gas tax money going to transit programs and general funds?

If it is a gas tax then use it for bridges and roads? Why should the gas tax I pay go to inner city train/bus/subway service? Why should I subsidize inner-city travel?

When the gas tax was created, it was to help the general fund and not for bridges and roads. The tax was 1 cent and gas was about 10 cents per gallon.

The gas tax was increased several times but in 1956 when it was raised to 3 cents per gallon, the tax was to pay for roads and maintenance and not part of the general fund.

The gas tax increased with America's love of cars and roads, but George H. Bush increased the gas tax and half the tax was supposed to go to deficit reduction.

Well we can see how that worked. We were taxed to help bring down the deficit and instead of cutting the deficit, it is in the trillions. So let's take the money that is supposed to go to deficit reduction and put that to the roads and bridges.

Canada just approved pipeline to Pacific Coast for export to China. Canada was tired of the U.S. jerking them around. I am tired of the federal government jerking me around.

I was in favor of the Keystone Pipeline. I would rather get energy from an ally then the Middle East, especially with what is happening in Iraq now.

I paid $3.52 a gallon yesterday for gas. What will we pay next month? Next year? 5 or 10 years from now with the energy and taxing plans of our government?

Linda Riley


Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:31

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Susan Estrich - What divides Republicans is mother's milk of politics: money

How's this for a punch line? You stage a rebellion to get rid of Eric Cantor, who is on his worst day (to critics on the right) a very conservative guy who relishes hardball tactics, and he gets replaced by a pragmatic moderate from California. You call this victory?

Rep. Kevin McCarthy was not the tea party choice, and with reason. He came of age in Sacramento, where conservative Republicans either learn to get along, or, as in recent decades, they get pretty much nothing. McCarthy was the Republican leader when moderate Arnold Schwarzenegger was the governor of California, and McCarthy gets credit both for standing up to the governor on behalf of his caucus and for working with him — and with Democrats — to get things done. He was the kind of guy who denounced the governor for picking a pro-choice Democrat as his chief of staff and then worked with her to smooth her relationships with legislators. He did not go looking for fights. He is, in short, no Newt Gingrich or Eric Cantor.

So why did House Republicans, supposedly traumatized by Cantor's loss, trembling in the wake of the earthquake and seeking to avoid being in the wrong place for aftershocks, so overwhelmingly reject the more conservative candidate, Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho (whose rhetoric in support of helping the poor, providing security to the middle class and not cozying up to special interests sounded downright liberal to me), in the race to replace Cantor as the No. 2 Republican in the House?

If everyone on the Republican side is as terrified of the tea party as an earthquake should make you, how come the leadership in Congress includes exactly no one from the tea party? Is the establishment crazy? Or are they crazy like a fox?

The short answer to how McCarthy won seems, from all reports, to be old-fashioned politics. In his years in the House, he has taken the lead in recruiting Republicans to run and helping them raise money; he has mentored countless members trying to figure out how to navigate the House and keep getting re-elected.
All politics is local, and the House is a neighborhood of its own. McCarthy has been an effective, solicitous and generous block captain, which matters a lot to people whose primary goal, for understandable reasons, is not to find themselves unemployed in two years or less.
The long answer is more complicated. From the outside, it's easy to assume that the heart of the conflict between the "hard-core" conservatives in the tea party and the establishment Republicans is social issues. But that was the last war, when putting gay marriage on the ballot might help, not hurt, Republican candidates, when running hard against abortion was a winning strategy. The conservatives won that war. Most of the establishment Republicans are as anti-choice as the tea party candidates, which doesn't necessarily help them in statewide or national elections, and certainly doesn't earn them a "pass" from the tea party.

What divides establishment Republicans from the tea party at a more fundamental and potentially explosive level are attitudes toward "big business" and "Wall Street" and the "Chamber of Commerce" view of America instead of the average person's view.

The tea party is a populist movement consisting of people who vote. What divides establishment Republicans from the tea party is the mother's milk of Republican politics in Washington D.C.: money. The Jeb Bushes and Kevin McCarthys of the Republican Party do not raise the tens of millions of dollars it takes to keep the Republican reelection machine running from the desperate poor or insecure middle class whom Labrador championed.

McCarthy is reported to be someone who can't eat dinner without seven other people at the table. Most of those people, one expects, are people who need his help — who need his help on an issue, who need his help holding on to their seats. He helps. That is the job of a leader in D.C.

What passes for mother's milk is in fact poisoning the political process, but the tea party does not yet have the power to change that, and that power will not be given up easily by the establishments of either party — nor will it be easy to take it from them.

(Susan Estrich is a professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law Center. A best-selling author, lawyer and politician, as well as a teacher, she first gained national prominence as national campaign manager for Dukakis for President in 1988.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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EDP Renewables not really being transparent about Spruce Ridge plans

To The Daily Sun,

Newfound Lake and Cardigan residents have one more wind turbine project to deal with and it's called the Spruce Ridge Wind Power Plant. The project would be built on a single landowner's leased property which stretches across four towns: Groton, Alexandria, Hebron and Orange.

On Tuesday, June 17, EDP Renewables met with the Alexandria Board of Selectman at the Alexandria Town Hall. The selectmen met with EDP's project manager, Derik Rieman, and lawyer, Mark Beliveau.

Mark Beliveau stated that EDP had submitted a letter and a package of information to the selectmen a week prior which successfully addressed five of the six conditions that the Alexandria selectmen had placed on granting a permit for construction of a Met tower in Alexandria.

They then discussed the status of those five conditions: 1) FAA Approval information; 2) The Planning Board in Groton has written two letters in response to the Alexandria letter concerning abutter of the Met tower access road; 3) EDP agrees to install a barbed wire fence around the Met tower; 4) Requirement for a bond to cover the cost of decommissioning and removal of the tower; 5) Copies of any other permits given to EDP on this project

The remaining unanswered question the selectmen had requested two months ago was related to the decommissioning cost estimate, which EDP has not supplied. EDP said they would answer that question within one months time.

A Met tower gathers wind speed data to determine whether the area might be an appropriate locale for a utility-scale wind turbine energy facility. Many of you reading this understand that, but EDP told CT as part of their Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) application that they won't need a Met tower to measure wind characteristics. They did not make clear why they now are still pursuing a permit for a Met tower.

What we do know is:
— EDP wants to erect a half-mile-tall Met tower this fall by helicopter
— EDP will not say how many turbines they plan to instal (15, 25, 36 or more)
— EDP will not say how tall the turbines will be
— EDP will not say where the turbines will be located
— EDP said they don't need FAA approval for the Groton Met tower
— EDP stated that they will be transparent and abide by all regulations

A final decision on whether to issue the Met tower building permit is likely to be made at the selectman's meeting four weeks from now. I had to go and ask my mom what the definition of transparency was. It's a big word and I'm a small guy. So, I went to the only source I knew. My mom told me the word transparency means to be honest, easy to understand, not secretive, something defined, something readily understood, etc. I don't think EDP is being transparent — do you?

If you're shocked by the height of the Met tower! Wait until you see the wind turbines.

Ray Cunningham

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:55

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