To The Daily Sun,
When driving in the region and I hear the horn blast of a fire engine or the warbling of a police cruiser, their emergency lights flashing, my fellow motorist and I pull over, allowing the vehicles to hasten their arrival to some emergency venue.
The sentimentalist in me garners a sense of pride knowing full well the trained, dedicated emergency personnel will soon be helping those in need. Should you be reading this letter — stop — ask yourself how your would feel, and what you would do, if your family member or best friend suddenly collapses, turns blue, hardly breathing and not responding to voice or touch?
Friday afternoon, April 25, 2014, around dinnertime I developed an unknown allergy and coupled with my COPD went out to the back porch for some fresh air, where I collapsed, with hands and face turning blue.
Thank God our young neighbors Cassie, Danny, Jeremy and Shawn reacted by dialing 911, and, having another neighbor, a nurse Kendra join them as she tried resuscitation techniques. Fortunately another neighbor neighbor, Ann, joined the group and assisted my wife, calling our daughters Susan and Lauren (who left a Monarchs game and met the ambulance at the Concord Hospital).
My sincere and heartfelt thanks to those above, including the Northfield Police Department — Sargent Hutchinson and Patrolman Selegman, The Fire Department of the City of Franklin, paramedic Mike Foss (who was off-duty at the time) and fire fighter Justin Hinds who in combination with the Tilton-Northfield Fire and EMS Captain David Hall, Firefighters /EMS John Powell, Derik Ogg, Traves Gosive and Dr. Beth Taylor of Franklin Regional Hospital, whose collective efforts contributed to saving my life.
My daughters, Sue and Lauren, and respective husbands, Jon and Harry, stayed with my wife Dee, in the hospital until 1 a.m. the following morning.
Should this letter appear lengthy, it is not every day that one has the opportunity to thank the professional firefighters, and EMS whose dedicated efforts often go unappreciated.
Thanks also to Tom Beaulieu, another T.N. EMS -Fire Fighter-EMT for assisting with all the data.
Listen up everyone. I hope this is a "Wake up Call".
Joe De Mello
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:10
To The Daily Sun,
On May 15, The Daily Sun published a letter from one Marty Valengavich of Belmont that managed to use the word "I" or another personal pronoun some 47 times. When space permits, kindly advise whether the Valengavich letter sets any kind of Daily Sun record for self-importance.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:02
To The Daily Sun,
I'd like to add a few thoughts and additional points to the ongoing fiasco that continues to be symbolic of a Gilford education, or, more to the reality, the LACK thereof. For those of us that have long followed the antics and tactics of the school board led by their beloved superintendent, none of what is happening comes as any surprise. The local educational-industrial complex has turned the rejection of parental and citizen concerns into an art form rivaled by few. They have a deep history of ignoring their constituency and going to great lengths to hide the truth regarding a variety of matters and covering their rear-ends at any and all cost. And of course, the greatest cover up of all has been the ugly truth that — contrary to what many hapless newcomers were led to believe — the schools in this town, to be blunt, stink. My wife and I quickly learned this back in the 90s, when we were forced to remove our two children before too much damage could be done. Sadly, not all parents have this option, and that is why some of us continue the fight.
Children grow quickly, and the chance to provide them with a sound education — built on a solid foundation of the basics — is short. It has long been my observation that the Gilford system blows this opportunity at practically every turn. Case in point — the use of pulp fiction in a 9th grade "honors" English class. Who in their right mind thought it would be a good idea to give a book to 14-year-old children that features sympathetic characters engaging in graphically-described sexual situations, using alcohol, and, ultimately, as a response to bullying, engaging in the mass murder of students and a teacher in a small-town school? What were they thinking? Yes, I KNOW that the material and circumstances might not be unknown to today's youth. So what? In fact, if that IS the case, then why must the school participate in the further inclusion and insertion of such matters into their lives? Why not instead make an attempt to inject some DECENCY into this sea of degeneration? In fact, why not actually expose the children to some REAL literature they might not otherwise have a chance to discover on their own? After all, isn't that why we send children to school? Apparently, not in Gilford.
In addition to discovering that 14-year-olds are assigned racy novels as part of their classwork, last week's board meeting unveiled the results of the annual "Youth Risk Behavior Survey" conducted by the Gilford Drug and Alcohol Task Force, and, guess what? It's not a pretty picture. Drug use. Alcohol use. Suicidal consideration. It's all there, and in alarming numbers. Rightfully, the presenters described what they learned as, "Startling," "Sad," Heart-wrenching," and, "Painful." Who could disagree? But then, they added more, which, against the backdrop of the events surrounding the aforementioned book, might, were none of this so serious, be considered laughable. In fact, I told them so — that they beclown themselves by their own words when compared to their actions. You see, after having a parent arrested for needing more than two lousy minutes to fathom why a school would deliver objectionable materials to 14-year-old children, the same board lamented that "they are working to get this out of the community." Said school board representative Rae Mello Andrews: We're trying to "promote positive things in the community." Really? By promoting filth? What's next — fighting fires with gas? Cleaning the streets by spreading sand? Purifying the lake by urinating in it? Good grief!
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:51
To The Daily Sun
I am an old fart and disabled — all I have is TV. I have complained every month about cable TV. "It's their policy". All of us should give credit to the letters to The Laconia Daily Sun about the corporate control of modern TV. It seems that they have more power than the government! Do they they control our views of the real way life is viewed? What happened to conglomerate rules? They decide what we see! Some old movies over and over again, paid programs? A few child programs on three or four networks, yet private slots. Why are we paying for paid programs?
I believe if the great state of New Hampshire boycotted Time Warner it would not do a darn thing. Bless capitalism, in this country or in this dictatorship? How can all of us come together to get justice if our own people we vote into office can't deal with this. Money money money. Just like the last letter The Sun pressed, garbage.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:45
To The Daily Sun,
Have the basic laws of economics changed? Lew Henry from Gilmanton Iron Works (see his 5/7/2014 letter) apparently thinks so and other progressives, from President Obama to Mitt Romney, agree. They say that raising the minimum wage will create jobs.
Progressives want us to believe that employers who don't have any jobs for which they are willing to pay $7.25 an hour will hire lots of people to do that same work at $10 per hour. That makes no sense and it doesn't work. This idea borders on insanity!
If it's not worth it to you to pay someone $50 to cut your grass, you are not going to hire someone at $65. But the progressives want you to think that other people will pay $65 even when they wouldn't pay $50 for the same work.
President Obama's hocus-pocus economics, which is similar to that used during the Great Depression, helps explain why his policies have given us the slowest and weakest recovery since the Great Depression.
Most people understand that requiring the price to be $65 in the above example will cause some people who are doing the job for $45, $50, $55, or $60 to lose their jobs. Increasing the minimum wage not only reduces job creation but causes people to lose their jobs.
Despite the harm minimum wage increases cause to people, Progressives promote minimum wage increases because it benefits them politically. First, since Americans want everyone to have "enough", promoting minimum wage increases makes progressives look compassionate and like they are helping. Progressives have dumbed down American education and know that the media will help them hide the facts about the minimum wage and its consequences.
(Note: Minimum wage statistics only consider base wages, they do not include overtime, tips, or commissions. So many people identified as minimum wage workers earn more, perhaps much more than the minimum wage. Most minimum wage workers are under 25 (about 1.6. million are over 25), 2/3s have never been married, and most work part-time in the leisure and hospitality industry. Almost 60 percent have no education beyond high school. (Ref: http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2013.pdf) And, the CBO estimates that about 1/3 of minimum wage earners will lose their jobs if President Obama's minimum wage proposal is adopted.)
Second, the minimum wage is an evil tool for keeping people poor because the poor are a reliable voter base for progressive politicians. Raising the minimum wage won't make workers rich, and it may not even increase workers' take home pay because of the characteristics of the workers, their jobs and welfare rules, but some workers will lose their jobs. A higher minimum wage also makes it harder for the young to get their most important job, their first job, the one they get with no experience and few skills.
Third, and perhaps most importantly, many union contracts are tied to the minimum wage. Increasing the minimum wage causes union wage (including government wage) increases, union dues increases, and increases in the amount of money that unions contribute to Progressive politicians. The benefit for progressive politicians and their supporters comes at the expense of lost jobs, and increased taxes and cost of living for everyone else.
If progressives really cared about low-wage Americans, there are actions that they could do. They could join conservatives who fight for things that help every American. First, they could stop obstructing school choice so every child can get a good education. Second, they could enforce the immigration laws to reduce the labor competition that steals jobs and reduces wages, mostly hurting our poorest citizens. Third, they could eliminate minimum wage laws, at least for the young, so people with no or low skills and experience can get a job that starts them on the quest for their American dream. Finally, they would fight for the tax and regulatory policies that would get our economy growing again, creating great jobs for every American. Unfortunately progressives refuse to support these things because they are opposed by their special interest group supporters.
Progressives don't seem to care if people are poor because they buy poor people's votes with welfare. But conservatives want everyone to prosper and that requires a decent education, experience, and a growing economy so everyone can get a good job.
Proposals to increase the minimum wage are simply cruel attempts by Progressive politicians to build and maintain political power by taking advantage of the ignorance and good will of the American people.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:40