To The Daily Sun,
Dear Friends in the Lakes Region:
Earlier this year, a San Francisco school teacher was contemplating how to encourage her students to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Walk. She arranged for them to follow around a young child with MD as a learning tool that they would understand the difficulties of living with the crippling disease. By "walking in that person's footsteps," they better understood the difficulties of life.
Perhaps I can do the same for you in understanding the lives of the people that Neighbors in Need helps through the stories we receive from the churches and agencies in the Lakes Region. To most of us, the home is our "safety net," our protection against harm and the elements. But for a family where the father loses his job and becomes violent, the home became a place of danger for the mother and her children. Through the efforts of the Salvation Army, she and her family was able to escape to a place of safety and security. They are now getting back on their feet.
Thanks to the Medicare and Medicaid programs, most of us who have reached the twilight of life have the financial security of health insurance to cover our medical needs. But for an elderly woman whose income is meager, the costs of government program "spend-downs" are terribly burdensome. Catholic Charities was able to help her fill the holes in her budget.
Another elderly woman supplemented her society security income by working a part-time job. However, when she was injured from a fall, she couldn't work. She fell behind in her bills. Service Link was able to help with some of the bills and avoid eviction, while she recuperated at home. She's now back to work and safe in her apartment.
The United Baptist Church tells the story of a family who had always been able to care for themselves. However, the mother became ill and required hospice care. The father took a leave from work to care for her. As a result, their rent went into arrears, owing more than $1,500 dollars. The church was able to negotiated a reduction in the rent owed with the landlord, and paid the balance. The husband is now back to work, and the family is stable again.
Most of us take our automobiles for granted as transportation to work, for children, or pleasure. However, a single mom at St. Vincent de Paul, could only afford an "old clinker" that was in need of repairs. If the car wasn't fixed, no work and no medical appointments for a sick child. The car is now working and back on the road.
Bill Johnson, President
Neighbors in Need
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:50
To The Daily Sun,
If there are already laws for boating, ranging from age limits, to lights and horns, to alcohol consumption, all designed with safety in mind, why has excessive speed been ignored this long? Over the last 10 years we have seen an increase in boating accidents and deaths on New Hampshire lakes involving high performance ocean-going boats made for one thing, speed! The excessive size and speed of these crafts has made animals, birds, and other boaters limit their use of the lakes to only certain areas, and has helped to destroy the natural shoreline and setting that wildlife depend on, while increasing water pollution.
The great outdoors here in New Hampshire provides us with four seasons of fun, beauty and enjoyment, but what we all need to remember is that this great outdoors is also home to our furry, feathery and finned little friends. If it is legal in New Hampshire to kill a coyote if it poses a threat to your safe enjoyment of the outdoors, then why have we overlooked the fact that high performance speed boats pose a threat to other boaters and wildlife enjoying the same outdoors? People in canoes, kayaks and sail boats present little if any threat to other boaters, as well as causing a minimal amount of disruption to the animals, birds and fish that consider "The Lakes Region" their home. When one group of people bullies other people and creatures into limiting their use and enjoyment of the public water ways, major changes need to occur.
The New Hampshire Marine Patrol is struggling as it is to keep up with increased numbers of boaters, all wanting to use limited spaces at the same time. The accidents that they have been responding to in recent years, many resulting in death, were unheard of prior to allowing ocean going speed boats to cruise inland waters. When a boat is big enough, powerful enough and potentially deadly enough to completely run over a 20-foot boat out for an evening cruise, and kill one of its passengers, or run straight into an island at 50 miles per hour in the middle of the night, killing one of its occupants, that boat does not belong in a confined area such as a lake, but rather on the ocean.
We have many laws in place already to prevent further destruction or erosion of the shorelines surrounding our lakes, but these laws only apply to septic systems, piers and decks, and the distance a boat needs to be from any shoreline before making headway speed. A rocket shaped boat, weighing more than 15,000 pounds, with a 1,400 horse-power engine, can throw a wake large enough to swamp smaller crafts, and travel uninterrupted for more than a mile before hitting shoreline. When this shoreline erodes and washes into the lake, it brings contaminates such as chemicals and animal feces with it, causing E. coli and other bacteria to enter the water. For the thousands of families that spend at least half of each year on the hundreds of islands that dot New Hampshire's lakes, the lake outside is the only water supply to their homes, using only a hose and shallow well pump.
The animals, birds, and other wildlife that have had their homes disrupted cannot speak for themselves about a problem that we, the caretakers of this Earth, have let happen. It is up to us to open our eyes and see what is happening to the wildlife around us, the dangers that boating now presents, and the impact that we have on the natural shorelines everywhere. It is impossible for the operator of a boat racing at 65 miles per hour, on a lake that is only 26 miles long, as Winnipesaukee is, to fully appreciate the impact on wildlife, danger to other boaters, and destruction to natural shorelines he has caused in the less than thirty minutes it takes to run the length of the lake. We need to implement and enforce a permanent speed limit on New Hampshire lakes, and dispatch the high performance racing boats back to the ocean where there are more uninterrupted open areas that lakes do not provide.
Cameron L. Gamble
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:44
To The Daily Sun,
All of us at the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry would like to thank the anonymous person who answered our plea for help by purchasing cases of non-perishable foods at Heath's Supermarket. We can't tell you how much we appreciate it. It's people like you that help us to help others.
Meredith Emergency Food Pantry
Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 08:33
To The Daily Sun,
While Detroit is drowning from 50 years of suffocating liberal rules, regulations and corruption, modern-day liberals remain focused on their primary goals: revisionist history, crushing capitalism and escaping reality. "What's Going On" sang Marvin Gaye. Well, Detroit's bodacious automobile industry has been crumbling under the weight of crushing union obligations while refusing to adapt to changing economic realities following World War II. Matthew May puts it succinctly, "The industry that built the gleaming city on the Detroit River scoffed at the Japanese and their silly, little cars".
Democrats falsely offered hope exclaiming, "Reach Out I'll Be There" (Four Tops). So for the past half century, they were there. No Republican mayor since the 1940s. Democrat mayors so intoxicated with power that corruption was omnipresent, sucking the life out of a city once called "Paris of the Midwest". Powerful unions fostered a sense of entitled superiority for the workers while holding automakers hostage and simultaneously clinging to an unsustainable business model. Charles Krauthammer termed it a cozy symbiosis where "public sector unions gave money to elect the politicians who negotiated their contracts".
Racist mayor Coleman Young exhorted whites to "take their asses across 8 Mile (to the suburbs)" in the 1970s. Most white folks did, eventually followed by black folks. Today, Detroit's inner city is inhabited mostly by black folks who do not have the means to get away. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick bled the city dry in a way that would bring admiration from any infamous crime syndicate.
Despite millions spent on schools through LBJ's ill-fated, "Great Society" programs, Detroit students recently turned in the lowest math scores ever recorded in a proficiency test according to Bloomberg.com. More than a third of students fail to obtain a high school diploma. All this for a $14,000/year per student cost.
40 percent of street lights don't work. Two thirds of the parks are closed and emergency police response takes an hour. Unemployment is at 16.3 percent versus 7.6 percent nationwide. The population is now about 700,000 compared to a peak of 1.8 million in the 1950s. Violent crime is five times the national ave. The murder rate is 11 times that of New York City. $19 billion in obligations and the mayors' Motown theme song, "I Can't Help Myself" (Four Tops).
As Marvin Gaye laments, "Inner City Blues", the revisionist liberals claim to know the reasons for "What Has Become of the Brokenhearted" (Jimmy Ruffin). Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm blames Detroit's demise on "free trade". NY Times columnist Paul Krugman believes the city was just an innocent victim of market forces. MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry asserts it was due to what happens "when government is small enough to drown in your bathtub". She was not wearing her tampon earrings when she made the comment which might explain her inability to absorb reality or hear the truth.
Here's a reality check for Jennifer, Paul, Melissa and the rest of of the modern day liberal machine. Government destroyed Detroit and not the lack thereof. Corrupt mayors, powerful public sector unions, unfunded obligations, anti-business taxes, anti-business regulations, insanely high property taxes and a calcifying progressive mindset killed what once was one of the brightest cities on the planet. Yes, it was the city's own really bad decision making rather than free markets and limited government that put Detroit on the precipice of poverty and destruction. Charles Krauthammer is correct when he says that "it doesn't take a genius to see what happens when the entitlement state outgrows the economy upon which it rests". "Ain't to Proud to Beg" (Temptations) says bankrupt Detroit. Let the bailouts begin.
As we've seen for a century, at least, progressives never seem able to accept the mountains of empirical evidence or the vast lessons of history, the now motorless city only the most recent example. So, they will continue to distort reality in a "Ball of Confusion" (Temptations). They will continue to believe that liberal elitists are the only ones qualified to organize society and assure equality and social justice. The ideology that has caused the demise of civilizations from the Roman Empire to many present day European countries. Will it also be the "End of the Road" (Boyz II Men) for our glorious nation? Not if enough of us speak the truth and never, never, ever give up defending Lady Liberty. "I Second That Emotion" (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles).
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 10:28
To The Daily Sun,
Where in the world does Bernadette Loache get her news and information? In her letter on July 26, she blasts Don Ewing's account of the Zimmerman case, making all sorts of backwards-to-the-evidence assertions to which there is no foundation. The prosecution attempted to show a racial motive but not even the FBI could do that in spite of an extensive investigation. It was the prosecution that spun unsupported theories and speculation in order to make their case. It was they who did everything she accuses the defense of doing. If Bernie wanted to she could look up, online, Trayvon Martin's history and then decide which side had evidence suppressed, but she won't. Bernie made up her mind as soon as NBC doctored the 911 call tapes and left wing media built their yellow journalism, railroad Zimmerman bandwagon. A true intellectual she.
Speaking about turning things backwards and on its ear, the president and his crew are on the campaign trail again, this time touting the idea of phony scandals. Well Mr. President, there is nothing phony about the hundreds of deaths caused by your Attorney General's gun-running scheme to Mexico. Corrupting the IRS and multiple other government agencies into discriminating against and targeting conservative groups and individuals is not phony either. Mr. Holder targeting the Associated Press telephone and other records, naming a Fox News reporter as a co-conspirator in a search warrant application, lying to congressional hearings more then once and stonewalling investigations counts too. And, yes the little matter of Benghazi and a dead ambassador and three other Americans falls into that category also. We will not allow you and your gang of stooges to sweep these things under the rug.
Just a little side bar, if I may? One recent letter writer says we can have oil or a livable future but not both. I would ask that gentlemen what does he propose to replace oil with that will not economically crush the poor and middle class in this country? Just asking?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 10:23