To The Daily Sun,
"Bring Bowe Home" to "Bowe Is Back Home "
I have already been asked,"How many people and bikers now expected for the June 19th POW/MIA Vigil and Freedom Ride in Meredith"? The answer is, "those interested and who care about joining in a simple celebration of a returned POW who had been held prisoner for 4 years, 10 months and 30 days".
Why has a vigil that has been going on for over 25 years been important? Just listen to the political discussion by some members of Congress on the release of the five detainees for this American soldier, American son. What is the value of an American Soldier in this situation ? Well, if it's MY son or daughter or grandchild . . . open Gitmo and let the boots on the ground handle the issue from there!
My guess is, these brave members of Congress honestly feel the same!
This American Soldier coming Home brings faith and trust back to the saying, "Leave No Man Or Woman Behind". I believe 'millions' of Veterans and Blue Star Families who have sons, daughters, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers serving in harm's way can be comforted by that fact.
Negotiating does not mean compromise! If we can negotiate for hikers who get lost in Iran and journalist detained in North Korea and send ex-presidents to pick them up, we have the responsibility and accountability to do anything and everything to see that an American POW is returned to his family and country.
Why are vigils and freedoms rides important ? Because many members of Congress had no idea who Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was. Perhaps most Americans had no idea. Awareness is and was important. We hear that he "walked away from his area"? Facts as we are receiving them, he was captured when his camp was hit, he was going to the bathroom (where ever) and the Taliban at first thought they had captured a "high valued prisoner" because of the action taken to find him.
Here's what is most important. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is freed and will be united with his family. Members of Congress should be very careful with this one because I can pretty much guarantee it will bite them in the butt! Sen. John McCain is with us today because of the negotiations of Henry Kissinger.
Blessings to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his Family.
Vigil and Freedom Ride, June 19th..Meredith.."Bowe Is Back"!!
Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 09:36
To The Daily Sun,
In 2010, New Hampshire enacted home inspector legislation to set minimum standards for inspectors. If consumer protection was the goal, it has fallen short.
If people who have a vested interest in selling property, (i.e. real estate agents) are allowed to control the home inspector selection process, are buyers really being protected? Should someone who has a vested interest in selling a property be advising potential buyers as to which home inspectors to use or not use or how much to pay for inspection services? Whose best interest is being served by an agent referred home inspector, the agent or home buyer?
Massachusetts recognized this conflict of interest of home inspectors trying to win favor with agents, for continued client referrals from the agents. In 2001 Massachusetts amended the real estate licensing law to help prevent this conflict of interest. Part of that law appears below.
"At the time of the signing of the first written contract to purchase, real estate brokers and salesmen, or the seller if no broker or salesperson is involved in the sale, shall distribute a brochure, published by the office of consumer affairs and business regulations, educating consumers about the home inspection process. Real estate brokers and salesmen shall not directly recommend a specific home inspection company or home inspector but may, upon request, provide a complete list of licensed home inspectors prepared by the board."
Similar legislation is overdue for New Hampshire. For more information regarding this issue, please visit www.independentinspectors.org
Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 09:33
To The Daily Sun,
Over the weekend, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was released in an exchange for his release for five Gitmo prisoners.
I am a mother and would do anything to bring my son home, but was this a huge error in judgment?
CNN reported that some of his closest fellow soldiers said he deserted. One soldier said Bergdahl left his post with a compass, a knife, water a digital camera and a diary. At least six American soldiers lost their lives searching for him.
Non-disclosure agreements were signed by soldiers in the same squad as Bergdahl, and are breaking the agreement to tell the truth about him. They describe him as a deserter.
The president signed into law last year that Secretary of Defense 30 days prior to release telling them the reason and assurances would be made that those released would not be able to go back to a life that would hurt American security. This law was not followed. Congress was not told. Again our president has broken U.S. law — a law he himself signed. Is it time for the president to be impeached?
We released five prisoners to get one back. It seems to be a little lopsided five to one. The U.S. is not very good in negotiating any more.
The five worst of Gitmo's terrorists were released to Qatar. How many American soldiers died or were hurt to capture these terrorists? These terrorists will be banned by the Qatari government from traveling outside of Qatar. Does anyone think they will not think of sneaking out and actually leave the country?
Marine Tahmooressi took a wrong turn and ended up in Mexico. He called 911 and they said they could not help him. Mexico is an ally. The president could call Mexico's president and get our marine back with a phone call and not give up anything. . . Let alone five terrorists. But is the White House doing anything? Not that I have heard or read.
But what does our president do? He breaks a law he signed and brings back an alleged deserter.
I think this is horrible and a slap in the face to our troops. If you were a terrorist, what would you do, to get Gitmo prisoners released? What would you do to get America to do what you wanted? Kidnap an American soldier or citizen? This trade puts our soldiers in harm's way. Just think most of our troops are leaving Afghanistan. But some will be left behind. Almost 10,000. And this is just the troops in Afghanistan. We have troops all over the world. The President just put a target on their backs.
Sargent Bowe Bergdahl must be investigated and if warranted put on trial for desertion. If he is not a deserter, then let the court rule that way.
I have much more respect for our troops, their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters, sons. . .
Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 09:28
To The Daily Sun,
The Inter-Lakes High School Class of 2016 extends its gratitude and appreciation to the following local businesses that contributed to our concession stand at the Division III Track Meet held this past Saturday: E.M. Heath's Supermarket, Louie's Famous Pizza, Meredith Station, and the Meredith Dunkin Donuts.
We also wish to thank all of the parents who donated items, the students who worked the concession stand, the I-LHS DI team, the I-LHS custodial staff, and all who purchased items from us. A special thanks goes out to Jonathan Barry and Steve Ainsworth who worked the grill all day.
We are very fortunate to live in a such a supportive community.
Inter-Lakes High School
Class of 2016
Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 09:23
To The Daily Sun,
It was a long winter for all of us; we all took a beating. But what really took a beating was the flag on my flag pole. I usually buy a new one every year before the 4th. Having grown up near the coast, it's not uncommon to see a tattered flag flapping in the wind. What I didn't know, and found out Memorial Day morning when a USMC vet stopped in front of my home and told me, I should be ashamed for displaying our flag in such a state. I told him a 40 dollar flag was not in the budget this month, he said, "I will drop one by". Two days later this USMC vet showed up at my home with a 3X5 original cloth flag.
I was initially mad that this person would stop in front of my home and question my patriotism but then I wondered how many more vets were insulted driving by. Honor is the only word that comes to mind.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 08:52