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These are not evergy issues at all; N.H. is already a net producer

To The Daily Sun,

New Hampshire is dealing with three major corporate industrial energy fronts oppressing the people of this fine state. Canada's Northern Pass transmission line, overseas foreign industrial wind projects, and Kinder Morgan's out-of-state fracked gas pipelines are converging upon us all at once. The people of the state of New Hampshire are divided over these projects. Even our lawmakers, both local and those in Concord, are divided. The corporate industrial energy industry is thrilled. It's called divide and conquer.

This is my observation: Northern Pass would establish an improved transmission infrastructure needed to handle additional industrial wind projects. Kinder Morgan's Northeast Energy Direct (NED) fracked gas pipeline across southern New Hampshire would eventually help to provide needed baseload power to back up all the intermittent producing industrial wind projects eying our ridgelines. Then there is the goal to shut down our current baseload producers such as coal and nuclear power plants — possibly even our smaller hydro and biomass producers — hence the demand for even more fracked gas throughout the state of New Hampshire. All three of these for-profit, corporate industrial energy industries benefit from each other at our expense.

Northern Pass, overseas foreign industrial wind, and Kinder Morgan's NED out-of-state fracked gas pipeline industries would like you to believe these are energy issues — this is not an energy issue at all. New Hampshire is already a net producer of energy without any of these projects.

Not one of these projects is "needed" for New Hampshire. So, what are these energy projects really about? These energy projects are about large, corporate industries lining their pockets with profits paid from our tax dollars. But more than that, they are about who has more rights to decide what happens where you live — you, a corporation, a state agency or federal agency? This is a democracy issue!

The communities affected by Northern Pass, Industrial Wind, or NED overwhelmingly oppose the projects directly threatening their health, safety and welfare. Yet, even as sovereign people with inherent and unalienable rights defined within our local ordinances, as well as our state and federal constitutions, a state agency known as the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) and a federal agency known as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have final authority in granting permits that legalize these harmful, for-profit, corporate industrial projects against the will of the people.

If that isn't bad enough, I have noticed those that oppose one type of corporate industrial harm encourage another so long as it does not directly affect their own community. Seriously? All of these energy industries affect every single community in the state of New Hampshire whether they are located in your town or not.

We, the people of New Hampshire, are all in this together. We are playing into the "divide and conquer" strategy of these corporate energy industries by dividing our opposition. United we stand. Divided we fall.

Michelle Sanborn

Alexandria

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Deplorable how our government has abandoned Amir Hekmati

To The Daily Sun,

Amir Hekmati, a former Marine and decorated war veteran, was born in Arizona and raised in Michigan. Within weeks of setting foot in Iran for the first time in August 2011 to visit his grandmother, he was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned. Months later he appeared on Iranian TV, forced to confess he was a CIA operative.

The U.S. State Department denies he was spying for the U.S. government and calls the case a gross miscarriage of justice. While Amir languishes in prison, his health deteriorating, and his father dying of cancer, his family pleads with the Iranian government to let him go free.

I implore all of you reading this to write to your federal representatives and ask them to work toward the release of this good man. That he was detained was unacceptable. That he has been there, this long, without any help from our government is deplorable.

Hillary Seeger

Meredith

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