To The Daily Sun,
The Internet is the public square of the 21st century, the place where the American people today most often exercise their rights of free speech and free association. IT Net neutrality is the First Amendment of the internet.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's so-called "fast-track" proposal is a naked attempt to hand control of the Internet in the United States to the big telecom corporations he used to work for — and apparently is still working for. If adopted on May 15, this proposal would be a shameful abrogation of the commission's statutory obligation to protect the rights and interests of the American people.
If the big telecom corporations that provide our high speed internet connections are given the power to discriminate between different kinds of data streams based on one criterion — profit — they will have the power to start discriminating based on any other criteria they want, such as, they don't like the political, economic, or social views of the content providers. No corporation should be given that kind of control over the People's public square!
The commission needs to stop protecting the profits of the big telecom corporations and start protecting the rights and interests of the American people. The commission needs to do what the federal courts have twice told them to do: Reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act and enact the necessary net neutrality rules.
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Please stand up for our First amendment rights. Call your member of Congress and both of our U.S. Senators and demand legislation that reclassifies ISPs as common carriers and codifies into federal law that the Internet belongs to the citizens of the United States, not the ISPs.
And please sign my petition at: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/fire-fcc-chairman-tom.fb77
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
Last week Scott Cracraft wrote about creationism being taught in schools and he correctly pointed out that religion is not a science. It cannot be weighed, measured or quantified, unless you simply count the hundreds of millions of people who believe in one religion or another. Religion depends on faith in something in spite of there being no science behind it.
While it doesn't belong in science class, that doesn't mean it doesn't belong in our schools. Our nation was built and founded on the principles of our founding fathers belief in creationism. Our laws, customs and history all derive from that belief so to ignore religion or slant history to one side or the other denies that reality. Do we need special classes in creationism? I don't think so, but we do need to recognize and teach about it without prejudice.
James Veverak also had a letter in which he bashed all religions. He, too, correctly stated that science has been unable to prove the story's, legends, and writings of religions. Largely true, but then they have not been able to disprove them either. Even the Noah and ark story could very well have had its basis in an historical event, though likely not the earth-covering flood described, but perhaps a regional event somewhere. That story was one of trust and obedience to God, not how big the flood was. The Bible may have inconsistencies, but the message is still there. That message is in our laws and social structure whether James likes it or not.
I'm not sure why the religious topic came up last week. But I have some rather strong ideas and thoughts regarding the political questions surrounding that subject. But that must wait for another letter, another time.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:04
To the Daily Sun,
Upon learning of local resident and high school parent, Mr. Baer, and his courageous stand against the Board of Education, I am writing in support of his efforts. I am discouraged that he received little or no support by this room full of neighbors in exercising his constitutional right to express his heartfelt thoughts and his personal duty to protect his family values. I thought New Hampshire was the "Live Free or Die" state.
During my own tenure as a public school parent, I too had the opportunity to attend and address my local urban district "appointed" school board. Although I had the support of others in bringing the inadequacies of our school system to light, the board remained patient, quiet, stoic and stone-faced. It is quite frustrating, and perhaps dehumanizing, but more so, antisocial. The board is under no apparent pressure to ever address the parents, students or the community which it serves or to have a conversation about how it operates. The Board of Education often calls the parent-teacher-student relationship a partnership, but it is not. The board would prefer that you keep your questions to yourself.
Mr. Baer, I do believe that your local school district was remiss and thoughtless in presenting the questionable material in Honors English without notice and parental discussion. Having read online the positive views of two former students, the course instructor should certainly have been responsible for having that conversation with both the parents and the students involved prior to the book reading assignment, discussing the content and how it would be treated to help alleviate any and all parental concerns. An ounce of prevention goes a long way.
As the parent of two teens, I am not certain that I would feel comfortable with the material and certainly share in Mr. Baer's outrage and protest. However, the two young ladies who have written letters to support the reading material gave me food for thought. Perhaps the School Board should invite these two thoughtful well-spoken young ladies back to school for the parental discussion.
After nine arduous years of fighting with my Board of Education, we chose to enroll our children in private schools. We have no regrets in our decision to do so.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:01
To The Daily Sun,
After reading Belknap County Commissioner Philpot's latest rant against the county delegation, I think it's time for him to resign. He certainly doesn't act like the adult in the room. In fact he acts more like the neighborhood brat who, when the other kids refuse to let him pitch, takes his bat and ball and goes home.
He assumes that because the delegation didn't go along with his ill-timed wage increase for the nursing home employees that there is no sense in sitting at the table with them to discuss other business.
My wife and I have friends who work at the nursing facility and wish them nothing but the best, but due to the present economy this is not the time to be increasing spending at any level of government. I'm sure that when the economy improves — post Obama — that there will be funds available for the staff at the facility and the rest of the working population to get raises.
On another note, Diane Lacey, President, SEA/SEIU Local 1984, inferred in a letter that if the staff didn't get the wage increase that resident care at the facility would suffer. What an insult to the people she "supposedly" represents. The people that I know that work at the facility won't let it interfere with the care that they provide the residents.
I think Diane should think about the millions of dollars of dues money that the SEIU spent in the last two elections to get Obama elected and how that improved the lives of the members. It didn't, in fact nobody that works for a living in this country has seen their standard of living improve. The reason the economy is stagnant is due to the cost of energy which increases the price of everything and is especially noticeable at the grocery store. I remember when Obama was running for president prior to the 2008 election he stated "if I am elected the cost of energy in this country will skyrocket." Hey, at least he can say he kept one promise.
I suggest if the union members want a wage increase that they dump the union. That will increase their wages immediately as they will no longer have to pay dues that go to the union fat cats and the politicians they back.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:54
To The Daily Sun,
It's almost that time! Election cycle 2014. Small minds, loud mouths and big lies. Welcome to another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity.
Believe it or not, we here at the center, who pledge to keep the stupid in the news, had to throw out the last draft as out of date. Leading the way to our headliner, Glenn Beck has told his listeners that when Hillary is running she will declare herself a lesbian and she "will be having sex with a woman on the White House desk if it becomes popular." Only a couple of weeks ago Beck told a crowd at the Christian University that God had informed him, "You tell them I am coming and I will settle scores." Benghazi! Benghazi!
Speaking of lesbians, poor Peter Labarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality is upset that Starbucks ruined his Mother's Day with an ad featuring two cuddly lesbians. Staying up to date, he claimed Monday that Michael Sam's gay kiss will help destroy civilization. Benghazi! Benghazi!
If Judge Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme hadn't cemented his nutter status in 2003 with his Ten Commandments monument fiasco, he has really done it this week by declaring that the First Amendment is for Christians only. Benghazi! Benghazi!
The above lovelies must thank God every night for Alan West who makes them look sane. Mr. West has just informed Fake News viewers that the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapping is an Obama plot to distract us from, well, uh, Benghazi! Benghazi!
Not to be outdone by "Answers in Genesis," Ken Hamm who will tell you that the planet is only 6,000 years old, the Christian Post claims that there isn't any climate change. Worry not folks, the Post says it's just the end times. Benghazi! Benghazi!
In more earthly matters, Kansastan Gov. Sam Brownback says Obama is responsible for the cratering the Kansas economy. Only last March, he was schoolin' us in Tea Potty economics and Forbes magazine claimed that Brownback's plan was the way to "take the region to school." Uh-Oh. A $1.3 billion tax revenue shortfall is projected for 2014 — a 45 percent drop. Trickle Trickle. Down, down,down. Good thing ya don't get our frost heaves, Dorothy. Moody's downgraded Kansas and it affects over $2.8 billion in outstanding bonds. What the heck is wrong with Kansastan? Benghazi! Benghazi!
On a more serious note, proving to us that mental illness is more prevalent outside of institutions, a Newtown Massacre "Truther" has just stolen a memorial to one of the murdered children and informed her still grieving mother that he knows that she really never existed.
Going the extra mile for welfare cowboy Cliven Bundy were two hooded gunmen who threatened the life of a BLM officer while driving down the interstate. He was informed, "you need to die". If that doesn't make you think "American Horror Story", when a 4-year-old put a bullet hole in his forehead, his grandmother Renee Smith said, "accidents happen". The "law abiding" and "responsible gun owner" has been charged. Benghazi! Benghazi!
Oh, did I mention that Michael Sam football jerseys are now selling like hotcakes?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:45