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Let mothballed, nuc-powered aircraft carrier generate power for us

To The Daily Sun,

Next month the U.S. Navy is going to launch a new aircraft carrier. The USS Gerald R. Ford will join the fleet of ten other super carriers. The USS John F. Kennedy is under construction and is scheduled to be launched in 2020.

The USS Gerald R. Ford cost 12.3 billion dollars to build. Add to that cost 100 or so of the latetest aircraft, the fleet of smaller ships that service, resupply, and protect, and 20,000 or so sailors to run the whole show.

Meanwhile sitting in the Norfolk Virginia Navy Yard sits the USS Enterprise. She was the first of the big nuclear powered supper carriers. She has been recently decommissioned and the plan right now is for her to have the reactors and associated equipment removed then she is to be towed to the Florida Keys and sunk to create a reef for marine life.

Now I am not an naval expert but I have to question the sanity of all this. Could the Enterprise have been overhauled to upgrade her systems? Do we really need 12 aircraft carriers? Is all this tax money being spent just to create jobs in the shipbuilding industry?

I have a better idea for the Enterprise. My background is in the power plant industry and I have been doing some digging. The Enterprise has four reactors that can make enough steam to run a turbine generator built on her deck and produce as much electrical power as Seabrook. The cost of doing this would be a small fraction of what it cost to build that. She could be anchored off the coast where nobody has to have it in their backyard and the power supplied to the northeast grid would do away with the need to build the Northern Pass. As for evacuation in case of an emergency you just tow it out to sea.

Hey you people in Washington can you hear me?

Gordon Blais


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 09:58

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Year-Round Library will stay open until town votes again in March

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilmanton Year-Round Library celebrated its fourth year of operation in September, proving to be a vital part of our community. Our library is a gathering place for all members of our community as each month hundreds of patrons visit the library. The library is a source of inspiration and imagination to our children. It is a source of comfort and calm to our senior citizens. It is more than just library cards, books and reading; our library is a cultural space allowing people to experience this community and beyond.

We can report good news and tell you that as a result of generous support from patrons and friends of the library, the GYRL will stay open through March 2014. But the reality is, to stay open past March 2014 we need your help. It is imperative that the library be recognized as a town-supported community resource. The Board of Directors hopes the library will be a sustainable resource for many years to come. This can only be achieved with your continued efforts, and ultimately, with your vote.

There are many ways to help make this happen over the next several months. Let the Selectboard and Budget Committee members know why the library is important to you and your family. Attend the Public Hearing and Deliberative Session and let your voice be heard. Most importantly, vote YES for town-supported funding on March 11, 2014.

As always, donations are aggressively pursued. You can make yours today by going to www.gyrla.org and clicking on the "Donate" button. You can contribute using your Paypal account or most credit cards. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, any donation is tax deductible. We are grateful to all our supporters for their generosity and look forward to continuing to serve our community.

As we look forward to the future of our town and its growth, the library will continue to serve as a vital resource for all residents. As our community evolves the library will be there to support us. With your support the Gilmanton Year-Round Library will be an integral part of our community for years to come.

Anne Kirby, President

Gilmanton Year-Round Library Association

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 09:46

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Obamacare creates inventive for employers to keep hours below 30

To The Daily Sun,

A recent letter from Bernadette Loesch tries to claim that the criticism of Obamacare is unfounded and unsubstantiated. In this letter she tells of the Walt Disney Company offering full-time employment to 427 part-time employees and how this proves that the claims of Obamacare hurting jobs is "not borne out by reality". She then states how a recent survey of chief financial officers shows that full-time jobs are going to increase by 2 percent over the next year proves how these claims are false.
Bernadette's claims are the easiest to disprove with some simple research. In fact Members of Congress, who have been exempted from the law by the president and Secretary Sebilius, wrote the law that specifically exempts all congressional staff so they can receive taxpayer subsidies to pay for their private health insurance. Congressional members and their staff responded in a survey that they don't want Obamacare.
James Hoffa, president of the Teamsters Union; Joseph Hansen, president of the UFCW; and D. Taylor, president of Unite-Here recently sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid complaining about Obamacare where they said the unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios:
"First, the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees' work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers' hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.
Second, millions of Americans are covered by non-profit health insurance plans like the ones in which most of our members participate. Under the ACA ..., our employees will be treated differently and not be eligible for subsidies afforded other citizens. As such, many employees will be relegated to second-class status and shut out of the help the law offers to for-profit insurance plans. Even though non-profit plans like ours won't receive the same subsidies as for-profit plans, they'll be taxed to pay for those subsidies. Taken together, these restrictions will make non-profit plans like ours unsustainable, and will undermine the health-care market of viable alternatives to the big health insurance companies. They finish the letter by stating "Time is running out: Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it."
Add to this that there are over 300 employers that have reported that they have eliminated jobs, moved employees from full-time to part-time or have simply cut hours because of Obamacare. Most of the employers are public entities such as Houston County, Alabama government; Arizona State University; Community College System of N.H.; Akron, Ohio city government; Youngstown and Upper Arlington School Districts in Ohio; Boone Community School District in Illinois; and the West Perry School District in Pennsylvania. This list includes many other types of employers such as Walmart Stores, Inc.; the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in Connecticut; the Cleveland Clinic; Sea World Entertainment, Inc.; Waldblum's Supermarket; Circle K; North Shore University Health System; and Pillar Hotels and Resorts.
In fact, Reuters and the Washington Free Beacon recently had stories explaining how the program that expands health insurance to over 25 million people doesn't mean these people will receive health care. According to their stories there are over a dozen hospitals that are cutting jobs and reducing patient care and/or services offered because of Obamacare.
According to reports from the U.S. Department of Labor there are statistics that show the number of new unemployment claims each month are mostly from full-time jobs the reported unemployment percentage continues to drop. This is because of an increase in part-time jobs, approximately 400,000 per month, and moving people from the unemployed category to the not-in-the-labor-force category. Labor statistics show that the Labor Participation Rate, which is the percentage of eligible workers actually working, is 63.2 percent. This is the lowest rate since Jimmy Carter was president. Labor Department surveys to employers show that the high cost of Obamacare is the driving factor for these statistics.
Bernadette states that "the American public need to look behind the headlines and learn what's really happening for the American workforce". Unfortunately she doesn't follow her own advice.
Greg Knytych

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 09:40

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Thanks to all who normalized a very special day for Bill Randall

To The Daily Sun,

On August 4, a benefit supper was held for my husband, Bill Randall. We would like to thank all of you who attended, donated, or were there with us in spirit. The very large crowd of friends and relatives who greeted Bill at the door is testament to the kind of caring support we experienced from the onset of his cancer ordeal. You, who sat with him through the afternoon discussing everything from construction talk to the latest happenings at Skelley's and Dunkin' Donuts, normalized his day for him at a time when nothing was normal. Thank you so much for that emotional support. And your very generous donations carried us through as we traveled a road no one wants to take.
We would especially like to thank Keith Taylor who put together this event, and his wonderfully generous family who worked so hard to help him carry it through.
Once again we offer our thanks to a community of very caring people. May you all be blessed in your own lives.
With gratitude,
Celia, Becky, Gina & Beth Randall


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 09:32

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'Dine Around The Lakes' raised $2,800 for I-L Community Caregivers

To The Daily Sun,

Interlakes Community Caregivers held a successful "Dine Around the Lakes" Raffle fundraiser that raised over $2,800 for our nonprofit. The fundraising event was a great success thanks to the hard work of many people involved over the summer, with the winners recently drawn.

Thank you to the following restaurants who donated gift certificates for prizes: Buckey's Restaurant & Tavern, Corner House Inn, Fratello's/The Homestead, Frog Rock Tavern, George's Diner, Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante, Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant, Kara's Café & Cakery, Kevin's Café, Lakeside Deli & Grille, Lavinia's, Lemon Grass, Mame's, Phu Jee's, Squam Lake Inn, T-Bones/Cactus Jack's, The Village Kitchen, and The Woodshed.

Thank you also to those businesses who allowed us to set up our information table and sell tickets throughout the summer: Interlakes Summer Theatre, Moultonborough Recreation Department Summer Concerts @ The Lions Club, Moulton Farm, Sandwich Farmer's Market, E.M. Heath Supermarket, Meredith Historical Society and Paradise Falls.

This fundraiser was organized and executed by volunteers Mackie Heinrich, Charlotte Leavitt, Sue Speers and Cheryl Ulm, with Sally Dussault serving as chairman. Additional support was provided by volunteers Nancy Leighley, Bill and Sally Lyon, Diana Levy, Sue Bowden, John and Eileen Buckley, and Ken and Meg Greenbaum. Interlakes Community Caregivers is fortunate to have wonderful dedicated volunteers.

Finally, thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets. We appreciate how much support we receive from the community; all the money we raise makes it possible for us to offer assistance to the residents of Center Harbor, Meredith, Moultonborough and Sandwich to remain independent in their daily lives.

Ann W. Sprague

Executive Director

Interlakes Community Caregivers

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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