To The Daily Sun,
Senator Shaheen and Rep. Shea-Porter love to tell us everything they are doing for us. Here is a list of tax hikes that they did not tell us about. Both of them voted for all of these taxes:
— Surtax (3.8 percent) on investment income
— Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax
— Individual Mandate Excise Tax
— Tax on health insurers
— Excise tax on comprehensive health insurance plans
— "Black liquor" tax hike (bio-fuel)
— Tax on drug companies
— Tax on medical device manufacturers
— High medical bills tax deduction
— Flexible spending account cap - aka "Special Needs Kids Tax"
— Medicine cabinet tax
— Elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage (Medicare Part D)
— Change the 'economic substance doctrine' (allows IRS to disallow legal tax deductions)
— Tax on indoor tanning services
— Health Savings Account (HAS) withdrawal tax hike
— Blue Cross/Blue Shield tax hike
— Excise tax on charitable hospitals
— Employer reporting of insurance on W-2 – allows IRS to tax you if you do not have insurance
Call Rep.Shea-Porter or Senator Shaheen and ask them if I am wrong. Ask them to explain why they voted for all these taxes? Ask them if Obamacare applies to Congress or their congressional staff? The answer is no. Obamacare is the solution to the health care crisis but not for Congress. In 2014, we need to vote out Senator Shaheen, Reps Shea-Porter and Kuster.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 07:35
To the Daily Sun,
It's getting to be that time of year again, what the department of F&G calls hunting season. It will not be long before thousands of bait sites for bear and deer around the state are gearing up, if not already. Bait season for bear starts September 1 and runs through September 28. Bait season for deer starts September 1 and runs to the last day of the season, December 15.
The pre-baiting I'm sure is already at full throttle. If you have been seeing any bear this year, rest assured your probability of seeing them after August 1 will be nil. As a recap of the 2012 season 909 bears were killed, 432 were over bait. In addition to the 6 cubs killed over bait, 54 cubs were killed by other methods along with 34 lactating females. Oh yeah, one of these bear cubs was just 18lbs.
In 2012 Ben Kilham our bear rehabilitator from Lyme, N.H., had 29 cubs dumped in his lap to raise up to be reintroduced back into the wild. So what happened to the 29 cubs? Five went back to Vermont where their is no baiting. The rest were dumped by the F&G at bait sites around the states. With thousands of bait sites for bear and deer in NH it would be impossible not to. This is a slap in their face.
I'll finish up with this. Out of the 423 bears killed over bait in 2012, 309 were three and a half years old or younger. The life expectancy for bears in N.H. is 3.5 years for males and 4.5 for females.
What do you get for killing a baby bear? A big pat on the back with a "congratulation shooter". Maybe next year you can get to kill something bigger.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 07:32
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in reference to an article printed on August 15 about a recent sexual assault arrest out of Laconia, written by Gail Ober. The suspect was Michael Sulloway of Laconia. I will not re-mention the victims initials as your reporter did. I am a citizen of Laconia and am disgusted, furious and outraged that a reporter in our community would print a story such as this. Victims initials were used and explicit details about abuse that they endured were published.
Can you please inform why as a community we have the right to know who these victims are? I can appreciate that media in our day in age are always looking for the "big," story and at times compromise basic human compassion and understanding, but as a human-being to print what Gail Ober and ultimately The Daily Sun did is disgusting. These are not only victims, but CHILD victims. Anyone in the community who knows the suspect as well as the victims, can piece together who these young ladies are. Gail, you should be absolutely ashamed of yourself-there are no excuses for what you did! These young ladies deserve a public apology as well as the community at large.
Thank you for your time and I hope you take the time to publish this letter. The Laconia Daily Sun does many wonderful things for the community and I hope will continue to do so, in light of this article that was printed.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 07:28
To The Daily Sun,
In response to L.J Siden's letter in the August 10th edition of The Sun:
I had to read your letter more than once in order to determine whether it was a piece of carefully crafted sarcasm or if you actually meant what you wrote. In the end I realized you were serious. With that realization it became quite apparent you suffer from a malady common to many on the left: projection.
You make a number of accusations that are ludicrous at best, going on and on about what supposedly motivates the right. But after the second or third reading of your letter I realized that the very thing you attribute to the right is what you and many on the left do on a regular basis — you are resistant to facts that do not meet the left's narrative. What's worse is the left will outright ignore them or try very hard to discredit them even when they come from many of the same sources upon which they usually rely.
While some of the talking points you bring up are valid, you attribute them to everyone on the right when nothing could be further from the truth. If I were to do the same thing as you I could easily claim that the left believes in government control over every aspect of our lives, telling us where we must live, how often and with whom we must have sexual relations, how many children we can have (assuming it approves of us reproducing at all), how we have to raise them, where our children must go to school and what classes they must take, what cars we must drive if we're allowed to drive at all, and when we must die. While there are some on the left who believe all of those things, I do not attribute them to everyone on the left. That would be foolish and close-minded.
Do those on the right fear a dictatorship by Obama and his minions? Yes, some do and they have history on their side to justify their concerns. Many dictatorships were not achieved by coups but by the dictators fooling the electorate and, once in power, obliterating the rights and freedoms of their citizens one step at a time until they were all gone. Has Obama made any such moves? From my personal observations, I'd have to say yes. He's already shown that he has no respect for the Constitution, going around Congress when he doesn't get his way and stepping in on matters that are, quite frankly, not within the purview of his office. Does that automatically mean he will become a dictator? No, but it should concern everyone including you and your brethren on the left that he has little respect for the law.
Do I deny facts that "complicate" my views? No, I do not. For one thing I know life is complicated and that one-size-fit-all solutions rarely work. Will I question facts that go against things I have learned through experience? Absolutely. I do not accept facts willy-nilly. I wait until I can verify them from someplace other than from where I originally came across them. (Too often those facts come from less than reliable sources. You know, the "I heard it from a friend who knows a guy who's the personal assistant to someone whose brother-in-law's cousin works for a guy that knows these things" shtick, or worse, from some of the less reliable media.) If the facts prove to be correct, will I change my viewpoint? Yes, of course. To quote John Maynard Keynes, "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do?"
And that begs the question, what do YOU do? If I had to guess from what you've written, I'd say that facts aren't really all that important to you unless they confirm what you know to be "true", If they disagree with your beliefs, will you change your viewpoint? Or do you dismiss them out of hand as being false or part of some Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and cling to your absolute belief that you're right and that the facts MUST be wrong or false? If you do, then who's being "resistant to facts that complicate their views?"
'Tis not I.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:25
To The Daily Sun,
Wind Developers plans for 100 turbines+, constructed on four stunningly beautiful lakeside sites between Groton and Grafton, will, according to many local residents, change the this community for the next quarter century.
How can a commercial wind investment of a half billion dollars, on 15 miles of local ridge lines, not make an impact? The most obvious impacts are: watershed damage, deforestation damage, wildlife damage, river and stream damage, seep damage, visual damage, etc. What's your concern?
Opposition for these next three wind projects have increased.
Locals are worried about the damage to their livelihood (home values) and to tourism. I heard a few comments at the Antique Auto Show that stopped me in my tracks. Comments like: "New Hampshire will be disfigured" and "This is a massacre of our beautiful landscape"; one asked, "Would the governor like these monstrosities in front of her house?"
Another statement I heard was: "If the turbines are not running or are not connected to the the grid, they won't provide any power at all, would National Grid then take over. The answer is no. The promise of electricity for thousands of consumers is spin, not fact!"
Yet state politicians want to ruin our livelihood. Have they forgotten that our communities represent families too, not just votes?
The proposed 15 miles of turbines would make this community resemble a wind park. What's more, to create this "park", it would be necessary to deforest much of the mountain-tops as well as blast into them, and upset the environment for decades to come. The whole thing is a disaster waiting to happen.
I believe these turbines were meant to be built in Massachusetts, but, of course they don't want them spoiling their communities either. It's amazing how wealthier people have much more influence than us country folk.
However, New Hampshire Wind Watch is hopeful that it's not too late to fight these next proposals: "We have initiatives in place, it's not a done deal, and the more people who protest, the better.
I also heard a new tourism opportunity at the show...this wind proposal is not necessarily a negative — we could organize jeep tours to go up and view them — because they are so beautiful (LOL - had to put that in at the end...it did make me laugh).
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:21