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Our northern border is even more porous than our Mexican one

To The Daily Sun,

I have decided to start awarding a new award every month or so. It will be called the Looney Uninformed Ethnocentric Wackadoodle Award, or simply the LUEW Award. LUEW rhymes with "loo", a British colloquialism for the toilet.

Recipients, must show, in the letters to The Sun a high degree of jingoism and ethnocentrism bordering on the racist. The likely recipients may have to look those two words up. The recipients must show an attitude of radical nationalism and an utter contempt for their fellow human beings, especially those less fortunate than they.

I cannot offer a monetary prize for this award, but it is usually to provide winners of awards with a medal, certificate, plaque, or other trophy. I have decided that the appropriate trophy for the LUEW Award will be a picture of the recipient framed in a plastic toilet seat. I will engrave the toilet seat with the reason for the award and it the recipient so wishes, will present the award at a convenient place and time. I will even provide the hardware and labor if the winner wants me to install it in their home.

I do not like to make these decisions alone so perhaps some others would help me form a committee to select the winners. Perhaps in the future we could expand this to first, second, and third prizes.

Since, however, I had to make the decision on the first award, I am pleased to announce that there was a tie. Linda Riley and Bob Meade will share the award. Their general ignorance of and dislike of foreigners won them this award.

Especially notable was Ms. Riley´s accusing Mexican and Central American immigrants, and not the anti vaccination movement, for the appearance of diseases that we used to have under control. The last time I know of unwanted immigrants causing massive epidemics is when Europeans brought smallpox and measles to this hemisphere, wiping out up to ninety percent of the Native American population.

As for heroin, yes, a lot of heroin nowadays comes from Mexico. But, a lot of Colombian cocaine is shipped by drug cartels to the U.S.A. Most methamphetamine is manufactured in the U.S.A. and almost all marijuana smoked is an American-made product.

Our northern border is probably even more porous than our Mexican border. A lot of white, European immigrants come here and work as nannies for wealthy families in New England and work illegally. I am sure there are some in our own WASP's nests of Meredith and Gilford but I am sure people like Ms. Riley would not recognized them because they are the same color as she. And yes, I also fear for Ms. Riley´s grandchildren, but probably not for the same reasons as she does.

I would like Ms. Riley and Mr. Meade to let me know where and when to present their LUEW Awards. If you have a choice of colors regarding the toilet seat, let me know. If you do not state a color preference, I am going to assume your favorite colors are lily white.

E. Scott Cracraft

Gilford

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A fault of our Marital Master's system is there's no place to file grievance

To The Daily Sun,

Divorce is an emotional and stressful process which can be eased by the Family Court system through the introduction of mediation, fairness and emphasis on settlements, whereby the parties can begin new lives. However, the New Hampshire Family Court system has Marital Masters who are reviewed every three years only by their peers and not by an independent review board. Marital Master positions were recently cut from the court and drop off as their contracts expire. The court then came up with marital referees to fill the void. Every Marital Master who was not renewed, and has not retired or become a judge, has been rehired as a Marital Referee. These referees are considered employees and are protected from sanction. This presents serious flaws in the system whereby Marital Masters (or referees) become powerful individuals who hold the future of emotionally damaged parties in their hands and make rulings without checks and balances and thereby destroy lives.

Take the case in Cheshire County where Thomas Ball, driven to distraction by Marital Masters and the Family Courts wrote a manifesto, and then set himself on fire on the court steps. He died to prove his point and try to prevent others from the wrath of the Family Court's injustices.

(http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/last-statement-sent-to-sentinel-from-self-immolation-victim/article_cd181c8e-983b-11e0-a559-001cc4c03286.html)

In another case in Belknap County, the Marital Master made rulings and then ruled against his own rulings which caused great confusion. For example he stated in the final decree that both parties made about equal income, yet while the divorce was pending ordered the husband to pay property taxes on all four properties. Then, when the appraiser grossly over-appraised personal items of which approximately 90 percent were items owned solely by the husband, the Marital Master said, "... if there's a debate about whether the values are fair values for all the personal property that there is to be divided, then I can't use the values in connection with the overall property distribution" yet turned around and used the values in the Final Decree.

Adding to the confusion, the Marital Master ordered the man's tools that he makes a living with sold at auction in order to determine their true value for the property distribution worksheet. The collection of tools and personal property were overvalued for an estimated $52,000 yet brought only $1,700 at auction.

The appraisal "values" were approximately six times the actual value of the items.

The man's metal lathe, for instance, was appraised for $1,200, and yet brought only $200 at the auction. The Marital Master refused to adjust the figures to accurately reflect their value after the auction results. This in turn left the man without means to make a living, ruined his 35 year successful and reputable business, and saddled him with a large amount to pay his ex-wife instead of a lower accurate amount. The court denied efforts to correct the amount although it had the power to correct the mutual mistake of the disparity in values. The man is now being forced to sell his home which includes his motorcycle repair shop/state inspection station because the amount was so large.

Belknap County had another case that turned deadly when the man shot himself over the Marital Master's rulings in his divorce.

One of the faults of the system is that grievances have no place to be filed.

State Representative, Michael Sylvia, of Belmont, stated "Our constitution (P. 1, A. 31 ) requires the Legislature to assemble for the redress of public grievances. Since 2013 the committee to hear petitions for redress has been dissolved. I find it troubling that this most important responsibility has been diminished to filing petitions away in folders without addressing and resolving public grievances. We must follow our duty spelled out in Article 31 lest the people refer back to Article 31 lest the people refer back to Article 10."

It is time for residents in this state, our elected officials and the governor to step up and support a bill that would revamp the system and insist on marital referees to be evaluated by an independent review board and to be held accountable and not escape sanctions. It may not be too late for the man in Belknap County to have his house saved through intervention of a public official. Perhaps someone will step up to the plate and put an end to the injustices happening every day.

New Hampshire's Family Courts should not be deadly. They should be part of a system that makes separation for couples and families a fair and just process that treats individuals with empathy and respect.

Those who have or are currently experiencing similar injustices by the New Hampshire Family Courts can call their local state representative.

Nancy Childress, Esq.

Bangor, Maine

(Formerly of Gilmanton)

 

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