To The Daily Sun,
L.J. Siden asserts, in his response to my letter on racism, "to believe that reverse racism is a bigger problem than racism — that is racism". Perhaps L.J. has not heard of affirmative action, quotas, workplace discrimination laws, etc. Perhaps L.J. is not aware of the current situation in which most blacks are harmed by other blacks. Perhaps L.J. does not realize that white on black crime is so rare that the race hustlers have to invent new names such as "white Hispanics" to perpetuate the cause of victimhood. And for heaven sake, just to bring up the issue of where race is in today's reality, is considered racist by Mr. Siden, who apparently believes this is still the 1950s and 1960s. How are those Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan records holding up for you? Okay, full disclosure, I like those folks too, though my view on their politics has changed over the years.
Since I offered lots of references in my last letter to back up my opinions, Siden belatedly offers some "real proof" of "racism" in his letter. Which in Siden's view apparently, can only be white on black. Are you ready? He cites far right-wing racist comments from right-wing sites as clear evidence. I've seen some of them and flag them as offensive to help out the editors of those sites because they do not represent the conservative view in any way. I encourage others to do the same too as they hurt the true conservative cause.
He then mentions the KKK, Neo-Nazi skinheads, Christian Identity, Black Separatists and Neo-Confederates. Yes L.J., I have also checked out the hate map sponsored by the very biased and controversial, Southern Poverty Law Center. Those groups are so on the fringe that one has to spend hours google searching to find any white on black crimes coming from those marginalized groups that have been condemned by all of civil society in a very bipartisan manner. They also do not represent the conservative view. People who belong to groups like those are emotionally unstable, paranoid loons of the type that can be found on both political extremes.
Siden mentions some very racist comments which appeared in Ron Paul's newsletters over two decades ago. Very bad indeed, but have you heard any comments or seen any video of Ron Paul making racist comments? I don't believe so. He is no more racist than Paula Deen is today. If he were, conservatives would have discredited him. Something liberals refused to do with their favorite West Virginia KKK Kleagle buddy, Democrat Robert Byrd. Overuse of the race card has diminished it's power somewhat though using it, however irresponsibly, was still influential enough to devastate Paula Deen.
He then mentions a comment made by Rick Santorum, "I don't make black people any better by giving them other people's money." Apparently, in the world in which Mr Siden lives, asserting that you are against redistribution of wealth is akin to racism. Rick is agreeing with so many black conservatives who are imploring young black people to eschew the liberal, progressive mantra. That being, if you are a poor black person, you just can't make it in this white man's world without the government supporting you cradle to grave. That is the patronizing, self-worth sucking, progressive, liberal twist on traditional racism. Star Parker, Clarence Thomas, Deneen Borelli, Ron Christie, C.L. Bryant, Lloyd Marcus, Erik Rush, Angela McGlowan, Dr. Benjamin Carson, Bill Cosby, Crystal Wright, Ken Blackwell, Charles Payne, Jason Riley, Mychal Massie, Jesse Lee Peterson, Mia Love, Larry Elder, Shelby Steele, Allen West, Tim Scott, Condoleezza Rice, Herman Cain and of course the brilliant Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell all would say that you are dead wrong, in my opinion. They would assert that it is the progressive, elitist, central planning mentality that has created a modern day plantation which has given the gold seal of approval for blacks and to some extent Hispanics, to accept that their lot in life is as victims of a white racist society and they should feel entitled to other people's money. Now to me, that sounds elitist, condescending and racist.
Okay Siden, one more time slowly, so you can grasp the Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey success stories. Yes, lots and lots of whites voted for Obama, twice. Yes, lots and lots of white folks tuned in to Oprah's show because they adored her. What that is meant to imply in 21st century America is that the vast majority of white people admire other folks for the content of their character and not the color of their skin (sorry, another MLK reference that L.J. thinks I am not allowed to use). Good grief L.J. Siden, that does not mean they are only successful because white folks "allowed" them to be. Man, you gotta shed some of that white guilt because it really seems to have clouded your thinking.
Finally, I am sorry (not really so much) if my calling your opinions "juvenile amateur psychoanalysis" offends you. That is my polite opinion, which is based on your spouting the "twisted logic" of a 1960's Al Sharpton thought process. Al keeps that mindset because he still makes lots of money with it, though it does nothing to help blacks today the way it did decades ago. What's your excuse Mr. Siden? Oh and by the way, I believe "we are having a genuine debate" on this issue of racism. By offering my opinion, I am attempting to discredit yours. You are correct about that. That is what letters to the editor sometimes do. Sorry if you think I am being too harsh or "crass". I think you can handle it and perhaps we should let the readers decide who's opinion has more validity. Whadaya say L.J.?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:36
To The Daily Sun,
Now that it is 2014, here are a few thoughts/questions on Obamacare:
— How many people have paid the premium?
— Who is buying Obamacare? (e.g. old, young, etc?)
— What is the cost of the healthcare.gov website, including repairs?
— When will the website work, front and back?
— In 2009-10, Rep. Shea-Porter and Senator Shaheen told us "we could keep our insurance". Why haven't they apologized for lying to us?
— Senator Mary Landrieu (LA) stated "she was misled when she voted for Obamacare". Were Rep. Shea-Porter and Senator Shaheen misled?
— Rep. Shea-Porter told us that "Obamacare will reduce the deficit". Please explain how?
— Why are Dems running for the hills because of Obamacare?
— Will Reps. Shea-Porter, Kuster and Senator Shaheen run on Obamacare?
— Why was the D.C. insurance commissioner fired for criticizing Obamacare?
— Why did Sen. Shaheen want to delay the Medical Device Tax until after the 2014 election?
— Why is Senator Shaheen joining other Democrats to delay Obamacare?
— Why does Obamacare allow for children to stay on their parent's policy until the age of 26 and military (our veterans) to age 21? Rep. Shea-Porter and Senator Shaheen knew this when they voted for Obamacare.
— Why does the media, newspapers, politicians say that the tax for not having Obamacare is $95? This is not true.
There are other questions but I do not expect Reps. Shea-Porter, Kuster and Senator Shaheen to answer any of them.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:21
To The Daily Sun,
I was on my way to work Sunday, driving near the Rte. 106/107 intersection, when my Subaru skidded off the icy road into a snowbank. "No problem," I thought, "The Subaru should be able to get out of this easily." But the ice underneath the snow cover made it impossible to get any traction.
I got out and stood by the car and, not moments later, two Good Samaritan ladies stopped and offered to help. Within five minutes, four or five other people stopped with the same intentions. A few tried to push the SUV back onto the road and, when that didn't work, one man said he'd go to his home on Sleeper Hill and come back with a tow rope. "That would be faster than waiting for AAA," someone said.
When I left, I began to consider other ways to get the vehicle free. Again, in the next 10 minutes, three or four drivers offered assistance. Finally, one strong man saw what I was trying to do and, with his help, I was able to get back on the pavement. A few moments later, the man with the tow rope arrived and I was able to thank him for his helpful spirit.
The weather may be cold but the hearts of some folks in the Lakes Region are quite warm. My thanks to all my neighbors.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:18
To The Daily Sun,
We all celebrate the news that the New Hampshire economy is gradually improving, resulting in a fiscal year-end surplus. Some have suggested that the entire surplus be put into the state's Rainy Day Fund and that that suggestion is itself uncontroversial and non-partisan. I beg to differ.
Putting the entire surplus into the Rainy Day Fund might seem, at first blush, to be benign and maybe even smart. It would, in actuality, serve to validate the draconian cuts that were made when conservative Republicans held sway in the Statehouse. It would not give the governor and Legislature any leeway to restore funding of what Democrats consider essential services.
Yes, we all know that the New Hampshire Constitution requires that the budget be balanced. But some of the bad choices made by the Republican majority at the time resulted in actually decreasing revenue. Not finding other solutions harmed us all, particularly the most vulnerable among us: the poor, disabled and physically or mentally ill. We all pay extra because of poor roads and bridges, minimal funding of higher education, low reimbursement to hospitals, deferred maintenance, decreased staffing or closing of state facilities and the unraveling of the safety net.
So yes, let's celebrate the improvement in the N.H. economy. But let's not forget that this wealthy state has many poor people too. And let's debate, civilly and respectfully, the amount that should be put aside, without tying the hands of our governor and Legislature in their efforts to improve the lives of all
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:15
To The Daily Sun,
It's summertime in Antarctica and yet two ships are trapped in 10-foot-thick pack ice and one is an ice breaker. It's all very confusing because the climate scientists keep saying the world is getting warmer. But then I read in the past 10 years the average world mean temperatures have only risen, like one tenth of a degree. Australia is having the hottest summer on record but Al gore said the Arctic was to be ice free by now if I heard him right. So who do we trust? I sure don't trust Al Gore as far as I could throw him and the way that guy has ballooned up that's not far. Still something is different — but then back in the 70s scientists were telling us a new ice age was coming.
In terms of the earths age that was less then a blink of an eye, so what are we to make of these claims? The global alarmists say the extreme cold, unusually severe storms and such is all consistent with their warming theory's. But couldn't the reverse be true, that it may be the extreme heat wave down under that is the aberration? If the climate is changing is it do to human activity of natural forces? I do know that there is no shortage of people like Gore who will shill anything like a carnival barker to make themselves some money.
I sure don't know and at my age I'm not cashing in my retirement fund to "go green" any time soon. Now I wouldn't mind an electric car, or heating my home by something other then fossil fuels but the fact just is that those things just can not compete dollar for dollar with traditional fuels. Make the things cost effective, then we'll talk again.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:08