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School Board under no apparent pressure to ever address parents

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.

Petrine O'Halloran
Bayonne, N.J.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:01

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What an insult to people a union president supposedly represents

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.

Dave Schwotzer

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:54

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First Amendment for Christians only; You can't make this stuff up

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?

James Veverka

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:45

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Saturday is Armed Forces Day; God bless and protect them all

To The Daily Sun,

Armed Forces Day is this Saturday, May 17, and giving thanks and an opportunity support to those men and women in our armed forces who are deployed all over the globe.

Back in the good old days (1960s and 70s) there were always open houses on all military bases and post at least in the continental United States. There were aerial demonstrations by the navy's Blue Angels and the Air Forces Thunderbirds. Static displays were available for all to see and tour. Naval ships were also open to the public. We really were proud of our military.

Presently, with the base closures and realignments and security issues, Armed Forces Day has become just another day. There really aren't any active military bases in New Hampshire where these displays used to occur. Still, we must take the time to recognize and thank our armed forces for the freedoms that their service provides to the other 99 percent.

God bless and protect them all.

Earlon Beale

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:38

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Let's guarantee every small business ownerr $7.25 an hour

To The Daily Sun,

The empty logic of raising the minimum wage never ends. Liberals, Democrats and union-huggers are forever trying to get people paid more money for doing no more work. If there was ever a sure-fire recipe for further economic decline in this country that is it.

In an economy devaluing labor and in a business world gone global there is no surer path to becoming uncompetitive and bankrupt than paying people more money to do the same amount of work. Higher wages go one place: higher product costs. That harms the living standards of every consumer, every place. Paying people more to do the same work has a name. It is called inflation.

Don't you just hate it when you go to the store and the same product you bought last week now costs $1 more. That is what increasing labor costs without more output does to everyone. It forces the poor to pay higher prices for the most basic products from a McDonald's hamburger to a quart of milk.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office stated unambiguously a minimum wage increase to $10.10 will kill 500,000 jobs. Tell me that is not a moral injustice to a half million people. I laugh when people that try to inject morality into an argument. You only see this from the far left, social justice engineers who anoint themselves god on issues. It is hilarious. They think we are all idiots.

If Democrats really want to show genuine concern for people making subsistence wages, they would be better served focusing on small business owners who spend years trying to create an even marginally profitable business. The small business owner often works for peanuts ($7.25 an hour would be a windfall for him) while risking his and his family's security in the struggle. Many, actually make a negative wage while working 60 to 80 hours per week. That small business owners, the backbone of this country who make nothing should be forced to pay their employees even more, which loses them even more money is indeed more than a moral injustice.

Small business expansion is the jobs engine of this nation. Small business creation has gone to sleep under Obama. Forcing small business owners to pay higher wages while they make nothing is just his latest assault on them by Obama.

Let's guarantee every small business owner $7.25 an hour for their work in the name or moral fairness. I suggest we fund it by federally mandating union dues cuts. This would increase union workers' pay checks while underpinning the small business owners who are the heart and soul of America. The other benefit, lower union dues means less money trying to buy a political outcome, which is where 80 percent of union dues go. Democrats are always looking to reduce outside money in politics. This would be a good start.

Tony Boutin

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:35

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