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Any agreement that allows Iran to get a nuke will set off arms race

To The Daily Sun,

We all agree with Dennis Lintz (see his letter of March 18) that we don't want war with Iran, or anyone, and that we hope for a wise treaty with Iran that prevents them from ever getting nuclear weapons.

Everyone should have learned that preventing an aggressor from becoming powerful is a much wiser and less costly course than not taking small threats seriously. Consider the consequences of our refusal to believe that radical Islamists were at war with us before 9-11 or the world's refusal to believe the threat that Hitler was becoming.

More recently, ISIS was called a JV team, nothing to worry about. ISIS has become a well-funded major force with modern weapons, tens of thousands of soldiers, modern communications, and ties to radical Islamist groups around the world. ISIS has captured many cities and much territory, killed tens of thousands, and has issued credible threats against the U.S. and other countries.

Iran has clearly and repeatedly stated its intentions to obliterate Israel and Western civilization. Iran has reportedly enriched uranium far beyond what is needed for a nuclear power plant. Iran's intermediate range missiles could hit Israel or Europe with nuclear sized payloads. Iran has announced plans to build intercontinental missiles capable of reaching the U.S. with nuclear payloads.

Iran's threats must be taken seriously.

Unfortunately our presidents have gotten important things wrong before with dangerous or costly consequences. President Clinton told us North Korea wouldn't get nukes, but then let them get them. President Bush told us Iraq had WMDs which were never found.

Unfortunately President Obama inspires little confidence that his agreement with Iran will provide the needed safeguards. President Obama's Middle East policy has been disastrous, creating threats where there were none and alienating allies. President Obama's inaction when his "red lines" were crossed and his desperation to get an agreement tell Iran that it has the upper hand in negotiations.

And, President Obama's refusal to submit any "agreement" to the Senate for its review and approval suggests that any agreement is likely to be very bad, leading to a growingly powerful, nuclear armed Iran capable of inflicting enormous damage and loss of life if it pursues its promised goal of obliterating Israel and the West.

Information leaked about the proposed agreement indicates that there are no limits on Iran's development of ballistic missiles or its ability to create a nuclear bomb in 10 years. Ten years may seem long to us, but for people who have been working for world domination for 1,400 years, 10 years is nothing.

Any agreement that allows Iran to get a nuclear weapon will set off an arms race in the Middle East making the region and the world much more dangerous. It is better to have no deal than this.

By threatening to reimpose sanctions and by demanding that President Obama submit any agreement for review and approval or disapproval, the Senate is strengthening President Obama's hand in negotiations with Iran. Hopefully the result is a wise treaty that the Senate will comfortably approve because it stabilizes the Middle East, prevents further nuclear proliferation, and is verifiable.

Don Ewing

Meredith

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Learn more abou what we do at Belknap County Conservation District

To The Daily Sun,

The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) appreciates the many letters of support and those that spoke on our behalf during the Belknap County Convention process for the 2015 budget. It is clear that many Belknap County residents recognize the importance of conserving soil and water resources in retaining the health of our environment and economy in the Lakes Region. As former BCCD Director Jan Hooper suggested to the convention, the so-called "outside agencies" are really supporting agencies which provide vital services to the county and its towns and residents.

BCCD would also like to thank the Belknap County Commissioners for their generous offer to co-locate the Conservation District and UNH Cooperative Extension at the county courthouse. This move will provide better access to our services than our current location, facilitate our cooperative efforts with Extension, and save the county money.

Our mission is to help landowners, communities and other organizations conserve soil, water and the natural resources of Belknap County. BCCD achieves its mission by:

• Identifying critical natural resource conservation issues and needs.

• Initiating projects that demonstrate conservation best practices.

• Delivering conservation information and training.

• Creating access to technical and financial resources that enable conservation action.

From our annual plant sale, to stream restoration projects, to community workshops on protecting water resources, to assistance with grants to towns and landowners, BCCD is committed to serving our county. We invite anyone who is interested in natural resource conservation to participate in our programs and to learn more about what we do. Our website is at www.belknapccd.org/

We are heartened by the support provided by the County Board of Commissioners and the public and look forward to continuing to serve the people of Belknap County.

Belknap County Conservation District Board of Supervisors

John Hodsdon, Chair - Meredith

Dean Anson – Laconia

Earl Chase - Barnstead

Donna Hepp - Belmont

Ken Kettenring – New Hampton

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