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The 20 days of Obama Christmas

To The Daily Sun,

Obama's TWENTY days of Christmas.
Day one — He gave us none other than HIMSELF.
Day two — He gave us the liar Obama.
Day three — He gave us Obama the nation divider.
Day four — He gave us the arrogant Obama.
Day five — He gave us the incompetent Obama.
Day six — He gave us Obamacare.
Day seven — He gave us a website that wouldn't work.
Day eight — He gave us insurance cancellation notices.
Day nine — He gave the majority of the MIDDLE CLASS higher health insurance costs.
Day ten — He gave millions restricted health care access (you finally discovered what Obama already KNEW, you couldn't keep your doctor or hospital ).
Day eleven — He gave us a five person death panel (accountable to no one) to restrict your access to the latest life saving services and pharmacology.
Day twelve — He gave us syringes with do it your self euthanasia instructions.
Day thirteen — He gave us $17 trillion in debt to hand down to our children to pay off through lower living standards.
Day fourteen — He gave us a RECORD 47 million welfare dependents to feed and house because he REFUSED to focus on FIXING the economy.
Day fifteen — He gave us 20 million unemployed with the lowest percentage of the prime working age people with jobs in 40 years.
Day sixteen — He gave us his refusal to reform Medicare, Social Security or SS Disability. All three programs desperately BANKRUPT.
Day seventeen — He gave us more rules, regulations and handcuffs to throttle and restrain business and job creation than any president in history.
Day eighteen — He gave us back General Motors and stuck taxpayers with a TEN billion dollar LOSS to save UNION JOBS (votes) while NON-UNION workers got pink slips.
Day nineteen — He gave us one of the most divided, unhappy, and venom-spewing electorates in modern history accompanied by gridlock and total political dysfunction.
Day twenty — He gave us a windmill so we could light our tree.
Give your self a Christmas present EARLY next year. Please vote Democratic incompetence and insanity out of office in November. The Senate is easily within Republican grasp!
Tony Boutin
Gilford

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:19

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Why is it so hard to get people to understand wind farm issue?

To The Daily Sun,

It never ceases to amaze me how journalists fall for the wind industry's clean energy spin — without even a hint of a query. Are journalists blatantly misleading readers? How can journalists ignore the abuse the wind industry has on rural communities around New Hampshire, New England, nationally or internationally? Thanks to journalists the abuse will continue, effectively without critical scrutiny.

The wind industry knows exactly what they're doing to our community, because they've done it a thousand times over the past 20 years. Has a journalist ever stopped to think about the imbalance in financial resources? Or how it will effect our wildlife? Or how it will effect our watersheds? Or our peoples health? Or how it will effect tourism? Or how it will effect our property values?

Do we, as residents, have a voice in any of this? It is private land after-all. Do we have a right to tell our story "in the press" to be read by the people of New Hampshire? Or are journalists simply looking at it from another point of view — that being: resident concerns would be same if a nuclear plant, biomass plant or hydro plant were to replace the words "wind developer"? Are our concerns destined to go on deaf ears — is this done by design?

NHWindWatch.org is a tiny organization that survives on donations. They are an tiny organization that has the backing of the majority here in Grafton County. They are under constant attack from wind developers who seek to destroy our community. Developers have the power, the money, the lawyers and the federal government to boot.

NHWindWatch.org is made up of volunteers.

Journalists are the paid professionals and the publicly-traded wind developers are the story. We, the residents, have voted against further wind development in our area. Yet all we hear in the media is how residents are more concerned about the aesthetics of wind farms. Am I missing something — or is this being done by design? There are many more important concerns than aesthetics. Why aren't legal battles, issues or problems in states like Massachusetts, Vermont or Maine being discussed, introduced or explained to our residents here?

Many people ask me why I'm so vocal on this matter? It's because I have a vested interest in this community. There's no wind farm development proposed near me. I will only see one from 15 miles away. Why I continue to do this, is for the genuine concern about the harm that will come to the people living near them.

It's hardly rocket science.... I just care.

I sometimes wonder why it is so hard to get people to understand that night time noise in a quiet country environment is going to disturb the sleep of some people, and that if they cannot turn off the source of the noise, that they are going to become sleep deprived over time which will then harm their health. I have genuine concern for the wildlife and our watersheds as well. I also have concern for our tourism revenues, many businesses I know depend on them. And I know Mount Cardigan will take a hit on tourism, it's 5,000 visitors are being talked about now.

Every great story comes from an old saying: "follow the money". Think about who is financially benefiting from them and who are the losers. Who's threatened by the truth coming out? And those political parties they donate to?

Shouldn't we be talking about the people who have been driven from their homes in Massachusetts because of the known health damaging effects of low frequency noise pollution and then silenced? Shouldn't we be talking about bat testing units being placed in thickly wooded areas on the ground? Shouldn't we be talking about noise measuring monitors being placed underneath very big trees, on the opposite side, to falsely show low noise levels during summer months? Shouldn't we be talking about how the new 500 foot turbines will be even more damaging?

Start caring. Ask questions and demand answers — and pound the table until you get them. It's your community too.

Ray Cunningham

Bridgewater

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:14

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Many showed concern for GHS band member who became ill

To The Daily Sun,

On Saturday, during the Laconia Holiday Parade, one of my students experienced a medical emergency while marching in the parade. The student is doing much better, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who came to our aid in helping by giving up their jackets on a cold day to the student. Thank you to the Laconia Police officers who helped, as well as the medical people and doctors at LRGH. Also, thank you to Frank Weeks for stopping and helping us and to Janet Breton for watching the band when they arrived back at Gilford High School. It's reassuring to know how many people showed their concern and jumped in to help us.

Thank you so much!

Lyvie Beyrent
Gilford High School Band Director

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:10

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We will kick all you America haters out of office in 2016 elections

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to President Obama:

Ever since you became president, you and your administration have lied to the American people on every promise you have made. I wish I could go into every lie you have told, but I just don't have the time. I would like to suggest you stop your lying to the American people and seek professional help, we are not as stupid as you and your administration think.

I would like to address your latest lie and scam on the American people. More than half of the American people know that your latest lie about Obamacare is a scam and not about health care, but about giving more POWER to the government in order to enslave the American People! You and your administration knew from day one that the Affordable Care Act (I still have to laugh when I say that) was not going to be affordable. It is all about putting America on the path to a one-payer system which leads to socialized medicine. You and your administration hate America, and want to see America as a third-world country. However I would like to thank you because you have awaken the sleeping lion. We The People have had enough and will not take it anymore. We will take back America in 2014 in the next election and kick all of you haters of America out. The American People want our America back, Like Santa we are making a list and checking it twice.

Harry Accornero

Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:05

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Keeping boot on Iran's neck may not be as easy down the road

To The Daily Sun:

As the Earth's power elite (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States) seeks accord with Iran, naysayers come out of the woodwork. Opposition arguments seem legitimate at first listen, but they lack context. Since 9/11, events, ineptitude and arrogance have conspired to undermine American influence and respectability throughout the Middle East.

Two of our traditional allies in the region, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are the most vocal. Both say Iran is ambitious, untrustworthy and dangerous. Probably true, but they fail to mention they are gambling on (and promoting) American obsolescence in the region while undermining American goals that do not advance their agenda; i.e., America as tool not partner.

Israel routinely flouts American aspirations. Pundits and pols attribute the acrimony to Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama's personal dislike for one another. However, it is more than individual animosity when America seeks to reinvigorate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Israel announces new settlements.

The Saudis ridicule American uncertainty and vacillation in Egypt, Iran and Syria (publicly and personally mocking the president in the latter). They rejected a prestigious seat on the United Nations Security Council telling the world their unprecedented decision was more a message to America than a slap at the U.N. Saudi Intelligence Chief Bandar bin Sultan, recently told multiple news sources, the kingdom is reviewing its relationships with America and looking at alternatives.

At home, the naysayers want more machismo: more sanctions, more threats, perhaps a few more strategic bombings in a few more countries. Yet, firmness in lieu of caution, belligerence over diplomacy has brought America the look of a buffoon and to the brink of irrelevance.

Keeping the boot to Iran's neck may not be as easy tomorrow as it was yesterday. It was never in the best interests of China, India, Japan or Russia. They rejected wholesale sanction busting because they detested and feared the fanaticism of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The new president, Hassan Rouhani, is a much different person.

We hear the phase "war weary" so often we might suspect it replaced "have a good day" in pundit land. Perhaps, it is not exhaustion as much as failure that exasperates Americans. Everywhere we look, disaster is the norm.

— Afghanistan: President Hamid Karzai, corrupt and volatile, may yet choose to side with the Taliban. (He certainly threatens to do so often enough.)

— Egypt: The military, in charge since the July coup, routinely waves its middle finger at America and thwarts democratic ideals (often with great fanfare).

— Iraq:Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has aligned his government with Iran.

— Syria:When America tried to initiate cease-fire negotiations, it was the rebels (our guys!) who refused to participate.

— Turkey: An Islamist (Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan) now leads the nation that was once the model for secular democracy in Islam. A member of NATO, Turkey recently stunned its western allies by rejecting NATO-compatible missile defenses for Chinese arms.

— Yemen: It has no government at all. Armed gangs — mostly anti American — rule the land. (The same is pretty much true for Libya and Somalia.)

So, what does détente with Iran offer? Perhaps we avoid another war where we create more enemies and new terrorists, where we undermine our principles and emulate the great villains of history, where we lie to ourselves, confuse kill-target success with goal achievement and set the stage for another war with a country to be determined.

Rapprochement with Iran offers more than war avoidance, however. It offers opportunities to douse some of the flames we ignited in the Middle East and resolve insidious issues that threaten regional war and global side choosing.

Columnist Tom Friedman (The New York Times, Nov. 13) captured much of the potential in two sentences: "Let's start with the fact that Iran has sizable influence over several of the United States' most critical national security concerns, including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, terrorism, energy security and nuclear proliferation. Whereas tension with Iran has served to exacerbate these issues, détente with Tehran could help ameliorate them."

For those who cannot imagine America and Iran working together, Friedman went on to point out "Iran played a vital role in helping us to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001 and can help us get out without the Taliban completely taking over again."

Robert Moran
Meredith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:59

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