To The Daily Sun,
After reading the response by Ms. Loesch to Tony Boutin's letter in Friday's Sun, I have come to the conclusion that she is a very intelligent woman who lacks something that is very important to one's thought process, good old common sense.
Let me begin with the minimum wage controversy. People who are working for the minimum wage are for the most part just starting out in the work force, people who have nothing in the way of experience to offer an employer. These jobs give them the opportunity to gain the experience needed to move on to better paying jobs. Others are teenagers working after school and during summer vacation. Are there exceptions to this? Very few.
If you look at the effect of the minimum wage, without rose colored glasses, you will see that it does little to change the spending capacity for those that the feel good progressives profess to care about. If you raise the minimum wage it results in two negatives. First employers whose companies work with very small profit margins will cut back on staff. The second, which to me is the most important, is these employers will raise prices on their products to compensate for the wage increase which increases inflation which takes away any gain these employees see. Also, people a little further up the ladder will see their buying ability reduced by the guaranteed price increases. It's simple economics.
The number one thing that raises people out of poverty is a robust economy which progressive policies put a stranglehold on and unless you're blinded by ideology you can see the results of these policies in the last five years. If you look at the investment versus the results of the war on poverty since it's inception there is nothing to see but complete failure.
Single parents. I have to believe that Ms. Loesch has blinders on to believe that a single parent family doesn't cause poverty. It also is the cause of generational poverty as children brought up under these circumstances tend to remain in them. Please, before anyone gets their knickers in a knot I don't mean that all single parents live this lifestyle but it is rife in our society and I'm not speaking from an ivory tower but as a voice of experience. When it comes to driving to work in a broken down vehicle, what are we supposed to do buy them all Cadillac Escalades? Oh that's right, I'm sure the car of choice would be a Toyota Prius. I drove a lot of broken down vehicles to work in my younger days and didn't look to Uncle Sam to buy me a better one. Come to think of it, I worked for small money until I became experienced in my trade.
I believe that if the people who take advantage of these programs were weeded out, and there are many many of them, there would be plenty of money to improve the lives of the people who really need and deserve assistance. This is where the Democratic Party comes in. They block any changes to their political cash cow.
Ms. Loesch states that the Democratic Party doesn't need the poor to win politically. Wow, that kinda reminds me of "if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor." I hate to burst her bubble but if the Democratic Party didn't buy people's votes with our tax money by promising everything but 21 virgins (hmm, maybe I shouldn't of given them that idea) Mitt Romney would be president today and the economy in this country would be a heck of a lot better that it is now.
To Tony Boutin: keep up the good work.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 11:41
To The Daily Sun,
This letter is in response to Gail Morrison's letter in The Daily Sun on Friday.
First of all, you refer to half the population benefiting from the Roe v. Wade decision. A majority of women choose life for their babies even if there were no Roe v. Wade decision. Secondly, women with babies also "blossom at home" and love their babies and maybe "blossom" more than those who have murdered their infant. It seems that you are saying that women blossom at home and on the job only if they abort their baby. This isn't true! To have Planned Parenthood help a woman kill her unborn child is a tragic evil. Abortion for the convenience of the parents for careers or pleasure is a malicious act against an innocent baby.
Joe Kenney has publicly stated that he is pro-life, thereby my hope is that he will stand against Planned Parenthood. The Executive Council was correct in voting down the funding, and it should stay that way. An image of scissors cutting a baby into parts is what I have when I think of an abortion. A baby is more than a group of cells.
Life is precious.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 11:38
To The Daily Sun,
On Thursday, January 30, Gerald Coogan, an unelected official who's on the payroll of the Lakes Region Planning Commission, sent in a correction to another local newspaper about the "official" website for the massive federal top-down planning program called the Granite State Future.
I went to both websites, www.granitestatefuture.org and www.GraniteStateFutures.org and was stunned at how the official website is lacking in-depth information about what's going on with this federal planning and zoning program.
Why is that? Why doesn't the official website contain the following scary statement on their home page taken from one of the official Granite State Future documents? The abstract of the Granite State Future project summary says on page 15:
"Anticipated barriers (to incorporate the Granite State Future plans), including N.H.'s strong tradition of individual property rights and resultant resistance to planning and zoning; and a currently strained state budget that will limit state agency's capacity to conduct future planning efforts."
Ouch! You didn't have to get an A in high school English to understand that.
Granite State Future is going to take away individual private property rights and create MORE restrictive zoning on private land.
If you go to the www.GraniteStateFutures.org website — the one with the "s" on the end, you quickly discover Granite State Future is a massive federal, not New Hampshire, planning program that has built-in mandatory outcomes.
Because the nine New Hampshire Regional Planning Commissions (NHRPCs), who are filled with unelected and unaccountable officials, accepted millions of dollars of federal grant money, the NHRPCs MUST incorporate mandatory federal planning standards into our local master plans!
The Nashua Regional Planning Commission, representing all nine NHRPCs, signed a legally binding agreement with the federal HUD department stating as much. In other words, the citizens of New Hampshire are being sold down the river by unelected officials.
I did some quick research and discovered the feds are trying to take over the planning and zoning in many other states including New Hampshire. Here's a very short list: San Francisco — One Bay Area Plan; East Tennessee - Plan ET; Upstate New York - One Region Forward; Florida - Seven50.
I urge you to go to the GraniteStateFutures.org and watch the video at the top of the home page. Wait until you see what Greg Carson, the top federal HUD official in New Hampshire has to say. Wow!
I fully expect Jerry Coogan or some other unelected planning official to write back saying, "We don't understand why Mr. Carter is against planning."
What I'm against, and you should be too, is the federal government ramming their plans down my/your throat via unelected bureaucrats that are completely unaccountable.
Wake Up and react citizens of the Lakes Region if you don't want your individual property rights taken away!
NOTE TO MR. COOGAN: If you'd like to debate any of these facts in a public forum, please contact me. Let's allow the public to decide what's best for New Hampshire, not you.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 11:33
To The Daily Sun,
Several potential angels did NOT get their wings tonight and had they, it would have been my fault and something I would have had to live with for the rest of my life.
Traveling down Union Ave., past the high school, just before AutoZone, not sure if there's a crosswalk or not with it being twilight, a lot of traffic as it was 5:40 pm, all the salt on the road, and most of these kids dressed in dark clothing. . .
Traffic continuing along to a light just turned YELLOW, NO STOPPED TRAFFIC and these ALMOST angels decided to cross the street right then and there, right in front of me, necessitating me hitting my brakes, not a gradual slowing as one approaches a light. Only ONE was dressed in a white and pink colored jacket, which is what I caught out of the corner of my eye; the rest blended in-all dark clothes-and no, the light from AutoZone did not help as watching traffic, watching lights, and jockeying for correct lanes takes a bit of coordination and concentration...
Naturally the kids all thought this was hilarious and LOVED the horrified look on my face and just started, and continued to cross the street, with arms raised, thumbs and pinkies extended in Thank You, Thank You style... and all laughing...
So to all of us traveling anywhere near the high school where these brain trusts are crossing the street because they have the right, and traffic MUST stop for them and have our vehicles under control at all times, be very very careful at twilight and after dark as well, because you never know when another angel will get their wings... and yes, it WILL be your fault.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 11:29
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing this in response to Carole Polony's letter, dated January 30th, in which she offers her opinion about the current condition of the Hathaway House. In it, she states, "tearing it down would be wonderful, it's such an eyesore."
When we read of abused and neglected animals, we will admit to human neglect, and often owners are charged with that offense. Yet, when it comes to dilapidated buildings, we see no fault on our part. Perhaps the feeling is built into the human psyche that it is easier and far quicker to destroy a historic building rather than admit to any neglect on the part of humans. There is no doubt that a run-down building is a constant, nagging reminder of what we have not maintained, and we prefer not to be reminded of it.
Typically, preservation projects begin with the vision of a very small group of people. Often, the core group that begins the project remains the sole defender of a historic property — until the restoration is finished and the structure is restored to its former glory. It is only then that it becomes the pride of the entire community.
Laconia's Belknap Mill is a shining example of this type of vision and true determination — and great opposition. This preservation/restoration project began with four far-thinking businessmen: Peter Karagianis, Norman Weeks, Richard Davis, and Lawrence Baldi. During an era of urban renewal and little understanding of the need for historic preservation, these men encountered constant and massive opposition. In fact, the same words used by Ms. Polony were used in a letter to a local newspaper in 1973, and I quote, "If the Belknap Mill was fixed up ... it would still be a disgrace and eyesore ... they have better looking cow barns in Canada." Today, that "eyesore" is the scene of many happy wedding receptions, fourth grade field trips, endless cultural events, and is home to a one-of-kind industrial museum. The Belknap Mill Society, the non-profit organization that continues to preserve the mill, has won countless local, regional, and national awards for its preservation.
A more recent restoration that has taken place in Gilford possesses the same background. The Gilford Outing Club warm-up hut in Gilford is, for the most part, fully restored. Before its preservation, this historic structure was considered Gilford's eyesore. Thanks to the efforts of only a handful of local residents, the hut has become a favorite piece of the town's history. The property will see the addition of a state historic marker this spring, and the future contributions of the property are being discussed. More importantly, the building will be here for future generations as they learn about their heritage — and their ancestors.
It is important to note that nearly all restoration projects are performed by volunteers. These individuals ask for no paycheck, receive many insults along the way; yet, they remained focused on the goal. In the end, it is the community that receives the benefit of their hard work.
It is up to us to find a way to allow for both the growth of business and the preservation of our heritage. One does not have to happen at the expense of the other. Both can happen simultaneously, but we must first rise above calling a neglected building an eyesore.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 11:25