To The Daily Sun,
Tony Boutin does it again. Changing the words and tenor of how the "war on poverty" has been fought, but sadly still not won. Yes, Pres. Johnson came from humble beginnings, but so did Pres. Lincoln (born in a log cabin into poverty). Lincoln's legacy was to try and abolish slavery in the United States. I would ask Mr. Boutin, how long did it take before the slaves in America were "really truly free" without outright prejudice against this population?
Poverty has been an issue in the United States for too many decades, most poverty is well hidden from the public eye with the exception of those who are held up to ridicule for the very fact of their being poor.
Almost every Democratic administration since Lyndon Johnson declared "war on poverty" has tried to improve or eradicate this blight on our nation. While in turn almost every Republican administration has done away, tried to eliminate, disestablish, and decimate programs to eliminate poverty. While telling us that they are legislating in the name of saving the country money in federal or state or city and town budgets.
We must ask why the "percentage of people in poverty has increased" since 1964. Could it be because the minimum wage has not increased exponentially with the cost of living? Could it be that those on the right in Congress cannot and have not taken the initiative to increase the minimum wage to reflect the rate of inflation? Tony, pray tell, without over exaggerating or taking us on a fairytale romp.
Handouts you say. A chunk of cheese and other substandard food given by the government in the past, inadequate food stamps and services are not my idea of "handouts". Many thousands of those in poverty must utilize church and town food pantries. I would suggest that you visit St. Vincent de Paul in Laconia. Ask them how many thousands of pounds of food, clothing and the money which has been given just last year, including for the purchase gasoline (in order to have a link with the outside world) and be a stop-gap measure before disaster strikes their family members. Is this the way you want to manage how those in poverty are fed and clothe or use a broken down vehicle to get to a job which is paying minimum wage or below?
Single parents as a factor? Nope again. Best public face would be Pres. Obama, who was raised by a single parent and the hundreds of thousands of other individuals who came from single parent homes to succeed in spite of their family circumstance. This statement you make is flawed and is misleading at best.
"The poor remain poor because Democrats want them that way". Certainly you jest. Please take a look at the states that are run by Republican governors, state legislators or federal House and Senate representatives: TX-MS-LA-FL-NC-SC — just to name a few, where poverty tops the list of their "claim to fame". These states among many others have outright rejected the ACA which would give the working poor a chance to finally be covered with medical insurance instead of having to depend on the ER for medical care.
Democrats do not need the poor to win politically. Democrats have the lower income class voting for them because this segment of the population know that this may be their only chance to get out of the vicious cycle of poverty that has plagued this country for many decades.
Many other countries have shown us how they take care of their poor in a compassionate and caring manner without demeaning this segment of their population. Would you please check out those countries (start with Norway) where programs have been successful instead of misleading us with old worn out and baseless arguments?
Your research must include the laws passed over the decades, then follow these laws to show us how they have been diminished, dissolved or totally done away with by GOP administrations. Let's be fair and evenhanded when it comes to stating "the facts" of poverty it's cause and effect.
Your next letter should detail the programs and laws passed by the GOP on the state and federal level to eradicate poverty once and for all. Please be sure to site the laws by name and number and the year they were passed, implemented, revised and updated over the years.
As Lord Byron said: 'Opinions are made to be changed — or how is truth to be got at?' Or as Josh Billings is quoted as saying: "There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won't."
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:38
To The Daily Sun,
Laconia High School Principal Jim McCollum wrote a letter to the editor recently about the many positive academic endeavors and ongoing initiatives at our school. Those of us in the community who care about education and who have had children go through our system know very well of the many wonderful academic opportunities that are there for our students. Thank you to Mr. McCollum, his staff and all the employees who work in the Laconia School System for their hard work and positive results achieved with our diverse student population.
Peter & May Stewart
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:32
To The Daily Sun,
In response to an article in the January 30 edition regarding the fundraising of the Executive Council candidates: the article noted that the Democratic candidate had no primary opponent but it did not mention that the Republican candidate Joe Kenney (with an E) won a highly contested primary against two others. On the Republican front, the fundraising was split among the primary challengers.
I do appreciate the article serving as reminder for the residents of District 1 and beyond of the importance of making a donation to Joe Kenney's Executive Council campaign.
Joanne D Haight, Chair
Carroll County Republican Committee
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:23
To The Daily Sun,
Does George Hurt read his own letters before submitting? His January 17th letter is void of logic.
First he recommends using N.H.'s budget surplus to replenish the Rainy Day Fund to help with "unplanned crises". In the next breath he then attacks former Governors Shaheen and Lynch for using those funds when the state was facing a fiscal crisis. The purpose of an RDF is to lessen or offset the impact of "unplanned crises". My assumption is that Hurt would be singing a different tune if Governor Benson had used those funds in the same way.
Mr. Hurt fails to mention that then Governor Shaheen tripled the RDF. Governor Lynch utilized the RDF to help contend with the biggest economic downturn of a generation and N.H. came through better than most states.
Mr. Hurt's letter is less about thoughtful, pragmatic solutions to fiscal issues and more about trying to score partisan political points against Democrats.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:20
To The Editor,
The Lakeport Community Association would like to refute the statements of Daylon Brock, made at a public hearing held by the Heritage Commission on Wednesday, January 22. Many of our present and former members of LCA are very interested in preserving the Hathaway House, especially the late Wanda Tibbetts, one of our former members and long-time president. However, our main concern is the continued progress of our museum. The boxcar purchased in 2007 is being used in conjunction with the yard sales necessary to continue the funding of our projects. It is not rusted nor have we invested $80,000 in purchase and restoration; it is more like $16,000.
As for living in the 50s, of course those were the years we became young adults and remembered what the City of Laconia was like before Urban Renewal. As for the statue that sat in front of the Goss Reading Room, that is one of the only things that survived the Great Lakeport fire of 1903, and is revered for its historical value, not it's political view.
Hopefully we will continue our four season decorations of Lakeport Square and adding to our museum. Thanks to all the people who support our efforts.
Robert Fortier, for the
Lakeport Community Association
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:08