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I do not see requiring voters to present a picture ID at polls as restricting anyone's right

To The Daily Sun,

This is in response the Bernadette Loesch's letter in the July 25 Sun:

Bernadette, you implied that I live inside a bubble because I do not agree with your view about voter rights. But I must disagree and counter that it is you who live inside a bubble, one filled with nothing but the comfort created by your constant accusations against those who disagree with your perpetual outrage over things that are, quite frankly, not as important as you might think. I fear that if you had nothing to be outraged about your world would implode and you'd find yourself bereft and without purpose. However, I digress.

I looked at the NYU School of Law website you listed in your last letter and I find that, yet again, you didn't pay as much attention to what was there as you might have.

If your biggest complaint is that states are requiring voter ID in order for citizens to vote, I do not see that as restricting anyone's right to vote. On more than one occasion you have stated that such a requirement will prevent people from voting, but that's it. You never once gave us a credible reason why such a requirement would prevent any eligible person from voting. Everyone, including the poor, have ID. (The poor can't receive benefits from their respective states without proper ID, the same ID they can use to vote.) You can make the argument that getting the proper ID is an onerous task, but it is no more onerous than the task of voting. If they will not take the time to do the first, it is unlikely they'll take the time to do the second.

Some states were indeed tightening the restoration of voting rights to convicted felons, mostly after having decreased the requirements for restoration that had existed for almost two centuries. I looked into some of those and it turns out that in some cases previous legislation that had liberalized restoration went too far, in two cases allowing felons to vote even though they were still under supervision from their respective state or county Departments of Correction. The newer legislation corrected that oversight. I have no problem with restoring their voting rights once their "debt to society" has been paid in full, but not one second before.

Further reading at the NYU Law School website also decried the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision that overturned Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, implying the days of Jim Crow and disfranchisement of non-white voters was just around the corner because GOP legislatures and governors would take us back to the bad old days. However, they ignore history which shows it was Democrats who worked hardest to kill the Voting Rights Act despite it being a bipartisan bill authored by Sens. Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.) and Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.). It was Democrat-controlled states that had implemented the disfranchisement of entire voting blocs based upon race. It was their senators and representatives who worked to kill it. (The GOP heavily supported the bill.)

That the NYU School of Law Brennan Center disagrees with the Shelby County v. Holder decision is no surprise. After reading a number of other papers and opinions posted there, it is quite evident they have no problem supporting racial discrimination to fight racial discrimination, a/k/a affirmative action, a major philosophical disconnect if I ever saw one. As such their credibility is now suspect.

That you referenced them as if they were champions of justice proves to me you have chosen to ignore the cognitive dissonance of such a contradictory position. Since they can apparently hold two contradictory points of view at the same time, might we assume the only voter rights they support is those of ineligible voters, meaning non-residents, transient residents, and convicted felons? It also appears they have no problem enabling voter fraud by pushing for laws or favoring court decisions that will make it impossible for election officials to ensure only eligible voters cast their ballots.

If any of the legislation passed by the various states or court decisions will actually prevent any eligible American citizen from voting, I haven't found it. It isn't like I haven't spent time looking for any such restrictions. I've even gone so far as to ask those more knowledgeable in such matters whether they have found any such instances. The only ones claiming such disfranchisement are the same parties who have in the past performed questionable acts that have put the veracity of a number of elections — local, state, and federal — into question through blatant acts of voter fraud or suppression. Without exception they all had one thing in common: They supported Democrat candidates or the Democrat Party.

You can point your finger all you want at supposed GOP plans to quash voting, but every time you point that finger, remember that three of them are pointing back at you.

Dale Channing Eddy


Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:56

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Proposal for 1.6% raise for county employees was a reasonable one

To The Daily Sun,

On Election Day this year — Nov. 4 — when you vote for a new County Commissioner please bear in mind that the job is more than simply deciding what to do about the jail. Among other things, the commissioners are also responsible for the County Nursing Home.

As part of my preparation for my campaign, I read past news stories about the issues and one grabbed my attention. According to the article, the commissioners negotiated a tax-friendly 1.6 percent raise for nursing home workers. Unfortunately, the County Delegation voted it down in a decidedly partisan way, with nine Republicans voting against. Two Republicans joined the five Democrats to make seven who voted for the contract.

Now, I believe that the 1.6 percent raise was reasonable. Social Security payments, after all, went up 1.7 percent and those folks at the home do a job that most of us wouldn't want to do. As my pal, Ed, said, "After the third bedpan, I'd be looking for another job." They have long been under-appreciated for all that they do. They take care of people who are important to us. Every one of us who has had a loved one in a nursing home knows how essential those workers and the jobs they do are. And everybody who has family here has somebody or knows somebody in a nursing home.

According to the account in The Daily Sun, one of the Republicans, Laconia Representative Bob Luther, said he had planned to vote against the contract but "after listening to those in the audience, he had changed his mind." I will be like Bob with open ears and an open mind. If you want someone who will listen to you, I ask you to vote for me.

Dave Pollak


Candidate for Belknap County Commission

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:50

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I've experienced the best & (now) worst of national news coverage

To The Daily Sun

Before my retirement and subsequent move to New Hampshire, I spent my entire professional life in the field of broadcasting. It started with two advanced degrees with majors in broadcasting, and minors in journalism. Out in the real world, it involved nearly the full broadcast gamut, ranging from radio announcing and TV production, to 27 years working in the industry in New York City — the last 15 with one of the three major TV networks.

During all of those years, I was proud to be a part of this dynamic industry. I was doubly proud of the manner in which all of the major networks handled the coverage of news. Unlike today, there was no shying away from certain news events that weren't politically correct. For the most part, they reported everything, regardless of who or what was involved. In fact, surveys of the public at that time revealed that television was the most respected of all the media. Not so today.

I must say that if I had my life to live over, I would never choose the mainstream media as a goal to work toward. News bias is so prevalent, and so apparent to the thinking person, it angers me to no end. There has been such an influx of money going to broadcast and journalism schools by socialists, like progressive billionaire George Soros, that the industry will never be the same. He, in particular, is bent on fostering hardcore left-wing agendas, and infecting young students' minds with un-American ideologies. He has more than once been branded as the most evil man in America.

There are cable outlets, however, where it is possible to piece together what is really happening. Unfortunately, at the rate our nation is declining, it is quite possible that these channels will disappear over time. As I read many of the letters addressed to the editor of this fine paper, I find it relatively easy to sort the writers into two groups — those who watch only the three major networks, and those who go beyond the networks, and try to ferret out the real truth.

It is not my intent, in this letter, to sway readers to the right or to the left. It is my intent to try and foster an understanding of what is really happening within the news departments of the major networks. It is very obvious that each network now has a list of topics that are completely off limits. Other topics they'll cover, but so fleetingly, that the viewer is left with very little or no real understanding.

The Big 3 (ABC, CBS, NBC) are now a complete abomination, a far cry from just a few years back.

It is fine to have an opinion, but it's not fine to form that opinion based on half the facts. I feel that in my lifetime I have personally experienced the best and the worst in national news coverage. Whether a person is conservative or liberal, it matters not. My advice is to go deeper than the Big 3. Each person should get out of his comfort zone and start experiencing the real world, even though he might not like what he discovers.

"I've been there and done that," so I don't intend to revisit this topic again.

John R. Thayer


Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:44

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Sometimes the less said the better, this is one of those times

To The Daily Sun,

I have never seen a help-wanted ad for Market Basket in Tilton since they opened their doors. Sometimes the less said the better. This is one of those times.

Tom Sellew


Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:40

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Sometimes it's time to take a stand & I'm proud of these people

To The Daily Sun,

I wish to take the time to respond to Ron Brooks letter of July 26.

Some of what he said has merit, no doubt, to him and some others. Those who can't afford to protest are definitely impacted by these protests and store closings. Hopefully they can subsist on their savings, or partner's income. But if they unable to, then perhaps find temporary employment to help with the bills and food costs.

Absolutely, the CEOs and owners of companies have the right to run their companies however they see fit. That's why good CEOs and owners flourish, and bad ones become the targets of protest and change.

I also agree with friends that perhaps the food on the shelves and/or on the trucks sitting on loading docks could have been donated, but there may be rules and regulations prohibiting that.

Now this being said, stop whining Mr. Brooks. I'm sure that somewhere in the radius of your home and the Tilton Market Basket you go by another grocery store. I am also sure that if Market Basket closed its doors forever, you'd be able to find a way to procure food and necessities for your home.

This isn't going to continue forever. It's temporary. Get over it.

For too long We The People have rolled over and played dead in this country. I am quite glad to see that some people are sick of being lemmings and are finally taking a stand for what they believe in for a change. This is how we formed our great country. We didn't lie down and let others treat us badly, and neither are these employees. In order to make changes you need to stand up for yourself.

If you have access to the Internet and have read many of the letters that are on Facebook by the managers and employees of Market Basket I'm sure you'd probably change your tune a bit, or maybe not. Maybe you just don't like not getting your way. In any event, it's happening and you have a right to your opinion. Others have the same rights to theirs.

I hope you are able to find a new store to purchase your needs as you no longer want to support Market Basket. Sometimes it's time to take a stand, and I for one am very proud of people finally standing up for their beliefs and their right to be treated well.

Judi Leavitt

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:37

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