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There is common ground in these words from Senator Warren

To The Daily Sun,

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a letter claiming that conservatives and Republicans could find common ground if they recognized the real enemy, which is Wall Street and the 1 percent. A few days later Don Ewing wrote about his dissatisfaction with the spending bill that Congress just passed. There you go. George Maloof agrees with Don Ewing.

Would you print, word for word, the highlights of Elizabeth Warren's speech on the Senate floor? I believe this is the beginning of the compromises that we sorely need in Congress:

"Democrats don't like Wall Street bailouts. Republicans don't like Wall Street bailouts. The American people are disgusted by Wall Street bailouts. And yet here we are, five years after Dodd-Frank with Congress on the verge of ramming through a provision that would do nothing for the middle class, do nothing for community banks, do nothing but raise the risk that taxpayers will have to bail out the biggest banks once again...

So let me say this to anyone who is listening at Citi[group]. I agree with you. Dodd-Frank isn't perfect. It should have broken you into pieces.

If this Congress is going to open up Dodd-Frank in the months ahead, then let's open it up to get tougher, not to create more bailout opportunities. If we're going to open up Dodd-Frank, let's open it up so that once and for all we end too-big-to-fail, and I mean really end it, not just say that we did.

Instead of passing laws that create new bailout opportunities for too-big-to-fail banks, let's pass ... something ... that would help break up these giant banks.

A century ago Teddy Roosevelt was America's Trust-Buster. He went after the giant trusts and monopolies in this country, and a lot of people talk about how those trust deserved to be broken up because they had too much economic power. But Teddy Roosevelt said we should break them up because they had too much political power. Teddy Roosevelt said break them up because all that concentrated power threatens the very foundations of our democratic system.

And now we're watching as Congress passes yet another provision that was written by lobbyists for the biggest recipient of bailout money in the history of this country. And its attached to a bill that needs to pass or else the entire federal government will grind to a halt.

Think about that kind of power. If a financial institution has become so big and so powerful that it can hold the entire country hostage. That alone is reason enough to break them up.

Enough is enough. Enough is enough with Wall Street insiders getting key position after key position and the kind of cronyism that we have seen in the executive branch. Enough is enough with Citigroup passing 11th hour deregulatory provisions that nobody takes ownership over but everybody will come to regret. Enough is enough.

Washington already works really well for the billionaires and the big corporations and the lawyers and the lobbyists.
But what about the families who lost their homes or their jobs or their retirement savings the last time Citigroup bet big on derivatives and lost? What about the families who are living paycheck to paycheck and saw their tax dollars go to bail out Citi just six years ago?

We were sent here to fight for those families. It is time, it is past time, for Washington to start working for them!"


George Maloof


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Because I'm against wind turbines doesn't mean I support Northern Pass

To The Daily Sun,

Stop Northern Pass! Save our Ridgelines! No Pipelines!

If you're paying any attention you're hearing and seeing these exclamations all over the state. The corporate spinners have called us NIMBYs — Not In My Back Yard, whiners. Now the industry spinners are calling us BANANAS! This newly created acronym stands for Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything. The rapacious corporate heads like to throw playground names at all of us in an attempt to discredit our very real concerns. I say, "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me." Or maybe that should be" infrasound and toxic water may destroy my life, but bullying will never stop me."

Another of the juvenile tactics taken by the parasites is to pit one group against another. If you're against hydro power from Quebec, throw the anti-industrial wind folks under the bus. If you're against industrial wind, throw the anti-fracking people under the bus. If you're against fracking, throw the hydro folks under the bus. The media/government spinners like to pit us against each other, therefore distracting concerned citizens from seeing the common enemy.

The corporate take-over of our government is our common enemy. Protecting my home, versus your home is not a valid option. We need to band together to protect all of our homes from destruction at the hand of the almighty dollar. The current system of government, which does not protect the health, safety and welfare of the people is what needs to be thrown under the bus. And then back that bus up and do it again.

Let's be realistic people. We did not create the problems these projects pretend to want to fix. Many of the supposed "problems" are created by the media, at the hand of the corporate leaders who control the government. It is not our responsibility to fix the problems as we're being told they exist or to choose between the lesser of the evils or the more worthy of the communities to exist as they do today. When you hear on the news things like "electrical rates in New England will soar this winter due to the polar vortex" what do you think? Well, there's a prediction that's bound to come true? What the heck is a polar vortex? Or do you laugh to yourself and think, "what a load of crap!"? Now that you've been told the rates will rise, they will. Now that you've been told there's a polar vortex, it must be true.

Let's take back our language first. Don't use the corporate media spin words that are contrary to the English language. Many of the touted "green", "renewable" energy platforms being pushed on us are not good for the environment, our homes, our lives, or even as viable energy sources to provide for our current needs. Phrases like "wind farm" need to be stricken from our vocabulary. Farms are places where living things grow and produce sustenance for humans. Industrial wind turbine complexes are eco-destroying areas filled with man-made, petroleum based killers of living things like trees, bats, birds, etc.

Next, let's be kinder to each other and empathetic to our parallel plights. I don't want 500-foot turbines decimating our ridgelines, but that doesn't mean I'm okay with Northern Pass. When I did my homework, past what the media tells us, as everyone should, I realized that the destruction being proposed in Quebec at the beginning of the project is far more harmful than any little bit of benefit there may be down the line. And why would any reasonable person think it's okay to blast the granite in order to run a gas pipeline across the bottom of New Hampshire so Kinder Morgan can sell it overseas?

Let's band together and show the country New Hampshire's first in the nation in more than just whittling down the presidential primary field. New Hampshire can, and by right ought to, take back local control of lawmaking. Government serves at the consent of the people, not the corporations. Article 10 of our state Constitution says, "Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind."

Please read those words over again and think about them. When we fight for our homes and our very way of life, we're often told "but that's the law." Why do we so willingly accept that but not these words, this law?

Cindy Kudlik


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