To The Daily Sun,
I am a former Market Basket customer. I say former because I can't see that I'm going back. Any sympathy I had for the current employee actions is rapidly evaporating. Companies pay employees to do jobs. The arrangement is that if they pay you, you do the job. If you do the job, they pay you. If the employer stops paying you what's agreed, you stop working. If you stop working, they quit paying you. Agreeing with your boss is nice if it works out that way, but it's not part of the deal. This is news to somebody?
The owners, the CEO, the board of directors have the right and obligation to run Market Basket — any company — the way they best see. They are the ones out there. They are taking all the risks. Employees have little or nothing at risk. They have nothing at stake if bills aren't paid, profits made, and reputations kept.
Owners have the responsibility of making payments — wages, insurance, energy costs, property tax, vendors, suppliers, and a thousand other things — that nobody except the principals involved are even aware of. And after that, hopefully a profit.
Arthur T. may be the "good guy" in this. I don't know and it doesn't matter. Even if he is, workers still don't have the right to tell the board of directors what to do and how a company is going to be run. I don't know that Arthur T. has done anything to encourage all of this, but I'm not seeing that he's done anything to discourage it either.
I'm tired, too, of my state senators, representatives, and other politicians involving themselves in this. Not your business. Not your job — other than as a personal opinion, as an individual, such as I'm offering here.
I don't know the manager in Tilton. I don't have any ill will or wish him bad. But reading his actions and quotes, he wouldn't work for me. He knows the company is losing millions of dollars and probably thousands of customers, and what he wants, evidently, makes none of that matter. It would be a huge disappointment and mistake if the board of directors caves and he keeps his job. But I think that both those things are possible, and that's why I'm pretty sure I'm not going back.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 10:45
To The Daily Sun,
This is a response to Gabe Varney, about to be a senior at Prospect Mountain high school In Alton.
First, I want to praise Gabe for giving thought to his future. Considering a college education is a major commitment, not only of time and effort, but college is a major financial commitment that has great potential to both help or hurt financially in the future. Going to college is surely a commitment that needs the greatest thought and consideration by you and your family.
The risks and benefits of attending college are as high as they have ever been in history. The number of people defaulting on college loans is at record numbers. The total amount owed on student loans is the highest ever, reaching well over a trillion dollars. More than charged on every credit card in America. The average debt students graduate with is at a record number. A college major must be chosen wisely that matches today's job market.
Even worse, the person who does not finish college (and tens of millions don't) will be forced to accept a very modest wage enduring a harsh burden for years paying the borrowed money back. That could delay future marriage plans or buying a home. You indeed do have a big bridge to cross over the next year, so it is good you are thinking today.
As for the cost of college and politicians voting or not voting to fund grants, subsidies, handouts or what ever you see as reducing the cost of college, I want you to expand your horizon and critical thinking skills. You seem to have concluded politicians taking money from others to hand to you is good. I want you to be sure you understand that hurts someone else.
As you were taught in school, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Money isn't just plucked off some tree to give to you. Someone had to earn it, then have it taken from them through higher taxation. Giving you money someone else worked hard for is really in the end welfare. Politicians love to call welfare any thing but welfare, but that is exactly what it is. A grant or subsidy is, in the end, welfare.
You seem frustrated politicians won't vote you welfare as if you were entitled to it. I cannot think of anything any worse for any young person to have than than an entitlement attitude. That thinking will not help you get where you want in life, trust me on that. I want you to be the best success you can be. The better attitude is to be certain you can overcome any obstacle life puts in front of you through logic, hard work, imagination and creativity.
Here is your summer assignment. I ask you, Gabe, why is it that after every state and the federal government has given out (at taxpayers' expense) more subsidies, grants, loans and aid of every kind imaginable — in ever increasing amounts over the past 50 years, reaching amounts in the hundreds of billions — college and university costs are the highest today in history, with kids graduating with the greatest financial burdens in history?
There is not one shred of evidence handing you money, that you hand to the college reduces the cost of college for you or anyone else. It is a fact. Your research will lead you to discover, as I have, handouts to students from the state and government have only served to be gasoline on the justification for colleges to keep increasing their tuition costs. Colleges have been increasing tuition costs faster than inflation for 30 years straight. The student going off to college with money bags tied to them by the state and government have been seen by colleges as nothing more than walking gold mines to be harvested with higher tuition costs and zero reason to improve their productivity or cut costs to make your tuition less. Most colleges are highly inefficient bureaucracies, paying exorbitant wages to unionized professors determined to keep college costs skyrocketing and productivity low. The history of horrific and unjustified increases in the cost of college cannot be denies by anyone. It is Just one more place where union labor drives costs to the moon for all others, including you. Putting a saddle bag on you stuffed with money only keeps their higher tuition game going.
I hope I have expanded your thought process.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 10:22
To The Daily Sun,
For the last several years I have enjoyed coaching soccer to young kids. The parents of these kids typically outfit their child to look like a miniature version of a professional soccer player, practice with them at home and bring them to each practice and game. What really warms my heart though is when the children's "entourage" comes to cheer them on. The wild cheering is unconditionally positive and occurs regardless of their abilities. Armed with lawn chairs; the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends are screaming encouraging words to support these little athletes. Although I adore these kids, they probably aren't the kids I'm writing about today.
Today I am writing about children who desperately need someone to get to know them and look out for their best interests. I am writing about the kids I probably won't get to meet on the soccer field with a slew of doting adults supporting them. The kids I am writing about today are the victims of abuse and neglect. These kids' parents might have had the really good intentions to sign them up for soccer and had the money set aside for registration (along with the car payment and money for groceries) but they used this money instead to go on a bender to numb some of their own pain. Maybe Mom really loves her three young kids so she leaves the 6-year-old in charge of the younger two so they won't see her go to her friend's house to shoot up. Perhaps Dad loses his temper a lot and is ashamed that this recently lead to him beating his child and he really wants to stop but in the meantime he can't risk his child exposing this dirty little secret to the soccer coach. These are the kids that I am trying to find volunteers for; caring adults who will fight for and protect a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family.
North Country Training & Recruitment Coordinator
CASA of New Hampshire
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
With so many things going on all at once, it's impossible to address them all in one letter.
My friend Russ Wiles had a great letter in Tuesday's paper regarding the boarder crisis, which I agree with completely. I'll add that because of that crisis Obama is facing criticism from previously loyal fronts. Black American leaders are growing far more discontent with in influx of poor Hispanics who will compete for entry-level jobs black youths desperately need.
It's not as though we have a shortage of poor and unemployed here in America. Do we really need to import more? How can we afford to support these illegals? Please don't tell me we tax the rich. That hasn't worked before. Why in the world would it work now and how many times can the government go to that well before it dries up for good?
The other big news is Israel going after the Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Good for Israel. Of course the politically correct sentiment is to call for a cease-fire (Hamas has rejected that twice so far) as they always do. Thing is, these cease-fires only last until the terrorists rearm, resupply then its attack Israel again. This has been going on long before the partition of the territory.
Muslim radicals (supported by most of the Muslim populations) have been trying to kill and force Jews out of the Holy Land for centuries. Before World War II the religious head of the Muslim's of Jerusalem instigated a number of massacres. During the war he was harbored in Berlin as a "guest of Hitler" where he organized a full division of Waffen SS which operated in the Balkans killing Jews and sending captives to the death camps.
Israel's military has shown remarkable restraint trying to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza while Hamas has shown remarkable evil, using women and children as human shields trying to get them killed or maimed for propaganda purposes. I feel empathy for these victims, but I place the blame right with Hamas where it belongs. Israel must be allowed to defend itself in spite of the reprehensible tactics Hamas and other terrorists use. The blood of the innocents is on the hands of Hamas.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:03
To The Daily Sun,
In answer to the Three Musketeers: Dale and Tony and Steve,
First, Dale. No: what I said is what I meant to say. Let me make it clearer for you so you can understand what has been happening — and continues to happen—- in states with a Republican legislative majority. The following facts were published by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law:
1. "Politicians are passing laws and executive actions that would make it harder for many citizens to vote. (Not as you suggest: make it more difficult for ineligible voters to vote).
2. "It started after the 2010 midterm elections when new state legislative majorities pushed a wave of laws cracking down on voting.
3. "A number of states moved forward with controversial voting changes, including those previously blocked under the Voting Rights Act."
If you want to look at the full report you can go to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law website. I took the time to do the research and print out the report. This report lists the states: AZ, AL, NC TN, ND, OH, SC, SD, TX, VI WV & WI among others who have modified, changed or made it harder for citizens to vote. Republicans are doing this under the guise of fighting voter fraud, even though every study of the issue has concluded that the issue is a phony one. The threat exists in the minds of conspiracy theorists and of Republicans who want to make it harder for younger voters, seniors, and anyone without a white skin to vote.
Now Steve: you recently insisted that our media outlets are owned and operated by liberals. That's another flat-earth favorite of reality-deniers. Please go to Google: type in "Time Warner win would make Murdoch U.S. Media King" by Soyoung Kim and Liana B. Baker (July 17, 2014). As I'm sure you know, since I'm guessing you pump up your blood pressure watching his Fox News channels, Rupert Murdoch is the billionaire mogul who owns a massive amount of media outlets around the world. Time Warner/Comcast would be just another notch in his belt.
And Tony: as for your claim that Social Security is insolvent. There is an article published on the Heritage Foundation webpage titled "History Suggests Social Security Insolvency Is Coming Sooner than Projected" written by Rachel Greszler (June 27, 2013). Then I took it a step further and went to the Social Security webpage and found the following report titled: A Summary of the 2013 Annual Report: Message to the Public by the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees. In reading this report there doesn't seem to be any reference to insolvency through the year 2087. In point of fact, there will be adjustments for inflation and the job market (those who fund the system through their payroll deductions).
So I guess my suggestion to you would be-don't worry, be happy. And by the way, life outside your bubble is not so bad.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:48