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Losing John Schlemmer as fire chief a real blow to Center Harbor

To The Daily Sun,

I was very saddened to hear about the resignation of Chief John Schlmmer from the Center Harbor Fire Department due to political reasons. As a member of the Fire Department, I was always truly impressed with the commitment and dedication with which Chief Schlemmer carried out his job as chief. He always had the best interest of the town's citizens and members of the department at heart an I think that he did a great ob of meeting everyone's needs. His dedication to the job went far about what was expected, and he could always be counted on in any situation.

I am currently enrolled in medical school outside of the state so I am not able to attend the meetings in order to support him in person. Despite my geographical absence, I wanted to formally voice my support for him. I think that losing John Schlemmer as chief of the department would be a very great loss to the town of Center Harbor, as well as its members, and I hope that this situation does not have to resolve itself with his permanent resignation.

Bailey Lynn

Center Harbor

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:19

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Arguing with people you don't know on these pages is sucker's game

To The Daily Sun,

I've often wondered why a newspaper allows "bullying" on their opinion pages and more than one person has asked me why I don't respond to my so-called critics. I consider bullying to be offensive and wish not to encourage them. I have a sneaking suspicion that those few (the minority fringe) who choose to be offensive, resort to name calling, and being very personal in their remarks, are some of our "older denizens". You see? I could have said "old farts" but I didn't. Their unrelenting negativity and half-truths are definite signs of bullying.
Arguing with anonymous people on these pages is a sucker's game. Inevitably they turn out to be like self-righteous teenagers who have a lot of time on their hands. As a wise man once said: "It's like wrestling with a pig. You both get dirty but the pig will enjoy it." "Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference" — Mark Twain.
One can see how easy it is to fall into the bully trap. Sometimes I think that the only cure for them is six feet of dirt but someone once said that even death can't cure someone with questionable cognitive capacity! One famous comedian suggested that to argue with one of them would only bring you down because they would beat you with experience.
I've never been known to turn the other cheek but for those Christians who do, this would be a good note with which to end: "Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him." Proverbs 26:4

George Maloof


Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:31

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Enemy is government blinded by unrealistic green energy promises

To The Daily Sun,

Citizens of Grafton County are valiantly fighting the same battle that is turning rural New Hampshire communities into industrialized energy zones. Our common enemy is the government — blinded by unrealistic green energy promises of the wind industry.

It's past time to take this fight to the courts, where we can restore democracy and protect rural Central New Hampshire from violations under our New Hampshire Constitution. Simple common law rights with enjoyment of our property. Our "Rights and Freedoms" are being legislated away with the erection of these man-made monstrosities. I urge you to turn your attention toward N.H. politicians and our "Queen of Green" Governor, Maggie Hassan.

Thousands of local residents have written to their elected officials in Concord. The summer is almost over and only a three politicians dared to visit this beautiful lake and its proposed sites? What message are New Hampshire politicians sending us — they don't care?

Nevertheless, both wind developers and our N.H. government continue to site wind energy projects too close to our important watersheds and state wildlife areas.

One thing is clear — large international wind energy corporations have too much power. I view them as wind cartels, who are bad actors, who try to suspend the laws of supply and demand, exclude competition and gouge their customers.

This is not the New Hampshire way!

Ray Cunningham


Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:19

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Dumb & dumber people are again saying the darndest things

To The Daily Sun,

Well, its August, which is the silly season in politics. Dumb and dumber people say the darnedest things. The right has gone apoplectic about Obamacare being implemented and lunatics are still off and riding in their birther clown cars. Ted Cruz, with Louie Gohmert close on his heels, has replaced Michele Bachmann as the most ridiculous person in DC and the American Taliban's abortion bills are now 0-6 in the courts this year. Tod Kincannon who is was director of the South Carolina GOP tweeted that Muslims worship Satan and the National Institute of Drug Abuse recently denied that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol. "Ex-gay" therapist Jerry Mungadze told televangelist Benny Hinn he can identify someone possessed by demons based on what colors a person chose when coloring in a drawing of a brain. Paul Taylor of Creation Today recently stated that Tyrannosauruses were not created to eat meat and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's police state is arresting people for singing in Madison protests. Tea Party extremists are encouraging young people not to sign up for Obamacare and Ted Cruz was just wildly heckled for having government health care while preaching the defunding of Obamacare. Sean "Inanity" Hannity will lose both his TV and radio slots and Ed Schultz is returning to MSNBC's nightly lineup at 5 p.m. due to popular demand. North Carolina House Majority Leader Paul Stam told June Atkinson, the state's superintendent of public instruction that "She should stick to her own knitting" and California Tea Partier Rep. Tom McClintock asserted that there is no crime on Wall Street because bankers don't use guns.

Finally, in this edition of Bobby Jindal's Party of Stupid, Mike Huckabee and James Inhofe say climate change isn't a threat because "God is still up there" and N.H.'s Bill O'Brien once again made a complete jackass of himself by comparing Obamacare to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.

James Veverka


Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:15

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Commissioners must provide public with 24 hours advance notice of meetings

To The Daily Sun,
The Belknap County Commissioners would like the citizens of the county to know that we were disappointed to miss the opportunity to attend the last delegation meeting. The meeting was noticed as a Gunstock meeting only. The only item on the agenda was a revenue anticipation note for Gunstock. On the morning of the meeting the chairman of the delegation issued a revised agenda which included topics that were not related to Gunstock, but certainly of interest to the county commissioners. The commissioners, per RSA 91-a must provide 24 hour notice of any meeting they are to attend. They were not able to meet the posting requirement. Coincidentally, a handful of citizens were made aware of the revised agenda and came prepared to discuss the additional topics.

It is unfortunate that the general public had no notice of this change and no opportunity to consider attending the meeting.
The Belknap County Board of Commissioners

John H. Thomas

Edward D. Philpot, Jr.

Stephen H. Nedeau

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 11:25

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