To The Daily Sun,
In response to Mr. George Maloofs letter as printed in the July 26th Daily Sun:
Mr. Maloof, my issue with your letter is not with your fact finding tour of Duke researchers and their findings. I happen to watch Fox News as well as gathering information from many other sources for as balanced an opinion as I am able to form.The point is, I then think for myself and have my own opinion.You seem to paint with a broad brush anyone who disagrees with your own ideas as part of a "fringe" element, spewing out "irrational frenetic diatribes".
I guess I do not understand these "cultural dynamics" and such as well as you profess to. I DO however understand and believe that for the most part our justice system, although flawed, works. And more importantly sir... I was NOT in that courtroom... were you?. I submit that you are simply swallowing whatever brand of information you gleaned and then judged Mr. Zimmerman all by yourself.Nor was I there for the confrontation that night so really have no business in determining what happened.As best as they are able, a jury heard the evidence and came to a conclusion.They were far more qualified to do so than are you and I.
Racism certainly exists here in the U.S. — and everyplace for that matter. It serves no one, however, to take up sides and decide guilt or innocence of another. THAT is left to the courts, sir. We have in our past witnessed the result of factions taking up sides and administering justice on their own... it was called a lynch mob. Nor are people who think differently than yourself to be dismissed as irrational right-wing extremists basically. I served to maintain your right to voice your opinion... but yours is not the only one nor necessarily the most valid either.
Andrew J. Engler
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:07
To The Daily Sun,
To Mr. Don Ewing:
You sir are the very last person to critique what happened in the Trayvon Martin murder trial and the events which led up to Mr. Zimmerman walking away from being arrested, and then in turn being acquitted (at a trial) of the murder of another person. While he might be a "free man", he will live with what he did until he takes his last breath on this earth.
The jury members hands were literally tied by what they were told, what was admitted as evidence and how it was presented by the defense team headed by a very cleaver Mark O'Mara. Is it not enough that this murder is a real event? Mr. O'Mara spun a scenario similar to a "fairytale", but one with a horrible outcome.
As usual you have to find blame with Pres. Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. As usual you assume that the media is at fault because of what they reported in real time. It's interesting that you "weave your web" of conjecture with some facts, sprinkled with mostly fictitious and deceptive half truths.
Calling the murder of a human being (no matter who) an "incident" is demeaning and cruel. You go out of your way to cause pain and suffering to many people in the United States by writing your callous remarks. Do you do it on purpose, or just because you want to see your name in print? The fact that Trayvon Martin was a Black individual is the elephant that was present in the court room each and every day of the trial.
The "Stand Your Ground Law" recognized in many states, including Florida, makes a mockery of our judicial system. The Sanford Police Department did NOT feel they could charge Mr. Zimmerman with murder as a result of this statute. It was the pressure brought to bear by public outcry which in turn pressured the state prosecutor to finally bring about the process leading up to the trial.
The media covered this news event as a result of all the mistakes made by the Sanford Police Department and many thousands of people demonstrating to show just how unfair the outcome after the murder. Do you also want the media in the U.S. to censor news?
While you are entitled your opinion you are not entitled to change the facts of the subsequent events which lead up to and including the murder.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:04
To The Daily Sun,
Grant Bosse, of the New Hampshire Energy Forum, praised the Portland-Montreal Pipeline, in the July 25, 2013 issue of The Citizen of Laconia. He used the words "awards for worker safety", "commercially viable", "market boom", "rapid growth", and "fuel the American economy", but referred to environmentalists' concerns as "pipeline paranoia from radical groups".
Environmentalists range from "radical" groups to "severe conservatives", and include the scientists who agree that we should change our ways before it's too late. These are referred to as the 95 percent majority. They have been united against all phases of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is supported by 67 percent of the American public, according to The Week magazine, and answers the question, "How dumb can we get?".
We can have oil refineries, coal plants, fracking operations, and nuclear plants, or we can have a livable future, but we can't have both. I can't visualize a positive outcome to Business as Usual.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 08:57
To The Daily Sun,
Lately I have been following the antics of the Belknap County Commission and their conundrum over the Belknap County Jail. Since my work schedule does not allow me to attend the meetings I have been keeping quiet in your paper. But since my tax dollars are at stake and the fact that I have first hand residual experience with the facility, I feel I have a vested interest and am compelled to chime in.
First I would point out that these "elected officials" are supposed to be "grown ups!" From what I can see the bunch of them are acting like kindergartners — ones that all need a spanking and a time-out! And, Ed Philpot's ridiculous and truly ignorant comment at the Democratic picnic proves my point. Apparently it is a wast of time and energy to ask him to apologize as he is obviously not a big enough boy to admit he is out of line. Mama Kate (his party chairperson) has already done the job for him the best it is going to be. All that can be done now is for the taxpayers to remember that Mr. Philpot doesn't seem to own a pair of "Big Boy Pants" when it comes time to go back to the polls.
Let's stop attacking each other and come up with a solution to the problem at the jail. Though it is a fact that the facility is crowded and in need of repair, we need to bear in mind this is a "correctional' facility not a "rehab" center. It is "jail" — not the "inn". The superintendent can be quoted as saying, "If they can not behave on the inside, how can we expect them to behave on the outside?" A mouthful of "blah-blah" since he merely slaps them on the wrist when they grossly violate the rules and/or laws.
I have a perfect example to back up my statement:
A felon, arrested in possession of numerous stolen firearms in connection to the burglaries in several different communities is sentenced to a mere eight months in the county facility. After spending five months at the Belknap County Jail, she tests positive for drugs. What do you suppose was her consequence? No visits for 30 days with her two small children — who were totally confused and traumatized because they have been ripped from their home, lost their belongings, thrown into foster care, placed with family members, moved to a different family member, changed schools, and now have no sense of permanency. To top it off, they can't see their mama and feel that moment of familiarity for 30 days. She also loses 10 mere days of "good-time" which is restored after the 30 days that the superintendent has put her children through. So the only punishment for HER actions is to put on a six and seven year old. Yup, this is really going to teach HER a lesson. I really want to invest another $42 million into this sort of rehabilitation.
Prior to all the to-do about the county facility there was a big to-do over the former Laconia State School property. Property that the state has already invested our tax dollars into for a "prison" facility that too has now been abandoned. The question: "What to do with the property?" can be easily answered — move the county jail! In fact, at this site the jail could return to an old fashioned style "County Farm". The green house could be restored, fields could be plowed, crops could be raised with labor provided by the inmates we are paying for. They could restore the barns, raise livestock, become more self-sufficient saving the county money in the long run and actually accomplish some sort of rehabilitation. In turn the current county facility could be reserved and upgraded for the nursing home and the commissioners office.
Yes, I know the sheriff is there too. They could move as well — to the old Spear Building at the State School. Let's not stop there. Let's move the welfare office and DCYF to the rice cottage and the employment office to the Peterson Building and stop paying rent for square footage for these offices as well!
See, it seems stupid to me to let these buildings go to waste when we already own them through the state. Problem solved! Invest the $42 million wisely and address the REAL issue!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
To The Daily Sun,
Last year we vacationed in Venice, Florida and were impressed with the commitment of Venice to walking and biking trails. Experiencing the trails both on foot and wheels was one of the many reasons we ended up buying a home in Venice. Personally, many benefits accrue from these low impact activities including health, physical fitness, connecting with nature, and meeting and greeting people. Locally and globally benefits include increased economic and social activity that helps business, government and individuals. Some examples are: people are healthier and therefor less medical issues; tourist friendly; bike tours and walk-a-thons that help hotels, restaurants, shopping, charities, etc. that employ people and collect/pay taxes; lowers the neighborhood crime rate; makes connections between all ages; encourages spending, investment and development; and above all supports community spirit.
We love the WOW Trail in Laconia and encourage not only its use but its expansion.
Peg & Bob Powers
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 10:07