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Our government started out with just three simple rules

To the editor,
When stating in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal, I think we might agree that there was a limited sense of the term "all men". Fast forward 237 years, it has been established that we are not all created equal (even among those enshrined in the Declaration). Turns out that through DNA testing that northern Europeans have up to 5 percent Neanderthal DNA (a mother with Scottish heritage). Some modern races have none and yet others have Denisovan hominins. Am I less and more equal? Whatever, it's not to be denied that I'm myself. The Declaration proclaimed when a people might be justified to establish their own government.
It is the 1st Article of N.H.'s Constitution that states that a government originates from the people. The 2nd that we have "certain" natural rights, in the 3rd that in forming a society surrender of some but not without the society ensuring the individual an equivalent. It is the 4th article that is the most important in that it declares one natural right for which no equivalent can be give or received and that right is the right of conscience.
Today we might wonder how they managed to survive as a government and a nation without all the rules and regulations we survive with today.
Oddly enough science has also figured out how it is that fish, birds, grasshoppers, mammals and humans manage to group, or otherwise swarm. Turns out that it is done with perhaps three simple rules of behavior.
Our government started out with just as simple rules; first was that the people have an unalienable right of conscience, something which the established government can't give an equivalent; that the government is answerable to the people (not the people to the government). And the last article enshrined in 1784, (Social Virtues Inculcated) Article 38. A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of the Constitution (by those in government) and a constant adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, industry, frugality, and all the social virtues . . .
So we have it, a long and storied history towards a society with equality of law (at least on the books); a government which does not allow the serving of a turkey sandwich without the stamp of a federal agency's approval, and adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, industry, frugality long forgotten.
G.W. Brooks
Meredith

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 10:20

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Reading list was thin on facts – here’s some real homework

To the editor,
Bernadette Loesch's cavalier demand that people do their homework before putting pen to paper is, to say the least, very telling. Someone got under her skin with FACTS. In truth, her list of books is far from balance reading. That line up is (mostly) socialist/liberal/communist propaganda 101 type books. Ms. Loesh, herself, has some (one heck of a lot of) homework to do if she walks her talk.
Balanced reading; you cannot get more balanced than both sides of an argument — REAL American historical writings — THE FEDERALIST PAPERS and THE ANTI-FEDERALIST PAPERS, written during the founding era of this nation by various notable gentlemen, and as valid today as they were then. When you have gotten done with those, move on to books written by Cleon Skousen: THE MAKING OF AMERICA: THE SUBSTANCE AND MEANING OF THE CONSTITUTION, THE NAKED COMMUNIST, THE NAKED SOCIALIST, THE NAKED CAPITALIST, and THE 5000 YEAR LEAP. That short list is but the tip of the iceberg — IF you are serious about your resources and getting FACTS before putting pen to paper. THE SHADOWS OF POWER: THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS AND THE AMERICAN DECLINE by James Perloff will go a very long way to helping you understand just what has happened and is happening to our society. A very good companion book which will make the economic aspects make sense is THE CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND: A SECOND LOOK AT THE FEDERAL RESERVE by G. Edward Griffin.
As for the movie list: nothing out of Hollywood is fact. No, "Bowling for Columbine" is NOT a documentary, no matter how you spin it. While there may be fragments of truth in Hollywood flicks, they tend to be very thin on FACTS.
If you need to watch some movies, I highly recommend the following list: "Innocents Betrayed", "Monumental", "180, A Physician's Solution to Health Care and The Gang". You will find more facts in this short list than in the entire collection of Hollywood movies provided by Ms. Loesch.
So, Ms. Loesch, before you go demanding that others "do their homework", maybe you should be doing yours? It might lend some credence to your discourses.
A.C.R. Piper
Ashland

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 10:06

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Revenue allows the state to provide services we depend upon

To the editor,
The game of chicken charading as our state budget process puts N.H. citizens at risk of losing valuable services and critical jobs.
The Republican controlled Senate claimed it had to cut $300 million from the House budget. The Department of Health and Human Services which touches nearly every resident of New Hampshire will be handed $40 million less than it needs and will be forced to make painful cuts of both services and personnel.
Additionally, Republicans are making 50 million dollars in reckless across the board budget cuts that are projected to force 700 layoffs. Just as the economy begins to get on its feet, this budget will cost critical jobs that support families and local economies. Going along with this scheme is nothing short of irresponsibility on the part of our elected senator.
On purely partisan grounds, House and Senate Republicans have taken positions designed to damage Governor Hassan and rebuke President Obama and pay homage to an ideology that avoids reality. Senate Republicans say they refuse to pass any new taxes, but we have the red bridges and potholes to prove it. Our cigarette tax, just lowered last year, is the lowest in the Northeast and out of state big tobacco companies are making huge profits at our expense.
To top it off, Senate Republicans now seek to deny the expansion of Medicaid in N.H. and with it pass up the infusion of approximately $2.5 billion in federal dollars. The damage this will do to our hospitals, our mental health services and our struggling families is immense. A nonpartisan study projects that expanded Medicaid would cut bad debt and charity care for New Hampshire hospitals in half.
Government is instituted to provide services to its citizens. These services are not hand-outs; they are paid for in property taxes, road tolls, rooms and meals fees and so on. We depend on these services — the roads, the schools, the environmental protections to name just a few — in order to live in this state, get to our jobs and give back in terms of goods, services and revenue. But government cannot do its job without a source of revenue, and Republicans in Concord are unwilling to support adequate revenue for the state because of partisan politics. The you-can't-have-your-taxes-because-we-didn't-get-our-casino mentality belongs in the school yard, not the Statehouse. The abhorrence of federal funding is ridiculous: would the Republicans turn back federal highway funds based on the same theory?
The Republican leadership is calling on the conference committee of the budget writing committees to come up with a reasonable compromise, but that is an impossible request. Without any sources of revenue on the table, the only alternative will be to accept cuts in programs and jobs to meet our balanced budget mandate. This is not what we sent our representatives to Concord to do. They are there to, in conjunction with the governor, keep our state functioning on a sound fiscal and programmatic base. It is dangerous and foolhardy to do otherwise.
Deb Reynolds, Plymouth
(N.H. State Senator, Senate District 2, 2006-2010)
Kate Miller, Meredith
(N.H. House of Representatives, Meredith, 2008-2010)

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 09:49

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Alton spends taxpayer dollars for transparency, will Belmont?

To the editor,
Your June 4 edition carried significant coverage of the Belmont Selectmen's meeting wherein the board concluded that they would be willing to revisit their June 17 decision to withdraw support of Lakes Region Public Access (LRPA) television. A principle reason expounded by the Board for acting to drop out of LRPA was that they were unable to find a volunteer to film their meetings for later play-back on cable Channel 26.
I have information that may better able the Belmont Selectmen (and taxpayers) to decide whether they want to stay on television, or not.
But first full-disclosure: I am the Town of Alton's representative to the LRPA Board of Directors, which admittedly instills in me a bias, but also fuller knowledge of what is working and what is not.
Belmont apparently wants out since they are not getting their meetings and shows, with the exception of the Central Baptist Church services, on Channels 25 and 26. The church has a videographer so their recordings go to LRPA for broadcasting on Channel 25 without any hitches. The Town, however, without an unpaid videographer finds themselves dark on Channel 26.
Alton's experience might set an example for other LRPA municipalities. Since 1999 Alton's Selectmen meetings have been on Channel 26 and a year or so later the School Board meetings went on the air also. For years the videos were taken by volunteers, but in the mid-2000's the volunteers started to burn out. When the Budget Committee meetings stopped appearing on Channel 26 due to no one showing up to do the videotaping for free, a petition warrant article appeared at Town Meeting to pay videographers from taxpayer funds. The vote in favor wasn't even close.
Consequently the Town Budget every year provides funds to pay videographers to film the Selectmen, the Budget Committee, and significant meetings of the Planning Board and other public bodies. To date I am unaware of any taxpayer complaints that the $35 per shoot is not well spent. Alton voters rarely attend the meetings in person, but there is little doubt that they stay tuned in to what their elected officials are up to.
Alton taxpayers are willing to ante-up to have transparency in local government. Now the region will see how important that is to Belmont voters.
Bob Longabaugh
Alton Bay

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:54

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The worst part of a government will be its tax collecting agents

To the editor,
After the last few letters I've written to the editor, I look back and wonder if readers might think I'm getting a bit over excited. Well no, I don't think so but still I might explain to readers that first of all I don't trust politicians or the government. I don't trust Republicans or Democrats, or libertarians or — you name them. Sure it's a matter of degrees over which I think are better or worse but overall you can only trust them so long as they are in your sight but watch out anyway, their tricky.
The worst part about governments are their taxing agents. In our case it's the IRS and I don't know anyone of any party, anywhere who likes the IRS. Mostly we fear them because of their near God-like powers to make our lives a misery, to destroy us, take away our liberty, homes, money just anything. Sure they are a necessity, all governments need to be funded, and our IRS is supposed to be independent of political influence and pressure but now we see how easily it was for that to change. Whether readers like or dislike the Tea Party, conservatives, or groups that support Israel, it should send a cold shiver up your back to know it might be your turn next if you find yourself disagreeing with current or future administrations. Local democrats have for many years been advocating for an income tax here in New Hampshire. The object lesson coming out of DC might and should give citizens of the Granite State second thoughts on that concept. The idea that it can't happen here is just silly.
I do hope that some good will come from this abuse of power and that people all across the country can finally find some common ground and demand that those in Washington we elected to do our bidding are forced by a groundswell of righteous anger and outrage to finally truly reform our national tax system. A good start would be a federal flat income tax. No exceptions, no deductions just a simple, straight, low percentage tax. That way every citizen has a stake in the game and no one can be singled out, persecuted or harassed by politicians or political parties.
Just saying. Something must be done and this is the time.
Steve Earle
Hill

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:44

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