To The Daily Sun,
This isn't as high a priority as Common Core, or the Market Basket rallies, or even the next election; but sometimes it's the smallest requests that make the most noise.
I would love to put in a request to all the planners of craft shows, old home days, races (foot or bike), festivals, multicultural market days and farmers markets.
There are many of us who would love to attend and participate and enjoy these wonderfully diverse happenings, but we work on Saturdays and by the time our workday is done, you all have packed up and left, or not many of you are still in the area.
My request is simple: Perhaps you could hold some of these wonderful events on a Sunday, or later on Saturdays or even Friday nights so that those of us who are unable to attend on Saturday before 3 p.m. (which seems to be the end time for most events) can benefit and enjoy? Thank you in advance.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:06
To The Daily Sun,
Ask anyone if they are in favor of green energy and almost all will say yes. The devil in in the details. Everyone wants clean renewable hydroelectric power, but nobody wants the high voltage towers to carry that energy from the north, where the hydro power is, to the south where the energy is needed. Additionally, they don't want any hydroelectric dams because it impedes the fish migration.
Likewise, they want wind energy but don't want to see any wind towers on their mountains. Solar is only 30 percent efficient and still too expensive for the average person. Plus, I wonder how well they work with a foot of ice and snow on them during our short winter days.
They say that wind towers and power lines will hurt the tourist industry. Tourism is certainly important, but it mostly provides seasonal, low-wage jobs with no benefits — nothing you can raise a family on. Manufacturing and high tech is where the good-paying jobs with benefits are and electricity prices are a big factor in where they locate.
Some say we don't need the electricity. We don't need it now as long as we keep our ancient coal fired power plants belching greenhouse gases and mercury, but those old plants won't meet the new regulations and will have to be shut down.
Likewise, Vermont Yankee will shut down at the end of the year which will leave a big hole in the New England Power Pool. Shortly thereafter the Salem, Mass., reactor is also scheduled for shutdown as most of the nukes built in the early 1970s reach the end of their designed lifetime and shut down.
Without sufficient generating capacity, utilities will have to buy power on the open market at if it's even available. Convert the coal power plants to natural gas? Sorry, there isn't enough pipeline capacity in New Hampshire to do that. And guess what? Nobody wants a gas pipeline running through their town either.
We have some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, and it will get much worse without baseload like Northern Pass and other forms of green energy. Industry will not want to locate in New Hampshire when other states offer much lower rates. Already New Hampshire is graying as retirees move in and our young people move out to other parts of the country to find good-paying jobs.
It's the same problem from Washington, D.C., to local government. Nobody wants to make any sacrifices for the common good of the state/nation. They cling to their position regardless of what is good for the country and demand their position be adopted without compromise. No nation can continue like this. Instead of a nation of like-minded patriotic people, we will become just a bunch of squabbling interest groups, and nothing will get done and our nation will decline.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:01
To The Daily Sun,
In my letter I sent some days ago, I made a mistake that I would like to correct.
I was incorrect in stating that it was BAE Systems that lost thousands of jobs and shed 30 percent of its stock value while (Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt) Havenstein was CEO. It was another government contracting company, called S.A.I.C., that he was CEO of. Mr. Havenstein left BAE in 2010 and became CEO of S.A.I.C. until 2012, and in that time the company struggled significantly.
I regret the error.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:58
To The Daily Sun,
"Spectacular!!" is what my 7 1/2-year-old grandson Zachary said as the applause faded into the rafters following a performance of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith. Zach may be a second-grader, but he's not exactly a neophyte in the theater world. He can proudly tally up a number of shows he has already seen, both on Broadway and in the Philadelphia-Wilmington, Del., area where his mom, Becky, has had a number of leading roles in musical theater productions.
So I suggested to Zach that he share his thoughts with Bryan Halperin, the director of this particular show, which he more than willingly did. The two talked and shook hands ... man to man ... and Zach left the theater with an ear-to-ear smile while the two of us talked Tom Sawyer all the way to the nearest Ben and Jerry ice cream stand.
Now that I think about it, Zachary's "spectacular" would definitely not overstate anything that Winni Playhouse turns out year round. From its polished professional summer productions, to the enchanting children's programs, to the skill development classes that include the well-attended One Act Playwriting Festival, and of supreme importance, their highly entertaining community theater opportunities in the fall winter and spring that develop actors and build audiences and fans for all that happens on the other side of the footlights. For all of this and more, the Lakes Region is indeed fortunate.
Bravos and thank-yous are certainly in order. To Bryan and Johanna Halperin and Neil and Lesley Pankhurst for their leadership, energy, and vision over this past decade. To all the volunteers in numerous capacities who keep the wheels of this growing non-profit turning. And, to the entire cast and crew of "Tom Sawyer" for offering this most creative and decidedly "spectacular" opportunity for Zachary and me, as well as the rest of the Lakes Region.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:30
To The Daily Sun,
My undying gratitude goes out to the Veterans Administration for the medical service it has rendered to me. This is after I avoided the system for nearly 40 years because of negative reports from a bygone era and my stubborn unwillingness to embrace the VA after my Vietnam experience. I decided to enroll in 2010 after continued encouragement from fellow veterans who are successfully utilizing its resources.
I had a couple of heart attacks and was on the verge of another in late 2013. I went from my job site to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, by ambulance to CMC in Manchester and, because a bed was available, by ambulance to the West Roxbury Veterans Hospital in Boston where they performed emergency quadruple heart bypass surgery.
I'm doing pretty darn well thanks to my surgeon, Dr. Jacqueline Quin and the medical team at West Roxbury, and my follow-up care with cardiologist Dr. Daniel Lombardi at the Manchester VA and Nurse Practitioner Erika Blocher at the Conway Outreach center and their staffs.
It was a whirlwind episode that I recall little of, but one that certainly impressed my family and allowed me to resume my normal life within several months. My good fortune is not unique. Fellow veterans I know share positive experiences and are just as appreciative.
I'm sure there are flaws in the system, just as there are flaws in the private sector, which must be addressed. But do not lose sight of the fact that a vast majority of us receive proper and appropriate care. However, the most obvious need is a thorough upgrading of the West Roxbury facility, allowing their exceptional staff the opportunity to provide the very best of service to a very deserving clientele.
A heartfelt "thank you" to the Veterans Administration and all those dedicated and caring professionals who restored my good health.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:21