To The Daily Sun,
George Zimmerman's acquittal on murder charges have been followed by the predictable calls for America to have a national conversation on this or that aspect of the case. Obama wants to talk about gun control. Civil rights leaders want to talk about racial profiling and others want to discuss how the American criminal justice system supposedly targets blacks.
That's all well and good but don't expect any honest conclusions. Liberals love to talk about racial issues seeing it as a political tool. Hypocrisy and lack of character knows no bounds with the progressives. But in practice they ignore everything relevant. Any open discussion about race and criminality in this country would start with a review of the most disturbing facts. To start with, blacks represent 13 percent of the population, yet over the past 30 years have committed more than 50 percent of all murders in the U.S. The black arrest rate for most offenses including robbery and assault are 35 to 65 percent higher than their representation in the population. 90 percent of all black murders are committed by other blacks.
High rates of black violence in late 20th Century to the present are a matter of historical record. They are not the imagination of some bigot. These trends of horrific violence peaked not in the age of Jim Crow as liberal wonks would have you believe but in the modern America. Not in the south as you might expect, but in the north. Committed not in the age of segregation but in the decades that saw the rise of civil rights for African Americans with blacks in control of many large, city governments. From the 1970s to the present, many municipalities from Chicago to Detroit to Cleveland have often been under black control with black mayors and police chiefs. The liberal, left, loonies want to blame every black murder by a white on racial animus. The homicide rates of blacks is 700 percent higher than whites and the George Zimmerman's of this world are not the reason.
In 1961 the GREAT Martin Luther King regaled a large audience saying "Negros are 10 percent of the city of St. Louis and are responsible for 58 percent of it's crimes. We have to face that. And we have to do something about our moral standards. We know there are many things wrong in the white world but there are many things wrong in the black world too. We can't keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do ourselves". Nothing has changed since reverend King gave that eloquent speech more than half century ago.
In the light of these statistics, almost any white person accused of murdering a black person — unless there is an eyewitness or forensic evidence like DNA that assures a slam dunk case (which there seldom is) will be acquitted by simply saying "It was night, there was a black man in a hooded sweat shirt within 20 feet of me moving strangely, I feared for my life". Given the American legal systems high threshold FOR CONVICTION of guilty BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT, how could any juror knowing the facts I told you be able to get past the words REASONABLE DOUBT in a circumstantial case. Obtaining any conviction will be near impossible given the burden of the law and the conscience of jurors. Blacks will be needlessly and senselessly killed out of simple, irrational fear (and are) — BY STATISTICS that scare others to act out of fear, shooting first and asking questions later. Young, Trayvon Martin is just the latest, tragic victim (statistic) in a very long line of sad statistics that only worsen. While the liberal lizards of the lefts only intent in the death of young Martin is to stir up racial animus in hopes of buying a vote.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:19
To The Daily Sun,
I try my best not to spend time responding to letters I read in The Sun but there are times, such as now, when I feel obligated to.
Ms. Loesch had another letter in Wednesday's Sun about the Zimmerman case in Florida and as usual she is grossly misinformed. As the late Sen. Daniel Moynihan of N.Y., one of the last true Democrats, once said, "It is okay to state your own opinion but it's not okay to state your own facts."
Race was never a factor in this case. It was never brought up by the prosecution, it was never considered by the jury, the lead prosecutor said publicly that race wasn't a factor and last but not least Trayvon Martin's parents said they didn't believe race was a factor in their son's death. Those are the facts ma'am. I personally am sick and tired of race being brought into the equation every time the news media on the left is hungry for news and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson need a reason to be in the spotlight. Those two have become wealthy through race baiting. If this had been a white on white or black on black or especially a black on white situation it never would have gone beyond the local news. My question is how long are we going to have to pay for the sins of our ancestors. Race relations were getting to the point where it wasn't a part of the conversation any longer until Obama became president but since then he and his attorney general make it a point to bring race into the equation every chance they get. Even Hillary Clinton got in the act today playing for the black vote when she runs for president and she will because her ego won't allow her not to.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
Late 60s early 70s, the rebirth of downtown Laconia — Urban Renewal — a "Free" Money Government Project. Late 80s, City Council has the Rebirth of Downtown II. Remove at least four buildings for a parking lot; this will be downtown "Revitalization II.a". Then came revitalization IV in '92-'93: the removal of concrete for the new (again) Main Street ($400,000) between Sawyer's and THE parking garage. This will solve the problem of folks not being able to find downtown Laconia. Keep in mind in the early 70s, Dan's Star Market and WT Grant built a shopping plaza where Loew's is today, over the Gilford line. Oh yes, the '92-'93 council decided to build the Lakes Business Park in partnership with Gilford. And how has that worked re: new jobs and property values? Allen Rogers left us, and Freudenberg came in, and LEFT. In the meantime, in my opinion, we gave up on O'Shea Industrial Park for new occupants.
After all of the boondoggles costing us millions with little or no return, we are going to do it again! Didn't we already remove a large section of the parking garage facade so visitors could find a parking space? No sweat, just a few hundred thousand dollars. Are the taxpayers expected to finance another hopeless act by changing the first look at downtown through rose-colored glasses? Oh heck, in the beginning, it's only another $450,000.
Laconia is my hometown and I plan on staying, though my children left for a better financial life, and it worked. My fear is that once again unknowing visitors to downtown will not be encouraged by another Potemkin's Village, and the natives know until more shops and reasons to be in downtown Laconia, more of OUR money will be wasted.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:05
To The Daily Sun,
My, my, my, On Friday I read the letter from Bernadette Loesch and found it sounded very reassuring that she says she studies all sides ever issue she writes about. I can certainly respect anyone who does that but I do have just a small problem with Ms. Loesch. It was just a few short weeks ago that she lectured readers to research issues on her list of 27, I believe it was, magazines, networks and movies, from Michael Moore to MSNBC, to gather their information. In fact every one was a far left source that makes no attempt to present anything like fair and balanced reporting. So my problem is how do I reconcile her letter of Friday with her proven history of left wing zealotry?
Saying racism is alive and well in the U.S. is true but what she leaves out is that it is alive and well world wide. It is not limited to any one group, nation, race, religion, agenda or ethnicity. Just the other day 16 year old Malala Yousafzai, of Pakistan, celebrated her birthday giving a speech at the U.N. Malala was shot in the head two years ago by the Taliban for promoting education for girls. In our national news we see Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton beating the racial drums over the Travon Martin killing and local progressives stirring the anti Christian hate agenda. I know these may not be exactly racial but prejudice and bigotry are all part of the hate stew simmering on the fire. So I suggest you look into the dark corners of your own side of the street Bernie.
About guns and crimes it may be of interest to readers that the national rates have been steadily declining every year since 1990. We are indeed inundated by the media with gun killing stories though the anti-gun media tends to sensationalize only the most egregious or ones with racial implications. They ignore the FACT that the greatest number of shootings and killings are by criminal gangs in our major cities almost always those controleed, long term, by Democrats. These same Democrats choose to play the false fix it game proposing gun laws that target legal gun owners rather then the criminals. Face it Ms. Loesch your party needs chaos, crime and poverty to exist or they wouldn't so there is zero chance anything gets better with progressives in charge.
P.S. Happy birthday to the bravest girl in the world, Malala Yousafzai.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:02
To The Daily Sun,
Having been, for so long and so recently, the recipient of misinformation from the Belknap County Commissioners which has been directed at the Belknap Convention, forgive me if my reaction to their concessions (in Thursday's edition of The Daily Sun) to the realities attendant to building a new jail is one of disgust.
The delegation in general and the chairman in particular have been the recipient of many slings and arrows, some as recently as last week.
Review what has been written over the past seven months and you will discover an unbroken record of deceit and manipulation by the
Representatives Tilton and Greemore, in particular, made sensible observations at the June meeting with the commissioners and their
experts, Ricci Greene. The response was a campaign to paint an unflattering picture of the delegation. Having been left out of the
evaluation and design process for the proposed prison we were asked "where have we been?". Most of us were working on coming to grips with
the problems extant while not subscribing to the inevitability of a forty plus million dollar new building and an additional 2.7 million dollars
in personnel costs.
Having squandered large amounts of time and money and failed at reasonable governance, all three commissioners should consider the
commonweal and resign their seats forthwith.
Rep. Richard B. Burchell
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:57