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'It wasn't me." There, that was easy to say. Now you try it.

To the editor,
With all of the recent scandals involving the Obama's administration, they seem to be taking the "Shaggy" defense. The singer Shaggy released a song called "It wasn't me". The words tell of a person cheating and being caught. His friend advises him to state "It wasn't me".
Hillary Clinton's answer to a question on Benghazi "what difference does it make" could have been followed with "It wasn't me".
President Obama knows nothing about any of the scandals so he is correct when he states, "It wasn't me". After all, he is only the president and he has to keep track of his tee times.
On to Ms Lerner, a top IRS official, who elected to not answer any questions from Congress and has invoked the Fifth Amendment. My advice to Ms Lerner is to drink a fifth and state "It wasn't me".
Jay Carney, press secretary for President Obama, is "clueless" and changes stories on a daily basis. One thing he knows is "It wasn't me".
Eric Holder, attorney general, has invoked the "Shaggy Defense" several times. In the "Fast and Furious" scandal and the seizure of AP records and others.
Of all of the scandals, the most serious is Benghazi because four brave Americans died and we do not know what happened eight months later. It is outrageous that President Obama called Benghazi a "sideshow". Recently, Howard Dean, one of the top Democratic Party leaders called Benghazi "laughable".
With everyone in the Obama administration declaring "It wasn't me", I can only conclude that it is President Bush's fault.
Jim Mayotte
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:20

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Some people choose to accept whatever evil happens to them

To the editor,
Dear Bernadette Loesch:
Apparently three times is the charm as I finally noticed your letter in Saturday's Laconia Daily Sun. I regret not seeing your earlier letters.
Your letter of April 26 asks, "why (do) ordinary, law abiding people need to own or be able to use high powered, lethal weapons?" In America the poor, weak, un-famous, and politically unconnected have the same right to life as rich, powerful, famous, and politically connected people.
Law abiding people need guns because governments don't keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Our right to life includes our right to protect ourselves and other innocent lives from criminals. That requires guns with enough bullets. The police will rarely arrive in time to protect you. As the NRA correctly states, when seconds count, the police are minutes away.
I am not aware of any low powered, lethal weapons. If something is lethal, it is high powered enough. Neither of us is going to care if we are killed with a 22, a 50 cal. Barrett's, or a 30 cal. machine gun, we'll be just as dead. I prefer that potential murderers, and other criminals, are detoured by knowing that they may be seriously harmed by a potential victim.
As I discussed on my letter of May 17, the purpose of the Second Amendment is to allow citizens as a last resort to protect themselves from an oppressive government (this is so hard for us to imagine, yet many citizens felt the same way even as they were being carted off to their deaths).
As free citizens we have a right to own and use weapons for whatever lawful purposes we want. Along with that freedom goes responsibility for their safe use.
Your letter of May 11 asks "why people ... need to arm themselves with weapons of mass destruction." You continue with "why people need high power weaponry" implying that "high power weaponry" (assuming you mean guns) are "weapons of mass destruction". This is not the case. "Weapons of mass destruction" typically means chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear weapons. I don't recall anyone advocating individual ownership of weapons of mass destruction.
Guns of various sizes and capabilities are used for hunting, target shooting, defense and other lawful purposes. For most activities people know what they need. But people are usually surprised when they need a gun for defense; attackers rarely pre-announce their intentions. A successful defense requires fast enough access to your gun and enough bullets. Fortunately, many crimes are prevented by displaying a gun and without firing a shot. I wish more people were able to defend themselves.
Hopefully I have answered your questions. I suggest that you and others who are not familiar with guns talk to people who know guns or go to a shooting range and get some instruction.
Guns are tools that can be used for good or evil. There will always be evil whether we want to believe it or not. The question is whether people face the world as it is or live in a fantasy world. I accept that some rational, knowledgeable people decide to just accept whatever evil happens to them. But, I am saddened that many thousands become robbery, rape, and murder victims out of ignorance, an irrational fear of guns, or legal restrictions such as the counter-productive "gun free zones" that are so often a major factor in mass killings and other crime.
Thank goodness that many people are prepared to defend themselves. Not only do they have that right, but the fact that so many people are prepared to defend themselves seems to be a major factor in the decline of violent crimes.
Don Ewing
Meredith

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:15

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This is most dishonest administration in Washington since Nixon

To the editor,
Well, well, it seems apparent now that everything those of us on the right have been saying about Obama and his crew has proven to be true. Lies, deceit, scandals, cover-ups and stone walling is and has been the order of business in the Obama White House. The other day when the president was asked by a reporter if anyone in the White House knew about the IRS targeting conservatives his answer was that of a tricky lawyer not that of an honest leader. He replied that, he certainly didn't know about it, nothing about anyone else in the White House. I believe that's known as a lie of omission.
Speaking of the IRS, does any reasonable person believe that a bunch of clerks out in Cincinnati decided, all on their own, to target the Tea Party and conservatives? Funny thing too, the head of the department in charge of approving requests for non profit status while all this was going on was just promoted to head the enforcement part of Obamacare in the IRS. There goes trust in government down another dozen points. Reminds me of the investigation Obama conducted into "Fast and Furious". We still don't know who set it up and ran it but all the major department heads were promoted.
Did anyone see this guy Miller, acting head of the IRS, being questioned at the congressional hearing? Sounded like some mobster. "Ayy, Ida no nu'ten. Igota no names to gib ya". Must make the left so proud of their open, honest and transparent administration. Oh yea and Obama says "no" to an independent counsel to investigate this crime. Sure, we can trust Eric Holder, mister stonewall'er himself to whitewash, oops, I mean conduct the investigation.
Fact is this is the most dishonest administration in DC sense Nixon. They break the law, violate the Constitution, engage in smear, slander and the politics of personal destruction all in the name of any means justifies the ends. Then they say we conservatives are the bad guys. Bull!
Steve Earle
Hill

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 12:03

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Bow Wow 3 was great success; sincere thanks to everyone

To the editor,
Many thanks to everyone for a successful Bow Wow 3. It is such an honor to be head cheerleader for a Pooch Parade that gathers more steam each year. Beginning with my employer Melcher & Prescott Insurance and the Board of Directors of WOW Trail right on down to each business whose name appears on the back of our now famous "Kiwi" tee shirt, to every volunteer who helped from handling registrations to setting up shop to managing the two — and four-legged — participants, I give you all my heartfelt thanks. Special thank yous to Michelle Dupont and Annie Boissoneault!
It was a privilege to assist in raising funds for Gilford PD's new K-9, Ike, who will be undergoing life-saving surgery. I am proud to report that we did achieve our goal of $1,500 through the generosity of participants as well as individuals and businesses.
This event runs smoothly thanks to the expert advice from my co-coordinators, Ann Saltmarsh with the support of the Department of Public Works, Janet Brough from SAU 30, and Kevin Dunleavy who heads Laconia's Parks and Recreation Department.
It would be difficult to get the word out if it weren't for three amazing editors and their reporters: Ed Engler with Adam Drapcho (Laconia Daily Sun); Krista Marrs with John Koziol (Citizen); and Brendon Berube with Erin Plummer (Gilford Steamer). Great coverage!
Our business sponsors: "Top of the Heap" three years in a row: Hali Dearborn's family business, Eptam Plastics; Jodie Herbert of the Inns at Mill Falls; Steve & Nanci Jorgenson of AKA Tool; the Beetle family of Patrick's Pub; Steve Smith Associates; Cindy of Meredith Village Savings Bank; Lee & Brendon of Ameriprise Financial; Bill & Paul of Stealth; Faith of Binnie Media; Mike & Lois of Franklin Savings Bank; Mike of Tilton Vet; Chris of Fratello's; Sarah of Body Covers; long-time BW supporter, Gil Schohan — my deepest gratitude for your support.
Our devoted vendors: Brendon from My Coffee House; Jill Baron Trimble Illustrator; Kelly from Doggone-It-Training; Alix of Homeward Bound; Suzi , the Basket Lady; Bree of Happy Tails Dog Park; Sue of Animal Vibe; Janice of Embroidery N'More and last but not least, Aaron Bassett of Burrito Me for the much-needed water stations (Woof!).
Our emcee Pat Kelly kept things organized and on track; Father Alan from St. Andre Bessette brought his blessings; Charlie St Clair got us on film; our photographers Bonnie and Dean; our face painters, Regina and her girls; and thanks to all the sign support from these businesses: Interlakes Animal Hospital; Taylor Community; Insurance Outlet; Meredith Village Savings Bank; Belknap Tire; Maui Tanning. Deep appreciation to Caroline Drouin for your tireless efforts in distributing posters and to Brett and Bethany of Laconia Pet Center for their generosity in providing all of our contest prizes.
A picture tells a thousand words. . .see little Miss Remy Bassett, daughter of Aaron Bassett of Burrito Me, and her bodyguard Yeti.
See you next year!
Claire Hebert
Community Relations Coordinator
Melcher & Prescott Insurance

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:57

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Every president is accountable & rule of law is to be respected

To the editor,
White House senior advisor Dan Pfeifferit has astonished all astute Americans by actually asserted the law is "irrelevant" in considering the IRS scandal. Even after all the official deception since Ambassador Rice's initial ruse, Mr. Pfeifferit pronounced that the president's whereabouts as four Americans were murdered serving us in Benghazi was also "largely irrelevant fact." Employing a bewildering doublethink rationale, Mr. Pfeifferit went on to say that the charges of Republicans (not "of Americans" mind you) are "trumped up" and "offensive" to the White House. Are we to understand Mr. Pfeifferit's assertion to be that Americans are "trumping up" their dissatisfaction with being repeatedly mislead about the murder of the four Americans who died in their service? Is it "offensive" to seek the end governmental abuse directed at fellow citizens exercising their First Amendment rights? Are we to understand that it is the White House who is "offended?" The rationale would make George Orwell blush.
We have politically and legally evolution since kings of former times claimed their decrees represented God's will, Mr. Pfeifferit and those of his ilk forget that the basis of the president's authority is legal, not rhetorical. Laws are "relevant" to the exercise of governmental authority. President Obama's arbitrary decisions and warnings such as "If Congress does not act, I will," is not simply a poor decision making process; it is contrary to the rule of law inherent in the Constitution of the United States.
Federalist Madison, commenting of freedom of speech reminded us that "Without this robust freedom of expression, perhaps, the Constitution itself would not have come into being." It is the Constitution that grants the inherent Congressional oversight responsibilities that displeases Mr. Pfeifferitt. The First Amendment is the very core of the Constitution; the core "irrelevant" law Mr. Pfeifferitt and the IRS have sought to degrade. How does this occur?
Presidents use the word "enemy" to describe people with whom we are at war. President Obama, who pretends we are not at war, uses the word to describe selected fellow American citizens. For over five years he has personally and publicly ridiculed citizens whose opinions are not in lockstep with his own. He has used the bully pulpit to denounce citizens who owned aircraft, were "fat cats," worked on Wall Street, acquired wealth in their lives, were stupid police, had successful small businesses, believed in free markets, donated to the "wrong" causes, or saved too much for their retirement. Increasingly, with no thought to a targeted citizen's liberties, their reputations, financial, emotional, and psychological well-being, or even their physical safety following his vilification from the most powerful office on Earth, he has increasingly personally and publicly denounced citizens by their name. Just like Mr. Pfeifferitt has done, President Obama other minions have also substituted substantive and informed debate with layers of personal attacks until the facts--or the law, have no significance in articulating their reasoning.
After years of complaints of government abuse by Republicans, fiscal conservatives, and Tea Party supporters, and following Harry Reid's public bragging about his having 10 years of details of Governor Romney's taxes while speaking on the Senate floor, finally an I.G. report has confirmed what the complainants knew. President Obama's now wants informed citizens capable of independent thought, to believe that he became aware of these behaviors only days before they were to be made public. Additionally, intelligent citizens are to believe that the groups persecuted by the IRS are the very same targets of Obama's diatribes. rage, the activities just happened to coincided with his own political interests for years.
Subsequent investigations will probably fail to find a "smoking-gun." No one will discover a statement-of-work or contract signed by President Obama directing these abuses. I suspect that as more facts slowly emerge, Americans will rationally conclude what their hearts sadly already know. President Obama's years of unrelenting belittlement of fellow citizens, is directly responsible for the obnoxious and often illegal comportment of many of his underlings as they carried out both official and oblique abuses aimed at fellow citizens who had the audacity to think independently of his monologues. We have seen this tactic of intolerance called "hate speech" in other times. As President Obama would often say it is "Not who we are."
Thus Mr. Pfeifferit is half right after all. Although not the responsibility of the "enemies" Mr. Pfeifferit's implies, stories have been "trumped up." and "offenses" have occurred. Isn't it finally time to restore honor and trust in our institutions, for destructive attacks such as those from Mr. Pfeifferit's to cease, and for comprehensive respectful cooperation with Congress to commence? I suspect most Americans disagree with Mr. Pfeifferit on two points; (1) Every president is accountable to the citizens he or she serves, and (2). Our rule of law, the Constitution, and especially the First Amendment is highly relevant. It should be respected in letter and spirit. Actually, this is "Who we are."
Michael D. Breen M.P.A., Ph.D.
Moultonborough

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 11:43

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