This bombing must stop. Our silence endorses war crimes

To The Daily Sun,

What does it take to shake America out of its lethargy? What does it take in real losses to convince our legislators that we will not tolerate more war in the Middle East? When will the law again abide in the halls of Congress and at the president's desk to bring morality and Mosaic law that both Jew and Gentile adhere to, back into the sinew and backbone of every citizen that takes pride in this country?

Bombing targets as we please, without a declaration of war (which only Congress can grant) is illegal. Illegal killing is plainly murder. Look in any dictionary for that definition. There are no extenuating circumstances that alter this conclusion. It is fact. Would law-abiding citizens allow this to happen without violent protest and demonstrations. Yes, they would and have for 12 years. We are, by our silence complicit in multiple war crimes in the Middle East — in several countries. Let's call a spade a spade.

More importantly, we have lost 4,300 men and women in warfare that many now say was a mistake. What is the value of human life in the hands of war-mongers and their salesmen, elected officials we put in office? What is the price of dropping a bomb? Billionaires are created from war profits, and we pay for it.

Our military presence in the Middle East has caused the death of more than a half-million people. We have always claimed national security as an alibi. Yet not one person, not one, in 12 years has perished at the hands of a terrorist from any of the suspected countries. So much for that lie.

If you are of good conscience and believe it is a serious crime to kill people outside of the legality of war, please speak out loud and clear. Inform your senator and your representative this bombing must stop. Bring God's sacred law back to the United States.

Leon R. Albushies


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At least Brown support Obama's killing-America agenda

To The Daily Sun,

Yesterday "Liberal Lady" called my radio program, and first thing out of the gate (said), "How can you vote for Scott Brown, he's pro-choice"? The mysterious "Liberal Lady" (as I nick-named her for many years) was once again a useless call to take, wanted to attack the host rather than discuss issues. I hung up on her.

A few years back, it may have been LL, one caller said I can't be pro-life because I believe in capital punishment. Good point. Pro-choice is kill an innocent baby — inside or outside of the womb.

This man killed police officer Danny Faulkner in cold blood as he was checking another vehicle, unaware that the brother of that driver was Mumia Abu-Jamal. That cold-blooded killer, Mumia, deserves death. Faulkner had a wife and two young children. Nitwit liberals like Ed Asner have tried for years to get this evil killer off death row. Why? Has Hollywood gone pro-life?

Obama proclaimed, "I will not punish my daughter with a baby."

I bet that B Hussein would like to set Mumia free. Jeanne Shaheen has been an activist and a politician who has worked hard to protect a woman's right to freely use her "reproductive" system the way she wants to. Don't force me to pay for it.

There will come a time when Brown will disappoint me. But I will remember why I voted for him over Jeanne Shaheen. Every vote she has taken, and will continue taking to protect Obama in his killing-America agenda, I will remember why I voted for Scott Brown. He will do that for my 11 grandchildren. He will be there to stop the killing of America.

Niel Young


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Shaheen more interested in re-election than in her constituents

To The Daily Sun,

I read in today's issue of The Laconia Daily Sun, the account of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's visit to women business leaders in the Lakes Region. As a lifelong Democrat, I felt the need to respond.

First, I must share my own personal story of my interaction with the senator. Shortly after she took office as our junior senator, I sent a letter to her and then-Sen. Judd Gregg in response to the S-Chip bill which would have a severe impact on my business. What was my response from our duly elected senators? Sen. Gregg's staff drafted a brilliant three-page response, written on senatorial stationery and signed personally by the senator. And what was Sen. Shaheen's response? A photocopied form letter thanking me for writing her about my economic concerns with no reference to the subject I had raised in my letter.

This was not my first interaction with Ms. Shaheen. As governor, she had come to Laconia a few times when our mayor and City Council were inaugurated. She seemed to be more interested in her re-election prospects and her media appearance than she was about the citizens of Laconia.

In contrast, her predecessor in the Senate, John E. Sununu, always gave the impression that he was working more for the citizens of New Hampshire than his political party. Indeed, Republican gadfly P.J. O'Rourke referred to him as one of the only American politicians with principles. I must agree with that statement having met him several times. Indeed, it was Senator Sununu who obtained the funding needed to make the Laconia Public Library ADA compatible. What has Senator Shaheen done for the citizens of the Lakes Region?

Needless to say, I will not be voting for Sen. Shaheen's re-election, nor will I be voting for her opponent. I will simply leave that part of the ballot blank. The people of New Hampshire deserve better than the two candidates up for election to the U.S. Senate.

G. Daylon Brock


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Alexandria frustrated by inability to stop meteorological tower

To The Daily Sun,

"Include views of local communities in siting of energy projects." Those are the words of our governor. They are not being respected by the corporate bullies of Energais De Portugal, an industrial wind company with headquarters in Portugal planning to install 492-foot-tall wind turbine towers on the ridge lines of Alexandria and Hebron.

After the Tuesday, Sept. 30, meeting with members of the Alexandria Selectboard, residents are feeling complete frustration and dismay over the situation Energais De Portugal has put us in. We want to fight them, but were forced to realize that in the permitting of a meteorological tower debate, we cannot win. Our town currently has no zoning. We see ourselves as being bullied by a multinational company which has no respect or consideration for the population they plan to impact.

When our town indicated they were not willing to sign a permit for a unwanted meteorological tower, Energais de Portugal initiated legal action against the town. Now they have forced the hand of our selectboard to sign the permit, knowing full well the majority of citizens are opposed as well as the selectboard members themselves. This put the entire community in a very uncomfortable position Tuesday night, and residents are unhappier than ever.

Energais De Portugal is a bigger bully than ever imagined. Corporate citizenry is not a factor in dealing with these bureaucrats. They are blind and deaf with respect to acknowledging the wishes of the residents of our entire region.

Really annoyed? Yes, we are. Disgusted? Again, yes we are. Will we continue to express our opposition and our right to steer our own ship? Absolutely. Remember the governor's words.

Jennifer Tuthill


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Has Mr. Fernald forgotten uproar against 'closing the loophole'?

To The Daily Sun,

Mark Fernald's op-ed in the Sept. 25 issue of The Sun concerning the New Hampshire Interest and Dividends Tax (IDT) indicates that he doesn't understand forms of business organizations, economics and recent history. His article is a complaint of unfairness as hint for the broad-based income tax platform that he ran on for governor in 2002, and was defeated.

Mr. Fernald seems to forget the uproar created in 2009-2010 by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and the State Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) when they tried to "close the loophole" by taxing distributions from limited liability companies (LLCs) and other business organizations. Attempting to apply the IDT on top of the Business Profits and Business Enterprise Taxes (BPT, BET) would have increased the tax burden on small businesses to around 13.5 percent and made New Hampshire even more uncompetitive for small business than it currently is — and during a difficult economic period which still lingers today. Fortunately the hue and cry from New Hampshire citizens forced the Legislature and DRA to back away from their position, but Mr. Fernald seems to persist. He just doesn't understand business and economics.

My background is in corporate law, where I served as counsel to large and small businesses in Connecticut and Illinois for over 30 years. I have also instructed classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the College of Business Administration at Plymouth State University for over 10 years, which classes included instruction on forms of business organizations, including LLCs.

In my personal experience, LLCs are a primary and favored form of business organization among small businesses and the backbone of New Hampshire's economy. The reasons are simple. LLCs are easy and inexpensive to form; management can be through a single member/owner; claims and liabilities are limited to assets of the LLC, not personal assets; and most importantly LLCs avoid double taxation, i.e. taxes are paid at one level, usually the member/owner level (in most states).

For federal and most state purposes there is a "pass through" of taxation at the entity level, which is measured by earned income at the member/owner level. New Hampshire is different. Because we do not levy an income tax on earned income received by individuals from LLCs and other sources, taxes are collected at the entity level through the BPT and BET, regardless of whether the entity is a partnership, corporation, LLC or proprietorship.

Thereafter, distributions to individual members/owners have traditionally not been taxed.

Mr. Fernald forgets that the IDT has traditionally been a tax on interest and dividends received by individuals from organizations like GE, P&G and J&J. It is a tax on unearned income. It is simply a mischaracterization to attempt to apply it on top of already existing taxes on earned corporate income like the BPT and BET. To call LLCs a "huge loophole" and comparable to "corporate inversions" is to seriously misunderstand economics and business formations. Furthermore, all of Mr. Fernald's points seem to ignore economic incentives and personal motivation. They reinforce the old adage typical of many on the left that when you tax or regulate something, you get less of it. Is that what we want for our state's economy in these difficult times? Hardly.

Richard R. Gerken


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