My list of programs & laws that would help many Americans

To The Daily Sun,

I sorta kinda know that this letter is going to fall on Mr. Boutin's purposely tone-deaf ears, but other readers with open minds might understand what I'm saying.

His recent letter, again bashing President Obama for lack of action on almost every front, is interesting for its outright omissions. Yes, very serious omissions. Does Mr. Boutin do this on purpose? Oh wait, if I ask this question it will be totally rhetorical as to ask it is to answer it. We are still awaiting his list of programs and laws which have been put in place by the current GOP members in Congress (who have the nerve to call themselves our representatives, huh?). Programs and laws which would go a long way in helping many Americans with just a few of the following problems:

1. Fair wages and benefits for actual working hours.

2. Quality medical care for all Americans.

3. Lower cost of medications.

4. More realistic and honest hospital charges.

5. Stronger anti-pollution legislation.

6. Fair and decent housing for those who cannot afford to purchase homes or pay for a rental dwelling that isn't in a slum.

7. Improving and strengthening work-related benefits such as pension, vacation and personal leave so they don't disappear or get trashed if a company is sold or merged.

8. Quality and affordable education without having to pay for private schooling.

9. Lower tuition costs and fair repayment plans for two- and four-year colleges.

10. Ending non-profit status for mega rich corporations who are not charitable organizations.

11. Ending tax loopholes for corporations** (and please don't give me the Wall Street Journal pabulum about the high U.S. corporate tax rate when the fact is that in reality the average real tax rate is one-third of the nominal rate because of all the loopholes and tax giveaways).

12. Stopping jobs being shipped overseas.

13. Penalizing corporations who leave this country for cheaper labor, making inferior goods, but still taking tremendous tax breaks.

(**The Treasury Department announced new rules, effective immediately, that will reduce the tax benefits available to companies that have inverted — moving their tax residence overseas on paper to avoid paying their fair share in taxes here at home — while also making new inversions more difficult to do and less potentially rewarding. This and other rules just passed by the Treasury is the administration's latest effort to tackle what it sees as a pressing issue by taking executive actions that side-step a gridlocked Congress.)

Those are but some items that President Obama has tried to address without any support from the GOP in Congress. In fact, the openly stated purpose of congressional Republicans since 2009 has been to automatically oppose anything and everything that President Obama supports. Reminds me of a pack of Pavlov's dogs — trained to salivate at the name "Obama." And listening to some of them it appears that his major crime is "being President while black."

The president never promised nirvana. He came into office with the job of starting to dig this nation out from under what the policies of Bush/Cheney did to this nation ... remember Mr. Boutin ... the Bush/Cheney Regime brought this nation to the verge of total financial collapse. The economy has slowly improved while President Obama has been in the White House. Again, show us your "facts" of how it has not.

Here are just a few of the hundreds of bills Senate Republicans have filibustered for Mr. Boutin's upcoming list just in case he is at a loss to find some.

1. Infrastructure, highway & housing bills (2011, 2012 & 2013).

2. Minimum wage increase.

3. Creating American jobs, bringing jobs home act.

4. Teachers and fRrst Responders Back to Work Act 2011.

5. Student loan reform.

6. Extended unemployment benefits.

7. Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)-filibustered in 2007 and killed by threat of filibuster in 2009.

8. Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act.

9. Repealing Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act.

People should do the research on what has been blocked or obstructed in the House. The House will not bring up a bill for a vote unless a majority of Republicans are for it. Looking into what has actually passed in the House will be one of the hardest and saddest tasks of all.

We cannot change history. That only happens in movies, a novel, or in Mr. Boutin's letters. When you accuse President Obama of being a 'self-centered politician looking out for his best interests above all others" you have an obligation to tell us how, when, where and for how long. Yes, maybe we were too optimistic when thinking that this country could actually be united with the policies put in place by President Obama. But, how many more times do you want the GOP to try and repeal the ACA? How many lawsuits do you want Mr. Boehner to bring against the president? How many times are Republicans going to try to take away the right to vote of seniors, young people, and anyone who is not white while crying about "voter fraud" (when the most recent investigation found a total of 31 credible incidents out of 1 billion votes cast since 2008)?

Bernadette Loesch


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Do you really think modern-day Democrats can run this country

To The Daily Sun,

Well, more bad news for working families here in New Hampshire. Two of our electric providers are raising their prices. Just what struggling families need. I have made this point before and will continue to say it, this is what our liberal Democratic Party has caused. Obama promised to make the cost of fossil fuels soar, and this is the proof. Democrats keep telling us they are looking out for the 99 percent, but everything they do does nothing but make things worse for us.

Higher electricity cost, higher heating costs, higher gas cost, higher this, higher that, nothing has gone down except our buying power of the dollar. On top of all that. their policies have killed jobs, cut full-time jobs with benefits, sent manufacturing overseas, increased unemployment and welfare to record numbers, stagnated wages, then allowed tens or hundreds of thousands of unskilled illegal workers to flood into the country with promises of government benefits, free education, free medical care and free collage tuition, something they don't give to we the citizens' children.

The national debt has topped $18 trillion, or soon will, and they still want to borrow more money for more programs guaranteed to return nothing to the economy. They reject any ideas to cut out-of-control government spending, anything to reduce dependence on foreign oil that doesn't start with windmills and solar panels which most working families can't afford.

They call Wall Street, banks, corporations villains while it is those very enterprises that fund the creation of jobs, enterprise and progress, raising the standard of living for millions and millions of people. Democrats actually believe the U.S. is too big to fail which they also said about Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac until they caused them to crash.

Do you readers really think modern Democrats are capable of running this nation? If so, why have they not shown the ability to do so after six years of failure, foul-ups and scandals that have harmed every working family in the country?

Steve Earle


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I ask you to support the re-election of Rep. Glenn Cordelli

To The Daily Sun,

Glenn Cordelli has served as our state representative for the past two years. He impressed me with his dedication and he continues to work hard to lead New Hampshire toward a better future. He is opposed to any broad-based tax and is a strong proponent of individual property rights.

I am voting for someone who works hard for my district. His work on the House Education Committee shows that he believes in local control of education and he sponsored four pieces of legislation regarding education in his freshman term including try to protect the confidentiality of students and teachers.
Glenn is a member of the House Business Caucus and hosted a Business Roundtable to promote business start-ups and expansion in the three towns he represents. He co-sponsored legislation advocating a moratorium on industrial wind projects and legislation to exempt intra-state maple syrup from federal regulations.

His hard work as a representative led to his acceptance to the Class of 2014 Emerging Leaders as one of only 20 U.S. legislators chosen.

Glenn has served and represented the resident of Tuftonboro, Sandwich and Moultonborough well. Please join me at the polls, in November, and vote for Republican Glenn Cordelli for State Representative.

Jim Leiterman


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Tom Dawson would be outstanding addition to Laconia delegation

To The Daily Sun,

Tom Dawson has been a pioneer in the development of professional education for the fire service. Dr. Dawson was a founder of the fire protection curriculum at the then New Hampshire Vocational-Technical College in Laconia in the 1970s. He has also served as the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal. His expertise would be invaluable in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, which annually considers many bills pertaining to public safety.

As a member of the House running for re-election, I urge everyone to consider Dr. Dawson who, like me, is running on the Democratic ticket for the House of Representatives from Laconia. Laconia has four at-large members of the House. Naturally, I want everybody to vote for me, but Tom Dawson would be an outstanding addition to the membership.

Rep. David O. Huot


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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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