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Let us open up a dialogue in the Jeffersonian tradition

To The Daily Sun,

Has the president who won the Nobel Peace Prize nurtured peace? Or, is he, the president who promised to end war,  instead become the president of never-ending war?

USA has been at war continuously since, at least, 1995.  The infrastructure of U.S. Government security failed in national security protection, resulting, eventually, in the 9/11 attacks, primitive attack efforts, which by all security protocols, should have been "nipped in the bud."

Had U.S. government seen properly to its constitutional responsibilities toward vigorous common national defense, instead of wasting precious national resources of blood, treasure and energy on ineffectiveness and foreign adventures, 09.11.01, wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., all the costs and suffering incurred would have been avoided.

Where now are the architects of the resulting failed disastrous policies? Cutting brush in Texas? Hunting quail with friends?

The U.S. bumbling subsequent misguided attacks and interventions in the Middle East created nothing but chaos and death — and an interminable waste of life, blood and treasure. All this created a disastrous mess for U.S., which now we must deal with, for years numbered unknown into the future. The U.S. drew other nations into this vortex as well, and they suffer also.

U.S. citizens will have to pay for this humanitarian and financial mess, for all our future. We are in a dump.

Now, in 2015, the U.S. is involved in war, war, and more war.  Many nations involved, no end in sight.

The last thing that officials in Washington will do is to blame themselves. Instead, blame the Boogieman.

Don't look to establishment, self-interested and invested, major political parties or government beneficiaries to resolve the mess. They are for themselves. Let us open up a dialogue, in the Jeffersonian tradition, of what we all citizens can do.

God save us from yet another Bush vs. Clinton establishment presidential election. Haven't these people done enough?

Let us step up and say that U.S. is not for sale. (And of course, if we fund all these foreign adventures, the U.S. hasn't the money, and we will have to borrow it, principally from China.)

Please be in touch, in the Public Square.

Meanwhile, what happened to Peace Prize Obama, the peacemaker? Mr. Nobel, who endowed the Peace Prize, must be sad.

Michael Harris, Ph.D.

Gilmanton

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Another RBO will be on the Alexandrea ballot on March 10

To The Daily Sun,

Most of us would agree that we live in the greatest country in the world. I wholeheartedly believe that. However, somewhere along the line, municipal government has been unable to protect and secure the rights of the people, including the right to live sustainably.

In Alexandria as well as nine other communities across the state, Community Rights Based Ordinances (RBO) have been adopted to exercise our right to create a new system of municipal governance. The RBO declares our self-governing authority, which secures and protects our rights as defined in the RBO.

An RBO is founded on our state's Constitution (Article 10-Right of Revolution), which declares our right to change government. The RBO elevates the rights of the community above the claimed rights of corporations. It includes rights that are fundamental to the sustainability of a community and the ecosystem therein.

In Alexandria we passed a RBO in March 2014. This was prompted by our town being faced with an industrial wind turbine corporation proposing an unsustainable project. The developer has since abandoned that project. Unfortunately, a Portugal-based corporation, EDP, has now proposed an industrial wind turbine project, which would include 29 500-foot-tall turbines in Alexandria, Groton, Orange, Dorchester and Canaan. The citizens of Alexandria have said "No" over and over, only for our voices to fall on deaf ears.

Large corporations that bully small communities and do not acknowledge our efforts to protect our rights has been frustrating to say the least. We realize that we have to continue to fight for our unalienable right to local self-government and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents and nature.

As such, we have another RBO on the Alexandria 2015 ballot. It does not replace the current RBO, but rather complements it, providing our town with additional layers of binding law at the local level. Law is organic and meant to change as needs change. As wind developers have changed their corporate plans for our community, Citizens of Alexandria Rights Effort (CARE) Group is prepared to encourage binding law at the local level to further protect Alexandria from becoming a wind resource colony.

Vote "Yes" on Article "16" on March 10 at the Alexandria Old Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Remember, Absentee Ballots are available through the Town Clerk's Office if you are not able to make the polling hours. Your vote counts.

Sue Ozkan

Alexandria

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