To The Daily Sun,
Dear Community of Laconia:
The Laconia High School Community wishes to thank you for your support and involvement throughout the recent Homecoming Weekend. We could not be more happy and appreciative of the many community members and agencies that chose to participate with us in celebrating our school, our alumni and our great city! It was wonderful to see so many people come out for the parade, our open house, our athletic events and the outstanding alumni activities set up by Ms. Brough. The Homecoming weekend truly demonstrates so many of the positives that this community has for those who have grown up here.
We would like to thank Warren Mitchell and the many alumni who drove or rode along in the antique cars in the parade. We also thank those who provided us with convertibles for our Homecoming Court and those who were willing to allow us the usage of trailers for the class floats. Your efforts helped make our parade a big hit this year!!!
We would also like to thank the folks at CBH Landscaping, our local Vista and Petal Pushers for providing us with the beautiful fall themed flowers and plants. They certainly made our entrances look spectacular and welcoming to parents, alumni, students and staff throughout the entire weekend! Finally, thanks to our local Lakes Regions Party and Gifts for the balloons, Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation for their support and Lakes Region Floral Studio for the beautiful floral arrangement in the cafe. These all contributed to create a festive environment for the alumni celebration. Once again, our community excels whenever it comes together to celebrate its history and legacy and that is represented by the people who have grown up in the great city of Laconia!
Jim McCollum, Principal
Laconia High School
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 12:05
To The Daily Sun,
For some time I have been reading how Kate Miller, the Belknap County Democratic Party leader, goes on and on about how good the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is for everyone. In the past I have also heard her deride Republicans for their war on women. This supposed war on women, as she also describes it as not allowing women to get the medical care they deserve, is because the Republicans held the position that individuals should take personal responsibility to pay $4 per month in order to purchase contraceptive medicine. Instead Kate favors making churches and religious individuals violate their conscience and moral beliefs.
In one of her recent letters Kate says, "I feel strongly that conclusions should be drawn from unbiased, fact-based sources" to which I also agree. In my recent letter I provided facts and named the sources that show how Obamacare is reducing full-time jobs across this country and creating part-time jobs to fill the void. A large percentage of employers reducing positions or moving employees to part-time work are local, county and state government entities. I thought Kate was a strong supporter of educating our children and providing them the best resources available. Since a large number of these government entities are public schools then why is Kate waging a war on children?
According to the Centers for Disease Control there were more than 200,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, of which more than 40,000 died. These are the typical numbers every year and breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer attacking women. Early detection saves lives and the American Cancer Society notes "the goal of screening exams for early breast cancer detection is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms."
The American Cancer Society recommends a Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and annually for women 40 and over. They also recommend yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. They call for women to start doing an annual Breast Self-Exam (BSE) in their 20s. Some women to be screened with an MRI in addition to mammograms if they have a family history, genetic tendency or other factors that put them into a higher risk category.
With Obamacare these women get health care rationing. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force directly contradicts every one of these important recommendations made by the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer screening (CBE) is conducted EVERY TWO YEARS starting at age 50 and ends at age 74, under Obamacare guidelines. Our federal government doesn't see the added benefit of screening women for breast cancer when they are 75 or older or when they are younger than 50 years old. Under Obamacare women with a high risk for breast cancer will not receive an MRI and it doesn't provide health professionals to teach women how to conduct a BSE.
This sounds more like a war on women than asking someone to pay $4 per month (either with or without health insurance) to Wal-Mart for their contraceptives. Kate, why do you hate women so much that you would support a program that reduces their ability to detect and prevent breast cancer?
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 12:00
To The Daily Sun,
June M. Huot relayed her comments regarding the use of caps in letters. Her second concern, some letters appear personal attacks that sicken her.
No kind person one wants another to be ill so I suggest something to June that seems beyond obvious. STOP reading letters to the editor that have CAPS in them and those that do not French-kiss Obama. Remember, NO ONE LEARNS a thing from those WHO AGREE WITH THEM. It is only opposing thought that might open a closed mind.
June seems to brag that she voted TWICE for Obama. That is like saying I enjoyed my first case of hemorrhoids so much, I wanted then again. June seems to love PAIN inflicted on others. Her great love, Obama, is the man who has created and presided over record poverty, record welfare, record debt, record deficits, record paralysis in government, bankrupt entitlement programs as far as the eye can see and an electorate as divided and intolerant of each other as anytime in modern history. GREAT VOTE JUNE. It shows your lack of feelings for those suffering dreadfully from an OBAMA ECONOMY that has yet to escape STALL SPEED for five YEARS. June, are you able to recognize the ECONOMIC harm Obama's policies have caused to so many millions or is it simply over your head? We should thank you, for your vote is the height of hypocrisy and trivializes the pain of those still SUFFERING from the absolute failed presidential leadership of Obama.
Letters to the editor are are OPEN FRONTIER where any one can say what they want. Where Ed Engler prints it except for a few, select four letter words. I attack no one personally. What I attack is someone's views. I do it with sincerity and honesty. Sometimes I use satire to highlight the argument to make it more interesting. I have to use their name so people know who I am responding to. Using someone's name does not make it personal IN ANY WAY. IF someone sees it that way, they best STOP writing letters in a PUBLIC FORUM. I wrote numerous letters to the Sun savagely attacking the socialist views of Leo Sandy. Surprise? Leo SANDY and I are are GOOD FRIENDS. We share lunch together gregariously and frequently. Ditto for Ed Allard, a cog of the Democratic Party. I have lunched with Ed numerous times. I enjoy the company of both men. They learn from me, I learn from them. When Leo writes to a PUBLIC FORUM he is FAIR GAME to have his views CHALLENGED with the strongest LOGIC and language possible. Why? Because Leo is trying to INFLUENCE PUBLIC OPINION. IT is MY OBLIGATION as a concerned, well-read, well-resumed and informed citizen to question and challenge his ideas or any ones ideas that I believe are MERITLESS and or HARMFUL by my measure. I always do it with facts and reasoning. MY logic becomes "fair game" for others to challenge. What I have found is MOST people who write to The SUN do not want a spirited debate with facts and logic on anything. MOST ESPECIALLY OBAMACARE. They just want to PREACH and DEMONIZE the RICH from the SOCIALIST GOSPEL, using The SUN as their pulpit. My question. Where has that gotten us I ask? Answer, record FAILURE by EVERY MEASURE. Do those failed results change their message. NOPE, THEY ONLY GET LOUDER and more ANGRY at those who succeed.
Here is my offer to the donkeys. When they repeal Obamacare, agree to balance the budget, stop spending more than is taken in from tax revenue and address the trillions of underfunding for Medicare and Social Security I will stop capitalizing and attacking the absolute INSANITY of their thinking. The odds of that happening are slim when you consider the I.Q. of these folks is to vote for more hemorrhoids when given an alternative.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:19
To The Daily Sun,
A letter in the October 19 edition of The Sun claims that "there is a virtual consensus of peer-reviewed science that climate change is human caused". I swear I am not making this up. With 16 years of no global warming (hence the name change), Antarctic ice at record levels, Arctic ice having returned to normal levels, several cold weather extremes over Europe, northern India and parts of North and South America and the fact that four of the five snowiest northern hemisphere winters in the last half century have occurred since 2008, even the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change has had to admit that their claims of a looming cataclysm have been just a tad bit exaggerated. This information was gleaned from a report co-authored by Paul Driessen and Madhav Khandekar.
Yet Professor Wes Golomb asserts that "the EPA has the authority to protect our health from dangerous carbon pollution and should act accordingly". When the environmentalists say carbon pollution it seems they are really referring to "carbon dioxide emissions". You know, the substance that spurs plant growth and boosts crop yields, thus helping to feed more people. The EPA has already become a rogue organization and the professor apparently wants to give it more power to harm the livelihood and life of people based on junk science. Remember back in 2012 when EPA dictator Lisa Jackson slapped a $6.8 million dollar fine on oil refineries for not blending cellulosic ethanol into gasoline and jet fuel? It did not matter that cellulosic ethanol did not exist at that time.
Democrats deluded with the knowledge that they have been christened with the honor of having the higher moral ground, actually believe in unicorns and fantasy fuels to the point where they can actually bludgeon companies based on nothing more than their good intentions. The Wall Street Journal said it best, "Congress subsidized a product that didn't exist, mandated it's purchase though it still didn't exist, is punishing oil companies for not buying the product that doesn't exist, and is now doubling down on the subsidies in the hope that someday it might exist".
Brazil, China and India are emitting enormous amounts of carbon dioxide, bringing atmospheric CO2 levels to 400ppm or 0.04 percent of all the gases in Earth's atmosphere while planetary temperatures have remained stable for the past 16 years, according to Paul Driessen. The European Union reports that elderly people are dying because they cannot afford proper heating and nutrition. This is a direct result of climate change policies which have resulted in skyrocketing electric bills and soaring transportation costs. Just another example of liberal policies killing innocent people, based on little more than good intentions (see outlawing of DDT, Silent Spring and the horrible deaths of millions of Africans). More individual, human sacrifices for the "collectivist good".
The only global warming lately has been the direct result of liberal elitists' exhaling their desire to control the great unwashed. I've got to tell you, I am getting so sick and tired of socialist, central-planning types telling me and others what is good for me and how I should live my life. Oh by the way Professor Golomb, when you stated that industrial carbon pollution is causing "more destructive and deadly extreme weather and rising global temperatures", you are telling flat out lies as scare tactics to further the much discredited environmentalist movement, in my opinion. The facts show just the opposite and I'm betting you know that as well. If not, try reading articles by Bjorn Lomborg, Richard Lindzen, Joe Bastardi, John Christy and Roy Spencer.
Professor Golomb teaches our children. Let's hope he keeps an open mind, loves critical thinkers and relishes diversity of thought and opinions.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:11
To The Daily Sun,
Last week I wrote a letter floating the idea that we should modify the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and turn it into a commercial power generating station. A nutty idea perhaps and admittedly fraught with all kinds of political problems. However the problems with this are only political and not technical. I have spent my working career in the power plant industry, mostly nuclear, and this is what I believe can be done.
The "Big E" as her crew fondly calls her has eight Westinghouse A2W reactors, combined they can turn generators built on her 4.5 acre flight deck and produce as much power (if not more) than Seabrook, that is 1,200 meggawatts, and be up and running within 2-3 years. The cost of this project I estimate to be less than 10 percent of the $6 billion it cost to build Seabrook, and because these are military naval reactors they can run without refueling for many years. Add to this that no greenhouse gasses are produced and the cost of the power could be one cent per killowatt hour! Far cheaper than anything else. The Northern Pass project would be priced out of existence before it gets off the ground. She could be anchored off-shore, out-of-sight and provide some rate relief to the Northeast which has the highest cost of electricity in the country. Evacuation plan? No problem. In the extremely unlikely case of emergency tow her out to sea away from population centers and deal with it out there.
I guess the point I am trying to make here is how our elected officials think. The taxpayers paid to build the "The Big E". She performed her function beautiful as did those who served on her. But now that she can no longer fulfill that role, why on earth are we throwing her away like an old beer can? A 93,000 ton beer can. She can still perform useful and meaningful service far into the future.
Another idea is that she could be turned into a disaster relief vessel that can produce electrical power, thousands of gallons of fresh water, and her cavernous interior turned into a hospital and staging for supplies, etc.
At a time when we are all struggling to figure out how we are going to fund our government, and all it does, we need to think better. So the Big E can't be used as an instrument of war any more, wouldn't it be fitting to give her new life as an instrument of peace. But as it stands right now she is going to the scrap heap and be turned into the ultimate symbol of the throw away mentality of our society.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:06