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Fiscal conservatism & progressive social stances would be attractive

To The Daily Sun,

In his letter to this forum recently, Mr. Moran would have us believe that "America is losing its way in a leadership vacuum, and a leader has emerged." The potential leader he refers to is Ted Cruz. Cruz has surpassed Sarah Palin and others as the champion of the tea party right. If Cruz, as suggested by Moran, "has donned the mantle of leadership", the Republican Party is in dire straits.

Cruz, on his narcissistic joy ride, ignited the defund Obamacare fight which led to the shutdown of the government at the cost of 24 billion (which could eventually reach $55 billion) and the cut of 0.6 percent off of yearly fourth quarter GDP growth. This was all precipitated by the House voting 40 times to repeal ACA, knowing it won't pass the Senate and if it did the president would veto. They then threaten economic disaster if it's not defunded, then delayed, then medical device tax stripped out, then they "have to get something, but don't know what." All this spearheaded by Cruz leading a rebellion against his own party comprised of one faction of one half of one third of government.

Many Republican congressman have questioned Cruz's political tactics, which may be a sign of party frustration with the Tea Party as a whole. Fellow Republicans have labeled Cruz as "either a fraud or totally incompetent" for having instigated a shutdown strategy, focused on killing ACA, that had no chance of succeeding.

While public support for the Tea Party has fallen to record lows, with many Republicans now viewing the movement negatively, Cruz's own popularity has soared among Tea Party Republicans. Unfortunately for Cruz and the Tea Party, his unfavorable rating among Americans has doubled to 36 percent from 18 percent in June.

Despite what my critics may say, I feel it's imperative that our nation has a strong conservative Republican Party. What we're seeing though, is a party lacking leadership and waging war within itself. What we've been witnessing with the divisiveness of the Tea Party is a dangerous shift to the far right and a party out of touch with the electorate and determined to maintain a strangle hold on the country in a backwards, unprogressive way. Voters, in large part, agree with them on their nominally austere fiscal policy, but these same voters are also socially liberal. They have come to perceive the Tea Party as defining themselves in terms of what they oppose — they have put forward no positive plans for dealing with unemployment, economic expansion, effective and fair dept reduction, foreign policy or diplomacy.

A Republican Party capable of standing on a conservative fiscal platform without alienating socially progressive voters would handily win over independents, moderates, and a large portion of the American electorate from the Democrats. Unfortunately, a divided Republican Party cannot win a major election — the divisions within the party are holding it back.

As a nation, we are not going to make any progress on our biggest problems without a compromise between the center-right and the center-left. But, for this to happen, we need the center-right conservatives, not the Tea Party, to be running the G.O.P.

L. J. Siden

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:57

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So many awards to give out to right wingers and so little time

To The Daily Sun,

Welcome to Halloween Edition of Tea Party Petards. We here at the Center for the Study of Absurdity think nothing is more fitting than to devote this edition to the latest Hobgoblins, Witch's Brew, and Stink Bombs of the Ayn Rand and Mullah Omar wings of the GOP.

Starting off in festive fashion is World Nut Daily's "expert on demonology". It appears that horns and pitchforks virtuoso Karl Payne thinks Halloween and shows like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story promote "demonism on steroids" and open up "individuals to demonic influence." That's correct, a right wing news rag with an expert on demons! Back on your meds, Karl!

Our "Dead Cold Stiff and Without a Pulse" award goes to Texas TeaBircher Blake Farenthold who after being asked during the shutdown about his loss of retired veterans' votes because they might not get their disability checks, quipped, "sometimes you have to make a small sacrifice to move forward with what you're after."

Another Zombie of note appeared on Fake News recently to attack school lunches for impoverished families. Joy Pullman of the Heartlessland Institute attacked the new school meal pilot program in Florida. claiming that expanding access to free meals in Florida will increase childhood obesity and harm low-income families.

Watch out for the Green Vomit! Pastor Kevin Swanson of Generations Radio is begging you not to buy those Communist Lesbian Cookies from the Girl Scouts. Swanson hurls his pea-green splatter, "The individualism of feminism has been devastating to this country" while according to his sidekick pastor Dave Buehner, the GSA website "doesn't promote godly womanhood" and is "antithetical to a biblical vision for womanhood" when "they should train their daughters on how to become "a woman who will be a helpmeet to a man". Rumor has it, every box of cookies contains a free condom!

Not to be outdone by the speedy Green Vomit, in South Carolina a Christian soup kitchen refused to allow atheists help them feed the homeless because they must have ulterior motives. "Upstate Atheists" had raised over $2,000 to put together more than 300 care packages containing socks, gloves, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, soap, rain ponchos, snacks, shaving razors, antiseptic wipes, deodorants, tissues and gum. They plan to distribute these across the street from the soup kitchen this Saturday on National Make a Difference Day. Demons in the wipes!

From Big-Religion, Pope Francis prepared his arsenal of wooden stakes for those blood-sucking light-fearing vampires of the right wing. After recently taking his sacred chainsaw to the culture war ghouls for their pathological obsession with abortion, contraception and homosexuality, this week Pope Francis began pounding his wooden stake into the nearly heartless Christian Right. Regarding their severely diminished capacity to give a hoot, the Pope stated on the Vatican website: "it is a serious illness". YA THINK! Also from Big-Religion, Billy Graham's grandson Boz Tchividjian, who is a law professor at Liberty University recently dropped fire and brimstone on the evangelical community with his latest sexual abuse study. It turns out that evangelicals are worse than Catholics. On a lighter note, World Nut Daily's Jerome Corsi recently stated at a conservative event in Oregon that "sex isn't about fun....If you want to have fun, read a book, go to a movie".

The Village Idiot costume prize goes to Greg Collett, a TeaBircher running for a congressional seat in Idaho. Greg is adamantly against most government programs, including Medicaid. All 10 of his children are on Medicaid but Greg insists he is not a hypocrite. Well, Greg, no matter how much frosting you put on a cow patty it will never be a cupcake.

Winning our 'Republican with a Conscience" award this week, Texas Judge Carlo Key has quit the GOP and will run as a Democrat next term. Judge Key stated, "As the smallest minds continue to make the loudest noise in the Republican Party, true leaders will be driven by their principles and values to become Texas Democrats" ... "Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassination. Pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry."...."I cannot place my name on the ballot of the political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that would provide health care for millions of people throughout our country."

From that world of "the smallest minds who make the loudest noise", Ted Cruz is the anointed one according to his even smaller minded father. If the video of Sarah Palin having demons cast out before the election of 2008 (It did not work!), the video of Cruz being anointed by authoritarian, misogynist, homophobic, "Christian Sharia" seeking pastors at Tony Perkins' "Valueless Voters Summit" should really Halloween you out. Belladonna Tea? According to pastor David Brody, Cruz's political career is "a thing of God". Also contributing to Cruz's megalomania were pastors who recently called Junior Cruz a modern day George Washington. Then I am Tom Paine! And let's not forget what Junior said after losing the shutdown and debt ceiling battle: "It was an incredible victory!". Cruz is like a quarterback who gets sacked in his own end zone and then SPIKES THE BALL! And let's not forget Miss Tin-Foil-Hat USA Michelle Bachmann, who claims that although President Obama got 100 percent of what he wanted, the shutdown ended because "Republicans were the adults in the room". Its the lead paint maybe? And who was that veteran at the WW2 Memorial that shouted at Sarah Palin, "You're an Idiot!"? He deserves another medal!

From our "flaming bown bag on the front porch" news we have Dick Cheney who said recently that Benghazi was the worst disaster of his lifetime. Huh? I would say he needs a brain transplant, too. Hannibal Lechter has just the right tools and a top shelf selection of Fava Beans.

James Veverka


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:53

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Constitution requires that Obamacare be applied equally to all

To The Daily Sun,

I read Letter to Laconia Daily Sun stating that "Obamacare will make things be more equal for all Americans." Really!

Written into PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) is a never spoken of exemption for corporations that self insure. Unions are also corporations, they not only want the exemption from being part of the PPACA but also from having to comply as other self insurers from paying the reinsurance contributions for 2015 and 2016. The PPACA was what exactly? Insurance companies are regulated by government a simple and direct set of laws could have taken care of any of the older laws which weren't effective. Government, instead of just allowing corporations to write off the cost of insurance, allows unions to not only collect money from union members but to oversee the funds and the payouts with no third party oversight. Government could allow individuals (more equal) to do the same by just making a law. Self insure, keep money in an account under their name which would not be taxed and used to pay medical expenses.

The federal government could do a lot of things but make things more equal it can't. The Constitution is what requires that laws be applied equally to all citizens; members of the government and government employees are also citizens and the Constitution should be applied to them — equally. The PPACA does not do this — period. Equal is equal, either things are or are not. They can not be made to be more equal, unless one is living out of "The Animal Farm" or envisioning a socialist state.
Additionally, one does not need to hate a member of the government — black or white or a little of both — to find their politics to be less than satisfactory. It was Senator Harry Reid who said on putting Obama forward to be elected, "as a black candidate, could be successful thanks, in part, to his 'light-skinned' appearance and speaking patterns 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.'" But to some that isn't racist because Senator Reid said it. I know there is racism, it has been around for tens of thousands of years and, as Reid has shown, it exist in all forms.

G.W. Brooks


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:48

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Middle School Sachems football team finished with 9-1-1 record

To The Daily Sun,

As a parent of a player, I would like to extend a huge "Thank You" to the coaching staff, support staff, and parents of the players of the Laconia Middle School Sachems Football Team that made this past season an almost perfect one.

The LMS Sachems faced a very busy schedule, playing 11 season games with several scrimmages intermingled throughout the season. Opponents faced this year include Kearsage, Kennett, Kingswood, Newfound, Plymouth and Winnisquam.

The Middle School Sachems closed the season with a 9-1-1 record, defeated only by the Plymouth Middle School team on October 22 on Plymouth soil. Prior to this game, both teams were undefeated and the Sachems were down a few key players due to the flu and injuries. The LMS Sachems had a chance to redeem themselves against Plymouth on October 30th and faced off again, this time on home turf. Both teams battled back and forth on the gridiron with intense determination. Plymouth struck first with a touchdown in the second quarter but the Sachems denied them the conversion to set the score at 0 – 6, Plymouth. Not to be left behind, the LMS Sachems fought back with a touchdown of their own in the third quarter. Plymouth would not fall easily and the LMS conversion was stopped by Plymouth's incredible defense to tie the score 6 – 6. Both teams were locked in a stalemate for the rest of the game, closing the game with a 6 to 6 tie in an incredible game of suspense and anticipation.

Several LMS players stood out as excellent athletes throughout the season but what truly lead the LMS Sachems to an outstanding record was the fact that each and every player on the team came through when it counted, stepping up and making a whole-hearted effort when it was needed, no matter the circumstance. These young men should be proud of the efforts and dedication they have shown this season — Great Job Team!

We would especially like to thank the coaching staff, Chip Nyhan, Mike Schofield, and Dem Chaisson for all of their time and dedication to making this season a success. Daily practices and weekend games combined with a work schedule makes for a very busy week. These men give their all to make this a successful program and especially so this year. There are countless others that deserve recognition for this season's outcome as well and I wouldn't attempt to name them all for fear of forgetting someone. Honorable mention is definitely deserved by Rod Roy for assisting the coaching staff and Sherri and Tim Minor for all that they do to videotape the games and distribute copies to parents and coaches. Of course we cannot forget to mention all the parents and thank them for delivering the players here, there and everywhere when practice locations changed, and above all else, supporting your players so that they can participate in this program.

LMS as well as the community can be proud of this program, players, and staff members!

Michael Shastany

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:44

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Alton selectmen are not treating one of their own with respect

To The Daily Sun,

I attended a selectmen's meeting in Alton on Nov. 4th. I was surprised and saddened by a couple of board members' lack of respect for the newest Alton selectman,
Robert Daniels. One certainly got the impression they were not happy about Mr. Daniels being elected to the board to the point of attempting to thwart the will of the voters who elected him.

It reminded me of the character assassination I witnessed when I attended a Planning Board meeting and heard the newest elected member referred to as "an idiot." Talk about the "good ol" boys (and girls) network! Much of what was directed at Mr. Daniels was in reference to his not supporting a $300,000 budget increase. Because he chose to contact the Budget Committee members by e-mail, he was bullied and reprimanded by the chair and vice chair. Most people in Mr. Daniel's position would've walked out but to his credit, he didn't.

It seems the time has come for the town of Alton to invest in an audio system to record all meetings by the various boards so that the citizens can have some insight into the character of their elected officials. Audio equipment is not that expensive these days. It's a sad commentary that we see what appears to be contempt for the will of the voters when they elect new conservative board members. All of our elected officials deserve to be treated with civility by co-board members, including the newly elected ones.

Phil Wittmann

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:41

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