To The Daily Sun,
This is a response to Rep. David Huot's letter to the editor dated Sept. 10 (http://www.laconiadailysun.com/index.php/opinion/letters/71361-rep-david-o-huot-9-5-114-priority), which gave "recognition" to a great man, the late Rep. Bob Kingsbury, a soldier, father, friend, and patriot.
I initially thought it was nice of Rep. Huot to "reach across the aisle" with his (limited) admiration of Rep. Kingsbury, until I got to the point in his letter where he said "...some of us did not think it wise that a person with his views should serve in public office..." I just about fell off of my chair!
I was going to keep my opinion to myself but as I carried on my work at my computer that awful gut feeling didn't go away; something just kept tugging at me to not "just sit around and complain (but to voice my views) openly and honestly," a virtue Rep. Huot's letter seems to extol.
So here is open and honest: I can't believe that Rep. Huot, an elected official — a judge for 30 years — who is purportedly so well acquainted with our legal and political process to have decided the fate of thousands of litigants spanning three decades — would have the arrogance and haughtiness to condemn Rep. Kingsbury's "wisdom" for serving in public office because of a view or set of views that he holds which happen to contrary to the author.
That narrow-minded reasoning is tantamount to saying "unless your opinions can be inserted comfortably into Judge Huot's little partisan container, it would be unwise to serve in public office." That one line of Rep. Huot's "reasoning" alone exemplifies the depravity of partisan representation, calls into question the "wisdom" and discretion he used for so many years on the judicial bench, and has made an abject mockery of the 70-year legacy of Rep. Kingsbury's service. He should be ashamed of himself and he owes the late Rep. Kingsbury a public apology.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:07
To The Daily Sun,
After reading Rep. Huot's lip service to the Honorable Bob Kingsbury, I feel moved to respond.
Mr. Huot, don't look now but your progressive bent is showing. Many, many of us do not think it wise that a person with your views should serve in public office. I would think that Bob would find it a compliment that you never agreed with him. He was a man's man, who knew what was important and that is truth, freedom and the American way, led by the Constitution of the United States and the New Hampshire State Constitution. No wonder you "can't remember anything on which Bob Kingsbury and I ever agreed". Representative Robert Kingsbury was obviously everything that you are not. You must not believe in the Constitution. You must not believe in individual rights. You must not believe in personal property rights and freedom. You, sir, must be of the "collective" mentality. He was duly elected by his constituents whom he served well and to the best of his ability. Are you saying that the majority of citizens who voted for him and put him into office were wrong? Apparently so. Voters please take notice, all of you were wrong in voting for Representative Kingsbury according to Mr. Huot. Oh, and by the way, I am proud to say that I shared many of Representative Kingsbury's "views" and was co-sponsor on at least one of his bills and supported others.
Bob Kingsbury was one of the most honorable men I have ever met and I will miss him. His heart was true and brave and he was truly a warrior for high standards and principles. He loved his country, his cause and his people with passion. Just a very great man. My sympathies are with his family and many friends.
You were a true hero Bob and I will always remember you.
The Honorable Susan C. DeLemus
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:02
To The Daily Sun,
Once again I feel compelled to write on the subject of Wind Farms around Newfound Lake.
First, I would like commend and thank "NH Wind Watch" for standing their ground on these wind developers.
Developers are playing legal games with the state of New Hampshire. Clearly developers intentions are to undermine the N.H. Constitution until they get what they want. So, I ask myself, how many times have developers met privately with some of our N.H. politicians for help? Developers after all have paid lawyers, lobbyists and have experts that are allowed to dictate to the state of New Hampshire. All the while the meetings that we are allowed to attend we must sit quietly and watch as most of our politicians do exactly what they want — public sentiment is damned.
Keep in mind that project developer Ed Cherian, was quoted as saying that "we would not build here if the community did not want us to." That statement alone has echoed through this community since those words left his lips. This alone has created a dysfunctional relationship with our community. Once again I say to Mr. Ed Cherian, thanks so much for your concern for the citizens of Grafton County — because his is your biggest lie to date. If the industrial wind turbines will not affect property values — why not provide us with a guarantee? If the industrial wind turbines will not affect our watershed — why not provide us with a guarantee? If developers say they will provide the community with more local jobs — why not provide us with a guarantee?
Some people who may not be following this story closely may not know that developers are full of broken promises and we've been witnessing them first hand with the Groton Wind Farm. Ask yourself why developers have the right to due process and why homeowners can't object based on basic rights.
Isn't it ironic that the every wind developer who wants to do business in our community is also willing to sue us too? If this is how they treat Grafton County residents now, how do you think they will treat us once they get their foot in the door? Make no mistake, it is a large company that could care less about this community and its citizens, it's all about the money. Nothing else...
Developers have played this game a thousand times before and developers know from experience that people in small towns will not stand and fight for their home value, health or safety.
Prove them wrong — you have the N.H. Constitution behind you.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:58
To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to Kent Warner's letter in the September 4th Sun:
We "right-wing nuts" understand something that you do not, particularly in regards to Obamacare: You do not help the "have-nots" by turning "haves" into "have-nots". You assume the "haves" are greedy unfeeling monsters when in reality many of the "haves" do far more to help the "have-nots" than either you or the government. You seem more than willing to spend other people's money to fix a problem created by yet others (more often than not the government) in order to assuage some deep seated guilt that you appear to harbor. (That's the problem with "empathy politics", something from which you seem to suffer.)
The Obamacare bill was a poor piece of legislation that ignored the hundreds of unintended consequences. Those consequences are now being felt as the various parts of Obamacare are being implemented.
The president promised we'd be able to keep our doctors and our health insurance plans if we wanted to. But it turns out he was wrong. The promise was made that it would bring down the cost of health insurance and provide health insurance to 30 million people that do not have it. Again, neither is true. If you haven't noticed, health care premiums have been skyrocketing. Many health insurance plans will go out of existence because they do not meet the draconian requirements of Obamacare. Some surviving plans shed previously covered family members. (This is something UPS has just informed its union employees about. If an employee's spouse can get coverage through their own workplace, then the spouse will be dropped from the employee's health insurance plan.)
Many of the young adults expected to help carry a big part of the load of the costs of Obamacare won't sign up for health insurance because it's a lot cheaper for them to pay the fine. (A majority of the present 30 million Americans without health insurance coverage are made up of those very same young adults. They don't get health insurance for one of two reasons: they believe they don't need it yet because they are young and "invincible", or they have more important things on which to spend their money, at least in their eyes.)
How anyone could have believed Obamacare would lower costs is beyond me. Anytime another level of bureaucracy is added it means that yet another "someone" has to handle the existing paperwork, make decisions, or approve decisions made by others. That added someone ALWAYS adds costs to whatever is being provided and increases the amount of time it takes to deal with it. How is this supposed to help anyone? The answer: It doesn't.
Kent, you seem to believe that by repealing Obamacare we will have people dying in the streets, that they will have no access to health care. Nothing could be further from the truth. As it is now, NO ONE can be denied health care regardless of their ability to pay. That is the law and it has been for decades. Obamacare provides no more access to health care than the present system.
While Obamacare sounded great on the face of it, it is turning out to be far more damaging to our health care system than if nothing had been done. While the existing system has problems, you don't solve those problems by making the health care system more expensive, less responsive, and of lower quality than exists now.
Better to scrap Obamacare in its entirety and start with a clean sheet of paper. Do not base it upon something we already know doesn't work, like single payer. (Single payer tends to work well in the very beginning, but deteriorates quickly with increasing bureaucratic bloat.) There are a number of other plans out there that are more likely to succeed than the nightmare that is Obamacare. It's best we consider them rather than staying with something that promises nothing but increasingly poor and more expensive care. Do we really want to lower the quality and accessibility of our health care to the lowest common denominator, something that benefits no one?
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:54
To The Daily Sun,
I was slightly taken aback when I read Rep. David Huot's letter to the editor, dated September 9. The comment that he thought someone with Bob's political views should not represent the people really soured my stomach.
That thinly veiled, back-handed compliment, made about a genuine hero of the Second World War, was completely uncalled for. Even in death, Rep Huot cannot seem to leave someone that he may disagree with in peace. Funny thing, Bob was such an honest and good man, he would never have done that to Rep Huot. Out of respect, he would have chosen his words more carefully. That is the kind of man Bob Kingsbury was.
I think Rep Huot's words were callous and cold. He displayed neither the grace nor the dignity that should be required of every public servant, both high and low. Shame on him!
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:48