To The Daily Sun,
When I was deciding about becoming a candidate for Belknap County commissioner, I spent time considering what I can bring to the job.
As it turned out, one inspiration came from my friend, Kerry, who was talking about replacing one of her vehicles. She told me that she had to wait until payments on her Hyundai ended before she could buy a new car (she's giving the Hyundai to her daughter). And I thought that it made sense to think in a similar way about things for the county.
It seems to me that a good way to minimize the impact of a new project on the tax load is to first figure out if there are any current expenses coming off the books in the near future. Unfortunately, there aren't any in the near term, but that made me think that I could make a contribution in that area.
We can surely develop a model for planning capital projects to control the effect on taxes in the same way we plan when it's time to replace our car or truck. Of course, my wife's car just started burning through oil so we have to adjust our plans there, but unexpected stuff happens.
As I was talking about this with a friend of mine, she suggested that by coordinating with the towns in the county we could work together planning our capital projects and coordinate where it is appropriate, by, say, a Cooperative Capital Planning Committee. The current commissioners have engaged in 'County Conversations' and this is a good vehicle that could be expanded into regular meetings where we could see not only what each other is doing, but also plan together.
This could be a good chance to see what other savings we can generate through things like joint purchasing and economies of scale. This is something that uses the knowledge and experience of people from each town, and can lead to better ideas, best practices, and cost savings. It is this innovative attitude and openness to new approaches and ideas that I will bring if I am elected county commissioner in November.
Thank you for your consideration.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:02
To The Daily Sun,
Funny, that we don't call Iraqi people gone to Turkey, or Syrian people gone to neighboring countries "migrants." We call these desperate people refugees. Read online what NicaNet: the Nicaraguan Network writes on June 30. You'll realize that the refugees coming through Mexico from Central America are from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, all countries that we destabilized. Destabilizing happened with President Reagan's Central America warring. It came further with NAFTA, signed by President Clinton, because the wealthy's power increased while the poor and the farmers lost out. More recently the U.S. supported the coup against President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras. We have refugees coming to the U.S. border with Mexico.
The refugees we speak of now are not coming from Nicaragua because President Ortega has succeeded in being a president for the people and instituting reforms. "Honduras has 92 homicides per 100,1000." Nicaragua has 8.7 per 100,000. Honduras "has the highest murder rate in the world." In the 1980s the U.S. began training (School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga., for one site) and funding Salvadoran and Guatemalan military and police to prevent popular revolutions.
A June 21, 2011, article, "Weekly Diaspora: How Bad U.S./Latin America Policy Fuels Unauthorized Immigration," is about the Central American Free Trade Agreement, signed by President Obama, exhibiting not a bit of promised "change," but being more politics as usual, favoring corporate bottom lines. It pushed desperate people our way. I really imagined, back then, that he might do a first signing of a Fair Trade Agreement, but not this president. He's 20th century mush ("spongey and shapeless").
President Obama is as bad as a climate-change deniers when he labels these people "migrants." I've written this, too, to Gov. Rick Perry and his compassionate wife Anita. I ask them to see the human face of this tragedy and to help President Obama see it, too. If Turkey can take in fleeing refugees, surely the wealthiest nation in the world can manage to do the same.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:58
To The Daily Sun,
I just read that Americans were arrested for protesting as the federal government was trying to bus in illegals into Murrieta, Calif. It is our right to protest, especially when our president is not enforcing the law which effects our security.
We were celebrating the Fourth of July. The federal government is more concerned with finding a location for the illegal "children" (some are teenagers) than our veterans.
Protesting is a right and yet Americans were put in jail and the illegals, after processing, go free to show up when there is a court case for deportation. Ninety percent do not show up for their court case. Ninety percent — and we still let them go and they live here and demand benefits and citizenship.
I read a report that one reporter said that calling illegal immigrants "illegal" is like using the "n" word to blacks. Why is it when liberals do not get what they want they bring in the race card?
They are illegal immigrants. Illegal. There is a law about immigration in this country, although our current president does not seem to want to enforce it. And he wonders why there is such a huge number coming in. He in essence is telling them to come in and they will get amnesty.
The U.S. Department of Health requires immigrants to have proof of vaccination of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, haemophililus trains, hepatitis A and B, rotavirus, meningococcus, chicken pox, pneumonia and flu.
Border towns cannot deal with the influx of illegals. They have diseases that medical personnel were told not to tell the public. Who is going to pay to vaccinate them before they are set loose on the public?
Massachusetts is sending homeless to western towns. There is an influx of immigrants into towns like Springfield. I love liberals who love having the illegals around. But are the illegals living in Lexington and Concord? No way. They are in Springfield, Lawrence, Holyoke, North Adams, and Chicopee, Mass.
New Hampshire is just a state away. Manchester is already having a problem with homeless and requested additional funding for them. Will the immigrants come to New Hampshire. Why not? Will we have to divert funds for veterans and citizens of New Hampshire for illegals.
I feel for the kids (By the way, the parents are following shortly after them into the country), but our country cannot afford this. The countries they are coming from are not more dangerous now than in the past, so that is a poor excuse. The news agencies take pictures of the younger children. But many are your male teenagers. They will take the temporary summer jobs and full-time jobs away from our children.
New Hampshire cannot afford this. We must support our citizens who live in states at the border.
A few years ago, our president said our borders were secure and we did not have to spend more money on fences or border patrol. If our border is so secure, then how do kids get across?
Put them on a military cargo plane and send them back to the countries they came from. Let them apply for immigration legally and then come as my grandparents did.
In the Obama administration, there is a decline in deporting of illegal immigrants. There is a decline in the cases the administration cases and a decline in deportations of about 43 percent. Yes 43 percent. Our president is the cause of the increase of illegals coming over the border.
We are trillions in debt. Our president wants billions to deal with the illegal children immigrants. Yet he thumbs his nose at Congress for wanting to take him to court for not following the law. At a speech he told Congress to sue him. He snubs his nose at Congress and yet asks for more money.
No more money. Send the illegals back and let them apply for immigration. Follow the law, as I and you have to follow the law. We must support the states on the border who are the first step in the trip of the illegal aliens. It is our jobs that we must protect. It is our citizens and our borders we must protect.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:50
To The Daily Sun,
Please read Jon Hoyt's letters to the editor dated June 26 and 28 for a fascinating read on how a liberal, utopian spin doctor escapes reality while pretending to have a clue about what the heck he is talking about. Now, if Jon chooses to chastise me for labeling him as such, then he might want to start making more sense and stop sounding like he actually believes President Obama is a better president than Jimmy Carter.
As we try to understand the world according to Hoyt from Plymouth, try this on for size: He says, while referencing the GOP, "They love it when you have to depend on government handouts because they are in control of you." Geez, apparently I have been under the illusion that it is the Democrats who like to have citizens on government largesse. You know, nanny statists and all that. He goes on to say that the GOP has done nothing about jobs and the economy. Again, seems I have been under the illusion that Democrats control two-thirds of our current government and that Harry Reid's Senate has been a graveyard for any common sense economic legislation. Jon then bemoans the fact that there won't be any social programs coming out of D.C. Perhaps we should get rid of all the ones that haven't worked for decades before we throw some new ones out there to see what sticks. Whadaya think Jon?
The previous leftist gibberish was from his June 26 letter. His June 28 letter is even better. He says, "Central American countries advertise Obama as tough on immigration which means there is no open invitation to come to the USA." But then he claims that the young and female are easily manipulated and translation problems can make them think they are welcome in our country. So is Jon really saying the parents of these kids have such poor comprehension of their native language that they are confused about our porous border situation and amnesty inclinations? Perhaps these hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer have caused Jon some cerebral disorientation.
President Obama has refused to obey our immigration laws while our Border Patrol agents are too busy changing diapers and feeding babies to do the job of protecting our borders and keeping us secure. The Democrats are too busy using the obfuscation techniques of Saul Alinsky to deal with this crisis in any meaningful way. They would rather play silly semantic games of feel-good, social justice nonsense. Illegal alien, undocumented worker, illegal immigrant, migrant, and now, "unlawful migration." The main goal of the Democrats is to ensure we don't hurt the feelings of anyone who is here illegally.
Here's a reality check for Jon. Congressman Bob Goodlatte has forwarded four reasonable immigration bills to the Senate where Harry "the feckless wonder" Reid sneers, throws them in a drawer and shakes his head in utter disdain.
Here is what congressman Bob Goodlatte has proposed: for some illegal immigrants, under certain conditions, there would be a path for them to get in line with those who have applied to come here in the proper legal manner. It addresses border security, interior enforcement, guest visas and high skilled worker visas. A comprehensive, step by step, incremental and fully public approach.
Evidence is continuing to pile up suggesting that President Obama orchestrated this "unlawful migration" with untold thousands from Central America flocking here, assuming their dream of asylum will be realized. I think Lou Dobbs is right on when he says that our president is ignoring the very civil rights that he claims he aspires to as the leader of this country. Lou goes on to assert that Obama is crushing the civil rights of all American citizens, including all the immigrants who came her legally.
One talk show host recently said that if Richard Nixon was seen as the imperial president, then Barack Obama must be seen as the rogue president. That seems spot on given our dear leader's pronouncement that he will go it alone to get his social justice transformation completed. After all the slap-down decisions against Obama's policies and executive orders by the Supreme Court, that takes an uncommon level of chutzpah. Wouldn't you say so Jon? Probably not. Such is the lot of leftist letter writers who choose to live in the la la land of imaginary, liberal utopia.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:02
To The Daily Sun,
Mr. Boutin, in his concentration on capitalizing as many words as he can and his blindly spitting venom, shows a callous disregard for the facts and a sad lack of concern for anyone but those who already have it made.
The attitude that shows through his rants is a prime example as to why our United States is going to "hell in a hand basket". Along with the rightwing majority on the Supreme Court, corporate greed, governors and those in Congress who have been bought and paid for by the one percenters.
He seems to have a personal hatred of President Obama — like many of the older white men who seem to be discombomulated by the fact that a man like Barack Obama is in the White House. How much more insulting do you want to be toward the President of the United States? How many more lies and misleading statements will you write about his administration? Are you being arrogant on purpose?
Who knows where to begin with the lies you want us to believe in your letter: "You'd Think Obama Would Be Last Person to Attack Other's Freedom's"? "Three time loser", huh? Making recess appointments has been the right and privilege of many presidents up to and including this one. Why does this suddenly bother you now, and never before?
"...another knockdown blow to union power"'. Huh? Unions are the very reason why we had a middle class in his country. Before unions child labor was routine, as were a 60-80 hour work week, a 7 day work week, substandard wages, sweat shops, unsafe working conditions, no protections for workers against abuse, no overtime pay, no compensation in the form of health benefits such as sick time, no remuneration to families who had a loved one die because of horrific working conditions. By Mr. Boutin's logic he should be calling for the return of slavery. Bingo — no unions, and total control over their labor. Unions also helped lead to regulations to prevent the sale of unsafe food and other products.
"All they do is drive up costs for every person buying their product or service.". Huh? How about facing the reality that manufacturers have taken their businesses overseas to countries where they can hire very cheap labor, produce inferior goods, with no safeguards in place, then in turn ship them back here and sell them to consumers? Do they then lower the price we all pay? Do they then raise their workers' salaries at the same rate as their profits increase? No: they use higher profits to hike their executives' salaries, and to buy lobbyists and politicians to make sure that American workers are pushed down even more..
"Unions never stop trying to increase their treasure chest...' Huh? How about all of the profits made over the years by the one percenters who own companies and threaten their workers with retribution if they join a union? Corporations are the very last entity who want unions interfering with their labor practices. You write with a straight face about this knowing full well that corporations use their profits to fund PACs and think tanks and puppet-politicians.
"The Supremes determined 'Obamacare' treads all over the religious freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution." Huh? Of course you are referring to Hobby Lobby. If the owners of that company were not fundamentalist Christians but were, say, conservative Muslims, I bet we wouldn't have heard a peep from you about the issue. This country is supposed to have a strict separation of church and state. This Supreme Court is perverting the intent of the Founding Fathers.
On your last point: the other setback for the entire United States is when the Supreme Court decided that we no longer need voter rights' protection. With that sweep of the broad brush governors who "rule" their states from the right are happily restricting days and times of voting in elections, restricting registration, using voter ID requirements specifically tailored against the poor, seniors, and the young, and other measures to erode one of our most basic freedoms. All the time they lie by bringing up the red herring of "voter fraud." When we were in school, we were taught that in America voters choose their government. With voter suppression government is now trying to choose its voters.
From your letters it appears that you want to bring us back to your "good old days" of the 18th century. If you want to return to that life, please don't try to drag the rest of America back with you. And remember: in your Utopia there were no keyboards, and thus no way for you to capitalize at will.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 10:52