To The Daily Sun,
In the March 12, issue of The Laconia Daily Sun, Ms. Loesch claimed that I, and others, ". . . faithfully repeat talking points from the corporate-funded right wing and Fox." She went on to say, ". . . these critics give us snippets of this and that, usually more fiction than fact." And, she reminds us that Chicken Little was wrong, the sky wasn't falling. I will not speak for the others she cited, only for myself.
First, most of my "talking points" come from the experience gained in having lived a long life, from the Constitution that I keep close at hand, and from the ability to look at and read a variety of news reports. If Ms. Loesch can cite one case of where I gave a wrong fact, I would like her to state it. As to her Chicken Little comment, my view is that it is better to have tried and failed, than to not have tried at all. I, and others, try to sound the alarm while you, Ms. Loesch, seem to always want to hit the snooze button and go back to your dream world.
The world is in serious turmoil — Egypt, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Crimea and the Ukraine, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Uganda, Mali, Rwanda, and Lebanon, just to name a few — and the mightiest nation the world has ever known, the nation others look to as their protector, offers little more than a finger shaking and "stern condemnation". Our closest allies now doubt that we will come to their aid, and Israel may have to act independently to secure their own survival as a state, and as a people.
And, the most difficult has yet to come: China. As they observe our feckless foreign policy, and they see us doing little to prevent Russia from reconstituting the Soviet Union, it's a good bet that they will reclaim Taiwan, the island of Formosa. If the current administration stays true to form, our treaty with Taiwan to protect them will be worthless paper and will negate every treaty we have. Tied directly to all of this is China's need for oil to fuel its economy. We politically diddle over the Keystone Pipeline while China is probably prepared to go to war to get oil from the Mideast countries that are in various stages of uproar. Russia has the third-largest oil and gas reserves in the world and, as things stand now, if they pull the plug, Europe will be in a deep freeze.
Our president claims we're increasing our oil production and he's right. But that increase is in spite of his actions, not because of them. We have the largest known oil reserves in the world and we could be an exporter, but standing in the way is the president's political pandering to certain left-leaning constituencies.
At home, Ms. Loesch applauds this administration for the growth in the Dow Jones stock market average. Perhaps she is unaware that the Federal Reserve has been pumping about a trillion dollars of free money a year into banks and the financial industry. Do you know why the banks now pay such a miniscule amount of interest? Because they're getting interest free money from the feds. Not only has this become the forerunner for high inflation, it has driven people into the stock market in hopes of getting some higher return on their investment. A bubble has been created. And what happens when the bubble bursts . . . it falls and hurts millions and millions of people. Perhaps Ms. Loesch can ask the president what his contingency plan is for dealing with that problem.
Ms. Loesach also applauds the shrinking unemployment rate. Perhaps she's unaware that we now have the lowest "labor participation rate" in over 35 years.
Constitutionally, the president has been a one-man wrecking crew. If any other president acted so outside the Constitution's boundaries, he would have already been impeached and convicted. The Founding Fathers gave us a government of shared powers, of checks and balances, all designed to make the enacting of laws difficult, and to ensure they met the will of the people.
I don't know how long it will take for us to recover and re-institute the system of checks and balances that helped to make us the greatest nation in the world. But let's hope that we can.
There are none so blind as those who will not see.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:47
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to the residents of Meredith:
The Trustees of the Meredith Public Library congratulate and thank our library director for obtaining $70,000 from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program for preservation work on the library. Since the library building is owned by the town, Erin Apostolos deserves the public's acknowledgement and gratitude for winning this award. Using numbers from the 2010 census, we calculate the LCHIP grant amounts to taxes saved of more than $11 per resident.
Securing these funds from LCHIP brings our library that much closer to the $186,000 needed to renovate and repair the chimneys, masonry and drainage system of the older structure, work that we hope will commence this summer. LCHIP money comes from fees on four types of documents recorded at Registries of Deeds all around the state. In addition to preserving and protecting places people love, LCHIP projects bring added economic benefit by providing employment and enhancements that attract visitors.
In addition to her other duties, Erin is constantly researching and applying for grant money. As library director for Meredith, she has successfully written more than 15 grants totaling more than $115,000 for our library. We congratulate and thank Judy Hodges and John Locke also for grants they have received that are not included in the above total. We are proud of our dedicated and hard-working staff. When you visit the library, please let them know they are appreciated.
Trustees of the Meredith Public Library:
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:38
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank Ken Slater of Gilford for echoing my thoughts regarding MetroCast Cablevision. I live in Laconia and have had the same experience as Mr. Slater. All residents should be concerned about what is taking place in the cable industry.
Currently, ComCast is trying to purchase Time Warner, which would give ComCast more than a 60 percent share in the industry. MetroCast either rents or leases the cable lines from ComCast. Obviously, rates will go up after the acquisition and these will be passed on to the customer.
As Mr. Slater mentioned, we only have so many choices for services and have to pay extra to be in a higher tier to be able to view more channels. My friend who lives in Exeter informed that many of the higher tier channels we pay for in the Lakes Region are actually included in his basic channel coverage. Why aren't we getting the same service?
Several weeks ago I sent an e-mail to customer service at MetroCast regarding my e-mail account and not one person has responded to me.
It is too bad that are elected officials and paid representatives are not doing their research and seem to be shooting from the hip. These types of issues do not seem to be as important to them as they can afford the price increases. Maybe it's just easier for them to go with the flow. I hope that corruption is not taking place, and behind-door agreements are being reached by the people making the decisions. I can't believe that Gilford is considering a 10-year contract with MetroCast. That gives MetroCast the monopoly for the area and leaves the customer at their mercy. Maybe a three-year contract would be better to allow some competition to bid next time around. It's just a thought.
I was also wondering why MetroCast calls our house to provide an appointment confirmation for LRGH? Does the hospital actually pay MetroCast for that service? All these costs are passed on to the little customers like you and me. I think that the public should be allowed to view the breakdown of line items of operating costs for MetroCast Cablevision so we can see the big picture. No pun intended.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:28
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to ask the voters of Moultonborough to attend Town Meeting on Saturday, March 15, to hear the discussions on Article 13 on the Town Warrant, which requests to raise and appropriate the sum of $17,500 to carry out the site study in follow-up of the recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Commission to "pursue development of a facility that includes an indoor gymnasium, Recreation Department office, program and storage space that would be on existing school land or property adjacent to school facilities."
This would honor the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission which, in its final report in April 2011, identified the space needs of the Recreation Dept.
Donna J. Kuethe
Town of Moultonborough
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:16
To The Daily Sun,
After an election, we receive congratulatory messages, the occasional thank you, and every so often a Bronx cheer. What is more heart-rending, though, is the letter to the editor from Debbie White who details her job loss due to county budget cuts.
Debbie was a valued employee at the Belknap County Nursing Home for 29 years and was recently notified that her last day of work will be April 1. Although Debbie's message is too positive and proud to assign blame for this circumstance, some might be inclined to blame the budget agreed upon by the County Delegation as being responsible.
The fact is that the county commissioners have not found a means of bargaining for a rational pay and benefits package with county employees. With county costs for a family health plan about the same as what the average employee in the Laconia area makes as a salary, simple mathematics will suggest that these costs must be curtailed. Indeed, they are likely to be more than 30 percent higher in 2015 than the sky high numbers of 2014.
While the county convention made it clear that they wished to fund additional staff, specifically in the county jail, the superintendent of corrections has been notified that the positions which delegation funded will not be filled. I regret that county employees are being used as pawns in a power play which pits the commissioners against the delegation as this is deeply regrettable and does not at all serve the commonweal.
Debbie, thank you for serving Belknap County and nursing home residents for such a long time and with such respected results. Thank you. I hope that ensuing years bring you peace and happiness.
Rep. Dick Burchell
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:12