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Ms. McElroy using her right of free speech to try & infringe on other's

To the editor,
The recent letter from Barbara McElroy of Rumney about the decision from the Supreme Court about Citizen's United makes it appear that this was merely a ruling about giving cash to political organizations. The fact is that this was a case about the 1st Amendment protection of Free Speech.
The federal government and the Supreme Court have recognized corporations as an identity that is afforded the protection of Free Speech but the McCain-Feingold legislation that limited Free Speech was struck down when a non-profit corporation, Citizens United was not allowed to broadcast a commercial bringing voters attention to the voting record of an incumbent candidate because it was within 90 days of the election. The court found that this was an unconstitutional infringement on the 1st Amendment and struck down that portion of the law.
The ruling also says that individuals or a corporation donating money to a group or individual is also an expression of Free Speech. I am surprised that someone would use their 1st Amendment right to Free Speech to try to rally people to infringe upon the 1st Amendment protection of Free Speech.
As to your other claims about how evil corporations are, I can only say that if people don't buy the products or services that kill people then they will stop selling those products or services. It's called the Free Market, unless you are talking about corrupt politicians that over-regulate business in this country? You make it sound like all corporations are evil and that automotive safety standards would not have happened without Big Brother helping out the poor unfortunate souls that don't know how to protect themselves. What about corporations like Tucker that tried to start an automobile company? All of the safety standards in our cars today are the same ones that Preston Tucker introduced in 1948.
The rest of your rant about wicked politicians sounds like you are talking about the Monsanto legislation that was initiated by an amendment to legislation and passed in the Democratic controlled U.S. Senate, which protects Monsanto Corporation from any lawsuits over people killed by their products. I don't know anyone that feels this legislation was right but it won't change unless we hold our legislator's accountable for their votes.
Greg Knytych
New Hampton

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 12:00

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Harlem Ambassadors thank Lakes Region for warm hospitality

To the editor,
On Friday, April 5, the Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity hosted the Harlem Ambassadors professional show basketball team for a night of high-flying slam dunks, hilarious comedy, and feel-good family entertainment.
The Harlem Ambassadors would like to extend a special thank you to event organizers Laura Brusseau and Marilyn Deschenes who planned and promoted the game. The Winnipesaukee Warriors proved to be an energetic, enthusiastic and challenging team and we thank all of the players for their good sportsmanship. The event would not have been possible without the support and generosity of local community sponsors, the Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity members, and the event volunteers.
The Harlem Ambassadors thank the community of Laconia for its warm hospitality and look forward to returning to Laconia in the future!
Dale Moss
Harlem Ambassadors President
Fort Collins, Colorado

Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 11:53

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Scalia: 'Like most rights, the Second Amendment is not unlimited'

To the editor,
Recently Greg Knytych told us, "Barbara Perry of Moultonborough actually said what all liberal progressives think when she wrote "I hate guns and I believe that the person who invented guns should be shot!". While it is very unfortunate that Barbara voiced her warranted anger and contempt towards the gun nuts and enablers that way, Greg reveals how brainwashed he is by the right wing's fake outrage media machine. All liberal progressives? What planet is he on? I am a proud progressive liberal and I certainly don't hate gun nuts nor do I wish them harm. Disdain is a better word for gun nut ideology. I support gay marriage, reproductive rights, and the strict separation of church and state. I also support a public option in health care. But I also support the right to self-protection with firearms, too. That includes concealed carry in warranted circumstances. Its just, like the Supreme Court, I don't see any right as unlimited. The laws that exist already prove that.
Kevin Leandro also has not considered the restrictive laws that exist. He tells us that his right to bear arms "shall not be infringed". Well, they already are for some because felons and those adjudicated as dangerous and mentally ill are denied this right. Your right to carry is also infringed, as it should be, in sensitive places like courthouses. All the rights of the first amendment are limited, too. People are subject to libel and slander laws in speech and press matters. Permits are sometimes denied protesters so the right to assembly is also limited for various reasons regarding public order. "Disturbing the peace" laws also limit people. There is no free pass as the gun nuts think. No right is unlimited.
As to the silly analogy that since cars kill people we could ban cars that reminds me of the TeaPublican logic on gun control laws which translates to "since we can't stop rape, we shouldn't have rape laws". Well, we have banned some cars. If Corvettes had gas tanks like Corvairs, they would have been banned just as the Corvair was. Since the 1960s we have been on a long wise trend of safety regulation, yes that evil of regulating. Everything having to do with how cars are made, who can drive them and how we are to drive them is regulated and this saves thousands of lives a year. As with regulating guns, we can only hope to reduce the death toll. Regulating cars, guns, or booze will not save every life but it does save lives.
Steve Earle makes some good points in the first half of his letter but then reality slips from his grasp when he gets to hammers; yes hammer control! Well, Steve, if hammers need to be regulated, then we should regulate them. Mr. Earle also appears to have bought in to the paranoid delusional extremist point of view that the real intent of gun control is to take away guns. Sure, that is likely to happen! And where did "The experience in other nations which confiscated guns is that there is not a reduction in murders but there is a significant increase in other crimes" come from? Ann Coulter! The fact is that in the latest 2012 OECD report on gun murder rates in these "civilized" nations, excluding the warring nation of Mexico, shows that the USA has 20X the gun murder rate of the average of the OECD nations. Only Chile even comes close.
Mr. Earle's notion that "there is no evidence that the Founding Fathers intended to limit the arms available to citizens" is thoroughly naive. That notion certainly is not as the Supreme Court sees it. Antonin Scalia, Mr. Wackadoodle Wingnut himself doesn't even agree with that. In the most recent important gun rights case — Heller v. District of Columbia, 2008 — the court ruled in favor of Heller and struck down DC's gun law. But in Scalia's holding are precious gems of reason. And since case law and precedent is all-important in deciding cases, I would not bet on much of the new gun laws in Colorado, N.Y., Delaware, Maryland or Connecticut getting overturned at the USSC. The majority of these laws are constitutional no matter how loud the NRA leadership and its mobs scream. Scalia wrote: "Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The court's opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller's holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those "in common use at the time" finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons."
James Veverka

Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 11:49

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Per N.H. law, Belknap Convention voted to restrict budget transfers

To the edtior,
As part of its decision making process, the Belknap County Delegation agreed that NH RSA 24:15 would guide fund expenditures of the 2013 Belknap County Budget. The delegation voted, per N.H. statute, to require the commissioners receive prior written permission from the Executive Committee to transfer funds within a department or between departments. In the past, concerns have been voiced that the commissioners may have not spent your hard earned tax money wisely.
Our system of government, on the county, state and federal levels, has intentionally been set up with "checks and balances" for a reason. The commissioners form the Executive Branch, while the convention is the Legislative arm. Two separate body politics designed to serve and protect the citizens of our county, state, and nation — and both, obviously necessary.
Specific examples of inappropriate spending are cited below.
According to the headlines of March 21, 2013, the Belknap County Jail is in real need of repairs. This is not a new issue. So why has nothing been done? The short answer is that the Belknap County Commissioners did not see this as a priority. In 2010 and 2011, the county received $2,656,682 in stimulus money. This money would have funded significant repairs. So what, you might ask, did the commissioners choose as their priorities? The funds were spent on a phone system, dispatch consoles, community corrections, and finance software; maintenance expenditures included duct cleaning, the installation of a vent hood, roof repairs, and the installation of a HVAC system in the courthouse. The largest waste of this stimulus money was expended for the county complex renovation, which included building separate offices for each of the commissioners and furnishing such as fancy new chairs and tables. Additionally, this renovation forced the Extension Service to move out, resulting in inconvenience to residents and added lease expenses to the county taxpayers. But for the tremendous publicity it got, it almost included a gym for the employees. No additional funds were expended for repairs or maintenance of the Belknap County Jail, which was already in need of repairs at the time.
Also receiving tremendous media coverage was the lawsuit against our Register of Deeds. In addition to the issues that resulted, most shameful is the fact that the attorney's fees of the commissioners were paid, at the expense of the taxpayers, but those of our Register of Deeds still remain unpaid despite the delegation appropriating funds to do so.
In another lawsuit, the commissioners sued the State of N.H., challenging the constitutionality of the reduction of the state's share of their employee retirement funding. When they lost this case, the commissioners then appealed to the Supreme Court, again they lost. Still not happy, they filed a motion to reconsider. This request was denied. Again, all legal fees were at the expense of the taxpayers.
Most recently, rather than accept and live within the directives of N.H. laws and statutes, the commissioners sought council to circumvent the statutes. They hired Sharon Somers of Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella, PLLC, to attack the Belknap County Delegation. They refused to accept the oversight of the delegation. The commissioners also rejected the cost saving measures outlined by the delegation, wasting additional taxpayer funds by preventing the convention from seeking the services of our County Attorney in a legal matter. More wasted taxpayer money.
As shameless as these examples are, in my opinion, the worst travesty to the taxpayers is the over-taxing that has resulted from these less-than-honest budgeting actions. During many recent years, the commissioners have presented budgets that underestimated revenue and overstated expenses. Consequently, more hard-earned money has been required in the form of increased taxes from the residents of this county.
Remember, the delegation is comprised of your local representatives who are responsible for appropriating the funds per line of the Belknap County Annual budget. The commissioners' responsibilities are to handle the day-to-day duties within the amount approved per line by your representatives (the delegation.)
Your representatives have been working overtime to limit unnecessary expenditures and reduce the tax burden on our fellow citizens. It is our intent to reduce taxation by budgeting for what is mandatory and essential and to ensure that your funds are spent wisely.
Please note these are my comments and do not necessarily represent all members of the convention.
Rep. Colette Worsman
Gilford & Meredith

Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 11:44

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Gun lovers are like pro-choicers, they don't trust any restrictions

To the editor,
Gun lovers are like pro-aborts. Pro-aborts won't accept ANY restrictions on abortion because they don't trust pro-lifers to stop. They know that pro-lifers think abortion is murder and that a true pro-lifer won't stop until abortion is illegal everywhere.
Similarly, pro-gun folks don't trust anti-gun politicians one inch. Gov. Cuomo has spoken of confiscating guns. Mayor Bloomberg, while standing in the midst of Uzi-toting bodyguards whom we pay for, has said guns are unnecessary and dangerous. Pres. Obama, while surrounded by gun-toting secret service people whom we pay for, has said that guns don't keep us safe and that we shouldn't have them.
Gun rights have nothing to do with hunting. They have everything to do with fighting tyranny.
Why should a pro-gun person trust ANY politician?
Bill Taylor
New Hampton

Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 11:38

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