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So what? The subject of my letter was energy production, not war

To the editor,
The other day Henry Osmer questioned my ability to read but I must assure him that I can indeed, although after reading more of his thinking I might wish I couldn't. Henry keeps trying to revise history, suggesting to readers that the Iraq was strictly a Bush/Republican deal. He even suggested I look up the vote, so I did. In the Senate the vote to give the president the authority to use force was 77 yea to 23 nay and the yeas included 48 Republicans and 23 Democrats. In the House it was 297 yea and 133 nay, which included 82 Democrats voting yea with the 215 Republicans. Liberals don't have to like it but the votes were bipartisan, so they can stop trying to change the facts of history any time now.
On another subject, Henry responded to a statement in one of my letters saying solar panels and wind turbines are subsidized by the government. His response was that the Wars in Iraq an Afghanistan cost much more then these subsidies. While true, so what? The subject of my letter was energy production not wars. Liberals like Henry, when unable to respond to a factual statement always either try to change the subject (this example), or try to attack the author of the statement. While Henry offered to engage me in civil debate on issues he has shown he is incapable of doing so. A few days ago he demanded we all turn off Fox News and tune into a MSNBC program. No thanks Henry, though I realize MSNBC and Saturday Night Live are probably where you get all your information. I prefer a balanced network.
To show the absurdity of relying on MSNBC, the other day Chris Mathews gave the definition of racism as: One race, the white race, thinking it has the right to rule all the other races. For readers information that IS NOT the definition of racism. Look it up if you doubt me.
Steve Earle

Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 11:41

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Trouble is, Listen's organizers have already decided the outcome

To the editor,
After I picked myself up off the floor, I re-read Bruce Mallory's "N.H Listens' Role is Complimentary ...." letter to the editor (March 29 edition of The Laconia Daily Sun) once more to make sure I didn't miss something.
Dr. Mallory wrote, "We weren't sure exactly what that was, so we Googled it." Rest assured that prior to tapping out the letters on his keyboard, he had both a profound and a deep understanding of the word "that" in the quote above. "That" refers to the Delphi Technique. Dr. Mallory had quite a few half truths in his letter, and you know the old saying don't you? A half truth is a whole lie.
How can I make such a bold statement? It's easy. I've had several conversations with Dr. Mallory, both in person, on the phone and via e-mail. In a recent email conversation, Dr. Mallory clearly talked about the Delphi Technique. You can read his exact words here: http://go.askthebuilder.com/mallorydelphi.
One face-to-face conversation about the Delphi Technique happened in the presence of two of his minions and two of my friends. We were all sitting in the warm sun gathered around an outdoor table at the Burrito Me restaurant in downtown Laconia. In case Dr. Mallory can't remember that either, the date was August 23, 2012. I still have Dr. Mallory's e-mail invitation to that meeting if you'd like to see it. Yes, he invited me to discuss NH Listens and how it's perceived in the community. While sipping iced tea, I clearly told Dr. Mallory that NH Listens employs the Delphi Technique. He denied it.
Speaking of facts, here are a few more. The Delphi Technique is a highly unethical method of running a meeting. The organizers of the meeting position the gathering to make the attendees believe they'll be providing valuable input that will guide an initiative. Highly trained facilitators run the meetings using powerful psychological triggers. Dr. Mallory clearly said in his letter that his NH Listens meetings are facilitated.
The meetings that employ the Delphi Technique all have the same or similar structure. The attendees are first addressed as an entire group with a welcome introduction. Then the attendees are broken up into circles or smaller discussion cells. These cells meet privately for at least 90 minutes. Each cell has it's own facilitator. The meeting concludes with all attendees gathering together once more where a brief summary of points from each cell is presented to the entire group. These summary points are then combined into a consensus document that the organizers publish.
The trouble is the organizers have already decided on the outcome of the meeting's consensus document. They steer the discussion by providing discussion points that are highly biased, and the facilitators cleverly extract what they want from the attendees as they chat in the small discussion cells.
What's more, there are almost always plants in each discussion circle that are loyal to the initiative's cause and/or are paid to be part of the discussion. Their programmed input in the small discussion cells is almost always favored by the facilitator and the other plants. This input always makes it into each cell's summary points.
As they say, the proof's in the pudding. Just a little over two weeks ago I attended one of the "facilitated small group discussions" as Dr. Mallory calls them in his letter to you. It was held at the Plymouth Senior Center. The topic was the Granite State Future.
I attended the listening session as a member of the media to cast a harsh spotlight on this unethical meeting format. One of Dr. Mallory's UNH's peers, Molly Donovan — the head facilitator that night — tried to stop me from video taping the event, but I politely informed her that I have crystal clear First Amendment rights in that setting to tape, record, quote and photograph the attendees and event. You can watch the video here: http://go.askthebuilder.com/delphi
After watching the video evidence you'll clearly see that NH Listens uses the Delphi Technique. You'll see the warm and fuzzy introduction. You'll see the small discussion cells. You'll see me holding the handout that contains the biased discussion points. You'll see the limited summary points given at the end. The only thing you won't see in the video are unicorns prancing under rainbows. You might find those on the Granite State Futures website.
My guess is after watching the video you'll probably agree that Dr. Mallory is suffering from one of two conditions: He possibly has temporary fatigue amnesia from writing too many grants, or he's mimicking Jon Lovitz's famous character on Saturday Night Live — Tommy Flanagan, the pathological liar.
Whichever it is, I strongly suggest you don't believe another word from his mouth or fingertips until such time as he makes a formal apology and calls the Durham NH Fire Department to have them on stand by in case his tweed pants catch on fire.
Tim Carter
Co-Leader Lakes Region Tea Party

Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 11:36

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Will Mr. Cherien turn out to be the honest man some say he is?

To the editor,
On March 18, I sent the following letter to Ed Cherien of Iberdrola Renewables, with a second request sent on March 26. Here it is April 2nd and I've yet to get a response. Why?
"Mr. Cherien:
I am a resident of Grafton, New Hampshire and when you did a presentation at our town Fire House last fall, and then again at a Q&A session in Alexandria, New Hampshire you stated that if Iberdrola didn't have the community's support, you would not move forward on the project. As I'm sure you're aware, both towns had warrant articles pertaining to this project on the ballot. The overwhelming response has been that we, the residents of these towns, do NOT want your wind turbines. At a meeting in January with the Groton selectmen, Miles Sinclair spoke of what an honest and trustworthy man you are. As he has spent a great deal of time meeting with you, I can only he assume he knows you much better than those of us who've only had exposure to you at the above mentioned presentations and Q&A sessions. In light of him vouching for your character and there being video recorded of your statements in Alexandria, I look forward to seeing the press release published ASAP declaring that Iberdrola is ceasing to pursue the Wild Meadows Wind Project. I'd also appreciate it if you e-mail me a copy of the press release as well."
It's time to show us if you're the honest man claimed to be, or if your true colors tell a different story.
Cindy Kudlik

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 12:55

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Per pupil cost for both rich & poor should follow the student

To the editor,
Before I get into the real reason for this letter, a big thanks to The Laconia Daily Sun for reviewing my radio program podcast where the mayor and three councilors took the time (2 hours) to address pay-as-you-throw for our rubbish pickup. There are folks who are still wrestling with what is the best way for their dollars to be used. There are Laconia taxpayers who see this as a major policy change and want to feel secure that they fully understand the plan.
The Laconia Post Office and the Senior Center, across the street, are two stops where I can certainly get the "pulse of the city". Usually it is a pleasant experience. Yesterday one fellow (known him for many decades) decided to give me his feelings re: my strong support of Parents Choice in Education, an alternative to the government schools. He does not want his money going to (not flattering) Holy Trinity or any Catholic school. Then he switches to my opposition to having the Human Relations Committee as a line item in the city budget. What government function do they perform? Another American to buy into government education is always the answer. Did anyone ever consider that the customer/student is poorly served? In this state the lawmakers will vote down any help for students who would excel in a parents' choice policy. The affluent, and the less fortunate should have the per pupil cost follow the student. If we are serious about a great education then let's make certain that ALL students are equal when it comes to opportunity. Parents and students can "cherish" an education within an alternative to government schools.
Niel Young

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 12:52

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I know Bev Buker to be a very caring & compassionate person

To the edtior,
I normally don't get into the war of words and personalities that occur in Letters to the Editor, but in the case of Bev Buker versus Scott Cracraft, I felt I had to speak up.
Bev Buker is my next door neighbor. Without arguing the pros and cons of the issue, I would like to state that she is a very caring and compassionate person as I know her. I believe
she is owed an apology on that part.
Thea Aloise

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 12:49

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