To The Daily Sun,
Who knows what President Obama really meant by his message to Putin, "After my election I have more flexibility?" But Putin's actions suggest what he heard.
Putin apparently heard that despite his blustering, President Obama won't do anything to stand in the way of Putin's efforts to re-establish the Russian/Soviet empire. Putin believes that President Obama is a weak leader committed to weakening our country, economically and militarily, to reduce our influence in the world.
After more than five years it is clear that President Obama can't or won't pursue policies that promote creating jobs for our unemployed or underemployed workers or put our nation's finances back in order.
President Obama's reckless spending and enormous deficits (even worse than Bush's), and his economy depressing policies have made our country economically vulnerable.
Our economic weakness enticed Russia to propose teaming with China to destroy our dollar, but China wasn't quite ready to act. Both nations would gain significantly from destroying our dollar. That would hurt our country and cause enormous pain for the American people.
Our military leaders complain that our economic weakness is a major national security problem.
President Obama claims success in Iraq and Afghanistan by withdrawing our forces, but both are more unstable than under President Bush and are likely to become bases for terrorists.
Our military might is declining. Lost equipment isn't replaced. Key new programs are being canceled or delayed, and the president announced plans to reduce the size of our military.
Weakness encourages aggression. Without American power stabilizing the world, less-benevolent nations are encouraged. Is it a coincidence that Russia moved into the Crimea shortly after President Obama announced significant military cuts? The world's weak response just encourages Putin and other aggressors.
American progressives have long praised the Soviet Union and communism anywhere it exists (no matter how many people it murders or keeps in terror and poverty). So, it wouldn't be too surprising if President Obama intended to tell Putin that he would not interfere with Putin's aggression.
Putin, and other nations know, that the U.S. is weak economically and militarily, and has a weak leader. Putin's aggression in the Crimea is probably just the beginning. China, North Korea, Iran, etc., are also making aggressive threats and claims.
The immediate threat is to the freedom and safety of others. But, treaties commit us to defending many countries against aggression.
President Obama's personal weaknesses and the economic and military weakness he is creating for our country could drag us into war. I doubt that is President Obama's intent, but it is the likely result of his weakness, bad policies, and naivety.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 08:58
To The Daily Sun,
Dollar stores in Moultonborough? Not on my watch. As many of you know, Moultonborough is a small, quiet, old-fashioned town and having not one, but two dollar stores built in this lovely town would just ruin it.
Family Dollar wants to build next door to Tedeshis and Dollar General wants to build across from Blake Road (almost directly across from the Central School). According to rumors, Dollar General would have a roundabout built. What about the safety of the children?
I have two petitions going (one for each dollar store). Moultonborough residents, please sign. Out-of-towners, please spread the word. These petitions are only out for a short amount of time and only Moultonborough residents are able to sign and we need a minimum of 100 signers to even think about making a difference.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 08:54
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to thank Dennis Fields, Republican representative (Sanbornton), for bravely speaking out at Belknap County Convention meetings against the undemocratic, and probably illegal actions of its Republican leadership.
Fields knows that meetings should have an open process and rules of order with public input. He realizes that signed collective bargaining agreements must be upheld, despite leadership's level-funding of personnel costs, including health insurance. He voices the frustration of many who protest against the disrespect shown to the democratic process, the commissioners, the county employees, the members of the public, as well as to Fields himself.
The BC Convention chair knows how to provoke his outbursts, then demean him, a member of her own party. She treats him haughtily as if he were a child, and thereby escalates the provocation. She is incapable of listening to him, as that might appear to validate his concerns. He cannot remain silent without seeming to acquiesce to her outrages. The situation is untenable, dysfunctional and sad.
Her group's pre-determined "agenda," ostensibly to save taxpayers money ($11 a year) is short-sighted and narrow-minded in the extreme. She (they) cannot hear anyone who has a differing opinion, might actually know the facts or have a suggestion for compromise.
I for one applaud Fields' efforts, futile though they be. If I am in the audience I will give him a thumbs-up if he looks my way. He speaks for me.
Meanwhile, please remember the election next fall. Change is needed.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 08:50
To The Daily Sun,
In repose to a recent letter in The Sun by Ms. Comtois criticizing me and statements I made in my letter about Mrs. Colette Worsman ruling the Belknap County Convention with an iron fist and that Mrs. Worsman has little respect for those on the other side of issues, I would like to state that I took all the facts of the meetings right out of The Daily Sun.
The county budget was approved on Feb. 12 with a vote of seven "for" and six "against." Mrs. Worsman then allowed an absent member, Mr. Comtois, to vote over the phone and declared the vote was 6-6 and that the motion was defeated. She then tried to explain her action by saying a discussion to allow Mr. Comtois to vote over the phone was held with members of the convention. But that discussion happened before there was a quorum. Next, Mrs. Worsman tried to amend the minutes of Feb. 12. That vote was defeated 5-4, four of her loyal supporters abstained.
At the end of my letter I mentioned the meetings in Concord. The first one was held last week, and after the work was done Mrs. Worsman refused to answer questions and stated the the meeting was adjourned.
Ms Comtois, before you start lecturing me about my letter, read the papers and tell me what I am saying is wrong. You can also explain to me why I shouldn't think that Mrs. Worsman acts like a dictator, has no respect for our county commissioners and convention members who do not agree with her.
As far as the title of your letter, the only strength and compassion I could read in your letter was by Mr. Thomas when he told her to "go to hell." If this is true, I have to respect him for holding back.
Perhaps you remember in 2012 when the Red Sox had lacked leadership and players were drinking beer and eating chicken in the clubhouse during games; they finished dead last. But in 2013 under new leadership they went from worst to first and won the World Series. That's what we need to do in regards to our County Convention. We should select a new chairman and get us back to a county we can be proud of. That's what it was when we had County Commissioners like Mark Thurston and Christopher Boothby, whom I am lucky to call my friends.
I will finish with a question Ms. Comtois asked in her letter and it was, if I had gone to the same meeting that she went to. The answer is, no, I didn't go to that meeting. Mr. Comtois was also absent, didn't hear any of the discussion was but allowed to vote anyway over the phone. I hope to see you at future meetings.
L. Michael Hatch
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 08:47
To The Daily Sun,
The recent Special Election race to fill the remaining nine months of Ray Burton's term for Executive Council (District 1) was a wonderful life experience for me.
I knew that running in this vast district (the northern two-thirds of the state) would be extremely demanding, but I was both overwhelmed and energized by the hundreds of supporters who volunteered for my campaign in so many ways: making financial contributions, placing (and holding) signs, writing letters to newspapers, making phone calls on my behalf, and hosting numerous events all over the state. For this I say thank you. It is hard to express the gratitude I feel.
I would like to wish Joe Kenney the very best as he completes the term of my good friend, Ray Burton.
Thank you again to all of my loyal supporters, and to everyone who voted for me.
Michael J. Cryans
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 08:41