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Regional planners are selling their vision of the perfect society

To the editor,
In a recent Daily Sun letter from Dr. Bruce Mallory about the Carsey Institute's "NH Listens" facilitation road show, Mallory claims that NH Listens does not employ the Delphi Technique when it "facilitates" "community" listening sessions. He says they are discussions that are supposed to garner the opinions of the public.
Let me tell explain to you how this works, having been victim of this process for nearly my whole career as a teacher.
The Delphi Technique, as laid out on their own website (http://nhlistens.org/how-it-works) was first developed by the Rand Corporation, a company which has been dubbed "The Think Tank That Controls America" (http://mentalfloss.com/article/22120/rand-corporation-think-tank-controls-america)
The idea was to created a consensus of opinion on an idea or condition based on the input of several "experts" in the field. Today it is being used in a similar way to give the impression that certain groups (such as teachers or people in the community) have come up with and/or have accepted ideas that never came from them in the first place. That is, the issue that we are supposedly "struggling with" may not even exist. Concerns over the issue come from somewhere else and the "experts" all have a stake in the outcome.
This is most evident by the fact that these "listening sessions" are basically under attended by all but a handful of regular citizens, and are stacked with these "stakeholders". In fact, unless alert citizens had not been spreading the word about what was going on, you would likely find only one or two people from the general public in attendance. Most in attendance either work for NH Listens, the Carsey Institute, environmental NGOs and law firms like CELDF.org, or "green" companies looking for the ensuing work that would be created for them by the public grant money.
The Regional Planning Commissions used to be about towns that shared resources such as fire trucks and bridges. But lately they have strayed far from their purview. Whether you agree that their ideas are the brainchild of the UN or not, the RPCs certainly have been acting as if they were mini-UNs, selling their vision of the perfect "Utopian, planned society of the future" to the unsuspecting public. (The North Country Council website asks the silly question "What do you want the North Country to look like in 20 years?") RPCs are in any case, are acting as a shadow layer of government, using a top-down process to steer towns into accepting federal money (money that comes with strings) to create "master plans" that include promotion of new state and town laws to measure, possibly tax, and ultimately control everything and everyone in the state, while claiming they are "advisory-only". Their plans boast of the intent to manage energy usage, water usage, housing types, land use, medicine, food production, broadband access, recreation, "and MORE!"
Perhaps you filled out an invasive American Community Survey for your family? Farmers are now getting one of their own... as data mining is a very important part of this takeover process.
For example, education is now added to the long list of things the central planners of the RPC hope to control and manage for you here in New Hampshire's newly planned society of the future.
Winnisquam and Pittsfield were recent examples.
At the WRSD "listening session", they made it sound like the idea for all-day kindergarten came from the "community" when it did not. In fact this idea was already voted down by the "community", so what was the purpose of the discussion? In Pittsfield, they invited Keith Catone, a friend of William Ayers from the Annenberg Institute, to advise the teachers how to teach for "social justice". Did anyone from the community ask for this? Just like MOST of the ideas being promoted at these listening sessions, we KNOW they did not.
As long as ordinary taxpayers do not attend these meetings, they may someday wake up to find that these preconceived ideas will have been implemented by an unelected layer of bureaucracy — the central planners. And they'll be paying for these utopian boondoggles for the rest of their lives.
Recently when asked what will happen if a town rejects membership or participation in these plans, the reply was that the region would go ahead with it anyway. Does that sound like the RPCs are advisory or that their plans are voluntary?
Find your Regional Planning Commission and get out to their meetings for Granite State Futures. You will find that their vision for the future is not the same as yours, and that you have been kept out of the process intentionally. You will find that these "regional" problems are mostly created, as are the solutions.
Jane Aitken

Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 11:27

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I think of conservatives as irrationally loving puppies but hating dogs

To the editor,
I get it that conservatives want every conception to result in a child. What I don't get is why they oppose marriage equality, meaning — they then don't want all children-arrived-at-adulthood to have an equal chance at happiness. Why is that? I somehow think of conservatives as irrationally loving puppies but hating dogs.
Lynn Rudmin Chong

Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 11:19

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Bob Meade - Now, it's all in the 'packet'

Not all that long ago, when you made a direct dialed long distance call, as you dialed the digits of the distant telephone, the switching equipment and the long distance facilities (the physical lines) were being established as you dialed. As you dialed the digit "1", the system knew it was long distance and it routed you to the nearest long distance switching center. As you dialed the subsequent numbers, "212" for example, that meant you were dialing into New York City, and the system established the physical linkage to get you to New York. The next digits you dialed, "393" for example, routed you to that particular central office. The last four digits you dialed specified the person or place you were calling. That completed the connection and established all the links in sequence. If the telephone line you were calling was busy, you would hear the busy tone, and the connections from your telephone to the one in New York City would be disconnected. If the phone line was not busy, the telephone would would ring. (Incidentally, the "ringing" that the caller hears, is not the same ring that is being generated at the called party's phone. The ringing sounds are generated independently at each end.)
The average elapsed time for dialing and ringing was about 23 seconds. That is called the "operating time". That doesn't sound like much but, if you consider literally hundreds of thousands of calls being generated each day, multiplied by that 23 seconds, it equates to a substantial number of facilities that are required just to accommodate the operating time. One other important point is that in an "analog" world, each time you dialed a long distance number, that fully occupied a telephone line.
But technology changes and in the early 1960s, a gentleman named Paul Baran invented the "packet". The first thing to know is that the packet is transmitted as a digital signal, not an analog one. Next, the packet can travel on any route, it doesn't have to be the most direct or in a particular sequence of facilities. In its early configuration, the packet size was 1024 bits in length and included the "address" to which the message was going, the "address" from which the message was sent, the sequence number of the packet itself, and the remaining bits in each packet carried the "information". The changes this discovery made possible are mind boggling.
First, in the telephone network, when the caller was dialing the digits, it was no longer necessary to follow the analog path and to physically establish all the links necessary to complete the call only to find out the line was busy, essentially wasting the 23 seconds of operating time and tying up a telephone line. A single packet contained all of the information necessary to travel (at the speed of light) to the distant central office and determine if the called telephone was busy or available. If that telephone was not busy, the packet essentially informed the system to establish the connection. All this happened in about one second. It is important to note that the digital line carrying the packet of information can also carry untold numbers of packets from other callers. The line can be "bit stuffed" with unrelated packets whereas the analog system permitted only one number sequence in each line. While this was a boon to the telephone companies, it was even more of a benefit to what was a fledgling Internet system.
The "packet" became the norm for internet transmissions. Each time we hit the "send" key on our computer, our outgoing message is sent in a series of packets, each with its to and from address and packet sequence numbers. As the message is sent, it is mingled with other messages bound to other end users, that have been bit stuffed into a digital line. The "routers", or switches, at the distant end, put the packets in proper order sequence as they are transmitted to the end users. Remember, all this is taking place at the speed of light.
The benefits of the "packet" are so great that it has allowed most of the long distance calls to be converted to digital packets, multiple calls/packets to be bit stuffed onto single lines, thereby increasing call quality and significantly diminishing the demand for addition facilities. It's called VOIP, voice over Internet protocol.
Faster. Better. Cheaper.
(Bob Meade is a Laconia resident.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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We took the innocent people of Iraq to the cross & crucified them

To the editor,
In this very special time of the year when Easter and Passover are celebrated, we need to look back 10 years to the Iraq War. The consensus now say, "It was a mistake!" How does this terse remark, in any way, excuse the brutality and suffering we inflicted on the innocent civilians of Iraq, beset by civil war. A ancient country: oil rich, but corrupt throughout, having to face the strongest military force the world has ever seen. Without a modern army, or the will to fight, we crushed them, killing everyone that opposed us, calling them our enemies! Recently a PBS report completely whitewashed the story and used the same contemptible phrase the military invented, "Shock and Awe! They still don't have the guts to tell the truth — under the shock and awe poetry lay thousands of Iraqi bodies — men, women and children!
They took Jesus to the cross and crucified him. We took the Iraq people to the cross, innocent of crimes against us, and we crucified them. Their blood is on our hands! If you can deny this, you can deny the truth. Maybe it's the best you can do to cover the national shame of these tragic years.
Beware of war-mongers and their outrageous claims. We have seen what a vicious and corrupt administration can do to lead us into war using lies and distortions to create fear, overpowering honest and capable leaders to do something they knew was morally indefensible. God forgive us for our sins!
Leon R. Albushies

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 March 2013 12:06

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Humanitarian trip to Dominican made rewarding by donations

To the editor,
From March 2-16, 2013 I went on a two week humanitarian, medical trip to the Dominican Republic with 21 nursing students. Several people in the Lakes Region generously donated their time and supplies to make this trip so rewarding. I would like to thank Marion Gardner, Sally Abbott, Theresa Smith, Ruth Kruizenga, Olga Taylor and Ginny King, all of Gilford Village Knolls, for the personal care items and school supplies they donated.
Claire Gardner, a sixth grade student at Lakeland School, collected donations as part of her community project at the school. She collected hair ribbons, soaps, shampoos, pencils, crayons, and tooth brushes and toothpaste which were in great need in the rural campos I visited.
Sherry Gardner's Spanish class at Lakeland School wrote letters in Spanish that I brought to students in the Dominican Republic. They loved reading letters from America and wrote back to their new friends. They adorned themselves with the stickers that came with the letters.
The New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association awarded me a $1000 grant to purchase antibiotics and other prescription medications that would have been otherwise unavailable to these people.
Health care in the Dominican Republic is very limited and even basic supplies, such as soap, band aids, and vitamins are lacking. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make a difference in the lives of the families we met.
Nancy E. Dirubbo, APRN
Family Nurse Practitioner
Laconia Women's Health Center

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 March 2013 12:02

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