To The Daily Sun,
Yes, I am one on those idiot joggers who roam the icy corridors that Laconia calls streets. Now let me point out that I wear a reflective, neon-yellow jacket and two strobe lights on when I venture out in to the inky black of night. My preference is running in the day but as the sun will not cooperate with me in the winter time and is determined to take long naps I am forced to be a creature of the night.
Recently while prancing down one of these streets I came nose to nose with a snow beast. Now a snow beast is an impressive creature for sure. It often has sharp chrome teeth, large bright eyes and is very quick on its four feet. This snow beast can often be found prowling the streets both at night and during the day. They are an ornery sort often menacing unsuspecting runners and walkers with their loud honking like growl.
The snow beast that I came across was of an ever growing sub-species known for texting while on the prowl. This particular type of snow beast has a careless almost haunting presence on the road and is known for its lack of concern for other snow beasts and road creatures.
So as I was wandering down one of the many well illuminated roads the other night I stopped and stood on the side of the road to let this snow beast pass knowing the dangers that this type presents. But as I mentioned this type of snow beast is a mercurial sort and he attacked me. As he was giving me a tour of greater Laconia on his hood like nose, I was struck with terror not only for myself but for other more gentle snow beasts. Luckily for me he released me from his icy grip and after getting back onto my feet and realizing I was unhurt was very thankful. After the Beast came to a stop I admonished it, but alas it is a fickle creature of habit like myself and likely will return to its old ways.
I think next fall I will bury all my canned goods in the yard and prepare to wait out the winter in fear of another encounter with a winter snow beast or a car to you non runners.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 January 2014 11:46
To The Daily Sun,
Do you realize that this country has spent more human life, more money and more resources fighting nefarious enemies, we claim (without substantial proof) are a threat to our safety here at home? More national effort has gone into killing foreign insurgents than any other single enterprise in the last decade. Americans, for the most part, accept war and our military presence in several countries as the price we must pay to insure our security and peace — even if killing hundreds of thousand civilians is the on-going cost! We have been brutal and merciless in our vengeance against our supposed enemies, bringing terror and death to all in the cross hairs of daily raids and gunfire. Think about an alternate scenario!
Iraq was never a threat to us, in any way. The war there was based on phony information that every legislator in Washington knew was a contrived lie. We went into Afghanistan with bombs and suitcases filled with millions of dollars to buy off tribal leaders to gain information and secure loyalty, (at times it worked, only temporarily.) In Pakistan we continue we kill innocent people with drone rocket attacks, not deterred, in any way, from our fierce assault on the same element that has been there for unknown years. These internal wars are not, in any way, our responsibility. They are regional problems in countries beset — for generations, with civil wars and internal chaos and regime changes.
To be specific: This country has enriched the weapons industry in trillions of dollars in military contracts for bombs, guns, tanks and endless amounts of equipment: thru the efforts of our elected officials (the war industry's salesmen) all done without remorse or regret for the loss of human life — our brave soldiers and the faceless enemies of the poor and impoverished countries in the Middle-East. These so-called wars have been, in every conceivable way, a total waste and a serious crime that this nation will go on lying about and defending until history books in the future will deny any culpability whatsoever.
None of the countries we have attacked had anything to do with the event of 9/11. These wars have enriched corporations and the war-related industries and given the rest of us heartache, loss, crippled soldiers, suicides, bankruptcy, moral corruption — nothing more.
Leon R. Albushies
Last Updated on Monday, 20 January 2014 11:40
To the editor,
"But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie" is a very prescient quote of Khaled Hosseini used in Bernadette Loesch's recent letter. A variety of conservative writers have painstakingly pointed out the lawlessness and deceit of the current administration by giving a myriad number of "factual" examples. Sadly, for died-in-the-wool liberal-progressive types, which Bernadette appears to be, the enlightenment is wasted. It has as much effect as shooting foam darts at the Hoover Dam.
Bernadette brazenly chastises Steve Earle as though she knows something that he doesn't, but then is bewildered by his remarks about misdeeds being rewarded rather than punished in D.C., and demands proof. We should all thank Ms. Loesch because she has just given us a perfect example of how liberal-progressive ideology poisons an otherwise healthy and intelligent mind. Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS targeting, NSA spying, GSA scandal, EPA bullying, Obamacare rollout and on and on. Unless Bernadette is playing a game of progressive possum, she knows exactly what Steve is referring to. And when Steve mentions how untrustworthy both members of Congress are, she replies, "why when where and how". She then claims it is a bit of a stretch of the imagination to say that. No Bernadette, it is a mad, mendacious, mind-bending stretch of anyone's imagination to believe that you are not aware of the polls that show congress has a favorable rating lower than a blood sucking weasel swimming beneath a mammoth layer of pond scum. Why, because we do not trust them of course.
This just in, Bernadette, President Obama has lost the trust of a majority of the American people for his "you can keep your doctor, insurance company and save money" bold faced lie. He is not likely to ever get it back because that is just the biggest of the many lies he has uttered in the past five years. His ignoring of our Constitution, foreign policy blunders and lawless attacking of political enemies would in all probability have risen to the level of impeachable offenses for any other president.
Now it is not for me to say for sure that Bernadette is a progressive liberal. However, go read her letter in the January 14 edition of The Sun. It is a more perfect example of that ideology than I could ever have written. Her other letters show that she has compassion and lives to help others, which is admirable indeed. After centuries of failures, why does the false promise of socialism dupe so many caring and bright individuals like Bernadette?
Bernadette Loesch's writings are an example of liberal progressives gone wild. They are "paragons of paradoxical poppycock". Bernadette demands the truth when she has no real desire to listen to any facts that Steve and other conservatives might offer up to her. You see, the left winging socialists who roam our fair country want to impose their belief system on everyone because the are absolutely convinced that they own the high moral ground and know how to make the system work this time. So circumventing our Constitution and spending the country into oblivion is perfectly okay because social justice and equality are far more important than freedom and liberty. Isn't that right Bernadette?
Last Updated on Monday, 20 January 2014 11:35
To The Daily Sun,
Former County Commissioner Christopher Boothby held the office from 1998 until 2010 and now is a candidate for the Executive Council of the State of New Hampshire.
It is undeniable that embezzlement of Belknap County funds took place over a period of several years prior to 2008, years in which Boothby was in charge. The embezzlement was only discovered during the 2008 annual budget process resulting in the 2008 scandal and the incarceration of the county administrator.
As a county commissioner, Mr. Boothby held fiduciary responsibly and supervision over the administering Belknap County property tax dollars for more than two decades. I for one do not want a go along to get along member of the Executive Council who has a track record of not fulfilling a fiduciary responsibility.
Please vote for Joe Kenney as the peoples representative on the Executive Council.
Thomas A. Tardif
Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 10:34
To The Daily Sun,
Let us all pray for the souls of the seven members of the Belknap County delegation (Republicans Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Guy Comtois of Barnstead, Charles Fink and Michael Sylvia of Belmont and Bob Greemore and Herb Vadney of Meredith — and one Democrat — Ruth Gulick of New Hampton) for having supported the bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. May you, your families, and your friends be spared the anguish of the actions caused by someone using this and any illegal drug.
Thank you Republicans — Jane Cormier and Stephen Holmes of Alton, Don Flanders and Frank Tilton of Laconia and Dennis Fields of Sanbornton — and two Democrats — Lisa DiMartino of Gilford and Ian Raymond of Sanbornton that voted against the bill. Thank you for being the light in the frontier of ignorance.
May God continue to bless the people of New Hampshire.
Thomas R. Selling
Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 10:31