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Alton Selectboard should pick Phil Whittman to fill open seat

To The Daily Sun,

I recently heard the news that Bob Daniels has stepped down as selectman from Alton. As the recent article in the Baysider stated, the voters of Alton need at least one selectman who may have a different opinion than the four incumbents.

If he is still interested, I feel that Phil Wittmann should be chosen to fill the position, since he demonstrated the interest to actually enter the race and received the support of approximately 500 citizens. This will give us the diversity we need and expect from the Board Of Selectmen.

Donald Kleeberg

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:14

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I pray, asking God to forgive this country & its leaders for Iraq War

To The Daily Sun,

Sen. John McCain recently said, "We defeated Iraq." I hope he didn't choke on those words. It's more than mere folly to make a audacious statement when he knew well, as every senator knew, it is a concocted lie.

We overwhelmed a small sovereign country with tremendous military power and left years later exacting the death of over a half million people. It was a non-declared war, illegal and criminal in every aspect. What happened to viable dissent in the face of this catastrophe? No one spoke out forcefully against it. Not the people ( the majority, at least) not the news networks, not the clergy: and it happened because most of us turned our back on it and tacitly approved the killing of men, women and children. It was, and is, a devastating loss of life for a nation still in the throes of civil unrest.

We started in Afghanistan, bombing unknown targets and bribing tribal leaders with suitcases full of money. Our duplicity again demonstrated we were not constrained by any law, our own domestic laws and international laws, firmly established and recognized worldwide. The U.N. was silent as was every nation, cowered by our immense military power and our willingness to use it — anywhere and at any time. This sordid chapter in our checkered history will soon diminish, thank God.

I pray fully asking God to forgive this country and its leaders past and present for this immense tragedy. Whatever the reason, (contrived or real) our criminality is an affront to all that is decent and moral. These wars did not have to happen. This nation was never in any danger — except the danger of a administrative military takeover, enabling and encouraging continued violent through harassment and deception of the American public.

Did McCain mean the war was justified because we won? Is winning ever a legitimate reason or result that pacifies our game-oriented mentality? We must resolve that military conflict will never again be used as a method of resoling international problems. Work for peace. Do not tire in this endeavor.

Leon R. Albushies


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:08

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Why do voters have to show up at polls but reps can phone it in?

To The Daily Sun,

Wow! Mrs. Wittmann, I haven't been lectured like that since my sixth-grade teacher, Miss Forsyth, caught me passing a note to Mary Ellen Swartz during history class. Mary Ellen sure was some gal, a real hottie! Wonder what she's doing now? Any way, I was soooo embarrassed.

Since I am not well read, I guess I didn't do a very good job of making my point in my previous letter, since I don't write well. But in that letter I don't remember writing about "Khumbaya," heck I can't even pronounce it, much less spell it. You remind me to do my research — really good idea.

Mrs. Worsman could send out, in advance of county convention meetings, a printed agenda so's we'uns can research the various subjects up for vote. Golly gee Miss Forsyth . . . oops I mean, Mrs. Wittmann, "I promise to be a good boy and do my research every day." Stop laughing Joyce, as my wife you should know I'm trying to be serious.

I don't remember saying anything about "warm-up bands" and "hippies," but if I insulted them in some way, I'll try to be a good boy and never do it again, cross my heart. I'll also work hard to develop some common sense so's I won't be afraid to get into the belly of the beast. Right now I don't have enough sense to pound sand down a rat hole! I'll read any books you recommend. I'm sure you'll help me choose which ones as I can tell from your letter that you are a warm and generous person. I'll read them all after I finish the stuff I am reading now — Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution. I'm afraid I'm not going finish them soon though 'cause most of the words have two or more syllables and I spend a lot of time looking up meanings.

Oh yes, I guess I should tell why I wrote the former letter. . . why is it voters have to appear in person at the polls and show a picture ID in order to vote for those representatives who will be members of the county convention, but those same officials at the convention can vote by telephone and not actually appear and be identified? Who is the person on the other end of the telephone line who is voting? I have been told that this procedure is legal under New Hampshire state law, but why is it legal for lawmakers not to appear in person but us little people must appear?

Have nice day, Mrs. Wittmann and, oh yes, Khumbaya!

Elliot Finn

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:02

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For a court to decide college players are employees is troubling

To The Daily Sun,

I am not accusing the media at all, but am merely commenting.

The issue of unionizing college football players — for a court to decide players are employees is troubling.

The news teams need to research for the benefit of consumers, especially small-business people.

I do understand that the college will appeal. As small-business employer, we must comply with many employee regulations, the least of which is payroll records, Form 941, taxes and worker's comp insurance. It costs me to have an employee about 15 to 20 percent of the gross pay, for an employee. Workers Comp insurance premium is partially based on the risk. In other words, the premium is far higher for a tree climber than for a sales/clerical employer.

Please, I hope the news media does their research when reporting a story.

George Hawkins

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:18

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Fairpoint now determines when they raise rates & my how much

To The Daily Sun,

Since May 2013 the FairPoint monthly measured service rate has increased by 30 percent and the unlimited local service rate has increased by 70 percent. Wow! What a great piece of legislation the Senate passed in 2013, taking the control of rate increases out of the hands of the Public Utilities Commission (amendment to HB-542 regarding the deregulation of telephone rates and service). FairPoint now determines when, and how much they will raise rates for their customers.

How can these rate increases be justified when seniors only received a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in monthly Social Security benefits and many others in the private sector received no COLA increase at all?

How did your legislators (House and Senate) vote on this unfair legislation allowing these unfair rate increases?

Bill Whalen

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:15

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