Letter Submission

To submit a letter to the editor, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Letters must contain the author's name, hometown (state as well, if not in New Hampshire) and phone number, but the number will not be published. We do not run anonymous letters. Local issues get priority, as do local writers. We encourage writers to keep letters to no more than 400 words, but will accept longer letters to be run on a space-available basis. Letters may be edited for spelling, grammar, punctuation and legal concerns.

 

An unhappy man who just want others to be in the same boat

To The Daily Sun,

Once again, we have been enlightened by Mr. Veverka's "knowledge" of Christianity, a subject that he seems to care deeply about. But when we read what he actually has to say, it becomes obvious that he only cares about casting dispersions and public ridicule on people who actually do have a deep understanding of it, but with whom he disagrees. It is very sad because it's seems that the only reason for him to engage in this discussion, or any discussion on most any subject, is to attempt to impress the larger world of how smart he is, and if we would only listen to him, and learn from him, the world would be a much better place. But it soon becomes quite clear to most of us that Mr. Veverka not only is quite ignorant on the subjects he writes about, but he also must be a very unhappy man, and only wants others to join him in that unhappiness.

I appeal to readers of this newspaper, who know Mr. Veverka personally, as well as all Christians, and people of faith, to pray for him. Although he won't believe that "... the fervent prayers of a righteous man avails much" (James 5:16 NKJV), the rest of us know that they do. I am not going to try to convince him of the errors of his thinking, or to even speculate as to the motives for his extreme cruelty and name-calling toward people of faith. And that's because I don't think he will even read this letter very carefully, but if he does, it will only be to arm himself to respond in a unkind way. And that is also very sad indeed.

Frankly, I feel very sorry for Mr. Veverka. Why would he even care if you or I believe in God, the God of creation, and the God of the Bible, and the author of the "Eternal Plan of Salvation"? Your and my beliefs regarding God don't affect him in the least, nor are they, frankly, any of his business. Why is he so militant in his rhetoric, so negative and insulting toward people of faith? I doubt that it's because he cares about our well-being.

Of course there are many unanswered questions that all of us humans have, regarding the profound nature of the world and the "whys" that seem to have no answers. I know I will always have some questions that I will never know the answers to. Our human pridefulness keeps many of us from thinking outside of ourselves, beyond ourselves, or to respect others who may have different points of view. Why is it so important for Mr. Veverka to get so worked up about what others think about this, or anything else, for that matter? He obviously has very little regard for the rest of us, and our dignity as human beings. Aside from the self-entertainment value that he might receive from his insulting comments, why does he even bother? His arguments seem only meant to demean and belittle.

My response to arguments like his is only to try to set the record straight, for all people who are still searching for some meaningful answers, and to share some rock-solid faith-based solutions to life's most important questions. The Bible teaches us that instead of relying on ourselves, we need to rely on God and His plan for our life. He created us, after all! And He cares deeply about us.

Not withstanding what Mr. Veverka says ...

Jim McCoole

Laconia

  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 291

$800M deficit claim made by GOP is false; check with Politifact

To The Daily Sun,

I don't always respond to a letter writer who responds to a letter to the editor that I had originally written but I do want to clear some of her statements up. The letter writer is Hilary Seeger, whose letter appeared in this paper last week.

Hilary herself concedes that Senator Forrester voted for cuts to nursing home rates in the O'Brien budget, to the tune of $30 million dollars, proving my point that Senator Forrester's phony outrage is extremely hypocritical.

My second point was that while Forrester says that these nursing home rate increases were promised, the truth is that Forrester and the Legislature promised more than state agencies could actually deliver; they made back-of-the-budget cuts without specifying which services should be cut — and leaving it up to state agencies to actually make the tough choices/deliver the bad news.

The O'Brien budget that slashed funding for nursing homes by $30M also cut cigarette taxes. O'Brien budget showed what GOP priorities are — cutting cigarette taxes while slashing funding for higher ed and nursing homes.

Hilary also stated that, "While it is true that the 2010/2011 budget to reduce funding nursing homes it was because there was an $800 million deficit facing the state — a deficit created by the Democrats over-spending. Our law requires a balance budget and Republicans were faced with difficult choices to meet the law's requirement. However, in the 2014/2015 budget, even though Governor Hassan tried to continue cuts to nursing homes, the Senate Republicans restored funding AND put in a budget footnote to tell the governor she could not use those funds for any other purpose."

The $800M figure that she cites has been rated "false" by Politifact.

A sign posted in the Nashua area during that election cycle written by the New Boston Republican Committee made a simple, 11-word statement, describing the difference between recent Democratic and Republican legislatures.

"NH DEMOCRATS $1 BILLION DEFICIT," the sign reads. "NH REPUBLICANS UNDER BILL (House Speaker William) O'BRIEN BALANCED BUDGET."

PolitiFact decided based on that statement to do some research as to its truthfulness.

I do hope interested citizens like Hillary Seeger and my favorite Republican Mike Hatch will go to the link below and read the whole story.

To read the comprehensive article please go to: http://www.politifact.com/new-hampshire/statements/2012/jul/29/new-boston-republican-committee/new-boston-gop-says-dems-left-deficit/

Paula Trombi
Meredith

  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 287