To The Daily Sun,
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, a candidate forum for the Executive Council of District 1 was held at the Meredith Community Center. It was standing room only, and it was one of the best forums I have ever attended.
Joe Kenney and Mike Cryans did an excellent and thorough job of answering all the questions.
After I got home, I thought of one question I should have asked to Mr. Cryans. I have read many letters by supporters of Mr. Cryans. Most of these letters that Mr. Cryans has the most experience and qualifications to serve District 1.
Being Mr. Cryans only elected by three cities or towns, Hanover, Lebanon and Enfield as a county commissioner. He has no state experiences. How does this make him the most qualified candidate?
Mr. Kenney served as a selectman, state representative and state senator from District 3 for a total of 14 years. Senate District 3 serves 17 cities or towns.
Mr. Kenney also served his country as a Marine for more than 30 years. He served in Iraq, Afghanistan and in the Persian Gulf War.
When both candidates were asked if this would be a full time job, Mr. Cryans said no. He said like other present councilors he would continue working two jobs if elected. On the other hand, Mr. Kenney stated, he would make it a full-time job. He said he believed the people of the 1st District would want and expect that kind of service. District 1 covers almost 70 percent of the geographic area of the state.
After supporting and campaigning with Ray Burton for more than 25 years, I don't remember one time when he did not back the Republican candidate. Whether it was state representative, state senate, governor, U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate and president.
No one will ever replace Ray, but someone does have to try to continue the service Ray provided. I believe if Ray had been alive and involved, I believe he would have supported Joe Kenney.
Again, I say we need a full-time councilor and that person is Joe Kenney on March 11.
Michael L. Hatch
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 09:46
To The Daily Sun,
The following letter is in response to a Letter to the Editor by Russ Wiles:
I read your letter, "Mother Nature didn't do it, Congress destroyed farms in Calif." (see fifth paragraph below for the factual information re: Mother Nature) in the Feb. 22 paper. I think your letter is misleading, at best, because you want readers to believe that your research is current and true. In fact you sprinkle some very, very old facts with a heap of fiction.
First: Let's review some of your references to the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. I went online and found a blogger who posted some of the references you alluded to in your letter. The blogger, Janet Levy, has the byline for this article. At the end of her blog post it gives a site as follows: page printed from www.americanthinker.com/2009/10/endangering_people_to_protect_.html at October 15, 2009-8:30am EDT.
This article that you quote does state the following.... "The ties of [Nancy] Pelosi and Pelosi associates to a former Communist Party leader and advocate of a "New World Order," which endeavors to destroy the free market and capitalism and bring about global governance, is suspect at a minimum." The conclusion of this blogger in part states: "For nearly 20 years, California's water availability has been precariously tied to decisions made by bureaucrats and politicians using the power of the Endangered Species Act." Levy goes on to say, "The effects of the far-reaching ESA could ultimately lead to the destruction of one of the most fertile valleys in the world", etc., etc., etc..... While you didn't quote word for word from this blogger's article, I found enough parallels in your letter to convince me that this just might be the article where you excerpted your points.
If in fact you did use some of the points from this blogger's article without searching for further more current and updated research, it is not fair and balanced, nor is it the latest news issued from the California Department of Water Resources.
I did a little more research. I found a report that is current and up-to-date from the California Department of Water Resources issued Jan. 31 of this year.
This report states, "The California Dept. of Water Resources has cut promised water deliveries from the State Water Project from 5 percent to zero." "The harsh weather leaves us little choice," says DWR Director Mark Corwin. "If we are to have any hope of coping with continued dry weather and balancing multiple needs, we must act now to preserve what water remains in our reservoirs." ..."It is important to note that almost all areas served by the SWP (State Water Project) have other sources of water, such as groundwater, local reservoirs and other supplies." In the last paragraph it states, "The petition seeks to minimize adverse impacts to the cold water stored in reservoirs for downstream fisheries and to allow for some level of salinity control later in the season. Otherwise, water project operations risk losing entirely the ability to control salinity in the Delta." So in fact it does look as if Mother Nature is responsible for the drought conditions in California.
The reports makes no mention of your claim that "in order to save the Delta Smelt, ..... acres upon acres of water from the Northern California mountains' have been diverted to the Pacific Ocean rather than the central valley over the past five years..."
May I suggest that you go online to access this updated report (in its entirety) with press conference and video titled "State Water Project allocation cut to zero", Sacramento, January 31, 2014-11:45 a.m.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 09:42
To The Daily Sun,
This is the day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24.
Throughout my childhood the Bible served as a daily source of strength and inspiration to my family. I cannot recall a day that didn't begin and end with the sharing of scripture. A simple blessing always preceded a meal and prayer was the natural precursor to a good nights sleep. When I look back to those simple family rituals, I see how important they were to the formation of my faith, my life and my happiness. Never did I question whether the day would prove worth of rejoicing nor did I ever go to sleep at night void of thanks for something or someone I found to rejoice over that day! In my teen years I may have suffered a great embarrassment at the hands of my parents and their insistence on bowing our heads in a restaurant before a meal or by their inviting my new boyfriend to accompany us to a potluck supper at church (they never missed a chance to drag my friends to church), but the embarrassment eventually gave way to courage and even a little wisdom.
When I was no longer a child and began to wander in my own wilderness I remained faithful to the daily recitation of that favorite Psalm 118:24 and when I was blessed with children, lots of children, the words of the psalmist carried even deeper meaning for me. I continued the ritual of beginning each day with the question, "What day is this?" always hoping for a biblical response by something more importantly hoping that my children really would find something to rejoice in each day. I believe they all did and still do, and my grandchildren who are old enough to talk now respond to the same question from their parents. As we enter into each season of Lent I urge you to ask yourself, "What day is this?" each morning and be open to find the good that abounds in God's world. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 12:21
To The Daily Sun,
President Obama visited the drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley in California on Friday, Feb. 14, and announced to the nation that it is due to global warming. He has promised $2 billion in relief. He blamelessly floats above any responsibility for the "lack of water" devastation and swoops in to "save the day," acting like he's got the situation well in hand (summoning his inner Mighty Mouse).
Then after rhapsodizing about "shared sacrifice," he was off to spend a three-day weekend of golfing at two of the finest, billionaire-owned, water guzzling, desert golf courses in the country. No one begrudges our president his leisure activities. But the gob smacking juxtaposition of the two divergent appearances reeks of an arrogant hypocrisy and a callous disregard for what progressive liberal policies have wrought in this region.
Way back in 1992, Nancy Pelosi co-authored the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) while using the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to bulldoze its way through the agricultural landscape of Southern California. That would be the area that ranks fifth in the world as a supplier of food and agricultural commodities and the largest producer of fruits, vegetables, nuts, livestock and dairy products in the country. The CVPIA reduced water for central valley farming by a whopping 43 percent and allocated it for wildlife habitat.
So, in order to save the Delta Smelt, a useless bait fish, acres upon acres of water from the Northern California mountains were diverted into the Pacific Ocean rather than the central valley over the past five years. There would have been enough water reserves to carry the farmers through this drought minus the intrusion from the central planners and environmental busybodies.
We have the insane liberal-progressive policies to blame for the severe harm and destruction wrought upon these hard-working farmers. We have those policies to blame for the rising cost of food prices and the increase of food imported from foreign countries to make up the difference. Meanwhile, back at the Obamanian ranch, the president plans to develop a billion-dollar climate change "resilience fund." Rick Moran reports that this money will go to "green pork" and research to gather data on the impact on climate change.
William Busse of the Maricopa County Conservative Examiner notes, "As usual, devastation to jobs and economic ruin mean nothing to radical environmentalists. To them, the Delta Smelt's survival has a higher priority than the human condition." No Mr. President, California's drought calamity isn't caused by climate change. It is caused by politics.
Thomas Lifson reminds us, "Farms are being destroyed. Heartbreaking pictures of dead orchards and other sites are a current feature." Monica Showalter of Investor's Business Daily wonders if France would rip out its storied vineyards to save some fish that would not be missed if it became extinct. Thomas says that if Congress can destroy farms in California, it can destroy any industry in any state. Brian Sussman calls it eco-tyranny in his book of the same name. This is progressive, central planning insanity, and it is just plain evil.
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 12:08
To The Daily Sun,
Hooray CVS, what a bold move by the health and beauty chain, for telling the tobacco industry that they will no longer be selling their disease ridden products as of October 1. It will be interesting if their competitors will do the same, or will tobacco products still be sold at the Corner of Happy and Healthy, or with the Wellness Card.
70 years ago the Red Cross handed out packs of cigarettes to young GI soldiers headed off to Normandy, I'm sure lung cancer and heart disease was the furthest thing from their minds. 50 years ago the Surgeon General put the death label on the sides of tobacco products. Progress has been slow due to the tobacco lobbyists who deny there are any healthy issues.
CVS is and always will be my health and beauty store. God bless anyone who has broken the chains of tobacco addiction, and God help those who have not.
I will leave you with a verse from the Beatles, whom all smoked. "I'm so tired I'm feeling so upset, although I'm so tire I'll have another cigarette, and curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid git."
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 12:01