To The Daily Sun,
Did you know the Federal Government was shut down? Would you have noticed if the media did not constantly tell you about it in the news?
Yes, the big problem was the closing of the National Parks. In the news every day, people on vacation were not allowed access to the roads in the National Parks or to the monuments in Washington DC. It is hard to imagine that people are fooled by this political action. Closing the roads to National Parks is like closing the roads across the N.H. White Mountains.
Park Rangers closed the gates and stopped collecting entrance fees at least until the states decided to open some of them. Yes, the federal government-run campgrounds and other housing facilities might need to stop operating along with the Disney World like tram ride in Yosemite but why did the roads through these parks need to be closed?
When the Federal Government "shuts down", parklands should remain open free of charge to allow vacationers the right to access roads and trails to view the many beautiful waterfalls, rivers, lakes, cliffs, canyons, trees, mountains, super-volcano lava flows, etc. Park Rangers are not necessary for people to see the outdoors.
How many noticed the shutdown of the unnecessary government agencies like the Department of Energy, Education and HUD. The permanent closing of these agencies would result in less spending and government controls that negatively impact jobs and the free market economy.
There was some news about how highly-paid federal employees were suffering from the 16 day shutdown, although reports now say they are being paid for not working. I wonder how the people who truly live on a paycheck to pay check basis feel about the alleged "suffering". Perhaps they missed one of their $200,000 plus conference/seminars? It is sad that the elderly were scared by the threat of not sending out retirement social security payments.
Reports that the country lost billions of dollars because of the shut down are unsubstantiated. If they did not pay federal employees for the shut down period, you would think there would be millions saved in reduced labor costs associated with these unnecessary workers.
The pro big government people sure seem to think they won the shut down exaggeration. This just confirms that there are people who benefit from big government at the expense of the many who lose. Unfortunately, those fooled by the park closures are likely going to continue to be fooled by those successfully convincing people that a centralized big government spending and borrowing trillions is necessary and good for them.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 09:59
To The Daily Sun,
In a recent Letter to the Editor, Belknap District 5 State Representative Dick Burchell stated that: "57 percent of the populace rejects the ACA" This is incorrect as polling data (Kaiser Health, CNN/ORC, and others) show that at least 40 percent of the populace favor the ACA (Obamacare) or want it expanded, while fewer than 39 percent want it ended. More importantly in New Hampshire the most recent New England College poll shows that 58 percent of our populace supports the ACA while 38 percent oppose it.
Interestingly, the latest NBC/Wall St. Journal poll shows that only 24 percent of our populace approves of Representative Burchell's Republican Party... Hmm! Clearly our populace has recognized a problem and it is not the ACA (Obamacare); a quick look in the mirror would show Representative Burchell where the problem is.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 09:56
To The Daily Sun,
As a full-time reader and occasional contributor, I was dismayed by a few of last week's letters. There were several personal attacks and, one letter so angry — so hateful — that it actually sickened me.
I think that The Daily Sun is a wonderful forum for political debate. Most of the contributions are thoughtful and, at least, somewhat respectful. There are, however, certain factions that have absolutely no tolerance for any opinion other than their own. These individuals attack not only someone's opinions, but see no problem in personal, vicious assaults. Anyone who disagrees with them can find themselves caught in a crossfire. Many of these letters are dominated by CAPITALIZATION. I guess this is the equivalent of YELLING. Daily Sun readers are, by definition, READERS. We can figure out your emphasis.
Now to quote Bill Clinton — listen to this: I absolutely defend anyone's right to express their views I may not agree with them, but have the utmost respect for freedom of speech. I may not see the necessity of owning an assault weapon, but I support the Second Amendment. As a card carrying member of the LEFT (sorry), I voted for Barack Hussein Obama — twice. I may hate your views, but I don't hate you. Hasn't our country advanced beyond the High Noon — blow each other away mentality?
June M. Huot
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 09:53
To The Daily Sun,
I recently read a letter from Professor Wes Golomb of LRCC on climate change. After I was done laughing I felt the need to clue the professor on the fallacy of climate change.
The fear of climate change has been around for decades. Even in the 1970s people were talking about it but it wasn't called climate change back then. It was called global cooling. That's right! People were scared that the world was getting too cold and we were all going to freeze to death. Time magazine even dedicated multiple articles and covers to the threat. It was all the pollution and ash from volcanoes that was blocking the sun and making the temperature drop. One of the solutions was to melt the polar ice caps so we could raise the temperature by getting rid of the ice.
Fast forward a couple of decades. The temperature had been rising and the fear of global warming was growing. Then the stories started. It was pollution and ash from volcanoes that was trapping the heat, melting the polar ice caps, and we were all going to drown if we didn't burn to death first. Time Magazine even dedicated multiple articles and covers to the threat. Sounds the same, only different.
In Dec. 2009, the Global Warming Summit was held in Copenhagen. On the final day of the summit, Copenhagen received four inches of snow overnight due to a blizzard going through the area. Temperatures fell to a balmy 25 degrees Fahrenheit. That is some harsh global warming right there. To make sure that didn't happen again, the next summit was held in Cancun.... no chance of it snowing there.
About six months ago I had the pleasure of attending a regional planning commission listening session. One of the topics discussed was climate change (that's what we are calling it now). They gave us all stats from the year 2000 how the temp has been rising and what we can do to change the course. Someone smartly asked "Why are these stats from 2000? It's 2013 now." The reason is of course that the average global temperature has been dropping over the past 13 years.
So it was global cooling, then global warming, and now climate change. Climate change is the perfect thing to call it because the climate will change. Now we can spend money no matter which way the wind blows. Climate change isn't about climate. It's about someone telling us what we can drive (car pollution), what we can eat (cows bred for consumption fart, leading to methane gas killing the Ozone), and how much of our tax dollars can be spent on a problem that doesn't exist. I'm all for lowering pollution and finding alternative energy sources as long as it is affordable and not paid for by fleecing the American taxpayer. In 2011, Obama-backer and solar cell producer Solyndra received $535 million taxpayer dollars. Did they produce more affordable solar cells with that money? No, they went bankrupt. Where is the $4.28 billion in economic benefits from that investment that the prof. says we should receive?
Professor Golomb says that science of climate change is not a democratic endeavor. Sorry to say it, but the science of climate change leads to big government and that is a Democratic endeavor.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 09:50
To The Daily Sun,
I want to share my healthcare.gov experience with those who haven't achieved their goals with this — yet.
On October 5, I was finally able to get the application started. This event took approximately two hours and it was a lovely day outside. My husband managed to get the entire backyard raked in the amount of time it took me to "complete" the application.
I finally got to the end of the application (still not knowing if we qualified for the subsidies or if there were insurance plans we could afford) and my husband's ID needed to be verified.
So I did the steps required (scanned his N.H. driver's license and attached it) and then waited... and waited.
I called once a week wondering why his ID wasn't being verified and the call center would tell me to call the ID verifying company (Experian Verification Services). I would call them and be told I had to call the call center again. So I would. Then round and round we go.
Last week (October 10) I was told this was a glitch and I should wait another week.
I called October 19 and the call center, yet again, told me to call Experian. I did and they told me to call the call center. I did.
But on the bright side I now get a new message when I try to upload my husband's ID. Now I get a message telling me the file is too large and must be smaller than 10 MB. It is — much smaller. Still won't accept it.
I will give this one more attempt... one more and I'm done.
I REFUSE to submit his ID via the mail. They can't tell me how long that would take and I have no idea where it's going.
I still don't know what plans we have available to us, I still don't know if we qualify for any subsidies, and we aren't any further now than we were on October 5.
Albert Einstein's definition of insanity "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Pretty much covers this.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 09:47