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I apologize to Jack for assuming too much; I rather liked the poem

To the editor,
Perhaps I do owe Jack Polidoro an apology. If he was being sincere about that one sentence in his poem, which included three references that the left began harping about within hours of the Boston terrorist atrocity, then I do apologize for "assuming" too much. I was incensed at the audacity and insensitivity of mainstream news sources in either "assuming" or hoping that this massacre was caused by "right wing extremists". It appears I was wrong in "assuming" that he was jumping on that redundant and usually way off track bandwagon.
My frustration and anger at the constant barrage of false accusations and outright lies perpetuated by modern day liberals toward conservatives was wrongly vented at Jack and for that I am sorry. I will not hold my breath waiting for an apology from all those who were wrong about their racist and insensitive remarks toward those on the right including conservatives and tea party types in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack. Why anyone watches CNN or MSNBC is beyond me. I will continue to point out the fallacies of the revisionist spin put forth by those on the left. Those would be the ones who are politicizing everything. I just wanted to make that clear to Jack. Again, apologies to Jack and, as I said in my original letter, I rather liked the poem and believed it to be heart felt.
Russ Wiles

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:13

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Some small steps to make Messer Street safer for our children

To the editor,
I have lived on the upper side of Messer Street for over 20 years. In those 20 years, I have heard and witnessed several accidents. But, never a fatal one. Until now. Sadly... just recently, we lost a darling young girl — Lily Johnson. My heart and prayers go out to the family.
To the city of Laconia: I have a few suggestions that may slow down any more accidents in the near future.
1. Install a blinking yellow caution light at the entrance of Opechee Street. To remind all drivers of the speed limit of 30 MPH.
2. Place a police cruiser nearby to enforce that speed limit.
3. Put a crosswalk at that corner with a traffic officer to assist the children in crossing that street.
4. Make sure that the safety of our kids comes first at any intersections, or crosswalks before any business growth.
These small steps are being used at our other three schools in this city. LMS should not be any different. The population of this facility certainly warrants a harder look by our City Council.
For Lilly, a tree could be planted at any designated place in our city in her memory.
I am positive that the citizens of Laconia would be more than willing to donate monies for that purpose. Or something else... I don't know.
Again, These are just some ideas to ponder for the years to come.
Think about it ... PLEASE!
Donald Isabelle

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:10

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We need more bands for our battle at Laconia High on May 10

To the editor,
Laconia High School students are preparing for Sachems Band Boosters Fund Raiser on May 10th — The Battle of the Bands. However, we need more bands! Come showcase your talent! We are looking for more bands. If interested, contact Lisa Fortson at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Sharon Pond, Vice President
Laconia Sachems Band Boosters

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:07

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Ayotte suported constitutional right of law abiding citizens

To the editor,
I want to publicly thank Senator Ayotte for her vote on the U.S. Senate's terrible gun bill. We are fortunate to have one senator to support the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens.
Two key words here: Llw abiding. The liberals that would confiscate our weapons just don't understand that part.
Tyler Simpson
New Hampton

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:04

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Michelle Malkin - Again, U.S. is victimized by the political asylum con game

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon killing spree by foreign-born jihadists, see-no-evil bureaucrats in Washington are stubbornly defending America's lax asylum policies. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Tuesday that the screening process is rigorous, effective and extensive.
These people can't handle the truth. Or tell it.
The Tsarnaev brothers reportedly were granted asylum by "derivative" status through their parents. After entering on short-term tourist visas, the mother and father (an ethnic Chechen Muslim) won asylum and acquired U.S. citizenship. Next, younger son Dzhokhar obtained U.S. citizenship. Older son Tamerlan, whose naturalization application was pending, traveled freely between the U.S. and the jihad recruitment zone of Dagestan, Russia, last year before the bombers' gunfight in Watertown, Mass., last week left the Muslim terrorist dead.
Though they had convinced the U.S. that they faced deadly persecution, the Tsarnaevs' parents both returned to their native land and were there when their sons launched last week's terror rampage. Authorities will not reveal any details of the sob stories the Tsarnaevs originally spun to win asylum benefits for the entire family.
The whole thing stinks. And it's an old, familiar stench. Immigration lawyers have been working the system on behalf of asylum con artists for decades. The racketeers coach applicants with phony stories and documents from "chop shops" and game their way through "refugee roulette."
Asylum and refugee claimants are being rubber-stamped at all-time-high rates. Government data analyzed by the nonpartisan TRAC website show that "the odds of an asylum claim being denied in Immigration Court reached an historic low in FY 2012, with only 44.5 percent being turned down. Ten years ago, almost two out of three (62.6 percent) individuals seeking asylum lost their cases in similar actions. Twenty years ago, fewer than one out of four (24 percent) asylum applicants won their cases, while three out of four (76 percent) lost."
The game is rigged in favor of identity-group hustlers, who mau-mau adjudicators whose approval rates don't meet their approval.
Soft-on-enforcement lobbying groups argue that it's better to err on the side of allowing bogus asylum-seekers and refugees to stay than to get serious about cracking down on fraud and send undeserving foreigners home. It's not "practical" or worth it, they say.
But what about the "if it saves just one life" standard set by President Obama? Why does it only apply to gun control? Why won't Washington err on the side of public safety by reexamining and overhauling our fraud-riddled asylum, detention, deportation and visa issuance policies after the Boston jihad?
In case you'd forgotten, the Tsarnaevs were not the first murder-minded jihadists to benefit from ineffective policing of our asylum and refugee policies.
As I've reported previously:
— Ramzi Yousef landed at New York City's JFK airport from Pakistan and flashed an Iraqi passport without a visa to inspectors. He was briefly detained for illegal entry and fingerprinted, but was allowed to remain in the country after invoking the magic words "political asylum." Yousef was released for lack of detention space and headed to Jersey City to plot the deadly 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
— Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer, a Palestinian bomb-builder, entered the U.S. illegally through Canada in 1996-97. He claimed political asylum based on phony persecution by Israelis, was released on a reduced $5,000 bond posted by a man who was himself an illegal alien and then skipped his asylum hearing. In June 1997, a federal immigration judge ordered Mezer to leave on a "voluntary departure order." Mezer ignored him. He joined the New York City bombing plot before being arrested in July 1997 after a roommate tipped off local police.
— Mir Aimal Kansi, convicted in 1997 of capital murder and nine other charges stemming from his January 1993 shooting spree outside the CIA headquarters in McLean, Va., also exploited our insane asylum laxity. Despite his history as a known Pakistani militant who had participated in anti-American protests abroad, Kansi received a business visa in 1991. After arrival, he claimed political asylum based on his ethnic minority status in Pakistan. While his asylum application was pending, he obtained a driver's license and an AK-47, murdered two CIA agents and wounded three others.
— Somali national Nuradin Abdi, the al-Qaida shopping mall bomb plotter convicted in 2007, first entered the U.S. in 1995 using a false passport. He entered again illegally from Canada in 1997 and secured asylum on false grounds. Abdi then was able to fraudulently obtain a refugee travel document, which he used to fly to Ethiopia and, yes, Chechnya for jihad training.
— Among the convicted Fort Dix (N.J.) jihad plotters were three ethnic Albanian illegal alien brothers, Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka, who snuck into the country through Mexico with their parents. In 1984, the father applied for asylum, but the feds ignored them for two decades. In the meantime, as America showed the Dukas' refugee community unmatched compassion and generosity, the Muslim trio returned the favor by planning to massacre U.S. soldiers.
As always, political correctness and political pandering are the handmaidens of terrorism.
(Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin is the daughter of Filipino Immigrants. She was born in Philadelphia, raised in southern New Jersey and now lives with her husband and daughter in Colorado. Her weekly column is carried by more than 100 newspapers.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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