Public colleges need to cut back on showy extras to be affordable

To The Daily Sun,

Back in the days of the Seabrook nuclear plant's building we became familiar with the idea of C.W.I.P. —  construction-work-in-progress charges. I still keep an old Gov. Gallen election sign that's pro-Gallen and anti-C.W.I.P. Utilities wanted to expand by building expensive plants and getting construction money through rates charged to consumers.

There could be no end in sight, this financing plan. Wonderful for the utility, very tough on the consumers who do need our electricity, so are captive.

Now, I wonder if so-outrageously high student debt is not a failure of similar financial-planning thinking. Our higher educational institutions, competing for students as businesses do for customers, expand their campus extras, those showy amenities (what some people call furbelows) that let them compete. Students pay higher tuition and higher and higher to cover the campus's costs. Students and their families are captive, because numbers show that adult financial security is more likely with a college degree.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's new student loan bill that allows people to refinance their student loans at a low rate, an option currently denied to most borrowers by federal rules, would help to alleviate the problem. We should encourage our Republican Sen. Ayotte and our Democratic Sen. Shaheen to sign on to the bill. New Hampshire students are among the most indebted in the country. But in the long run, we need affordable or free four-year degree institutions. Community colleges give the basics for two years without the alluring live-in and furbelow promotions. Four-year institutions, especially public ones, should fix their business heads and renew their vows to provide an affordable education, cut back on showy extras that get put in place and then need maintenance just as a more-than-basic house does.

Lynn Rudmin Chong

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Problem is most parents are clueless and just don't give a darn

To The Daily Sun,

I read the article in your paper about a (Gilford) parent getting arrested. Down in (New) Jersey, we would say, "Now, that's ghetto."

Poor conservative parent who actually has some involvement with what their kids doing at school.

The other parents should have taken notice; this was a learning moment but they missed the boat by complaining that the guy "spoke out of turn, or his time was up". What kind of crap is that? The guy has a ligit gripe and he gets arrested?

Here's a good question: Why don't the cops go the the town beach and arrest every high school foulmouthed girl running around after school.

I was in town the last few days and visited the beach while here and saw and heard just that. All your prima donas (expletive) this and (expletive) that, all for everyone to hear.

The problem is this: most parents are clueless and don't give a hoot where there daughters are as long as there out of their hair.

The guy at the meeting was representing his whole community and he didn't even know it. How? Simple, school lets kids read this kind of ("Nineteen Minutes") material and the impressionable little darlings grow up to be a bunch of you know whats, flooding our communities, breaking down the very fabric of any goodness.

And the board members say "Oh, they did a good job". Let's see how your kids are doing in five or 10 years.

Finally, someone who gives a damn has enough passion for what's good and right to get arrested and all you idiots can do is quietly giggle amongst your little cliques.


Jim Heimbuch

Oak Ridge, N.J.

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Hillary tying her wagon to Obama's so-called foreign policy

To The Daily Sun,

Well, finally Hillary Clinton has explained it all. She relied on the "experts" about security in Libya and Benghazi. Now we're all just supposed to move on and forget about it, I guess. Really?

One question: just who were these "experts" and how come they were so wrong? Look the British, French and everyone else had pulled their diplomats out, so how come we didn't? The place was a snake pit before the "Arab spring" and was worse after. That facility had been attacked before as had those of other nations' facilities, so why was security so lacking? Where were the Libyan security forces? Why wasn't there anyone on alert on the 9-11 anniversary especially in that region of the world? And then there was that cock and bull story, cover-up after, just weeks before the election. Nothing suspicious here just move on, Hillary says. Forget the whole thing.

I'm sorry. I did say just one question, didn't I? Well I guess there are a lot of questions we still have after all this time that does make a difference, at least to those of us that care and don't have their eye on running for president. I have to think Hillary must be in the running for victim of the year to hear the left spin it. Tying her wagon to Obama's, laughingly called, foreign policy has to be the dumbest thing this woman has done in a career full of dumb things. (My opinion).

The Obama policy has been full of appeasement to some of the worst, most-abusive nations in term of human rights and aggressive mindedness. Traditional allies have been treated more like after-thoughts or ignored, or worse, while Islamic terror support groups, like CAIR, are given an open door to the White House.

Now we have Obama releasing five of the worst, most dangerous terrorists in the world in a trade for a suspected deserter. Two of these guys are wanted by the U.N. for crimes against humanity. What are we to make of this?

Steve Earle



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We all pay for huge social welfare programs for low-wage workers

To The Daily Sun,

I'm always amazed at how much stays the same in Laconia and the Lakes Region: Te beauty of the lake, favorite restaurants, the same people posting the same endless letters in The Laconia Daily Sun, with the same old "talking points."

Bob Meade fits right in with his disproved list of "concerns" about raising the minimum wage.

There are so many very-low-wage workers, and we pay for huge social welfare programs for them. Paying a decent salary would save something on the order of tens of billions of dollars. Raising the minimum wage will help curb government spending on social services, strengthen the economy.

Doesn't it make more sense for employers to pay their workers then passing the cost to the government?

In a recorded message, a McDonald's employee who reported not being able to make ends meet was advised to sign up for food stamps and other government assistance programs. McDonald's is really the one getting government subsidies. They can pay a low wage and keep their high profits.

Michael Jones

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Beware, it takes very little energy to ignite gasoline vapors

To The Daily Sun,

Gasoline is probably the most common fuel in use today. People get very complacent when handling gasoline. Most people do not realize how easy gasoline can be ignited. This time of year we see a big increase in people filling portable containers; for use at home, on the island, or to fill the boat. Remember — gasoline is a very flammable liquid.
When filling portable containers you must put the container on the ground. Never fill the container inside a vehicle, in the bed of a pick-up truck, or on the bed of a trailer.
Always be sure the nozzle is in contact with the container and fill portable containers slowly.
Never fill to the top. Gasoline will vaporize in the summer heat and this can cause a container to expand and overflow. Always secure the container so it cannot tip over.
Use only approved containers and caps.
When pumping gasoline the free flowing liquid creates static electricity. In the right conditions a spark can be created at the container causing ignition.
Gasoline is heavier than air and will settle in low points — trunks, or the ground. Gasoline will ignite at minus 45 degrees F. It will ignite at any temperature. The warmer the air temperature the faster gasoline will vaporize and build-up pressure. The faster gasoline vaporizes the higher the chance for accidental ignition. Gasoline can ignite from static electricity. This can happen when the tank is not in touch with the ground, such as filling the container in the bed of a truck. Static electricity can also build up on your body if you get back in the car while pumping. If you get back out and touch the container you could create a spark — BOOM.
Several years ago we had a very serious accident in the Weirs when two young men inadvertently used a wet vacuum to clean up a spill in a boat. Both men were seriously burned.
When filling boats everyone should be out of the boat. The engine and ignition should be off. B-B-Q grills are becoming common on boats — be sure there are no hot coals in the grill before fueling.
It takes very little energy to ignite gasoline vapors. Please take these precautions and always be on the safe side.

Chief Ken Erickson

Laconia Fire Department

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