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With emphasis on school sports, we will slip further behind

To The Daily Sun,
Laconia High School students continues to fail at math. Their proficiency level is stalled at about 22 percent. The same level prevails across the state. This dismal average has continued year after year with no discernible effort made to improve our students ability to compete! (None that has had any record of success!) This seeming indifference is over-shadowed by the school's emphasis on games and sports. (Look at the trophies in the lobby.) Plainly put, this constitutes a grievous misconception that this prevailing inequity can continue even as we struggle to gain employment in a world market-place!
We have a fatal attraction to games that puts academic achievement in near limbo status! Scholastic success doesn't have anywhere near the acclaim, attention and euphoria generated on the playing fields and courts .Do we ever have a banquet or parade for classroom achievement? Most of the young boys playing football on the new state-of-the-art field cannot pass mathematics or science exams! Does that make any sense whatsoever?
We are not competitive with Asians, they will garner the high-tech jobs, and unless we make a drastic changes in our evaluation, we will slip further behind most industrial nations as we become a service-oriented country on a much lower wage scale!
Unless we bite-the-bullet and admit we are haphazard and indifferent to meaningful change in education, we may, in future years, be dominated by elitist-military corporations that further divide people into two classes: the poor and ignorant and the wealthy!
Leon R. Albushies

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 08:19

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Plan presented for a new county jail is simply not affordable

To The Daily Sun,
It will be interesting to see what the candidates for mayor of Laconia will have to say if they are asked about support for a new county prison. After being a part of a slug-fest over a mere 1.3 million dollar increase in the 2013 budget, it should be interesting to see how an increase of over five million dollars a year, every year into the foreseeable future, will play out.
One of the presenters Monday night, Laura Maiello, is quoted as citing a 'high rate of recidivism" as one reason to support the proposed new prison. What was glossed over was that most new incarcerations are not because of the commission of a new crime but because of violations of parole or probation. As the commissioners noted, the county rate of recidivism as actually on the decline. In other jurisdictions, community based parole and probation is supervised by a district attorney, which has led to successful outcomes. Perhaps we should consider the abilities of our own capable county attorney and examine this approach.
It is troubling that the new state prison for women has a cost authorization of thirty-eight million dollars for 224 beds, or less than $169,000 a bed, while the proposed new county prison would have a cost of at least $236,000 per bed.
Perhaps there is a need to expand and renovate the existing prison but the plan which was presented is unaffordable. We need to have an unbiased assessment of the existing physical plant before we proceed any further and the process to accommodate that evaluation needs to be fair, honest and open.
Rep. Dick Burchell
Belmont District 5

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 08:11

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Post Office food drive netted almost 5,000 pounds for pantries

To The Daily Sun,
The Laconia Post Office collected 4,950 pounds of food for local pantries during the Mother's Day Weekend Food Drive.
We would like to thank our customers, local food pantries, radio stations, newspapers and the United Way. And a special thanks to Kevin Bobolia for all the help!
U.S. Post Office

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 08:06

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What difference does it make when we have American Idol to watch?

To The Daily Sun,
Much ado about nothing or something? You be the judge.
Two middle fingers up is what the community organizer received from Russia and China as he vacations on Ssafari in the land of his birth while Edward Snowden thumbed his nose at that empty suite Secretary of State John Kerry.
Snowden is making the rounds of all Obama's friends: Hong Kong, China, Moscow, Russia, Havana, Cuba, Caracas, Venezuela and finally, Quito, Ecuador. By the time we get him back he'll resemble a wrung out sponge as Obama's friends will squeeze all the information they can out of the traitor.
Six months from now our idiot populist (Mainstream Democrats) won't even remember or want to remember who Edward Snowden is but they'll remember what Lady Gaga wore to the music awards.
Think I'm kidding? Test your neighbor. Ask him if he can tell you who the following people are, (Brian A. Terry, Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, John Hammer, Sean Smith, and Chris Stevens.)
I'll give you a hint: one was killed as a result of Eric Holder's debacle and four were killed as a result of team Obama and Clinton failing to send back-up and you can Google the one who's left.
But after all "what difference does it make," as long as we have American Idol the Bachlorettd and Dancing with the Stars?
Add to it that ignorance is bliss when it comes to "U.N. Agenda 21". But, as Alfred E. Neuman said, "What, Me Worry?"
Groton New Hampshire got in step with the Obamanation and Agenda 21. Check out the spinning abominations on their mountains. Nice going Groton, real picturesque, they should be a real tourist draw.
If you see a windmill from your property, petition your town to remove your view tax and then the surrounding towns can sue Groton for the lost revenue.
As Clint Eastwood once said, "We Americans are so tired of being thought of as dumb asses by the rest of the world that we went to the polls this past November and removed all doubt." It's just a thought dummies. . .
George Dengel

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 09:19

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1776 was really a lousy year filled with incompetence & panic

To The Daily Sun,
Here comes another Independence Day. As we collectively set to glorify ourselves and bask in our romanticized "Spirit of '76", we might want to take a moment to reflect. The "spirit" in '76 was incompetence, panic, folly, failure and pessimism encased in disease, defeat and retreat. For the most part, 1776 was a lousy year.
George Washington forced the British to evacuate Boston March 17. The British commander, William Howe, sailed his army to Halifax to await reinforcements. Washington marched his troops to New York.
Both sides knew New York was the lynch pin of colonial unity. It was the hub of colonial communications, commerce, finance, industry and wealth.
Nonetheless, Washington's decision to engage at New York was militarily unsound. "Britannica rules the waves" and New York was an island. Its only connection to mainland America was a narrow bridge more than 10 miles north of the city.
Once deciding upon New York, Washington and his advisors concluded Long Island would be crucial. It was the gateway to the city. The "brain trust" did not seemed to appreciate both Long Island and Manhattan Island would be death traps if the British came in force under sail.
Throughout April, May and June, Washington's army fortified. On July 2, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia voted to "dissolve the connection" with Britain, and the British began landing in force at Staten Island.
Congress adopted The Declaration of Independence two days later. At Staten Island, huge British ships, some with nearly a 100-mounted gun, landed — and they just kept coming. On August 12 alone, 100 ships arrived.
On August 22, Howe attacked. Five days later, Long Island fell. The Continental Army — outnumbered more than two to one — barely escaped annihilation at night through horrendous rains and wind.
Washington proved himself an ineffective, indecisive and undisciplined leader. Even after 50 days of British buildup, he could not bring himself to abandon an unwise plan. In the fight, the Redcoats outsmarted and outfought him. He lost personal composure at the Battle of Brooklyn as his army disintegrated in panic.
The British occupied Manhattan. The continentals retreated northward. At the Battle of White Plains (Oct. 28), the continentals were handily defeated again. They retreated into New Jersey. Gen. Howe, knowing he had destroyed the Continental Army, turned command over to Lord Charles Cornwallis and went on holiday.
Cornwallis chased Washington across New Jersey. Illness plagued the continentals. At any given moment, perhaps 40 percent was incapacitated. Troops deserted en mass taking their weapons. Cornwallis continued pressing. By November's end, the king's forces had driven the Continental Army to the banks of the Delaware.
Between Dec. 2 and 11, Washington retreated across the river into Pennsylvania near McKonkey Ferry. Although it would get better in the following 10 days, a Christmas Eve assessment was bleak by any measure.
The Continental Army was ill clothed, demoralized, sick and near collapse. In a week, all enlistments would be up and the army would simply dissolve. Washington's leadership was in question. His seconds in command thought him inept.
Fearing the hangman, the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia Dec. 12.
Civilians lost faith. They lined up to pledge loyalty to the crown in exchange for amnesty.
Knowing the war was all but won, Gen. Cornwallis ceased military operations for the winter and set his army about consolidating its gains. He retired to New York on personal leave.
Camped with Washington and the Continental Army, the poet of political prose, Thomas Paine, wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls."
Robert Moran

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June 2013 09:14

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