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We'll have to reduce domestic spending for years to pay for wars

To the editor,
Appraising our history for this past 10 years is elementary to understanding where we are today. We need to take a good, long look at our decisions on the national front to understand how it's affecting our economy and our way of life. This is more fact and less opinion, I hope!
We, as a nation, have taken our military might overseas to make war with third-world countries we have claimed as our enemies. Our national policies, since the event of 9/11 has been to seek out and kill combatants we have claimed as dangerous to our national security. We have been reminded repeatedly, almost daily, of the potential threat these insurgents pose to us! Call them terrorists, or anything for that matter — they must be destroyed. The ensuing years of war, that we initiated, we have run up a bill that has spent more of our treasury than our first flights to the moon and the development of the A bomb, 60 years ago. As of recent estimates, the amount spent is about five trillion dollars. At least 6,500 brave and dedicated military personnel have paid with their precious lives to eradicate enemies in two nations beset by internal disorder and chaos.
Many historians and military experts now agree Vietnam was a war we had no business to be in. Early on we used the "Gulf of Tomkin Resolution" as our excuse to invade and occupy military forces in that country. Later it was refuted. We lost our alibi, and 58,000 men because our blunder. Yet the war went on!
Since all the dire predictions of potential attacks from Iraq and Afghanistan have proved to be false, how can we now justify the loss of life and revenue we have forfeited. Did we really expect these corrupt governments we helped support to have the means to harm us? Neither country has a military, or the will, or the way — and 9/11 did nor originate there!
We have been duped by a government that is top-heavy with weapons contractors and politicians who have been their ardent supporters and sales-persons. Arms sales all over the world have been, and still is, our biggest business. Spokesmen promoting overseas wars far outnumber statesmen who seek to prioritizing domestic needs, first and foremost. Five trillion dollars would pay for Medicare costs and Social Security payments well into the future. But no, that money is gone!
We will have to reduce domestic spending for many, many years to pay for these protracted wars. Wars that we gained nothing from, and wars that will be paid for by future generations of working people — like you and me!
Leon R. Albushies

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:30

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Everyone at LRGH did their job with professionalism & kindness

To the editor,
I have just had an operation and would like to express my gratitude for the wonderful care I received from my surgeon, Dr. Jeremy Hogan, and let everyone know how fortunate we are to have access to Lakes Region General Hospital.
Everyone I encountered did their job with such professionalism and kindness.
I also spent three weeks at Golden View Retreat in Meredith and would recommend their exceptional care. Thank you all. I truly admire the work you do. But most of all I owe so much to my husband Don. It was wonderful to be able to depend on his loving care and support.
Caroline Bailey

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:26

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Nice to see qualified people running for Belmont Library board

To the editor,
I am very pleased to see two very qualified individuals running for Trustee of the Belmont Public Library. Belmont and the rest of the trustees would like to thank both Diana Johnson and Sheila Sullivan for their interest and desire to serve in the betterment of our town's beautiful historic public library. We all look forward to the expansion to five trustees from our current three as part of next year's elections.
David Morse, Chairman
Belmont Public Library

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 00:27

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Only viable solution is for each of us to strive for zero refuse

To the editor,
The various gimmicks the City of Laconia proposes to deal with our trash crisis are dandy ways to increase taxes but fail to address what goes to the curb. The only viable and lasting solution is for each of us to strive for zero refuse. I don't pretend to have all of the answers but here are a few that came to mind:
— Use the Post Office. Save all you junk mail. Once a month, take it back to the post office. The last time I checked they had recycling wastebaskets in the lobby. Keep in mind that for one low flat rate you can send up to fifty pounds of most anything to any address in the U.S. What you put in the box, where you send it and the return address you use is only limited by your creativity.
— Support local wildlife. You might be surprised at the variety of table scraps that will disappear if placed outside your backdoor or that of a neighbor.
— Stop reading newspapers. All the news you can possibly use and then some is available for free on the Internet. Besides, from day to day the names may change but the news remains the same.
— Look in the bathroom. This is especially true if you have city sewer. You might be surprised at what will flush.
— Spread your trash. Even in small amounts, when multiplied by 365 chances, an enormous amount of waste can be distributed. Take what looks like a hearty lunch to work. Visit parks and other public places. Leave tidy bundles in pickup trucks at the mall. Let ingenuity prompt opportunity.
— Compaction is the key. Using the car to run over cans and plastic containers will easily reduce their volume by two-thirds. The kids will love to help. If soaked long enough, any type of paper can be reduced to a sodden mass. This material can then be formed into rustic lawn ornaments
Any serious thoughts about disposable diapers are welcome.
Tom Becker

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 00:22

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Jim Finnigan worked hard & set the tone for N.H. body politic

To the editor,
With news of the passing of retired Manchester Union Leader editorial writer Jim Finnegan last weekend, brings to mind a letter I wrote some 18 or so years ago to Mrs. Nackey Scripps Loeb, then president and publisher of a great newspaper.
Some of what I wrote to Mrs. Loeb applies just as much today, as it did then. I wrote, in part:
Jim Finnegan joined the paper in his late 20s, and for almost 40 years carried the torch — with others — of conservative opinion in the Granite State's largest newspaper.
As a former newspaperman, myself, I was always amazed at Finnegan's output: three or four editorials each weekday. In the old days, this kind of volume was common. Damon Runyon, Ring Lardner, Ernie Pyle, Hal Boyle would write daily news columns, laced heavily with humor and opinion. That's what made them stars. Jim Finnegan was a star, cut from the same mold as these great scribes from the golden days of newspapers.
Writing opinion is hard work. It's more that a relaying the news of the day or quotes from other people. This kind of writing has to come from your own gut. To pull it out of yourself means there has to be something there to begin with. Finnegan had it.
Jim Finnegan worked hard, was consistent, and set the tone of the body politic in New Hampshire. That tone was a traditionalist, up-front, conservative, take-no-prisoners brand of newspapering. Like his late mentor, William Loeb, Finnegan made you think. He made thinking about certain matters unavoidable. His writing for decades launched many a hot jaw session at luncheonettes, bars, and breakfast tables across the state of New Hampshire. Presidential hopefuls, governors, bureaucrats, back-bench politicians alike turned to him every morning.
Now that's a newspaperman, and one who has been long missed.
Dean Dexter

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 00:18

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