To The Daily Sun,
I have been reading the letters to this paper for more than five years now, and was thinking about some of my favorites. One that certainly qualifies is from a state representative who bemoaned the fact that environmentalists were to blame for a snowy day pile-up on 93 south some years ago. I have driven on that highway in the snow and watched people driving like maniacs and seen cars smashed together or off the road way. Might it be that if people would drive using some degree of caution, that pile-up wouldn't have happened?
Another of my favorites is just about any letter from the woman who likes to talk about, you know, "those people". I think I know who she is talking about but I could be wrong. And we can't forget the letter that called for forced abortions for a "certain segment" of our society. Just who do you think should be the recipients of this medical procedure, I know it's tough but be honest for a change, could it be, you know, "those people"?
Of course there are always letters about our current president. Now I was never a big fan of his and would gladly debate his actions with anyone willing to be honest about his policies, but honesty seems to be sorely lacking from most right-wingers. I can understand people who get what they consider "news" from Fox. One guy even wrote a letter saying we liberals get our news from the "Daily Show". It's certainly understandable he thinks that, if he gets his news from the Fox comedy network, but he neglected to mention the wonderful "Colbert Report". Honestly I had never seen an entire Daily Show until I read that letter, and I want to thank him for making me curious about it, it is really funny most of the time. The difference being I understand that it is supposed to be funny, whereas Fox is actually supposed to be serious.
Although I can't say there is one letter about the right claiming they are the party of "personal responsibility" I always get a kick out of that claim. I was sad when they tore down what I considered a shrine to that claim on Route 106 in Belmont; you know, where the former owner had blamed the president for his dealership closing. Never mind that Chrysler had stated that they would be closing under performing outlets, it was all the president's fault.
Then there are letters about the "evil unions". I wonder where most of the middle class would be today without unions. Even most of those folks making a living wage in non-union work places, can thank the threat of unionization for their pay and benefits. Take away that threat and you can say goodbye to a decent wage, and those benefits, gone. My dad was a tool and die maker, he was also active in his union, very active. When, after over 40 years on the job he wanted to retire, he was begged to stay on another year. Three years later he finally retired. My dad was also a Christian, a real Christian, as was my mom, and I loved them dearly; we were also all Democrats and proud of it. To say that liberals hate Christians is just plain nonsense. My folks were never wealthy, but we all had rich friends whom we also loved. Try to be honest with your statements, it's something I learned from my parents.
Religion is another favorite topic of mine in this paper. One letter that stuck out like a sore thumb was the one where the guy was complaining about liberals saying that we have freedom from religion. And on the whole, that's a true statement no matter who says it. He was referring, I have to guess, to the very reason Europeans came to this land. Freedom from religious persecution. But just lately a whole lot has been said about Muslims. I know and have known people of all faiths over the years, some Muslim, they were all good, hard working people. I hope to never read one day an essay that begins: First they came for the Muslims . . .
Just read the letter from the poster boy for changing the Republican mascot from the elephant to an ostrich with its head firmly planted in the sand. In his letter he claims that MSNBC "is staffed by the most outrageous, foul mouthed unprofessional collection of left wing dregs ever assembled". I have to agree that Joe Scarborough is foul mouthed and unprofessional but Joe may take exception to the "left wing" label. Most of his "proof" falls under the half truth heading, and wasn't it a right winger that said half the truth is a whole lie?
And last, but certainly not least, is liberals want to "ruin America". We want to destroy the Constitution. I have read letters saying that the editor of this paper should "edit" letters from liberals to conform more to the writers way of thinking. We shouldn't have abortions, but killing a young man who was walking home, minding his own business is considered not only okay, but God's will. Now to finish I have to comment on the "Ode to business" printed in this wonderful paper. Most of it was true about most businesses, but I have to know if the guy who wrote it would like a nice fresh glass of West Virginia water.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 11:48
To The Daily Sun,
After reading the response by Ms. Loesch to Tony Boutin's letter in Friday's Sun, I have come to the conclusion that she is a very intelligent woman who lacks something that is very important to one's thought process, good old common sense.
Let me begin with the minimum wage controversy. People who are working for the minimum wage are for the most part just starting out in the work force, people who have nothing in the way of experience to offer an employer. These jobs give them the opportunity to gain the experience needed to move on to better paying jobs. Others are teenagers working after school and during summer vacation. Are there exceptions to this? Very few.
If you look at the effect of the minimum wage, without rose colored glasses, you will see that it does little to change the spending capacity for those that the feel good progressives profess to care about. If you raise the minimum wage it results in two negatives. First employers whose companies work with very small profit margins will cut back on staff. The second, which to me is the most important, is these employers will raise prices on their products to compensate for the wage increase which increases inflation which takes away any gain these employees see. Also, people a little further up the ladder will see their buying ability reduced by the guaranteed price increases. It's simple economics.
The number one thing that raises people out of poverty is a robust economy which progressive policies put a stranglehold on and unless you're blinded by ideology you can see the results of these policies in the last five years. If you look at the investment versus the results of the war on poverty since it's inception there is nothing to see but complete failure.
Single parents. I have to believe that Ms. Loesch has blinders on to believe that a single parent family doesn't cause poverty. It also is the cause of generational poverty as children brought up under these circumstances tend to remain in them. Please, before anyone gets their knickers in a knot I don't mean that all single parents live this lifestyle but it is rife in our society and I'm not speaking from an ivory tower but as a voice of experience. When it comes to driving to work in a broken down vehicle, what are we supposed to do buy them all Cadillac Escalades? Oh that's right, I'm sure the car of choice would be a Toyota Prius. I drove a lot of broken down vehicles to work in my younger days and didn't look to Uncle Sam to buy me a better one. Come to think of it, I worked for small money until I became experienced in my trade.
I believe that if the people who take advantage of these programs were weeded out, and there are many many of them, there would be plenty of money to improve the lives of the people who really need and deserve assistance. This is where the Democratic Party comes in. They block any changes to their political cash cow.
Ms. Loesch states that the Democratic Party doesn't need the poor to win politically. Wow, that kinda reminds me of "if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor." I hate to burst her bubble but if the Democratic Party didn't buy people's votes with our tax money by promising everything but 21 virgins (hmm, maybe I shouldn't of given them that idea) Mitt Romney would be president today and the economy in this country would be a heck of a lot better that it is now.
To Tony Boutin: keep up the good work.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 11:41
To The Daily Sun,
This letter is in response to Gail Morrison's letter in The Daily Sun on Friday.
First of all, you refer to half the population benefiting from the Roe v. Wade decision. A majority of women choose life for their babies even if there were no Roe v. Wade decision. Secondly, women with babies also "blossom at home" and love their babies and maybe "blossom" more than those who have murdered their infant. It seems that you are saying that women blossom at home and on the job only if they abort their baby. This isn't true! To have Planned Parenthood help a woman kill her unborn child is a tragic evil. Abortion for the convenience of the parents for careers or pleasure is a malicious act against an innocent baby.
Joe Kenney has publicly stated that he is pro-life, thereby my hope is that he will stand against Planned Parenthood. The Executive Council was correct in voting down the funding, and it should stay that way. An image of scissors cutting a baby into parts is what I have when I think of an abortion. A baby is more than a group of cells.
Life is precious.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 11:38
To The Daily Sun,
On Thursday, January 30, Gerald Coogan, an unelected official who's on the payroll of the Lakes Region Planning Commission, sent in a correction to another local newspaper about the "official" website for the massive federal top-down planning program called the Granite State Future.
I went to both websites, www.granitestatefuture.org and www.GraniteStateFutures.org and was stunned at how the official website is lacking in-depth information about what's going on with this federal planning and zoning program.
Why is that? Why doesn't the official website contain the following scary statement on their home page taken from one of the official Granite State Future documents? The abstract of the Granite State Future project summary says on page 15:
"Anticipated barriers (to incorporate the Granite State Future plans), including N.H.'s strong tradition of individual property rights and resultant resistance to planning and zoning; and a currently strained state budget that will limit state agency's capacity to conduct future planning efforts."
Ouch! You didn't have to get an A in high school English to understand that.
Granite State Future is going to take away individual private property rights and create MORE restrictive zoning on private land.
If you go to the www.GraniteStateFutures.org website — the one with the "s" on the end, you quickly discover Granite State Future is a massive federal, not New Hampshire, planning program that has built-in mandatory outcomes.
Because the nine New Hampshire Regional Planning Commissions (NHRPCs), who are filled with unelected and unaccountable officials, accepted millions of dollars of federal grant money, the NHRPCs MUST incorporate mandatory federal planning standards into our local master plans!
The Nashua Regional Planning Commission, representing all nine NHRPCs, signed a legally binding agreement with the federal HUD department stating as much. In other words, the citizens of New Hampshire are being sold down the river by unelected officials.
I did some quick research and discovered the feds are trying to take over the planning and zoning in many other states including New Hampshire. Here's a very short list: San Francisco — One Bay Area Plan; East Tennessee - Plan ET; Upstate New York - One Region Forward; Florida - Seven50.
I urge you to go to the GraniteStateFutures.org and watch the video at the top of the home page. Wait until you see what Greg Carson, the top federal HUD official in New Hampshire has to say. Wow!
I fully expect Jerry Coogan or some other unelected planning official to write back saying, "We don't understand why Mr. Carter is against planning."
What I'm against, and you should be too, is the federal government ramming their plans down my/your throat via unelected bureaucrats that are completely unaccountable.
Wake Up and react citizens of the Lakes Region if you don't want your individual property rights taken away!
NOTE TO MR. COOGAN: If you'd like to debate any of these facts in a public forum, please contact me. Let's allow the public to decide what's best for New Hampshire, not you.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 11:33
To The Daily Sun,
Several potential angels did NOT get their wings tonight and had they, it would have been my fault and something I would have had to live with for the rest of my life.
Traveling down Union Ave., past the high school, just before AutoZone, not sure if there's a crosswalk or not with it being twilight, a lot of traffic as it was 5:40 pm, all the salt on the road, and most of these kids dressed in dark clothing. . .
Traffic continuing along to a light just turned YELLOW, NO STOPPED TRAFFIC and these ALMOST angels decided to cross the street right then and there, right in front of me, necessitating me hitting my brakes, not a gradual slowing as one approaches a light. Only ONE was dressed in a white and pink colored jacket, which is what I caught out of the corner of my eye; the rest blended in-all dark clothes-and no, the light from AutoZone did not help as watching traffic, watching lights, and jockeying for correct lanes takes a bit of coordination and concentration...
Naturally the kids all thought this was hilarious and LOVED the horrified look on my face and just started, and continued to cross the street, with arms raised, thumbs and pinkies extended in Thank You, Thank You style... and all laughing...
So to all of us traveling anywhere near the high school where these brain trusts are crossing the street because they have the right, and traffic MUST stop for them and have our vehicles under control at all times, be very very careful at twilight and after dark as well, because you never know when another angel will get their wings... and yes, it WILL be your fault.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 11:29