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Like many, we live on Social Security & we don't want PAYT

To the editor,
It looks as though what people want has no impact on some councilors and the mayor, from reports that we hear. The majority of the home owners do not want pay-as-you-throw and we consider ourselves among them. Like many of us, our Social Security is our main source of income. We can't understand how may of our elected officials, not likely in this position, can ignore our status and minimize the effect that all these accumulations of seemingly insignificant increases have an impact on what we have to spend on food, gas, etc. One little increase that comes to mind is the 30 percent sewerage rate on our water bill.
They will tell us how much each of these bags will cost us, which is a ridiculous amount compared to what we pay now for the bags that we use. A 30 gallon bag costs 11 cents at BJ's in comparison to what our pretty pink bags might cost. It's been pitched as a great way for the city to make money. Is that what our purpose is in life?
Could we afford a few pennies on our tax rate instead to balance the cost across the board. Heaven forbid that it might impact the almighty Tax Cap.
If PAYT is instituted, down the line, we can look forward to the problem that Concord now has. As was recently written in the Concord Monitor, they have decided to hold the price of bags at $1.00/15 gal. and $2.00/30 gal. for another year. The following statement was, "We're going to hold off this year, but it's certainly plausible to think that it could go up next year."
Concord city officials have also discussed whether merchants should be permitted to charge a "convenience fee" for their purple pay-as-you-throw bags. Currently businesses sell the bags as a public service and do not earn a profit. These bags have been used since 2009 and some merchants say it's difficult to continue stocking the bags at no cost. Could this possibly happen to use in Laconia? NAAAH it seems like our only ones to bee fit from PAYT will be the city and merchants, with our generous support.
This whole approach is an insult to the people, such as ourselves, who have been recycling as far back as the 1970s. For all our efforts we are being penalized by PAYT.
For the above reasons, we request that the mayor and council vote against PAYT.
Fred & Eileen Mason

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:51

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Playhouse is also place to cry & think about the world we live in

To the editor,
Spent a wonderful weekend producing Irena's Vow to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was very exciting to work with a committed and talented group of actors who put their heart and souls into telling a story of good in the face of unfathomable evil. Talkbacks after each performance allowed community members to share their thoughts and feelings. As with discussions after prior year's Holocaust Remembrance readings, at some point the discussion came around to human nature and man's propensity for both good and evil towards their fellow man. Without fail someone reminds us that while we say "Never Again" each year, ridiculous and wasteful violence and hatred still rears its ugly head again and again in this world. Monday's attacks in Boston quickly burst the bubble of good feelings presented over the weekend by our Lakes Region community's coming together to share discussion on the Holocaust and reassert desires to do good and fight evil.
Looking out at our audiences at the three performances I noticed a certain, "mature" demographic in attendance. An audience filled with tolerant people who have seen and heard too many examples of violence over their lives and who are sick and tired of it. But there were few teens and pre-teens attending. For that matter, there were few people in their 20s, 30s and 40s. As far as I can tell, very few of these acts of violence are perpetrated by senior citizens — so how do we get the younger demographic to face these issues if we don't want to talk about it with them? I'm thankful to be able to teach my kids about hatred and violence through our theatrical productions. I'm thankful that we create an environment where my 12-year-old is comfortable to ask questions in front of her community to try to make sense of the tragedies. It saddens me that so many other parents in our community don't take advantage of opportunities to share a message of tolerance and compassion with their own children.
In the Holocaust discussions we talk a lot about trying to understand how the Germans could go along with the exterminations of Jews and not do something to stop it. We talk about how the Nazis were able to turn Jews into "others" and thus it somehow became okay to treat them as less than human. Just like slave owners turned Africans into "others" and explorers turned Native Americans into "others", and on and on. Humans do a great job of organizing themselves into groups — by religion, ethnicity, nationality, towns, sports teams. And these affiliations serve a purpose to bring people together — but why do they also have to drive wedges between "others" and serve as an excuse to commit violence against other humans?
I'm thankful that along with laughs and thrills, the Playhouse is able to provide a place for its community to come together to cry and think about the world in which we live, through the annual Holocaust Staged Readings, plays like The Diary of Anne Frank, The Laramie Project, To Kill a Mockingbird, Big River, Two Rooms and more. I know being around tolerant people and being presented with theatrical productions that promote kindness and understanding by exposing hatred of "others" simply for their "otherness" has benefited my family and me. As the Playhouse continues to grow and continues to engage the community I hope your family can benefit too. Irena's Vow shared the story of a woman, Irena Gut Opdyke who performed acts of goodness in the face of evil. She didn't see Jews as "others" but as humans, and the ones she saved became her friends. It was a story worth telling, and I'm proud we did.
Bryan Halperin
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse

Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 11:51

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Report does't use the word but we know a lie when we see one

To the editor,
The Bush administration devised a carefully constructed mechanism to lead the U.S. to war with Iraq.
First they manufactured a problem, declaring that Iraq was a grave danger to the United States. They argued that Iraq was a threat to America and to the peace of the world, through its alleged arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and growing danger from Iraq, thus there was an urgency to act. Cultivating widespread anxiety by propagating fear stories about enemies seeking to do the American people great harm? Demonizing Hussein as someone so evil and irrational that there was a moral imperative for action.
They next had to dismiss other policy options that could have avoided war. Arguing that containment, an effective strategy during the cold war — couldn't work. They continued by attacking the efficacy of the U.N. weapons inspectors (which, ironically, had successfully disarmed Iraq from 1991-1998). Ultimately declaring that there would be no negotiations or discussions with Iraq.
Finally, the administration stated "we have no choice" — The U.S. did not want war but was being forced to act. It was Saddam's choice to go to war. The administration argued that Hussein must disarm. If he did not comply by turning over his weapons of mass destruction, he was choosing war and if the U.N. refused to act, then the U.S. would have to act. The Bush administration argued that was is our last option, even though the U.S. actively blocked every other viable policy. In this way, the administration made war the only option.
Subjected to this sustained campaign, Congress and a majority of Americans came to support this war of deception orchestrated by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & Co.
As early as 2002, while in the office of Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, then President Bush stated, "(expletive) Saddam, we're taking him out." A year later he commented that, "Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly ... all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes."
The evidence is conclusive that the Bush administration fabricated evidence and ignored repeated warnings that what was being reported were false.
Governments of coalition forces had to buy into these lies in order to justify sending troops from their respective countries. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted that he would have invaded Iraq even if he knew from the start that it didn't have weapons of mass destruction.
Our Senate Intelligence Committee released a 200-page report on how Bush and his officials deliberately misrepresented secret intelligence to make a case to invade Iraq. The report is a direct rebuke of the Bush administration's continued claims that it was the intelligence that was faulty and that Bush and company were simply presenting what the CIA had given them. The report doesn't use the word, but we all know what it's called when someone presents something as fact that's directly contradicted by the evidence: a lie. Not a mistake. A lie.
Further U.S. Senate reports revealed that the Bush administration could not find links it claimed existed between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. It tried, in best Soviet style, to torture its captives to admit that such a link did in fact exist. That, of course, would have been much better excuse for invading Iraq than the lies about weapons of mass destruction pointed at America.
Conservatives maligned the United Nations because this organization is not an arm of the United States and told the truth about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. U.N. reports submitted to the Security Council before the was by Hans Blix, former chief U.N. Arms Inspector, and largely validated by U.S. weapons teams, found that Iraq's nuclear weapons program was dormant. No evidence was found to suggest Iraq possessed chemical or biological weapons.
While we would all agree that Hussein would never be voted Man of the Year, if we were to follow Bush's logic, our next preemptive strike to protect the U.S. from attack and "evil dictators" should be on North Korea, Cuba, Ethiopia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Burma and ... the list goes on.
Why is it that Mr. Earle and other conservatives are quick to hold Obama accountable for all the ills of the United States, but fail to recognize possibly the greatest fraud perpetrated on the American people? Apparently they only believe and repeat what they hear on their "fair and balanced" network.
I'm certainly not opposed to defending our country and way of life, but I am opposed to dumb, rash wars based on passion and politics.
L. J. Siden

Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 11:47

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Please, senators, don't side with thugs, rapists & murderers

To the editor,
Open letter to the Senators of the N.H. legislature:
In the recent past there was a hearing on HB-135 — legislation to repeal a law that has had less than a year of testing in this state. The turn out at the hearing was overwhelmingly in opposition to this piece of legislation. Sadly a majority of our House of Representatives decided it was better to side with thugs, rapists and murderers than to stand with the majority of the citizens of New Hampshire. This bill is now coming to you. Please do several things when you vote on this on Tuesday, April 23: please do not take the step to make law abiding citizens criminals for defending themselves in any place they have a right to be; please review the facts that, since this law was put into effect here in N.H., there have been no incidents in N.H. to warrant its repeal, and, even more importantly, do not stand as a friend to rapists, murderers and thugs — stand by the citizens of this state and kill this bad legislation!
A. C. R. Piper

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Saddam had WMDs during war with Iran; we supplied them

To the editor,
I was looking at the letters to editor online and was going to skip "1600 year wars" but noticed my name was the first word in the sentence. I started reading the letter and got to thinking about the little tin toy with a crank on the side. As it was cranked the tune (Round and Round the Mulberry Bush) at the end up pops Jack the Weasel.
I was not interested in the history lesson any more than I was to read your income tax return letter — what garbage. Jack was correct, Saddam had WMDs during The Iraq Iran War, all supplied by USA. Jack calls me a liar and fool throughout his letter. His version of events are all his opinion. I spent 8-10 hours reading many articles and my letter contains quotes copied off web pages. His opinion on WMDs and inspections that followed are false. Jack, read the web pages as I did to get the truth and give reference to where your opinion came from.
In the meantime, I feel you are a instigator and also add you to my list of pathetic liars along with Mr. Wiles and Mr. Earle. You wouldn't know the truth if it tapped you on the shoulder. Honest writers, you call them! Jack,did your mother ever tell you to speak only when spoken too? I wrote a letter to Mr Earle, which was answered by Mr.Wiles. I answered his concerns, asked him how many of the 30 GOP governed states voted for President Obama . . . no answer. His next letter prompted me to write the one you found fault with and you answer that one. It looks like you are the spokesman for your little web of liars. I have had a few 2-minute conversations with Mr.Earle. Now when he sees me, he runs faster than a pit bull who just got introduced to turpentine.
Finally, I hope you read the fine column written by Pat Buchanan, twice GOP presidential candidate, who took George W Bush to the woodshed, spanked him, threw him under the bus and slowly put him under the rear wheels, got out and threw the keys in the woods and walked away.
Henry Osmer

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 April 2013 12:39

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