To The Daily Sun,
I was on my way to work Sunday, driving near the Rte. 106/107 intersection, when my Subaru skidded off the icy road into a snowbank. "No problem," I thought, "The Subaru should be able to get out of this easily." But the ice underneath the snow cover made it impossible to get any traction.
I got out and stood by the car and, not moments later, two Good Samaritan ladies stopped and offered to help. Within five minutes, four or five other people stopped with the same intentions. A few tried to push the SUV back onto the road and, when that didn't work, one man said he'd go to his home on Sleeper Hill and come back with a tow rope. "That would be faster than waiting for AAA," someone said.
When I left, I began to consider other ways to get the vehicle free. Again, in the next 10 minutes, three or four drivers offered assistance. Finally, one strong man saw what I was trying to do and, with his help, I was able to get back on the pavement. A few moments later, the man with the tow rope arrived and I was able to thank him for his helpful spirit.
The weather may be cold but the hearts of some folks in the Lakes Region are quite warm. My thanks to all my neighbors.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:18
To The Daily Sun,
We all celebrate the news that the New Hampshire economy is gradually improving, resulting in a fiscal year-end surplus. Some have suggested that the entire surplus be put into the state's Rainy Day Fund and that that suggestion is itself uncontroversial and non-partisan. I beg to differ.
Putting the entire surplus into the Rainy Day Fund might seem, at first blush, to be benign and maybe even smart. It would, in actuality, serve to validate the draconian cuts that were made when conservative Republicans held sway in the Statehouse. It would not give the governor and Legislature any leeway to restore funding of what Democrats consider essential services.
Yes, we all know that the New Hampshire Constitution requires that the budget be balanced. But some of the bad choices made by the Republican majority at the time resulted in actually decreasing revenue. Not finding other solutions harmed us all, particularly the most vulnerable among us: the poor, disabled and physically or mentally ill. We all pay extra because of poor roads and bridges, minimal funding of higher education, low reimbursement to hospitals, deferred maintenance, decreased staffing or closing of state facilities and the unraveling of the safety net.
So yes, let's celebrate the improvement in the N.H. economy. But let's not forget that this wealthy state has many poor people too. And let's debate, civilly and respectfully, the amount that should be put aside, without tying the hands of our governor and Legislature in their efforts to improve the lives of all
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:15
To The Daily Sun,
It's summertime in Antarctica and yet two ships are trapped in 10-foot-thick pack ice and one is an ice breaker. It's all very confusing because the climate scientists keep saying the world is getting warmer. But then I read in the past 10 years the average world mean temperatures have only risen, like one tenth of a degree. Australia is having the hottest summer on record but Al gore said the Arctic was to be ice free by now if I heard him right. So who do we trust? I sure don't trust Al Gore as far as I could throw him and the way that guy has ballooned up that's not far. Still something is different — but then back in the 70s scientists were telling us a new ice age was coming.
In terms of the earths age that was less then a blink of an eye, so what are we to make of these claims? The global alarmists say the extreme cold, unusually severe storms and such is all consistent with their warming theory's. But couldn't the reverse be true, that it may be the extreme heat wave down under that is the aberration? If the climate is changing is it do to human activity of natural forces? I do know that there is no shortage of people like Gore who will shill anything like a carnival barker to make themselves some money.
I sure don't know and at my age I'm not cashing in my retirement fund to "go green" any time soon. Now I wouldn't mind an electric car, or heating my home by something other then fossil fuels but the fact just is that those things just can not compete dollar for dollar with traditional fuels. Make the things cost effective, then we'll talk again.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
To Tom Sellow: please keep writing with your delightful opinions. Like Earle, Stephenson, Meade, Wiles, and Bouton, your letters are always amusing, while usually devoid of any grasp of the realities of the world. Mr. Earle, for instance, once bragged that he stole lunch money from the "weaker" kids, by which I have to assume he meant smarter kids. Well that certainly would have widened his group of victims, he then complained about people he had concerns about who dressed "like thugs". I asked if he could say how these people were dressed and he couldn't or wouldn't answer. I was going to suggest he recall what he wore while he was terrorizing his classmates, then maybe we would all know what to watch for.
I know you guys on the right assume "global warming" means that we who believe it to be real think that we will all be living in tropical climates. Maybe listen to people who actually know what they are talking about, and while global warming is catchy and truthful, looking at the entire world (that's where the global part comes from), a more fitting name is what a lot of people are now calling it — climate change. The more severe storms, which we have had. The rising of the oceans, which is really happening (I have seen this first hand). The temperature variations, say from warm to very cold, or cold to warm, whatever, it's happening more and more. I realize that fact checkers are evil for you right wingers, but then you should really be more careful, do your own research. So you may want to check the habitat of polar bears, any bear climbing up onto that ship would be so tired it would be more likely to be the meal than get to have a meal.
I have only one other thing to say, to my Christian neighbors and friends, actually it's a question. There was an anagram some years ago that seems to have fallen out of favor and I truly would like to know why. What ever happened to WWJD? Having watched the right at work I of course have an idea why they don't use it any more.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:00
To The Daily Sun,
I was taken aback by the Jan. 2 article in your paper regarding the Executive Council race. It implied that because only one person showed up at a Joe Kenney event in Laconia, that is an indication there is no interest in this race.
I would argue that you should attend a Christopher Boothby event if you want to see how much excitement there is in the Executive Council race. Recently, he held a New Year's Day brunch in Meredith that had 40 people at it, and an event in Wolfeboro that had 30 attendees. While these numbers may not seem huge, considering this is a special election in January, that is excellent turnout.
It is my personal opinion, as someone who has known Christopher for a long time and is a supporter of his, that Christopher could easily get double-digit number of voters at a coffee shop event, and I expect that he will do so sometime soon.
Please vote for Christopher Boothby on January 21, and check out his website at www.christopherboothby.com for more information.
L. Michael Hatch
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:52