To The Daily Sun,
In response to L.J Siden's letter in the August 10th edition of The Sun:
I had to read your letter more than once in order to determine whether it was a piece of carefully crafted sarcasm or if you actually meant what you wrote. In the end I realized you were serious. With that realization it became quite apparent you suffer from a malady common to many on the left: projection.
You make a number of accusations that are ludicrous at best, going on and on about what supposedly motivates the right. But after the second or third reading of your letter I realized that the very thing you attribute to the right is what you and many on the left do on a regular basis — you are resistant to facts that do not meet the left's narrative. What's worse is the left will outright ignore them or try very hard to discredit them even when they come from many of the same sources upon which they usually rely.
While some of the talking points you bring up are valid, you attribute them to everyone on the right when nothing could be further from the truth. If I were to do the same thing as you I could easily claim that the left believes in government control over every aspect of our lives, telling us where we must live, how often and with whom we must have sexual relations, how many children we can have (assuming it approves of us reproducing at all), how we have to raise them, where our children must go to school and what classes they must take, what cars we must drive if we're allowed to drive at all, and when we must die. While there are some on the left who believe all of those things, I do not attribute them to everyone on the left. That would be foolish and close-minded.
Do those on the right fear a dictatorship by Obama and his minions? Yes, some do and they have history on their side to justify their concerns. Many dictatorships were not achieved by coups but by the dictators fooling the electorate and, once in power, obliterating the rights and freedoms of their citizens one step at a time until they were all gone. Has Obama made any such moves? From my personal observations, I'd have to say yes. He's already shown that he has no respect for the Constitution, going around Congress when he doesn't get his way and stepping in on matters that are, quite frankly, not within the purview of his office. Does that automatically mean he will become a dictator? No, but it should concern everyone including you and your brethren on the left that he has little respect for the law.
Do I deny facts that "complicate" my views? No, I do not. For one thing I know life is complicated and that one-size-fit-all solutions rarely work. Will I question facts that go against things I have learned through experience? Absolutely. I do not accept facts willy-nilly. I wait until I can verify them from someplace other than from where I originally came across them. (Too often those facts come from less than reliable sources. You know, the "I heard it from a friend who knows a guy who's the personal assistant to someone whose brother-in-law's cousin works for a guy that knows these things" shtick, or worse, from some of the less reliable media.) If the facts prove to be correct, will I change my viewpoint? Yes, of course. To quote John Maynard Keynes, "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do?"
And that begs the question, what do YOU do? If I had to guess from what you've written, I'd say that facts aren't really all that important to you unless they confirm what you know to be "true", If they disagree with your beliefs, will you change your viewpoint? Or do you dismiss them out of hand as being false or part of some Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and cling to your absolute belief that you're right and that the facts MUST be wrong or false? If you do, then who's being "resistant to facts that complicate their views?"
'Tis not I.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:25
To The Daily Sun,
Wind Developers plans for 100 turbines+, constructed on four stunningly beautiful lakeside sites between Groton and Grafton, will, according to many local residents, change the this community for the next quarter century.
How can a commercial wind investment of a half billion dollars, on 15 miles of local ridge lines, not make an impact? The most obvious impacts are: watershed damage, deforestation damage, wildlife damage, river and stream damage, seep damage, visual damage, etc. What's your concern?
Opposition for these next three wind projects have increased.
Locals are worried about the damage to their livelihood (home values) and to tourism. I heard a few comments at the Antique Auto Show that stopped me in my tracks. Comments like: "New Hampshire will be disfigured" and "This is a massacre of our beautiful landscape"; one asked, "Would the governor like these monstrosities in front of her house?"
Another statement I heard was: "If the turbines are not running or are not connected to the the grid, they won't provide any power at all, would National Grid then take over. The answer is no. The promise of electricity for thousands of consumers is spin, not fact!"
Yet state politicians want to ruin our livelihood. Have they forgotten that our communities represent families too, not just votes?
The proposed 15 miles of turbines would make this community resemble a wind park. What's more, to create this "park", it would be necessary to deforest much of the mountain-tops as well as blast into them, and upset the environment for decades to come. The whole thing is a disaster waiting to happen.
I believe these turbines were meant to be built in Massachusetts, but, of course they don't want them spoiling their communities either. It's amazing how wealthier people have much more influence than us country folk.
However, New Hampshire Wind Watch is hopeful that it's not too late to fight these next proposals: "We have initiatives in place, it's not a done deal, and the more people who protest, the better.
I also heard a new tourism opportunity at the show...this wind proposal is not necessarily a negative — we could organize jeep tours to go up and view them — because they are so beautiful (LOL - had to put that in at the end...it did make me laugh).
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:21
To the Daily Sun,
On Wednesday, August 7th at noontime I was involved in a three car motor vehicle accident on Route 11 next to the Scenic View. It was a serious accident, a woman lost her life and another was seriously injured. I was injured as well and had to be removed from my vehicle by Gilford and Laconia Firefighters.
I wish to express my condolences to the family of the deceased woman and to the others involved.
I would like express my gratitude to the police officers, firefighters and medical personal who responded to the scene so quickly and handled the situation so professionally. I would also like to thank the emergency room staff at Lakes Region Medicinal Center for the care they provided to me.
Last but certainly not least I would like to thank my friends from Lake Shore Park, Bob and Marilyn Henderson. Bob was on scene with in minutes to assist and Marilyn was kind enough to drive my wife Eileen to the hospital and stay with her until they knew that I was going to be alright.
I would also like to thank the the police officer who used his cell phone to call my wife in those first few moments after the accident. Thanks to all of you!
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:13
To The Daily Sun,
There have been numerous letters in the paper about the two Moultonborough Planning Board members who have been asked to resign over their actions on the Bear's Nest Trail, LLC application. The names that should be front and center are Bob and Cathy Williams, the owners of Bear's Nest Trail, LLC and Shaun Yanuszewski, the owner of Sky's Carpentry. They are the ones who violated the town ordinances, not the two Planning Board members who donate their time.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:10
To The Daily Sun,
All you young girls out there, relish in your youth while you have it. I couldn't wait until I was 21 so I could vote and maybe have a drinky or two. Of course, that was in the dark ages, the fifties. I think today some start drinking in elementary school!
Anyway, after you reach 21, all of a sudden you are in your forties and going through the change and quite a change it is. You get hot flashes and you start to grow a "beard" and a "mustache"! Where did this hair come from all of a sudden. Only men have this problem. Well surprise, surprise. Now you are aging into your late sixties and early seventies. You look at your body and you see all these little brown spots appearing. Yuk. You think maybe they will get together and you will have a nice tan in the summer. No way. You are also noticing that your skin is getting wrinkled on your face and what are those wrinkles doing on your arms? What happened to the elasticity that was there 50 years ago? And what happened to my thighs? They used to be firm only because I was skinny. Now I have dimples. It's called cellulite. Gross. Now my attire consists of long sleeves and long pants. The hot flashes are gone somewhat. We never think of ourselves as "old" until we look at our body. Some of us age gracefully. Some of us just age. I consider myself lucky that I have reached this age.
I hope all you girls out there do the same and longer. Great health to all.
Barbara J. Perry
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:08