To The Daily Sun,
I was sitting here thinking about the past holiday seasons and I realized that over the years the majority of charity services occur two weeks out of the year and that these same people we help at this time no longer get help even though their circumstances haven't changed. In fact these people just had their food stamps cut giving them even less to eat on. Now don't get me wrong. I think the majority of people in the Laconia area are very generous, especially during the Thanksgiving week and Christmas week. However, hunger and homelessness aren't just a two week problem in Laconia. They are problems 52 weeks every year. They are problems most of us would just as soon as ignore and most time we walk a way.
The reality is that helping those less fortunate makes a person feel good. When I was a child we always helped our neighbors in bad times.
One thing I've noticed is how many people walk by the bin at Shaw' for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. When I go shopping with my sister, whether it is Shaw's, Vista, Hannaford, etc., I always buy at least one item and put it in the bin on my way out. I got to thinking how fast these bins would fill up if everyone did that. See it wouldn't cost a person a lot. You can get a box of macaroni and cheese for less then 50 cents. You can get peanut butter for $1.50. A box of cereal for $2.00. And there are specials in all these stores every week.
My New Year's Resolution is to continue to buy at least one item and do my best to increase that to two or three. Helping others makes me feel good.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:56
To The Daily Sun,
I read with interest Mr. Kimon Koulet's recent column about the Lakes Regional Planning Commission. It seems to me the writing was a propaganda campaign to keep the public in the dark about the truth behind NHRPC's.
"Independent communities also understand the importance of shared responsibility and interdependency." Could it be that he is talking about "regionalization".
Regionalization means another layer of government that is unelected, and unaccountable to We the People. It is a conglomeration of municipalities who are making new laws, then they go back to the local community and say that they are required to bring local laws into line! This is a manipulation. This idea is designed to remove sovereignty from local governments, who have been taking federal grants instead of noticing, they are walking off a "Cliff ". RPC's are working with the federal government and non-profits to entrap the locals, with little input from the citizens!
The whole article is a conscious deception! The use of such words as "attractive", "vibrant", "live, work and play neighborhoods" is found at www.granite state futures.org. This site is the slogan of the NHRPC's. a destructive program to remove individual property rights from the people.
Another quote: "We the people, receive the government and the rules from those we elect and appoint". What is that statement all about? In my heart the government works for We the People. Our elected officials work for We the People. Unelected, appointed people do not make rules and statutes, our elected representatives in the House and Senate are responsible for new laws. NHRPS's are unelected! http://des.nh.gov/organizations/division/water/wmb/repp/documents/ileupt-complete-handbook.pdf
How many people are attending their local planning, selectboard and commissioners meetings? Are you ready to give up everything you've worked for all your life? If you want to retain your GOD-given liberties, you better get down to these meetings, and find out what's going on in your community. This is where it all happens!
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:50
To The Daily Sun,
Proof: the act of testing for truth, efficacy, or believability. Over the years I've been confronting Mr. Earle on the fabricated stories he has submitted to this forum. Recently, when he asked me to point out his lies, I provided evidence of his most recent three and asked for evidence to refute my allegations. His response was, "No L. J. I don't have to prove a thing." Based on this response, we must assume that the information provided by Earle is not true.
I'd like to see Earle grow through learned conversation, but he would rather let his emotions get the better of him than seek the next logical progression in an argument. He simply speaks to hear his own voice, willfully ignorant that no matter anyone's points of proof, he refuses to see he is wrong. His willful ignorance is futile.
I respect Earle's right to hold and express his political views in this forum, but it's one thing to blather on in the absence of facts, but it's quite another to deliberately ignore evidence because it would interfere with whatever agitprop he happens to feel. At some point, you'd think it would become embarrassing.
When Earle withholds and distorts factual information from readers, and then holds himself to a different standard whereby he doesn't "have to prove a thing", he has lost his credibility. And if his audience doesn't find him to be a credible source, then his message will fall on deaf ears. His unsubstantiated ramblings and rants become nothing more than gossip with talking points attributed to his "trusted" e-mail/blogger buddies.
My letters to this forum are not an attempt to "cover up" for the president, as Earle implies, but to "expose" the lies and disinformation he disseminates to the readers. With that having been said, I'm sure Earle will be relating how I have been "promoting racial division" — or does it come under the heading of "I don't have to prove a thing"?
L. J. Siden
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:49
To The Daily Sun,
About 30 million, or 10 percent, of all Americans have no health insurance; or, to put it a different way, 90 percent of us are covered by private or public insurance. Therefore, it should not be surprising that so many people are dubious or outright against the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. It's designed to help the 10 percent, those who can't get health insurance while providing subsidies for those who can't afford it. It's a laudable goal that all patriotic Americans should support. Unfortunately, the "What's in it for me?" crowd is always there to undermine social progress.
Consequently, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been planned along the lines of a political campaign. Concentrated demographic targets have been identified and are being contacted by on-the-ground organizations. Workers are concerned primarily only with those eligible for the program. The emphasis is on the states and urban areas with the highest percentage of citizens without health insurance.
Remarkably, it's the same strategy that had been used by the federal government to get people to sign up for Social Security insurance, during the Great Depression. Back then, just as today, many conservative states and governors tried their best to keep people from signing up for the program. In Georgia, in the 1930s, Governor Eugene Talmadge refused to help his people get Social Security. He was also against the implementation of the nation's first minimum wage law ($.25 an hour) that was signed by President Roosevelt. This came at the time when Georgia had become the poorest state, with a median yearly income of less than $500, or $250 a year, for black workers.
Federal counselors blanketed the state and provided information and applications for Georgia's elderly. It took a few years, but eventually all seniors (white and black) who were eligible for Social Security were able to sign up. It's amazing how today's conservative politicians are just as spiteful and heartless as those from the Depression in refusing to help people who need government assistance.
Los Angeles County is ground zero for the Obamacare campaign with more than 2.2 million uninsured U.S. citizens. This area alone is home to nearly 5 percent of the entire country's uninsured population. Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, has 1,800 certified navigators who are authorized to help with enrollment. In addition, there are dedicated people, including SEIU union workers, to knock on doors, make phone calls, send mailings and set up health fairs and events to publicize enrollment.
The White House is also using its influence to generate media interest in areas that need the program the most. In recent weeks, top administration officials have visited Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, Phoenix, northern New Jersey, Tampa, Orlando, Detroit and San Antonio to publicize the program, which includes Medicaid Expansion.
I believe that our Republican friends are finding that the disappointing introduction of the Obamacare website has made little difference. Nearly 3 million people who need the program have already signed up and another 4 million are expected by March. Nonetheless, it's amazing that we have elected politicians who refuse to help implement the program and benefit the very people they represent.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:22
To The Daily Sun,
I read with interest the proposed bill and its intended objective. Representative Jane Cormier seems to be representing a pressure group instead of the towns she represents. A close examination of the intent of the bill reveals the intent of its proposer. It indulges in legislation by deletion. The reaction of the Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) was predictable. The Department of Environmental Services (DES) reported that it would negatively impact them in a number of areas. For those that did not read the article in Tuesday's Sun, the proposed bill would do away with the Regional Planning Commissions and transfer the responsibilities they have to the OEP.
Before I go further into this discussion, let me state that I served on the planning board of Northfield for several years. Therefore, I speak from years of experience of associating with the Lakes Region Planning Commission. Planning boards are citizen groups given the authority to examine and either approve or reject the proposals brought before them. While it is true that some of the material they have render judgment on is complicated, it is their responsibility to sift through the plans and reach a conclusion. To that end, when requested, the planning commission is available to advise, not dictate, what action should be taken. On questions of legality, the town attorney is available. Both those sources of advice charge a fee so the town uses them judiciously. Another function of the local planning boards is to create ordinances and make the town's master plan is up to date. The regional planning commission is a resource for the board in creating clear language for the ordinances. The emphasis, once again, is that they are a resource for the boards use as needed.
Many times the commissions try to bring communities together for a common goal. One example occurred during my tenure on the Northfield board. The towns of Northfield, Tilton and Belmont share under their land surface a large aquifer. The planning board secured funds from the State of NH-DES to do a study of that resource. The objectives of the committee of representatives, board members from each town, were to identify potential threats to the aquifer, map its extent, and create a best management practices booklet for use by the towns and the businesses residing therein. While there was usually a regional planner in attendance, the committee members conducted the meetings and approved the decisions reached.
Now, a few words about Smart Growth and local control of land use decisions. I submit that no one wants dumb growth. That is why towns have a master plan. If properly constructed, the master plan serves as a guide to land owners who want to subdivide their land for development. It serves notice to developers that the town wants them to follow the rules contained in the town's ordinances. Orderly processes require interested citizen boards, whether they are appointed or elected, to be "hands on" managers. During the so called building boom a few years ago, smart growth was a challenge. The Office of Energy and Planning chose to deal with the state and regional concerns and leave local responsibilities to the towns, with regional planners being available. The Department of Environmental Services, because of its permitting processes, works closely with towns and developers so that the environment is protected from improper activities such as filling wetlands development to close to streams and lakes. The subject of regional cooperation is a whole other discussion so I won't get into it in this letter.
In closing, I must say that I am not a "stalking horse" for those advocating regional planning nor am I a believer in "bloated bureaucracy." I am, however, committed to orderly planning that protects not just the land owners but all our citizens.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:19