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Before you write your next letter, be sure to do your homework

To the editor,
I have a homework assignment for you. Before you sit down and put pen to paper again may I suggest you read the following books and watch the suggested movies. They will give you some great and very balanced insight as to how the U.S. and the world at large work and has evolved over the decades.
List of books:
1) "Escape from Camp H"; the true account of a young man who escaped from a North Korean prison and lived to tell his story, by Blaine Harden
2) "Drift" by Rachel Maddow
3) "The Post American Worl by Fareed Zakaria
4) "The Second Civil War" by Ron Brownstein
5) "The Nine"; the inner workings of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin
6) "Dreams From My Father" by Pres. Barack Obama
7) "All the Devils Are Here: a history of the Financial Crisis" by Joe Nocera
8) "Too Big to Fail" by Andrew Ross Sorkin
9) "More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite" by Sebastian Mallaby
10) "The World's Banker: a story of failed states, financial crisis, and the wealth and poverty of nations" by Sebastian Mallaby
11) "When Genius Failed: the rise and fall of long-term Capital Management" by Roger Lowenstein
12) "The AIG Story" by Maurice R. Greenberg and Lawrence A. Cunningham
13) "Beyond Outrage: what has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy and how to fix it" by Robert Reich
14) "The Price of Inequality: how today's divided society endangers our future" by Robert Reich
15) "The Work of Nations: Preparing ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism" by Robert Reich
16) "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair
17) "Capitalism: a treatise on economics" by George Reisman
18) "Dude, Where is my Country?" by Michael Moore
List of movies:
1) "Schindler's List" by Steven Spielberg
2) "Lincoln" by Steven Spielberg
3) "Bowling" for Columbine by Michael Moore
4) "How Wall Street Got Away With Murder" by Michael Moore
5) "All The President's Men" by Robert Redford
6) "Fahrenheit 9/11" by Michael Moore
And yes, I have read almost all of the above mentioned books and seen the movies too.
Bernadette Loesch

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:07

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A few Belknap County reps could stand to repeat 4th grade math

To the editor,
It's Monday night, June 3rd and I just got home from the Belknap County Delegation meeting where they took a vote on whether or not the Belknap County Nursing home should accept revenue of $414,044 from the Federal Government for offering short term care to Medicare patients at a cost of $200,000.
It's like me offering anyone reading this letter $20 for every $10 they give me...what would you do? Take the deal right? Well, believe it or not, not all the Belknap County reps did. If your State Representative is Colette Worsman, who represents Meredith and Gilford, or Mike Sylvia who represents Belmont, or Dick Burchell who represents Alton and Gilmanton, or Jane Cormier representing Alton, THEY ALL VOTED NO. You have to ask yourself? Why wouldn't they? I don't know the answer to that but please be sure to contact them and get their answer.
Just to be sure my math was correct, I called my 4th grade grandson and asked him; If you gave me $200,000 and I gave you back $414,044 would you do that and he said," Absolutely." So what does this 4th grader know that these four reps don't?
Paula Trombi

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 08:59

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I’m shocked – shocked! – that Obama broke modified foods pledge

To the editor,
Is George Maloof of Plymouth a comedian? His letter on Friday (May 31) in The Laconia Daily Sun made me laugh. Was he was trying to be funny? If not, he is blinded by partisanship or ignorance or both.
He called the "Monsanto Protection Act" (which he opposes), which is part of the March 2013 Continuing Resolution (CR), a Republican victory. The "Monsanto Protection Act" (which relates to genetically modified foods) was put in the CR by Democrat Senator Mikulski. The CR passed the Democrat controlled Senate with support from every voting Democrat except one and was opposed by most Republican Senators including Senator Ayotte.
The CR passed the House of Representatives with the support of the vast majority of Democrats including Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter. Then the bill was signed into law by President Obama (Democrat).
A proposal by Senator Merkley (D-OR) to repeal the "Monsanto Protection Act" has been blocked by the Democrat-controlled Senate. Some people are alleging that the FDA and USDA routinely approve foods based on shoddy industry-generated studies on the safety of genetically modified foods. The FDA and the USDA are controlled by President Obama (Democrat).
Maloof also complains that President Obama failed to keep his promise on labeling genetically modified foods. I would say that I am shocked except that President Obama has failed to keep almost every promise he made as a candidate or as president except the promise to increase energy costs (Why couldn't he be consistent and break that one too?).
In summary, the "Monsanto Protection Act" was inserted by a Democrat Senator into legislation supported by every voting Democrat senator except one and opposed by a vast majority of Republican senators. The bill passed the House with support from most Democrats and was signed into law by a Democrat president whose agencies apparently don't care if we eat bad food. The proposal to repeal the "Monsanto Protection Act" has been blocked by the Democrat-controlled Senate. The logic in Maloof's blaming Republicans for this amuses and escapes me although I have seen similar logic in other letters from liberal authors.
I don't know enough about genetically modified foods to say whether the "Monsanto Protection Act" is good or bad. However, there is evidence for believing that Maloof is right that it is bad. You can be pretty certain that when Senator Ayotte opposes something that most Democrats, including Senator Shaheen, Congresswomen Shea-Porter and Kuster, and President Obama want, it is most likely bad for Americans.
Don Ewing

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 08:56

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Summer basketball league returning to Laconia Middle School

To the editor,
We are bringing back the Project Extra! Summer Basketball League for Middle School Students that we started in 2003, and our daughter ran in 2010-2011. We had to take last year off due to the construction at the Huot Technical Center.
The season runs from July 8th - August 2nd. Girls will play on Monday and Wednesday nights, and boys play on Tuesday and Thursday's. Sign ups will be at Laconia Middle school on June 5, 13, 17 and 20 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. and the cost is $25. per player. Players must be entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the fall of 2013. Non-Laconia residents will be accepted after June 16 if our maximum number of players is not met. Registration forms are available at the SAU/Project Extra! office.
For more information, please contact Bob or Tracy Dassatti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 527-0436. We are also looking for team sponsors and coaches. College age students preferred for coaches!
Bob & Tracy Dassatti

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 08:53

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Bob Dole had it right – the Republican Party is out to lunch

To the editor,
I want to reply briefly to letter written by Ron Tricca on May 30:
I have said in the past and I'll say it one more time. The Republican Party is history. You lost in the last election. You will lose the next one. All signs the country is on the comeback with not one vote from the party of NO showing assistance of any kind. Your letter answers none of my questions — some where you got twisted up. I guess you know now what Senator Bob Dole said on Sunday was correct. The GOP party is out to lunch.
Your letter has been written before by others using the same argument and proven wrong by many fine liberal Democrats.I suggest you go back a few months and read past issues of letters to editor. The WMDs that you refer to were given to Saddam Hussein in the 1980s by the Reagan administration during Iraq Iran war. (Reference U.S. involvement in Iran Iraq War 1980.)
The question you didn't answer was WHY an American civilian in harm's way is murdered and a soldier is killed? You are right on many hard working folks know how to type. I should have said that growing up in a small Vermont town (40s 50s) typing was not something most boys took up. I served 20 years in U.S. army, drove truck cross country for 20 years, worked local for eight years, retired in 2005 and not once in my life was I held back because of my inability to type. Today it is needed to communicate.
Henry Osmer

Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 11:29

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