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To equate Hitler & his henchmen to Bush & Co. is ridiculous

To the editor,
On March 23, I read a letter in your publication from E. Scott Cracraft. In that letter he accuses former President Bush, VP Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld of being "war criminals" and equates the Iraq War with the Nazi aggression of World War II. Slanderous accusations like that need to be addressed.
Of course we can all disagree with the reasons given for invading Iraq and obviously Cracraft feels strongly about his position. Don't you think it's a bit of a stretch to equate what occurred in Iraq with the ruthless invasion of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Holland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Greece, Denmark, Norway, and Russia etc.?
Isn't it a bit of hyperbole to equate a decision to invade Iraq with the pre-planned extermination of millions of Jews, Poles, gypsies, Russian POW's, etc? Russian POW's were herded into open fields by the tens of thousands, surrounded with barbed wire and left to the elements. Hundreds of thousands of others were sent back to Germany and worked to death. It has been estimated that approximately 25 million Russians died in WWII as a direct result of Hitler's decision to invade. Of these it is estimated that 8 million were military, the rest civilian. Should victory have been achieved Hitler planned on de-populating Russia west of the Ural Mountains and replacing them with Germans and their descendants. I believe Himmler referred to them as "Wehrbauern". How would the land be de-populated? By whatever means necessary.
Apparently the invasion of Iraq is to be equated with the attempt at deliberately exterminating the Jews of Europe. The Iraq war is the new Babi-Yar where 33,000 people were murdered over three days with bullets. Iraq is now equal to Rumbula or maybe Dnepropetrovsk where the population of Jews went from 30,000+ to a little over 700 — in 4 days — all by gunfire. Abu Ghraib is the new Treblinka, Sobibor, Majdanek and Belzec. Credible scholarship indicates that after the loss at Stalingrad Hitler's main purpose in extending the war in the east may have been to complete the extermination of European Jewry. I suppose the "Shock and Awe" attack on Baghdad and the ensuing air war are the new Rotterdam and London.
These are the acts of a war criminal, Mr. Cracraft. A pre-planned invasion based on nothing more than a megalomaniacal urge to conquer and subjugate. A racialist urge to steal, denigrate and ultimately exterminate an entire group of people.
The racist maniac Hitler and his henchmen started a war that cost humanity close to 50 million souls and to equate them to Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld is nothing more than an ideological attack on a group of people it has become fashionable to disparage. This letter is not an attempt to justify the decision to invade Iraq. That may or may not have been justifiable but your attempt to paint Bush, et al as "war criminals" is ridiculous.
Eric Shirley

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 10:58

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Hats off to my dream team at Lakes Region General Hospital

To the editor,
Recently I have had a lot of health issues. Three of these ailments required a stay at LRGH North II. It was touch and go for awhile. My reason for writing this is I feel that these doctors, nurses and staff do not get the positive recognition that they deserve. They have a great and efficient ER. I want to take the time to say thank you to LRGH and it's entire staff.
Hats off and kudos to my dream team.
Ben Wyatt

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 10:37

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Dems allegiance to teachers' unions trumps education yet again

To the editor,
The Democrats on the N.H. House Finance Committee are playing the worst kind of political games because this involves our children's education. A wise bill to correct a charter school funding issue was voted "retain" which effectively stops the legislation from getting an up-or-down House vote and throws our children's education into limbo. The excuse used ("there isn't any money") is an utter falsehood. The state funding for charter schools comes from the same basic fund as ALL adequacy which means if what they are claiming is true, there wouldn't be any money for ANY public school. In this case, the money does follow the child.
But this is Democratic politics and they see nothing wrong with taking hostages to create a bargaining chip. Children are those hostages and the Dems allegiance to the teachers' unions trumps our children's education yet again. Remember, these federal grants to the states for charter schools are on the condition that the state continues a pathway for future charter schools. Shortsighted Democratic legislators are indicating to the Feds that N.H. doesn't need the federal grant money because we don't plan to invest in charter schools here.
All is not lost. . . the Republican majority in the N.H. Senate can fix this by adding the language in HB-299 in their budget. In the meantime, tell Representative Dan Eaton — (603) 446-3535, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — to stop the abhorrent practice of politics with children.
Ex-Rep Gregory Hill

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 10:34

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The fix was in. Utility companies own the N.H. Senate

To the editor,
I attended the hearing on the renewable energy moratorium bill, SB-99, on March 20. The hearing was a sham. Lobbyists for PSNH sat smugly in the first row with their arms folded and never testified as dozens of citizens poured out their hearts and testimony. The lobbyists didn't need to testify, they were in control. The committee closed the hearing, discarded all testimony, written or otherwise. A senator presented an amendment that excluded Northern Pass from the moratorium and the bill was passed. It was obvious that the "fix was in."
There is a rising chorus of citizens up here speculating that the only reason the bill was amended was to obtain campaign contributions.
The common perception is the Senate is owned outright by Northeast Utilities and Public Service.
Public Service is trampling, with the help of our Legislature, our citizens' constitutional right to property, for the promotion of a power line that is classified as "elective," it is not necessary, according to the ISO, who control the NE power grid. This is a project motivated by profit only; it destroys the scenic beauty and economic viability of our tourist based economy in the North Country. It delivers practically no electricity to the citizens of New Hampshire. For every 200 megawatts of electricity at .3 cents per KWH Northern Pass transmits through our state we will see one-tenth of a cent off our KWH charge. That won't cover the loss of value to local property owners.
New Hampshire is a net power producer, yet we have the 6th highest electric rates in the country.
Senators, if you want to improve the lives of our citizens; then fix that problem first.
Paul H. Simard

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 10:31

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N.H. tea party never asks their members for money

To the editor,
It has come to our attention that some N.H. residents have been receiving phone calls by out-of-state groups calling themselves "tea party". These calls are for the purpose of soliciting donations.
We would like the residents of N.H. to know that our tea party group in N.H. is non-partisan and NOT affiliated with any of these GOP PACs from Washington DC, and that our group will NEVER ask our members for money.
We would like to advise everyone to question any groups who call them to find out exactly who they are before donating over the phone.
Jane Aitken, Communications
N.H. Tea Party Coalition

Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2013 11:26

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