To The Daily Sun,
As 2013 heads to the history books, it's the perfect time to look back. Barack Obama, our nations first black president is finishing his 5th year in office. He was elected in 2008 to much hype, hope and enthusiasm declaring his presidency would be transformative in every respect. First, and foremost he promised to change the smoke filled, back-room politics of how Washington had conducted business for the past 100 years. Second, he promised to UNITE and heal the festering, economic and social wounds that have been increasing for several years in America. What does Obama's report card look like after half decade in office?
1. Today, only 38 percent of Americans think our countries best years are ahead of it. 48 percent think they are in the rear view mirror. The most pessimistic numbers ever revealed.
2. Today only 26 percent of Americans believe the next generation will be better off. 68 percent are certain they will have it worse. The most pessimistic numbers ever revealed.
3. 74 percent of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction. A number that has only increased over the last several years.
4. The failure of our political system to meet the peoples most basic needs has driven the public's confidence in government to an all time low of 12 percent in the latest Quinnipiac Poll.
5. 64 percent of Americans believe there is not an equal chance for them to get ahead. How to fix that? The poll is split evenly. 46 percent want freer markets, 45 percent want more government.
There are many other poll facts and statistics regarding Obama's performance as well as the health of country both economically and socially. They all paint the very same, bleak picture of a president who has simply FAILED TO DELIVER based on the the promises HE MADE, and NO ONE ELSE. This is extremely important distinction. OBAMA made these promises to the masses across, America time and time again, in more speeches delivered by any candidate for president in all of history. In fact it has been said the man can never stop talking or making speeches. Of course Americans have come to discover he is a very ineffectual leader and an even worse negotiator. Abilities that are crucial for any successful leader any place. There is a grand canyon of difference between charisma and leadership skills. There is an greater difference between orating a VISION and delivering one.
No report card on Obama could be complete with out a review on Obamacare. Obama, the man who proclaimed to detest smokey, back-room, slime-ball, sausage-style law making, enacted his signature legislation in the black of night, with 100 percent Democratic votes, using arcane Senate rules, while offering overt bribes for FIVE critical votes needed for the laws passage. The real Obama had been REVEALED right then and there. The sweet-looking innocent girl, cloaked in a long skirt, high neck blouse with a twinkle in her eye, whose lips had never felt four letter words, was in fact the Mayflower Madam. Time has only revealed not only did we have a hooker but a lying hooker as well. Tens of Millions of people have been duped straight in the eye by Obama. Tens of millions will lose their current insurance policies and their health relationships. Tens of millions more will be forced to pay much higher insurance rates. Millions more will pay for policy features they do not want or will ever use, and almost everyone will face huge bankrupting deductibles under Obamacare. The average young couple will have to pay for the delivery of a new baby almost entirely out of their own pockets.
Obama now endures the LOWEST job approval ratings of his presidency including the young adults that had long backed him. It seems they OPPOSE getting stiffed to pay for the SICK. Any surprise there? More than 70 percent of Americans believe Obama INTENTIONALLY and KNOWINGLY lied to them with the specific intent to deceive regarding the ability to keep their insurance. Barack Obama has diluted the prestige and status of the office of president of the United States. Obama's grade? An "F" from me — a with a footnote to parents: YOUR son is a bold faced, LIAR... suggest he look for employment as con man.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:16
To The Daily Sun,
Many of the letters published by this paper cause me angst, and I hope those of mine cause both plaudits and outrage. Too often I am tempted to respond, but by the time I have cooled to the point where I could make a reasoned response, some new outrage takes my attention.
In this instance, Mr. Danforth's letter (12/18) moved me to write. Basically. I agree with what he has written. How could I object to his favorable reference to my son, Chan. However, I do have a quibble with his use of the word "intelligence". Intelligence is an innate quality given at birth and barring accident it can be honed by diligent study or blunted by inapt instruction or by boredom. Two other aspects of humanness are insight and wisdom. I am not equipped to discuss insight. Perhaps it is a stray gamma ray that causes some synapses to be connected with no willful input.
Wisdom, however, is most often a product of life experience and acute observation. I have known "old souls" wise beyond their years. I consider myself to have "puppy dog wisdom". That is, I make a mess and Mother Nature rubs my nose in it. After a few repetitions it occurs to me that I shouldn't do that anymore. I assume that wisdom is allocated on the ubiquitous bell curve between the two extremes.
There can be an inverse relationship between intelligence and wisdom. A superior intellect can allow a person to be deluded and delude others to believe his messes are not his fault. "It's Bush's fault."
Dale P. Eddy
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:11
To The Daily Sun,
The Lakes Region continues to be plagued by a slow economy, cuts in public assistance programs, and high unemployment. As such, the charitable programs of St. Vincent de Paul are needed more and more.
We have been successful in increasing our mission of charity to meet the need. The food pantry was able to provide Thanksgiving food baskets to almost 800 families. Our financial assistance program continues to help folks pay over $125,000 of rent, utilities, heat and car repairs. The Children's Foundation will assist over 1,000 children this Christmas. The thrift store gives away $20,000 of clothing, furniture, and household items.
The donations that you give allows us to help make many families' lives more comfortable. Your monetary, clothing, furniture, and food gifts are used in our various programs to help the community. Also, your shopping at our thrift store brings needed revenue. These programs are extensive and reach local schools, the elderly, and especially families that are struggling with low-paying jobs, high heating and fuel costs, and increasing rents.
Our programs are very well staffed and managed thanks to all 125 of our volunteers. They are dedicated and committed to our cause in helping those in need. They come from all walks of life and all ages. However, with our works continuing to grow, we still need and could use more help. Why don't you join us? You'll work hard, but have great fun and make lasting friendships.
Thank you for all your support through the years. We appreciate all you do regardless of the type and amount. The community appreciates it as well.
So come and meet new friends as a volunteer of St. Vincent de Paul. Give me a call at 524-5470 or check our website, www.svdplaconia.org. Blessings to you and your family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Erika Johnson, President
Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Laconia
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
America is asleep at the wheel and needs a LOUD wake up call. Our so-called elected officials allow this president to take down America. His mantra is take down Christianity, screw our m ilitary and vets out of their retirement (but not Congress),
allow illegals to get welfare and vote. I could go on, but most of you know what is going on.
I am pleading with you to continue to speak out, write letters to your papers, get the word out to your friends and neighbors to do the same. We can no longer look to our representatives to speak for us, so we all need to step up (even more then we have) pray and ask GOD to help us TAKE BACK AMERICA!
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:03
To The Daily Sun,
In this beautiful Christmas season, when good will and cheer is supposed to be the focus, as the good lord would intend us to do, my husband and I, along with some others, have recently been the target of blame on Facebook, for the closing of the ACS, of all things! Mr. Dube, who once ran unsuccessfully for school board, began an open, public, conversation about the carbon monoxide poisoning of students and apparently some staff earlier this week. In his post he writes about several folks and lists their initials, referring to them as the " dark side of the force in town". And they say women are dramatic?
Another "Gentleman", Mr Ingoldsby, who was "let go" from being employed at the school, jumped in to name names and that's when we were mentioned, along with some others. Apparently we are all to blame for the school shutting down. In 2011, Mr. Ingoldsby sent a lengthy letter to the Budget Committee blaming the administration for the condition of the school, stating "he was told to not maintain it while he worked there". Today, it's all our fault. We are not surprised to hear the negativity from these two "gentlemen". Nor were we surprised to see Krista Argiropolis jump on board with a blatant lie, stating "Having no ventilation is not good, to say the least". This statement from an elected official, who was directly involved in obtaining two official inspections of ACS in 2012, and both inspection reports revealed there were no safety or health concerns — including with the ventilation, which does exist. Another upstanding citizen, Pam McLeod, director of technology at ACS, jumped into this online conversation. Not only discussing the carbon monoxide situation, she discussed her son's behavior in class with a substitute, Ms. Street, who also entered into the mix.
Parent's can't enter ACS freely any more "to protect the students" but, who is protecting the student's privacy from substitutes and administrator's Facebook chatter? But, hey, the rules and laws are for other people, right, Pam? Ms. McLeod state she believes the ventilation is the "biggest health issue facing our students/staff" and is "personally disappointed" with no plan to address the situation.This from an administrator, also involved in the whole health and safety concern blitz last year.
My husband and I, and others are called cheap, meaning we didn't vote for an $18 million dollar school expansion project. It's interesting that those pointing fingers don't realize the citizens of this town voted that project down, and we all have ONE vote each. Hmmm... perhaps they aren't grasping that to vote in support of a broken educational system, heavily laden with administration, which is suspected of purposely letting the building get run down in an effort to manipulate the taxpayers, is not ever in the best interests of the students, staff or tax payers. There is one good thing about Facebook. It's absolutely transparent as to the nature of people and their comments.
We won't let these ill meaning comments get us down and wish EVERYONE a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Barbara & Ray Howard
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:00