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We survived the last administration & we'll survive this one, too

To the editor,
In Ms. Shealy's lengthy letter to this form chastising me for my critical comments about Fox News, it was quite apparent that she is a faithful viewer of the network. These viewers develop a personality disorder whereby they feel almost as though they've been let into a secret society. Something about that affiliation with the network makes them feel privileged and this affinity is likely what drives the viewers to defend the network so vehemently. This "news" source conveys the "truth" they want to hear and believe, much like the viewers of MSNBC. It is popular because it is entertaining, but has little to do with objective reporting.
It's all about the ratings, and Fox News is the number one cable news network on the air. They are the mouthpiece of the Republican Party. Their motto is "fair and balanced," but they are extremely biased in their coverage, and their audience has been found to be the most misinformed of any news network.
Ms. Shealy has asked me, and rightfully so, to provide examples of Fox's "distortion of truth." Over the years I've provided numerous examples, but to update, I'll add more current ones. We'll begin with pollster Dick Morris predicting that Romney will win the election in a landslide — oops. Then how can we forget Karl Rove imploding on election night and refusing to concede that Obama won Ohio. We have Liz Trotta stating that rape victims are asking for it (not the best way to win the women's vote). And to drive off the youth vote, we have Lou Dobbs declaring that Dr. Seuss is left-wing propaganda.
On a recent Fox News Sunday interview, Paul Ryan started off by admitting he has no proof that President Obama was involved in the IRS "scandal." However, this did not stop Ryan from insinuating that Obama was involved in the IRS "scandal" — apparently he didn't need proof.
Fox continued its efforts to target the Obama administration with manufactured scandals, fear mongering that IRS Commissioner Sarah Hall Ingram would use the IRS' authority under the Affordable Care Act to discriminate against conservatives by denying or postponing approval for medical procedures.
With Fox News, it's not about telling the truth, it's about manufacturing a narrative and a worldview that can easily be absorbed and accepted without question or research. Even if it is found to be a lie, they think there is nothing wrong because they have been taught to believe the "liberal media" is lying about any positive thing Obama may have done.
It's unfortunate that Ms. Shealy would assume that I would call her a "Bible thumper" and "narrow", I just regret that Fox News and other right-wing media use religion as a political tool to advance their agendas. While it is appropriate to discuss the moral dimensions of public policy issues, religious doctrine alone is not an acceptable basis for government policy. Political religion, often used by the media, is designed to confuse rather than clarify and to inflame rather than inform.
"To be furious in religion is to be furiously irreligious." — William Penn
Following the conservative ethic, and confirming my views of panic mongering, Ms. Shealy outlines a litany of evils that I should be fearful of. While I am aware of them and wait to see how they play-out — they don't elicit fear. I have faith in this nation and the people from all walks of life who make it great. We as a community are better than the politics and the petty infighting that take place in our nation's capital. It doesn't matter which party occupies the White House, the push and the pull will remain the same — the topics will change but the politics will remain the same. We survived the last administration, we'll survive this administration, and this nation will survive administrations to come.
L. J. Siden

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:02

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Grant money will go elsewhere, leaving us with out problem

To the editor,
I have found that certain townies in the Town of Sanbornton have no knowledge of the Black Brook Watershed Management Plan. Our Budget Committee did not endorse the general provisions, which was in turn turned down by the few followers that voted it down. I would have to think three letters have something to do with this discussion: DES.
I also believe that our town selectman at least were informed and understand the consideration of this grant to protect our Lake Winnisquam our greatest natural resource since they endorsed it. I believe that having a Budget Committee chairman who is also a contractor should have done his homework to protect his area in which he lives and works.
Phosphorus and sediment is bad for our lake and the future of our natural resource. Blackbrook Watershed protection needs were made known last year when the Watershed Study, funded by a matching grant, was completed. Erosion and milfoil/ algae problems identified in the Management Plan needed to be addressed. Sanbornton's failure to approved the proposed funding at Town Meeting means this will not be done. For a mere
$13,406, (our share of the matching grant) , sediment traps and stormwater management devices budgeted for this year will not be installed, and the $20,000 matching grant money we rejected will go to another community seeking to address their local pollution problems, while leaving our pollution problem still to be solved.
Douglas Rasp

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2013 05:39

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If you enjoy fine music, come to Sant Bani and see what's there

To the editor,
Last night was the final concert in the Chamber Music Series for this school year at the Sant Bani School in Sanbornton. I've enjoyed them for years now, and I always wonder to myself, "Some of the best music being played on this planet tonight is being played here, at this small school at the end of a dirt road in Sanbornton, NH". I thought that again last night, listening to Dvorak pieces played by the Tempest Trio, who have performed at many of the world's top concert venues. The audience is always enthusiastic, often expressing the same wonder as we chat — isn't this amazing?
I also thought, why not say to anyone who doesn't know about these concerts, "If you enjoy fine music, come to Sant Bani and see what's here." The atmosphere is congenial, the musicians are wonderful, the intermission refreshments by the parents are excellent, it's all amazing and it's here.
I realize this is the end for this year, and the schedule for next year's series isn't formally announced yet, but the school website will have it in time. And I do know that the first concert is expected to be at the beginning of October. I really urge readers to take a look for themselves.
Fletcher Lokey

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2013 05:32

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Grant funds are critical for those most in need of health insurance

To the editor,
In just a matter of months, New Hampshire will have a new "Health Benefit Marketplace" where Granite Staters can more easily shop for health insurance through a "one-stop shop" that facilitates apples-to-apples comparisons of insurance plans. Many will be able to buy insurance using premium tax credits.
Knowing how to use the new online Marketplace and understanding the insurance plans available will be critical, especially for "pre-Medicare" seniors who may have health issues, people seeking coverage for the first time and people with disabilities. Giving these people the information they need to be able to access the Marketplace and an understanding of what's newly available is critically important, not just for their understanding of how the Marketplace works, but also for their health.
Unfortunately, few people in New Hampshire know about the changes coming or have the information they need to make the best choice about what plan to buy and how to access financial assistance.
New Hampshire has been awarded a grant to fully fund an effort designed to provide crucial information to residents and their families to help them learn of and understand their new options for coverage and financial assistance. This will provide everyone in N.H. the information needed to make informed decisions. We will be able to make sure that those uninsured residents who have never had health coverage before and who may need extra help navigating the new system can get help from trained "assistors." This effort would be designed in New Hampshire for New Hampshire residents. In other words: local control of local information.
Currently, the N.H. Legislature is considering whether they should accept these funds into the state. Time is ticking. Please contact your legislators and let them know that without access to these grant funds, N.H. residents with the greatest need for assistance won't get it. And local service agencies, who are already doing more with less, will be left face to face with a lost and confused clientele, wondering why we don't have the resources to help them.
Let's provide the information everyone needs to use the Marketplace effectively. Let's give local agencies a chance to provide assistance to people where they live or work.
Please contact your legislators and ask for their support of these funds to provide vital services for our community. You can find out who your local legislator is through the NH General Court website at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/.
Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health
Lisa Morris, Executive Director
Board of Directors:
Sally Minkow
Margaret Pritchard
Denise Hubbard
John Beland
Kate Miller
Christine Santaniello
Alan Robichaud
Susan Wnuk
Dr. Richard Wilson

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2013 05:29

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform will harm most Americans

To the editor,
Soon Congress will decide what to do about 11 to 33 million illegal aliens who are only here because politicians didn't enforce our laws and didn't keep their promises to close the border and end illegal immigration. Few other issues more clearly show the difference between government for the people and government for the special interests. Illegal aliens harm Americans in many ways, e.g., by criminal acts, by stressing schools and hospitals, by taking jobs and depressing wages, and by forcing higher taxes to fund welfare for illegal aliens and the American workers they harm.
Illegal aliens benefit businesses, government workers and their unions, criminals, politicians and various special interests.
Politicians say we need the "Gang of Eight's" Comprehensive Immigration Reforms (created with input from special interest groups but not from law enforcement (ICE)). I have a bridge to sell to anyone who believes this bill will fix the illegal alien problem or benefit most Americans.
They say illegal aliens will pay back-taxes and fines. The typical illegal alien has a 10th grade education and competes with the lowest income Americans. People with these incomes don't pay federal taxes, they get subsidies. Will they pay any meaningful fines? No. The subsidies they receive will greatly exceed any taxes or fines they pay.
Politicians say illegal aliens won't be eligible to upgrade from their limited welfare worth $14,387 (in excess of the taxes they pay) to full welfare benefits, provided by real taxpayers, worth $35,113 per household for 13 years. This won't be enforced. Illegals shouldn't get welfare now!
Politicians say illegals must go to the back of the line for citizenship. Want to bet? Politicians say their plan isn't amnesty. Maybe they're right. Rewarding, rather than penalizing, people for breaking our laws is far worse than just amnesty, it's amnesty plus!
Politicians say we can't be tough on illegal aliens because it hurts their children. Maybe they think we shouldn't imprison robbers, rapists, and murderers because it hurts their children...?
Politicians say they will build the fence and stop illegal immigration. They broke these promises before. Where is the fence they promised just a few years ago? They shouldn't get to deceive us again.
The "Gang of Eight's" Comprehensive Immigration Reform will continue to harm most Americans. It's time to stand up for American citizens, not let them be harmed to benefit illegal aliens, politicians, businessmen, and other special interest groups.
Tell Senators Ayotte and Shaheen, Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter, and President Obama to reject Comprehensive Immigration Reform and all its false promises. Just close the border, stop all taxpayer provided subsidies for illegal aliens, and enforce severe penalties for knowingly employing illegal aliens.
Don Ewing

Last Updated on Monday, 27 May 2013 05:24

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