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Spend a few dollars to have smoke & CO detectors installed at home

To The Daily Sun,

Now that the circus that was the N.H. Presidential Primary is over, and the acrobats have all left town, things have quieted down. We have local elections coming up, and many of the letters have to do with supporting some candidate or the other; some position or the other. The courts are considering whether or not it is permissible to go topless on state and local beaches, or presumably anywhere these women would like, if they win the day. According to that "other paper" from Manchester, state lawmakers are debating whether it is illegal to have carnal knowledge with animals. If they aren't horsing around, I hope they feel sheepish because there are other far more important things to consider.

In the midst of looking to purchase a new home here in the Granite State, I discovered that it is not required to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in homes older than January 1, 2000 unless a renovation has occurred that affects more than 50 percent of the home's appraised value. Now to be fair, we moved up from Massachusetts last year where kerosene stoves and heaters are illegal and local fire \departments get to charge you $35 to inspect your home before selling to ensure you have all of the required safety items installed. But I've gone through many homes here that have kerosene heaters, massive wood stoves, pellet stoves, or fireplaces ... and not a smoke detector or CO detector to be found. It seems that priorities are a wee bit skewed. One fire chief in a local town told me that the New Hampshire motto should be "Live Free ... AND Die" because of the lack of requisite safety apparatus in homes.

So while our elected leaders are worried about who is flashing who, or if "Lassie" is in a menage a' trois, I wonder about (and worry) about all of you who are burning wood, pellets, kerosene, and oil and if you are going to perish from a silent killer like carbon monoxide, or like a childhood friend of mine who died in a fire from a time before smoke detectors. And if you don't have them? I'd recommend the expenditure of a few dollars to get them installed before next winter, so that we can all survive to complain about whomever gets elected in November.

Alan Vervaeke

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Socialism doesn't work because it runs out of money to steal

To The Daily Sun,

Well it seems progressives are trying to make an issue of the Senate refusing to deal with the now open seat on the Supreme Court as if that's some kind of hot-button issue to most voters.

Lucy Natkiel writes that it's plain that the Senate must consider any nomination Obama sends them. Okay, if it makes her feel better Republicans can take any Obama nomination into committee then table it. There is no requirement that they must let it come up for a vote. Even if it did, Republicans would reject it.

Seems to me progressives are now choking on their own medicine, prescribed by Chuck Schumer. What comes around goes around, the old saying says.

Let's be aware that the big issues this election are, in no special order, the economy, illegal immigration and national defense (as regards to terrorism especially). Progressives are not strong in any of these areas that's why their talking points are all about special interest groups issues.

Laughably, every time they bring up one of these and are asked how it can be payed for they say tax the rich. News flash, the rich are already being taxed. Some are parking their money overseas, many are moving their businesses out of the country (Carrier Air Conditioner Co. is moving to Mexico ). So at what point will progressives find that that well has a bottom.

Do we have to wait until the entire economy collapses bringing down the economies of the rest of the world with it? And will progressives then still be blaming Wall Street and the big banks? Won't really matter then because you and I will be scrambling for something to eat and a way to heat our homes when winter comes, those of us that have homes that is.

Bottom line is socialism doesn't work unless it can steal other people's money, and at some point that money drys up.

Steve Earle


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