To The Daily Sun,
In 1854, members of the Whig Party and Free State Democrats got together and formed the Republican Party. They believed in stopping the spread of slavery in the new territories but their leaders were just as committed to expanding the industrial might of the nation by moving from an agricultural economy. They recognized that the Industrial Revolution had brought more prosperity to Western Europe than the United States. "Railroad Republicans," as they were called, believed that the government should take a major role in expanding business activity by promoting infrastructure projects. Unlike European nations, we had no national railroad network that connected the far-flung parts of our nation.
A large part of the problem was political. Southerners were against the establishment of an intercontinental railroad, citing that bringing more passengers and commerce to the territories would speed the establishment of new states and the political power of the South would be diluted. Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860 on a platform to build an intercontinental railroad, as well as expanding the industrial potential of the U.S.
When the Southern Democratic states seceded, five months after his election, resistance to the Republican platform evaporated and the Lincoln Administration began to make its industrial plans a reality. The Southerners in Congress could no longer stand in his way. They had formed the Confederacy, a loosely held nation of seven sovereign states that would later be joined by six other states in the Great Civil War.
I bring up this little snippet of history to illustrate how far today's Republican Party has come from its formation. The philosophy that the GOP stood for under Lincoln has been transferred to the modern Democratic Party. Maintaining financial institutions, establishing high-speed rail, helping bankrupt car companies, building airports, and helping to establish electric battery and solar panel companies, to name a few areas, are now the province of the Democratic Party. The Republicans and their Tea Party cohorts have shown no interest in expanding or even maintaining the nation's business infrastructure. A majority of Republicans even voted to let the nation's banks and financial institutions implode in 2008 and the nation default on its debts in the recent vote in October, 2013. In both cases, if the Democrats had voted with the Republicans, the nation would have suffered a monumental, financial disaster. I have no idea why a clear-eyed business person or any voter could reward today's Republicans for their harmful and basically, unpatriotic actions.
People who look at these actions objectively, have to ask themselves: "Why would the GOP take this bizarre course? Is it possible they have made the decision to sabotage President Obama, and in effect, the entire nation's prosperity so the voters will turn to them in the next election? This suicidal strategy didn't work in 2012. Is it possible they'll try again in 2016?
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:15
To The Daily Sun,
Lakes Region Better Together Steering Committee wishes to thank the many hands that made our Annual Celebration such a wonderful event! Lakes Region Food Network collaborated with us to coordinate many local farmers who donated fresh, local produce and poultry for a variety of delicious soups for dinner. Karen & Tom Barker and Aaron Lichtenberg were the master soup chefs that donated their time and talent. They created homemade Chicken, Squash Bisque, White Bean & Kale, and Minestrone Soups. Kevin Halligan donated the use of the kitchen at Laconia Village Bakery and also provided fresh salad and rolls for the event. The farm(ers) who contributed included: Krebs Farm (Sanbornton), Winnipesaukee Woods Farm (Alton Bay/Gilford), Minglewood Farm (Laconia), Evandale Farm (Pittsfield), Beans & Greens (Gilford), Big Banana (Laconia) and Shephard's Hut (Gilford). This effort is a fine example of how local communities can work together to create healthy food choices from area farmers.
This year's celebration highlighted Stand Up Laconia, a Better Together action group. They offered an insightful and inspiring message on the importance of the issues surrounding drugs and alcohol in our schools and our communities and what we can do to make a change. Contributions from the N.H. Charitable Foundation (Tym Rourke) and Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, were included, as well. We are also grateful for Lakes Region Community Services who provided the space for us to share these stories.
Additionally, Lakes Region Child Care Services were very creative with the centerpieces. Children individually hand wrote the words "Together" and filled glass jars with stones, celebrating how "together, we can make a difference".
We welcome your presence and wish all of you a healthy Holiday season!
Lakes Region Better Together Steering Committee
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:05
To The Daily Sun,
Liberals/progressives would like you to believe that conservatives and TEA Partiers like me don't care about people and don't want people to get health insurance or needed medical care. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We want everyone to have affordable health insurance that enables them to get excellent medical care.
Medicaid does not meet this requirement. Medicaid already pays less than the cost of providing services, and Medicaid payments are continually being reduced. Thus doctors and other service providers are increasingly unwilling to accept Medicaid patients.
The Obamacare insurance policies don't meet this requirement. Obamacare insurance premiums are unaffordable for many middle-income Americans and Obamacare insurance frequently excludes, as in New Hampshire, many doctors and hospitals. E.g., reports indicate that 70 percent of California doctors may not accept the insurance from the Obamacare exchange.
Obamacare hurts middle-income Americans who can't afford the premiums for Obamacare-compliant insurance which covers more services than most people want or need. Consequently the number of previously insured middle-income Americans who won't have insurance because of Obamacare may exceed the number of new people getting taxpayer subsidized insurance.
Progressives claim that their motive is to help people, but they deserve no credit for providing "insurance" that doesn't enable access to needed doctors and services and they deserve condemnation for outlawing good affordable insurance.
Progressive politicians promote things like Medicaid expansion, Obamacare, extended unemployment benefits, and enhancing other welfare programs to pretend to care about people and to divert attention from their destructive progressive policies which hurt peoples' income producing abilities. Progressives know that struggling people may become dependent on government and then reward the politicians who promise the most "help". This, political gain, is the evil motive for progressive policies.
Caring people would object to policies that devastate middle and low-income Americans by destroying good jobs, by condemning students to failing public schools, by flooding our labor markets (often with illegal aliens) which suppresses wages, and by destroying the culture that leads most Americans to be responsible, capable, and self-sufficient.
Caring people would join conservatives and TEA Partiers in fighting for the time-tested policies that lead to prosperity for the American people and for our country: fiscal responsibility, private property rights, rule of law, free enterprise / capitalism, and small, constitutionally limited government.
If our politicians really wanted every American to prosper, they wouldn't promote Obamacare and welfare to cover up failing policies, they would promote the time-tested economic policies that create a powerfully growing economy so people can earn enough money to purchase what they want and need including good health insurance.
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:02
To the editor,
When I read the headline "Racism..." over Bob Meade's column of November 26th, I was expecting some insightful dialogue on an ongoing problem in our American culture; but once again Meade disappoints. His column becomes a political statement on how Obama's skin color is to blame for criticisms of his detractors and used "as a shield against legitimate criticism." Its purpose, however, was to make conservatives appear as the enlightened ones by demeaning and ridiculing liberals on the race issue. They like to project racism by taking it and accusing the liberals of using it first; often anti-racists are portrayed as racists.
His column is based largely on an interview done by Oprah Winfrey in which, when responding to a question posed, she states that the president's detractors, MAY be so, because of the color of his skin.
When it became apparent that Obama would be the Democratic nominee for president, racist and white supremacists were posting increasingly ugly and even threatening remarks on the Internet. Conservatives haven't been shy about attacking Obama because of his race; many have used racist comments when speaking about him. From deriding him as the "welfare president" and the "hip-hop president," to suggesting he wasn't actually born in the United States, to claiming he's "race baiting" when he speaks of his personal experience as a black man. Conservatives have no shortage of criticisms rooted specifically in the color of Obama's skin.
I found it very disconcerting that Meade, in his disingenuous comments about Obama being elected to the highest office in the land, emphasized the "enormous support from 'white' people." He continues in that same vain by attributing Opra Winfrey's success to her "mostly 'white' female audiences." Continuing, he relates that, "Both achieved their positions of stature, in part, because of the backing and support of the country's 'white' people." He places the success of these people of color at the feet of "white" people. The power of self determination is taken away from them, and regardless of his motives, it is still about white control. He may not be shouting racist epithets or actively discriminating against people of color, but he still experiences privilege based on his white skin color.
Further in his column, Meade talks of "unfounded charges of racism" and how they create "unnecessary divisions and animosity among the people ..." Could it be that he was referencing comments made by conservative icon Glenn Beck when he accused Obama as being "a person with deep seated hatred for white people or the white culture." Beck went on to say, "I'm not saying he doesn't like white people. He has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist." I'm assuming that this, coming from a Fox commentator, must be true. Or could he be referring to another flag bearer of the conservative right, Rush Limbaugh? After Obama's election, in 2009, Limbaugh warned, "The days of them (minorities) not having any power are over, and they are angry. And they want to use their power as a means of retribution." This type of rhetoric represents the mind-set of the conservative right.
Although Meade accuses Obama of being deceitful, he himself is a practitioner of the art. He takes a statement by Joe Biden during the re-election campaign — "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive" — and labels it as "street talk." He further deceives the reader by suggesting that this statement played a significant role in "inciting rioters in the Middle East." I noted that he didn't follow his own advice, and "name names and offer proof."
The "race card" is used in an effort to devaluate and minimize claims of racism, and Meade proves that it can be played from both sides of the table.
Unfortunately, racism is part of our national fabric, woven in light to dark colors and too many patterns to count. We can't talk about it honestly because that would mean it EXISTS.
L. J. Siden
Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 11:18
To The Daily Sun,
As I was reading the latest AARP, I happened on the databank column which told of the income of people in New Hampshire ages 45-64 being $77,833 and people over 65 income $41,445. I was so glad to see that. It meant that I could finally retire, or that someone had figured out that there were no low income people or that one was better off on the state dole.
Maybe my 1 percent Social Security raise will put me into a higher income bracket?
Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 11:08