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One thing we can agree on is voting Sen. Ayotte out of office in 2016

To The Daily Sun,
I would like to take an opportunity to respond to a letter written by Lew Henry published in your November 7 issue. His letter talked about the government shutdown and how it is the Tea Party's fault. If you only listen to what the liberal media has to say, you can understandably make no other conclusion than it's the Tea Party's fault, even though it was not. Here is why:

First, the liberals blamed the whole debacle on "Tea Party" Senator Ted Cruz, saying that he wanted to shutdown the government if Obamacare wasn't repealed. But that is not a fact. You don't know the truth of what he wanted unless you actually listened to what he had to say during his "filibuster." He wanted to pass a continuing resolution so the government did not shut down, but he didn't want Obamacare funded, as was stated in the House's bill that was sent to the Senate. It was the Democrats and the RINOs in the Senate that voted that down. That's right, the Dems and RINOs essentially voted to shut down the government because Obamacare was more important to them. Then another CR came through with the condition that the individual mandate to be delayed like the employer mandate had been. Again it was the Dems and RINOs that voted that down, not the Tea Party Senators. A third CR went through and again the Dems and RINOs voted it down, and the government shutdown ensued. It was not the Tea Party senators that voted for the government shutdown, it was the Dems and RINOs.

Next, Mr. Henry states that the shutdown cost the government $24 billion. The government should have been spending money only on essential things that keeps the country running and safe, yet money was spent to block off and guard open-air memorials (that are not normally guarded) and other tourist areas to keep people out. The Tea Party didn't do that, Obama did. While many military bases and the stores where our military personnel and families get there discounted goods were closed, the bases where Obama plays golf were kept open so he could play while the government was shut down. The Tea Party didn't do that, Obama did. And while important services like the Amber Alert website were shut down due to lack of funds, Michelle Obama's useless "Let's Move" website was kept up and running. The Tea Party didn't do that, Obama did. These are facts that Mr. Henry has failed to recognize. I would appreciate it if he could give some examples of facts to defend his statement that the Tea Party wasted billions of dollars. My guess is he will be hard pressed to find any considering one of the main things the Tea Party stands for is smaller government and less spending

Now to get to the real point of my letter. Mr. Henry has chastised Senator Ayotte and her "Tea Party" buddies for everything to do with the shutdown. I would like to inform him and the rest of the anti-Tea Party crowd that, while Senator Ayotte may have run on and may have been elected on Tea Party values, she is not a Tea Party senator. She lied to all of us. All you need to do is look at her voting record. She voted for the amnesty bill, which will bankrupt the country with the legalization of the 11 million criminals who broke our laws in entering the country and the extra "entitlements" that come with it. She also stuck with the RINOs and voted for the shutdown because she didn't want to be on the outs with the majority of the Senate. I'll completely agree with Mr. Henry on the fact that Senator Ayotte does not have her priorities straight. She did stick with her Washington buddies. Those buddies just happen to be the RINOs, not the Tea Party. She does not represent the Tea Party and she does not represent New Hampshire. The Tea Party believes that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and those that have taken an oath to uphold and protect it should do just that. The current president, the Democrats, and the RINOs like Senator Ayotte have refused to do that. They have failed us. They are a disgrace to the oath of office.

There will always be disagreement and I am sure Mr. Henry and I will still disagree on who caused the government shutdown. I sincerely hope however that we can agree on one thing. When November of 2016 comes around, it will be time to vote Senator Ayotte out of office.

Scott Schoonmaker
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:08

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Your point is that if Bush lied it's okay for Obama to lie, too?

To The Daily Sun,

Lie, def: to make a statement or statements that one knows to be false, esp., with the intent to deceive. (Webster's New World Dictionary)
Alias, L.J. Siden once again attacks the messenger because he cannot stand anyone pointing out that the emperor has no clothes. (Get it L.J., your fairy tail reference?) He says Fox News lies and proves it by sighting their "fair and balanced" advertised motto. WOW! Wow, now there's proof! Who could argue with that enlightened reasoning?
Really now, this in response to the extensive list of provable lies and distortions I wrote of in my past letter? That's what he has in response to my attack on Obama's honesty and credibility? Well LJ, I'm laughing out loud.
Now as to my "fairy tail" about Obama using fraud to get into Columbia and Harvard, why don't you trot out Obama's collage records and prove me wrong. Do that and I will apologize. Failing that, argue if you dare, one legitimate process that a pot smoking, class skipping, poor student (Obama's own words) could manage to access two of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Face it readers, L.J. has done his very best to distract your attention from real facts seen and heard even on the mainstream media outlets that just can't cover for a congenital liar any longer. Adding his two cents worth is local favorite Henry Osmer, who cites Bush's "lies". Guess Henry's point is, if Bush lied it's okay for Obama to lie. Another detraction attempt by the good ol' Henry. We're talking about Obama here Henry, not Bush, not Carter, not Kennedy. Stay on subject if you can please.
Steve Earle

Hill

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:04

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District I Councilor Ray Burton truly was a very special man

To The Daily Sun,
With the passing of our friend Ray, I have been thinking of him and different memories of how he made a difference to me or made me smile, as I am sure everyone in the state is doing! With this great loss I find comfort in these stories.
Many times Ray would stop at Hart's on a Friday evening on his way home to the North Country. He always had a small turkey dinner, maybe a glass of wine and always some great conversation with the gang.
One night he came over to the table for some chat and started handing out the combs. My friend Barbara said "that is a guy comb; I couldn't get that through my hair!" Ray calmly turned to her and said "dear, it's not to comb your hair, it's a collector!"
Back in 2008 when the state passed home inspector licensing I decided that I wanted to apply to sit on the licensing board. So I acquired the paperwork and sent it in to Concord.
Shortly thereafter I received a call from Ray. I will never forget it; I was sitting in my office doing paperwork and was a bit surprised that he would be calling me out of the blue.
"Carla, he said, I am very pleased that you are stepping up to do public service but I have some things to speak to you about." Suddenly I felt a bit nervous. Even though I had many conversations with Ray in the past, it was Ray Burton, calling me, on business "affayas"
Ray continued, "Why do you want to sit on this board?" I explained that I wanted to look out for the safety of the public. "Good", he said. We talked for about 10 minutes and he said, "Now I want you to always remember, when you run for any public office, it is for the good of the citizens and never for personal or political gain!" "Now I want you to call each of the other counselors to speak to them personally and tell them why you want to sit on this board and here are their numbers." "If you ever have any questions, call me on my "cah phone" any time."
I am still on that board and to this day every time we go in for a meeting I remember those words from my friend, Ray Burton.
What a special guy.
Carla Horne
Meredith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 08:49

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Inter-Lakes Empty Bowl's project raised $600 in short period of time

To The Daily Sun,

Empty Bowl organizer's wish to thank many! The Inter-Lakes National Honor Society (NHS) members, NHS co-advisors, art students, and Mrs. Jan Sanguedolce, I-LHS art teacher, would like to thank the public, contributing restaurants, and the student entertainers for a successful Empty Bowl's Dinner at Inter-Lakes High School that was held on October 24. The following restaurants provided more than just a meal of soup for this event; there were rice dishes, pasta dishes, and shepherd,s pie.

Thank you Giuseppe's Restaurant, George's Diner, Hart's Turkey Farm, Lago's & Mame's, of Meredith, also Canoe and Lavinia's Restaurant of Center Harbor who provided the delicious food for the event. Three student performers provided entertainment: Allie Smith, Tony Aquilla and William Abbott. The event raised $600 in a short period of time! The funds raised have been divided and given to the following organizations: Center Harbor Food Pantry, Meredith Food Pantry, Heifer International, and the Families In Need Food Fund at Inter-Lakes High School. We are thankful for all who contributed and the generosity of the people in our local communities. Thank you all!
A very grateful group,
I-LHS NHS members

Co-advisors, art students and

Jan Sanguedolce, art teacher

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:09

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1878 N.H. voters concerned that 'Papism' would be taught in schools

To The Daily Sun,
In a previous letter concerning the Superior Court case that has bared scholarship funds from N.H.'s education tax credit program to be used to send children to religious schools, I related how the Blaine Amendment to our state Constitution, the amendment to our Constitution that was passed in 1878 that forbids money that has been raised by taxes to be used to support schools "of any religious sect or denomination", was passed out of concern that with the growing catholic population resultant from the influx of emigrants coming to work in the mills of N.H. during this, the Industrial Revolution, that there was a fear that as the Catholic population was requesting aid from the state for their schools, that our public education would eventually become Catholic. Public education was as it was considered at the time, nonsectarian protestant. (A little aside here: a society in order to be cohesive needs to determine what it holds to be true. It can be done openly by consensus of the people or in secret by an elite few and trickled down to the people over a long period of time indiscernibly so that they don't even know that they've been manipulated. As much as what a society accepts to be true is congruent with what is actually true a society prospers. As much as society holds as true that which is in fact false a society flounders. In 1878 the time of the passing of the Blaine Amendment, the Bible was held to be true in our state and our nation, as it had been from our nation's founding well into the 20th century.)

Now I would like to explain the reasoning for this concern about the Catholic Church. Though I'm sure some must have been ignorantly prejudiced against Catholics, the actual concern that propelled this amendment into law was that our public schools were as they called them nonsectarian protestant in orientation, which meant that they held to what was commonly agreed to be Christian in values and orientation, denominational differences were put aside in favor of what they could agree on. One very important protestant ethic was the importance of each man and woman being able to read the Bible himself and to understand for himself the word of God. This was in reality the foundation stone of American liberty. No one could tell you what you needed to believe. This was felt to be the very foundation of our liberty. (You were free not to believe that the Bible was true, but as a consensus it was held to be so, therefore our laws and customs were based on it.) And as you can imagine it was considered of utmost importance that we train up our children in that discipline.

Catholicism, or as it was sometimes referred to then, Papism, because Catholics looked to the Pope for spiritual authority, gave cause for concern. This looking to a man for authority was seen as a threat to the very essence of our liberty. The possibility that with the growth of Catholicism in America that a future generation of Americans might be taught to follow a man for their most important spiritual foundation instead of reading and understanding for themselves was the issue that mobilized voters to support the Blaine Amendment. In this manner they reasoned that religious liberty and consequently all of our other liberties would be preserved. The essence of this reasoning was in line with Articles 3 - 6 and Article 10 of our state Constitution (http://www.nh.gov/constitution/billofrights.html). Article 3-6 deal with natural rights the trade off in surrendering some natural rights to protect others, unalienable Rights of Conscience, and religious liberty. Article 10 is a very, very strong admonition against arbitrary power.

So how did we get to where we are today? And what bearing do these things have on the mentioned case before our Supreme Court? If God and the editors are willing I will discuss these things in future submissions.

John Demakowski

Franklin

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:06

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