To The Daily Sun,
My name is Phil Wittmann and I am running for the three-year term selectman's position in Alton. My wife and I have been full-time residents of Alton for 35 years. I am in my 26th year as a recreation director in a nursing home-rehab center and have also run a small business as a band leader.
I am running for selectman because I love my town and state and want to give something positive back. I feel, being in the sixth year of a recession, this is a bad time to raise taxes on our citizens. It's possible to hold the line on spending and still take care of our town employees.
I think the most important thing a selectman can do is to listen respectfully to concerns and ideas from citizens and to perform as much town business in public meetings as possible. The citizens should be welcomed partners in their town's affairs. They should not fear intimidation during public input for voicing concerns and exercising their First Amendment rights.
I believe in small government, local control and low taxes. Please consider voting for me on March, 10 as one of the fiscally responsible candidates in the race. I will take my job very seriously and do my best to serve the town I love.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:41
To The Daily Sun,
Candidate Barack Hussein Obama in 2008 promised to be the most "transparent administration in the history of the United States of America." After six long, excruciating years of the most divisive, radical, ideological president in the history of our great nation, we know this was another failed Obama promise.
Anyone not sleeping in a cave during the last two presidential elections knows that the media, minus Fox News and conservative talk radio, worked openly and actively to elect Barack Obama. Our founders would be disgusted at the fact we here in the United States of America have in many ways "state-run media", much like regimes in North Korea and China.
One of president's biggest supporters is the New York Times. The "Great One" Mark Levin, a conservative talk radio host, affectionately refers to the Times as the "New York Slimes". When the "Times" rants negatively about this administration, you know times are tough.
Times reporter James Risen went on a Twitter rant on Feb. 17 against the Obama administration. Mr. Risen called out the most political, corrupt, divisive attorney general in history Eric Holder by name several times. Mr. Risen tweets "the Obama administration is the greatest enemy of the press in a generation," and "Eric Holder leaves behind a wrecked First Amendment."
Mr. Risen tweets "Eric Holder has been the nation's top censorship officer, not the top law enforcement officer."
The following are all separate tweets from Mr. Risen all published on Feb. 17. "Eric Holder has done the bidding of the intelligence community and the White House to damage press freedom in the United States." "Eric Holder has sent a message to dictators around the world that it is okay to crack down on the press and jail journalists." "Eric Holder managed to destroy any semblance of a reporters privilege in the United States." "This is Eric Holder's true legacy on press freedom: There is no First Amendment "reporter's privilege". From DOJ brief in my case." "My son is a reporter. I don't want him to have to live in a country where there is less press freedom than when I started as a journalist." "I plan to spend the rest of my life fighting to undo damage done to press freedom in the United States by Barack Obama and Eric Holder."
Much of the damage done by the Obama administration to our great nation is irreversible. President Obama and Eric Holder have set a scary precedent for any future administration.
The fact that Eric Holder served this nation as the "top cop" is a disservice to all honorable law enforcement, a mockery of our justice system.
God Bless the United States of America,
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:38
To The Daily Sun,
Local election day is fast approaching. A number of candidates are vying for various town elective positions, in fact there are eight who are running for the two selectman vacancies in Meredith. Local elections are greatly different from state or national elections. How different you ask? Well, in state and national elections we usually don't know the various candidates. Seldom have we even met a candidate in those elections. Although we may have gone to one or two of their town meetings. We mostly cast our vote based on the views of media reporters and conversations with our friends.
But it is very different for local elections, those candidates for town officers are our friends and neighbors. We probably know several or all of them. We meet them at the Post Office or supermarket or library or transfer station, they stop and talk with us. They live next door, their kids go to school with our kids. So it becomes difficult to choose from all those friends the two for whom you will vote.
Well, in the coming election, I don't know how you are going to cast your two votes for selectman. But I'm going to vote for Mike Hatch and Rosemary Landry. Rosemary has long been a supporter of many local causes. Mike, many times has been involved in local, state and national elections. Both have the know how and time to concentrate on the many Meredith problems. You don't have to follow my lead, but vote on Tuesday, March 10.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:33
To The Daily Sun,
I see Steve Earle is back with half-baked facts again. Methinks Mr. Earle may have a reading comprehension problem because his letter rebuts something I did not say. I will quote one part of Mr. Earle's letter that shows Mr Earle's misrepresentation and misquoting of what I wrote.
He says, "Finally he ends up telling readers that the anti-slavery abolitionist movement was inspired largely by secularists." Nope, I didn't claim that at all. I wrote, "Again, Mr. Earle doesn't tell the whole story about slavery. While Christian humanists and secularists opposed slavery, slavery-supporting Christians were quick to defend their position with the Bible because the Bible legitimizes and regulates slavery in Leviticus and Exodus."
As you can see, Mr. Earle deliberately left out that I said "Christian humanists" were against slavery with the secularists.
Today, the same alliance of Christian humanists and secularists still exists. Christian humanists support marriage equality with secularists. Christian humanists support reproductive rights with secularists. Christian humanists support the separation of church and state with the secularists. Christian humanists oppose food stamp cuts with the secularists.
Secularists and religious humanists will continue as allies against the myopia of conservatives and we will continue to win all the culture war battles, two steps forward, one step backward, two steps forward. We always win.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:30
To The Daily Sun,
We know why women like the 50 shades books and movie. Most women want to hang around with men. Smart women realize the time will come when she's got the flu, she's pregnant out to here, and her kids are leaking at both ends.
The more smitten her man is, the more strongly he's drawn to her, the more likely he'll help her through it instead of running off.
It's understandable that Ana would belong to Christian Gray — he's a very strong man who's utterly taken with her. Every woman dreams of a man wanting her that much.
It takes three volumes to get to the falsehood — there's little chance he'd marry her. He rules her; she does whatever he wants. What will marriage give him that he doesn't have?
What'll happen when she gets tired of being spanked? If they aren't married, the worst she can do is stop taking pills and tag him for child support for 18 years. If they're married, she can walk out for any reason or no reason, grab part of his fortune, and collect alimony the rest of her life. Why would any sensible billionaire risk that?
We all know couples who got married after living together for months or years, but we know a lot more unmarried couples. It's not likely he'd marry Ana.
What should Ana do when she realizes he's smitten? She should know that a smitten man is driven to have sex with her. If she wants marriage, she must tell him, gently but firmly, "Not unless you marry me. I'm not a toy. I want a man to stay with me. I don't want a man to play with me and throw me away when he's tired of me."
That'll blow his mind; she'll have to explain: "I want to get married. I plan to be God's treasure for my husband. If that's not you, we can part friends, no harm, no foul. You're a very nice guy. I could easily fall in love you. If my heart belongs to you and you won't marry me, I'll be in a world of hurt."
If a man wants a woman badly and he can't have her without opening his heart to her and marrying her, but she convinces him that if he marries her, she'll open herself to him, he'll marry her.
"I'm not saying you have to agree to marry before we date, but I want you to agree that our goal is deciding whether you and I will get married. I expect to belong to my husband, but I want him to belong to me. A woman can give a man a taste of the joys of heaven if he treats her as his treasure. I have to decide whether I want to be your treasure and you have to decide whether you want to belong to me by opening your heart to me. That's how we'll bless each other forever. As my husband, you can have me whenever you want me, but without marriage, you can't have me at all."
Any man who's attracted to a woman who tells him she wants to be God's treasure for her husband would be a fool not to consider marrying her. Ana gave herself to Christian without conditions, why would he want to belong to her?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:25