To The Daily Sun,
Let me begin by saying I'm not a climate change denier. In fact having been exposed to some historical readings in my lifetime. I'm well aware that climate change occurs, but I just don't think we have much of anything, if anything, to do with its occurrence.
Archaeologists, scientists who can actually hold evidence in their hands rather than using theory and hypothetical modeling as climatologists do, have found evidence of severe changes in the world's climate long before we existed. One example is evidence that the Sahara desert was covered with plant life at least twice in the past. Another closer to home and more recent is that the Vikings had gardens on Greenland in the 15th century that is now mostly ice and snow covered. The alarmists are now using Greenland as an example of global warming due to the melting of some ice formations there. My question to them would be "what caused the melting prior to the fifteenth century?" We have the ice ages and other historical weather phenomena that have occurred in the past that can be researched if one wishes to.
If memory serves me correctly the global warming outcry started in Europe a few years ago after the climatologists there decided that maybe we weren't going to freeze to death after all, which is what they were preaching in the 1970s, and then the rest of the world jumped in. (Me thinks they saw a way to keep employed.)
In 1972 Irving Janis, a research psychologist from Yale, published a book which I think describes how the idea snowballed. The book did an in depth look at "group think". He described it as follows: Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative viewpoints, by actively suppressing dissenting viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences.
Loyalty to the group requires individuals to avoid raising controversial issues or alternative solutions, and there is loss of individual creativity, uniqueness and independent thinking. The dysfunctional group dynamics of the "ingroup" produces an "illusion of invulnerability" (an inflated certainty that the right decision has been made). Thus the "ingroup" significantly overrates its own abilities in decision-making, and significantly underrates the abilities of its opponents (the outgroup). Furthermore groupthink can produce dehumanizing actions against the "outgroup".
There's more but I think you get the message I'm trying to convey and I think this is an apt description of what occurred in the climate change nee global warming community.
There are a lot of people who got rich from the climate change/global warming hysteria, Al Gore being one of them. At one point he claimed that the oceans were going to rise by many feet which would have occurred by now according to his timetable. He then went out and paid — I believe the number was $7 million — for a home on the west coast of California. Go figure.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:11
To The Daily Sun,
Thank you for the article on May 6 about the name change and local community focus of the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction, previously known as the NH1 Children's Auction and WLNH Children's Auction. It is particularly refreshing to know that in addition to the name change, the change in focus is going to be that of locally owned, locally controlled, and the proceeds will be distributed locally.
On June 7, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Laconia Country Club a Silpada Style Jewelry fundraiser is taking place with 100 percent of the profits donated to the Greater lakes Region Children's Auction. This is your chance to both purchase high-end, affordable .925 sterling silver and a trendy K&R Collection of chic, artisan-made styles, and directly benefit our community kids at the same time. The jewelry comes with a lifetime warranty and 60 day exchange. Gift certificates, food and refreshments will also be available.
If you can't make it, order online at http://sild.es/R45, and the profits will still go to the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction. Please help us support the kids in our community by participating in this first time fund raiser.
The Nineteenth Hole
(Laconia Country Club Pub Mania team)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:06
If you're a student of public relations, you had to be impressed. The rollout of "Bruce" to "Caitlyn" has been handled with such mastery that you'd think we live in a country that long ago shed any deep hostility toward those who don't easily fit into boxes marked "male" or "female". From Diane Sawyer to Vanity Fair, it's been 5-star but tasteful, if you know what I mean, which is exactly what you'd expect from Alan Nierob, the longtime Hollywood pro who is reportedly running the show.
But this is just the beginning. By many painful accounts, it can get harder, and playing it out in public, while tempting at first, has been a source of anguish for some who chose that route. I'm thinking of the sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times, who ended up killing himself after a painful public journey.
Of course, Bruce Jenner is a Kardashian by marriage, which changes all the rules when it comes to what belongs in public. The miracle is how tasteful it all was. If he wants to play this out in public, he knows what he's getting into and how to navigate his way, and it is indeed likely to be a lot easier for him than almost anyone else.
Last month, I wrote about a little fourth-grader in Virginia, a transgender girl whose father pleaded unsuccessfully with the school board not to overturn the policy that allows her to use the girls' lavatory. How do you think this girl will be treated when she walks into the boys' room, past the urinals? It's not an experience Caitlyn is ever likely to be forced to endure, and I was glad to see that OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, just took the opposite view. But in many workplaces, I'll believe it when I see it.
You think it was hard for people to get their heads around the idea of homosexuality. This is harder. The websites are hard to look at. You wonder whether some of these folks — the plastic surgeons charging top dollar for surgical transformations backed up by pictures that aren't quite as tasteful as those in Vanity Fair — are taking advantage of confused and unhappy people whose confusion and unhappiness may or may not be cured by spending their life savings on a sex change. Are they insisting on adequate counseling, on a trial period, following the recommendations of reputable groups? Who is to know?
It is the essence of the right to privacy, the constitutional source of protection for individual sexual autonomy, that these are decisions individuals should be free to make by themselves — free, that is, of government intrusion. So the very notion of government regulation of sexual identity — indeed, of the most fundamental aspects of that identification — smacks of something even worse than the online ads for easy financing of your surgeries.
Of course the magazines will sell, and social media is breaking records, and Bruce is getting his own special. It is not easy to keep up with the Kardashians, which is not to say that they are worth following, or that their "brand" adds value to the effort to secure equality for people whose wiring most of us just don't understand.
I keep thinking of that little girl in Virginia, and I worry about the Caitlyn cover being waved in her face. It's not likely to be a friendly gesture; she's not likely the leader you'd pick.
(A member of the Providence Journal editorial board, Froma Harrop writes a nationally syndicated column from that city. She has written for such diverse publications as The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and Institutional Investor.)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
To The Daily Sun,
"Live free or die" is said with voice and heart;
Rock walls and calloused hands marked the start.
Most Granite Staters will not homeland depart,
Nor with loved neighbors readily part.
Our forests green supplied Boston swell;
Beantown bought the lumber we felled to sell,
Enabling the landmarks that would later tell
The history all Americans know so well.
Our land we treasure beyond patriot's dream;
Our principles and values, we passionately mean.
Our neighbors offer shoulders on which to lean,
And we return feelings of unspoken team.
We love our glorious ski mountain views
And ample, peaceful, lakeside hues.
Our surroundings unite to bind us like glues
To our dear New Hampshire trails and venues.
Our winters are hard, with plentiful snow;
But springs are refreshing, while icy streams flow.
Our summers are splendid, when soft breezes blow;
But autumns are best, with colors that glow.
Our air is clean, our many lakes pure;
Our mountains and valleys provide the cure
For whatever ails one; short, tall, rich or poor;
Neither hikers nor bikers could want for more.
We love our kin and want all to be free;
Our lifestyle is pleasant; it is plain to see.
We work and play hard, with spirit and glee,
And respect one another; it thus should be.
New Hampshire is a heaven where many grow old,
And family histories are lovingly told
To youth who treasure their ancestors bold
And cherish traditions that bloodlines mold.
Whether canoe or sailboat or bob-house lures,
Many marvel at the beauty of our outdoors.
Snow shoes and sneakers reside on our floors
Beside hiking and ski boots, and a case of Coors.
Fishing poles and antlers hang on our walls;
Horses munch hay and neigh in our stalls.
Ducks guard their young while the loon's mate calls,
While bears and moose share secret waterfalls.
Pine needles weave thick rugs on the ground,
Where Fisher cats scamper and flowers abound.
A hunter stalks a deer with his loyal hound,
Where solitude and contentment together are found.
Our highways and byways many farms reveal;
Surrounding tiny villages with charm and appeal.
Quaint inns and rail-car diners offer a meal
At prices most visitors would find a steal.
Many come to New Hampshire for vacation play;
Several return for their duration to stay.
Mountains and lakes sound callings many obey;
You can settle here for myriad forms of pay.
Come and vacation in our playgrounds and lakes;
Golf on our hillsides; sleigh ride in our flakes;
Hike on our trails; water ski in our wakes;
Ski on our mountains until your breath takes.
Whatever you do, you'll do with a smile;
When hiking our trails, you'll want one more mile;
You'll strive for more fun than bodies allow.
You'll seldom find a time better than now.
You will cherish your time in our state;
Enjoy our proud people, engage and relate.
Our attractions and joys, you will find first rate;
Share New Hampshire Pride; make your life great!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:42
To The Daily Sun,
In response to Mr. Lemay's letter of Thursday, May 29, I am shocked at what seems like an otherwise fairly intelligent man saying such embarrassing things about God, the creator. Many of the things he said in response what others had said were total mischaracterizations of the correct and proper points they were making. He apparently doesn't know or doesn't care that over 80 percent of Americans have some belief in God.
Pat Buchanan correctly assigned some of the blame for the decline of Christianity in this country to the elite universities, and for your information, Mr. Lemay, those elite universities had their beginnings while this country was still very young, as purely Christian schools, started by Christians, and attended by students who were Christians, who went there at the urgings of their parents, who were also Christians.
And Mr. Lemay, much of that happened during the time of this great country's founding, during the foundational years leading up to the development of this country becoming the most powerful, but yet the most benevolent country in the history of man. Among other things, the "free" media ("books, movies, magazines") did take a drastic left turn during the 1960s, and did in fact begin "an assault on Christian beliefs and morality." The decline in moral and family values was because of the drug and sex culture, combined with the many young skulls full of mush believed what extreme, far-left college professors, and others who refuse to be held accountable for their behavior, were telling them.
Do you want an example of an extreme, far-left college professor's view? A man named Peter Singer, college professor at Princeton University believes in a woman's right to choose to kill her unborn child. He also believes that right not only extends right up till she gives birth, but he believes that her right to kill her child should extend until the child is two years old. Do you want your child to be taught anything by that man?
Want another example of extreme? When Barack Obama was a state senator in Illinois, he voted for a bill that would allow abortion doctors to end the life of a fetus, even if it survived the abortion. That means that if a woman had an abortion in the third trimester, and the fetus was perfectly formed and alive, and would survive on its own, the doctor can kill it after it has been delivered anyway, without facing consequences for his actions.
But there's more! The bill he voted for came up for a vote not once or twice, but four times. The bill didn't pass on the first three tries, but it finally did pass. That is a disgrace and an outrage, and in a civilized society, should be criminal. If that were your grandchild, how would you like it?
You see, Mr. Lemay, I lived through that tumultuous time. My wife and I raised children during that time. And the only people who blame "Christian beliefs and morality" for becoming agnostic (or even atheistic) because of it, or who vote for extreme far-left office seekers, are themselves "simple-minded". To blame your hatred of God on the behavior of other fallible and sinful human beings, who may or may not be Christians, but are only still trying to find ways to be "fit for the Master," is a cheap cop-out, and totally false!
I would like to now completely turn my attention away from Mr. Lemay's remarks, and others like him, and their warped view of what life is really all about, but who keep insisting that they have all the answers. I would now like to address, kindly and lovingly, those of you who are still searching for answers, like most of the rest of us.
People who insult and sarcastically make fun of the Bible still claim to know what its purpose is. But if you ask them to sum up, even briefly, God's message, they can't do it. And that's because they don't want to do it. They might just learn some things they don't like about themselves, and learn how simple it is for anyone to change their thinking, and become "fit for the Master" themselves. It's not too late for them to learn. It's never too late. But most won't even try.
And that is very sad...
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:33