To The Daily Sun,
What are Community Rights? Are they something we ever had, or something new? These are questions I have been asked about a few times since leading the charge to pass a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance in the town of Alexandria to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents, and ecosystems against governments and industrial corporate activities that would seek to violate those rights proclaimed within the ordinance.
Community Rights are the inalienable, fundamental, and political rights we all embrace as individuals being exercised collectively by a community to protect the health, safety and welfare of natural persons and ecosystems within the community. Rights to such things as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that all government of right originates from the people, is founded in consent, and instituted for the general good; to reform government when it does not represent the people it serves; to hold elected officials accountable to the people who elect them; to have legal governing authority over our local affairs free from state preemption; to be free from the oppressions of corporate influence in politics and lawmaking; to protect the ecosystems we depend upon for survival, etc.
Community Rights are nothing new. "The real revolution, the transfer of political authority to the American patriots, occurred the previous summer when thousands upon thousands of farmers and artisans seized power from every crown-appointed official in Massachusetts outside of Boston. Starting in August 1774, each time a court was slated to meet under British authority in some Massachusetts town, great numbers of angry citizens made sure it did not. At Great Barrington, 1,500 patriots filled the courthouse to prevent the judges from entering. At Worcester, judges were made to read their recantations 30 times over, hats in hand, as they passed through 4,622 militiamen lined up along Main Street. So, too, at Springfield, where, "in a sandy, sultry place, exposed to the sun," once-important officials sweated under the burden of their heavy black suits. The functionaries of British rule cowered and collapsed, no match for the collective force of patriotic farmers." "The governor's councilors, once elected but now appointed directly by the Crown, were also forced to resign." (Introduction in "The first American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord" by Ray Raphael, 2002)
The common people of the colonies of New England did not ask permission to act on their right to decide what happened in the places they lived. They collectively acted in an organized, truly democratic, bold, forceful yet nonviolent manner to the British Crown's attempt to strip them of their Community Rights. There are historical accounts of communities throughout the colonies exercising their right to local self-government prior to our Declaration of Independence, state constitutional bill of rights, and the United States Constitution.
NHCRN Board of Directors
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:19
To The Daily Sun,
Happy anniversary to all at The Laconia Daily Sun!
Your publication has made a significant contribution to the vitality of the region by keeping both residents and visitors informed beyond the daily news. Your reporters have through the years brought balance and integrity to stories whether covering governmental activities or personal tragedies. The publication has supported local organizations, initiatives, businesses and individuals by highlighting events, activities, and achievements. You must be acknowledged also for giving the extremes a forum to banter.
Your Saturday editions last summer and autumn showcasing what the Lakes Region had to offer from arts and crafts, antiques, performances and festivals to outdoor activities were not only informative, but also truly supportive of these varied offerings. The fantastic cover photography and format enhanced for readers these very useful guides.
Thank you. May you celebrate many more milestones.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:15
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