To The Daily Sun,
We all agree with Dennis Lintz (see his letter of March 18) that we don't want war with Iran, or anyone, and that we hope for a wise treaty with Iran that prevents them from ever getting nuclear weapons.
Everyone should have learned that preventing an aggressor from becoming powerful is a much wiser and less costly course than not taking small threats seriously. Consider the consequences of our refusal to believe that radical Islamists were at war with us before 9-11 or the world's refusal to believe the threat that Hitler was becoming.
More recently, ISIS was called a JV team, nothing to worry about. ISIS has become a well-funded major force with modern weapons, tens of thousands of soldiers, modern communications, and ties to radical Islamist groups around the world. ISIS has captured many cities and much territory, killed tens of thousands, and has issued credible threats against the U.S. and other countries.
Iran has clearly and repeatedly stated its intentions to obliterate Israel and Western civilization. Iran has reportedly enriched uranium far beyond what is needed for a nuclear power plant. Iran's intermediate range missiles could hit Israel or Europe with nuclear sized payloads. Iran has announced plans to build intercontinental missiles capable of reaching the U.S. with nuclear payloads.
Iran's threats must be taken seriously.
Unfortunately our presidents have gotten important things wrong before with dangerous or costly consequences. President Clinton told us North Korea wouldn't get nukes, but then let them get them. President Bush told us Iraq had WMDs which were never found.
Unfortunately President Obama inspires little confidence that his agreement with Iran will provide the needed safeguards. President Obama's Middle East policy has been disastrous, creating threats where there were none and alienating allies. President Obama's inaction when his "red lines" were crossed and his desperation to get an agreement tell Iran that it has the upper hand in negotiations.
And, President Obama's refusal to submit any "agreement" to the Senate for its review and approval suggests that any agreement is likely to be very bad, leading to a growingly powerful, nuclear armed Iran capable of inflicting enormous damage and loss of life if it pursues its promised goal of obliterating Israel and the West.
Information leaked about the proposed agreement indicates that there are no limits on Iran's development of ballistic missiles or its ability to create a nuclear bomb in 10 years. Ten years may seem long to us, but for people who have been working for world domination for 1,400 years, 10 years is nothing.
Any agreement that allows Iran to get a nuclear weapon will set off an arms race in the Middle East making the region and the world much more dangerous. It is better to have no deal than this.
By threatening to reimpose sanctions and by demanding that President Obama submit any agreement for review and approval or disapproval, the Senate is strengthening President Obama's hand in negotiations with Iran. Hopefully the result is a wise treaty that the Senate will comfortably approve because it stabilizes the Middle East, prevents further nuclear proliferation, and is verifiable.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 09:32
To The Daily Sun,
The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) appreciates the many letters of support and those that spoke on our behalf during the Belknap County Convention process for the 2015 budget. It is clear that many Belknap County residents recognize the importance of conserving soil and water resources in retaining the health of our environment and economy in the Lakes Region. As former BCCD Director Jan Hooper suggested to the convention, the so-called "outside agencies" are really supporting agencies which provide vital services to the county and its towns and residents.
BCCD would also like to thank the Belknap County Commissioners for their generous offer to co-locate the Conservation District and UNH Cooperative Extension at the county courthouse. This move will provide better access to our services than our current location, facilitate our cooperative efforts with Extension, and save the county money.
Our mission is to help landowners, communities and other organizations conserve soil, water and the natural resources of Belknap County. BCCD achieves its mission by:
• Identifying critical natural resource conservation issues and needs.
• Initiating projects that demonstrate conservation best practices.
• Delivering conservation information and training.
• Creating access to technical and financial resources that enable conservation action.
From our annual plant sale, to stream restoration projects, to community workshops on protecting water resources, to assistance with grants to towns and landowners, BCCD is committed to serving our county. We invite anyone who is interested in natural resource conservation to participate in our programs and to learn more about what we do. Our website is at www.belknapccd.org/
We are heartened by the support provided by the County Board of Commissioners and the public and look forward to continuing to serve the people of Belknap County.
Belknap County Conservation District Board of Supervisors
John Hodsdon, Chair - Meredith
Dean Anson – Laconia
Earl Chase - Barnstead
Donna Hepp - Belmont
Ken Kettenring – New Hampton
Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 09:27
To The Daily Sun,
To quote you Mr. Osmer: "I have a suggestion for Mr. Eddy: If you don't like what's written in this paper, stop with the whining, just don't read it."
Have I once ever stated in writing that I don't like what's written in this paper? Why are you putting words in my mouth, Mr. Osmer? In my previous letter I stated that Mr. Hoyt's suggestion that letters to the editor be vetted by an "impartial" panel for truth and accuracy, particularly when it comes to political opinions, would be in violation of the First Amendment. While his main point was aimed at political ads, he did make the suggestion that letters to the editor should also be reviewed. I also suggested that he not confuse opinions for articles, something with which he appears to having problems. Opinion, his, mine, and yours, should not require vetting by anyone. (I do think that if something is libelous that it is within the power of the Sun's editor to remove it as it could also leave the paper liable should it be printed.) Articles should be at least fact-checked because they are, after all, supposed to be news. If they are not accurate, then they are opinion, or worse, outright prevarication and opinion posing as news. (I believe at that point it's called propaganda.)
There are time when I have found many of the "facts" put forth by Mr. Hoyt and others of the same ideological bent to be questionable.
Here I am going to do something I had promised myself I wouldn't do, but this one time I'm going to break that promise: I do not consider The New York Times, The New Republic, Salon, the Washington Post, numerous other mainstream media outlets, or anything coming from Congress or the White House to be accurate or unbiased. (It doesn't matter who's in office.) I do not use sources such as Fox News, National Review, Rush Limbaugh, or any of the other conservative sources Mr. Hoyt et. al. despise as the basis of my opinions. I base my opinions on years of travel, exposure to numerous cultures all over the world — good and bad — the study of history (not just American history, but history in general), and decades of personal experience in numerous fields of endeavor that have shown me what works, and more importantly, what doesn't work.
That I may respond to someone's opinion that proposes something that I know won't work or requires the dismantling of yet another freedom as delineated in the Constitution "for the common good" is my right. I have never proposed that those with whom I disagree should be censored, much as Mr. Hoyt proposed in a backhanded manner in his earlier letter. I do enjoy reading his letters, as well as those of the usual suspects if for no other reason that to see just how off the mark they are. At times they are outrageous, but mostly they are amusing.
Oh, and in regards to your line about "the normal letters written by the parrots", it applies equally to Mr. Hoyt and the others as I rarely see anything original from any of them either.
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 09:23
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the Gilmanton Year-Round Library Association (GYRLA) I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Gilmanton community for supporting our warrant article on the town ballot. Your affirmative votes will allow the library to continue providing valued services to all residents.
We encourage everyone to visit the GYRL and take advantage of the many programs and services it provides, such as children's story time and craft programs, weekly adult craft program, occasional lectures and the new e-books program. We also would appreciate your suggestions for future programming. The professional and enthusiastic librarians truly welcome the opportunity to assist patrons. Please visit the website at www.gyrla.org for a full calendar of events and further information.
Join us at the GYRL on Saturday, March 28, from 1-3 for an open house to say "Thank You" to the community. Light refreshments will be served. Bring along a book if you would like to participate in the "book swap" with your neighbors.
We look forward to working with every resident and with the other libraries in Gilmanton as we strive to fulfill our mission of providing full library services to everyone in our town. We plan to have a continuing conversation with residents and town officials to assure that the GYRL will remain a viable resource for many years to come.
Chris Schlegel, President
GYRLA Board of Directors
Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 09:17
To The Daily Sun,
Have you noticed in the media the explosion of deaths and near fatal drug overdoses in Laconia lately? Not Chicago, not Detroit, Laconia! Do you have any idea how many more people would have died but for the Fire Department equipping its medics with Narcan? Nearly everybody agrees that expanding and improving treatment for addicts and abusers has to be part of the solution.
Well, according to Rep. Neal Kurk and the rest of the Republicans on the N.H. House Finance Committee, we can't afford drug treatment any more, or ambulance service, or Meals on Wheels for seniors, or Service Link, which serves as the portal for thousands of seniors with questions about Medicare, veterans needing help applying for VA benefits and low income people looking for job training and housing assistance, or eight to 10 other "optional" services our current Medicaid program provides.
If the state eliminates these services, guess who's going to wind up paying for them with their local property tax?
Why can't we afford any of these services? It's because the Republican majority on the Finance Committee decided, on the basis of what facts can't quite be determined, that the state revenue for the next two years is going to be less than what the governor's budget writers estimate. On top of that they're claiming that the settlements of two lawsuits against the state are eating up all the money. Lawsuits, I might add, that resulted from the Legislature's decimating our formerly excellent network of local mental health centers and monkeying with a tax that was designed to attract more federal dollars to New Hampshire.
David O. Huot
Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 09:14