$28,000 has been budgeted for Memorial Field irrigation system

To The Daily Sun,

There has been a lot of conversation lately about Memorial Park and the condition it is in.
As with most things in the city, waiting for the money to be available is the reason some things take longer to get done than others. Prioritizing is always my guide to what we can spend and where we can spend it.
Memorial Park has been waiting for a long time to brought up to speed as was Wyatt Park and all our parks, and I am happy to be able to bring you up to date on what we have done this year and what we are doing this coming year.
This past budget we appropriated $14,000 for bleachers. They have been purchased and we recently signed an agreement to pour the concrete slab to hold same. We should see this taking place within weeks.
This past budge also approved $25,000 for repairing and resurfacing all five of the tennis courts at Memorial. This was done last Fall and completed with minor touch up work this Spring.
This coming week, the council will pass a budget that contains $28,000 for an irrigation system for the baseball field. This should go a long way to bringing the fields back.
All this is good and at the same time some of our other parks have needs similar to these, and we will be addressing them as quickly as possible.
The important thing to remember is: Laconia has 15 parks, 5 beaches, 4 site parks, a Riverwalk, WOW trail and other City owned properties, all needing attention, and in time when funds are available, they will be used to maintain and improve out great park system. The best way to get something done is to keep in touch with your city officials, your councilor. Don't give up. Keep pressing.
Brenda Baer

Ward 4, City Council


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Just 5 dissenters out of nearly 12,000 climate paper abstracts

To The Daily Sun,

Gene Danforth doesn't like the study that concluded 97 percent of climate paper abstracts saw AGW as legitimate. No anti-regulation alarmist who is a climate change denier does. It's political with deniers.

Out of 11,944 abstracts surveyed, Gene gives us five dissenters for starters. Five out of nearly 12,000. That is 1/24th of 1 percent which is clearly what climate deniers think is strength in numbers. First he mentions Craig Idso as an example of how Cook "doctored" the study. The Abstract of Idso's article stated:

"Since the early 1960s, the declining phase of the atmosphere's seasonal CO2 cycle has advanced by approximately seven days in northern temperate latitudes, possibly as a result of increasing temperatures that may be advancing the time of occurrence of what may be called 'climatological spring.' ...One of these factors may be the ongoing rise in the CO2 content of the air itself; for the aerial fertilization effect of this phenomenon may be significantly enhancing the growth of each new season's initial flush of vegetation, which would tend to stimulate the early drawdown of atmospheric CO2 and thereby advance the time of occurrence of what could be called 'biological spring.'"[1]

The abstract of Nick Scafetta's' paper did not make the 40-70 percent statement Gene claimed he did (pants on fire!). The abstract stated, "We estimate that the sun contributed as much as 45–50 percent of the 1900–2000 global warming, and 25–35 percent of the 1980–2000 global warming. These results, while confirming that anthropogenic-added climate forcing might have progressively played a dominant role in climate change during the last century, also suggest that the solar impact on climate change during the same period is significantly stronger than what some theoretical models have predicted."[2]

So what are the causes that the 65-75 percent not solar related? People? The "Anthropogenic-added climate forcing" he wrote of? Of course, his claim that the sun has that kind of impact presently is unlikely because the sun has been in a steady cooling phase since 1979. That cooling phase actually began in 1950 with an abrupt drop in activity for a decade before an upswing. All data say the Sun has been cooling steadily since 1979 while the temperatures are rising. It's not the sun, Soon. It's not as if John Cook didn't have reasons to include these abstracts as "no position" or "for AGW" but a few outliers, even 100, doesn't even dent the consensus.

Some dissenters claimed that their abstract didn't correctly reflect their paper. Then don't write a faulty abstract, ya dope! Cook also invited all the scientists to self-rate so errors could be fixed. As you can see by the statements of these two, they don't speak against AGW at all. But this is just like the Merchants of Doubt machine for Gene to cherry-pick five dissenters in a lame attempt to smear a powerful 11,944 abstract study.

By the way, Scafetta is not a climate scientist. He is a physicist just like Soon. Fake experts on climatology. Liars for hire. Danforth also forgets that there are many other studies which I mentioned in my previous letter.[3] Also included is a thorough debunking of the climate-gate hoax. No repeating myself today so I will move on to the biggest and most concentrated survey yet of abstracts on climate change and Global Warming. As I have been saying, the debate is over except on the internet and in main stream media outlets

James L. Powell is the director of the National Physical Sciences Consortium. Recently he reviewed 24,210 peer-reviewed papers by 69,406 authors on global warming published in 2013 and 2014. Guess how many rejected the reality of AGW? Four! Not four percent but four people. Powell stated clearly, "It's now a ruling paradigm, as much an accepted fact in climate science as plate tectonics is in geology and evolution is in biology. It's 99.9 percent plus".[4][5] Five people out of 69,406! One denier per 17,352 authors. HELLO?

In my next letter rebutting Mr. Danforth's denier science, I will scrap all of the denier myths about CO2 always being so wonderful and beneficial. This will be a fun outing for all.

[1] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0098847299000544
[2] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2005GL025539/full
[3] http://www.laconiadailysun.com/index.php/opinion/letters/86940-james-veverka-6-12-990
[4] http://www.jamespowell.org/
[5] http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/how-climate-change-deniers-got-it-very-wrong

James Veverka

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Good idea for veterans & others to fight for our Memorial Park

To The Daily Sun,

Not sure what it takes to get people involved in their community, or in what could be the late, great country called the USA.
It is nice to see that City Councilor Brenda Baer will continue to represent Ward 4. As for me, a Ward 5 resident, "as the older lady in Maine said years ago" quoted by John Silber (Mass) , "I don't vote, it only encourages them!"

My councilor voted against my wishes when he voted to hit the taxpayers with "Pay As You Throw". Thank the Lord, Mayor Mike Seymour heard us and allowed more time for the volunteer recycling to work! Wherever we go to drop off — it is a good place to see many of your neighbors.
For me to vote at the municipal election would only encourage them, as if they had done a good job.
From my years on the City Council and after, my opinion is that Opechee Park is the jewel of parks. Tax dollars and volunteers. Leavitt Park in Ward 6 — same story. The city just a few years ago re-discovered Wyatt Park. If Tardif Park is hanging in there it is due to the volunteers!

Now, it would be a great idea for vets, and other interested parties to fight for Memorial Park. Put my name with that of Earl Beale and his remarks in this paper on July 8. Thanks to the American Legion (with help from VFW), we can continue to give high school seniors +1 year of opportunity to take advantage of a shot at the national spotlight. Ask the big leaguers if they played Little League and Legion ball, and for most of them, the answer is yes. I would rather watch a young man from Gilford, Belmont, Moultonboro, or Meredith who are playing against a talented team from around the state, and the national tournament — future pros, and names we recognize!

So, Brenda, I am asking you to lead the effort to make your colleagues understand that there is a lot of baseball at Memorial since the 40's, and they deserve at a minimum what others, including Robbie Mills Park, are getting.

Niel Young


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Pat Buchanan - Trump & Bernie speak for millions

In the 2016 race, June belonged to two outsiders who could not be more dissimilar.

Bernie Sanders is a socialist senator from Vermont and Donald Trump a celebrity capitalist and legendary entrepreneur and builder.

What do they have in common? Both have tapped into what the bases of their respective parties believe is wrong with America.

Bernie is the Willie Nelson of national politics, a leftist voice of a working class whose jobs and factories have been exported and whose wages have stagnated as banksters and the Davos-Doha crowd amass mammoth fortunes by playing games of three-dimensional Monopoly.

The 73-year-old Sanders may have no chance of beating Hillary. But the size of his crowds testifies that he speaks for millions.

Trump's success comes from the issues he has seized upon — illegal immigration and trade deals that de-industrialized America — and brazen defiance of Republican elites and a media establishment.

By now the whole world has heard Trump's declaration:

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems to us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

Politically incorrect? You betcha.

Yet, is Trump not raising a valid issue? Is there not truth in what he said? Is not illegal immigration, and criminals crossing our Southern border, an issue of national import, indeed, of national security?

Women and girls crossing Mexico on trains are raped by gangs. The "coyotes" leading people illegally across the U.S. border include robbers, rapists and killers, who often leave these people to die in the desert.

"State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America" by this writer in 2006 cited researcher Heather Mac Donald of Manhattan Institute. She reported that two-thirds of the 17,000 outstanding fugitive felony warrants in Los Angeles were for illegal immigrants, as were 95 percent of 1,200-1,500 outstanding warrants for homicide.

Of 20,000 members of the 18th Street Gang operating across Southern California, 12,000 were illegal immigrants. One of the Beltway Snipers, who terrorized the D.C. area, shooting 13 and killing 10, was a 17-year-old illegal immigrant from Jamaica, John Lee Malvo.

The reaction to Trump's comments has been instructive. NBC and Univision dropped his Miss USA and Miss Universe contests. Macy's has dropped the Trump clothing line. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is talking of terminating city contracts with Trump.
The reaction of Trump's Republican rivals has been even more instructive. Initially, it was muted. But when major media began to demand that GOP candidates either denounce Trump or come under suspicion or racism themselves, the panic and pile-on began.

As The Washington Times relates, at a July 4 parade in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush said Trump "doesn't represent the Republican Party or its values. "I don't assume that he thinks that every Mexican crossing the border is a rapist. ... So he's doing this to inflame and to incite and to draw attention, which seems to be his organizing principle of his campaign."

Sen. Marco Rubio also found his voice. Trump's comments "were not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive." Imagine that, "divisive" politics.

Ex-Gov. Rick Perry said Trump's remarks were "offensive," as "Hispanics in America and Hispanics in Texas, from the Alamo to Afghanistan, have been extraordinary ... citizens of our country." But most of the Hispanics at the Alamo were in the Mexican army of Santa Anna, not under Col. Travis, and hardly "extraordinary citizens of our country" as Texas did not even belong to the USA then.

Sen. Ted Cruz on NBC's "Meet the Press" took a different stance: "I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration." "The Washington cartel doesn't want to address that. The Washington cartel doesn't believe we need to secure the border. The Washington cartel supports amnesty, and I think amnesty's wrong."

Trump "has a colorful way of speaking," said Cruz, "It's not the way I speak. But I'm not going to engage in the media's game of throwing rocks and attacking other Republicans." Cruz might have added, "like Jeb and Rick and Marco are doing."

What Trump has done, and Cruz sees it, is to have elevated the illegal immigration issue, taken a tough line, and is now attacking GOP rivals who have dithered or done nothing to deal with it.

Trump intends to exploit the illegal immigration issue, and the trade issue, where majorities of middle-class Americans oppose the elites. And he is going to ride them as far as he can in the Republican primaries. In the coming debates, look for Trump to take the populist and popular side of them both. And for Cruz to stand by him on illegal immigration.

Americans are fed up with words; they want action. Trump is moving in the polls because, whatever else he may be, he is a man of action.

(Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)

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We judge gun owners by actions of a few, why not Muslims?

To The Daily Sun,

When you vote for an incumbent, you are perpetuating our government as it is now — nothing will change. The next three sentences will tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:

1. We are advised not to judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works.

Here is another one for you.

2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money? What's interesting is the first group "worked for" their money, the second one did not. Think about it.

Last but not least.

3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans? No pay raises for military and cutting our military lower than WORLD WAR II. We are not stopping payments to illegal aliens, such as the monthly payments for each child, money housing, food stamps, health care, and free education, while we struggle to make ends meet.

What is the matter with this country? Not the country we know any more. They also can now vote. Is that nice of our government, or what? The government is flushing us down the toilet while others suck the system dry. Are we the people not tired of this?

Obama has ruined this country and the American dream. Hillary is only going to continue where he leaves off. So everyone better smarten up before she continues the damage already done by Obama.

Anna DeRose

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