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Can't have prosperous middle class without strong economic growth

To The Daily Sun,

Despite knowing of the "progressive" (actually socialist) domination in most American colleges and universities, I was shocked at the absolute fantasy worldview presented in Brandeis University Professor Kuttner's article (as described in Tom Dawson's letter of 4/8/15). Parents who pay for their children to be "educated" by such professors are being cheated, as are their children.

Aside from factual errors such as "higher education was free" in the 1950-60s and other false Democrat Party talking points, Kuttner's article is simply a partisan attack against Republicans and promotion of socialist ideas which have never improved the lives of most people. In fact, socialist governments created poverty and suffering for billions of people, and murdered at least 100 million people.

Six years of President Obama's policies interfering in our economy in ways that Kuttner approves have created a stagnant economy which is disastrous for most Americans. Median incomes are down about 4 percent while taxes and the cost of living increased, middle class wealth is down by about 40 percent, a lower percent of our people are actually working, and more Americans live in poverty and need government assistance to survive. But, Obama's policies have done very well for rich people.

For all my life "progressive" policies have made the rich richer but most Americans poorer. Politicians who really cared about non-rich Americans would abandon "progressive" policies.

In his April 3rd letter, Dave Pollak points out what has really hurt the American middle class, "Good American jobs have been lost in the manufacturing sector in steel, automobile, textile, electronics, and more." This fact is totally ignored by Kuttner (and Dawson).

The inevitable competition from European and Asian countries which rebuilt after WW2 does not fully explain the loss of so much of American industry and thus good American jobs. Government regulations, taxation, and other government intervention along with poor union and corporate decisions are major factors in the loss of American industry and jobs.

Government regulations add an average of 15 percent (usually more in manufacturing) to the cost of American goods and services. Excessive and wasteful regulations along with bureaucratic delays made many American industries non-competitive, forcing reduced wages, lost jobs, or both. (E.g., the multi-year hold-up of the Keystone XL pipeline; pay-offs to billionaire contributors Buffett and Tom Steyer and others) prevents creation of many good jobs, increases our energy costs, and reduces the safety of transporting oil which will be used whether there is a pipeline or not.)

High U.S. corporate taxes incentivize overseas investment, especially to supply foreign markets, and make bringing overseas profits home a bad business decision. Profits, which could be brought home and used to create jobs or pay taxes or stockholders, remain overseas.

Despite spending many billions of dollars, our increasingly poor education system and our 50 federal job-training programs fail to provide a labor force qualified for many American jobs. And, millions of legal and illegal, low-skilled, immigrants compete for the jobs which poorer skilled Americans need to learn the skills that allow them to get ahead.

For the first time in American history in the last few years more businesses have closed than have been created. America cannot have a healthy, growing, prosperous middle class without strong economic growth.

The return to prosperity for all Americans requires returning to policies that actually work to promote economic growth and wealth creation.

Instead of class warfare, successful people should be identified as role models for everyone to want to emulate.

Instead of demonizing job creators and implementing economic policies that drive businesses and good jobs overseas, we need policies that encourage more people to work to become rich by building successful businesses which create good jobs.

Instead of locking children in failing schools, we must offer parents the ability to direct the taxpayer money provided for children's education to the schools of their choice.

Instead of welfare policies that punish employment and split up families, leading to crime, drug abuse and more poverty, we need policies that keep families together and encourage work. President Clinton, other Democrats, and Republicans heralded the overwhelming success of "Clinton's" welfare reforms; President Obama abandoned many of those key reforms locking millions in poverty.

Americans aren't struggling because our country isn't socialist enough. Americans are struggling because our big, out of control government kills jobs, drives up Americans' cost of living, infringes on our freedoms, steals our opportunities, and makes it difficult for people, especially poor people, to learn the skills and get the jobs that enable their success.

Unfortunately Democrats have been joined by progressive Republicans (and some Republicans who surrendered to avoid charges of racism, hate, sexism, greed, etc.) in enacting the beneficent sounding progressive, big government programs that have hurt so many Americans.

The TEA Party is the only movement fighting for every American, current and future, to have the freedoms, opportunities, and success for which so many Americans have sacrificed their lives. Join a TEA Party and help us return to government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Don Ewing
Meredith

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:39

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Not many meteorologists believe man-made climate change is dangerous

To The Daily Sun,

To question the validity of man-made global warming or as it's now called, climate change, as caused by increasing levels of CO2, is akin to "junk science" or "junk knowledge". At least that is the implication proffered by Professor Cracraft in his April 7 column. He goes on to say at the end of his column, "In America we value education, science and empirical search for truth but actions often speak louder than words."

But then, acting like Bill Nye, the comical science guy, Scott proclaims the following, "Many think that climate change is a hoax made up radical environmentalists in spite of the finding of 99 percent of climatologists." Hey Scott, climb off your unicorn for a second and try practicing what you preach. First of all, the goofy percentage often quoted is 97 percent not 99 percent. Maybe Scott misremembered John Kerry's use of that number while warning Boston College grads of the "crippling consequences of climate change." He must really believe Secretary Kerry when he warned us that "global warming is perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction." Surely, Scott must know that this whole debate is more about "mass distraction" and "mass guilt-tripping", in order to give the progressive elites more time to bully and badger the masses for more money for "climate justice".

The 97 percent number came from a small and wholly inadequate sampling of scientists. Joseph Bast of the Heartland Institute and Dr. Roy Spencer report that most climate scientists disagree with the consensus on key issues such as the reliability of climate data and computer models, as reported in the Wall Street Journal. They go on to note that only 39.5 percent of 1,854 American Meteorological Society members who responded to a 2012 survey believe man made global warming is dangerous. Scott probably is using the discredited United Nations International Governmental Panel on Climate Change and their doctored statistics and flawed climate models. Seems they have yet to answer the following question with any veracity: "How much of the temperature increase and other climate changes observed in the 20th century was caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions?"

Actually Professor Cracraft, water is the weather wildcard, at least according to Viv Forbes' Climate Change Digest. The past 17 years of rising CO2 levels without rising global temperatures would seem to indicate that the stuff we exhale cannot be the reason for global warming. Neither can it be bovine flatulence or pig belching for that matter. Viv goes on to note that "even if CO2 levels doubled overnight, most people on earth would not notice any difference."

You see Scott, most climatologists who are not sucking on the teat of the cash cow green movement, understand that "water covers over 70 percent of the globe, is about 50 times more abundant than CO2 in the atmosphere and is a far more effective greenhouse gas".

So Professor Cracraft, just who is being "wacky" and just who is telling "big lies"? Oh, and just who are the real climate change deniers? I think Steve Goreham has nailed it in his book, "The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism." He says, "It's an ideology and it's a belief that man-made greenhouse gases are destroying Earth's climate." That way, folks who have been deluged with guilt for harming Mother Gaia will agree to adopt green economies — electric cars, giant wind turbines, giant solar panels, low flow toilets, squiggly, mercury filled light bulbs and soon temperature monitoring gauges in our homes. According to CBN News, the world already spends $250 billion a year on green economies. Who can forget the great success of Solyndra?

So where do the compassionate leftists come down on caring for the billions of poor across the planet who do not have adequate access to electricity? Wouldn't cheap electricity from coal be a godsend for these folks? Of course, but the wealthy elites will have none of that. The planet must be saved from an increasingly evident, non-existent crisis. Lord Christopher Moncton was worried about global warming caused by CO2 back in the 1980s. In a 2009 speech in St. Paul, Minn., that went viral, he revealed a secretive plan by the U.N. to establish an unelected world government that was crafted at the climate summit in Copenhagen. He has become a skeptic and is now far more worried about "global governance" than "global warming".

Do not hold your breath for Scott to come forth with any verification for his specious claims. Nor is it likely that he will apologize for his condescending remarks based on the "hoax of man-made climate change." Let's be real for just a minute, Scott. There has always been climate change and there always will be. Man's contribution to any global warming is minuscule at best. There is more evidence that we are entering a period of global cooling which will be far more deleterious to our environment, as past history has shown.

Oh and before I forget, I have good news for Lynn Rudmin Chong who is frightened about the melting at the poles. The Antarctic has record levels of ice while the Arctic has regained much of the ice lost over the past decade. You can now take a deep breath, Lynn.

The bottom line here folks is as follows, in my humble opinion. The good people of the 1970s and 1980s environmental movement have been co-opted by the eco-tyranny gang (read Brian Sussman's book of that name, if you dare). Their original desire for a healthy environment has been corrupted by the global elites overt lust for power, money and control. Lord Moncton is probably right on in his assessment about an unelected world government. That is what we all should be worried about.

Now, how to get Professor Cracraft to spend more time reading the works of Lord Acton and Lord Moncton and less time spent talking as though his best buddy is Lord Bumblebrook.

Russ Wiles

Tilton

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:17

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The Bible is not a history document, it is a religious document

To The Daily Sun,

It takes one to know one is a common term. John Demakowski has alluded that our cordial professor, Mr Cracraft, may be afflicted with hot air. A misreading, of course. Mr Demakowski's hot air is straight from his make-believe Bible's lake of fire, where he has it in his tormented mind that you will be tortured with fire because you deserve it if you don't accept the beliefs of people who didn't know where the sun went at night. Got that?

Now let's get to hot air. Firstly, there is no evidence for any supernatural realm, beings, or deities. Zero, so stop pretending there is to make yourself feel warm and fuzzy. Ignorance of natural processes in the universe is not grounds for faith. It is grounds for awe and wonder and curiosity.

Secondly, there are no primary contemporary sources for the life of the Bible's Jesus. In my opinion, Jesus is a mythical construct, a synthetic person made by synchronizing Pagan mystery cults, Hellenism, and Judaism. All three represented the major religious currents of that Roman era. Nor does archaeology support the Pentateuch.

The Bible is not a history document; it is a religious document not unlike the Quran or the Bagativa Gita or the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Mr Demakowski speaks of his Biblical literacy but in my view that is as important as claiming one is well studied in Harry Potter novels, the Dune Trilogy or the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov.

Pretending to know things is not a virtue. Its the virtue of a wolf.

James Veverka
Tilton

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:08

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I want to be part of presbytery's mission to country of Romania

To The Daily Sun,

Dear friends and relatives that do and do not know me as of yet:

This summer our presbytery here in Northern New England is sending a mission trip to the country of Romania. I am praying about and planning to be a part of this trip.

As I lay alone in my hospital bed healing from a horrible car/motor cycle accident, I knew then that Christ had saved my life for a future purpose of His. I feel that this trip to Romania to share the Gospel and administer Christ's mercy to others is part of the reason Christ let me live on. Please pray for me and help me if you can.
Romania has suffered oppression for much of the last century; at the hands of Nazi Germany during WWII and then the USSR for many years afterwards. Germany annexed large sections of land and the USSR bled Romania of natural and economic resources in the 1950s. The communist dictator Ceausescu came to power in 1965 promising independence, but proved to be brutally oppressive. Tens of thousands of citizens were detained, imprisoned, tortured or killed during his regime. Since his ouster in 1989 there has been steady improvement, but even today Romania has the lowest average yearly wage in the European Union. The average Romanian makes 1/8 to 1/10 of a comparable worker in the U.S.
This economic hardship creates many challenges for the Christian church in Romania, as ministry is complicated by poverty, child abandonment and birth defects from alcoholism. We are working with Hong Key Chung, a Korean missionary who is pastor of Zion Presbyterian Church in Bucharest. Rev. Chung, in addition to his work in church planting, has focused on ministry to the political establishment so as to effect change in the country through those with the greatest influence.
Our team will be providing an opportunity for Zion Church to be refreshed through a five-day retreat in rural Romania. We will be assisting with teaching, children's programs, drama and other elements of the retreat.
After the retreat is over, our team will partner with another local church to do evangelism and mercy ministry in Bucharest for three days.
The trip will take place from July 2 – 11 of this year. The cost of my trip is $1,800. This covers my airfare, lodging, food and ministry expenses. Because of the economic situation in Romania, our team is raising an additional $5,000 to cover some of the expenses of the retreat itself and part of the travel and lodging costs for Zion Church members. Otherwise most of them would be financially unable to go.
Please consider praying for this trip and, if you are able, contributing financially. This is a big step of faith for the presbytery, our team and me. I'm looking forward to seeing how God builds our faith through the process.
All financial contributions are tax-deductible and can be made out and mailed to: Grace Presbyterian Church, 174 Province Street, Laconia, NH 03246. (Place my name on the memo line)
Thank you for considering this opportunity!

Ralph "Rip" Perrino

Laconia

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:05

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Whole hearted thanks to CASA volunteer advocates of Grafton County

To The Daily Sun,

We want to thank the amazing CASA advocates we work with in child abuse and neglect court cases in Belknap County. You are amazing men and women who are making a difference because you are willing to help families and children be safe in caring homes. You stand up in court and beyond to speak for what is in the children's and youths' best interest. You meet the children and the families where they are, always hoping for that place to be better when the court closes the case. You enjoy the miracles of small, every day successes, and you persevere in spite of various obstacles.

April 12-19 is Volunteer Appreciation Week and so we are publicly giving our whole-hearted thanks and appreciation to all the CASA/GALs we supervise (in our office, every week is Volunteer Appreciation Week). Each of you has made a positive difference in more than one child's life.

Jessica Storey & Joy Nolan
CASA Program Manager for Grafton County

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:01

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