To The Daily Sun,
The last couple of days have seen a couple of self-congratulatory letters from members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. When you read what they have to say, it's important to remember that both of these gentlemen voted in favor of the draconian cuts proposed by Rep. Spanos and his Republican colleagues on the House Finance Committee.
You may recall these cuts included Meals on Wheels, the developmentally disabled, nursing homes, substance abuse treatment, Service Link, ambulance service, and tourism development, to name a few. According to Rep. Gallagher and his Republican colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee, we couldn't afford them because the governor's revenue estimates were way too high and things like reducing business taxes were way more important.
Now, all of a sudden, they're congratulating each other because the Senate miraculously found the money the governor said was coming in after all, and made the future hole created by settlement of Medicaid Enhancement Tax and Mental Health suits invisible.
As Rep. Spanos says, 92 percent of our economy is small business. Too bad three-quarters of the business tax cut is going to benefit 1.2 percent of the businesses. On top of that, it is disheartening to hear a public official complain that people who can't afford health insurance are a burden to "working Americans". I'll bet more than a few of the millions of people who now have health insurance under the ACA are "working Americans" who are not a burden on anyone.
David O. Huot
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:16
To The Daily Sun,
Here in Tuesday's Letters to the Editor, James Veverka is spiking the football and doing his happy dance. Can't say I blame him if the court decisions had gone the other way I'd be cheering, too. But alas they did not, and it seems to me James is dancing on the shreds of the Constitution.
I'm sure he is especially pleased that that one of these decisions give license to he and his friends to attack Christians in all their places of business, homes, churches and any gatherings places. He will feel free to smear, slander and denigrate them while he ignores Muslim's. After all, cowards like him never go after people who will fight back particularly when they might cut his head off. I do think though that perhaps his happy dance days are numbered because the court may have just woken the proverbial giant once the left starts its assault on freedom of religion which is sure to happen now.
As for his cheep shots aimed at myself and Russ Wiles, I did notice that, other than gloating, he said nothing to counter my assertions in regard to "black this and black that blah, blah, blah" nor any of those presented by Russ. When he does present his own he also gives credit to his sources, always though they are other equally loony left-wing ones, never an independent non-partisan one.
I remember his first letter years ago, where he gave a source address which traced back right to his own letter here in the paper and the next one where he claimed to have pictures of racist signs at Tea Party rallies, but that one led to a wind turbine site. He also must spend hours digging up dirt on insignificant Republicans or conservatives, but totally ignores the Democrats like Hillary, Bill, Obama and gang who have created more division, violence, death and destruction other then outright terrorists right here in the U.S., broken more laws and violated more Constitutional tenets then any American leaders in history.
This is all going to come back to bite us in our tender backsides, maybe sooner than we expect. Right now I'm looking at events in Europe. If Greece's economy crashes it may cause a domino effect among other nations around the world with shaky socialist economies of which there are far too many. This is no fault of banks, big corporations, or anything other then socialism itself which progressives ascribe to.
Some economic experts are predicting another crash even greater then last one. Sure hope they are wrong but things don't look good. If that should transpire I just wonder how much dancing James will be doing then?
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:12
To The Daily Sun,
This letter is addressed to all those who, like the ostrich, bury their head in the sand or other dark places. There, now that I have gotten that out of my system, it's time to identify the challenges other than the obvious social and political ones.
For the sake of limiting this letter's length I will include only the broad "weather conditions" that respond to climate variations. The most obvious of these is temperature. Because of rising global temperature, sea levels are rising and on land floods and droughts are becoming more prevalent. Much of science requires those involved to study cause and effect. That is, the scientific method requires identifying the problem. In this case, it is observable climate changes.
The most outstanding effect is a greater number of extreme weather occurrences in the temperate zones of the earth. That is especially true in the northern hemisphere where a greater portion of temperate land mass is located. Even if you're not a climatologist, you know that the prevailing winds are from the west in the zone between the subtropical and arctic. The rotation of the earth causes this to be so.
Being a scientist it requires the gathering of evidence and developing a hypothesis. A great number scientists are, and have been, doing detailed studies designed to discover the causes of observable climatic effects. At a meeting I recently attended I heard it presented as a conundrum as follows: What we do know, what we don't know and what we need to know from both global and local perspectives.
We know the Earth's temperature is rising. That requires us to ask, is that somehow related to the tripling of weather-related disasters since 1960? Have the heat waves, droughts and forest fires increased in number and intensity as a result? Is there the likelihood of superstorms like Sandy and Katrina occurring with greater frequency? Lacking little evidence to the contrary, we must conclude the answer is, yes.
Some of the economic and social effects are grim. Such things as storm damage, crop losses, public health emergencies and some lesser ones like allergies and respiratory distress. A study of the costs of hurricane damage, real estate losses, energy costs and the cost of delivering drinkable water concluded that, left unchecked through the end of this century, would require an outlay of $1.9 trillion annually in the United States. The plain truth is that inaction, in the long run is going to cost more than taking remedial action now.
Pollution does not have to be fuel for our economy. Dirty profits now will incur health expenses now and in the future. Efforts to mitigate the carbon emissions are in effect and more are planned for in the future. Those who deny there is a global crisis need to take their blinders off and remove their rose-colored glasses. The need to take an unbiased look at how we produce and use power. After they have done that, the should become part of the solution rather than being part of the problem.
On the local level, we have an entity called the Lakes Region Planning Commission. In 1990 the put together a regional public utilities and infrastructure plan. It was a survey and assessment of existing public services with an eye toward future modifications and improvements. It was developed using a regional perspective with a view toward linking infrastructure across regional boundaries and encouraging cooperation and coordination between communities. Fast forward 25 years and you can observe real progress. There are many things we know, fewer things we don't know, but the list of things we need to know continues to grow.
Last week the Lakes Region Planning Commission held its 47th annual meeting. Dr. Lindsey Rustag, author of the previously mentioned conundrum, asked those in attendance to think about what more they needed to know in order to take effective action, environmentally, in their communities. Perhaps the most effective thing they could do is encourage others to help identify and mitigate problems. Address needs with organized cooperative actions now and in the future.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:07
To The Daily Sun,
I am taking this opportunity to provide important information regarding the summer road resurfacing project to occur in Sanbornton beginning at Gaza Corner along Route 132 North to Hermit Woods Road. After recently speaking with officials from the State Department of Transportation, I would like to provide all residents who live and travel along this route a progress update.
The first phase of the road improvements project was completed in May into June, when approximately 20 culvert drainage pipes were replaced along the Route 132 roadway in Sanbornton.
Beginning in July into August, Phase II and Phase III will take place. This involves a resurfacing using a newly developed road surface repair process; a cold surface treatment (Phase II) followed by a final hot surface asphalt treatment (Phase III).
Sign notifications are scheduled to be placed along the beginning and end of the route. This will serve as an alert to all travelers who may be driving in this area during July and August. I hope this update will provide reassurance to all in the area that the project is online and scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2015.
State Rep. Brian S. Gallagher
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:03
To The Daily Sun,
Congratulations to everyone involved with the Huot Career and Technical Center. That was a very interesting article in the June 16 issue of The Laconia Daily Sun. I was really impressed with the students recognized at the May 27 celebration of achievement ceremony.
Also, I am very pleased to report that 39 of the college-bound students received awards through the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation to help them further their scholastic and career goals. We are proud of all of you at Huot Tech — students, administrators and teachers. Keep up the good work.
Joan Cormier, Executive Director
Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 10:05