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Brochures will cause U.S.to descend into some dark theocracy

To The Daily Sun,

The issue of separation of church and state has really gotten to the point of the ridiculous. This latest complaint about the Fish and Game folks holding training in a church is particularly silly. I wonder how these anti-religion people would react if they were told that the president of the U.S. had recommended the Bible and provided it to millions of federal employees, paid for by the taxpayers?

The following inscription may be found, under the header of “The White House, Washington” in copies of the New Testament presented by “The Army of the United States:”

“To the Members of the Army:
As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.
Very sincerely yours,
Franklin D. Roosevelt”

This was dated March 6, 1941, before the U.S. entered into WWII. Can you imagine the outcry and rage if the signature read “Donald Trump” and the date was this year?

How times have changed. Some folks today think that exposure to brochures in a church will somehow hurt someone’s feelings and cause our great country to descend into some dark theocracy.

How sad.

Josiah H. Bartlett


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American dynasty is unprepared for an informed, engaged public

To The Daily Sun,

In 2016, there were 90 vacancies on federal courts. These vacancies affect everyone, speedy trial rights of criminal defendants are threatened and civil cases are delayed and citizens are denied justice. There is limited access to legal assistance for the indigent and citizens who can afford legal representation have access to the private public partnership model of law. The November 2016 N.H. Magazine included a piece titled "Best Lawyers 2017;" the following quote included in the layout is indicative of the progress and promise of the Constitution:

“Discourage Litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise, point out to them how a nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses and waste of time.”

The insidious abuse of a socioeconomic class plagued by ignorance, mental health disorders, addiction, lack of access; cutting edge research, the behaviorist approach to "therapy," exalt the dark mirror, epitomize unintended consequences, and exemplify the current Age of Carnage and its dissonant leaders. Suicide is a most prominent problem in lower socio-economic communities. Suicide rates could be impacted by various factors such as social, cultural, economic, individual, financial and other imputed stressors. Pioneering new mentoring programs, resilience building and leaning into fear are the new standard of health care.

Suicide, A Silent Epidemic, is the current state of reality for New Hampshire, the 2016 state hospital reports; the cost of such bureaucratic gridlock was 429 LIVES, already that in 2017. This cost is apparently a cost of doing business, these lost lives didn’t warrant a notice in fine print or otherwise, inclusion in the annual report of adverse events.

It’s discouraging to say the VERY least, that while the federal government has been splitting hairs preparing for the next “pandemic,” the targets of this silent epidemic will be left in a pool of blood, overlooked for more economically self-serving CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.

When CRISPR emerged, a billion dollars poured into Wall Street, pharmaceutical companies, and public stock offerings. While neuroscience, which studies the brain and central nervous system, promises economic benefits, there is a glaring lack of attention for its use in life sciences that may threaten ethics in biotechnology. For countries with aging populations, advances in the field will be integral to managing and alleviating chronic pain, mental illness, and neurocognitive degenerative conditions. At the same time, neuroscience presents a range of uses for countries seeking to improve national security. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking advances in the science of behavior modification.

When people stop asking questions, principles give way to policy driven by economic, self-serving decisions. A question, for example: how do cognitive behavior therapy, behavior modification and neuro-science parallel and what happens when these line cross?

Some people believe that a country calling itself a democracy must be engaged in direct democracy, in which the people of a state vote directly for policies, rather than elect representatives who make choices on their behalf. The United States acts as a republic, a supreme power residing in a body of entitled elite class, exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them. Public office is a public trust, it comes with power and opportunity for corruption. Our perpetual office seekers act with vehemence and passion, a stealth swift tide of inaction. In only takes a quick review of the 2016 N.H. Supreme Court decisions and recent legislative bills to establish a pattern of professional malpractice, gross negligence, lack of due process, feigned ignorance and misrepresentation of critical public information that impacts public health and the safety of our citizens. A pattern can be ascertained from a statistically sound sample of recurring events that fall within a normal distribution of the sample size. I am unable to locate a pattern when it comes to such things as participation in the cancer cluster research on the seacoast.

The current legislators, their trumped up balances sheets, bureaucratic games of kicking the can with known carcinogenic environmental toxins their policy of act fast, think last policy making and covering up gross negligence under the guise of risk management at the cost of public health would be criminal if we were applying for life insurance. A culture exits here in Laconia, across the State of N.H., and the entire federal government; it is a culture of SILENCE controlled through back room deals, private-public partnerships, systematic abuse of power, bullying fear tactics, and a lack of access to civil rights. This is a crisis compounded by socioeconomic factors, a basic need to earn a living too put food on the table.

Fear keeps us quiet, and allows this abuse to continue. It’s a fanciful notion, that through arms-length policy making, rubber stamps, value engineering and abdicating responsibility that public officials should emerge unscathed.

With tag lines like, “Seeking the Truth and Printing It” from The Laconia Daily Sun and their blue M&M's, wee can no longer rely on main-stream media and journalists paid off by six PACs and lobbyists, to sort out the facts and provide us with information. “Spin is sometimes dismissed as a simple euphemism forlying. But it's actually something more insidious: indifference to the truth.” — Michael Kinsley.

The self-serving greed, gutter politics and desperate need for the next cash infusion has left this dynasty vulnerable and entirely unprepared for an informed, engaged majority. That being said, I am not a savant in the political area and will gladly admit ignorance. Let’s no longer accept ignorance as an excuse not to intervene, ask questions, demand answers. The time for silence is over. We the people, the silent majority, have a right to be angry. We must stand and give good voice, for the sake of our bloodline, fertility and the health of our infants before there is total destruction of our ecosystem and our most basic needs to survive as a race. We the people must hold these leaders accountable.

The Earth is dying. So are we. The time is now.

Tracie Fitzpatrick


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