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I am an alarmist when it comes to the threat of anarchy; you should be, too

To The Daily Sun,

The other day, Robert Miller of Alton said that I was an “alarmist” when it came to the issue of anarchy. I agree! And I think you, and he, should be alarmed too. That’s why I would like the citizens to look carefully at the path our country has been advancing on and become concerned.

One of the benefits of aging is that you have more life experiences to draw upon in arriving at your opinions. For example:

In 1948, President Truman had dropped in the polls down to a 32 percent approval rating. Some prominent Democrat politicians were calling for Truman to resign. His challenger in the election was the very popular New York Governor, Thomas Dewey. On Nov. 3 of 1948, the Chicago Tribune carried the headline “Dewey Defeats Truman.” The Tribune was wrong, Truman defeated Dewey. The New York governor didn’t whine, he didn’t protest, he didn’t call for a recount, he didn’t say “what happened” and he went quietly into the night.

In 1960, John Kennedy and Richard Nixon sought the presidency. In a very close vote, Kennedy bested Nixon by about two tenths of 1 percent of the vote count. Nixon was encouraged to call for a recount in Illinois, particularly Cook County, where it was thought that the Chicago Mayor Richard Daley had fudged the vote count. Nixon declined, telling his advisors that a protest recount would taint the presidency, and he didn’t want that to happen. He too, went quietly into the night.

In 2000, George W. Bush gathered enough votes in Florida to best Vice President Gore; by one half of one percent. The vice president and his legal team called for recounts and did their best to tie up the submission of the Florida vote count to the Electoral College. Their hope was to void the total Florida vote by tying up the issue in the courts long enough to prevent the electors from submitting the vote count. (Note: All subsequent independent audits showed that, in fact, George w/ Bush had won the total vote count.)

In last year’s election, (now) President Trump defeated Secretary Clinton gathering 304 electoral votes to Clintons 227. The Cook Report stated that Clinton surpassed Trump in the popular vote count by 2.8 million votes, which is less than the difference in California’s tally. Secretary Clinton decided not to go quietly into the night, but chose to partake in a highly funded and organized “resistance,” designed to do whatever is necessary to oust President Trump and Vice President Pence, and negate the election.

Since that time we have witnessed a continuing series of events that are not only disturbing, in many ways they are frightening because they threaten the very structure of our country; our Constitution and its Bill of Rights. For example:

— Organized protests against our law enforcement agencies have led to the assassination of police officers

— Denial of the right to speak by Republican or conservative individuals at a number of colleges and universities. Many instances of rioting, burning, and destruction of property by the masked, hooded, and in some cases armed, wrongly titled “Antifa” (supposedly meaning anti-fascist), with police and security people being told to “stand down” and let the rioters engage in their destruction.

— Video evidence of elementary school teachers and college professors wildly adamant about denying anything that doesn’t agree with their political viewpoint, and seeking physical force to help deny such. And let us not forget, they are still allowed to “teach” our children their radical views.

— Large groups (thousands) of protesters being marshalled to prevent a group of 50 people, who had been given a permit, from meeting to discuss free speech in a public park.

— A number of Democrat politicians, and other left wing supporters, are calling for the impeachment of the president without offering any evidence to support their claims.

— Many instances of the abuse of power by the previous administration politicizing Federal Agencies, such as the IRS, to bully citizens and organizations and prevent them from receiving things they were rightfully due.

— Other abuses of power by having citizen’s information unlawfully given to political opponents and their subsequent “unmasking.”

— Many questionable issues concerning the FBI giving Secretary Clinton a free pass on a variety of legal and ethical issues that would probably have landed any Republican in jail.

— Identity politics is increasingly dividing our country by race, gender, ethnicity, political persuasion, and so on. Sadly, people are looking for reasons to hate each other.
— And there are so many more examples.

I don’t believe that Mr. Miller would condone any of the above examples if the offenders were Republicans or conservatives. We can’t have two sets of ethics rules or laws based on the political party abusing the process. Let us all demand more and better from our politicians ... not doing so invites anarchy.

Bob Meade

Laconia

  • Written by Edward Engler
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Gilford BudCom has vacancy; interview will be held on Nov. 30

To The Daily Sun,

If you have any concerns about your property taxes in Gilford and would like to be an integral part of the process that deals with town and school budgeting, which directly impact property taxes, now is your chance to do something about your taxes and those of your neighbors.

Because of an unexpected vacancy, the town of Gilford is accepting letters of interest from registered voters to fill a vacancy for an at-large seat on the Budget Committee.

The Budget Committee reviews and makes recommendations to voters on the town and schools budgets. Meetings are typically held weekly during the budget season from late October until mid-January. In addition, there are subcommittee meetings of three or four members of the Budget Committee with town and school department heads during this period, based on the interests of the individual members of the Budget Committee.

It is anticipated that an appointment will be made by a majority vote of the Budget Committee during a duly posted, public meeting scheduled for Nov. 30. Each candidate will be given an opportunity to make a statement to be followed by a question-and-answer session with Budget Committee members at that time.

This appointment is for a term that will expire as of the next annual town elections on March 13, 2018.

After the Nov. 30 meeting, there are only six more Budget Committee meetings scheduled this season.

Interested persons are required to submit a statement of qualifications and availability by 5 p.m. on Nov. 27 to Norman Silber, Chair, Gilford Budget Committee, 47 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, NH 03249.

It is strongly suggested by the undersigned, but not required, that submissions by interested persons should contain some discussion of the individual’s personal philosophy of the proper role of government and fiscal stewardship of taxpayer monies.

All application materials and procedures used for appointment considerations will be subject to public disclosure under NH RSA 91-A, (the Right-to-Know Law).

Norman Silber, Chair

Gilford Budget Committee

  • Written by Mike Mortensen
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