To The Daily Sun,
I usually write to The Laconia Daily Sun when the spirit moves me. It has again moved me.
After reading numerous letters criticizing everything from our president on down to the county commissioner and from spending my formative years in Manchester where William Loeb and the Manchester Union Leader were paramount, I wish to submit the following observation on our community in what I feel is part of the essence of our success. It is compliment to the good common people that we have in our midst.
I tend to observe a lot, having been a witness to some truly remarkable dedicated people in our local work force that no mater what menial wage they work for, strive to do their best daily to make our community proud and unique.
I have observed these facets and its just the tip of the iceberg. However; it is part of our sense of community pride.
Those great guys who serve as attendants at the Union Avenue Automotive Center always have a smile on their faces, are always polite, whether working in a heatwave, storm or subzero temperature to meet the needs of the populace. As well as that wonderful gentleman who collects the shopping carts at the Gilford Wal-Mart, he always goes that extra mile to assist anyone, always a kindness extended with sincerity. A hard worker, something I have always admired.
Those incomparable, dedicated and persevering "lunch ladies" who are employed for the Laconia School District and serve so exquisitely he districts' children. Talk about unsung heroes, they are second to none and are the treasure to our community.
The care givers and LNAs in our care facilities are an inspiration to us all. Their daily contributions are magnanimous to those who need assistance. The are they give is genuine. I am proud that I was one for a quarter of a century.
The staff at the Human Society who extend care and love to God's animals, cats and dogs, have given us love, loyalty, and much joy.
The compassionate staff at the Laconia Employment Security Vocational Rehabilitation and Community Action Program, who help all those who seek help. Their common ground endurance helps restore usefulness and dignity in everyone. What a wonderful resource in our community.
This is just a small example of the many positive and wonderful people we have here many others are out there, the waitress, the janitor at McDonald's, the taxi drivers, are all of great value and importance to our community.
As the song goes "Good morning America how are you, say don't you know me, I'm your native son."
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 10:00
To The Daily Sun,
It is so rewarding to know that our community loves our students at Laconia High School!
On behalf of the Laconia Sachems Band Boosters, we would like to thank all who supported our annual Sweet Walk on March 17 at the district band concert. Thank you to the following businesses who donated sweet goods: Hart's Turkey Farm, Fratello's, Patrick's, Goody Good Donuts, Wicked Sweet New England Treats, Annie's Café, Water Street Café, Vista Foods, as well as from other private supporters of the booster group. All monies raised go directly to help fund the Laconia High School Band, Chorus and Color Guard.
The booster group's monthly meetings are the 1st Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the LHS Music Room.
Thank you all again, so very much!
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 09:57
To The Daily Sun,
Pollution means socializing costs. If you produce something that fouls the water and don't pay to clean it up, you are making everyone else but your company pay the costs of clean-up — not to mention any permanent damage. When the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969, the companies that dumped the flammable chemicals that polluted it did not put the fire out. The Cleveland Fire Department did. Taxpayers had to pay the cost while the polluters profited.
The Environmental Protection Agency was created shortly after this fire was put out and the Clean Water Act was passed shortly after. The act raised the cost of production for anyone who was making things and polluting water by requiring that they include the cost of preventing that pollution in the cost of their products. Thus, they had to pay the true cost of the product, rather than making the rest of the society ante up for some portion of that true cost. Yes, either their profits took a hit, or the costs were passed on to customers who bought the product.
Clearly, however, the costs associated with the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act and other pollution-control laws did not wreck our economy. Making companies pay the true cost of production is the right thing to do, and since the rules applied to everybody no one had an advantage. In addition, entrepreneurs also saw an opportunity to get rich by making pollution control equipment and by inventing non-polluting production methods.
"Creative Destruction" is the essence of capitalism. It is a term for long-term economic growth that is initiated by innovators who make something new out of the scraps of the old. Think of how transistors rose on top of the vacuum tube industry and computer chips from transistors. Are we better off without tubes and transistors? You bet!
CO2 is said to be a pollutant because of the costs of the extreme climate change it is causing when released into the atmosphere. These costs are socialized instead of being paid by the producers of the gas — taxpayers are and will be paying them. It will work just like the Clean Water Act did if new rules to control CO2 emissions are applied to every producer and product (including those imported from other countries). Entrepreneurs will create whole new industries and get rich, and we will all be better off in the long run.
Those who don't want to protect polluters and who are in favor of making them bear the real costs of their products are not the enemies of capitalism. They are the true believers in free enterprise.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 09:52
To The Daily Sun,
The elephant stands awaiting and the chute is in place. What GOP candidate will announce themselves next? Welcome to another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity. In the tradition of Charlie Hebdo, we bring you the best of the ridiculous.
Falling for the "job creators" myth sold by corporate monks, Kansas has had revenue shortfalls, credit downgrades from Moody's, and now has to close public schools down early because they don't have enough money. The inanity of libertarian economics dies again. Governor Brownback has also implied that forcing women to have children is good for the Kansas economy.
Michelle Bachmann is back. She says The rapture has been moved ahead of schedule because, well, it's Obama's fault.
There's bad news for the anti-vaxxer wackjobs. Two more major studies again confirm there is no link between vaccinations and autism. In a fine display of epic cluelessness, anti-vaxxer and organizer Rosemary Woods said, "Let me know when there is a study that confirms what I know in my heart." As Russ Wiles might say, "Isn't it kind of suspicious that every credible study on the subject says the same thing?" Ya think?
Did you see Republican Dog the Bounty Hunter on Fox? The four Fox women were all giddy until he soiled their carpet by saying he supports Hillary and trusts the Dynamic Duo.
Over in the world of religious circuses, the fear mongering propaganda coming from the revival tent meetings. Taking their signals from Huckabee, they claim that legalizing gay marriage will criminalize Christianity. Tortured logic much? Some Christian jihadist blowhards are talking armed revolution if equality wins over the fossilized traditions of religion-based bigotry. In their apoplectic fits (slain in the Spirit) they are calling for the impeachment of the justices who vote for equality. Gay marriage is sure to bring down our civilization. Nasty stuff, that freedom and equality.
Fox News' favorite Catholic Priest, Jonathan Morris, claims we can't have an atheist president because he would not fear God. You mean he might be logical? Wouldn't that be oppressive! Shall we ask Bugs Bunny for a comment on weapons-grade stupid? Did you know that rape and incest can't be verified? Yup, another insane religious conservative has escaped her rubber room.
Tennessee State Rep. Sheila Butt blocked exemptions for rape and incest in the new abortion bill because she claims they are not verifiable. On today's "700 Club," Pat Robertson warned that God will soon remove his hand of protection over America because people are mocking fundamentalist preachers like himself. The old fossil complains, "People mock the word of God and those who proclaim it are laughed at as fundamentalists. Well, we need the fundamentalists because if we don't have them this nation is doomed." Yes, Pat, we need more crackpots who might even believe that 6,000 years ago a talking snake deceived a couple who had no belly buttons to eat some fruit. Pat also gave us five predictions if gay marriage wins. We will be hit with war (revolution!), floods, terrorism, the apocalypse and the anti-Christ! Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, while on Pastor Hagee's show says if gay marriage is affirmed, pastors will end up in jail. For what? Pedophilia? Embezzlement? Sounds good.
America's village idiot, Louie Gohmert appeared on Glenn Beck's television program the other night. He claims Obama won't help the government of Nigeria fight terrorism until the country legalizes gay marriage and abortion.
Also in Texas, where wide open spaces include the heads of Texas lawmakers, H.B. 2510, espoused by Texas State Rep. Matt Schaefer will force a woman to carry a nonviable fetus to term. No, you didn't read that wrong. What could be the reason for bringing a brain dead fetus to term? Well, what better way to create more Texas politicians.
Oklahoma is also a scary country full of wide open spaces. While speaking in the Senate, Kevin Calvey threatened to go across the street and torch himself with gasoline if they passed state Senate Bill 548, which would increase funding to the court system. Why? Because the court has struck down some abortion laws.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 09:49
To The Daily Sun,
Mr. Ewing's response to the letter I wrote on April 18 is just another Tea Party letter with Fox News talking points. I even got greetings from the janitor of the parrot cage, Mr. Wiles. I thank them both for being concerned of my health.
I do admit that my knowledge of the Tea Party was lacking the fact the Tea Party wasn't part of the Republican Party. I guess I never read a letter written by a left-winger that had their views.
In response in April 18, I wrote that New Hampshire had 34,000 millionaires living in the state. It pointed out that folks gather in New Hampshire to retire after a successful career elsewhere. New Hampshire is well known as a tax haven for the rich. Some even purchase a home, register to vote here, but don't live here.
The Wall Street Journal pointed out in 2013, New Hampshire had 522,867 households (and) 33,867 millionaires. This figured out that for every 1,000 households, 6.48 percent were millionaires.
My point is there are millionaires in this state that make it impossible for most folks to earn a livable wage. Mr. Ewing says the problem is state and national policies that make it difficult for citizens to prosper and have a good chance to become a millionaire.
It would do everyone good to reread letters written in The Daily Sun on April 28 on Page 4. I was glad to see that Mr. Wiles outlined the chain of command within the Tea Party (the party of protesters, confusion and discontent). I will write later to address concerns the janitor of the parrot cage outlined in April 25 Daily Sun. Awk, Awk.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 09:44