To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to help save our Laconia KFC Restaurant. Many seniors get nice hot meals there that won't be able to eat at Taco Bell. Why can't they combine the stores like the have in Lebanon, N.H. into one restaurant?
I know there's one in Tilton, but a lot of people don't drive, plus Laconia needs to keep the KFC here — Best Fried Chicken around!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:12
To The Daily Sun,
The county commissioners' responsibility is to control county spending. We are spending money like it is going out of style. We demand all of these services and hardly ever use them. I'll ask people, are you using the amount of services that you pay in taxes on your property every year? The answer is all ways the same. No, they wouldn't use that amount of services in a lifetime.
We need to tighten the belt. The state's retirement system is hurting, and the more it hurts we will all end up hurting, by paying for it. We need someone in county who is reasonable and responsible enough who will take us there. We need to get our county taxes down. We need to send Paul Simard up to Grafton County for our next commissioner on Nov. 4. We need to put some "Red" back into the county. We need to put some energy back into Grafton County.
Eric T. Rottenecker
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:08
To The Daily Sun,
On Sept. 10, you published a letter I wrote, but darn it, you ruined one of my better jokes. The whole idea was that there are no polar bears in the Antarctic, just as there never were WMD in Iraq. You changed my words, so it seems like I condone polar bear hunting, which I do not. I neither condone nor discourage hunting of any kind, if you want to legally hunt that is your choice, have at it.
My main point is that Mr. Earle seems to like to seek out things that don’t exist. His fake “scandals” letters prove that for themselves. In fact in the very issue you printed my letter, he claims the IRS “scandal” was somehow a way of “shutting off the rights of non-liberals.” I wonder if Mr. Earle is interested in knowing the truth about what the results of that “scandal” were? Of all the groups, both conservative and liberal being investigated for fund raising, only two were found to be unworthy of the tax-free status they sought, both were liberal.
I know Mr. Earle will never accept the whole truth on any issue he doesn’t happen to agree with, hence my suggestion to him to go hunting polar bears in the Antarctic. Not the Arctic, where there actually are polar bears.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:05
To The Daily Sun,
Michelle Obama's 21st Century lunch lady land has hit the schools with a bland and wasteful thud. The idea that schools should provide healthier choices for students makes good sense for our increasingly obese school-age population. Unfortunately, it is yet another well-intentioned liberal program being cooked to death by unreasonable restrictions on protein, sodium and fat.
Hummus is too high in fat. Pretzels have too much sodium. Pasta primavera with roasted vegetables and olive oil didn't make the cut because it's just too low in protein. Hard boiled eggs? With all that fat and cholesterol, forget it.
According to Leah Barkoukis, an Illinois school district has had enough and has decided they are better off without the federal funds that come with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. When it comes to the Illinois "Fighting Illini," seems like the yokes on the feds.
Jennifer C. Braceras reminds us that "the cost of social programs administered by Washington bureaucrats, and the accompanying loss of personal liberty, free choice and local control, too often outweigh any benefits of these 'feel good' ideas." If the food doesn't taste good, the kids are not going to eat it. Especially low fat mac-n-cheese with broccoli or pizza with whole wheat crust and organic veggie toppings.
Jennifer encapsulates it ever so succinctly — "vomitrocious." She tells us that more than 500 school districts have dropped out of the federal school lunch program due to the lack of flexibility in the federal mandates. This has lead to mountains of wasted food and increased costs to school districts already under financial hardship.
To end an ill-conceived and enormously wasteful program or continue to force it down the throats of our children? Is that the question the progressive-liberal elites are contemplating? Don't be silly, Sherlock. According to Jennifer, the Obama administration has decreed that wasted food is a good thing. You know, the "job-lock is a good thing" thought process. It allows schools to create "food recovery" programs in order to pass this food onto the hungry among us. A glorious, teachable moment with which to turn our students into "civic minded, community-conscious adults."
Central planners micro-managing local communities is always a bad idea. Taking parents out of the equation is a growing "Common Core" phenomenon. Kids may be temporarily stuck with the new math of multiple correct answers, but you can't force them to eat food that doesn't taste very good. And just why are they using outdated guidelines for goodness sake? Eggs, especially free range eggs, are a wonderfully healthful food.
I suppose if this failed liberal program gets parents to send their kids to school with a nutritious brown bag lunch, that is a good thing. However, I'm sure there must be a more cost effective way to achieve that end, don't you?
You know, this program could have worked if the feds had enough sense to ease into these changes rather than blindly mandating drastic changes. Of course that would imply the central planners would use common sense and spend our money in a judicious and tasteful manner. I know, silly me for even thinking such nonsense. That would imply they understand that the ninth-grade football player should not be on the same restrictive caloric intake as the "Slim Jim" sedentary student. Unfortunately, it's yet another "one size fits all" catastrophe.
Please, give my grandchildren "hoagies and grinders, navy beans, meatloaf sandwiches and sloppy joes." Bring Adam Sandler's "Lunch Lady Land" back to life. Even if occasionally, "chop suey kicks em in the head." And bring back the hard boiled eggs for goodness sake. Go ahead and make some subtle and tasty changes and include more fresh veggies and fruit and let the "lunch lady" rather than the "First Lady" decide on the menu choices.
Whew, this letter has made me so hungry. I'm longing for a "Cheeseburger in Paradise"(Jimmy Buffet), but another liberal-progressive program gone expensively, tastelessly and wastefully awry has given me the "Dead Shrimp Blues" (Robert Johnson). Oh well, just another day on the eight year cruise of Obama's "Good Ship Lollipop."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:58
No matter how the vote turns out on Thursday in Scotland, either for independence or continued union with Britain, the disintegration of the Old Continent appears almost inevitable.
Already the British government has conceded that, even if the Scots vote for union, Edinburgh will receive greater powers to rule itself.
Cheering for the breakup of the U.K. are Catalans and Basques, Bretons and Corsicans, Tyroleans, Venetians, Flemish, all dreaming of nations of their own carved out of Spain, France, Italy and Belgium.
Europe's secessionists have waxed ever stronger since the last decade of the 20th century when the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia splintered into 22 nations and Czechoslovakia broke in two.
Abkhazians and Ossetians then broke from Georgia as Transnistria fought free of Moldova. Chechnya went to war twice to escape from Russia. Secessionists now battle Russia in Ingushetsia and Dagestan.
The decomposition of the nations of Old Europe is the triumph of tribalism over transnationalism. The heart has reasons that the mind knows not, said Pascal. And the wild heart is winning.
The call of blood, history, faith, culture and memory is winning the struggle against Economism, the Western materialist ideology that holds that the desire for money and things is what ultimately motivates mankind. Economics uber alles. Here is Niall Ferguson in the New York Times wondering how these crazy Scots could think of seceding from England: "The economic risks are so glaring that even Paul Krugman and I agree it's a terrible idea. What currency will Scotland use? The pound? The euro? No one knows. What share of North Sea oil revenues will go to Edinburgh? What about Scotland's share of Britain's enormous national debt?"
A Scottish vote for independence, Ferguson wails, "would have grave economic consequences, and not just for Scotland. Investment has already stalled. Big companies based in Scotland, notably the pensions giant Standard Life, have warned of relocating to England. Jobs would definitely be lost. The recent steep decline in the pound shows that the financial world hates the whole idea."
Niall Ferguson is not the kind of fellow who would have been out there at midnight dumping the King's tea into Boston harbor in 1773. And he would surely have admonished those stupid farmers on the Concord Bridge that if they didn't put those muskets down, they could wind up ruining the colonies' trade with the Mother Country.
"What currency will we use?" Ferguson would have demanded of Jefferson in Independence Hall in 1776.
Yet it is not only in Scotland where peoples are deciding that what separates them is more important than what unites them. Secessionism is ablaze all over the world. All those straight lines on Middle East maps drawn up by Sykes and Picot are being erased. The Syria and Iraq we have known will never be the same again, as the Shia-Sunni divide deepens and the Kurds of Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran come together.
In this century, we have seen Ethiopia and Sudan break in two, and now South Sudan hosts a tribal-civil war between Dinka and Nuer.
Facing secessionist movements in Tibet and the Uighur lands of the west, Beijing is exporting Han Chinese by the trainload to repopulate the regions. Much like Stalin did with the Baltic republics he annexed in 1940.
Vladimir Putin is perhaps the most popular leader alive for bringing home to Mother Russia the Crimea and making a virtual protectorate of the Russified southeastern Ukraine.
But it is not only secessionism that imperils the One Europe of Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman and their historic achievement, the EU. In Britain, France, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and most of the countries of Europe, populist parties have arisen to liberate their nations from what they see as the soft dictatorship of the EU. Foremost among these are Nigel Farage's Independence Party, the UKIP, and the National Front of Marine Le Pen, who is now running ahead of President Francois Hollande in national polls. This weekend, the Sweden Democrats, a rightist party, doubled its strength, taking 13 percent of the vote as Stockholm's conservative government fell.
What assures the growth of these parties is what engendered them — mass immigration from the Third World and the attendant rise in crime, Islamism and social disorder. And what is there to halt the waves of immigration in boats and rafts from across the Mediterranean? Nothing. Out of a Middle East descending into chaos will come millions of Arab and Muslim refugees. The African continent, which had 1.2 billion people in 2013, will have 2.3 billion in 2050, and 4.2 billion by century's end.
Hundreds of millions of these African folks will be fleeing these lands to occupy the empty places left by the depopulating nations of Europe, not one of whom has a fertility rate to ensure that its native people survive.
As for the Scots, not to worry if Goldman Sachs is bearish on secession. When you enter the polling booths, just ask yourselves:
What would Braveheart do?
((Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00