Un-conference on Oct. 18 will focus on adjunct professor issues

To The Daily Sun,

"I just want to thank everyone who made this day necessary," sometimes quipped Yogi Berra.

Now we can bring that mixed-message of gratitude to an upcoming, Oct. 18, gathering of adjunct professors from the New England campuses. RSVP should be at: GreenChairPictures.com/NH-adjunct or http://bit.ly/NECUReg. Registration at the Concord, NH, Holiday Inn opens at 8:30. Attendance is free, but we need a count for coffee-break order. This Un-Conference 2015 — "Connections" runs from 9 - 3:00.

An un-conference lets the participants propose the topics that day, meet fellow faculty, strategize for the future, and at this one — see the documentary "Con Job. Please put this on your calendar for Saturday the 18th of October, if you are, yes, grateful for your teaching opportunity but, yes, questioning what you've done, taking such a low-paying job. Bring someone with you, someone sharing the situation that more and more faculty do, as campus administrations latch onto adjuncts and low salary as a costs-reduction measure.

Lynn Rudmin Chong

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We must prioritize what we're going to spend available money on

To The Daily Sun,

Congress faces a short-term deadline of Oct. 1 to prevent a shutdown of the federal government. Some lawmakers are also trying to reach a deal on a longer term spending measure that would run likely run through the end of the fiscal year in September 2016. A congressional budget plan and another presented by President Obama are proposed as a guide that process.

The Republican-controlled Congress ratified a 10-year budget in May. That document, and it is a non-binding document and not a law, cuts spending by $5.3 trillion keeping discretionary domestic spending below the limits imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Implementation of that budget document went nowhere.

Republican committee chairmen have to draft legislation in the form of 12 separate bills appropriating money for different government departments that actually impose the prescribed cuts dictated by the budget. That has not been accomplished.

Democrats vow to block legislation that does not raise domestic spending. Their position is that they want a new agreement replacing the agreed-upon sequestration. One that instead matches increases in domestic spending with increases in defense spending. They have stymied the budget process in the Senate by filibustering bills that keep intact sequestration. The Senate has passed exactly zero appropriations bills, while the House has approved six of them.

The impasse has led to a situation where there is no more money in the treasury, the wiggle room is gone, and the borrowing authority will soon be exhausted. This is not a Democratic problem. This is not a Republican problem. This is an unnecessary political problem. Our progressive politicians have made it reoccurring intentionally for dramatic effect. It is also an act of personal and political irresponsibility on the part of our elected representatives.

We need representation that is effective enough to get a result. It is time to stop the kabuki theater. It is time to pass a balanced budget. It is time act responsibly. We must prioritize what we are going to spend the available money on. The debt needs to be reduced because debt service is taking a lot of money away from more important matters (debt service is the largest single cost of the federal government) ... which we would otherwise be able to support.

If the best judgment of both political parties is that the federal government should be shut down until the Democrats and Republicans can sit around the campfire and sing "Kumbay", then I, for one, say okay, fine. Go for it. Shut it down. We did not miss it last time. It is unlikely we will miss it this time either. Maybe there's a message in that someplace.

Marc Abear

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Rand Paul understands true threat to USA is our crushing debt

To The Daily Sun,

Presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul, said in the last debate, "If you want boots on the ground and you want them to be our sons and daughters, you've got 14 other choices." Paul also said during the debate, "There will always be a Bush or Clinton for you if you want to go back to war in Iraq."

He is the only candidate who understands that our troops are our children, grandchildren, parents, spouses, and friends. We need to view these people not as expendable, but as people who are truly loved.

People who want to protect the U.S., not the world or special interests who have an economic motive.

Overthrowing regimes, in the name of freedom for people who are unable or unwilling to be free, has only promoted chaos. This policy has caused failed states in Libya, Syria and Iraq. Thus, setting the conditions that created the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Rand Paul is the only candidate willing to promote the truth about this failed policy. Borrowing money from China and printing the rest to project our power to fight other nation's conflicts does not make our country safer, but instead weaker.

Rand Paul understands the true threat to our nation is the crushing debt at $18 trillion and growing.

Please support the candidate that will reunite service members with their families, stop arming our enemies, and attack the real threat to our nation, the deficit.

David DeVoy


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Please don't forget what Sen. Ayotte's true votting record is like

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Fellow Granite Staters, please do not be fooled by Senator Ayotte's recent tactics with this last GOP effort to defund Planned Parenthood and possibly shut down the government.

Make no mistake, a look at Ayotte's record opens a window that shows a much different image than the one she's trying to create for herself now that her re-election is fast approaching. Facts don't change, and once you get beyond her recent sleight of hand the  simple facts are that Ayotte has repeatedly voted to shut down the government and defund Planned Parenthood.

The reason for her most recent stunt of a vote is to fool the masses and achieve her goal, which is to get re-elected something that she's clearly worried about. This is pure politics and nothing else.

The Republican Party's tactics to defund this family planning and women's health organization shouldn't be unfamiliar to any Granite Staters. They're the same as they have always been, and the same as they were when Ayotte first voted to shut down government in 2013. The Republican Party is becoming more and more extreme (just look at the resignation of John Boehner); we need a senator who will always be responsible, not just when they're up for re-election.

So please, don't forget what Ayotte's true record is, because if she gets re-elected that's exactly what we'll be seeing again from her.

Paula Trombi


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Howes don't need to knickle under to whoever knucklehead is

To The Daily Sun,

Gilford, what is wrong with you? Do you all like GMO? Do you all like seeing neighbors fail? Well if you answered no, then what in God's name is wrong with you when you want to stifle farmers i.e. Beans and Greens, from giving all of us wonderful, chemical-free food for our tables? Those tables in this case are the weddings and scenic meals that they provide for the public.

I can't believe that you are seriously giving credence to the rants of someone who more than likely is jealous of a successful business and purveyor of fantastic food for the area.

Do not presume to cause them to have to shut their operation down because I am confident karma will come to roost in your back door when you're hungry and in need of chemical-free and wonderful veggies etc. not found in the local grocery stores.

Martina and Andy Howe, I am sure many other residents of this area stand with you and hope you don't have to knuckle under to whoever this knucklehead is.

Judi Leavitt

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