To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to George Maloof's treatise on "how the GOP has succumbed to the ideology of Ayn Rand" in the Oct. 16 edition of the Sun.
George, I may just as easily make the case that the Democrat Party as I knew it in my youth has been suborned by the followers of Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin. The actions taken by Democrats at all levels over the past five or six decades and the deconstruction and rewriting of American history by "progressive" academics to make it seem that America is the source of all the world's ills is right out of "Das Kapital" and "The Communist Manifesto." The push to make everyone except the nomenklatura slaves to The State, to make them less human and nothing more than cogs in an authoritarian state has been slowly coming to fruition.
While many of the people who have been working toward this goal won't call themselves Marxists or communists, or worse, don't even realize that's what they've become, they seem perfectly fine with the idea, not understanding that once the downfall of America is completed, they will become redundant and will join the ranks of "cogs."
Ayn Rand warned of the dangers of this backhanded push toward Karl Marx's "dream." She had lived under socialism and saw it for what it was: a jealous, capricious, and psychopathic god who would brook no dissent, did not have the best interests of the citizens at heart, and had no problems killing millions to 'cleanse' the land of dissenters. She saw the creeping spread of government control over all aspects of our lives here in the U.S. as a danger and tried to express those dangers in books like "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged."
All that aside, these are some of things I have learned from direct observation during my decades on this planet:
— Government isn't the answer to all our problems. More often than not, it is the cause.
— Government, particularly at the national level, isn't competent to deal with regional issues.
— Government at the national level has made the mistake of forcing one-size-fits-all solutions to problems that exist in only one area of the nation or in one segment of our society, usually to the detriment of far more people than it's trying to help.
— Government is an inertia-laden monster, inefficient, and quite often working at cross-purposes with itself.
— Government at the national and state level becomes beholden to cronies and lobbyists, regardless of the parties in power. The left always likes to decry the influence of the Koch brothers, but conveniently ignores the even greater influence of George Soros — a convicted felon and self-proclaimed socialist — and Tom Steyer, each who have spent many times the amount of money to push candidates and legislation that benefits them. The Democrats are merely their errand boys. At least the Koch brothers have created thousands of jobs and have supported candidates in both parties. That can't be said for either Soros or Steyer.
— Whenever someone makes the claim "The government simply MUST do 'X'!" it is usually a sign that it's something the government shouldn't do at all, or should at least take the time to look closely at it and then decide some time later if it should do anything at all.
— Government, particularly at the national level, is no smarter or wiser than the average American. So what makes people, specifically progressives, think that government is competent enough or wise enough to run anyone else's lives? The people in government have a tough enough time running their own.
— Government, at all levels, usually makes the mistake of ignoring human nature and at times tries to change it. By doing so, it will always fail. Then the law of unintended consequences comes into play, usually to the detriment of the people.
I could go on ad nauseum, but I doubt that any of it would change your mind or entice you to explore your own beliefs, away from like-minded folk who will merely inhibit your ability to question those beliefs and look at them dispassionately and with logic.
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:48
To The Daily Sun,
Full disclosure: I work at the Belknap County Nursing Home. I love my job and I love our residents. Our residents are our family members — everyone in Belknap County knows someone who either lives here or has lived here.
Despite our love for our jobs, it has stopped being fun. It stopped being fun when Frank Tilton told the county commissioners to lay people off rather than fund our health insurance. Yes, the same Frank Tilton who collected a public paycheck for years and now gets a taxpayer funded pension.
In less than two weeks, unless Tilton allows the funding of our health insurance, the county will run out of money to pay for it. My family will no longer be able to get health care unless we pay for the complete amount — for my family, that means paying $120 per week. Forget that I haven't had a raise in three years, we simply can't afford that.
The residents and workers at the Nursing Home, along with all the residents in the county, deserve better than what Frank Tilton provides his constituents so far. I urge at to consider that at the polls in November.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:43
To The Daily Sun,
Alice and I were so pleased to hear that Kevin Maes of Rumney had thrown his hat into the ring for Grafton County District 6 State Representative to the state Legislature. He is just the kind of thoughtful, hard-working and forward-thinking person we need to represent us in the House.
For 30 years Kevin has served his community and the region in one capacity or another, as a selectman, a police officer, a teacher and an active volunteer in many other local efforts.
Kevin has strongly expressed his desire to "return a sense of civility to government."
If you have been as disheartened as Alice and I have about the partisan bickering and the poisonous atmosphere that has developed at all levels of government between the parties, then you will be as happy as we were to hear that Kevin wants to reach across the aisle and work to bring all parties together in the best interest of everyone in our beloved state.
Kevin's vote will not be owned by anyone but the people of District 6. He will vote his conscience in the best interest of his district and based on his own solid, good judgment — judgment that he has proven to us in three decades of public service. No political party, no lobbyist, no special interest will unduly influence his vote.
Kevin will pay attention to the things that matter in our day-to-day lives. His lifelong commitment to public education, his promise to work to develop a strong economy by encouraging diversity, innovation and entrepreneurship in the private sector. His experience in budgetary matters, youth sports, and local law enforcement and public safety present a well-rounded person with a public spirit. I am proud to call him my friend and I hope to call him my state representative.
The representative districts in New Hampshire tend to be a little confusing. District 6 includes the towns of Rumney, Ellsworth, Thornton, Orange and Groton.
If you live in any of these towns, please vote for Kevin Maes on Nov. 4.
Wayne D. King
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 09:11
To The Daily Sun,
Thank you for voting for me in the primary.
How do we assure our freedom? Article 10 of our state Constitution states, "Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of non resistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind." Source 1784.
My name is Valerie Fraser and I am your Republican state representative candidate for Belknap County District 1 (Center Harbor and New Hampton). Thank you so much to the hundreds of voters who came out and voted in the primary election and I ask for your vote in the general election on Nov. 4. I have been officially endorsed by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. Responsible freedom has been defined as an individual having the right to do whatever he wants as long as he does not force his will on any one else. Jesus commanded us to love they neighbor as thyself. We don't need an ever expanding government with its many accumulative little restrictions and rules to achieve freedom. To the contrary, it inhibits freedom and suppresses our desire for action. We should all do our best to obey the golden rule.
Our republic is composed of fully responsible free people that truly are the state; the state of free men and women on their own country or territory (we call it New Hampshire). The Constitution is a body of rules to protect the rights of free people. Our government is the elected representatives who carry out the business of government for the free people, and lastly, civil servants are free people serving as employees of the people of the state as well as of the government. We should all look to the New Hampshire State Constitution as our guidebook. No government should have any power to usurp our "we the people" inherent rights ordained by God and defined in our Constitution. We must remain ever vigilant and use our power of discernment to keep those rights.
If I am elected, I will do my very best to support the Constitution and legislation that supports responsible freedom and be the representative who is your voice in government. Please vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Candidate for State Rep: Center Harbor & New Hampton
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 09:04
To The Daily Sun,
On Wed., Oct. 15, I attended a meet the candidates event in Wolfeboro. I submitted a question on an issue about which all of the candidates said that they knew nothing. The moderator asked if I would like to explain the substance of the issue.
After saying only a few words and seconds into my explanation, I was shouted down by the "tolerant" liberals in the audience and at least one of the Democrat candidates, namely, John White, State Senate candidate.
Mr. White then asked to say something and I responded by saying that he apparently had suddenly gained knowledge on the subject and that I would gladly like to be educated. His response was that he doubted that I was capable of being educated and proceeded to rant and rave about the issue which I hadn't yet explained and about which he had admitted minutes, if not seconds, before that he hadn't any knowledge. His outburst was totally unresponsive to the question posed and makes me believe that he is not able to control his emotions. This is a characteristic that does not allow one to make reasonable and well thought out decisions.
Sen. Jeb Bradley and I have differing opinions on quite a few issues, but we are capable of having rational and unemotional discussions without personally attacking each other. Sen. Bradley understands that he works for the taxpayer and is willing to listen and perhaps learn something from his constituents.
Mr. White on the other hand seems sure that he knows everything and certainly more than the New Hampshire taxpayer for whom he would work if he were elected.
Vote for John White if you want someone who apparently is not interested in your opinion and who would attack a constituent with whom he disagrees even before understanding the issue at hand.
Vote for Jeb Bradley if you want someone who will serve you.
Remember, your state senator works for you.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 08:54