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Our military personnel are worn out tired and need time to rest

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to refer a comment to a letter written by Mr. Meade on March 22. I requested information from the Constitution he keeps handy regarding the invasion by President Bush on the sovereign nation of Iraq.

The answer he gave was on a quote from an article concerning President Bush 41, not President Bush 43, which misrepresented my question. I would like to ask if he could correct that comment. I noticed a mention further in his letter where the answer he gave was a website to a YouTube video link. I would refer him to reread letter I wrote April 13, 2013.

The vote by both houses of Congress was 374 yes, 148 Democrats no, 7 Republicans no, 1 independent no, for a total of 156; 3 didn't vote. I served under Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson and am quite aware of the good and bad of all three. Thanks for kind remarks on my service of years between 1958-1978. My comment regarding veterans by no means was degrading their service, though it could have been read that way. To clear it up, veterans who never served in war zone are too quick to blast President Obama for not sending troops to every dogfight that breaks out. Those who have witnessed the horrors of war are not quick to make that demand.

I suggest you Google "brigade combat team" to get ratio of support to combat troopers. I am sure you remember the old saying of any military person is "soldier first." I would suggest that American Legion members share the Legion magazine April issue and read column on page 20. It is titled "Heavy Duty."

I would like clear up this Iraq topic by suggest you to google "msnbc Hubris selling of Iraq war" and watch hubris (full film) Iraq war documentary by Rachel Maddow. After film, skim 609 comments. This film will show the main characters of the war to include President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Wolfowitz, Clark, etc., etc., in their own words as to why they went to war.

To answer further doubts, google "u.s.involvement in Iraq war". Watch overview of U.S. involvement in Iraq war. It is the right-wing party which likes to go back in history to make a point so I would suggest we go to the Vietnam War and fast-forward. You will find that the right-wing party is quick to send our military into harms way. It is well established that wars create jobs for American corporations which manufacture military equipment, or as I would put "the rich getting richer" with the use of military force.

Our military are worn out tired and need time to rest, not to worry every day as to what's next. If you support the troops, then support them. The Union Leader headline on Monday "In Kiev, Ayotte backs sanctions against Russia, no boots on the ground." Good for her. Then, of course, she states Obama should have foreseen Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

The last comment of the day is this, Why in heavens are all the senior citizens in the Lakes Region complaining about Obamacare when they are retired and on same benefits I have and don't need to sign up.

It's good to read letters praising the good it's doing. In the words of Pope Francis, a death of a homeless person dying of exposure goes unnoticed while a drop of 2 points in the stock market is national news.

Henry Osmer
Hill

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:20

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Many to thank for success of Sportsmen's Club Game Dinner

To The Daily Sun,

The officers and directors of the Belknap County Sportsmen's Association would like to take a moment and thank all of our gracious supporters that come through for us year after year. On Jan. 25, we held our annual Game Dinner and Auction Night, which is always a major undertaking to put together, but also, always a huge success for the club.

That event essentially funds our programs for the year, such as the two fishing derbies that we hold for the children, college grants, supporting the Barry Conservation Camp, hunter education courses, the hiking program and many other programs which many people probably do not realize we support.

The following is a list of companies and/or individuals who have donated to the club in support of this night, as well as many other events that we run annually. Many of them do so year after year and deserve a pat on the back.

Please support those who support us.

Gold: Bank of New Hampshire, Beaver Creek Outfitters, Bosebuck Mountain Camp, Cantin Chevrolet, Curt's Caterers, D&D Country Market, Franks Firearms, HP Hood & Sons, Rymes Oil & Propane, Safari Charters, Sleeper Welding, Sundeck Cottages, TRB Enterprises, Mark Dickson, Tom Rock.

Silver: Airport Country Store, Belknap Landscaping, Caldwell Firewood, Engraving, Awards & Gifts, Fay's Boat Yard, Grevior Furniture, Herb's Archery, LL Cote Sports Shops, Lemon Stream Gamelands, Northern Waters, Province Kiln Dried Firewood, John Kane, the Klingers, Robert Moores, Frank Ross, the Scribners.

Bronze: Acu-Gage Systems, Foley Oil, Gilford Home Center, Gunstock Mountain Resort, HK Power Sports, Irwin Marine of Alton, LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School, Mount Washington Cruises, NH Trapper's Association, Don Flanders, the Normandins, Sig Sauer, Gary Sleeper.

Supporters: Al's Auto Service, Alton Home & Garden Center, Average Joe's Hunting & Fishing, Belmont Firearms, Boulia-Gorrell Lumber, Brick Front Restaurant, Dave's Motor Boat Shoppe, East Coast Welding, Ellacoya Barn & Grille, Fratello's Homestead Restaurant, Gilford Cinema 8, Gilford True Value, Hart's Turkey Farm, Jon Pike Service & Sales, Lakes Region Casino, Lakeside Restaurant, Lake Shore Garage, Napa Auto Parts, Osborne's Agway, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Sanborn's Auto, Soda Shoppe, State Farm Michael Testa Agency, Stinson Mountain Guide Service, T-Bones/Cactus Jack's, Top of the Town Restaurant, Trustworthy Hardware, the Ainsworths, Mike Betourne, the Cotts, Mike Dami, Lou DeFelice, the DeNuttes, Gene Menard.

If we have inadvertently missed your organization or name, we apologize. It is our intention to thank and recognize all those who have supported us.

Belknap County Sportsmen's Association

Gilford

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:16

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Thankfully, I didn't fall prey to mindless dribble of hippie generation

To The Daily Sun,

I read with some amusement the letter by Elliot Finn in the March 27 edition of The Laconia Daily Sun. He finds it odd that conservatives should read Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals." Really? Gee Mr. Finn ... ever hear of "know thine enemy?"

Apparently in Mr. Finn's world it's unheard of to study what the other side is all about so you can form educated opinions as to whether their ideas are good or bad. I've known all my life there is nothing good about progressive ideas, which is simply a polite term for socialism which of course is just a nice way of saying communism. Perhaps it helped to have a parent who lived under tyranny and another who fought against it.

My husband and I are both avid readers, and Phil in particular will read anything and everything he can get his hands on about politics and government, be it federal, state, local or foreign, left or right. You have to do your research and study well to know how the other side thinks, in Mr. Finn's case ... how the liberals skew things.

That said, Mr. Finn might do well to study some conservative literature. He may actually come away learning something useful and develop some common sense which apparently he is in short supply of. Many of the so-called progressives today are nothing more than the anti-government protestors of the 1960s. How ironic then that those same anti-government, sit-in-a-circle and sing "Khumbiyah" types are now running things and gleefully embracing the very big government they so abhorred like it was a giant reefer.

Phil and I grew up in the 60s, have been musicians all our adult lives and I can proudly proclaim performing in a warm-up band to the likes of Muddy Waters and Chicago. But thankfully I didn't fall prey to the mindless dribble of the hippie generation. I avoided it like the plague.

Some of us are endowed with good common sense and we're not afraid to get into the belly of the beast. We study the likes of progressives and read all we can about them so we know our enemy, Mr. Finn.

Christine Wittmann
Alton

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:09

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Scott Brown owes it to his newsly adopted state to take the Pledge

To The Daily Sun,

There has been a lot of recent discussion surrounding the current U.S. Senate race and the People's Pledge. I am writing to encourage Scott Brown to sign the pledge and run a campaign worth of the people of New Hampshire.

Senator Shaheen, who has been loyally serving our state since 1997, has made clear she will listen to our needs and concerns by signing the Pledge. Scott Brown owes it to his newly adopted state to do the same.

It is difficult for me as a longtime New Hampshire resident to see Brown coming into our state and refusing to play by the same rules he created in Massachusetts. As someone who should be making an extra effort to respect our viewpoints Brown's current hypocritical position is disconcerting.

Senator Shaheen understands that her constituents deserve to know who is behind campaign advertisements. She is making sure that her campaign is accountable to us, not to outside interests and dark money. It is time Scott Brown held himself to the same standard.

Richard Marini

New Hampton

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:56

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Thank you Republicans for saving taxpayers at least $12 million

To The Daily Sun,

Fortunately for Belknap County residents, the Republican majority on the Belknap County Delegation has been considering taxpayers and fighting to ensure that needed county services are provided effectively and efficiently.

And, wow! Listen to the special interests squeal. They aren't used to anyone daring to question and oversee government spending or slow the flow of hard-earned taxpayer dollars into their coffers.

The squealing, the lawsuits, the personal attacks, the threats, the loud complaints are just the tools of the special interests and their protectors to try to make our representatives approve their spending demands.

During these last several economically stressful years, the private sector has been hurting, with most private sector workers earning flat or declining incomes. Senior citizens on Social Security have received small, and rare, increases.

Despite the financial stress on Belknap residents, the county commissioners recommended significant increases this year and last year. County employees have done well, most getting decent raises and enjoying benefits rarely, if ever, available in the private sector.

Considering the volume of the hysteria you might think that the delegation was demanding huge cuts in county spending, services, and jobs, but they are not. The delegation is evaluating new funding requests and pursuing efficient and cost-effective delivery of needed county services.

Remember last year's demands for a $42 million prison with its high operation costs? Remember the outrage and hysteria leveled at Republicans who rejected that plan and demanded that it be reconsidered?

Now the commissioners say the prison cost is under $30 million. Thank you Republicans for saving the taxpayers at least $12 million (more like $24 million when including interest).

With further consideration, hopefully the cost can be reduced much more because even a $30 million prison will add $4-5 million to county costs annually (for debt service and additional operating expenses) which would increase the amount to be raised by taxes (i.e., your county taxes) by approximately one-third.

The Republican majority, and mostly Chairman Worsman, has been hysterically and viciously attacked for simply considering the taxpayers' burden while fighting to deliver needed services effectively and efficiently. They deserve the thanks of Belknap County residents, especially struggling taxpayers.

Note that these Republicans, who are fighting so hard to provide a quality, responsive, efficient and affordable county government, are fighting just as hard in Concord to make our state government provide its services in a quality, responsive, efficient, and affordable manner.

Thank you Colette Worsman and the Republican majority. Please keep up the good work.

Don Ewing

Meredith

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:52

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