To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to Kaelen Caggiula's letter in the August 29 Sun:
It isn't up to me to disprove the claims of Mr. Hoyt about Republican voter fraud. There's no way I can because all he did was make a broad sweeping accusation with absolutely no details. How can I refute them if I don't know which ones he's talking about? He made the accusations, let him prove them.
My response to him leveled the same accusations, but those committed by Democrats. My intent was to show that to make such unverified accusations is any easy thing, but to prove them is not... unless there is proof. I did not think I needed to detail them as this was more of an object lesson. However, I will oblige you and list a few of the known cases of election fraud, voter fraud, and voter intimidation perpetrated on the behalf of Democrats:
On November 6, 2012, election officials in Philadelphia's 20th Ward, 1st Division attempted to prevent court-appointed Republican minority inspectors from doing their job to monitor elections. One election official, a Democrat, went so far to say "I do not care what the law says." (Western Center for Journalism)
Three people were indicted for election fraud in Flordell Hills, MO (near St. Louis) related to the April 2nd elections for mayor and alderman. Two of the three tried to file fraudulent candidate paperwork using false addresses with the help of the third person. The fraud was uncovered when the St. Louis County election board found discrepancies in absentee voter registrations. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Note: I looked deeper into this one and found the two alleged perpetrators were registered as Democrats.
A former resident of Brownsville, Texas was accused of voter fraud during the 2012 Democratic primary runoff for the U.S. House of Representatives. The federal indictment cites that alleged perpetrator cast five absentee ballots under the names of different people in Cameron County in July 2012. (mySA – San Antonio Express News)
I found those three in less than a minute of searching the web. They were all on the first page of a Bing search I performed. There were hundreds of other incidents listed on the subsequent pages. I could go on and list many more, but I doubt the Sun would have room to fit them. I leave to you to follow up if you so desire. By the way, I didn't find a single incident of GOP fraud in the few pages I perused, but then that wasn't the intent of the search. If you wish to pursue that line of inquiry, be my guest.
You bring up a couple of proposed bills in North Carolina that might affect voter registration which directly contradicts Mr. Hoyt's statements that they were already in effect and denying people their right to vote. The bills you mention are unlikely to make it through the legislature in the form they were proposed. (There are constitutional issues with both of them that must be resolved. If no changes are made I have a feeling they will be overturned in court on those constitutional issues.)
In the few letters to the editors I have written, I have not made a single allegation or accusation that I could not back up with facts, and none of those facts came from Fox News or Rush or Beck or any of the other usual suspects so often decried by the left.
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 11:51
To The Daily Sun,
Nominations are being accepted through September 13 for the First Annual Health Champion Awards. Submit a brief written statement (no more than one page) describing the workplace, individual and/or community groups' achievement in promoting health and wellness in the Lakes Region.
Categories of health include: Healthy Eating/Nutrition, Access to Healthy Foods: Healthy Food Policy/Practices; Physical Activity/Exercise: On site or off site exercise opportunities; Tobacco Cessation: Opportunities to Quit Smoking, Tobacco free workplace policies; Stress Management: Education; General Health: Employee Health Screenings, Health Risk Assessments, Injury Prevention.
Three winners (Workplace, Individual and Community Group) will be recognized and will receive a personalized award that can be proudly displayed. Winners will be announced at the LRPPH Annual Meeting on September 26. Submit your nominations by September 13 to:
Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health
67 Water Street, Suite 105
Here's to your health!
Lisa Morris, Executive Director
Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health
Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 11:46
To The Daily Sun,
I can't remember anything on which Bob Kingsbury and I ever agreed. Bob, however, was always a gentleman. He served his country honorably and bravely as an officer in the Army of the United States. He participated actively in the life of his community. Although some of us did not think it wise that a person with his views should serve in public office, he didn't just sit around and complain, he voiced his views openly and honestly.
Bob Kingsbury will be remembered by a lot of people for a lot of things. Actually, that's something to which we all should aspire.
Rest in Peace, Bob.
Rep. David O. Huot
Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 11:43
To The Daily Sun,
We are asked to approve the use of lethal force against Syria as a punishment for the death of civilians by deadly gas.
First of all, our own hands are hardly innocent in the use of gas in warfare hearkening back to the Vietnam war. And, are we also one of the countries that sold gas to Iraqi during their war with Iran? In this country we manufactured a device to release poisonous gas from its container. Donald Rumsfeld delivered this devise to Iraqi leaders, and showed them how to use it! This is a fact!
Warmongers in Washington are quick and eager to recommend war on middle-eastern countries. Is this an reenactment of the tragic war with Iraq where a half-million Iraqis died. It certainly has all the same motives and emotional reactions that proceed the use of bombing attacks in the past!
Has anyone, anyone, anywhere considered the legal aspects of this action. Our own Constitution forbids us from declaring war on another nation. If we bomb Syria it is, in fact, illegal. It is outside of our own legal system and International Law. Death by illegal means — as defined by the dictionary is murder. The United States has repeatedly in the past, defied international law and committed crimes with impunity and disregard for international opinion. We have the biggest guns: therefore we determine what is right or wrong.
As a nation with deep and traditional religious beliefs, offering our full support to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis created by this prolonged war — affecting a million refugees, should be are sole endeavor at this critical time. This is what we are called to do! Violence begets violence! Work for peace, before it is too late!
Leon R. Albushies
Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 11:40
Last week, hell came to the tiny Christian village of Maaloula where they still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus.
"Rebels of the Free Syrian Army launched an assault aided by a suicide bomber from Jabhat al-Nusra," the al-Qaida-linked Islamic terrorist group, writes the Washington Post.
The AP picked up the story: One resident said bearded rebels shouting "God is great!" attacked Christian homes and churches. "They shot and killed people. ... I saw three bodies lying in the middle of a street."
Maaloula is now a "ghost town." Christians left behind were told, "Either you convert to Islam or you will be beheaded." "Where is President Obama?" wailed a refugee. And, indeed, where is Obama?
He is out lobbying Congress for authority to attack the Syrian army that defended Maaloula as John McCain beats the drums for a Senate resolution to have the U.S. military "change the momentum" of the war to the rebels who terrorized the convent nuns of Maaloula.
If we strike Syria and break its army, what happens to 2 million Syrian Christians? Does anyone care?
Do the Saudis who have signed on to Obama's war — but decline to fight — care? Conversion to Christianity is a capital offense in Riyadh.
Do the Turks, who look the other way as jihadist killers cross their frontier to set up al-Qaida sanctuaries in northern Syria, care?
Do the Israelis, who have instructed AIPAC to get Congress back in line behind a war Americans do not want to fight, care about those 100,000 dead Syrians and 400 gassed children?
Here is Alon Pinkas, Israel's former general consul in New York, giving Israel's view of the Syrian bloodletting: "Let them both bleed, hemorrhage to death. That's the strategic thinking here."
According to two polls reported this weekend by the Jerusalem Post, Israelis by 7-1 do not want Israel to go to war with Syria. But two-thirds of Israelis favor the United States going to war with Syria.
Peggy Noonan writes that the debate on war on Syria "looks like a fight between the country and Washington." She nails it. The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Weekly Standard are all up for air strikes. In the think tanks of D.C., the corridor talk is all about "On to Teheran!"
But what of the soldiers who will fight the neocons' war? Major General Robert Scales speaks for our next generation of wounded warriors. Our fighting men, Scales writes, "are tired of wannabe soldiers who remain enamored of bloodless machine warfare ... Today's soldiers know war and resent civilian policymakers who want the military to fight a war that neither they nor their loved ones will experience firsthand."
Enthusiasm for war is likely higher at Cafe Milano in Georgetown than in the mess hall at Camp LeJeune.
Why is opposition to the war surging? Because the case for war is crumbling.
U.S. credibility is on the line, we are warned. If we do not attack Syria to punish a violation of Obama's "red line," no one will believe us again. Our allies will no longer have confidence that America will come over and fight their next war for them.
Yet George Bush blustered in his "axis-of-evil" State of the Union that "the world's worst dictators" would not be allowed to get "the world's worst weapons." And Kim Jong Il went out and tested an atom bomb and built an arsenal of nuclear weapons. And what did The Decider do? Nothing. Did our alliances collapse because "W's" bluff was called?
Should Congress really authorize a war on Syria because Hillary Clinton and Obama said "Assad must go!" and Obama said his "red line" has been crossed? Or should Congress use this vote as a teaching tool for Baby Boomer Bismarcks by declaring: "We are not taking our country to war because you blundered in issuing ultimata you had no authority to issue. Rather than go to war, you should admit your mistake, as real leaders do, and take responsibility."
How many Syrians should we kill to restore the credibility of Barack Obama? How many Syrians should we kill to impress upon Iran how resolute we are? How many Syrians should we kill to reassure nervous allies that Uncle Sam will forever come fight their wars for them?
In America, before we put a man to death, we prove him guilty of murder "beyond a reasonable doubt." Should we not set as high a standard of proof before we kill a thousand Syrians and plunge the United States into another war?
Where is the evidence Assad ordered a gas attack? German intelligence says it intercepted orders from Assad not to use gas. Congressmen coming out of secret briefings say the case is inconclusive.
The American people do not want war on Syria, and such a war makes no sense. Who is trying to stampede Congress into war on Syria, and then on Iran — and why? Therein lies the real question.
(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 Monday, 09 September 2013 11:08