To The Daily Sun,
I knew electric rates were going up, but when I opened up my Novembers bill the newly installed pacemaker the doctors put in down in Concord three weeks ago started humming. October's bill was $68.21 — this Novembers bill $200.68 . My first thought was to grap a flash light and go in the crawl space under the house to see if the electric water heater was leaking. I called PSNH first, yes with age comes wisdom, given the crawl space is only 3ft. high. Customer service at PSNH said that indeed there was a rate increase by our energy supplier, Fair Point Energy LLC. — almost double. So before you turn your blender this holiday season to make those Brandy Alexanders, shop around to see who your plugged into. See Ya Fair Point.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 10:23
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to express my concern of our state moving forward with alternative energy resources, specifically wind power. Large corporations having been railroading communities across the nation and erecting industrial wind turbines in the name of alternative sustainable energy. They have strong lobbyists as well as subsidies offered by the federal government paid for by my and your taxes. Without these subsidies, these corporations would not be in business. It would not be profitable and therefore it would not make good business sense.
Unfortunately, there are already many industrial wind turbines in our state. The long term effects financially to local communities can be devastating due to heavy tax burdens and loss of property values. Environmentally, the loss is irrevocable. The destruction of our ridge lines can never be repaired. The watersheds which provide our clean water will be polluted, the number of bird and bats killed due to the size and speed of the turbine blades will soar and wildlife will be displaced. Existing turbines are greater than 300 feet tall and the height of newly proposed turbines of nearly 500 feet will create a further eyesore on our beautiful mountains. Those living in close proximity will be forced to deal with the noise that is generated and potential associated health risks.
The term "wind farm" created by these corporations falsely promotes an image of a friendly, "green" environmental structure. In reality, they are industrial sized wind turbines being built by large corporations whose CEO's have no regard for communities that are gravely affected by such a project. It is a shame that our governor and others with political influence are willing to advocate such ill-fated economic and environmental projects while knowing full well the devastating consequences to our state. Industrial wind turbines are not cheap, they are not "green" and they certainly are not for "the greater good."
I would like to urge your readers to research what is happening in our communities and not rely on a "not in my backyard" sense of well-being. This will affect every citizen in the long run. There are several communities in the state that have passed rights based ordinances which uses the democratic process to assert the unalienable right to local self government and protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents — both human and natural communities. Thus, elevating the rights of residents and the environment above the claimed rights of corporations.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:33
To The Daily Sun,
Hopefully Mr. E. Scott Cracraft and James Veverka might read this poem I wrote some 40 years ago and maybe understand that faith and belief is in the heart, and if one doesn't have it then they don't and that maybe the reason they write what they do.
On the Eve of Christmas
Now, three days past the longest night,
eight reindeer and sleigh take flight;
to spread the tide of Christ's birth and gift,
carry word of His new year, spirits lift.
So silent and swift the passing sleigh: yet,
not one believing in His name would say,
"I fail to see the tiny sleigh and deer,
I really don't believe St. Claus was here."
Down the chimneys of our hearts he goes,
rekindling spirits fire; for he knows
that no gift greater than His divine light,
is seen in our spirit on Christmas night.
Myth born an age and world far away,
spun and imagined 'til this our day--
we would naught believe unless we heard:
the bells, deer, sleigh and His spoken word?
Wouldn't believe in easy joy, special laughter,
can we believe now two thousand years after,
that our God Father in the Heaven above
gave to us His Son so much was His love?
We needn't look to the sky, strain our ear,
as it's from within He comes to us each year.
As we lay gifts under the decorated tree,
on the eve of Christmas, within us He'll be.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:27
To The Daily Sun,
On the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, I have been mostly a sideline observer, but the recent videos of the architect of this legislation, Jonathan Gruber, has really opened my eyes to how corrupt this current presidential administration really is. In the video clips, Gruber, admitted that the "law's lack of transparency" was designed to dupe the American public. He brags and laughs to his fellow academics, at a conference, saying "Americans are too stupid to understand" the health care bill.
Well, I guess the real joke was on the taxpayers.
Most of the Democratic Party senators who voted to pass this act likely never read the bill and voted for it anyway. Nancy Pelosi herself said they had to pass it to find out what was in it. Billions and billions were spent on the government website before they insured one single citizen on Obamacare. Then it failed.
The state of Massachusetts spent almost $1 billion on their own website and, at this time, it is not functioning properly. These costs are unacceptable.
Now, I do think it is noble that all Americans have access to affordable health insurance. However, the way this administration went about it was deceitful and very heavy-handed. Mark Twain once said "Honesty is the best policy when there is money in it" and also said something to the effect, if you tell the truth you don't have to have such a great memory. President Obama and his administration did not tell anything close to the truth with the ACA and to me has lost all credibility.
People want government leaders that they can trust, not a ruling class that thinks they know what is best for us. The recent remarks by one of the president's advisers prove it all too well that they don't have all the answers.
Remember what Lincoln said at Gettysburg "a government of the people, by the people, for the people."
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:14
To The Daily Sun,
Last Tuesday, I voted in the mid-term elections at the St. Andre Bessette Parish in Laconia. Imagine my surprise, when after I "checked in" at the polling table, my name was announced out loud throughout the whole polling hall. It was extremely unsettling to me. I thought that the right to vote should also protect your right to privacy. I understand that one og the clerks needs to check your name off to prevent "voting fraud", but I didn't expect the clerk across the room to also have to check off your name.
I have voted before in New Hampshire and in other states and this is the first time this has happened to me. The next day, I phoned the office of Secretary of State New Hampshire. I was told that this was the state law and that the law has been effect for the past four years. I was told that the law was passed to prevent "voting fraud". I voted two years ago and I don't recall this happening.
What would happen if a neighbor that a voter is trying to avoid because of a local dispute, hears your name and after you vote confronts you outside the voting hall or in the parking lot.This could prevent other voters from coming to the polls to cast his or her votes.
I am considering contacting my elected officials and if necessary the American Civil Liberties Union to try to get this law overturned. I am sure that having their name called out in the polling hall happened to other readers, since I did hear other voters names called out when they voted in this polling place. How did they feel when they heard their name our loud?
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:11