To The Daily Sun,
What did you do this weekend? Among other things, I went hiking with my dog, had breakfast at Kitchen Cravings with family members, flirted with a woman via text, did some yard work, and ate ice cream while watching reruns of "Bones" on Netflix. The biggest gifts of the weekend, and life as a United States citizen in general, is that I had the freedom to choose what I wanted to do and who I wanted to do it with. So what did you choose to do? How did you exercise your right of freedom, your right of choice?
Interestingly, as a veteran, I often forget the price of these freedoms. What is the cost of my ability to choose to eat ice cream at 4 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon and zone out to Netflix? Most people are pleasantly ignorant to the fact that since the inception of the United States and the drafting of those documents that give us freedom to choose, that young men and women have put their lives on the line to secure and keep those rights. The U.S. has its faults, but look abroad and you might come to the same conclusion that despite some shortcomings, we have it pretty good here in America.
Since 9/11, more than 2 million men and women have served in the military. Near 80 percent of those have served in a combat zone or actually been in combat. They fight for our security. They fight for our rights. They fight for the security and rights of the oppressed and disadvantaged throughout the world. It's noble, but there is a cost.
About 50 percent of those who saw combat come home with psychical, emotional, or psychological injuries. Combat trauma is epidemic among many of our returning military personnel and veterans, including all past wars/conflicts. The Veterans Administration (VA) is overwhelmed, understaffed, and underfunded and in areas like the Lakes Region, it is difficult for veterans to find and access the help they need. Often, veterans live with their scars of combat for up to 10 years prior to getting the help they need.
Think of this: This weekend while you were enjoying your liberties, each night there were approximately 50,000 homeless veterans sleeping on the streets. Sixty prior service members committed suicide. Dozens went to jail as a result of a negative reaction to post-traumatic stress disorder. More veterans are unemployed than the general segment of the population. And where is the help they need?
Many programs exist at the community level to assist veterans. These programs focus on psycho-social issues as well as problems with reintegration. Emotional coping strategies and life skills training is vital for returning veterans.
One such program is Camp Resilience, run by the all-veteran, non-profit organization The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (www.PRIL.us) in Gilford. Camp Resilience provides psycho-social and educational retreat programs for combat veterans. This month, camp Resilience already ran a program at Gunstock Mountain Resort with 16 participating veterans, and later this month a four-day Veteran Equine Retreat is scheduled for June 24-29.
How can you help? If you know a veteran or are a veteran that would benefit from these programs, please contact PRLI for more information (603-520-3989). You can also help support veterans by sponsoring a veteran to participate in the program or donating to PRLI.
To donate by mail, send checks to: The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute c/o Bank of New Hampshire 62 Pleasant St., Laconia, NH 03246. Your donation to this 501(c)(3) non-profit is tax deductible.
So, thinking to next weekend and what you will be doing with your free time and free choice ... while you are thinking about that, there are United States citizens in a war zone right now, putting their lives on the line. There are homeless veterans. Today alone another 20 will take their own lives. While they are all dealing with the horrors of war, we are here, comfortable. Many of those who fight this week will be emotionally and psychically scared veterans in the coming months, joining the ranks of already suffering veterans. Help support those who defended the ideals of freedom and democracy.
Dave Ferruolo, MSW
Psychotherapy & Behavioral Health
Health First Family Care
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 10:20
To The Daily Sun,
Ever since the Federal Election Commission released it's report on the source of $355,000 loan made to Frank Guinta's 2010 campaign for Congress and the $15,000 fine, I cannot believe so many "good" Republicans are standing beside him. They even printed a whole page in the Union Leader of people that think he should't resign.
Look at the facts, He has been lying to us since 2010. I supported him every time he ran. Now I wouldn't vote for him for dog catcher.
He is not even dragging down the office of a congressman, but the whole Republican Party.
It is my opinion that if he survives to run again, he won't even make it through the primary.
We should listen to Senator Ayotte and Republican Party leader Jennifer Horn.
Read the "opinion" by Kathy Sullivan in the Union Leader, Tuesday June 9 edition.this is just the beginning. It's not going to get better.
I am a lifelong Republican and I have tried to listen and learn in all my years involved in politics. I believe one of the most important things in life is to be honest with yourself and honest with others.
You don't have to agree with, but Frank Guntia has betrayed New Hampshire and my trust.
L. Michael Hatch
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 10:16
To The Daily Sun,
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel." — Patrick Henry (1778).
That statement by this esteemed statesman accurately identifies what is going on with this whole climate change agenda by the progressive left. I say again, it has nothing to do with having a cleaner environment or saving us from "global warming end times". It is about destroying capitalism, or as Mark Alexander puts it, "the climate hype is not about the weather, but about a political strategy to subjugate free enterprise under statist regulation." In other words, socialism by central-planning Democrats to save us from ourselves. For Third World countries, that would be tantamount to telling poor families how much energy they will be allowed to use and what standard of living they will be allowed to have.
I will bet you dollars to doughnuts that our buddy James Veverka knows that as clearly as he knows how to play the game of distraction, diversion and obfuscation as the patron saint of patronizing those who wish to have a real debate with him. Hence, he attempts to confuse the debate with lots of articles that don't address the question of where to accurately frame the science on global climate change. More precisely, not if the weather is varying, but just why is it varying, using satellite instrumentation rather than manipulated climate models.
It is the same alarmists who in the 1970s were telling us to beware the "coming ice age" and that "we are all doomed because fossil fuels will be all used up in 20 years, who are now telling us the earth is melting and us with it. Please, if you will, follow the bouncing semantic ball of progressive climate change: global cooling to global warming to climate change to climate disruption to climate catastrophe. Run for your life and try not to exhale while doing so.
Charles Krauthammer attempts to bring reality back into focus thusly: "We have reduced our carbon dioxide emissions since 1996 more than any other country in the world, and, yet, world emissions have risen. Why? We don't control the other 96 percent of humanity." All the cold showers, bicycle riding and candle-light reading in this country will not affect global emissions unless China and India decide to suddenly give up their desire for economic prosperity.
Perhaps Mr. Veverka thinks he can talk them into doing that given his level of self-indulgent pomposity. NOAA, which James seems to love like family, has come under increased scrutiny for its "cherry picked" statistics. The Obama administration uses their claim of a global temperature rise of 1.3 to 1.9 degrees since 1895. Why that date you may ask? Well, it just so happens that 1890 is recognized as the end of the 300 year "Little Ice Age" global cooling period, according to Mark Alexander.
George Will reminds us that scientists are not saints in laboratory smocks. They are influenced by tenured positions in academia so they won't question the reigning orthodoxy on climate change. They will go along to get along because they don't want the money spigot for research projects to dry up. And let's not forget the awesome beast that is peer pressure from the green lobby. Sadly, most journalists and media outlets have also hitched their wagon to this climate change movement, journalistic objectivity and integrity be damned.
Columnist Terence Jeffrey sums it up nicely. "Ultimately, it will not matter if people in government cynically promote the theory that human activity is destroying the global climate as a means of taking control of your life, or if they take control of your life because they sincerely believe human activity is destroying the global climate. Either way, government will control your life." From the Fabian socialists of yore to the modern day liberal progressives, that is the real goal of this "climate change chicanery." Right Mr. Veverka?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 10:14
To The Daily Sun,
The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary of Gilmanton will hold an open house at the Gilmanton Corners Community Church on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. These organizations need the help of the current generation of veterans and women family members of active service members and veterans to continue to support local military, veterans and their families.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities; and the American Legion Auxiliary also founded in 1919 is the world's largest patriotic women's service organization meeting the needs of veterans and keeping those needs front and center in the minds of the American public!
Help us in the support of local military, veterans and their families by joining the American Legion or Auxiliary Unit of Gilmanton. Veterans who are eligible for membership in the American Legion, or women who are a wife or family member of a member of the American Legion or a deceased veteran are eligible to join the Auxiliary.
Morton E. Young, Commander
American Legion of Gilmanton
Raelyn Cottrell, President
American Legion Auxiliary of Gilmanton
Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 08:42
To The Daily Sun,
Mr. Lemay and Mr. Earl wrote letters about terrible experiences they had in Protestant, and Roman Catholic churches, and to be fair and honest they told the truth. But remember, we are all sinners, even good sinners and bad sinners. We read every day about good works done to help people, and also terrible murder, and rape stories done by real evil people.
Question: do the good people go to heaven, and the bad people go to hell? God's word is loving and simple, it states, "Marvel not, I say unto you, you must be born again" (John 3:7). That includes the Pope of Rome, all priests, and clergy. The Pope is not divine, common sense tells you that, but better still God's word says, "For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23). To go to heaven you must believe that God loves you, Jesus died for you and rose again from the dead to save all of us. Question is do we believe? Yes, or no, your choice.
Mr Lemay said a snake (Satan) could not talk to Eve. Well, it sounds funny, but I had a budgey bird, that said, "Pretty Polly", and "Hi Mack" every morning.
America wake up. We have turned our backs on our loving God, "Pray, please forgive us," ask Jesus into your heart, and you will be delivered, and meet the God of our nation in heaven for sure.
William Liam McCoy
Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 08:36