While we're taking a tour of the land of the hopelessly deluded

To The Daily Sun,

All Aboard! On Thursday, the Conservative Clown Car embarks on another comedy tour down false memories lane that promises to give us everything from jaw-dropping stupidity to belly aching laughs. Welcome to another Edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity. Here at the Center our crack reporters are teamed up with specially trained dogs to sniff out the best in stupid.

Did you hear what Jeb Bush recently said? Did you think George was the dumb one? Not so fast. In an interview with some religious conservatives Tuesday, Jeb suggested that the federal government had overfunded women's health. Yup, one-thousandth of federal health care spending goes to women's health issues and that's just too much. Jeb has no problem with truckloads of cash for wealthy corporations who ship jobs overseas, but girls? They're just girls!

Over in Christian Taliban La-La-Land, Rick Wiles of Trunews is warning his flock that Jade Helm is paving the way for a "two-month-long Night of the Long Knives," "a round-up of patriotic men," an illegal Obama third term and possibly a nuclear EMP attack. Nukes! Increase your meds, Rick. Somebody certainly believes that conservative fly-soup because yesterday, two right-wing militia crazies opened fire on our Jade Helm troops.

While we are in the land of the hopelessly deluded, hate radio's Michael Savage is convinced Obama will initiate an anti-white genocide. His evidence? He informed his listeners that he had interviewed an elderly Mayan woman who said she had dreams. She had dreams! "Chilling," Savage told his herd of frothing listeners.

Over in Christian Sharia World, Pastor Scott Lively told an interviewer on Dove TV that religious freedom was just for Christians and that's why God is punishing us. Must be a Muslim obsession thingy. Lively as you may know, is on trial in Federal Court for Crimes Against Humanity. He funded and engineered the Death to Gays laws in Uganda and is now paying the price.

You gotta love the Scott Walker spin machine. Not only is Walker (like Jeb) against the minimum wage, Wisconsin boasts the third-worst job growth in the Midwest, a $283 million dollar budget deficit and a median income $800 lower than the national average. In neighboring progressive Democrat Minnesota, the people got a minimum wage raise plus it will be indexed with inflation beginning in 2018. Minnesota has the second-highest job growth in Midwest, a median income $8,000 above the national average, a $2 billion dollar surplus, and the highest economic confidence in the nation. More failed liberal policies! After seeing these Minnesota stats, the consensus here at the center is that we all want to be big time losers. After all, liberals love evil. Right Russ?

James Veverka

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Trowing more money won't make a dent in the illegal drug problem

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So here we are again, hearing about, "if we spend it and build it they will come." Currently, Maggie, with her power to veto, has held up the Legislature's budget to spend $42 million on drug rehab programs in the state because she wants said Legislature to include expanding Medicaid to bring in $5.7 million in fed money for drug treatment programs. Add to it the $12 million from the feds that she forgot all about, it all adds up to the total of some $59 million.

Again Haggie feels that the people/taxpayer are to be held responsible for someones "elected addiction", and with all the enforcement officials telling her in one ear, that we need to spend more and more if we are to see results, and at the same time, in the other ear, we will "ensure" your re-election.That holds true with all elected law makers who vote to increase spending on enforcement. Tell me the enforcement agencies with their lobbyists are not running this country, and our lawmakers.

What have the results been so far on drug prevention with the spending of $28 million from the last biennium? You will be hard-pressed to get a straight answer to that one. The politically correct answer is, "We are making progress." The real answer is, "X amount of officers/administrators retired at 75 percent of their base pay."

In 2010 this country spent $3.614 billion on the war on marijuana (just marijuana) and the end result was what? More spending on more government. Let's not be naive here. The end result on spending $59 million dollars in this state on drug prevention for the next biennium will be more government with the same old "but we are making progress" BS.

There are no accurate reports of how much New Hampshire spends on the war on marijuana because nobody keeps those statistics accurately. The best anybody can do is to produce a "rough estimate" based on arrest data.

By the way, if you get elected to public office in this state there is no pre-employment or random drug screening. Think about that the next time these so-called lawmakers ram another mandate down the private sector's throats.

I hear over and over again that someone lost a loved one or friend to overdose. Where were the friends and love ones before the addiction. If you can't communicate to someone before they stick a needle in their arm, then how are you going to communicate to them after they are addicted or dead? Perhaps you can sit down and send them a text message across the dinner table and talk about the dangers of opiate's, this crap has been around for decades and if you have all of a sudden just started hearing about it than you've been living in a cave. If I had a friend who died from an overdose from heron and I knew who sold that friend that crap, then you can bet your ass, that would be the last friend I would loose to that dealer.

Perhaps before we bleed $59 million into programs that don't even scratch the surface, how about we do something about the kids who go to bed hungry in this state and have to rely on school meals for their only meal of the day. Wake up Concord and Capitol Hill, stop spending more and more big money on programs that will not and have not made a dent in the problem. Start getting your priorities in order. Stop trying to convince yourselves that throwing money into a vortex, to land wherever, will solve drug problems. Your not fooling anyone, anymore. The next time you all run for office, be honest with the taxpayers and tell them that you plan on throwing more big money into law enforcement for that is where the lion share of your votes come from.

Eric T. Rottenecker

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Leader who clearly explains economic problem will gain support

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Currency devaluation, quantitative easing, is not a precondition for economic recovery; rather it is a hindrance to it. Economic success is predictable. Economic action is rational. A strong stable currency is a magnet for investment and a catalyst for expanded trade. The ingredients for growth following an economic crisis are accountability, transparency, fiscal consolidation, and equitable distribution of sacrifice.

When a nation is confronted with severe economic contraction it must face the situation. It must clearly recognize the situation. It must analyze the alternatives and most importantly it must embrace the future not hold onto the past.

Selection of the best available path forward needs two decisions. It requires comprehension of the economic reality which is a grasp of the available alternatives and of the costs and probable results of each. It also requires turning the crisis to political advantage. America has clearly failed to do either of those things in the most recent economic downturn.

Political leaders who explain the situation clearly to their citizens will gain support for tough policies. America has had no such clear explanation of the economic downturn. There was no explanation of the cause. There was no explanation of the available choices. Instead we have been fed a steady diet of everything will be OK ... the Big Government will care for everyone. Things are tough ... but trust me.

This fails to build the sense of urgency necessary to make the hard economic choices required. Over time we have become less and less willing to make the needed sacrifices. Trust has been eroded. The political leadership of both parties have spouted bi-partisan lies in which the media has been complicit; by both propagating and perpetuating them.

America did embrace a new leader. Unfortunately that leader had no new economic ideas. He had only tired Marxist ideology. He left in place and then grew the vested interests associated with the old leadership from which he had inherited failure. It is time we start to think about that and grasp what it means for the future.

The coming election will have the largest and most diverse field of candidates in modern history. There is a smorgasbord of ideas available for us to choose from. Do we choose the Greek path with Hillary and Bernie, or do we select something with a higher probability of success? Moving forward we should build a foundation of integrity, fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility and life. We have a choice to make.

Marc Abear


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Sanbornton Old Home Day committee is grateful for support

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Sanbornton's July 25 Old Home Day shone with sun and happy faces. Our committee of 20 people has much to be thankful for, and publicly thank the following:

First Student bus company stepped in at the last minute with bus service to complement that provided by Sant Bani School. Kathy Farrington of our town did an excellent job with designing T-shirt graphics, making a grounds map, providing a program; our 37 T-shirt sponsors made our costs do-able.

Thanks to our library and its staff, and to Salatiello Family Trust for sponsoring story-teller Odds Bodkin. Thanks to our selectmen for use of Old Town Hall and sponsorship of our event. Sanbornton Historical Society gave us use of property and grounds and money-tracking by treasurer Jack Potter.

Sanbornton Police and Fire were with us, opening the Life/Safety Building to the public for public information, child fingerprinting, and children's plastic firemen hats! Thanks to Franklin Savings Bank for the use of their delightful Balloon Burst Booth.

Twenty-six bakers in town provided us with the cakes that were sliced and enjoyed. Many thanks to them and to Sheryl Anderson for adding the "Celebrate Sanbornton" lettering to the cakes. Crafters, vendors, car show participants, demonstrators, New Horizons Band and Moulton's Band — all made the event happen. Boy Scouts providing the color guard for the parade — we needed you and thank you.

Tobin family — thank you to Bill for his astonishing New Hampshire State Seal Float. Swain family — you brought animals from your farm, thank you! Paraders — thank you for giving us a parade all enjoy as part of summer fun. Adding the library's children participants was joyful!

In the food department, thank you to Mountain View Church for setting up lunch barbecue and to the snowmobile club for lunch barbecue also. Thanks to Sanbornton Historical Society members for pancake breakfast that broke all previous records for patronage! Thanks for donations of quarts of maple syrup: Heritage Farm, Back Door Farm, Just Maple, Chapman Sugar House.

Thank you to others unnamed, and to the public, our townspeople, for turning out. We've set a date for next year: the fourth Saturday, July 23. We'll start meeting on first Mondays of months, in February, and more helping hands are welcome.

David Witham – Co-chair

Lynn Chong – Co-chair

Sanbornton Old Home Day

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Thanks for your support of Old Home Day Taco Bar fundraiser

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The Belmont High School PTO would like to express its sincere thanks to area businesses for their support of our third annual Taco Bar fundraiser at Belmont Old Home Day. This year was our most popular and successful Taco Bar so far. We are happy to see the proceeds from our booth grow every year.

It is only through the generosity of our local businesses that the BHS PTO is able to work toward meeting our goals to help maintain BHS as a school of excellence. We are extremely grateful and could not have done it without you.

We would like to thank El Jimador, Belmont; Shooter's, Belmont; AppleBee's, Tilton; Chili's, Tilton; Pizza Hut, Tilton; and The Lobster Connection, Winnisquam. We are so happy to have you all as sponsors for our Taco Bar. It is great to know that we have community partners we can count on to help support us.

We encourage our friends and neighbors to support these local business as they have supported the Belmont High School PTO, year after year.

Funds raised are being used to help support student programs, provide resources to our high school and staff, and educate parents on topics of interest. We look forward to hosting additional workshops for our "It Takes a Village" series for the 2015-16 school year. Workshop topics may include drug and alcohol abuse, teen challenges, internet safety, anti-bullying, and other important topics.

We would also like to thank all of our local supporters who visited our Taco Bar booth at Belmont Old Home Day 2015. The compliments were over the top. Please be sure to come back and visit us again next year. It was great fun serving you.

Colleen Akerman

BHS PTO Secretary, on behalf of the BHS PTO Board


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