Remaining selectmen need to do right thing and agree on a third

To The Daily Sun,

The voters of Gilmanton are expecting their two selectmen to do the right thing in appointing a third selectman.

It is time to set aside personal opinions, personal agendas, and personalities in making a decision to move forward with the town's business. The town could get by with just two selectmen, but getting by is not good enough.

With only two selectmen, what would happen if only one was able to attend a session especially with budget season approaching? Moving forward requires consensus and that requires a selectman who can break tie votes.

It is unfortunate that there has not been a meeting allowing public input on this topic. There is no agenda for the Aug. 11 meeting that indicates that there will even be any discussion or action to resolve the situation.

Please visit, call, write, or email your town administrator and your current selectmen and tell them your wishes and emphasize that they are committed to do the best for the town's needs.

Joanne Gianni
Gilmanton Iron Works

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County administrator's contract likely makes firing her impractical

To The Daily Sun,

In response to Mr. Blais, his letter seems a bit of an oxymoron. I personally agree that the county administrator should probably go. That is just my perception, but Mr. Blais fails to examine what he cites as the "insane employment contract" for the county administrator. He fails to recognize the situation as to where she was initially hired out of. Was not the last county administrator let go over some issues of embezzlement? That is a pretty clear case for dismissal but if you are working inside a very politicized situation you may seek better job security measures in your contract.

The county administration has a contract that is likely full of clauses that make dismissing her simply for not being a weasel impractical. That is not meant in any demeaning way per se, only that a good administrator who is not an elected official should bend over backward to serve the agendas of the elected officials who direct the county's business. But when the agendas of the elected officials change when the political party in charge changes and is perhaps not in accordance with what has been, the administrator may not be as effective as we could hope for. Nevertheless it is not likely that we can have the county administrator ousted just because we don't like them as much as we would like a weasel.

So it is that contract referred to as "that insane (employment) contract" that is likely going to do just as Mr. Blais suggests at the end of his letter, that is going to get the taxpayers forking over to "stinking lawyers" should the county commissioners decide they want to dismiss the county administrator. Besides, what she is already by contract guaranteed in severance there would be the legal actions where in the end the county would owe "something more" for the supposed unfair labor practice, alleged wrongful discharge, and damages to the administrator's reputation and career.

So as long as we are not disgusted enough with the county administrator perhaps working in "sullen compliance" of the county commission's agendas to want to pay what it will likely actually cost to remove her, then we might be better off financially awaiting her seeking an improved position somewhere else.

Rep. Burchell is very correct that the county continues to have very serious legacy cost issues with county government. If the county commission would also focus on pension reform down in Concord some of those serious problems posed by hiring additional county jail staff and nursing home help might be ameliorated. As it is, we cannot pay 20 percent annual compounding increases to county employee pension contributions with the needle barely budging on NHRS funding vs the current near $2.8 billion-plus underfunding and then compete in the workplace for licensed and certified labor, unable for those costs to offer better take-home pay.

Most of these workers are required to do training for license renewals. Both the costs of the training and the costs of the re-licensing have to be borne. Too often the qualified workers in health care are looking for a paycheck they can live better on today and do not see those generous pensions and pension costs as worth enduring lower wages for. This is especially true if they have worked long enough to be owed a state pension. If you have 30 years as,Mr. Blais cites, why would you not retire before the inevitable pension reform, and take a similar or even lower-pay job someplace else without pension benefits? A net pay increase.

The wealthy will always be with us and they can afford more costly nursing home care. Those employers, without providing defined benefit pensions, can offer much better take-home pay to health care professionals.

You can explain total benefit packages to public employees of 7 percent to 9 percent as being unsustainable. But they do not care about those explanations, they just want more money in their take-home pay to pay their costs of living today. Last November we got "a clean sweep" of the Belknap County Commission membership. Maybe it just needs some time for the two new sides to work out some compromises. The situation today in our costs of Belknap County government is in fact much improved from that before the last election.

The state is facing the same issues on pay for state workers. Business and jobs are leaving the state. New Hampshire and Belknap County are going to continue facing increasing structural costs for government with less revenue as long as economic growth is stymied. I believe all of our county commissioners and the commission at large understand this and are going to work towards finding the solutions.

Tim Sullivan

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Pat Buchanan - Who decides American foreign policy? Israel?

In his desperation to sink the Iran nuclear deal, Bibi Netanyahu is taking a hellish gamble.

Israel depends upon the United States for $3 billion a year in military aid and diplomatic cover in forums where she is often treated like a pariah state. Israel has also been the beneficiary of almost all the U.S. vetoes in the Security Council. America is indispensable to Israel. The reverse is not true.

Yet, without telling the White House, Bibi had his U.S. ambassador arrange for him to address a joint session of Congress in March — to rip up the president's Iran nuclear deal before it was even completed.

The day the deal was signed, using what The Washington Post calls "stark apocalyptic language", Bibi accused John Kerry of giving the mullahs a "sure path to a nuclear weapon" and a "cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars ... to pursue its aggression and terror."

Bibi has since inspired and led the campaign to get Congress to kill the deal, the altarpiece of the Obama presidency.

Israel Ambassador Ron Dermer, a former Republican operative now cast in the role of "Citizen Genet," has intensively lobbied the Hill to get Congress to pass a resolution of rejection. If that resolution passes, as it appears it will, Obama will veto it.

Then Israel, the Israeli lobby AIPAC, and all its allies and auxiliaries in the think tanks and on op-ed pages will conduct a full-court press to have Congress override the Obama veto and kill his nuclear deal.

Has Bibi, have the Israelis, considered what would happen should they succeed? Certainly, there would be rejoicing in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and Bibi would be crowned King of Capitol Hill. But they will have humiliated an American president by crushing him by two-to-one in his own legislature. Such a defeat could break the Obama presidency and force the resignation of John Kerry, who would have become a laughing stock in international forums.

The message would go out to the world. In any clash between the United States and Israel over U.S. policy in the Middle East, bet on Bibi. Bet on Israel. America is Israel's poodle now.

With the Gulf nations having joined Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia in backing the deal, Israel is isolated in its opposition. And, two weeks ago, Kerry warned that if Congress rejects the deal, "Israel could end up being more isolated and more blamed." Hardly an outrageous remark.

Yet, Israel's ex-ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, fairly dripped condescension and contempt in his retort: "The threat of the secretary of state who, in the past, warned that Israel was in danger of being an apartheid state, cannot deter us from fulfilling our national duty to oppose this dangerous deal."

But this is not Israel's deal. It is our deal, and our decision. And Israel is massively interfering in our internal affairs to scuttle a deal the president believes is in the vital interests of the United States.

When the U.S. and Israel disagree over U.S. policy in the Mideast, who decides for America? Them or us?

Why does Barack Obama take this? Why does John Kerry take this?

One can only imagine what President Eisenhower would have done had he seen Bibi at the rostrum of the U.S. House of Representatives, ripping apart his Middle East policy. Or had Ike learned that an Israeli ambassador was working the halls of Congress to kill an arms deal he and John Foster Dulles had just negotiated.

Lest we forget, Ike told his wartime colleague, Prime Minister Anthony Eden, to get his army out of Suez or he would sink the British pound. Ike then told Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion to get his army out of Sinai or face U.S. economic reprisals.

Eden and Ben-Gurion did as they were told.

That was an America respected by friend and foe alike.

When Harry Truman felt that Gen. Douglas MacArthur had been insubordinate in resisting presidential restrictions on his actions in Korea, Truman fired the general and astounded the nation. Yet this president and John Kerry have been wimpishly seeking for weeks to placate Netanyahu. And Bibi is no Douglas MacArthur.

Time to stop acting like wusses. The president should declare Dermer persona non grata and send him packing, then tell the Israeli government we will discuss a new arms package when you have a prime minister who understands that no nation interferes in the internal affairs of the United States. None.

That could bring Bibi's government, with its single-vote majority, crashing down. And why not? After all, Bibi was a virtual surrogate for Mitt Romney when Mitt was trying to bring down Obama.

Obama and Kerry are never running again. Deep down, they would surely relish taking Bibi down. And they could do it.

Deal or no deal, it is time America started acted like America again.

(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.)

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Back to a country founded on belief in God, Constitution & family

To the Daily Sun,

Well it's time we owned up to the truth. If we really want to be honest we have to admit that we are to blame for what's happened to our country.

We as a people stood by and elected the same people over and over for 50 years. We stood by and allowed our elected officials to take prayer out of school, allowed them to pass a bill that murdered unborn children, allowed illegals to enter our country. We stood by and watched ISIS and radical Islam tell us they want the same laws in America as they had in the country they fled from. We allowed millions of illegals to take American jobs and soon will be given the right to vote and get tax refunds without ever paying taxes.

We allowed our Congress to give millions of dollars to countries that hate us. We allowed millions of dollars in welfare to be given to people to spend our money any way they want and yet our veterans who fought for our country cannot get medical benefits. Why is it we always hear we need more money for people on welfare, but always cut benefits for our veterans? We allowed the dumbing-down of or children by government schools. We allowed political correctness to keep us silent because we were afraid to offend someone.

I could go on, and I'm sure you could add more to this list, but the bottom line is we allowed this to happen because we voted for the same people year after year expecting a different result. The Democratic Party has successfully kept Black Americans in a new kind of slavery; it's called welfare. They promised if they voted for them they would fight for them and lift them out of poverty. Well it's been over 50 years of electing the same people and things haven't changed. The only ones who have gained are those who were elected, and people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Remember when the Republican Party stood for something? They were the party of conservatives, family values, believed in our Constitution and stood on biblical principles. Well, they have been missing for over 25 years now and have become the right wing of the Democratic Party.

While all this has been going on our churches (most of them) have remained silent. They may preach a good sermon on Sunday, but stop short of informing people of what our government is doing that is against biblical principles. I guess they are in fear of losing their tax-exempt status. The majority of Christians are not registered to vote and of those who are registered to vote one-third of them vote. So you see there is enough blame to go around.

So can we turn our country around and back to what our Founding Fathers intended it to be. A country founded on Judeo-Christian values and a belief in God, our Constitution and family. The answer is up to everyone of us who believe in those values. We can talk the talk and write on Facebook all we want, but it's time to walk the walk. It's time for us to take action.

The problem is we don't have a big name to lead and no one will follow any of us average patriots. How sad is that? When our Founding Fathers started to form our country, none of them was a big name. So I guess I'm asking, who has the courage to stand up and march on Washington and throw out our president, the Supreme Court and every member of Congress? That and prayer is what it will take to take our country back.

The question is do you have the courage to do what needs to be done? The time for talking about what's wrong with America is done. Get up and do something about it.

Harry Accornero


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I don't recall any of these groups observing Pearl Harbor Day

To The Daily Sun,

Members of several activist groups are planning to observe the 70th anniversary of the United States dropping atomic bombs during World War II on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by dropping flowers into the Merrimack River and remembering names of those killed in those two Japanese cities.

I don't recall any of these group members holding an observance of Dec. 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese. War records show that 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 wounded in the attack.

During my career as a news reporter I had the opportunity to interview Richard H. Nelson, the radio operator aboard the Enola Gay, the B-29 which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Nelson said he never had regrets about the use of the bombs and his involvement with them.

"It saved lives. The bombs were the only thing to convince the Japanese that the war was over and they had lost, " Nelson said. The crew member also said it was estimated that if the Allied Forces had had to invade Japan it was estimated that casualties would have reached two million.
He ended the interview by saying, "Occasionally a soldier comes up to me and says, 'You saved my life.' That makes it all worth it,'" Nelson said

Gordon D. King

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