To The Daily Sun,
I read with interest a letter in today's papers saying how wonderful the old mill building is in downtown Belmont. The suggestion that the taxpayers would even consider spending money on the old building is foolish. Perhaps, had the town maintained it over the years and not allowed it to become such a mess then, perhaps, we could do something with it.
What don't the selectmen understand — we simply can't afford it — period; end of story. We are already overtaxed beyond our means and the school (department) has seen to that recently. If you want to buy the mill you will need to first give taxpayers a huge break as of now they can't afford it period. Sell it. Rent it. But do not buy it under any circumstances. The building is not worth the estimated costs to renovate, etc.
If the building is owned by the town and thus by the taxpayers then we should say no to this foolish idea. Many of us would love to own waterfront property or drive a Lincoln, but no we really can't afford them, and the taxpayers of Belmont can't afford this either.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 09:30
To The Daily Sun,
Besides being wrong about the Indiana RLRA, Don Ewing is wrong about the foundation of our nation. The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Judeo-Christian values do not underlie this supremacy in any way, shape or form. There is no mention of God, Jesus or Christianity. They ignored God in writing the Constitution. It is a godless and secular document.
Article 6 not only states that the Constitution is the supreme law, it bans religious test-oaths for public service which clearly places the Constitution in neutral territory regarding religion. It is not Judeo-Christian in the slightest. Don Ewing is part of that Christian reconstructionist crowd that keeps trying to revise history so they can use the government as a policy tool. Also mentioned in Article 6 is that treaties made in pursuant to the Constitution are part of this supreme law. The Treat of Tripoli stated unequivocally in Article 11 that"the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion..." See treaty image here. I highly recommend the book, LIARS FOR JESUS by Chris Rodda which delves into all the ways the revisionists lie about our founding era.
We all know about Thomas Jefferson's letter that declared the First Amendment to be a wall of separation. Jefferson meant both ways, but Liars for Jesus say he just meant keeping the state from interfering with the church. This is more nonsense which tries to keep alive the ancient and medieval relationship where the church could dictate religious matters to the state. Destroying the one-way wall of the fundamentalists is a letter written by one of the main architects of the Constitution.
On March 2, 1819, more than 30 years after leading the way in drafting and framing the United States Constitution, James Madison's wrote to Robert Walsh, "The civil government, though bereft of everything like an associated hierarchy, possesses the requisite stability, and performs its functions with complete success, whilst the number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people, have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church from the State." See letter here.
Read it again. TOTAL separation FROM the State, Don.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 09:28
To The Daily Sun,
If Ms. Loesch wants to defend President Obama, that is her right. However, it might be nice if she got her facts straight, or didn't make assumptions that were simply not true. I stand by every word I wrote in my column.
First, way back in 2008, shortly after the election, the president-elect was being interviewed by a reporter. I watched and listened as he said that we needed a national police force equal in strength to our military. Subsequently, when he was in front of a teleprompter, he said, "We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to the achieve national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded." For those who would like to view a video of him saying those words, copy this link into your web browser: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=--Barack+Obama%2c+July+2%2c+2008%2c+campaign+speech+in+Colorado+Springs%2c+Colorado&FORM=VIRE6#view=detail&mid=EE668B8C92412B6A150BEE668B8C92412B6A150B
Ms. Loesch might also want to check out the "posse comitatus act", (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act) which prohibits the federal government from using the military against the citizenry. She might take note of a few instances concerning the domestic use of the National Guard. First, each state has control over its own National Guard unit. If you recall, Governor Blanco of Louisiana was late in releasing control of her state's National Guard troops to the federal government during Katrina. The feds could not simply take over control on their own, the state had to grant that authorization. More recently, we saw that the State of Maryland could not impose that state's National Guard Unit on the City of Baltimore, until requested to do so by the city. Clearly, the intent is to prevent the larger government units from interfering with lower level administrations, unless their help is asked for.
As I said . . . Beware!
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 09:23
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of Genesis Behavioral Health, we would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to the congregation of Temple B'nai Israel and their "We Care" program for selecting our organization as the recipient of the net proceeds from their May concert.
A committed and caring group of volunteers truly went above and beyond to bring a fun, energetic and successful performance of North Shore Acappella to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse on May 2. A fitting way to kick off Mental Health Month, the sold-out crowd was thoroughly entertained and enjoyed a delicious variety of refreshments donated by Moulton Farms and desserts baked by volunteers from the Temple.
Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little. Together, we can do so much." The We Care program is a shining example of what it means to be part of a caring and supportive community. It was a privilege to work with such a tremendous group of volunteers, all of whom were focused on ensuring the event was as successful as possible for Genesis Behavioral Health.
Each year, Genesis Behavioral Health provides mental health treatment and support to over 3,500 children, families, and adults living with — and recovering from — mental illness and emotional distress. We can't do it alone — and we are so fortunate to have community partners like Temple B'nai Israel to help us as we raise awareness and ensure a healthy, vibrant, and productive community.
Susan L. Stearns, President
Board of Directors
Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director
Genesis Behavioral Health
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 11:34
To The Daily Sun,
Bob Meade's letter published in the Tuesday, May 5, edition of The Daily Sun is a truly amazing negative narrative and incendiary at best.
To claim that President Obama says that this country needs a "National Police Force" has been totally taken out of context. Let me explain.
I Googled the quote and lo and behold found the following from FactCheck.org.
Your assertion is false and distorted. In truth he does not want to create a "civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded )as the military)."
Here is the true report: AP (Associated Press) reported that on Nov. 10, 2008, a quote from Rep. Paul Broun-Ga., on right-leaning blogs with similar claims from conservative websites since last July when President Obama in a campaign speech in Colorado made a single reference to a "civilian national security force".
Detractor's exaggerated the context and ignored the fact that (he) Obama was specifically talking about expanding AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps and the USA Freedom Corps, which is a volunteer initiative launched by the Bush administration after the attacks of 9/11, and about increasing the number of trained foreign service officers who populate U.S. Embassies overseas.
In summary, all of those legal demonstrations across the U.S. had representation of all nationalities and all ages. The question Mr. Meade is not "are these riotous incidents being orchestrated so the president can fulfill his desire to have a "national police force"? When in point of fact you just parrot the outright falsehood by Rep. Paul Broun in 2008.
I will leave you with my horoscope printed in today's edition of The Sun: "If you trust too much, you may be lead astray, but if you don't trust enough, you will be isolated. Navigating this territory will be your main responsibility of the day."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 10:51