To The Daily Sun,
E. Scott Cracraft, get a grip on yourself.
I'm not one of your college students who is impressed by your rhetorical devices. The subject we were discussing was theology, not science. The Sun has your column and my letter archived so don't change the subject and try to BS your way out of it. Are you an ordained minister? Do you have years of Bible school training?
You challenged the validity of the deity of Christ. You presented theological arguments that do not follow logically neither from the history of the church, nor an understanding of the scriptures. Sir, what you did was to take your very superficial understanding of what happened and asserted as you said, "My ignorance is just as valid as your knowledge."
Get off of your high horse sir and take your own advice. Or in your mind are college professors above having to practice what you preach. It takes a big man to admit that he is wrong. Are you that sir? Or are you just hot air?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:28
To The Daily Sun,
Moving to New Hampshire 17 years ago provided the opportunity to live a more desired lifestyle. My husband and I both have stressful, demanding careers and living in a rural New Hampshire community gave us the balance we sought. We love the mountains, lakes and wildlife that surround us. While we have never been politically minded, nor did we want to be, issues involving our town compelled us to take a closer look and get involved.
Industrial wind turbines are targeted for our town. Monstrosities that would tower nearly 500 feet tall. These projects will decrease property values, change the landscape, destroy our beautiful ridge lines, pollute the watersheds, displace wildlife and kill birds. Most recently, the northern long-eared bat was put on the threatened species list. The industrial wind turbine project would infringe upon their habitat. Can we afford to lose an entire species? Do people realize how vital bats are to the environment and the balance of nature?
How can this happen? Well, these corporations have been subsidized by the federal government with our tax dollars to promote sustainable energy. Industrial wind turbines in the Northeast are not sustainable, and studies have indicated this time and time again. However, our representatives in Concord are not listening. This has prompted my town and several other communities in New Hampshire to pass a Rights Based Ordinance (RBO). This declares our right to local self government and puts the rights of the people over the rights of large corporations.
The RBO is based on our state Constitution. Citizens have rights. We don't want to be bullied. We don't want to be left with the consequences of failed projects, projects that have not proven to be even close to providing sustainable energy. They have only proven to cost an exorbitant amount of taxpayers' money with the energy being exported out of state and the profits stuffing foreign companies' pockets. I urge your readers to get involved. The future of our beautiful state is at stake. Don't allow corporate greed to take over our local communities and do irreparable harm.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:10
To The Daily Sun,
To answer or not to answer that was my question. I am talking about Don Ewing's letter in The Laconia Sun on April 9 referring to a letter I wrote regarding the N.H. Republican House of Representatives vote to discontinue Medicaid (expansion). Despite the fact it is covering health care for almost 40,000 New Hampshire residents that never had health insurance before it is working both by keeping people healthy as well as its economic impact.
Hospital emergency rooms have seen significant savings, which points to the fact that these newly insured are now going to doctors' offices as their first line of defense just like those of us who have been fortunate enough to have health insurance.
In just one paragraph of his long, uninformed letter he stated, "If you believe all of Trombi's and her fellow travelers' predictions of doom and gloom, then tens of thousands of us should have died of starvation, cold, lack of medical care, accidents from bad roads and bridges, etc." So yes Don, they won't be dying from lack of medical care now.
There are any number of programs started by various presidents that continue today that have enormously impacted the greater good which include Social Security, the interstate highway system, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.
As far as your offer to me and other Democrats to join the Tea Party, no thanks. I will stick to the one I know that has accomplished and governs not only with critical and thoughtful thinking but works for all citizens' young and old alike and for those who truly need the help of government where in most circumstances because of a blip in their lives need short term help be it the loss of a job, illness, mental health challenges, and or learning disabilities.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:03
To The Daily Sun,
Danger alert. The aliens with their tinfoil hats and crooked antennas are back. They are again flooding the letters pages with more hatred, lies and outright deceit.
It is troubling to read their vile, offensive and vitriolic attacks. They are trying to scare us into believing that we are in imminent danger from so very many sources, here are but a few of their favorite bogeymen:
1. Lesbian and gay people.
2. President Obama.
3. The poor.
4. Nuclear annihilation.
5. Their imagined loss of religious freedom.
6. Hillary Clinton.
Their anger (or is it paranoia?) is very transparent. They are bold and audacious. What are we to expect next? Will they bring other aliens to earth and release them from their pods to spread more lies? Should we build bunkers to protect ourselves against the impending disasters they believe are imminent? Should we stockpile food and water if we should have to hide away for a very long time? Are they going to give us enough warning when we have to "take cover"?
Or better yet, do those of us who believe in reality and facts just keep countering their fairy tales and fear mongering? The world is not coming to an end. The lesbian-gay-bisexual and transgender community is not a threat. Most of them whom I've had the pleasure to know in my long lifetime are productive citizens, living their lives in a caring, kind way. President Obama can hold his own, and keep on doing the right thing for our country. Our religious freedoms are firmly in place and maybe the Lord will one day show the "Chicken Littles" that they don't have to worry.
Hillary Clinton will be nominated for president and will be able to counter all of the arguments of those with a tenuous grasp on reality.
As to nuclear annihilation, we must ask this very important question. Do we really want to end all civilization on this planet earth with a few nuclear bombs or do we want our leaders to keep negotiating? Even that noted non-pacifist Winston Churchill said that it is "better to jaw, jaw, than to war, war." Remember the last time a president decided to blindly go to war based on fantasies and self-constructed falsehoods? We're still paying the price and will be for a long time.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:00
To The Daily Sun,
April 15th marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln. The president was mortally wounded on Friday, April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theater in Washington when he was shot behind his left ear by John Wilkes Booth. President Lincoln was carried across the street where he died at 7:22 a.m., on Saturday morning, April 15th. His assassination came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomatix Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War.
The death of the president was a great shock to the nation and its impact was felt in every community, including those in the Lakes Region.
The president's passing was formally recognized by the members of the Belknap County Bar Association. This association was formed in March 1865 when the Belknap County lawyers came together at the County Court House and established the association which continues to this day. The first recorded meeting occurred on March 27, 1865. A special meeting of the Belknap County Bar Association was held on April 17, 1865, at which time it was "voted that a committee of three be appointed by the president to make arrangements relative to a proper observance of the death of President Lincoln and to draft resolutions".
The original record book of the association contained the signatures of the lawyers who initially formed the association in 1865. Belknap County lawyers have continued to sign the original record book since 1865. The tradition continues to this day as does the association's tradition of service to the communities in the Lakes Region.
Wescott Law Firm
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:56