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We're going the way Cuba went, from everything to nothing

To The Daily Sun,

History repeats to those who fail to learn from it, much the same as the Roman Empire collapsed riddle with corruption, so to is what is happening to America.

Today we see it is more manly to take from others than to earn one's own. Through divine actions. "For the turning away of the simple from God shall slay them, but who so harkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from feat of evil." (Proverbs 1:24:33)

"I go to deliver them who through fear of death are all their lifetime subject to bondage." (Holy Bible - Christ)

Any questions as to why we see those in position of power so eager to abolish faith in God?

Wake up America! You're going the same way Cuba went — from everything from nothing.

Donald C. Poirier

Belmont

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:51

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Gunstock went out of its way for family & friends of Mike Leahy

To The Daily Sun,

Recently, we arranged with Greg Goddard, general manager at Gunstock Mountain Resort, and Patrick McGonagle, operations manager, a ceremony at the facility in honor of Michael Leahy, who grew up during the 1950s skiing at Belknap Ski Area (now Gunstock).

Mike was a member of the 1958-59 state championship Laconia High School Ski Team who excelled in jumping. Mike died suddenly last year and requested his ashes be scattered on top of Mount Rowe, where he skied frequently.

Mike, the son of Dr. Roland and Betty Leahy, had quite a sense of humor and left wishes that his ashes be distributed on top of the mountain on a day when Mount Washington could be seen. He wanted his family to be able to see the magnificent views from Gunstock.

Both Greg and Pat accommodated the request, but went way beyond approving this. They arranged a location at the foot of the 70 meter ski jump for the 20 family members and three ski team members including the coach, Woody Carville, to conduct the ceremony. Parking was arranged at the location, a space was plowed out for the event. Both Greg and Pat were present during the two hours.

After the family and ski team members related stories of Mike, his wife, son, and daughter were transported to the top of Mount Rowe to distribute his ashes. Then followed a luncheon at the Pistol Pub. Several of the group enjoyed a pleasant afternoon of skiing to retrace the trails Mike had skied on lately.

We appreciated the efforts of Greg and Patrick to organize and make sure that the event was successful. On a day when there was a large crowd and a major youth ski race, Greg and Pat willingly gave of their time to ensure the event went smoothly. This was a tribute to their efforts. The family and ski team thanks you for your concern and effort.

Dick Smith
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:47

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Winnisquam schools don't deserve to have their budgets out

To The Daily Sun,

I attended the annual Winnisquam Regional School District meeting and someone proposed an amendment to cut the budget by 10 percent, which would mean a cut of approximately $2.47 million. The person who proposed the amendment talked about cuts made on the state level. The challenge was made to the school board to go out and find the money. After just a little thought, I wondered if he wanted the school board to go into the forest and look for the money tree, or search for a map leading to pirate treasure, or ask great Uncle George for a gift of $2.47 million, and then again, did he want them to ask the state of New Hampshire for it?

Personally, I think he knew full well that a cut of this magnitude means pink slips and cuts in programs. In the process, good people are hurt and student programs suffer. Remember now, it is the bottom line that counts.

There is a major move in this country to cut social programs and run everything as a business. It is a point of view leading to the destruction of safety nets like Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans and let's not forget the public schools. It's all about "lean and mean," "the bottom line," and "the survival of the fittest."

I prefer a different point of view. I feel that we have a responsibility to other people. We need programs that help our society function better. Social Security and Medicare were a big help in 2008 when the economy went sour. As we look back over the years, how do we measure the impact of public schools? Please do not misunderstand. We need to be responsible in the way we handle money, but the bottom line is not the only issue.

Because of changes in the law, public school have become very complex. Schools are required to work with severely handicapped students and with behavior issues that were not there in the 1960s and '70s. It is not just reading, writing and arithmetic now. We need to be concerned with behavior modification and basic social skills like never before. The schools need the help and support of the community, and certainly not a 10 percent cut.

I am very thankful that the voters decided to go with the recommendation of the budget committee. The school board and budget committee are elected by the voters and do a good job. This is not a high spending district and does not deserve to have its budget slashed in this manner. Thank you voters for looking at the big picture.

Paul Bonneville

Lochmere (Tilton)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:43

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It is nonsensical to expect equal outcomes in education

To The Daily Sun,

The late French author-philosopher-anarchist, Albert Camus, had it right when he said, "For the people has always been the alibi of tyrants. And is has the further advantage of giving them a good conscience."

I find it interesting that some people on the left politically, often try to relabel the more distasteful political organizations as "right-wing," even though those organizations were founded on socialist, or left-wing ideals. For example, Nazi Germany and Communist Russia were founded as socialists who were going to bring equality to all but, somehow, it didn't work out that way. Many of today's liberals cannot acknowledge those foundations and therefore set about re-labeling them as "right-wing."

As the old adage goes, if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it to be the truth. Seems like Mr. Vazzana has been sold on the idea that if the "left" fails, that's okay, just re-name it the "right."

In his letter to The Daily Sun on Saturday, Mr. Vazzana cites a professor who lived in Germany in the 1930s, who posited that those who believed in absolute equality as desirable, would naturally be further left on the ideological spectrum, and those who considered inequality unavoidable or even desirable, would be on the right. I think that's a fairly accurate statement . . . not that it's right, just accurate.

We are all born with a different set of genes. Some are smarter than others. Others may be more athletic. Some may be gifted in certain academic areas. A number will be diligent in their work habits while others are satisfied with sloth. Comparisons that show how "unequal" we are to one another abound. Expecting equal outcomes is nonsense. In school, papers are graded on a curve. College admissions are largely based on test scores. Businesses rate and rank managers based on a performance bell curve. Athletes earn based on their performance, and so on. In my view, we will all be measured based on what we did with the gifts we were given, the ultimate bell curve, if you will.

None of us can accept responsibility for another choosing sloth over effort. Only the person who makes that choice is responsible. Take a look at what we spend on education, and what the results are. If Washington D.C. spends over $14,000 per student per year, but has a drop-out rate in the 50 percent range, who is responsible? If Chicago pays many of its teacher in excess of $100,000 per year and test scores are abysmal, who is responsible? If our country struggles to reach a high school graduation rate of 70 percent, who is responsible? And if colleges need remedial classes to teach incoming freshmen how to read, who is responsible?

The family and the individual. Pay attention to what Camus said.

Bob Meade

Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:37

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Parents must be empowered with school choice and local control

To The Daily Sun,

Let me be the first to thank New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio for smacking all of us up side the head with the harsh reality of just how broken our education system is in today's highly charged political climate.

He thinks it's a good idea to close some of the city's best charter schools. Why of course, because it is causing harm to some of the public schools. John Hawkins brings this progressive mendacity into crystal clear focus: "The primary goal of our education is not to educate our students; it's to sustain the teachers' unions and fatten the bank accounts of college professors and administrators. This is why the education establishment hates private schools, school vouchers and charter schools, even though they do a better job of educating our students than our public school system."

As John C. Goodman notes, "Success Academy 4 in NYC is where 80 percent of the students passed the math test and 59 percent the English test. The co-located middle school the mayor is protecting and where many of those 194 charter students would end up is where 5 percent of students passed the math test and 11 percent passed the English test. "Clearly, this progressive Democrat and many of his brethren appear willing to sacrifice millions of poor children in order to support teacher's unions, big government, higher taxes and more government spending.

As the Brookings Institution, the CATO Institute, Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell among others remind us, parents of financial means already have school choice. They can afford to move to a neighborhood that has better schools or send their children to private schools. Of course there are some on the left who genuinely want to liberate poor children from bad schools, but they risk the wrath of their party, the unions and headstrong school administrators.

If we can just for a minute, push all the bureaucratic power and control issues off the table and look at the issue through the lens of an innocent child, where does it lead? In my opinion, the inequality of educational opportunity in this country rests primarily on the shoulders of progressive pigheadedness and a controlling, collectivist mindset. John Goodman appears to be painfully correct when he describes this issue in layman terms: "poor kids are almost always enrolled in bad schools. Rich kids are almost always in good schools." In some large inner-city schools, our biased education system has caused some schools to become more segregated than schools were in 1954 when the Brown vs. the Board of Education Supreme Court case outlawed state schools that segregated black students from white students. So, just where are those civil rights leaders now?

Almost everyone with a clear eye can see that our high school education is not what it used to be decades ago. A column in the Jan. 26, 2014, edition of the Washington Post reported, "In almost every state, the amount of money spent per pupil has more than doubled in the past 40 years." Neal McCluskey of the CATO Institute brings us the shameful cost analysis, inflation adjusted for 2013 for K through 12 education: 1970 - $56,903 and 2010 - $164,426. Perhaps this is due to a perverse paradoxical incentive. "We just can't possibly do any better unless you give us more money."

Chad Mathis, physician who is now running for elected office in Alabama notes, "Real education reform starts by getting Washington out of every parent's business. Local control, expanded choice, and an experience that fits the needs of every student should be the goal." Common Core is the central planners latest attempt at putting the government squarely between parents and their children. Behind the sweet-sounding rhetoric is a plan to wipe out free market school choice.

Melissa Harris-Perry, professor of political science at Tulane University and MSNBC host, gleefully reveals the true liberal progressive agenda: "We have to break through our private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families." She goes on to say that kids belong to whole communities and once we realize this, we'll make better investments in government indoctrination of children. If that doesn't chill you to your "uncommon core," then you must be comatose or a liberal ideologue.

Check out the wonderful documentary, "Waiting for Superman" which reveals how the bureaucratic tentacles of the powerful teachers' unions have stymied educational choices and diminished the possibility that children from poor families will get an equal chance at a good education. The bottom line is that parents must be empowered through more choice with private schools, charter schools, vouchers, competition and local control for all families, not just the the upper classes. That is the way to provide the impetus for positive change in our stagnating school systems. It won't be easy to get there, especially with so many Republicans having bought into the fraud that is "Common Core."

Russ Wiles

Tilton

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:23

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