To The Daily Sun,
I want to continue my reply to a letter written by Mr. Meade to The Daily Sun on April 16.
I mentioned a article on page one of Union Leader on April 17 titled "Working and on welfare: N.H. Tops", which The Daily Sun printed on April 18. I wasn't surprised to see in April 23rd issue that Mr.Ewing was chosen by Mr Meade to respond to my comments. I would like to ask Mr. Meade: What jobs were created by the 1 percent (millionaires)? Who created jobs that made folks in New Hampshire — working jobs that pay liveable wages? Mr.Meade, how many folks do you think read the letters that your collection of parrots write, that you all insult on a daily basis? I'm talking about those folks who wait on you when you visit businesses in the Lake Region. I can't remember a cashier, waitress, fast-food worker and hundreds of other job holders ever writing a letter to the editor saying they are doing the best they can with the hand they were got.
To continue, Mr. Meade, the Laconia Citizen printed on April 20 an article: "More jobs but less food". The Hippo of April 16-22 (on page 6-7) wrote a great article on "Seasonal worker struggles" .
I think Lakes Region workers would enjoy a response from the Tea Party on this subject. I know the folks mentioned in these three articles working in less than liveable-wage jobs thank the writers of three articles. I can relate to this problem and will in another letter.
My last comment to make from Mr. Meade's April 16 letter, and I quote: "The Obama campaign raised more than $632 million during the 2012 election season,about 62 percent more (?) than Romney's $389 million; the Obama re-election team topped Romney's by 166 million. This was funny to see Mr. Meade write as he should have realized that more people wanted Obama to win. To be continuted.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:13
To The Daily Sun,
The emptiness of the theistic argument is front and center in the title of John Demakowski's latest letter. "Existence of supernatural world is all around: how did we get here?" There is no evidence because the natural world evidences itself, nothing more. Every time we dig, we find more natural explanations, processes and questions. Mr Demakowski's argument is the typical ages old "argument from ignorance"; the God of the Gaps argument. The appeal is, "well, golly, how did the big bang or life happen?". Well, we really don't know, do we? We may never know. But it sure is easy to appeal to people's ignorance with the hubris of pretending revelatory knowledge.
The history of knowledge is a story of an ever-shrinking space within which to say something is an act of God. We used to think thunder and lightning were some expression from the supernatural. Nobody in the sky is angry. The same is true of disease, insanity, pestilence, plague, infertility, famine, drought, crop failure, and mass murdering floods. The Bible is full of ludicrous claims about God using natural disasters to punish people. None of it had to to do with any God and so it may be with the entire universe.
Mr Demakowski claims, "God at His choosing allows His children to see into this supernatural realm through dreams and visions and less often actual experience in it". This was the belief of ancient and medieval times. There isn't any evidence that any of these experiences occurred for any other reason than neurologic ones. MRI brain scans can actually watch these experiences unfold and provide a degree of explanation. As we skeptics, say, its likely all in your head. In the past, we also thought things like voices, visions, and religious dreams originated in the supernatural world. Now we see they are neurologic in origin and if troubling enough can be treated medically. The same goes with some seizure disorders that exhibit blinding lights, temporary blindness, voices, and religious auras.
To say, "Yet the most full proof is the Holy Spirit living in believers' hearts" is absolute nonsense because believing something is not proof of anything. Such a claim is untestable and unverifiable. Mr Demakowski needs to look up the words faith, evidence, and proof in the dictionary. He clearly does not know their fundamental meanings. According to Pew Surveys, 7.5 million people lost their religion since 2012. People aren't buying what people bought in the past. Maybe theists can blame the Internet for breaking open the necessary closed information system of religion. Fully one-third of all Americans under 30 identify religiously as "nones". Two-thirds accept evolution. This is very good news to rationalists.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:04
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of Lakes Region Community College and our Arts and Sciences Department, I would like to invite the public to hear our guest speaker, Colonel Donald Morrisey (USAF-Retired).
Don will be speaking in two of my history classes on Wednesday, April 29 about his experiences as a long-range nuclear bomber pilot during the Cold War and as a helicopter pilot in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Conflict.
There will be two presentations. One starts at 9:30 a. m. and the other at 1:00 p. m. The event will be held in Room 200A in the Turner Building at the college.
Besides a long and distinguished career in the United States Air Force, Don served as vice president for Student Affairs for many years at our college. He regularly speaks at our Veterans Appreciation Day events and has talked out his military experiences with my classes on a number of occasions.
The public is invited to hear what will be excellent presentations.
Professor, History and Social Sciences
Lakes Region Community College
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:00
To The Daily Sun,
New Hampshire has a "structural deficit" problem. What is a structural deficit? What does this mean for you and me? And, what does this mean for the great state of New Hampshire?
Structural deficit means that New Hampshire's tax revenue is growing more slowly than the economy as a whole. By "design", our state cannot collect the financial resources to satisfy our needs to be a vibrant healthy state.
The problem we face is not, as the Republican's state, a spending problem. Our problem is a revenue problem — a huge ongoing drop in revenues. The purpose of the state Legislature is to provide for the "common good" of its citizens. The purpose is not to "balance the budget" on inadequate tax revenues. The N.H. Constitution is clear on this point.
Our only broad base tax is the property tax, which pays for about two-thirds of our expenditures. This tax is used mainly for schools, and municipal and county governments. We need another broad base tax. We can't continue to balance the budget on the backs of property owners. Also, taxation should be fair and equally shared by all according to the N.H. Constitution. So, forget tax breaks for the rich. We are all in this together.
Unfortunately, our current Republican Legislature believes that spending is out of control and we "will" live within the current revenue predictions however inadequate they may be. With this philosophy we can expect cuts in mental health, health care in general, child care, care for the elderly, and public safety, ie, state police. Cuts will be made in our infrastructure; roads and bridges will not be maintained. The protection of our environment will be in jeopardy and NH may suffer the consequences of less tourism.
The result for the State of New Hampshire is that we will not attract new businesses, we will lose some existing business, we will lose our youth to colleges and universities out of state with more reasonable tuition; many will never return. For you and me it will be more personal. We will lose vital public services. Safety and security will be jeopardized. Our roads and bridges will become dangerous. Our children will receive a less than adequate education. We may have significant difficulty handling old age because of a loss of services, ie, meals on wheels, etc.
This structural deficit problem will not get better on its own. The state will simply spiral down and become a second class entity with an exodus of those who will find life in another state more secure and tolerable.
For further information read research by Mark Fernald, former N.H. State Senator. And, read the N.H. Constitution.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 08:54
To The Daily Sun,
Members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate:
Here we go again. When will legislators overhaul the state so every two years families do not have to parade before committees to explain why services for family members with developmental disabilities are crucial to daily life, not luxuries?
Shame on the House of Representatives for trying to eviscerate the state.
I hope the Senate realizes the damage the House budget will cause.
Susan Michaelis Gunther
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:21