To The Daily Sun,
Reading about the lopsided score in the Shriner's football game makes me realize what there is about school games that turns me off. What does it prove when one team pounds another team into the ground running up a 36 point advantage? Is it all an ego trip for the winning team, as well as humiliation for the losing team. After all the hoopla and high-fives it is, after all, only a game. And did the New Hampshire coach ever realize its negative consequences, or was it his intention only to prove how smart he was as well? My question for the coach is, Did you ever consider putting in the second or third team when you saw the score escalate so quickly? Or did you bask in the glory of decimating the Vermont youngsters?
Games on the field or on the court, wherever they're played, are highly esteemed, even as students fail repeatedly in STEM subjects. It is the games that get extraordinary attention. The inequity of these diverse endeavors, is noticeable and disturbing as it indirectly involves everyone.
It is a national problem that very directly affects our ability to compete for the better jobs that go unfilled for lack of available talent.
So stop being a fanatic about games. They should be treated as an addendum to scholastic schedules, certainly not more than that. Be sensible. Work with your children to get passing grades. Help them get a better job, when the time comes.
Leon R. Albushies
Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 09:22
To The Daily Sun,
The article by Michael Kitch in the Thursday, Aug. 7, Daily Sun, front page no less, shows just how biased this reporter is in his reporting and writing about the struggle that the Belknap County Convention has had in trying to control cost and keep the spending under control, with only a brief statement about the two year struggle we have had that required the convention to take this action.
There is very little mention about the commissioners' disregard for the law, or their disregard for what has been the practice of the law by those commissioners who were once delegation members themselves and for the action they took in the past to control spending.
What this reporter did point out however was a long diatribe of the commissioners' lawyer as to what this convention has no authority to do. No authority to bring a lawsuit against a lawless Commission, no authority to speak for the citizens that voted for them, no authority "To stand in the shoes of the individual taxpayers," no authority to follow the law.
I would have to ask each and every voter this question, "What then is the purpose of having representation, if a lawyer can stand up in court and say the legislators that you elected have no authority to follow the laws that they have created."
It seems to me we have a president who has set this table, and we have a bunch of Democrats who want to sit down at this table. When November comes around, I sure hope the people who read this paper take the advice of the commissioners' lawyer and "throw these bums out"
State Rep. Robert Greemore
Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 09:19
To The Daily Sun,
I have joined the race for representative to represent Northfield and Franklin for one reason: Our state is on the wrong track and that will affect our children's future.
Current House leadership has shown itself incapable and they must be replaced. We heard these leaders promise two years ago that, if elected, jobs would be the Number 1 priority.
Well, as New Hampshire's economy exists now, too many of our college graduates, young entrepreneurs, and talented workers are forced to move to other states looking for better opportunities. When policies in Concord retard economic growth — as they have over the past two years — we export our future to states that offer more opportunities.
As a financial adviser, taxpayer, and father of a college student, I know the need for good jobs and how important it is to elect people to state and local offices who will work hard to create a better business environment.
The current Democratic majority in Concord has proven time and time again that it is not up to the task.
What we need is for our state to be as business-friendly as it once was. Sadly, the current Democratic leadership in Concord has been acting in ways that make our state less competitive, hurting businesses and the families they support. The numbers tell us that New Hampshire businesses are paying almost 60 percent of all state taxes collected. Our business tax burden is higher than both "Taxachusetts" and Connecticut.
Forbes magazine ranks us 35th on "the cost of doing business" scale when just two short years ago we ranked 18th. Clearly we are going in the wrong direction.
The Democratic majority in Concord passed and signed 180 different bills over the past two years, yet not one of these new laws makes New Hampshire more attractive to business. In fact, this year House Democrats passed more than 30 bills that make life a little more difficult, a little more expensive for businesses. You can bet these actions will make some businessmen decide that it's just not worth starting up or expanding operations.
Democrats have effectively erected a "Closed for Business" sign around New Hampshire.
A few very good pro-business bills were introduced, some by Democrats (though none by our local reps) but most by Republicans. All these bills were killed. This is the very definition of "shooting ourselves in the foot" and one big reason why we have dropped so far so fast in a key economic ranking.
Leaders in Concord clearly have no concept of the big problems we ordinary people are facing. While our economy lags, the Democrat-controlled House passed bills to increase taxes on home heating oil and gasoline. They even passed legislation to tax paint.
Over the coming weeks I will provide more evidence of mismanagement and misrepresentation by our local representatives. For now, I just want to announce my candidacy and promise you my attention will be focused on the economy and jobs. It's the only way to recapture the New Hampshire Advantage.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:44
To The Daily Sun,
Another week another cease fire in Gaza. I wonder if this one will last through today let alone the three days agreed upon?
Even if it does how long until Hamas starts firing rockets again? If the Israeli defense forces are smart, they won't wait and will start hammering enemy positions again. By this time there should not be anyone who doesn't know that Hamas is a terrorist organization and will start their bloody attacks sooner or later.
The fact is Muslims hate Jews and just live to kill them — oh and us, too. So what's new. It's been going on sense before Israel's founding and will continue until the terrorists are killed, their support and funds are cut off.
This whole thing is crazy. American presidents have been trying to broker a peace deal from 1948 until today. It will not happen because Muslims no not want peace. They want to kill in the name of Allah.
Has anyone asked why Obama has not asked Hamas to act with restraint; he only asks Israel for that? It looks to the world as though Obama is favoring the terrorists. After five and a half years he should by now realize he isn't going to talk a bunch of homicidal maniacs out of the thrill of killing Jews and Americans.
So where do American Jews stand today when they see and hear the things Obama and the Dems are doing? After the last election, when Jews voted overwhelmingly for Obama, some on the right accused them of betraying Israel. It's looking very much as though they were right. With no insight into the Jewish community I wonder if they are having regrets now? I wouldn't wonder.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:32
To The Daily Sun,
I read the letters to the editor published on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The letter by Steve Earle of Hill drew my attention. According to his letter, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi thinks that Hamas is a charitable organization. I spent a bit of time today on the computer researching his statements. I watched the whole interview between Nancy Pelosi and Candy Crowley of CNN.
According to Pelosi, in that interview with Crowley, Hamas is a terrorist organization and she never said otherwise. One of the things Ms. Pelosi did say was that the "Qataris have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization..." Qatar is a sovereign Arab country that gives major financial support to Hamas. This "charitable" giving is what allows Hamas to be able to cause so much damage and destruction against Israel.
Mr. Earle I don't know where you got your information, but it is wrong and that kind of misinformation passed along harms our country. I would ask that you check your sources before writing about something.
FYI—her name is Pelosi not Polosi.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:28