To The Daily Sun,
Alexandria has learned a lot in recent years regarding the power of our government and state agencies to make decisions that benefit corporate industrial interests, while we apparently have no say. Current law places the decision about where wind projects will go into the hands of the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), a regulatory state agency that was created to permit, to regulate — which means to allow.
However, there is a process set in place by our forefathers to change the way government operates so it serves, We the People! Article 10, Part First of the N.H. Constitution; appropriately called the Right of Revolution, reads: "Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men: therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind."
Alexandria has been fighting corporate industrial wind projects since about 2009 when Iberdrola began to silently secure land leases and erect MET towers for their Wild Meadows project. The people of Alexandria did not really learn about the project until the fall of 2012 when Iberdrola scheduled public meetings to disclose their plans for our community.
The people of Alexandria immediately launched full-scale opposition efforts. Opposition efforts have included a resolution vote in 2013 opposing industrial wind turbine projects within Alexandria, a 2014 (3 to 1) vote in favor of a Community Rights Based Ordinance (RBO), and a newly proposed 2015 RBO designed to strengthen our current one. An RBO is a binding local law, enforceable by the selectmen and residents, to protect our health, safety and welfare, and to exercise our right to govern by consent.
Due to an incomplete SEC application and significant local opposition, Iberdrola terminated all land leases and removed the MET towers for the Wild Meadows project in May 2014. Since the withdrawal of Iberdrola's Wild Meadows industrial wind project, we have learned that Energias de Portugal (EDP) intends to move forward with the Spruce Ridge project which includes the town of Alexandria and four others. EDP has ignored the vote of the people and bullied Alexandria into issuing a MET tower building permit that the selectmen attempted to refuse.
It is apparent that EDP does not understand the residents of Alexandria do not want a single industrial wind turbine within our town. We are not a "wind resource colony" at the disposal of corporate industrial entities seeking profits at the expense of the people and ecosystems of Alexandria.
If you believe that government is by the people, and government derives its power from the people, and if you believe that Alexandria is not a "Wind Resource Colony," then here is an opportunity to take action on your beliefs. Vote "Yes" on Article 16 on March 10 at the Alexandria Old Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Absentee ballots are available from the Town Clerk's office if you are not available to make the polling hours.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:01
To The Daily Sun,
Today, more than 36,000 formerly uninsured Granite Staters have health care care coverage, thanks to Governor Hassan's health care expansion plan, which passed the Legislature with bi-partisan support. The beneficiaries of this plan are hard-working folks who, if Republicans currently in the state Legislature get their way, will lose that recently acquired health care coverage.
In her balanced budget proposal Governor Hassan seeks to protect these citizens by including the funds needed to continue this health care expansion plan. Ensuring that more people have access to health care coverage is a smart move for New Hampshire, not only because it's the right thing to do, but because it's a long-term investment in the quality of our workforce and economy and is essential for the viability of our health-care system itself.
That truth seems to be lost on the many Republicans in the state House and Senate who oppose allocating the funding needed to continue this program. We just learned from a new report that the number of uninsured individuals seeking care in our hospitals is rapidly declining. So the expansion program is clearly working. And yet, Republicans are perfectly willing to pull the rug out from underneath the 36,000-plus Granite Staters who are covered by this expansion plan and the hospitals that serve them.
I urge everyone reading this to speak up against this cruelty. Please talk or write to your state legislators about joining Governor Hassan in her efforts to keep New Hampshire healthy.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:57
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank all the people of Meredith who came out and voted, and to the ones that voted for me a special thanks.
Even though I didn't win it was a great learning experience for my first time running for an office. I would also like to say job well done by all, and that Ray Moritz and Bev Lapham will do a good job for us as selectmen.
I do wish more people would get out and vote as it is your right and it does make a difference, but thank you again for all those that did vote for me. And I will be applying for one of the two unfilled seats on the Board of Selectmen
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:49
To The Daily Sun,
Recently, 257 Congressmen joined 68 Senators and President Obama in stabbing most Americans in the back. To curry favor with their supporters and to benefit themselves, Congress and President Obama are enacting legislation that will make our lives, and the lives of family members and future generations, much more difficult.
If you have a job, this legislation will increase the number of people who can legally compete for your job. That means fewer and lower pay raises and possibly replacement of current employees with people willing to work for lower wages.
If you are looking for a job, this legislation will increase the number of people competing for the job you need to have a shot at your American dream. It will be harder for you to get a job and the pay will be less.
If you have children in public school, this legislation will put more poorly educated, non-English speaking children in our public schools where they will divert teacher attention from your children. And, some of these newcomers will bring contagious, rare, and potentially lethal diseases into the classrooms with your children (they have already and more are coming).
If you require and are scraping by on public assistance, don't expect an increase because this legislation adds millions more people to the public assistance rolls.
If you struggle financially, your taxes may increase because this legislation increases the cost of government by at least $50 billion to $100 billion.
If you are waiting for a loved one to immigrate legally, this legislation will probably increase your wait time.
If you use risky roads or bridges, you'll probably wait longer for repairs. This legislation prioritizes rewarding illegal aliens ahead of infrastructure repairs.
You or a family member are more likely to become a crime, accident or terrorist victim because this legislation allows even convicted violent criminals to stay in this country legally, and it encourages millions more foreigners, including violent criminals and terrorists, to come here illegally.
This legislation makes a mockery of our laws by generously rewarding law breakers (illegal aliens).
This legislation makes a mockery of our Constitution by financing implementation of President Obama's rewrite of our immigration laws, which is a usurpation of an exclusive authority of Congress.
The president's new immigration "law" (his amnesty plan) legalizes 4.5 million illegal aliens, gives them work permits and Social Security numbers, authorizes welfare, and enables rewarding low-income illegal aliens with up to $24,000 (or more) per head of household.
By threatening to shut down the Homeland Security Department unless the new immigration plan written by President Obama was funded, Democrats blackmailed weak Republicans to fund President Obama's unconstitutional usurpation of Congress's exclusive authority to create our laws.
Those who benefit from amnesty, (the rich, politicians and special interests) apparently don't care how much these actions hurt other Americans or our constitutional form of government.
Out of 523 members of Congress, 325 members including Senators Ayotte and Shaheen, Congresswoman Kuster, and Congressman Guinta voted to put their personal interests and the interests of their special interest supporters ahead of the interests of most Americans. In addition, they showed that they will do nothing to curb President Obama's inclination to make unilateral decisions, evade legal requirements regarding transparency in government, violate court orders, and exercise dictatorial powers. The president is increasingly limiting our freedoms, threatening and using government power against political opponents, and his actions have made the rich richer, and the rest of us poorer.
Only 198 senators and congressmen, all Republicans, stood up and fought for middle-income and poor Americans, for a decent future for subsequent generations of Americans, for the rule of law, and to preserve our constitutional republic.
This action clearly showed that the president and Congress have sided with the rich and special interests against the best interests of the American people and our Constitution. Will we just let our freedoms and prosperity be taken from us? It is long past time for the American people to wake up and fight back.
Join a TEA Party and help us restore government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:42
To The Daily Sun,
Gene Danforth's letter to the editor in Tuesday's edition of The Sun about the fallacies of vaccinations apparently required a lot of research and consumed a lot of time.
I just have one question for him which he probably won't be able to find the answer to through research but I think is important to the discussion. How many people would have died if nobody had been vaccinated for these diseases?
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:33