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Shouldn't be sacrificing our ridgelines based on developer promises

To The Daily Sun,

Newfound Lake seems to be paradise for Industrial Wind Turbine (ITW) developers. One after another they continue to press for more development in our Lakes Region community on our mountain tops.

Developers believe the benefits outweigh the risks. I bring this up because there are reports that a few Groton Wind turbines were struck by lightning last week. Will we ever know, or this none of our business? Is anything that happens up there our business?

The Groton ITW plant has given me a firsthand view of what a mountain looks like before and after an IWT project has been built, and has helped me better understand the process of proper siting, construction and resulting effects on mountain ecosystems, true wildlife impacts and the threat to our waters below. Our testimonies are on record in Concord.

It is important to emphasize that many private proponents of Industrial Wind Turbine (IWT) projects have little or no on-the‐ground experience in this environment. Frequently these proponents are invited for a brief visit only after the facility is built. One can only truly comprehend the scale of disturbance by first visiting an undisturbed mountain ecosystem and then being present for all phases of construction from design to the finished operation. In short, an "after the fact" bus tour cannot begin to reveal the story of these projects. It will take years to fully understand these environmental impacts.

Knowing these private proponents only take assigned bus tours to support their reports, a good question comes to mind: Have any of our New Hampshire wildlife resource managers been properly trained in clean energy projects and their effects on our watersheds or wildlife across our greater landscape. IWT projects that sprawl across miles of undeveloped ridge-lines may be fragmenting important forestland habitat far greater than we now realize.

Should we be sacrificing our ridge-lines based on developers promises? Should we be informed of any ITW incidents? Should the state require all ITW incidents to be public knowledge? Should developers be held accountable for decommissioning their Met towers after they abandon a project? Do we have a right to know anything? The questions just keep coming ... even after developers bail.

We must all now protest the next EDP Spruce Ridge ITW site.

Ray Cunningham

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:15

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I call for a Cooperative (Belknap Co.) Capital Planning Committee

To The Daily Sun,

When I was deciding about becoming a candidate for Belknap County commissioner, I spent time considering what I can bring to the job.

As it turned out, one inspiration came from my friend, Kerry, who was talking about replacing one of her vehicles. She told me that she had to wait until payments on her Hyundai ended before she could buy a new car (she's giving the Hyundai to her daughter). And I thought that it made sense to think in a similar way about things for the county.

It seems to me that a good way to minimize the impact of a new project on the tax load is to first figure out if there are any current expenses coming off the books in the near future. Unfortunately, there aren't any in the near term, but that made me think that I could make a contribution in that area.

We can surely develop a model for planning capital projects to control the effect on taxes in the same way we plan when it's time to replace our car or truck. Of course, my wife's car just started burning through oil so we have to adjust our plans there, but unexpected stuff happens.

As I was talking about this with a friend of mine, she suggested that by coordinating with the towns in the county we could work together planning our capital projects and coordinate where it is appropriate, by, say, a Cooperative Capital Planning Committee. The current commissioners have engaged in 'County Conversations' and this is a good vehicle that could be expanded into regular meetings where we could see not only what each other is doing, but also plan together.

This could be a good chance to see what other savings we can generate through things like joint purchasing and economies of scale. This is something that uses the knowledge and experience of people from each town, and can lead to better ideas, best practices, and cost savings. It is this innovative attitude and openness to new approaches and ideas that I will bring if I am elected county commissioner in November.

Thank you for your consideration.

Dave Pollak


Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:02

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Migrants? Pres. Obama is as bad as a climate change denier

To The Daily Sun,

Funny, that we don't call Iraqi people gone to Turkey, or Syrian people gone to neighboring countries "migrants." We call these desperate people refugees. Read online what NicaNet: the Nicaraguan Network writes on June 30. You'll realize that the refugees coming through Mexico from Central America are from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, all countries that we destabilized. Destabilizing happened with President Reagan's Central America warring. It came further with NAFTA, signed by President Clinton, because the wealthy's power increased while the poor and the farmers lost out. More recently the U.S. supported the coup against President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras. We have refugees coming to the U.S. border with Mexico.

The refugees we speak of now are not coming from Nicaragua because President Ortega has succeeded in being a president for the people and instituting reforms. "Honduras has 92 homicides per 100,1000." Nicaragua has 8.7 per 100,000. Honduras "has the highest murder rate in the world." In the 1980s the U.S. began training (School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga., for one site) and funding Salvadoran and Guatemalan military and police to prevent popular revolutions.

A June 21, 2011, article, "Weekly Diaspora: How Bad U.S./Latin America Policy Fuels Unauthorized Immigration," is about the Central American Free Trade Agreement, signed by President Obama, exhibiting not a bit of promised "change," but being more politics as usual, favoring corporate bottom lines. It pushed desperate people our way. I really imagined, back then, that he might do a first signing of a Fair Trade Agreement, but not this president. He's 20th century mush ("spongey and shapeless").

President Obama is as bad as a climate-change deniers when he labels these people "migrants." I've written this, too, to Gov. Rick Perry and his compassionate wife Anita. I ask them to see the human face of this tragedy and to help President Obama see it, too. If Turkey can take in fleeing refugees, surely the wealthiest nation in the world can manage to do the same.

Lynn Rudmin Chong

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:58

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Put them on military cargo planes and send them back home

To The Daily Sun,

I just read that Americans were arrested for protesting as the federal government was trying to bus in illegals into Murrieta, Calif. It is our right to protest, especially when our president is not enforcing the law which effects our security.

We were celebrating the Fourth of July. The federal government is more concerned with finding a location for the illegal "children" (some are teenagers) than our veterans.

Protesting is a right and yet Americans were put in jail and the illegals, after processing, go free to show up when there is a court case for deportation. Ninety percent do not show up for their court case. Ninety percent — and we still let them go and they live here and demand benefits and citizenship.

I read a report that one reporter said that calling illegal immigrants "illegal" is like using the "n" word to blacks. Why is it when liberals do not get what they want they bring in the race card?

They are illegal immigrants. Illegal. There is a law about immigration in this country, although our current president does not seem to want to enforce it. And he wonders why there is such a huge number coming in. He in essence is telling them to come in and they will get amnesty.

The U.S. Department of Health requires immigrants to have proof of vaccination of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, haemophililus trains, hepatitis A and B, rotavirus, meningococcus, chicken pox, pneumonia and flu.

Border towns cannot deal with the influx of illegals. They have diseases that medical personnel were told not to tell the public. Who is going to pay to vaccinate them before they are set loose on the public?

Massachusetts is sending homeless to western towns. There is an influx of immigrants into towns like Springfield. I love liberals who love having the illegals around. But are the illegals living in Lexington and Concord? No way. They are in Springfield, Lawrence, Holyoke, North Adams, and Chicopee, Mass.

New Hampshire is just a state away. Manchester is already having a problem with homeless and requested additional funding for them. Will the immigrants come to New Hampshire. Why not? Will we have to divert funds for veterans and citizens of New Hampshire for illegals.

I feel for the kids (By the way, the parents are following shortly after them into the country), but our country cannot afford this. The countries they are coming from are not more dangerous now than in the past, so that is a poor excuse. The news agencies take pictures of the younger children. But many are your male teenagers. They will take the temporary summer jobs and full-time jobs away from our children.

New Hampshire cannot afford this. We must support our citizens who live in states at the border.

A few years ago, our president said our borders were secure and we did not have to spend more money on fences or border patrol. If our border is so secure, then how do kids get across?

Put them on a military cargo plane and send them back to the countries they came from. Let them apply for immigration legally and then come as my grandparents did.

In the Obama administration, there is a decline in deporting of illegal immigrants. There is a decline in the cases the administration cases and a decline in deportations of about 43 percent. Yes 43 percent. Our president is the cause of the increase of illegals coming over the border.

We are trillions in debt. Our president wants billions to deal with the illegal children immigrants. Yet he thumbs his nose at Congress for wanting to take him to court for not following the law. At a speech he told Congress to sue him. He snubs his nose at Congress and yet asks for more money.

No more money. Send the illegals back and let them apply for immigration. Follow the law, as I and you have to follow the law. We must support the states on the border who are the first step in the trip of the illegal aliens. It is our jobs that we must protect. It is our citizens and our borders we must protect.

Linda Riley


Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:50

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Ovidence is piling up that Obama orchestrated this migration

To The Daily Sun,

Please read Jon Hoyt's letters to the editor dated June 26 and 28 for a fascinating read on how a liberal, utopian spin doctor escapes reality while pretending to have a clue about what the heck he is talking about. Now, if Jon chooses to chastise me for labeling him as such, then he might want to start making more sense and stop sounding like he actually believes President Obama is a better president than Jimmy Carter.

As we try to understand the world according to Hoyt from Plymouth, try this on for size: He says, while referencing the GOP, "They love it when you have to depend on government handouts because they are in control of you." Geez, apparently I have been under the illusion that it is the Democrats who like to have citizens on government largesse. You know, nanny statists and all that. He goes on to say that the GOP has done nothing about jobs and the economy. Again, seems I have been under the illusion that Democrats control two-thirds of our current government and that Harry Reid's Senate has been a graveyard for any common sense economic legislation. Jon then bemoans the fact that there won't be any social programs coming out of D.C. Perhaps we should get rid of all the ones that haven't worked for decades before we throw some new ones out there to see what sticks. Whadaya think Jon?

The previous leftist gibberish was from his June 26 letter. His June 28 letter is even better. He says, "Central American countries advertise Obama as tough on immigration which means there is no open invitation to come to the USA." But then he claims that the young and female are easily manipulated and translation problems can make them think they are welcome in our country. So is Jon really saying the parents of these kids have such poor comprehension of their native language that they are confused about our porous border situation and amnesty inclinations? Perhaps these hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer have caused Jon some cerebral disorientation.

President Obama has refused to obey our immigration laws while our Border Patrol agents are too busy changing diapers and feeding babies to do the job of protecting our borders and keeping us secure. The Democrats are too busy using the obfuscation techniques of Saul Alinsky to deal with this crisis in any meaningful way. They would rather play silly semantic games of feel-good, social justice nonsense. Illegal alien, undocumented worker, illegal immigrant, migrant, and now, "unlawful migration." The main goal of the Democrats is to ensure we don't hurt the feelings of anyone who is here illegally.

Here's a reality check for Jon. Congressman Bob Goodlatte has forwarded four reasonable immigration bills to the Senate where Harry "the feckless wonder" Reid sneers, throws them in a drawer and shakes his head in utter disdain.

Here is what congressman Bob Goodlatte has proposed: for some illegal immigrants, under certain conditions, there would be a path for them to get in line with those who have applied to come here in the proper legal manner. It addresses border security, interior enforcement, guest visas and high skilled worker visas. A comprehensive, step by step, incremental and fully public approach.

Evidence is continuing to pile up suggesting that President Obama orchestrated this "unlawful migration" with untold thousands from Central America flocking here, assuming their dream of asylum will be realized. I think Lou Dobbs is right on when he says that our president is ignoring the very civil rights that he claims he aspires to as the leader of this country. Lou goes on to assert that Obama is crushing the civil rights of all American citizens, including all the immigrants who came her legally.

One talk show host recently said that if Richard Nixon was seen as the imperial president, then Barack Obama must be seen as the rogue president. That seems spot on given our dear leader's pronouncement that he will go it alone to get his social justice transformation completed. After all the slap-down decisions against Obama's policies and executive orders by the Supreme Court, that takes an uncommon level of chutzpah. Wouldn't you say so Jon? Probably not. Such is the lot of leftist letter writers who choose to live in the la la land of imaginary, liberal utopia.

Russ Wiles


Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:02

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