To The Daily Sun,
Since the inception of Got Lunch! Laconia in 2011, the Lakes Region Healthcare Nursery Guild has given amazing support to the program and thus the children of Laconia. They were one of our earliest financial supporters understanding the great need to fill the gap when children lose the school lunch program for the summer.
This year it will cost Got Lunch! Laconia $120 to feed one child lunch for the entire summer and the Nursery Guild's donation alone will provide healthy lunch fixings for 30 children! We and the 30 children we feed can thank the kind and caring people of the LRGH Nursery Guild. We cannot express how much it means to us when we receive donations from non-profits, businesses and individuals.
Rev. Paula Gile
Advisory Board Member
GOT LUNCH! Laconia
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2015 07:19
White House spokesperson Josh Earnest dismissed it as a procedural snafu, and it was — but not in the way he meant.
The "it" was the stunning June 12 vote last week in the House of Representatives that wrecked that high-balling freight train called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. TPP is the global trade scam that was being railroaded through Congress, carrying an unbelievably odious load of freight that would give more power to Big Pharma, Wall Street, Walmart, Big Oil frackers, Silicon Valley monopolists, agribusiness giants, climate change deniers, job exporters, exploiters of labor and other multinational corporate elites.
None other than President Obama was running this locomotive, and GOP congressional leaders Mitch McConnell and John Boehner were the chief freight handlers. With the full corporate establishment onboard the TPP, its passage was a done deal. Except for one unforeseen obstacle: you. And you. And you. In other words, the American people!
The more you learned about what the TPP is carrying, the more you realized what a raw deal it is for your democratic rights, your jobs, income, health, environment, food, etc. — so the more involved you got in the StopTheTPP.org movement. "You The People" rose up in nearly every congressional district, and even though the national media didn't notice you, Congress did. Thus, the done deal derailed — to the shock of Corporados and their politicos, nearly 70 percent of the House voted with the people against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Of course Obama & Co. are trying to put their railroad job back on track, but that'll be a heavy lift. The wreck of the TPP was not due to a glitch in legislative procedure, but to the establishment's procedural miscalculation that we Americans will just sit still as it autocratically uses secrecy and lies to snatch away our democratic sovereignty.
The contrived wisdom foisted on us by the acolytes of the Holy Corporate Order is that ordinary folks can't stop the Powers That Be from enthroning both an economic oligarchy and political plutocracy over us. But as a friend of mine puts it: "Those who say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it."
Indeed, the power elites on Wall Street, in Washington and up in the corporate suites got a major comeuppance when the U.S. House rejected their TPP scheme last Friday. The Trans-Pacific Partnership masqueraded as a free trade agreement, but of the 30 chapters of this thousand-page document, only six deal with trade — the other 24 add up to a book of anti-democratic horrors, further rigging the system to enrich the global corporate elite, while ensuring ever-widening inequities for the rest of us.
Yet, the elites got a comeuppance because ... well, because the grassroots literally came up. Such smart, savvy and scrappy public interest champions as Lori Wallach of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch and Larry Cohen of the Communications Workers of America dug out the details of TPP's secret power play and went to the countryside to alert regular Americans. They and many, many others strategized, organized and mobilized, creating a mass coalition to oppose the entrenchment of what would be a global corporate kleptocracy. This was building beneath the radar of the clueless establishment media, which continue to assert that opposition to the TPP is coming from labor unions. Labor has certainly been key, but it is hardly alone, for environmental groups, small businesses, mayors, state officials, religious leaders, family farm advocates and a wide array of other grassroots activists have enlisted in the crucial democratic cause.
What we have here is something big, something important for the long run: The beginning of a cohesive, comprehensive movement to restore a forward-looking people's politics based on the egalitarian principle that we're all in this together.
(Jim Hightower has been called American's most popular populist. The radio commentator and former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture is author of seven books, including "There's Nothing In the Middle of Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos" and his new work, "Swim Against the Current: Even Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow".)
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2015 07:15
The New Hampshire Senate has passed a thoughtful, conservative, and compassionate budget. This $11.3 billion budget will fund state government for the next two years. The Senate budget spent more than the House, but less than the governor. By approving this budget, our Senate colleagues took an important step to grow New Hampshire's economy and provide vital services to those most in need.
The first step in building a responsible budget is figuring out how much money we have to spend. Estimating state revenues more than two years into the future is always uncertain, and it is prudent that we be conservative in our estimates. If we're too optimistic about the rate of growth in our economy, revenues will fall short and force deep cuts to state programs. We saw how painful this mistake was in 2010 when rosy revenue estimates failed to materialize, forcing a special session to cover a budget deficit. The estimates on which we based this budget project conservative 2 percent annual growth over the next two years in state General Fund revenues.
The governor's budget planned on an additional $129 million in tax and fee increases, on everything from small businesses to cigarettes to car registrations. The Senate budget removed those tax and fee increases. We found a way to build the budget without adding an unnecessary financial burden on our hardworking citizens.
This budget lowers the Business Profits Tax for the first time in 20 years, and cuts the Business Enterprise Tax paid by our small businesses for the first time ever. Tax rates will go down for businesses that employ 95 percent of New Hampshire's private sector workforce, leaving entrepreneurs with more money to reinvest in their workforce. This modest reduction will serve as a beacon that after four years of anemic economic growth, the Granite State is again open for business.
We're also proud that this budget more than doubles the state's Rainy Day Fund to $21 million. Rebuilding our fiscal reserves helps our bond rating and provides a cushion against an unexpected economic downturn.
Ultimately, budgets are about priorities, and you can tell the Senate's priorities from the programs and services we chose to fund. A top priority was restoring funding for programs aimed at those most in need.
Within the Department of Health and Human Services, we were able to fully fund developmental disabilities and the waitlist, fully fund Meals and Wheels, and restore funding for emergency shelters and ServiceLink.
We also spent $22.9 million for existing and new mental health programs including the 10-bed crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital.
We restored Governor Hassan's cut to nursing homes and home health care providers and provided a 3 percent rate increase to home health providers (e.g., visiting nurses, Granite State Independent Living, etc.) — the first increase since 2006.
Faced with a growing crisis of substance abuse, we were also able to stand up the alcohol fund by dedicating proceeds ($6.7 million) from the Liquor Commission for the first time in over a decade. This fund was created in 2001 by then Senator Ned Gordon who recognized the importance of funding prevention, treatment, and recovery services. (The original request for funding was approximately $17 million. The governor cut the funding to $9.6 million and the House cut the funding to $3.4 million.) Including the alcohol fund appropriation, we increased spending on drug and alcohol programs across state government to $42.1 million.
The Senate budget also commits to education at all levels. It lifts the cap on state adequacy grants, providing an additional $4 million to local schools, and increases state support for Charter School students. It increases the state's investment in the Community College System, triggering a two-year freeze on tuition, and increases funding for the University System ($11 million more than FY14/15).
The Senate budget prioritizes road and bridge construction by targeting more money to municipal construction projects, increasing state aid from $60 million to $70 million over the biennium. By restructuring our Highway Fund debt through a federal pilot program, we're able to use more money on highway construction and maintenance, and less on interest payments.
We've restructured our public safety programs to ensure sustainable funding, without raiding the Highway Fund. By dedicating funds for Homeland Security, adding positions and overtime at the Department of Corrections, funding the Department of Safety Detective Bureau, and increasing pay for courthouse security, we are meeting the Legislature's commitment to protecting the public.
There are things missing from this budget, most notably the state employee pay raise and the NH Health Protection Plan. With respect to the pay raise, we anticipate this will be discussed during final budget negotiations in the next two weeks. With respect to NHHPP, we will consider this important program outside the budget process (just like we did in the last budget).
The Senate passed a fiscally responsible budget that meets New Hampshire's needs and helps spark the New Hampshire economy and I am proud to support it.
(Meredith Republican Jeanie Forrester represents District 2 in the New Hampshire Senate.)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 20:41
To The Daily Sun,
Once again Hillary Clinton must be the victim of that vast right-wing conspiracy. Seems Time magazine, the N.Y. Times, Washington post and, well about every print journalism publication, has conspired against poor Hillary. The woman just can't catch a break.
All she did was ban a pool reporter she doesn't like from the campaign bus. Can't a candidate censor the reporting, refuse to hold interviews and take questions and still expect the media to have a slobbering love affair with the anointed Hillary? Apparently not.
Come on now media, you know she can't run on her record. She must depend on you printing pablum and keeping her failures out of the voters' minds. And for crying out loud, don't show those pictures of sparse crowds attending her second launch of her campaign. Must have been very disappointing.
Really Democrats, is this the best you can do for the nation? Could she win be your only concern? How about can she restore our economy, bring business back to the U.S., come up with a competent foreign policy?
So far she has shown zero evidence of having any idea of how to do even one of those things. Critics keep asking her supporters to name one achievement during her time in the Senate or as Secretary of State, only to be met with silence. And no, getting elected to the former and flying all over the world for photo ops on the latter do not count as achievements nor does parroting Obama count as leadership.
Then there are the long list of lingering questions of ethical/legal actions over the decades. Did she and Bill really use her position at State to influence-pedal? Funny how huge donations to the Clinton Foundation followed Hillary's approval of questionable business deals overseas that enriched them and harms us. Also funny how she keeps talking about supporting women's rights but takes big bucks from Muslim princes who have no concept of rights of women and not even mentioning gays.
Hillary's outrage is selective and aimed only at political targets here at home like Christians.
So again, is this really the best Democrats can do?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 09:48
To The Daily Sun,
I admit to being quite baffled by the actions of the black mayors of large cities.
Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake is exhibit number one. Why does the mounting evidence lead to the belief that she actually told the police to stand down, while the protesters where becoming rowdy and eventually, out of control in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray, while in police custody. Why in the world would she do that? Even more perplexing is her statement, heard and seen on video where she told her community, "we will give them space to destroy". Why would she encourage the protesters to destroy the property of her own city, thereby absolving them of the responsibility for their actions?
Michael Bargo, Jr. claims the reason is due to the dilemma black mayors find themselves in when they get elected. "It is symptomatic of a dilemma faced by black leaders throughout the United States when they rise to power. Black leaders get elected by assuring their electorate that they will stand by them and join in their battle against white oppression." So Michael believes that her first instinct was to sympathize with the rioters. Apparently, they needed this outlet to vent their anger and frustration at being stuck in poverty created by "an oppressive white society". A lie repeatedly told to them by their black leaders and liberal educators. The responsibility lies not with them, but with their white oppressors.
Michael claims that the problem is created by the intersection of the many black churches that teach "black liberation theology" and an elected black official that has become part of the city administration. "They can't readily order police to stop riots without appearing to be part of the white establishment oppressors." If this is true, this is a very sad reality of what is occurring in this country in 2015. It would explain why President Obama has seemingly declared a "war on the police". After all, for 20 years he did sit in the church of Jeremiah Wright, the racist preacher, who has been spreading his black liberation theology message of hate for decades.
"They can't sympathize with angry outbursts and then stifle them," says Mr. Bargo. Though apparently, that is what President Obama is trying to do at this very moment. From early on in his administration, when he claimed the police acted stupidly regarding the Professor Henry Gates matter, to virtually every speech he has made since, Obama has put the blame squarely on the shoulders of our police force. Yet suddenly, he is calling for more police enforcement. So after he, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and many inner city mayors have created the racial powder keg in the nation, our President thinks he is going to ride in on his multicultural horse and play the role of "savior" for the crisis he helped to create.
Mr. President, if you want to be a "savior" to all the black youth in this country, then why not stop lamenting about how white oppression is keeping them from having a chance to succeed. Why not assure the nation that all black lives matter, not just the very small percentage shot by police. Why not provide them with the inspiration and motivation to succeed. Tell them that they can make it if they stay in school and stay out of gangs.
Then Mr. Community Organizer, caucus with all the big city mayors. Tell them to be strong and not kowtow to the teachers' unions. Mr. President, tell the parents of these children that you want them all to have a chance to succeed. You tell them that school choice must be on the table in every city across this country. Assure every one of these black children that they deserve to have the same quality of education that Malia and Sasha are receiving, and you will do everything in your power to make it happen. That would be a legacy you could be so very proud of, and the nation would salute your leadership.
Frederick Douglass told us, "Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." Does anyone know if President Obama or Mayor Rawlings-Blake have ever read this quote? They might understand that Douglass is referring to their current behavior.
Booker T. Washington said, "Great men cultivate love . . . only little men cherish a spirit of hatred." As our first black president, why do you not heed these words of wisdom?
And finally, Mr. Washington reminded us, "Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him." Yet progressive liberals continue to promote the lie that blacks and other minorities can only make it if the government takes responsibility for them.
As a conservative who loves this country and wants everyone to have the opportunity to be a responsible, contributing member of society, the behavior of my president and his liberal comrades makes me very angry and very sad. I wonder if there are any black children in those failing schools who are even aware of the greatness of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington or have even heard of their names.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 09:45