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Purpose of Right-To-Works laws simply to weaken labor unions

To The Daily Sun,

Gov. Scott Walker just signed the so-called "Right-To-Work" legislation in the state of Wisconsin. As you know he is also running for president. The Republicans are ecstatic over the fact that he signed this law and did it in a blue state. Accolades all around for Scott; what a guy!

So what is the true purpose of "Right-To-Work" laws? It is a way to weaken unions by allowing any non-union worker in a unionized business to not pay for the administration of their collective bargaining agreement. You might think that this is great; don't want to be a union member, don't have to pay. The problem is that the non-union workers covered by a bargaining agreement get the same benefits and protections that union members get, including the right to file grievances, and legal representation in working condition disputes. "Right–to-Work" laws starve labor unions of the funds they need to ensure that rank-and-file workers have better wages and working conditions and a stronger voice in the workplace.

One way the middle class can grow and earn its fair share of this country's wealth is through union organizations and collective bargaining. Otherwise the wealthy corporations and the rich and powerful will dominate the working class and prevent wage growth and proper justice in the work place.

So, Right-To-Work is intended to destroy unions and put more power in the hands of the rich and powerful. Right-To-Work is intended to weaken the middle class and workers of America.

The Republicans might want this, but I believe in the long run it will threaten our democracy and cause hardships to the workers of America. (In fact, it already has.)

The N.H. House of Representatives has just passed the Right-To-Work bill. In the Laconia Delegation, Republicans Robert Fisher, Bob Luther, Peter Spanos, and Frank Tilton voted in favor of passage. Don Flanders did not vote. Apparently, most of our delegation believes weakening the working class is good policy.

Let us hope that Scott Walker's bid for the presidency fails. If Right-To-Work were enacted in the nation, workers would forever be subjected to low wages and unfair labor practices.

Tom Dawson
Laconia

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:28

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Republicans are trying to tear apart their country's creditability

To The Daily Sun,

To Messrs. Meade and Eddy: You both completely missed the point I was trying to make. In no way shape or form am I trying to take away your free speech, but would prefer facts when making an important decision. Free speech by both Meade and Eddy might tell you they are related, but fact-checking can prove it to be true or false.

The GOP has for years distorted the truth just to make themselves important or relevant. So, is free speech really called fact-checking which were the words I used in my letters. Also used the phrase "my opinion" which I think I'm still entitled to, or is it only the GOP entitled to have one?

I never implied taking away our freedom of speech. I feel we are entitled to the truth, especially from those who desire to lead our country. Advertising and candidates conversations appear to more shady the closer we get to the elections. By that time it's too late to check for the actual truth. Are we voting on lies, free speech, facts or just innocent mistakes? But, then again, facts are not high on the GOP list of priorities when your party comes before the country. Typical GOP hypocrisy.

I realize you on the political right are loving all the anti-Obama backstabbing going on while your party is trying to tear apart the countries creditability. Amazing how only 47 of your best and brightest could do so much harm in such a short time. You must be proud.

Fact check? ­Yes.­ Not every word, you fool, but at least when we go to vote we hope the person we are voting for will do what they promised or will try to anyway. The usual problem that runs rampant in the GOP is they will hide behind words like patoot, which was what Eddy called me. It's one of the few words that isn't in Webster's and has no meaning. Much like the GOP political agenda.

Jon Hoyt

Plymouth

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 09:07

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Where do these aliens expose themselves? Right on these pages

To The Daily Sun,

The Lakes Region has been invaded by aliens from another planet. They have mastered our language and have been able to change their appearance so they look just like ordinary U.S. citizens. I spotted some of them around town recently. I was able to get a glimpse of their aluminum covered antennae peeking out from the hair on their heads. When they turned toward sunlight I briefly saw the reflection of sun glinting off the antenna. Really!

During this long winter most people are wearing head covering when out and about, so these "visitors" have been able to keep their identity under wraps (pun intended) while out and about in our presence. It's truly amazing to me that they have been found and exposed. But, you are just not going to believe where else I was able to find them.

Let me take a moment to explain how I uncovered their presence among us. These alien visitors from another planet have mastered the English language enough to continuously write mind-numbing, misleading letters to The Daily Sun.

If these (alien) writers were truly residents of planet earth for the last few decades, we could be confident that they would have been keeping track of our politics, observe how it has evolved and sadly deteriorated under Republican control. This rapid deterioration has evolved mostly since Ronald Reagan was elected president.

It has been blatantly obvious how each and every GOP administration since Reagan has taken away, eroded, watered down or challenged our basic freedoms and opportunities. Here is a depressingly sad short list:

1. Subverting the constitutional right of every citizen to vote.

2. Fewer rights and protections in the workplace, beginning with, but not limited to, union busting.

3. A soaring national debt as a result of mismanaged unfunded wars and giveaway tax cuts to the rich.

4. The lack of equal pay for equal work for women.

5. Less ability of those of us in the middle and working classes to save money.

6. Lack of basic regulation(s) and the enabling of fraudulent mortgage lenders.

7. The inability to send our children on to a higher education as a result of runaway and ever increasing college tuition.

8. No appreciable increase in the hourly wage as workers lose ground.

9. The 1 percent of the "one percenters" becoming obscenely wealthy and then buying our political processes and our candidates.

11. The ever-increasing need for food pantries — which are increasingly running further and further behind the need.

12. Millions of American jobs shipped overseas by the same corporations who ship their profits to overseas bank accounts.

13. More widespread air and water pollution.

These are but a part of a very long list of what we as Americans have experienced and for which we can thank the Republican Party. The GOP/Tea Party continues to erode our freedoms, diminish our incomes, threaten to take away our health care and are taking away any hope of a better future.

Where do these aliens expose themselves almost every day? They are actually too easy to find. Just get your hands on a copy of The Laconia Daily Sun, turn to the letters to the editor and, lo and behold, there they are in plain sight (actually print) for all to see. These visitors from outer space, aka letter writers, Republican pod people, continually show us that they are out of touch and unfamiliar with reality. In order to mislead and subvert our politics they are more than willing to lie, make up their own "facts" from scratch, and create smoke screens.

If you are lucky enough to spot them in public, please give them the V sign (two fingers on each side) to show them that you mean them no harm. If you are able to get their attention let them know that E.T. phoned and has asked them to return home.

Bernadette Loesch

Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 09:01

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My use of the word 'bums' was wrong; we all make mistakes

To The Daily Sun,

You are right Mr. Siden, my use of the word bums was wrong, so forgive my misunderstanding. Poor people are not bums, and I have spent 52 years of my life helping the poor in every way possible.

God called me to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and the word of Gospel means good news.

Jesus Christ was asked this question, "Are you the coming one, or should be look for another?" Jesus said to them, "Tell John the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the Gospel preached to them" (Matt 11:5).

You and I have a lot in common and I don't call you a Christian basher, and I respect your standing as a church person who stands for what the church teaches.

As I said, we all make mistakes, me, you, and Mr. Earle; we are all guilty of saying the wrong words at times. But knowing the teaching of your church and mine, we have to forgive, not resent the person. Pray for Mr. Earle, and me also, I need much prayer.

Perhaps we will meet someday, if not, then in God's wonderful heaven!! God bless you.

William Liam McCoy

Belmont

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:54

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Our aquifer is at risk; please come to meeting on March 26

To The Daily Sun,

On March 26, the State Of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Waste Management Division, will hold a public hearing at the Corner Meeting House at 7 p.m. regarding the expansion of the Bestway transfer station on Route 140 in Belmont. Bestway wants to haul garbage from other towns, increasing the capacity of this transfer station from 153 tons per day to 600 tons of solid waste per day.

This approval may have serious consequences for the taxpayers of Belmont. Let me explain why.

When Bestway first requested a permit they were approved to use the station for construction debris. They were supposed to separate the construction and other materials that people dump in their rented dumpsters. Anyone that has ever seen a dumpster knows that more than construction materials are in these containers. Then they obtained approval from the town to bring in garbage that was collected in our town. Without the town's permission, they started storing and cleaning out portable toilets. This went on for some time before the town became aware of it and had them removed. There was also a fire at Bestway's dump station which had the potential of causing pollution.

Our concern with Bestway is its location. It is directly over our stratified drift aquifer. A stratified drift aquifer is a shallow body of water about 20 feet plus or minus below the surface of the ground. It flows very slowly under the surface of earth and it would not take much to pollute our water supply. Three towns draw water from this aquifer: Belmont, Tilton and Northfield, consuming about 800,000 gallons per day. Our family has made this known to the selectmen, Planning Board and other interested parties for the last 14 years, that you cannot have industrial development over such a fragile resource.

To make things worse, most of the sand and gravel situated over this aquifer has been mined out making the receiving layer of sand and gravel that was once 100 feet, now down to 4 feet, which the Planning Board approved. There are areas in this town where the aquifer has been exposed with no receiving layer. A receiving layer is the number of feet below the surface ground that filters water through the sand and gravel that will naturally remove pollutants before it reaches the aquifer. The higher the receiving layer, the safer our aquifer will be.

We are hoping that this letter will motivate the townspeople to come to this very important meeting and we would expect the Town Fathers, Planning Board, and members of the Conservation Commission, as well as the Belknap County Conservation District to be there. Contaminating our aquifer would be a monumental disaster. Those voters who voted against the Belmont Mill should come to this meeting because $3.4 million is nickels and dimes compared to the cost of correcting a polluted aquifer which could run into many millions of dollars.

What has been spelled out here are facts. The state government has an interest in sustaining the purity of water in our state, which is why they are holding this hearing. But they need to see that the people who live in this town are also concerned with keeping their water clean. Unfortunately, this area over the aquifer was zoned for industrial use before anyone knew that the aquifer existed and hence its importance to our community.

The town has been reluctant to change the zoning over the aquifer due to the interests of industry already existing there. But, they should very actively prevent any further development that has the potential of polluting our major source of clean water, the aquifer, by not allowing activities such as a solid waste station, otherwise known as a garbage dump, to be situated there.

Therefore, we urge all citizens who want to keep the drinking water in Belmont pure and clean to come to this public hearing on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. This also concerns the people of Northfield and Tilton as their drinking water comes from the same aquifer that serves Belmont. It is far better to prevent this pollution than to try to clean it up after allowing it to happen. Please come and voice your concerns.

George & Susan Condodemetraky

Belmont

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:50

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