To The Daily Sun,
In response to his July 21st letter, Professor Pollak should consider entering a long jump event, as he seems to make leaps well beyond what I have written. Contrary to his implication, I have not told "teachers" what to write, but I have told them it is naive for them to think that their students do not read what they write or, if they do, that they are not influenced by their teacher's words. It's called human nature . . . wanting to be looked on favorably by the one who is going to grade their papers.
Another leap by Professor Pollak, was his claim that I'm "threatening" because I prefer merit over tenure? I would like to ask why not celebrate merit? I would think that "academic freedom," if it is based on truth, can exist outside of a "fire-proof" tenure arrangement?
Just take a look at the math, reading, and science scores for our country. We spend more per pupil than just about every country in the world and only deliver mediocre results. Why should the people accept that a politician finds nothing wrong with sending his or her children to a private (non tenured) school, but denies vouchers to bright, under-privileged children who would like to go to a private school? Could it be sop to the unions that drive those decisions?
The professor also claimed that I said that the Dearborn City Council wasn't about anyone breaching the church/state barrier. My answer to him was that it wasn't about breaking the church/state barrier, the column was about the failure of immigrant populations to assimilate themselves into our country.
As a note to Mr. Pollak, you might take a few minutes and take note of how our federal government offered the Little Sisters of the Poor for the Aged an "out" on the anti-religious abortion provisions of the PPACA . . . but that "out" essentially requires the Sisters to violate the tenets of their faith. This wonderful group of nuns, who bring care and comfort to the poor, may be forced to cease doing so if they choose not to violate the tenets of their faith. If they continue to provide their charitable service and not violate the tenets of their faith, they may be subject to millions of dollars in fines. So who is working to break the church/state barrier?
Finally, I guess my acknowledging my error and thanking him for pointing it out isn't good enough for the professor, so I'll let him continue to rejoice. Older man that I am, I have the benefit of life's experience. For example, I remember as a teenager working on a farm and the owner of the farm (in more colorful language) telling me about how some people like to spend their time picking fly poop out of pepper. Have at it, professor.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:38
To The Daily Sun,
One of the most popular claims of climate change deniers is "CO2 is plant food". Attached to this will always be claims about how greenhouses grow bigger plants so more CO2 must be good for humans. This is an argument from ignorance (or deceit) because bigger plants isn't all you get. Worldwide field studies and controlled climate experiments have turned up some compelling data that can't be ignored.
High levels of CO2 create hollow plants. By hollow I mean the extra growth is in sugars and starches, but there is a significant loss in the content of proteins and important minerals such as iron and zinc. Almost 3 billion people rely on a variety of crops for their nutrition and some of these such as wheat are hit by significant losses in vital nutrients. Studies have even shown that our present crops have less nutrition than crops grown in pre-industrial times. According to the National Institute of Health, "Iron deficiency ranked ninth among 26 risk factors included in the global burden of disease study, and accounted for 841,000 deaths and 35,057,000 disability adjusted life years lost. Large sections of populations in Africa and Asia are at risk of dietary zinc deficiency and resulting high rates of stunting." Since 2 billion people are deficient in zinc and 1 billion have iron-deficiency anemia, why on Earth would anyone favor hollow food with less iron and zinc?
On top of this is the problem of soil moisture evaporation which will increase in a warmer world. Drier soil due to higher evaporation rates will also create growing problems. While growing may improve in far northern latitudes, heat-related soil evaporation will not only stress plants, but whatever you get will have less nutritional value. High levels of CO2 also favors weeds over crops and trees.
Another growing problem presently is the increased range of insect pests and plant diseases. Warming has already caused important changes in species diversity and distribution. One example is the destruction wrought on forests in North America by the Pine Bore Beetle which has significantly extended its range northward in the last century. With a changed environment, natural selection may also favor bigger more voracious insects. Insect borne diseases such as Malaria and Dengue are also likely to increase.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:31
To The Daily Sun,
The United States used to be the home of manufacturing, innovation and technology. The best universities were here, the most patents, trademarks and copyrights came from America. Attainments in university education, basic research and intellectual property in America are now slightly less than on par with those of the EU ... and China is gaining ground. Something has changed and it is time to wake up and smell the coffee.
America has driven much manufacturing from our shores. We were sold the idea that the next thing coming was intellectual property, where we would lead the way ... so we did not need all that dirty manufacturing. Well, intellectual property does drive economic growth. But it drives economic growth only to the extent that business can use it to create value-added products. That means being brilliant is wonderful, but if you don't build something others will buy because it saves them time, makes life easier or better, or allows them to make more money ... you are brilliant but you are also very, very hungry.
One factor that is important to business's ability to drive productivity through innovation is a low corporate tax rate. In Europe the corporate tax rate is about 21 percent compared to about 40 percent in the United States. And then there's New Hampshire, where the governor has vetoed the state budget because even though the corporate tax burden is well in excess of the national average, she believes it is only fair to have that much or more taxation on business because ...
Want to know why the population of those under 18 in New Hampshire declined 5 percent last year? Want to know why the working age population in New Hampshire declined 1 percent last year? Here's a clue. If there aren't enough good-paying jobs to attract and retain people good people ... the population is going to go down. It is a basic rule of economies everywhere. People like to eat, they like nice homes, vacations, benefits and comfortable thoughts about their children's futures.
You know what happens when the population goes down? There is less spending, and tax revenues go down. If you just keep raising the tax rate to keep government revenues level or rising what happens is you continue driving away more businesses and you prevent new businesses from starting or coming here ... which continues the downward population spiral. And we elected this economic Bozo to be the chief executive of the state. Maggie Hassan a the perfect illustration of the Peter Principle.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:25
To The Daily Sun,
I want to know why Obama and his administration does not arm the military? They should all be able to arm themselves against these so called nut jobs. Also, responsible people need to be armed to protect themselves against the radicals.
We are living in a crazy world where good is bad and bad is good. It makes no sense. We have the do-nothing Congress — the Senate and the House all doing the same thing. This is the new world order Obama has been put there to do what is happening today: destroying our country.
We got change all right. How do you like it so far? He was put in office for this purpose. We the people have no say. It seems only the older generation knows what is going on in the world. They are stopping free speech, religion, and just about anything else we can think of. The government is in our face on everything.
Now they want to put a tax on all your savings, IRA, and anything else we can do to save money. It will be a 15 percent tax on all of that. In other words, they are taking your money.
We need to start praying to God to heal us and our nation. Bring religion back again. Until then it will only get worse and not better. I know God is mad at his people. He is right. Look at everything today. Did you think you would ever see the likes of everything that is wrong today? I do not think so. God please bless us and America. I hope you will do the same.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:12
To The Daily Sun,
It may be summer, but the Stand Up Laconia (SUL) coalition isn't slowing down! Please take a look below at some of the activities/events we have been involved with and some of the upcoming events we are excited to have been asked to participate in:
— June 3rd - SUL was a guest panelist at the Winnipesaukee Regional Summit on Substance Misuse & Addiction
— June 18th - Monthly coalition meeting
— June 19th - Meeting with Doug Asermley of Sick Boy Motorcycles to discuss ways he can support SUL
— June 25th - Showing of the Anonymous People movie at Lakes Region Community College.
— July 4th - SUL Informational Booth at Opechee Park
— July 6th - Winnipesaukee Playhouse chose SUL as one of their 2015 partners for Make-a-Difference Monday
— July 22nd - SUL to partake in Hands Across the Table (HATT)
— July 23rd - Monthly coalition meeting - 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Laconia Middle School cafeteria
— August 4th - National Night Out - Blueberry Lane, Laconia
— August 27th - Monthly coalition meeting
— September 12th - Multicultural Fest Downtown Laconia
— September 19th - Downtown Laconia Coffee Fest/ 2nd SUL Book Sale fundraiser
— September 25th - LHS Homecoming and football game
— September 26th- Hope for N.H. We Believe in Recovery Rally (In Concord)
— September another showing of Anonymous People movie at LRCC (Date TBA)
— October 24th and 25th - Pumpkinfest
Our mission is to stand up to effectively and compassionately confront, treat and prevent the causes and consequences of substance abuse is a way that promotes positive, health peer and family relationships in our community.
The more engagement we have in our community, the more active coalition members we are in need of! There are so many ways to be involved, and we are grateful for whatever time your schedule allows. With each of us doing a little something it will, and already has been making a positive difference in our community! Each event we attend allows us to increase awareness about the very complex and often misunderstood issue of substance misuse. It allows us to share with our community the resources that are currently available, it helps us to mobilize and be a voice for changes that need to take place. And it shows our community WE CARE we value the need for prevention, intervention treatment and recovery.
Clare Persson, Chair
Stand Up Laconia
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:09