To The Daily Sun,
Attention Pine Gardens residents:
On April 27 at 6 p.m., there will be a meeting for all residents living within Pine Gardens Mobile Home Park in Belmont, to discuss the formation of a Tenants' Association.
Tenants' Associations are organized for several reasons. They educate residents on their rights and responsibilities as tenants in a manufactured housing park, they foster community interactions where neighbors look out for one another, and if the park was ever to be sold, the tenants would have the first opportunity to purchase it as a cooperative.
There will be a member of the Manufactured Home Owners & Tenants Association of New Hampshire (MOTA-NH) available to assist us with any questions and concerns we may have. If you would like to attend this meeting, or are interested in being involved, please contact us via telephone, text message or e-mail for additional information. We are one of the few parks in the area who do not have an association in place.
We are very excited about this opportunity and look forward to hearing from you.
Judy Estes - 630-4074
Simone Henderson - 581-5691
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:46
To The Daily Sun,
There is a real, simple and most positive means to provide Social Security reform.
First of all, Social Security was and still remains a user-tax program. Benefits are provided based on your contributions. This was never to be intended to be the entitlement program that it has become today. Benefits were provided based on the level of income combined with contributions.
The program was not designed to assist immigrants, criminals, freeloaders, etc. This is a non-prejudicial approach and common-sense way to fix the program as it is today. It must be repeated here, this was a payer-designed program. In other words, if you did not contribute to the program, you get no benefits. Period. Disability payments were added as other benefits were added later, but one always had to contribute to the system.
Yes, Social Security is under attack, but for the wrong reasons. Social Security is the bulwark of retirement financing for many senior citizens who worked hard all their lives to develop an additional, stable source of income upon retirement. These beneficiaries paid for these benefits. Social Security, placed on the right track, can supplement many people for many years.
Many immigrants come to this country, draw a Social Security number and then illegally draw benefits without contributing. Many of these immigrants are able-bodied and can contribute to the system which in turn could then enable them to be eligible for benefits. It is insulting to see fellow Americans try to claim benefits for which they did not pay for, and profit from this illegal means. In short, many beneficiaries are subsidizing these illegal distributions in the form of reduce retirement benefits and reduced medical benefits that they paid for.
It is also insulting that our own federal government raids these funds in the name of loans to provide extra funding for military and other ventures the government seeks to provide, even though those beneficiaries have not paid one penny for these benefits. George Bush raided our monies for wars we did not authorize. If we had those funds back, many of us would enjoy higher incomes.
This is not an entitlement program. Due to the overload of peoples obtaining benefits without paying in is the major cause for the financial crisis in Social Security. The solution is quite simple. Stop paying benefits to those who have not contributed — everyone. If these people come here expecting entitlements, then the federal government should have separate programs for these people, not take from our Social Security, that we paid for. The benefits would be markedly increased if we did not have these freeloaders in our system.
Secondly, prevent any federal government raiding of our funds. Get it somewhere else, this is our money, not the U.S. government, immigrants or any one else not contributing to the system.
One argument given once: These freeloaders come over here and have nothing. Unacceptable. Many of us worked hard. Immigrants of the past came here to work and be free, learn English as well as American life, including paying into Social Security. Through working hard as many of us try to do, they can earn those benefits just as we did. Anyone, regardless of religion, race, or creed, who can work, should do so to earn these benefits. This will make for a very stable benefit program for all. And, this will increase those benefits with continued contributions and ... make better benefits as we all get older.
Return Social Security to the people, the people who really make the system. Then Social Security will truly be the benefit program, as it was originally designed to be.
Robert T. Joseph, Jr.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:43
To The Daily Sun,
E. Scott Cracraft, get a grip on yourself.
I'm not one of your college students who is impressed by your rhetorical devices. The subject we were discussing was theology, not science. The Sun has your column and my letter archived so don't change the subject and try to BS your way out of it. Are you an ordained minister? Do you have years of Bible school training?
You challenged the validity of the deity of Christ. You presented theological arguments that do not follow logically neither from the history of the church, nor an understanding of the scriptures. Sir, what you did was to take your very superficial understanding of what happened and asserted as you said, "My ignorance is just as valid as your knowledge."
Get off of your high horse sir and take your own advice. Or in your mind are college professors above having to practice what you preach. It takes a big man to admit that he is wrong. Are you that sir? Or are you just hot air?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:28
To The Daily Sun,
Moving to New Hampshire 17 years ago provided the opportunity to live a more desired lifestyle. My husband and I both have stressful, demanding careers and living in a rural New Hampshire community gave us the balance we sought. We love the mountains, lakes and wildlife that surround us. While we have never been politically minded, nor did we want to be, issues involving our town compelled us to take a closer look and get involved.
Industrial wind turbines are targeted for our town. Monstrosities that would tower nearly 500 feet tall. These projects will decrease property values, change the landscape, destroy our beautiful ridge lines, pollute the watersheds, displace wildlife and kill birds. Most recently, the northern long-eared bat was put on the threatened species list. The industrial wind turbine project would infringe upon their habitat. Can we afford to lose an entire species? Do people realize how vital bats are to the environment and the balance of nature?
How can this happen? Well, these corporations have been subsidized by the federal government with our tax dollars to promote sustainable energy. Industrial wind turbines in the Northeast are not sustainable, and studies have indicated this time and time again. However, our representatives in Concord are not listening. This has prompted my town and several other communities in New Hampshire to pass a Rights Based Ordinance (RBO). This declares our right to local self government and puts the rights of the people over the rights of large corporations.
The RBO is based on our state Constitution. Citizens have rights. We don't want to be bullied. We don't want to be left with the consequences of failed projects, projects that have not proven to be even close to providing sustainable energy. They have only proven to cost an exorbitant amount of taxpayers' money with the energy being exported out of state and the profits stuffing foreign companies' pockets. I urge your readers to get involved. The future of our beautiful state is at stake. Don't allow corporate greed to take over our local communities and do irreparable harm.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:10
To The Daily Sun,
To answer or not to answer that was my question. I am talking about Don Ewing's letter in The Laconia Sun on April 9 referring to a letter I wrote regarding the N.H. Republican House of Representatives vote to discontinue Medicaid (expansion). Despite the fact it is covering health care for almost 40,000 New Hampshire residents that never had health insurance before it is working both by keeping people healthy as well as its economic impact.
Hospital emergency rooms have seen significant savings, which points to the fact that these newly insured are now going to doctors' offices as their first line of defense just like those of us who have been fortunate enough to have health insurance.
In just one paragraph of his long, uninformed letter he stated, "If you believe all of Trombi's and her fellow travelers' predictions of doom and gloom, then tens of thousands of us should have died of starvation, cold, lack of medical care, accidents from bad roads and bridges, etc." So yes Don, they won't be dying from lack of medical care now.
There are any number of programs started by various presidents that continue today that have enormously impacted the greater good which include Social Security, the interstate highway system, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.
As far as your offer to me and other Democrats to join the Tea Party, no thanks. I will stick to the one I know that has accomplished and governs not only with critical and thoughtful thinking but works for all citizens' young and old alike and for those who truly need the help of government where in most circumstances because of a blip in their lives need short term help be it the loss of a job, illness, mental health challenges, and or learning disabilities.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:03