To The Daily Sun,
It's Wednesday, it's snowing and Bernadette Loesch has anointed me an apostle. Just think an apostle, wow, and I'm in great company. Thank you Bernadette. Oh yes, she does say our group is responsible for sky-high negativity. Well let's review:
When Obama first entered the presidential race we "apostles" said he had no record of achievements, no foreign policy experience, no military experience, no business or management experience, no government experience. Well folks, we were right.
When Obama made an arm long list of promises and then broke nearly every one of them we apostles spoke out and said so. Well folks, we were right again.
When Obama played the race card against Mrs. Clinton, all Republicans, the Tea Party and anyone that dared criticize him or his plans, we spoke out again. It was the truth folks.
When hundreds of Mexican people were murdered by drug cartel thugs because of Eric Holder's stupid gun-running scheme we said it was wrong. We were right again.
When our ambassador and his security detail were murdered and Obama looked the American people in the eye and told us it was because of a YouTube video when he knew that was a lie, we were angry and said so. We were right.
When Obama said, " If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, If you like your health insurance you can keep your health insurance." We said it wasn't true. We were right again
When Obama turned the IRS lose on conservative groups and individuals he perceived as political "enemies" we said it was wrong and illegal. That's right Bernaditte, we were right again.
When congressional hearings were held to shed light on these abuses what did we get? Stonewalling, lies, taking the Fifth, executive privilege, and most famously, "What does it really matter?" Yes, yes we were right to speak out again.
I hate to have had to belabor the point, but when dealing with minds like Ms. Loesch who simply refuse to accept facts and instead insist on personal attacks, smears and slanders, living by the credo of any means justifies their ends, it becomes necessary in order to point out their absurdity.
My point is that it was not, and is not, we "apostles" who are the cause of the negativity. That negativity comes from Ms. Loesch and her happy band of Marxist socialist, big-government aficionados who just can't stand that others have a different point of view and say so.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 10:57
To The Daily Sun,
Remember when Marvin Gaye told us to believe in "half of what we see and none of what we hear?" Maybe he was on to something. Because this isn't shaping up as a great year as far as the credibility of wind developers are concerned.
We are currently seeing anti-wind protests in Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts. Residents from all of our bordering states are fighting with wind developers. They are fighting tooth and nail to stop more wind development in their states.
Let's feel their pain for a minute.
Let's start with news reports out of Vermont on March 1, 2014 — "Anti-wind forum focuses on high-elevation water impacts." Vermonters share similarities with our watershed concerns and are experiencing lost property values. Maine politicians are already stating that some residents will be unhappy once their wind turbines start spinning. Massachusetts residents near Iberdrola's Hoosac Wind power plant are doing everything but screaming at us. It's a darn shame what happening down there. And the Offshore Cape Cod Wind talks are being seen as a Third World joke -- even going as far as saying they can slow down hurricanes. Really?
That leaves us with our own backyard experiment: the Groton Wind Power plant. Our residents are just starting to see the ill effects of this wind plant on local rivers and streams, along with safety issues and money transfers to buy silence and/or support in our community.
A consistently loud message that I am hearing from our neighbors is: "Fighting now is easier than fighting later. Because once they're up, they're up."
Many of you watch the Boston news channels on television at night and realize how happy you are to call yourselves resident of New Hampshire rather than residents of Massachusetts. Yet, you are now beginning to experience how the Massachusetts Electric Policy Initiative will soon affect your wallets.
It's a rather simple initiative. Massachusetts is outsourcing their renewable energy quota to New Hampshire lands and they are seeking your help to pay for it.
I believe that all New England politicians are starting to see the bigger picture, and that the 25x25 policy is not attainable. For it to be successful New England would have to erect thousands upon thousands of new wind turbines to comply with state laws. We all know that will not happen. And that realization appears to be sinking in with Gov. Deval Patrick and his administration. Because the Patrick administration is now entertaining the fact that hydroelectricity needs to be part of the clean energy mix if the state is to meet the goals of the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act. That's a huge shift in thinking.
That is good news for New Hampshire and its hydro facilities currently running at half throttle. I think the politicians are starting to read the handwriting on the wall, but as usual, they're still months and months behind all of you in their thinking.
It doesn't surprise me that residents of New Hampshire are smarter than residents from other states. And I've yet to meet a resident who isn't proud to call themselves a New Hampshire resident. So go back to your national news where they talk about the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's feeding his uncle to 120 ravenous dogs, or your regional news where Massachusetts approves sex changes for their prisoners, and thank your luck stars that your local news stories are simple or weather related.
Oh, and don't let southern states dictate to you on how you should help pay for their electricity problem. Remember New Hampshire has been an electricity exporter for decades. You've been doing things right. It's time they own up to that fact.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 10:31
To The Daily Sun,
As an annual subscriber, is there any specific reason why police arrest records and district court reports for Lakes Region area towns aren't reported as in the Laconia Citizen, etc. since the information is easily and publicly available by directly contacting them? I would make for an interesting addition to the informed content of your publications along with the overwhelming abundance of impassioned Letters-To-The-Editor.
(Editor's note: There are a number of reasons, Bill, but by far the biggest is the lack of available space. We have built a successful business model that in no small part relies on controlling costs. We need to maintain a pretty rigid balance between advertising content and news content. The more pages we print, the more money we spend. Obviously, each reader would be willing to give up some elements of our total content package in return for more space for things they like to read. We strive to balance all those competing interests.)
Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 10:27
To The Daily Sun,
In 2013 the average worker's wage increased just 2.1 percent and Social Security payments increased only 1.7 percent. The inflation rate was 1.5 percent. Yet, if the Winnisquam School Board, administration, and some voters have their way, Northfield's property tax-based payment to the school district will increase 12 percent. Next year's budget will be built on that unsustainable increase. How much more can you afford to pay?
Do you expect to receive a 12 percent raise this year? I don't. My earnings expectations are grounded in reality. But our School Board and administration seem to live in a different world than I do, a world where I'm just a compliant cow with an infinite supply of milk.
In my world I have to earn the money they'll ask us to spend at the district meeting. There's nothing infinite about my earning power, and no union shields me from labor market realities. I have to produce and show good results every year — results measured in my annual assessment. My compensation is based on my performance, my company's performance, and the labor market.
That arrangement is my choice, but pardon me for feeling a bit put out when I'm asked to spend more of my earnings to fund a school system that continues to do a poor job in its primary mission yet continues to advance one solution: More money. What part of "unsustainable path" do our school leaders not understand? Despite increasing budgets, we own one of the worst-performing elementary schools and are near the bottom in NECAP scores statewide.
What new ideas have our board or administration advocated over the past 10 years? Will the new teacher contract look significantly different than the last one, or will it follow a similar degree/time-in-job model that makes teaching different than most white-collar jobs? The current arrangement ratchets up labor costs, especially when they justify compensation based on regional averages.
What metrics will they provide showing that proposed technology spending will yield results? What quantitative improvements will they promise us over the next three years? Will they hold themselves accountable — really accountable — for those promises? I remember the promises made when we bought into "everyday math."
Our district's own Value Statement promises a return on investment. How are they measuring it? What data is being collected and analyzed? How many local businesses who hire our students are surveyed every year? How many colleges and other post-secondary education programs are surveyed? How are we learning and changing based on that feedback? What new initiatives are we participating in?
Districts across the state and the country are trying new approaches to education, and there's no reason why Winnisquam couldn't as well. The time for the "more money" solution has come to an end. We need new ideas and new leadership before we tax ourselves out of our homes.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 10:07
To The Daily Sun,
At the Selectboard meeting in February, I had a cordial and friendly conversation with Herb Vadney. Herb and I were standing facing each other, I put my hand on his arm (as a gesture, meaning I would miss him), and then I quietly without anger, addressed a news article of Feb. 1, and his decision not to run for selectman, nor to let the public know that he wasn't running. Herb stated that he loved being in the House of Representatives in Concord, but that he needed more time to devote to his position. He also said he had other responsibilities concerning his rental properties.
My next statement was a hypothetical situation regarding myself. "I might have liked to run, but now it was too late." My tone was quiet, again, without anger. Herb responded quietly to me also. "I think the board wants Seeger." The communication then ended because it was time for the 5:30 p.m. meeting to begin.
I am not a person to pull imaginary conversations out of the air, as Herb Vadney is now implying that he never told me, "I think the board wants Seeger." That is simply not my style, and I resent the insinuation that what I wrote regarding this issue was false. Right now my character is being attacked, the facts are being falsified, and the truth is being hidden from the people of Meredith. I have learned recently that a public official is not suppose to bring a "bias" in connection with an applicant for any position.
Many untruths have filled the space in the news around the Meredith selectman election and I do not appreciate being the scapegoat. So I repeat, what I wrote was the truth, regardless of what officials are saying. I would not have printed anything in the newspaper that I didn't hear correctly.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 09:49