To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the Town of Alton Pearson Road Community Center Development Committee established by the Alton Board of Selectman, I wish to thank Steve Dana and his crew for their volunteer effort in building the shell of the final phase of this two-year project. This 40 foot by 36 foot addition with full basement will provide the residents of the Town of Alton with gathering-space for both private and public functions.
Mr. Dana's contribution is the latest in hundreds of private contributions of funds and labor that have made this effort possible. This has made up over 50 percent of the cost, with the rest coming from tax funds. Steve also enlisted Mark Thomas of Bayside Concrete in assisting with raising the roof, and Brad Hunter in adding the windows and doors along with other interior work.
We also want to thank the local companies that have done quality contracted work on the project. It is great to see how much can be accomplished when there is cooperation between governmental and private organizations and individuals. Interior finishing work and expanded septic still need to be funded to bring this project to completion.
Peter Bolster, Chairman
Pearson Road Community Center Project
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:56
To The Daily Sun,
Let's be honest. In Friday's Sun L.J. Siden gave us the umpteenth version of "It's still all Bush's fault", six years into the Obama presidency. It is more than clear the liberal, lunatic fringe is never going to step up to the plate and accept the responsibility for the incredible failure of Obama's presidency. They simply lack the strength of character for such an admission.
With Democrats it is always a "war" on someone. Always someone else's fault. If it isn't Bush, it is Wall Street. If it isn't Wall Street, it is the top 1 percent. If it isn't the top 1 percent, it is racism. If it isn't racism, it is the mean-spirited, greedy business community. It is always somebody but them.
The best any presidential aspirant can hope for is that he catches the bottom of the down slope of the economic cycle so he can claim his policies are the cause of the upturn. Upturns that happen with or without a president. That any sitting president tries to grab credit for an economic recovery is at the least disingenuous, at the worst a bold-faced misrepresentation of the truth.
In 2008 Barack Obama came on the scene as a bright beacon of hope. The man was, and is a gifted orator. He used that gift to wind the American public around his finger, as great orators can do. Barrack Obama spoke loudly and often of the failure of the Bush presidency. Intentionally demeaning his policies, reminding us all politics is indeed a "blood sport," not for the faint of heart. Obama spoke insightfully and with knowledge of every Bush policy mistake while assuring an adoring public "he had the fix" for every problem. Obama was the equivalent of the old Shell Oil Company answer man. If the nation needed a nut for a bolt he had it. If it needed a hammer to bang a loose policy in place he had it. If it needed a key hole saw to rearrange legislation he had it. Barack Obama won the 2008 election overwhelmingly as the nation cheered. All three branches of government went Democrat in the landslide.
This country was off the Bush track and on to the Obama track with promises of happiness and prosperity just over the horizon. The liberal spending machinery sprang into high gear. A trillion dollar stimulus was all the country needed to ignite a new cycle of economic growth and job creation. Shovel-ready jobs by the millions were waiting according to the now famous words of Joe Biden.
As we all know the fantasies of politicians running for office seldom work out as billed. Barack Obama was not a Second Coming of Christ, just another self-centered politician looking out for his best interests before all others. The promised transformative presidency in the shadow of Lincoln has been in fact a Jimmy Carter replay. Washington conducting uncorrupted politics was more than a joke. That Obama would unite a very divided country was the worst deception of all. Promises that vaporized literally the day he took his oath. Within 24 months the public handed Democrats their most sweeping election defeat in more than 80 years from one coast to the other, including the loss of Congress and the loss of countless governorships and statehouses. Major political advantages Republicans still hold today. Advantages they are about to increase in November.
This country is going to turn hard right in seven weeks. I guarantee it. The hard left this country took under Obama 2008 has only put this nation deeper into the economic ditch and more people today feel less safe than the day Obama took office.
In 2014 the public has in good measure lost its confidence in Barack Obama. No president in modern history had higher expectations tied to his presidency, and none made bolder promises to the voters. The man who professed to know how to fix every Bush mistake only doubled down the pain on all of them. The man who promised prosperity has produced none. The middle class has shrunk, the lower class has bulged and the rich have had their pockets stuffed under Obama. It is now more than clear the political equivalent of the Second Coming of Christ turned out to be nothing but a first-class fraud who talked well, but like so may before him, was an empty suit.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:52
To The Daily Sun,
1. After the 4.2 cent increase: The average motorist in New Hampshire uses about 350 gallons of gas, yearly. This amounts to a yearly increase for the average motorist of $14.70 a year. (350 x 0.042 = 14.70) In exchange, we are already seeing results, as the Department of Transportation (DOT) skim coats portions of Route 109, Bean Road and Squam Lake Road.
2. Every single penny of the increase will go toward our long-neglected and crumbling state of roads and bridges and will not take money or interfere with I-93 improvement.
3. The increase, the first in 23 years, is 23 percent, while gasoline prices have risen over 300 percent. The cost of asphalt, cement, steel and road salt have risen over 600 percent since 1992. Each year we delay repairs that cost taxpayers millions. Thanks to inflation, it takes about three times as many dollars today to maintain our roads and bridges as it did in 1992.
4. Road toll money, or highway funds from this increase are constitutionally protected and cannot be diverted for other purposes.
5. The road toll has been upheld by the state Supreme Court as a "user fee." The logic being, the more you drive on New Hampshire roads, the more gasoline you consume. Therefore, all of us pay for our proportionate road use and share in maintenance costs.
6. About 20 percent of the road toll/gas tax is paid by out-of-state drivers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:34
To The Daily Sun,
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen recently began airing television advertisements criticizing others about their support for "Big Oil." Ironically though, it is actually Jeanne Shaheen who personally thrives off of an industry she hypocritically says she hates.
That's right, Jeanne Shaheen and her husband personally invest in some of the same oil companies her ad decries as "Big Oil." Don't take my word for it. On her 2013 financial disclosure forms, for the U.S. Senate, Shaheen reports her husband is invested in a mutual fund called "Thornburg Value R5," an investment worth up to $100,000. The fund invests in a few oil and gas companies, including Chevron, Inpex, Weatherford International, and a French energy corporation called Total SA.
Regardless of your position on energy, whether you are for expanding oil production or not, the point is this: Once again, Jeanne Shaheen is happy to say one thing for political points, and do another to benefit her bank account. That's hypocritical, wrong, and regardless of party, it is unbecoming of a U.S. Senator.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:31
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to Steve Earle, and others:
Enlighten us. Educate us. Inform us. These are all vital components missing from your constant letters to the editor.
It's long past time for you to come out of your echo chamber. Instead of automatically disqualifying those you don't agree with, why not try looking at facts and reality for a change? Your letters have a tendency to be full of conjecture, half-truths, twisted logic, and a generous heaping of things that are not true, stirred vigorously with a self-righteous sense of paranoia under siege. You write as if your so-called statements are the coup de grace, and nothing else that might be close to the truth.
While we read other people's eloquent letters which contain evidence and rationality, you continue to use (and ineffectively, I might add) the IRS, Benghazi and the ACA as peas in a shell game. No matter what facts and new investigations show, you continue to parrot outdated talking points based on fabrication, distortion, untruths, half-truths, innuendo and whatever you hear from your self-referenced talking heads.
In my opinion you are tone-deaf and cannot get out of a self-made rut. You really need to be looking beyond your shadowy horizons. You squawk about coming calamities you see inside your bubble-land. That's a disservice to your readers and to you.
It seems to us that you love scapegoating President Obama and Democrats for everything that happens and for things that haven't happened. No need for proof or valid evidence.
We get the point that you are dissatisfied with your present duly elected government. Although you probably still believe your fantasy that ACORN and swarms of non-existent voters carried the elections in 2008 and 2012.
President Obama and his administration are dealing with very complicated world situations, and an inherited mess at home and abroad. And with a Republican Party whose only mission is to disrupt, obstruct, sabotage and say "No."
Isn't it time to say, "We are a unified country, where we disagree but can try to work together to solve the many real problems?"
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:23