To The Daily Sun,
By no means am I a public speaker, and furthermore I lack eloquence and am often times ignorant and foolish, too!
I'm learning to exercise my thoughts, convictions (not to be confused with my record!), and experiences in a public manner as to provoke thoughts, I'm pretty good at provoking things I'm told. . . hehehee
So I begin this session by stating that, "CHANGE on a national level, begins with me and you." or is that you and I?! At any rate: THIS IS WHERE IT STARTS.
Once we as a nation truly understand that concept as individuals, it is my belief that the bigger issues will fall into place? (Is that one big run on sentence?)
So the idea is "How can I get the ball rolling in my community," so it affects local change? Then the domino effect is initiated. Moving on to state, federal, and national change. If that's the proper order?
It seems as though so much time and energy is spent wanting to CHANGE the wrong things. Such as concepts, precepts and pretty much everything else! These things are not collectively possible unless it begins with ourselves as individuals.
Although a lot of CHANGE has occurred over the last number of decades, it does NOT seem to be inducing, or producing the positive CHANGES "We the people" are so desperately in NEED of. . .
There are many age old principals that were set in place long ago. They are overlooked in this present day.
The first one I would like to bring attention to is " ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL." This IS OUR Pledge (promise/vow) of Allegiance(oneness,unity). Our country was founded on this. . . Over the years this principal that was set (as the precedence for under which unity falls) has de-evolved, diminished and definitely has been corrupted. As selfish concepts, wants, likes or dislikes take over. I'm saddened to see that precedence's now are based on what feels good, or what we like?
Let's be real, "what seems good is NOT always what is RIGHT, and what one likes cannot be confused with what the need is for love." These standards have been removed from our schools, courts, and lifestyles in general. Freedom, justice and unity are attained under the precepts, principals and laws of God (NOT to be confused with God!) and as we began as a country WE THE PEOPLE FELL UNDER HIM! We wonder why there are such major problems on our hands? Don't get me wrong I get "life happens", believe me I do. I know full well about not having control over outside circumstances coming in and disrupting already hard circumstances. In that CHANGE still comes down to me, and taking responsibility for that which I allow to run my life.
What is it going to take for us to come back to the "meat and potatoes," of what our country was non-coincidentally founded on?
It is evident that CHANGE on a larger scale, begins with me and re-enforcing the fundamental principals in my life that have and always will make this country great. That will get the ball started, but it has to be more than that. The issue of being "ONE" and "UNDIVIDABLE" or unified and unbreakable is imperative too, as " A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF, WILL NOT STAND."
DIVISION is in our homes, streets, schools, work places, courts, churches and governing principals.
We can tit-for-tat all day long, and point the finger as you may also see its not getting us where we need to be. Except for further from our roots and what so grounded our country and ourselves as individuals. . .
Another principal our country was founded on: "IN GOD WE TRUST." We see this standard pass our eyes on a daily basis, without even giving it a second thought. I'm sure it was placed on our currency system for a reason! As it has been said, "Money the root of all evil." Perhaps is was meant to be a warning to the people so regularly using it? I'm sure again that it was no coincidence that is was strategically placed on our money, because it reminds us of what our country was rooted and grounded in. As well as while utilizing our currency, we should be reminded of the principals under which we are to use it for! Perhaps any deviation from that would then create problems? The financial issues of this country come as no surprise to me. . . .
The breakdown is not only that which we fight for, but under that which we are fighting. Of course these are just a few examples, hoping just to provoke thoughts. . .
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:18
To The Laconia Daily Sun,
As we know the Belmont tax rate went up again! When will it stop? We always hear the budget is low and we are out of money or borrowing. Since the 80s, it's been the same old thing. But they don't want us to assume its the school which is usually a topic, where is all the money going then?
As hard working taxpayers I'm speaking for all of us. When it is going to stop? They wonder why foreclosures and houses are up for sale. Maybe they can make more use of the school like Laconia does and adult education. I would recommend a budget course, and other activities to benefit the town to bring the moral up. Right now a lot of people are negative wondering if they can afford to pay their mortgages next month. Welcome to Taxmont!
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:13
To The Laconia Daily Sun,
Mr. Phil Whitmann and I were the only citizens from the town of Alton in attendance at the selectman's meeting on November 4.
At that meeting, four of the board members expressed their concern, frustration, and exasperation with another of their members, Mr. Robert Daniel, regarding his repeated sending of e-mails to another of the town's boards, wherein he either expressed opinions opposite to those he expressed at the meetings, or, not having expressed an option at the meetings, decided to do so in an e-mail to the other board. This matter had been discussed with Mr.Daniels in the past, but believing himself to be in the right, Mr. Daniels continue the practice.
The members ultimately bought the issue to the attention of the town's attorney, who validated his concerns in writing. Attorney Sessler's letter was made available to Mr. Daniels at the November 4 meeting.
Two of the board members were, indeed, quite stern in their remarks to Mr.Daniels, but they were not disrespectful.
Mr. Whitmann's written impression that the other members, "were not happy about Mr. Daniels being elected to the board to the point of attempting to thwart the will of the voters who elected him", is quite a reach.
It is commonly known that board members have a responsibility to each other, and to the town they serve, to respectfully listen to each other's opinions, ideas, etc., and to strive to be open and frank during their discussions. These discussions are absolutely necessary and are the very reason for the need of having town board in the first place.
When a board member does not participate in open discussion or does, indeed, participate, but in retrospect, decides to alter his position by way of an e-mail to another board, the public's "right to know" is compromised.
I am very thankful the town's meetings are videotaped for all to see and hear.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:08
To The Daily Sun,
As long as Obamacare bears the same name as a sitting president it will never be repealed. Because it cannot be repealed it needs to be amended and soon to prevent further damage to the people it is effecting.
In order for it to work the political corruption that has been built into it through waivers and wiggle room have to go. The waivers given to Unions and big business need to be repealed immediately.
The large increases people are seeing on their cancellations are caused by the amount of people expected to join the exchanges and the taxes on the existing plans.
The unions are providing Cadillac plans that should be paying a 40 percent tax on their policies and they are exempt from the law leaving the rest of us to pick up their tab. These are auto workers, Teamsters, teachers, state workers, police, and construction workers in large cities. Millions of high wage, big benefit workers who are laughing at the rest of us for being a bunch of chumps
This of course is not to mention our politicians, Ayotte, Shea-Porter, Shaheen, and Kuster. They and their staffs are exempt.
They need to declare that they will waive their exemption and join Obamacare and then repeal their exemption.
The playing field has to level.
The anti-kickback provision that is in every federal contract was removed from the law, allowing the President and HHS secretary to trade favors for waivers. This has to go; it invites corruption.
I have repeatedly heard that for the law to work they need millions of young healthy workers 21 to 29 to join the exchanges. If this is so than why in God's name did they make the policies cover children until they are 26 years old.
The rules causing all these cancellations needs to be fixed. The government will still get the policy tax that every non exempt policy pays.
The cronyism needs to go and the president needs to tell his friends they are no better than anyone else and for the greater good we must all bear this burden equally.
If they get everyone paying their share this law may have a chance to succeed and the cost will go down. Without these reforms the people who have to comply will do so begrudgingly feeling like they are being used as tools for the politicians and their friends.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:05
To The Daily Sun,
Give credit where credit is due.
I have been a taxpayer in Gilmanton for 40 years. My recollection is that the tax rate has increased for 38 of those years. We had a minimal decrease in 2012 and an outstanding decrease of 9.4 percent this year. This decrease is due to the efforts of our selectmen to control town spending. We need to thank our selectmen, town administrator, department heads and the Budget Committee for this tax reduction.
On the other hand, our School Board and superintendent have over budgeted in excess of $500,000 a year for the last three years. We need to get school spending under control. Please review the school budget closely before you vote in March.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 07:55