To The Daily Sun,
As the next New Hampshire budget develops in Concord, we have to wonder whether our legislators have any concern for ordinary individuals, families and the future of New Hampshire? We watch with bated breath what the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Jeanie Forrester, will do with the horrendous House budget sent over to the Senate. It doesn't look promising. Despite those testifying in favor of a humane, future-looking plan, I fear that partisanship will prevail.
Forrester is fixated on the nursing home-funding issue, making no effort to solve the actual dilemma and end up with a balanced budget. She seems more interested in scoring political points or grandstanding than finding the revenue.
Contrast that with Gov. Hassan's leadership approach. Hassan worked across the aisle with the House Finance Committee to restore $3.9 million in nursing home funding cuts, by identifying surplus revenue from another program. What a difference! Forrester oozes partisanship while Hassan leads.
In opera we say, "It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings." Of course the battle for the next budget is not over until the House and Senate agree on a plan and the governor signs it. What a wailing and gnashing of teeth it will take to get to the goal; a balanced, moral, forward-looking budget for New Hampshire. Will it happen?
Here's where Forrester could exert real leadership: develop with the Finance Committee the kind of spending plan we need (and prove my pessimism wrong). Please let Forrester know you care — and you vote.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 08:11
To The Daily Sun,
Dave Pollak wants those of us who understand that President Obama has done so much wrong, that there is just no need to make stuff up. Couldn't agree with you more Dave. He asserts that our dear leader was only talking about the Peace Corps and Americorps when he made this statement: "We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded".
Well actually, Dave, he said those words while off script, after discussing those two organizations of peace, a few years ago. Those words were soon erased from any White House website. I'm not sure if those organizations have had their power, strength and funding increase dramatically since then. Maybe Dave can let us all know. While it is true that there doesn't appear to be any formal and organized civilian force out to terrorize our peaceful population, I'm still just a tad nervous despite Dave's appeal for rational calm regarding "Obama's Army".
I would love to be as at ease as Dave is about the threat of Obama's private army, but call me crazy, I do think there is trouble in paradise. "Wiles, you must be a paranoid nut job," is the likely thought process of those with blind faith to our president. Okay, maybe I am paranoid, but just how many government agencies must this administration co-opt before even Dave becomes uneasy?
Perhaps a little trip down the past six year memory lane of Obamania is in order. The IRS targets Tea Party groups and other assorted conservative and Christian groups. Department of Homeland Security sends hordes of armed vehicles to scare away tea party folks protesting in front of the IRS building. The U.S. Parks Service employees bully senior citizens at Yellowstone Park. Washington, D.C., park service shuts down the National Mall so that WWII, Korea and Vietnam vets, some in wheelchairs, are not able to pay homage to their fallen comrades. Who can forget the many raids on Amish farmers by U.S. Marshals and the Food and Drug Administration officials? Swarming their farms like the "Bovine Gestapo" because they were selling raw milk (not to mention all that global warming methane gas).
Why did the Department of Homeland Security purchase 1.6 million rounds of ammunition, 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles and retrofit more than 2,000 tanks? Snopes.com confirms that the Social Security Administration bought 174,000 hollow-point bullets for 300 special agents. Back in 2013, the Department of Homeland Security purchased 21.6 million rounds of ammunition, 10 million of which were hollow point bullets. The National Marine Fisheries Service bought 46,000 hollow point bullets. Probably just to protect the delta smelt and the snail garter fish.
Who remembers the recent uproar when an army of EPA agents descended on the tiny gold mining town of Chicken, Alaska? That would be the organization that I have been calling rogue and lawless for years. According to a June 2012 Justice Department report, there are now 40 federal agencies, including about a dozen not associated with law enforcement, that have armed divisions. These agencies employ about 120,000 full-time officers authorized to carry guns. Armed EPA agents stormed Chicken, Alaska due to "possible violations of the Clean Water Ac"t. Sounds like a chicken poop act of brazen tyranny to me. And these examples are just the tip of the iceberg.
Remember back in the mid-1960s when one of my favorite rock groups of that era, Buffalo Springfield, was singing songs that stirred the soul? "For What It's Worth" has become a classic of youthful outrage and protest. Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer, Dewey Martin and later Jim Messina sang these lyrics written by Stills: "There's something happening here — But what it is ain't exactly clear — There's a man with a gun over there — Telling me I got to beware". "Paranoia strikes deep — Into your life it will creep — It starts when you're always afraid _ Step out of line, the men come and take you away".
So please tell me Dave, why does it appear as though President Obama is turning many federal workers into his own private army? Stills goes on to lament: "We better stop _ Now what's that sound — Everybody look — What's going down? I'm looking, it's getting pretty clear, and don't like what I see, especially since none of the above has been made up. Perhaps progressives have begun their stealth march toward the tyranny of the masses. Please Dave, tell me it just ain't so. Cuz I believe in "Live Free or Die." But I've done my time, I'm getting old, yet just not ready to go.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 09:31
To The Daily Sun,
It seems that Steve Earle would like a say in what I write about. From his hole in Hill, he seems clueless regarding America's ongoing religious culture war, where religious crazies poison the environment with their political Christianity. My letters were responses to Demakowski and Ewing. If they want to say things that's just propaganda, I'll want to rebut them. I present the academic view; the Constitution is based broadly on enlightenment values which have classical and Renaissance inputs. I am talking about the actual text of the Constitution. If Mr Earle can find one sentence in the Constitution that reflects any Biblical doctrine, have at it, Hoss! Texas' Tom Delay says the Constitution was written by God. Tea Potty Time!
Mr. Earle is clearly doesn't know that the European Enlightenment was all the rage in the coastal and university regions of America. America's distilling of that enlightenment movement underlies our Constitution. For instance, the idea of separate powers in government is derived from the ancient historian Polybius' writing on the mid-Roman Republic's form of government in a section of his "The Histories" called "The Constitution of the Mid-Republic , and Baron Von Montesquieu's wildly popular "The Spirit of the Laws." 
Steve thinks going back some 1,000 years helps him, but it hurts him. The founders declared a new order for the ages. Into the trash heap with the old! The Old Legal Order of the Ages is the religiously intolerant Judeo-Christian governments that predated the U.S. Constitution. Religious test-oaths for public service, church attendance requirements, religious tests for trade membership, "approved church" membership requirements for public servants, church and state alliances, and more. Europe became Christian much by force of law, force of troops and the stripping of civil rights of religious dissidents. In 380CE, Emperors Theodosius and Gratian issued their decreed which legally wiped out religious diversity and any religious diversity that remained. Recorded in 16.1.2. of the Theodosian Code of Law the edict stated,
"We desire that all peoples subject to uur benign empire shall live under the same religion that the Divine Peter, the apostle, gave to the Romans, and which the said religion declares was introduced by himself, and which it is well known that the Pontiff Damascus, and Peter, Bishop of Alexandria, a man of apostolic sanctity, embraced; that is to say, in accordance with the rules of apostolic discipline and the evangelical doctrine, we should believe that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit constitute a single deity, endowed with equal majesty, and united in the Holy Trinity. We order all those who follow this law to assume the name of Catholic Christians, and considering others as demented and insane, we order that they shall bear the infamy of heresy; and when the divine vengeance which they merit has been appeased, they shall afterwards be punished in accordance with our resentment, which we have acquired from the judgment of heaven."
These kinds of religious laws actually began under Constantine the Great but Theodosius set it in stone for the next 1,300 years; a Judeo-Christian tradition of an intolerant religious hegemony. A violence plagued tyranny that took possibly 100 million lives in wars, imprisonments, tortures, beheadings, burnings, banishments, and more. The enlightenment helped end all that. So you can have your European Christian tyrants and I will take the "new order for the ages". When the Reformation came, it didn't get better except there was a new choice of crazy and they had the printing press which the Enlightenment had a ball with. Protestants and Catholics murdered each other by the millions until the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. How are those Judeo-Christian Values workin' out for ya? Want more? Let's take a look at our colonial religious order which is noting more than more radical religious laws on the books. The Virginia Charter of 1610 stated in these clauses,
"2. That no man speak impiously or maliciously, against the holy and blessed Trinity, or any of the three persons, that is to say, against God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, or against the known Articles of the Christian faith, upon pain of death."
"3. That no man blaspheme Gods holy name upon pain of death......"
"5. No man shall speak any word, or do any act, which may tend to the derision, or despite of Gods holy word upon pain of death:...Nor shall any man unworthily demean himself unto any Preacher, or Minister of the same..."
Sounds like Judeo-Christian values are a bit like Sharia, eh? Well, duh. We still have Christian Sharia nuts all through the religious right and Tea Potty Land. I have an essay on line which examines all the "Judeo-Christian" laws and requirements in over 40 colonial compacts, charters and constitutions from 1610 to 1767 called "The Colonial Religious Order. Nobody in their right mind would want any of these Judeo-Christian "values" except religious fundamentalists. A statute in the Carolina Charter of 1665 states, "No man shall be permitted to be a freeman of Carolina, or to have any estate or habitation within it, that doth not acknowledge a God, and that God is publicly and solemnly to be worshiped." So when someone says Judeo-Christian values, I know what they are. Old Order. Old Hat. Old Equipment. Past its sell-by-date. Probably moldy.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:48
To The Daily Sun,
I usually write a letter to the editor that is political. Today is different.
People come all over the world to see our foliage in the fall but the mountains with the leaves starting to pop on them is so much more beautiful. I wonder if it is because it only lasts a week.
Well, it is happening now. We will be getting some rain soon and the leaves will pop. The mountainsides will be breathtaking. I will enjoy my ride to work and home.
I tried to take a picture once. I stopped on the side of the highway and used my phone, which is not a very good camera and did not do the view justice.
Take the time now. Drive the highway and look at the sides of the road and mountains. All different shades of green, dark green, mint green, lime green with shades of light rust.
Take a moment and do it now as in a week the shades of green will be one shade and the breathtaking beauty will no longer be here.
Say hello to spring.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:31
To The Daily Sun,
In Tuesday's edition of The Sun was a letter from Tom Dawson expounding on the virtue of an income tax for New Hampshire. As with most progressives — nee liberals, nee Democrats — he claims the state has an income problem and not a spending problem.
Arguing that issue with him would be an exercise in futility but I would like to attack his statement that an income tax would lower property taxes. In almost all instances that a state has passed an income tax the relief to property taxpayers has been minor and of short duration. All one has to do is check the property taxes in Maine and Vermont, two of our bordering states which have both income and sales taxes, to find out the fallacy of his statement.
The reason the left just loves an income tax is that it can be raised at any time with just a majority in the Statehouse. Property taxes, much as we all complain about them, leaves the decision to raise those taxes at the local level. Also, keep in mind that renters also pay property taxes, they just get remitted by the property owner.
To people who think that they, for reasons of age and income etc., wouldn't be affected by an income tax, think again. A tax, no matter how it's implemented, has a sneaky way of affecting everyone. I guess you could call it the trickle down theory of the left.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:26