MeredithMay2017

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The 'Love Army' was reall an army of hate that inspired more hate

To The Daily Sun,

The misnamed "Women's March" on Jan. 21 was an enormous missed opportunity to help women, families, and our country. It was simply a leftist, anti-Trump, pro-abortion rally, with women fronting for the same old leftist anti-American groups. The rally was led by self-important people, who have terrified themselves with their irrational imaginings, trying to inspire terror, feelings of victimization, and anti-Trump activism.

Some attendees reported enjoying the rally, and everyone probably expected an uplifting, helpful, constructive event. But I suspect many women were disappointed, experiencing what the people saw from home: another far-left, radical, anti-Trump, anti-abortion rally put on by vulgar, partisan, violent, disrespectful, and irrational sounding people without a constructive message.

When I was a child, my mouth would have been washed with soap for speaking even a few of Ashley Judd's words. Vulgarity wasn't enough for Madonna who considered blowing up the White House. Speaker Donna Hylton, a great role model, went to prison for her part in the kidnapping, sodomizing, and murder of a gay man. Speaker Angela Davis, two-time Communist Party vice presidential candidate, wants the early release of the murderers of law enforcement officers.
Speakers expressed concern about Islamophobia, but I found none concerned about FGM and honor killings even in this country, or the execution of gays and oppression of women in Muslim countries.

Many speakers suggested that women are disrespected and abused. Perhaps they should abandon their "pussy" hats, vagina costumes, and outfits that suggest they shouldn't be taken seriously, and leave the liberal men they associate with.

I found no speakers who addressed the real problems that make success difficult for American females (and males), being forced to attend bad schools, policies that lead to broken families and single motherhood, lack of good jobs, crime, drugs, etc.

I understand that it's easier and more appealing to complain and tell people they're victims than to tell people the truth that their own behavior and choices are the biggest obstacles to their success.

Imagine the difference it would make in Americans' lives if we had school choice so each child got a good education, policies and behaviors so each child grows up in a two parent home, a growing economy providing good jobs for everyone, and a society that leads people to do the right things just because they are right.

The Women's March called itself a "Love Army," but it really was just an army that hates and inspires hate for its political opponents. The Women's March was a wasted opportunity because its objective was to gain political power, not to improve the lives of the American people.

Don Ewing
Meredith

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New corrections center must be properly staffed in order to open

To The Daily Sun,

On Oct. 27, 2015, the Belknap County Convention (the delegation) was invited to a public hearing on a proposal of the Belknap County Board of Commissioners. The proposal was for approval by the convention of construction of a dormitory style Community Corrections Center (an additional 18,410-square-feet) to be connected to the existing county jail, which in turn was to be extensively renovated. The construction and renovation costs were projected to be less than $8 million. An estimated additional $650,183 annually was projected as necessary for added staff and instructional personnel for the new Community Corrections Center. After hearing the presentation, with all the estimated cost items involved, the convention voted unanimously to approve a bond issue of up to $8 million to fund the project.

Construction began in the spring of 2016. By the fall of 2016, completion was expected by September 2017. During preparation of the commissioners' recommended budget for 2017, which was to be submitted to the convention in early December, Corrections Superintendent Gray was asked for the minimum number of new officers that he could get by with in operating the new facility. His answer was that four would be far less than ideal, but would be the very minimum number of additional officers that would be required to make the new facility operational. The commissioners' recommended budget provides for four new officers and instructional program expenditures that total less than the previously projected $650,183 annual cost that was presented at the October 27, 2015 public hearing.

It should be noted that staffing at the Belknap County Jail has been problematic for a number of years. All three of the consultants that have addressed the needs of the Belknap County Department of Corrections since 2012 have agreed that the department is seriously understaffed.

This shortcoming is reflected in the inmate-to-staff ratios for county jails in New Hampshire. In 2015, the Belknap County ratio was 3.9 inmates to each staff member. The ratios for the other counties with populations of less than 100,000 were: Carroll 1.7 to 1, Cheshire 2.4 to 1, Coos 1.8 to 1, Grafton 1.6 to 1 and Sullivan 2 to 1. With a staffing ratio so out of line with the norm, Belknap County could be viewed as putting both inmates and staff at risk, which could lead to significant liability exposure should a serious incident occur which could be linked to inadequate staffing.

The need for the four new officers was explained at the Feb. 21, 2017, budget hearing. A motion was made and passed to reduce the number of full-time new officers from four to two. Then a motion was made to add money to the part-time wage line to fund part-time officers to provide the additional staffing necessary for operation of the new facility. This would save money necessary to pay for benefits and retirement received by full-time employees but would have funded essential staffing needs. The motion to supplement the part-time wage line failed.

At present, if the budget for the Department of Corrections remains as formulated on Feb. 21, Belknap County will have a new, but empty and unusable, Community Corrections Center in September of this year, as the Department of Corrections will lack the staff necessary to operate it.

Hunter Taylor
Belknap County Commissioner - District 3

Alton

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