Well worth 2 hours of your time to watch 'Humanity from Space'

To The Daily Sun,

In the long history of life on earth, the challenges to a species other than a natural disaster is and has been that of the fittest surviving. Whether that be surviving daily challenges or long-term changes in nature both of which go hand in hand. Since the advent of modern humans it has become more difficult as certain populations unable to control themselves have overrun and seriously depopulated many species.

I remember in the teachings of Christ it was spoken that the meek will inherit the earth, I never really understood that until I realized that being a shepherd and the nature of sheep that that would be a reasonable view.

Perhaps with such huge populations — 7 billion plus and 9 or 12 billion coming soon to cover the planet, with no room left even for war — the aggressive will be in such a small minority they won't matter. The work to build land armies and navies already has become unaffordable for most nations, leaving such as ISIS to run amok in desert lands and eventually become a spotty nuisance elsewhere. There are many scenarios and none may matter at all in the end.

But that all is just one window looked out of. This video is two hours long — view it — a reality has been in the works in plain sight yet seen only by a few. I myself never realized it was all so huge and in place.
Armies are not needed to control a population any longer and nearly the whole population of earth have been tuned in. In Africa people learned by themselves to use a cellphone to sell the crops and to charge their batteries (no government agency needed to pick the pockets of the haves to spend teaching the have-nots to use a simple cellphone to better their lives). People absorbing a technology which itself absorbs them. Fields of sheep have grown to nations and continents.

Invite the family, friends, the children; hard nose with certainty of your politics or religious — take 2 hours and watch. Humanity from Space — http://video.pbs.org/video/2365530573/

G.W. Brooks

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How dare your reporter provide description of undercover car

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to express my concern about the article that appeared in The Daily Sun on July 17 regarding the police search of a store on Main Street in Laconia.

I am the proud father of a police officer in New Hampshire and have the greatest respect and admiration for what my son does in the line of duty. I worry for the danger he and his fellow officers face every day as a matter of routine.

These officers are out there trying to protect our communities in an environment where much of what they do is analyzed for political correctness by the media. They often fight against a judicial system that stacks every advantage to the suspect. It is sad to say that they are not always fighting a winning battle and are not always appreciated for it.

This newspaper article focused on the fact the search left the property in some level of disarray, with merchandise being strewn around. I might argue the necessity of that in favor of the police methods, after all, would what they were searching for be left out in plain sight? I think not.

What really alarmed me about this article and transgressed beyond my imagination was the fact that the reporter ran the license plate of the undercover officer's — as well as provided a detailed description of the vehicle — and published the results in the article. HOW DARE YOU! These officers have dangerous jobs and are often placed in harm's way. they are placed undercover for a reason — to protect themselves and their families. With all the drug problems and deaths in our communities, why would you do anything to make the officer's job more difficult? To offer this information was irresponsible and did nothing to serve our community or the efforts of law enforcement to continue fighting a drug epidemic that is killing our kids and neighbors. The reporter, who had someone run the license plate, did so illegally and the information added nothing to the article and could very well have placed law enforcement personnel and their families in serious danger. That vehicle may very well be sitting in some officer's driveway.

A good journalistic reporter should attempt to get more of the facts before they decide to print an article that puts people's lives in danger and makes it appear that they are more concerned with printing an article that gets attention but does nothing to serve either the truth or our community.

John Smith


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Michael Barone - HUD's pending war on suburban America

Disparate impact. It's a legal doctrine that may be coming soon to your suburb (if you're part of the national majority living in suburbs).

Bringing it there will be the Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing program. It has been given a green light to impose the rule from Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion in the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project.

The decision purports to interpret the Fair Housing Act of 1968 as authorizing lawsuits if municipal policies have a "disparate impact" as measured by the racial percentages of those affected — this despite the fact that the words of the Fair Housing Act prohibit only intentional racial discrimination.

HUD's 377-page Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule requires municipal governments to "perform an assessment of land use decisions and zoning to evaluate their possible impact on fair housing choice." An accompanying document says that this includes "land use and zoning laws, such as minimum lot sizes, limits on multi-unit properties, height limits, or bedroom-number limits as well as requirements for special use permits (and) occupancy regulations" that might be "factors contributing to segregated housing patterns."

Note the use of the word "segregated." Historically, segregation was the total exclusion of blacks enforced by state and local law, by deliberate individual or corporate action or by threat of force and violence. Back in the 1960s, when the Fair Housing Act was passed, housing really was effectively segregated in large parts of the country.

If you looked through the 1960 Census of large suburban counties block by block, as I did, you would find the numbers of blacks to be something like: 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 3, 1, 0, 0, 0. In Northern cities where large numbers of blacks migrated in the years from 1940 to 1965, you could find whole square miles that switched from 100 percent white to over 90 percent black within a single year.

That's not how America works today. In every large metropolitan area with a significant black population, you won't find a single census tract with 0 black residents. Blacks sometimes encounter resistance when trying to buy or rent a house that they can afford, which is unjust and infuriating, and a problem for which the Fair Housing Act provides remedies.

But, of course, that has not created an America in which every community has the same percentage as the national average of blacks and whites, Hispanics and Asians, marrieds and singles, gays and straights, Protestants and Catholics and Jews and Muslims. Free choice never shakes out that way. Throughout history, Americans and immigrants have tended to choose to cluster with likeminded people.
In addition, in a free market economy, those with more money inevitably have a wider choice of where to live than those with less. And they too tend to cluster (look up "locations" on luxury store websites to see where). Free choice inevitably produces disparate impact.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing is intended to shake this up. HUD Secretary Julian Castro, mentioned as a vice presidential candidate despite having previously been just a part-time municipal mayor, wants to use the disparate impact doctrine to overturn local zoning laws and place low-income housing in suburbs across the nation. Such social engineering is likely to be widely unpopular.

How did disparate impact come into the law? In a 1971 Supreme Court case, Griggs v. Duke Power Co., the court, acting when memory was still fresh of Southern resistance to desegregation, ruled that the company's aptitude test amounted to discrimination because whites passed at higher rates than blacks. But that's true of most aptitude tests — which as a result aren't used much in hiring any more.

An approach more appropriate for a society where there is no significant forcible resistance to desegregation was advanced by Justice Clarence Thomas in his dissent. "We should not automatically presume that any institution with a neutral practice that happens to produce a racial disparity is guilty of discrimination until proven innocent," he wrote. "The absence of racial disparities in multi-ethnic societies has been the exception, not the rule."

Disparate impact jurisprudence has not been politically challenged: corporate defendants don't want to be attacked as racists. Perhaps disparate impact policymaking will be challenged if HUD starts installing low-income housing in suburbs across the land.

(Syndicated columnist Michael Barone is senior political analyst for The Washington Examiner, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.)


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I will go to that next Zoning Board meeting ready to do battle

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to Warren Hutchins comments in the July 22 Daily Sun about the former St Helena Mission Church in the Weirs Beach Community.

Warren Hutchins claims the neighbors would not have a problem with housing on the property but when we look at his record and that of the Laconia Planning Board, they have a problem with 90 percent of the stuff that goes before them. Just ask some of the car dealerships in town how user friendly they are. And I can list 10 more besides. For example: When PEM constructed the apartments on Washington Street we went to the Planning Board with all the plans and info that met every regulation and requirement necessary to get approval that night but did not get it. Instead, the members of the board made changes to the plans because of personal opinions, not regulations. I spent a total of $2,000 on coping fees (so much for our recycling program) to get this thing approved. I had a project quote of $3,000 to $3,200 from my engineer but I spent $7,200 because of all the changes they made me do to get approvals. My guy who did the engineering told me he works all over the state and the City of Laconia made him jump through more hoops to gets this done than he had seen in years. They made Concord and Manchester look easy and those two cities, he said, are two of the toughest towns to get anything approved.

The reason why Hutchins wants me to building housing on the Weirs site is because then the Planning Board, which he is the chairman of, will have control over what happens at the property, while the Zoning Board has none.

This Monday night the City Counsel votes on whether Hutchins should continue as the chairman of the Planning Board and they need to ALL VOTE NO if this city he going to move forward. We are going down a slippery slope when we have people on these boards who want to tell us how often to mow a lawn.

The funny part about wanting to store a few motorcycles or waverunners inside the former church is that if I build the 20 residential units there, the residents can all use the church building for storage or a community hall, with all of them going in and out, with noise and or a community party — what ever they want.  And the neighbors have no say because that's okay.

I try to understand what concerns they have about one company renting the building for storage. You cannot see in the windows, whether the building is empty or full.

So Mr. Hutchins, unless you plan on writing me a check to buy the building, you can have all the opinions you want but for now I am going to take this as far as I need to to get it done. Get your check book out and let's battle because you have pushed me all you are going to. There is not one of my projects in the city that is not better after I bought it — whether it is the Mechanic Street or Washington Street apartments, the single family homes (five of them) or the Party Store on Court Street, for which we have received the Golden Hammer Award just recently.

I took a business with four employees 29 years ago to more than 80 now. My businesses have done a lot for the city, whether that is a donation to LRGH or a clean-up project of the bypass from Belmont all the way to Sawyer's Dairy Bar for the last three years or more than $15,000 donated to the Children's Auction over the years.

So we will see if you're just a big mouth or your going to put your money where your mouth is.

So please people come to the Zoning Board meeting in August for the show because I will be going to that meeting ready to battle. I hope the neighbors from the Pendleton Beach Association like big orange snow fences because we're going to keep all the people and illegal parking out.

Peter Morrissette


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Kelly Ayotte has left the rails of fiscal conservatism

To The Daily Sun,

On Monday, July 20, Sen. Kelly Ayotte put on a telephone Town Hall meeting. I listened to about as much of it as I could stomach. The senator has some very strong records on the issues involving veterans' affairs. But even in that as she asserts being a strong advocate for the veterans, the recent VA scandal has occurred on her watch, albeit not with her party owning the White House.

Republican Party neocons such as John McCain, however, do definitely own a lot of the VA scandal for refusing to recognize and fund their current "Mission Accomplished!" legacy costs from 10-11 years ago.

Most of us remember Sen. Bob Smith having a very strong record on the environment. With Kelly we are not too sure, but can see where she is very willing to empathize with the NIMBYs opposing improved environmental initiative issues and still follow the ideology of Keystone XL which will "NbeIMBY," while U.S. crude over-capacities continue to build, smaller oil companies are failing along with their debt, and WTI drops once again below $50. The U.S. gluts of domestic crude production are also pressuring the banking, real estate, and steel industries of the U.S. oil-producing regions.

The U.S. is already facing a decline in jobs in the oil and gas and ancillary industries and the senator is still gung-ho for Keystone XL ideology. To her credit Kelly has supported the DOT funding, U.S. land and water conservation funding and low-income fuel assistance, all of which help the Granite State.

On a few other issues Kelly has clearly gone rogue. One caller to the audio Town Hall meeting asked specifically about "controlling the U.S. borders." Kelly quickly deflected that question and went on to speak to the last immigration bill she supported and was passed by Congress that has failed abysmally in controlling the U.S. borders. She used words like "undocumented", and "pathway" in response to explaining her support for serial amnesty for illegal immigrants, or more correctly, criminal aliens, while getting as far away from the pointed question as possible. She did not want to answer that question about securing the border.

Another question came in on the New Hampshire heroin epidemic. In her responses as to how much money she would push into New Hampshire for amelioration of that, she made not one remark about gaining control of the borders to dramatically curtail the supplies of heroin flooding into the country. Kelly just does not get "securing the border ... first." Instead, she has sold out on the issue to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

A NIMBY from the Monadnock region called in asking about her efforts to stop the Kinder-Morgan pipeline. She had some long responses as to how she was laying down barriers of red tape and writing letters to the Inspector General at FERC to ensure there will be "adequate hearings" on the views of the public, and how the project could possibly be stonewalled by questioning the process of its approval and quality of its state-of-the-art construction materials, safety systems, and metering and flow technologies to be employed in its construction. Kelly sounded very much like the pontificating anti-business governor in Concord rather than a pro-business pro economic development advocate for the majority of the Granite State which will be increasingly sourcing the natural gas from this resource connected to U.S. domestic gas production from Ohio.

For more than 20 years and from the time before Energy North was first bought out, New Hampshire has relied on natural gas supplies either imported as LNG, and more dominantly in times of normal demand, on the offshore gas fields of Sable Island, Canada. The Kinder Morgan pipeline will deliver gas to the Beverly, Mass., hub where Energy North/Liberty Utilities sources their supplies to service the Merrimack Valley gas supply main reaching all the way into the Lakes Region. Because of the age and depletion of the Sable Island gas fields, and prohibitive cost of further offshore drilling in the proven lesser places of gas around Sable Island vs. near all-time low adjusted for inflation natural gas prices, Atlantic Canada is running short of natural gas. So, a great deal of this Kinder Morgan Gas will be shipped to Canada via the SEMPRA pipline that brings that gas "down" from Canada now, when it has its flow reversed.

Make no mistake about it. A lot of that gas coming from our own domestic U.S. jobs-creating Marcellus and Utica gas fields is going to be servicing business and the too few retail consumers in New Hampshire that have natural gas service. Maybe more than 50 percent of it will be exported to Atlantic Canada as well, but only because the New Hampshire supplies of natural gas from there are running out. Kinder Morgan is an environmental improvement over the very pernicious green house intensive Canadian Oilsands productions planned for shipment via Keystone XL that are to be exported as crude from U.S. Gulf ports with no value added U.S. jobs in refineries that will not be built in the U.S. to avoid high U.S. value-added labor costs.

Clearly Sen. Ayotte has left the rails of fiscal conservatism when she continues to rail against the "wasteful" spending when she was in the last campaign talking about more than a 0.75 percent cut in the U.S. $4 trillion annual budgets. Eliminating 100 percent of that "wasteful" spending of $30 billion still leaves the actual real spending and that spending problem intact. But the senator from a sugar-producing state has a different version of what constitutes "wasteful" spending vs. what a senator from a state like Virginia thinks about "waste" in defense spending.

Kelly is running for re-election it is supposed, unopposed in the Republican Primary. I guess she can just go rogue on the issues New Hampshire Republicans really care about. Unfortunately the senator seems more intent on pandering to special interests and the voters for more spending free lunch to continue to build her political ambitions for a vice presidential nod than to continue working hard on the issues that the conservative voters of New Hampshire sent her to Congress to accomplish five years ago.

She is promoting more spending, more emergency appropriations, as that which "preserves retirement programs and does not raise taxes.", as an "opportunity" "to balance the budget in 10 years...."

Who in Congress is not against enhanced revenues to pay for a single emergency shadow banking, spending resolution appropriation? There is no chance we are going to see her advocate for real actual spending increases to be limited to 50 percent of the percentage growth in the U.S. GDP to allow the Laffer curve to eventually work. Ten years. Isn't that a little after the Vice President Ayotte announces for the presidency? The time when the national debt is approaching $35 trillion? Sen. John E. Sununu was being groomed for an eventual presidential bid but something Greenspan, Bernanke, and his party leaders did to him side-tracked those best-laid schemes.

Tim Sullivan

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