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Corruption in our county government goes back at least 10 years

To The Daily Sun,

I read the letter published in the June 7 issue from State Representative Norman Silber concerning our county government. What he says does not surprise me one bit. I experienced how our county government conducts business up close and personal. I have written here in the past, stating that Belknap County government is plagued by poor leadership and bad management and it has been that way for years now. Mr. Taylor is just a slick-talking New Jersey Lawyer who will manipulate the facts to meet his own agenda. Mr. DeVoy was elected because he flat out lied to the voting public about how he was going to fix the problems with county administration. As soon as he was elected he did a 180 degree about face and protected the status quo. Why is the question?

Our county administrator is unqualified to be in her position and she was awarded it based only on her connections and not by any objective measure of credentials or qualifications. Tell me how does a gal with nothing but a high school diploma get the highest paying position in the county, even when the job description clearly states as a minimum requirement that candidates hold an advanced degree in an appropriate field? Anyone want to take a guess on how this happened? She and the commissioners going back at least for three administrations have been a disaster for county government. Poor decision making and mismanagement is what defines our county government. Mr. Richard Burchell knew this and wanted to do something about it but he was ganged up on by DeVoy and Taylor and forced out.

There is corruption in our county government that goes back 10 years, at least. Many of our elected reps know about this but they refuse to rock the boat. I know this to be true because I have been told by some of our reps that they know what I am talking about and know it to be true. I have been calling for an investigation for years now and it falls on deaf ears. Perhaps now is the time.

Gordon Blais

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The Bible was written and inspired by God, not by a deranged, vicious and violent man

To The Daily Sun,

We are so privileged to live in a nation where we all can freely express our thoughts and opinions, and while we may face ridicule and recrimination when we exaggerate or misrepresent the facts, we will not face prosecution for our beliefs, no matter how far off the mark they are. With that said, my comments to Mr. Jim Veverka, who never misses an opportunity to reveal to the world how “hard-left” socialist progressive; his thinking is, I say, “There you go again, James!”

When Mr. Veverka claims the Bible and the Qur’an are morally equivalent, it demonstrates how deranged his thinking really is. The Bible was written and “inspired” by God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, as He “breathed” into the minds of men He chose, to tell His story of Creation and salvation.

The Qur’an, on the other hand, was written mostly by a vicious and violent Arab, prompted and promoted by his first wife, a Catholic, who had tremendous visions of grandeur for him. The Qur’an contradictions are the result of Muhammad “receiving” a continuous stream of convenient “new verses” from his guardian angel, Gabriel, when he needed some justification to NOT follow previous verses. While he forced others to follow previous verses “received” from Gabriel, he would conveniently come up with new verses, allowing him not to obey.

Most of the “biblical” stories in the Qur’an were actually copied from the Bible, except they wouldn’t be useful without a massive amount of “spin” added, to denigrate their purpose. For example, the Qur’an includes a story about the patriarch Abraham that is full of errors. Beginning in Sura 26:69, it gets all sorts of facts wrong, including that Abraham worshipped idols, and when he later came to his senses, he smashed the idols, and was thrown in a blazing hot furnace by King Nimrod as punishment. Here it gets the story of Daniel and his three Hebrew friends, who are thrown into a blazing hot furnace for disobeying the decrees of King Nebuchadnezzar, all mixed up together, an event that happened 1500 years later than Abraham’s time!

The Qur’an also records a command from Abraham to his sons that they become Muslim (Sura 2:132), even though Abraham and his whole family lived more than 2000 years before Islam was invented, before Muhammad was even born!

There are many other examples of fraud being perpetrated on illiterate Arabs who were forced, through threat of death by Muhammad and his family members, to accept Islam. And after 1400 years, the fraud continues even today. The sad part is that so-called educated men and women of today, like Mr. Veverka, don’t bother to even try to determine the truth. Their “worldview” says that anything having to do with Christianity is wrong.

Mr. Veverka is confused about many things, not the least of which is, “Christianity” did not exist during the Old Testament age. Jesus came to earth as a baby at the beginning of the New Testament, and followers of Jesus were not called “Christians” until years after Jesus’ crucifixion.

Today, Christians serve the God of the Bible. Our real and only enemy is Satan, who was defeated by the events of the cross and the resurrection. All others who hate us, satanic humans and demons, are just Satan’s servants and agents, and as true believing Christians, we are taught how best to deal with those evils. Some of us Christians try to learn from those lessons, some of us have a harder time with that.

I could comment on Mr. Veverka’s assertions regarding the “Period of Enlightenment” (1685-1815) and the so-called “Age of Reason,” but I run the risk of exceeding his intellectual level, except to say that the fad of the “enlightenment,” elitist thinkers that led to 20th Century Modernism (where people believe that man cannot know any truth), and sadly, all modernists and postmodernists owe a heavy debt to the thinkers of the Enlightenment.

It seems that all of this was motivated to provide the aristocrats and elitists of that time with a valid reason to delegitimize the authority of God the Father, the Creator of the universe, and to make room for atheists and other rebellionists who didn’t believe in God (can you pronounce Charles Darwin?). It was during this period when many of the early denominations (sects, Christianity’s divisions) that emerged from Christianity, led by “humanists” who believed in the supremacy of man over God, attempted to alter the truth of God’s word.

Mr. Veverka sarcastically suggests that believers should free themselves from the literal writings of the Holy Bible and the Qur’an, because that’s what liberal Christians and Muslims have done. He also says when we criticize Muslims, we are painting them all with a “wide brush,” holding them all accountable for the actions of “fringe groups.” The fact is, all Muslims are a “fringe group!” They believe a lie, written by a deranged loony-tunes, designed to instill the fear of Allah, a bonified pagan mood god, into their heads.

This is the position, and the trumpeting of a “one-trick-pony...”

Jim McCoole


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