Look closely at who voted for the House's shortsighted budget

To The Daily Sun,

There were probably 500 people waiting to testify against the House Republican's budget at the Senate Budget Committee hearing that overflowed the chambers at the Legislative Office Building last Tuesday.

Many of the speakers offered heart-rending stories of children lost to drug addiction and begging for treatment beds. After being told that the waiting period for a treatment bed for her addicted son was weeks long, one mother described her experience of locking herself in his bedroom with him while he detoxed. She described the vomiting, crying, begging, and shaking and her worry that he might die in graphic detail.

Many talked about how devastating the cuts to services to the developmentally disabled will be. One, young man, who testified on his own behalf, asked how he will be able to work if he doesn't have the assistance of the area agency that has provided so much support and assistance to him in the past.

And, yet others talked about how much they personally benefited from services to the mentally ill. One fellow described his lifelong struggle with schizophrenia that saw him living for years in and out of the hospital but that with help from community mental health centers has found success in employment, marriage, and has a child on the way. There were even two police chiefs who thought it worthwhile to wait to testify against the cuts to domestic violence programs.

And, you know who else opposes that budget? The Business and Industry Association which represents more than 400 leading companies throughout the state that employ 86,000 New Hampshire residents argued in favor of lower business taxes and increased funding for tourism, renewable energy, the department of environment services, and higher education. And, they support Medicaid expansion because it will mean a healthier work force. How about that?

Look closely at how your representatives in Concord voted on that cruel and shortsighted budget.

Dave Pollak

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Where is BIA's leadership role on the Northern Pass issue?

To The Daily Sun,

Since this issue affects everyone in New Hampshire I am passing along comments, pro and con, about the vital concern for new power resourcing through the "Northern Pass" project, but also the need to bury the power lines and not have a gangly trail of high-powered transmission lines going right through the center of one of the state's most scenic areas. It's not an easy issue to solve thus the long debate over the project in the first place.

My only comment, as a former resident, and hopefully a renewed resident later this year, is that the folks on both side of the issue need to spend a helluva lot more time working together rather than imply innuendos via press releases, e-mail notices, etc, etc, etc. I am amazed that there has been no coalition of groups coming together to work with the proponents but that may have already been offered and didn't receive acceptance by the parties involved.

N.H. needs the added power, that's for sure. Economic growth is vital to the state's business health. But, N.H. citizens also have the obligation to protect one of its most valued assets, that being the pristine environment that God put on this area which all of us from generations past, present, and for the future should be able to enjoy without interruption and obstruction.

I'm sure my idea has been offered many times over the past decade. What I don't see or hear is an advocate voice leading any charge to move such a thought forward. This requires someone with a high profile, an impeccable tract record, and total dedication to getting a resolution on the table for action. If you know of someone, why not raise the issue with the powers-to-be and just maybe something positive could get off the ground? I guess I could say, "where is the BIA in all of this?" The leading business organization in the state seems to be rather silent from what I can gleam from reviewed resources. Is that because PSNH is a high profile member of the BIA? I wonder if someone has the moxie to raise this issue. It would be an interesting sight to behold.

Well, anyway, if you have not read up on the "Northern Pass" project, you really should. It is going to affect you for decades to come, both in the business climate and in the pocketbook due to electricity costs.
W.R. "Bill" Carr
Louisville, Kentucky

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Progressives have begun march toward tyranny of masses

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.

Russ Wiles




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Here's where Sen. Forrester could exert some real leadership

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.

Anne Rogers 


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Sounds like Judeo-Christian values are a little like Sharia, eh?

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 [1], and Baron Von Montesquieu's wildly popular "The Spirit of the Laws." [2]

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..."[3]

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.[4] 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."[5] 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.

[1] http://thelatinlibrary.com/law/polybius.html
[2] http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/montesquieu/
[3] http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/694
[4] http://www.stopthereligiousright.org/constitution2.htm
[5] http://avalon.law.yale.edu/17th_century/nc04.asp

James Veverka


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