To The Daily Sun,
After reading the latest from Bernadette Loesch, my thoughts to Don Ewing, Russ Wiles and Bob Meade are these: The truth be known, there is no logic or reasoning Bernadette is ever going to accept from us or anyone else unless it is pre-soaked in a tub of Kool Aid. A tub made by union workers paid twice what they are worth, pulled in a blue wagon whose cost is entirely subsidized by government by a team of dumber-than-dirt donkeys getting free Obama veterinarian care.
I think the best we can do guys is simply ignore the ratings that confirm the old saying, "You cant teach an old donkey new tricks."
I have to say, for me it is a toss-up which one of them gives me the best laughs, Bernadette or James Veverka. Bernadette apparently wants to be able to hold 20 minute conversations while out shopping in the morning with working people on the job no doubt to tout the great things Obama is doing as some business owner pays that employee the highest wages possible (to make Bernadette happy and him broke including paying Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, disability insurance, vacation pay, holiday pay, plus state payroll costs and likely contribute to a pension.
Fellows, there is no way we can reason with Bernadette. This is a person who could not run the simple finances and inventory control requirements of a lemonade stand let alone understand the complex challenges and issues involved in running a real business, with real issues, real payrolls and real competitors in a global economy. Bernadette has never run a business in her life. She just collected a guaranteed paycheck from the people taking all the risks. What we are hearing from Bernadette is totally uninformed, hyperbole with hypocrisy as high as it gets. A person who wouldn't know gross margin from net margin or capacity utilization from capacitor alteration or selling short from being sold short.
Bernadette's uninformed, farcical rantings (and that is what they are) illustrate as perfectly as anything can exactly what is wrong with America today. The liberal doctrine of Democrats pursued since FDR has only brought us to the brink of national economic disaster. The never-ending government subsidized, ballyhooed, trillion dollar promises made by FDR JFK, LBJ , Clinton and Obama have led this country where I ask?
Answer: to a country in global decline, education decline, middle-class decline marked by record debt, record welfare demand and record wealth inequality. Guess what? Bernadette Loesch is still screaming for the same failed "donkey" solutions this country has implemented over 75 years that all promised to improve equality. Programs from SS to Medicare to disability insurance to higher minimum wages and higher income taxes. Clearly, not one of those policies or programs worked even a tiny bit. In fact, every social program and welfare program is broke and underfunded in the trillions as I write this, while the government-run VA hospital system has just been accused of killing several service men from delayed appointments and then instructing thousands of people that work in the hospitals to lie about it. That any person would want more government after witnessing this 75-year failure of Democratic policies strikes me as someone truly insane, devoid of rational analytical ability.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:45
To The Daily Sun,
Local Democrats are invited to join together on Sunday at Beth Arsenault's house in Laconia (71 Cottonwood Ave.) for a Summer Blue Bash with special guest Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter and many of our 2014 candidates for all offices on the ballot.
There will be great food, great drinks, great friends. What a better way to celebrate the end of Bike Week and the beginning of turning Belknap County "blue." (Tickets: $15/person or $25/couple).
Chair, Belknap County Democrats
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:41
To The Daily Sun,
Last Thursday was a great day to be at the Laconia Main Street Market. Enticing aromas emanated from the Savor the Season tent, where Chef Kevin Halligan from Laconia Local Eatery was preparing a savory kale dish called Carolina Kale. Lucky shoppers were treated to a sample plate that included the kale dish, pork tenderloin (from Chef Halligan's own pigs), and cornbread from Laconia Village Bakery. For some folks, it was their first time trying kale, and the overwhelming response was "delicious!" Copies of the recipe along with other great kale recipes were available, along with advice on how to prepare this highly nutritious vegetable.
Many thanks to Chef Halligan for a great opening to the Savor the Season series, and for donating his honorarium to LRFN's Veggie Roundup Project. Thanks also to Winnipesaukee Woods Farm and Minglewood Farm for their donations of items for the Carolina Kale.
Chef Halligan's food demonstration was the first of four such demonstrations scheduled for the market, on the second Thursday of each month.
Savor the Season is sponsored by the Lakes Region Food Network with support from the Laconia Main Street Market. One of the main goals of the project is to inspire market goers with interesting ways to use the great produce available each month from our local farms. July's guest chef will be Ana Gourlay from Sunflower Natural Foods, with a tentative topic of culinary and medicinal use of fresh herbs. Samples will be available along with a collection of great recipes for using the incredibly fresh herbs that are grown by our local farms.
Put July 10 on your calendar, come to the market between 3:30 and 4:30 to visit with Ana, and Savor the Season.
Lakes Region Food Network
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:38
To The Daily Sun,
Society, with help of schools of all sizes, has taken games (sports) to an unrealistic level, which directly threatens the very existence of scholastic excellence. This bold statement is not just a cursory observation, but hopefully a notice that classroom studies are distant to games on the field, and academic success is fading in notice and acclaim. It is the game that counts (for so many) oblivious to the actual reason children attend school — in the first place.
There are semi-frequent notices about grade levels and academic achievements and exceptional students (few as they may be.) especially this time of year. But newspapers are loaded with ballfield events, game scores and endless stories of huge wins and crushing defeats. And on and on it goes day after day. Math, science, reading and writing are nowhere to be seen. In essence, nothing else seems to have the enthusiasm, the gusto, the thrills and chills as the daily game. This seems perfectly fine. But in all this hullabaloo most children are failing in the classroom, and nobody seems to care or is able to significantly improve percentile grades, year-to-year. Win the football championship and all else is forgotten and pushed aside.
As a nation we are falling further behind in competitive skills and knowledge. Our minor children are not getting the grades they need to advance in a tough world market. In spite of this, parents are blind to the damaging effects of near-idolatry of their children playing endless games that have no real or usable consequences.
I enjoy watching my grandkids play on the field or court. They are excellent students, and games don't have that win-or-else mentality. I hope that's the case.
This is a very serious problem. We have to make a 180 degree turn from where we are now. The most recognizable scale we have tells us to educate the children, do not accept failure and excuse. Don't be foolish, let your children know you want them to do well in school, That is the most important thing in their young lives.
Games must take a minor role, slink into the background where they belong and no longer be the dominant and overbearing entities they have become.
Leon R. Albushies
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:33
To The Daily Sun,
Today we are celebrating the achievements of graduating students. We applaud them and wish that they achieve their dreams.
While we are happy for those who are prepared for their next endeavor, we need to recognize that many of our schools are just not good enough for students or for our country's needs. Too many graduates are not prepared for the next level of education or for a decent job. And, far too many students drop out of bad, dangerous and uncaring schools and end up poor and/or incarcerated.
Changing the names of top-down driven programs, e.g., now Common Core, previously No Child Left Behind, continues to fail and neglects the real problems anyway.
There are thousands of great and millions of good public school teachers. But thousands of bad teachers and administrators, who cannot be fired, harm school morale and deprive millions of students of their opportunities for good starts in life.
We have tried sending our public schools increasing amounts of money and federal directives for decades, but that doesn't fix the problems caused by bad teachers, bad administrators, and an educational establishment stuck in the past.
Charter schools provide options for the fortunate few lucky enough to get in. Some parents, even very poor parents, struggle to send their children to private schools so they can avoid failing public schools. Their stories are heartbreaking. I recommend watching the documentary movie, "Waiting for Superman," available in many libraries, including Meredith's.
Taxpayers fund great public educations, spending (in 2011) on average $13,041 per pupil in public schools versus $8549, $8001, $6018 in private, charter, and Catholic schools respectively (http://www.edreform.com/2012/04/k-12-facts/). Sadly, too many public schools don't deliver quality results. It's long past time for Americans to demand the changes needed so each child can get a good education in a good, safe school.
It's time to change how public education money is spent. Every tax dollar collected for public education should be directed by a child's parents to the school the parent selects for his or her child.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:29