To The Daily Sun,
I share Leon R. Albushies's concern (see his March 11 letter) about our failing public schools and what that means for our society, freedoms, and prosperity. Public education has been declining for at least the last 50 years, especially since the federal government has increasingly controlled public education.
Why do our public schools provide such poor results? Are American children less capable than other children before they go to our public schools? No. Is funding the issue? No. Some schools with the worst results spend $25,000 to $30,000 per student. Public education costs have increased as fast as health-care costs, but without improvements.
Our public schools don't provide better educational results because providing better educations to our children is a lower priority than the self-interests of those in charge of public education, the educational establishment (e.g., teachers colleges, unions, administrators, teachers, government bureaucracy), and Democrat politicians.
Recognizing the importance of providing a good education to each new generation, Republicans have been championing school choice, which would allow students to escape failing and/or dangerous schools. Essentially the money that taxpayers provide to fund children's education would be directed by parents to the schools of their choice. This would break the public school monopoly and reward the schools (e.g., public, private, parochial) that provide better educations.
Unfortunately Democrat politicians fight school choice despite its popularity and success when it is available. Wealthy Democrats such as President Obama and New Hampshire Senator Hosmer send their children to the schools of their choice, but they deny the opportunity for other children to get a decent education.
One of President Obama's first acts was to stop the popular and successful school choice pilot program in Washington, D.C. In New Hampshire, Democrats fought and have tried to end the scholarship program created by Republicans to help children from poor families escape failing and perhaps dangerous schools.
Republican efforts to provide school choice so each child can get a good education are viciously opposed by Democrat politicians who benefit politically from the current back-scratching arrangement with the educational establishment. Democrats vote more money and privileges for the educational establishment which then provides political support for Democrat politicians.
Every American child will have the chance for a decent education when Republicans have enough political power to enact school choice for all over Democrat objections or when Democrat politicians decide to prioritize children's education above the self-interests of the education establishment.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 09:26
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank the people who held my campaign signs at the Gilford polls: my mom and dad, Thelma and Harry A. Bean, Jean Ferreira, my sisters Cindy Murphy and Sheri Dow, my grandson Harry S. Bean, V and Michelle Dargy. (I was out of town on a prior work-related commitment.)
I would like to thank all of those who wrote letters to the editors of local papers for their very kind words of support: Rep. Russ Dumais, Rep. George Hurt, Pastor John Sanborn, Past Mayor of Laconia and CEO of Apple Mortgage Karl Reitz, and Sarah E. Anderson.
To anyone I have not recognized, I give you my most humble apology.
And last but definitely not least, I would like to thank all of you who have placed your trust in me to do all I can do to see to it that your tax dollars are spent responsibly and not unnecessarily.
Congratulations to all who have won the election, especially my fellow Budget Committee running mates Norm J. Silber and Leslie Suranyi Jr..
P.S. Good job on Article 26. Almost 70 percent of you voted to allow but regulate fireworks. Now only the ones who use fireworks irresponsibly will pay the price rather than all of us.
Harry H. Bean
Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 09:23
To The Daily Sun,
The New Hampshire state Senate has recently passed a bill in favor of medical marijuana and decriminalization. Some states have already made pot legal for recreational purposes and as profits increase; other states will follow. Ironically, this is also a changing time when brain imaging technology has advanced to such a degree that brain plasticity changes are much easier for neurologists to observe and monitor.
They can understand much more precisely how repetitive thought, trauma and strong emotions seem to seriously effect how the brain grows.
While some believe that huge increases in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, will cause overt negative deterioration in brain development, other scientists say it will somehow help protect the brain.
The point here is that debate may probably never end. But over time, as marijuana becomes more legal, potent and available it will probably present some unanticipated negative as well as positive outcomes.
A century ago the average person in the U.S. consumed three to four pounds of sugar each year. These days that amount has increased to about 85 pounds or more and one consequence is that many more Americans struggle with weight problems. Also, diabetes and other overweight-related health problems have soared because of the increased availability of foods that a percentage of people over consume, or perhaps become addicted to.
During the 1970s, when the legal drinking age in several states was lowered to 18 and alcohol was made available to a larger number of younger people, there were significant pros and cons that resulted. More money was made but many lives were lost.
Alcohol is still the number one addictive drug that can lead to death, incarceration as well as causing physical, occupational and psychological debilitation because of how it affects the brain and its deep entrenchment and acceptance in our culture. Cannabis, in terms of behavioral changes is less dangerous than alcohol, but from my perspective as a long-term addiction treatment counselor as well as having been in recovery for many years, it would be great if all potentially habit-forming substances would just go away for good. But that's not happening any time soon.
One argument is that only 5 to 10 percent of those who consume any alcohol at all, actually drink it irresponsibly or alcoholically. The other 90 percent should have their right to imbibe. Of course, that 10 percent consumes at least 80 percent of all the beer and liquor that is sold. If it weren't for the active alcoholics, liquor profits would be mediocre at best.
The seemingly inevitable decriminalization and possibly full legalization of pot may provide some advantages such as an additional funding resource for treatment of addictions to more dangerous drugs like pharmaceutical pain meds and heroin. Maybe there would be a percentage of young adults who, during their youthful intoxicant experimentation right-of-passage, ultimately choose marijuana as a social substance instead of alcohol. If that were to happen even to a small degree, the result would likely be a diminished domestic violence problem, which the police wouldn't mind and fewer fatal car crashes preventing horrendous grief and loss in families.
But if marijuana companies compete in the free and legal market to offer the best product, will the levels of psychoactive chemicals and their bi-products increase exponentially? Years down the line will some totally unpredicted cannabis related health issue prevail? I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but we need to remember that less than 50 years ago, cigarettes and tobacco products that were around for centuries, were still being advertised on TV as potentially healthful and beneficial (soft drinks, too) to the young, active and good-looking generation — the Americans of the 1960s. A lot of money was made, and lives are still being lost
A&D Recovery Counseling
Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 09:18
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing this letter for many reasons. First, our outreach: Faces of Hope would like to share to all those interested to come to a community-wide prayer meeting monthly. We will be meeting the second Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. starting April 11, at the Rotary Park gazebo in Laconia. We want to meet as a community of believers and pray for our neighbors in all surrounding areas who have been touched by the addiction issues. We ask the local churches to please join us. If you are not a believer please feel free to come and listen. If you are in need of prayer we would be honored to do that for you, with you, or whatever you are comfortable with. We desire to bring hope and love and unity in our community.
Second and most important, I would like to share with you regarding the loss of one of our own dear friend's son. She has asked to add to this letter the words she wished her son could have heard. Many times words of love are said but the noise and prison of the addiction is far too loud to hear. These are her words for her son and her hope for those reading:
To my son: I miss you so much my beautiful son. It wasn't supposed to be this way. Drug addiction has taken you from us but it will NEVER EVER define who God created you to be and every memory I have of you is happy, pleasant and beautiful. You would ask me in your dark moments after being revived from overdosing, "why am I here" and I told you that God has a purpose for your life and even though drug addiction tried it's hardest to steal that purpose from you it failed miserably because you did turn to the Lord in your last days. The very thing that tried to pull you away from God's love is exactly the thing that drew you to Him. You are alive in heaven surrounded by pure love and you are free, honey. We will be together again. So with your purpose, son, I am reaching out to anybody who is an addict and anybody affected by addiction to let you know that you are truly loved and being prayed for everyday by me and many others. The Lord has answered everyone of my prayers and I know the battle with drug addiction will be conquered. Please know that their is a mighty and loving God who knows your pain and who wants to help you. All you have to do is ask Him for the help you need and He will never disappoint you. He loves you so much.
God's word promises in Psalm 71:20-21, "Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up, you will increase my honor and comfort me once again"
I love you my son and I send my love to all who are affected by drug addiction. Ma
The Bible says in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy." Is this not what we are seeing in the workings of the recent spike in addictions and deaths? Not only is the person destroyed who is using but it destroys everyone connected to them. The second part of that verse is the good news, "I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
The Lord has put it on my heart to share with you all 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Even if you don't believe in God, do you not see how desperately we need a healing in our land? For those who do believe, are we ready to get on our knees and be obedient to the Lord, repent and pray? I pray we will open our doors to our churches & truly love people even when we don't agree or understand. I pray that we will stop being so loud about what we are against and be known for what we are for, for what and who we love. I ask you brothers and sisters to join us. Let us join together in love and in agreement that only the Lord can bring us out of this pit. We need to seek answers as to what we need to be doing for these folks and their families to support them and love them not just today, but tomorrow.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:56
To The Daily Sun,
I wish to give the voters of Moultonborough my heartfelt thanks for the support that I received at the polls last week.
Now that the recount has confirmed my election to the Board of Selectman, I look forward to working with those currently serving in office in our town and offer my thanks to all who have served.
I also give my promise to all the citizens of our town that I will be faithful to my principles of open and fair government. I will work to make our town government as open as it can legally be, and to make sure the rules are the same for everyone.
Now the real work begins.
Thank you for the opportunity.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:51