To The Daily Sun,
The Belmont Heritage Commission is grateful to citizens for again supporting the Heritage Fund. As written for the newest Town Report, we have returned $3 for each dollar invested since 2005 through grants and fundraising, besides hundreds of locally volunteered hours annually.
Public thanks are also due to the John M. Sargent Fund committee, for their sponsorship of a Saturday, June 6, evening performance at the historic Belmont bandstand. The program is the first of a Heritage Series, offering free programs June through September. The full line-up will be announced later this spring.
Linda Frawley, chairman
Wallace Rhodes, vice chairman and town historian
Priscilla Annis, secretary
Shayne Duggan, Alyce Jewell & Vicki Donovan, members
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:19
To The Daily Sun,
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte has embarrassed the Senate, embarrassed the United States and embarrassed herself by signing a letter to the Ayatollah in Iran schooling them on the way the government works in the U.S. The U.S. government is just one of many partners — the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China — negotiating with Iran to verify that Iran is not in the process of developing a nuclear weapon. Any imposition of further sanctions will be fruitless if these other countries don't agree.
By scuttling these talks, the signatories are saying the only way to stop Iran is a military option. By undermining the negotiations and calling for regime change, they are succumbing to the Bill Crystal neo-cons, the people that greased the wheels for our involvement in Iraq.
Our foreign policy in the area since 1945 has been an abject failure. From covertly toppling a democratically-elected government in Iran in 1952 and installing the Shah (a brutal dictator), to supporting the religious fanatics in Afghanistan against the Soviets — which then morphed into the Taliban — to supplying weapons to Iran in the Iran/Contra scandal in the 1980s, to believing we would be treated as heroes in toppling Saddam in Iraq.
Contrary to the belief that the U.S. isn't respected by the world, the present administration has worked hard to change the perspective after the disastrous Bush years where were derided by our European allies. We can't unilaterally make the world march to our tune and as we become more energy independent — the success of all of the administration's energy policy — we are no longer tied to Mideast oil. The policy has brought the price of oil to under $60 a barrel from $100 and has done more harm to Russia, Iran, and Venezuela than the sanctions the West can impose.
Let's get a senator in 2016 that will work to strengthen the U.S., not embarrass us.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:16
To The Daily Sun,
Law is force. Once it is in place we are theoretically bound by its imperatives and constrained by its prohibitions.
The guiding principle of any lawmaker/policy maker ought to be consistency with individual freedom. Government revenue from taxes is a taking by the force of law. It should be minimal, only enough to maintain an infrastructure that protects the liberty of those from whom the money has been taken.
Not a dime of public funds should support a special interest such as a casino. This is not a legitimate way for tax dollars to be spent.
The proposed extension of commuter rail is even worse. This project doesn't even offer a figment of payback to taxpayers. Instead it requires millions in subsidies taken from taxpayers for each year it will operate. It would operate for the benefit only of special interests.
Common Core is a vile usurpation of state's rights by a federal machine that hopes to entrench its influence in every public school. It must be denied.
New Hampshire should be a leader in actions that successfully repeal the "Affordable" Care Act", even if for no other reason than it is not legally in place. A legislative act that requires taxation must originate in the House of Representatives. The ACA did not, and the Supreme Court ruled that the penalties for not signing up are a tax.
Also, history shows that a federal bureaucracy always costs more and delivers less than similar efforts at a state level.
New Hampshire should be a leader in visibly and noisily refusing to put any public funds in support of abortion. One can be pro-choice and still not be pro-abortion. But in any case abortion is no action for which public funds should be used.
Sadly, in the real world, none but the fewest lawmakers/policy makers is guided by principle. Most strive to satisfy the demands of special interests. They attempt to imbue this behavior with integrity by disingenuously saying they are serving their constituencies.
Down with the establishment! Vote 3rd party.
David M. Zebuhr
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:13
To The Daily Sun,
Even with lower student enrollments and a suggestion by Shaker School Board members not to fund full-time kindergarten this year, the voters once again were able to stack the meeting and vote them in as well as another pay raise for teachers.
I was not at the meeting, as having been in the past it is a waste of time. This last meeting proves that point. They even funded a teacher's position deemed not to be needed any longer.
Huge tax increase once again for Belmont taxpayers, who are in no position for it, all due to the school district. You should be ashamed of this and the hurt it is causing the taxpayers of Belmont and, to a lesser degree, Canterbury.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:10
To The Daily Sun,
Recent media reports about negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are disappointingly one-dimensional and misleading. For example, it is all but accepted that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon. Yet all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies report there is no evidence that Iran is building a nuclear bomb. Israel's own intelligence agency, the Mossad, says the same.
As a veteran, I know that democracy is dependent upon a well informed public. People should be able to consider all the relevant facts.
Israeli leaders may feel threatened by the re-emergence of Iran as a strong regional power, as has historically been the case. But they know that Iran poses no military threat to Israel. The U.S. should not allow itself to be "played" in a regional power struggle.
A peaceful, stable Middle East is in the interests of the American people, the Iranian people, the people of Israel, of the region and of the world.
As a military veteran, I know that war is horrible as well as futile. The militarization of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has been a disaster for all concerned.
I am grateful that President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are pursuing diplomacy with Iran, instead of more sanctions, leading to a war that could kill hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.
As a signer of the Treaty for Nuclear Non-Proliferation (NPT), Iran has the legal right to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes. Instead of pressuring Iran, the U.S. government should take steps to comply with its own obligations under the NPT. The U.S. should be destroying its nuclear weapons instead of developing a new generation of doomsday missiles.
Our senators should not sign any bill that would undermine the possibility of achieving a peaceful, negotiated solution with Iran.
Diplomacy, not war!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:07