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Justifiable criticism is decried as ‘war on public education’

To The Daily Sun,

"My ignorance is as good as your knowledge."

I'm not sure just how Scott (Cracraft) meant that, but it sounds to me like a poor choice of a phrase. Knowing him, I don't think he meant it in a condescending way, though it sounds as though it could be interpreted that way. What I will take issue with is his description of "a war on public education". It's very common on the left to describe any opposing views of anything as a war on this or that. But a war on public education, Scott?

Really now, I just don't seeing any screaming mobs of sign carrying activists outside any public schools or liberal politicians being inundated by e-mails or calls from any organized opposition movements demanding something be done, "there outta be a law", as it were. I think the right words would be "justifiable criticism".

After all, for 30 years or so standards have been reduced in public education our standing as a nation as one of the best educated populations in the world has declined to one of the lowest in the industrial world. Sense public education is responsible for the vast majority of those receiving education, K through four years of collage, it only stands to reason that the lions share of blame falls there upon. I did point toward liberals in this because it's liberal teachers and politicians who have blocked/opposed any conservative ideas or plans to change the status quo. Liberals only support throwing millions of dollars more at the problem which they have been doing for decades without success. (And what is it they say about doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?)

Not only have standards and expectations been lowered, but control and behaviors in the schools are pitiful. I'm sure when Scott, and I know when I, attended school teachers had the respect of students because if they didn't there would be serious consequences there and at home. I never heard of a student verbally attacking a teacher let alone physically assaulting one. No one ever heard of a teacher in high school having an affair with a student. Where does that come from, where do these teens get the idea that they are in charge, entitled and free do and say whatever they want? It's certainly no part of the moral ethical code endorsed and practiced in past times by conservatives. So when Scott decries that educators are unfairly being blamed for all the problems I can only ask, who's foot does the shoe fit?

Steve Earle

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 09:08

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‘President Obama wants to destoy America’ – now that’s funny

To The Daily Sun,

President Obama wants to destroy America.

What a stupid thing to say. And how stupid you sound for saying it.

Don't you realize that this paper continues to print these sick, sad absurdities because of their high entertainment value? They are funnier than the funnies.

Peter Davis

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 09:01

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Senate Republicans prefer tax cuts over N.H. families & businesses

To The Daily Sun,

As the budgeting process moves from the N.H. House to the Senate, it should be judged on its ability to improve the well-being of Granite Staters and grow our economy. Unfortunately, Jeanie Forrester and Senate Republicans are instead already showing allegiance to big companies, many of them from out-of-state, rather than the people of New Hampshire.

Senate Republicans' priorities couldn't be made clearer than with Senate Bills 1 and 2, which would give corporate tax giveaways to big businesses. That is not going to help New Hampshire families or small businesses. And as Jeff McLynch, executive director of New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, explained in his testimony before the Senate Ways and Means Committee, passing SB-1 and SB-2 would blow a $78 million hole in the state's budget.

As Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, it is Jeanie Forrester's obligation to present a budget that provides for the people of New Hampshire, and not just big (mostly out-of-state) corporations. That means avoiding the massive cuts being pushed by Republicans in the StateHouse (cuts to critical programs like meals on wheels, substance misuse treatment, disability services, and infrastructure projects, just to name a few).

But such devastating cuts will only get worse if Senate Republicans blow a huge hole in our state budget for more business tax giveaways. Unless Granite Staters take a stand, Jeannie Forrester and the Senate Republicans will choose tax cuts for big out-of-state corporations over New Hampshire families and small businesses.

Lynn Thomas

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 08:56

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Tea Party candidates are offering a ton of rhetoric and no proposals

To The Daily Sun,

In a recent letter to The Daily Sun, Mr. Ewing invited all dissatisfied Democrats to take a look at the Tea Party and join them. Well, I'm a Democrat and pretty dissatisfied with Congress, so I thought  — what the heck — I'm game.
I took a look at a few of their candidates — announced and unannounced.
Senator Ted Cruz really likes shutting down the government and wants to eliminate the IRS.
Governor Rick Perry wants to eliminate the Departments of Commerce, Education and — oops.
Reverend Mike Huckabbe wants to win the war against Christianity. I'm a Catholic, so I guess I'm okay.
If I were non-Christian though, I'd be a little nervous. He also has quite the opinion of women. Apparently he thinks that women need "Uncle Sugar" to give them free contraception. This is because we can't control our libido. Hmm.
I think that the Tea Party wants smaller government and less taxes. That sounds pretty good. They also want to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and, of course, Obamacare.
Now, I have a direct question for Mr. Ewing. What specific legislation, what specific policies, what specific agencies are set in place – ready to go-when all of this stuff is gone? Who's going to pay for all of these services? Before you say that the states will pick up the tab, what will happen to our state budgets? The money will have to come from somewhere.
I'm looking at a ton of rhetoric and no proposals. It's really easy to criticize and blame the Democrats.
I haven't seen a single solution put forth — just a bunch of noise.

June M. Huot

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 08:46

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I hope chess tournament was as fun for players as it was for me

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank all the people who made the Citywide Chess Tournament that was held on April 4 a success for the 14th year. I was so proud of our students and the good sportsmanship they displayed.

A special thank you to all the coaches — Tony Campo from Holy Trinity School, Ramsay Eliason from Laconia High School, David Ross for Elm Street School, Chris Beyer from Woodland Heights School, Greg Schneberger from Laconia Middle School, Ernie Bownes and Ed Emond for Pleasant Street School — for giving of their time to organize and coach these students and for cheering the players on Saturday morning.

Thanks to Project EXTRA for their support to provide breakfast for the players, and to Deb Williams and Kaitlyn Salome for helping to organize and register players. A special thanks to Jack Aldrich and his culinary arts students for the tasty breakfast treats that they prepared. Thank you to Jeff Twombly for arranging the camera and screen so that the audience could have a bird's-eye view of the games. Thank you to Steve Dalzell, facility manager, and his custodial staff who helped set the room up on Friday. Thank you to Ken Martin for the engraving of the trophies in advance. The winners really get a kick out of receiving a trophy. As you can see it takes many people to make this event happen.

Gift certificates were donated for the winners in each division by Alan Beetle and Patrick's Pub and Eatery. A special thank you for this generous gesture.

Our winners were Carly DeNauw in the high school division, Noah Mousseau in the middle school division and Finnian Mousseau in the elementary division. Once again, thank you to all the spectators and families and especially to the students who participate in this annual activity. We hope it was as fun for you as it was for us.

Janet Brough
Administrative Assistant

Laconia School District

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 08:48

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