First requisite for effective communication is common language

To The Daily Sun,

Watch your tongue? Political correctness will crush freedom of speech. The first edict of a socialist dictatorship is scrutinize what you say or suffer the consequences.

We are traveling down that road. The masses now invading our southern border are adamant. No English senor!

The First Amendment of the Constitution protect citizens from those consequences. But how are we to know when multiple languages legal, inviolate but untranslated are towers of Babel leaving the Anglo's in the dark. After all we are the well established English-speaking majority. We function effectively. Our confidence and well being are at risk as well as our survival. Today's problems demand solid adhesion among we Aborigine. George III had no problem reading the Declaration of Independence. Rising as more divisive than the Civil War 150 years ago we embark upon the most disturbed epoch in U.S. history. We've been betrayed from on high and threatened by savages, is it possible no one cares? It seems so. Back to the lorders.

The borders, language and culture must be protected, nourished and respected lest we become a beehive of confusion and frustration with loss of our identity.

People flock to America because their homelands are unbearable, dysfunctional and dangerous, with no hope for a dignified future.

To provide those expectations the first requisite is understandable, common, effective communication. Yes, the King's English.

Ward H. Flanders





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Please make the commitment to Stand Up for Laconia with us

To The Daily Sun, 

Although the school year is over and the slower and more relaxed pace of summer is here, Stand Up Laconia is not taking the summer off, but picking up speed.

Substance misuse continues to be a significant issue here in New Hampshire. Only your involvement can help us to keep this issue on the front burner where it belongs. As we know, the effects of substance misuse reach and corrode all fibers of our community, whether it be relationships, health, safety, or our economy. Although this issue is certainly not unique to our community, our community's reaction to this issue is.

Throughout our state, people are beginning to notice Stand Up Laconia, a small but committed and growing group of people. Our mission is simple: We want the drugs out, and a safe, vibrant community back. Many of us are refusing to just close our doors and pretend it is not an issue or complaining that it is just too complex of an issue to tackle. So Laconia and Lakes Region — Way to Go.

However, we still have lots of work to do. This issue is huge and we need every member of our community to get involved. And there are so many ways to become involved. We recognize everyone's time is precious and some may have more time than others to commit to this coalition. If we all give in whatever way we can, the momentum will gain and positive changes are then inevitable.

The only thing that will decrease the impact of the coalition is feeling, "Oh it's a growing coalition and they have enough people," or "I'll get involved sometime down the road when I have time."

There are 16,000-plus people who live in Laconia. Stand Up Laconia has about 250 coalition members, and about one-third of those are active members. If with those small numbers we are making positive changes, can you imagine with a substantial amount of involvement the positive changes that would take place? A year from now this community would be a completely different place. People would be lining up to move here. This is not a dream and could absolutely be a reality. If together we make this issue a priority this summer, get involved and see what 16,000 people Standing Up together Laconia can achieve.

Here are upcoming ways for you to get involved:

— Thursday, June 18, Monthly coalition meeting at Laconia Middle School from 5:30-7 p.m.

— Thursday, June 25, Free movie event "Anonymous People" at Lakes Region Community College

— Saturday, July 4, Stand Up Laconia table at Opechee Park.

— Monday, July 6, Make A Difference Monday – Fundraiser at Winni Playhouse in Meredith.
— Aug. 4, National Night Out

These are just a few ways Stand Up Laconia is getting involved, increasing awareness and creating a louder voice to ensure our community is a leader in prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.

Make the commitment to Stand Up with us and come to this Thursday's meeting. Bring a neighbor, family member or co-worker with you. I sincerely hope we see you on the 18th. If you cannot make it send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let me know how you can help us grow this coalition.

Clare Persson


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On Mr. Ewing's attempt to distract us from the big climate change picture

To The Daily Sun,

This is Part 1 of my rebuttal of Don Ewing's recent Climate Change Denial from the Groupthink Clique of Climastrology.

Anthropogenic CO2 emissions began to dramatically rise in 1950, as did the airborne fraction of CO2 that remained after carbon sinks absorbed about 55 percent. Since 1959 we have been able to directly measure atmospheric CO2 while we used ice cores to determine atmospheric CO2 in the past. Humanity's industrial emissions can be estimated from international energy statistics going back to 1850.

All the data points to a monumental jump in both CO2 emissions and airborne CO2 since 1950. There was only a minor rise in CO2 from 1850 to 1950 and then it jumped at a steep angle at the same time industry emissions into the atmosphere exponentially increased.[1] The chart from Petrolog's annual emissions of carbon dioxide from the combustion of fossil fuels and production of cement, 1850-2006 is an even more compelling rebuke of Don's claim.[2]

The real explosion of fossil fuel emissions began after World War II with the economy of the 1950s as you can see by both charts referenced.

For a sobering look at just how unprecedented a jump in atmospheric CO2 we see, see this chart of atmospheric CO2 as measured by the ice cores at Mauna Loa, Taylor Dome and Law Dome over the last 10,000 years.[3] Mr. Ewing mentions that atmospheric carbon was at 275 ppm around 250 years ago, but did he also mention that it was at 265 ppm 10,000 years ago or 280 ppm in 900CE? Or 275 in 1500CE?

So with natural fluctuations, atmospheric CO2 remained steady for the last 10,000 years until 1950 when humans began to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, raising a 9,550-year-long 275 ppm average high to 400 ppm in just 50 years.

The other main contribution to atmospheric CO2 is deforestation when plants die. We did that, too. And it gets worse for Mr Ewing's 250 year attempt to distract us from the big picture. The Vostok ice cores measure back 420,000 years.[4]

The atmospheric CO2 in the last 400,000 years hit high points at 400,000 ya (years ago) at 285 ppm, 330,000 ya at 300 ppm, 240,000 ya at 280 ppm, and 125,000 ya at 290 ppm. After the usual dip to around 200 ppm mid-cycle, it took between 25,000 and 75,000 years to peak again. Slowly, so species were able to adapt. But something different his happening this time. There was a sudden and unprecedented spike after reaching the 400,000 year average high that can best be explained by fossil fuel emissions and deforestation.

In the 120 years of 1830 to 1950, CO2 increased by a total of 30 ppm, a paltry rate of 0.25 ppm/yr. In the 50 years of 1950 to 2000 it increased a total of 55 ppm, a rate of 1.1 ppm/yr. In the decade of 2000 to 2010 CO2 increased 25 ppm, a rate of 2.5 ppm/yr, which is 10 times the 1830-1850 rate. Fossil fuel use rose 41 percent between 1990 and 2008 and 29 percent from 2000-2008.[5]

Another Greenhouse gas is in play, too. Vostok ice cores show that methane, a far more powerful greenhouse gas averaged between 400 ppb and 750 ppb for 400,000 years.[6] We are now at 1,750 ppb.[7] . We did that. After 400,000 years of fluctuations of 350 ppb we added a 1,000 ppb in 200 years. Nitrous oxide has almost doubled, too. Bravo.

Don repeats that most of the warming occurred before 1940. Wrong. Globally, of the 14 warmest years on recorded, 13 of them were in the 21st century.[8] In fact, the average global temperatures of 2013 were about 0.9 degrees F above the 1961-1990 average. The 1930s were hot in the USA but its hottest year, 1934, still only placed 52nd in global records. Don says the Earth has warmed 1 degree F from 1850 to 2000. That is misleading because from 1979 to 2009, the Earth warmed a little over 0.9 degree F. This graph shows the temperature record between 1850 and 2005. It warmed 0.3 degree C between 1850 and 1940, mostly between 1910 and 1940 while it warmed 0.85C between 1940 and 2005, mostly between 1980 and 2005.[9][10] All while the sun was cooling. And that graph doesn't even include the years 2006-2014 which contain the hottest years ever recorded.

Mr. Ewing also claims that the CO2 we breathe is "1/8th of the level at the times of our primate ancestors (about 3,000 ppm)". Which Primate ancestors? Homo Habilis? Homo Erectus? Australopithecus Afarensis (Lucy)? Lucy lived 3.2 million years ago, during the Pleocene and the CO2 was 400 ppm which is also our current CO2 content.[9] Now if Don is speaking of the very first primate ancestor he may be talking about the The Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum (PETM) 55 million years ago which is considered an extinction event. A recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper stated, "Following a doubling in carbon dioxide levels, the surface of the ocean turned acidic over a period of weeks or months and global temperatures rose by 5 degrees centigrade – all in the space of about 13 years. If our Palaeocene estimates are correct, tropical temperatures at the slightly younger PETM could have reached 38-40 degree C, resulting in widespread equatorial heat-death as recent models and other proxy data have predicted."[12]

Sources disagree on the CO2 ppm 55Myo but the consensus is that this climate would be quite inhospitable to human civilization and is seen as a model of what could happen to us if we continue to heat the place up.[13] I found no scientific source that claimed 3,000 ppm but this article by an actual climatologist is quite interesting about the PETM event [14]. Stay tuned for Part 2 where I will expose the phony right-wing engineered climate gate hoax for starters.


James Veverka

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Sen. Jeanie Forrester - Senate has produced a responsible state budget

The New Hampshire Senate has passed a thoughtful, conservative, and compassionate budget. This $11.3 billion budget will fund state government for the next two years. The Senate budget spent more than the House, but less than the governor. By approving this budget, our Senate colleagues took an important step to grow New Hampshire's economy and provide vital services to those most in need.

The first step in building a responsible budget is figuring out how much money we have to spend. Estimating state revenues more than two years into the future is always uncertain, and it is prudent that we be conservative in our estimates. If we're too optimistic about the rate of growth in our economy, revenues will fall short and force deep cuts to state programs. We saw how painful this mistake was in 2010 when rosy revenue estimates failed to materialize, forcing a special session to cover a budget deficit. The estimates on which we based this budget project conservative 2 percent annual growth over the next two years in state General Fund revenues.

The governor's budget planned on an additional $129 million in tax and fee increases, on everything from small businesses to cigarettes to car registrations. The Senate budget removed those tax and fee increases. We found a way to build the budget without adding an unnecessary financial burden on our hardworking citizens.

This budget lowers the Business Profits Tax for the first time in 20 years, and cuts the Business Enterprise Tax paid by our small businesses for the first time ever. Tax rates will go down for businesses that employ 95 percent of New Hampshire's private sector workforce, leaving entrepreneurs with more money to reinvest in their workforce. This modest reduction will serve as a beacon that after four years of anemic economic growth, the Granite State is again open for business.

We're also proud that this budget more than doubles the state's Rainy Day Fund to $21 million. Rebuilding our fiscal reserves helps our bond rating and provides a cushion against an unexpected economic downturn.

Ultimately, budgets are about priorities, and you can tell the Senate's priorities from the programs and services we chose to fund. A top priority was restoring funding for programs aimed at those most in need.

Within the Department of Health and Human Services, we were able to fully fund developmental disabilities and the waitlist, fully fund Meals and Wheels, and restore funding for emergency shelters and ServiceLink.

We also spent $22.9 million for existing and new mental health programs including the 10-bed crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital.
We restored Governor Hassan's cut to nursing homes and home health care providers and provided a 3 percent rate increase to home health providers (e.g., visiting nurses, Granite State Independent Living, etc.) — the first increase since 2006.

Faced with a growing crisis of substance abuse, we were also able to stand up the alcohol fund by dedicating proceeds ($6.7 million) from the Liquor Commission for the first time in over a decade. This fund was created in 2001 by then Senator Ned Gordon who recognized the importance of funding prevention, treatment, and recovery services. (The original request for funding was approximately $17 million. The governor cut the funding to $9.6 million and the House cut the funding to $3.4 million.) Including the alcohol fund appropriation, we increased spending on drug and alcohol programs across state government to $42.1 million.

The Senate budget also commits to education at all levels. It lifts the cap on state adequacy grants, providing an additional $4 million to local schools, and increases state support for charter school students. It increases the state's investment in the N.H. Community College System, triggering a two-year freeze on tuition, and increases funding for the university system ($11 million more than FY14/15).

The Senate budget prioritizes road and bridge construction by targeting more money to municipal construction projects, increasing state aid from $60 million to $70 million over the biennium. By restructuring our Highway Fund debt through a federal pilot program, we're able to use more money on highway construction and maintenance, and less on interest payments.

We've restructured our public safety programs to ensure sustainable funding, without raiding the Highway Fund. By dedicating funds for Homeland Security, adding positions and overtime at the Department of Corrections, funding the Department of Safety Detective Bureau, and increasing pay for courthouse security, we are meeting the Legislature's commitment to protecting the public.

There are things missing from this budget, most notably the state employee pay raise and the N.H. Health Protection Plan. With respect to the pay raise, we anticipate this will be discussed during final budget negotiations in the next two weeks. With respect to NHHPP, we will consider this important program outside the budget process (just like we did in the last budget).

The Senate passed a fiscally responsible budget that meets New Hampshire's needs and helps spark the New Hampshire economy and I am proud to support it.

(A Meredith Republican, Jeanie Forrester represents District 2 in the New Hampshire Senate. She is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.)


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Play the translation game? Tell me the story of the Virgin Mary

To The Daily Sun,
First, in response to Paul Blake's Saturday letter: Mr. Blake, you write a long letter in which you think you have it all figured out. From Hebrew to Greek then to English, translated by Jewish scholar strangers thousands of years ago, and you have brainwashed yourself into this moral corner in which it is impossible to fathom wine being used for anything good in life. What your one-sided, convoluted rant is devoid of is context or reason.

These were people, Mr. Blake. Human beings living in hard times without any of the luxuries we had today. Short lifespans, high infant death rates, war and disease around every corner yet, you find it incredulous that they would have wine at a wedding. All you present for evidence is that some words which may or may not have meant wine or grape juice. You lack a shred of common sense and that's what scares me. People celebrate joyous occasions with wine and alcohol, not grape cool aid. I'm pretty sure that it doesn't corrupt their soul.

Furthermore, if you want to play the translation game, you want to tell me the story of the Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception? I bring this up because the word "virgin" was mistranslated from "young woman." And if you dispute that, then chew on this: The verses surrounding Isaiah 7:14 tell how Ahaz, the king of Judah, is told of a sign to be given in demonstration that the prophet's promise of God's protection is a true one. The sign is that an almah will give birth to a son who will still be very young when Judah's enemies will be destroyed. Most Christians identify the almah of this prophecy with the Virgin Mary. In Isaiah 7, the almah is already pregnant, and modern Jewish translators have therefore rendered almah here as "young woman". The Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, which was completed in the late second century BCE, translated almah into Greek as parthenos, which generally means "virgin". For example, the Hebrew word "betulah" for "virgin" is translated as "parthenon" in Exodus 22:16 in the Septuagint. But also, the Septuagint also describes Dinah as a parthenos, even after she has been raped and hence technically no longer a virgin. So by this the Virgin Mary was probably just meant to be known as a young woman, I mean she was married. Common sense says that if she was a virgin when married, that was settled on the wedding night.

I'm beginning to sound a bit like you, so I'm done, but my point is you blindly lead your life by this book that has been interpreted by strangers on different continents over and over again. Again, I respect all of my Christian friends' beliefs, but I personally cannot subscribe to a book which I believe is as precise as an Al Jazeera news report without any true feeling or attachment or trust. Moderation of course, but you cannot tell me a frosty beverage after a hard day's work is a sinful act. If your too detached from reality to understand that wine was drank at a wedding though, I'm sure this letter is just an exercise in futility.

Switching gears, I just wanted to say to everyone out there that if you are not paying attention to the Laconia Muskrats you may just be missing out on history. If my research is correct they have never sent a player to the Major Leagues but that just may change soon. Tim Viehoff is a starting pitcher who right now through two games is sporting a 0.00 ERA with a league leading 18 strikeouts. He's 6 feet 4 inches, throws 90 mph and has a 2-0 record early on here. Check out the teams schedule on and come one out to support the team, watch a fun game up close and perhaps meet one of the future stars of MLB!

Thomas Lemay

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