To The Daily Sun,
I would like to give thumbs-up to the cartoon printed with letters to editor on March 14. It turned out to be a fact on the negative attitude many had for a very factual letter written by Ms. Loesch on March 11, 2014. I commend her for writing a letter pointing out the fact that the same right-wingers write the same letters week after week. I quit responding when, as Ms. Loesh pointed out, that they pick out talking points from right-wing-funded Fox News. Try for yourself to find anywhere the facts as they put it anywhere that they write about every week.
The one thing a right winger loves is to criticize but hate to be criticized. Tough, I say. I will write part of a two-part letter today to write my criticism to the remarks made of Ms. Loesch's fact-filled letter written by Mr. Meade on March 14. I would like to first point out to Mr. Meade that he opened the door and so I'm going to walk in. I would like Mr. Meade to pick up his copy of the Constitution and give reference to page, section and paragraph that gave President Bush the right to invade a sovereign nation without provocation, having shown no aggression or threat to this country. I need to once again to point out a fact that as a veteran who has never been in a war zone, they have no idea what it's like to zip up a body bag and being the one to unzip the bag and prepare the body for shipment home. I mention this as every day the right-wingers feel that we need to get in every dog fight in the world.
The fact is that most of the writers to the Daily Sun are old right-wingers like myself, except they contributed their "talking points" with no on-the-job training. I will give Mr. Meade advance notice on a article he has read before. The Laconia Daily Sun printed a half page dated March 27, 2013, written by Pat Buchanan, a two-time GOP presidential candidate titled "Death by (LARGELY) Self inflicted Wounds." I quote his fourth point which reads, " ... rather than bringing the troops home after our cold war triumph and telling our allies the free rides were over, Bush 1 & 2 went crusading for a new world order to end the tyranny in our world. After three wars and a half dozen interventions, we are bankrupt at home and hated abroad. Americans, sick of seeing their best and bravest brought home to Dover or being fitted with prosthetic arms and legs have twice voted for an anti-interventionist president."
I will have more quotes from Mr.Buchanan in part two of my letter. As a reminder Mr.Buchanan won the New Hampshire Primary in 1996. I would recommend that those interested to look this article up and read it for your self.
Mr. Meade continues to mention 13 countries in peril plus more he doesn't mention, and states the mightiest nation the world has ever known, the nation others look to as their protector, offers little more than finger shaking and stern condemnation. I would ask Mr.Meade to get back up on his stump, stare down at the crowd of parents, ask how many are willing to send their children to be the next to come home in a body bag. Since I doubt anyone raised their hand Mr. Meade, what does it say in your Constitution on how to raise an army when no one wants to go?
I will close for today by saying that Mr. Meade reminds me of Paul Harvey (I listened to every night on my trips cross country). And now hear you will hear the rest of the story. The draft ended in 1973. Military today are all volunteers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 10:12
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the members of the Gilmanton Fire Department, I want to thank Gilmanton residents for their overwhelming support at the polls on Tuesday.
Our priority remains their safety. I would like to take a moment and share our mission statement. This mission statement is the very backbone of our organization. We stand ready to serve our residents.
The Gilmanton Fire Department was organized in Jan. 3, 1990, following the merger of the Gilmanton Corners Fire Department and Gilmanton Iron Works Fire Department. The merger was completed to ensure that the citizens of Gilmanton are provided the very best in emergency service. To that end, the mission of the Gilmanton shall be:
We will prevent the impact of fire in our community. We will limit the extent of death, injury, and property loss from fires that do occur.
We will preserve human life from the effects of injury, sudden illness, man-made or natural disasters. We will provide emergency assistance with no regard to race, color, creed or financial status.
We will educate the community and provide them the knowledge necessary to reduce the risks associated with fire and emergency medical events, man-made and natural disasters.
We will ensure our members are trained according to the latest standards.
We will provide a safe work environment and offer opportunities for advancement within our department.
We will provide our members with the opportunities to gain new skills that will enhance the service we provide; we will continually strive to be better providers.
We will offer a supportive environment for the families of our members.
We will be held accountable to the taxpayers of the town of Gilmanton; we will complete our mission in the most cost-effective manner possible, while providing the best service we can.
We will provide professional, courteous and compassionate care to all that call us into service.
Revised and adopted April 15, 2011
Fire Chief Paul J. Hempel III
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:15
To The Daily Sun,
I have a new Hero of the Month. His name is Jerry Springer, the former democratic mayor of Cincinnati and now talk show host of the infamous Jerry Springer Show, which I don't watch and neither does he. It would be interesting to know the composition of his audience. Oh the irony of it all if we found out that the majority of his audience was mostly conservative? I'll let the fringe do that research.
Here's a couple of quotes from this Democratic progressive: "the general trend is, overwhelmingly, liberals ALWAYS win. Every major issue you can think of that Americans are now proud of started out with conservatives fighting it and liberals winning". And again: "I'm not saying we don't elect conservatives a lot, but it doesn't much matter because ultimately those conservatives have to become more liberal to survive".
Let me apologize for the capital letters above. I want to make sure that the viewers of Fox News, who are mostly elderly, can see the point of Springer's message. Well, in the words of another fringe contributor to this forum: "You have to die sometime"! I believe he was referring to the Medicaid expansion bill that is probably going to pass the N.H. House soon.
Coming back from voting last week I reflected on why I mostly vote for liberal candidates. Well, okay, I always vote for liberal candidates. Sometimes the plain truth hits you right square between the eyes and it's hard to deny Springer's comments. Youth will not be denied. The next generation will not be denied — especially if it has great needs. It doesn't appear that Washington is in a position to rectify the social ills that plague us but as soon as they become a potent minority they will go to Washington and do it themselves. That's the way society works. We move forward. Humanity moves forward. In spite of Libertarian attempts to establish a plutocracy, democracy will prevail in these here United States.
Conservatives can put up as many road blocks as they want but in the end Liberals will ALWAYS win. I have never been a believer in absolute truth but in this case I'll make an exception.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:09
To The Daily Sun,
First I would like to thank Mr. Meade for his reasonable and intelligent response to my request for someone on the right to give an example of our president's constitutional improprieties.
Before I give my response to that let me just say this: If the president had asked me prior to attempting to enact a Republican health care plan, I would have advised against it. But, unfortunately, that ship has sailed, and we are left with a poorly thought-out Republican plan.
We can make it work if we work together. Again a huge "but" stands in the way. I know Republicans have been claiming that our president is a divisive leader, even when it was the Republicans leadership who met on inauguration day in 2009 to make a pact to make this a one-term presidency. Of course they failed at that miserably. I believe our president made the mistake of believing if he went with a Republican plan for health care that those on the right might try to work with him.
And to Mr. Meade, I agree that time will tell. The only monkey-wrench I can see that would swing this in the president's direction is that he is a Harvard-trained constitutional Lawyer. He might have found quite-legal ways to change this poorly thought-out plan to make it work for everyone. And as far as any legacy for this president goes, at the very least he is trying to help as many Americans as he can.
Now we all may learn a lesson here, electing a constitutional lawyer to the presidency can be a dangerous thing, or it could be the best thing we could have done with the House of Representatives we are stuck with at this time.
I would like to add my two cents to the Ukrainian debacle. The German chancellor said after speaking to Putin that he was "not in touch with reality". The Republicans were quick to put Putin on a pedestal, and call the president "weak." Given Putin's mental state, this president has had extensive experience dealing with folks who are certainly "not in touch" with reality. What better leadership could we ask for in this crisis.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:05
To The Daily Sun,
Our economy, for the most part, depends on the availability of trained and dedicated workers to fuel the fires of commerce. Today, more than ever, there must be a talented workforce, ready and able to fill vacancies and increase production in needed industries across the country. Sadly, there isn't. And this economy will stagnate and lag behind the rest of the industrial world and we will all suffer because of it.
Why are our percentile grades in essential subjects (math and science) so far behind other less affluent nations. It is because our students, especially in high school lack the motivational skills to succeed. Frankly, they don't try hard enough — and there are too many distractions that get a lot more attention and acclaim than good grades.
The unseen enemy are games and sports events that are always the biggest, loudest, and most celebrated events in the school year. We, as a people, do not have the respect and honor and recognition that classroom studies should garner. The newspapers in every city and town will daily present three pages of games and scores, and very little if nothing, of academic achievements. We are a nation enthralled in the ongoing test of sports excellence.
Consider also the fact most students know little of state government or world history. The percentile grade in math across the state is somewhere around 24 percent. Other Asian nations are boxing our ears off. They'll get the higher-paying jobs. They are smarter than we are, and we are to blame for our misplaced priorities. We are lazy and complacent, giving little concern to a problem of immense importance — to the prosperity and welfare of ourselves and our neighbors. Games are transient. Education is permanent and irreplaceable. Insist that education will always be the foremost issue in every school and games somewhere in the distant background.
Leon R. Albushies
Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 09:59