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History has shown that you can't make deals with crazy people

To The Daily Sun,

More than 30 dead, more than 200 injured and I'm going to say it again, Muslims did it. Just to be clear again, Muslims did it.

I refuse to be politically correct when people are being blown up or shot down, murdered and maimed because of some prehistoric religion. They are Muslims and they are killing people. Deal with it. Stop burying your heads in sand of denial.

Stop telling us all about the moderates. The moderates are doing nothing, zero. Less then zero, they are making excuses for the killers, and dancing in the streets. Oh to be sure it's not all of them doing the bombing or the dancing, but none of them are actively going after the clerics or the instigators. What will it take for progressives, peace-at-any-price liberals, to finally decide what they are doing doesn't work? A nuke in Time Square?

History has shown you can't make deals with crazies. You can't trust what fanatics promise unless it's that they intend to kill you. Still over and over pacifists keep trying and dying, they just can't seem to learn from history or else they don't know their history. They keep thinking it will be different with them, that they can get through to and deal with nut jobs who want to rule the world.

Chamberlain did it in 1939 and 60 million lives were lost and that was before the atom bomb. How many lives will our progressive elite cost humanity if they don't accept reality this time? Likely billions.

Steve Earle

Hill

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Who elected the Greater Meredith program to plan our town?

To The Daily Sun,

On March 21,2016, the agenda of our town manager and Selectboard members was to consider the Greater Meredith Program's new sign proposal and to accept a donation of a permanent sailboat from their sculpture display.

What is communitarism? Wow, what a long word with a short meaning. Is it based on a paradigm? It means that a problem is created. A solution is proposed. Struggle between the "two sides" produces an outcome that is a third way. This so-called third way would have never been agreed to except that now it is called a solution to a problem, that doesn't exist. Now the solution is the new "normal."

It begins again, a "select" amount of unelected people making decisions to control the town and environment. The audience on March 21 consisted of about 9-10 members from GMP, including some of their officers, Executive Director Liz Lapham, Vice President Bob Manley who had presented the sign proposal at a previous workshop two weeks prior, and 3-4 public citizens. Where were the good folks of Meredith? Were the good citizens informed? Was this advertised in a newslletter or newspaper? It really makes one wonder if this was a push to obtain a consensus quickly, without residents input! The topic was actually moved up a meeting for a quick vote.

I believe three selectman had numerous and succinct questions concerning the scope of the signs, and the decision to go ahead without informing DOT. Plus the ordinances regarding signs was unresolved. As elected officials for " WE the people", why did the Selectboard vote 3-1 to accept the signs? Why was this not a warrant at the town meeting? Why did they vote yes?

Selectman Bev Lapham, as a member of GMP, did recuse himself from the voting process, but presented the sign motion to the board with corrections from GMP. I dare say this is certainly a "conflict of interest". John Edgar, and the town Planning Department seem to be heading the committee on the beautification of Meredith via the GMP. Again, I repeat there are a lot of unelected people involved without the input of our citizens!

If you go to the "GMP website of NH," it states the NGO works to plan Meredith's future, in partnership with the local businesses, town officials and volunteers. Where are the citizens of Meredith, as they are not included in this unelected society? What right do they have to subjectively plan Meredith's future? Did the taxpayers vote to allow the GMP to "beautify Meredith?" It also states GMP is a NGO. I don't like giving $15,000 to this organization without our citizens input. I would rather the town use the money for our taxes. So what do the good citizens do about this debacle and how do we remedy our local government?

I don't like private-public partnerships because they exclude the regular citizens and do not work for the people, as the citizens are left out of the equation/decision making.

Rosemary Landry
Meredith

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