To The Daily Sun,
I wish to thank everyone who supported my campaign for Grafton County District 3 Commissioner. To all the voters who came out and cast their votes for me in this race, you have my gratitude, thanks for expressing your concerns and hope for good government in Grafton County. Thank you.
Paul H. Simard
Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 10:00
To The Daily Sun,
This is an open letter to all the denominational religious leaders of the churches in the Laconia area.
As I'm sure many of you know, I recently wrote an op-ed letter critical of an AP article that appeared in The Laconia Daily Sun promoting "assisted suicide," and of course, I wrote it knowing and expecting venomous and vicious comments and other kinds of letters from the prideful non-believers in our midst, the people who reject God almost exclusively because they don't feel they should be held accountable to anyone for their behavior. But the biggest surprise of all was what I got from the churches, and the so-called Christians in the community.
Because what I got from them was — silence! Total silence from all the men of God in this area. Men whose most important earthly job in life is to preach the "Good News" of Jesus Christ. Those whose job it is to edify the church, to build it up and encourage it to stay strong in the face of oppression. And not repeat the actions of the Levite and the priest by "crossing over to the other side of the road," but, as the "Good Samarian" did, to come to the aid of someone being attacked, and help them heal from their wounds of oppression.
Jesus told us that if we followed Him, we would be hated by the world, just as He was hated by the world, and He was right. The hate that dripped from one letter writer's frothy mouth must have scared most of you into total silence, causing that last ounce of courage that you used to have, and that you were once so proud of, to completely evaporate, like "...a vapor."
The letter writer obviously didn't like it very much when he was reminded that he would be held accountable for his behavior one day. That reminder was not delivered out of hate, but out of love. Jesus taught us to love not just our friends, but to love our enemies as well. Loving your friends, well, that's pretty easy. We do that all the time without even thinking about it. Try just once to act toward your enemies with loving kindness, with forgiveness, with love! I was once an enemy of God, until I found out about His loving kindness, His forgiveness, and His love toward me. Then everything changed!
But what about you, preacher? What are you going to say when you're asked why "...when you did not (defend) the least of these, you did not (defend) Me." What are you going to say when you are told, "Depart from Me, accursed ones...for I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink; I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, in prison, and you did not visit Me."
Most people know that we live in a corrupt and broken world, but mainline churches all over this country have become folded into the culture, and because of "political correctness" and lack of courage and strong convictions, are not looked to for guidance in people's lives anymore, as they were in the early days of this republic. People are constantly commenting on what things are likely to be like for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren if we don't change direction.
Please do not be bullied by militant atheists and new age secular progressives into not speaking out when you hear someone or some group attacking someone for having biblical convictions.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:54
To The Daily Sun,
I knew electric rates were going up, but when I opened up my Novembers bill the newly installed pacemaker the doctors put in down in Concord three weeks ago started humming. October's bill was $68.21 — this Novembers bill $200.68 . My first thought was to grap a flash light and go in the crawl space under the house to see if the electric water heater was leaking. I called PSNH first, yes with age comes wisdom, given the crawl space is only 3ft. high. Customer service at PSNH said that indeed there was a rate increase by our energy supplier, Fair Point Energy LLC. — almost double. So before you turn your blender this holiday season to make those Brandy Alexanders, shop around to see who your plugged into. See Ya Fair Point.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 10:23
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to express my concern of our state moving forward with alternative energy resources, specifically wind power. Large corporations having been railroading communities across the nation and erecting industrial wind turbines in the name of alternative sustainable energy. They have strong lobbyists as well as subsidies offered by the federal government paid for by my and your taxes. Without these subsidies, these corporations would not be in business. It would not be profitable and therefore it would not make good business sense.
Unfortunately, there are already many industrial wind turbines in our state. The long term effects financially to local communities can be devastating due to heavy tax burdens and loss of property values. Environmentally, the loss is irrevocable. The destruction of our ridge lines can never be repaired. The watersheds which provide our clean water will be polluted, the number of bird and bats killed due to the size and speed of the turbine blades will soar and wildlife will be displaced. Existing turbines are greater than 300 feet tall and the height of newly proposed turbines of nearly 500 feet will create a further eyesore on our beautiful mountains. Those living in close proximity will be forced to deal with the noise that is generated and potential associated health risks.
The term "wind farm" created by these corporations falsely promotes an image of a friendly, "green" environmental structure. In reality, they are industrial sized wind turbines being built by large corporations whose CEO's have no regard for communities that are gravely affected by such a project. It is a shame that our governor and others with political influence are willing to advocate such ill-fated economic and environmental projects while knowing full well the devastating consequences to our state. Industrial wind turbines are not cheap, they are not "green" and they certainly are not for "the greater good."
I would like to urge your readers to research what is happening in our communities and not rely on a "not in my backyard" sense of well-being. This will affect every citizen in the long run. There are several communities in the state that have passed rights based ordinances which uses the democratic process to assert the unalienable right to local self government and protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents — both human and natural communities. Thus, elevating the rights of residents and the environment above the claimed rights of corporations.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:33
To The Daily Sun,
Hopefully Mr. E. Scott Cracraft and James Veverka might read this poem I wrote some 40 years ago and maybe understand that faith and belief is in the heart, and if one doesn't have it then they don't and that maybe the reason they write what they do.
On the Eve of Christmas
Now, three days past the longest night,
eight reindeer and sleigh take flight;
to spread the tide of Christ's birth and gift,
carry word of His new year, spirits lift.
So silent and swift the passing sleigh: yet,
not one believing in His name would say,
"I fail to see the tiny sleigh and deer,
I really don't believe St. Claus was here."
Down the chimneys of our hearts he goes,
rekindling spirits fire; for he knows
that no gift greater than His divine light,
is seen in our spirit on Christmas night.
Myth born an age and world far away,
spun and imagined 'til this our day--
we would naught believe unless we heard:
the bells, deer, sleigh and His spoken word?
Wouldn't believe in easy joy, special laughter,
can we believe now two thousand years after,
that our God Father in the Heaven above
gave to us His Son so much was His love?
We needn't look to the sky, strain our ear,
as it's from within He comes to us each year.
As we lay gifts under the decorated tree,
on the eve of Christmas, within us He'll be.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:27