To The Daily Sun,
Recently, 257 Congressmen joined 68 Senators and President Obama in stabbing most Americans in the back. To curry favor with their supporters and to benefit themselves, Congress and President Obama are enacting legislation that will make our lives, and the lives of family members and future generations, much more difficult.
If you have a job, this legislation will increase the number of people who can legally compete for your job. That means fewer and lower pay raises and possibly replacement of current employees with people willing to work for lower wages.
If you are looking for a job, this legislation will increase the number of people competing for the job you need to have a shot at your American dream. It will be harder for you to get a job and the pay will be less.
If you have children in public school, this legislation will put more poorly educated, non-English speaking children in our public schools where they will divert teacher attention from your children. And, some of these newcomers will bring contagious, rare, and potentially lethal diseases into the classrooms with your children (they have already and more are coming).
If you require and are scraping by on public assistance, don't expect an increase because this legislation adds millions more people to the public assistance rolls.
If you struggle financially, your taxes may increase because this legislation increases the cost of government by at least $50 billion to $100 billion.
If you are waiting for a loved one to immigrate legally, this legislation will probably increase your wait time.
If you use risky roads or bridges, you'll probably wait longer for repairs. This legislation prioritizes rewarding illegal aliens ahead of infrastructure repairs.
You or a family member are more likely to become a crime, accident or terrorist victim because this legislation allows even convicted violent criminals to stay in this country legally, and it encourages millions more foreigners, including violent criminals and terrorists, to come here illegally.
This legislation makes a mockery of our laws by generously rewarding law breakers (illegal aliens).
This legislation makes a mockery of our Constitution by financing implementation of President Obama's rewrite of our immigration laws, which is a usurpation of an exclusive authority of Congress.
The president's new immigration "law" (his amnesty plan) legalizes 4.5 million illegal aliens, gives them work permits and Social Security numbers, authorizes welfare, and enables rewarding low-income illegal aliens with up to $24,000 (or more) per head of household.
By threatening to shut down the Homeland Security Department unless the new immigration plan written by President Obama was funded, Democrats blackmailed weak Republicans to fund President Obama's unconstitutional usurpation of Congress's exclusive authority to create our laws.
Those who benefit from amnesty, (the rich, politicians and special interests) apparently don't care how much these actions hurt other Americans or our constitutional form of government.
Out of 523 members of Congress, 325 members including Senators Ayotte and Shaheen, Congresswoman Kuster, and Congressman Guinta voted to put their personal interests and the interests of their special interest supporters ahead of the interests of most Americans. In addition, they showed that they will do nothing to curb President Obama's inclination to make unilateral decisions, evade legal requirements regarding transparency in government, violate court orders, and exercise dictatorial powers. The president is increasingly limiting our freedoms, threatening and using government power against political opponents, and his actions have made the rich richer, and the rest of us poorer.
Only 198 senators and congressmen, all Republicans, stood up and fought for middle-income and poor Americans, for a decent future for subsequent generations of Americans, for the rule of law, and to preserve our constitutional republic.
This action clearly showed that the president and Congress have sided with the rich and special interests against the best interests of the American people and our Constitution. Will we just let our freedoms and prosperity be taken from us? It is long past time for the American people to wake up and fight back.
Join a TEA Party and help us restore government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:42
To The Daily Sun,
Gene Danforth's letter to the editor in Tuesday's edition of The Sun about the fallacies of vaccinations apparently required a lot of research and consumed a lot of time.
I just have one question for him which he probably won't be able to find the answer to through research but I think is important to the discussion. How many people would have died if nobody had been vaccinated for these diseases?
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:33
To The Daily Sun,
I continue to believe that my displeasure with how folks who hold elective office just undermines our nation, our state, and my hometown is not being challenged. There is a difference between a LEGAL immigrant, and ILLEGAL aliens who break our laws by breaking into our country, with encouragement of Barack Obama and Eric Holder. Then, WE reward them by giving the lawbreakers the same benefits as an American citizen, and we call it helping OUR economy? Sounds more like Obama's "Re-distribution of wealth" to me!
I am inviting Laconia Mayor Ed Engler to join me on the radio at 8:30 am this Saturday.
A new member/panelist to The Advocates radio program also has a great guest for 9-10. Mark promises "a guest with knowledge and experience to speak on the topic . . . a naturalized U.S. citizen, from Ethiopia, who has multiple degrees, works full-time, plus works as a translator. He is involved in the immigrant community. His story is actually quite interesting."
This gentleman is a great American, and I expect to learn from a valued member of the immigrant community who did it the right way.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:29
To The Daily Sun,
Would you like to pay your N.H. business taxes while helping Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) help others?
LACLT is over halfway to its goal of raising $500,000 through the sale of New Hampshire Tax Credits. Once sold, these credits will be matched by a 2:1 grant from NeighborWorks America. The proceeds from both the credits and grant will be used to upgrade 60 units of rental housing owned by the Trust.
More than 20 years ago, LACLT began creating permanently affordable rental housing for working families by investing in buildings scattered throughout Laconia. After two decades of use, these early units need work beyond routine maintenance and replacement. Since inception, LACLT has reserved a portion of all monthly rents in an account for improvements, but the capital needs of these early units now exceed the amount in the reserves.
I invite you to join the list of local tax credit donors helping to fund capital improvements to these older properties including Belknap Landscaping, Boulia-Gorrell Lumber, Denoncourt, Waldron & Sullivan, EPTAM Plastics, Franklin Savings Bank, Hunter Homes, Laconia Clinic, Mainstay Technologies, Malone, Dirrubo & Company, Melcher & Prescott, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Northway Bank, RFS Engineering, and Stewart Associates.
The New Hampshire Tax Credit Program allows a business to make a donation to LACLT in exchange for state tax credits that can be applied against New Hampshire business profits, business enterprise, or insurance premium taxes. The amount of the tax credit is equal to 75 percent of the contribution. For example, a business making a $10,000 donation to LACLT through this program will receive a state tax credit in the amount of $7,500.
In addition, the contribution may be treated as a charitable contribution to the extent the federal and state law allows. These state tax credits may be used at any time during a period of five consecutive years. The actual out-of-pocket cost to a donor/purchaser is generally less than 11 percent. In addition, the donation to LACLT will be matched 2:1.
A purchase of tax credits can be in any amount; the program was designed so that small businesses could put their donations to work in their communities.
The process is easy. There's no complicated paperwork for this program. The business signs a pledge agreement indicating the amount of the donation and when they would like to be invoiced (quarterly, semi-annually or just once). CDFA sends all the documentation to the Department of Revenue Administration. Later, the business simply fills in the tax credit purchase amount on the appropriate line on the state tax form.
LACLT has until June 30 to sell the remaining tax credits.
Because I believe in the mission of the Land Trust, I volunteered to help raise these funds by meeting with businesses to explain the program and process. I recognize there are many community-based projects and campaigns seeking support. However, quality housing that is affordable benefits the region by making a difference for our employees and their families and reduces the demand of other programs and services. LACLT's tenants are employees of area businesses working in manufacturing, service, healthcare and hospitality industries.
For 20 years, LACLT has made a difference in the lives of so many.
Please consider a purchase of tax credit, so as a community we can continue to make that difference.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:26
To The Daily Sun,
I have never started a letter with a postscript, but I attended the Belknap County Convention meeting on Monday night, March 9, and I forgot to make one more point.
A motion to cut 5 percent to all outside agencies by Representative Herb Vadney passed by a vote of 12-5. I find it ironic that the majority of these representatives voted this way when a letter sent by the whole delegation and the three county commissioners to Governor Hassan that same day stated: "We are writing to you with a combined voice, in all hope that you receive our message as urgently as we intend it."
The following are two other paragraphs from that letter:
"Since the news of the proposed reduction in funding of county nursing homes, we have been contemplating the impacts to the taxpayers of Belknap County. These include either significantly increased operating costs at the nursing home or a reduced ability to provide quality services. Neither of these situations is acceptable."
"We cannot stand by in silence and watch while these changes are made. On behalf of our taxpayers and the 94 residents of the Belknap County Nursing Home, we urge you to consider these impacts as the state budget is finalized and to ensure that the county nursing homes are not devastated by impending managed care environment."
Belknap County Delegation and Belknap County Board of Commissioners."
I have two questions: Why then, did these representatives do the exact same thing and, what is the cost effect and the impact of this cut on the average taxpayer?
The cost effect is a savings of $0.553 based on the average home valued at $250,000.
The question for the taxpayers is: "Is it worth it to us to cut the budget by 5 percent to save us 55 cents? I think not. I'd like to encourage all interested residents to look on the websites of the following seven agencies to see the good works and deeds that, we, in Belknap County are getting for so little money.
They are as follows: UNH CO-OP Extension, Belknap Conservations District, Belknap Economic Development, Lakes Mutual Fire Aid, Genesis Counseling Group, Community Action Program, and the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy.
The accomplishments of each of these agencies have continued to bring Belknap County many benefits that costs very little overall to Belknap County. Each of these agencies provide great service from health and welfare and safety of the residents from Genesis Counseling Group, the Community Action Program, the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy and the Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid, as well as saving and keeping our environment clean, by the works from the UNH Coop Extension and the Belknap County Conservation District to the positive economic impact to businesses that are generated, survive and thrive because of the Belknap Economic Development Council (BEDC).
There was no compassion or thought as to what these additional cuts would do. It is my opinion that the motion made by Rep. Vadney and voted in by the 11 other representatives was, "Let's cut something by some amount."
Questions in the public comment section of the agenda do not allow the representatives/delegates to answers questions posed to them by the public at the county meeting. I would like to ask Chairman Tilton to ask Rep. Vadney or any one of those who voted with him: "Is saving 55 cents a year really worth it? If so, why?" I am sure that all of your constituents would appreciate hearing that answer at the March 23 Delegation meeting.
One other point: The other cut and passed by nine representatives was to cut $100,000 from of the admiration's budget. Again, I feel it was just cut for cut sake. I'd like to see good governance from our elected officials. I ask that you know when you vote that you are aware of the true costs of the cuts you propose not just the cents you are saving. Take into account the impact the cuts will have both socially and economically on all residents in Belknap County.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:21