To The Daily Sun,
The recent Belknap County Convention meetings have generated large (often standing-room-only) audiences. Given the unusually high level of public interest, you might think that the chair would do everything she could to create an open and inclusive process. Unfortunately, you'd be wrong. She has just scheduled meetings for the 19th and 26th of March, which are to be held at noon in Concord.
Rep. Worsman is the duly elected chair of the Convention and she has every right to promote a Tea Party agenda, but she also has an obligation to be transparent and to involve the public to the maximum extent practical. By scheduling meetings in the middle of the day in Concord, she is not acting in the best interests of the voters of Belknap County.
Please contact her and ask her to hold all Convention meetings in our county.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:12
To The Daily Sun,
In response to June M. Huot, I am aware of Pope Benedict's defrocking of 400 priests; the national news reported Pope Francis fired 300 priests and and active investigation into many more crimes. Could defrock many more, I call that Christian justice, for the victims.
I believe the majority of priests live godly lives, may God bless them and use them to lead people to Jesus Christ. I believe that God can save anyone, if he saved me June, and I came from the guttermost, he can save Mr. Veverka. I don't condemn Jim Veverka, I believe by faith, Jim will experience God's love and grace.
We are all sinners and need a savoir. God loved us all so much, that he sent Jesus Christ his only son to die for our sins, that we all have to do, is repent, and believe that we may be saved. (John 3:1-18)
You seem to think I'm self-righteous? Believe me, I was the worst sinner, and thank God for reaching out his hand, and saving me. Jesus Christ is not a right-wing Republican, or a Democrat, or an American, he is King of Kings, and Lord of Lord's; his Kingdom is not of this world, but in God's Kingdom of heaven. All my letters to the Daily Sun have always exalted Jesus Chris, not myself.
There was a day, in October 1963 in Belfast, Ireland, that I went to hear an American missionary called T.L. Osborn preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, I went up to an old alter of prayer, and like the publican in (Luke 18:13) asked God to be merciful to me a sinner, I went home a new man.
Last but not least, I am comfortable that Jesus came into my heart and can say. I am not ashamed for I know who I have believed, and am persuaded that he (Christ) is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day (Tim: 1:12). "Bill McCoy is not a Republican June."
May God bless you June Huot. I believe you are standing for truth and justice in your church.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:04
To The Daily Sun,
The New Hampshire Health Protection Plan extends private insurance coverage to an estimated 3,000 persons in our region in a fiscally responsible way.
As an emergency physician in practice in the region for almost 30 years, I have truly seen the human toll of what being without coverage means.
The bipartisan agreement that Senators Forrester and Hosmer voted for will directly help the health of those without insurance. Also, it will help lower the rate of increase in health insurance costs for those individuals and businesses that have purchased coverage previously, by reducing uncompensated care and treating illnesses at a less expensive stage.
Thank you, Senators Forrester and Hosmer, for your support of this truly New Hampshire solution so vital to the health and economic well-being of our region.
Paul F. Racicot, MD
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:01
To The Daily Sun,
Kindness is a language we all can speak. Those who throw "mud balls" at others lose ground as Bernadette Loesch did in her recent Daily Sun letter dated March 12th. Loesch, a frequent writer to The Sun, mocked others for submitting articles to The Sun not to her liking.
If Loesch wants to promote what she believes are positive steps and policies by our U.S. president, she can do so freely and openly as she has for quite some time. But before heaping discredit on other people for what she perceives as one-sided viewpoints, Loesch should first take a look at her own progression of letters to The Sun. In doing so she might be a lot less condemning.
This letter isn't going to change how mature adults put forth their political views in public. Hopefully, however, The Sun's younger readers will take notice and see the virtue of never looking down on people unless they're helping them up.
The crux of today's writing is to make known that no one should be discouraged from sharing personal views on government practices and policies. I don't ever recall reading anything Loesch wrote that I might agree with, but it would never occur to me to send a letter to The Sun to denigrate her.
Diversion of thought is vital to every community. It promotes an exchange of ideas that often lead to better choices and better living. Anyone seeking to change someone's political views should do so by writing passionately on ideas they espouse. Intellectual diversion warrants encouragement not denunciation.
If history has taught people one thing it is that "triumph of evil" comes when good men say nothing. Tony Boutin, Steve Earle, Dale Channing-Eddy, Russ Wiles and Bob Meade ought to be hailed not assailed for taking precious time in submitting letters to the editor.
Long ago I learned that when you really like someone be sure to tell them because sometimes you only get one chance. So today is my chance to tell Tony Boutin, Steve Earle, Dale Channing-Eddy, Russ Wiles and Bob Meade how much I respect them and how much I enjoy reading their Sun articles.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:58
To The Daily Sun,
In the March 12, issue of The Laconia Daily Sun, Ms. Loesch claimed that I, and others, ". . . faithfully repeat talking points from the corporate-funded right wing and Fox." She went on to say, ". . . these critics give us snippets of this and that, usually more fiction than fact." And, she reminds us that Chicken Little was wrong, the sky wasn't falling. I will not speak for the others she cited, only for myself.
First, most of my "talking points" come from the experience gained in having lived a long life, from the Constitution that I keep close at hand, and from the ability to look at and read a variety of news reports. If Ms. Loesch can cite one case of where I gave a wrong fact, I would like her to state it. As to her Chicken Little comment, my view is that it is better to have tried and failed, than to not have tried at all. I, and others, try to sound the alarm while you, Ms. Loesch, seem to always want to hit the snooze button and go back to your dream world.
The world is in serious turmoil — Egypt, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Crimea and the Ukraine, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Uganda, Mali, Rwanda, and Lebanon, just to name a few — and the mightiest nation the world has ever known, the nation others look to as their protector, offers little more than a finger shaking and "stern condemnation". Our closest allies now doubt that we will come to their aid, and Israel may have to act independently to secure their own survival as a state, and as a people.
And, the most difficult has yet to come: China. As they observe our feckless foreign policy, and they see us doing little to prevent Russia from reconstituting the Soviet Union, it's a good bet that they will reclaim Taiwan, the island of Formosa. If the current administration stays true to form, our treaty with Taiwan to protect them will be worthless paper and will negate every treaty we have. Tied directly to all of this is China's need for oil to fuel its economy. We politically diddle over the Keystone Pipeline while China is probably prepared to go to war to get oil from the Mideast countries that are in various stages of uproar. Russia has the third-largest oil and gas reserves in the world and, as things stand now, if they pull the plug, Europe will be in a deep freeze.
Our president claims we're increasing our oil production and he's right. But that increase is in spite of his actions, not because of them. We have the largest known oil reserves in the world and we could be an exporter, but standing in the way is the president's political pandering to certain left-leaning constituencies.
At home, Ms. Loesch applauds this administration for the growth in the Dow Jones stock market average. Perhaps she is unaware that the Federal Reserve has been pumping about a trillion dollars of free money a year into banks and the financial industry. Do you know why the banks now pay such a miniscule amount of interest? Because they're getting interest free money from the feds. Not only has this become the forerunner for high inflation, it has driven people into the stock market in hopes of getting some higher return on their investment. A bubble has been created. And what happens when the bubble bursts . . . it falls and hurts millions and millions of people. Perhaps Ms. Loesch can ask the president what his contingency plan is for dealing with that problem.
Ms. Loesach also applauds the shrinking unemployment rate. Perhaps she's unaware that we now have the lowest "labor participation rate" in over 35 years.
Constitutionally, the president has been a one-man wrecking crew. If any other president acted so outside the Constitution's boundaries, he would have already been impeached and convicted. The Founding Fathers gave us a government of shared powers, of checks and balances, all designed to make the enacting of laws difficult, and to ensure they met the will of the people.
I don't know how long it will take for us to recover and re-institute the system of checks and balances that helped to make us the greatest nation in the world. But let's hope that we can.
There are none so blind as those who will not see.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:47