To The Daily Sun,
This letter is in response to Russ Wiles and his letter "Pretending there is no difference between a male and female breast is ridiculous."
Firstly, I must point out that in actuality there is no difference between the male and female breast and nipple. They are both anatomically the same and to suggest otherwise is ridiculous. In fact, in the womb babies develop nipples before genitalia. They develop nipples around 5 1/2 weeks and it isn't until around week 11 that a fetus begins developing genitals. Also, even though females generally have more milk ducts and larger milk ducts for breastfeeding, males do still have milk ducts and can lactate. In fact, there is evidence that shows men in internment camps begin to lactate when they are starving. With that said, the point isn't if we are indeed physically the same, the point is that we are all humans and deserve the same rights regardless of gender.
Later in his letter Russ makes the brilliant point that Free the Nipple supporters have made countless times. He says, "isn't the female breast, to which those nipples are attached to, a sexual part in a way that a man's is not?" If the breast is the part that is sexual then why are women allowed to show that part but not the nipple? Why is it that I can walk around completely topless as long as my nipples are covered? This makes no sense to me. We use breasts to sell everything from cars to cheeseburgers; We have giant billboards and magazine covers that show women with large busts and deep cleavage. If it is indeed the breast and cleavage that is the sexual part, then we might as well free the nipple too.
Russ then responds to what I said about breasts being for babies and children, not men or lovers. He writes, "I have always been under the impression that they served both purposes magnificently." The truth is, they do not. Our society values the sexual part of the breast over the actual nourishing function of the breast, hence why women are shamed for breastfeeding in public and often times encouraged to feed formula instead. Breasts are beautiful and they can be sexy and erotic much like any body part. Free the Nipple's goal is to knock the breast off the pedestal on which it has been placed. Breasts and nipples shouldn't be so hyper-sexualized to the point that a woman cannot even feed her baby without fear and embarrassment. I find men's calves sexy and attractive but it would be unfair to tell all men they must cover them.
Then, in his letter, Russ hypothesizes why people were offended and why it was illegal for men to expose their naked chests. He asks, "But didn't that have to do more with sartorial etiquette, rather than being titillatingly offensive?" Perhaps we should do some research and read some old newspapers and magazines to see what men and women alike were saying about this issue. Furthermore, can't we argue that today a woman is "supposed" to cover her breasts and nipples because it is a sartorial etiquette of our time? At one point it was offensive to see a female's naked ankle in public, but that changed, why can't we progress and lift the taboo from the female breast too?
The fact of the matter is, I shouldn't have to keep my breasts covered just because someone else finds them attractive. That is unfair. It is not my job to control the thoughts of others. If a woman is reading this and thinks to herself, "I don't want to show my breasts to everyone. I would rather only my lover see them." I say, wonderful! It is her choice to cover and she can if she wishes. I, on the other hand, enjoy swimming and tanning topless and that is my choice.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015 10:28
To The Daily Sun,
While some schools showed video clips of the horror of September 11, 2001 as a reminder of how evil can strike and to ensure that younger generations understand how this country was attacked, our leaders act as though they did not get the message. It seems to me that two basic principles seem lost on our Democratic leadership.
Number one is that evil exists in this world and that trying to appease that evil is a fools errand. Also, trying to not offend that evil and making unverifiable deals with evil creates confusion, chaos and death.
Number two is that our democratic, constitutional republic was created with a host of historical anomalies. Freedom of speech, human rights, equality of the sexes, a tolerance of differences, personal liberties, political freedom, material prosperity, separation of church and state and consensual, coequal branches of government bases on law.
Yet somehow, some way, our leaders have thought that they could convince those whose core beliefs are steeped in the doctrines of Islam that they should give up their 1,000 plus years of yearning for world dominance and embrace our unique culture. A culture that is the antithesis of almost everything they hold dear and is based on the Koran and Sharia Law.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015 10:24
To The Daily Sun,
The Laconia Heritage Commission would like to thank the people who have already spoken out in support of the beautiful "monumental" oak tree at 1106 Union Avenue. Once again, Greg Nolan, Cafua Management and Dunkin' Donuts are trying to destroy something historical. Unlike the Hathaway House which was to be preserved under a gentleman's agreement, the final approved site plan for this property specifically states that this tree is to be saved. We urge the Laconia Planning Board and City Council to stick to their guns and not allow this tree to be destroyed. The argument seems to be line of sight coming out of this property. Easily fixed. Make the area by the tree the entrance rather than the exit.
According to Arthur Costonis of the Environmental Defense Fund, this tree just needs some pruning to help with its preservation so it can continue to grace Union Avenue with its beautiful presence for many decades to come. Several steps were outlined by Mr. Costonis, such as removal of the asphalt over the root system and porous cement pavers put in its place. We urge the City Council, Planning Board and Public Works Department to take these steps to preserve this tree, sooner, rather than later, before it is destroyed.
Like the Perley Oak, this monumental oak tree is worth saving to allow it to live out its natural life for all of the city of Laconia to enjoy.
The Laconia Heritage Commission
Pam Clark, Chair
Mary Jane Hoey
Mary Ellen Boudman
Charlie St. Clair
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015 10:13
To The Daily Sun,
To my Democratic representative and senator: Whether or not you voted for Obamacare, you are stated supporters of it. If you voted for it, you never read the bill before you voted, which is a problem for me as it makes you an uninformed voter on my behalf. So whether you voted for it or you support it, here's what you have given us as part of Obamacare that kicked in January 1, 2015:
— Medicare tax went from 1.45 to 2.35 percent.
— Top income tax bracket went from 35 to 39.6 percent.
— Top income payroll tax went from 37.4 to 52.2 percent.
— Capital gains tax went from 15 to 28 percent (if you're living off your investments, this is a big deal). Dividend tax went from 15 to 39.6 percent.
— Estate tax went from 0 to 55 percent (over half, really!).
— A 35 percent real estate transaction tax was added
Now we're faced with your vote on the Iran deal and I know you do not have all the facts associated with this. Yet you are going to support it anyway; Jean Shaheen has already confirmed to me that she is. No idea all that was in Obamacare, no idea what is really in the Iran deal, but you are supporting it.
You can see the consequences of voting without all the facts to support the president and party rather than the people with Obamacare, which by the way left 26 medical facilities in this state out of the loop, and now another consequential bill is before you and, once again, not having all the facts, you do the same. Is it too bold of me to ask that you get ALL the facts and know what you're doing before you make decisions on my behalf?
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015 10:05
To The Daily Sun,
I am a proud participant with the Community Action Senior Program. I represent this great program as a receptionist at the Laconia Employment Security Office. I work there in my wheelchair and I just love seeing the public who visit. The C.A.P. is a perfect fit for me.
When I became disabled I went through all of the cycles — none of which were positive. Then one day — I choose to call it "divine intervention" — I said enough of this. I refused to believe that I was not capable of doing anything and made myself the commitment to once again be productive. It is far better than the alternative of having 183 cans of beer., a half gallon of 2 percent milk, a box of Devil Dogs and nothing else in the refrigerator.
I joined some wonderful services that are there for everyone — Vocational Rehabilitation and C.A.P. But, above all, I made a renewal and commitment to Christ. It's there for everyone.
In all things negative, inspire to make positive. Aspire to appreciate what was and what is to be. When I was hired as a custodian at the Laconia School District, I was determined to stay for just one year. I was wrong. I stayed for well over a decade and I left only due to the fact that i could no longer do it physically. And this led me to a blessing in disguise. The Lord does move in mysterious way. As for the school district, it was a great experience. Somewhere hidden at the high school are: three boxes of toilet paper and a box of thumb tacks for an emergency. I will not divulge the location. I am not "deep throat". President Nixon would be proud.
Find humor in things negative. I meet depressed people everyday and I do my best to bring a smile to their faces, often at my own expense.
One may find several programs at Laconia Employment Security. It's not just about collecting unemployment. It is also about seeking the services there for a better life and, most important, a better self esteem. It did it for me. I can for you as well. Remember, faith is always stronger than failure.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015 09:56