To The Daily Sun,
I want to thank Dave Pollak for pointing out that one of my citations, from the "NationalReport.Net" website, was bogus. However, Mr. Pollak goes on to make a number of claims or assumptions that are simply not true, that I would like to address.
First, my Tuesday column said nothing about "smashing the church/state barrier", as Mr. Pollak claims. The column had to do with the failure of immigrants in this country, and in much of Europe, to assimilate themselves into their host countries, and how that has led to a series of accommodations by all levels of our government.
Next, he makes the statement that, ". . . Bob has made it clear that he has no use for academics, unless they agree with him," I gather that Mr. Pollak believes that academics should not be subject to questioning, or perhaps he believes that tenure is more desirable than merit. Or maybe he believes that students don't read the opinions their teachers write in the newspapers and are therefore not academically or politically influenced by them. Perhaps he should explain how he came to that opinion.
Now, as to Mr. Pollak's charge that I am guilty of "motivated reasoning", he might want to look at some of the research that I did in preparation for writing my "opinion" piece. Among the items reviewed was an extensive column in the Washington Post on how the government and businesses are accommodating Muslim customers-employees-students-or-clients. The article includes numerous citations by the author of the article. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/02/20/providing-accommodations-that-benefit-muslim-customers-employees-students-or-clients/?wprss=rss_national
Another review was from Wikipedia which showed that the president of the Dearborn City Council is a Muslim Arab American and the majority of the council members are Arab American. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dearborn,_Michigan
And, Mr. Pollak might want to review another part of my research for the column, by checking a video which shows a small group of Christians attempting to hand out a biblical tract outside of a Muslim festival which was being held on the city streets of Dearborn. The Christians did not speak but simply offered their tract to people passing by. A swarm of police confiscated the video camera of the Christians, arrested them, and when they were subsequently released, were required to stay a minimum of five blocks away from the festival in order to hand out their tracts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG7ZhEReUFM
So, the citation of the National Report website, though in error, seemed to be consistent with the other valid research cited above. I stand by what I wrote in Tuesday's column.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 06:24
To The Daily Sun,
You know, the more that the GOP establishment tries to paint Donald Trump (DT) as too radical and too much of a wild card, the more I like the man. No, he is not Ronald Reagan. But the establishment did paint Reagan the same way, giving him no chance to win the presidency. Two of my favorite columnists don't seem too warm for The Donald's bombastic form. Jonah Goldberg thinks he may be hurting the GOP's chances. Charles Krauthammer thinks he is nothing more than a "rodeo clown". Little ole me thinks they are both dead wrong. I think he will lasso the phonies and throw them to the ground and kick the establishment contenders right out of the rodeo. Perhaps DT is TNT to the GOP, but I think it is time to blow up the Carl Rove gang of entrenched insiders.
Do I think Mr. Trump is in it to win it? I don't have any idea if he really wants to go all the way. What I do believe is that he loves this country in a way that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton do not. I think he has been willing to lose a lot of money and lose a lot of business because he has an insatiable zeal to make this country exceptional again. Whether that is going the distance or just to pick a fight with the left and the right, I think his punch into the gut of the complacent GOP will be good for this country.
The border needs to be closed, ASAP. Sanctuary cities need to be banished before more really fine people like Kate Steinle are murdered, while the White House pretends it's a non-story, an anecdote, a rare occurrence. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) reports that though illegals and non-citizens make up 3.8 percent of the population, they commit at least 22 percent and perhaps as much as 37 percent of all murders. To put it another way, people who are here illegally, have a murder rate roughly eight to 10 times the murder rate of U.S. citizens. Oh, and as to the Kate Steinle is merely an anecdote theory, the GAO statistics show that there have been 25,604 such cases in less than a decade. Thank you Mr. Trump for making this illegal immigrant/open borders issue a top priority.
A recent Center for Immigration Studies report shows that there are now 276 sanctuary cities in 43 states. New Hampshire is not one of them, thank God. All told 8,145 illegal immigrants with criminal records or facing charges have been released in recent history. The Washington Examiner reports that the sanctuary cities have ignored federal requests to turn these people over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Over an eight-month period, 7,500 illegal immigrants were rearrested with charges ranging from murder to child sexual abuse.
Official sources have confirmed that people here illegally comprise 3.5 percent of the population, yet also comprise 36.7 percent of federal convictions. President Obama canceled the successful Secure Communities Program and replaced it with the Priority Enforcement Program. This program has given sanction for sanctuary city officials to disregard ICE notifications to turn these people over to them and just "let them go". How else could the low-life, scum-sucking weasel with seven felony convictions on his record, be allowed to roam the streets of San Francisco, after having been deported five times, to go kill a beautiful young woman?
The tragic Kate Steinle murder rests squarely on the hands of our "open borders" president and his progressive, Marxist gang who detest the very thought of a sovereign nation with our very distinct borders, language and culture.
President Obama and his acolytes are clearly anti-American, anti-religion and anti-liberty. Under the guise of altruism, the progressive left continues to cause untold death and misery. It would be bad enough that after subscribing to Thomas More's "Utopia," the result of their actions would be merely conformity and equality of mediocrity. But they want more and that includes the fundamental transformation of the best country on the planet.
If nothing else, Donald Trump will force Republicans to deal with the progressive left in a way that the feckless John Boehners and Mitch McConnells of the world are unable to do. Go Donald, this is your biggest project ever, should you choose to accept the challenge. It is not yet "mission impossible."
Please don't let this country down. Prove all the naysayers wrong. It's not arrogance and hubris if you actually do what you say you will do and do it with integrity.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 09:29
To The Daily Sun,
Paul Krugman wrote an article about 20 years ago titled, "The Myth of Asia's Miracle". In it he made some observations that are still valid. Growth in any economy is the result of increases in labor force participation and productivity. The main drivers in labor force expansion are demographics and education. The main drivers for productivity are capital and technology. Without those factors an economy cannot expand.
The population of New Hampshire is growing at 0.35 percent per year based on the information from 2014. The growth is made up of 0.11 percent from natural change (births less deaths) and 0.24 percent per year net migration (comings less goings). About 47.75 percent of the residents of the state are currently employed. The population under 18 is 20.4 percent of the total which decreased 5.6 percent in 2014. The population age 65 and older is 15.4 percent of the total which increased 11.2 percent in 2014. New Hampshire's working age-population — those aged 18 to 64 — is the remaining 64.2 percent of the total which decreased by 1.4 percent in 2014.
What these statistics tell us is that our working-age population is getting smaller. Our population is getting older fast. The working-age population is being eroded from both ends, meaning fewer young people are entering the works force here and more older people are exiting the workforce. The number of people working to pay for promised governmental benefits is declining. Productivity must rise to avoid the need for decreasing benefits levels or raising taxes.
Our governor wants tax receipts to rise so that she can be seen to be giving us more, which is why she vetoed the state budget. The problem with her economic approach is New Hampshire's economy has structurally limited expansion capacity. We know we have declining labor participation. The governor wants to add tax payment which decreases investment and leads to erosion of productivity. Her vision for New Hampshire amounts to a guarantee of more and deeper levels of poverty. It is unsustainable. It may make for an opportunity for demagoguery when running for office, but it is bad economics and worse policy.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 09:25
To The Daily Sun,
The Belknap Mill Society thanks the many supporters who turned out for the first annual Summer Soiree on July 10. With entertainment by Rob Thomas, hors d'oeuvres by Christine Richer Catering and more than 25 silent auction items generously donated by local businesses, the Soiree was a big hit.
The night would not have been possible without our many volunteers who donated their time as well as all of our guests who supported our mission on the beautiful summer's eve. We hope everyone had as great a time as we did; and if so, come back for the second annual Summer Soiree in 2016.
Meanwhile, consider joining us for our free summer concerts in Rotary Park on July 16, Aug. 13 and Sept. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thank you again to our volunteers, donors and guests. The show of community support reinforces our passion for the Mill - this place matters.
Belknap Mill Society Board of Directors
& Managing Director Beth San Soucie
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 09:19
To The Daily Sun,
A fundraiser to support the Laconia Multicultural Festival is planned for Saturday, Aug. 1, at Pitman's Freight room. Headlining the evening will be the Rockin' Daddios, who were recently named Best of N.H. for their "classic Doo Wop, soaring harmonies and goofy romantic attitudes of those street-corner crooners from another age."
Well known radio personality, Pat Kelly, will be hosting the festivities.
Surprise guests, games like "Beat the Clock," a penny candy buffet and a roll back to the '50s will make this a night to remember while raising much needed funding for our Sept. 12 Festival. We invite the community to pull out your poodle skirts — slick back your hair (or come as you are), and sing-a-long or dance the night away! Tickets are available at Greenlaw's or through the LMF website at laconiamulticulturalfestival.org.
The Laconia Multicultural Festival committee has been firming up details on this year's festival, including the addition of another entertainment stage in the City Hall parking lot. As the event grows, so do the expenses! Donations are always greatly appreciated and can be mailed to LMF, PO Box 1052, Laconia, NH 03247.
Tickets for the '50s FUN Fundraiser are limited, so don't wait. If you would like to reserve a table (8 or more), please let us know. And feel free to follow us on Facebook for festival details.
Laconia Multicultural Festival Director
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 09:15