To The Daily Sun,
Did you know that one blistering sunburn or five sunburns over your life will more than double your chances of getting melanoma (skin cancer)? According to skincancer.org one person dies from melanoma every hour.
The best way to protect yourself is to wear sunscreen when outdoors or to seek shade. The hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. have the strongest ultra violet (UV) rays and thus is the most dangerous time of day. Don't be fooled, 80 percent of UV rays come through the clouds, thus you still need sunscreen on a cloudy day. Contrary to what people may think, you still need to wear sunscreen in the winter as well given that the UV rays still pose a threat.
When applying sunscreen, two tablespoons or more of SPF30 is appropriate. Don't forget to use lip balm with SPF as well and sunglasses to protect your eyes. A helpful website with more information on the best sunscreens to use is http://www.ewg.org.
You can be safe in the sun, but you need to be smart and protect yourself.
Thank you very much for reading this. I am working on a Girl Scout project to increase the awareness of the dangers of the sun.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:48
To The Daily Sun,
These past few months and years, law enforcement has been severely tested. There have been multiple incidents where law enforcement activity resulted in the deaths of either suspects or innocent black men, or texted bias on cell phones. People may think all law enforcement is alike. This is not the case.
In spite of these tragedies, local police, FBI, etc. can be proud, for the jobs they do in their daily activities. Every law officer puts his/her life on the line, either on duty or off, from the moment they complete the requirements of their office and take the oath. Their job is to protect all citizens, even suspects and criminals to ensure rights are not compromised. It is a sad day when the officer never returns home to his family again.
A New Hampshire State Trooper or local police officer puts his/her life on the line patrolling the highways and interstates. A traffic stop puts them at risk for being hit by the speeders on the roads. Who knows who is in that car? Is it a criminal on the run? Is the person armed? Is it a person upset and distracted by emotional issues? Is there a child in trouble in the car? A woman under attack and frightened? The trooper/officer must be prepared for anything when approaching the stopped car. More than most professions, they are called upon to make correct decisions rapidly, on the spur of the moment. Incidents may be simple, others complicated, tragic. It could be matter of helping someone.
Local law enforcement officers do multiple duties: investigations, traffic control, construction protection and own civil matters. New Hampton Police is one example of fine men and women who protect all of their town. Home break-ins are handled professionally, assurances provided to the residents. Timely tips are given to prevent another event. Medical emergencies, accidents, they are usually there before EMS many times, offering first aid whenever they can. Some officers may be EMTs with oxygen and defibrillators. They provide heads-up to approaching EMS teams and fire companies. Life saving medications are provided to people with addictions.
We deplore these recent news of police tragedies. Please remember, one needs to put yourself in their shoes. Some officers do make mistakes. This does not and should not reflect on the entire law enforcement officers. "Bad apples" may exist. In time, they will face justice. These fine men and women who ride our roads, walk their beat, take to their bikes (both foot and motor), are indeed ones we can count on to protect their communities and civic/public events (i.e., Bike Week, etc.).
If you should encounter an officer, whether to say hello, or being stopped, please give them the respect they deserve, and make that moment an easy one for them (and yourself). Please be the one that enables them to go home with a smile on their face and in their hearts. They may have another even harder incident to deal with. Lessen their stress load. Give them encouragement, and make their day.
Robert T. Joseph, Jr.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:44
To The Daily Sun,
Leon R. Albushies continues with his tired rants on big ole evil America, this time chastising us for dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and thus ending the war with Japan. He teases with maligned enlightenment that America would have never invaded Japan saying, "Why would we risk the lives of thousands of Marines when Japan had been defeated and subject to the rule and dominance of the United States."
First of all Mr. Albushies, I know that you are many years older than me, so I am shocked of your absolute ignorance of this well-documented theater. Japan may have held the proudest and more brutal of all the armies of modern day warfare. Despite America's hard fought, bloody victories at places like Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Japan still had quite a military force. I know that we were pounding Japan with bombers and had crippled its military capabilities (thank you Gen. Curtis LeMay and many brave pilots), however its elite Imperial Army still boasted over 5 million troops in areas like Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Burma, the Dutch East Indies and Malaya.
Secondly, although there had been a few famous generals and admirals (Eisenhower, MacArthur, Nimitz) who were quoted as saying the bomb may have not been mandatory for the defeat of Japan, however, the fact of the matter was that Japan had not surrendered. Your letter paints Japan in the light of being a sad, innocent victim of war, and that is where I reject it, Leon.
Japan essentially shot us in the back with a cowardly attack on Pearl Harbor. Their soldiers and government had been guilty of war crimes against other nations and their own people for centuries. They had refused to sign the Geneva Convention of 1929. Their government supported burying women and children alive in China. Torture prison camps in the Philippines. The Nanjing Massacre. Japanese killing competitions.
Then there was their proud warrior ways. The way of the Samurai. Falling on your sword or drinking poison rather than being taken prisoner (probably because they thought they would be treated like they treated prisoners). And if you think shooting their planes down was easy why don't you ask the survivors of U.S. naval boats like the Abner Read (DD-526) and around 47 other vessels sunk or damaged by kamikaze attacks just how easy it was.
The fact of the matter was that they hadn't surrendered at that time. Very few people thought they would just submit and comply with our government. It wasn't in their nature. Of course the bomb was also a message to Russia, which may have had more atrocities against humanity than Germany and Japan put together. Many of the major powers had been racing to develop the bomb. All I can say is that you should thank the higher powers that be it was the United States of America and not Germany, Russia or Japan that had perfected it first, or the world we live in would be very different today, Mr. Albushies. In that world, if you had written into a local newspaper complaining about the atrocities you believed your government was committing you then you would be quickly hauled off to a gulag somewhere for voicing your opinion and executed in some horrific manner.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:36
To The Daily Sun,
I have decided to start awarding a new award every month or so. It will be called the Looney Uninformed Ethnocentric Wackadoodle Award, or simply the LUEW Award. LUEW rhymes with "loo", a British colloquialism for the toilet.
Recipients, must show, in the letters to The Sun a high degree of jingoism and ethnocentrism bordering on the racist. The likely recipients may have to look those two words up. The recipients must show an attitude of radical nationalism and an utter contempt for their fellow human beings, especially those less fortunate than they.
I cannot offer a monetary prize for this award, but it is usually to provide winners of awards with a medal, certificate, plaque, or other trophy. I have decided that the appropriate trophy for the LUEW Award will be a picture of the recipient framed in a plastic toilet seat. I will engrave the toilet seat with the reason for the award and it the recipient so wishes, will present the award at a convenient place and time. I will even provide the hardware and labor if the winner wants me to install it in their home.
I do not like to make these decisions alone so perhaps some others would help me form a committee to select the winners. Perhaps in the future we could expand this to first, second, and third prizes.
Since, however, I had to make the decision on the first award, I am pleased to announce that there was a tie. Linda Riley and Bob Meade will share the award. Their general ignorance of and dislike of foreigners won them this award.
Especially notable was Ms. Riley´s accusing Mexican and Central American immigrants, and not the anti vaccination movement, for the appearance of diseases that we used to have under control. The last time I know of unwanted immigrants causing massive epidemics is when Europeans brought smallpox and measles to this hemisphere, wiping out up to ninety percent of the Native American population.
As for heroin, yes, a lot of heroin nowadays comes from Mexico. But, a lot of Colombian cocaine is shipped by drug cartels to the U.S.A. Most methamphetamine is manufactured in the U.S.A. and almost all marijuana smoked is an American-made product.
Our northern border is probably even more porous than our Mexican border. A lot of white, European immigrants come here and work as nannies for wealthy families in New England and work illegally. I am sure there are some in our own WASP's nests of Meredith and Gilford but I am sure people like Ms. Riley would not recognized them because they are the same color as she. And yes, I also fear for Ms. Riley´s grandchildren, but probably not for the same reasons as she does.
I would like Ms. Riley and Mr. Meade to let me know where and when to present their LUEW Awards. If you have a choice of colors regarding the toilet seat, let me know. If you do not state a color preference, I am going to assume your favorite colors are lily white.
E. Scott Cracraft
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:32
To The Daily Sun,
Divorce is an emotional and stressful process which can be eased by the Family Court system through the introduction of mediation, fairness and emphasis on settlements, whereby the parties can begin new lives. However, the New Hampshire Family Court system has Marital Masters who are reviewed every three years only by their peers and not by an independent review board. Marital Master positions were recently cut from the court and drop off as their contracts expire. The court then came up with marital referees to fill the void. Every Marital Master who was not renewed, and has not retired or become a judge, has been rehired as a Marital Referee. These referees are considered employees and are protected from sanction. This presents serious flaws in the system whereby Marital Masters (or referees) become powerful individuals who hold the future of emotionally damaged parties in their hands and make rulings without checks and balances and thereby destroy lives.
Take the case in Cheshire County where Thomas Ball, driven to distraction by Marital Masters and the Family Courts wrote a manifesto, and then set himself on fire on the court steps. He died to prove his point and try to prevent others from the wrath of the Family Court's injustices.
In another case in Belknap County, the Marital Master made rulings and then ruled against his own rulings which caused great confusion. For example he stated in the final decree that both parties made about equal income, yet while the divorce was pending ordered the husband to pay property taxes on all four properties. Then, when the appraiser grossly over-appraised personal items of which approximately 90 percent were items owned solely by the husband, the Marital Master said, "... if there's a debate about whether the values are fair values for all the personal property that there is to be divided, then I can't use the values in connection with the overall property distribution" yet turned around and used the values in the Final Decree.
Adding to the confusion, the Marital Master ordered the man's tools that he makes a living with sold at auction in order to determine their true value for the property distribution worksheet. The collection of tools and personal property were overvalued for an estimated $52,000 yet brought only $1,700 at auction.
The appraisal "values" were approximately six times the actual value of the items.
The man's metal lathe, for instance, was appraised for $1,200, and yet brought only $200 at the auction. The Marital Master refused to adjust the figures to accurately reflect their value after the auction results. This in turn left the man without means to make a living, ruined his 35 year successful and reputable business, and saddled him with a large amount to pay his ex-wife instead of a lower accurate amount. The court denied efforts to correct the amount although it had the power to correct the mutual mistake of the disparity in values. The man is now being forced to sell his home which includes his motorcycle repair shop/state inspection station because the amount was so large.
Belknap County had another case that turned deadly when the man shot himself over the Marital Master's rulings in his divorce.
One of the faults of the system is that grievances have no place to be filed.
State Representative, Michael Sylvia, of Belmont, stated "Our constitution (P. 1, A. 31 ) requires the Legislature to assemble for the redress of public grievances. Since 2013 the committee to hear petitions for redress has been dissolved. I find it troubling that this most important responsibility has been diminished to filing petitions away in folders without addressing and resolving public grievances. We must follow our duty spelled out in Article 31 lest the people refer back to Article 31 lest the people refer back to Article 10."
It is time for residents in this state, our elected officials and the governor to step up and support a bill that would revamp the system and insist on marital referees to be evaluated by an independent review board and to be held accountable and not escape sanctions. It may not be too late for the man in Belknap County to have his house saved through intervention of a public official. Perhaps someone will step up to the plate and put an end to the injustices happening every day.
New Hampshire's Family Courts should not be deadly. They should be part of a system that makes separation for couples and families a fair and just process that treats individuals with empathy and respect.
Those who have or are currently experiencing similar injustices by the New Hampshire Family Courts can call their local state representative.
Nancy Childress, Esq.
(Formerly of Gilmanton)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:29