To The Daily Sun,
Our hearts are broken by a terrorist attack in Pakistan killing as many as 140 children. We can hear the wailing and screams of mothers and fathers finding the bloodied bodies of their precious children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them in this time of unendurable pain and loss.
We must also endure the losses of men, women and children that we inflicted on Iraq years ago. This country bombed and invaded Iraq on false accusations without a declaration of war; whereas we did not have a legitimate cause to use massive military assault on innocent people of that country.
Iraq suffered the loss of 500,000 soldiers and civilians in this brutal years-long (non-war.) It is reasonable to say, in those sad numbers of dead, at least one-fifth were children, or 100,000 killed by military forces of the United States. This statement is not my opinion but incontestable fact.
During that time of mass killing of innocent people hardly anyone of authority spoke out against the slaughter — the clergy went deaf and dumb and civilians turn their backs on the horrors of warfare preferring not to discuss anything unpleasant avoiding heated disagreement with family or friends, super-patriots, as usual, said nothing.
There has been lively discussion about whether this country was founded on Christian principles. I believe this country of good and generous people has given up on Christian morality. No country claiming to be Christian would ever allow the horrors befallen Iraq to have happened. Or maybe the case is: We are a nation of cowards, afraid of our own government.
Please reclaim the moral and lawful precepts this nation was built on. Bring your own life into the light of faith and brotherly love that God has bestowed you with. It's a small world. Work for peace, for yourself, your family and unknown people different from yourself in every corner of the world.
Leon R. Albushies
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 08:29
To The Daily Sun,
There was a letter in the paper a couple of days ago by a man who feeds stray cats near his building and has been told by the management not to feed them anymore.
It makes me angry when people term stray and feral cats as nuisances because it is we humans who have put them in this unfortunate situation. We are the problem, not them. People are irresponsible with cats. They don't get them fixed and they often just abandon them when they move.
I feed outside cats and have for years. It's not their fault they are left outside to fend for themselves in cold weather and harsh conditions. My suggestion to this man is that maybe he could move his feeding station to a place nearby but off the property, so the management would then have no ability to interfere. I have had to move my feeding places over the years several times.
I have also been involved in getting these cats fixed. I worked with other people in the past on trapping and neutering and releasing back to their territory. If you're feeding them, it really is the humane thing to do, to get them fixed. This prevents more homeless cats coming into the world. I know it's a lot to think about for someone who is feeding them to consider this extra step. Don't stress over it, but let it be something on the back burner to consider for later.
It's not that hard to find other cat lovers in the area to join you in fund-raising and trapping and finding a suitable vet to help. There is a state low cost neutering program for low income residents that could also possibly help. If this man is a computer savvy person he could go online and post an ad on Craigslist or some other similar place and ask if there are people in his area who would be interested in talking about setting something up.
If not he could place an ad in the paper or somewhere in his neighborhood where people go, like a Laundromat or church or something. There are many cat lovers around who like to help to cats. You just need to find them.
I hope I've helped.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 08:14
To The Daily Sun,
The gruesome crew that hates our president never stops up here in the North Country. Between Tony Boutin from Gilford, Don Ewing, Steve Earle, Bob Meade, Russ Wiles, John Demakowski and the rest of the "Conservative Clown Car," with a thanks to James Veverka. I often wonder who writes your e-mails you send to the Daily Sun every day. Really, are you all one person and send them in under different names or just how do you do it all? The letters are well written as far as your grammar and thought processes go. Most are interchangeable from GOP to Democrats being the object point.
Mr. Boutin, it just so happens I like our current health care system. After all, it did save my life a few years ago when I went into respiratory arrest, called 9-1-1 and ended up in Speare then Concord Hospital for 80 days or so.
I'm still and kicking, so watch out. You say the Democrats hate capitalism. I assume you haven't noticed that the economy has added more jobs every month and the stock market is at an all-time high. You might have Obama confused with the Walton family or the rest of those that refuse to pay a fair wage. Obama is the one trying to get those people the fair wages they deserve. That would free up tons of government cash which would be put to good use fixing up our roads, bridges and cities.
Then again, is it capitalism the cop in Ferguson took advantage of after shooting Michael Brown that Obama hates? I don't know as you brought capitalism up, Tony. I think you're all just hiding behind freedom of the press so you can get your anti-Obama advertising in print.
After all you guys all work for the GOP, don't you?
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 01:33
To The Daily Sun,
Anytime there is a prison break news of the escape is flashed across TV screens throughout the state. Often if the escapee is dangerous news may be covered by affiliate news agencies throughout the nation. When available pictures of the criminals are shown with warnings that "he may be armed and dangerous."
Center for Immigrations Studies reported that ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, freed 36,000 criminal aliens in 2013. The report revealed that there were 88,000 convictions among the group.
Former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) stated that it was the "worst prison break in American history." He added, "It was sanctioned by the president and perpetrated by our own immigration officials ... The Administrations actions are outrageous. They willfully and knowingly put the interest of criminal immigrants before the safety and security of the American people."
Following the arrest of four ISIS terrorists on the Mexican border in 2014 Rep. Duncan Hunter of California who sits on the House Armed Service Committee, stated, "If you really want to protect Americans from ISIS, you secure the border. It's that simple. ISIS doesn't have a navy, they don't have an air force , they don't have nuclear weapons. The only way ISIS is going to harm America is by coming in through the southern border, which they already have. They aren't flying B-1 bombers, bombing American cities, but they are going to be bombing American cities coming across from Mexico."
Well! This is another fine mess you have gotten us into Mr. Obama. Can we have a little transparency please.
Gene F. Danforth
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 01:29
To The Daily Sun,
Has the world ever gone to war over oil?
Why? How could there be a war over oil when we have so many natural resources in the modern world?
The answer is the intertwining of oil production, consumption, and dependency with national and international economies.
FACTS: World War I over oil occurred between Russia and Japan in 1905.
Several wars over oil have occurred since, some involving directly USA.
QUESTION: Would USA have attacked Iraq (twice) if Iraq's major export were bananas?
Today, right now, it is not scarcity, but the global glut of oil that threatens certain nations and economic interests. USA's increased production of oil benefits many of our people economically as to reduced gas and heating oil prices, and surely it is in our national personal and economic interests, but the international economy is in turmoil over oil prices. ... International and U.S. stock values down, and oil-dependent economies in disarray.
Beware the Russian Bear. Look to the histories of this proud and diminished nation. Can the cornered Bear, economically dependent upon stable oil prices, sustain economic shrinkage due to falling oil prices, or react, as a cornered bear will, by striking out, including aggressive military movements, in Ukraine, and perhaps spreading to the world beyond ... ???
Recall that the simmering stew of war in Europe erupted in 1912, finally provoked by a relatively minor diplomatic incident, resulting in what was then to that time the most horrible, destructive war ever known to modern humankind.
United States of America needs fewer enemies, not more. Peaceful and cooperative political initiatives are required.
The global order is more precarious than many may understand. "Keep your powder dry, put in firewood, food and water."
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 01:26