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Please accept my apologies, Mr. Eddy, I used your name by mistake

To The Daily Sun,

I ask that Dale Channing Eddy please accept my apologizes. Mr Eddy the correct author of the letter was a D.M. Williamson and was dated Feb. 11, 2015. While trying to print it out to re­send to The Sun for clarification it slipped and was lost. So, the date I think is February, but might be either January or March.

The only reason I sent it to The Sun was I am in a similar situation in my life with my Social Security payments due to my inconsistent job history. Might want to keep your kids aware of this, too. But anyway I am extremely sorry about using your name by mistake.

Jon Hoyt

Plymouth

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 08:12

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I have never written anything about 'my' Social Security

To The Daily Sun,

This is in response to Jon Hoyt's letter in Thursday's Sun:

Mr. Hoyt, on April 2 you wrote, "So Dale, one of the reason your Social Security payments are low, remember you were complaining about them in a recent letter, and the reason is that you have to work a certain number of quarters and hours to make more than you are making now."

I'm sorry, but you must have me confused with someone else as I have never written anything about "my" or anyone else's Social Security payments for the simple reason that I do not collect Social Security and won't for a few more years. It is possible my father, who has the same first name, may have done so. If he did, it would have been over six months ago as he passed away last October. If he did not, then you are misremembering who wrote about the subject.

Also, I did not brag about all my travel. I merely stated fact. Travel was required for some of my work and little of it was pleasurable. I went where my employer told me I was needed, did my job, and then moved on to my next destination. I was not sightseeing or visiting the latest trendy tourist destinations or staying at five-star hotels. I was working, period. If that's bragging, then so be it.

Dale Channing Eddy

Gilford

Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 10:13

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Perhaps a historic achievement but more likely a day of infamy

To The Daily Sun,

Thanks to Investor's Business Daily (IBD), we now know for sure Obama's Rose Garden ceremony welcoming home a conquering hero was just a charade to provide cover for our president's real intention — "close Gitmo". Not that one had to belong to the Mensa society to figure it out.

Here's the timeline IBD provided: Jan. 2009 - Obama signs executive order for the closing of Gitmo within a year. 2011 - White House and the State Department open secret talks with the Taliban in Germany and the Persian Gulf to discuss their release as part of the "peace talks." Jan. 3, 2012 - Taliban announce they are prepared to open a political office in Qatar to conduct peace negotiations in exchange for the release of the Taliban commanders. April 2012 - Working with the White House, Karzi sends delegation of Afghan government officials to Gitmo to interview the Taliban prisoners and secure their oaths to cut ties with al-Qaeda.

"All this took place before Bergdahl was on the agenda," as IBD writes. "Obama faced resistance to this plan," notes Thomas Lifson. The U.S. intelligence community thought this plan was too politically radioactive to sell to Congress. "Curses, foiled again" must have been Obama's frustrated lament, sounding like Snidely Whiplash. Ah, but then the Bergdahl for five top Taliban commanders swap was hatched by our Conniver-in-Chief. I think everyone who voted for Obama should be feeling some whiplash right about now.

The Rose Garden ceremony with Bowe Bergdahl's parents was the perfect cover. We brought home one of our brave soldiers who had suffered for years in Taliban captivity. Except, after months of delays, the Army has charged him with desertion and endangering his fellow soldiers. Four of them apparently were killed while looking for him.

Five Taliban commanders who will likely be free in May to rejoin the war against the infidels and apostates were freed so that we could secure a likely deserter, rather than a brave hero. Such is the substance of the kind of negotiations that our president continues to deliver for the people of this country. We bring all of our soldiers home no matter the cost, says our president. Well then, how about an ex-Marine who fought courageously in the Iraq War, Mr. President. Montel Williams says that Amir Hekmati has spent over three years being tortured in Iran's most brutal prison. He never abandoned his fellow soldiers, Mr. President.

Oh and while you are at it, President Obama, why not also negotiate the release of Pastor Saud Abedini, an Iranian/American Christian minister who has been imprisoned in Iran since September 2012. Yes I know, our Commander-in-Chief's record of negotiations is beyond abysmal.

Today, he declared an historic achievement. Perhaps so, but likely more of a day of infamy than any real peace accord. Just hours after our president announced the potential deal sounding all the world like a "tough negotiator", Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif accused Obama of lying about the details of the "tentative framework" that will continue until June 30th before any real deal will be official.

Is it possible that Barack Hussein Obama does not grasp the concept of taqiyya? That would be the Muslim term that allows followers of Islam to lie to non-believers in order to advance their goal of global glory. Something that Iran has been doing to us for decades while shouting "Death to America". Yet Obama believes we can negotiate in good faith with Iran. And just what kind of con game has our Socialist/Marxist/Islamic stylized leader been playing on the citizens of this country? Hey Toto, I don't think we're in America anymore.

Hat tip: to Thomas Lifson, American Thinker editor, for bringing the Bergdahl connection to light.

Russ Wiles

Tilton

Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 10:08

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Zero chance Iranians will keep their word to Kerry & Obama

To The Daily Sun,

Woops, was it a typo, an inadvertent mistake or perhaps an intended omission? The Fortune.com list of "greatest world leaders" for 2015 was just posted and guess how wasn't on it? Wait for it, wait for it..... If you guessed Barack Obama you would be right. Our community organizer-in-chief couldn't even make an honorable mention.

Now Lefty, don't get mad at me, I had nothing to do with making out the list, just wanted to rub it in a little. Can't say I didn't tell you so. You can't hear me but I am laughing out loud as I envision all those Obama worshipers outraged, red-faced, with heads ready to explode at this imagined slight.

Well what did you expect the Middle East is in chaos, we are bombing Sunni's in Tikrit and Shiites in Yemen while John Kerry is desperately trying to get the Mullahs to give him something, anything that he can spin as a good deal in order for Obama to claim something as a legacy in an otherwise failed eight years in office. (That's my opinion, LJ.)

If you ask me Kerry is spitting into the wind because there is zero chance the Iranians will keep their words regardless of what Obama gives away, and it looks like it will be permission to build nukes. I base that on past experience with the two parties involved, Obama and the Mullahs.

Hey though, good luck trying to tell people what a good deal it is when the details are finally revealed by the never-tell-the-truth resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Steve Earle

Hill

Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 09:24

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Attendance at Americas most elite colleges is inherited benefit

To The Daily Sun,

In 1643, Harvard College sent what might be called the first fundraising brochure to England seeking money to expand. It said, we built our homes, built our churches, and settled civil government, now we must provide for ways to advance learning to perpetuate posterity. Americas early and lasting enthusiasm for higher education has given it the biggest, best funded and most expensive system in the world. Now, grave concerns have arisen whether the cost is really worth it. The world is now trying to force students through the college process if it were a meat grinder. Demand for higher education has grown faster than demand for a new car. The enrollment ratio of college age students has increased from 14 percent to 32 percent in the past 20 years. The world and America has convinced itself the only path to the middle class is with a degree.

The world has two systems of higher education: The European model where colleges and universities share equal funding from state sources, and all have similar status. The second system is the American, market-based model where most funding is a mix of private (tuitions) and public funds where status is not equal, where there is a clear-cut delineation between top flight, elite colleges, the middle, and the bottom of the heap.

Costs for higher education are rising at incredible speeds around the globe sucking up ever higher percentages of GDP. The average is now 1.6 percent, up from 1.3 percent little more than a decade ago. America has the highest percentage at 2.7 percent. Tuition fees and education costs in general have run almost twice the rate on inflation for the last 20 years. The belief that throwing more money will get a better product has proved an illusion, especially in public grade schools. Student debt sits at record levels along with defaults on that debt now well over $1 trillion.

If we were getting our money's worth there would be little concern. On the research side America does seem to be getting good value. Last year 19 of the 20 universities that produced the most highly cited research papers were American. But on the education side the picture is far more gloomy.

The performance of American students on international tests like PISA demonstrate mixed results at best, where Asian countries continually outperform in high paying STEM pursuits. Another dire signal, employers continually complain graduates are poorly educated to perform the complex work they require. Education continually produces a mismatch with critical job skills. There are few openings for Greek philosophers, but we keep turning them out. "Sacking" unionized Greek teaching college professors is no easy task.

A recent study suggests 45 percent of college students made zero gains in learning during the first two years of college. Consider the billions of absolute waste in that math calculation all while colleges simply refuse to do the hard work of figuring out how to reduce and control costs the way private enterprise does. Parents should be outraged at colleges refusal to control costs.

In truth America has turned higher education into nothing but a very high cost "sorting machine". Recent top recruitment professionals say most often students from the best schools get the best jobs not because they are the smarter, but because the schools they got into have such rigorous acceptance procedures. In other words it isn't the student's work that becomes his or her ticket to success. It is the college he or she attended that guarantees it. Most colleges have become mass market meat grinders of education dilution to satisfy an insatiable demand for what is often a mirage to the middle class. For an ever increasing number, it is an unforgivable financial nightmare into hell.

Attendance at Americas most elite colleges has become an inherited benefit of the privileged aristocracy. Income and wealth inequality "begin" with education. Education stokes inequality's as surly and effectively as capitalism does, if not more. One statistic tells all. Sixteen percent of students now attending Harvard are the children of former graduates of Harvard. Harvard says it only uses this connection to sort tied tests scores. Who believes that when the parent donated $20 million to the Harvard endowment fund. Inherited great wealth all begins with "education" offering special privilege to a select few.

Tony Boutin

Gilford

Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2015 09:20

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