Cost of adding CO2 to atmosphere are socialized for all to pay

To The Daily Sun,

Pollution means socializing costs. If you produce something that fouls the water and don't pay to clean it up, you are making everyone else but your company pay the costs of clean-up — not to mention any permanent damage. When the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969, the companies that dumped the flammable chemicals that polluted it did not put the fire out. The Cleveland Fire Department did. Taxpayers had to pay the cost while the polluters profited.

The Environmental Protection Agency was created shortly after this fire was put out and the Clean Water Act was passed shortly after. The act raised the cost of production for anyone who was making things and polluting water by requiring that they include the cost of preventing that pollution in the cost of their products. Thus, they had to pay the true cost of the product, rather than making the rest of the society ante up for some portion of that true cost. Yes, either their profits took a hit, or the costs were passed on to customers who bought the product.

Clearly, however, the costs associated with the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act and other pollution-control laws did not wreck our economy. Making companies pay the true cost of production is the right thing to do, and since the rules applied to everybody no one had an advantage. In addition, entrepreneurs also saw an opportunity to get rich by making pollution control equipment and by inventing non-polluting production methods.

"Creative Destruction" is the essence of capitalism. It is a term for long-term economic growth that is initiated by innovators who make something new out of the scraps of the old. Think of how transistors rose on top of the vacuum tube industry and computer chips from transistors. Are we better off without tubes and transistors? You bet!

CO2 is said to be a pollutant because of the costs of the extreme climate change it is causing when released into the atmosphere. These costs are socialized instead of being paid by the producers of the gas — taxpayers are and will be paying them. It will work just like the Clean Water Act did if new rules to control CO2 emissions are applied to every producer and product (including those imported from other countries). Entrepreneurs will create whole new industries and get rich, and we will all be better off in the long run.

Those who don't want to protect polluters and who are in favor of making them bear the real costs of their products are not the enemies of capitalism. They are the true believers in free enterprise.

Dave Pollak


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Why bring brain dead babies to term? To make more Tex. politicians

To The Daily Sun,

The elephant stands awaiting and the chute is in place. What GOP candidate will announce themselves next? Welcome to another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity. In the tradition of Charlie Hebdo, we bring you the best of the ridiculous.

Falling for the "job creators" myth sold by corporate monks, Kansas has had revenue shortfalls, credit downgrades from Moody's, and now has to close public schools down early because they don't have enough money. The inanity of libertarian economics dies again. Governor Brownback has also implied that forcing women to have children is good for the Kansas economy.

Michelle Bachmann is back. She says The rapture has been moved ahead of schedule because, well, it's Obama's fault.

There's bad news for the anti-vaxxer wackjobs. Two more major studies again confirm there is no link between vaccinations and autism. In a fine display of epic cluelessness, anti-vaxxer and organizer Rosemary Woods said, "Let me know when there is a study that confirms what I know in my heart." As Russ Wiles might say, "Isn't it kind of suspicious that every credible study on the subject says the same thing?" Ya think?

Did you see Republican Dog the Bounty Hunter on Fox? The four Fox women were all giddy until he soiled their carpet by saying he supports Hillary and trusts the Dynamic Duo.

Over in the world of religious circuses, the fear mongering propaganda coming from the revival tent meetings. Taking their signals from Huckabee, they claim that legalizing gay marriage will criminalize Christianity. Tortured logic much? Some Christian jihadist blowhards are talking armed revolution if equality wins over the fossilized traditions of religion-based bigotry. In their apoplectic fits (slain in the Spirit) they are calling for the impeachment of the justices who vote for equality. Gay marriage is sure to bring down our civilization. Nasty stuff, that freedom and equality.

Fox News' favorite Catholic Priest, Jonathan Morris, claims we can't have an atheist president because he would not fear God. You mean he might be logical? Wouldn't that be oppressive! Shall we ask Bugs Bunny for a comment on weapons-grade stupid? Did you know that rape and incest can't be verified? Yup, another insane religious conservative has escaped her rubber room.

Tennessee State Rep. Sheila Butt blocked exemptions for rape and incest in the new abortion bill because she claims they are not verifiable. On today's "700 Club," Pat Robertson warned that God will soon remove his hand of protection over America because people are mocking fundamentalist preachers like himself. The old fossil complains, "People mock the word of God and those who proclaim it are laughed at as fundamentalists. Well, we need the fundamentalists because if we don't have them this nation is doomed." Yes, Pat, we need more crackpots who might even believe that 6,000 years ago a talking snake deceived a couple who had no belly buttons to eat some fruit. Pat also gave us five predictions if gay marriage wins. We will be hit with war (revolution!), floods, terrorism, the apocalypse and the anti-Christ! Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, while on Pastor Hagee's show says if gay marriage is affirmed, pastors will end up in jail. For what? Pedophilia? Embezzlement? Sounds good.

America's village idiot, Louie Gohmert appeared on Glenn Beck's television program the other night. He claims Obama won't help the government of Nigeria fight terrorism until the country legalizes gay marriage and abortion.

Also in Texas, where wide open spaces include the heads of Texas lawmakers, H.B. 2510, espoused by Texas State Rep. Matt Schaefer will force a woman to carry a nonviable fetus to term. No, you didn't read that wrong. What could be the reason for bringing a brain dead fetus to term? Well, what better way to create more Texas politicians.

Oklahoma is also a scary country full of wide open spaces. While speaking in the Senate, Kevin Calvey threatened to go across the street and torch himself with gasoline if they passed state Senate Bill 548, which would increase funding to the court system. Why? Because the court has struck down some abortion laws.

James Veverka


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Need to explore Belmont Mill options & lay out clear choices

To The Daily Sun,

Belmont residents now have the opportunity to share their ideas for the historic 1833 Belmont Mill. This is a positive step. The selectmen have requested feedback from the community regarding future use of the Mill after a warrant article for the Mill was turned down by voters last March.

Belmont's Mill and historic district are a tremendous asset that needs to cultivated. They give Belmont a "sense of place" and will attract residents, visitors and investment. As indicated by the town Master Plan and previous town charettes (futuring discussions) have concluded, the Belmont Mill does not exist alone, it is the cornerstone of Belmont's downtown revitalization, along with our beautifully restored historic bandstand. Recent work by the town on Main Street sidewalk and plantings are also moving in the right direction.

We have good bones to build from. Downtown Belmont has a small core of historic buildings that house commercial businesses, a Town Hall and Corner Meeting House, library, bandstand, old post office, a police station and historic residences in addition to the Belmont Mill. There are resources available to help us continue to move forward.

Here are a few simple points to keep in mind:

-—The Mill is the gem of Belmont Village.

— It is a great location for social, education, medical and other community services and displaying our heritage.

— It basically a sound building worthy of continuing investment.

— There are great resources we can tap into on this.

— We have time to get this right.

People in Belmont value the mill. The mill building has proven its ability to host a variety of community services that really benefited the community. When it was fully occupied rental income was over $90,000 annually. Engineering studies indicate the building is basically sound. It does need some replacement and reinforcement of floor beams and flooring on the top floor and work on the brick on one wall and the exterior, but this work could be phased or handled through grants, or by public/private or private investment. We have time to work this through and make good choices that will be supported by the community.

We have some great potential partners to explore options with including the Belmont Economic Development Council (EDC) and the Lakes Region Community College, and LRGHealthcare.

The Belmont Mill location and facility would be a good fit for education, community health and services and the arts. With activities possibly ranging from an extension campus of LRCC with classrooms, evening adult education opportunities, to LRG Healthcare offices/services, to daytime child or adult care services, to a community arts center, to a Belmont heritage museum or display, to community arts center to town services like the Senior Center and some town offices.

We need to explore the options and lay out clear choices for the community. Options for the mill are tied to decisions related to the old post office/bank building, and Town Hall and the Police Station is in need of expansion. By listening to all the ideas, the town can lay out some clear options and present these to the people of Belmont. We need to move forward and make decisions for the future. With clear priorities based on public support, we can develop a strategy and set us on a path to accomplish it. Belmont's downtown offers great opportunities, let's use this opportunity to quit circling around the issues and move forward.

Donna Hepp



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Millionaires in this state make it impossible for most to stay afloat

To The Daily Sun,

Mr. Ewing's response to the letter I wrote on April 18 is just another Tea Party letter with Fox News talking points. I even got greetings from the janitor of the parrot cage, Mr. Wiles. I thank them both for being concerned of my health.

I do admit that my knowledge of the Tea Party was lacking the fact the Tea Party wasn't part of the Republican Party. I guess I never read a letter written by a left-winger that had their views.

In response in April 18, I wrote that New Hampshire had 34,000 millionaires living in the state. It pointed out that folks gather in New Hampshire to retire after a successful career elsewhere. New Hampshire is well known as a tax haven for the rich. Some even purchase a home, register to vote here, but don't live here.

The Wall Street Journal pointed out in 2013, New Hampshire had 522,867 households (and) 33,867 millionaires. This figured out that for every 1,000 households, 6.48 percent were millionaires.

My point is there are millionaires in this state that make it impossible for most folks to earn a livable wage. Mr. Ewing says the problem is state and national policies that make it difficult for citizens to prosper and have a good chance to become a millionaire.

It would do everyone good to reread letters written in The Daily Sun on April 28 on Page 4. I was glad to see that Mr. Wiles outlined the chain of command within the Tea Party (the party of protesters, confusion and discontent). I will write later to address concerns the janitor of the parrot cage outlined in April 25 Daily Sun. Awk, Awk.

Henry Osmer


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We need a candidate who will stop illegal immigration

To The Daily Sun,

Every morning and afternoon I hear ads from a law firm about helping immigrants get green cards and helping people stay in this country and other things. At the end in Spanish and Portuguese (language of Brazil) it says it speaks the respective language.

This is not intended for legal immigrants. They are here in New Hampshire and New Hampshire citizens beware.

Massachusetts spends $1.1 million a week in housing the homeless. I was in several motels for work a couple years ago and the majority did not speak English. They were housed in western Massachusetts where the motel rates are cheaper. The towns had increased school spending, increased students and also bilingual teachers.

Manchester is having a housing problem already. Will this problem travel north? Why not?

Illegals are in line for housing and all the federal and state benefits. Our citizens could be behind them in line for housing and other benefits. We have many veterans and they could be behind them in line for benefits. This makes me so angry.

The illegals that work, work hard. They are crossing the border. It is only a two hour bus ride to the Lakes Region from Boston. Summer jobs — do you know for sure that your employer would not hire one in your place? Parents, grandparents — will your grandchild have competition from an illegal for a summer job, for tuition aid in college, or even a place in college? Yes, your child and grandchild may not get accepted in the college of their choice to make room for an illegal alien.

Your federal taxes go to subsidizing this. My friend spoke Spanish and would fill out the income forms for illegals. When asked how many children? 14 — yes 14, so we both know there were no federal tax money taken out of their paycheck, like yours and mine.

Several years ago my son applied to mow the grass at a country club on the ocean in New Hampshire. I took time off to take him to an agency in Massachusetts to apply for the position. No one spoke English. Needless to say he did not get the job.

Recently a nun from Iraq was not given a visa to the U.S. She wanted to speak in front of Congress to tell the murder of Christians in the Middle East. My son's mother-in-law invited her best friend from school to the wedding. She was not granted a visa. Yet we do nothing to stop the illegals from crossing the border. I read that 36,000 mothers came to the U.S. to deliver their babies last year for citizenship. The babies get citizenship and then the mothers get to stay on our dime to raise them.

Millions is being spent on illegal aliens and yes that is what they are. They are not undocumented citizens. We are trillions in debt.

The Republicans said elect us and we will stop this (and other things). Before the Senate was the bill for our budget. Conservative Republicans did not sign it as they wanted to defund the president's executive order which protects some illegals from deportation. Senator Ayotte was not among these, and we know, of course, Senator Shaheen would not be and was not one of these.

Senate confirmation vote passed on the new attorney general who will support the president's executive order, which the president himself for years said was illegal and that he had now power to do this. Senators Ayotte and Shaheen voted to confirm this new attorney general.

Senator Ayotte said she was against illegal aliens but has done nothing to stop it. I do not want to give her another six years to do nothing. Maggie Hassan is rumored to run for Senate and she would be worse.

We need representation in Washington that will stop this. We need a true conservative. Unfortunately New Hampshire does not offer true conservatives. We must search them out and do everything we can to elect them.

I was in Massachusetts when Scott Brown ran the first time for Senate. There were handmade posters everywhere. We do not need money. We need a candidate who will work hard for the people.

Senator Ayotte said if elected she would stop Obamacare and stop illegal immigration. Well, she has done none of this. Senator Shaheen had a bill that she sponsored on more efficient water heaters and is sponsoring a bill for a woman on the $2 dollar bill. Is this what we sent her to Washington, D.C., for?

The average income for the middle class is going down and down. It was $56,000 thousand and is now $51,000. We spend more on groceries for less. Just recently I saw an ad to buy vegetable plants. Four for $10. Last year is was three for $5. One more plant at double the cost.

I do not know what the answer is. Another party? A grassroots organization. A search for a true conservative to represent the citizens of New Hampshire in Washington, D.C. 2016 is not far away. Candidates for president are coming all the time. We must ask them the hard questions. Not just what they stand for but how they will fix things. Citizens in New Hampshire must become involved in the next election. We must make sure we elect representatives that do what they say. We must start now, before it is too late.

Linda Riley


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