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It was most enjoyable State of the Union speech I've watched

To The Daily Sun,

A couple of years ago I read of a 25-year study's findings that adults who were very conservative were very whiney children. Crybabies. I know it's no surprise to folks who don't live in "Teabagistan."

After the burn our fine president put on the GOP at the State of the Union, we should all write our Republican representatives and suggest maybe its nap-time. I know The Daily Sun's conservative clown-car riders need naps. It's one temper tantrum after another.

It was the most enjoyable State of the Union speech I have ever watched. What's even funnier is to watch the post-speech reactions of the Tea Bag Brigade and the Christian Taliban. If you haven't seen the clips of Texastan's John Cornyn whining on "Fox and Friends" or Ted Cruz's epic fail at a rebuttal, they are must-sees.

Did I mention the Hog Whisperer? And the online memes are collectibles. Adding to the hilarity are the various fake news outlets that are raging about the president doubling down on his policies. As I said in November right after the election, "get ready for the hissy fits."

The extremist GOP agenda is DOA in the next Congress. They won't be able to get their pipeline of poison built. They won't be able to chip away at women's reproductive rights. They won't be able to put more sanctions on Iran at such a sensitive time in the talks. They will not be able to kill Dodd-Franks bank laws. They will not be able to take away people's health care. They will not be able move the country to the right. And if the Supreme Court decides against the federal subsidies of Obamacare, it will mean certain disaster for the GOP in 2016 as swing states turn bright, bright blue.


James Veverka


Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:55

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DOT recognizes that single-land roundabouts will fail at peak times

To The Daily Sun,

I started a petition against the three proposed roundabouts in the People's town of Meredith. I was standing in front of the Post Office in the cold for many days, plus I was at the Waste Management Center. I have met many concerned citizens and instantly developed a spiritual friendship. I did a lot of listening and to my surprise many folks were not informed about the issue and information was scarce.

Why were the good folks of Meredith uninformed? Now the meetings were held for nine months at 3 to 5 p.m., two hours per session. There was no public hearing for nine months. Why not televise the sessions for the people of Meredith? The people would be well informed about this issue. Families are busy with their children, jobs, driving their children here there and everywhere. I certainly understand the family life. Not long ago, that life belonged to me!

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) objective policy states that the public should have extensive public hearings and opportunities for comment regarding the effects of any proposals. Why didn't this happen?

I have read the minutes of the advisory meeting material, it took me four hours to absorb and then pick out the main points. There was limited readable dialogue, but here are the main points from Gene McCarthy, NHDOT.

— Police manage traffic flow and have done this for years effectively.

— Single-lane roundabouts do not perform as well as present signal configuration. Single-lane roundabouts make congestion worse.

Gene McCarthy recognizes that single lane roundy-rounds would fail during peak periods. Gene advised that a single-lane roundabout would not provide as much capacity as the current signalization and characterized performance as "poor." Failure would occur for significant periods of the year.

Gene McCarthy also said that single-lane roundabouts have insufficient capacity to handle peak demands and would create congestion. Single-lane roundabouts result in significant backup during peak periods.

Pleasant Street and Lake Street roundabouts represent new delays and associated queuing.

After reading all the material, I cannot understand a "Yes" vote for this project. I would vote "No," and would like further investigations done. There are many obstacles to consider. Safety is first and the Fire Department input is vital for the health and well-being of We the People. Actually I asked to be on the committee, but I was told they already had nine, plus Rusty McLear as an alternate. I really think Rusty McLear had a conflict of interest and he should have been excluded. He has vested interest in properties.

Gene McCarthy stated on several occasions at the Dec. 15 public hearing, that if the people of Meredith do not want this roundabout proposal, the State of New Hampshire will not force it upon them.

Rosemary Landry

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:48

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I accuse Obama & liberal media of bias in favor of Muslims

To The Daily Sun,

In Wednesday's letters, both Henry Osmer and L.J. Siden seem worked up about conservatives continued focus on the Benghazi cover-up. No fear guys, as much as you want it to just "go away" that's not going to happen. We the people want answers and we are not going to be distracted by bogus complaints from the left.

What's more we will not be limited to just Benghazi. We want to know the details about that and about the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, and the other half dozen misdeeds committed by the Obama administration. So guys my advice is, suck it up and deal with it.

Mr. Siden is particularly exercised that some of we right-wing folks do not feel the need to prove our statements. L.J. has been critical of me personally in the past for this. It goes back a few months to when I wrote that I didn't have to prove Obama lied because the president had proved that far beyond my ability himself — which was true and reported in nearly every reputable news organization in the world. Apparently L.J. want's those of us on the right to give citations for every fact already in the public domain. Not gonna happen L.J. Want to stand there and say Obama didn't lie, be my guest, but the world already knows better.

Lastly and once again I accuse Obama and the liberal media of bias in favor of Muslims and Islam. Their refusal to identify and report that terrorism in the world today is committed by far most often by Muslims is a clear and open fact. Their excuse that it's a small minority is wrong. Bill Maher, noted liberal, said it best, "Hundreds of millions of Muslims applaud these terrorist attacks." So now Mr. Osmer and Mr./Ms. Siden can chew on those facts.

Steve Earle


Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:40

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Let's consider other options for Belmont Mill that aren't as costly

To The Daily Sun,

How much space does the Town of Belmont need for a town hall? The article in today's newspapers indicates the selectmen and others wish to renovate the Belmont Mill building for use as a Town Hall? How many employees currently work in the present Town Hall? How much space is needed for so few people?

I don't disagree that the town needs to make improvements in the Town Hall, however the costs indicated in the news articles to refurbish the mill would create a huge tax increase in a town that is already one of the highest taxed towns in the entire state. The taxpayers can't afford this increase together with a possible increase from the school district for kindergarten. The taxpayers can't afford this idea.
Here is an idea. Perhaps the town should look into tearing the present Town Hall down and then consider perhaps building a new Town Hall which could also include space for a new police station which is more needed at present than the Town Hall. There is at present, or was, a building for sale across from the fire station. Would that lot be cheaper space for a new Town Hall in the form of a modular type building, etc.?

I urge the voters of Belmont to consider other options rather than this very, very costly one being proposed. It's your money. Are we paying too much in taxes already? I think so as compared to other towns. I don't often agree with George Condodemetraky, but in this instance he may have a valid point.

Don Irvin

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:36

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State of the Union was one of best speeches in a long time

To The Daily Sun,

It's a miracle that President Obama has been able to achieve what he has without much bipartisan cooperation. In fact the accomplishments have happened despite a Republican opposition that openly declared in advance that it would automatically oppose anything the president supported — before they knew what was going to be proposed. Clean air, education, immigration, the economy, taxes, reining in Wall Street are but a few of the issues that still need action and that were covered last night during the president's State of the Union speech.

For example, President Obama just challenged America — and Congress — to "set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline" and not to take us backward in the fight for good jobs and a bright future for our children.

"Over the past six years, we've done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That's why we've set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that's why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts."

One of the sad facts is that we pay these congressional salaries that enable their purely self-serving political behavior that has cost each one of us so much. Now you are able to see your dollars at work — or not. The State of the Union was one of the best speeches I've heard in a long time. It was a reminder of just how much good for this country President Obama has been able to do in spite of tremendous odds and non-cooperation from the GOP.

I was totally disgusted to see the "tan man" sit there as if he was glued to his seat. I was disgusted with his fellow Republicans who also sat on their pious rear ends smirking when each accomplishment, goal or achievement and success was mentioned.

Bernadette Loesch


Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:32

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