To The Daily Sun,
I was just thinking about the N.H. Senate and House budget proposals and I am saying to myself, "What are they thinking?"
I know the Republicans are firm in their belief that everyone would be better off with lower taxes, but taxes serve a very critical and worthwhile purpose. There are many things the government provides that simply could not be provided for by private businesses, such as open roads and bridges network, our public school system, and of course a steadfast social safety net.
Then there are our military and security agencies, through which a safe and stable society is maintained for all. In New Hampshire, our state government provides many services for students, our elderly and disabled, as well as many New Hampshire-focused jobs and business initiatives that specifically serve Granite Staters and make us more competitive both within America and abroad.
Republican state senators have decided to devote themselves to tax giveaways that will disproportionately benefit large businesses. Their cut to the Business Profits Tax will see 76 percent of the cut go to the largest 1 percent of corporations and will cause the state to lose $80 million overall in this next budget cycle alone. That's a lot of money that could be going to schools, roads, or helping to care for our most needy citizens.
So readers, when was the last time you went to your employer and asked him/her to lower your income? That's exactly what these Republican senators have done with our state revenues.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:32
To The Daily Sun,
We not only live in a beautiful resort area, surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and lakes but we also live in a community that cares about children. In 2014, GOT LUNCH! Laconia fed 654 children throughout the summer. It costs the program approximately $120 to feed each child for the entire summer. All these community efforts make a big difference and make this program possible.
GOT LUNCH! Laconia is a community collaborative made up of volunteers who work together to deliver healthy groceries to the school children of Laconia during the 10 weeks of the summer school vacation. With more than 60 percent of the children qualifying for free and reduced lunch, the potential is great for many of the children in Laconia to go without enough food during the summer.
GOT LUNCH! Laconia makes sure that children who need food have healthy groceries delivered to their doorstep.
In April, the Laconia School District came up with the idea of 5 on the 5th for Cinco de Mayo day. All school employees who donated $5 to GOT LUNCH! Laconia could wear jeans on May 5 and proudly wear a sticker "5 on the 5th." Then they thought to challenge the local businesses to do the same. One press release about the challenge and very little time to pull this challenge together raised $1,835.50 to feed the children of Laconia; raising enough money to feed 15 children for the entire summer. The school district alone raised $1, 230.50.
Other businesses that answered the call this year are: Irwin Automotive, Lakes Region Community Services, Lakes Region Partners for Public Health, Lake Opechee Inn and Spa, Wescott Law, and Sunday's Salon and Spa.
Thank you, so very much for responding to the challenge. Next year we hope to grow this challenge and include more business and non-profits – watch for the opportunity next year. Thank You Laconia! Thank you, Laconia, for caring for our children.
For more information about the program, or how to register, volunteer or donate, go to the website: www.gotlunchlaconia.org.
GOT LUNCH! Laconia
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:25
To The Daily Sun,
Mr. McCoole incorrectly stated in his letter that I "blamed my hatred of God" on "Christian beliefs and morals." I in no way stated I "hate God" or that it's Christians or morality I dislike, I just have merely become a non-believer.
I do have a disdain for people of the pulpit for my own personal reasons, but would never hold anything against anybody for their religious beliefs. I respect the beliefs of others and for the record am pro-life (excluding cases of rape, incest and harm to the mother) despite my religious disposition. So you can throw your three-paragraph rant of extreme abortion legislation out the window.
Obviously now, nobody would vote for an abortion law that allowed killing a 2-year-old child! It seems to me more and more that strict Christians are a bit thin-skinned. You can all dish it out, but point out a few glaringly bad facts and it gets nasty fast. You literally added no less than three lies about what I wrote in your letter.
It's nice that you came racing to the defense of your Bible, but I still don't believe that there was some dubious intention from the filmmakers and authors of the '60s, '70s and so forth to directly undermine the values and morals of Christianity. It was just people being creative and let loose out of their repressive box that many of their strict parents had them in. I would argue that strict Christian parents are actually the cause of many youths to leave the church and pursue other interests. I would also argue that most intellectuals are not religious. Scientists, philosophers, engineers... I have no research on this, but most I have personally encountered do not believe in higher powers.
Furthermore, I do not label people on whims, I used to actually be a fan of Pat Buchanan, even would have voted for him if I was old enough when he ran for president. Through the years though, I just personally feel that he's a dinosaur, incapable of changing with the times. I thought his letter was full of generalizations with an undertone that if you're not a practicing Christian, you're immoral. Throw in Mr. Demakowski's biblical threats and that is where I was coming from.
I'm not trying to be some smarmy juvenile who is poking fun at your way of life, sir. But when Bible-thumpers constantly throw it in our face, three, four, five times a week in these letters, I just thought we should hear a different point of view. I would question your 80 percent of "American's believe in God" statement though, unless that's a AARP poll or something. Which God do you refer to? God is a term that many use. And of those 80 percent, how many are actually practicing? Going to church to worship besides Christmas and Easter? Certainly not 80 percent. I would be shocked if it were 30 percent.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:20
To The Laconia Sun,
The Lakes Region Local Food Guide is going to press very soon, thanks to the support of generous community donors. Our most recent fund-raising effort was a raffle, with gift cards offered by Laconia Local Eatery, BurritoMe, and Laconia Village Bakery. All of these locally-owned restaurants purchase food from our local farmers and wanted to support this great resource.
The raffle drawing was held at Laconia Local Eatery on June 2, and the following people were the lucky winners: $100 gift card to Local Eatery, Colin Fuller; $50 gift card to Local Eatery, Rich Kordas; $25 gift card to Local Eatery, Elaine Barros; $25 gift card to Burrito Me, Roy Barros, Rich Stanley, Hali Dearborn and Nicky Gallagher; $25 gift card to Laconia Village Bakery, Melissa Guldbrandsen and Don Womack.
Congratulations to the lucky winners, and much appreciation to everyone who purchased tickets. We're already planning ahead to next year's raffle, which will be bigger and better with even more locally produced products as prizes.
Lakes Region Food Network
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:05
To The Daily Sun,
I would love to know President Obama's strategy in Iraq. First he and VP Biden declared Iraq a victory achievement of theirs, after the Bush/Patraeus surge worked and Iraq was reasonably stable when he came into office. Then he declined to hammer out a status of forces agreement which would have given a reasonable likelihood of continued stability in Iraq.
Now ISIS has filled that vacuum left by the total evacuation of the United States. Today, Iraq has lost more territory and important cities to ISIS as it appears that only the Islamic State and Iran have the will to fight. Yet our president implores us to "be patient" and assures us "we are winning".
Lou Dobbs believes that his foreign policy strategy is not intended to advance U.S. interests in foreign policy in any corner of the world. He goes on to say, "the Obama Administration is better aligned with the Iranians, than with Israel or Saudi Arabia . . . more closely aligned with the Chinese who the Obama Administration challenges in the South China Sea." Yet it seems he ignores China's expansionary strategy in Central and South America, as they invest many billions of dollars there.
And what of Obama's perplexing "more flexibility" policy with Russia as he appears to be ignoring the concerns of European nations while Putin increases his aggression against Eastern Europe. Are we losing influence around the world and putting this country in grave danger?
Recently, General Martin Dempsey told "Frontline" that the Pentagon totally botched the offensive by ISIS. He said there was no real plan to deal with the fall of Mosul. How is that even remotely possible that our defense team was taken by surprise?
How is it that our foreign policy is in such disarray, totally incoherent and totally feckless? Why only pinprick strikes in Iraq with inadequate special forces on the ground, which merely keeps the war ongoing, but unwinnable? So what does our dear leader decide to do? Roll back 50 years of foreign policy by officially removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism without demanding any alterations by Cuba.
Don't look now, but the five Taliban leaders are apparently now free to roam the countryside and renew their jihad against the West. Freed so that we could get back a deserter and possible Islam sympathizer in Bowe Bergdahl. Oh, and this just in, Obama has changed the ahem, strategy in Iraq by stating that we can try to help out, but we are no longer responsible for securing the country. So now, Iraq has to rely on Iran-backed Shiite militias to battle ISIS.
Lou Dobbs asserts that Obama's foreign policy strategy is clear. "The president is rolling back decades of U.S. foreign policy, reneging on countless commitments and once reliable alliances." He is withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan while cheerfully proclaiming that he has ended two wars. Geez Mr. President, what happened to your pronouncement that the U.S. and the 60 state coalition that you put together would crush the Islamic State? He now seems to be telling us that would be too big a problem to take on at this point.
Does anyone think that Ayatollah Khamenei is worried about being on the losing end of a nuclear deal with Obama? Does anyone believe that Chinese President Xi is worried that Obama will draw a red line against China's expansionist plans? And oh those perilous open borders to our south. Let 'em all come on in, seems to be the focus of the president's flexibility.
President Obama's unilateral surrendering to the rest of the world has created a vacuum for pure evil to enter and thrive. That is a severe dereliction of duty, is it not? Who did he think was going to fill that void? Dennis Prager is correct, I believe. He said that the left hates those who confront evil. Perhaps that is why our president would rather attack cops and Christians and ignore real evil.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt's comment on confidence which he had in abundance, goes like this: "Confidence . . . thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live." Mr. President, you are an embarrassment to the ideals that have held this country together for so long. He clearly doesn't believe in them and wants to destroy them. Why else would he want to fundamentally transform this nation?
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:00