To The Daily Sun,
Both Don Ewing and Linda Riley have written letters about the bill funding Homeland Security.
Mr. Ewing presented a lengthy list of consequences from its passage. They include: collapse of the educational system, disease, pestilence, massive unemployment, sky-rocketing taxes, bridges and roads crumbling, and giant crime waves. Ms. Riley stated that by passing this bill, "Our representatives let us down. They let the Constitution down. They let the world down."
HR-240 was written to fund Homeland Security for a year. This includes: Customs, TSA, Immigration, Coast Guard, FEMA, Federal Law Enforcement Training, Secret Service and Domestic Nuclear Detection. Three Republican reps — Robert B. Aderhold of Alabama (Tea Party Caucus), Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina (Tea Party Caucus) and Lou Bartella of Pennsylvania — added an amendment to defund the president's executive order on immigration.
The House passed this amended bill, the Senate passed a "clean" bill — without the amendment. The House, unable to get a three-week extension — just one week — passed the clean bill.
Now I'm no genius, but I think that the one department that I really wouldn't want to screw with — given the multiple volatile situations in the world — is Homeland Security. Despite Ms. Riley's claim that 87 percent of that department's personnel would still be working, they would have to return to work unpaid.
The legality of the president's executive order will be taken up in the courts. It has yet to be determined if any laws were broken. This was a cheap attempt by some reps who wanted to stand up to Obama. I deeply resent their risking the security of this country. Unlike Mr. Ewing, I believe that it was the Democrats who were "held hostage."
It's really easy to label anything that someone disagrees with as a violation of "inalienable rights". What about my right to expect Congress to govern? How does stonewalling simply to defy the president qualify as "governing"? This is truly, "A load of crap".
Speaker Boehner's tenure has been the most unproductive in the history of the United States. Senator Shaheen was right to call to put an end to partisan politics. It will be the only way that this nation can move forward. Isn't it time to stop hating and start acting?
June M. Huot
Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 10:35
To The Daily Sun,
I want to thank all of the Meredith citizens who came to the polls last Tuesday, not only for supporting me, but all of the eight candidates. As your newly elected selectman, it will be an honor to represent you for the next three years. I can promise that I will maintain my integrity and sense of humor and bring a respectful and cooperative attitude to the office of Meredith selectman.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 10:32
To The Daily Sun,
What is going on with the Department of Fish and Game?
This session at the Statehouse, HB-423 will designate the bobcat as the state wildcat.
The department saw fit to spend $250,000 on a study of bobcat just to see if they could add the species back onto the trapping list. The commissioners want this to happen. The conclusion from the wildlife division was that road kill was enough to control the size of the bobcat numbers. They are still considering adding the cat to the trapping list.
Seven years ago the department did a study on the moose herd and found that all of the calves that they radio-collared perished due to parasites. Why then did the department go ahead and spend an additional quarter a million dollars on a more recent study and found that some 65 percent of the calves collared perished in the winter of 2014 due to parasites. Winter tick and brain worm were realities then and are a reality now. Now they still want to put an lottery out for some 110 moose permits this coming season. Mother Nature is controlling this herd, but the department sees fit to hasten the moose herds demise.
Due in part to poor management in the Department of Fish & Game and the lack of interest by the state legislatures to consider raising licensing fees for the last 13 years to keep pace with the growing expenses to the department, they now have a short fall of some $3.5 million. If this was the Navy and the ship ran aground the captain would be "relieved of command." So now who do you think is left to pick up the shortfall?
The mission of F&G is to regulate, protect, restore and conserve the wildlife resources of the state. The non-hunting citizens in the state are restricted from intentionally feeding bears for viewing with a $1,000 fine, yet your neighbor can bait without a permit if they intend to shoot the bear. RSA-208 doesn't give the executive director the authority to regulate the non-hunting citizens of the state. The non-hunting citizens of the state have no representation on the F&G commission. Yet the department is looking for the state treasury for $1.5 million to help keep them afloat them for the 2015-16 budget. This money comes from the general fund. Looks like they intend on getting it. We gave them $699,000 last year. Spending $750,000 for 2015 and $750,000 for 2016 from the General Fund for this department when they have not exercised all of their options to raise revenue is a bad idea.
The Legislative Budget Assistant has no way of validating the department's inflated claim of how much revenue is coming into the state from hunting/fishing activities. It looks like the non-hunting citizens are going to subsidize F&G from now on, without having any say. These same non-hunting citizens the department is so willing to regulate. Call your state representative and senator and tell them no moneys from the general funds are to be used for this so called self funding department and get it out of the budget. Tell them you would rather see that money go to our nursing homes before subsidizing low cost hunting practices over free bait sites.
Currently (2015 season) the department has increased guide permits to 50 for bear (35 permits grandfathered in, 15 permits in lottery form) resulting in revenues of: $59 per permit equals $2.950, $8.850. from federal match (Pittman-Robertson act) = Total revenue $11,800 to the department.
Fifty guide permits come with six bear transportation tags each, for a total of 300 bears per season. The guides charge on the average $1,000 per bear, realizing $300,000. Again the department receives a total of $11,800 and the guides receive $300,000. Guide service for moose can be as much as $5,000 each, deer $300-$500. It is unknown how many deer or moose are taken with the use of guides. Hence HB-298 brought forward by the guides is designed to exacerbate this issue. The department needs to stop giving away these resources with little or no gain, allowing private citizens to profit from the sale of the state's natural resources. This department was not intended to be used for the monetary gains of private citizens. But that is exactly what has happened.
HB-298, relative to the seasons for taking game animals and game birds with the use of bait. This bill will allow for season long baiting, for anything that is to be hunted. One of the sponsors is Rep. Parent, Merr 26. Rep. Parent is an New Hampshire licensed guide. FYI, 408 bear were taken over bait last year.
The department will only listen to the small minority in their decision making. Let the small minority bail them out. If this was a referendum state, the issue of baiting would be resolved and the guides would all be gone (apparently they can't guide unless the have bait sites ), which in turn will restore the department to fulfill their mission without this greedy outside influence and restore hunting as a sport. That is something I would support and ask our legislators to support.
Eric T. Rottenecker
Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 10:27
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank the citizens of Alton who voted for me in my recent run for selectman, particularly my supporters who helped in many ways with my campaign.
I will serve all of the citizens of Alton as your selectman and sincerely hope you will make an effort to attend meetings and let the Selectboard know of your concerns and suggestions. It's all about you, the citizens, and your input is important.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 10:17
To The Daily Sun,
The annual deaths from heroin use in New Hampshire are attracting attention so out of proportion with reality that it exhibits epidemic irrationality; we're witnessing hysteria over 70 heroin deaths in New Hampshire in 2013, and 65 through Oct. 26, 2014.
Tobacco on the other hand is 55.6 times more deadly according to state Department of Health and Human Services data.
Let's keep things in perspective and not waste time listening to Maggie Hassan's self important New Hampshire drug czar, Jack Wozmak, implying that heroin is creating a non-viable workforce in New Hampshire while tobacco, endorsed by our government for retail sales at thousands of sources, is relegated to being ignored. Nonsense!
If it is death that concerns the government (rather than a few tragic human interest stories) then the government ought to do nothing other than focus on heart disease and cancer which by themselves kill more than all other ailments combined.
Please, let's try to be rational. The addiction that is "dragging the state's economy down" is not heroin. It is perfectly legal tobacco aided by the liquor sold at state stores. Wake up, Maggie! Oops, sorry, I almost forgot. You get lots of revenue from selling these things and you don't get your cut from heroin, do you? The hypocrisy of politicians is infuriating.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 10:13