How many poor people hired you for any of the jobs you've had

To The Daily Sun,

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, congrats are in order for Henry Osmer. No Judicial Watch FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) needed for our dogged investigative reporter from Hill. He has uncovered a "vast right wing conspiracy" of Laconia Daily Sun letter writers.

Bob Meade has been outed as the headmaster of this "collection of parrots". Why just recently, he apparently commissioned Don Ewing to reply to Henry's letter of inquiry regarding Bob's April 16th letter. Don's letter came out in the April 23rd edition of The Sun.

And now, I have a scoop for Henry. Mr. Meade, exerting his considerable influence over the right wing letter writers, commissioned me, your humble correspondent, and Don Ewing, to respond to Dave Pollak's letter on climate change. I mean, how else to explain the letters appearing on consecutive days. And both letters mentioned Bjorn Lomborg. Coincidence? I think not.

Never mind the Trilateral Commission, The Bilderberg Group, The Rockerfeller Foundation, the One World Order or the blossoming Clinton Foundation scandal, this is really big. The Sun should jump on this before it consumes the entire Lakes Region editorial pages. Gail Ober and Michael Kitch should be given a top priority assignment to interview all the parties involved in this alleged "vast right wing letter writing conspiracy". Those would be the very folks that Henry reminds us, regarding the readers of these letters, "you all insult on a daily basis".

Gosh, I thought I was being respectful and informative with a dash of humor regarding those who take the time to read our letters. I appreciate every one of them and if I have insulted even one reader, then please accept my apology. Any sarcasm or biting wit has always been aimed at the letter writers from the left side of the political aisle. I have never tried to insult a reader and I doubt any of the conservative writers have ever colluded to do so either. That would be harmful and, dare I say, conspiratorial.

All kidding aside, I am worried about Henry Osmer. He has to ask the question: "what jobs were created by the one percent (millionaires)". Here's a question for Henry. How many poor people hired you for all the jobs you have had over your lifetime? Perhaps the next time you run into your favorite Hill neighbor, Steve Earle, you could ask him about the basic tenets of how capitalism works. I'm sure he would be glad to enlighten you. A tutorial by a favored parrot just might turn out to be a real feather in your cap. Awk, Awk.

Russ Wiles

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Voters in Senator Forrester's district know this is all a bunch of bull

To The Daily Sun,

After reading a letter to the Editor by Paula Trombi, my favorite Democrat from Meredith, I said to myself, here we go again. Just as in the past, she goes on and on about Senator Forrester.
In Her opinion the senator is a hypocrite, makes promise she can't keep, avoids making tough decisions, misleads people, is a grandstander, wants to give a pass to big out-of-state cooperations, and the list goes on and on. A couple more things and I would think she was writing a biography of Governor Hassan.
All this because Senator Forrester is calling on Governor Hassan to fund nursing homes, mid-level care and home health care. I can't blame Paula's attempt to cover for her precious governor.
Sorry Paula, the voters in Senator Forrester 's district know that this all a bunch of bull. That's why she keeps getting re-elected no matter who your party runs against her.
Breaking news, did you hear the latest about all the Hollywood bigwigs financing Gov. Hassan's campaign for governor. Surprise, surprise.

Thanks for all you do for us Jeanie. I'm a loyal supporter.
L. Michael Hatch

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If FDR-style policies work so well, why is poverty still such an issue

To The Daily Sun,

Tom Dawson pines to this paper weekly about his love of unions, socialism and higher taxes in the supposed quest for equality. There is no welfare state too large for Tom to bear hug, no tax increase too high for Tom not to endorse, no handout too broad for Tom not to stand behind, and no subsidy too "fat" for Tom not to put on the backs of the middle class to pay for. Tom is the modern day FDR, still spouting the same insane, brain dead, failed logic FDR did. Worse, the man lacks the courage to defend it. This works well for me. I love to shred loony, liberal, logic so weak the people who spout it lack the gumption to stand behind it. I have no problem turning Tom's liberal" hash" into a nice breakfast omelet.
Let me point out the obvious. If FDR's never ending hurricane of higher taxes, entitlements, bigger government and endless handouts followed by endless subsidies aimed to produce equality worked even a smidgen — I mean just a smidgen — why does the following exist 70 years after FDR, and seven years after Barack Obama, as Tom Dawson still screams for the same exact fixes of higher taxes and more spending. Democrats say " trickle down doesn't work". Neither does handouts, entitlements, subsides, Social Security ,disability insurance or VA Hospitals (unless you like government scandals). SEVENTY YEARS of following the lousing, logic of FDR and his disciple Tom Dawson produce the following questions:
1. Why are the number of millions suffering poverty every day near records in 2015?
2. Why have record numbers of people been forced on food stamps to survive ?
3. Why is the percentage or working age people with job at 40 year lows today?
4. Why is the country in debt up to its derriere vaporizing the future living standards of our kids?
5. Why are Democrats still running on a platform of inequality 70 years of FDR?
6. Why are the numbers of people in unions at all time lows?
7. Why are many of the largest and most successful business in this country trying to leave it?
8. Why are our corporate taxes the highest in the developed world crippling our ability to compete in the global economy?
9. Why is there a smaller percentage of monthly transfers by government going to the lowest quintile of Americans than there was 60 years ago?
10. Why has spending far beyond our income for decades only increased inequality, not improved it?
11. Why is it every major entitlement in this country is bankrupt in the trillions going forward?
12. Why is it government is now larger, and runs more things in America than anytime in history while life is worse and inequality higher?
13. Why is it "cradle to grave government welfare" has only produced bankruptcy in Greece?
14. Why is almost all of Europe with "cradle to grave" government welfare accompanied by sky high taxation produced failed economies for years?
15. Why has the middle class been shrinking ever since Barack Obama was elected president?
Don't expect Tom Dawson to address this pig sty of his failed liberal logic.
Tony Boutin

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Valid lease from was condition of city's approval of caboose

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to Laconia City Manager Scott Myers:

I'd like to bring your attention to some issues with the placement of a caboose without Laconia Planning Board approval.

As one of the owners of 100A New Salem Street, we have lived with this Caboose since 1999 at our back door. It is within two feet at the closest point of our building. Richard Mitchell (AKA Canterbury Classic, Pitmans Freight Room) of 94 or 100 New Salem Street is the owner of the caboose. The Governor and Council removed Mitchell's request to renew his lease with the State of N.H. on September 8, 2004.

Mitchell went before the Planning Board on August 3, 1998 with a plan to bring in railroad cars on the leased area. The Planning Board on a motion by, "Bob Cunningham moved to table any further action on App. #98-021 TRC until such time as the issue of title is resolved between the relevant objecting parties. Motion carried."

At the next Planning Board meeting on October 18, 1998, the board made some conditions for the next Planning Board meeting to be held on December 7, 1998.
"1. A valid lease with the State of N.H. Bureau of Rail, be submitted for use of the railroad land.
2. A survey performed by a licensed surveyor be submitted showing existing conditions of 100 New Salem Street and any other land that is identified in the State of N.H. railroad lease, to include green space calculations, frontages and lot sizes. the survey plan shall meet City of Laconia zoning requirements.
3. The survey shall also include all rights of ways, easements and restrictions on said properties.
4. The survey plan shall note the railroad lease and the buildings on 100 New Salem Street shall be owned and operated by the same entity so that toilet facilities are always available for the railroad use."

At the January 4, 1999 Planning Board Meeting some conditions that were not met.
"3. The plan indicates that the property is subject to two easements, but the locations of these easements are not shown on the plan.
5. The fire Department's request for an 18-foot-wide access way for emergency access is not on the plan.
Action: R. Cunningham again moved to continue App. #98-021 to 2/1/1999."

Some time in 1999, after the last Planning Board meeting, Mitchell placed the Caboose behind our building on the land he was leasing at the time from the State of N.H. without Planning Board Approval. He hasn't moved the caboose since it was placed in its present location.

In the last lease that was approved by the Governor and Council on May 26, 1999 — and in the lease that wasn't approved by the Governor and Council on September 8, 2004 —  Section 5.01 says, "The tenant shall comply will all laws, ordinances, rules and order of appropriate governmental authorities affecting the cleanliness, occupancy, and preservation of the demises during the the term of this lease. The tenant shall not use the premises in any manner that will disturb a neighbor's peaceful enjoyment of the other property. 5.02 The tenanat shall comply with all applicable laws, rules regulations and orders of any state, county and municipal authority which shall impose any duty or obligation upon the tenant with respect to land use regulations." Section 3.02 of both leases say, "All real or personal property taxes assessed by the City of Laconia as a result of the this lease will not be included in the rent and will be paid by the tenant. Failure of the tenant to pay any assessed real or personal taxes when due will be cause to terminate this lease." The 2000 lease added, "In accordance with RSA 72:23(b)"

At the Laconia Planning Board meeting on April 7, 2015, the WOW Trail presented a plan that says the "Existing railroad tracks and ties to be removed by the contractor". These are the same tracks that this caboose sits on. A fence will be built. When this happens there will be no access to the main line to move this caboose.

Their were arson fires on September 28, 2013 and October 31, 2013 at Pitman's Freight Room, one of which caught our building on fire. This caboose makes a good place to hide and staging area to set fires. Mitchell has placed old wooden debris under the caboose and has run an extension cord from Pitman's to the caboose to an outside light. One set of rear wheels are off the track. Water coming off our roof hits the caboose then hits the corner of our building, water coming off the caboose hits the corner of our building causing damage. Clearly the placement of this caboose does not meet the City of Laconia's setback requirements. This extension cord crosses our Right of Way and will be driven over.

Included is some attachments of pictures showing the wood under the caboose and extension cord which is hooked to a motion light.

Thank you for looking into these issues.

David Gammon


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Claims of climate change deniers can be quite easily refuted

To The Daily Sun,

Don Ewing was wrong about the war on women and the tea party's parasitic relationship with corporate funding; now he is wrong about the Little Ice Age (LIA).

Russ Wiles used a site that has an demonology expert for his anti-vaxxer claims and now he is mostly wrong about polar ice.

Mr. Ewing wants to equate the warming that began around 1850 with our present warming but that claim ignores important data. The best evidence for the cause of the warming trend of the mid-1800s is that solar activity increased. A decrease in volcanic activity is also in the cards. Contrary to what climate change deniers claim, volcanic activity causes global cooling due to the release of Sulfate aerosols. The problem with Mr Ewing's explanation is that around 55 years ago, solar activity began a trend downward while warming continued to pick up. This cooling reversed itself after a decade for about a decade but for the last 35 years the sun has been on a cooling trend. [1] What this clearly suggests is that while post-LIA warming may be connected to increased solar activity, its rather imaginative to claim the climate forcing of the 19th century is responsible for our present trend. Solar activity, which brought us warming, has decreased overall since 1960 yet the warming continues. Solar activity and global warming are going in opposite directions.

Mr Wiles chimed in recently, "The Antarctic has record levels of ice while the Arctic has regained much of the ice lost over the past decade". Not so quick, Russ. The Arctic Sea ice reached its annual maximum ice extent on Feb 25, 2015. The winter peak extent of Arctic ice this year is the lowest on record and one of the earliest since satellites went up in 1979.[2] The Arctic has not regained any lost ice over the decade. On the contrary, satellite data shows that summer minimums and winter maximums have declined and the Arctic has lost an average of 20,800-square-miles of ice a year. [3] In the matter of the Antarctic, there are two kinds of ice to be measured because it is a continent while the Arctic is mostly sea ice and some of Greenland. Continental ice is not the same animal as sea ice. Also consider that while ice advances and recedes in two dimensions, how thick is it and what is its volume? Measuring ice is a three dimensional job. Using satellite laser and radar altimetry, the elevation and thickness of land ice across the Antarctic ice sheet can be measured. The data so far says the West Antarctic and Antarctic Peninsula sheets are losing ice steadily while the East Antarctic sheet has gained slightly. Added up, the continent lost 1,350 billion tons of ice into the oceans between 1992 and 2011.

On the other hand, Antarctica sea ice has gained some. According to to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Antarctic sea ice covered a record 7.72 million square miles on September 19, 2014.[4] The average maximum extent in Antarctica between 1981 and 2010 was 7.23 million square miles. The Arctic has lost a yearly average of 20,800 square miles of sea ice while the Antarctic gained 7300 square miles. The Antarctic sea ice gains make up only a third of the ice lost each year in the Arctic. That's a net loss of 13,500-square-miles of sea ice a year while the continent is losing around 70 billion tons of land ice each year. Greenland is no longer stable and is losing 286 billion tons of ice per year.[5]

Just about everything else Mr Wiles and Mr Ewing claim can also be refuted quite easily but space prohibits today. I will certainly take them up if they wish. Next up? Another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks!


James Veverka


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