To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to Stephen Patten's letter of this date concerning U.S. ground involvement against ISIS/ISIL.
The ISIL's last letter refers to the Servant, which is accepted as wherever the eastern Mediterranean washes ashore. It's still the same group.
As a newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant from Norwich University, my first assignment was a little over a mile south of the Koran DMZA in 1967. During my tour, I had no combat experience as my job was to assure that the ammo, gasoline, and food was sent and delivered to whichever troops of my 7th Cavalry squadron went up north to do "barrier duty"; i.e., keep the North Koreans north of the DMZ; very hard to right an Asian on his home turf.
During that time a number of North Korean commanders slipped south between my 2nd Infantry Division and the Republic of (South) Korea (ROK) battle groups stationed nearby; the North Koreans were spotted by a Korea National policeman as they were converging around the Blue House, where the president resides.
Discovered, the NK's did what mayhem they could, then headed back north. Only one man, a lieutenant, did not die on the return trip; the others were found, victims of exposure. The lieutenant was a prisoner of the ROK. God help him.
I am going to re-subscribe to the Army Times so I can look up what is going on with the army, especially in ROK. Mr. Patten makes the next important point about ISIS on its home turf; "They are too well-trained and organized." Not just trained, but battle-trained.
In the early stages of our involvement in Vietnam, according to the book, "We Were Soldiers Then and Young", the communist's armies in Vietnam invited battle with U.S. forces in order to learn the U.S. tactics and develop tactics to circumvent them. My readings tell me that the VC and NVA were successful, although the Tet offences of 1968 ended the VC as a fighting force. The end of America in Vietnam illustrates my earlier point: it's hard fighting an Asian on his home turf.
The United States is ending involvement in two wars. We do not have a standing war-experienced military, especially on the ground, other than those who have had served in ground combat in our previous wars; most important is war-experienced.
Only war-experienced soldiers are most effective on the battlefield, and it's time for the U.S. and the E.U. to demand that the countries threatened by ISIS put their people in the field and learn how to fight. They'll be the combat experienced.
As for Syria, fighting ISIS as well as engaging in a Civil War, I have nothing to say except, "America, stand clear!"
As for American, French, and other anti-ISIS air strikes, I think it's a help for the defenders. However, what I read about ISIS burning alive a captured Lebanese (fellow Islamic) pilot, God help an American pilot in one falls into their hands.
It's important that I cannot even begin to suggest a non-Islamic solution to this invasion, because that's what it is: an invasion. If the people of the lands being besieged do not respond in force to the attacks they will not survive; they must learn enemy tactics and train to beat their tactics.
The one positive step that America can do is give the Kunds everything they need to fight ISIS.
America does not have enough combat-experienced ground troops to beat ISIS.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 08:31
To The Daily Sun,
I am battling ovarian cancer and on Sunday, March 1, 2015, my friends and family put together a benefit for me and my family at the Tilton Legion. I would like to send out a huge thank you to each and everyone who attended
It really means a lot to me that you took time out of your life to spend a few hours with me. I really needed a day of fun, smiles, laughter, happiness, family, good friends and great music to keep my spirits up. I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did.
Thank You from the bottom of my heart. (Hugs!)
I would also like to thank those who were unable to attend but were there in spirit.
A huge thank you to the Tilton Legion and all the local businesses. A very special thank you to all those that helped prepare for the benefit. As well as a special thank you to the three bands that played at the benefit: Express Revival, Uncle Steve and Friends, and King Chrome.
On behalf of myself and my family, thank you.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:54
To The Daily Sun,
Some folks clearly have a lack of understanding about the new pavilion in Belmont and the covered footbridge obtained recently. I'd like to clear that up for those who have apparently not read or heard about it in past news coverage or public meetings.
A recent Letter to the Editor appearing in local papers stated that selectmen secretly used Capital Reserve funds "to build pavilions and bridges", without public approval. They did not. Both the new pavilion and the acquisition of the footbridge were the result of a lot of volunteer work, the donation of labor, materials and resources and the securing of grant funds to pay for work that could not be obtained "for free."
All of this work has been done openly, although with little fanfare, as many volunteer efforts are. The local media have, however, given good coverage of these efforts. We should be proud of what has been accomplished and not be criticizing the hard work of those who actually get things done.
The Belmont Revitalization Committee was formed, as an initiative of the selectmen, years ago to involve local citizens in improving the looks of our town and to generate a sense of pride amongst our residents. That committee organized a design charette by Plan N.H. to develop suggested ways of doing just that. That charette was widely advertised and all members of the public were invited. Many did participate. The committee then met extensively and publicly, made a list of projects to be undertaken and went to work.
We started with Penstock Park. In spite of numerous requests for help, only a few actually showed up to do any work. However, through their efforts and with help from the United Way Day of Caring volunteers and freely given assistance by Ginger Wells-Kay and her landscape artists and several town employees — and with donated fencing, seating and shrubbery — we ended up with a beautiful park at one of the entrances to our downtown. All this was done at no cost to the taxpayers and Ginger and her crew have continued to maintain the plantings in the park, again at no charge, since its completion.
Building on that success, the committee moved on to the projects which have so greatly improved the looks and function of our downtown. Again, with extensive public hearings and meetings, our town leaders secured the grant funds and oversaw the design and construction of the upgrades to water, sewer, drainage, streets, parking, lighting and landscaping which make us proud of our home town. All this was done at minimum cost to Belmont taxpayers. So was the relocation and restoration of our bandstand overseen by the Heritage Commission.
As the next phase, we tackled the issue of limited parking in downtown, the need for a venue for public events and a desire to improve recreational opportunities for our citizens. Dick Persons very generously donated to the Conservation Commission the railroad bed that runs from the old depot site across the river from the Belmont Mill all the way to Rte. 140. The plan is to construct a gravel parking lot on the depot site and connect it via one section of the covered bridge to the Mill and pavilion and to the downtown area, thus greatly expanding available parking. The railroad bed will be graded and improved all the way to South Road, with the second section of the covered bridge used to span the Tioga River at its lower crossing, thus providing a trail traversing some of Belmont's most scenic areas.
The pavilion provides a place for public events during Old Home Day, Memorial Day, farmers' markets, Deck the Village and throughout the year. All this is being done with volunteer labor, donated materials and grant funds — at no additional cost to Belmont taxpayers.
My wife, Christine, spent weeks of her own time with the help of town officials writing a successful application for a grant. Although this was an extremely competitive grant, we succeeded in getting those funds. That is the money that was used to construct the pavilion and move the covered pedestrian bridge from Dover to Belmont. Our town administrator and staff also identified another grant and secured that as well, providing additional funding toward the coming installation of the bridge over the Tioga River and the parking lot and trail improvements.
The bridge itself was purchased from the City of Dover for $1 — but we found $1.35 on it so the town made 35 cents on the deal! Mark Roberts and his crew disassembled the bridge and moved it from Dover to Belmont, donating a significant portion of their work and leaving more of the grant funds for use on the rest of the project. Volunteers from the committee provided a couple of weeks of "grunt labor" in support of that move and will continue to work with Mark and his crew to install the bridge sections in the future. The engineering firm of Hoyle, Tanner designed the necessary modifications to the bridge to allow its use in two sections and they donated a significant portion of their work as well, also reducing use of grant funds.
Members of the committee worked with town officials to design the pavilion and then negotiated a reduced price for the materials, through the generosity of A&B Lumber. Local construction manager Chuck Moretti and his NCM firm did a masterful job of constructing the pavilion at a reduced cost, with our Public Works crew doing the site work and utilities within their regular budget. Belmont High School volunteers and the American Legion Post cleaned up brush and debris all along the river bank behind the pavilion. These are the things that can be done when caring people work together with their town officials to benefit their community.
One of the things we taxpayers regularly vote on and approve is to authorize the selectmen to apply for, receive and expend any and all grants from public, private and non-profit sources which will further the operations of our town. Our town officials have done a very good job of that, including securing the grant funds which have leveraged the work of our dedicated volunteers and donors and resulted in all these improvements we now enjoy or will in the foreseeable future.
Being a leader isn't just about "informing" others as to what he or she feels is the best course of action. One who wishes to be a leader must also keep himself informed so he does not spread misinformation, cause undue consternation, obstruct hard work done in the public behalf or discourage those who do that work. A true public leader doesn't just stand back and criticize, but rather encourages, supports and joins with others to get things done. Our current and recent town officials have done just that — quietly and effectively. I thank them and all the volunteers, donors and contributors they have enlisted in making real progress for our town, all while minimizing costs to our taxpayers. That's leadership!
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:42
To The Daily Sun,
I write this note to endorse Harry Bean for Gilford Budget Committee. I've known Harry and the Bean family for over 50 years. Harry is a local, successful businessman and has developed the skills and the temperament to review and evaluate budget requests on behalf of Gilford residents.
I urge Gilford to vote for Harry Bean as a member of Gilford's Budget Committee.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:34
To The Daily Sun,
This year's Meredith Selectboard election is shaping up to be a watershed event for the direction of the town. Two incumbents are not running for re-election to the five-member board. Eight candidates have stepped forward to run for the two available vacancies. March 10 will provide Meredith voters an opportunity to reconnect with election process. Please make use of the opportunity.
The existing Selectboard recently held several contentious meetings culminating in a vote on the three roundabout road construction proposal brought forward by the Route 3/25 advisory committee. The quality and content of proposal left many residents concerned about the board. Proper evaluation of matters of judgment brought forward to the board appears to be an area where the new select board members can make an immediate impact.
The current board has done its best. We all appreciate the work they have done for the community. Moving forward we need to choose from among the candidates, those people who will best respond to the voters and tax payers of the town. The best candidates are the ones who are positive, fiscally conservative, action oriented and able to listen to, as well as to connect with, the people of the town.
Rosemary Landry gathered over 500 petition signatures to raise the visibility level of the roundabout proposal for the community. She had a belief that the proposal was not well thought through and translated that understanding to a result. The last time there was a petition drive in Meredith that got that kind of support was ... well it has probably never happened before. It is the kind of effective work on behalf of the best interest of Meredith that should be appreciated.
Rosemary Landry has been attending the meetings of various boards and committees for a long time. She goes to gather information and acquire knowledge. Her willingness and perseverance cannot be questioned. She stands up for her principles. She does her homework. She is available and energetic. She communicates effectively with the community. She can bring a change in perspective to town hall. Please vote for Rosemary Landry for Selectboard.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 10:31