To The Daily Sun,
This is the day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24.
Throughout my childhood the Bible served as a daily source of strength and inspiration to my family. I cannot recall a day that didn't begin and end with the sharing of scripture. A simple blessing always preceded a meal and prayer was the natural precursor to a good nights sleep. When I look back to those simple family rituals, I see how important they were to the formation of my faith, my life and my happiness. Never did I question whether the day would prove worth of rejoicing nor did I ever go to sleep at night void of thanks for something or someone I found to rejoice over that day! In my teen years I may have suffered a great embarrassment at the hands of my parents and their insistence on bowing our heads in a restaurant before a meal or by their inviting my new boyfriend to accompany us to a potluck supper at church (they never missed a chance to drag my friends to church), but the embarrassment eventually gave way to courage and even a little wisdom.
When I was no longer a child and began to wander in my own wilderness I remained faithful to the daily recitation of that favorite Psalm 118:24 and when I was blessed with children, lots of children, the words of the psalmist carried even deeper meaning for me. I continued the ritual of beginning each day with the question, "What day is this?" always hoping for a biblical response by something more importantly hoping that my children really would find something to rejoice in each day. I believe they all did and still do, and my grandchildren who are old enough to talk now respond to the same question from their parents. As we enter into each season of Lent I urge you to ask yourself, "What day is this?" each morning and be open to find the good that abounds in God's world. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 12:21
To The Daily Sun,
President Obama visited the drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley in California on Friday, Feb. 14, and announced to the nation that it is due to global warming. He has promised $2 billion in relief. He blamelessly floats above any responsibility for the "lack of water" devastation and swoops in to "save the day," acting like he's got the situation well in hand (summoning his inner Mighty Mouse).
Then after rhapsodizing about "shared sacrifice," he was off to spend a three-day weekend of golfing at two of the finest, billionaire-owned, water guzzling, desert golf courses in the country. No one begrudges our president his leisure activities. But the gob smacking juxtaposition of the two divergent appearances reeks of an arrogant hypocrisy and a callous disregard for what progressive liberal policies have wrought in this region.
Way back in 1992, Nancy Pelosi co-authored the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) while using the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to bulldoze its way through the agricultural landscape of Southern California. That would be the area that ranks fifth in the world as a supplier of food and agricultural commodities and the largest producer of fruits, vegetables, nuts, livestock and dairy products in the country. The CVPIA reduced water for central valley farming by a whopping 43 percent and allocated it for wildlife habitat.
So, in order to save the Delta Smelt, a useless bait fish, acres upon acres of water from the Northern California mountains were diverted into the Pacific Ocean rather than the central valley over the past five years. There would have been enough water reserves to carry the farmers through this drought minus the intrusion from the central planners and environmental busybodies.
We have the insane liberal-progressive policies to blame for the severe harm and destruction wrought upon these hard-working farmers. We have those policies to blame for the rising cost of food prices and the increase of food imported from foreign countries to make up the difference. Meanwhile, back at the Obamanian ranch, the president plans to develop a billion-dollar climate change "resilience fund." Rick Moran reports that this money will go to "green pork" and research to gather data on the impact on climate change.
William Busse of the Maricopa County Conservative Examiner notes, "As usual, devastation to jobs and economic ruin mean nothing to radical environmentalists. To them, the Delta Smelt's survival has a higher priority than the human condition." No Mr. President, California's drought calamity isn't caused by climate change. It is caused by politics.
Thomas Lifson reminds us, "Farms are being destroyed. Heartbreaking pictures of dead orchards and other sites are a current feature." Monica Showalter of Investor's Business Daily wonders if France would rip out its storied vineyards to save some fish that would not be missed if it became extinct. Thomas says that if Congress can destroy farms in California, it can destroy any industry in any state. Brian Sussman calls it eco-tyranny in his book of the same name. This is progressive, central planning insanity, and it is just plain evil.
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 12:08
To The Daily Sun,
Hooray CVS, what a bold move by the health and beauty chain, for telling the tobacco industry that they will no longer be selling their disease ridden products as of October 1. It will be interesting if their competitors will do the same, or will tobacco products still be sold at the Corner of Happy and Healthy, or with the Wellness Card.
70 years ago the Red Cross handed out packs of cigarettes to young GI soldiers headed off to Normandy, I'm sure lung cancer and heart disease was the furthest thing from their minds. 50 years ago the Surgeon General put the death label on the sides of tobacco products. Progress has been slow due to the tobacco lobbyists who deny there are any healthy issues.
CVS is and always will be my health and beauty store. God bless anyone who has broken the chains of tobacco addiction, and God help those who have not.
I will leave you with a verse from the Beatles, whom all smoked. "I'm so tired I'm feeling so upset, although I'm so tire I'll have another cigarette, and curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid git."
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 12:01
To The Daily Sun,
Again I read how our county officials are fighting over who gets to spend our tax dollars. Our commissioners have proposed a budget that will raise the county portion of our tax bills 8.1 percent, and that does not include the absurd idea of spending $40 million-plus on a new prison.
Rep. Worsman and her allies are trying to cut it by about $850,000, which is about 2.5 percent of the approximately $30 million cost to run our county. If they are successful does this mean our taxes will only go up 5.6 percent? If that is the case we are not cutting nearly enough. All the towns are looking to raise taxes, too. So how much will our property taxes be going up?
This is getting ridiculous. When does it end? Here is a sobering statistic. The average Americans tax burden to support government at all levels is now about 30 percent of all gross income. Add to that insurance premiums and interest on loans and it is the triple whammy that is killing American families. Real change is needed and we need to elect officials that are willing to face the hard realities that this cannot continue. We can no longer nibble around the edges to cut government spending. We need to take big bites. We need to think differently — outside the box as they say.
Here are some real suggestions:
First, eliminate the position of county administrator. It is redundant and unnecessary and three counties in New Hampshire have already done this. The various department heads can report to the commissioners directly.
Second, the taxpayers should not be supporting government employee's Cadillac health care plans. They can go to Obamacare like the rest of us are being forced to.
Third, the taxpayers should not be paying for pensions. Pensions for the rest of us taxpayers are pretty much gone so they should be for government workers too.
Here is another thought. Taxpayers now support four levels of government: federal, state, county, and municipal. Perhaps we should consider making the county government go the way of the dinosaur. Take advantage of the economy of scale like business does and merge. Let the state take over the three major functions of the county, nursing home, jail, and courts, as the management infrastructure already exists to do it.
Perhaps we should end government-run nursing homes and let the private sector take it over. Care for the elderly is important in our society, but business always does things better and more efficiently. The cost for caring for our seniors should be born first by the individual, then by the family, then as a last resort the taxpayer.
Lastly, I just want everyone in Belknap County to know the truth about how our county is being run. I have written here in the past that our county administrator did not have the required credentials. She responded with a letter stating she did have a degree and listed her credentials. However she did not say what kind of degree she has earned, or where she got it or when. I am quite sure, and some of our state reps have told me I am correct, that when she was hired in 2008 she had none of the stated requirements in the job description. What she did have was being related to a popular state representative, and is known to have had close ties to a then-sitting county commissioner. I believe, as does everyone I asked, that she was awarded this position by virtue of being connected and not by any objective measure of credentials. Think about it. If she did not have these connections and had applied for this position she never would have gotten in the door for an interview. If I am wrong there is an easy way to prove it. Let's see the resume. If I am proved to be mistaken I will issue a public apology here.
Lastly, I have further evidence to show that she is not the only person in the county administration to be awarded positions by connections. Nepotism it seems is a way of doing business in our county, and our commissioners refuse to discuss it.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 12:20
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to voice my strong support of Mike Cryans to serve as the next Executive Councilor for District 1.
I've had the opportunity of knowing Mike Cryans for over 30 years. Mike was born and raised in Littleton. His father, Andrew, was a Korean War and World War II veteran, and worked as a local carpenter. Mike's mother, Evelyn, who still lives in Littleton, was a homemaker. Together they instilled in Mike the value of hard work, giving back to the community, and the importance of a good education. A former teacher with deep roots in District 1, Mike Cryans has the background and values to serve us well on the Executive Council.
The Executive Council plays a unique and important role in New Hampshire state government. The five members of the Executive Council serve in concert with the Governor over the administration of key aspects of state government: approving nominations from the Governor of judges, commissioners, notaries public, justices of the peace, and commissioners of deeds; approving all state contracts with a value of $10,000 or more, and hearing requests for pardons, among other functions. It is therefore essential that those serving on the Executive Council demonstrate the highest level of public service and commitment to our state. In my view, Mike Cryans is the best person to serve in this important position for District 1.
Mike Cryans has served the people of Grafton County for the past 17 years as a county commissioner, acting side by side with the late great Ray Burton in a bi-partisan manner to do the people's work. Mike Cryans will bring a commitment to promote economic development in District 1, and to continue to be a strong advocate for education. I cannot think of a better person to represent District 1 on the Executive Council.
Please join me in voting for Mike Cryans for Executive Council on March 11. You will be glad you did.
Deborah R. Reynolds
Former State Senator
Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 12:10