To The Daily Sun,
I found it very interesting that Mr. Brooks would agree that the Founding Fathers were liberal; although, not the liberals of today. I would agree that the liberals of today are not the liberals of 1787, but, then again, our nation is not the nation of 1787, and the world is not the world of 1787.
Knowing that the framers wanted a strong national government doesn’t tell us exactly how strong. There’s no way to know what they would have thought about specific modern legislation. Ultra-conservatives may want federal power to be microscopic, but for the most part our Constitution embodies a different vision — good or bad.
After throwing off the British monarchy in 1776, our first attempt at a constitution for the United States was the Articles of Confederation, which were in force from 1781 until 1789. States feared a central power holding too much power and created a governing document that left many important powers to the states. This early constitution failed.
States failed to comply with the “constitutional” requisitions of the government, encroached on federal authority, trespassed on each other's rights, violated treaties, failed to pay taxes, etc. Because of these actions, the states left the young nation bankrupt and destitute, and on the verge of collapse. George Washington argued that Congress had not been granted enough power.
“In all our deliberations on this subject (the Constitution) we kept in our view, that which appears to us the greatest interest of every true American, the consolidation of our Union.” — George Washington
Nowhere does Washington or other Founding Fathers mention “a limited republican government.”
Our present Constitution, after unanimous endorsement, does not say, “Our goal is to make the federal government as small as possible.” The text of the Constitution promises, among other things, a “more perfect union” that would “promote the general welfare.” It also authorizes Congress to make laws that don’t fall within those listed in the Constitution but are “necessary and proper” to carry them out.
Mr. Brooks and today’s Tea Party members would surely have been opponents of the Constitution. The Constitution is, first and foremost, a grant of power to the federal government. The Founding Fathers consciously sacrificed state sovereignty in the interests of national unity. The whole point of the Constitution was to make the federal government much stronger than it had been under the Articles of Confederation.
I’m not a religious man as much as I strive to be a Christian man, and as an American, I live — not in a Christian Nation, but a nation with Christians in it. If Mr. Brooks is referring to me as being “non-religious,” I consider his efforts at degradation a compliment.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 09:26
To The Daily Sun,
I try not to answer every letter written by Steve Earle, but during this season of peace and love I felt compelled to respond. The dictionary meaning of the word hate is: to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility.
I have to ask, why Mr. Earle puts so much energy toward just hating the president. One has to ask if President Obama has personally affected your lifestyle and well-being. Has President Obama personally changed your health, happiness and prosperity? Have you languished in distress or hardship? Have you suffered a case of terminal melancholy since President Obama was elected?
Do you feel that you have to lash out at President Obama because of some perceived injustice? Has he or his administration been unjust or unfair to you personally? Or maybe it's just the fact that he was elected and is president?
Maybe, just maybe, at this time of year when we extend kindness, peace and love to those around us and others we don't know, you can find it in your heart to be more magnanimous, free from petty perceived hurts and allow yourself to feel the love that comes your way.
May you have a happy holiday Mr. Earle. As Pope Francis has said, "Who am I to judge."
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 09:18
To The Daily Sun,
"Never have I prayed so well as in the streets."
That phrase was uttered by, Rosalie Rendu, a deeply caring woman who worked with Frederic Ozanam, the founder of the St. Vincent de Paul, in 19th century France. The statement epitomizes the notion that religion doesn't stop at the church door. I think it marks the work of St. Vincent de Paul in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Following in the tradition of Ozanam and Rendu of "finding God with the poor," our Laconia organization has started and maintained a number of needed programs.
Jo Carignan, with the able assistance of her team of volunteers, manages our Food Pantry. The program served more than 4,000 households, including over 11,000 individuals in 2014 in the Lakes Region. The Food Pantry also provided more than 700 turkey baskets for this year's Thanksgiving holiday. Food donations include meat, vegetables, fruit, bread, cereal, paper products, diapers, soap, detergents, and toothpaste.
As the Thrift Store manager, I have the support of four great supervisors and close to 80 volunteers. These volunteers combine a variety of talents and, of course, a lot of hard work that goes into sorting, pricing, and displaying furniture, household items, and clothing. All items from the store are donated by people who live or visit the Lakes Region. While we sell most of these items, we do give away approximately $20,000 in furniture and clothes each year. The proceeds from the store sales go to support our other programs.
The largest of our programs in terms of dollars and cents is our Financial Assistance program. Under the coordination of Bill Johnson, teams of twenty SVdP volunteers reach out to help families in the Lakes Region with over $130,000 in dental, medical, daycare, rent, utilities, fuel for heat, car repairs and fuel assistance. They conduct individual interviews to help clients with budgeting and offering emotional support, encouragement, and guidance with decision choices.
Long-time SVdP volunteer, Sue Page, monitors our organization's Children Foundation. This program works with school nurses, guidance counselors and daycare centers to provide education-related assistance to children. This includes school supplies in September and camperships in the summer. At Christmas this year, the foundation will provide children's underwear and outerwear to more than 700 children. The Children's Foundation is a benefactor of the WLNH's Children Auction.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the time and effort by more than 120 volunteers, the donations of clothing, furniture, food, Christmas gifts, and the financial support you, our contributors, provide all through the year. I hope you'll continue that support this year. As you know, St. Vincent de Paul in Laconia, has never paid any wages or salaries, relying on our all-volunteer staff and management. If you'd like to join this outstanding team, please give me a call (524-5470). Echoing the words of Rendu, "if you have nothing to give, give yourself."
On behalf of all the people at St. Vincent de Paul, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Erika Johnson, President
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 09:07
To The Daily Sun,
In response to James Veverkas vile letter to The Daily Sun, concerning the baby Jesus, God in a human body. Mr. Veverka starts his trash letter by wishing all you readers a super Satanic Solstice (Christmas) season. Well sir, you might serve satan, but your readers don't to us the baby Jesus is the Savior of the world. "Period". And we love Him, because He first loved us. (John 3:16).
You must live a sad life, not a kind word in all the trash you write, never a word to encourage us at all, how sad. People of the Lakes Region, my advice is show your love for Jesus by doing this simple thing. "Come on ring those bells, light the Christmas trees, Jesus is our king. Born for you and me, come on ring those bells, every body say, Jesus we remember this is your birthday."
Sorry I did not make your hate list, I wish every person in the Lakes Region a blessed Christmas.
William Liam McCoy
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 09:20
To The Daily Sun,
It's astounding the things James Veverka writes here in the paper. I keep telling myself not to respond to his wild-eyed crazy talk but then here I am again. It's like debating someone who believes the earth is flat, the sun and universe revolves around us and no facts, science or reason can get through the walls of ignorance he erects to protect his ignorance.
Right out of the box James claims Benghazi is a fake story. Probably believes our ambassador and security team are "fake dead." He must have missed the news stations, all of them, broadcasting the president, and every Democrat who could talk telling us it was because of some obscure YouTube video no one had ever heard of which caused the "spontaneous demonstration that got out of hand." No, he didn't miss these things he chooses to ignore these facts. They don't fit in with his crazy agenda.
Then off he goes on another diatribe blaming everyone and everything not linked with Obama for all the failures and problems and ends with how we have pulled ourselves up out of all of that and it's all sunshine and light now. Bull droppings!
He is right that I do indeed hate Obama because of all the lies and harm he and his delusional followers have done to our nation and people. Our economy sucks, our security is being undercut, national debt has soared, our laws are regarded as optional, rioting, looting and burning is becoming a pastime for anarchists and race-baiters. You know James excuses all these things because they are the work of his left-wing loons, just ask him.
And as for Obamacare doing so well, let's ask all those who were happy with their insurance and doctors who now have neither. Let's ask why deductibles have soared, co-pays doubled, local hospitals, like in Rochester, not allowed to service ACA patients?
Oh yes I do hate Obama and his phony cronies and for all the right reasons.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 08:59