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How about the 6.4 million children diagnosed with A.D.H.D.?

To The Daily Sun,

To express concern as to our nation's need for the Navy we have — saying it isn't needed is really far out, such expression actually lends a bit of humor to the days thought on reading it. No humor is found in the letter published October 11 of G. Maloof, "With all due respect for the victims of 9/11, fewer than five hundred Americans have been killed by terrorism in the past 40 years." Can this person even count or read; perhaps he was on that another planet for a time or toeing that edge referenced by our old friend Sandy. Total number killed in 9/11 terrorist attack 2,996 — add to that the +/- 500 and others not tallied.
But he finds them to be incidental, it is the number of diseases (he doesn't mention deaths) "suspected" to be caused by genetically modified organisms (GMO's) from the U.S. corporation Monsanto/DuPont. Surprise is the one thing he has to endure as Monsanto isn't the only entity in the business and food isn't the only object of GMO. (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/21/business/whats-that-smell-exotic-scents-made-from-re-engineered-yeast.html?hp) This article may drive him to a cave somewhere, as the realization that there is a world of nations moving the alteration of sourcing our needs and desires (aromas & tastes et-al).

Additionally, one might consider that the Russians are in a fast forward mode to cover the planet with nuclear power plants (remember Chernobyl). While the leftist anti-nuke groups effectively ended the nuclear power industry in the U.S., the rest of the world was unaffected by the "chicken little" stance.
He might also consider the 6.4 million children given the diagnoses of A.D.H.D, which it has been found erroneous. (Ref:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/20/magazine/the-not-so-hidden-cause-behind-the-adhd-epidemic.html?ref=magazine&pagewanted=print) "Today many sociologists and neuroscientists believe that regardless of A.D.H.D.'s biological basis, the explosion in rates of diagnosis is caused by sociological factors — especially ones related to education and the changing expectations we have for kids."

Drugging this many of our school age children all for the sake of better test scores, federal aid, and less work for the educational establishment, I would consider to be of far greater importance than GMOs or terrorists.
Another article may awaken the fallacy of Obama's Common Core Education Standards and the Kennedy/Bush No Child Left Behind Program. (http://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/free-thinkers/)
To those whom see themselves standing at the leading edge of thought, think again. There is a revolution in the works which is far ahead of any one or group. Back in the late 40s, one man's machine freed the cotton fields of manual labors, the cotton picking machine was responsible for the migration of tens of thousands of them finding jobs in the north and a life inconceivable to them.
Bar-code readers and computers changing the food distribution system and the labor and energy required, all without government.
To the Maloofs, there is a world out there which you can't control, you might focus on how to not let it control you.

G.W. Brooks
Meredith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 11:46

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Those of us who support wind power must raise our voices soon

To The Daily Sun,

After my article in several papers about a different perspective on the wind industry, I have heard many great comments from people who seemingly support the turbines in N.H. In this letter I will point to some common sense reasons why so many seem to support it.

A small group of people from the N.H. Wind Watch group seem to be making all the racket and causing all the uproar. Often those who hate to see changes are the ones who cause the most trouble for the rest of us. On so many occasions I see articles in several of the local papers opposing the turbines and more often than not they are by the same person or persons. Did I mention that some of these individuals do not even come from N.H. yet head up the Wind Watch group because they own some land here. They are exports or imports, not sure which, from our lovely southern neighboring state of Massachusetts. I have no problem with Massachusetts, but I really do not think that persons who work or live elsewhere should be making choices for those who have lived and worked in N.H. most of their life.

Recently I read an article where they were harping about Mass., Vermont, and Maine needing energy from our state for Massachusetts. Isn't that a double standard? Where do they get their information might I ask? Here I will put to rest some of the rumors and twisted truths with mere common sense.

Turbines do not kill dangerous amounts of birds. I often hear how the turbines will kill tons of birds as if the birds do not know how to fly elsewhere or know how to maneuver through possibly strong wind currents. I am sure some birds do fall victim to getting struck on occasion. Birds have very good survival skills and some types of animals will benefit if one does get struck. I like birds too. How many wildlife animals, fish, and other living things have been killed by the oil industry or others? What if they drilled oil in the hills of Groton or Lempster and 206 million gallons of oil were spilled there (like BP in the Gulf of Mexico)? Would that be better? It sure makes me glad we don't live in the ocean. We do have fuel trucks though and I understand they're necessary.
Wind power isn't cheap. Compared to what it takes to operate almost any other energy industry, wind is relatively inexpensive. With about 8000 components in a turbine, they create and require local maintenance, transportation, and regulation jobs. Gas and oil has to be drilled to get deep from the ground, transported and processed giving it plenty of hazardous situations. Coal has to be mined in other peoples backyards, and in other states and countries (not ours) and also transported. Nuclear can be dangerous and hazardous waste results from being used which also needs to be disposed of. Hydro-electric is good as long as water is plentiful and available, but creates challenges for some fish species. Wind power is relatively local produced and self reliant.
Wind power creates local tax revenue. Wind power companies usually give a portion of the power profits generated to the local towns they reside in. This is a decent alternative to an income or sales tax here in N.H. More money saved from property taxes means more money used in our local economy.Wind does not cause pollution. Other than some slight annoyance at night from the safety lights, there are no emissions or water pollution that happens from wind. A well maintained and efficient turbine will create an environmentally friendly source of electricity for our state and/or our communities.Even though we see the truth in the benefits, we still may sit back and say "I am not opposed to the turbines but... I don't want to get into a argument over them." Well I personally feel it is time for us who support renewable energy such as wind to take our place and speak up to those who would have us intimidated or feeling non-controversial and let them know to "sit back down". We aren't stupid or ignorant but they (the opposers) will tell us whatever they want because we may feel it is too much fuss for us to become educated on our own. Thanks to all of you who have expressed your approval of my point-of-view either personally or electronically but without the addition of your voice, our voices will soon just be a thing of the past. It's your call!

Scott Patten

Bristol

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 11:39

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Please write a comprehensive article about the 'Free Staters'

To The Daily Sun,

Please publish a comprehensive article about the "Free Staters". I've heard a great deal about them but I know nothing of them.

I've read the the "Free Staters" are a reason that the Concord police chief wants to acquire a Bearcat vehicle for his city.

The article I envision should focus on what the "Free Staters" are. Leave the Bearcat out if you editorially agree.

Bill Carberry

Plymouth

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Kelly Dyer-Rawlings (10-23) 204 THX

To The Daily Sun,

I want to THANK the following people and businesses. Early on this past summer I took it upon myself to contact a few bushiness in hopes of being able to fulfill some needs for the Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack High School Hockey team. I had a vision for the team for this upcoming season (2013-2014) to get some equipment/clothing that has been needed for the team. Our local Walgreen's and Dan Quinn, the manager, started us out on the right foot by donating 20 Bauer Hockey bags to the team. My next goal was to raise enough funds to be able to have each player fitted for Bauer warm ups. With a lot of great support locally, we made it happen. I truly want to let the following businesses and people know how much this means to not only me but these players. A big thank you to MC Fitness, Boscawen, Pemi-Glass, Meredith, Tilton Trailer, Cynthia and Horation Melo, Plymouth and A Cut Above Landscaping, Meredith.
We still have items that are needed and are working very hard currently to fund raise so the team can be all ready to start their season in just five weeks. Again THANK YOU.

Kelly Dyer-Rawlings
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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We have pursued failed education policies for years; nothing changes

To The Daily Sun,

As public schools continue to present games as the premiere event of the school year — and at the same time completely ignore scholastic achievements, it gives further credence to the fact that we are well behind most industrial countries in educational standards (while the system we support reeks of failure.) Consider this: the average newspaper has three pages of game results, none (zero) of academics. Day after day, not one newspaper article tells of what's happening in the classrooms! Is it school policy to deliberately withhold vital information about percentile grades and overall progress, or lack of it? When 75 percent of students state-wide are failing at math, all attention focuses on winning the games played. But, win or lose, they are irrelevant to a student's success in school.\

We, as a society, let this failure continue, as this country slides into mediocrity and fewer and fewer graduating seniors who move on to college have the skills to compete for jobs in a world marketplace. And too many students are ill-prepared for secondary education without remedial courses. Yet the beat goes on! We have pursued failed policies for years — and nothing changes. Society, as we know may disappear in the next decade or two.
It says in the Good Book: "The meek shall inherit the earth!" Maybe that will happen!

Leon R. Albushies
Gilford

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:58

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