To The Daily Sun,
I was just listening to the radio interview with a spokesperson for Northern Pass. The electricity will go into the New England grid. New Hampshire will not have first dibs to the electricity. I think this is a huge mistake. A contract without this stipulation is not in the interest of New Hampshire.
We must be concerned about our northern area. The rep stated, how many people come up north to go three-wheeling and go home because they see power lines. That is not the question. If I paid money for the motel room and was already there, I would not go home. The real question is, will they come back? Will they travel to a place without power lines next time? Ask yourself that question.
Tourism is a huge industry in the North Country, and many people depend on that for their livelihood.
Our state is not doing anything to lower taxes and regulations to bring in new business, so we must be careful not to lose the jobs we already have.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:16
To The Daily Sun,
So, let's see. If you don't have a job. you are just lazy and looking for a handout. If you are a woman on birth control, you can't control your libido, but never a word about erectile dysfunction drugs handed out to men like candy. If you are a government employee, you are an incompetent boob and don't actually do anything. Let's ignore the irony dripping off of that one and talk about the Postal Service ... must be gotten rid of, must be "privatized." If you are a woman, they don't want you to have basic health care coverage. But if you are raped and become pregnant, you better be up to date on your rape insurance.
The health care bill called the ACA (Obamacare) is unworkable, a train-wreck, bound to fail. On that one I would have to give them some leeway because it is, after all, a right-wing plan, and if not fixed is like most of the "work" Republican politicians do; unworkable, a train-wreck, and of course bound to fail. It is a Heritage Foundation plan — last time I checked a right wing "think-tank." You Republicans can bury your heads in the sand and deny science, deny that the worst possible plan that could have been implemented is actually a right-wing train-wreck, but it can work if we get it fixed.
The Republicans have found the "enemy," and it's not their apparent new love interest "Vlad the not in touch with reality invader," it is us. You must remember that Republicans have looked into Putin's eyes and found a soul mate. They also agree that invading a country for fun and profit is just peachy. It is you folks who lost your jobs due to the mismanagement of our country during the last administration, it's you. You are lazy. You have no culture of work. You only want a handout. You want a free lunch. It is certainly their right to call the unemployed the enemy, you can't give them what they want, money.
This is also just more right-wing nonsense. That idea ignores the fact that when there are job openings advertised anywhere there are thousands of people who show up to apply, sometimes multiple thousands for two or three openings. Having watched the actual laziness of the right-wingers for years, it's obvious that they are once again blaming anyone other than themselves for their less-than-intelligent ideas. Laziness such as saying that liberals are communists, Nazis, and my personal favorite, we are all "hippies" of all things. Really, is that the best you can do, hippies? I don't expect anything like reality based comments from the right, but this is true laziness at its worst.
And if those on the right can show me how we liberals can be both Nazis and communists I'd like to hear it. Remember to admit to reality if you want to be taken seriously, it's going to be tough, but I have faith in you.
The right-wingers like to say they are more "patriotic" than the left. There is one entity that hires more U.S. military veterans than any other, the United States Postal Service. Guess which entity the Republicans want to do away with. They don't like the Post Office mainly because of the postal employees union. Why would they not like the union, you might ask? It means that the workers get a living wage, not convenient for Republicans who want you to work for what they think you are worth, which, if they base it on what they are worth, wouldn't be much at all. We readers of this wonderful paper have seen first hand what right-wingers think normal everyday people are worth, I can't recall the exact amount but it was, I think, pennies a day.
Now the gentleman who made this Republican idea public claims that that party doesn't like him, and I can see why, he is honest about his political thoughts. Honesty is not allowed when talking about Republican plans for the country. One thing that I'm sure made Republicans mad was his truth telling about forced abortions, although he was kind of vague about just who it was that would be the beneficiaries of this wonderful right-wing plan. Darn political correctness. And of course most recently the Republicans have denied basic health care for veterans because it isn't paid for. Amazing. They had no problem going into wars that were not paid for. In fact you could say they were eager to go into unpaid for wars. George W. managed to get us into two wars and to tank the economy so bad we had to take extreme measures to get back on track. Truly amazing.
My feelings on the ACA are mixed, because it is not the best way to do health care, being a right-wing plan after all. But it is something, which I believe is better than nothing, being done about the dysfunctional health care system in this country. Maybe one day we can do it right by adopting the single-payer system that works so well for every other developed nation.
Now I know phony scandals are all the rage on the right theses days, but how about a real scandal. How about a scandal that resulted in thousands of American casualties and injuries, not to mention more thousands of lives ended or changed forever by injuries. The lies that led to the Iraq war are the scandal that we should be focusing on. But that would take a dose of reality the right just can't stomach.
Having read this paper for over five years now, and having seen Republican politicians in operation for more than that, I understand why they oppose mental health background checks for gun purchases. But the argument that that type of check wouldn't have stopped the shootings at Sandy Hook is just more lazy Republican thinking. Now even if the shooters mother was a Republican, I would at least give her the benefit of the doubt. She might have figured out that if she was having a mental health background check being done, it may not be wise to put that kind of fire power in the hands of her mentally-challenged son. We can certainly hope anyway.
I just read Don Ewings interesting letter about how bad President Obama is and how wonderful Vlad "the not in touch with reality invader" is. I won't dispute any of the information you use except that you say, "American progressives have long praised the Soviet Union and communism anywhere it exists". Really? I know you have the names and statements of the "progressives" (said with the same snide slant as the words "liberal" or "intelligent") so I will only ask that you come up with five, as some proof that you have any, current progressives that have praised the defunct Soviet Union or for that matter communism. I won't hold my breath waiting for your answer. Oh, the irony.
Just one more thing, it's about the weather. It is interesting that when you watch the weather you hear the words "severe" and "extreme" even more often every day. We are also hearing about more record-breaking weather events. I wonder why that is?
Okay, I lied, one more thing. In Nevada a man claims he doesn't believe in the United States of America. Republicans everywhere call him "Hero." Mental health back-ground checks indeed.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:13
To The Daily Sun,
Last week's big story which the left-leaning (lame-stream media) ignored was about CAIR (Counsel on American Islamic Relations) throwing a fit and its weight around over a small-time movie release focusing on the practice of abuse of women in the Islamic world. Now, CAIR doesn't dispute the truth of the movie's facts. It even acknowledges them. What it hates is the people behind it, "white Jewish women" they say.
I can't confirm or deny who produced it. But the group's leader and spokeswoman is a black lady.
Now before someone gets all defensive about it and starts the Islamaphobe defense, let's remember who CAIR is. CAIR is a front group created by the Muslim Brotherhood. The same Brotherhood that created Hamas and al-Qaida, and every other, terrorist organization responsible for thousands of acts of murder and terrorism. So I must ask, why was this story suppressed by most media?
I have a theory, it goes like this:
Liberals control much, if not most of the media. Liberals want liberal politicians elected. So even if a huge voting block subjugates, abuses, tortures, murders women, gays, blacks and commits terrible acts of violence and terrorism around the world, it's overlooked because they "vote the right way, for Democratic liberal progressive candidates." No other reason, none at all.
These atrocities fly into the face of the Democratic Party's stated morals and its platform. They fly into the face of every decent honest, honorable human being on the planet regardless of who or where. It even flies in the face of honorable, honest Muslims. It's the radical, terrorist-supporting fanatics who have the ear of the media and political support of politicians who are more interested in being re-elected than doing the right thing.
I do not care what party or how you vote. This should be an outrage to all good people that this issue is being swept under the carpet by CAIR and its political allies.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:08
To The Daily Sun,
It's that time of year again! It's spring and the Center for the Study of Absurdity staff is springing back into action after covering the CPAC Festival of Clowns and going on a well deserved sunny Crimean cruise vacation. So welcome to another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks. Get your fishing poles out and let's go trolling.
First, on our funny pages is Glenn Beck says everything God warned him about is now happening? Huh? Nobody needs a crystal ball to see right-wing causes are biting the granite. Just about everything the Tea Party nutters tried in the legislatures has been undone as unconstitutional. Who wooda thunk it?
Eagle Forum's Harvard-educated Phyllis Schlafly improved her credentials with fossils by telling America that we should increase the pay gap so women will have better opportunities to score a husband. Say what?
Jim DeMint of the Heritage Foundation, who used to be one of the fools on The Hill, wins our alternate universe award this edition for reminding us that the federal government played no role in ending slavery.
Returning to religious lunacy, we present to you Virginia GOP state delegate and candidate Bob Marshall for his claim that disabled children are God's punishment for women who have an abortion. Mike Huckabee, eat your heart out!
Not to be outdone by the toilet-worthy Rush Limbaugh, right-wing pundit Erik Rush is blaming Obama for the murder of three people at two Jewish Centers in Kansas City. Get a grip, stupid!
Following closely in the recent parade of skull-stunted anti-government crackpots is Eagle Forum's Sandy McDade who said on the floor of the Louisiana House the gold stars marking Louisiana's proposed new licenses are like the Star of David badges Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany. Nope, you can't make this stuff up. I can prove it.
South Carolina state Senator Mike Fair has recently enlightened us with the fact that LGBT rights are in the same category as skinheads and radical Islam. Excuse me, Mikey, but skinheads and radical Muslims have the same LGBT point of view as you do.
Speaking of being like radical Muslims, former Nevada Sheriff Richard Mack told Fox News Monday, "We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they are going to start shooting, it's going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers." Who is rogue? Both the U.S. and Nevada Constitutions say it's the reverse but, well, you know the grasp of reality found in right-wing nutjobs. Don't worry sane people, Bundy will be in prison before this is over.
In off the charts hilarious, Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality recently entered an auditorium just packed with Sinclair Community College students. At the invitation of the Traditional Values Club, LaBarbera was not the first nutter to be invited by this group. So the students made a plan. They filled the auditorium and planned to walk out as soon as the hate speech began. They did and LaBarbera was floored and humiliated, having just a dozen left to speak to. Oh, I forgot. The National Review Online says we can end discrimination by scrapping the Civil Rights Act.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:59
To The Daily Sun,
In the April 14 Newfound School Board Meeting, Superintendent Ms. Stacey Buckley deviated from the published agenda, sliding in a proposal for $10,000 in bonuses to a select few administrative staff members she recently brought into the district. Given recent budget and staffing cuts, Superintendent Buckley's request seemed wildly off the mark, as Chairwoman Ruby Hill questioned whether this request should even be read aloud as it's on the existing budget year which experienced drastic budget cuts.
While one School Board member opposed, stating he "cannot in good conscience support this given the message sent by voters this year," the superintendent's unprecedented request to use existing budget dollars for "bonuses" was passed in less than three minutes in a 6-1 vote.
This is an egregious abuse of taxpayer dollars on multiple levels. First and foremost, your tax dollars do not translate into a business model of doling out bonuses to public service employees. By definition, a bonus is "an extra amount of money that is given to an employee from a profit margin." It doesn't take a great deal of experience to recognize that we currently do not have extra dollars in our education budgets. Additionally, your tax payments are never "for profit." They are for line item needs transportation, supplies for classrooms, computers for labs, books and other learning experiences.
Your taxpayer money is carefully itemized for such items each year in administrative they are not considered as profit to be used as bonuses while the superintendent and Budget Committee slash personnel and critical learning materials that provide direct support for student academic achievement.
Citing her reasoning for providing these administrative bonuses, Ms. Buckley stated these administrative-level employees have given "additional efforts that all of them have put into resolve the many issues that they we have come across and their dedication to continuing to work through those issues." It is simply unprecedented to start giving out bonuses to public service employees for doing the job for which they were already hired and contracted.
Ask the many teachers, para-professionals, counselors, nurses and other dedicated administrators who work in this district providing services if they provide additional efforts and are dedicated to resolving issues above and beyond their position descriptions — these very teachers for whom Ms. Buckley and the School Board currently fail to support by even providing a contract, never mind a bonus.
Secondly, Ms. Buckley entered this district less than a year ago and has spent the past nine months proposing to tighten the budget by eliminating positions, slashing budgets, questioning roles of current staff and stating her commitment to tighten the Newfound budget. Apparently, in an incomprehensible new direction, she feels it appropriate to financially reward her administrative inner circle with taxpayer dollars from the current over-stretched budget and reducing the professionals who are on the forefront of practice, teaching and learning.
Finally, taxpayers should find most appalling this blatant misuse of taxpayer money from public funding given the current economic climate in the region. At a time when critical positions are cut, education systems are working in crisis modes, and families struggle to make ends meet, public officials should not be using our money to reward public servants for simply doing their jobs.
As a society, it is imperative we hold public officials accountable who have a fiduciary duty to manage tax dollars appropriately. Education, after all, is not a for-profit business.
Molly A. Gosline, Ed.M., M.A.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:55