To The Daily Sun,
Here on Friday I read a very good letter by Thomas Lamay concerning his religious experiences growing up. I can even relate to those things he writes about. My mother was a devote Baptist and from an early age I was dressed up every Sunday morning walked to church where we children went down stairs for Sunday school. Like Thomas by the time I became a teenager I drifted away and like him I questioned so many of the accounts in the bible and teachings from the pulpit. Unlike him I have come to again believe in God and Jesus as I have aged and learned and experienced more in life. I agree with Thomas about all the stupid, vial and criminal things the church has done and I view the Bible as an imperfect document. I do not and will not take issue with how others view it. My view is however that all the evils done in God's name was done by men. Done in the name of the church for the power of the church.
I seldom attend church services, preferring the solitude of my barn where I try to contemplate and sometimes pray. Still the influence of Christian values, which admittedly are not exclusive to this religion, have formed the foundation of our culture. It is the loss of these cultural values, morals and ethics at such an alarming rate that plunges modern life into such chaos. That is where I take issue with the likes of James Veverka, who take great relish in trashing Christianity and Christians. My personal view is that James cares nothing at all about the religious aspects except that for the fact that most Christians are conservative and thus will not vote for James' Marxist socialist agenda politicians. James finds it far easier to smear, slander and trash individuals, organizations and opposing ideas then to defend the failed philosophy of Marxist socialism which he embraces.
Having unloaded all this from my chest I say to Thomas that I agree that if you live a good life, do your best to be good to your fellow man and are honest to yourself you stand as good a chance of going to heaven as any one else in spite of what might be spouted from any pulpit.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 08:08
To The Daily Sun,
How do you explain the opposition of our House and Senate Republicans to Medicaid expansion? The program is working. Approximately, 40,000 New Hampshire residents signed up for it. According to the New Hampshire Hospital Association, it has resulted in a reduction in emergency room visits by uninsured patients by 22 percent in the first three months of 2015 compared to same time period in 2014. And, inpatient admissions of the uninsured fell by 27 percent.
Business is in favor of it. The N.H. Business and Industry Association recognized the connection between the health of a population and the state's economic prosperity. According to BIA President Jim Roche, "regular, preventive care costs less, will lead to less utilization of healthcare services and ultimately lower health insurance costs for businesses and individuals."
If you do the math, it's a no-brainer. The federal government pays for most of it, and by reducing the amount of uncompensated care hospitals provide, it ends the cost-shifting onto those already insured or paying out of pocket. We all benefit, not just those on Medicaid.
The program also reduces the financial and personal insecurity of those formerly without insurance. Could it be that that's what New Hampshire Republicans really object to? Maybe they think the poor don't deserve to feel less insecure? The Grinch would be proud of them.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 07:56
To The Daily Sun,
Let's applaud, and reward with a red star, James Veverka's almost civil letter of May 20. It lacks both his customary name-calling and any success in debunking anything I said in previous letters about the myth of man-made climate-change.
Veverka complains that I did not address his climate change question of why the earth continued to warm despite the reduction in the sun's output in the 1950s. This is an amusing question since the 1950s began a 25 year period of global cooling resulting in climate alarmists telling us to fear another ice age (see: http://www.populartechnology.net/2013/02/the-1970s-global-cooling-alarmism.html)
Alarmists like Veverka tell us that CO2 causes climate change, yet there were about 19 prior cycles of global cooling and warming in just the last 500 years without any CO2 increases including the warmest decade on record (the 1930s, unless you use manipulated data) prior to the 1950s. In the 1950s despite a significant increase of CO2 a period of global cooling began that lasted through about 1978.
That period was finally followed by a period of global warming concurrent with CO2 increases; this led to all sorts of wild predictions of climate doom: skyrocketing temperatures, droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornados, vanishing polar ice caps, etc. that politicians used to try to generate fear and that "scientists" used to get more grant money. Almost everyone knows that these predictions didn't occur and, in fact, despite the alarmists' models and continued increase in CO2, the earth hasn't warmed since about 1998.
Interestingly, the U.N. 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report doesn't support the alarmists' claims either. Professor Roger Pielke testified to the U.S S.enate that the 2013 IPCC report indicates that it would be "misleading and incorrect" to claim that disasters such as tornadoes (since 1950 despite the CO2 buildup, hurricanes (since 1900), floods (since 1950) or droughts have increased on climate timescales in the U.S. or globally. Nor have weather related losses increased since 1990 as a percent of GDP. Based on research by Pielke and others it will be many decades, perhaps centuries, before human caused climate change can be detected statistically in hurricanes, droughts, floods, tornadoes, etc. (See: https://goo.gl/vl7QSp)
Bjorn Lomborg also points out that the 2013 IPCC report doesn't support the alarmists' claims of temperature or sea level rises. Nor does the IPCC offer solutions that reduce global temperatures significantly (models estimate only a 0.1 degree F reduction) despite spending $20 trillion to fight temperature rise over the rest of the century. (usat.ly/1apGKzN)
Veverka would like us to accept that the climate alarmists' models are accurate and provided one, of at least hundreds if not thousands of models, which he claims show the models accuracy by coming close to the measured values in all of three of 10 years. This model's timeframe was also carefully chosen to try to show a temperature increase, and the increase predicted was substantially lower than the typical alarmists' models. If he were on the other side, Veverka would ridicule anyone trying to use this evidence to try to prove anything. This example doesn't debunk my statements.
Veverka also provides another graph supposedly showing how another model, of many showing different predictions, seems to be consistent with measured data for that period of time assuming the data provided has not been manipulated. So little information is provided that I can't comment on this. The fact is that since the little ice age the world wide sea rise has been, and is likely to continue to rise about 7 inches per century based on some ice melt and some expansion of water as it warms. Local effects may cause different local results.
While I appreciate Veverka's attempt to educate me on the greenhouse effect and global warming, his article even indicates that the research and debate on this has been changing, and it is not over. The predicted 5 degree C global temperature did not result from a doubling of CO2.
In his paper titled: "An Estimate of The Centennial Variability of Global Temperatures" (http://goo.gl/rO7h7F), former U.N. IPCC lead author Dr. Philip Lloyd indicated that the earth's temperature change over the last 100 years is well within the earth's natural variability per century over the last 8000 years.
Michael Crichton said he found it interesting that the man-made climate "deniers" are typically retired scientists while most "alarmists" seem to be scientists who need money from politicians to further their careers, research, and to stay employed.
Like witch doctors and pagan priests of old who used solar eclipses they knew would happen to increase their power over the people, current day politicians, who couldn't substantially influence man-made climate change even it if it were occurring, use the man-made climate-change hoax to increase their power and wealth, reward their friends and supporters, and fleece people of their money and freedom through regulations, taxation and increasing cost of living.
Veverka seems to think that fervor, nastiness, and faulty "evidence" are adequate substitutes for real evidence, they are not. Veverka has disproved none of my assertions that man-made global climate-change is an issue driven by politicians intent in increasing their own wealth and power at the expense citizens.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 07:46
To The Daily Sun,
I want to personally thank everyone involved in the Memorial Day parade this year. It was a wonderful turnout by the community, businesses, and veterans of all ages. It would not have gone so well if not for the cars that were loaned by Irwin Motors and Cantin Chevrolet. The police force did a fantastic job directing traffic and there is nothing better than a few fire trucks in a parade, so thank you, Fire Department.
As always it is nice to see Mayor Engler and other city officials marching in the parade for the community to see.
In addition I want to thank Debbie Gibson from the Laconia High School Music Department for the marching band, musical medley and for playing "Taps" twice for us. It was a real pleasure having the Knights of Columbus, Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard and the Boy Scouts marching along with us.
Last but not least I want to thank Commander Peavey of the Laconia Legion and his members as well as my VFW members, Women's Auxiliary and Men's Auxiliary, and of course the veterans in general that came out to walk and ride in the parade.
I sincerely appreciate everyone who joined us at the post for lunch after the ceremony, Barbara and the girls from the Women's Auxiliary did a fantastic job. And once again, let's not ever forget what Memorial Day is all about and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom each and every day.
William A. North, Commander
VFW Post 1670
Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 07:40
To The Daily Sun,
I want to draw attention to the cross of Christ that stands atop the Holy Grail Pub, at Veterans Square in Laconia. Although this building was once used to glorify God, it no longer serves his purpose.
In the Christian faith we put steeple's atop our buildings, because the steeple points to up to God in the third heaven. The cross of the Lord Jesus Christ stands atop the steeple to point the lost to God's (Trinity) house, where people may hear the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ preached, where they may choose to receive salvation through Christ Jesus.
I call on the Christian community in the Lakes Region to take that cross down. It no longer glorifies God, it does just the opposite. It blasphemes the redemptive work that Christ completed at Calvary. Satan's hand is it. Thus sayeth the Lord, "For the time has come for judgment to began at the house of God, and if, it begins with us FIRST, what will be the end of those obey not the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17).
The last pastor, deacons, should have taken it down, before the building was sold. Shame on them. At least, the last congregation should have taken it down, before the building it was sold. Shame on them. Father, please forgive them for they know not what they do. Thus saith the Lord, "A son honoreth his father, and a servant his master; If I then being a father, where is my honor? And if I being a master, where is my fear? Sayeth the Lord of host, O priests... (Malachi 1:6).
In these last days we live, God (Trinity) is shaken everything and every one that can be shaken. And what stands will stand. It doesn't matter what church you go to, or what denomination. If you love God (Trinity) you will do everything within your power to honor your heavenly Father. God is shaken everything and everyone that can be shaken. And what is left will stand. Every church and every person that loves him to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. Not just secretly, but also publicly. In this shaken the goats (half-hearted Christians) will fall. The sheep (true believer's, disciple's, Body of Christ) will stand. This is God's Holy Word.
If the owners of the building (Holy Grail) are Christian, I, as a man of God, ask you to take down that cross, please. If you are not Christian, and do not know Christ Jesus our Savior, God does not hold you accountable.
So please, take down that cross. It has now become a beacon for alcohol (sin). Thus saith the Lord, wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise" (Proverbs 20:1). Also see, Proverbs 31:4, 5:7. As you can see alcohol does not glorify God. Now, he will hold you accountable.
Please, take down that cross. It has now become a beacon for alcohol (sin). It is written, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise" (Proverbs 20:1, 31:4-7. As you can see alcohol does not glorify God. He will now hold you accountable, if you use it in an unholy way, the (cross of Christ) to draw patron's to your business. This offends our holy God. You'll stick your finger in his eye, so to speak.
I say this in love. I harbor no hate, malice, or ill will toward anyone. I love all. I've lived here all my life. When coming to Laconia via Prescott Hill, down South Main Street. The first thing you will see is the cross of Christ atop, the old Evangelical Baptist Church, now (Holy Grail), which if not taken down, will not point people to Christ, salvation, but alcohol (sin).
I never thought I would call for the cross to be taken down anywhere in the U.S.A., (least of all in) Laconia. How sad. It is written, "Arise, shine for the light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen on thee: For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee: (Isaiah 60:1,2).
Oh church, let it be so. Let's honor God (Trinity), so he may honor us, as we honor our community. God is watching.
If what I have said is not from a pure heart, "May a curse be on me and my ministry. May my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth."
Bishop Paul W. Blake
Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 07:37