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Selectboard needs to listen to concerns about roundabout plan

To The Daily Sun,

I have been on the Route 3-25 Committee from Day 1. I stated at the first meeting if we came up with a plan that wouldn't improve the traffic flow and make it better than it is at the present, I would be inclined to leave it the way it is.
After many meetings, in December, we came up with a plan that was accepted. The only reason I supported the plan, was I thought it seemed better than all the rest.

Even after voting in favor, I had many doubts that it would resolve the problems we have with the present situation.
I have lived in Meredith all my life. Born in 1942, I have seen many changes through the years. Personally I have got use to the lights at Route 3-25, and I wouldn't have any problem leaving it the way it is.

Another concern from the first day was, what do the citizens of Meredith feel about the plan and their reasons. I have had many comments about the present plan and I can honestly say not one person was in favor.

Some of the reasons make sense and others are right off the wall. One of the objections is, that no matter what, no changes should be considered. To many of these people I would like to point out that as a native, I have seen many changes that these same people by moving here have forced change on us.

I really have to speak out about one, even though I think of Karen Sticht as a friend. I really think she is off base if she thinks anyone would support removing the Town Docks. I hope she doesn't want to move the lake, too.

Last of all, I hope the Selectboard listens to the concerns of the citizens of Meredith.

L. Michael Hatch
Meredith

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:28

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People like sheep; we need someone to follow; it's the way we are

To The Daily Sun,
In response to L.J. Siden's letter of Jan. 20, as to the nature of liberals' lack of concern for human life, it is a true fact that particularly those who drive the liberal agenda demonstrate a lack of concern for human life in its earliest stages of development. This is true to the point that you can't even have an intelligent conversation with some over the the sanctity of the human life of a fetus. Their determination to protect their self-will over and against the welfare of the fetus precludes it. The matter is a lack of recognizing that this life is a gift from God, no matter how it was conceived. It is thus a rebellion against God, an act of not receiving his gift. So when God's agenda differs from yours, you snuff out the life, throw away the gift.

Now all liberals are not like this. Indeed some are pro-life, some are even Christians. But of those who drive the liberal agenda I think this can be said to be true of enough to make the generalization. It is this lack of honor and respect for God and the life that only he can give that concerns me. If you don't respect life at its earliest stages when it is helpless, it stands to reason that these pursuing their own self will, will not respect human life at its latter stages when it is again helpless. A panel of thusly minded people unanswerable to anyone does not sound good to me.

Here's the thing. People are like sheep. We need someone to follow. It's the way we are. Christians know this, but praise be to God we have a Good Shepherd. Many liberals and even conservatives who do not know the Lord exalt reason and their own ability, well, beyond reason, and become "useful idiots." I mean no offense. Particularly to those who participate in this forum, most are very intelligent. Yet if you do not realize that you need a shepherd you will end up serving someone who in the end you will wish you hadn't.

Mr. Siden is very wrong in ascribing my motive as stirring up hate and fear. In this he violates his own injunction not to draw unsubstantiated conclusions. My only desire is to encourage people as much as it is in our power, not to throw away our liberty for a security that in the end will turn out to be a false security. And that all would turn to Christ.

John Demakowski
Franklin

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:17

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Let's not terrorize people who care for county's sick & elderly

To The Daily Sun,

I recently read your article revealing that the feud between the Belknap County delegation and commissioners over the last year has cost the county a whopping $70,000 in unbudgeted legal fees.

I hope the irony in this is not lost on your readers. The legal battle was waged over the ability to make line-item changes within the budget. The court sided with the delegation and instituted a $300 maximum on any line-item changes county commissioners and the administrator could make without the delegation's permission. This crippled county government so that county nursing home workers were concerned about keeping their health insurance and their jobs. It caused similar mayhem at the county jail, leaving the prison so short-staffed that visitation was not even possible at times.

Prior to the holidays, county workers were subjected to unwarranted anxiety, worry and concern about whether money could be transferred from one line item to another in order for the county to pay its contracted share of their health insurance premiums; and layoffs were feared — all because the delegation wanted tighter control of the county's purse strings. Now that the old delegation and commissioners are out and the new are in, no one wants to pay the $70,000 bill they stuck to the county residents.

I believe most Belknap County residents would agree that paying out $70,000 in unnecessary legal fees is appalling. I'm sure they can think of much better ways to have spent their hard-earned tax dollars without terrorizing low-wage workers who care for the county's sick, elderly, and incarcerated.

Now that it's time to pay the piper, new county leadership is stalling. Sadly, this isn't surprising. Hopefully, the leadership will end the nonsense and move forward without further harm to county services and those who provide them.

Richard Gulla, President

SEA/SEIU Local 1984

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:14

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Intent is to make readers afraid & so full of hate they'll believe anything

To The Daily Sun,

Fanning the flames of hysteria, Mr. Demakowski continues his crusade to promote the myth of "death panels". In a recent letter, not only will there be "death panels", but these panels will be staffed by liberals who "lack concern for the sanctity of human life" and "don't care about your life." The implied reason for taking your life is to benefit the causes of "terrorists" and "thugs".

These outrageous accusations are totally disconnected from facts and have no basis in reality. There are no "death panels", but through his infinite imagination, he and other conservatives will create them.

Conservatives, such as Demakowski, are desperately embracing the most far-fetched rumors about the supposed Kenyan-Muslim-Marxist-Tyrant. Their fears of nonexistent or overblown bogey men — death panels, Benghazi conspiracies, voter fraud, Saddam's WMD, etc. — make it hard not to see conservatism's morphing into a state of near permanent paranoia fueled by recurrent moral panics. They are consumed with the whole of conservative politics. It doesn't matter the issue, if liberals are for it, then conservatives, despite facts and reason, are against it. They don't care about being factual — "I don't have to prove anything" – or truthful because they don't need to be.

Their primary goal is to peddle as much misinformation to the readers of this forum as possible. Their intent is to make readers afraid, and so full of hate, that they'll believe practically anything. Conservative contributors have developed a following built by the politics of hate, driven by fear, and solidified by misinformation.

If I am to embrace Mr. Demakowski's logic that liberals "lack concern for the sanctity of human life", then by that same logic I must assume that all conservatives are uncaring red neck racists.

While Mr. Demakowski may have some legitimate concerns relating to the ACA, making outlandish statements not only casts doubt on his arguments but also his credibility.

L.J. Siden

Gilmanton

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 10:17

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At least we have more freedoms that rest of world, & can practice them

To The Daily Sun,
ISIL was a JV team that became more of a threat over time. Maybe one of the reasons Obama tried not to make such an issue was more to keep the country calm and under control. Fox News will do it's part to get everyone riled up along with the fear mongering letter writers to our local newspapers. Of course they will also blame it all on Obama and the Democratic Party with calls for John McCain et all to lead the charge of the troops to the Middle East. As usual, the GOP is making more of an issue of Obama not going to France than the French are. We are closer to the French now than ever before, so to the GOP and the local letter writer backers, get over it and move on to your next manufactured problem.
Most of the letter writers seem to have nothing better to do than write a letter a day for publication. Take Linda Riley, who I noticed had three letters published this week. One was a complaint of not being able to find a job and blaming it on Maggie Hassen. Linda I think your problem is in the mirror looking back at ya. However, I do agree with your letter today, Thursday, about spending money we don't have. But I also do believe in investing in our country and some spending should happen. Like raising wages which would allow many people to stop depending on government handouts.

Then we have another right winger, Steve Earle. I agree that we should stand together against those who are against our liberal principles. At least we have more freedoms than the rest of the world and the rights to practice them. But then Tony Boutin shows up with some interesting facts on voting. He says that for the last 20 years the middle class has voted with the GOP. Might be hard to explain how the Democrats have won, not counting BWB, most of those elections. Had Gore and Kerry both won we probably wouldn't have had the economic problems and the deficits we have now. As long as we keep the GOP out of the White House in 2016 things will recover but if they win 2016 we will be in trouble.

The last writer today was Russ Wiles and I'll put him in the Sarah Palin category for now. But the last interesting part is some of the terms used by our local letter writers have just shown up in the news and a day later they show up in letters here. Kinda makes ya wonder doesn't it?

Jon Hoyt

Plymouth

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 10:12

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