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Let us open up a dialogue in the Jeffersonian tradition

To The Daily Sun,

Has the president who won the Nobel Peace Prize nurtured peace? Or, is he, the president who promised to end war,  instead become the president of never-ending war?

USA has been at war continuously since, at least, 1995.  The infrastructure of U.S. Government security failed in national security protection, resulting, eventually, in the 9/11 attacks, primitive attack efforts, which by all security protocols, should have been "nipped in the bud."

Had U.S. government seen properly to its constitutional responsibilities toward vigorous common national defense, instead of wasting precious national resources of blood, treasure and energy on ineffectiveness and foreign adventures, 09.11.01, wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., all the costs and suffering incurred would have been avoided.

Where now are the architects of the resulting failed disastrous policies? Cutting brush in Texas? Hunting quail with friends?

The U.S. bumbling subsequent misguided attacks and interventions in the Middle East created nothing but chaos and death — and an interminable waste of life, blood and treasure. All this created a disastrous mess for U.S., which now we must deal with, for years numbered unknown into the future. The U.S. drew other nations into this vortex as well, and they suffer also.

U.S. citizens will have to pay for this humanitarian and financial mess, for all our future. We are in a dump.

Now, in 2015, the U.S. is involved in war, war, and more war.  Many nations involved, no end in sight.

The last thing that officials in Washington will do is to blame themselves. Instead, blame the Boogieman.

Don't look to establishment, self-interested and invested, major political parties or government beneficiaries to resolve the mess. They are for themselves. Let us open up a dialogue, in the Jeffersonian tradition, of what we all citizens can do.

God save us from yet another Bush vs. Clinton establishment presidential election. Haven't these people done enough?

Let us step up and say that U.S. is not for sale. (And of course, if we fund all these foreign adventures, the U.S. hasn't the money, and we will have to borrow it, principally from China.)

Please be in touch, in the Public Square.

Meanwhile, what happened to Peace Prize Obama, the peacemaker? Mr. Nobel, who endowed the Peace Prize, must be sad.

Michael Harris, Ph.D.

Gilmanton

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:47

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Another RBO will be on the Alexandrea ballot on March 10

To The Daily Sun,

Most of us would agree that we live in the greatest country in the world. I wholeheartedly believe that. However, somewhere along the line, municipal government has been unable to protect and secure the rights of the people, including the right to live sustainably.

In Alexandria as well as nine other communities across the state, Community Rights Based Ordinances (RBO) have been adopted to exercise our right to create a new system of municipal governance. The RBO declares our self-governing authority, which secures and protects our rights as defined in the RBO.

An RBO is founded on our state's Constitution (Article 10-Right of Revolution), which declares our right to change government. The RBO elevates the rights of the community above the claimed rights of corporations. It includes rights that are fundamental to the sustainability of a community and the ecosystem therein.

In Alexandria we passed a RBO in March 2014. This was prompted by our town being faced with an industrial wind turbine corporation proposing an unsustainable project. The developer has since abandoned that project. Unfortunately, a Portugal-based corporation, EDP, has now proposed an industrial wind turbine project, which would include 29 500-foot-tall turbines in Alexandria, Groton, Orange, Dorchester and Canaan. The citizens of Alexandria have said "No" over and over, only for our voices to fall on deaf ears.

Large corporations that bully small communities and do not acknowledge our efforts to protect our rights has been frustrating to say the least. We realize that we have to continue to fight for our unalienable right to local self-government and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents and nature.

As such, we have another RBO on the Alexandria 2015 ballot. It does not replace the current RBO, but rather complements it, providing our town with additional layers of binding law at the local level. Law is organic and meant to change as needs change. As wind developers have changed their corporate plans for our community, Citizens of Alexandria Rights Effort (CARE) Group is prepared to encourage binding law at the local level to further protect Alexandria from becoming a wind resource colony.

Vote "Yes" on Article "16" on March 10 at the Alexandria Old Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Remember, Absentee Ballots are available through the Town Clerk's Office if you are not able to make the polling hours. Your vote counts.

Sue Ozkan

Alexandria

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:44

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I believe in small government, local control and low taxes

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Phil Wittmann and I am running for the three-year term selectman's position in Alton. My wife and I have been full-time residents of Alton for 35 years. I am in my 26th year as a recreation director in a nursing home-rehab center and have also run a small business as a band leader.

I am running for selectman because I love my town and state and want to give something positive back. I feel, being in the sixth year of a recession, this is a bad time to raise taxes on our citizens. It's possible to hold the line on spending and still take care of our town employees.

I think the most important thing a selectman can do is to listen respectfully to concerns and ideas from citizens and to perform as much town business in public meetings as possible. The citizens should be welcomed partners in their town's affairs. They should not fear intimidation during public input for voicing concerns and exercising their First Amendment rights.

I believe in small government, local control and low taxes. Please consider voting for me on March, 10 as one of the fiscally responsible candidates in the race. I will take my job very seriously and do my best to serve the town I love.

Please contact me at 875-7284 or Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have.

Phil Wittmann

Alton

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:41

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Much of the damage Obama has done to USA is irreversible

To The Daily Sun,

Candidate Barack Hussein Obama in 2008 promised to be the most "transparent administration in the history of the United States of America." After six long, excruciating years of the most divisive, radical, ideological president in the history of our great nation, we know this was another failed Obama promise.

Anyone not sleeping in a cave during the last two presidential elections knows that the media, minus Fox News and conservative talk radio, worked openly and actively to elect Barack Obama. Our founders would be disgusted at the fact we here in the United States of America have in many ways "state-run media", much like regimes in North Korea and China.

One of president's biggest supporters is the New York Times. The "Great One" Mark Levin, a conservative talk radio host, affectionately refers to the Times as the "New York Slimes". When the "Times" rants negatively about this administration, you know times are tough.

Times reporter James Risen went on a Twitter rant on Feb. 17 against the Obama administration. Mr. Risen called out the most political, corrupt, divisive attorney general in history Eric Holder by name several times. Mr. Risen tweets "the Obama administration is the greatest enemy of the press in a generation," and "Eric Holder leaves behind a wrecked First Amendment."

Mr. Risen tweets "Eric Holder has been the nation's top censorship officer, not the top law enforcement officer."

The following are all separate tweets from Mr. Risen all published on Feb. 17. "Eric Holder has done the bidding of the intelligence community and the White House to damage press freedom in the United States." "Eric Holder has sent a message to dictators around the world that it is okay to crack down on the press and jail journalists." "Eric Holder managed to destroy any semblance of a reporters privilege in the United States." "This is Eric Holder's true legacy on press freedom: There is no First Amendment "reporter's privilege". From DOJ brief in my case." "My son is a reporter. I don't want him to have to live in a country where there is less press freedom than when I started as a journalist." "I plan to spend the rest of my life fighting to undo damage done to press freedom in the United States by Barack Obama and Eric Holder."

Much of the damage done by the Obama administration to our great nation is irreversible. President Obama and Eric Holder have set a scary precedent for any future administration.

The fact that Eric Holder served this nation as the "top cop" is a disservice to all honorable law enforcement, a mockery of our justice system.

God Bless the United States of America,

Patrick Wetmore

Ashland

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:38

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Very difficult when candidates are our friends and neighbors

To The Daily Sun,

Local election day is fast approaching. A number of candidates are vying for various town elective positions, in fact there are eight who are running for the two selectman vacancies in Meredith. Local elections are greatly different from state or national elections. How different you ask? Well, in state and national elections we usually don't know the various candidates. Seldom have we even met a candidate in those elections. Although we may have gone to one or two of their town meetings. We mostly cast our vote based on the views of media reporters and conversations with our friends.

But it is very different for local elections, those candidates for town officers are our friends and neighbors. We probably know several or all of them. We meet them at the Post Office or supermarket or library or transfer station, they stop and talk with us. They live next door, their kids go to school with our kids. So it becomes difficult to choose from all those friends the two for whom you will vote.

Well, in the coming election, I don't know how you are going to cast your two votes for selectman. But I'm going to vote for Mike Hatch and Rosemary Landry. Rosemary has long been a supporter of many local causes. Mike, many times has been involved in local, state and national elections. Both have the know how and time to concentrate on the many Meredith problems. You don't have to follow my lead, but vote on Tuesday, March 10.

Elliot Finn
Meredith

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:33

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