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Labor unions are essential to the working and middle classes

To The Daily Sun,

Unions give power to the workers. The organization of labor and subsequent collective bargaining allow the workers to seek a greater share of the wealth being generated by the company. A union can also prevent or at least fight against workplace injustices and unilateral unfair worker related decisions by management.

Whether you personally like unions or dislike them they are essential for the well-being of the working class and the middle class — the 99 percent. No one in New Hampshire is required to join a union. Even in a unionized business you will find those who are not members. Those non-union members however do receive all the benefits of a union member. That is why they are required to pay a fee to the union to support the collective agreement.

Since the 1960s, union membership in the United Stated has been on the decline. During the union membership "hay day" only about one-third of all workers were in unions. But, with this level of membership, the country had a strong middle class. All workers, union and non-union, benefited by this ratio. As we have all seen, now that union membership has declined our middle class is disappearing.

According to a research project by Jaumotte and Buitron, lower rates of workers in unions has contributed to more income going to the wealthiest. Income inequality today is as high as it has been since 1917. The top 10 percent of earners receive more than one-half of all income distributed. Jaumotte and Buitron 's research also found that reduction (or stagnation) in minimum wages has increased wage inequality "considerably."

If we look back over time we see that labor unions: (1) gave us the weekend, (2) helped end child labor, (3) won widespread employee-based health coverage, and, (4) fought for The Family and Medical Leave Act. This according to a source in www.thinkprogress.org.

So, regardless of your personal feeling about organized labor, unions are essential to the working and middle classes in America. If you see efforts to weaken unions, such as right-to-work legislation, or destroying collective bargaining, these actions are not in our best interest. Union busting is a national tragedy and is detrimental to the well-being of you and me, the middle class, and our nation.

Tom Dawson

Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:55

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Come to the Corner Meeting House on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

To The Daily Sun,

I want to thank all those people who came out to vote. It was a great exercise in the democratic process. Even though I did not win, I will continue to take an interest in the welfare of Belmont and be a voice for change. In politics one must follow the people's will and accept the outcome.

I do not agree with some of the decisions made by our selectmen, including their intention to demolish town-owned buildings. It has been reported in the newspapers and in minutes of meetings that they would like to demolish the bank building, the Gale School, the Belmont Mill and even the existing Town Hall. Any decision to destroy public property should be well publicized and brought to the townspeople for a vote.

When bad decisions are made they eventually show up sooner or later and that's when the taxpayers pay for the mistakes. The placing of a garbage transfer station on top of the aquifer that provides our drinking water is the latest big mistake.

Has Belmont put out a news release about the upcoming public hearing to be held at the Corner Meeting House on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. The State of New Hampshire requires the town to hold this hearing regarding allowing household trash to be brought in to Belmont and stored at the Bestway site on Route 140 over the aquifer. However, the only notice that I have seen regarding this hearing was in The Laconia Daily Sun on Feb. 21 by N.H. Environmental Services. You would think that the selectmen would want the public's input on such an important decision with such far reaching effects for our town. This has got to be potentially the worst decision that has been made by the Belmont selectmen.

Water is the most important resource the human race needs to survive. We, here in Belmont, have a beautiful stratified drift aquifer, a gift that we should protect. There is nothing more important than protecting this resource, not even money. Please go to this meeting and discover that the town wants to allow Bestway to import up to 600 tons of garbage a day and process it over our pristine water supply. Needless to say it would take a number of years before we discover that our water supply is contaminated. But then, it is too late. It is up to every person who understands what an important meeting this is to be there and let your voices be heard. We don't need garbage on top of our aquifer.

I would recommend that the town find a larger room than the Corner Meeting House to be able to house all the people who will be there.

George Condodemetraky

Belmont

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 09:36

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Any agreement that allows Iran to get a nuke will set off arms race

To The Daily Sun,

We all agree with Dennis Lintz (see his letter of March 18) that we don't want war with Iran, or anyone, and that we hope for a wise treaty with Iran that prevents them from ever getting nuclear weapons.

Everyone should have learned that preventing an aggressor from becoming powerful is a much wiser and less costly course than not taking small threats seriously. Consider the consequences of our refusal to believe that radical Islamists were at war with us before 9-11 or the world's refusal to believe the threat that Hitler was becoming.

More recently, ISIS was called a JV team, nothing to worry about. ISIS has become a well-funded major force with modern weapons, tens of thousands of soldiers, modern communications, and ties to radical Islamist groups around the world. ISIS has captured many cities and much territory, killed tens of thousands, and has issued credible threats against the U.S. and other countries.

Iran has clearly and repeatedly stated its intentions to obliterate Israel and Western civilization. Iran has reportedly enriched uranium far beyond what is needed for a nuclear power plant. Iran's intermediate range missiles could hit Israel or Europe with nuclear sized payloads. Iran has announced plans to build intercontinental missiles capable of reaching the U.S. with nuclear payloads.

Iran's threats must be taken seriously.

Unfortunately our presidents have gotten important things wrong before with dangerous or costly consequences. President Clinton told us North Korea wouldn't get nukes, but then let them get them. President Bush told us Iraq had WMDs which were never found.

Unfortunately President Obama inspires little confidence that his agreement with Iran will provide the needed safeguards. President Obama's Middle East policy has been disastrous, creating threats where there were none and alienating allies. President Obama's inaction when his "red lines" were crossed and his desperation to get an agreement tell Iran that it has the upper hand in negotiations.

And, President Obama's refusal to submit any "agreement" to the Senate for its review and approval suggests that any agreement is likely to be very bad, leading to a growingly powerful, nuclear armed Iran capable of inflicting enormous damage and loss of life if it pursues its promised goal of obliterating Israel and the West.

Information leaked about the proposed agreement indicates that there are no limits on Iran's development of ballistic missiles or its ability to create a nuclear bomb in 10 years. Ten years may seem long to us, but for people who have been working for world domination for 1,400 years, 10 years is nothing.

Any agreement that allows Iran to get a nuclear weapon will set off an arms race in the Middle East making the region and the world much more dangerous. It is better to have no deal than this.

By threatening to reimpose sanctions and by demanding that President Obama submit any agreement for review and approval or disapproval, the Senate is strengthening President Obama's hand in negotiations with Iran. Hopefully the result is a wise treaty that the Senate will comfortably approve because it stabilizes the Middle East, prevents further nuclear proliferation, and is verifiable.

Don Ewing

Meredith

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 09:32

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Learn more abou what we do at Belknap County Conservation District

To The Daily Sun,

The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) appreciates the many letters of support and those that spoke on our behalf during the Belknap County Convention process for the 2015 budget. It is clear that many Belknap County residents recognize the importance of conserving soil and water resources in retaining the health of our environment and economy in the Lakes Region. As former BCCD Director Jan Hooper suggested to the convention, the so-called "outside agencies" are really supporting agencies which provide vital services to the county and its towns and residents.

BCCD would also like to thank the Belknap County Commissioners for their generous offer to co-locate the Conservation District and UNH Cooperative Extension at the county courthouse. This move will provide better access to our services than our current location, facilitate our cooperative efforts with Extension, and save the county money.

Our mission is to help landowners, communities and other organizations conserve soil, water and the natural resources of Belknap County. BCCD achieves its mission by:

• Identifying critical natural resource conservation issues and needs.

• Initiating projects that demonstrate conservation best practices.

• Delivering conservation information and training.

• Creating access to technical and financial resources that enable conservation action.

From our annual plant sale, to stream restoration projects, to community workshops on protecting water resources, to assistance with grants to towns and landowners, BCCD is committed to serving our county. We invite anyone who is interested in natural resource conservation to participate in our programs and to learn more about what we do. Our website is at www.belknapccd.org/

We are heartened by the support provided by the County Board of Commissioners and the public and look forward to continuing to serve the people of Belknap County.

Belknap County Conservation District Board of Supervisors

John Hodsdon, Chair - Meredith

Dean Anson – Laconia

Earl Chase - Barnstead

Donna Hepp - Belmont

Ken Kettenring – New Hampton

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 09:27

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Opinion, yours or mine, should not require vetting by anyone

To The Daily Sun,

To quote you Mr. Osmer: "I have a suggestion for Mr. Eddy: If you don't like what's written in this paper, stop with the whining, just don't read it."

Have I once ever stated in writing that I don't like what's written in this paper? Why are you putting words in my mouth, Mr. Osmer? In my previous letter I stated that Mr. Hoyt's suggestion that letters to the editor be vetted by an "impartial" panel for truth and accuracy, particularly when it comes to political opinions, would be in violation of the First Amendment. While his main point was aimed at political ads, he did make the suggestion that letters to the editor should also be reviewed. I also suggested that he not confuse opinions for articles, something with which he appears to having problems. Opinion, his, mine, and yours, should not require vetting by anyone. (I do think that if something is libelous that it is within the power of the Sun's editor to remove it as it could also leave the paper liable should it be printed.) Articles should be at least fact-checked because they are, after all, supposed to be news. If they are not accurate, then they are opinion, or worse, outright prevarication and opinion posing as news. (I believe at that point it's called propaganda.)

There are time when I have found many of the "facts" put forth by Mr. Hoyt and others of the same ideological bent to be questionable.

Here I am going to do something I had promised myself I wouldn't do, but this one time I'm going to break that promise: I do not consider The New York Times, The New Republic, Salon, the Washington Post, numerous other mainstream media outlets, or anything coming from Congress or the White House to be accurate or unbiased. (It doesn't matter who's in office.) I do not use sources such as Fox News, National Review, Rush Limbaugh, or any of the other conservative sources Mr. Hoyt et. al. despise as the basis of my opinions. I base my opinions on years of travel, exposure to numerous cultures all over the world — good and bad — the study of history (not just American history, but history in general), and decades of personal experience in numerous fields of endeavor that have shown me what works, and more importantly, what doesn't work.

That I may respond to someone's opinion that proposes something that I know won't work or requires the dismantling of yet another freedom as delineated in the Constitution "for the common good" is my right. I have never proposed that those with whom I disagree should be censored, much as Mr. Hoyt proposed in a backhanded manner in his earlier letter. I do enjoy reading his letters, as well as those of the usual suspects if for no other reason that to see just how off the mark they are. At times they are outrageous, but mostly they are amusing.

Oh, and in regards to your line about "the normal letters written by the parrots", it applies equally to Mr. Hoyt and the others as I rarely see anything original from any of them either.

Dale Channing Eddy

Gilford

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 09:23

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