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Just where is the U.S.-Judeo-Christian values argument getting us?

To The Daily Sun,

Round and round James Veverka goes, trying to tell everyone that our Constitution is not based on Judo-Christian values. The assertion is on its face absurd.

For more then a 1,000 years before the Constitution was written, European culture was a Christian culture. Every law from Europe was a law steeply based in the values of that culture and every person who had anything at all to do with the writing, designing or signing that document was descended from that culture. To contend that those men took some kind of deviation from what they knew, what their entire lives they had been taught to value and respect is sheer poppycock. Even if they had tried they could not have strayed from those learned values and morals.

So my question is just what is J.V. trying to prove? That he can argue about anything no matter how foolish? Give us all a break James and address something meaningful such as the accusations of Hillary Clinton's corruption practices or perhaps why Muslim fanatics think they are entitled to kill and terrorize anyone they disagree with and why you and your liberal cohorts keep cutting these Muslims so much slack while they fly directly into the face of the values you say you espouse.

I'd really like for you to try to explain that.

Steve Earle

Hill

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 08:58

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Why does Kelly Ayotte keep voting to make college more expensive?

To The Daily Sun,

As a student at Plymouth State University, I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to equip myself with the tools necessary to enter the professional world. However, I'm also aware of how much this opportunity will cost.

While students and families work to figure out how to pay for college, one of New Hampshire's U.S. Senators has been repeatedly voting to make college more expensive.

Kelly Ayotte has consistently voted against critical student aid, hurting Granite State students and families who are worried about the mounting costs of college. Ayotte has repeatedly voted for budgets that would slash Pell grants, making higher education even more expensive.

In 2011, she followed Republican leadership in voting for a bill that would cut $12 million from the Pell grants program and decrease or eliminate aid for 21,000 New Hampshire students. More recently, Ayotte supported multiple budget proposals that would eliminate access to Pell grants for 3,500 New Hampshire students and cut an average of $2,000 from the remaining students' grants.

Kelly Ayotte should be putting the interests of New Hampshire students and families first, but instead she seems to have forgotten all about us. There is no greater investment in New Hampshire's future than developing a strong and well-trained workforce. So why, I ask, does Kelly Ayotte keep voting to undermine New Hampshire's future by making college more expensive?

Moises Diaz

Plymouth

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 08:44

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Starting fund was first step in process to improve Ashland Library

To The Daily Sun,

The Ashland Town Library Trustees would like to thank the voters of Ashland for their support for Warrant Article 17, to establish a capital reserve fund for the future of the Library. This is a good beginning to the long process of bringing an improved library facility and improved services to the citizens of Ashland. The Town Library has been in the Scribner Building for the the past 76 years. We are moving ahead with exploring options and gathering data so that future plans reflect the needs and desires of the town.

If you would like to help in this effort, here are some options:

If you would like to volunteer to be on a building committee, or to help with fundraising, contact the library at 968-7928.

If you would like to join the Friends of the Ashland Town Library, contact the Library at 968-7928.

If you would to donate to the Library Building Fund, you can send donations to the Ashland Town Library, P.O. Box 660, Ashland NH 03217, drop them off at the Library, or donate online at http://www.ashlandtownlibrary.org.

Thank you for supporting the Ashland Town Library,

Alice Staples, Mardean Badger, David Ruell
Ashland Town Library Trustees

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 08:40

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GOP says N.H. tax system is working fine but they are wrong

To The Daily Sun,

Have you tried putting a size 12 foot into a size 6 shoe? It does not fit. Only with amputating part of the foot and cutting away parts of the shoe will there be a solution. BUT, a real solution is not found.

Our state budget is in just this predicament. We cannot fund our state's needs with the revenues available. A healthy state economy needs a certain amount of funds to operate correctly. This is not merely a question of a "spending problem," but because we never conduct an assessment of our needs. For example do we want a state with adequate roads and safe bridges? The answer is pure mathematics. Our state's engineers can tell us. Do we "want" to support our sick, elderly, and impaired? Again, we can simply ask our state's care-giving agencies what is required. They are the professionals on the line who see our reality every day. We should listen to them.

Our state government is not charged with the task of putting a size 12 foot into a size 6 shoe. Our government is charged with providing for the well-being of the general public. This is required by the New Hampshire Constitution.

If the government cannot provide the proper support and sustainable level of funding needed for our basic needs — infrastructure, education, health services — then our elected Legislature needs to find funding to fulfill their responsibility as our elected officials.

We need to talk openly across the state about a fair, equitable revenue structure which spreads out the cost of government services fairly across the electorate. Various citizens, academics, and institutions of this fine state have studied this problem for years. I know by listening to them that a broad-base tax system can be easily developed that would fairly spread the costs across the citizens of New Hampshire plus those outside New Hampshire that need to also contribute. And, fairly.

Most states find a broad-based income tax is the best method. Properly designed, this income source would reduce what we pay currently through our property taxes. High property taxes are keeping young people from buying homes, and forcing many elderly to sell prior to their being otherwise ready to leave their family homes.

But wait. In New Hampshire we don't want income taxes. That is our "motto" and we require a pledge of all who run for high office "take the pledge!" Sorry, using the pledge to avoid the hard work to deal with the problem is not good enough anymore. We have been doing that for years and now we are seeing the results. And, that is trying to put a size 12 (modern 2015) foot into a size 6 (1970) shoe. It won't work. It is not working. If the Republicans say it is working they are wrong and the people of New Hampshire are being short-changed — cheated. We are being cheated because of our inadequate tax structure and an inflexible and uncaring Republican Party-dominated state government that cannot or will not acknowledge the 21st century. They have their heads in the sand looking for grains of truth from the 1950s.

That era is passed. We need to solve our revenue problem and the Legislature and governor are the people to start the process now.

Tom Dawson

Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 08:33

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Obama has done plenty of things to critize. Why make stuff up?

To The Daily Sun,

When President Obama said, "We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded," he was not talking about arming civilians or creating a national police force.

Factcheck.org has what he actually said which you can read here: http://www.factcheck.org/2008/11/obamas-national-security-force/

You will see that he was talking about increasing funding for civilian service organizations such as the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps — organizations that increase our strength through volunteering and doing good works.

Beware of words taken out of context. President Obama has done plenty of things to criticize. What is the point of making stuff up?

Dave Pollak
Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 08:25

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