To The Daily Sun,
Professor Cracraft waxes "wackadoodle" and has apparently decided to use the "Ververka method" of wacked-out humor, condescension and belittling as a way to get letter writers who disagree with him to shut up an sit down, lest they acquire his toilet seat award. This in his most recent smear letter.
Now, he may tell us he was just kidding around and having a little fun. That he did not intentionally mean to demean other letter writers as ethnocentric, bordering on being racist, on being radical nationalists and having utter contempt for their fellow human beings. But it's hard to take "the mean" out of the "left".
We all owe the kindly professor a deep debt of gratitude. His recent letter was a perfect example of how the progressive left attacks those who don't agree with their terribly flawed philosophy. They must resort to name calling when they have nothing of substance to offer.
Scott educates we poor uneducated neanderthal types about our open border to the north. After all, he asserts that the recipients of his esteemed "wackadoo awards" will probably have to look up words like ethnocentric, jingosim, racist and perhaps even radical nationalism. Actually, I would like to know the meaning of radical nationalism, especially since I am limited by having only a Bachelor's degree. Seriously Scott, it is not the "right" that wants to overthrow our republic. That belongs to the fundamentally transforming "left", does it not?
The learned professor informs us that, "a lot of white European immigrants come here and work as nannies for wealthy families in New England and work illegally", by way of comparing the Mrs. Doubtfires from Canada to the unskilled illegals who stream across our borders to the south.
In 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 36,000 violent, criminal, illegal aliens onto American streets. Those would be the ones who have committed homicide, sexual assaults, kidnapping, drug dealing and drunk driving mayhem on our highways. Last year, ICE released 30,558 criminal aliens into our society to terrorize citizens, legal immigrants and the numerous peaceful illegal immigrants. Check out ICE director Sarah Saldana's video on Katie Pavlich's Townhall.com column back on 4/10/14, where she twists herself into semantic knots trying to justify the release of these really bad people.
Professor Cracraft, a question if you please. Just how many European nannies are killing U.S. citizens, raping and kidnapping our children and running over folks while drunk or high on drugs? Only an allegedly progressive, "leftist" professor could pen such an inane and patronizing letter while pretending he is the much more intelligent and educated than they great unwashed who frequent the "liberal right". Yes, I said, liberal right because there is nothing liberal about what the "left" is doing to obliterate our borders, language and culture. And Scott apparently is not moved by the death and destruction caused by our illegal alien onslaught. No, the left continues to hate those who fight evil. It really is quite bizarre and inexplicable.
It is actually Professor Cracraft who is showing "utter contempt for fellow human beings." He thinks he is clever by throwing the race card around like a drunken alien gambler in "casually mentioning" that Linda Riley would not recognize the WASPS because they would be the "same color as she". The man who detests racism finishes by saying, "I am going to assume your favorite colors are lily white." Wow, that does sting a little doesn't it?
Oh Scott, you rapscallion, did you intentionally present us with a letter which drips with racial overtones, just to show us how not to act in such a bigoted manner? Or are you as petulant, cocky and arrogant as most of your fellow "leftists" who just know they are seated majestically atop the high moral ground?
Anyway, perhaps you can enlist the services of James Veverka and Henry Osmer to join you on your "wackadoo selection committee". Heck, I'm even willing to loan you the services of the "right wing clown car", for a nominal fee of course. And feel free to plug in the many CDs available. From John Locke, Edmund Burke, Alexis de Tocqueville, Lord Acton to Milton Friedman, William F. Buckley Jr., Whitaker Chambers and James Madison. There is much to pique ones critical thinking skills. You might also enjoy Lee Greenwood's, "God Bless the USA" and Martina McBride's, "Let Freedom Ring" as well.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 10:11
To The Daily Sun,
Nick Vazzana is a partisan liberal/progressive whose one sided letters I typically read with a grain of salt. However, his "defense" of Planned Parenthood in the face of extremely disturbing videos of Planned Parenthood doctors callously describing the harvesting of fetal tissue from late term abortions is beyond the pale.
Have you no shame, Mr. Vazzana? Are abortions on demand in all circumstances the only possible position that you can accept? I submit that the callous disdain for human DNA tissue regardless of whether it is susceptible to life outside the womb is disgusting and revolting, and cannot be masked by the common cliché of a woman's right to choose.
The country is split fairly evenly over abortion rights. The U.S. Supreme Court has permitted abortion in early stages of pregnancy for over 40 years. However, the technology of today, with ultrasounds and heartbeats, should give a person some hesitancy to terminate a pregnancy, even should a woman choose to do so with her conscience and her doctor. But when the pregnancy advances to the late stages and the fetus is crushed in certain ways to harvest body parts, I submit that many people of good faith draw the line.
It is entirely reasonable to request that taxpayer dollars not be spent on Planned Parenthood because of the processes that have been exposed. Public funding for women's reproductive rights can be made to other organizations who do not engage in such controversial, and I would say despicable and barbarous practices.
Richard R. Gerken
Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 10:05
To The Daily Sun,
Thank you, Mr. Rottenecker, for your recent letter about a topic so important and yet so often avoided by most of the presidential candidates: what to do about all those U.S. manufacturing jobs lost overseas and what might be done to keep here those we still have.
Hereʼs a modest proposal which I sent to Sen. Kelly Ayotte a few months ago.
It has been too easy and too inexpensive for the U.S. companies Mr. Rottenecker listed to move their manufacturing operations overseas or to Latin America in search of cheaper labor and/or other costs. As another example, in the 1980s, the Big Three automakers moved much of their manufacturing across the Rio Grande and to other places in Latin America. Tens of thousands of middle-class Americans lost their jobs. Hundreds of companies supplying parts and other goods to the Big Three lost business, and cities like Detroit and Flint, Mich., lost tens of millions of dollars in tax revenues.
Some argue that those cities, the Midwest region, and the American middle class have yet to recover what was lost when the Big Three shut down their American plants. How many millions of dollars had been given to the Big Three in subsidies, tax breaks, and taxpayer-supported infrastructure projects? Not a penny of it had to be repaid by those corporations before they pulled out.
So I urged Sen. Ayotte to sponsor legislation that would do the following whenever an American manufacturing company planned to move their operations overseas:
1. The IRS would do an audit to insure that the company paid the highest corporate tax rate (currently 39 percent) for the year prior to their exit. By this law, the company would forfeit the right to claim any exemptions or to pay a lower rate.
2. The dollar amount of any and all local, state, and federal subsidies, tax breaks and taxpayer-paid beneficial infrastructure would be calculated and presented to the company for repayment in full.
3. Except for profits and other liquid assets, the company would forfeit other property on American soil. This would include manufacturing plant(s), raw materials, every machine, piece of equipment, tools, furniture, and supplies — down to the last roll of toilet paper in the janitorial closet. Such forfeiture is justified because the loss of manufacturing jobs represents a threat to our national security. Too extreme?
Contact a German company like BMW or Siemens and ask if, by law, it can leave the home country.
4. The employees whose jobs are being lost would be given the opportunity and help to organize, assume ownership of the above assets, and to resume production as a cooperative.
Of course, even if my proposal were to become law, I realize that American companies would still leave the country. However, I believe it only right and fair that they should have to pay a cost for doing so.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:39
To The Daily Sun,
We all know ash makes great firewood, and in light of the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB) continuing to increase its range here in New Hampshire, we may have a lot more sooner than we would like. Recently Belknap County was added to the quarantine list since the adult bug was found in both in Belmont and Gilmanton EAB monitoring traps. If you are an ash tree owner in the quarantine area and this hasn't raised any red flags for you yet, it should.
In Concord where EAB was first discovered in 2013, EAB is already killing trees along the streets and in people's yards. This will continue as the population of EAB steadily grows and the destructive larvae decimate the conductive tissue in the trees. This will eventually happen as the insect population builds seeking out new victims. All ash, white, green and black are susceptible to the insect We have learned from other infested states that once an area has EAB it takes about seven years for nearly all ash to die without some sort of intervention.
In Detroit where the insect was first discovered in 2002 they have seen 99 percent mortality.
This will cost homeowners, businesses, and communities thousands of dollars in tree removals.
So what is one to do? Throw up their hands and wait for the inevitable? No, there are options and opportunities to plan ahead as well as intervention to treat highly valued landscape ash for the insect before it's too late. Planning ahead could mean planting another species near your ash tree to eventually take its place, or contacting a reputable tree care company to assess the tree.
They will be able to provide an estimate of cost to treat the tree with a pesticide, or possibly remove it. Treated ash trees can theoretically last as long as the treatment continues, but may succumb at some point. The decision to treat or not to treat can be used to extend the survival of the tree in order to spread out the inevitable removal. A high value landscape ash tree may be well worth the effort to protect it.
Communities and property managers should start assessing their landscape trees now. The loss will make a sudden impact in many communities leaving everyone pointing fingers and looking for money to address the problem. Taking the time to explore your options early will allow you to have some control over the demise of your tree as well as your tree removal budget. Purdue University has an online cost calculator that can be found at this site www.extension.entm.purdue.edu/treecomputer/ which estimates the cost of removal base d on the size of the tree. Be proactive, it is not too early to start evaluating your options and planning ahead. For further information and resources please visit www.nhbugs.org
Scott K. Rolfe, Community Forester
N.H. Division of Forests and Lands
Planning and Community Forestry Bureau
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:29
To The Daily Sun,
I greatly enjoyed Tony Boutin's latest letter on the economic catastrophe that has befallen us due to Democrats and the evils of scientific consensus regarding climate change. His letter is a parade of hilarious Chicken Little alarmism. Tony has consistently played all the cards of science denial: fake experts, cherry picking, delusional magnification of minority opinion, fallacious reasoning, and most entertaining of all, conspiracy theories. After all, climate change science is being used to destroy capitalism! It's a vast left wing conspiracy. Just ask Russ and Don.
I recently said to Don Ewing, "The debate on climate change is pretty much settled among climate scientists. Like evolution, it's now the details that are being explored ..." This is fact. That is the present consensus. It's not 100 percent because no scientific explanation can be 100 percent certain. It is "pretty much settled." The degree of certainty is very high in the climate science community. One can go with scientists in the know or Internet neckbeards and right-wing corporate funded "think" tanks. What an oxymoron.
I could have a delicious time responding to all the conspiracy lunacy of Tony's letter but I would rather just point out that free market fundamentalist alarmists like Tony and his crowd of glassy-eyed tin-foil hat wearers have lost the debate in the highest places of scientific knowledge, policy making, and even the majority of people. The well funded climate denial machine is increasingly being ignored as strident and unreasonable. This is fact. Mr Boutin's appreciation of climate science clearly ranks with Mr. Demakowski's appreciation of evolutionary science. They fit the science to their beliefs, which is doing it backward. Science denial is just plain weird (and suspect) after a point whether it's creationism, anti-vaxxers, or climate change denial.
Last year, 53 percent of this country's new energy capacity was in renewables. So far in 2015, its is a 2-to-1 ratio, around 67 percent so far. The market is still rocking so its time to retire the climate denial memes and find another brand of fear mongering to purvey. States are increasingly passing legislation to ensure that actual climate science is being taught. Iowa just signed this into law. Wyoming, Hawaii and Minnesota have recently joined the crowd, too. The small city of Georgetown, Texas, decided in March to go 100 percent renewable. Why? Costs, both human and economic.
We could be facing water problems in the future yet climate change deniers don't tell you that fossil fuel burning uses stunning amounts of water which crops and yes, people, require. Yes, people. Air quality and health issues are also major issues to normal people even if Tony and the Tin Foils want to suck down or drink "harmless" industrial emissions because they are of course, just "nutrients."
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:21