To The Daily Sun,
There are certain ingredients that fall into place time and again that make (war) possible. The first item needs to be news releases (from the highest authorities — that are taken to be the gospel truth) that we are in immediate danger from a foreign country, most likely in the Middle-Eastern regions. Based on that threat we again go into a aggressive mode of attacking (bombing) which we have done for twelve consequent year: (270 raids on ISIS.)
These military acts of war need additional armaments which translates into contracts from the (so-called) Defense Department, which are then distributed to various states via representatives assuring local industries a constant flow of work and full-time employment. Surely these transaction will help those politicians (most of which are owned by weapons contractors, in the first place) get re-elected. Can't beat that!
Now we are faced with the threat of ISIS. Considering the fact that the United States has not lost a single person in an attack upon this country since 9/11, Boston Bombers were from Russia — yet we continue to assert that somehow we are in danger again (from another belligerent group of sectarian rebels) that we claim pose a serious threat to our safety and the world! (repeating the same broken-down lie.) This sad picture has been repeatedly given us an ample excuse to use excessive military force in one of many undeclared wars.
Considering that many people actually benefit from ongoing (wars) it only seems reasonable that no questions are asked, none given. We have killed thousands of people using the same deceitful practices that started our military involvement in the first place — for 12 long, brutal years.
The paramount question for me is: Where does morality come into the picture? Is Holy Scripture denied outright? Thou shall not kill. In this holy season, for Jew and Gentile we need to passionately speak out against further killing. We have never declared war on any one, yet bombing raids that kill hundreds of innocent people go on daily.
Is this business (of undeclared war) just too good to turn off? Can we put war-mongers and war profiteers, out in the cold and hold our heads up high, for a change! God help us!
Leon R. Albushies
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:38
To The Daily Sun,
Recently, there's been quite a flurry of letters to The Sun. They've centered around the Judeo-Christian tradition influence on our founding fathers, the TEA party and, of course, Obamacare.
Conspicuously absent, though, is any mention of the events that have caused, and continue to cause, massive demonstrations throughout the country.
Two weeks ago, a grand jury in Missouri failed to indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown. This past week, a grand jury in New York failed to indict the police officer for the death of Eric Garner. This death, unlike the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, was recorded on a cell phone.
Mr. Garner's "incident" shows him being taken down by a choke hold and held on the ground by several officers. When they discover that he is clearly in critical distress, someone says to "call 911." When the EMTs arrive, no one administers CPR and any "care" involved dumping him on a gurney — face-down.
Last week in Cleveland, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was playing with a pellet gun in a playground. A police car arrived and two seconds later, the child was shot. His parents buried him this week.
Where is our outrage? This is racism in its most vile and deadliest form. Is it just easier to ignore it and focus on issues we feel comfortable with? Or, is it just a lack of concern? Where are the Right to Life folks? Where are the defend-your- rights TEA party? All human life is sacred.
These are clear civil rights violations. I did see an interview with Rand Paul denouncing the decision. He did though, finish by stating that the real problem was the cigarette tax. How odd that the senator from Kentucky would point this out.
What about the majority of law enforcement who are well trained and self-disciplined? How does this affect their ability to serve and protect? The officers, commissioners and prosecutors who make these terrible decisions need to be replaced.
June M. Huot
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:23
To The Daily Sun,
The Newfound Area School District's Budget Committee unanimously voted to strongly support the proposed two-year agreement that has been ratified between the Newfound Area Teachers Association and the Newfound Area School Board.
While the Budget Committee did not negotiate the agreement between the teachers and the school board, the committee wants the public to know that this agreement provides for concessions on both sides. The new contract allows for teacher salary increases, a correction to the salary matrix to allow for equalization between and among steps, and a significant change to the current authorized leave language. The teachers also will be increasing the percentage that they will pay toward their health insurance during the second year of the contract.
The agreement will be further discussed at the school district's Annual Deliberative Session scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Voting on the ratified agreement will occur on Election Day, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
Simon Barnett, Chair
Newfound Area School District Budget Committee
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:20
To The Daily Sun,
For many years the president said that he legally could not suspend deportation with an executive order. He said that the U.S. is a nation of laws. He took office and swore to uphold the laws of the U.S.
The president said he was not granting amnesty. He, however, is granting work permits. Work permits to people who illegally entered the U.S. They will be allowed to apply to jobs that Americans citizens are applying for. We have many Americans who want to work and are unemployed. Do we want them to lose the opportunity of a job because an illegal — yes, an illegal and not an undocumented person — has the opportunity to apply for the job and may work for less money?
The president said he secured the border. Yet illegals are still entering. What the president proposes is for more children to enter the U.S. illegally.
2011 — 16,00 children illegally entered
2012 — 24,000 children illegally entered
2013 — 68,000 illegally entered
Our president is telling people in other countries to come on over and you can do whatever you want.
The president said he will deport criminals. There are many criminals that are deported and come back again and again.
We need to have our borders secured now. We need the Congress to stop him. Our president has promised the American citizen that. He has not done that.
Do not fund the work-permit printing.
Harry Reid is asking the new Senate majority (the Republicans) to allow amendments to bills being proposed. Funny he didn't, and hasn't done that. He could do something now. Harry Reid could, with the Republicans, defund what the president wants to do. Harry Reid could impeach the president for not following the Constitution. Harry Reid could put bills on the floor that were passed by the House and see if they pass. Harry Reid could work with existing senators to pass a legitimate budget.
It has been said that other presidents have done this. Yes, they have. But it is more and more common with this president. He has done it many times, and not to speed up what Congress has passed, but in opposition to Congress.
Now I read that Congress will pass a budget that funds Obama's amnesty provisions. Congress can pass a law that will not fund the creation of work permits and other parts of this law. They must do this.
Executive orders were meant to do something when Congress was not in session and it was an emergency. Amnesty for illegals is not an emergency.
The president could have lowered corporate taxes and bring businesses back to the U.S. The creation of jobs (and not government jobs, but good-paying manufacturing jobs) for Americans is an emergency. Our president has his priorities that are not in line with the priorities of the American people. We must elect a president in 2016 that favors American citizens.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:15
To The Daily Sun,
Our county commissioners and their administrator continue to view themselves as above the law and to act accordingly. Despite the clear wording of applicable state statutes and a court order directing them to adhere to the statutory mandates, they continue to ignore itemized budgetary lines and appropriation amounts.
A recent example of continued lawlessness in budgetary matters arose out of a $15,000 transfer approved by the convention Executive Committee on Oct. 27. As a result of the transfer $8,000 was added to the convention's legal services line item and $7,000 was added to the corresponding line item for commissioners/administration legal services.
On Nov. 4, the county administration wrote two checks totaling $5,746 to the law firm representing the commissioners in the lawsuit brought against them by the convention. These checks have been charged against the line item in the current budget covering legal services for the convention, despite the fact that the service paid for was representation of the commissioners in a suit brought against them by the convention for failing to honor line item appropriations of money in the budget.
Of equal, if not greater importance, the bill that was paid with the misapplied $5,746 was for legal services rendered on behalf of the commissioners in August and September. The county administration was knowingly running up legal bills exceeding the amount appropriated for such without bothering to seek Executive Committee approval for the transfer of additional funds as specifically required by statute.
Moreover, by their own admission, the county administration has incurred additional debt for legal services well in excess of the amount appropriated in the current budget for such expenses. In fact, at the most recent meeting of the Executive Committee, the administration represented that it needed an additional $28,000 to pay its legal bills. When asked how much was currently owed, the Executive Committee was told that there is currently unpaid debt for legal services of approximately $24,000.
New Hampshire RSA 24:15 I. could not be clearer: "No county commissioner, or elected or appointed county officer, shall pay, or agree to pay, or incur any liability for the payment of, any sum of money for which the county convention has made no appropriation or in excess of any appropriation so made...." The intended seriousness of this provision is underscored by RSA 24: 16 which specifically provides that violation of RSA 24: 15 "shall subject the person so violating to the provisions of RSA 661: 9, providing for removal from office."
The misapplication by the commissioners of $5,746 from the convention budget line to pay the commissioners' legal bills in the litigation with the convention is a most flagrant and indefensible violation of the convention's statutory line-item authority and the court order currently in place in the lawsuit between the convention and the commissioners. In addition, the admitted incurring of legal service debt by the commissioners in excess of the appropriated amount allocated for such without executive committee approval is another very clear violation of state law.
Questions of misconduct on budgetary matters is not limited to bills for legal services. There are also very serious questions about how the administrator and/or the commissioners have handled over $150,000 in checks that were issued to the county by Health Trust. It appears that, without any action being taken in a public meeting, the checks were returned to Health Trust by the administrator in return for credit against future 2014 health insurance invoices. The administrator has said that at least part of the money represented by the returned checks can legally be used to obtain credit against health insurance premiums owed in 2014 by the county for health insurance coverage for county employees.
Her stated justification for this position is that part of the money represented by the returned checks was excessive premium amounts paid this year for health insurance coverage. This has been shown to be untrue.
We have just completed a hotly contested election in our county. The commissioners and some of their allies in the delegation/convention made the conflict between the convention and the commissioners the centerpiece of the election. Despite efforts to demonize the convention and its leadership with allegations of pending crises caused by budget constraints and mass confusion produced by micromanagement of county affairs by the executive committee, the voters spoke loudly and clearly in favor of a change in county government.
If we are to have an open and honest county government, we need to make sure it is staffed with people who will not place themselves above the law in an effort to have their way. A path to this end is provided by New Hampshire RSA 24: 17 which provides: "The county convention may appoint a committee of its own members ... to investigate conditions pertaining to the conduct of county affairs by any county officer or any person appointed or employed by such officer, which committee shall have power to summon witnesses, examine them under oath, secure a transcript of the testimony and do other necessary acts to conduct such investigation."
Given what appears to be serious administrative deviations from the statutes and the applicable court order in the execution of the current budget, a thorough investigation seems in order. We need to know exactly what has happened with expenses related to legal services. How and when did they get so far in excess of the amount appropriated for such expenses? Was this something that should have been seen coming? If so, why was it not discussed earlier with the executive committee, before the appropriation was exceeded? What has happened with the funds represented by the Health Trust checks that were received by the county? Who made the decision to return the checks in return for a credit on future 2014 invoices? Why was the decision not discussed and voted on in public? Did anyone in the decision-making process stand to benefit from the decision that was made? The resulting answers to these and related questions, should identify anyone who has chosen to ignore the statutes and the court order regarding adherence to the statutes. If the investigation identifies any knowing violator, then the next appropriate action can and should be considered.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 10:28