To The Daily Sun,
This is a story about an act of kindness.
My niece's husband, a native of the Netherlands, recently became a citizen of the United States. He, and we, and the rest of the family and friends are delighted. I thought it would be nice to get him a gift of an American flag lapel pin. Sounds easy enough, but not so.
I was in Staples getting some office supplies and asked if they carried the flag pins. They did not. I drove across to a jewelers in the Tanger outlet, but no luck there either. I stopped at a gift shop a short distance past the "Mosquito Bridge" but they didn't carry them either. Then on to another jewelers in the Belmont Mall . . . no luck. On over to JoAnn Fabrics and no luck again. Down the road to Walgreen's and they didn't carry them either.
I stopped at All My Life Jewelry store on Main Street and finally, found a store that had such a pin. I explained to the pleasant young woman that I wanted to buy it as a gift for my nephew-in-law who had just become a naturalized citizen, and that he would be coming up this weekend. She showed me the pin and it is actually much nicer than the one that I wear.
The woman then asked if I would like it gift-wrapped and I said yes. She then did a beautiful job of setting it in cotton in a gift box, wrapped it, and then made a handful of ribbon bows to adorn it.
And, when all was said and done, neither she nor Randy would accept any money ... they generously wanted to give a gift to a new citizen. Of course I thanked them for their kindness and will make sure I deal with them whenever I have a jewelry need.
Now, isn't that deserving of a God bless America?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 09:39
To The Daily Sun,
Trust but verify, President Reagan once said. Especially before casting your vote. I would like to trust that the comments and promised made are what the candidate will be trying to do. I realize that times change along with the conditions we have to work with. However, when they say one thing and end up doing exactly the opposite then we have a problem.
Usually the word recall comes in handy but I've never heard it used lately. That's my basic bottom line to this drawn out conversation we've been having here. Am I the only one who thinks our politicians are getting away with talking out of both sides of their mouth? I don't care who you're voting for or against I think we should feel that the things they say they will be doing are what they will be doing, or at least close to it.
I try to base my writings on the words of new shows, online blogs, websites and/or opinions of those writers who penned them. Ted Cruz says he will do XYZ, so if elected that is what he should be doing and not the opposite. The term flip-flop was used quite a bit on John Kerry and seems to be the norm now.
I have never endorsed censorship in any way, shape or form and still don't. Political opinions are fine and some of us agree and some of us don't. I'm sure that will always be the way or life will be boring while most will have nothing to complain about. I'm sure many of my "facts" are questionable to some but accurate to others. And Dale, I do not believe in censorship. I do believe in free speech and do not believe in your accusations against me.
I enjoy reading others opinions and also like to see them backed with facts, especially around election time. Do you remember Lowell Weicker who was a politician in Connecticut years ago and he was running on a "No State Income Tax" platform. He was elected and first thing he did was institute a state income tax. I think he just crossed the Iowa border running west.
So Dale, one of the reason your Social Security payments are low, remember you were complaining about them in a recent letter, and the reason is that you have to work a certain number of quarters and hours to make more than you are making now. With all the travel you brag about I assume you didn't make the cut but I'm glad you're amused with my writings.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 09:35
To The Daily Sun,
Last year, Gov. Hassan and a bipartisan group of legislators led the way in establishing the Medicaid expansion program that is now providing nearly 40,000 Granite Staters access to health care. Since then, we've seen very positive trends in insurance rate costs and a report by the New Hampshire Hospital Association stating that significant reductions in the number of uninsured individuals seeking treatment in emergency rooms. Despite its success, House Republicans are putting politics ahead of the people of New Hampshire and are refusing to continue the program, which would leave 40,000 Granite Staters without health coverage and no alternative in sight.
Sadly, Medicaid expansion is just the start. A litany of additional dangerous cuts is going to negatively impact the lives of New Hampshire's most vulnerable residents. Our elderly will see cruel reductions in vital services like Meals-on-Wheels. In the middle of an opioid crisis, we're now facing cuts to drug alcohol prevention programs as well. To top it off, the state agency charged with assisting our disabled citizens is facing $50 million in cuts which will be devastating.
In total, Republicans want to cut hundreds of millions from the Department of Health and Human Services. Over these past weeks, we've seen drastic cut after drastic cut. It's become all too clear that the budget Republican lawmakers are pushing will push those with the least amount of resources into an economic and health crisis.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:57
To The Daily Sun,
In Scientific American's edition on Staying Young it reports that cholesterol, one-quarter of which is contained in the brain, plays a crucial role in the formation of neural connections which are vital for memory. The article reports that statin drugs such as Lipitor and Crestor can affect memory. Just in case you may have forgotten or back when you were younger and never remembered at all, every cell in the body needs cholesterol and can make its own. Cholesterol and its role is an expanding science. But eggs and bacon for breakfast tasting so good may be our body's way of encouraging us, just so we won't forget.
Another article I read states that diet soda may make one overweight as well as increase the risk of diabetes. Our body likes and uses sugar. Artificial sweeteners may fool our minds but not our bodies.
We have been used as guinea pigs by the wannabe nanny-staters, intellectuals and liberal college graduates. They believe we need them. Perhaps the information, but not the coercion of businesses to produce products which are later found to do more harm then good. Selling sodas with zero calories? Milk which is non-fat? How about they skip control via the FDA and other agencies and instead allow our unalienable right of conscience to return and we make our own decisions.
Interestingly, Obama signed a law requiring the TV stations to reduce the volume of advertisements. Have you noticed, or do you use the remote to mute, which requires no law to use. I suppose he felt we needed such a useless law for the one-half of of one-half of 1 percent who are incapable of pushing a button which has been there long before they thought to pass the law.
Such are the nanny-staters and they've only gotten started.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:55
To The Daily Sun,
I am amazed that so many of my fellow citizens seem to be completely unaware of the effort afoot in Washington to move the country toward a Metric Time System. Perhaps this lack of concern is due to the relatively long (20+ years) time horizon over which this is planned to take place. But the time to stop this is now, before it gains too much momentum.
The latest idea is to include Metric Time in the Common Core Curriculum. I think that teaching this to kids as young as second grade is crazy. Most kids have enough trouble learning the Metric Measuring System let alone a Metric Time System. It would not be so bad if they didn't come home asking for help them with their homework.
Apparently, this is being pushed by some special commission from the Obama administration. The last thing this country needs is "ObamaTime".
From what I can gather, instead of the 24 hours we currently have in a day with 60 minute hours and 60 second minutes, the day will be broken into 10 metric hours, with each metric hour broken into 100 metric minutes and each metric minute broken into 100 metric seconds. Apparently, these will be called me'hours, me'minutes and me'seconds. They are even talking about "centi-me'hours", "centi-me'minutes" and "Milli-me'minutes" just like metric measurements.
There is a group trying to explain this on their web site at http://www.MetricTime.info. The site does explain things, but do not be swayed by their propaganda. Metric Time will not be good for the country.
I urge everyone to call or write to their congressional representative to tell them to do whatever is needed to prevent this move toward Metric Time. The time system we use now has been working for hundreds of years without causing any problems and there is absolutely no need to change it.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:51