To The Daily Sun,
Recently, there has been a great deal of discussion about the crisis in the New Hampshire Community College System (CCSNH). Of course, one problem is funding. Tuition at our community colleges is the highest in the nation. The main reason is that the state contribution toward a student's education is 25 to 27 percent, while in most states it is more than 50 percent.
Even so, a large part of problem is that the CCSNH is mismanaging the funds it has. While good, competent instructors are being laid off and replaced with (part-time) adjuncts, the CCSNH is investing in new buildings, hiring more administrators, giving administrators huge raises, and wasting money on questionable software systems.
Perhaps there is something to be gained from running a college like a business. Of course, the money has to be spent wisely. But, our current administration would shock even the best business people. Even conservatives should be outraged.
Another problem is since the Community College System separated from state government, there has been little oversight of these things. The Concord Monitor and former CCSNH Vice-Chancellor Chuck Annal, as well as others, have rightly called for an independent investigation.
Such an investigation, however, should not just focus on misspending. It must also focus on the management style in the system over the last few years. This style has been autocratic and includes the creation of a toxic and intimidating work environment at many of our colleges.
The administrators are often far from transparent. Employees are often misinformed and disinformed. To accomplish their goal of getting rid of full-time employees, they have created, in many cases, a climate of fear and intimidation. If the system is to be run like a business, it is not being run like a modern, humane business, but more like a sweatshop or plantation.
As the Monitor suggested, any investigation has to be completely independent. Experience shows that internal investigations can result in consequences for those who dare speak out.
E. Scott Cracraft
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 07:46
To The Daily Sun,
Today as my husband and I enjoyed a day at Wellington State Park we observed a group of teenagers wearing Newfound Regional High School T-shirts. Being from Bristol, I was curious as to what the group was about and chatted up with one of the councilors and a reporter from one of the local newspapers.
It was a four-day program open to incoming freshmen to help make friends before the start of school. It runs for two weeks and 50-plus freshmen took advantage of this free program. That is almost half of the incoming freshman class. They had a great day, with a cookout, swimming, geo-caching, building sandcastles and that is just what we observed today not sure what the other days activities are.
These teenagers are the future and they have a promising one ahead of them. They were polite, considerate of others and their parents should be proud of them.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 07:33
In The Daily Sun,
In the Wednesday issue of The Sun there was a letter published that was presented by Robert Joseph. He claimed that he had come up with a way to have "effective" gun control and still honor the Second Amendment. My question to him is, what part of "shall not be infringed" doesn't he understand? My second question would be, "Who's going to pay for this massive bureaucracy?"
The one thing that gun control zealots have tried to get for decades is some form of gun registration so that they could then focus on gun confiscation, which is their dream. Then complete control of the population would be possible, as there would be no way for people to protect themselves from a tyrannical president, such as the one we have now. Mr. Joseph's idea would be gun registration but would just carry a different title as anyone with access to the information would have the names, addresses, etc. including the type and caliber of the guns in their possession. I would also ask Mr. Joseph if he knows how many in the criminal population would line up to take part in this scheme.
Another number he should ponder is the amount of crime in the cities and states with the strictest gun controls. If he bothered to check that fact maybe his outlook would change. We already have a laundry list of gun laws that if they were enforced would make a great deal of improvement. Massachusetts has a law against carrying a firearm unless you are licensed. This law carries a "mandatory" one year jail sentence. I would ask Mr. Joseph to research how often this sentence is carried out and how successful it's been in cutting crime in Massachusetts.
Punitive gun controls only have an affect on the people who follow the law, as the criminal element in our society ignores them. If every firearm in this country was confiscated it would only open up new business opportunities for these people in the black market. If the federal government can't stop illegals from crossing our borders how effective do you think they would be at stopping firearms. If political correctness wasn't stopping doctors from reporting people with mental illness and judges from being harsh with people who break the existing gun laws you would see a drop in some of incidents that have occurred in recent years.
I think at this time in our history when we are facing radical Islamic terrorists on our soil it is even more important that the population be armed. I would say to people that disagree, it is your privilege to stay unarmed, I prefer to be able to protect myself and those around me if the need arises. Remember, when seconds count the police are minutes away. This is in no way meant to disparage the police, it is just a fact of life.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 07:29
To The Daily Sun,
The letter from Robert Joseph calls for gun owners to be persecuted and presumed mentally disturbed until deemed sane by the government. He says all gun owners must receive formal instruction and mandatory licensing. While this is a common sentiment among non-gun owners, it exhibits a total lack of understanding of the Second Amendment.
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The meaning of these words has been adjudicated to mean exactly what they say by the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result, municipalities across the country have been forced to issue concealed carry permits where they had refused to do so in the past, places like Chicago and Washington, D.C.
The problem with all gun laws is that only the law-abiding citizens will obey, and the criminal elements among us will not. Most of those people are already prohibited from having a gun. What new law would change that? If the government were to make it more difficult to legally own guns, the result will surely be many more illegal gun owners.
The proof of this can be seen in Connecticut. After the outrageous school shooting in Newtown, the state of Connecticut enacted a scheme where owners of certain rifles and high capacity magazines would be required to register said items with the State Police by Dec. 31, 2013. It is estimated that less than 25 percent of the gun owners did so. Now, as many as 100,000 people had been turned into criminals overnight. These people understand the meaning of the Second Amendment and will not comply with unjust laws. A very similar law has been enacted in Washington State with similar results.
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The original intent of these words was intended to protect the people from the government. When the government requires onerous restrictions and difficult licensing requirements in order to enjoy their guaranteed civil rights, that is an infringement, and all the more reason to not comply with their unjust laws.
Another thing is about background checks. Less than one percent of gun buyers fail the mandatory background check. Less than one percent of those that fail are prosecuted for trying to obtain a gun that they are not supposed to have. Why bother? If every gun transfer was required to have a background check, the only way to know if the check had been done would be for the government to have a list of every single firearm that exists in the USA and keep track of exactly who has which! What could possibly go wrong with that? Canada has tried to do exactly that, and the program has fallen apart due to mistakes and the huge cost of such an undertaking. Multiply that times 100. Our instant check system gets overwhelmed by requests almost every weekend. They are not able to check every gun buyer, so they will just put them on a five-day delay. Again, Why bother?
Every time the president calls for more gun control, thousands more people go out and buy a gun. Every time he complains about the National Rifle Association, thousands more people join up. Control criminals and you will cut crime. Gun control laws are a waste of time and money.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 07:26
To The Daily Sun,
Building and maintaining our infrastructure is a core government function, yet Washington, D.C., has not prioritized overhauls to our roads and bridges for years. This week, the U.S. Senate begins work on a transportation bill to put a long-term infrastructure funding plan in place.
I am pleased Sen. Kelly Ayotte is taking the lead on this New Hampshire and national need. Her partnership ideas — bringing public and private resources together so that states are empowered to improve their own infrastructure instead of relying so heavily on federal funding — are innovative. Safe, well-planned transportation is fundamental to all communities and our economy.
Let's hope for effective, across-the-aisle, bipartisan support on long-term transportation infrastructure over these next months.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 07:22