Boat parade wouldn't happen without support of local businesses

To The Daily Sun,

The Sanbornton Bay Association's Boat Parade was a great success, both on shore and on Lake Winnisquam. We saw everyone's enjoyment. It was great.

A big "Thanks" goes out to: Lobster Connection, Heritage Farm, Shooters, Burrito Me, Leighton Diversified (China Garden and Pirates Cove), Winnisquam Trading Post and Deli, Osbourne's Agway, Smoke 'n Styles, Winnisquam Collectibles, Den Brae Golf Course, Winnisquam Marine, Appletree Nursery and Great Northern Cleaning Company.

The parade would not be a yearly event without our local businesses' generosity.

Barb Bormes, Social Director

Sanbornton Bay Association

  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 116

Susan Estrich - Not even Trump can get away with racism

Poor Potter Stewart. The late Supreme Court justice wrote many important opinions, but will forever be known for honestly admitting that when it came to defining obscenity, "I know it when I see it."

Isn't that the truth about some things?

When people ask me to draw the line between serious candidates for president with something to say (if not a chance of ever saying it as president), the best I can do is to say I know it when I see it — and what I see is Donald Trump.

Trump has long been, in my mind, a perfect "Jeopardy" answer for the vulgarization of our culture and values, a celebrity for his celebrity, not for anything he's ever done, a man who seems to bring out the worst in everything around him.

It's easy to understand why people are drawn to him. He's the embodiment of everything most of us aren't: wildly overconfident (while most of us are still checking out the indices to the self-help books), unembarrassed (Who else could show their face after all his financial flops and failures, and he's turned it into a brand?) and absolutely convinced that he can do anything, say anything and get away with everything.

Until now.

The line as to what you can "get away" with in American discourse has changed. It no longer includes racism. You might have thought that was true years ago and certainly since the election of America's first black president, but it wasn't. Indeed, independent surveys confirm that race enters strongly into the depth of opposition to Barack Obama, even if the White House, until very recently, has mostly done everything it could to keep race off the table, to not have Obama be "the black president", walking the tightrope between objectivity and empathy.

And then came the church killings and the flag and the long-belated recognition that symbols are such because they have power, that hate can flourish on the Internet not because anybody approves of it, but because the whole system is that you're not liable for what you don't edit. I never knew there was a Confederate flag on the state grounds in Charleston, S.C. Or maybe I knew (it's been many years since I've been there) and just "got" that that was the way things were there. But after the church killings, I knew, and there really was nothing to get.

Except for Trump, with his stupid, racist, offensive remarks about Mexicans, which first surfaced in his mid-June announcement.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you (pointing to the audience). They're not sending you (pointing again). They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems to us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

Crime, drugs and rapists — and oh, yes, maybe some good people, too.

In recent days, a number of large companies have — to what seems to be Trump's genuine surprise — cut all ties with him. Did he miss the last election? Does he not realize something has changed? He has not.

A normal person would apologize. Trump has gone on the attack against his critics, in particular the companies who have dropped him. Describing himself as "defending the people of the United States", he called out his former partners: "I have always heard that it is very hard for a successful person to run for president. Macy's, NBC, Serta and NASCAR have all taken the weak and very sad position of being politically correct even though they are wrong in terms of what is good for our country."

Casting himself as the victim because he's a "successful person" running for president, even as he continues to repeat his original comments, goes beyond chutzpah. It is positively Trumpish.

(Susan Estrich is a professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law Center. A best-selling author, lawyer and politician, as well as a teacher, she first gained national prominence as national campaign manager for Dukakis for President in 1988.)

  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 224

Was Obamacare designed to fail as bridge to a single-payer system?

To The Daily Sun,

I wonder if Paula Trombi is having any second thoughts on the wonder that is Obamacare? (Oh, and I do apologize for spelling Paula's last name wrong in my first response to her.) Does Paula not realize that Obamacare was in all likelihood, designed to fail so that the progressives can institute the single payer system — a system they have lusted after for so long.

The costs will continue to skyrocket, causing the system to implode. Though that will occur after our current president has left office to secure a position in the new world order. The looming doctor and nursing shortage will cause utter chaos and misery unless Obamacare is revoked and real health-care reform is instituted.

It does not take a genius to understand that subsidies were put in place for votes, not for better health care. Subsidies are for those who meet certain income requirements. To put it simply, it is money taken away from you the taxpayer, and then given back to you to pay for higher insurance costs, after the government gets its cut. Sometimes you are forced to pay for items you do not need, nor will ever use.

It was clearly written into the law that the states had to set up the exchanges. But if they didn't and instead used the federal exchanges, which many states do, then these subsidies weren't available to those states. That is clearly stated in this albatross of a law. Written that way to punish states — right Jonathan Gruber, MIT professor extraordinaire and chief architect? Remember when he made us aware of his assessment of the American people — "the stupidity of the American people would have killed the law" if more people knew what was in it. As the patronizing professor haughtily reminded us, "lack of transparency is a huge political advantage."

Yes, the professor flat-out admitted he lied to us because he and his merry band of progressives are just so much smarter than you and me.

Of course, let's not forget the Supreme Court that ruled that those pesky, burdensome fines were actually taxes a few years back. And that was only after this fiscally, burdensome monster was passed on a totally partisan vote through payoffs, kickbacks and all manner of arm twisting skullduggery.

And now of course, Chief Justice Roberts and his four liberal activist colleagues just ruled that "established by the state" now means absolutely nothing. Now after six and one half years of this warped, transformational administration, it appears that our country has a government that runs merely by discretion. A government where all three branches think they have the power to legislate. Delusional, deleterious and imminently destructive.

As Timothy Birdnow's article in American Thinker reminds us regarding this King v. Burwell decision, again saving Obamacare, "it ignored the original intent of the framers of the Constitution who would never have agreed to a central government forcing people to purchase a product as a requirement of existing in these United States."

Here's a couple more "Supremes" hits that might describe the mindset of this Obama administration and those who blindly believe in this Marxist deceiver - "There's No Stopping Us Now" and "Stoned Love." When it comes to the madness of again "saving Obamacare," why does the words "Everybody Must Get Stoned" from Bob Dylan's song, "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" keep running though my head. I wonder if that was a popular song during Obama's "Choom Gang" pot smoking days? Unfortunately, he stopped "toking" and now the country is "broken."

Russ Wiles

  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 143

Obama care is here to stay & nothing is going to change that

To The Daily Sun,

Maybe it is time for Tony Boutin and Russ Wles to once again put on their big boy pants and not be so afraid of Obamacare.

A few months back it was Ebola, the big bad monster in the closet scaring these little boys. Well that passed, by letting the adults in the room take care of the crisis, as I suggested. Even with these two doing their best to try and blame Obama for Ebola. Apparently Tony does not understand, I guess, what insurance means. No Tony, in my 30 years of practicing medicine no one has been denied or kicked out of a hospital because they had no insurance as you implied in one of your previous letters, (or) that Obamacare would not cover treatment for Ebola. That is precisely what insurance does.

Now the big fear is Obamacare, according to Tony. He has tried hard to scare us about Obamacare. Remember when he said, "Obamacare is un-American." What nonsense. The Heritage Foundation, hardly a liberal think tank, in 1989 said this about health care. "Mandate all households to obtain adequate insurance." And this: "All citizens should be guaranteed universal access to affordable health care." Sounds like Obamacare to me. How are these un-American. Maybe Tony can explain this for us.

I would like at this time to invite Tony into the 21st Century, or better yet into the second half of the 20th Century. In his letter in the June 23 edition of The Daily Sun he said this: "Doctors have been turned into data automatons. The person you're apt to be treated by now is not a doctor but a nurse practitioner because a nurse practitioner gets paid less." Far be it for me to suggest that maybe Tony do some research before he writes this nonsense, but if he did he would find that NPs have been around since the mid-1960s. Obamacare has been around for — what — three years? If only Tony went to Pub Med he would find 49 pages with 20 studies per page of studies looking at the effectiveness of NPs in primary care. Interesting thing about Pub Med, they publish studies from around the world on medical issues, the only studies they do not publish are studies out of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons because of their nutty beliefs. This of course is one of Russ's favorites publications. Study after study shows that the care given by NPs is on par with that given by doctors. But this probable does not interest Tony. Why let facts get in the way of his story.

I do not know how many patients Tony and Russ see on a daily basis. Oh, wait they don't see any. Then how can they tell us about all the problems those of us who see patients have with Obamacare. Again both Tony and Russ must have missed the study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund published June 15 of this year that found "... many providers reported seeing an increased number of patients since the coverage expansion went into effect, but not an accompanying compromise in quality of care. A large majority of primary care providers are satisfied with their medical practice." So Tony and Russ, don't try to tell me how Obamacare is changing the way the majority of us practice medicine. Your comments come out of ignorance, not facts.

Then we have poor Russ Wiles. He failed as an immunologist. Remember when he said this: "Vaccines are not immunizations." I labeled this the dumbest thing ever said in a letter. Or as a failed epidemiologist. Remember when he said this: "Our mad president wants to bring in hordes of Ebola patients to the U.S." This has to rank as the second dumbest thing every said. Nine Ebola patients hardly qualifies as a horde. It is getting harder and harder to figure out what side of reality poor Russ gets up on a daily basis.

And while we are at it, maybe Russ would like to a comment on William Thompson the whistle blower who Russ was so excited about. How has that gone for you, Russ? Sure have not heard any more about Mr. Thompson, and his explosive revelations. Maybe you would like to enlighten us about that again.

In the words of Justice Scalia, "Just get over it." Obamacare is here to stay, and nothing can change that, even this nonsense from Tony or Russ.

Mirno Pasquali PA C

  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 173

It was the police who were out of control on night of June 30 in Belmont

To The Daily Sun,

I was shocked when I read the story Belmont police told to The Laconia Daily Sun ("Two Belmont officers assaulted during melee on Saturday night", June 30, 2015), as it was pure fiction and the result of an officer covering up his acting outside of protocol for responding to a complaint.

We were having a family BBQ celebrating an 18th birthday. Several family members attended and of course, as with any summer BBQ everyone was talking, laughing, playing and listening some music. However, this was still early and was no more rambunctious than any other summer function we all enjoy during nice weather. Later in the evening, (yet still before the sun set) two MALE cousins engaged in an argument. It never turned physical and was diffused before the police arrived.

I'm not someone who dislikes police. I understand the difficulty of their position and the ridicule they deal with. However, on June 27 I saw first-hand, an example of police entitlement. The officer came in without sirens or lights so no one knew he was there. I was the first person aware of his presence as he walked up the driveway and as I walked toward the house with Erika (Cole) and another man. As we got closer to the officer, I told the officer who I was and approached to answer questions. He walked passed me and grabbed the arm of the man next to Erika as he was heading for the porch. The man continued to move on to the porch as he knew he wasn't in violation of any laws nor was he behaving aggressively. There was no need for the officer to go after him or to put his hands on anyone.

Erika also attempted to speak with the officer. He didn't take the time to listen. He jumped to conclusions and grabbed her. She told him to take his hands off her. With that he became more aggressive — to the point he threw her to the ground while a young boy of 4-years-old watched. I quickly put the toddler in the house to be watched by others. When I went back out to hopefully diffuse the situation, I found Erika on the ground unconscious. Two of the men who had been attending the BBQ had to pick her up off the ground, which has been recorded on video.

Jeremy (Cole), Erika's husband, is a law abiding, light-hearted, easy-going person who spent the day playing in the yard with the children. He has never had any prior run ins with the law and has no record. It was he who went to the aide of his wife who was a victim of excessive force for attempting to communicate with an officer with an agenda — not the other way round, as told by the police.

Jeremy now faces jail time for nothing more than protecting his wife. More officers from surrounding towns showed and backed up their fellow officer, who came in to a settled argument and created a very serious ordeal ... ending in the arrest of a married couple, a traumatized toddler, a man sprayed with pepper spray for approaching the same officer to offer to break things up and possibly a displaced family as a result of the drama.

I refused to speak to the first cop on the scene as it was clear he had a short fuse and was a bully. However, I explained to a couple other officers how he had behaved on approaching. It was repeated to me that they were called there by a concerned neighbor, as if that was an excuse or somehow gave him the right to react that way. As I stated then to more than one officer (including the one who attempted to walk in to our home without invitation or warrant), responding to a complaint can be done with communication and a level head. Yes, there was a group of people and most had been drinking. However, no laws were being broken. They were drinking on private property and the ones who intended to leave, had designated drivers. They certainly weren't violent. The police were the only violent mob on the property that night.

Jennifer Winfrey


  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 3366