Politics

Tuftonboro’s Airboat Rescue – why aren’t there more on the lake?

Last month, on Feb 11th we had the deadliest day on Lake Winnipsaukee’s history. 3 people died when their snowmobiles went though the ice. Officials knew it was more dangerous than usual and with the ice fishing derby in Meredith traffic on the lake was a lot higher than usual.  Warmer temperatures earlier in the week had thawed areas of the lake (some even completely thawed), then cold weather for a few days creating areas of thin ice where it was thawed, then snow to cover and hide the thin areas.  Warnings were posted but clearly people either didn’t hear the warnings or ignored them.

 

Tuftonboro FD’s airboat rescue was one of only two stationed on the lake that day (the other was temporarily stationed in Meredith – the north side of the lake). They responded to multiple calls from Moultonborough to Alton (roughly 2/3 of the largest lake in New Hampshire).

 

First, I’d like to say that Tuftonboro’s airboat rescue team DID save lives that day.  There is no doubt.  Sadly, though, lives were lost and it rises the question – what about all the other towns on the lake?

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The American Health Care Act

First – it is nearly impossible to find unbiased information on the Republican replacement (the American Health Care Act) of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. ACA, Obamacare) so I’m going to try to take this from several different sources (biased either way or not) and see if it is the end-all savior that some think or the worst plan ever as others think.

Add in, this law, being written like many laws, spends a lot of space referring to other laws and would require an entire team to be able to fully understand then explain the law (it is like “The Handbook for the Recently Deceased” in Beetlejuice – “This book reads like stereo instructions).  The initial law, though, is much shorter than the original ACA – only about 123 pages.  Please also note, this is a first draft and likely to change.  If there are parts of this act that you do not like I highly recommend that you get in contact with your lawmakers – and do it quickly. Continue reading

What’s with the complaints about stores being open on holidays?

Over the past few years (what, 5-10?) there has been a lot of outcry over people who have to work major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. People even call for boycotts of these stores, hold protests, etc… Honestly, though, where is this coming from? Employees working these holidays is nothing new! Continue reading

This election has sunk to a new low.

First some disclosure, I want to be as transparent as possible.  For those of you who read this and do not know me, I am a middle aged and white man who is registered as a Republican.  I am college educated and my work is a mix of blue, white, and pink collar.  As far as religion is concerned, I consider myself a cross between Pagan and Agnostic.  I have lived in various states and areas that range from strong Republican to strong Democrat.

From the day Hillary announced that she was running for President of the United States I knew for a fact I would not vote for her.  I also felt the same way about Donald Trump (in the primary and the general election).

I voted for Gary Johnson in the Presidential election of the United States on November 8th, 2016.  I am not going to deny this fact nor will I deny that I have voted 3rd party for President since 2000.  Each election, though, there were candidates in the primaries that I would have supported for President but unfortunately none of them got the nomination (personally I don’t like the primary process anyway).  For the past 3 elections where there wasn’t an incumbent (2000 – Bush, 2008 – Obama, 2016 – Trump) I’ve been told I’ve thrown away my vote and by the winner’s opposition I got their opposition elected.

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Once again it’s election time.

Here we are in the same place we find ourselves every 2, 4, or 6 years.  It’s election time.  You can rest assured that Wed morning we’ll wake up with either Clinton or Trump the elected president and about half of us will be happy or bragging and the other half will be unhappy and possibly even complaining about how rigged the process is.  Then, a few days later we’ll all go back to our lives and forget about the process for another 2/4/6 years then it starts all over again.

I’ll admit, I don’t like the election process too much.  The delegates to elect the nominee is rigged plus the media likes to jump in and potentially influence the election (perfect example, Hillary Clinton announced she won the New Hampshire primary at 7:45PM eastern time even though the polls in New Hampshire were open until 8PM.  The news ran with this from that minute over the next 48 hours and then people oved onto the next set of states.  The truth?  Bernie Sanders won NH’s Democratic primary but not a single person or news agency went back and recanted the store about Clinton winning.  This isn’t the first time, too, remember Florida in 2000 when the news announced a winner even though polls were still open?

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So you want to help our economy…

Everywhere we look it seems that our economy, while we’re told is better than it has been, is still not as strong as it was in the past.  Granted, a lot that drives the economy is “consumer confidence” (confident consumers buy more while less confident consumers tend to spend less), very little can be done to change the public perception of the economy (as a whole).  People who are in well paid, full time employment are more likely to spend more (not just things that are needed but also luxury items) and are also able to save better for tough times that might come ahead, thus softening the blow when the economy does start to shake.

There are many little things we can do to help out our economy as well as keeping jobs in the USA.  Sadly, many people choose to go the “cheap” route which is one of the killers of our economy and job market.  Sadly, most of these do involve us spending more money but over the long run it will help our economy. Continue reading

Calling out all geeks and nerds!

With the mess that our country is in today, and has been for a while, it is clear that politicians, bankers, businessmen, and the elite are not doing the best job possible.  So who to turn to?  Well, in the business world when something goes wrong the entire company turns to one group of people to take care of it – their technicians (IT people, etc.). Continue reading

Defenders of Wildlife: Misleading fundraising?

220px-Everglades_National_Park_Florida_PantherSeveral months ago my wife and I went to a Florida Panthers (hockey) game.  During one of the periods I took a walk around the arena and came across a booth with people promoting conservation of the Florida Panther (Puma Concolor Coryi), a critically endangered subspecies of panther that exists in south Florida.  I spent quite a bit of time talking to the people about the panthers and the discussion migrated to wolf dogs and wolf-like dogs since one of them had a husky / malamute service dog with them.  Their setup and their paperwork didn’t give any kind of hint that they were associated with a larger organization and I was under the impression that they were a local organization  I decided to give them a donation of $20 and they gave me a small stuffed panther.

My concerns started the next day when I noticed the tag on the stuffed panther said “Defenders of Wildlife”.  I didn’t jump to conclusions at the time since I had also given them my email address.  I was hoping that DOW had given these panthers to the group as a donation to help with the conservation.  Over the next few months I watched my email account and did not receive any emails from DOW so I thought that the panthers were donated to the group from DOW. Continue reading

Sprint, Softbank, Clearwire, and Dish

Full disclosure:  I work for Sprint and I am a shareholder (I would also like to keep my job!).

Some people may question the legality of posting something like this but not only is all information in this post 100% public but if investment firms and US lawmakers (all with a conflict of interest when making statements like these) can make statements on the subject, then I can, too.

There is a lot of fear-mongering going on now against the proposed Softbank buyout of Sprint.  The issue is that this is nothing more than an attempt to make a quick buck at the cost of tens of thousands of jobs and millions of customers. Continue reading

Vegan community – this is what you’re doing wrong.

I am not a vegan or vegetarian.  I am an omnivore but I do most likely eat less meat than the average omnivore.  While I do believe that eventually we may be a vegetarian or vegan society, or at least mostly, I do not see a serious movement towards this lifestyle for at least 2 generations (and that’s if things go quickly), but more likely 4 generations and a few generations after that for a mostly vegetarian society.  How long this change will take is up to two sides – the vegan / vegetarian community and the resistance (those who will fight to keep meat eating alive).  I am going to concentrate on the vegan community because most of what I see is coming from them, not the vegetarian community (vegetarians are either very quiet of quietly in the vegan community).

While the vegan community is making strides I honestly believe that their tactics are more successful at turning people away from veganism than turning people towards veganism.  I do believe that veganism is a noble cause – it’s just their methods that I, and many others, do not agree with.

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