GOP has resorted to strategy of shenanigans
To the Editor:
Republican legislators have a major problem. When your ideas won’t do, what do you do? This is even more problematic when you don’t want to moderate your political philosophy.
Unable to sell their ideas, they have reverted to a series of political and parliamentary maneuvers rather than continuing to attempt to win the people’s vote or use the legislative process to achieve their goals.
The strategy seems to be to initially distort or outright lie about proposed legislation they do not support - remember “Death Panels”?
If dishonesty doesn’t work, Speaker Boehner will refuse to bring the bill to the floor or Senator McConnell, the self-proclaimed guardian of gridlock, threatens filibuster. He has already set a record of 420.
Republican-controlled state legislatures are gerrymandering districts to protect extreme conservatives and trying to enact needless new election laws to suppress the progressive vote.
If you are afraid to present your principles to the complete electorate for approval and you refuse to make any adjustments I suppose you try to change the rules and the face of the electorate. This may work for primaries, but has not and will not for national elections.
The question is why the Republican Party has given up on governing and trying to shape legislation through compromise — an underlying concept in the design of our form of democracy — in favor of political shenanigans and a purely recalcitrant attitude toward their elected responsibilities.
We don’t expect our political parties to attempt to pervert the political process rather than present a reasonable alternative vision for the future.
UNH, leave the outdoor pool alone
To the Editor:
Recently, the University of New Hampshire has revived its plans to destroy the outdoor pool. This controversial move would hurt the community. This is not a case of “town vs. gown” — a false dichotomy, as many of us who frequent the outdoor pool represent both sides.
We are Durham residents who are staff, alumni, students. Our children swim there, too. In addition, who are the lifeguards? They are Oyster River High School students, UNH students, and some of them are Oyster River grads who now attend UNH!
Durham is indeed where “U” live, and the pool is a big part of that. Closing the pool or destroying it would rend a tear in this community of children, adults and students who flock to the pool for recreation and refreshment.
The current configuration of the pool must be retained. We value the history of this area and are horrified at the thought of destroying this classic Depression-era WPA structure.
It is a masterpiece of form and function. The size and variety of depths and features provide water enjoyment for all ages. The “naturalistic” materials create the illusion of swimming in a natural pond, and the grassy and tree-lined areas are much more comfortable than most cement-paved public pools.
The outdoor pool as it stands right now is one of the most central sites in our town.
Rather than destroy it, let’s focus on finding technological solutions as needed and retain the historic structure. Leave the outdoor pool for generations to enjoy.
Libertarians want people to do it their way
To the Editor:
The first time I voted, I did so as an Independent. I wasn’t quite a Democrat and not rich, so didn’t think I could be a Republican.
I later registered as a Libertarian until I learned I couldn’t vote in the primary in the state I was living. I am now a registered Republican, but have a small “l,” libertarian philosophy.
In exploring groups like Democrats, Republicans, tea party, liberals and occupiers, they seem to want one to “do it their way.” They know what’s best and if they don’t like something, someone else shouldn’t do it or have it, either.
I would like more people to be libertarian, but questioned whether libertarianism is the right way. I find this to be the difference about libertarianism vs. other groups. Libertarians don’t seem to be interested in people “doing it their way,” they seem to be interested in all having the right to “do it their way” as long as it harms no one else.