Michael Callis: First to suggest solar wall with Mexico

To the editor:

Donald Trump has just announced his idea for a solar wall with Mexico like it was the sole child of his wonderful imagination.

The Conway Daily Sun has printed my campaign ads and letters over a year ago promoting a solar wall with Mexico.

At the Lincoln Day Dinner, I proposed a solar wall in front of other Republican candidates, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Gov. Chris Sununu.

I promoted the solar wall proposal on radio and TV. I pleaded with candidate Donald Trump’s security detail in Manchester as we waited for him to arrive for them to mention my proposal. Finally, I filled out an internet form during the proposal period to build a wall and make it a solar wall.

My proposal would establish an energy company with “We, the People” holding 50 percent stock and 49 percent traded on the stock exchange. It would be a 2000-mile long energy pipeline and manufacturing corridor — an energy program for the 21st Century to surpass any in history of engineering.

With this proposal, the wall is an energy generating company that pays for itself and generates profit.

I will be running for Congress in 2018 and promoting this project and others proposed during my campaign for Congress in New Hampshire’s First Congressional district.

Michael Callis

Albany

Walter Davis: It’s the law in this state to yield to emergency vehicles

To the editor:

Today, while going to and from the hospital for an appointment I met two ambulances with lights flashing and sirens wailing. Like I should, I pulled over to allow the ambulance to pass. Almost immediately, each time, a vehicle behind me did not pull over but passed me! I honked my horn at them but they kept going.

What if the patient on board the ambulance was a relative of the offending driver? What if the ambulance needed to make a left turn?

It is the law in New Hampshire to pull over for emergency vehicles or police cars and slow down for other vehicles with lights flashing: tow trucks, utility trucks, government vehicles, etc.

I feel that if you do not know how to drive or have a passing knowledge of the laws about driving, you should turn your license in and call a cab. We do not need people hurt or killed because of your stupidity.

And do not get me started on all the jaywalkers in North Conway village.

Walter Davis

North Conway

Lou D’Allesandro: Remembering President John F. Kennedy

To the editor:

John F. Kennedy would be 100 years old this year, and had he survived, I believe we would be living in a different world.

When I was a student at the University of New Hampshire in 1960, I met John Fitzgerald Kennedy. He was something special. He looked like a president and spoke to the crowd in a way that captured the audience. When he spoke, the country took notice. He was a true hero. His service in World War II won him the admiration of the nation. The way he saved his crew was a true test of courage.

I was a young boy growing up in Massachusetts when he ran for Congress. It was an easy win for him as he had everything going in the right direction. His run for Senate was more difficult as his opponent, Henry Cabot Lodge, was a man of stature with a record of service. JFK won that election and the best was yet to come.

We always wonder what might have been. His life was taken way too early and in our minds, he is forever young. His campaign to become our president was a long and hard one. New Hampshire played a key role, and the battle over his religion was hard to overcome. At that time, it was hard to believe that a Catholic man would ever be elected president of the United States.

Kennedy was a star in the first presidential debate, and the election was as close as one can be. When the results were in, John F. Kennedy became the youngest man ever to be elected to be president of the United States. The words in his inaugural address will live forever — “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country” — a real change from what we hear today.

President Kennedy is the reason I am involved in public service. His work as our president made me believe that a single person can make a difference. No one is perfect, but some are given a gift that helps others feel good about themselves and their country. He had that gift.

When I travel to Washington, D.C., I try to travel to Arlington Cemetery to visit his grave. As I stand there, I ask the question “What could we have done had his life not been taken so early?” The lives of many people were moved in a positive way by his message and personal charm. I am left with this one thought as this 100-year anniversary goes by. If you believe that someone can make a difference, then the hope for a better day always exists.

This is what we lost on that tragic day in Dallas. We must rekindle that spirit and improve the lives of the people we serve. In this way, we fulfill our American dream. Thank you, John Fitzgerald Kennedy for giving me the desire to serve and help to make things better.

Lou D’Allesandro

State Senator, District 20

Manchester

Lorne and Robin LeMieux: People of Conway couldn’t have been more welcoming

To the editor:

Earlier this month, my wife Robin and I had cause to travel to one of God’s gifts to America; Conway, N.H. What a memorable event!

The reason for the trip was an invitation from retired Marine Corps Major state Rep. Frank McCarthy (R-Conway) and his lovely and gracious wife Terry.

Rep. McCarthy had asked the Speaker of the House, Sean Jasper, for permission to read into the House record an account of an action nine young men were involved in some 50 years ago in Vietnam. He wished to ask the House for a decree of unanimous consent, paying tribute to the men, four of whom are alive today. I was one of the nine.

Normally, this would take place late in the day, at the end of state business. Not wishing us to sit in the gallery all afternoon, Rep. McCarthy asked for a change of rules, to allow this to take place at mid-day. Thanks to the help of majority leader Richard Hinch and Speaker Jasper, his request was granted.

To hear Maj. McCarthy’s moving replay of that tragic day’s events was a deeply emotional experience. It was quite obvious it made an impact on the house membership when, upon Frank’s conclusion, the entire House stood up, turned to myself and Ron Smith and gave us a standing ovation. This was totally unexpected and it moved us deeply. The fact that it was streaming live allowed my 93-year-old mother to watch. That was the most rewarding part.

After meeting many members of the House and Senate, we were taken to meet the governor. What a down-to-earth guy. I felt like 5 more minutes with him we’d be on a first name basis. Coming from a place where the governor thinks he’s a king, it was quite refreshing.

It would be tough to top a day like June 1, but leave it to Frank and Terry McCarthy to try! A dinner in our honor at Deacon Street restaurant in North Conway, sponsored (and paid for) by the McCarthys was attended by at least 50-60 Conway residents, including Rep. Karen Umberger (R-Conway), Lorraine Cormack, who provided fresh flowers in engraved glasses, and Tom Eastman of The Conway Daily Sun, who wrote a wonderful article on the whole affair. Air Force veteran, Rev. Gil Healy led the before-meal prayer.

Topping the evening was meeting so many wonderful citizens of Conway. I was truly humbled as they thanked me for my service, when it was I who should be thanking them. Many of the men were veterans themselves, who I’m sure had many untold experiences in uniform themselves. Each of them wrote Uncle Sam a blank check on their lives when they enlisted. I would have trusted, and been proud to share a foxhole, with, any one of them.

This was the way we were treated from the minute we arrived. Getting in late the day before and not wanting to barge in on our hosts early, we decided to spend the night in our motor home at the beach camping area on Route 16 in Conway. Upon checking in, my wife pointed out my picture on the front page of the paper lying on the counter. We were immediately told to select the nicest camp site.

The owners, Tom and Marilyn O’Boyle refused to accept payment. The next two nights were spent at the McCarthy’s residence where we were treated like family. Terry McCarthy went out of her way to make us at home, right down to chauffeuring us to Concord and back. It seems they both have boundless energy. It must come from the clean mountain air!

To sum this up, my wife and I wish to thank everyone involved for making this an event of a life time. And hear this, we will return to spend some time soon. Better folks can’t be found than those in Conway.

Lorne and Robin LeMieux

Strykersville, N.Y.