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Until we decide public education is priority 1, society will suffer

To The Daily Sun,

In less than a week this election will be decided, and the negative political ads and the signs littering the public roads will mercifully disappear. The question this Tuesday, Nov. 4, will be on what the voters will base their decisions: On slogans, sound bites, those ubiquitous ads, signs, and mailers, or... on actually knowing the issues and the candidates.

The correct answer should be the latter, but in many cases it unfortunately will be the former. Too many voters may fail to grasp that the whole truth cannot always be found in a convenient and easily remembered phrase. Although "less taxes" (I believe to be grammatically correct that line should read "lower taxes" or "fewer taxes") and "smaller government" sound good, it is the responsible methodology and consideration to attain those ends that is the true test.

Arbitrary reduction of taxes or elimination of public employees or agencies will never be the answer. Looking to make government more responsive and efficient should always be the proper approach. Cutting taxes without replacing that source of lost income is both naive and counterproductive. Many of those who espouse such action feel that as long as they or those they know do not personally feel the pinch, or can benefit, then such action must be good. They do not understand the ripple effect such decisions can elicit. Reducing the workforce in such agencies as the Attorney General's Office, the Department of Environmental Services, and Health and Human Services, to name but a few, can mean that when help is sought, unnecessary delays can be encountered or in some cases, no help at all will be forthcoming. Reducing welfare, unemployment benefits, health-care access, mental health treatment, or aid to the developmentally disabled will only add to the burden of the taxpayer, not reduce it.

No one of us is insulated from the effects of every decision made, so it is paramount that the true consequences of our actions be completely understood. Every public servant owes it to every one of their constituents, whether they voted for that official or not, to look at every issue from all angles, and not cast a vote on any matter before them based solely on an agenda, a party's preference, or worse, on personal convenience. To do so is a disservice to the office they hold, and more importantly, to all the people they are supposed to represent.

There has been a lot of talk, some exaggerated with hyperbole, about state debt, overspending, raising taxes and fees instead of cutting them, and hurting businesses in the process. New Hampshire, by Constitution, must have a balanced budget and incur bond debt only to the extent to which its resources will allow. The impact on businesses should always be taken into consideration, but so should the larger picture in which those businesses only play a part. It is not only employers who must benefit, but employees as well. Balance on any issue is the key to success.

To blindly accept that taxes should never be raised, regardless of demonstrated need, is to ignore the simple fact that few things in life go down in price. To insist that business taxes all be cut, is to ignore the revenue requirements of the state to meet even a base level of acceptable service. The cost of those vital services continues to rise, and so should the ability of the state to address those increases with revenues adequate to meet the needs of its people.

No one lives in a vacuum. Cutting education funding affects us all. Not providing appropriate insurance coverage to the people of this state would allow uncompensated care costs to continue to spiral higher and impact private insurance premiums and hospital bills for those who can afford to pay. Not providing financial aid to those struggling will only result in making desperate people more desperate, perhaps pushing them into irresponsible action, ultimately costing the taxpayer even more in additional police, judges, courts, and jails.

And lastly, until we can all decide that public education (not funding private schools with public funds) is priority No. 1, this society will continue to suffer the ills borne of ignorance, lack of usable skills, and the despair those conditions ultimately engender.

My name is Leigh Webb, and I ask that every voter consider a dedicated approach to problem solving involving fairness, common sense, and balance. I invite anyone who seeks more information on how I view the critical issues facing this state to contact me via either phone or email using the information provided at www.nh.gov, Legislative Branch, House of Representatives Dash Board, "Find Your Representatives."

Rep. Leigh A. Webb
Merrimack Dist. 3, Franklin & Northfield

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 08:02

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Take back control & vote the whole bunch of them out on Nov. 4

To The Daily Sun,

Now it's Ebola and once again Obama is dragging his feet like a reluctant bride. Still can't make up his mind even with a deadly disease in question. So he appoints another political yes-man, a loyal Democrat who wouldn't know staph from poison ivy. Great, just great.

Two weeks age it was ISIS overrunning half of Iraq killing and beheading in bloody orgy of fanaticism. Still hasn't done much about that except the half-hearted, all-for-show, of bombing empty buildings at midnight and the odd pickup truck.

So folks, what has he and Jean, Carol, Annie and company done for you during the past six years? I mean besides drive up the cost of gas, oil, propane, electricity causing your rent to go higher, food to cost more along with everything else not to mention health insurance, deductibles, and co-pays going up for most people, too. Is this what you had in mind when they promised change?

And then there were all the lies, deception, cover-ups, and stonewalling. Guess that wasn't what you thought the most open and honest administration ever meant, was it? Going back all the way to the Fast and Furious gun-running scam the president promised an investigation into, we still haven't heard a thing about that except the major suspects got promotions. A practice which has become standard for these Democrats and every one of them go right along with the program.

Obama was so bold that he politicized the IRS, FBI, Justice Dept., OSHA, and half the federal agencies while eavesdropping on everyone and planning to tax the internet and raise the gas tax. After all, $18 trillion is just not enough debt for these tax and spend happy campers at least while you and I pay the taxes.

Well readers if you don't like it you can stop it. Vote the bunch of them out Nov. 4 and take control of your government back. Trust me, it wont hurt to vote Republican for a better change.

Steve Earle

Hill

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 07:55

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If you want on of those right-to-work jobs get ready to apply at Walmart

To The Daily Sun,

First, I must respond to Niel Young's letter published on Oct. 3. I understand that you feel it's your right to say whatever it is that comes to your mind, without any basis in reality, and it is of course. But, please list any policy that is "America killing" that President Obama supports. As I have said here before, opinions are not facts, whether you like it or not. I can understand you wanting Scott Brown to have a well-funded retirement (by big oil companies). What I don't understand is why.

Oil companies are "killing America" far more efficiently than anything the president is doing. And we, that's all taxpayers, are subsidizing them to the tune of billions of real dollars. And they can gouge us any time the market says oil prices should be higher, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. So when you point out that we are now producing more oil in this country than we are importing, you will actually have a point that President Obama is helping to "kill America." Please list some facts that prove your point of view.

Curiouser and curiouser, obviously I'm talking about George Dengel's letter on Oct. 4. While the whole letter seems to be a punch line, the joke is just plain confusing. The sentence that ends with "... they receive unbiased facts presented by well-educated reporters and commentators," I laughed so hard I nearly fell off my chair. Really, you found this on the Internet did you? And it's from that "den of iniquity (Yale)." Yes, I know Yale allowed the Bush family to purchase a C average for young George W., but you shouldn't hold that against them and damn the whole university for this nonsense. However, I am glad that TPer's are accepting science as a fact of life. Wherever they get their "news."

But seriously, what makes that letter really funny is that not too long ago, a channel called Fox's Bill O'Reilly said and I quote "no one can explain why the tide comes in and goes out" therefore there must be a God. He added that it is a mystery how the sun rises and sets every day. Umm, really O'Reilly, try asking any fifth- or sixth grader-about these mysteries. Maybe he was absent that day. Now, if you want to believe in God and say he makes these things happen through some kind of magic, that's your right and I for one support your right to think that. However, here in the land of religious freedom, don't ask me to believe it.

A lot has been written lately about the wrongly named "Right To Work" laws passed in various states. It's basically the right-winger way of saying "unions bad, corporations good." I have yet to hear from the corporation-loving writer about how he would like a nice fresh glass of West Virginia water, taken from just down the river from a leaky poison chemical holding tank, I wonder why. Back to RTW laws, this tactic is used clearly to undermine unions, you shouldn't be forced to work in a union job they will tell you.

Maybe you should do a little research prior to applying. If the job you want is a union job, then apply some place else. I hear there's always a big turnover at Walmart. Perhaps you would be a better fit there. I say these laws are wrongly named because they should be called "union bashing let us pay you less and if you don't like it you can leave" laws. And if they do manage to do away with unions they will be called "your job goes to the lowest bidder" laws. But if you do get to work at a union facility and don't like unions, you should make darn sure you don't get any of the benefits the union employees get, that'll show 'em, yessiree.

I know that Mr. Earle does not know the difference between an opinion and a fact, but his letter published on Oct. 15 is proof positive. In his letter Mr. Earle cites an "article" printed in Newsweek. It's actually an opinion piece by a former John McCain staffer. Niall Ferguson did indeed write the opinion piece and Newsweek did publish it. They have been "embarrassed" by printing this "article" which is apparently riddled with misrepresentations of the truth and outright lies. Corrections and apologies to follow from Newsweek. I'm sure Mr. Earle will go on believing this nonsense, obviously a channel called Fox will be high-lighting it on all their shows as proof of a failed presidency. Mr. Ferguson is a professor at yet another "den of iniquity," Harvard.

Newsweek seems to be torn between ending its hard copy magazine and not ending it, or bringing it back. But it isn't "closing it's doors" as Mr. Earle seems to believe. I am as non-tech savvy as they come. I am in fact an analog guy in a digital world and with minimal research I was able to find the truth about this article. I understand right-wingers hate facts and fact checkers, but do a little research prior to writing a letter to any newspaper.

Marty Valengavich

Belmont

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 07:52

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Should we believe assurances that our hospitals are pristine?

To The Daily Sun,

Carol Stappi's recent letter claims that "Shoutin" Tony Boutin is long winded, a self-proclaimed expert and in need of a distemper shot. Anyone find it interesting that she chose to infer that Mr. Boutin must be too late to get a shot designed to prevent canines from contracting a highly contagious, viral disease. I found it to be doggone funny in light of her attack on Tony's concern for the Ebola virus.

This just in Carol: According to Judicial Watch and Bob Goodlatte, House Judiciary chairman, President Obama has a plan, yet to be announced and pray to God he doesn't, to import Ebola-infected foreigners from other countries. Not to worry ladies and gentlemen, Carol scoffs at Tony's notion that we might have an Ebola crisis on our hands. Will she change her mind if our "mad scientist" president actually decrees that we must bring hordes of Ebola patients to our shores?

Carol scoffs at Mr. Boutin's concern that hospitals may not be able to keep up with all the tons of treating and sanitizing that would be required in a real outbreak. She assures us that the hospitals method of sanitizing everything, called "terminally clean" can handle it all because they do it every day. Then perhaps Carol can explain to us just why so many C.diff (gastro intestinal) infections are occurring in our "terminally clean" hospitals. Why are four times as many people dying from C.diff versus 10 years ago and why is it the number one hospital infection killer in most of the nation. Even more than staff infections and about as many as AIDS. About 9 percent of C.diff patients do not survive their hospital stay and are thus "terminally dead."

Hospital personnel blame it on antibiotics. Well yes, the rampant overuse of antibiotics does make patients more vulnerable by killing the good bacteria in the gut along with the bad stuff and also by creating "super bugs." But they don't actually cause C.diff.

Betsy McCaughey, who has done the research, assures us that it is caused by inadequate cleaning in hospitals. Carol, how can that be? Speaking of antibiotics, the Mayo Clinic reports that MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) has mutated into a more drug resistant form that is infecting healthy people in the community. It is difficult to treat, requiring longer hospital stays from the longer illness and resulting in the prescribing of more expensive and toxic medications and sometimes death. Oh Carol (sorry, had a Neil Sedaka moment), can you tell us why every PCP that treats a patient with an antibiotic doesn't tell them to take probiotics in order to replenish their intestinal tract with good bacteria and thus support and replenish compromised immune systems?

Carol accuses Tony of "scare mongering" when it is the CDC (yes, the group that can't make up it's mind about the correct protocol or how to properly train medical personnel) who uses scare mongering to get the public to rush out and get their flu shot. The CDC's own official record, the National Vital Statistics Reports says that only a few of the 36,000 deaths per year are from the flu. Most people die from a weakened immune system (especially the elderly) and from pre-existing conditions. Many deaths result from contracting pneumonia as a result of their compromised immune systems. And let's not forget that pneumonia is usually bacterial in nature.

In December of 2005, the British Medical Journal confirmed that the CDC flu death figures are indeed bogus and are manufactured in order to scare people into obtaining a flu vaccine. Yes, the CDC and the pharmaceutical companies are bosom buddies. Very rich and reciprocated, crony capitalistic bosom buddies.

Okay, I report and you all can decide for yourselves. Should we believe Carol and her assurances that hospitals are pristine and the CDC is spot on in handling the Ebola concerns, or your lying eyes. I'm thinking that Tony is right to be skeptical of our government agencies.

And good grief Carol, please take a good look around you before you pick on Tony for his displeasure regarding Obama's policies. The Democrats are running away from Barack Obama because the man has totally gone off the rails and epitomizes a lawless runaway locomotive gone loco. Our open borders are bringing in all manner of disease, death, destruction, terrorists and brutal gangs. And all to insure an unending supply of new Democratic voters. Impeachment proceedings would have been well on their way under a Republican administration.

Russ Wiles

Tilton

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 07:48

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I urge you to fight back against these right-wing ideas; go vote

To The Daily Sun,

National Republican Party leaders and New Hampshire Republican candidates must think people's memories are short or that we're not paying attention. But some of us have good memories.

We watched as Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate engaged in unprecedented efforts to block almost anything supported by President Obama, even when the legislation was a Republican idea — like the basis of the Affordable Care Act, based as it is on private profit-making insurance companies.

We watched as Republicans denied the reality of climate change (though there is no argument about this in the scientific community), as Republicans shut down the federal government, resisted regulations designed to prevent another financial collapse like 2008, fought necessary environmental regulations, blocked an unprecedented number of presidential nominees to key positions, opposed equal pay for women, opposed an increase in the minimum wage, tried to block gay marriage.

Perhaps most shameful is the organized national strategy by Republicans to attempt to elect their candidates by making voting more difficult for groups that have typically supported Democrats — such as minorities, the poor, and college students. Fortunately, many of these voting-restriction efforts have been blocked by the courts, who have ruled that Republicans have been largely unable to produce significant evidence of voter fraud to justify the many voting restrictions they have attempted to impose.

I urge people to stand up and fight back against these Republican voting-restriction efforts and right-wing ideas by turning out to vote on Nov. 4 and by voting for each of the Democratic candidates on the ballot, from top to bottom.

Remember, in New Hampshire you may register and vote on Election Day. Just bring a photo ID (e.g. driver's license) and some proof of your local address.

Finally, for some non-partisan information about this election, see my collection of Web links with election information, including fact-checking sites, and sites that help you match your views with those of political parties and/or candidates. The PDF may be seen at: http://library.plymouth.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Election-links-2014-rev.pdf -- or see the link on the PSU Library Website http://library.plymouth.edu

Gary McCool

Rumney

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 07:38

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