To The Daily Sun,
It is with optimism, hope, gratitude and pride that I write this letter. I have been employed by Belknap County Nursing Home for 8 1/2 years, most of them in my current position. I began there during very challenging times, when the nursing home was in immediate jeopardy of closing. Major changes were implemented and our team worked tirelessly to bring the facility back into compliance. The years have provided us with various challenges but we have continued to thrive, be progressive and maintain our mission: "To care for our residents as ourselves, with compassion, dignity and respect."
For those of you who have never passed through the doors of Belknap County Nursing Home but read the local newspapers regularly, I can't even begin to imagine what you think. And to those of you who visit us often and experience the love and warmth within our four walls, you know what we are really about. We are your loved ones' caregivers, friends, advocates and extended family. The decision to place a family member in a nursing home is, for many, a heart-wrenching one. We thank you for entrusting your loved ones in our care.
I am so very proud of the staff of Belknap County Nursing Home. We have had another very successful year and it is because of all of you. Our deficiency-free survey is an attestation to the work that you carry out each day. There has been minimal staff turnover, even when your benefits and insurance coverage are the topic of debate. You have become actively involved in politics. Your voice is being heard. You offer assurances daily to residents and families, even when you yourself feel uncertainty.
Our reputation as a high-quality, long-term and skilled-care facility, remains untarnished, in spite of the tensions between our elected officials. We continue to have a long waiting list of people who seek admission to Belknap County Nursing Home because we are the very best there is. As you come to work each day you give your all, leaving your own troubles at the door, for the sake of your residents. I thank each and every one of you for your ongoing dedication and commitment to the residents and families we serve. You are the heart of Belknap County Nursing Home; you are the reason we continue to succeed. I am so blessed to be a member of this family.
Dianne Roberts, RN
Director of Nursing
Belknap County Nursing Home
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 10:00
For the third time, the cops of the NYPD have turned their backs on the mayor of New York.
The first time was when Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at Woodhull Hospital where mortally wounded officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu had been taken on Dec. 20. The second was when the mayor spoke at Ramos' funeral. The third was at Liu's service on Sunday.
Detestation of de Blasio among the NYPD and the cops who came from across the country to stand in solidarity with their slain brothers is broad and deep. And, in a way, de Blasio served as stand-in for Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and President Obama. For all four gave aid and comfort to the war on cops that has raged since Ferguson last August when Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed an 18-year-old who tried to grab his gun.
When a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict the NYPD's Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, after the 350-pound black man, suffering from heart disease, diabetes and asthma, died resisting arrest, the war on cops went viral and national.
De Blasio, Sharpton, Holder and Obama were all out on point saying that blacks, especially young black males, were all too often victimized by racist cops. And black kids needed to be taught that.
Brimming with moral outrage, protesters took to the streets, blocked Times Square and Grand Central, disrupted Macy's during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and shut down malls, highways and bridges across the country. Though their lawlessness was rampant and their chants bespoke a hatred of police, who were compared to the KKK by marchers yelling for "dead cops," these protests were indulged and described as "peaceful."
So it was that on Dec. 20 a deranged criminal decided to make himself famous by putting "wings on pigs" and executing Ramos and Liu in Bedford-Stuyvesant as payback for Garner and Brown.
Suddenly, the real America revealed itself, an America enraged at the cold-blooded assassinations of cops and disgusted with those who had pandered to anti-police protesters. And the America that revealed itself is not good news for the Democratic Party. For we have seen this movie before, half a century ago.
After LBJ's victory over Barry Goldwater came the riots of the 1960s — Watts in 1965, Newark and Detroit in 1967, and 100 cities, including D.C., after Dr. King's assassination in 1968.
These riots produced deaths, thousands of arrests, and looting and arson on a scale requiring the National Guard and federal troops. And these rampages were perhaps the principal factor in turning Middle America against a Democratic Party that had been the nation's majority party since 1932.
In 1964, LBJ won 61 percent of the vote. Four years later, his vice president, Hubert Humphrey, got less than 43 percent.
What happened? A civil war had taken place inside the Democratic coalition, not unlike what is going on now. Today's conflict, though not nearly so violent, is daily nationalized by cable and the Internet.
All of America watched what happened in Ferguson night after night, and saw the aftermath of what happened on Staten Island, and observed what happened Dec. 20 and then at those funerals.
Americans began openly and viscerally to take sides. And from the new defensiveness of de Blasio and the muted responses of Sharpton, Holder and Obama, there is no doubt who has lost this battle. A sundered America is siding with the cops and turning against those who turned on the cops.
Something like this happened in Chicago in August 1968: Police, after constant provocation by foul-mouthed radicals, chased them down, clubbed them, and arrested them in Grant Park.
The networks and national media denounced a "police riot" and liberal Democratic Senator Abe Ribicoff said Mayor Richard J. Daley's cops had used "Gestapo tactics in the streets of Chicago." When the dust settled, however, America, to the amazement of the elites, had come down on the side of the cops, not "the kids." That America gave Nixon and Wallace 57 percent of its votes.
The political point: In the 1960s, both George Wallace and LBJ were Democrats. Mayor Daley and the radicals cursing his cops were Democrats. The students who took over Berkeley and Columbia, and the deans and professors whose offices they trashed, were all liberal or leftist Democrats.
The '60s wars over social, moral and cultural issues were bloody scrimmages on the home field of the Democratic Party.
So it is today. Whether the issue is income inequality or the evil of Wall Street, police brutality or black criminality, the hostility and anger among Democrats over these issues makes the Tea Party vs. the GOP establishment look like a badminton tournament on the country club lawn.
(Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:46
To The Daily Sun,
This is the time of year when I look back at 2014 and am grateful for all the positives in my life. After reading Barbara Morgenstern's letter thanking The Daily Sun for its coverage of arts programming in our region, I wanted to add my "two cents."
As a member of both the Gilford Historical Society and the Gilford Stroll Committee, I am grateful that The Sun always is willing to publicize our activities and programs. I personally think that it is important to be aware of our historical heritage in order to fully appreciate our life today. Our Historical Society tries to do that with its evening programs and open houses. The Stroll brought many, many people into our three historical buildings. I appreciate that The Sun's editor helped to get the word out to the public.
Gilford Historical Society
Gilford Stroll Committee
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 10:16
To The Daily Sun,
In hopes of ending the long, boring and fruitless debate about whether our country was founded as a Christian nation, I would suggest the theory of Robert Middlekauff, author of "The Glorious Cause," a history of the Revolution through 1789.
He believes that the founders were not all explicitly Christian — indeed, their beliefs probably varied widely — but they all believed in Providence. That is, that things happened according to some (perhaps divine) plan for progress. Many of the founders were indeed Christians, quite a few were Unitarians (close to Christian, but not quite), and many were deists, for whom the ends were not so different, even if they did not share the means.
Can we give this a rest now?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 10:11
To The Daily Sun,
Our president recently did an executive order for amnesty and work permits for some illegal aliens. Unfortunately, he did not see an urgency to get Americans back to work. No executive order for anything that would ease the burden on companies to hire American citizens.
We all noticed the gas prices are down. Great for us at the moment, but has anybody read the news about its effect.
Russia is in a financial crisis — inflation and a recession. Interest is at 17 percent and the value of the ruble has dropped dramatically. Russia may not be able to support Syria's Bashar al-Assad. Russia citizens will no longer have the cash to spend money to travel or buy foreign imports.
Financial problems are also facing Venezuela and Iran. Thee are not exactly our friends, but this will affect other countries as well.
Perhaps Iran may agree to a nuclear deal. This would be good. Venezuela does not have the funds now to finish its social projects and may default on loans.
America wins and loses. We are the biggest producer of oil and the biggest user. Shale oil extractors will lose in profit.
Lower oil prices are great for farming. Cheaper oil to power aquifers and pump water from far away. Oil is also used in making fertilizers.
China and India are big oil importers, so this is great for them. It is cleaner air in China to move from diesel, and more money for India for less energy subsidizing.
Last but not least, we saw two of our finest gunned down for no reason other than they are our finest. What does this say to America to other countries?
The majority of our police serve the public. They go in harm's way to protect us. Yes, there are a few bad apples, but only a few. And there are a few bad apples in all professions. I am grateful we have our police and their service for a country without law is anarchy.
Our president and others like Al Sharpton have been anti-police and are race baiters. They do not bring up the black-on-black crime. That is the sad thing.
We need jobs. Jobs (not just) for white Americans (or) black Americans, but for all Americans. With good jobs we have health benefits and can live the American dream.
I am not better off than my parents. I am unemployed. The American dream is not working for me. I hope it works for my son.
We must change the ways of our country before it is too late. We must do better in 2015. Our federal and state representatives must do better. We must look at the long range effects of our actions. We as citizens must do better.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 10:07