To The Daily Sun,
Something momentous happened over this past weekend. It could be a moment that evolves into a major turning point in history. After many months of negotiations with Iran an agreement has been reached. To quote the Israeli ambassador: "this is not an emotional issue", it's reality. In essence Iran has agreed to halt further enrichment of uranium, agreed to submit to strong — daily if necessary — inspections, and other crucial steps which would stop it from developing nuclear weapons.
The major players — Iran, U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — are unlikely bedfellows to say the very least. A sign of acceptance is that Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has publicly thanked President Hassan Rouhani for being part of this brokered deal. Certainly the major problems with Iran are not solved, but a first, very important step has been taken.
Lao-tzu (Chinese philosopher 604 BC-531 BC) is quoted as saying: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". In addition as Margaret Wheatley (who has been Associate Professor of Management at the Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, and Cambridge College, Massachusetts) so famously said: "When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other."
Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 08:44
To The Daily Sun,
So many false claims have been made for Obamacare that I did some research about medically caused bankruptcies. What I found indicates that Obamacare will probably INCREASE, not decrease, medically caused bankruptcies.
"Bankruptcy facts": "63 percent of filers blamed credit card bills. 50 percent blamed mismanagement. 37 percent blamed pay cuts or job loss, and 28 percent blamed medical bills." And, "89 percent of filers still get credit card offers on a regular basis." (see: http://goo.gl/vH12Fw).
In her book "The Fragile Middle Class...", (now Senator) Elizabeth Warren claims that two out of three bankruptcy filers have lost a job and 40 percent of bankruptcies result from medical crises, unemployment or divorces. (http://goo.gl/vH12Fw)
"The primary cause of personal bankruptcy is a high level of consumer debt often coupled with an unexpected insolvency event such as the loss of a job, a major medical expense not covered by insurance, divorce, or death of a spouse (Groupp, Scholz, and White, 1997, Buckley and Brinig, 1998 and Nelson, 1999.)
In summary, bankruptcy is usually the result of an unexpected event which happens to people who already have considerable debt. Going for the sensational or showing political bias, headline writers and some authors blame bankruptcies on medical bills even when medical bills are a small part of a person's total debt.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the size of the medical debt causing bankruptcy. "On average, medically bankrupt families had $17,943 in out-of-pocket expenses, including $26,971 for those who lacked insurance and $17,749 who had insurance at some point." (http://goo.gl/ZD4CCJ )
Having bankruptcies caused by this level of debt says more about our nation's failing economic policies that don't create decent jobs and our failing education system that doesn't teach the skills needed to earn a good living and responsibly manage finances than it says about health insurance or America's medical care.
Unfortunately the new Obamacare insurance deductibles are in the range of $6,250 per person and $12,500 per family, much greater than with most of today's policies. An accident or illness with these high Obamacare deductibles could easily result in bankruptcy, especially if medical expenses require paying multiple years' deductibles.
So many Obamacare claims are false that I should not have been surprised to find another lie. But, I was shocked to find that Obamacare will probably significantly increase bankruptcies. This is just another example of how Obamacare, like so many of President Obama's policies, hurts middle income Americans.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 08:39
To The Daily Sun,
I figured I could perform a two-fer with this letter, responding to both L.J. Siden's and George Maloof's letters in the November 22nd Sun.
First, L.J wrote that President Barack Obama "is quoted as saying that his grade point average at Columbia was an impressive 3.7." There's only problem with Obama's statement — there's absolutely no proof his statement is true. None. All of his college transcripts have been sealed, as have any papers or articles he may have authored while attending Columbia and Harvard Law School. We have to take his word for it, and as we have come to see over the past five years, his word isn't good enough. He's the only president in the modern era that has worked so diligently to bury parts of his past that previous presidents and presidential contenders have made readily available to the American public. So until he makes his transcripts available I'll take any claim Obama makes about his grades with a huge grain of salt. His saying it's so doesn't make it so.
Next, Mr. Maloof has once again dipped into the "people are tired of Republican partisan bickering" pool while at the same time choosing to ignore that his favorite party, the Democrats, are masters of the art. While it is true there are schisms within the Republican party, mainly between the establishment members and the Tea Party members, George sees it as a sign that GOP is doomed. That's a rather short-sighted view.
Every political party goes through changes. Even the Democrats have done so over the past 50 years, changing from a party that stood up for the "little guy" to one that believes that only they, with the power of an overreaching government behind it, should control the little guy, as well as the middle guy, and a good portion of the big guys, too. It appears they also believe that it's not greed when you want to take away money that someone else earned, but it is greed if the person who earned that money wants to keep it. (Has "It's not your money. It's OUR money and we know how to spend it better than you do!" become the new Democrat mantra?)
The GOP is going through a change as members who have gotten sick and tired of the GOP establishment whom they see as abandoning the principles of the party, that being frugality in spending and taxation. The GOP has become not much more than Democrats-Lite. The Tea Party wants to get back to making sure the American taxpayers get the biggest bang for every dollar they surrender to the federal government. The basic principles of the Tea Party movement boils down to that the American people know better how to spend their own money and that the government doesn't. Government waste is legion, with billions, if not hundreds of billions of dollars (a third of which the government has borrowed) being wasted on programs, earmarks, redundancies, and agencies that do absolutely nothing and have no value to the American people. I would think that you would be angered by such waste, Mr. Maloof, seeing as some of your tax money is being frittered away. (I am assuming, of course, that you actually pay taxes to the bottomless money pit that is the U.S. Government.)
Addressing your last point, Mr. Maloof, most Republicans, at least at the grassroots level, are quite compassionate. We give of our time and our money. You may think of yourself as compassionate as well, but the problem is that you appear to be more than willing be compassionate with MY time and MY money and not your own. Who's really the compassionate one? I'll give you hint: go look in a mirror. The fellow you see there isn't the compassionate one.
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 08:36
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the trustees of the Belknap Mill Society, I wish to thank our wonderful supporters who participated in celebrating the 190th anniversary of the Belknap Mill.
More than 100 people joined the celebration on Nov. 8. Guests were welcomed to a meet and greet with photographer Annie Posnack, sponsored by LRGHealthcare, and the grand opening of the Belknap Mill's 1,000-sq.-ft. Fine Arts Gallery.
Guests were entertained by a '30s and '40s live musical group, Swing-a-Cat, and had a wonderful time sampling signature dishes of the Lakes Region's best restaurants. Miss Lakes Region, Kendall Wipff, stopped in to congratulate guests, while mingling and meeting with Laconia High School Mixed Choir students who surprised everyone with a "Flash Mob" singing "Roar" by Katy Perry.
"It is with sincere thanks that the trustees of the Belknap Mill thank our sponsors," stated David Stamps, board president. "Supporters of the Belknap Mill Society are just the BEST, and their continued generosity has been a sustaining element of our mission to preserve and protect the Belknap Mill while providing historic and artistic opportunities for all to enjoy."
Belknap Mill Society 190th anniversary sponsors were: LRGHealthcare, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Prudential Verani Real Estate, Franklin Savings Bank, Contigiani's, Woodshed Roasting Company, Curt's Caterers, LLC, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Laconia Village Bakery, O Steaks & Seafood, Annie's Café & Catering, Kevin's Café, Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant, Tilt'n Diner, Gilford Gourmet, Fratello's, Taylor Rental, Bank of New Hampshire, and Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.
Our generous raffle sponsors included: Blooming Iris, Cactus Jack's/T-Bone's, Big Cat Coffee, Laconia Rotary, FranksArt, Home Depot, Doug Stone, and Roger Gagne.
A sincere thank you to our wonderful supporters.
Denise Sharlow, Director of Development
Belknap Mill - Laconia
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2013 02:08
To The Daily Sun,
In the 2012 elections, Democrats attacked Republicans as anti-women. This is par for the course in most of our elections, though there is no truth to it.
Fast forward to today. N.H. State Rep. Marilinda Garcia (R) throws her hat in the ring to challenge U.S. Congresswoman Anne Kuster (D). Within minutes of her announcement, N.H .State Rep. Peter Sullivan (D) hits the "Tweet" circuit. He infers that by adding former N.H. Speaker of the House Bill O'Brien and Kim Kardashian equals Marilinda Garcia. In another tweet, he says that Marilinda is Al Baldasarro in stiletto heels.
Marilinda Garcia is a rising star in the Republican Party and the Latino community. So many of us are proud of her, and her constituents keep sending her back to Concord to represent them. She must be doing something right!
The Democrat Party, and Rep. Peter Sullivan, should issue an apology for these types of derogatory comments. Rather than attack her personally as an enemy, why don't you do the right thing — treat her as a respected and honored opponent!
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2013 02:05