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Still, influence of Christian values is at foundation of our culture

To The Daily Sun,

Here on Friday I read a very good letter by Thomas Lamay concerning his religious experiences growing up. I can even relate to those things he writes about. My mother was a devote Baptist and from an early age I was dressed up every Sunday morning walked to church where we children went down stairs for Sunday school. Like Thomas by the time I became a teenager I drifted away and like him I questioned so many of the accounts in the bible and teachings from the pulpit. Unlike him I have come to again believe in God and Jesus as I have aged and learned and experienced more in life. I agree with Thomas about all the stupid, vial and criminal things the church has done and I view the Bible as an imperfect document. I do not and will not take issue with how others view it. My view is however that all the evils done in God's name was done by men. Done in the name of the church for the power of the church.

I seldom attend church services, preferring the solitude of my barn where I try to contemplate and sometimes pray. Still the influence of Christian values, which admittedly are not exclusive to this religion, have formed the foundation of our culture. It is the loss of these cultural values, morals and ethics at such an alarming rate that plunges modern life into such chaos. That is where I take issue with the likes of James Veverka, who take great relish in trashing Christianity and Christians. My personal view is that James cares nothing at all about the religious aspects except that for the fact that most Christians are conservative and thus will not vote for James' Marxist socialist agenda politicians. James finds it far easier to smear, slander and trash individuals, organizations and opposing ideas then to defend the failed philosophy of Marxist socialism which he embraces.

Having unloaded all this from my chest I say to Thomas that I agree that if you live a good life, do your best to be good to your fellow man and are honest to yourself you stand as good a chance of going to heaven as any one else in spite of what might be spouted from any pulpit.

Steve Earle

Hill

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Maybe Republicans don't think the poor deserve to be secure?

To The Daily Sun,

How do you explain the opposition of our House and Senate Republicans to Medicaid expansion? The program is working. Approximately, 40,000 New Hampshire residents signed up for it. According to the New Hampshire Hospital Association, it has resulted in a reduction in emergency room visits by uninsured patients by 22 percent in the first three months of 2015 compared to same time period in 2014. And, inpatient admissions of the uninsured fell by 27 percent.

Business is in favor of it. The N.H. Business and Industry Association recognized the connection between the health of a population and the state's economic prosperity. According to BIA President Jim Roche, "regular, preventive care costs less, will lead to less utilization of healthcare services and ultimately lower health insurance costs for businesses and individuals."

If you do the math, it's a no-brainer. The federal government pays for most of it, and by reducing the amount of uncompensated care hospitals provide, it ends the cost-shifting onto those already insured or paying out of pocket. We all benefit, not just those on Medicaid.

The program also reduces the financial and personal insecurity of those formerly without insurance. Could it be that that's what New Hampshire Republicans really object to? Maybe they think the poor don't deserve to feel less insecure? The Grinch would be proud of them.

Dave Pollak

Laconia

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