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Turn on your nightlight & let the adults take care of Ebola

To The Daily Sun,

Like the proverbial monsters who haunted our childhood by hiding under our beds or in our closets at night, making the nightlight a required childhood accessory, recent writers to this paper have tried through their hyperbolic rantings to scare us about Ebola. While no one is downplaying the seriousness of Ebola it really needs to be viewed rationally, based on the known medical facts.

Russ Wlies never fails to amaze me with the amount of hyperbole he can get into his letters. In his most recent letter he states, "our 'mad scientist' president actually decrees that we must bring in hordes of Ebola patients to our shores." He references Judicial Watch as the source of his information.

First we need to backtrack a bit. In September of this year the head of Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF), spoke in front of the United Nations Security Council. Who are MSF? They have been at the forefront of all the Ebola outbreaks. They are the acknowledged experts when it comes to combating this disease. The doctors, nurses and support staff are the real heroes in this story. The Security Council from that meeting agreed to label Ebola a threat to international peace and security. The head of MSF asked for all countries to engage in the fight against Ebola. One of her requests was to send military personnel to help with the building of centers where patients can be treated and quarantined. For those who mocked president for leading from behind, I would think you would be happy that he took the initiative and lead from the front. This is exactly what President Obama did.

There was a State Department memo around that time, in which countries that agreed to send medical professionals to the affected countries wanted an assurance if their personnel became infected and the country did not have the resources to medivac and or treat their people other countries would help out. The memo stated that we would help out if needed. No, it did not state that they thought that hordes of infected Ebola patients would be coming to our shores. Germany, and Norway did also agree to take in affected medical personnel if needed.

Recent letters have continued to fan the flames of fear when it comes to Ebola, usually with the intent of attacking our president. Charlie Gallagher a few weeks back, wanted the president to assure us that Ebola could not be transmitted through the respiratory track. If Charlie would listen to the experts in the field he would know that it cannot be transmitted this way. Turn off Fox News, Charlie and listen to the experts. Donald Trump, Ann Coulter and Michael Savage hardly qualify.

Tony Boutin in his most recent letter talks about a pandemic coming to our shores, and the cost involved with treating Ebola. First no scientific model predicts anything near a pandemic coming to our shores. Secondly , the experts form MSF have been able to reduce the mortality in infected patients in hospital to below 30 percent with just Tylenol, antibiotics, clean water, food and vitamins. Very simple treatments. Secondly, if you have insurance, and are sick, the insurance companies have to cover proven therapies for a medical condition. And with Obamacare more people have insurance today than in recent years. Recent reports out of Liberia show a decrease in new cases, by the way.

In Dallas recently all patients in contact with Thomas Duncan have — 177 of them — have been cleared. If this was airborne don't you think many patients in close contact would be infected? The nurse in Maine has been cleared, and at this time no other Ebola cases have been diagnosed in New York. Contrast this to the speed that the flu and measles spread in communities, both of these of course being spread through the respiratory system. Any way you measure it the flu kills thousands if not tens of thousands more people each year than Ebola. Maybe we should quarantine for 21 days anyone who does not get the flu vaccine, when the flu is documented in an area. This may save more people than all the deaths from Ebola this year.

I would encourage these three writers, to put on their big boy pants, turn off their nightlights and let the adults in the room take care of the Ebola monster.

Mirno Pasquali, PA C


Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 10:28

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Home Depot & Lowe's continue to discriminate against N.H. vet ID

To The Daily Sun,

In the year 2012 the state Legislature passed legislation allowing veterans to have their status indicated on their drivers license, thus providing us with a photo I.D. proving our service to our country. A veteran's photo I.D. is something that major stores always require before they will provide a veterans' discount.

Unfortunately Home Depot and Lowe's will not accept the new license with honorable veterans status noted on the card for an everyday veteran's discount at their stores. They only accept active, retired, reserve IDs and cards issued to veterans who have filed a medical claim against the V.A.

So what about all the other veterans who served but do not meet the stores' criteria? The answer is, sorry no discount without the required documentation! Our New Hampshire drivers license is not acceptable.

We and the state of New Hampshire should boycott both of these stores until they change their discriminatory policy.

What do you think?

Bill Whalen

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 10:24

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I recognize room where Josh Youssef is standing; good for him

To The Daily Sun,

We knew her as Aunt Abbie.

Growing up on Dewey Street in the 1940s, the Jewett Homestead was part of our neighborhood and the home was always open and welcoming to children. Perhaps Aunt Abbie's training as an art teacher led to that. We were treated to "tea" and allowed to play (inspect) antique dolls with fragile clothing and porcelain faces and received personal attention as visitors.

Mr. Austin, Abbie's husband , occupied an office off the main entry kitchen where he kept a large desk and a very visible "spitoon" which was well used. He also ran a storage business in the large attached barn. We were allowed to play there. The stalls were being used for storage but there were still buggies and remnants of what had once been a stable. My brothers and I were allowed to climb ladders in the three story barn and even climbed to the cupola at the very top for a marvelous view of the area where we lived.

The house occupied a corner lot partly fronting on Dewey Street where a back lawn led to a magnificent garden tended by Mr. Austin in his straw hat. He always made me think of Mr. McGregor of "Peter Rabbit" fame. The garden would today be the envy of any gardener, filled with as many flowers as produce.

Sadly the property was divided, and an apartment building allowed to occupy the space which was adjacent to the home. Later the barn was removed but thankfully has been restored and kept. I have always imagined what the property must have been like at the turn of the 19th century with land leading down to the Jewett Brook and in another direction to encompass all the land which is now occupied by the Laconia High School.

Is it any wonder that I found your article by Mike Mortensen (Nov. 8) regarding the current restoration of the home so nostalgic? I recognize the room where Josh Youssef is standing. He and his family are to be commended for recognizing the historical significance of this property and I hope the city does as well. With the recent loss of a property we all admired it is a pleasure to read something so positive. I thank Mr. Youssef for his time and investment and I hope to drive by the house for a few more years with renewed enjoyment of its current ownership.

Carolyn Sanborn (nee Clark)


Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 10:21

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What he cqlls 'gridlock', the founders called checks & balances

To The Daily Sun,

I saw Barack Obama on TV saying he wanted to work with Congress, but if they don't go along with his program, he'll take out his pen. He doesn't want to be impeded by "gridlock."

What he calls "gridlock," the founders called checks and balances. We are not a monarchy, Barack. We're a representative republic. If you don't get it, it's time for you to go.

Hillarie Goldstein

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 10:16

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So, Republicans, what is your plan? Just saying 'no' is not a plan

To The Daily Sun,

Scary times ahead. With the New Hampshire House and Senate in Republican control I fear for our citizens. Rumor has it that Bill O'Brien will be back in the saddle as state House speaker. Remember the disaster he and his then Republican majority perpetrated on the mentally ill in New Hampshire in 2011? That debacle is still reverberating in hospital emergency rooms today. It will take years to undo the damage that Legislature inflicted. Will there be more to come with the new leadership? Heaven help us.

Thank heavens our voters rejected Walt Havenstein, Scott Brown and Marilinda Garcia and their Tea Party extremism. Obviously New Hampshire voters have more common sense than the rest of the country.

So now what will you write about all you Obama haters? Probably not that the economy of the USA has been steadily on the rise since he took office. Home prices, the economy's gross domestic product, the total number of jobs and industrial production have all risen from when he took office. Major stock indices have all increased steadily, The NASDAQ by 200 percent, S&P 500 by 150 percent, the Dow Jones by over 100 percent. And this from Forbes in September 2014: "President Obama has achieved a 6.1 percent unemployment rate in his sixth year, fully one year faster than President Reagan did. At this point in his presidency, President Reagan was still struggling with 7.1 percent unemployment, and he did not reach into the mid-low 6 percent range for another full year. So, despite today's number, the Obama administration has still done considerably better at job creating and reducing unemployment than did the Reagan administration. We forecast unemployment will fall to around 5.4 percent by summer, 2015. A rate President Reagan was unable to achieve during his two terms. A dollar invested when Reagan assumed the presidency would have yielded a staggering 190 percent return. Such returns were unheard of prior to his leadership. However, it is undeniable that President Obama has surpassed the previous president. Investors have gained a remarkable 220 percent over the last 5.5 years. This level of investor growth is unprecedented by any administration, and has proven quite beneficial for everyone."

I suspect that the topics by the Boutins, Ewings, WIles, et. al. will remain the same: Obama hatred, all Democrats are the same and the country is going to Hades in a handbasket. Yes, they will continue to tell us all about the made-up "scandals" as if their party is squeaky clean, continue with the passive aggressive racial bigotry and idiotic conclusions based upon little if any sound research.

So here is a question for all Republicans out there: What is your plan? Just saying "No" to everything and refusing to compromise is not a plan. It's a recipe for another recession. What exactly will you do in D.C. and Concord?

In a way I am glad that the next two years will be under Republican control. The mess they create will make the Democratic comeback in 2016 even bigger including the White House. I just hope and pray they don't cause irreparable damage to this great country or its most vulnerable citizens.
God bless America.

Carol Stappi

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 10:07

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