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Special interests fighting to prevent Trump's common sense changes

To The Daily Sun,

Unbelievably, Democratic Senators and Congressmen at Donald Trump's speech before Congress rejected not only his plans but the very idea that American presidents should put the interests of our country and American ctizens first.

It's understandable that Democrats oppose repealing Obamacare; it's been a nearly century old dream that Democrats felt would ensure their eternal control of our government. To them that justified implementing Obamacare against the clearly expressed wishes of the American people, without prior open review, and without Republican input or support.

Obamacare hurts far more Americans than it helps, although we only hear about the approximately 6 percent more Americans insured with money taken from others, including hard-working struggling taxpayers.

But, almost all of the 85 percent of the American people who previously had health insurance suffered because Obamacare increased premiums, reduced choices, reduced wage increases, reduced access to medical care, forced harmful changes on our health care system, increased medical device and service costs, and/or lost jobs. Obamacare also took $700 billion out of the already inadequate Medicare Trust Fund further jeopardizing future healthcare for seniors.

President Obama's repeated lies were exposed. People discovered they couldn't keep their doctors, hospitals, good insurance plans, or save $,2500; that Obamacare pays for abortions and covers illegal aliens; and, despite everything, about 9 percent of Americans remain uninsured.

President Trump's proposals, including repealing and replacing Obamacare, aren't radical or, in a political environment dedicated to helping the American people, difficult to achieve.

Any president could ask businessmen what encourages investment and job creation, and then do those things while protecting our environment; could enforce our immigration laws to protect the American people and workers; could develop a market-based patient-centered health care system that addresses the real causes of cost increases and uninsured Americans; could ensure veterans receive the benefits they deserve; could make children's educational opportunity and results the top priority; could support law enforcement in their difficult and dangerous efforts to protect Americans; and could ensure that our military is adequately funded to protect our soldiers and our country.

I'm sure that most Americans, Republicans, Democrats, independents, and others want all these things. Unfortunately, there are special interests which benefit from the status quo, who oppose these common sense changes to benefit the American people.

Sadly, Democrat politicians have thrown in with the special interests that benefit from the status quo and provide financial and activist support for Democrat candidates. And this is why Democrat senators and congressmen oppose Trump's common sense efforts to make Americans safer, freer, healthier, and more prosperous.

Don Ewing
Meredith

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Our selectboard needs person with Nickerson's experience on it

To The Daily Sun,

Sanbornton taxpayers must take the time to vote on Tuesday, March 14 ,and attend Town Meeting on the 15th. Please do not trust your future tax rate to the Selectboard and/or Budget Committee.

Sanbornton has the second-highest town tax rate in Belknap County. You probably don't realize it but there are no conservative thinkers on the Selecboard of three people and only two conservatives on the Budget Committee of seven members.

There is a small group of "progressives" who have taken full control of the future of the town of Sanbornton, and the middle-class taxpayers are simply going along for the ride. We need some balance in our town government in order to make responsible decisions on behalf of the taxpayers. This is not happening.

Last year we were able to mobilize over 300 tax-paying citizens and overwhelmingly defeat the request for two full-time firemen. Thank you for showing up and voting your conscience. We need you back again this year, only in greater numbers. They didn't think we got it right last year so they are going to give us one more chance to get it right and approve two full-time firemen for a town of 2,800 people. You know where this is headed. More equipment, more employees, bigger or new fire station and more retirement packages that last a lifetime and ... higher taxes.

Sanbornton's town tax rate is the second-highest in Belknap County.

Dave Nickerson has thrown his hat into the ring and is running for the Selectboard. If Dave wins he will bring with him three years experience on the Budget Committee and nine years on the Selectboard. If any of you know Dave, his vote was always well thought out with consideration as to how the results affected the average Sanbornton taxpayer. He was always prepared to explain his vote to the townsfolk and defend his vote to the rest of the board. Dave comes with all the much-needed knowledge and experience to be the kind of selectman we need.

The current Selectboard is made up of one member with six years experience, one member with one year and a third with only a few months. We need to do better. We deserve better. Please support Dave Nickerson for selectman and Roger Grey for Budget Committee on March 14 and vote "No" to two full-time firemen on March 15.

John Robinson

Sanbornton

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