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America has led the world in advancing health care innovation

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to Ms. Martha Richards letter in the Wednesday, Aug. 6, edition of The Laconia Daily Sun titled, "If re-elected, I will continue to oppose wind projects and Northern Pass."
Ms. Martha Richards fails to remind us of not just her support for Obamacare, but her advocacy for a single-payer health care system here in America. In a letter published in the Sept. 17, 2009, edition of the Plymouth Record Enterprise Ms. Richards did just that.
Ms. Richards writes, "... for decades this issue (health care) has plagued America while more enlightened countries have cradle-to-grave coverage." Ms. Richards could not be more wrong. Prior to Obamacare, the vast majority of American citizens had employer based coverage, and were happy with their plans.
Ms. Richards writes, "... America does not have the best health care in the world — look at our infant mortality rate and almost 50 million uninsured Americans."

During the health care debacle, recall that supporters of the president often said there was 20 million Americans without health care, others said 30 or 40 million, and in Ms. Richards case she chose 50 million. Which one was it? But this figure is not the correct measure of America's health care system. In terms of health care, America has led the world. Innovation in new medicines, procedures, equipment, more times than not, come from America. Liberals and "progressives" like to cite sources such as the "social progress index" which advocates for cradle to grave entitlements and a socialist society.

Ms. Richards touts the Obamacare lies within her letter. "Perhaps your happy with your current plan-keep it." As we know millions of Americans have had their policies canceled. More will come in time as the now imperial delay by President Obama of the employer mandate takes effect. Anthem here in New Hampshire canceled more than 29,000 policies, many of which are people of Grafton county, who Ms. Richards represents. Many folks, particularly in the North Country, now have to travel far distances to hospitals that are part of the new network covered by Anthem.

Ms. Richards writes that "health care is a right for all in a democratic society." Again she is incorrect. As a citizen of our nation no one owes anyone health care. Why is someone entitled to the services, knowledge, and care provider by a doctor? A doctor attends medical school, spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to become a doctor. Person A comes along. Person A has no means to pay this doctor. In Ms. Richards utopia, Person A has a right to the doctor's labor. What is fair compensation for Person A to pay the doctor?

Another Obamacare lie was that upon passage people's yearly premiums would go down by $2,500. For many they have gone up by that much.

Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 million between 2013 and 2022. Ms. Richards how do you explain this cut to the elderly of Grafton County you so often claim to represent?

Have you seen the bureaucratic chaos within the Veterans Administration? Bogus wait lists created to make things look better than they really are. Veterans dying before they are able to get the care they need. The VA is essentially socialized medicine for 8 million veterans, with their record just imagine the utopia of socialized medicine for 350 million Americans! And countless illegal aliens.

Obamacare is as un-American as any law ever passed. It takes from Person A and redistributes their wealth through a subsidy to Person B. Socialistic, if you will. Every poll since its passage has consistently shown 52-58 percent of Americans want the law repealed (Forbes.com). Why is the Senate and president ignoring the will of the majority of Americans? When voting in November, please remember Ms. Richards is a supporter of not only Obamacare, but a single-payer system here in America.

Patrick Wetmore
Ashland

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 09:41

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I agree with Mr. Albushies, N.H. shouldn't have run up the score

To The Daily Sun,

In Saturday's paper, Leon Albushies wrote a strong condemnation of the New Hampshire team running up the score on Vermont in the Shrine game. Good call Leon.
Now, I can't ever remember agreeing with Leon before, but this time he's right. Good job Leon.

Steve Earle
Hill

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:23

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Pathetic that our laws permit using explosives for entertainment

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams:

After nearly suffering cardiac arrest just now, from these morons next door setting off a round of about six to 12 rapid succession fireworks, hence explosives without any warning, I was shocked and now suffering the aftermath of an anxiety attack.

I called police headquarters for a car to respond, but what's the point? The courteous dispatcher informed me New Hampshire has no set rules or laws regarding setting off explosives within limited bounds or measurements within a resident's living room window. I find it pathetic that the law permits and endorses potential bodily harm or even death from using explosives for entertainment. It's no wonder hillbillies are so infamous for their ignorance and America's joke.

This town and state never ceases to amaze me with their primitive and uneducated sets of rules and laws. Literally I find it an amazing learning experience.
I relish the day I get to move far away from this town. God help its residents and future. Especially the next generation.

Lucci Calabrese

Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:20

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Maybe it's $7.25hr. that's to blame for lack of election officials

To The Daily Sun,

In a Laconia Daily Sun article by Michael Kitch on July 30, headlined "Ward 5 in desperate need of full house of election officials," Laconia City Clerk Mary Reynolds insinuates Thomas Tardif and David Gammon are responsible for the lack of ward officials in the upcoming election.

Is this because I had to take her to court to correct the election results for the Laconia City Council Ward 5 Primary Election on Sept. 10, 2013. The writer claims that, "the official results indicated that no one received a write-in vote that would qualify them as a candidate for the council." This is less than truthful. The Election Results Report, which is a computer printout, showed that there were three write-in votes cast for the Ward 5 City Council seat, but the Municipal Primary Election Results showed no write-in votes for the Ward 5 City Council seat. When we made the City Clerk aware of this contradiction in the results she should have called for a recount. In a lawsuit John J. Babiarz v. Town of Grafton there was a discrepancy in the election results: "the town discovered that an error had occurred, resulting in 47 ballots being counted twice. Thus, a recount was held on March 25, 2006." There was no court case. The town of Grafton ordered the recount. The attorney for the Town of Grafton was the now Laconia City Attorney Laura Spector-Morgan.

In an effort to resolve the election results mistake, I followed Mary Reynolds's advice given to me in an e-mail on 9/17/2014 which was copied to the city attorney, Laura Spector-Morgan, Walter Mitchell and City Manager Scott Myers. She said, "As previously discussed, I do not dispute that a human error could have occurred but the only way to legally remedy this possible oversight would be to request a recount; I cannot open the sealed ballot box and examine the ballots without doing so. At this time a recount can be requested by Mr. Tardif gathering five signatures of voters and presenting request no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013 or you may make a request to order a recount through the judicial process." On Sept. 20, 2013, as advised I presented the signatures of 10 voters of Ward 5 asking for a recount of the Sept. 10, 2014 Primary Results. Mary Reynolds refused to accept the "Petition for Recount."

This has cost me time and money to protect my constitutional right to have my vote counted. The City of Laconia's City Clerk backed by Mayor Ed Engler, the City Council and City Manager Scott Myers in her quest to force me to fill out an IRS W-9 Form, claiming that the court costs to correct the city's election results is income. None of the $280.76 includes income; $250 is for Court Cost to Belknap County Superior Court, $28.78 to the Belknap County Sheriff and $1.98 to the U.S. Postal Service.

Also in the article, the writer states, "Election officials insisted the error arose from an inadvertent oversight." In all the court papers filed by the City Clerk she has never admitted there was an error that "arose from an inadvertent oversight."
Another quote, "Gammon and Tardif voiced suspicions about the propriety and integrity of the election and those who conducted it." This is not true I never said that. In an e-mail to Mary Reynolds on 9/17/13 I said, "I just finished talking to Alice Ortakales one of the Ward Clerks that signed the Election Results Report. She said that Tom Tardif did receive 3 write-in votes for Ward 5 City Council. Alice said to talk to Ward Clerk Nancy Merrill. I also got a call from Sylvia Metivier she said she also wrote in Tom Tardif for Ward 5 city councilor. That gives him three votes that weren't written down on the Municipal Primary Election Write-In Sheet but matches the Election Result Report showing three write-in votes for Ward 5 councilor. This isn't a recount, This is an error and should be simple to correct. Maybe Tom's three votes for Ward Clerk should have been three votes for council. The recount proved that I was correct.

Another quote by Micheal Kitch is by an unnamed "veteran of Ward 5 politics, who remarked of the two men, we have some who are extremely civic minded in their own way." What does this mean and who said it?

The New Hampshire Constitution Bill of Rights Article 11 says, "All elections are to be free, and every inhabitant of the state of 18 years of age and upwards shall have an equal right to vote in any election." That election was not free for me and I had to fight to have our three votes counted as cast.

Maybe it is the $7.25 per hour that is the blame for lack of election officials?
Has the reporter questioned any of the former Ward 5 election officials as to why they don't want serve this year? I have.

David Gammon
Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:17

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President Obama has become the king of part-time job creation

To The Daily Sun,

Last week, tens of thousands of union workers filled the streets of Detroit. People from electrical unions, carpenter unions, plumber unions and others from the construction trade. These members came together in mass to scream their frustration and outrage at the Obama administration for killing tens of thousands of jobs in the commercial construction trade.

These union members are outraged over Obama's new strict rules to limit carbon emissions from power plants. Unions suggest the new rules will kill as many as 150,000 high-paying full-time jobs over the next few years, that in the end will not reduce carbon emissions at all. The coal and other fossil fuels that would have been burned here are simply going to be shipped to China, India and other places to be burned. These hard-working people are outraged. They have simply had enough of the job-killing, business-bashing tactics of Barack Obama that are destroying the middle class working families in America they represent.

The employed, working American has been voting Republican for the past several years by majority. It is no wonder. Republicans may not represent all they believe in, but these people have figured out their best chance at getting a really good job and working 40 hours a week with benefits is with Republicans who support policies that product growth, jobs and economic expansion.

Forget the unemployment rate. That is a manufactured, government illusion of the highest order. The only important number is what percentage of the population is working vs. not working. That number today is at a 30-year low, after six Obama years. So many people have simply stopped looking for work they are not counted as unemployed.

Further, Obama has become the king of part-time job creation, especially in the hospitality industry where wages are notoriously at the low end of the pay scale. The slide to part-time jobs has been caused by the unintended consequences of Obama care that defined full-time as 30 hours. When in hell did America ever see 30 hours as full time? Not until Obama pontificated from the king's chair that it was. Now look at the damage.

Similar demonstrations by workers both union and non union have been held in the energy sector as well. The Obama administration's foot-dragging on every requested energy project, including requests for expanded drilling on public land, and the building of seven LNG terminals has prevented hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs from being created. The intentional Obama, political stone-walling of the Keystone pipeline, placating green freaks in order to improve Democrats' election results in three key swing states has workers in the energy sector incensed with outrage. Obama sees potential political gains to be more important than these workers finding good, full-time high-paying jobs to feed their families.

The energy sector offers some of the highest paying jobs in America, many for people without formal college degrees. Obama would rather increase welfare another $500 billion than provide good jobs that free people from their dependence on him and government. I hope the electorate sees through this political, high-wire charade that has, and is intentionally preventing job creation, holding back the economy for six long years.

Obama has produced the worst recovery from any recession since the 1940s. Why? Democrats version of "Slime ball politics" at the expense of Main Street America.

Tony Boutin

Gilford

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:09

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