To The Daily Sun,
I doubt that anyone was shocked to learn that New Hampshire's Workers Compensation program is abused as described in Dennis Gaudet's column in Friday's, Dec. 26, Laconia Daily Sun. There are few government programs that aren't wasteful, abused, mismanaged, or even counter-productive.
Medicare and Medicaid are defrauded by about $100 billion annually. Many millions, if not billions, of Social Security dollars go to dead people or others inappropriately. These systems are only saved from the fate of other Ponzi schemes by politicians willingness to beggar future generations to cover today's promises.
Hundreds of millions if not billions have been wasted just on establishing the Obamacare "Exchanges." The IRS sends billions of dollars in refunds to people who shouldn't get them.
Our welfare and unemployment systems penalize intact families and are a disincentive to work. Our nation's Department of Education spends about $80 billion annually, it drives up local school costs, but educational results aren't improved.
One has to wonder if government programs exist to help Americans become productive and successful or only to give politicians power.
Examples of government waste, fraud, abuse, or counter-productive results are endless. These are the inevitable results when government does things that it shouldn't be doing, but were implemented to allow politicians to buy votes with taxpayer money.
There was a time when our nation was rich and could afford wasteful programs, but our nation can't even come close to balancing its operating budget even in supposedly good times. In addition, our politicians keep promising, but not funding, trillions of dollars of future benefits that subsequent generations will be taxed to fund, e.g., pensions.
Dennis Gaudet applauds Gov. Hassan for setting up a commission to propose fixes for the excessive Worker's Comp costs, and reduced costs would certainly help New Hampshire's budget problems.
Unfortunately commissions are often established so politicians can claim to be doing something while they are actually just postponing actions except for spending taxpayer dollars on "experts," aka political supporters. Hundreds of commissions and thousands of promises to fix problems have resulted in few improvements because politicians fear actually fixing problems (We can't even get the ethanol requirement removed!), especially those that reduce spending because recipients complain and politicians have less ability to buy political support.
While eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in government programs would be great, there are few successful examples. It would be more useful to start eliminating all government programs that foster dependence rather than achievement, that are not controlled and funded by the lowest possible level of government, and are not essential to promoting government's primary purpose of protecting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 11:41
To The Daily Sun,
Steve Earle, the twister of facts, is under the mistaken impression that only the State Department found no wrongdoing in the Benghazi tragedy. He cleverly omitted the GOP-led bipartisan Select Committee (which was given the following charge):
"On May 8, 2014, the House of Representatives adopted H. Res. 567, Providing for the Establishment of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya. The "House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi" will have special investigatory tools not available to every standing committee of the House. It will have clear goals designed to force accountability, get the full truth, and help provide justice. The four Americans killed in service to the country and the American people deserve no less."
That quote is directly from http://www.gop.gov/solution_content/benghazi/.
On Nov. 21, 2014, the final report was released: In an article in The Blaze (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/11/21/now-thats-what-i-call-a-friday-news-dump-final-report-released-after-two-year-investigation-into-benghazi/):
"A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.
Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria."
Now to quote Steve's letter, "How it works is each department or agency suspected of wrongdoing decides beforehand what the investigation findings should be then announces an investigation then shortly after announces that they cleared themselves."
Wow, Steve. You must have known this report was out. Why did you purposely avoid mentioning it? Oh wait, I know. It's because you are smarter than anyone else (after all, you do watch Fox News) and think that whatever you write is believed by all readers without question. Mr. Osmer was spot on in his factual comments. You, sir, are disingenuous and as usual dead wrong and your purposeful misrepresentation of the facts does a grave disservice to the brave lives lost that tragic day. Who would ever believe anything you write? Shame on you Mr. Earle.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 11:34
To The Daily Sun,
On Dec. 8 there was a fire at 115 Kelley Pond Road that left a home uninhabitable and 12 people homeless, including six children and one adult with autism. They had no insurance and did not have the funds to rebuild. I met with the Batchelders on Dec. 12, offering my time to try to help them get back into their home before Christmas. The reason for this was that I believe that every child deserves a place to call home.
I was not there to judge what had happened in their past nor was I going to question why they did not have insurance. All I knew was that they needed their home back to raise their grandchildren. They were living out of a hotel room with no immediate resolutions to their problem, however, Scott Batchelder was determined to rebuild on his own no matter how long it took. Scott and Diana were committed to providing their grandchildren a home and I was committed to helping them.
We started on Monday, Dec. 15, with very little money, but many of my brothers and sisters from Laconia Professional Fire Fighters believing in me and my goal. As the days progressed, volunteers kept stepping up and businesses continued to donate. What happened over the next two weeks is a true testament to the good in people. We had many obstacles along the way, but were able to do what many called impossible. On the 14th day of working we were able to move the Batchelders back into their home.
Many people volunteered their time to accomplish this very fulfilling dream I had. They never asked for any recognition and were just there to help the family. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what all of you did for me and the family. You know who you are and if there is anything I can do for you in the future, you know my number.
To the businesses that helped, I also thank you. Without you we could not have accomplished what we did.
Laconia Professional Fire Fighters Local 1153, The New Hampton Fire Fighters Association, Alex Ray and the Common Man Chain of Restaurants, Dumpster Depot, Rowell's Sewer and Drain, Lakes Region Chimney Pros, Superior Insulation, Metro Walls Inc., TNT Electrical, Stove Barn, Cerutti Construction, Home Beautiful, Plymouth Sherwin Williams, DZN Remodeling, A&B Locksmith, J&M Plumbing and Heating, Creative Counters LLC, Tilton Lowe's Home Improvements, Tilton Home Depot, Pinard waste removal, Rockingham Electric, Nutter Enterprises, CruCon, DaSilva Motorsports, Northeast Tire, Middleton Lumber, Conneston Construction Incorporated. If I forgot to include you, I truly apologize. You did not go unnoticed.
To the Batchelder family, thank you for allowing me to help you. You may not know this, but this has helped me as much as it has helped you. Welcome home.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 11:30
To The Daily Sun,
Hi everyone, my name is Alana Persson and I am president of the Laconia High School Class of 2015. I am excited to inform the community that a Community Coffee House will be held this upcoming Tuesday, January 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia. The event will be open to all members of the community both young and old, who wish to perform or listen to the works of others.
The Coffee House will be an open mic concept featuring poems, songs, short stories, skits, instruments performances, etc. We welcome all types of artistic expression, especially original works that members of the community wish to share. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., as there will will be a sign-up sheet available at that time for those who wish to sign up early. The Senior Class will be providing hot coffee and tea, as well as pastries during the event. The cost to get in is $5 per person, with all proceeds going toward the Laconia High School Senior Class.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 11:26
To The Daily Sun,
In reply to Mr. Schwotzer's recent letter:
I have been involved in local, county, and state government for a number of years. I could not let your recent letter slide by. It seemed to be a parting shot at a man who has served his community, county, and state for at least 20 years and done it well enough to get re-elected on a continued basis. As I age I fear we view forever with different eyes. I am sure that you feel you can speak for the majority of all the voters in Belknap County, but you can't because they will speak for themselves.
You feel that Mr. Louge need not ever mingle with the residents of the County Nursing Home. One of the tings that is job one for the administrator is to assess the job performance of his staff. He needs to know how residents are doing. You indicate the residents should have input as to how they are being treated. I agree with your assessment that Mr.Logue did not have the experience to do a comprehensive budget, and the person he replaced should have done it. I did attend the hearing and I did not hear that he asked anyone for help with the budget.
Moving on: You say the only way you have been able to choose your boss was to quit and move on. Kind of a shame you feel that Commissioner Nedeau does not have that chance. You chose to take a cheap shot at a man who decided that his opinion would not be heard with the prospective commission. So he has done exactly what you describe for yourself. He decided to leave government service. I am sorry, he will be missed.
We are both suspicious of people's motives; mine comes from long-term in law enforcement. I wonder how you came about making the statement that he was "taking his bat and ball and going home because he didn't get his own way." In my opinion he left rather than staying in a hostile environment.
One last note, before you venture another opinion in print you should try for facts and not assumptions, and don't assume you speak for all the voters of Belknap County. Unless you can point to a long and storied political career, don't talk the talk and walk the walk. You are at best an outside observer of something you know little about. Oh yes, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I wonder what others think your opinion. Me not so much.
Rep. Robert Luther
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 11:23