To The Daily Sun,
Apparently to Ms. Vazquez-Vanasse any kind of common-sense legislation, including checks to reduce the chances that the dangerously mentally ill or violent felons get their hands on guns that they will turn on others, is lumped in under the vague catch-all (and loaded) term of "gun control." I would also ask her what specific policy was asked about in the Pew poll she references. If the term Pew used was the overly-broad "gun control", which can cover anything, then the numbers, as any statistician can tell you, are not especially meaningful.
The numbers and direct quotes I used in my letter were taken from the Reuters News Service website (January 17, 2013) and The Huffington Post website (January, 2013 updated in 2014). The massacre in Newtown, CT occurred on December 14, 2012. Below are a few paragraphs from these polls and articles.
"In the U.S. House of Representatives, a gun-control bill by Mike Thompson, a California Democrat and the chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, has gained 186 co-signers but has been stalled for months."
"The bill by House Rep. Thompson, a gun owner and Second Amendment backer, would expand background checks but also would have features designed to attract support from gun-rights advocates such as banning gun ownership lists."
"When the federal government failed to act, the states stepped in to fill the void" on gun-control legislation, Thompson said."
"But major changes came in five northeastern states — New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey — with passage of legislative packages that featured restrictions on military-style weapons like those used in Aurora and Newtown."
"The number of new strong state laws is, at least since I've been involved in the movement, unprecedented," said Lindsay Nichols, attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in San Francisco."
"The poll (Reuters/Ipsos), mostly taken before Obama released his recommendations, found 74 percent of Americans favor a ban on assault weapons, with 26 percent opposed. A ban on high-capacity ammunition clips was backed by 74 percent, and 26 percent were opposed."
"The poll also found 86 percent favor expanded background checks of all gun buyers, including sales at gun shows and between private parties, with 14 percent opposed."
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:41
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in reply to a letter from Niel Young that appeared in the paper last week.
I understand that Mr. Young and I may not see eye to eye on some issues. Although I have served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives as a Republican for the past 28 years, I also understand that he may wish to question my credentials and call me a RINO. Mr. Young is entitled to his opinions.
However, Mr. Young has an obligation to get his facts straight. In his letter he said that I joined with the five Democrats on the Belknap County Convention in bringing suit against the chairman, Rep. Colette Worsman of Meredith, and the clerk, Rep. Jane Cormier of Alton, in Belknap County Superior Court. While I have had my differences with the chairman, I was not party to that lawsuit as the court records attest.
I suggest Mr. Young check his facts before making accusations against those with whom he disagrees.
Rep. Dennis Fields
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:33
To The Daily Sun,
It's reported that the late Senator Everett Dirksen said, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money." Although with fewer zeros, even small cost increases add up, and increase the pain for middle-income and poorer Americans who have been struggling with flat or decreasing incomes for years.
It is the nature of bureaucracies to grow. In business, competition retards that growth and forces efficiencies and prioritization. But government has no competition to retard its growth and the resulting tax increases.
Each level of government seems to think it is entitled to grow each year and demand increased taxes and fees from individuals and businesses. Of course, increased business costs are passed on to customers in the prices of their goods and services.
Arguing for tax increases, Anne Rogers claims that the proposed Belknap Country tax increase and the state 4-cent-a-gallon state fuel tax are small. That may be true, but these increases are in addition to town and school tax increases, increased energy costs, increased heath-related costs because of Obamacare, and increased costs of goods and services (including housing) from more heavily taxed businesses. These increases add up, and hurt people.
The fact is that any increase in living costs especially hurts people on fixed or declining incomes. This includes most retirees, poor people, and struggling middle-income Americans.
Rich people and those benefiting from government spending, e.g., government employees, government retirees, and special interests, have mostly escaped the pain felt by most private sector workers caused by the 2008 crash and exacerbated by Obama's anti-growth economic policies. They benefit from big government, but most people don't.
Only politicians who challenge normal bureaucratic growth and force efficiencies and prioritization can slow or stop the unnecessary growth of big government and the resulting tax increases.
Fortunately the Republican Majority on the Belknap County delegation has struggled against the special interest groups and their supporters to force efficiencies and prioritization in our county budget. The proposed tax increases were reduced this year and last, and it appears at least $12 million will be saved on the proposed prison.
Unfortunately the special interests and their supporters attack anyone who threatens to slow or stop their funding and have made the Belknap County Convention very acrimonious. The Republican majority has received unbelievably loud and vicious abuse for simply standing up for Belknap County taxpayers.
The beneficiaries of government largesse don't seem to care about the additional pain to struggling Americans caused by each tax increase. Thankfully, the Republican Majority on the Belknap County Delegation does care about people and has been fighting to stop government from making their problems worse.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:29
To The Daily Sun,
The residents of Laconia are doing a great job with recycling. Single stream couldn't make recycling any easier. Many residents prefer to drop their recyclables either at Lakeport Fire Station or the old Public Works garage which is fine. What isn't fine is the residents that leave their recyclables at these locations when the dumpsters are already filled to capacity.
Use a little common sense, people. This is your community and you choose to leave your trash beside the dumpster to blow around the area. Please take your recyclables to another location and if that is also full, take it back home and call Public Works. I know that they will have it emptied and returned.
I would ask the Public Works team to check the dumpsters periodically and take care of the full dumpster before it becomes a problem. No one wants pay-as-you-throw, and this is the best alternative we have.
One more note: if you are throwing electronics and lawnmowers in these bins, you will be caught. Don't ruin it for the rest of us.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:22
To The Daily Sun,
I read The Laconia Daily Sun on a regular basis and am often amused or annoyed with some of the letters written by the "regulars" with the negativity, criticism, name-calling and untruths. I usually cannot be bothered to respond to them because, quite frankly, I know nothing would changed their constant judgment of anyone who does not agree with them. It seems their world is black and white. No need to mention names, we all know who they are.
However, I cannot resist responding to the letter last week from Bev Buker, regarding LRGH turning away sick patients for lack of insurance or co-pay. I would love to know where she gets her facts, because this is not so.
LRGH is a hospital with compassionate and caring doctors and nurses, and well as all their employees. Do they ask for insurance information? Sure, as they should. Do they ask for a co-pay? Sure, as they should. Do they ask for payment arrangement plan? Sure, as they should. Do they turn sick or injured people away because of the lack of financial ability? Absolutely not. In fact, they offer a Patient Advantage Program with a very generous discount for prompt payment for services they provide, which I know is appreciated by many.
So, Bev, get your facts straight before you put your pen to paper. But regardless of your false accusations about LRGH, I am extremely confident that, should you need their care in the future, you will be treated with the same quality care as everyone else, because of their professionalism.
And while I'm at it, I challenge all writers to spend more time writing letters about the many good things worth recognition. It would be a lot more meaningful and you may actually feel good afterward.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:18