To The Daily Sun,
With gratitude I sincerely thank The Daily Sun for finally publishing a letter of mine. Though that letter was intended for me get a chance to talk with someone at the newspaper BEFORE I revised it and it not intended to be put in the paper in draft form, my goal was attained.
However, with that said, I need to apologize to my colleagues in other areas of treatment who provide similar, potentially lifesaving treatment for those who suffer from addiction. The larger, well established drug and alcohol treatment facilities, tasked with managing money, security and mile-long waiting lists through no fault of their own are challenged at every juncture. Without these facilities a terrible problem would be a lot worse and undoubtedly many addicts would have not lasted in their recovery.
We all will continue to lose.
The current sophistication of opioid and opiate-based narcotic distribution is far more efficient in terms of cost, expediency and potency than ever before. Virtually no one is safe from some form of negative affect that reverberates from opiate addiction. For many reasons it is the darkest addiction of them all. Existing as a cruel malady of the body mind, spirit, opiate addiction continues to transcend cultures as well as nations as it has for eons..
I would like to emphasize that I am referring to the addiction, not the substance. Opiate based medicines have been and are an invaluable godsend for those who suffer from chronic pain. If legislation was ever introduced intent on eventual illegalization of pharmaceutical pain meds, I would be one of the ones on the front lines fighting that bill! As was the case during prohibition, we threw the baby out with the bath water and subsequently ended then need to retrieve a dirty, jostled cry baby needing extra attention that should have gone toward other areas of social management such as law enforcement and treatment. Prohibition expedited the organization of crime.
Central New Hampshire has been inundated with an upsurge in opiate/oid availability over the past 20 years that has resulted in an increase in violent and non-violent crime, jammed up court systems, overwhelmed police departments, overcrowded correctional facilities, stressed out school teachers and guidance counselors, parishes, has ruined careers, devastated families, halted youthful hopes and dreams, fatal ODs, battered emergency rooms, once selfless and devoted medical practitioners who have succumbed, unsafe neighborhoods and a higher cost to virtually every area of business. It has and does continue to reap a grim toll that, because of an intrinsic grip with far reaching tentacles, surpasses all other addictive drug categories.
You, right now are expending a personal or financial resource that otherwise should be going toward the well being of your family. Whether it occurs directly or indirectly, this addiction continues to levy some type of surcharge on us all.
What to do? Voice this sentiment in government. Be active and keep watch on laws related that may be implemented, revised or eliminated. Every little bit of effort helps. It will eventually benefit everyone, everywhere from multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies to our loved ones whom we worry about until they are home safe. Otherwise we will all continue to lose.
A&D Recovery Counseling
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:43
To The Daily Sun,
I believe most Americans want other Americans to be happy and successful. However, despite claims to the contrary, progressive politicians fight for the special interests that reward them, even if helping the special interests hurts most Americans.
Let's consider something of vital importance to children, public education.
Over the last 40 years progressive politicians have taken increasing control over public education resulting in increasingly bad results, especially for the children of poor families.
Progressive politicians keep telling us that we must spend more money, and education costs, like health care costs, have tripled (in constant dollars). But unlike health care spending which greatly enhanced life quality and longevity, education quality has declined. The problem is not insufficient money, but the education establishment's monopoly over public education.
The education establishment, like all monopolies, dislikes competition and change, and it wants to protect its 19th century, horse and buggy, model of education. Just putting computers in the classroom or generating top-down programs like Common Core is not exploiting the 21st century possibilities, such as individualized education, which are already revolutionizing education where it is embraced. Unfortunately, the education establishment has been successful using campaign support to essentially bribe progressive politicians for protection from change and competition.
Students in bad schools are condemned to poor preparation for adulthood unless their parents are rich or unless parents can choose their child's school. Often at much less cost than public schools, Charter and private schools demonstrate significant educational results for the same children that were failing in, and dropping out of, public schools.
Yet, instead of embracing the tremendous benefits to children from school choice, progressive politicians, in support of the education establishment, fight against school choice.
Some of the first actions of President Obama, New York's new Mayor de Blasio, and Governor Hassan have been to close down, or stop creation of, charter schools and/or stop school choice programs, despite their extraordinary results.
Progressive politicians have become masters at offering privileges in exchange for campaign support. What is best for most Americans, in this case what is best for children, is sacrificed to benefit the special interest groups and the politicians themselves.
Conservatives believe that the purpose of public education is not to support the education establishment, but to provide an education that prepares students for a successful adulthood. Therefore, conservatives encourage school choice and competition to develop continually improving techniques, tools, and educational results.
Conservatives want everyone to be successful. The fight for changes that improve public school results is just one area where conservatives have been fighting to improve Americans' lives.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:37
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the Faith, Hope, and Love Foundation we would like to send our sincere thank you to all of our amazing community members that made the eighth annual Gowns for Girls event a raving success.
It started with you all rallying your friends and collecting your old prom and bridesmaids dresses and dropping them off at one of our fabulous dress drop-off locations. Thank you to the Pemi Youth Center, Divine Inspirations, Sunday's Salon and Spa, the Dressbarn in the Tilton Tanger Outlets, the Barn Doggie Daycare and the Nashua/Merrimack YMCAs for allowing us to take over parts of your businesses over the last five weeks.
Next, the local media outlets offered to help spread the word. Thank you to WEZS 1350 for interviewing us about the event, thank you to Bob Martin of the Laconia Citizen for interviewing us and thank you to Mix 94.1 FM, The Citizen, the Concord Monitor, and The Daily Sun for mentioning our event.
A huge thank you goes out to the local schools, guidance counselors and social workers that brought the girls.
We have been blessed to have been given the use of the Meredith Bay Colony Club. Thank you to all of their staff, especially Joey their maintenance man, for helping us set up for the day and clean up. A huge thank you to all those that live at Meredith Bay Colony Club for allowing us to take over there home for 10 hours.
Then came the outpouring of volunteers. We had dozens of emails requesting to volunteer at this years event. Thank you to our amazing FHL volunteers. A special thank you to our Gowns for Girls Committee Chairs Lara Gruner and Aimee Lee
We had to feed our volunteers, so thank you to Hannaford for the gift card and board member Mandy Nartiff for donating food to feed everyone.
This year we were short a few clothes racks, but have no fear, once again our amazing community pulled through without skipping a beat. TJ Maxx of Gilford donated five clothes racks and steamer for our use, and the Ecetera Shop in Meredith offered us two racks. We are so appreciative.
Thank you to Sherri Collis who came to alter the dresses, Megann Sanborn who took the girls' photos, Lea from Sunday's Salon and Spa for doing the girls' makeup and Naomi Hastings for taking a day out to do up-dos for the girls. Thank you to Tammy Giroux for the beautiful donation of corsages.
Thank you to the girls for making it such a special day of faith, hope, and love.
Co-Founder Jessica Dutille kick-started the event with a motivational speech about inner beauty and the importance of being one's self and the epidemic of bullying in our society. She read, "You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are." — by Melissa Etheridge. Jessica's speech certainly did resonate with the girls. An overwhelming majority of girls in their exit survey expressed that this was one of the best days of their lives, and they have never felt so beautiful and accepted for who they are.
So in closing, for whatever role you played in our eighth annual Gowns for Girls Event we thank you. You never know how your actions will benefit a future generation. Thank you for your positive actions for paying it forward and for just being you.
As Margaret Meade once said, "Never underestimate that a small group of individuals can change the world. It's the only thing that ever has."
Thank you and in sincere appreciation the FHL Co-Founders, Advisers and Board of Directors
Laura L. Brusseau
Co-Founder Faith Hope and Love Foundation
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:22
To The Daily Sun,
Today, April 15, is the first anniversary of the terrible bombing at the Boston Marathon.
A family came to this country for political asylum. Yet they traveled back to the country they were escaping from on vacation. How can this be?
I am not one for making government bigger and adding more laws. But, if there ever should be a law, then we should mandate, if a person comes to the U.S. for political asylum, then they should not be allowed to go back to the country they are escaping. Something should be done with their passports.
We should tell prospective immigrants that if they are allowed in the U.S. under political asylum, they will not be allowed back to their country. I wonder how many will change their minds. Maybe political asylum will actually be granted to those who really want it.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:18
To The Daily Sun,
In his April 15th letter, Mr. Osmer went to a lot of trouble to ferret out people who disagree with the theory behind the "Laffer curve." I applaud him for all his effort. However, I have a few points of rebuttal.
First, in the case of tax reductions under Presidents Kennedy, Reagan, and Bush, the results showed increases in tax revenues occurred when the tax rates were lowered. In Mr. Osmer's original post, he claimed that the Bush tax cuts cost us a loss of $1.8 trillion in tax revenues. However, following the citations provided by Mr. Osmer, I could not find anything to support the findings of the author of that claim.
Next, and perhaps most importantly, is the fact that under both President Bush and his successor, President Obama (who retained the majority of the Bush tax cuts), revenues have steadily increased. However, spending has far outpaced that revenue growth. If Mr. Osmer would go into Forbes and add up the net worth of the list of citizens who are billionaires, he would find that even if the government taxed/confiscated their entire fortunes, we wouldn't get enough money to run the country for a year.
I will say again, this is not a Democrat or Republican issue . . . it is about our country surviving. The old adage, 'If you're in a hole, the first thing you have to do is stop digging,' is what we should be paying attention to. If we keep spending 40 percent more than we take in, we will all lose.
Finally, President Obama is in his sixth year in office. At what point does he become responsible for his actions?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:13