To The Daily Sun,
Well the Government has shut down, so please thank the GOP House, especially the self-centered Tea Party. They had their chance to vote for a clean bill but they had to add something about the ACA while knowing it would never pass the Senate. The finger pointing has started but the GOP still has the ball, we can even see it, while they try to hide it. The Dems point at the GOP and the GOP point at the Dems and Obama. It was interesting hearing Cruz play the blame game as he twisted and turned words around to suit his point. Almost sounded believable if one didn't know the truth. It was never about deficits or budgets. The GOP even had to change the reason for the shutdown before each vote. It was to expensive, it didn't work (hadn't even started yet), to confusing, was unfair and discriminated against government workers. Was never a shortage of reasons against it even though they did like certain parts of it. They have always been saying about the ACA — repeal and replace — but they have NEVER said what they would replace the ACA with or how they would fix it.
The answer to this is they will replace the ACA with nothing or no health care at all. So if you get sick you will go broke and end up on Medicare or Medicaid so the taxpayers pay for your care. This seems acceptable to the fiscally-responsible, job-creating GOP. But we have a law called the Affordable Care Act that is suppose to save money and create jobs which they are trying to block. You will be able to afford it with all the incentives and credits which should reduce the burden on the taxpayers.
Why don't they want to help the citizens of our country is beyond me. One reason, I believe is, is that most of the people covered will be low income and people of color and we know from the treatment of our president the last four years how much they like people of color. They also mention numerous complaints, lost jobs, high premiums, confusion etc. Amazing this has only happened in their districts. I also hear the complaint about socialized medicine — horrors! Would that be like the other socialized programs we have, like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, child labor laws, women voting, 8-hour work day, unions, other womens' rights, etc.? People tried blocking these back then and I would think some would still like these laws to go away now. Doubt that will happen soon.
So, again, as the Gov of Kentucky said "get over it and move on" The scarey part is we still have the debt ceiling to go through.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 12:28
To The Daily Sun,
Obamacare is The Law Of The Land. I'm confused. I thought when a law is passed it applies to all. According to Obama, it's here to stay. The people and the courts have spoken.Though I dont agree, it's the way we do things in this country. That's why we vote. Health care for all, paid for fairly by all. We are now learning that's not the case. Obama took it upon himself to change the law, after the fact.
Since when does a president have the right to change the law of the land? Nixon thought he was above the law. History has a strange way of repeating itself.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 12:25
To The Daily Sun,
"We the People" — that is, most Americans — consider themselves somewhat savvy, even street-wise, and possess an ample amount of common sense to know when someone is selling us a bill of goods, or the Brooklyn Bridge.
If you want to sell me Obamacare, Mr. President, then answer me this: why was there a photo shoot when you signed it into law but no photo shoot of you being the first one to sign up for it?
Here's a novel idea for you, Mr. President, for once during your administration, try leading by example. Or, as they say in Missouri, "Show Me".
Nancy ("We have to pass it so we can see what's in it") and Harry "the Veto" Reed were quick to sign it into law but adamantly refused the opportunity to sign up for the president's signature piece of legislation and closed down the government to prove their point.
To be honest, you can't blame Harry Reed and the Democrats, as they are only following the president's orders — "No Negotiations". Now, where have I heard that saying before? "I was only following orders?" Oh well, it must have been a different dictator.
Seriously though, how is it that the legislative branch of the government can implement a law yet they are exempt from following it?
If this law is so necessary and affordable then the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches of the government, including all government workers, should be signed up for it and no one should be exempt, including special interest groups and favorite unions?
I can see it now, the old and sick will not receive their entitlements, hospitals will close there will be no police or fire protection, garbage along with starving people will pile up in the streets and we'll have to push grandma over the cliff.
Quick, someone call Rom Emanuel, it's a Democrats delight, it's a crises in the making. Don't let it go to waste; let's make the most of it.
Given the fact that no one in government has signed up for Obamacare and with all the exemptions there's just not enough money coming in to make it viable.
Anyone with an ounce of common sense; that is with exception of the current administration, will tell you that you can't spend more than you make and remain solvent, unless of course you're a graduate of a school that implemented the Common Core curriculum as dictated by Obama under the United Nations Agenda 21.
Keep in mind that this is only round one. We have the debt ceiling debate looming in the shadows and if the Republicans don't blink, Obama will have two choices: go on a golfing vacation or call out Homeland Security. Don't think for one minute Obama has disregarded or dismissed the latter. Stay tuned for round two.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 10:19
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the WOW Trail Board, I would like to thank all involved in making the 5th Annual WOW Fest our best event yet, raising over $22K for the WOW Trail. It was a perfect day for people to get out and bike, run or walk and celebrate outdoor recreation while supporting the continued expansion of the WOW Trail.
We are grateful for our generous sponsors listed below and ask that you help us thank them through support of their businesses. In particular, we thank our Presenting Sponsor, Bank of New Hampshire, for their continued support of the WOW Trail.
FESTIVAL SPONSORS: Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region, Fratello's Italian Grille, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Rowell's Sewer & Drain, T-Bones Great American Eatery, Taylor Rental, The Common Man, Tritanium Sports.
EVENT SPONSORS: Awakening Chiropractic, Amoskeag Beverages, Binnie Media, Bodycovers, Gail Beane Graphic Artist, Meadowbrook Bank of NH Pavilion, Salmon Press, Shaw's of Gilford, Subway, The Citizen of Laconia, The Laconia Daily Sun, The Weirs Times.
TRAIL SPONSORS: Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, Big Cat Coffees, Contigiani's Catering Service, Cross Insurance, Franklin Savings Bank, Gator Sign Shop, Hackleboro Orchards, H&M Towing, HEB Engineers, Lakes Region Coca Cola, Lakes Region Triathlon Club, MC Cycle & Sport, Matthew J. Lahey, Esq., MetroCast, Performance Health,Stephen J. Smith & Associates, The Home Depot, Tilton Veterinary Hospital, Tylergraphics.
A big thank you to our 90 volunteers that gave their time and worked to make this event run smoothly for the participants. We would also like to thank Kathleen Merriam, David Stamps and Lakes Region CERT, Capt. Matt Canfield and the Laconia Police Department, Laconia Public Works Department, Kevin Dunleavy and Laconia Parks & Recreation and especially the Laconia Fire Department for their help and participation to include the raising of the flag and leading the walk with their team.
We would also like to recognize Catherine Martinez of Alton for joining us to sing the National Anthem and Judi Taggart and Michael Gagnon for photographing the event.
Special acknowledgement goes to our Team Challenge winners:
— WOW What A Team! (most participants) – Awakening Chiropractic
— WOW Green ($$$) Team! (most money raised) – Patrick's Pub & Eatery, with special recognition going to fundraisers, Debbie Herrington and Vinnie Boulanger
— WOW You Look Good! ("best dressed") – Laconia Fire Department
— WOW 5K Cup! (fastest 3 5K runners) – Awakening Chiropractic
— WOW 10K Cup! (fastest 3 10K runners) – Patrick's Pub & Eatery
These businesses and their patrons really step it up for this event and we appreciate it.
Lastly, I would like to thank the WOW Fest Committee. This group puts in countless hours to make it all happen, demonstrating their commitment to the WOW Trail project: Tom & Lori Oakley, Festival Directors; Allan Beetle, Marketing & Sponsorship; Roy Cuddahy & Tony Limanni, Bicycle Challenge Directors; Jamie Poire, Race Director; Ann Saltmarsh, Walk Director; Jennifer Bailey, Registration Coordinator; Darcy Peary, Volunteer Coordinator; Jan Buitendag, Tritanium Sports; Suzanne Perley and Gretchen Gandini.
Thank you all for making WOW Fest '13 another great day for the WOW Trail.
WOW Trail Board
WOW Fest Event Director
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 10:14
To The Daily Sun,
Dear Ms. Brenda Baer:
OMG! I can't believe, you of all people, have fallen for the misinformation rhetoric ploys of the anti-co-op people at Briarcrest Estates (BcE)! Let me try to set straight some of your misconceptions.
I, too am a resident of Briarcrest Estates, now for five years and previously visiting, nearly every day, my parents since they moved here in 1997 from a condominium situation. I am quite familiar with the BcE community and have experienced the largesse of the management myself. Briarcrest is indeed a first-class place to live, as you have said, with the excellent work of the grounds crew in all seasons under the firm hand of the management. We all feel safe here and wanted a place to live that was worry-free. I have no beef with you as we see Briarcrest Estates now.
Some of the points I'd like to make are:
— First of all, the Lakemont Cooperative was not formed to "take over" the BcE community, only to determine our own destiny instead of being at the mercy of an out-of-state company that needs to make a profit for its shareholders. All profits of the Lakemont Co-operative will be plowed back into the park and after a couple of years, that amount of money is substantial. Lot rent increases will go up approximately $10 per year till up to about the 9th year, when the lot rents may be stabilized for an unknown amount of years.
— All residents of BcE were invited to join the cooperative for a $25 refundable fee (refunds are if the co-op fails to purchase the park). You have to join the cooperative in order to vote on anything the cooperative does.
— New Hampshire State Statute RSA 205 (deals with residents buying their park) allows tenants to form a co-op in order to offer a purchase and sales agreement to the seller/owner of the park and that seller/owner must "negotiate in good faith" with this purchase and sales offer. If the seller/owner fails to "negotiate in good faith" with the P&S offer, he could incur a penalty, which would be divided up among the tenants of the park. (Please look up RSA 205 online for precise wording.) That same law does not mention the number of tenants it takes to make a co-op legal, nor does it mention which tenants would get a part of the penalty money.
— That same RSA 205 mentions that the co-op, once formed, had 60 days to offer a purchase & sales agreement which they did, despite the seller/owner taking legal action against the co-op several days before the deadline.
— You are right about when the nastiness began and continued unabated until a "cease and desist" letter from the Lakemont Coopertive lawyer to the Briarcrest Estates lawyer. Tell me, do you really believe the co-op group would make up letters/notices against themselves (signed "concerned resident(s)"] then rip them down? What would be their reasoning to do this? I have copies of most of those "concerned resident(s)" notices and they are full of misinformation! As far as I know, the co-op has not knowingly made any false statements about leases, lot rents, services, management, or the other prospective buyer. You can go online yourself to find out about Hometown America headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Maple Holdings and Redevelopment is a company of Hometown America.
— If you had come to the informational meeting on September 27, held by the Lakemont Cooperative at the Gilford Community Church Youth Hall, you would have seen the "proforma" (a spreadsheet-type document) which showed that the co-op would be able to handle the $10 million purchase of Briarcrest Estates with a profit even in the first year. In fact, we were told by ROC-NH (Resident Owned Communities - New Hampshire) that at least three local banks are vying for our business! That means all monies would be handled locally for years and years. And, as soon as the park owner complies with the laws of New Hampshire and negotiates in good faith with the Lakemont Cooperative and the other prospective buyer, the co-op will be able to provide all tenants with the co-op "proforma" (spreadsheet), with all the necessary and correct income and expense figures if the co-op buys the park. But then again, maybe you didn't see the meeting notice because it was torn down several times.
— The Lakemont Coopertive's purchase and sales agreement offer was almost exactly like the one from Maple Holdings and Redevelopment including keeping the Mooneys on the payroll for the similar two years.
— The Lakemont Coopertive Board of Directors are all volunteers and will not get paid for their service, nor will any subsequent board of directors. The co-op will contract out with local companies for any and all services that may be needed, including a financial management firm to collect rents and do tax reports.
— As for the "poll" that was taken up at the Community Center, it has no legal standing. Some residents were told lies and harassed to scare them into "voting" for the sale of BcE to Maple Holdings. And certainly, it was not the co-op members doing anything untowards.
I hope I have given you and other residents of Briarcrest Estates enough information to dispel the "misinformation" that is out there and get you thinking about joining the Lakemont Cooperative to run this community of ours the way we want without interference from an out-of-state entity.
Briarcrest Estates Resident
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 10:10