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Where was outrage when VA was subpar under GOP administrations

To The Daily Sun,

It's important that we not forget some salient points concerning how veterans in New Hampshire and other states have fared in getting services over the last few decades. One key point was noted in a letter recently printed in the Concord Monitor.

"In February, the U.S. Senate voted on the Comprehensive Veterans Health & Benefits & Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014. This act would have improved benefits for disabled veterans, their families and families of veterans killed in action. It also established 27 VA clinics. It was endorsed by more than a dozen veterans organizations. Unfortunately, Sen. Kelly Ayotte and 40 of her Republican colleagues killed the bill claiming that it was not paid for."

Of course, they had no problem with not paying for their fantastical invasion of Iraq.

An article from The Associated Press also stated that "11 years ago, a task force established by President George W. Bush determined that at least 236,000 veterans were waiting six months or more for a first appointment or an initial follow-up."

While more has recently been exposed about the Veterans Administration, it is clear that serious issues have existed for decades. Using Shinseki as a scapegoat is at the very least hypocritical. Given the track record of the current crop of congressional Republicans a more likely reason for their crocodile tears is cheap political grandstanding. Sen. Ayotte and other Republicans are playing politics on the backs of veterans.

Ask them: Where was the outrage from Republicans and letter writers when this was happening under any or all Republican administrations?

Bernadette Loesch


Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:48

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Iraq is falling apart, just as our generals told Obama it would

To The Daily Sun,

Another week and another crisis for Obama so what does he do? Goes golfing as is his custom, has a meeting where nothing is decided, then off to a fund-raiser. This president is the very definition of disconnect, uninterested and over his head. You would think he would at least pretend to care.

Iraq is falling apart exactly as his generals told him it would if he pulled out all the troops. Two years ago Biden was bragging about Iraq being a great achievement of the Obama administration now it's all Bush's fault again. The left keeps telling that lie as though if they tell it often enough it will become the truth. For anyone who wants or is interested in the truth I suggest going to this site on your PC.
www.youtube.con/watch?v=TUeirUsApuE or www.youtube.con/watch?v=iSwSDngw5Uc

Here you can see and hear leading Democrats swear Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. You will see and hear President Clinton's speech on Feb. 4, 1998, and Feb. 17, 1998, Madeleine Albright on Feb. 18, 1998, Sandy Berger on 2-18 98 Howard Dean on 1-13-98, Al Gore on 9-29-98, Joe Biden on Apr. 6, 2002, and Aug. 4, 2002, along with Nancy Pelosi, Jay Rockefeller, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Evan Bayh all telling America the same thing: Iraq has WMD, Iraq is a great threat to America's security and the security of the Middle East.

Today these same people are running as fast and as far from these statements as they can run and telling the lie that it was all Bush's fault. Readers can note there are plenty of liberal progressives writing to this paper swearing to those lies. But what can you expect, the truth is damning to their positions.

All partisan politics aside for a moment. I hope readers of both sides have heard about a young mother, Meriam Ibrhim, who is rotting in a prison cell in Sudan with her young son and new born daughter for the crime of being a Christian. She is married to an American so both children are American citizens. Sharia judges there have sentenced her to receive 100 lashes and then be hanged. This woman and her children are in desperate need of all our help. Please call our elected senators and congress people and urge them to do whatever is necessary to rescue this poor, desperate woman and her children. Thank you.
Steve Earle


Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:44

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Based on experience, I say 3 cheers for Manchester & Tilton VA

To The Daily Sun,

There is a lot of hub-bub going on about the Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics. The news is negative on all fronts. Well, my experience for the past three years has been quite the contrary in Manchester and in Tilton. I have found the doctors, nurses, and other staff members to be pleasant, knowledgeable, and patient. They are punctual with their appoints and explain things thoroughly.

Let everyone complain about Phoenix and other locations, but I say, "THREE CHEERS FOR MANCHESTER AND TILTON V.A.!"

Robert P. Farah, Pastor
Center Harbor Christian Church

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:40

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Establishment Republicans recognize you for money & your vote

To The Daily Sun,

It has been two years since the Republican Primary between the new State Senate District 7 contenders (Grimm and Youssef). Most primaries can be extremely competitive. Republicans are such a breed. I long for a primary every time a non-conservative, establishment candidate is holding the position. I ran against the late honorable Sen. Leo Fraser. I lost, I endorsed Leo immediately. I said then, that is was imperative that a Republican be in that seat.

Twenty years later I am so fed up with the state and national GOP that my forums have been a home to pro-American, conservative, principled Republicans for 18 years. Saturday from 8:30 to 10 (wezs.com) we will begin the healing of long-time political colleagues Ken Merrifield and myself. To quote Doug Lambert: "being your friend, is not easy".

There is more to friendships than agreeing all of the time. However, God, family, and country rise high above any politician or friend.

From many campaigns my view is the establishment Republicans recognize your existence for money, and your vote. How many of them have made themselves available to talk shows, especially mine? Could it be that some candidates would rather not ANSWER questions? And they want me to lay off? You want this job (career for many of you), then you earn my vote by answering our questions! Is the attitude; as the establishment candidate, of course you will vote for me in November. No, that is not so. When is the last time you voted right on my issues? Exactly.
Niel Young


Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:36

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I would rather get energy from an ally than the Middle East

To The Daily Sun,

Two senators have proposed a 12 cents a gallon gas federal tax increase to get funds for improving our highway and transit programs.

I have some questions. Why is both federal and state gas tax money going to transit programs and general funds?

If it is a gas tax then use it for bridges and roads? Why should the gas tax I pay go to inner city train/bus/subway service? Why should I subsidize inner-city travel?

When the gas tax was created, it was to help the general fund and not for bridges and roads. The tax was 1 cent and gas was about 10 cents per gallon.

The gas tax was increased several times but in 1956 when it was raised to 3 cents per gallon, the tax was to pay for roads and maintenance and not part of the general fund.

The gas tax increased with America's love of cars and roads, but George H. Bush increased the gas tax and half the tax was supposed to go to deficit reduction.

Well we can see how that worked. We were taxed to help bring down the deficit and instead of cutting the deficit, it is in the trillions. So let's take the money that is supposed to go to deficit reduction and put that to the roads and bridges.

Canada just approved pipeline to Pacific Coast for export to China. Canada was tired of the U.S. jerking them around. I am tired of the federal government jerking me around.

I was in favor of the Keystone Pipeline. I would rather get energy from an ally then the Middle East, especially with what is happening in Iraq now.

I paid $3.52 a gallon yesterday for gas. What will we pay next month? Next year? 5 or 10 years from now with the energy and taxing plans of our government?

Linda Riley


Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:31

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