To The Daily Sun,
It's always puzzled me why both political parties have always struggled to get their base to the voting booth. As an independent I'm happy that I'm not part of a base, whatever that means.
The United States ranks dead last of the top 11 developed nations in health care and health outcomes such as infant mortality and life expectancy. We rank 17th in reading comprehension and 21st in math. However, we do rank No. 1 in violence having 88 guns per 100 people.
If that’s not enough to fire up the Democratic base, Democrats might want to consider the recent remarks by a GOP state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt concerning Ann McLane Kuster. Steve is a graduate of Plymouth State University and living proof that some students slip through the cracks.
Another reason the Democratic Party shouldn’t have any trouble getting their base to vote is the recent tongue lashing given by Richard A. Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on the subject of voter ID laws. Posner is a Reagan-appointed conservative and arguably the most influential judge in the U.S. He recognized that voter ID laws were racist in nature and designed to favor the Republicans who stand to benefit from them.
It is astonishing how the Republican Party has succumbed to the ideology of Ayn Rand, a second-rate writer and philosopher. Yes, she sold a lot of books, but so did Grace Metalious.
How can Ayn Rand still be a "thing" in the 21st century? She’s something that one gets over and discarded like blue suede shoes. No amount of phone-calling during supper and knocking on doors will get people to vote. Voting should be a visceral experience coming from deep within us. It is the outward manifestation of seeing the world as it is and wanting to improve it.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:50
To The Daily Sun,
The recent Laconia-Gilford Lions Club Electronic Waste Collection Day on Oct. 4 was a great success, and the club is grateful to all those who participated in it. Thanks to you, we filled up one and a half large trucks with recyclable electronic items.
Special thanks to Lowe's in Gilford and to Pike Industries for the loan of their sign. The money the Lions raised will allow the club to meet pressing needs in our community including Christmas food baskets to needy families, eye exams, eye glasses, scholarships, and assistance to local food pantries among other local charities. The club greatly appreciates all of your support and looks forward to seeing you on April 18, 2015, for our next Electronic Waste fundraiser. Thank you all.
Laconia-Gilford Lions Club
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:39
To The Daily Sun,
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has launched the start of open enrollment for the Medicaid Care Management (MCM) program. By now, we expect that all Medicaid beneficiaries will have been notified about their status for MCM — be it mandatory, voluntary or exempt and open enrollment will be fully under way.
If mandatory or voluntary, beneficiaries will receive information about each health plan and how to make a decision about which one to choose. Most importantly though, people do not need to rush into a decision. Everyone will have at least 60 days to decide.
Health plan provider networks are very fluid at this time, as is to be expected, as more providers who complete credentialing are added to networks on a daily basis. Some hospitals and their affiliated physicians have completed both necessary steps in order to be listed on the provider directory, but others have not.
The two steps are contracting — all hospitals have contracts with at least one health plan, and credentialing — the process through which the health plan ensures that no one affiliated with the hospital has been excluded from participation in Medicaid or is being investigated by their licensing board, for example. This process can be time-consuming, especially for large institutions. No one should conclude that the network is inadequate or that the health plans aren't ready to "go-live" simply because a provider isn't listed on the directory yet. It is being updated daily. In fact, the plans' network development staff has informed us that New Hampshire's networks are more developed than most at 10 weeks prior to go-live.
We at DHHS are happy to see the tremendous interest in the current status of the networks and the enrollment traffic that has already occurred. That said, there is a 60-day open enrollment period and no need to rush to enroll. For those who wish to enroll now, there is the option of calling each plan for the most up-to-the-minute status of a certain provider. The other option is to call our call center to review the health plan provider directories and make a plan selection. That toll free number is: 1-888-901-4999. DHHS will also post a table of all New Hampshire hospitals with their status on our Care Management web page. This will be updated weekly. That information may be found at www.dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/caremgt/index.htm
Over the last year and a half we have come to know the health plans well and this has buoyed our confidence that the move to Medicaid Care Management is an excellent choice. Through our partnership with the health plans, DHHS expands its ability to coordinate care across the spectrum, increases its focus on quality care and quality improvement, and increases its ability to ensure Medicaid beneficiaries receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place. The immediate transition period will feel disruptive to some since even positive change can prove stressful. We remain committed to making the transition as easy and smooth as possible for Medicaid beneficiaries and their families and providers.
Nick Toumpas, Commissioner
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:36
To The Daily Sun,
You can make a difference by how you vote.
If you want to send your son to war, have a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, cut funding for the Center For Disease Control and National Institutes for Health, allow unlimited pollution of our environment, and have a large part of our citizenry without health insurance, then don't vote, or vote for a Republican.
All the analysts who know what they are talking about point out that the Obama administration is taking the right course on all the major issues facing our country. The right-wing media has a large constituency of people who let Fox and friends think for them.
On ISIS there is no way U.S. troops on the ground are going to solve the situation. It is very complex and requires the measured approach of Obama. Unless other Muslim countries are willing to put their troops on the ground, we would just be involving the U.S. in an endless war again. This would generate more fanatics attacking us in retaliation.
Vote for U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and other Democrats on Nov 4.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:32
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to address Walt Haverstein's erroneous thinking that running a state is like running a business.
1. We are not employees who walk through his door for part of our day with intent to obey him; we are constituents who have 24-hour day lives and needs all over the place. Definitely we are not neatly packaged and compliant.
2. The bottom line income for the state is not made up of nearly unlimited defense-spending dollars.
3. Boss is not the same as governor. When a group of us N.H. Peace Action folk recently walked into Nashua as part of a nonviolence action, carrying our peace signs and banners and paused at the BAE roadside sign, a security van came out to observe and make sure we got no closer than the public property borderline. A governor, however, must be approachable by all and hear all viewpoints.
The processes and goals of a defense-contractor business are not the same as the processes and goals of state government.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:28