To The Daily Sun,
The letter to the editor by Hunter Taylor in Friday's Sun was by far the most informative on the subject of the county jail of any to date. After reading it the question has to be asked "is he referring to a jail or a private school?" This is information that should have been put out to the public by the commissioners instead of a private citizen, but of course they wanted it to be known by as few people as possible.
In order for more people to be aware of this information I request that t\The Sun reprint it on the front page of the paper with a proper headline. I also hope that Mr. Taylor has sent it out in e-mail and Facebook form to all of his associates and that they send it on to theirs so as many people as possible can absorb it before the upcoming elections.
I couldn't agree with his comments more and hope that he continues to add to the conversation in The Sun. Belknap County needs more of his ilk.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 08:17
The unofficial end of summer, Labor Day, may serve as a bookend to a scandal that exploded around the unofficial start, Memorial Day. We speak of the very long wait times to see primary care providers at veterans hospitals and, more seriously, the doctoring of records by some hospital administrators to hide that reality.
Back in May, this writer erred in underestimating the wrongdoing at hospitals run by the Department of Veterans Affairs. She'd been swayed by friends who had nothing but praise for their VA hospital experiences — and independent studies by the likes of RAND showing higher patient satisfaction in VA hospitals than in privately run ones.
Also, the blast of outrage bore all the signs of another right-wing attack against "evil" government and, with it, a call to privatize another of its services.
The media, meanwhile, were facing the news desert of a quiet, long weekend. So what perfect timing — especially over a holiday honoring those who served — to flog the accusation that the government was killing veterans by the thousands.
That incendiary charge has thus far proved to be unfounded. The VA inspector general's office has been investigating the deaths of veterans waiting for primary care appointments. So far, it's failed to find evidence of veterans dying because they were on those lists.
The inspector general did uncover some worms, however: Hospital administrators were faking data about those delays. Punishment is being meted.
At the bottom of this emotional story sits a very plain vanilla villain: the nationwide shortage of primary care medical professionals. This scarcity plagues the entire American health care system, government-run and private alike.
In a highly market-based system such as ours, providers go where the money is. That would be the more lucrative medical specialties — and in hospital settings rather than doctors' offices.
In most other countries (though not Canada), patients have shorter waits to see primary care providers. Reliance on expensive specialists to treat conditions that a family doctor could handle helps explain why America spends so much more on health care than do other rich countries.
The reason we know more about the waits at the VA than the ones in the private sector is governments require that such records be kept. The private system does not.
A $16 billion fix for the VA's primary-care problem was signed this month by President Obama. Thousands of such doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are being hired. Most of the money, however, will pay for veterans on long waiting lists — or who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility — to see private providers.
Thus, conservatives got some of what they wanted and some of what they didn't. In their plus column, the system is now somewhat more privatized. In the minus column, conservatives had to approve spending these billions — and after they had blocked a vote in February to spend large sums on some of the same things.
A handful of Republicans refused to vote for the bill, insisting that the entire VA system needs a multiple bypass.
"We need structural changes," said Rep. Jack Kingston, a Georgia Republican, "a purge of those who made this mess, and more choices for our veterans." "More choices" is code for privatization.
Turns out government can't promise good health care to the growing numbers of veterans — whether through public or private facilities — without spending a lot of money. That's the way it goes.
All is quiet now on the VA hospital front. But where are the 2-inch headlines noting that the 3-inch headlines about murdering veterans were way off? Don't even bother answering.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
To The Daily Sun,
According to Article I of the New Hampshire Constitution: "When men enter into a state of society, they surrender up some of their natural rights to that society, in order to insure the protection of others." These words are meant to set the tone for a state government that is created to serve the common good.
All of us can remember a time when state representative were proud of the services, funding and assistance they brought to the voters, towns and businesses in their districts. Today, my incumbent opponents appear to have no philosophical interest or desire to use their office in serving the common good by helping our people or businesses succeed. Apparently, it's just not their job anymore.
First, they say we should cut back on the role of government. Next, they claim government incompetence and waste ... and then their conclusion: We shouldn't even try to repair our local roads, provide inexpensive health care, protect women's rights or encourage business.
It's time that we elect reps who speak and work for the people and towns of their districts. I hope to be such a representative. Our officials should only be rewarded with re-election for bringing services and assistance from Concord to our districts.
Democratic State Rep Candidate
Moultonborough, Sandwich & Tuftonboro
Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 08:48
To The Daily Sun,
We are holding an auction on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the VFW in Laconia. This event is being held to help raise funds for Morgan Corliss. Morgan has a rare kidney disease. Her kidney has failed and she is in desperate need of a transplant. She is suffering daily from seizures and constant pain.
Her mother is currently on an unpaid leave of absence from work to help care for Morgan. Morgan has recently been admitted into the hospital to help manage her pain and seizures. Her insurance is not able to cover all of this stay, making this time even more difficult for Morgan and her family.
We are looking for donations of any denomination. We will be collecting donations until the day of the event. Please feel free to contact me at (603) 455-0787 for any additional information that you may need. Thank you in advance for your generosity. All donations are appreciated and will be used toward the organization of this event and to help Morgan and her family, get through this tough time.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 06:34
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to Laconia High School students and their parents:
On Tuesday, Aug. 26, we will open the doors and welcome our students to the 2014-2015 school year. We are very excited about this coming year for many reasons.
Thanks to the tax payers of the City of Laconia, we have improved air quality throughout the building, installed water sprinklers for fire suppression throughout the building, air conditioning in the auditorium and library, have several completely renovated classrooms that look outstanding, and added new ceilings throughout the academic wing.
Thanks to our students caring about being college and career ready, we have the highest number of students taking our most rigorous courses (AP/Honors), the highest number of students in our Project Running Start (college credit) courses, and the highest number of students engaging in our calculus program (four courses).
As we begin this school year, there will be construction activity still going on. Construction by the City of Laconia will be going on in front of the building and that will impact traffic patterns for the high school. Parents may drop their student(s) off in front of the Huot Career Technical Center by turning into the Laconia High School entrance that is after the Autozone Store. Please drop your student at the corner where Mr. Warrender is located. This will facilitate traffic movement and ensure greater student safety. You will exit out of the Huot Career Technical Center parking lot on to Dewey Street.
If you want to drop your student off at the Student Activities Office, you may enter the teacher parking area at the north end of the building and drive to the side entrance of the school. Please remember that this will also be where buses drop off while road construction is going on and that you will need to drive around the building and exit off of Dewey Street if you drop your child at the side entrance of the school. The side entrance doors will be secured at 7:23 this year and only the front main doors will be used for student access after that.
The front doors of the school are also the place you will want to go if you want to drop something off during the school year, go to a meeting, pick your child up due to illness, or drop them off if they are coming in tardy. If you are picking up your child due to disciplinary reasons, you should go to the side entrance and report to the Student Activities Office.
We are asking all parents to be patient with the expected traffic congestion that we know we will experience as we open the school year. Given this reality, plan on leaving a little earlier if you are transporting your student to school and be patient waiting in any lines that develop.
Freshman parents and students, if you would like to see the building and look for your rooms in preparation to the opening of school, you may come into the building on Monday, Aug. 25, to walk the halls and find your rooms. Regular staff will not be working these days so make sure to bring your schedule with you. If an administrator is available, we will be happy to walk with you so you begin to get a feel for the building. Due to construction that was ongoing throughout the summer, we apologize that this was not a component in our Orientation. We are thrilled that 115 freshman showed up for orientation last Thursday and are looking forward to having each new student add to our school community this fall.
If you have any questions that we can help you with as we prepare to open this school year, do not hesitate to contact the main office at Laconia High School.
Jim McCollum, Principal
Laconia High School
Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 08:39