I’m convinced that writers are submitting under multiple names

To The Daily Sun,

The letters written to the editor in the past month has made me remember letters from the past. I have a pile of prior Daily Suns, plus an envelope full of clippings written by different writers.

The letter written by Mr. Hoyt on Dec. 19 needs a answer. He wonders who writes these e-mails sent to The Daily Sun every day. Is it one person sending them in using different names? I will give some examples; you can decide for yourself.

I wrote a letter March 21, 2013, suggesting everyone watch the documentary "Hubris." I mentioned to Mr. Earle that he watch it, etc. In between the 21st and 28th of March Mr. Wiles wrote, "Henry Osmer from Hill suggests the readers, and Mr. Earle in particular, watch the documentary "Hubris." Then he writes his usual stuff until (I quote), "Before you pick on Steve again, Henry, you might want to take off your rose-colored glasses, put down your cup of utopian tea avoid MSNBC etc."

I answered his letter March 28, 2013. In response I wrote, "In reply to letter from Russ Wiles I found it interesting that Mr.Wiles was chosen by his right-wing party to write concerning my letter to Steve Earle, as he cannot speak of anything he writes," etc., etc. On Dec. 2, 2014, I read articles by Mr. Meade and Mr. Wiles on Page 4. Decide for yourself whether they could be a coincidence or collateral. (Clue, Hmmm)

I have to give Ms. Loesch a lot of credit. When she criticizes, every parrot in the pet shop starts in. However, it always seems to be Mr. Wiles at top of list. In the letter dated Dec. 20, 2013, which by the tone I believe Mr. Earle wrote, he complains of a letter written by Mr. Veverka and goes on the scandals and all the things he hates about President Obama. A letter written by Ms. Loesch on Dec. 23 asked the correct question: What did president do to you personally? This same question should be asked to every writer of hate and discontent. Yes you're correct. Here comes Mr. Wiles. His letter, dated Dec.24, starts right out the gate, "Bernadette Loesch claims she has no idea why Steve Earle hates president Obama."

I swear to the heavens above I have no idea what makes this guy tick. He has as much time to do nothing as the past administration. I could write a column on this, but realize not many would be interested. I am convinced that Mr. Hoyt has hit a homer with his letter and plenty of evidence in my opinion that some writers are using names of others in order get more letters printed daily.

My thanks to all who work at The Laconia Daily Sun for job they do in keeping us all informed of local and national news. I do find it sad that the parrots can't read as they can only relate to what they hear on Fox News. I will be looking forward to my first parrot newsletter.

Henry Osmer


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Incoming County Commissioners won’t be civil working partners

To The Daily Sun,

Shame on you Dave Schwotzer for writing about things you know little or nothing about and not telling the truth about others. You have seen a case of someone taking their bat and ball home as recent as in the past couple of years, as someone in your household resigned their position to avoid confrontation.

The employees who signed the letter supporting the firing of the (Belknap County Nursing Home) administrator had cause. You are not privy to their injustices, and rightly so. The family members of the residents in the nursing home and the residents themselves had cause.

Your comment about residents being pressured by staff to sign a petition shows your ignorance of nursing home residents. Nursing home residents are not all cognitively impaired; they have minds of their own and voices to let their opinions be known. They have even been to some of the meetings. They read the newspapers themselves and when they read your article they will, without a doubt, take offense to your insinuation that they don't have minds of their own.

You do not work at or even visit the nursing home to understand what goes on between the delegation, the commissioners, the residents and their family members and the employees of Belknap County. I do, as I am not only a taxpayer but, also an employee who has been to meetings and seen the childish behavior of the delegation in person. I may not have been present for the foul language used against Mr. Nedeau by a member of the delegation who will be coming in as a commissioner this new term, but I heard about it the very next day and then read about it in the newspaper. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to determine that the incoming commissioners would not be civil working partners for Mr. Nedeau.

I again remind you of your own family experience with this behavior and the decision your family member chose to make. If you choose to write incomplete truths, be prepared to be called out for them. As you can clearly see, I only write about what I know as fact as opposed to the ranting of someone who feels they have a score to even, truth or not.

Kim Richardson

New Hampton

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2009’s Lie of the Year – Death Panels – is making a comeback

To The Daily Sun,

You might think that since the ACA has been deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court, implemented, and met and exceeded its signup goals, that a made-up scare tactic like "death panels" would fade away. But it appears this "Lie of the Year" for 2009 is to be perpetuated by Ms. Landry, Mr. Demakowski and other conservatives. They are twisting themselves into knots trying to defend a myth and attempting to revive "death panels" amid weeks of good news of ACA successes. The only "death panels" I've found are those attempting to kill the ACA. 

Ms. Landry, if an insurance company refused to pay for surgery because the company's analysis showed a subscriber already too sick and believed surgery wouldn't save the life, or that an individual wouldn't be covered by insurance because of a pre-existing condition, would your friend Ph.D. Betsey McCaughey label them "death panels"? This kind of utilitarian rationing is exactly what Palin, McCaughey and other opponents of the ACA say they want to protect the country from — but it's rife with them already. Thousands of people are dropped from insurance rolls yearly for such reasons as typos on forms, pre-existing conditions or a family member's medical history — talk about your "death panels."

In honoring my request for "death panel" guidance, I researched Mr. Demakowski's suggestion of The Independent Payment Advisory Board. This is a section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act whose explicit task is to achieve specified savings in Medicare without affecting coverage or quality. I found that with regard to IPAB's recommendations, the law says, "The proposal shall not include any recommendation to ration health care, raise revenues or Medicare beneficiary premiums. I found nothing to indicate a "death panel."

Congressman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), referenced by Ms. Landry, is a retired physician and chairman of a House Labor and Health Subcommittee. He is considered a "kindred soul" by the medical industry, partly because he has introduced legislation to remove the IPAB provision in the ACA that is meant to rein in the growth of Medicare payments. He charges that the IPAB would deny care even though the law explicitly bars "any recommendation to ration health care." It's also interesting to note that Ms. McCaughey has strong ties to the medical industry, having served as a member of the boards of directors of medical equipment companies Genta and Cantel Medical Corporation.

Health care by definition involves life and death decisions, but Ms. Landry and Mr. Demakowski have drawn conclusions that vastly exceed the implications of their evidence.

L.J. Siden


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House of Corrections doesn’t have resources it needs to do its job

To The Daily Sun,

I'm writing in regards to the Belknap County House of Corrections. Although I understand funding available to the county commissioners is sparse, something has to change.

To suggest that the HVAC system, in its current condition at the county jail is adequate would be a dubious proposition at best. The temperatures in the building make a frigid environment for the inmates living there, as well as the employees working there.

With the influx of drug overdoses in our community as of late, one would believe addressing this issue on the corrections level would be of the utmost importance. Truth is, due to a lack of funding resources the Department of Corrections is barely able to assist inmates with addiction issues.

Also, because of limited housing and space, there is no way for inmates to adequately exercise during the winter months. I may be wrong, but I believe exercise is a civil liberty, not a privilege.

Faculty members are exerting tremendous amounts of effort to assist inmates and make the jail a better environment for every party concerned. But it's not enough. There aren't enough resources available.

Inmates need to properly be reintegrated into the community, otherwise they'll revert back to drug abuse and crime. Inmates need their civil liberties. Please bear in mind that pre-trial detainees are not convicted criminals.

The community needs to help the lost and fallen sons, daughters, fathers and mothers in our county.

I write with a first-hand knowledge because I'm an inmate at the Belknap County House of Corrections.

Tucker Cockerline


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Do homework to find out how roundabouts will affect Meredith

To The Daily Sun,

On Dec. 15, the Meredith Selectboard held a workshop at the community center regarding a proposed road improvement project. The presentation was called the Meredith US 3/ NH 25 Improvements Project. The presentation was informative. What we learned is different from what was reported in The Sun. This is part one of a four-part letter.

We learned the existing traffic signals at the intersection of Routes 3 and 25 will be removed to be replaced by a roundabout which will have one lane of traffic going around three-quarters of the it and two lanes going around one-quarter. Northbound drivers will be able to make a free right hand turn along the lake in two lanes. We learned there will be three roundabouts included in the project. The other two roundy are single lane traffic circles: one at the existing intersection of Lake Street and Hwy 3/25 [that's between the fire station and the town docks]; the other at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Hwy. 25.

We learned that the roadway between the roundabouts will be a divided highway with a barrier and an island spacer. We learned the width of the single-lane roadway will be 20 feet, for each lane in each direction. We learned that the speed in the area is expected to be limited to between 15 and 18 mph year-round. We learned that no one is claiming the change will positively impact the traffic congestion in the area, though it is hoped there will be some improvement in traffic flow. We learned that heavy congestion in an area with multiple roundabouts can cause gridlock. We learned no one could tell how much heavy congestion is exactly.

My recommendation is that you do your homework on this project. The presenters stated: Construction is scheduled to take place in 2017 and 2018, which will not solve the congestion issue, which will beautify the area, but won't cost you anything. The inference is the government is giving Meredith free money which we can either take or not take. You are encouraged to go to the public hearing in Jan. 26 and find out what's going to happen to you. It would be better if you did a little homework, to lend an informed voice to the discussion.

The video can be viewed on GraniteGrok.com.

Rosemary Landry

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