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Sanbornton Bay Association yard sale will be held Sat. June 22

To the editor,
Sanbornton Bay Association will be offering some entertainment this summer!
On Saturday, June 22, there will be a yard sale offering some wonderful treasures. The yard sale will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Leighton Farm, located at 386 Lower Bay Road, Sanbornton.
In addition to the yard sale, there will be the annual Boat Parade held on Saturday, July 6. The theme this year is "Your Favorite State". Boaters will meet at Pot Island and proceed on the west shoreline. Decorating your boats will be your way of winning a great prize.
Hope to see you this summer!
Barb Bormes

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 11:04

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Process used to propose unnecessary prison project was flawed

To The Daily Sun,
In a recent letter to the editor, Greg Knytych called for openness on the part of the county commissioners. Because of it immense costs of construction and in additional staffing, I can think of no more urgent need for candor than in the proposed new prison for Belknap County. The capital budget for the entire state is one hundred and twenty-five million dollars. This one project in a county with 5 percent of the state's
population has a proposed cost of over one-third of the budget for the entire state and all of its proposed projects.
Over the past several years, the commissioners have overseen huge increases in administrative costs. The run-up in the level of bureaucracy
was obscured by a "stimulus" whose chief legacy was increased national debt while the local private sector was left with nothing of utility. Increased and unnecessary staffing in the county was scaled back when the federal dollars were shut off and we are told that an efficient county administration is the cause of the reduction in the workforce. Of course, the staff employed should not have been added in the first instance but our very expensive personal, financial and administrative heads remain.
Some federal (stimulus) funds were used to improve the mechanical systems at the courthouse and this did make sense. Similar improvements
at the county jail would also have made sense but that would have run contrary to the commissioners' plans for an ultra-expensive new prison
and the 30 new staff that will be needed if it is built.
It is instructive to understand how this plan has been developed. Despite a huge fund balance, the last convention decided to appropriate an additional one hundred and sixty thousand dollars to hire New York City based consultants. At a time when many states have decided to close prisons rather than to open more of them, no public input into the decision making process was allowed. To have the consulting firm explain what has been decided is not at all adequate when the process itself was never open to either the public or to the delegates to the Belknap Convention.
"If you build it they will come" applies not only to the Field of Dreams but also to prisons. An outer limit to prison population escapes definition and
instead wiser jurisdictions than Belknap County have moved to community-based probation and parole which is the counterpart to community-based policing. The United States has far and away the greatest number of people incarcerated in comparison to other countries. Percentage wise, only Russia approaches our number and it is a distant second. Our fivefold increase in prisoners over the last 20 years is not driven by recidivism but rather by parole and probation violations. It is apparent that we need a new strategy to deal with this problem.
The process used to propose this unnecessary prison project was deeply flawed and its estimated annual carrying costs of over five million dollars
is unwarranted. In a county of diminishing economic opportunity, the answer to providing more and better jobs does not lie in creating more
government spending. Any expansion of government should be oriented to providing training for private sector jobs and not to funding the expansion of our county fiefdom.
Rep. Dick Burchell
Belknap 5

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 10:54

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Senators need to put aside dislike of 'Obamacare' & do what's best

To The Daily Sun,
Whether N.H. will opt into Medicaid expansion in 2014 and bring 58,000 uninsured working poor into the Medicaid program will be decided in the next two weeks as part of the state operating budget. This is a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act, which will help move us toward universal health care. Most other civilized nations in the world already provide health care coverage for all their citizens and don't limit access to care based on their income; we are just catching up.
The 13-member Republican caucus in the N.H. State Senate is where the stumbling block is right now. Fortunately, some members of the caucus are open to discussing expansion further, as the final state budget is debated. But others are so controlled by ideology — or perhaps by out-of-state conservative campaign funders like the Koch brothers — that they are in shut-down mode. This is unfortunate, for them and for all of us. The fact they are refusing to accept is that we all wind up paying for the uninsured, through uncompensated care at hospitals, community health centers and community mental health centers; and through higher insurance costs.
You can pay now or you can pay later, as the saying goes. We will all be paying a lot later unless N.H. gets with the program and starts addressing the problem of the uninsured. Please contact your state senators and ask them to put aside their partisan dislike of "Obamacare" and do what is best for the citizens of New Hampshire.
Jennifer Sereni
Board of Directors
Genesis Behavioral Health

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 01:00

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Expanding Medicaid will extend coverage to 55k N.H. working poor

To the editor,
It is clear to me after reading about the recent rallies supporting Medicaid expansion in Concord, Claremont, Portsmouth and Plymouth that the public knows that refusing federal dollars to broaden access to health care in N.H. is wrong. Medicaid expansion will allow us to offer health care coverage to over 55,000 working poor who have no access to care now.
New Hampshire has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to leverage $2.5 billion in federal dollars over the next 7 years — funds that will help reduce uncompensated care at hospitals and community mental health centers; provide health care coverage to the working poor; and increase health-related employment. It makes no sense to turn this down.
Legislators need to put aside their partisan bickering and listen. Expanding Medicaid just makes sense. Please contact your legislators as they prepare the final version of the state budget and tell them it must include Medicaid expansion.
Liz Merry
Board of Directors, Genesis Behavioral Health
Board of Trustees, LRGHealthcare

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 11:17

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More good books I would recommend to Daily Sun readers

To the editor,
A continuation of the authors and filmmakers I recommended to your readers:
1) Jeffrey Toobin — "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court". Mr. Toobin did his undergraduate work at Harvard (magna cum laude-BA). Attended Columbia Prep, Phillips Exeter Academy and got his law degree at Harvard (magna cum laude). He was the editor of The Harvard Law Review. Received the Truman Scholarship. Law clerk to a federal judge. Associate Counsel during Iran-Contra and Oliver North's criminal trial. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn.
2) Joe Nocera — "All the Devils Are Here: a history of the financial crisis". He is currently at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. Worked at the New York Times. NPR commentator. Writes for Fortune, GQ , Esquire, New England Monthly, The Texas Monthly, The Washington Monthly Magazines. Editor at Newsweek. Received his B.S. from Boston College. He was a 2007 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
3) Andrew Ross Sorkin — "Too Big To Fail: the inside story of how Wall Street and Washington fought to save the Financial System and themselves". Received his B.S. from Cornell University. Worked at the New York Times and Business Week. I responsible for breaking major new re: Chase's acquisition of J.P. Morgan & Hewlett Packard's acquisition of Compaq. Vodafone's hostile bid for Mannesmann ($183 billion). IBM's sale of PC Business to Lenovo and News Corp's acquisition of Dow Jones & The Wall Street Journal. Also reported on the government bailout of major investment banks and AIG.
4) Sebastain Mallaby — "More Money Than God" and "The World's Banker". Scholarship to Oxford University and Eton College. Senior Fellow for Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow. Contributing Editor to Financial Times. Columnist and Editorial Board Member of The Washinton Post. Writes for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Atlantic Monthly. He is The Economist's Washington Bureau Chief. Two time Pulitzer Prize finalist.
5) Roger Lowenstein — "When Genius Failed: the rise and fall of long-term Capital Management". Attended Cornell University. Reported for The Wall Street Journal for more than a decade. Has written five books and writes for: Smart Money, The New York Times, The Atlantic and Bloomberg Business Week.
6) Robert Reich — "Beyond Outrage: what has gone wrong with our economy and how to fix it" and "The Work of Nations: preparing ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism". Attended Dartmouth College (A.B. Summa cum laude), won a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University and earned his J.D. from Yale Law School (Editor of The Yale Law Journal). Served under Presidents: Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Was the Secretary of Labor during Pres. Clinton's Administration. Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at Goldman School of Public Policy and the University of California-Berkeley. Former Professor: Harvard's JFK School of Government, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Chairman and founding editor of The Harvard Business Review. Writes for The Atlantic, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Has published 14 books. Was an assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General Robert Bork. Director of Policy & Planning Board of the Federal Trade Commission. Taught at the JFK School of Government at Harvard.
7) Joseph Stiglitz, PhD — "The Price of Inequality: how today's divided society endangers our future". Field: Macroeconomics, Public economics and information economics. Was The World Bank Chief Economist, succeeded by Nicholas Stern. Was the 17th Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors. Alma Maters: Amherst College and MIT(Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Professor at Columbia University. Research Fellow at Cambridge University, England as a Fulbright Scholar. Held academic positions at: Yale, Stanford, Duke, Oxford and Princeton. Recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and is a former member , and Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD), a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. Also chairs: the University of Manchester's Brooks World Poverty Institute as well as the Socialist International Commission on Global Financial Issues and is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. He has over 40 honorary doctorates, eight honorary professorships, and an honorary deanship. The president of the U.N. General Assembly appointed Stiglitz as the chairman of the U.N. Commission on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System and commissioned a report on reforming the international monetary and financial system. Named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He is the author of 10 books, including The Price of Inequality (2021) which was on the New York Times best seller list. He gives classes for double-degree program between Sciences Po Paris and École Polytechnique in Economics and Public Policy. He was the lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize (2007). Named by Foreign Policy magazine on its list of top global thinkers. 2012 he was awarded the Legion of Honor, in the rank of officer, by French ambassador in the U.S. Francois Delattre. And last, but certainly not least: he was an advisor to the Greek government.
To be continued.
Bernadette Loesch

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 11:09

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