To The Daily Sun,
The residents of Laconia are doing a great job with recycling. Single stream couldn't make recycling any easier. Many residents prefer to drop their recyclables either at Lakeport Fire Station or the old Public Works garage which is fine. What isn't fine is the residents that leave their recyclables at these locations when the dumpsters are already filled to capacity.
Use a little common sense, people. This is your community and you choose to leave your trash beside the dumpster to blow around the area. Please take your recyclables to another location and if that is also full, take it back home and call Public Works. I know that they will have it emptied and returned.
I would ask the Public Works team to check the dumpsters periodically and take care of the full dumpster before it becomes a problem. No one wants pay-as-you-throw, and this is the best alternative we have.
One more note: if you are throwing electronics and lawnmowers in these bins, you will be caught. Don't ruin it for the rest of us.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:22
To The Daily Sun,
I read The Laconia Daily Sun on a regular basis and am often amused or annoyed with some of the letters written by the "regulars" with the negativity, criticism, name-calling and untruths. I usually cannot be bothered to respond to them because, quite frankly, I know nothing would changed their constant judgment of anyone who does not agree with them. It seems their world is black and white. No need to mention names, we all know who they are.
However, I cannot resist responding to the letter last week from Bev Buker, regarding LRGH turning away sick patients for lack of insurance or co-pay. I would love to know where she gets her facts, because this is not so.
LRGH is a hospital with compassionate and caring doctors and nurses, and well as all their employees. Do they ask for insurance information? Sure, as they should. Do they ask for a co-pay? Sure, as they should. Do they ask for payment arrangement plan? Sure, as they should. Do they turn sick or injured people away because of the lack of financial ability? Absolutely not. In fact, they offer a Patient Advantage Program with a very generous discount for prompt payment for services they provide, which I know is appreciated by many.
So, Bev, get your facts straight before you put your pen to paper. But regardless of your false accusations about LRGH, I am extremely confident that, should you need their care in the future, you will be treated with the same quality care as everyone else, because of their professionalism.
And while I'm at it, I challenge all writers to spend more time writing letters about the many good things worth recognition. It would be a lot more meaningful and you may actually feel good afterward.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:18
To The Daily Sun,
Another thing about Bernadette Loesch's letter of a couple weeks ago titled, "Where's the evidence of Republicans concern over folks at bottom" I'll give Bernedette a two-part answer.
First, Republicans are concerned about all Americans by trying to keep the huge and growing national government from intruding more and more into everyday people's lives. Also, they are trying to keep taxes lower, hold down red tape and waste, and desire a smaller, more efficient national government which would help create jobs and opportunities for people at every level.
Republicans want to control our borders to prevent millions of foreign workers coming in taking jobs from young Americans starting out, or retired Americans looking to earn a little more money to get by on.
Bernedette also needs to remember it was Republicans who advocated, worked for and passed the civil rights laws. (Anyone in doubt of this needs only to check Wikipedia and key segregationists in the 1960s. They give a list of 80 prominent people. Only eight were Republicans.)
Also, having missed her history classes in school, let's remind folks it was Republicans way back in the 1850s who were the abolitionists, who fought the Civil War to free the slaves in the 1860s. It was Democrats who fought to keep slaves, founded the KKK, created segregation and were responsible for more then 100 years of injustice, intolerance and persecution.
Second, more recently Democrats say they are working to help the "folks at the bottom." But where is the evidence of that, Bernedette? Black communities are worse off then ever. Unemployment is twice that of whites — among young black men nearly three times as high. School dropouts among these communities also is three times that of whites in spite of Democrats pouring money into our failing education system for the benefit of teachers' unions not students. Drugs and crime are the common denominator of the poverty created by liberal policies. Out-of-wedlock birth rated among black women is around 70 percent, almost guaranteeing lifelong poverty.
What do Democrats do about this besides pour money into programs designed to keep blacks poor and dependent on the government generation after generation after generation and incidentally voting Democratic?
So please, spare us your self-righteous, holier-than-thou left-wing baloney.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:15
To The Daily Sun,
You can tell it's an election year. Non-crises have become top priorities for the White House.
Real median household income is still lower than it was in 2007, the smallest share of Americans are working since 1978, our debt sits in record territory, and we have over 4 million, long-term unemployed — over 26 weeks. Laughably, these issues are unimportant to Democrats. All they want to talk about is racism and gender economics. Political misdirection rules the day. An example of misdirection is focusing on the size of a man's wallet as he is about to be eaten alive by a 500 pound grizzly bear.
Crimea has already fallen to the cold Russian sword, the Ukraine is next. While this happens, Obama consumes the nation with gender pay gap. Yet again he misrepresents the truth, the same way you could keep your doctor and insurance if we liked them. Obama claims women earn 77 cents for every $1 a man does. Almost all this difference is explained through common sense after adjusting for hours worked (men work longer), occupational differences, decisions about marriage/children, education and risk, equal work means equal pay.
Obama is trying once again to find another wedge to drive through American society. Most people have enough brains to recognize the bait-and-switch tactic. Didn't we pass the Lilly Ledbetter Act five years ago to assure wage fairness? Is Obama saying this is another one of his polices that failed, too? Is that the point of the gender wage inequality focus? Back then the claim was women made 78 cents to the man's $1. Is Obama now saying women have lost another penny since Lilly was passed?
Erich Holder rants all his critics are racists. He sees Jim Crow everywhere. He claims the right to vote faces ugly and divisive adversity. Thirty-four states now require voters show some form of government issued photo ID. States claim such rules uphold the integrity of the vote while the AG, Obama and Democrats scream racism.
If states are trying to suppress minority voting they are sure doing lousy job. In the past 16 years the black voting rate has increased 13 percent. In fact the voting rate of blacks over non-Hispanic whites is 2 percent larger. Still, every criticism of Obama is from white supremacists trying to suppress voting. You can read the same unfounded racial insanity slurs from several hate-spewing, goofballs that contribute to these pages.
No group embraced Obama more than the young age 18 to 33. No group has fallen from Obama's ranks faster. Why? Because no age group has suffered more under him. The young are the least wealthy age demographic in America. That did not stop Obama from saddling them with paying for the old and sick under Obamacare. Unbelievably, the young are being forced to subsidize the much older and wealthier older folks. The current "young" are the first generation to be poorer and more jobless than their parents at the same stage of life since World War II.
In 2012 Mitt Romney actually won more of the votes among voters who turned 18 during Obama's first term than the president did. The youngsters figured out quickly they had been "had" by Obama.
All the while, college loan debt has swelled to the highest in history at $1.2 trillion now causing record student loan defaults on this age group.
It is more than notable the only way Democrats think they can win is by dividing the electorate into blocks while inflaming racial and other tensions. Governing so far left has polarized the electorate. The party of status quo, big government is now deepening the national divide further because it believes it is the only way they have any hope for saving the Senate from falling.
Sadly, the liberal strategy of cultivating hate and resentment will only increase toward November. Buy some cotton, note the continued misdirection, and be entertained by the peanut gallery of room-temperature IQs that fall for it all.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 10:43
To The Daily Sun,
This letter will be the completion of my first letter published in The Daily Sun on April 15.
The articles I mention are of my choice out of many. In my opinion these are must-read articles by every veteran and all who are interested in the rest of the story.
This is a look at the human costs of two wars in 12 years. Google "total casualties Iraq Afghanistan wars." Read the article titled "U.S. casualties Afghanistan and post 9/11 conflicts." During Iraq war 4,475 service members were killed, and 32,220 were wounded. In Afghanistan 2,165 have been killed, 18,230 wounded through Feb. 5, 2013.
Next, Google "millions went to war in Iraq Afghanistan." Read the article headlined "Washington: millions went to war Iraq, Afghanistan." In brief, VA disability awards to veterans who suffer physical or mental injuries range from $129 to, $2,816 a month. Please read this article.
Next, Google "Iraq Afghan wars top 4 trillion dollars." Read this study of the Iraq and Afghan wars. In brief, at end of this article The Associated Press found that checks were still being sent to relatives of Civil War veterans 150 years ago.
These articles will assist anyone interested in continued increased deficits.
The last topic will be food stamps. This is a topic everyone should know about. But few if any talk about. Please Google "military families on food stamps." Read a letter to Dick Cheney about military and food stamps. There is also a must-watch video featuring three of the right-wing party experts. In brief, military families spend $100 million on SNAP benefits at site at military bases every year. In any given month, about 900,000 veterans live in households that use food stamps or SNAP benefits. I hope that those that will nitpick my last two letters to editor will do so pointing out sites that differ with ones I mentioned.
And finally, I have breaking news. I was sitting in my chair watching Fox News when Neil Cavoto came on at 4 p.m. His first Fox News contributor was, yup, Art Laffer of the Laffer curve. To those who watched it, the first words out of his mouth were, "W. made a big mistake when he didn't maintain Clinton era tax rates." I screamed with joy. Soon after that Cavoto went to commercial break.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 10:41