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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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

Rosemary Landry

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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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Torture remains torture no matter who engages in it

To The Daily Sun,

"America our nation has been beaten by strangers who have turned our language inside out, who have taken the clean words our fathers spoke and made them slimy and foul. All right, all right we are two nations." — John Dos Passos. 

In Edward Everett Hale's story Man Without a Country, Philip Nolan feels so alienated from the United States that he renounces his citizenship and becomes a man without a country, I am fast approaching this point. The country defined by Bush, Cheney and the CIA apologists in the wake of revelations in not one in which I wish to live.

The acts which they describe were not the acts of immature ignorant individuals such as Lindie England, but organized systematic acts carried out by a bureaucracy in cold blood much like the tortures of the Inquisition. By descending into this abyss (aka the dark side) those who applied enhanced interrogation techniques (aka torture) joined the ranks of Torquemada, Eichmann, and Bin Laden himself. Torture remains torture whoever engages in it. Senator McCain seems to have no doubt that water-boarding, so-called, is somewhat more serious than a frat boy prank.

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" — Samuel Johnson.

It is not even true that torture and the Patriot Act have prevented further terrorist attacks. The bombing outside the Boston Public library where I have spent a great deal of time struck a little too close to home. Bush, Cheney, and other apologists seem to be saying there are no moral absolutes, that the end justifies the means. 

If these measures were intended to protect me the cost is more than I am willing to pay. To trade freedom for security is a compromise that can become a deal with the devil — not only do those who compromise not deserve freedom, but eventually they will lose it entirely, with no real increases in security.

To compare Bush, Cheney with Eichmann is unfair; Eichmann had sufficient moral sense to know how odious his conduct was and went into hiding. Bush and Cheney went on television. If Bush, Cheney, and "the Compant" dislike being included with Torquemada they should stop acting like Torquemada.

Paul Frohock


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