To The Daily Sun,
I am a firm believer in freedom of choice and thought. I know that thoughtful individuals come to different conclusions on issues of the day, and I respect the value of individuals' opinions.
But I feel strongly that conclusions should be drawn from unbiased, fact-based sources. In his recent letter, Mr. Ewing based his conclusions on a very biased source: The Free Beacon is the online publication of the Center for American Freedom. The Center for American Freedom, a non-profit group, states its mission is to "to transform conservative ideas into policy." Their "reporting" cannot be treated as fact, but rather as conservative-based opinion.
Non-political, unbiased think tanks abound in our country, giving us all plenty of information on which to base our opinions. Among them is the Kaiser Family Foundation that recently found that 51 percent of the public and 67 percent of the uninsured population want more factual information on Obamacare instead of political posturing. Kaiser also found, regardless of the person's position on Obamacare, 56 percent of the public disapprove of cutting funding for the program.
To address just one of Mr. Ewing's contentions on the effect of Obamacare on the economy, I defer to two economists: Karen Davis of the Commonwealth Fund and David Cutter of Harvard. They anticipate that Obamacare will create an estimated one-half trillion dollar cut in health care spending, in part by employers, over the next 10 years. That sounds, to me, like an economic boost.
Mr. Ewing and I can agree, I hope, to disagree. But I urge him to find more even-handed sources upon which to base his views.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:01
To The Daily Sun,
Reading here in the paper that Obama spoke by telephone with the new president or Iran. All I can say is, how gullible can our president be? This is the same head negotiator who strung Britain, France and Germany along for months to give Iran the time it needed to get it's atomic program up and running. To believe that this guy has any intention of changing anything doesn't just stretch credibility, it strangles it. Are these progressives in the White House serious or are they crazy? Obama already has six or eight Muslim Brotherhood members on his staff and least we forget the Muslim Brotherhood were unindicted co-conspirators in the 9-11 attacks. They support Muslim terrorist organizations with money and politically. It has to make me wonder if Obama knows exactly what he is doing and that is to help Iran get nukes with which to attack Israel and the U.S. with?
Change of pace just a little, Leon R. Albushies letter today (Saturday) has it that the U.S. has illegally killed hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East. He's probably right if he's going by their laws, courts and such but Leon, we are going by U.S. laws. Our Congress gave our president the authority to use force against terrorist organizations that declared war against us and attacked us killing thousands of innocent people. Leon may not like it, doesn't have to buy as long as we live under U.S. law, tough!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:57
To The Daily Sun,
The news stories about Briarcrest are about a powergrab by a very small minority of property owners. Thirty-five to 50 maximum signed up, paid up members of a co-op group formed to take over the community. The other 70 plus percent of the owners have all signed up AGAINST a co-op.
There are always figures on both sides that tell a story but it is not the story of Briarcrest.
I along with most others here have lived here for many years. I am in my 18th year here and I chose this place for many reasons.
First, it is a first-class-looking and well-cared-for community. It is operated by people who know what they are doing and who care about the people who are living here. There are people who fall on hard times and when they do, management has stood up and carried or helped with the load until they were on their feet. Many families need assistance. Ruth Mooney has organized food collections and makes and delivers many baskets, many times a year.
Winter finds it way here and the crews are out at the first crack, plowing, sanding, as long as the storm lasts, all hours of the day and night, and when the storm is over they plow out the driveways. Keeping the roads open and safe are the first priority.
Second, I have peace here. We live in a safe, quiet, and non-interfering environment. We come and go as we please. We take part in social activities if we want. We respect our neighbors and their privacy. We get along because we don't get into other peoples' business or minds.
When this business of a co-op started, things changed. Neighbors were being unfriendly, insulting, and actually harassing a lot of the older residents. That comfortable feeling was gone.
In the beginning statements by the group were untrue and we were put in fear by telling us that our leases would not be good under new private ownership. Attorneys for the owners and buyers came in, assured us of the law. Our leases were good until we no longer owned the property. It was a long time before the co-op people admitted that our leases were good as long as we held the property. So, no radical rent increases as predicted could be made, and other services guaranteed in lease would still be in effect. When questions were asked, no answers were given or you were told you were out of order.
I have sent a letter to the Attorney General's Office with a copy to the Department of Elderly for harassment as I believe the original meeting and vote were illegal.
But the main thing about us is we are living free, independent lives, happy in our choice to live here. When you are in your senior years, peace of mind, independence, and the least amount of upset is all you want. We have that under present management,and they will continue to operate the community when it is sold to private buyer in the same manner at always.
We know you can always find complaints and bad opinions in any situation and you can always have hard core groups that make trouble. If they are giving false information now, harassing people, etc. what would they be like running the community.
This community was picked by the buyers because it was one of the best looking and best run communities they had seen and it is a tribute to the owners who started with nothing and built this 241 home community.
Briarcrest has always stood for quality, independent living, necessary services and rules for keeping it the most attractive modular home community in the state.
Briarcrest Estates Resident
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:53
To The Daily Sun,
It sickens me to read reports of accidents between bicycles and POWER vehicles — cars, trucks, motorcycles etc. The bicycle doesn't have a chance against all those other TANKS! Why the heck do our stupid legislators consider them as equals in combat? How many bike riders can ride and constantly look BEHIND them to escape the poorly controlled massive killing machine (ie, car or truck).
During WWII, gas rationing forced many to switch to bicycles — government was more intelligent then. They recognized the OBVIOUS! Bikes are more like pedestrians than cars, so regulated that like pedestrians, bikes MUST ride facing automobile traffic. Thus immediate drop in auto vs bike accidents.
How many more dead or maimed riders will it take for our legislators to just be logical, and at least as intelligent as were those during WWII?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:49
To The Daily Sun,
If you are not scared by Obamacare, then you don't know enough about it. Or, you are one of the very few, maybe 5 percent of the population, who will benefit from Obamacare. Or, you are completely callous to the suffering Obamacare causes millions of Americans who lose jobs, incomes, health insurance, and quality health care. Or, some combination of these.
My letters are not scare tactics, as Kate Miller of the Belknap County Democrats claims. My letters just provide information about how Obamacare destroys the livelihood of middle income Americans, reduces health care access and quality for all but the rich and politically connected, and, by injecting government bureaucrat controls, degrades America's health care system that is the envy of the world.
Congratulations to Ms. Miller for finding one of the few companies, Cumberland Farms (part of Gulf Oil), that claims to be providing health insurance to more employees because of Obamacare.
However, Obamacare has been a disaster for jobs. Most companies have reduced or eliminated hiring, cut worker hours, or even cut jobs to avoid Obamacare requirements. For example, see: http://freebeacon.com/medicare-cuts-obamacare-prompt-hospital-layoffs/
Obamcare has been a disaster for our health care system. Doctors are retiring early. Obamacare taxes, regulations, and reduced Medicare/Medicaid payments are causing many hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, clinics, research companies, medical device manufacturers, and others in the health industry to cut jobs, eliminate products, services, and even hospital beds. For example, see: http://freebeacon.com/medicare-cuts-obamacare-prompt-hospital-layoffs/
Considering all the devastation caused by Obamacare, let's hope that some people do benefit. But, most of Ms. Miller's claimed benefits are just redistribution of income or political magic, where politicians herald giving you some benefits while hiding the fact that it cost you much more in taxes or fees than the benefit was worth.
The biggest Obamacare beneficiaries are federal employees whose health insurance premiums are mostly paid by taxpayers and whose median compensation is double that of private sector employees. With 150 new federal Obamacare bureaucracies, there will be many more federal bureaucrats (including 16,000 new IRS agents examining your records) deciding everything about America's current great health care industry including what treatments you can have.
If Americans are stuck with Obamacare, then let's hope that it actually helps some people. But it will make most Americans suffer, from a stagnant economy, from higher costs for an increasingly poorer health care system, from lower incomes but higher taxes, and from less access to quality health care resulting in more pain and early deaths.
Obamacare is not worth the suffering it causes. Americans were right to oppose it originally and are right now to demand Obamacare's total elimination.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:35