Gas prices are coming down but will they stay down after election?

To The Daily Sun,

How can so many bad decisions all come back to kick Obama in the pants all at once?

This past eight or 10 days alone has seen the Secret Service prostitute scandal revisited because the original claim that no White House staff were involved apparently was not true.

Over in Iraq, the president's spokesman is telling reporters, is that the president's strategy against ISIS is working. All the while ISIS has captured two more towns in Anwar province and has surrounded another and is only a few kilometers away from the airport in Baghdad. If that airport is captured does that mean our troops (advisers) on the ground and diplomats will then be trapped? Obama doesn't deny that, but seems in no hurry to do anything about it. After all an election is coming up, no time to tell the truth.

Speaking of truth why is it that our state's Democratic incumbents to Congress refuse to talk about their records? Well, not much positive to say about that when everything Obama did has harmed working people and families and they voted for everything Obama wanted. They can't deny it, so they use personal attacks, smears and lies against their opponents.

I have to laugh when these Democrats complain about the "golden parachutes" and wealth of this one or that. Give me a break. All three of these women are set for life with government pensions, government health care the likes of which we working families can only dream of. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black?

Gas prices are coming down. Swell, but will they stay down after the election? Call me a pessimist, but for some reason I just doubt it. For six years our Democratic representatives have voted for every harebrained, socialist program guaranteed to raise the cost of living for everyone. So now they are telling everyone Republicans are the bad guys. With friends like Obama and his followers who needs enemies?

National debt is at or near $18 trillion. Our credit rating was reduced for the first time in history under Obama all the while he smiles at us on TV and lies, deceives, covers up, and stonewalls, and our three Democratic incumbents join right in with him. No wonder they don't want to talk about their records.

Steve Earle


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It is my privilige to support the re-election of Andrew Hosmer

To The Daily Sun,

State Senator Andrew Hosmer, representing Lakes Region communities, was first elected two years ago. Andrew works hard. He quickly gained a reputation in Concord for his ability to listen and lead.

Andrew's experience as a positive and problem-solving business leader has served us well in a political climate too often dominated by negativity. Andrew stands out as a beacon of excellent judgment. He has been an extraordinary senator.

It is my privilege to support his candidacy for re-election. A vote for Sen. Andrew Hosmer is a vote for the very best in New Hampshire government.

Philip T. McLaughlin


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Rep. Ian Raymond is problem solver who's always willing to help

To The Daily Sun,

State Rep. Ian Raymond is an expert in alternative energy sources. And, he knows how to work with people to get things done.

He lead the effort to build the biomass plant that heats Winnisquam High School. Not only did he work effectively with a large group of people to get it done, he wrote the grant that financed the construction. The community has already benefited to the tune of almost $1 million in energy savings.

In addition to knowing about energy alternatives, Ian is attuned to the issues in our community. He's a powerful voice for saving money while providing needed services. And, as I've discovered, he's a good listener, a creative problem solver and he's always willing to lend a hand.

Please re-elect Ian Raymond on Nov. 4.

David Pollak

Candidate for Belknap Co. Commission


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Obama's slow, indiecisive decision making isn't protecting us

To The Daily Sun,

Barack Obama may not be the creator of Ebola, but if it spreads its horror and death across the United States he will surely be culpable. Slow, indecisive decision making, that are the hallmarks of Obama's presidency will leave a path of death and destruction this country will never forget.

The milkmaid president empowered ISIS. His delays and indecision increased every Americans risk of harm from terrorism. Now we witness the same failure again with his Ebola inaction and hesitancy. As Don Ewing correctly pointed out, this country should be stopping all air flights from the west African countries engulfed in Ebola to minimize Americans exposure to the disease. Every decision from Obama, if they are ever come are all weighed with a wet finger to the political wind, not what is best for all Americans. Obama is making the same politically motivated mistake again with consequences that carry a gravity of death unimaginable.

If you sitting in your easy chair reading this, comforted by the fact America is the home of great health care (which it is) and that fact will save you, think again. An Ebola outbreak here of any significance will see the same or similar death rates that have been seen every place else. A clean hospital is not sufficient to turn back the course of the disease. Ebola has the highest death rate of just about any disease known to man at 47 percent.

Consider the herculean efforts it took to treat just one man, missionary Kent Brantley flown to a special containment unit at Atlanta's Emory University hospital. A unit most hospitals do not even have. At the height of the disease, Kent was vomiting and excreting five to 10 liters of fluid a day that needed immediate replacement. That is massive fluid loss. It is how Ebola kills its victims so quickly. The fluid loss is so great it shuts down vital organs. It took a team of 26, highly trained specialists providing round the clock care to treat just one man. Do you think you're going to get that level of care? Or, that in a real outbreak anyone is going to get that level of care? Think again.

Kent's needs were so acute and time-sensitive a makeshift lab had to be set up in the room next to him to get information fast enough to respond. In the end 3,200 pounds of stuff had to be autoclaved (heated to 350 degrees) to be sure the all virus was killed. Did it all get killed? Did some item or items get missed out of thousands? Do you think hospitals have the capacity to treat and sanitize tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of pounds of stuff in a real outbreak? I don't. If they don't, they sure are not going to say so for fear of causing panic.

With the CDC it is all about panic control. You will be safe till your dead. When asked about the cost of Kent's care Emory would only say it was prohibitively expensive. One would think a million dollars or more for a few days of care if not more. Is your insurer going to pay that? Could private insurers go broke at those costs in an outbreak?

How the epidemic becomes a pandemic: The local municipal sewer head in Atlanta called Emory Hospital wanting assurance no Ebola virus was being flushed into the system despite the fact the CDC has already sent out rules and regulations for this. Many delivery services called Emory reminding them they could and would stop deliveries if they felt at risk. That means people delivering critical stuff required to provide care will stop if they feel at risk. Even the pizza delivery shop called saying the same thing. No pizzas coming ... this is the real risk. People become concerned first for their own safety and that of their loved ones. The death spiral of a pandemic begins. It so easy to see it after this one experience.

Consider the risk employers face, the lawsuits they could set themselves up for by sending employees to high risk, life-threatening locations? Employers will be protecting themselves and their employees with good reason, immediately. Commerce stops.

When I say Barack Obama is not doing enough to protect us. I say it from common sense, not political triangulation.

Tony Boutin


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Vote to end this expensive legal fiasco . . . vote for Democrats

To The Daily Sun,

County politics are often overlooked in the unending barrage of political information, so why should you care? The people who work for the county are your neighbors, friends, relatives, old school chums, or your children or grandchildren attend the same schools as theirs, perhaps they go to your church or shop in the same stores, eat at the same restaurants, in other words, they are like us.

As you may know, the political power struggle between the Belknap County Delegation's Executive Committee and the Belknap County Commission has put our county employees in yet another unnecessary situation. The latest development is that the county is telling these employees that they must pay the county portion of their medical insurance premium in addition to the employee portion.

The starting hourly wage for a full-time licensed nurses aide is $12.80 plus benefits, or $26,624. a year. If these workers require a family medical plan (three or more members) the cost will be $889.50 a month for November and December and perhaps beyond. With their low wages, they already qualify for the New Hampshire Health Protection Program provided through Medicaid. Is it the intent of the executive committee, to force these full-time workers and their families onto Medicaid? The committee has already denied them their 1.5 percent raise. Once again it isn't about lack of funds, it is about power, political power.

The public is invited to the finance committees meeting on Monday, Oct. 27, where the decision to fund the employee's health insurance will be decided.

The employees' representatives have researched and endorsed the following candidates for state representatives: Rich Leonard, David Russell, and Peter Bolster — Alton, Barnstead, Gilmanton; Bruce Marriot — Barnstead; Ruth Gulick — New Hampton, Center Harbor; Lisa DiMartino, Nancy Frost, and Dorothy Piquado, Sandra Mucci — Gilford, Meredith; Dennis Fields and Ian Raymond — Tilton, Sanbornton; George Condodemetraky and Ron Cormier — Belmont; Beth Arsenault, David Huot, Maureen Baxley, Thomas Dawson, and Kate Miller — Laconia.

State Senate: Andrew Hosmer — Belmont, Gilford, Laconia; Carolyn Mello — Tilton, Center Harbor, New Hampton

County Commissioner: Dave Pollack, Laconia, New Hampton, Sanbornton.

We believe that here in Belknap County people respect each other, we keep commitments, we appreciate those who work for us, and we don't use them as pawns in nasty political games. We are better than that. Please don't tune out this issue ... vote to end this expensive legal fiasco.

Spouses of Belknap County Nursing Home Residents:

Dick Labbe, Laconia

Stan O'Neil, Laconia

Catherine Albison, Laconia

Pam Child, Gilford

Thea Aloise, Gilford

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