To The Daily Sun,
We have all heard the phrase, "It takes a village to raise a child". I believe that is true but I also now know it takes a village to care for an aging senior.
My Mom, Catherine McGarry's, battle with Alzheimer's began approximately six years ago. When it began, Mom was living in Meredith and was involved helping me at Meredith Station Mobil, where she stocked shelves, bagged ice and kept the coffee counter. As time went on her abilities lessened, but she continued to help as the store as best she could. Her involvement at the store kept her engaged and strong for several years. We will be forever grateful to Rusty McLear and those at Hampshire Hospitality Holdings for allowing her to do so.
As her needs changed we received help with routines of daily living from the wonderful staff at Forestview Manor Assisted Living in Meredith. We also became involved and received help from several volunteers from the Community Caregivers. After a fall where Mom suffered a head injury we relied on the staff at Golden View Health Care Center for a rehab stay. As her needs continued to change we received support from Dr. Suarez and the wonderful team at the SPS unit at LRGH. State Sen. Jeanie Forrester lent her support to our family as well.
In her final months we relied again on the care of the staff at Forestview Manor. Lastly, compassionate care was provided by Central NH VNA and Hospice.
In addition to these wonderful organizations, Mom was helped by a number of private caring individuals too numerous to name individually who took Mom to church, took her on rides for ice cream and took her to bingo games at the local senior centers. As her condition declined others sat with her through the night when the she wasn't sleeping while still others assisted her as she ate her meals.
Mom passed away in early September. Our family will be forever grateful for each and every one of the individuals and organizations who took part in her care. It definitely takes a village and we are so happy that Meredith and the Lakes Region are our "village."
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:31
To The Daily Sun,
Colors are popping, leaves are falling, rakes are out of their holsters, and we are all close to being tomatoed out after a great growing year. Welcome to the another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity. As you know, we here at the center always do our best to bring you the best of the worst so let's get to work.
First up is our American Taliban winner, National Review columnist Kevin Williamson. Mr. Williamson posted in his Twitter feed that women who had abortions should be hanged. No exceptions. ISIS and al-Qaida have nothing on this guy, eh? Not to be outdone by Mr. Williamson, Wayne Steven Odegard was arrested in Minneapolis for a hate crime that Mullah Omar would be proud of. Mr. Odegard stood outside a gay bar shouting a mixture of curses and biblical scriptures and then shot a couple with his CO2-powered gun.
In education matters you might have heard about the hissy-fits the right-wingers are having over the Advanced Placement History Curriculum in Colorado schools. They don't like that the course teaches students about the civil disobedience that marked some of our more troubling phases. Thousands of students walked out to protest right-wing censorship and indoctrination. Their reasons to scoff were soon confirmed by State Board of Education member Pam Reilley Mazanec's Facebook post when she claimed America was exceptional because it "ended slavery voluntarily." And the South will rise again, Pammy.
Tea Partier and self-lobotomized neurosurgeon Ben Carson says he is likely to run for President in 2016. Comedians couldn't be happier. Carson's latest in a long line of vacuous statements is that if the GOP doesn't take the Senate in 2014, the country will descend into anarchy and the 2016 elections could be canceled. Be afraid! Of course it's rubbish because the GOP faces 25 U.S. Senate contests out of the 33 in 2016 and there is, well, Hillary. The GOP gains of 2014 will likely be reversed in 2016.
America's funniest congressional members are at it again. Michele Bachmann wants Obama to declare war on all of Islam. She also claimed that a government under any other religion but Christianity would be a theocracy. Huh? Isn't Ms. Bachmann one of those who cries wolf about her phony war on her religion of Christianity? Those gay bullies!
Louie Gohmert has proved his comedic worth once again by telling Fox Business host Lou Dobbs that it's political correctness behind Obama sending 3,000 military personnel to help prevent a global outbreak of Ebola. If you have any doubts about the wide open spaces of Texas, he followed with, "the military is not trained to go catch Ebola and die."
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:53
To The Daily Sun,
In a few weeks we will be voting for those we want to represent us in Congress. Wether you vote Republican or Democrat, most of us are hoping for a miracle. We are hoping to get our country back and restore the Constitution, protect our borders, send illegal aliens back to where they came from, restore the America we once knew, in short return to a Christian nation that was blessed by God.
I truly wish I could say I believe this election will do all that, but in truth it will not.
We have allowed this to go on for too long. I believe the America we knew and loved is gone. We have been sold out by the very people we elected to keep America free. Both Democrat and Republicans are to blame. And now, do you really believed that things are going to change?
Think about it for a minute or two. We re-elect the same recycled politicians and expect things to change. They want us to believe they will help the poor and middle class and keep America safe. The same crap they feed us every two years and we fall for it every time. (Look up the definition of insanity.) Will we ever learn and realize they (everyone one of them) are a bunch of liars.
When will the American people, regardless of party, realize nothing is going to change. What will it take to take America back? Well it is my opinion that our only chance is to get on our knees and pray to God for forgiveness. Only he can restore America. Our country was founded on godly principles and by men who had the courage to write our Constitution that has served us well for over 200 years.
It's time for "We The People" to decide what kind of future we want for America. Do we continue along the path we are on, or do we stand up and say we had enough and are not going to take it any more? It's up to each and everyone of us to make that decision. What will yours be? It's time we let our so-called leaders in Washington we want our country back. So let's send them a message this November and kick everyone who is in office out and then in two years do it again until they get the message.
My question to you is: Do you have the courage to do it?
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:50
To The Daily Sun,
Our Congress is, as usual, on vacation trying to raise money to get re-elected so they can raise money to get re-elected, etc. Meanwhile, the president and the country are at war in a very complicated place called the Middle East. Congress knows where that is when they go there on fact-finding trips. We are supposed to have a number of countries working with us as this is not 100 percent our fight. Where are they and what are they doing to help us?
To invest large amounts of ground troops in this doesn't appear to be in our long-range interests. After 13 years of Iraq and Afghanistan I would think we have learned this. (Retired Army general) Wesley Clark said this morning, "We should never go to war without knowing the outcome." A meaningless comment.
Both Panetta and Ignatius are second-guessing Obama's strategy along with Gates, Mullen and Petraeus, and now this morning former Ambassador Mark Ginsberg was criticizing him on the Turkey issue. My question is where are all those other countries that promised to help? Why is Turkey sitting and waiting at the border?
Was there a deal made when those 49 hostages were released by ISSL? At least we are there dropping bombs now. The USA has always been there to help others weather it be military, medical or environmental.
This might be the time for them to step up to the plate, or for us to come home.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:47
To The Daily Sun,
Poll numbers show that our country is in a pickle, as evidenced by the president's numbers, and even worse, the "Do Nothing Congress." Washington has failed and we are paying the price.
Taxes rise, there's uncertainty about the future solvency of Medicare and Social Security, and a massive debt that is being passed onto our children. All because Democrats and Republicans would rather score political points than work together to solve our most pressing problems.
In my effort to stop complaining, worrying, despairing, grumbling, wallowing and hoping, I became involved with a national organization, No Labels, in 2010. This organization is demanding real across-the-aisle leadership and is the only organization solely dedicated to bringing both parties to the table to get beyond the gridlock and address our country's biggest problems. Their motto is "Stop fighting. Start Fixing." How?
Through practical solutions to get Congress functioning. For example, they introduced the bill, "No budget, no pay," which resulted in both houses getting their budgets out on time.
In January 2014, No Labels unveiled a new book, "No Labels: A Shared Vision for a Stronger America," calling for a new governing vision in Washington. A group of leaders in the House and Senate have stood up in support of this approach, which aims to forge a national strategic agenda for American success.
We believe that a working governing process should begin by getting our leaders together at the table to agree to goals — not just for their parties, but for the whole country. We need a shared vision for our country to aspire to, and then we need to find a way to achieve it together.
These goals are:
— Create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years.
— Secure Medicare and Social Security for another 75 years.
— Balance the federal budget by 2030.
— Make America energy secure by 2024.
(Candidate for the NH House, Grafton District 9)
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:33