To The Daily Sun,
Sometimes the best way to judge progress in a tough debate is by silence. Last spring, when my colleagues narrowly defeated a casino proposal for New Hampshire, they voiced concern that the bill didn't have enough oversight and regulation. That was the prime reason cited for voting no.
Lawmakers created a special commission to come up with a stronger framework. It includes more aggressive oversight by state police and the attorney general. It closes loopholes to ensure integrity of operations. It even establishes a new director of problem gaming to track any problems that may arise from this activity. We will generate real data, not fall back on the same emotional arguments that have driven this debate for years.
The Gaming Regulatory Authority's work was on full display last week when a House committee reviewed a new and improved bill with an entirely new and strict regulatory framework. In four hours of testimony on this new proposal, no one complained about lack of oversight and regulations. In fact, even opponents praised the improvements. That was music to my ears.
I support a high-end casino in New Hampshire, and the non-tax revenue it will bring to our state. My constituents have told me to vote yes. I know the people overwhelmingly support gambling.
This new bill is different. It is the result of lawmakers listening to concerns of colleagues. This is a good plan. I urge my colleagues to vote yes on HB-1633.
State Rep. Dennis H. Fields
District 4 - Sanbornton-Tilton
Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 08:58
To The Daily Sun,
This letter is in reference to a story in the February 13, 2014 edition of The Laconia Daily Sun regarding the former director of Inter-Lakes Food Services and his wife being indicted for theft while employed at Live Free Home Health Care. We feel it necessary to respond as we have an obligation to our many clients, friends and associates in our home health care profession.
Two inaccuracies in the article need to be noted. One paragraph mentions a client that Mrs. Cyr took money from in August. That person was not a client of Live Free Home Health Care, nor did management have any knowledge that Mrs. Cyr was seeing a client privately. We had no knowledge of a theft in August until reading the article being discussed.
In this case, as shocked and dismayed as we were, when learning from Mrs. Cyr of the theft, we took immediate and appropriate action in terminating Mrs. Cyr's employment, notifying the Board of Nursing, the Bureau of Elder and Adult Services and the Meredith Police Department.
It is a sad case when an employee breaks the law. In this case it has damaged the relationship between not just one client and caregiver, but all clients and caregivers by bringing into question the integrity of all health care agencies.
When an employee is hired at Live Free Home Health Care, they must pass a strenuous array of screening checks and training before they are allowed to interface with a client or patient. In the case of Shirley Cyr, she successfully passed a State Police background check, a drug screening, and had no previous reports of abuses or problems dealing with the elderly. She also passed a rigorous in-house training program conducted by our care manager.
It should also be noted that Live Free Home Care is a fully insured and licensed home health care agency by the State of New Hampshire. We also maintain theft insurance, where if a client does experience a loss due to theft, they are reimbursed. We proudly have maintained an unblemished record since the day we opened in 2006. We hold the care of our clients to the highest of standards and will continue to do so.
We at Live Free Home Health Care will shoulder the responsibility for Mrs. Cyr's actions, but want your readers and our clients, friends and associates to know how hard we work to assure that these acts never happen in the first place
We look forward to a continued good working relationship with our partner agencies and current and future clients.
Jason Harvey CFOO
Jennifer Harvey RN CDP, CEO & Clinical Director
Live Free Home Care
Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 08:47
To The Daily Sun,
Joe Kenney is the best and most qualified as successor to the Executive Council seat left vacant by the passing of Ray Burton. If you liked Ray, here's why you will love Joe.
Joe is a patriot who has served the country and the people of New Hampshire as a U.S. Marine lieutenant colonel for more than 30 years and as a 14-year member of the state Legislature, six years as a senator and eight years as a representative. This experience provides him with the knowledge of the inner workings of the state government.
As a fiscal conservative, he will expose those who are big-spending elected officials and provide honest evaluations and explanations of the actions of those who are supposed to serve and protect the people of New Hampshire.
Joe, in addition to being the most experienced candidate for the Executive Council, will spend 100 percent of his time serving the citizens of his district, unlike his opponent, Mike Cryans, who already has to devote time to his other two jobs.
Joe will be the people's representative.
Vote for Joe Kenney in the general election on March 11.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 12:02
To The Daily Sun,
Recently, Carol Huber, a Bristol Budget Committee member and resident, wrote a letter hoping to show what is wrong with Bristol's leadership and why rents and property taxes keep going up.
She advised that folks should watch the Feb. 6 Bristol Selecboard video, and especially part 2. She gave kudos to Garlyn Manganiello, whose husband, is running for selectman. As I recollect in the lengthy list of imagined ills she spoke of the only thing she left out was to vote for her husband.
She next addressed resident Paul Simard and his concerns for the Bristol taxpayer and a crazy comparison with the Town of Weare and its budget. She quotes him as saying lots of people share his wife's sentiment to get the heck out of Bristol. I wonder who these "lots of people" are? In a recent survey of Bristol's townspeople showing up in the Good, Very Good, or Excellent column, respondents answered the following way:
1. Library 98 percent, 2. Fire 95 percent , 3. Emergency/Rescue 95 percent, 4. Cemetery 85 percent, 5. Town Offices 91 percent, 6. Recreation Areas 89 pecent, 7. Trash/Recycling 88 pecent, 8. Health Services 76 percent, 9. Water/Sewer 81 percent, 10. Police 83 percent, 11. Condition of Roads 82 percent.
This doesn't sound like folks are planning to move out in droves to me. Instead it sounds like folks recognize good government when they see it and they do see it in Bristol.
Joe Denning, Selectman
Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 08:53
To The Daily Sun,
Ever notice that Republicans always manage to make it seem like the president is doing what they are themselves doing. "Lawless" in the case of this Congress is duel in meaning. Not only have they not done anything to create jobs, they keep saying stupid things about the president. Yes we understand they have no moral compass, they, like so many locals, are so wrapped up in their whining about losing the last presidential election they seem to forget that they were elected to do a job; maybe if we paid them minimum wage for a month, they would get it. Oh, and no food stamps or taxpayer funded lunches, you know, there's no free lunch. I don't believe they would get it, no moral compass and all, but it might save the country some money.
Now some people who claim to be Christians are up in arms about the Pope pointing out the income inequality. Lots of people think that the saying is "money is the root of all evil" and while that may be true, the actual saying is "the love of money is the root of all evil". And someone once pointed out that "it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven". Never having been financially wealthy, I'm not too worried about that, but it's mostly that I don't believe in heaven that way. I don't know about you but my morals would never allow me to be affiliated with a party that would cheer for the death of a person simply because he or she had no insurance. Talk about not having any morals. By the way, I have been blessed with a wealth of good family and friends. That, to me, is the best kind of wealth.
If you think the right have any grounds to impeach the current president, Chris Christie has a bridge he would love to sell you. Honesty is the best policy. Stop talking about non-existent "scandals" and maybe we can get back to the business of being the best country on this planet. Vote Democratic, the only true moral choice. And could one right winger actually give one instance where our president has violated the Constitution or stop saying he has.
Now, about Planned Parenthood: yes they sometimes advise women to have abortions but it's a very small percent of what they do. My only experience with them was back in the 70s. My girlfriend was prescribed birth control pills because she was having problems during her period, her regular doctor wouldn't prescribe them. It worked. I know it's hard to believe but everything is not always, or in most cases really, like what the right wing says it is. Really try to do a little more research than reading some demonstrator's signs; you might learn something. I will say this, I am pro-choice, and anti abortion; as a man it is the only opinion I feel I can have. I don't believe in abortion as a means of birth control, but I also don't think forcing a young woman to have a child under any circumstances is a good idea. Yes I understand that the right wing feels that rape, incest, and child molestation are "just another means of conception" as was so aptly pointed out by Paul Ryan. I don't happen to agree with that, maybe because I feel those three things are horrible crimes, if a woman or child becomes pregnant due to one of them it should be her choice, for an adult and just common sense to abort the pregnancy of a child, with as little drama as possible.
Lastly, to the gentleman who wrote a letter in support of your local drug dealer. Does Mr. Sellow believe that illegal drug dealers check IDs when they sell a bag of weed? I feel I can say with some certainty that they do not. And for a state that avoids a sales tax by selling booze, the real gateway drug, it is to me pretty silly to be against pot being sold legally, and taxed on top of that. If you think people aren't smoking it now, you should really open your eyes.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:37