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Rumors about disease carried by migrant kids are nonsense

To The Daily Sun,

Once again our astute letter writer Russ Wiles has ventured into an area he really knows nothing about. In his most recent letter he states that the children coming across the border have all sorts of disease — such as TB, chicken pox, lice, foot and mouth disease, bacterial infections. I find it interesting that Mr. Wiles does not site his sources, but knowing him from past encounters his sources are usually laughable at best.

I do not know about you Russ, but I find that Dr. Mark Ward, the president of Texas Pediatric Society, is probably a bit more knowledgeable about medical issues than you, especially on what is happening on the border. Dr Ward says, "While some of the kids are indeed ill, they don't have any(thing) exotic or unexpected. The illness are what I see on a daily basis at my regular office." He goes on to say that he has not seen an active case of TB.

Finally, I think these are words we should all adhere to: "The children deserve medical care, we need to take care of them." Our country, the greatest country in the world needs to step up and care for these children no matter where they come from. I side with Dr. Ward and the other dedicated medical care workers lending a hand in caring for these children. Compassion demands it. Our Christian values demand it. And rumors presented as facts should be called out for what they are: nonsense.

Many of these children come with vaccination cards and the rates of vaccination for certain disease is actually higher in these countries than in America, this according to the World Bank.

From my travels around the world in my career, one thing I have found out to be universal, a child crying sounds the same no matter where they come from. And if a crying child does not touch your heart nothing ever will.

Mino Pasquali, PA C


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:00

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Andrew Hemingway from same mold as Gates, Jobs & Zuckerberg

To The Daily Sun,

Sometimes we forget that young people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and many others with new ideas, skills, and energy changed our world for the better.

Andrew Hemingway is another such young man. Andrew has entered the race for governor so he can put his formidable skills, energy and ideas to work solving New Hampshire's problems, e.g., jobs and opportunities, especially for young people, and education.

Andrew is a smart, articulate, experienced, and accomplished young man. Although only 32, Andrew has already faced and overcome the challenges of creating multiple successful New Hampshire businesses. Andrew is committed to using this experience to creating an environment that generates many more good jobs and opportunities.

As a father of young children, Andrew has studied our public education problems and is committed to enabling each New Hampshire student to get an education that prepares him or her for the future.

For more information see: http://www.andrewhemingway.com/

As governor, Andrew Hemingway will work to make New Hampshire the best place to live, to be educated, to work, and to find opportunities for better lives. Join me, support, and vote for Andrew Hemingway for governor of New Hampshire.

Don Ewing


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:02

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Universal health care is an economic issue as well as a moral one

To The Daily Sun,

The Lakes Region of New Hampshire needs more good-paying jobs that will create and sustain a middle class that will have the resources to purchase the goods and services of our businesses.

Henry Ford knew this when he raised the wages of his workers so that they could afford to buy his cars. The Lakes Region offers entrepreneurs a fabulous place to live, inexpensive land, and a productive workforce. To have a productive work force, you need healthy, educated workers.

Before the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. spent 30 to 50 percent more per person than our industrial competitors, while getting worse health-care outcomes. A quarter of our population was uninsured. Universal health care is not just a moral issue, but an economic one as well. The ACA and Medicaid expansion will bend the cost curve and will wind up saving money.

Many in the state Legislature are trying to delay or kill Common Core. The roots of Common Core standards grew out of Achieve, a nonprofit reform group founded in the mid-1990s aimed at crafting education standards that would lead to a workforce with the qualifications necessary for business. The initial state standards were a product of two governors — Georgia Republican Sonny Perdue and Delaware Democrat Jack Markell — working together at the National Governors Association in the late 2000s.

I am voting for Nick Vazzana for state representative from Sandwich, Moultonborough and Tuftonboro. He has been an entrepreneur and speaks their language, and is dedicated to bringing jobs to the area. There is now more social mobility in Canada and Europe than in the U.S. Let's restore the American dream.

John Morrissey


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:58

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Hamas had to know what launching thousands of missiles would bring

To The Daily Sun,

Looks like death and destruction is overtaking even more people in the Middle East again. So much for the Arab Spring.

One thing, it's not like Hamas wasn't asking for it; they had to know that launching thousands of missiles at civilian targets in Israel would draw out a response. They also made sure that many, many of their children would be killed by using them as human shields around their launch sites. Now they tell the world to look at what the evil Jews have done.

Let's be clear here it's Hamas that are the evil ones, but already the usual anti-Israel, anti-Semitic crowed are eating up the lie. Hamas is the moral equivalent of the KKK and it amazes me that many people here in the U.S. that hate and despise the KKK can still condemn Israel and express support for an organization that uses the same bigoted hatred and violence against the Jews as the KKK did against blacks here.

Russia, it is becoming clear, shot down a civilian airliner up in the Ukraine today. I wonder if this is what Obama imagined when he promised Putin he would be more "flexible" after he won re-election? Well, when you make a deal with the devil expect to get blood on your hands I guess. The question now is what will the president have to say? Will he condemn the Russian aggression? Will he draw a red line in the sand and tell Putin there will be consequences? Or will he fly off to another fund-raiser like he usually does and stop for a round of golf?

Bet a coffee and a doughnut it will be the latter.

Foreign policy, he don't need no stinking foreign policy.

Steve Earle


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:55

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Day man landed on the moon I was being shot at in Vietnam

To The Daily Sun,

Sunday, July 20, was the 45th anniversary of humankind's landing on the moon. Everyone, it seems, remembers his or her whereabouts. Some of us sat glued to the family TV. Some of us were at movie houses or other gathering places to do public patriotism. Some of us were unborn. Some of us were unaware—it was the '60s, after all.

It was a great moment for national pride and an almost planet wide acclimation of American superiority in all things avant-garde. Science gave way to adventurism. Damn! The world really was round, and space was just a bigger ocean.

I was already on another planet and lost in time when Neal and Buzz strolled the alien orb. Rolled in a poncho, I was lying on a rice-paddy dike in a drizzly, 100-degree twilight. Thumb-sized mosquitoes assaulted, but bug dope kept their stingers at bay. Four guys kept vigil while the rest of us tried to sleep. We were winning hearts and minds sleeping on the family crop. In the morning, we would all pee on it. A few would defecate.

I had an earphone stuffed in listening to Armed Forces Radio. The broadcasters were ecstatic. Euphoria overwhelmed objectivity. It was no longer news. It was nursery-school xenophobia.

I grew bored and switched to Radio China. As far as I knew, it and Radio Hanoi were the only other stations broadcasting English to Greater Chu Lai. It was no use listening to the Hanoi station. Its message was always the same: "You're gonna die tonight, and even your mother hates you."

I caught it just right. The world news summary was about to begin, but first a word of wisdom from the chairman: "Plans without goals are roads without destinations. Now, the headlines: Workers in Qinghai Providence completed the something-something dam on the Yangtze River today."

Oh! A dam on a major river in a remote province was more important than a first step off the mother world. Perhaps I misunderstood. These were the top national stories. Nope. Headline two was a caricature of communism in the Soviet Union. (In the eyes of 1969 China, the USSR could do nothing right. Yet, here we were fighting the great monolith.) I listened for an hour or so, but heard no mention of Americans on the moon.

Back at Armed Forces Radio, jubilation continued until I fell asleep hoping to awake in the 20th century. It was a vain hope. While Neal and Buzz meandered, sunlight crept into Chu Lai. I rolled off my perch into the shallows: Another damn day in prehistory.

We set out looking for rocket launchers. If we found a few, they would be the only sign an industrial revolution had ensued 200 years earlier. Within the hour, someone shot at us from the jungles abutting the rice farm. Although finding rocket launchers was our job description, being shot at was our purpose. It was how higher echelons pinpointed Viet Cong positions.

It was horribly repetitious. We walk the dikes toward jungle. Some guy in black pajamas leans out and opens fire. We drop into the shallow bogs where rice thrives and call for airstrikes. A few minutes later, the United States Air Force — usually two or three bombers — shows up and wreaks havoc on pajama guy's position. The sound splits our eardrums. Trees and jungle parts fly over our heads and land a few feet behind us in the paddies. Wave after wave of that war's shock and awe unfold. (Hell hath made its presence known.)

When it was over, the jungle was wasteland. Jungle junk littered the rice paddy. We stood up. Pajama guy rose from the smoldering debris and started shooting at us again.

We had a choice: Confront a lone sniper who was likely more lure than threat with a web of tunnels and subterranean friends in waiting or endure more Air Force mayhem.

We turned around and sought an alternative exit from the bog. I could only hope Neal and Buzz encounter no angry vacuum-breathers in the world they invaded.

Robert Moran


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 09:51

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