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Medicaid money has already been set aside for us to use

To The Daily Sun,
Medicaid expansion is important to all of us. The federal government, which has demonstrated a time-honored commitment to Medicaid since 1965, has agreed to pay 100 percent of the cost for the expansion for the first three years and 90 percent every year after that. The Lewin Group estimates that 58,000 more low-income adults will benefit from affordable, quality health coverage as a result of Medicaid expansion.
This is a program that benefits New Hampshire. This program would be a win/win; there is something in this for everyone. Previously uninsured individuals and families would get the coverage that they so desperately need and by reducing their reliance on the emergency room for health care, which is both inefficient and very expensive; all taxpayers will save money.
The Lewin group estimates that $2.5 billion in federal funds would be injected into the N.H. economy between 2014 and 2020, which would create 700 new jobs and boost salaries giving families more disposable income to spend on consumer goods instead of medical bills.
This money has already been set aside for our use. If we do not take it, another state will. Currently, New Hampshire sends more tax dollars to Washington, D.C. than we get back. Accepting the federal funds to expand Medicaid would help to ensure we are getting our fair share of services for our money.
Paul Blackford
Franklin

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:32

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If you favor national gun owner database you're living in wrong place

To The Daily Sun,
Are you in favor of having a background check done when some one is buying a gun? I think most people would agree to that. The real fact is that all gun buyers already do need to get checked out by the police every time they buy a gun at a gun store. If some one wants to sell a gun to a total stranger in a private sale, they have the responsibility to take reasonable care that the buyer is not a "prohibited person". It is a crime to knowingly provide a weapon to someone who is not supposed to have one. They have the option to go with that person to a gun store and perform a background check. But most of the time such transfers are done between people who know each other, or can provide documentation of their good character. The first rule is that they be a legal resident of New Hampshire and must be 18 years old for a long gun or 21 for a handgun. Another good sign would be that they already were a gun owner that had passed a police check before. The best credential of all would be a License to Carry Loaded and Concealed, which shows that this individual had been fully vetted by the police recently. The thing is that many people buying a gun in a gun store are being checked out over and over, redundantly, at times clogging up the instant check system and wasting police resources that could be better directed toward actual criminal activity. In some states, a gun buyer only needs to show their License to Carry, and then can skip the instant check system. I think that this could work very well in New Hampshire.
The only way we could ever have 100 percent police checks on every single gun transfer would be to have a data base of every single firearm that exists in the United States, and track who has which. Now, if you would be in favor of that, you are living in the wrong country.
There are those people coming here from other states trying to scare us into enacting more restrictions on gun transfers. Did you know that our state has the 48th lowest rate of violent crime in the whole country? This statistic comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. The only states with a lower rate of violent crime are our neighbors Vermont and Maine, both with relaxed attitudes about gun ownership as we have. Contrast that with the crime rate of New York state which is 20th and has three times the murder, robbery and violence that we do. Don't you think that those places should mind their own business and clean up their own problems? Our systems are clearly working for us. Let's not mess with success.
Alan Moon
Tilton

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:24

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One needs compassioin, understanding & tolerance of all people

To The Daily Sun,
"Why do liberals cling so tenaciously to their deck of race cards?'
I will try to answer and in turn address some of your concerns in Mr. Wiles letter written to the Laconia Daily Sun, published on Thursday, June 27.
1) I watched the daily coverage during and after the time period of when George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. It's recorded on the police tapes that Zimmerman was told by the dispatcher to "stay in your vehicle and await the arrival of law enforcement".
2) The Police Chief of Sanford, Florida resigned from his position as a result of his handling of the subsequent arrest and follow-up investigation of the shooting.
3) Your reference to racial equality in this country, according to who?
a) The recent Supreme Court decision in Shelby County, Alabama vs. Holder, Attorney General which declared the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional?
b) Or the constant and ongoing "Gerrymandering" of voting districts?
c) Many individual state governors changing "vote by mail" criteria?
d) Shortening days and hours involved in order to register for voting?
e) Requesting voters to produce I.D. in order to vote at the polls?
One need not be to the Left or Right, one needs compassion, understanding and tolerance for ALL human beings. Your references and quotes from the media coverage of the Zimmerman trial are taken out of context. Why? To what end? May I suggest that we watch the media coverage of the Zimmerman trial each day. Oh wait, we cannot do that here in N.H. May I then suggest a trip to Florida in order to watch the daily coverage free from misleading and distorted media "bites".
We have to allow the judicial process to take its course. We have to keep informed and keep an open mind before we allude to the ideas of riots as a result of perceived injustice on either side of this trial.
Bernadette Loesch
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:20

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Many who complain about what's wrong are living the good life

To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank G.W. Brooks for his letter written June 27 in The Daily Sun. There are those who live the good life in this country but continue to complain about it on almost a daily basis.
I celebrated Memorial Day this year by visiting again the traveling Vietnam wall in North Haverill, N.H. My first viewing was was years ago in Meredith. I took with me a copy of a Life magazine dated June 27, 1969.The headline reads THE FACES OF THE AMERICAN DEAD IN VIETNAM — ONE WEEK'S TOLL. The magazine has photos of each one of the those killed that week. I made a list of two I knew, plus three from N.H. who died that week. This article covers the week of May 28 to June 3, 1969, which would have been Memorial Day week 44 years ago. I visited the three N.H. troopers, plus the two I knew. Later, as I sat in the bleachers, I listened to the guest speakers tell of their experiences and staring at the wall, the tears came. I felt great praise for those who answered their countries call to serve, whether they agreed with it or not. The speakers told of their year or years they spent in "NAM". The anger they spoke about was the welcome home they received. I will skip the rest of this part of the story as everyone knows what happened to us on returning "HOME".
I, as a career soldier, served 2.5 years in Vietnam, a year before that in Thailand. I know next to nothing about those who continue to write letters of a negative attitude about most everything wrong with this country. What I can tell is that some of them are well educated, are living the good life our fighting men and women fought and died to keep. It would be enlightening to me if they would explain just once what they have done for this country and just what they have done to make it better. I, as have millions of others, have spent parts of our lives on foreign soil and greatly appreciate the country we live in. I will always wonder if those who are protesting today were part of the group that made life miserable for us when we returned home. It is well known that less than 1 percent of Americans serve in the military, so the least you can do is show some respect to those that do. To those who have served THANK YOU AND WELCOME HOME
Henry Osmer
Hill

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:17

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Overreaching? 80% of GOP senators voted for Civil Rights Act

To the editor,
I often find Mr. Maloof's letters to be interesting or amusing. However, I found his letter in Tuesday's issue of The Daily Sun strange . . . very strange. For example. He seems to believe that the "conservative mindset" has to do with old people as, in his view, the term "young Republicans" is " . . . oxymoronic . . . sort of like "compassionate Republican" or "gospel truth". He then goes on to say that the term conservatives would be attached to more mature people — especially the ones you can fool all the time. Please keep those phrases in mind as we look at Mr. Maloof's following statements. First, he said that conservatives " . . . have seen the nation decline in so many ways . . . (moral, economic, prestige, etc). They want to hang on to the past while it keeps slipping away." And he says that conservative get angry rather than apathetic. I have to ask, has anyone checked to see what's in the drinking water at Plymouth State?
In those few words, Mr. Maloof appears to be making an argument that a nation with declining morals, a staggering economy, that is losing respect around the world, is really what we all should espouse. And, he demeans Republicans for not being "apathetic" about it. That sort of logic deserves a resounding oy vey!
Mr. Maloof also posits that the religious right, fundamentalists, are notorious for "overreaching". To make his point he wrote the following: "They overreached in 1925 with the Skopes monkey trial; they overreached in 1933 with the abolishment of prohibition; they overreached in 1964 with the Civil Rights Act; and in 1965 with the Immigration and Nationality Act . . .". A few important factual corrections need to be made. The first is that what has been popularly termed the Scopes Monkey Trial was brought about by the ACLU filing suit over Tennessee's Butler Act. That act, passed by Tennessee's Democrat Legislature, and signed into laws by Tennessee's Democrat Governor, prohibited teaching the theory of evolution in the classroom. John T. Scopes was the teacher who violated that act. The question for Mr. Maloof is, where is the Republican overreach in this all Democrat and ACLU story.
The next factual correction has to do with Mr. Maloof's claim that the Republican's overreached with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The facts are that in 1964, with Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson as president, the U.S. Senate had 66 Democrats and 34 Republicans; a filibuster proof majority. However, that bill would not have passed without the votes of 80 perecent of the Republican Senators as only two thirds of Democrats voted for the bill. So the question to be posed is, does Mr. Maloof believe it was wrong to pass the Civil Rights Act?
In his next to last paragraph, I thought Mr. Maloof took a page out of Professor Sandy's playbook when he chose to label the Republican mindset as " . . . cognitive dissonance — a reaction between clearly held beliefs and undeniable evidence in opposition to those beliefs." . Quickly now Mr. Maloof, take a look in the Mirror.
Finally, when that small group of men met in Ripon, WI, and formed the Republican party for the expressed purpose of abolishing slavery, was that political overreach? When that very first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, was that political overreach? And, when 630,000 people died in the effort to rid the scourge of slavery, was that political overreach? When those Republicans voted favorably for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was that political overreach. When that group of Tennessee Democrats formed the Ku Klux Klan, was that political overreach?
Cognitive dissonance? You betcha!
Will someone please check the water at Plymouth State.
Bob Meade
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:13

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