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Send Elaine Swinford back to Concord to serve all our citizens

To The Daily Sun,

We need a Representative in Concord who will get the job done, not just talk about what should happen. Elaine Swinford will be that Representative.

She has served Barnstead in many capacities over the past 12 years. As vice chair of the Planning Board, Elaine has worked with the Barnstead Development Group to improve the town's commercial tax base by bringing six new businesses to the Barnstead Business Park (the old Timco property) and a solar farm to Barnstead for clean energy. As overseer of Public Welfare in Barnstead, she balances the needs of citizens with the town's budget needs by helping those who receive services to get back on their feet. Elaine is available 24 hours a day to any resident who needs help.

In order to provide a food pantry in town, Elaine created the thrift shop to minimize the financial impact on the town budget. Each year Elaine has been able to return a significant portion of the welfare budget to the town through her efforts to reduce expenses.

We need a Representative in Concord who understands all citizens and all their issues. As a state representative for Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, and Gilford, Elaine only missed two sessions in four years. When a tough decision needs to be made, Elaine has demonstrated that she will make it, and take the time to understand the big picture and its impact on all citizens, not just favoring a select few or a single industry.

As chairman of Criminal Justice and Public Safety, she demonstrated the need to understand the total impact on budgets when voting rather than just cutting dollars without understanding the unintended consequences. Elaine is respected for her active leadership role in the House where she worked to unify all House Republicans around major bills and issues.

We need a Representative in Concord who is accessible and who makes the effort to meet frequently with every town that he or she represents. In Barnstead, we have not had that representation for the past two years from the tri-town representative. Elaine will actively meet with citizens of all the towns whom she represents. She will represent the interests of all citizens and businesses in those towns, not just those that would serve her own interests.

We need a Representative for Barnstead, Alton, and Gilmanton with a proven track record of serving all of our citizens. Elaine Swinford has proven her dedication in her volunteerism in Barnstead over the past 12 years as well as in Concord for four years as a Representative. I urge you to vote for someone with a proven track record and send Elaine Swinford back to Concord as the Representative from Alton, Gilmanton, and Barnstead.

Jan Face Glassman

Center Barnstead

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 08:29

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Support Jim Rubens for U.S. Senate and tell friends to do the same

To The Daily Sun,

I see these points made against Scott Brown as a U.S. Senator nominee from New Hampshire and think my e-mail delivered me something very sound.

"When nearly a quarter million people were out of work in Massachusetts, Scott Brown is still the guy who voted against three jobs bills. When millions of people across the country are struggling with student loan debt, Scott Brown is still the guy who voted to let the interest rates on student loans double. When Republicans got together to push a bill that would let employers deny coverage for birth control, Scott Brown is still the guy who co-sponsored it. When Wall Street nearly crashed the economy and no one went to jail, Scott Brown is still the guy who worked to weaken rules to hold big financial institutions accountable."

Independents, concerned Republicans — on Sep. 9, vote for candidate Jim Rubens over candidate Scott Brown. Give New Hampshire voters a New Hampshire candidate to consider in November. Rubens offers a mixed bag of positions, and one that doesn't get reported enough is that Rubens is pro-choice. Women's health is a matter between women and their doctors. Of course. But Smith and Brown are not there in support of women.

Support Rubens and tell your friends to do the same. He's also the candidate not financed by Wall Street money, thus not owing legislative favors. That earns Jim Rubens the support of Granny D like-minds.

Lynn Rudmin Chong


Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 08:26

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Out of control violence was predictable end to peace-at-any-price

To The Daily Sun,

The strange and bizarre thinking and reasoning of so many on the left has to make normal folks shake their heads in disbelief.

I see and read the news where ISIS is murdering Christians, Jews, other Muslims, beheading a journalist and putting the act on the Internet. Russia is invading Ukraine, Hamas continues to try to attack Israel, and liberals led by Obama continue to think everything will be all right if we just pretend it will all go away. What's worse is the brain-damaged minority which keeps trying to blame anyone except those guilty of committing these atrocities. One group of nuts seen on TV recently demonstrating in New York City were chanting, "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free."

Then there is the blame America for everything bad, first and last. Take Leon Albushies letter here on Saturday. He accurately states that America has dropped more thousands of tons of bombs on people then anyone. He may be right, but does he consider who those bombs were dropped on? Let's start with Hitler's Nazis, Italian fascists, Japanese invaders, North Korean invaders, North Vietnam invaders, Iraqi invaders of Kuwait, Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army, all criminal aggressors, all of whom were guilty of crimes against humanity. No, he doesn't. He just runs his usual nonsense that America is bad, America is to blame. Perhaps he feels it would have been better if our enemies had been the ones who were dropping the bombs on us. In fact I think he would have.

Has anyone noticed that conservatives predicted years ago that these out-of-control acts of violence and atrocities were bound to happen if we followed the path of the peace-at-any-price liberals? Turns out we were right. The Arab spring has exploded in the world's face. The flexibility Obama promised Putin is resulting in the invasion of a sovereign country. Blood, suffering and death are being visited on people good and bad all over the world for which Obama and his enablers are responsible by abdicating Americas leadership in the world. The blood will not wash off any time soon and history will remember and condemn our stupidity.

Steve Earle


Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 08:21

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The Daily Sun should reprint Taylor's letter on the front page

To The Daily Sun,

The letter to the editor by Hunter Taylor in Friday's Sun was by far the most informative on the subject of the county jail of any to date. After reading it the question has to be asked "is he referring to a jail or a private school?" This is information that should have been put out to the public by the commissioners instead of a private citizen, but of course they wanted it to be known by as few people as possible.

In order for more people to be aware of this information I request that t\The Sun reprint it on the front page of the paper with a proper headline. I also hope that Mr. Taylor has sent it out in e-mail and Facebook form to all of his associates and that they send it on to theirs so as many people as possible can absorb it before the upcoming elections.

I couldn't agree with his comments more and hope that he continues to add to the conversation in The Sun. Belknap County needs more of his ilk.

Dave Schwotzer

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 08:17

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What about that VA hospital scandal

The unofficial end of summer, Labor Day, may serve as a bookend to a scandal that exploded around the unofficial start, Memorial Day. We speak of the very long wait times to see primary care providers at veterans hospitals and, more seriously, the doctoring of records by some hospital administrators to hide that reality.

Back in May, this writer erred in underestimating the wrongdoing at hospitals run by the Department of Veterans Affairs. She'd been swayed by friends who had nothing but praise for their VA hospital experiences — and independent studies by the likes of RAND showing higher patient satisfaction in VA hospitals than in privately run ones.

Also, the blast of outrage bore all the signs of another right-wing attack against "evil" government and, with it, a call to privatize another of its services.

The media, meanwhile, were facing the news desert of a quiet, long weekend. So what perfect timing — especially over a holiday honoring those who served — to flog the accusation that the government was killing veterans by the thousands.

That incendiary charge has thus far proved to be unfounded. The VA inspector general's office has been investigating the deaths of veterans waiting for primary care appointments. So far, it's failed to find evidence of veterans dying because they were on those lists.

The inspector general did uncover some worms, however: Hospital administrators were faking data about those delays. Punishment is being meted.

At the bottom of this emotional story sits a very plain vanilla villain: the nationwide shortage of primary care medical professionals. This scarcity plagues the entire American health care system, government-run and private alike.

In a highly market-based system such as ours, providers go where the money is. That would be the more lucrative medical specialties — and in hospital settings rather than doctors' offices.
In most other countries (though not Canada), patients have shorter waits to see primary care providers. Reliance on expensive specialists to treat conditions that a family doctor could handle helps explain why America spends so much more on health care than do other rich countries.

The reason we know more about the waits at the VA than the ones in the private sector is governments require that such records be kept. The private system does not.

A $16 billion fix for the VA's primary-care problem was signed this month by President Obama. Thousands of such doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are being hired. Most of the money, however, will pay for veterans on long waiting lists — or who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility — to see private providers.

Thus, conservatives got some of what they wanted and some of what they didn't. In their plus column, the system is now somewhat more privatized. In the minus column, conservatives had to approve spending these billions — and after they had blocked a vote in February to spend large sums on some of the same things.

A handful of Republicans refused to vote for the bill, insisting that the entire VA system needs a multiple bypass.

"We need structural changes," said Rep. Jack Kingston, a Georgia Republican, "a purge of those who made this mess, and more choices for our veterans." "More choices" is code for privatization.

Turns out government can't promise good health care to the growing numbers of veterans — whether through public or private facilities — without spending a lot of money. That's the way it goes.

All is quiet now on the VA hospital front. But where are the 2-inch headlines noting that the 3-inch headlines about murdering veterans were way off? Don't even bother answering.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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