To The Daily Sun,
To those of you who still smoke and/or heat with a wood stove. I smoked for over 50 years and heated with a 100-year-old smoky wood stove. My family kept after me to quit smoking, but like all smokers I never listened because I was invincible. But in February 2011 during a short heat spell I decided to clear off the ice buildup on my roof. Around 9 or so that night I started to have problems breathing and but had enough strength to call 9-1-1. That began a 2 1/2-year odyssey of 9-1-1 calls, hospital stays and a long nursing home stay. After the 9-1-1 call and unable to breath I was intubated and spent 86 days at Speare and Concord Hospital recovering.
My family was rushing around making plans of what to do with me when it was all over. My sister traveled back and forth from Oregon at least three times, cousin from Virginia and niece from Maryland and one from Maine. Somehow I recovered enough to be discharged from Concord and get back home, oxygen-free. That didn't last long, and by the beginning of 2012 I ended up at Mountain Ridge Nursing home in Franklin. But I was able to leave in May 2013, but by that time I was oxygen-dependent 24/7. Also, due to my numerous medications I am unable to drive (it's still a DUI even if it's not alcohol), so I had to depend on the generosity of my neighbors for everything.
Anyway, this wasn't how I had planned it and wasn't fair to my friends or family either. But they didn't complain. However, I did qualify for low-income housing so moved into one, again with the help and blessings of my neighbors. Luckily there is a local senior center, along with other organizations, which are my lifelines to the rest of the world and extra help. Think of them when it comes to donation time.
So now am attached to a oxygen tube, not driving, taking enough pills to make Cheech & Chong jealous. But, luckily, I did qualify for Medicaid and have my retirement funds to live on since I had to use all my personal savings for the previous hospital bills. So, the bottom line message here is to check your wood stove for leaks and fix them. And quit smoking. Take it from someone who's been there and came back. It was a strange trip, but there must be a reason I'm still here outside of just irritating the GOP.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:36
To The Daily Sun,
Former Congressman Frank Guinta is always talking about his small business experience, implying an extensive career. I looked into it and found that he has mischaracterized his career — which he has spent mainly working for government at various levels, on the taxpayer dime.
Initially, Mr. Guinta worked as a claims manager for Travelers Insurance, and then in hardware at Home Depot, and as a bouncer at a South Boston bar. The only small business experience I could find for Mr. Guinta was an insurance consulting business in 1996.
After that, he turned to government for a job. In 1998 he was a legal clerk for the New Hampshire Department of Insurance, then became a state representative and Manchester alderman, after which he worked for former Congressman Jeb Bradley's congressional office (2003-2005). Then he was elected mayor of Manchester in 2006, and in 2010 congressman from the First District.
It's ironic that Mr. Guinta claims such expertise in small business when he mainly held government jobs, with a few stints at big businesses like Home Depot and Travelers Insurance.
Mr. Guinta constantly advocates for smaller government. But without government work, where would he be?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:33
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to comment on two letters, published on Sept. 3 and Sept. 5.
Mr. Meade and Mr. Earle have revisited the Iraq War with statements that do not pass the smell test.
Mr. Meade noted Ms. Chong ignored a few very important facts that a few well known Democrats who spoke out in favor of the Iraq War. This letter contains a web site for her to visit. The rest of his letter to her is based on "speculation and various news sources" with no references to back up his evidence leading up to the war. I again want to refer to a book written by Michael Isikoff and David Corn.
The Bush-wingers squeal foul every time it's mentioned, but cannot deny a word, as the culprits all speak for themselves. The fact remains that there was no legitimate reason ever found for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. I have read opinions written in The Sun by those who agree with that, but then I read again the poor lazy unfounded lies and distortions from Mr. Earle.
He requested a pesky liberal to prove him a liar, and I will. It is true that Democrats voted for the war. They and Republicans believed it would last 18 months, cost $60 billion to be paid back by Iraq when oil starts flowing, according to Paul Wolfowitz. Dick Cheney with WMDs aluminum tubes, Condi with mushroom clouds, Colin Powell with truck convoys, etc. The rest is there to read for themselves.
Mr. Earle mentions a letter to Marty Valengavich that Mr. Meade wrote as reference to his line of BS. His statement that blame Bush had been debunked by so many writers and several times by himself. I remember the discussion well, have many letters where he got his partner in BS, Mr. Wiles, to write for him even got one that Wiles asked me to stop picking on Steve.
My request to Mr. Meade, Mr. Earle and any other right-wingers who want to respond to tell us that care just one thing: That Bush went to war for what turned out not to be true. Mr. Earle you have debunked no one. It is you and your party who want the U.S. military to fight the world's battles. I have concluded that President Obama is the first president of the United States who gets blamed for everything. He is damned if he doesn't and damned if he does. I can remember last fall and winter when Earle blamed the cost of fuel, all the poor people freezing, etc. I will blame him for the decrease in price since no one else will.
One last thought, I will never forget the young Spec. 4 that told Rumsfeld the Humvees were not safe and needed more armor. Rumsfeld told him, "You go to war with the army you got, not the army you wish you had."
I was sorry to see Herman Cain isn't running for president this time. I can hardly wait to see what sign you will carry this time.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:26
To The Daily Sun,
The Belknap County Democrats will hold a Meet the Candidate event this Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Leavitt Park Clubhouse on Elm Street in Laconia from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Now that the Primary is over, our candidates are moving into the general election. This is the opportunity to meet them — including Executive Council, County Commissioner, State Senate and State Rep candidates — and ask them questions about the issues of the day.
Our featured speaker is Mark Fernald. Refreshments will be provided.
Hope to see you there.
Chair, Belknap County Democrats
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:18
To The Daily Sun,
I'm writing to ask you to cast your vote in November for Tom Dawson for state representative. Tom started the Fire Technology program at the Community College before my time there, but he is still known for his thoughtfulness, high standards, and genial personality.
Tom has had an illustrious career. After earning his doctorate at Oklahoma State Univesity, the premier fire protection technology program in the country, he was hired from the Houston Fire Department by Gov. John Sununu to serve as our New Hampshire State Fire Marshal. He has served his community in a variety of other ways, including being a member of the Laconia School Board for nine years.
He's a strong supporter of the Community College System which is a key to improving the employability of our young people. He's got two successful adult children, and lives with his wife in Laconia where he has lived since 1984.
I don't know where Tom stands, yet, on the jail, but I can tell you he's a guy who does his homework. He's visited the jail, talked to the superintendent, and spoken with me at length about the situation there.
Tom's interests are much broader than just the jail. He's a guy you can work with to get things done.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 11:20