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Don't expand Medicaid; every program ends up costing much more

To The Daily Sun,

Governor Maggie Hassan has called for a special session of the N.H. Legislature on November 21, to consider expanding Medicaid in N.H. The federal government is offering free money now so they will be able to control us in the future. Once we get hooked on federal government money they will stop funding it and N.H. citizens will be left holding the bill. We will then be forced to raise property taxes or began a sales tax or N.H. income tax to pay for the expansion.

Look at the government track record concerning food stamps. More people are on food stamps than ever before resulting in a class dependent on the government. Every government program ends up costing much more than predicted. Obamacare was supposed to save people $1,500 a year on health insurance, now they're predicting an increase of $2,900 for most families each year. Please tell Governor Maggie Hassan and our N.H. Legislature that we cannot afford to expand Medicaid in N.H. Do this right away because they may vote on this next Thursday.

William Nelson
North Sandwich

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:01

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I should be able to express views without attracting vicious attack

To The Daily Sun,
Last week, Bev Buker wrote a wonderful, thought-provoking letter. She spoke of giving thanks for all of our many blessings. She also lamented the "calling the kettle black" that happens daily in this forum. Bev takes great enjoyment in her senior companions. She feels that we should feel fortunate if we're not struggling to heat our homes and afford to feed ourselves. She reminded me that some folks have to eat cat food to survive.
I am fortunate to be able to volunteer at a local charitable organization. This facility provides tremendous support to the community. It is an all volunteer organization. Many of these volunteers are senior citizens. Some are on fixed incomes. Each week, they donate their time to help others. These folks are an inspiration to us all. There are staggering needs in this community.
Wouldn't it be remarkable if we could stop throwing mud and venom at everyone who disagrees with us? As a Democrat, I happen to support health care for all. I also support expanding Medicaid. I'm also appalled at $100 million being cut from the food stamp program,
These are my views. I don't expect everyone to agree with me. I should, however, be able to express these views — as an American citizen — without being subjected to a vicious personal attack. Instead of mudslinging and bludgeoning, can't we use this forum to find common ground and maybe — just maybe, find some solutions and help for those who need it?
Happy Thanksgiving.
June M. Huot

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 09:59

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Dessert Auction is critical fundraiser for Hands Across the Table

To The Daily Sun,

Need Thanksgiving desserts? Please consider attending our Dessert Auction this coming Sunday at the Beane Conference Center on Blueberry Lane Laconia from 3 to 5 p.m.. Scores of beautiful desserts will be offered via a live auction led by PK Zyla. Admission is a canned good or non-perishable food item. Refreshments will be served.
This is a critical fundraiser for Hands Across the Table which offers a free hot meal each and every Tuesday night at the Boys and Girls Club complex (formerly St. James Church). HATT's mission is "To feed all who are hungry in body and spirit. We do so willingly and with compassion and understanding."
For more information regarding Hands Across the Table or to make a donation please call 524-5800.
Debbie Frawley Drake,

HATT Board Member


Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 09:52

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Your contributions to Liberty House were received with gratitude

To The Daily Sun,

We want to thank all the caring people who answered our appeal and donated to Liberty House. Thanks to your generosity we delivered two truckloads and a car full of sleeping bags and warm clothing for our homeless veterans. Please know that your contributions were received with gratitude.

Thank you again for helping our homeless veterans stay warmer this winter. We want you to know how much your thoughtfulness and donations were appreciated.

Liz & Bev Lapham

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 09:44

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I have been blessed with all the senior citizens I see each day

To The Daily Sun,

Right now, today, we still live in a mostly free nation. How long it will remain that way, one can never tell. I am blessed with having been born in a time when one could leave their home unlocked, keys in the car, and money laying around on the table, and know that it all would be right where you left it when you got back to using it. No, this is not a dream, but a long ago reality, before the government got into your homes and told you how to raise your kids. Once the government got control of your household, like everything else the government does, the poop hit the fan and the family became non functional, but I am not here to tell you what's wrong with the nation, you already know what's wrong, only you gave up your rights to raise your family the way it should be raised, so be it.
Everyday, I read the letters to the editor, and everyday some one is calling the kettle black. So sad.
If the editor sees fit to print this letter, I would like to tell you how much I have been blessed. This year, I lost a brother and a sister, a blessing for one and a shock for the other, but so far I am still healthy and still trying to help my fellow senior citizens keep their independence. I don't have much, but some of them have even less. I have been blessed by knowing a 97-year-old lady, who served as a "Grammy" at the Elm Street School, volunteered her time at the Taylor Home, walked faster than some 50-year-olds, and was a source of useful information. A true gem of a person who the Lord saw fit to make her slow down with a slight stroke this summer. I have been blessed with all the senior citizens I see daily and learned how hard it was during the Great Depression years and why they are able to cope with shortages while the younger people cannot. One can truly learn from these wonderful seniors, if you take the time to listen. I am sure that the head honcho meant well by ordering everyone to have health insurance, and somehow, the seniors will cope with that as well by sticking together.
Before you go all shouting "woe is me...woe is me", count your blessings. See if you can get along without that new iPad and every other new piece of junk hitting the market daily. Count your blessings that you do not have to eat canned pet food as some seniors are forced to do because they only get an allotment of $16 a month for food stamps. Lastly, count your blessings that you have enough heat while some seniors are going to freeze this winter because it was prescription or heat and they opt for the medication to try and stay alive. Reward yourself by living within your means, and if it in your power, check on that senior who lives next door who all they may need, is a kind word.

Bev Buker

Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013 10:22

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