To The Daily Sun,
I will stand behind the VA and its services. There was a time years ago, even though I was eligible to receive medical care at the VA, that I had chosen to receive medical services at a regular hospital. The drive to Manchester did deter me from going the distance to the VA hospital. I went to a regular hospital, only to be misdiagnosed and I paid a serious amount for the medication later prescribed to me. When one has no insurance, the cost of getting medical care locally is really a lot to you. I was charged $257 to only sit on their gurney for a few hours. My total bill for those few hours, with no testing done, was $800 and still I ended up going to the VA to get proper treatment.
I know the VA is having some problems and my heart goes out to those who it has affected. I tell you, the care has been very thorough every time I have had to get medical care. You might have to wait for hours, but it is worth the visit. The Tilton VA Clinic goes out of their way to help you out. They make calls to check up on you to make sure you are doing well.
In both cases, when I had chosen not to drive to Manchester, my VA medical care would have only cost me under $20. It is hard to complain when you are getting great service at those rates. Give the VA another chance. You will be glad you did.
John W. Sanborn
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 10:03
To The Daily Sun,
New Hampshire needs a governor who is a proven leader and knows how to build a future for the next generation here in New Hampshire. Walt Havenstein has proven his commitment to the next generation through his leadership of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
This robotics program focuses on educating the next generation to compete with other nations in science, technology, and math. Using more than 30 years of experience in the technology and defense industries, Walt has been actively involved with FIRST since 1999. He joined the board of directors in 2006, was named chairman of the board in 2010, and currently serves as vice chairman. He helped expand FIRST as a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education effort through strategic relationships including one between FIRST and BAE. Walt has proven that non-profit organizations and corporations can help build future leaders by working with local school systems.
By educating the next generation of innovation leaders with technical skills, Walt is developing the base for new businesses in New Hampshire that will compete successfully internationally. Using his leadership skills as a retired Marine colonel and retired CEO who managed a budget three times that of the state of New Hampshire, Walt will work with the Legislature to create a business climate that will nurture the development of new businesses and bring families back to New Hampshire for new opportunities.
Please vote for Walt Havenstein for governor and start building a successful future for New Hampshire.
Jan Face Glassman
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 09:59
To The Daily Sun,
"Sderot cinema" they call it, referring to images which shows Israelis with popcorn and chairs high on a hilltop overlooking Gaza cheering as missiles strike Palestinian targets. "Kill them all," volunteers one young Israeli woman as she watches the slaughter of innocents unfolding below her. Some Israelis refer to it as "mowing the lawn," an unfortunate metaphor, since it suggests an indiscriminate cutting down of everything in its path.
Perhaps "weeding the garden" or "pruning the trees" would have been less transparent? Of course the lawn needs constant mowing on a seasonal basis.
How did it come to this? One thing is for sure, you won't find the answer in the Wikipedia mini history lesson of the Middle East that we were all subjected to a few weeks ago. A regional superpower (fifth largest on the planet) backed up by a world superpower unleashing the most sophisticated weaponry on a strip of land called Gaza that measures 360 square kilometers and a population of 1.8 million. That amounts to a population density of close to 5,000 per square kilometer. Sort of like shooting human fish in a barrel. How does the saying go? "You can run but you can't hide."
We've already heard from the "four bigots of the Apocalypse" and their pithy pronouncements on the subject was predictable. I unfortunately have to admit that their opinion represents the majority in this country. In spite of all that has transpired over the past several weeks, Israel is seen as the victim and we should all pray for her — except of course for all those liberal professor types who are anti-Semitic along with the 1.8 million Presbyterians who voted for BDS (boycott, divestment and sanction) of corporations which aid Israel's right to "self-defense."
I won't bore you with the gory statistics of the war since everyone should know them by now. Needless to say Netanyahu's own party made up of Israeli hard-liners, illegal settlement leaders and the extreme right demanded a "hard hit" this time around. To what should we equate this war? Perhaps the California Highway Patrolman beating up on a deranged grandmother (15 blows to the head to be precise) comes to mind?
"Amid all the horrors unfolding in the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza, Israel's goal is simple: quiet for quiet, a return to the norm. For Gaza, the norm is a miserable existence under a cruel and destructive siege that Israel administers to permit bare survival but nothing more." Noam Chomsky.
Israel says jump and American politicians say, "How high." That's the reality for the moment. The price to be re-elected. Israel has become a right-wing Zionist fascist state that has won out against the moderates and liberals.
They therefore control the narrative which accounts for the following myths that our government and the media continue to spew forth on a daily basis: Hamas started the war; Hamas, not Israel is responsible for civilian casualties; Hamas uses civilians as shields; Hamas and Israel are equally to blame. The myths go on and on.
The human rights abuses are too numerous to mention here. One would think from listening to some leaders that it is Gaza that is occupying Israel. Palestinians live in the eternal cycle of death, violence and rebuilding. There is a long and distinguished line of Jewish critics of Zionism and Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. To name them would be "name-dropping" but it is impressive. Israeli supporters often try to equate "anti-Zionism" with "anti-Semitism" to silence opposition both here and abroad to Israeli policies. Israeli and Palestinian security will not happen until both are secure. Those crude uncontrollable rockets that mainly fall in open fields will become more sophisticated and when that happens there won't be enough popcorn to go around.
The only hope for the future is a rapidly growing global solidarity movement. It wasn't supposed to happen this way.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 02:34
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to Gilford selectmen and the town administrator:
I am appalled that you would even consider bringing the matter of private fireworks up for consideration. I am totally against the use of personal fireworks on private property. They are loud, obnoxious, and dangerous especially where alcohol and stupidity abound. The ordinance prohibiting fireworks is in place. Leave it as is.
The police know exactly where, when and who are responsible for breaking the firework ordinance and they can make a presence or give a warning to those lawbreakers. This is a Gilford law. Don't mess with it.
Nancy L. Paterno
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 09:45
To The Daily Sun,
The Grafton County House of Correction is an impressive building. It was constructed about two years ago for about $33 million and has beds for 150 inmates and looks as if it were built yesterday. When I arrived the first thing I noticed was the farm stand across the street staffed by two workers wearing orange jumpsuits with GCDOC lettered on the back in large print. They were more than happy to sell me six ears of freshly picked corn.
The superintendent told me that each jail in New Hampshire is built to reflect the local philosophy. His includes a working farm on which the inmates raise the crops and process them. I saw freezers filled with vacuum packed vegetables waiting for winter. It occurs to me that there is a lot of fallow land quite near to our jail should we decide that serving fresh vegetables to the folks who raised them might be a good idea. He also told me that it they save several bucks a meal. Now, that is appealing!
In fact, we in Belknap County had a farm program that was discontinued only a few years ago due to budget cuts. It produced all sorts of vegetables as well as provided work for inmates. Of course, putting inmates to work on the farm isn't just a matter of sending them out with a shovel and a rake. They have to be taught how to use the equipment and they have to be supervised. And, somebody has to be Farmer Brown.
I know how good it feels to eat my own produce. Every year, my little patch produces a variety of tomatoes, peppers, squash, and herbs. I try out a new vegetable every year sometimes with more success than others. Last year it as sugar snap peas. This year I tried edemame beans. The peas were delicious. The beans, not so much. It feels good to work a garden. I enjoy the feel of dirt on my hands almost as much as I enjoy a slice of one of my tomatoes on a grilled cheese.
When I walked into the commercial kitchen that they built in the jail in Grafton, the aroma of freshly baked bread filled my head. An inmate proudly told me that she was the bread baker. Pies and cakes, she said, she leaves to someone else but she does hundreds of loaves of bread a day. I bake a couple of loaves a week, myself. It gives me the same pride and feeling of accomplishment.
We can learn from the successes of other jails. I think we should consider reviving the farm and building a kitchen. It might also be a good idea to talk with my employer at the community college to get a culinary program going at the jail. According to all the evidence, programs work to reduce recidivism.
I want the voters to know that I will have done my homework before the election so that if elected I will be able to hit the ground running. I've been reading meeting transcripts, touring jails (our own first), talking to stakeholders, and studying corrections philosophy.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 08:43