To The Daily Sun,
Perhaps the Republican House did make the decision to not pass a clear continuing resolution to fund the government that eventually led to the "government shut-down". By last estimates, almost 83 percent of the government is still working and there is no question they will receive back pay. The decision on what to close and whom to send home is made by the affected departments under guidance from the administration, but when one department asked if they had any discretion, they were told, "...yes, as long as it doesn't reduce the impact." This sad fact is seen in the closing of our open-air memorials, memorials like Mt Vernon, which take no federal funds and have no federal employees, Florida Bay (the ocean, for heaven's sake) and the Everglades, people being forced out of homes they own around Lake Mead just because those homes are on federal land, etc.; calculated moves to cause Americans pain. Can this possibly be right? These decisions were made by a Democratic administration.
I understand the House was attempting to make it fair for the American people by letting them have relief from the employee mandate; the same relief that President Obama gave to the employers and the 72 percent subsidy given to members of Congress and their staff. Their message and methods probably wouldn't work in the business world. However, the president of a company whose main message is "I was elected, you lost and I won't negotiate." wouldn't last long with a board of directors.
ACA is the law, upheld by the Supreme Court, although they actually ruled it a tax and there are about 28 of those. My understanding of federal laws is that they apply equally to all Americans and that only Congress can vote to change the law, yet President Obama has actually made 19 changes to this law since it was passed. Can this possibly be right?
I was under the impression I lived in a republic but now find myself wondering when it became a kingdom. Regardless of the rhetoric from Washington, the math has to add up and rhetoric has to pass the smell test. So far we seem to be trillions of dollars in debt and it's beginning to smell very bad in Washington.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:46
To The Daily Sun,
The Belmont Library Board of Trustees would like to thank Jackie Heath for her nine years of public service to the Belmont Public Library. While Jackie was library director, the library has made a variety of improvements in services offered to the community.
We are grateful for her dedication to the library. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
The Belmont Public Library Trustees
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:42
To The Daily Sun,
In response to Kate Miller's assertion that a canvas of unbiased think tanks support Obamacare and the ACA: rubbish.
President Obama said the following: "If you like your health care plan you can keep it. It will reduce the cost of health care premiums by $2,500 per family. I will not sign any health care plan that adds to our deficit."
It transpires that the first two assertions are wrong. As to the third, since Ms. Miller likes to tout objective and credible sources, there is this from the Hoover Institute's Charles Blahaus: "The ACA is expected to increase net federal spending by more than $1.35 trillion and add more than $340 billion to the deficit in the next 10 years and increasing amounts thereafter."
There are reasons that 57 percent of the populace rejects the ACA; these are but a few.
Rep. Dick Burchell
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:39
To The Laconia Daily Sun,
We've all heard the term "enemies abroad". Well we don't have to worry about that any more, with what we have "working for us" in D.C. The fellas there will kill our country quicker than anything outside of our country. Just think, we actually voted for these people. No person elected should be "in" for more than two terms; also if they shut off wages and benefits of innocent folks they too should have their wages "stopped". Someone wrote that idea last week and I agree!
Too bad they have to wait a long time to vote them out and who knows who will be available and what will they do. Limited terms sure sound good instead of paying and taking care of them medically the rest of their lives for sinking the country. I guess brats just can't play nice.
Jean A. Boudreau
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:35
To The Daily Sun,
There is certainly a lot to celebrate in New Hampshire, the majestic fall foliage, maple products, and the like. However, its absolute invaluable resource is its people.
My wife and I were on vacation and, for about the 1000'th time, found ourselves hopelessly lost. We were off a road in Laconia trying to decipher maps and travel books when a woman stopped and asked if everything was all right. We replied that we were from out of state and were looking for a place to stay. She began rattling off directions to a hotel near where we were. She accurately recognized our bewilderment and said, "Look, if you don't mind following me, I'll drive you there." And she did. Pointing to the hotel, she gave a cheery wave goodbye and drove off.
Now, that may not seem remarkable to some, but for this gray bearded Texan, it was so kind that I am compelled to share this with you. So, to the pretty lady in the Subaru wagon, many, many heart felt thanks!
Keith & Judy Pettit
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:33