To The Daily Sun,
I seldom find reason to disagree with letters from Tony Boutin, yet I was prompted to write regarding his reflections on Obamacare. I may have misjudged the president. Perhaps he is too clever by half. Perhaps Obamacare is working precisely as he intended. It was forced through Congress by measures that I consider bribery. It is being implemented despite a large majority of the populace and many of its original supporting institutions crying for caution.
Obamacare will be installed, sort of, just enough to demonstrate its total failure. Once the medical profession has been disrupted beyond repair, government will be the only one who can save the day. The obvious answer? A single-payer system run by the government, just like the Education Department, the Energy Department, et al. I believe that this was the president's underlying intent. Once this happens he can save Social Security and Medicare. Just put actuaries in charge of dispensing health care, so that medical decisions may be subjected to cost benefit analysis. I fully expect that the elderly and the seriously incapacitated will seldom be found worth perpetuating. Let nature take its natural course — death. That will reduce the cost of health care and ease the financial pressure on Social Security and Medicare.
I remember a televised debate some years ago regarding Canada's single payer system. A proponent of the system cited a poll that showed 85 percent of the population was highly satisfied with the system. The opponent responded, "The other 15 percent are sick."
This president may be touted by the mainstream media as the most transformative president in U.S. history. I fear!
Dale P. Eddy
(The other Dale Eddy)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:11
To The Daily Sun,
This month many thousands of happy and healthy patients are celebrating the 118th birthday of chiropractic. We celebrate the millions of individuals who have chosen a drugless, low risk choice in order to improve their nerve function and optimize their health.
This letter is not meant to minimize all the good that traditional medical care does. I had knee replacement surgery in January and have been pleased with the results. This letter desires to celebrate the fact that there is a healthy option available for those who choose to seek help for the root cause of their illness rather than symptom management. Or as Anneliese Lemay aptly put it in her recent letter, "most medical doctors would've prescribed an unnecessary pill to put a band-aid over the underlying cause".
Now comes the "party crasher" in the form of our favorite allopathic allosaurus, who appears to have morphed into a "crank curmudgeon". Perhaps Mirno Pasquali recently emerged from the depths of Paugus Bay and has a little water on the brain. Cranial Waterloggus I believe is the medical term. Anyway, that is the best explanation I have for his patronizing and ill mannered attack on the two fine practitioners of Crossroads Chiropractic. I was their grateful patient for years and I am now a very satisfied and healthy patient of Awakening Chiropractic.
No lower back spasms for over four years. A return of some of the lost neck curvature resulting from decades of physical stress and a lack of chiropractic adjustments. A return to optimal nerve function and increased flexibility. These are just some of the positive results of chiropractic care for me. Decades of pain medications, soft neck stabilizers and lost work productivity and bed rest did not improve my back and neck issues. I was slowly becoming more stiff and immobile while my gastrointestinal tract was becoming compromised by the band-aid drugs I had been given. This all affected my emotional state so I was prescribed anti-depressants and anxiety medications which I maintained for three years. They helped a little, but I had little energy and brain fog. It has now been four years since I consumed that toxic mixture of drugs which mostly masked my illness and resulted in a declining quality of life. I have remained drug free and vigorous since 2009.
Awakening Chiropractic and Crossroads Chiropractic are both competent and caring wellness centers. They offer a variety of health inspiring workshops, ably assisted by some of the most cheerful, upbeat, well adjusted staff this side of Disneyland. If Mr. Pasquali did not have such a calcified, closed mind on this subject, I would encourage him to just hang out at either of these venues. For me, they represent an atmosphere of natural euphoria, filled with humor, education and of course those health promoting adjustments.
Happily, I have the health and proper frame of mind to withstand the nattering nabobs of negativity that literally jump off the pages of Mr. Pasquali's latest "party crashing letter of condescension". I feel very sorry for PA Pasquali, paragon of petulance, arrogance and all things cynical.
We chiropractic warriors are optimistic about the future of alternative/natural/complementary/integrative health care. Primary care practitioners have begun informing their patients about the benefits of Vitamin D supplementation, especially during the winter months. They have begun to inform their patients about taking probiotics when consuming antibiotics. The importance of having a proper balance of DHA/EPA fish oils has begun to enter their sphere of knowledge. They now often recommend a whole food multivitamin for their patients. I am confident that soon they will inform their patients that Coenzyme Q10 is a must for anyone taking statin drugs, since they drastically deplete the bodily stores of this heart healthy/heart saving oily, vitamin like substance.
So from this writer comes a heartfelt, from the Lakes Region treetops, shout out of congratulations to all the wonderful chiropractors and the marvelous life force maximizing benefits they provide to all their patients. And for the ahem, esteemed lakes region physician's assistant, God bless your pea picking little heart. I'm sure you mean well. Must be some subluxational interference that is causing your cognitive dissonance.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:08
To The Daily Sun,
A lot has been written in this paper about Representative Huot's tribute to Bob Kingsbury. At the time, although I did not believe his comments to be funny, I chose to interpret Rep. Huot's statement to be an attempt at humor. I thought the overall tone of the letter was respectful, and that Rep. Huot was poking fun at his conservative foe.
However, Cathy Merwin's letter does not deserve the benefit of doubt. Ms. Merwin's letter is disrespectful, and ironically reinforces a truth that conservatives have known for a long time. Liberals are generally intolerant of conservatives and conservative ideas. Ms. Merwin didn't like Mr. Kingsbury because he thought differently than her. Although admitting that Mr. Kingsbury was a gentleman, she tore into him because his ideas did not subscribe to tenets taken from the liberal playbook. Her intolerance was such that Mr. Kingsbury should not have been afforded the right to even express his ideas.
We owe Mr. Kingsbury a tremendous debt. He was willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for his country, for which every American should be grateful. Unfortunately, Ms. Merwin will be known for besmirching a national hero, but I guess that's okay since she didn't agree with his ideas anyway.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:06
To The Daily Sun,
A few weeks ago, columnist Bob Meade wrote an excellent piece entitled "Respect....Make it Contagious". In that article, Meade traced the beginnings of today's Salvation Army and its founder, William Booth. The article continued to discuss the many good works of today's Salvation Army, especially our Lakes Region office under the expert leadership of Captains Steven and Sally Warren. Our local branch provides free meals, summer camp experiences for needy children, work opportunities through the Thrift Shop, a food pantry and the Carey House, the homeless shelter for men, women and families.
Naturally, outreach programs of this magnitude require substantial funding. Columnist Meade, throughout the article, encourages his readers to support our local Salvation Army and provides information about how to do that. In addition to donating directly, there is an annual opportunity to show your support while enjoying a fun, family-oriented event and friendly competition. I'm referring to the Annual Salvation Army Turkey Plunge which will celebrate its 9th year this November 23rd. Hardy Plungers raise pledges for the "privilege" of plunging into Lake Opechee that day. This family-oriented fundraising event is presided over by our own mascot, Tommy Turkey, and comes complete with costumes, crazy warm-up exercises, a post-Plunge luncheon and raffle prizes.
Bob Meade encouraged everyone to support the good works of the Salvation Army. On November 23rd, you'll have that chance by joining us at Opechee Beach for the 9th Turkey Plunge. More details are on-line at www.salvationarmy.org/laconia. See you at the Lake.
Don Morrissey, Chairman
Salvation Army Turkey Plunge
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:03
To The Daily Sun,
Friday, September 20 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Over the past years this day has gone unrecognized by the media nationally at most levels. The reason for that could be discussed and speculated at great length. Any discussion would have to fall under the headings of,"Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility and Accountability".
For those American service men and women who were captured and returned, we can only be thankful beyond words. Prayers were answered. For those who died in captivity, blessings to them and their families. The only way we can say we are thankful for your sacrifice is to live our lives by doing everything we can on behalf of those who may find themselves in the same situation today or in the future while serving in our name.
Today, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, POW Afghanistan, captured June 2009. ALL evidence shows he is still alive. Even though the tribe holding him (Haqqain) was hit by three drone attacks just a couple of weeks ago and has been stated that leaders of that tribe were killed. There is "much" information known of this American POW and his situation including "where he is". Has and is everything being done to "Bring Him Home Alive"? I guess that's where the words Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility and Accountability come in. If Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was YOUR son would you have confidence that everything was being done? Would you have Faith and Trust in the DPMO that is under investigation for failing to have done its job for at least the past 25years? Would you believe everything you were told read or heard about Sgt. Bergdahl or what was being done on his behalf? Do you believe ANY Department in DC or Congress would be responsible or accountable in dealing with this issue?
And the band played on!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:00