To The Daily Sun,
As a long-time entrepreneur and business owner, I would like to ask the Senate Republicans in Concord why they continue to block the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The substantial effect of the $2.5 billion (not million) in additional federal aid through the program would provide a critical economic boost to fund new health-related jobs and businesses that serve the state's health care industry.
It's a "win-win" for the recipients of the program, the state and the small businesses that have been paying these employees' health insurance. 58,000 New Hampshire residents are expected to take advantage of this new program by 2020.
Who are these recipients? To name a few, they are the workers who serve you meals in fast-food restaurants, work in the mall's shops, fix your car, cut your hair and provide in-home services for seniors and people with disabilities. They are your neighbors and their family members you come into contact every day in communities across New Hampshire. They work, but their incomes are below $15,400 a year for a single person and $32,000 for a family of four. The burden to provide insurance will no longer fall just upon their small business employers.
The federal government would pay 100 percent of the coverage cost of the Medicaid expansion for the first three years beginning in 2014, ratcheting down to 90 percent of the coverage cost in the 7th year and thereafter. The program is expected to bring more than $2.5 billion in federal investment into New Hampshire with the state providing about $18.4 million in administrative costs over the first seven years, which is less than 1 percent of the overall cost of expansion. The state could also choose to drop out of the program at any time.
Despite the fact that the Chamber of Commerce has come out in favor of Medicare expansion, as well as the state's health care professionals, there are still Republican state senators who are against expansion. They are not sure why they're against it but they know it's part of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act.
In most of the very conservative states, Republican governors have refused Medicaid expansion despite the fact they have the highest rates of residents without health insurance coverage. None of these leaders has shown any concern for their people who are uninsured or denied coverage because of illness. Actually, they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act itself and let insurers go back to cancelling policies at the first sign of a shadow on an x-ray. This leads me to a question for the Republicans in the state Senate "Would you rather cling to an outmoded political ideology that let your neighbors and their family members receive vital health care coverage?"
Hopefully, no one is that heartless.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 11:26
To The Daily Sun,
Can the fall of Obamacare heal progressive "magical thinking" and restore common sense and sanity within the Democratic Party? I know, a rhetorical question. A couple definitions of magical thinking include: "belief that an object, action or circumstance is unrelated to a course of events". "Irrational belief that one can bring about a circumstance or event by thinking about it or wishing for it". Denying that liberal policies over the years have caused far more harm than good is the demented step sister of paternal progressivism. Believing that good intentions are all that is needed to bring about positive change is the evil uncle of liberal progressive policies. Both are necessary for the Democrat Party to continue to believe they are the only ones on the right path for the betterment of mankind despite massive history to the contrary. Both concepts are necessary for liberal, elitist, central planners (Democrats and establishment Republicans) to believe they are so much smarter than us and thus must control the lives of we, "the great unwashed", in order to save us from ourselves.
President Obama is not the sole proprietor of this belief, but he is the current leader of our great republic who is running the country based on those beliefs. He is also a disciple of Saul Alinsky, admirer of Lucifer and author of "Rules for Radicals". He was taught the principles of "overwhelming the system" while at Columbia University under the tutelage of American sociologists, Richard Andrew Cloward and Francis Fox Piven. He has learned how to "boil the frog slowly" in order to bring about a massive government takeover of the private sector. Obamacare is just the latest and greatest assault on our freedom, attempting to consume fully one sixth of our economy.
It would appear that his own arrogance, aloofness and admitted laziness has caused the water to come to a boil a little too quickly. It would appear that his disdain for having almost no one with business experience as part of his administration, has caused the frog to leap to safety at the last moment. It would appear that President Obama's entourage of deceptive yes men and women has caused the temperature of national discourse to rise to a quick boil with respect to his attempt to nationalize health care. Daniel Hannan, member of the European Parliament has a new book, "Inventing Freedom", which implores America to avoid abandoning individual rights, private property, the rule of law and the institutions of representative government. Europe continues down that socialist path on the road to serfdom. Our president ignores that reality because ironically, it does not fit his manifest mission to transform this country into a European socialist state.
Why does the president not act far more outraged at the failure of the ACA rollout? Why is he not far more embarrassed about his advisors not keeping him abreast of his signature achievement? How can he tell the nation, with a straight face, that he just didn't know the website was not ready to be rolled out? Why have heads not rolled out of his administration? How can he seriously intone he didn't realize buying health insurance was so complicated?
Well, we are now finding out that in some cases he was kept in the dark about his future legacy. We are also finding out that he has purposely changed, obfuscated, "incorrectly promised" and even lied about folks being able to keep their coverage. The conclusion is that his administration is either incompetent or deliberately overwhelming the system in order to bring about fundamental change, including a 100 percent government run, single-payer health care system. Witness the latest revelation where the law has a provision to subsidize insurance companies with our tax payer funds. For those companies who can't make enough profit under the "Affordable Care Act".
I think Obamacare is a progressive disease which has now been exposed for the delusional fraud that it is. Every day there is a new revelation exposing the grandiosity of socialism in all it's destructive, redistributionist ways. Now the cries of "racism" begin anew. Sorry, it is too late, even with the addition of Oprah Winfrey to the desperate, name calling fray. The emperor has no clothes. The so called new clothes of "hope and change" are but ragged old socialism threads laid bare for all to see. The child, today embodied as the young and healthy, are shouting it out loud to the world. The mainstream media has been dragged into the light, kicking and screaming at least temporarily, while shading their eyes from the nakedness of Obamacare. Let us hope that modern day liberal progressivism has been set back for decades. That gives us the best chance to bring back "exceptionalism" into the lexicon of this country and to bring back the American dream for all citizens.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 11:05
To The Daily Sun,
The first and most successful way to drain the federal coffers is to continue to invent stories about terrorist threats from Middle-Eastern countries. Consider: these small impoverished countries cannot straighten out their own messes to be a real menace to anyone. War, that we have sustained for 12 years, is based upon phony information we are fed year after year. It has all the markings of what happened in Nazi Germany by a man named Goebbels, who told the Germans that Poland was a threat, leading to an invasion and subjection of the Poland people and the start of World War 2.
Do you realize the amount of precious lives we have committed, the money we have spent, the time, technology and resources that have we wasted killing men, women and children who are considered expendable by the military? (Whose armed soldiers carry out their orders, as they are expected to do.) These soldiers have given dedicated and honorable service only to be misused and corrupted by deceitful politicians in Washington.
Realize this significant number: We (the war-mongers and war profiteers) have spent enough money in these wars to pay for Medicare for the next 10 years! And to note, the Navy has built another aircraft carrier making it the 12 in service. Who needs carries with the fleet of planes we have. (Another shoddy deal!) And it has a three billion dollar over-run on building costs.
We must wrest ourselves from the purveyors of war and violence. We must reclaim are moral heritage. We must erase the image of being the most destructive military on earth. Meet your responsibility straight on.
Leon R Albushies
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:53
To The Daily Sun,
As a rule I like to stay above the fray as far as letters to the editor is concerned. I do, however, read both sides of the rancorous debates that rage in The Laconia Sun. I will now try to give both sides some instruction and advice.
The word humane has a variety of connotations. It implies membership in the so called human race. That membership requires us, as humans, to have compassion and a certain amount of benevolence toward others of our race. To make that work, you have to recognize that there is only one human race.
What do all members have in common? We are all born, live and die. As a result, we must seek to stay alive until its time for us to die. Our first need is for sustenance which is or should be provided by our parents. That is not always possible for a number of reasons. So we, as the human race, must or should care for the needy members. The question that begs an answer is: who or how many of us are to shoulder that caring responsibility? Other than food, what other needs do each of us have. In nature, it is the survival of the fittest. At some point in our evolution, humans stepped away from that concept and became able to love and care for those beyond their immediate offspring family. They formed religious codes and laws of governance. Relationships took on national characteristics. As the circle grew, so did the potential conflicts.
And now, we find that we have come full circle. We are back to the me and mine concept to the exclusion of the needy. Some of us go on the attack. Many times it occurs within the family unit itself. Drifting apart is a natural occurrence as children grow older and achieve independence. That is the natural way of families. Rejection is not the natural way.
What I see in the letters to The Sun is position taking and posturing. I also see denigration of others and their views. Vicious ill will and malicious attacks have become common in the letters. Both are detrimental to settling issues between two sides that should be seeking the best solution. Solution of conflicts requires compromise and a commitment to make that compromise be fair to all.
So, what is the "common good?" I submit that the regular writers are of average intelligence and most of them are humane. Rather than ranting and raving about the oppositions point of view, pick a topic and offer your solution. Maybe the editor could publish the topic of the week or month and invite solution letters. At the end of the month or what ever period of time seems appropriate, all those who have submitted could vote on the best solution as submitted. After the letter writers have had a chance to rank the solution letters the general public could be given a chance to weigh in on line to give the writers a chance to find out how much appeal their ideas have.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:46
To The Daily Sun,
Over the past decade there has been a new trend for cooking turkeys — the turkey fryer. The traditional method of cooking a turkey could take hours; a turkey fryer can complete the job in less than an hour. Unfortunately, every year deep fat fryers are responsible for around 1,000 fires, resulting in five deaths and 60 injuries. As the fryers become more common, the fires and deaths will continue to increase. Because of the risks attributed to turkey fryers, Underwriters Laboratories will not certify any fryer with their trusted UL mark and many safety organizations warn against their use. The majority of reported incidents occurred while the oil was being heated, prior to adding the turkey. For this reason, it is very important consumers monitor the temperature of the oil closely. If any smoke at all is noticed coming from a heating pot of oil, the burner should be turned off immediately because the oil is overheated. A flash fire can occur very quickly at this point.
Should you choose to fry turkeys follow these safety guidelines:
— Turkey fryers are not meant to be used indoors.
— Keep the fryer in FULL VIEW while burner is on.
— Do not let children get anywhere near the fryer.
— Place the fryer in an open area AWAY from all walls, fences, or other structures.
— Never use IN, ON, or UNDER a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or any structure that can catch fire.
— Raise and lower food SLOWLY to reduce splatter and avoid burns.
— COVER bare skin when adding or removing food.
— Check the oil temperature frequently.
— If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn gas supply OFF.
— If a fire occurs, immediately call 911.
— DO NOT extinguish fire with water.
Follow these guidelines as you prepare to use a turkey fryer:
— Make sure there is at least two feet of space between the liquid propane tank and fryer burner.
— Place the liquid propane gas tank and fryer so that any wind blows the heat of the fryer away from the gas tank.
— Center the pot over the burner on the cooker.
— Completely thaw (USDA says 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds) and dry turkey before cooking. Partially frozen and/or wet turkeys can produce excessive hot oil splatter when added to the oil.
— Follow the manufacturer's instructions to determine the proper amount of oil to add. If those are not available:
— Place turkey in pot
— Fill with water until the turkey is covered by about 1/2 inch of water
— Remove and dry turkey
— Mark water level. Dump water, dry the pot, and fill with oil to the marked level.
Remember you are heating combustible oil to a very high temperature. There could easily be several gallons of oil in the fryer. If this ignites it will create a very serious fire and produce huge amounts of thick black smoke. I dealt with one of these fires about 15 years ago. It wasn't a Thanksgiving turkey, however the resulting fire destroyed the home's kitchen and left major damage to the rest of the home.
Chief Ken Erickson
Laconia Fire Department
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:38