To The Daily Sun,
As long as Obamacare bears the same name as a sitting president it will never be repealed. Because it cannot be repealed it needs to be amended and soon to prevent further damage to the people it is effecting.
In order for it to work the political corruption that has been built into it through waivers and wiggle room have to go. The waivers given to Unions and big business need to be repealed immediately.
The large increases people are seeing on their cancellations are caused by the amount of people expected to join the exchanges and the taxes on the existing plans.
The unions are providing Cadillac plans that should be paying a 40 percent tax on their policies and they are exempt from the law leaving the rest of us to pick up their tab. These are auto workers, Teamsters, teachers, state workers, police, and construction workers in large cities. Millions of high wage, big benefit workers who are laughing at the rest of us for being a bunch of chumps
This of course is not to mention our politicians, Ayotte, Shea-Porter, Shaheen, and Kuster. They and their staffs are exempt.
They need to declare that they will waive their exemption and join Obamacare and then repeal their exemption.
The playing field has to level.
The anti-kickback provision that is in every federal contract was removed from the law, allowing the President and HHS secretary to trade favors for waivers. This has to go; it invites corruption.
I have repeatedly heard that for the law to work they need millions of young healthy workers 21 to 29 to join the exchanges. If this is so than why in God's name did they make the policies cover children until they are 26 years old.
The rules causing all these cancellations needs to be fixed. The government will still get the policy tax that every non exempt policy pays.
The cronyism needs to go and the president needs to tell his friends they are no better than anyone else and for the greater good we must all bear this burden equally.
If they get everyone paying their share this law may have a chance to succeed and the cost will go down. Without these reforms the people who have to comply will do so begrudgingly feeling like they are being used as tools for the politicians and their friends.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:05
To The Daily Sun,
Give credit where credit is due.
I have been a taxpayer in Gilmanton for 40 years. My recollection is that the tax rate has increased for 38 of those years. We had a minimal decrease in 2012 and an outstanding decrease of 9.4 percent this year. This decrease is due to the efforts of our selectmen to control town spending. We need to thank our selectmen, town administrator, department heads and the Budget Committee for this tax reduction.
On the other hand, our School Board and superintendent have over budgeted in excess of $500,000 a year for the last three years. We need to get school spending under control. Please review the school budget closely before you vote in March.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 07:55
To The Laconia Daily Sun,
We humbly write this letter to thank all the wonderful people, agencies and businesses that helped us after losing most of our belongings as well as our dog and cat, Roxy and Selena, due to a senseless and tragic three alarm house fire at 143 Young Road in Gilford, on April 17, 2013.
Immediately during the fire, the Red Cross was there to comfort us. They helped with providing us shelter for two nights at a local hotel and with purchasing some personal items we needed daily.
Not being able to stay in the environment provided, I went to the Marriot in Gilford. The manager there, Doti, not only was able to offer a reduced rate, she was able to organize things so that the Elks Lodge in Gilford donated enough money for an extended stay there. This provided time to try to sort things our and start pieces our lives back together. Without Doti's help working as a liaison when I was unable to pay at times, it would have been impossible to make it this far.
We would like to thank all of our friends at the members of the United Methodist Church in Gilford, as well as the clergy members new and old. Their donations of clothing, money, and shelter when we had no other resource was such a blessing. A special thank you to Paul Weston who unselfishly took the time to contact as many people as he could. He and his family were very generous to us, providing anything we needed. Just being able to call and talk was comforting. I was too embarrassed to ask anyone else for help.
Although we remain homeless, we are optimistic that things will improve. We have witnessed this community time and time again pull together and help victims of all types of tragedies and losses. This has been one long, devastating, unimaginable experience to say the least. It's easy to feel sorry for yourself when you are sleeping in your car. When you have customers that take advantage of your situation sometimes deciding not to pay in full or a few not at all. It's embarrassing when you can't provide for your own family. The bottom line is, like my daughter tells me, "It could be worse dad."
If I could share one important lesson we have learned on this journey, please continue to support others in need. But most important stay on guard as parents, neighbors, teachers and coaches. Any guardian of our children. Tragedy, sickness and evil can strike anyone, anytime and show no discrimination.
We recently realized that as tragic and devastating as our losses are, there are so many more situations that go undetected in our community. As a single parent I know how difficult it can be at times, and how embarrassing it is to ask for help! If you need it please don't wait until its too late.
Let's all try and continue to help each other; let's ask for the ability to start in our own home. Let us not only pray for each other and all of the people who are always there to help. But let us also pray for the people who take advantage at some of these tragedies.
God Bless all who have helped, bless the people who need help. We are grateful for everything we have. We are trying to remain positive as we battle through one obstacle at a time together.
A heartfelt thank you to our friends, neighbors, and our wonderful communities: Gilford, Belmont and Laconia.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 07:51
To The Daily Sun,
After reading Paula Trombi's letter in Wednesday's Sun, I proceeded to take her advice and I e-mailed Sen. Forrester and I did feel better afterward. I advised the senator to stand her ground against the expansion of Medicaid as it will cause New Hampshire serious financial difficulties down the road.
Ms. Trombi states in capital letters that it is "ABSOLUTELY FREE". Her naivete is quite astounding. I'm sure she still believes her illustrious president's statement that "if you like your health plan you can keep your health plan." I hate to burst your bubble, Ms. Trombi but there is no such thing as "free money." It all comes out of our pocket one way or another. Have you noticed that the 100 percent funding of this program ends along with Obama's term in office? I wonder if the timing of that and the timing of the Unaffordable Care Act's onset after the 2012 election have anything in common. You bet your sweet bippie they do!
If you want a healthier society tell your Ppesident to put his ego and ideologies on hold and get to work making sure that everybody that wants to work has that opportunity and those that don't want to work aren't taking the funds that should be reserved for those in need, such as the elderly and handicapped. We could improve those lives dramatically if the leeches of society weren't sucking the blood out of our assistance programs. That's the kind of society I want to live in. I guess if that happened the new Democratic Party would lose most of their constituents along with their votes.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 11:43
To The Daily Sun,
I meet new people interested in the peace movement, and I see surprise on their faces when I tell them that our Plymouth Common peace vigil has run Saturdays for an hour since February of 1998. We miss occasionally for family reasons, but pretty much we maintain it. We leaflet with a peace/justice issue topic, timely, handing out between 25-30 of these. We raise up a peace banner between light-post and tree. We've done this in the work for no-war through administrations of Clinton, Bush, and now Obama.
Similarly N.H. Peace Action has passed our 30-year mark, last year. We have now seen the U.S.'s longest war, and we lament the loss of life, the maimed lives, the excessive monetary cost. We think the U.S. can do better. As President Eisenhower said, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."
I invite others beyond our N.H. Peace Action mailing list to donate to our statewide effort to shape a peaceful and sustainable world. Our website is nhpeaceaction.org, or call 228-0559. At year's end we look forward to being useful in 2014, to organizing, to providing speakers and speak-out opportunities. Our projects are both long-term and fledgling. We hire a full-time director and keep a Concord office. My daughters are now 43 and 40, so most of their lives their mom has been working for peace, and not alone in that. As chair of N.H. Peace Action Education Fund at this time, I thank all who do support us and ask others to prioritize peace and justice by connecting with us. Peace in 2014.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 11:41