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Why in world is this grant money coming from Homeland Security?

To The Daily Sun,

I have been going over this in my head for a week now and need help in coming to a logical and sane answer.

As reported in your paper dated April 16, 2014, has been chosen as one of 10 cities to house and store a piece of "advanced equipment" that will allow emergency medical personnel to better handle morbidly obese patients requiring transport. This piece of "advanced equipment" will better facilitate transportation of people weighing between 400 and 1,100 pounds of which there were 162 instances between 2010 and 2013.

Now I'm kinda a fatty pants myself, but would like to think that your ordinary run-of-the-mill ambulance would get my chubby butt to the hospital if need be. Apparently Laconia has more than its fair share of hugely obese people requiring medical transport out there, and I'm all for accommodating these folks. The two questions that I would like to have answered are these:

1. Were other avenues explored that didn't require a grant, which is just our tax money anyway? I'm sure the Laconia DPW has a front-end loader and a flat-bed laying around or maybe a contract with Ambrose or Pike?

2. Why on God's green earth is this grant money coming from the Department of Homeland Security? Please tell me how transporting one of my half-ton homies to the cardiac unit falls under the guise of Homeland Security? I guess all the terrorists have been rounded up, our borders are secured and everything is just hunky-dory with the state of the country's security. Did the "War on Terror" change to the "War on Chubbiness" without my knowledge?

I shall patiently await an answer from any of our elected officials. Please excuse me if I don't hold my breath.

Bob O'Neill


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:56

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No one at either hospital asked me for co-payment in advance

To The Daily Sun,
After reading the letter from Bev Buker in last Thursday's paper, I felt that I needed to respond. I don't know what hospital allegedly turned away the sick people she mentions, because they either didn't have insurance or couldn't pay the co-pay. That is very hard for me to believe.

I am a 78-year-old woman who was admitted both to the ER and later to the hospital two weeks ago, without anyone asking me for co-pay either time. Instead, I was admitted to the Lakes Region ER and later to Franklin Hospital by ambulance (there were no rooms available in Lakes Region), without once being asked to pay the co-pay or if I was able to pay the co-pay. I was treated with a great deal of respect and excellent caring and compassion by many angels of mercy. I don't recall all their names. (Please forgive me if you are not mentioned but did provide me a service. Your kind care is remembered, if not your given name.)

The many angels of mercy include the doctors, RNs, LNAs, EMTs, lab technicians, food service workers, and housekeeping staff people. Beginning with the lovely Dr. Cooper, by name I also remember Kim, Maria, Stacey, and Dr. McCarthy at Lakes Region. The ambulance EMTs on the ride to Franklin were very kind, but through no fault of the driver but instead the pot holes, it was a bumpy ride. RN Doon greeted me as I arrived at Franklin Hospital where I received excellent treatment from nurses Amanda and Annette, LNAs Logan and Birgit, Dr. Malik, food service worker Joanne and many others. Many thanks to you all.

For Lent I had decided to begin learning more of the psalms and so began with Psalm 103: 1-4

Bless the Lord, Oh my soul,
And all my being Bless His Holy Name.
Bless the Lord, Oh my soul,And forget not all His Benefits.
He pardons all your iniquities,
He heals all your ills,
He redeems your life from destruction,
He crowns you with kindness and compassion.

I'd say that those who cared for me did a great deal in fulfilling many of those promises. God Bless them all.

Special thanks to my next door neighbor, Dottie Morse, for all her transportation, hours of being with me in the ER and hospital, prayers and caring for my cat. Also to my family and friends for their prayers and concern.

Hilary Kelley

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:53

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We now have an opening on Tilton Budget Committee, consider serving

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to the citizens of Tilton:

I would like to thank you for your support for my recent interest in becoming your choice for selectman for the town of Tilton.

I continue to be a member of the Town of Tilton Budget Committee and would ask for a member of our fine community to choose to become a member of this important committee.

We have an opening on the committee for a member due to the election of our longtime chair, Jon Scanlon, to the position of selectman for the Town of Tilton.

Please feel free to e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Johanna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply for this open committee position.

Wayne Brock


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:49

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Mass shooters logically pick 'gun free' zones for their murder sprees

To The Daily Sun,

In Ms. Bernadette Loesch's latest rant, she attacked a "junior senator" because someone spoke positively of her. Ms. Loesch decided to pick on the firearms topic. When anything sensational happens, liberal Democrats fall into a knee-jerk reaction of "there must be a law," "gotta pass a law," and, with Feinsteinian idiocy, they pass legislation they don't bother to read.

In defense of Sen. Kelley Ayotte, she did listen to her constituents. And she she read the legislation she was being asked to pass.

Fact: The perpetrator of the Sandy Hook massacre was denied a firearm because of his background check. He got one anyway (Gee, think about that).

Fact: The proposed legislation would have done nothing to prevent what he did. When a piece of legislation would have had absolutely no effect on a situation, why pass it? So some liberal Democrat can "feel good" about passing a law that has no benefit?

Mass shooters pick one place for their murder sprees: "Gun free" zones.

Ms. Loesch, if you were truly sincere in your stance on gun violence, you would be demanding that all "disarmed targets" zones be repealed and banned. Until there are no "gun free/disarmed target" zones in America, there will continue to be mass murders in places where citizens are denied their right to protect themselves.

As for your "90 percent of Americans..." line: that sound-bite from the propaganda disseminators has been proven false again and again. But hey, give you an E for effort. Repeat a lie often enough and some will begin to believe it is the truth.

A. C. R. Piper


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:44

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Does Sen. Forrester care to hear those who need higher minimum wage?

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to express my disappointment that state Sen. Jeanie Forrester canceled the meeting she had arranged for last Wednesday in Plymouth. She had planned it as an opportunity to present and explain the minimum wage bill that is currently before the State Senate and for her to learn what her constituents think about it. In announcing the meeting she said she hadn't made up her mind whether she will support the bill or not.

So why did she cancel her opportunity to answer our questions and learn about our views?

I am wondering now how Sen. Forrester will find out her constituents feelings about the bill and their reasons for supporting it. Does she care to hear about those who really need the minimum wage to be raised or about how the increase will help the state's economy? Or has she already made up her mind without our input?

I just now learned about a way for her to hear from people who depend on their wages to survive. Next Tuesday, April 22, there is an open hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, which Sen. Forrester chairs. Oh, wait. Most working folks like me will not be able to attend that hearing because it is scheduled for 1 p.m. Isn't that ironic. I hope others who want to see the minimum wage bill pass the Senate will show up. It will be held in Room 103 at the Statehouse in Concord.

Mike Dowal

New Hampton

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:40

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