To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of 'Spot 2' (name given to co-coordinator Ann Saltmarsh in Dalmation garb) and myself, we extend a shout-out to the community for supporting our beloved pooch parade.
Beginning with my employer Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Ann's employer, Laconia Public Works, and the WOW Trail Board, right on down to every volunteer who managed the approximate 200 attendees, we express our sincere appreciation.
Special thanks to the ladies of the Opechee Inn: Michelle Dupont and Annie Boissoneault for once again loaning us their property, and to the Laconia Fire Department for loaning us their newest ladder truck.
This year's recipients, Laconia PD K-9 Unit and Gilford PD K-9 Unit, were supported with the registrations and donations. I am proud to report that each unit received $675 toward their canine expenses.
This event runs smoothly, thanks not only to Ann but to Janet Brough from SAU 30, and Kevin Dunleavy, director of Laconia's Parks and Recreation.
It would be difficult to get the word out if it weren't for four amazing editors: Krista Marrs (Citizen), Ed Engler (Laconia Daily Sun), Erin Plummer (Gilford Steamer), and Meghan Siegler (Hippo) and their reporters who gave us great coverage. And for three great schools: Holy Trinity, Woodland Heights, Gilford Elementary, for their art work.
Our business sponsors: "Top of the Heap" four years in a row: Hali Dearborn, Eptam Plastics. Gold Sponsors: Lake Opechee Inn & Spa; Jodie Herbert, Inns at Mill Falls; Steve & Nanci Jorgenson, AKA Tool; the Beetle family, Patrick's Pub; Steve Smith Associates; Cindy Hemeon-Plessner of MVSB; Dave and Yvette of 405 Pub & Grill; Bill & Paul of Stealth. Silver Sponsors: Ken & Lois, Franklin Savings Bank; Mike, Tilton Vet; Chris, Fratello's; Sarah, Body Covers; and long-time BW supporter, Gil — big thank you.
Our devoted vendors: Brendon, My Coffee House; Jill Baron Trimble Illustrator; Kelly, Doggone-It-Training; Alix Marcoux, Homeward Bound; Suzi, the Basket Lady; Ginny of Happy Tails Dog Park; Marilee of NHHS with Lisa of VCA; Dottie of Animal Vibe. New vendors: Cristy and Danielle of Four Paws Inn; Beth, Meredith Emergency Vet Hosp; Ken Hassan, Casey Jones Bones; Dr. Valerie Lunnon, DC; Elaine Morrison; and of course, Aaron Bassett of Burrito Me for much-needed water stations (Woof!).
Special thanks to: our emcee Pat Kelly of Binnie Media, who kept things organized and on track; Father Alan from St. Andre Bessette Parish for his blessings; our photographers Rodney and Bonnie; our judges: Jeanie Forrester, Ed Engler, Mike Seymour, Patrick & Kyle Gandini; our face painters, Bonnie and her girls; and Diane and Andrea for introducing our newest event, Wag-It Games. Thanks also to Big Cat Coffee. Deep appreciation to Caroline Drouin for her faithful support in distributing posters; Ryan and Tony from LHS Band for leading our parade; Interlakes Animal Hospital and the Insurance Outlet for their sign support; Troop 13140 for "poo patrol;"; and to Brett and Bethany of Laconia Pet Center for their generosity in providing our contest prizes and more.
Last but not least: Our Balloon Ladies, Holly and Gail.
See you next year.
Community Relations Coordinator
Melcher & Prescott
(a/k/a 'Spot 1')
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:46
To The Daily Sun,
The two-tier health system is here. Designed and implemented by Democrats. Remember that on Election Day.
The most outrageous fact is that Barack Obama saw fit to exclude himself and his family from the very health legislation he forced down America's throat. Obamacare prevents the very sickest cancer victims in this country from accessing 15 of the 19 best cancer treatment hospitals in America, at the same time forcing tens of millions of people into the narrowest of health care networks run by just one or two providers in many states, including New Hampshire.
First semester economics students understand it is only increased competition that lowers cost. One tier for the rich and connected, like Obama, another for the middle and lower economic classes. Do you think Obama and Jeanne Shaheen are prevented access to the best cancer care if they need it? Not on your life. It is no wonder the vast majority of Americans give a double thumbs down on Obamacare. It has already harmed tens of millions more people than it has helped, and the pain is just beginning. Obama screams his lungs out over inequality while building a perpetual monument to it in heath care, called Obamacare.
It is simple and undeniable logic. Medicaid, Medicare and Obamacare patients are going to discover ever decreasing access to care, as importantly, lower quality care because government has over-promised since FDR that it would pay the health-care bills of the old and the poor.
Government simply cannot afford to make good on that promise with out bankrupting this country. That is why government and Democrats turned the health-care industry into a bogus, straw man to create a public image that allowed it to take over the industry, strangling it with rules, regulations, higher taxes and most important of all lower reimbursement rates.
The truth is, the under-cost fees government has mandated doctors accept has been a core cause of escalating health-care cost increases for decades. The private sector pays much higher prices to subsidize the underpayment of hundreds of billions by government. Doctors, the key ingredient in health-care delivery, are not going to accept it any longer. They are already rebelling. The end result is middle America is going to die and live in unnecessary pain waiting to get health care because it is not available or denied them as illustrated by the best cancer hospitals. Government and Obamacare are driving thousands of doctors out of the business of serving the middle and lower class.
Don't believe me? About one-third of physicians and about one-quarter of specialists in this country have already completely closed their practices to Medicaid patients. Over 52 percent of physicians have limited access Medicare patients have to their practices or are planning to limit that access soon. Doctors are already refusing to see millions of patients because government underpays them.
Thousands of hospitals refuse to see Obamacare patients because government underpays them. Many of the biggest and best insurance companies in America refuse to participate in Obamacare because government refuses to pay them adequately. There are now 4,400 concierge, or cash-only, doctors in America who refuse to see or treat government paid patients on Medicare, Medicaid or Obamacare.
The number of these practices is burgeoning, and 10 percent more plan to covert to concierge care only within 36 months. The rich and Obama (as they do in Europe) will be buying immediate health-care access to concierge doctors through private insurance at very substantial cost. The person with a government health insurance card, whatever flavor, is already discovering fewer and fewer places will serve him. That world will only shrink. Your future health care plan by government for you under Medicaid, Medicare and Obamacare is a bottle of aspirin, a box of Exlax and unlimited visits to a voodoo doctor that sticks pins into dolls. Welcome to the two-tier health care plan created by Democrats.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:39
To The Daily Sun,
The cartoon in your edition of The Daily Sun on Tuesday, May 13, depicting a gun owner standing over a body and claiming he felt threatened by someone questioning his right to carry is an excellent example of biased and misinformed propaganda on behalf of who ever concocted the cartoon, (notice I refrain from using the word 'artist').
Of all the people I have known, who are licensed to legally carry a concealed or non-concealed firearm, including myself, none would fit the absurd mentality depicted in that cartoon. In fact, gun owners I know would be better described by the opening monologue of the History Channel's TV documentary series, "Tales Of The Gun" which states, "The gun has played a critical role in history. An invention which has been praised and denounced... served hero and villain alike... and carries with it, moral responsibility."
The final statement of the monologue is the most revealing truth. As a law-abiding citizen who appreciates my legal right to carry a firearm, I understand, most likely far more than people who would produce a cartoon like the one that was in your newspaper, the moral responsibility behind my right to carry, and hope I never actually have to use my weapon against anything more than a paper target.
Michael G. Shanks
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:34
To The Daily Sun,
In the year 2012, the top 1 percent of the people in the U.S. increased their wealth an average of 32 percent. The remaining 99 percent lost 2 percent of their earning power. Half of the wealth went to the top 10 percent. The last time this kind of inequality existed was in 1901 when President Teddy Roosevelt worked to level the playing field.
Despite the fact that Republicans in Washington have no desire or inclination to correct income inequality, state government can be a catalyst in raising our standard of living and helping people and businesses succeed. By helping all of our citizens receive a livable minimum wage, reducing the income inequality between women and men, and rebuilding our infrastructure, we can close the gap between the ultra rich and the shrinking middle class.
I believe that a strong, vibrant middle class is essential and possible in all the towns of New Hampshire. It's time that we send people to Concord who will work on policy and legislation that rebuilds our infrastructure and expands our educational system for a brighter economic future.
Our representatives should work for all the people, not just a select few. What we have now are representatives who come up with the philosophical justification for selfishness and opposition to economic and social progress. It seems they are out to punish the unfortunate who are suffering in our economy by avoiding prudent and essential state spending.
Speaking before the Cleveland City Club in 1968, Senator Robert Kennedy said, "We must admit in ourselves that our children's future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others... those who live with us are our brothers. For we must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge."
I agree with Bobby Kennedy's words, and firmly believe that we should be bound together by a common concern, not division and suspicion. I believe we can establish a common faith, a common goal that all those who live in our community share the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness.
If I sound like a citizen who is thinking about running for state office, you are correct.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:30
To The Daily Sun,
I just read an article yesterday about the IRS which said that $13 billion was given out in the EITC tax credit program.
The EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) is a program that subsidizes low-income families. I read on the Tax Policy Center of the Brookings Institute website that the credit is fully refundable: any excess beyond a family's income tax liability is paid as a tax refund.
Since 2003 about one-quarter of the payments each year were improper. This is ridiculous.
Can you imagine working in the private sector and one-quarter of your monies in a part of your budget went out by error. Someone would have definitely been fired. And it would have stopped in no time.
To think that these errors are still happening at almost the same percentage since 2003 — that is 10 years, and nothing has happened.
No one has been fired. The Congress has done nothing to stop this program.
Well I should not have written nothing. The IRS has given out bonuses to boost employee morale. What about taxpayer morale? I think the IRS paid $70 million in bonuses in the year 2013 alone.
So let me get this straight. We are trillions of dollars in debt. A quarter of the money we pay back in a program is given to people who should not get it.... And the people doing this get bonuses. And what do our congressmen and senators do?
Well, Jeanne Shaheen wrote a bill to limit the amount of money paid for paintings of representatives.... Duh......
And they say Washington D.C. is broken..... No kidding.
You can guess who is getting contacted from me today.... What about you... what are you doing? We must contact our representatives and say "No more."
Stop wasting my hard-earned money.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:27