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Supposition that no insurance will improve medical results is scary

To the editor,
I haven't written a letter to the editor in awhile but I had to respond to a letter I read Saturday from Don Ewing entitled "Medicaid hikes health care usage and costs without better results". I won't argue with his mathematics or his contention that nothing in life is free, especially when it comes from the federal government. Where I have a disagreement is the statement that "Medicaid increases costs and health care usage, but patient health care results overall are no better than mixed compared to no insurance." He bases this comment on two study's, one in Oregon and the other in Virginia. I am familiar with the Oregon study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The methodology and conclusions do not produce the slam dunk as described by Mr. Ewing. The study was not a true measure of overall health status and the changes that can occur over a long period of time. It included only a few measures, all "self reported" by participants such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels after only two years. In addition, according to economist Austin Frakt, the sample sizes were as much as 23 times too small. The biggest flaw was that the study didn't have enough people in bad health to measure any thing that is clinically significant.
No question that the cost of health care is too high no matter how it is accessed. Subsidized care is flawed and expensive, again no argument there. Making long term policy, though, without completely thinking through or completely understanding the problem can be catastrophic. If you do not have any health care insurance, you will in all likelihood not receive basic preventive care and will probably head to your nearest emergency room (the most expensive place to receive primary care) when you are ill. Diseases won't be detected early enough to prevent more serious and costly treatment or dire outcomes. At that point, the Medicaid debate is moot. If they can't pay, well guess what? The hospital eats the cost and we all end up paying for it. The end result is a continuing upward cost spiral that is clearly unsustainable.
So yes Mr, Ewing, subsidized care is expensive, but the alternative, which is to do nothing and live under the false assumption that no insurance will "improve medical results" is downright scary and I would argue much more expensive in the long run.
Paul Punturieri

Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 09:51

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Career Partnership Program provided 38 internships this year

To The Daily Sun,
The Career Partnership Program (CPP) is an integral part of the Greater Meredith Program (GMP) and its function is to help the students of Inter-Lakes High School experience individual education through local business connections. The CPP is a collaborative effort between the GMP and the Inter-Lakes School District. The CPP is funded through the GMP who relies on its Lead Investment Partners for funding.
The program focuses on a five-prong approach: Job Shadows; Internships; Guest Speakers' Bureau; Volunteer and Community Service and a one-day Job Fair as a courtesy to high schoolers. Internships are for those students looking to better his/her high school experience and are passing all classes. A student must interview with the director of the CPP to become accepted into the program. Once accepted, the director, student and business work together for a positive experience. The student must log their hours throughout the internship and write a culminating paper at the end. The student is responsible to provide the director with updates during the internship. The student must also be responsible and abide by the CPP guidelines.
We are proud to announce that the program was able to provide 43 job shadows and 38 internships this year with the help of supporting local businesses. These numbers surpass years past. Our program ends on June 21, when Inter-Lakes leaves for summer vacation and will start back up again on Tuesday, August 27, the first day of the new school year.
The Greater Meredith's Career Partnership Program wishes to thank all of the businesses that helped support this program this year and in years past. Please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. To learn more about GMP call 279-9015. Visit www.greatermeredithprogram.org or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
Rhonda M. Hanaway
Executive Director
Career Partnership Program

Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 09:46

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Where were Reynolds & Miller when Lynch raided highway fund?

To The Daily Sun,
A letter in The Laconia Sun by two former Democrat Legislators, Deb Reynolds of Plymouth and Kate Miller of Meredith, claim roads and bridges in N.H. are deficient because the Senate Republicans refuse to pass new taxes. Conveniently, the former legislators did not mention, as stated by State Senator Andy Sanborn (Granite Status, May 26): "The state is spending $600 Million a year on roads and bridges, 20 percent more than 2008" In 2008 both Reynolds and Miller held office.
Additional facts:
1. In 2009, Governor John Lynch, raided the Highway Fund of $8 million in an effort to balance a bloated budget created by the Democratic Legislature. This is the same fund that uses revenue to repair roads and bridges. Where were Reynolds and Miller when the raid was taking place? They were silent!
2. State Constitution - Article 6-a ( in part) "All revenue accruing to the state from road tolls, gasoline etc, shall be exclusively for maintenance of public highways. No part of revenue shall be diverted to any other purpose".
In my opinion: not only is it disingenuous it is hypocritical to criticize the Senate Republicans for refusing to pass new taxes when it was Reynolds, Miller and others who gave tacit approval to Governor Lynch to raid the Highway Fund of $8 Million. Money that could have been used for bridges and roads.
George Hurt

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 12:45

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Ralph Nadar's still in the trenches, telling us we have the power

To The Daily Sun,
He's at it again. Ralph Nader, with whom I share the same age and ethnic origin; but that is not why I am singling him out for special praise — well, maybe a little. Author, lecturer, attorney, humanitarian, and environmentalist, Ralph has penned another book called "I Told You So" and indeed he has told us so over the years and he's almost always been right about all the issues. Time magazine voted him one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century.
Because of Ralph Nader, we drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water and work in a safer environment. He is a saint, pure and simple — not the kind you have to pray to for some psychosomatic cure because he's already saved untold millions and his legacy is there for all to see — unless they take the seat belts away from us.
Let's address one issue right up front. No, he didn't cause Al Gore to lose the election. More registered Democrats voted for Bush than voted for Nader and almost half of the Democratic party voters stayed home. Amazing how liberals can turn on such a man. Gore ran a weak campaign with no clear message. He failed to defeat Bush in the debates and even lost his home State of Tennessee. Millions of Democrats voted for Bush compared to the few hundred thousand that voted for Nader. We would all be wise to heed Nader's words: "Once you don't vote your ideals... that has serious undermining effects... it erodes the moral basis of our democracy". We continue to vote the "least of the worst" and are continually surprised a year later to see that the least has become worse.
At this point I need to make a public apology to a dear Unitarian friend who voted for the Green Party in the last election. Unitarians are like that you know. Most have a mind of their own and are not easily swayed by anyone or anything. I chided him for "wasting his vote" and I can only quote Ralph again: "The best education is your last mistake"!
Ralph's latest crusade is the minimum wage. The fast food industry made two hundred billion in profits last year and the lowest paid workers in our economy are making $7.25 an hour. If we raise the minimum wage for 30 million people to $10.50 it barely catches up with 1968 wages adjusted for inflation even though worker productivity has doubled.
Corporations and political opponents have tried for years to hang something on this man and the worst they could come up with is that he eats oatmeal for breakfast. While many of us are figuring out a way to "mature gracefully" and have a lot of fun, Ralph is still in the trenches doing what he has been doing most of his life — teaching us that "we the people" have the power and not those that we send to Congress. No, there will be no bingo or little umbrella drinks for this man. A final quote will summarize his life: "It is fascinating to watch legislators turn away from their usual corporate grips when they hear the growing thunder of the people".
George Maloof

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 12:42

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Growing restaurant industry needs a reliable & legal labor force

To The Daily Sun,
Senator Ayotte deserves praise for her insightful and pragmatic view of our immigration challenges and having the courage to come out in support of the Gang of Eight's proposal. The comprehensive immigration reform bill offers some of the key elements that are critical to fixing our immigration problems, including a measured pathway to legal status for undocumented workers, a national employment verification system and improved border security.
The reform bill is not perfect, but what in life is? I'm a believer in pursuing excellence, not perfection when making difficult decisions. This bill is an exceptional example of compromise. It represents a giant step in the right direction for a problem that has been neglected for far too long.
The restaurant industry continues to expand faster than most industries in the U.S. in spite of the challenging economic environment since 2008. America's 980,000 restaurants are expected to post record sales and continue to be a leading job creator in 2013, according to the National Restaurant Association's 2013 Restaurant Industry Forecast. Total restaurant industry sales are anticipated to exceed $660 billion in 2013 — a 3.8 percent increase over 2012, marking the fourth consecutive year of real sales growth for the industry.
More importantly, 2013 will be the 14th straight year in which restaurant industry employment will outpace overall employment. Restaurants will employ 13.1 million individuals next year, as the nation's second-largest private sector employer, representing 10 percent of the total U.S. workforce.
As our, and other, labor-intensive industries grow, there will be continued pressure for a reliable and legal labor force to serve in positions that have traditionally been difficult to fill. Our workforce, which includes a significant number of recent immigrants, is as diverse as the restaurants in our industry — an industry that provides individuals the opportunity to work their way up from a position in the dish room, to one in the boardroom.
We can't take for granted the everyday contributions that immigrants provide to our economy. From farm to fork, our immigrant community is an essential part of a labor niche that makes the dining experience for millions of Americans possible.
Tom Boucher


Great New Hampshire Restaurants, Inc.
T-Bones & Cactus Jack's


Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 12:36

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