To The Daily Sun,
I recently had an 11 day stay at Lakes Region General Hospital, having entered through the emergency department. Yes, I did have to wait. But triage is triage and there were those who were more in need of urgent care than I and, therefore, earned their place in line.
Once admitted to the ER, my care was top notch. Doctors Matrice and Jeffery were decisive, kind, explained there actions, ordered tests and made their diagnosis, and arranged my admission. The nurses were excellent, efficient and caring. The ER was jumping with patients but nothing seemed hurried. I felt like I was the only patient there and all their attention and skill was for me.
After I was admitted and in my room, I couldn't have asked for better care. I asked how many employees are on the floor and was told about 30, counting three shifts a day an those in house keeping. There wasn't a sour face, short temper or bad attitude anywhere. From housekeeping staff, nurses, LNAs and the nice young lady who delivered meals. Speaking of meals; the kitchen was most accommodating, creating dishes for me that were not really on the menu (yes, menu). You get to choose from a varied and delicious variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between snacks. I never had a bad meal. Hot food was hot and cold was cold.
From the staff who took blood, physical therapists to the volunteers who delivered mail and flowers, not a bad apple in the bunch.
And finally to my doctors, surgeons Dr. Greg McCarthy and Dr. Raza Shariff — both specialists in what they do. What they do is reassure, explain, calm fears and instill trust so that I knew from the get-go what to expect so I didn't worry when I came to and felt like I'd been a low jumper in a hurdles race. I couldn't have had better care anywhere.
LRGH is a wonderful facility with modern, up-to-date equipment, well trained staff and soon to be renovated rooms. I had the good fortune to be on 4 North, the top floor of the hospital, which all the staff call "The Penthouse". It certainly is. Everyone I came in contact with has earned my heartfelt thanks, deepest respect and confidence.
Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 08:30
To The Daily Sun,
My wife Elaine and I own the Belknap Point Motel here in Gilford. Our motel has a swim area and raft on the lake. Last week a guest reported to me that they could see a television set on the lake bottom between the shore and the raft in about 10 feet of water. Apparently someone decided it was easier to dispose of a television by dumping it in the lake than taking it to the transfer station and paying the disposal fee. Since it is state property, I decided to call the state to remove it. I got referred and transferred five or six times to various state agencies, each claiming to not be the responsible agency. Out of frustration I called Scott Dunn, our town administrator. After explaining the situation to Scott he said without hesitation, "I'll take care of it. Next time I'm out in the boat I'll come by and get it out."
I was very surprised by Scott's response and once again want to say "Thank You" for your outstanding service.
Belknap Point Motel
Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 08:17
To The Daily Sun,
Alton Community Services is entering its 15th year. Our mission is providing relief to the poor, distressed or underprivileged throughout our community. ACS tries to meet their physical, spiritual needs through pour provision of food, clothing, furniture and referral services.
The churches of Alton and Alton Bay continue to sponsor us and are represented on our board. At our fall meeting we appointed J. Meehan to the board. He works closely with St. Katherine Drexel in assisting those in need. We are trying to coordinate our efforts in assisting the less fortunate.
We are still trying to reach more families. Laconia has over 1,000 who come to their food pantry, Wolfeboro 80, Barnstead 35, GIW 35, New Durham 30, and Alton 20-30. New Hampshire Food Bank thinks we are not reaching the families who would benefit our program. The families that receive food stamps, WIC or reduced lunches at school, as well as Back Pack programs would be eligible for our program. Our office is open Saturday mornings from 8 to 11 a.m. or by appointment. Our telephone number is 875-CARE (2273), if we do not answer please leave a message.
The local gardeners have told me that they are planting extra vegetables for the pantry. Maxfield Realty on Main St. as well as Spencer Hughes at the Bay has become a drop-off center for the pantry as well as Profile Bank and Alton Home and Lumber, a/k/a Reuben's Store. We are in need of canned vegetables as well as jellies and jams. condiments as well as shampoos paper products. Our shelves are dwindling down.
We would like to give a heartfelt thanks to all who continually support us with their time and donations.
Dorothye S. Wentworth
Alton Community Services
Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 08:02
To The Daily Sun,
For years, President Obama has been telling us that al Qaeda is "on the run." Now we learn that they are "on the run" to bomb U.S. embassies and kill Americans. President Obama responds with closures of about 20 embassies and consulates and a global travel warning. Unfortunately that means al Qaeda is a threat right here in the U.S. because terrorists can get here from Canada or Mexico through our inadequately protected borders.
On their way to attack our embassies and people, terrorists have stopped off in Libya and Syria to collect the arms and aid that the Obama administration has been providing them. This administration also aided the enemy by revealing how we discovered the terror threats. In Afghanistan, the Obama administration is paying contractors that are "providing material support to the insurgency..." which may also support global Jihad. The Inspector General states, "I am deeply troubled that the U.S. military can pursue, attack, and even kill terrorists and their supporters, but that some in the U.S. government believe we cannot prevent these same people from receiving a government contract." (http://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2013-07-30qr.pdf)
President Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East has been so contrary to American interests that, as his pastor, Reverend Wright, says, "America's chickens are coming home to roost". The Muslim terrorists that President Obama has encouraged, armed, and funded are now a threat to American embassies and Americans anywhere in the world, including here at home.
Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 10:16
To The Daily Sun,
Two weeks ago I sent a letter to this newspaper (there should be more like it) and enclosed in it were a series of questions for Belknap County Commissioner Ed Philpot. The questions were as follows: How much did the remodeling of the commissioners offices cost and how did that project improve the lives of the nursing home residents and the occupants of the jail? How much did the granite sign at the road cost and how did that help these people? Did Ms. Deb Schacket have the required scholastic degree when you hired her to be the county administrator and if she didn't does she now and who paid for it.
Mr. Philpot, I have gone to the trouble to check an up to date map and found that Meredith is still in Belknap County, so that makes me a constituent of yours (even though I didn't vote for you) and that being the case I think it behooves you to answer these questions. I can understand the delay in your answering these questions as you've probably been busy digging a hole to hide in after the comments you made about the county delegation but that project should be completed by now. All you have to do is pick up the phone or sit at your computer and contact The Laconia Daily Sun and I'm quite sure they would be more than willing to print your response. I, and a multitude of others, all voters, will be expecting a response sooner rather than later.
These questions will keep appearing until answers to them have been given.
Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 10:14