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Expanding Medicaid in N.H. will increase access to essential care

To the editor,
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act has made it optional for states to expand Medicaid coverage to include adults with family income up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines. For the first three years, from 2014 trough 2016, the federal government will cover 100 percent of the state's cost for the expansion. In subsequent years, the federal government would cover at least 90 percent of the state's cost.
The case for expanding Medicaid eligibility is compelling. For a relatively nominal state investment, we can improve our state's health care system by increasing access to essential care and reducing charity care and uncompensated care for those who are uninsured.
I have the privilege of being a board member at Mid-State Health Center in Plymouth, whose mission is to provide health care to the community accessible to all regardless of the ability to pay.
However, I have the unfortunate distinction of living in a state where some lawmakers fail to listen to their district constituents regarding some issues. In particular, I am referring to Medicaid expansion. Some lawmakers say they are concerned over the number of underinsured who would leave private insurance for Medicaid. My response is that Medicaid is a very restrictive program when it comes to those who qualify. Expanding Medicaid will bring the two programs closer together. These are the people who could not afford to buy health care even if they had an option. Some lawmakers say they are opposed to expanding Medicaid because they don't pay providers as much as private insurance. My response is that a lower payment is better than no payment.
Some state senators are opposing the expansion for fear the federal government may renege on funding the program as promised. My response is that if for some reason the federal government does not fund the program at 100 percent, N.H. can immediately go back to the previous levels. The U.S. Supreme Court already ruled that Medicaid expansion was not mandatory. Therefore, N.H. can walk away at any time if the program fails.
I implore the N.H. Senate to listen to the people of NH who need your help and who will benefit from this expansion. I ask the N.H... Senate to listen to the community health centers and hospitals that are in favor of the expansion because some reimbursement is better than no reimbursement. I urge the N.H. Senate to agree with the governor and the House and authorize Medicaid expansion!
Jim Dalley, Board President
Mid-State Health Center
Plymouth

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 11:06

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Bernadette left a few titles out of her list of suggested reading

To the editor,
In a recent letter to the Sun, Bernadette Loesch wanted us to do our homework and read,watch and study many left wing socialist propoganda books and movies that she has read and watched most. I am sure she means well. Good for her!
Now let's look at the rest of the story and see if she is willing to continue HER home work. I am familiar with all of what she presented. What I am most displeased with is her lack of including the greatest book of all time, "The Bible". Or one of the most important documents ever written, "The Constitution of the United States of America." It really is not a surprise.
I include in the following lists what she left out and all Socialists revere, "The Communist Manifesto" (Marx and Engels) and surprise "Mein Kampf" (Hitler). Seems a close look at where we are heading matches up with both of those books.
The following list is really not for her as I doubt she would be that open minded but rather for others that may be interested in the rest of the story and just scratching the surface.
I recommend all of them for study.
Books:
As I mentioned earlier all should read "The Communist Manifesto'', (Marx and Engels)
"Behind the Green Mask" (Rosa Koire) – All about UN Agenda 21 Sustainable Developement Initiative and the core of Granite State Futures.
"Broke" – A kind of text book and history of how Socialist Democrats got us into the mess we are in, starting with the "Roman Senate.'' (Glenn Beck)
"Common Sense" – Government out of control. Includes Common Sense by Thomas Paine(Glenn Beck).
"Control" – A complete look at gun control. (Glenn Beck).
"1984" – A novel by George Orwell looking to the future under a type complete Socialist/Communist state.
"Agenda 21" – The same result as "1984", with a chapter on what UN Agenda 21 is all about. (Glenn Beck).
"Demonic" – Chapters on psychology of liberals, historic context of liberals, comparison of the French and American revolutions and why would anyone want to be a liberal. ( Ann Coulter).
"Godless" – The liberal rejection of God and how they revile people of faith. And chapters on evolution. (Coulter).
"Treason" – Excellent chapters on McCarthyism and Communists in government, the Venona Project and the "Pumpkin Papers" ( Coulter).
"Mugged" – Racial demagoguery from the seventies to Obama. A history of Republican civil rights efforts when Democrats turned their backs including the "Southern Manifesto". (Coulter)
"Radical in Chief" – My favorite book this last year next to "Green Mask". A history of Obama from his years in college, his organizing and his "friends" in Chicago. His real socialist goal of destroying the American economy and what he means by "fundamentally transforming America". His definite Marxist beliefs. His history with terrorist Ayers and Dornan, his ties with radical preacher Wright, possible real father Davis, Acorn and much more. (Stanley Kurtz)
"Economics" – A common sense guide to the economy. Rated 4 1/2 of 5 stars. ( Thomas Sowell)
"Atlas Shrugged" (Aynn Rand) – Socialism gone wild. Who is John Gault fame.
"The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History" – by Thomas Woods, Jr., Ph.D. Part of a series with numerous subjects by Regnery Publishing.
Any books by;
Charles Krauthamer, Mark Levine, Walter Williams, Brent Bozell, Mark Steyn, Bill O'Reilly, Shaun Hannity and many others too numerous to mention.
Movies:
"The Ten Commandments" – Inspirational.
"Atlas Shrugged 1"
"Atlas Shrugged 2" – Both from the book.
"The Fountain Head" – From the book by Aynn Rand. Academy Award winner about an architect and his battle with government.
"Dreams of my REAL Father" – Insights that you will not see any where else. The flip side of "Dreams" by Obama if he actually wrote it.
''2016 Obama's America" – More on his friends and his agenda to change America.
"Farenheight 451" – from the book by Ray Bradbury. About life where books are banned. Kind of like Agenda 21 on steriods. It can be viewed on Amazon instant video.
I agree with her on Lincoln and Shindlers list.
That should keep Bernadette busy this summer as well as any one else interested in the other side.
Hal & Peggy Graham
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 09:04

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Many thanks for help in repairing & painting Lamprey House

To the editor,
Thank you, thank you.
I would like to thank the following people for their help and contributions to the repair and painting of the barn of the Moultonborough Historical Society Museum, the Lamprey House. Thanks go to Dave Godin of David Godin Custom Building for the donation of over 100 feet of siding and handiwork, Dick Plaistead for repair help and John Haven of Solar Haven for painting the upper reaches. I would also give a special thank you to Mark Tuckerman of Aubuchan's Hardware in Moultonborough for the donation of the paint and other supplies Oh, and a thank you to Norman and Meca Atkinson for their moral support.
Sam Perry
MHS Board of Directors
Moultonborough

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 08:43

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Focus of leak investigation should turn back toward government

To the editor,
In an article in the Washington Post regarding NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden the writer wrote: "several officials said the CIA will now undoubtedly begin reviewing the process by which Snowden may have been hired, seeking to determine whether there were any missed signs that he might one day betray national secrets."
I suggest that rather there should be an examination of the federal governments policies, judgements and usurpation of constitutional authority. For what the more pertinent question seems to be is: is the United States government honorable as to inspire loyalty beyond it's ability to persecute, imprison or kill its citizens. For there are those "who love not there lives unto death."
John Demakowski
Franklin

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 08:26

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There are better ways for city to spend Opechee Park House funds

To the editor,
The other side of the Opechee Park House that was not mentioned in Tuesday's article follows.
When anyone, public official or regular citizen is faced with their budget making decisions for the month or the year, they have to approach it with three questions over and above the obvious of how much money do you have and what your fixed obligations are.
First: Is this expenditure necessary?
Second: Can this wait?
Third: Will harm be done if we don't fund the item?
The answers are quite simple. It is not necessary, it can wait, and no harm will be done to the City if we don't fund this item this year. It does not meet the criteria listed above.
The Parks and Recreation Dept.'s budget this year shows an item for maintenance of grounds. That is for the parks, sport fields, etc. and is for $50,000. In fiscal year 2011-2012 this item was only $27,000.00. However, with the increase in fields and the high maintenance cost of the new fields, our Parks Dept. is stretched to the limit for money and for manpower. While the bottom line on the page shows $642,870.00 as a total for the Parks Dept. this is not strictly true.
Under the capital outlay budget there is money not only for the Opechee Park House but for Endicott Rock Park Beach which is for the erosion study at Weirs Beach and necessary to the preservation of this historic beach, and under outlay to be bonded is $850,000 for Parks. $500,000 for construction of Weirs Beach Park and then $300,000 for the repair of Smith Track. The Weirs Park has been in the works for many years, has been funded for engineering which is now complete and ready to go. Both of these projects represent good things for the city, not just the Weirs. We will all reap the benefits from an increase in tourism and upgrading of the Weirs, and therefore they qualify in my mind.
But, both these projects will once again put a burden on the crews of the Parks Dept. which are understaffed even now. Maintenance costs will rise and make it difficult to cover all our parks and fields with the present staff level and money for maintenance. When you build new and bigger things, they must be taken care of as well as all the other Parks and fields.
My thought is that the $110,000.00 for the Opechee Park House could be spent for other items needed or perhaps enable us to hire a couple of part-time Park employees to help take care of all these parks and fields in the manner they should be. We have all seen what happens when we don't take care of what we have. We have had to increase spending to restore something we have neglected.
Not knowing how the state budget is going to affect us, there may be a need to use this money and others for the increases that might come.
At the present time, this budget we have in front of us will cost the taxpayer an increase of $.39 more than last year, and last year it increased by $.44 cents.
Surely, we can do better.
Brenda Baer, City Councilor, Ward 4
Laconia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 08:17

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