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GOP/Tea Party only wants scales of justice tipped toward the rich

To The Daily Sun,

Senator Lindsay Graham shows why the GOP/Tea Party is determined to win the White House at all costs. It is the reason he has endorsed Ted Cruz for President, a choice which he not long ago compared to taking poison. Sen. Graham's tail-between-his-legs backtracking has to do with CONTROL, pure and simple.
This party wants to determine who sits on the Supreme Court. This party wants to wipe out the Affordable Care Act and any other programs and laws which have anything to do with President Obama. The party does not give a rat's you know what about the good of the country of about helping the middle class, the poor, or anyone who depends on a paycheck. They made it explicitly clear in 2009 when their congressional leader said that the party's sole focus was on defeating anything that might be proposed by Pres. Obama or that might bring any credit to his administration. This is a congressional party that would try to repeal a cure for cancer if President Obama had discovered it. All they care about is the control of the three branches of government from which they can serve and push through their wealthy masters' agenda.
The GOP/Tea Party had in Bush/Cheney a puppet and a tyrant who toed the party line. When President Obama was elected the party elites were thrown into a panic; fearing they were not going to be able to do their "business as usual." Through their control of Congress and by blatantly refusing to do their job regarding the Supreme Court vacancy they have tried to thwart anything that would improve people's lives.
The GOP/Tea Party does not want fair and balanced. They only want the scales of justice tipped in favor of the wealthy class. And they will lie and distort, and use fear and hatred, to try to con the voters.

Bernadette Loesch


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We better start being concerned about LRGH's cost structure

To The Daily Sun,

Is anyone in the community at all concerned about the recent front page article, "LRHG lays off 58," in The Laconia Sun?

Over approximately 140 full-time employees have lost their jobs in the past several months, and you can be assured there have been many others before them. These are employees on the front lines of caring for patients and the supportive services that had made LRGH a place you wanted to go for your health care needs. You might want to think twice about that now, because who is actually taking care of you? A licensed professional or a newly hired, inexperienced person?

Does anyone find it interesting that none of those positions are at the extremely top-heavy administrative level? Or that a newly created, unadvertised job of "wellness nurse" was filled by a relative of a hospital officer? What exactly is the goal of that unadvertised position? LRGH already has a community education program to "strengthen the well-being of our community" that, last I counted, offered over 50 wellness programs, and does not have "the wellness nurse" as part of its staff.

We have not read of any layoff that involved personnel pulling in six-figure salaries, or has stopped the continual use of outside management companies to "conduct an intense review of all aspects of operation throughout LRGHealthcare"?

What exactly did the recent interim CEO, who spent a year at LRGH, do in his position? There is a fully staffed Nursing Education department, yet the ER has its own nurse educator, who is part of their leadership team? Is Convenience Care licensed to be in operation under its present structure?  And there's a "position review committee" that meets weekly to consider the future of others. Who actually is that committee, more senior managers, the wellness nurse, a consulting firm?

As the community reads in the paper about the treasures being uncovered at the Colonial Theatre, they better start being concerned about uncovering the real reasons that LRGH operating costs are out of control. As the city of Laconia struggles to revitalize its image, does it really want to watch a major employer crumble and former faithful employees lose their jobs, health care benefits and the ability to continue to live and work in this community. I think not.

Theresa Smith


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