To The Daily Sun,
President Obama gets the blame for the failures and deaths at the VA because President Obama is the head of the Executive Branch of our federal government. (Bush got the blame before, Obama gets it now.) The Executive Branch is the only branch with the constitutional authority to execute our laws, i.e., to manage our government. President Obama's blame is increased because he complained about the VA when he ran for office and promised to fix it. And, the widespread use of unofficial waiting lists so that employees could claim undeserved bonuses for responsiveness seems, but may not be, new with President Obama.
But no one should be surprised by President Obama's failure to fix the VA. He has demonstrated no management skills. In fact he doesn't appear to be managing anything except fund-raising. He rarely meets with his cabinet, he only met a few times with Secretary Sebelius, who was in charge of his most important program, Obamacare. He often skips his presidential daily briefings and he seems to only know what happens in his own administration when he reads about it in the newspapers.
Nevertheless, as Bruce Van Derven of Bristol points out in his June 7 letter, Congress certainly failed its responsibility to see that the programs it creates and funds are run appropriately. Of course, our senators and congressmen are very busy renaming post offices, investigating drug use in professional sports, worrying about the names of sport teams, dispensing favors to buy campaign, fund-raising, and trying to protect incumbent office holders from criticism or challengers by restricting people's speech and assembly rights.
One would have thought that our senators and congressmen would hear about VA problems at town hall or other constituent meetings. Oh, that's right, our senators and congressmen mostly skip those pesky events. Apparently, they don't care what most Americans want anyway. For example, they forced Obamacare on us against the clearly expressed wishes of a vast majority of the American people, they refuse to defund and repeal it despite their promises, its harm to people, and its continued unpopularity. They still force ethanol on us, raising prices for no purpose other than to pay off supporters. And, Congress seems determined to pass a fraudulently described and disastrous immigration reform bill despite the clear opposition of the American people to the amnesty that this bill gives to illegal aliens.
There are two lessons that the American people should learn from the VA problems. First, the VA is the "single payer medical care" that progressives, like President Obama, want for every American. Once Obamacare completely fails, they will say the free market (which Obamacare isn't) failed and try to replace it with a VA-like, single-payer medical care system. Then the rest of can enjoy waiting a year and a half for a physical, like Bruce Van Derven, and/or go on secret waiting lists so employees can claim bonuses for responsiveness.
Second, the VA problems are not unique, big government doesn't work. What government department or agency actually works? The Department of Justice illegally runs guns to drug gangs in Mexico, selectively enforces laws based on race, and in a time of so much claimed concern about guns, prosecution of Federal gun crimes are way down. The IRS targets people for their political beliefs, even demanding to know what people read and the prayers they make. The EPA makes arbitrary decisions that really hurt people, e.g., the order to remove fill from depressions that create puddles during rain storms or be fined $75,000 per day. The administration refuses to protect our borders allowing, more accurately enticing, millions of illegal aliens to flood our country taking jobs, lowering wages, increasing welfare costs, and harming our citizens by criminal and accidental actions.
As if we are idiots, government limits almost every choice we make. It controls our toilets, light bulbs, cars, travel, energy, food, etc. Obamacare is a debacle that hurts more people than it helps. Government-run schools repeatedly fail and aren't fixed. Welfare and job training programs don't get people off welfare. Government departments are obstacles to job creation and impose unnecessarily costly regulations that increase our living costs. Government admits to losing over 5 percent of our spending of people's tax dollars to waste and fraud and no one in Washington cares.
Congress won't balance the budget in good times or bad. They spend the money of future generations to buy votes today. Even programs that many people like, e.g., Social Security, are badly managed. They are running out of money and face big cuts in benefits to citizens. Congress expects to be exempted from the laws they make. Courts make decisions based on politics rather than the clear intent of the framers of the Constitution which is the agreement with the people about the constraints on government.
The biggest divide in Washington is not over which party will provide more freedom and prosperity for the American people, it is whether Democrats or Republicans will control our excessively large, corrupt, and oppressive government and be able to direct big governments' favors (money, favorable legislation, power, prestige, etc.) to the special interest groups that keep it in power. Not only doesn't big government work, it is a threat to our liberties and prosperity.
This growth of government, its widespread corruption and restrictions on our liberties and opportunities, has accelerated in the last 50 years. If we want future generations to have any chance for freedom and prosperity, then we must cut the size, power, and spending authority of our federal government way back to its constitutional limits.
The biggest political gap is between those in Washington and the rest of us, no matter what political party we support. They want their power, riches and glory and they get it by taking away our freedoms, prosperity, and opportunities. It is time to fire our senator and representatives and replace them with true representatives of the people.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:55
To The Daily Sun,
Welcome all transplanted West Virginian's! Come to a celebration of West Virginia's 151st anniversary of when we seceded from Virginia (yes, we really did) and declared ourselves a state. No matter how long you've been gone from the hills and hollows there are some things that draw you back.
So, if you can relate to the following you may be from West Virginia...
— you'd give someone the shirt off your back
— you can pronounce Kanawha and Monongalia and Appalachian
— in elementary you had to learn all 55 countries and their county seats
— you know real barbecue isn't cooked using charcoal or propane
— your grandmother cooked green beans with salt pork in a pressure cooker until they melted in your mouth
— you can sing at least the first verse of "Oh Those West Virginia Hills"
— if you have a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number
— you measure distance in hours
— you know if another Hillbilly (or, being more politically correct, another Appalachian American) is from southern, central, or northern WV as soon as they open their mouth
— your parents have threatened to send you to Pruntytown
— it drives you crazy when people think you're from Virginia
— when you fry bologna, you know where to cut the edges
— when asked where you are from, you name your county
— you wave to 99 percent of the cars you pass on the road
— you are sure that America is a gift from God and this is Almost Heaven
P.S. - We are grateful of our adopted State of New Hampshire and relish in the beauty and her people. Thank you for opening your arms to us.
Catherine M. Tokarz
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:46
To The Daily Sun,
Justina Pelletier was allowed to go home to her family yesterday.
If you do not know who Justina is, I will tell you. She is a teenager with mitochondrial disease. She was seen by doctors at Tufts. Justina had the flu and was advised to go to Children's Hospital in Boston. Within hours of her being seen, it was decided that her illness was psychological. Her custody was awarded to the state and she was in Children's Hospital and later a mental institution for about a year or more.
Her health deteriorated. Any person with intelligence would realize that she was find under the care of Tufts and not under Children's so put her back under Tuft's and her parent's care. After almost a year, she was allowed to see her doctors at Tufts, but not allowed to go home. Yesterday her parents took her home and now have custody of her.
This is the nightmare of every parent.
What I do find interesting is the Pelletier's took very good care of their daughter. She did not have a mental disease. She has a physical disease and Tufts doctors were taking very good care of her.
There are other parents that have problems with their children and ask for help in having their children, either put in an institution for care of see mental health professionals. But nothing happens. No care is given to these children/teens. Parents are not helped...
People with schizophrenia think they are fine and the rest of us crazy. They do not take their medicine, and the horrible attacks and killings are happening. This has happened since the shutdown of a huge number of mental institutions. Now we do not have the beds for the people who need help.
What happens is, these young people get guns and kill innocent people.
The state imprisons innocent and healthy teens and ignores teens in serious need of help.
Instead the states and federal government want to limit our Second amendment rights.
There is nothing wrong with our Second Amendment rights. People who need mental health help need it and should get it. The safety of our citizens depends on those who need help to be to get it now before more attacks happen.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:42
To The Daily Sun,
The N.H. Legislature required the Office of Energy and Planning, in consultation with the State Energy Advisory Council, to develop a strategy "to ensure that the state's energy policies and programs support the state's economic, environmental, and public health goals". Public comments will be welcomed at a presentation of the draft State Energy Strategy on Thursday, June 19 at the Lakes Region Community College, 379 Belmont Road (Rte. 106), in Laconia. The meeting will be in the Center for Arts and Technology, Room 236 (the new building, closest to Rte. 106), starting at 6 p.m.
The Draft Strategy is available at http://www.nh.gov/oep/energy/programs/SB191.htm. Written comments may be submitted until July 25, 2014.
Rep. Herb Vadney,
Member, N.H. Energy Advisory Council
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 09:56
To The Daily Sun,
I am honored to help plan an informal gathering to celebrate the retirement of Alan Robichaud from Granite United Way. Alan has touched the lives of countless individuals in our community, both directly and through his involvement in a myriad of organizations and groups. During his exceptional career, Alan has been recognized for his outstanding efforts by receiving many awards, most recently the Captain Ralph Bristol Award from Granite United Way.
We invite community members who know Alan to stop by the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce conference room at 383 South Main Street in Laconia, on Tuesday, June 24 between 12 noon to 2 p.m. to wish Alan well in the next chapter of his life.
Questions can be addressed by calling me at 493-9524. Thank you.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00