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Great idea governor, a $76.7 package to fight the war on stupid

To The Daily Sun,

Stand by, here we go again. Maggie, is at it some more. Maggie wants the Executive Council to force the House and Senate into an early session. The reason, because, in addition to the $43 million from the general fund that the Senate Finance Committee so gracefully put into the budget, the $12 million grant she received from the feds she forgot to mention and the $4 million from Medicare, she now wants an additional $11.1 million to come from taxpayers to be spent on the 0.00034 percent of the New Hampshire residents who have chosen to become part of her " epidemic".

Here is the $ 11.1 million breakdown: $3.1 million for drug courts, $2 million for additional law enforcement, $800,000 for probation and parole officers, $100,000 to up grade the prescription drug monitoring program, $135,000 to add an attorney to focus on opiate related crimes and $5 million to be added to the $6.7 million Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery program. That will end up as a $76.7 million package to fight the war on stupid. How much is enough Maggie?

Did I forget to mention the $7 million to $ 10 million to fight the war on marijuana the state currently spends. How many more "jobs" added to the state employees retirement system that the lawmakers are scrambling to cover the $10.5 million shortfall that you had forgotten to mention before the budget process began? Governor, before you run for Senate perhaps you should go to UNH and become an economics teacher and mentor students who want to be career politicians on how to create more government jobs that has no end game, at the expense of taxpayers. It should come as second nature to you.

I wonder how far all of these millions could go to filling up the food pantry's for the holidays so many New Hampshire residents that do not have state jobs, rely on.

Eric T. Rottenecker

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Support groups are fine but eventually you have to act yourself

To The Daily Sun,

I love reading the letters to your newspaper.

I have suffered from morbid obesity. The height of my weight was 317 pound on by 5 foot, 6 inch frame. The results were cruel to my health. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and breast cancer. It was hard for me to get up and down from my recliner.

One day, there was an ad on WMUR television and Gov. Maggie Hassan announced the 90-day walking challenge. I started out with just 10 minutes a day and made it up to an hour a day. After the 90 days was up, I, along with my daughter, Jane Cote, and granddaughter, Leah Cote, got to meet the governor in her office. She seemed concerned for my health, and the health of others.

Then I quit for awhile, until I went to my primary-care provider, Susan Zolnick-Hale at the Tilton VA clinic. She referred me to the motivational coach at the Manchester VA Hospital, Dr. Rob Hayes. He told me to keep walking and get an exercise bike for bad weather. He also suggested that I take up a hobby. I returned to hand-sewing pictures and pillowcases.

My own personal secret was to make a Grain and Bear It journal. These journals are quite cute, with a N.H. bear on the front, a calendar and journal pages to keep track of exercise and food intake. I've lost 50 pound since keeping a journal. My blood labs were all excellent, my primary health care provider told me. I make these journals as a hobby. I've been invited to be a guest speaker on Dec. 16 at the Manchester VA Hospital to motivate the veterans to loose weight. A little encouragement, along with self discipline, is a far better choice for weight loss. Support groups are fine but there comes a time when you have to do it yourself.

Helena Clow-Davis

Diabled Woman Marine Veteran



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