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Compare impact of food-borne pathogens to impact of terrorism

To The Daily Sun,

We are 110 times more likely to die from contaminated food than from terrorism. That being said a few statistics are in order. The U.S. has 14 trillion dollars on national security in the past 12 years and here are the results of this delusional paranoia: two destructive wars; an illegal surveillance state and a military style domestic policing courtesy of Israeli special forces. And in spite of all this we couldn't even prevent a couple of amateur murderers at the Boston Marathon.
With all due respect for the victims of 9/11, fewer than five hundred Americans have been killed by terrorism in the past 40 years and since Osama bin Laden's death only 17 U.S. citizens were killed in all terrorist incidents worldwide. The core leadership of al-Qaeda numbers about three to four hundred and its few thousand members operate mainly within the borders of Muslim countries.
By contrast, a typical year for food-borne pathogens causes tens of millions to be sickened, a hundred thousand to be hospitalized and three thousand deaths. Meanwhile the FDA (not one of my favorites) is struggling to get a paltry sum of one billion for the 2014 budget. In an age of global agriculture and food distribution this is criminal. If this "war" on terror doesn't sound rational then you either have to be from another planet or a right wing republican. Sometimes I think they are one in the same. So if the "axis of evil" is all that we are worried about then we have nothing to fear outside our borders!
We haven't even touched on genetically modified organisms (gmo) which are suspected of causing a whole host of diseases — especially in children. If one tried to read the ingredient label on a can of green beans and it read: "none of your business", I would imagine one would be upset? The N.H. Legislature is due to vote on GMO labeling in the near future. It would be wise to contact our district representatives and let them know that our food supply "IS our business". Our representatives need to "man-up" and "woman-up". They can send a clear message to Monsanto/Dupont by passing HB-660. When asked why most of the civilized world either bans or at the very least requires labeling of genetically engineered food, Tara Sad of District I and the Democratic chair of the Agricultural Committee replied: "they're wrong!". I really tried hard to pin the resistance onto Republicans but it's plain to see that members of both parties need convincing. Here's the irony of it all. Opponents of the bill talk about the "skull and cross bone" effect, which is interesting coming from those who are protecting Monsanto — the largest manufacturer of poisons in the world! Thank you Suzanne Smith, co-sponsor of the bill and representing District 8. You are the voice of reason.
Here are the three sub-committee members that we should all write: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (good luck with this one!)

George Maloof


Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 10:52

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'This, That & the Other Thing' not affiliated with any other store

To The Daily Sun,

I want to start off by introducing myself to you as a small business owner in Laconia. It's been brought to our attention that there might be some confusion to who we are — we are "This, That and the Other Thing" located across from Trustworthy Hardware on Union Avenue.

A shop with this that and other thing, we are not a pawn shop or a consignment shop, nor do we have any business connection to any of the previous occupants. There are other shops with similar names as ours which we are not affiliated with.

I join in this venture with my son, George Griffin who ran the Pembroke Flea Market in Pembroke. This store was to help with resale, because the flea market was only open on weekends and we have so many items to sell. We are a family owned and operated shop with lots of collectibles, furniture anything that might be in a flea market and more. We are open Thursday-Monday 9-5. We welcome you to stop by and find a treasure. We have something for everyone, if nothing a memory of years past.

Tammy Griffin


Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 10:48

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Evidence suggests employers doing right thing under Obamacare

To The Daily Sun,

I am obliged at this time of hysteria about Obamacare to give some facts concerning the very real ramifications of The Affordable Care Act (aka: Obamacare). The following will bring to light what is actually happening as a result of the implementation of The Affordable Care Act.

Walt Disney Company (one of the largest employers in Florida) announced on Wednesday that it is offering full-time employment to the 427 part-time employees at its Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida who work at least 30 hours per week-the threshold at which the Affordable Care Act requires large employers with 50 or more workers to offer basic health benefits to employees or risk paying a $2,000 per employee fine after the first 30 workers. Disney World Them Parks employs well over 59,000 people who live in the Orlando Florida area.

Disney already offers a level of health coverage that is acceptable under Obamacare to its full-time employees. But part-time workers, including those who work at the 30-hour cut-off set by the health law, receive more limited benefits. Instead of rolling back these workers' hours to avoid expanding health coverage, Disney is choosing to promote them to full-time status. "Disney wants to be proactive," said Ed Chambers, president of the Service Trades Council Union that represents tens of thousands of Orlando Disney employees, in an interview with Bloomberg News. "Disney is way out in front on this".

Examples like these are not shared by those who want to malign Obamacare. High-profile stories about companies that do adopt approaches less favorable to part time employees tend to dominate media coverage. But Obamacare critics' claims are not borne out by reality.

A recent survey of chief financial officers at large American firms finds that American companies actually intend to increase their number of full-time employees by almost 2 percent over the next year.

According to an analysis by the Center for Economic & Policy Research (CEPR) in July, just .06 percent of the American labor force worked between 26 and 29 hours per week in 2013.

Less than a third of these workers say they are working less than 30 hours because of an employers' decision, with most choosing to work a limited number of hours out of personal preference. That led CEPR researchers to conclude that the employment trend "is in the wrong direction for the Affordable Care Act as a job-killer story." In short, Disney and other employers are belying the myths that Obamacare adversaries are trying to sell. Voters and the American public need to look behind the headlines and learn what's really happening for the American workforce.

Bernadette Loesch


Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 10:40

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We can't let Obama & Reid get away with blaming conservatives

To The Daily Sun,

Harry Reid refuses to negotiate with House Republicans on Obamacare. The House sent multiple government funding bills to the Senate that defunded and delayed Obamacare. America doesn't want the health care takeover. Yet Harry Reid refuses to negotiate with the House. He'd rather protect Obama's legacy than protect your country from what Democrats call a "train wreck."

Obama is trying to blame conservatives for the government shutdown. Buthe and Harry Reid are the ones refusing to negotiate. We can't let them get away with that.

Bob King

Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 10:36

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Vaccines are biological agents & must be treated as such

To The Daily Sun,

The other day I read in The Laconia Daily Sun that the Waterville Valley town hall offices were hosting a flu shot day on October 4. I was in the Belknap County Superior Court yesterday and thought I was seeing things. Please tell me I was imagining things. I thought that they too, are having a flu shot day on October 10? This is disturbing on many levels.

The United States Department of Labor (OSHA) has specific HazMat and Emergency Response Procedures with regard to biological agents and the event of a spill or breakage. Yes, vaccines are biological agents and must be treated as such. Have these offices been briefed on these procedures? Do they have a chain of custody procedure that is being implemented? Have they been briefed on the procedures in the event that someone is accidentally jabbed with a contaminated needle? I mean, haven't we all seen those bio-hazard boxes in the doctors' offices in which used needles are to be placed in?


These are legitimate concerns. The last time that I read up on the HazMat procedures with regard to vaccine vials breaking or spilling, I read that an entire area must be evacuated in the HazMat crew must perform cleanup — you know, the men in "HazMat suits."

Dawn Crim


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 12:53

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