To The Daily Sun,
My husband and I own a Sears Hometown Store in Plymouth. Much to my dismay we found out a few weeks ago that Sears' mandatory open hours for Thanksgiving Day would be 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.. Last year was an optional decision per store owner. That said, Thanksgiving is one of three holidays that we believe is to be spent with family therefore we choose it not be open. Each year it seems more and more of our family time is taken away as a result of Sears' company policies. Pretty soon, there will be no Thanksgiving holiday. This lack of focus on family values is disgraceful and quite frankly dishonorable to this country and the reason it's in the poor state that it's in. These are desperate times we are living and people will either have to work or run out to save money on Thanksgiving Day. As a Christian woman, this is against my religious right and what I believe for my family.
From a historical stand point, this country began celebrating Thanksgiving back in 1621 with the Pilgrims and Indians at Plymouth Plantation. They celebrated and gave thanks for three days. In 1789, George Washington issued November 26, 1789 a Day of Public Thanksgiving. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November a national holiday for "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in the Heavens". It is clear Thanksgiving was intended a day of observance with family.
Where in the Declaration of Independence does it give corporations the right to undermine the values of the citizens of this country? We deserve the right to celebrate as a family the freedom of America and thankfulness! As a Christian woman, I value my time with my family and am thankful to God for all He has blessed us with.
Again, our store 3673 will not be open on Thanksgiving Day. I am more than sure that all the retail corporate heads will be celebrating with a four or five day holiday.
I ask you as citizens of N.H. to stand with me and petition the State House to pass a "Blue Law", stating retailers to be closed on Thanksgiving Day for 2014! Let your voices be heard. You may sign in person at our store location or online @ https://www.change.org/petitions/nh-state-house-officials-congress-president-obama-pass-into-law-that-retailers-would-be-closed-for-thanksgiving#
Sears Hometown Store owner
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2013 01:33
To The Daily Sun,
A small group of elected officials in Congress is currently leading the effort to find common ground on a budget proposal to avoid a repeat of the federal government shutdown and prevent sequestration in the coming years. Those are goals many Americans support. But how we get there could have devastating effects right here in New Hampshire.
Among the proposals under consideration is an extension of the three-year federal employee pay freeze and a cut in take-home pay for federal
employees through an increase in federal retirement contributions. If the committee is unable to agree on a path forward, then more furloughs of vital federal workers are almost sure to occur.
Many people think that federal employees are concentrated in the Washington, D.C. area, but the truth of the matter is that over 85 percent live and work outside D.C. The federal government is one of our state's largest employers. So when you cut the paychecks of New Hampshire's
middle-class federal employees, you're also harming our state's economy and local businesses.
I urge New Hampshire's Members of Congress to reject these proposals, which would take millions of dollars away from our local economy next year and weaken our federal workforce for years to come.
Roger J. Ball
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 11:29
To The Daily Sun,
As a long-time entrepreneur and business owner, I would like to ask the Senate Republicans in Concord why they continue to block the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The substantial effect of the $2.5 billion (not million) in additional federal aid through the program would provide a critical economic boost to fund new health-related jobs and businesses that serve the state's health care industry.
It's a "win-win" for the recipients of the program, the state and the small businesses that have been paying these employees' health insurance. 58,000 New Hampshire residents are expected to take advantage of this new program by 2020.
Who are these recipients? To name a few, they are the workers who serve you meals in fast-food restaurants, work in the mall's shops, fix your car, cut your hair and provide in-home services for seniors and people with disabilities. They are your neighbors and their family members you come into contact every day in communities across New Hampshire. They work, but their incomes are below $15,400 a year for a single person and $32,000 for a family of four. The burden to provide insurance will no longer fall just upon their small business employers.
The federal government would pay 100 percent of the coverage cost of the Medicaid expansion for the first three years beginning in 2014, ratcheting down to 90 percent of the coverage cost in the 7th year and thereafter. The program is expected to bring more than $2.5 billion in federal investment into New Hampshire with the state providing about $18.4 million in administrative costs over the first seven years, which is less than 1 percent of the overall cost of expansion. The state could also choose to drop out of the program at any time.
Despite the fact that the Chamber of Commerce has come out in favor of Medicare expansion, as well as the state's health care professionals, there are still Republican state senators who are against expansion. They are not sure why they're against it but they know it's part of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act.
In most of the very conservative states, Republican governors have refused Medicaid expansion despite the fact they have the highest rates of residents without health insurance coverage. None of these leaders has shown any concern for their people who are uninsured or denied coverage because of illness. Actually, they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act itself and let insurers go back to cancelling policies at the first sign of a shadow on an x-ray. This leads me to a question for the Republicans in the state Senate "Would you rather cling to an outmoded political ideology that let your neighbors and their family members receive vital health care coverage?"
Hopefully, no one is that heartless.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 11:26
To The Daily Sun,
Can the fall of Obamacare heal progressive "magical thinking" and restore common sense and sanity within the Democratic Party? I know, a rhetorical question. A couple definitions of magical thinking include: "belief that an object, action or circumstance is unrelated to a course of events". "Irrational belief that one can bring about a circumstance or event by thinking about it or wishing for it". Denying that liberal policies over the years have caused far more harm than good is the demented step sister of paternal progressivism. Believing that good intentions are all that is needed to bring about positive change is the evil uncle of liberal progressive policies. Both are necessary for the Democrat Party to continue to believe they are the only ones on the right path for the betterment of mankind despite massive history to the contrary. Both concepts are necessary for liberal, elitist, central planners (Democrats and establishment Republicans) to believe they are so much smarter than us and thus must control the lives of we, "the great unwashed", in order to save us from ourselves.
President Obama is not the sole proprietor of this belief, but he is the current leader of our great republic who is running the country based on those beliefs. He is also a disciple of Saul Alinsky, admirer of Lucifer and author of "Rules for Radicals". He was taught the principles of "overwhelming the system" while at Columbia University under the tutelage of American sociologists, Richard Andrew Cloward and Francis Fox Piven. He has learned how to "boil the frog slowly" in order to bring about a massive government takeover of the private sector. Obamacare is just the latest and greatest assault on our freedom, attempting to consume fully one sixth of our economy.
It would appear that his own arrogance, aloofness and admitted laziness has caused the water to come to a boil a little too quickly. It would appear that his disdain for having almost no one with business experience as part of his administration, has caused the frog to leap to safety at the last moment. It would appear that President Obama's entourage of deceptive yes men and women has caused the temperature of national discourse to rise to a quick boil with respect to his attempt to nationalize health care. Daniel Hannan, member of the European Parliament has a new book, "Inventing Freedom", which implores America to avoid abandoning individual rights, private property, the rule of law and the institutions of representative government. Europe continues down that socialist path on the road to serfdom. Our president ignores that reality because ironically, it does not fit his manifest mission to transform this country into a European socialist state.
Why does the president not act far more outraged at the failure of the ACA rollout? Why is he not far more embarrassed about his advisors not keeping him abreast of his signature achievement? How can he tell the nation, with a straight face, that he just didn't know the website was not ready to be rolled out? Why have heads not rolled out of his administration? How can he seriously intone he didn't realize buying health insurance was so complicated?
Well, we are now finding out that in some cases he was kept in the dark about his future legacy. We are also finding out that he has purposely changed, obfuscated, "incorrectly promised" and even lied about folks being able to keep their coverage. The conclusion is that his administration is either incompetent or deliberately overwhelming the system in order to bring about fundamental change, including a 100 percent government run, single-payer health care system. Witness the latest revelation where the law has a provision to subsidize insurance companies with our tax payer funds. For those companies who can't make enough profit under the "Affordable Care Act".
I think Obamacare is a progressive disease which has now been exposed for the delusional fraud that it is. Every day there is a new revelation exposing the grandiosity of socialism in all it's destructive, redistributionist ways. Now the cries of "racism" begin anew. Sorry, it is too late, even with the addition of Oprah Winfrey to the desperate, name calling fray. The emperor has no clothes. The so called new clothes of "hope and change" are but ragged old socialism threads laid bare for all to see. The child, today embodied as the young and healthy, are shouting it out loud to the world. The mainstream media has been dragged into the light, kicking and screaming at least temporarily, while shading their eyes from the nakedness of Obamacare. Let us hope that modern day liberal progressivism has been set back for decades. That gives us the best chance to bring back "exceptionalism" into the lexicon of this country and to bring back the American dream for all citizens.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 11:05
To The Daily Sun,
The first and most successful way to drain the federal coffers is to continue to invent stories about terrorist threats from Middle-Eastern countries. Consider: these small impoverished countries cannot straighten out their own messes to be a real menace to anyone. War, that we have sustained for 12 years, is based upon phony information we are fed year after year. It has all the markings of what happened in Nazi Germany by a man named Goebbels, who told the Germans that Poland was a threat, leading to an invasion and subjection of the Poland people and the start of World War 2.
Do you realize the amount of precious lives we have committed, the money we have spent, the time, technology and resources that have we wasted killing men, women and children who are considered expendable by the military? (Whose armed soldiers carry out their orders, as they are expected to do.) These soldiers have given dedicated and honorable service only to be misused and corrupted by deceitful politicians in Washington.
Realize this significant number: We (the war-mongers and war profiteers) have spent enough money in these wars to pay for Medicare for the next 10 years! And to note, the Navy has built another aircraft carrier making it the 12 in service. Who needs carries with the fleet of planes we have. (Another shoddy deal!) And it has a three billion dollar over-run on building costs.
We must wrest ourselves from the purveyors of war and violence. We must reclaim are moral heritage. We must erase the image of being the most destructive military on earth. Meet your responsibility straight on.
Leon R Albushies
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:53