To The Daily Sun,
Sen. Jeanie Forrester is the newly-appointed chair of the N.H. Senate Finance Committee, entrusted with leading thoughtful conversations and drafting fiscally responsible legislation in the area of N.H.'s fiscal policy.
But how does that square with some of her recent decisions? Back in June, Sen. Forrester voted against the inclusion of Medicaid expansion in the budget before the legislature. Instead, she endorsed appropriating $200,000 to seat a commission to study the issue to report to the Legislature in the fall. That expenditure is after the Department of Health and Human Services hired an outside consultant, the Lewin Group, to study and report on the exact same issue earlier in the year.
In addition to sanctioning the commission, Sen. Forrester agreed that Governor Hassan should call the Legislature back into Special Session for 10 days in November. Special sessions involve reimbursement of members for mileage, committee hearing expenses, staff salaries; it is neither a cost-free nor a normal order of business proposition.
And most recently, Sen. Forrester joined her Republican colleagues to defeat all the Medicaid expansion proposals before the Senate; one drafted by Republicans, one by Democrats and one based on proposals by the Commission to Study Expansion of Medicaid Eligibility. Instead, she wants even further work on these proposals even though failing to begin Medicaid expansion on January 1, 2014, will cost NH $500,000 per day in unrealized federal reimbursements.
As chair of the Senate Finance Committee, how does Sen. Forrester explain these fiscally irresponsible decisions to her constituents and residents of NH?
Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 11:04
To The Daily Sun,
Is the New Hampshire government, in seeking to appear green, violating our New Hampshire Constitution under the Green Energy Act? Health concerns, property rights, wildlife rights, safety concerns, the view tax and democratic freedoms are just a few examples.
Many other states have also fallen in line with the nationwide movement to appear green, led by wind energy developers. But not all states had the good fortune of hearing firsthand from people adversely impacted elsewhere by wind turbines. New Hampshire has this fortune.
NHWindWatch.org, a local opposition group, must raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover legal costs to challenge these wind companies in court. In defending our rights, we're all up against exceedingly well-funded, corporate lawyers and government-paid lawyers who are well versed in dictating their agenda on us.
Does the Green Energy Act and the New Hampshire Constitution conflict? The Constitution of the State of New Hampshire is the fundamental law of the State of New Hampshire, with which all statute laws must comply. "Article 2. Natural Rights. All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights — among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing, and protecting, property; and, in a word, of seeking and obtaining happiness. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by this state on account of race, creed, color, sex or national origin."
Have those locally affected by the Groton Wind Farm fallen on deaf ears? Have politicians succumbed to the corporate promise of "quick and easy" money. Has the N.H. government done a cost-benefit analysis? Has the N.H. government done any impact studies? Has the N.H. government conducted a financial analysis on how much will it cost N.H. ratepayers or the state to send electricity to southern states? And if so, what is that cost?
Most states don't bother with cost-benefit analyses because most of the costs don't show on their own books. The result is much costlier electricity and no net reduction of carbon. But community costs are massive: including the loss of fundamental rights and freedoms, loss of our right to a good night's sleep and good health, lost market value of homes, and loss of the right to enjoy non-industrialized rural landscapes, dangers to our watershed, dangers to our tourism revenues, dangers to our wildlife, etc.
So, New Hampshire citizens are taking this high-priced battle to the courts where we hope our beloved Constitution can protect us and our democracy. After-all, it was Ed Cherian who's promise echoed through these foothills "if the community doesn't want us — we will leave". A promise that was offered to us by an Iberdrola Renewables representative willingly. An offer that was soon reneged.
Ask questions, demand answers and pound the table if you don't get them.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 10:55
To The Daily Sun,
I just don't understand it. L.J. Siden is mad at me. He says I said Obama was a pot smoking, class skipping, poor student.(I DID NOT!) Obama said that about himself. Guess L.J. missed that, what with him getting all his information from MSNBC and other left-wing news sites. So I still ask how did Obama manage to get into not one, but two of the most prestigious universities in the world? The theory I subscribe to is that he used fraud, claiming to be a foreign student. Why else would all his school records be sealed?
Speaking of sealed records, L.J. says BHO graduated cum laude with a 3.7 gpa. Well just how the heck does L.J. know this, all the records are sealed. Saying Obama said this, more questions come to mind. When, to whom and we are talking about the same guy that said the Benghazi attack was a demonstration that got out of hand due to some YouTube video no one had ever heard of? The same Obama who said, "If you like your insurance you can keep it. If you like your doctor you can keep him"?
L.J., you just must do a lot better then repeating the stupid things you hear on MSNBC. I can tell your educated but your blind devotion to Obama makes me think he could sell you a dead horse and make you pay him for it.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 10:05
To The Daily Sun,
I read Dr. Maloof's letter in the Saturday edition of The Daily Sun. In it he opined that "the end justifies the means" and indicated that it's just hunky dory for the president to lie and connive if that's what it takes to achieve his goals . . . whether we the people like it or not. He also indicated that it's naive on our part to expect otherwise. Oy vey!
Now, isn't that just hunky dory, too, for one of those erudite, condescending types, who teach our young people, to tell them it's okay to lie or deceive as long as it gets you what you want. That's some lesson plan!
At what point do we finally put "tenure" in the trash bin and start paying on merit . . . just like we do in the non-tenured, productive world?
And please, will someone check the water at Plymouth State.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 09:40
To The Daily Sun,
A very special thank you to all the volunteers, donors and auction bidders who made the annual Moultonborough United Methodist Church HOPE Auction held on November 9 by far and away the most successful HOPE Auction. An incredible amount of $14,050 was raised by the raffle, kitchen crew, balloon auction, and of course the silent and live auctions.
Featured in this year's auction were a 1 ounce 1986 $50 US Mint American Gold Eagle donated anonymously by a member of MUMC and a 1999 Ford Taurus station wagon donated by MUMC member Fred Clark. The American Gold Eagle sold for $1,425 and the Ford Taurus sold for $2,200. Even without these two items, the auction raised $10,425 and far exceeded the $9,000 raised in 2012.
The number of individuals and businesses, both local and regional that donated items to this year's auction is incredible! Nearly 200 donated items were featured in the silent and live auction with another 50 donated items in the balloon auction and raffle.
As for volunteers, numerous individuals stepped forward before the auction to help solicit gift certificates and help pick up donated items to be placed in storage prior to the auction. On Friday, November 8, more than 20 individuals helped move all the auction items to the Lions Club with many of those volunteers spending the entire day setting up the auction hall. On Saturday evening during the auction, 25 different volunteers were involved in making the auction successful beyond all expectations!
It is always difficult to single out certain individuals when the work of so many volunteers is required to run an auction. However, it is important to recognize those individuals who organized and ran the various aspects of the auction. Special thanks go to Amy Norton (silent auction), Bonnie Donahue (balloon auction), and Bev Taylor and Bill Wilderman (kitchen).
This year's Annual Moultonborough United Methodist Church Auction was the eighth auction being conducted by HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Auctions. HOPE Auctions was formed for the sole purpose of raising funds for charity organizations. Everyone associated with HOPE Auctions volunteers his/her time and efforts and every item to be auctioned must be donated. The Mission of HOPE Auctions is to: Use our God given talents to help make the world a better place for others.
We continue to be overwhelmed with the generosity of our Lakes Region community.
Kate and Mike Lancor
Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 09:18