To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in reply to a letter from Niel Young that appeared in the paper last week.
I understand that Mr. Young and I may not see eye to eye on some issues. Although I have served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives as a Republican for the past 28 years, I also understand that he may wish to question my credentials and call me a RINO. Mr. Young is entitled to his opinions.
However, Mr. Young has an obligation to get his facts straight. In his letter he said that I joined with the five Democrats on the Belknap County Convention in bringing suit against the chairman, Rep. Colette Worsman of Meredith, and the clerk, Rep. Jane Cormier of Alton, in Belknap County Superior Court. While I have had my differences with the chairman, I was not party to that lawsuit as the court records attest.
I suggest Mr. Young check his facts before making accusations against those with whom he disagrees.
Rep. Dennis Fields
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:33
To The Daily Sun,
It's reported that the late Senator Everett Dirksen said, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money." Although with fewer zeros, even small cost increases add up, and increase the pain for middle-income and poorer Americans who have been struggling with flat or decreasing incomes for years.
It is the nature of bureaucracies to grow. In business, competition retards that growth and forces efficiencies and prioritization. But government has no competition to retard its growth and the resulting tax increases.
Each level of government seems to think it is entitled to grow each year and demand increased taxes and fees from individuals and businesses. Of course, increased business costs are passed on to customers in the prices of their goods and services.
Arguing for tax increases, Anne Rogers claims that the proposed Belknap Country tax increase and the state 4-cent-a-gallon state fuel tax are small. That may be true, but these increases are in addition to town and school tax increases, increased energy costs, increased heath-related costs because of Obamacare, and increased costs of goods and services (including housing) from more heavily taxed businesses. These increases add up, and hurt people.
The fact is that any increase in living costs especially hurts people on fixed or declining incomes. This includes most retirees, poor people, and struggling middle-income Americans.
Rich people and those benefiting from government spending, e.g., government employees, government retirees, and special interests, have mostly escaped the pain felt by most private sector workers caused by the 2008 crash and exacerbated by Obama's anti-growth economic policies. They benefit from big government, but most people don't.
Only politicians who challenge normal bureaucratic growth and force efficiencies and prioritization can slow or stop the unnecessary growth of big government and the resulting tax increases.
Fortunately the Republican Majority on the Belknap County delegation has struggled against the special interest groups and their supporters to force efficiencies and prioritization in our county budget. The proposed tax increases were reduced this year and last, and it appears at least $12 million will be saved on the proposed prison.
Unfortunately the special interests and their supporters attack anyone who threatens to slow or stop their funding and have made the Belknap County Convention very acrimonious. The Republican majority has received unbelievably loud and vicious abuse for simply standing up for Belknap County taxpayers.
The beneficiaries of government largesse don't seem to care about the additional pain to struggling Americans caused by each tax increase. Thankfully, the Republican Majority on the Belknap County Delegation does care about people and has been fighting to stop government from making their problems worse.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:29
To The Daily Sun,
The residents of Laconia are doing a great job with recycling. Single stream couldn't make recycling any easier. Many residents prefer to drop their recyclables either at Lakeport Fire Station or the old Public Works garage which is fine. What isn't fine is the residents that leave their recyclables at these locations when the dumpsters are already filled to capacity.
Use a little common sense, people. This is your community and you choose to leave your trash beside the dumpster to blow around the area. Please take your recyclables to another location and if that is also full, take it back home and call Public Works. I know that they will have it emptied and returned.
I would ask the Public Works team to check the dumpsters periodically and take care of the full dumpster before it becomes a problem. No one wants pay-as-you-throw, and this is the best alternative we have.
One more note: if you are throwing electronics and lawnmowers in these bins, you will be caught. Don't ruin it for the rest of us.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:22
To The Daily Sun,
I read The Laconia Daily Sun on a regular basis and am often amused or annoyed with some of the letters written by the "regulars" with the negativity, criticism, name-calling and untruths. I usually cannot be bothered to respond to them because, quite frankly, I know nothing would changed their constant judgment of anyone who does not agree with them. It seems their world is black and white. No need to mention names, we all know who they are.
However, I cannot resist responding to the letter last week from Bev Buker, regarding LRGH turning away sick patients for lack of insurance or co-pay. I would love to know where she gets her facts, because this is not so.
LRGH is a hospital with compassionate and caring doctors and nurses, and well as all their employees. Do they ask for insurance information? Sure, as they should. Do they ask for a co-pay? Sure, as they should. Do they ask for payment arrangement plan? Sure, as they should. Do they turn sick or injured people away because of the lack of financial ability? Absolutely not. In fact, they offer a Patient Advantage Program with a very generous discount for prompt payment for services they provide, which I know is appreciated by many.
So, Bev, get your facts straight before you put your pen to paper. But regardless of your false accusations about LRGH, I am extremely confident that, should you need their care in the future, you will be treated with the same quality care as everyone else, because of their professionalism.
And while I'm at it, I challenge all writers to spend more time writing letters about the many good things worth recognition. It would be a lot more meaningful and you may actually feel good afterward.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:18
To The Daily Sun,
Another thing about Bernadette Loesch's letter of a couple weeks ago titled, "Where's the evidence of Republicans concern over folks at bottom" I'll give Bernedette a two-part answer.
First, Republicans are concerned about all Americans by trying to keep the huge and growing national government from intruding more and more into everyday people's lives. Also, they are trying to keep taxes lower, hold down red tape and waste, and desire a smaller, more efficient national government which would help create jobs and opportunities for people at every level.
Republicans want to control our borders to prevent millions of foreign workers coming in taking jobs from young Americans starting out, or retired Americans looking to earn a little more money to get by on.
Bernedette also needs to remember it was Republicans who advocated, worked for and passed the civil rights laws. (Anyone in doubt of this needs only to check Wikipedia and key segregationists in the 1960s. They give a list of 80 prominent people. Only eight were Republicans.)
Also, having missed her history classes in school, let's remind folks it was Republicans way back in the 1850s who were the abolitionists, who fought the Civil War to free the slaves in the 1860s. It was Democrats who fought to keep slaves, founded the KKK, created segregation and were responsible for more then 100 years of injustice, intolerance and persecution.
Second, more recently Democrats say they are working to help the "folks at the bottom." But where is the evidence of that, Bernedette? Black communities are worse off then ever. Unemployment is twice that of whites — among young black men nearly three times as high. School dropouts among these communities also is three times that of whites in spite of Democrats pouring money into our failing education system for the benefit of teachers' unions not students. Drugs and crime are the common denominator of the poverty created by liberal policies. Out-of-wedlock birth rated among black women is around 70 percent, almost guaranteeing lifelong poverty.
What do Democrats do about this besides pour money into programs designed to keep blacks poor and dependent on the government generation after generation after generation and incidentally voting Democratic?
So please, spare us your self-righteous, holier-than-thou left-wing baloney.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:15