To The Daily Sun,
Did you know that one out of four people will experience some kind of mental health issue within a year? Or one out of five adults are diagnosed with depression? May is Mental Health Awareness Month and is an opportunity to learn both about mental health as part of overall health and the need to be alert to symptoms of mental illness.
"During Mental Health Awareness Month, everyone should take the time to learn symptoms of mental illness," said Patt Fancy, executive director of Lakes Region Consumer Advisory Board, also known as CornerBridge, in Laconia. If you or a loved one suffers with a mental illness, you are not alone. Many people are unaware of where to turn to for support.
Lakes Region Consumer Advisory Board oversees both CornerBridge and Concord Peer Support, which are peer support centers that are consumer-directed and where consumers develop their own programs to supplement existing mental health services, address issues such as social isolation and discrimination, and enjoy opportunities for socialization, personal and educational enhancement, and peer support.
A Peer Support Center is a central place for consumer self-help, advocacy, education, and socialization. At CornerBridge and Concord Peer Support we provide a socialization service that addresses the isolation felt by many mental health consumers. We are all peers who have a lived-life experience and understand how important it is when things get rough. We offer groups in Wellness, Recovery and how to live life managing the illness.
We are open to all mental health consumers. No admission fee or membership fee is charged.
For more information, please check out our website: www.nhcornerbridge.org or call 603-528-7742.
Joy Hall, Program Director
Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 10:19
To The Daily Sun,
An article in the May 15 edition of The Laconia Daily Sun written by Mike Mortensen referred to a statement released by the Sanbornton Planning Board stating, "Sanbornton residents favor allowing more commercial development in town, on a selective basis, which is compatible with Sanbornton's small town rural character."
The basis for this statement is the results of what some of the 92 respondents said in a survey on Election Day. How can a statement like the one released by the Planning Board have any credibility when only 92 of the almost 2,200 registered voters took part in the survey.
Talk about jumping to conclusions about what the other 2,000 voters think about commercial development in our town. The question is, with so little support from the registered voters. So why are the town officials putting economic development on the "fast track" as reported in this article?
The Planning Board recently proposed and established a Commercial (Light Manufacturing Permitted) Zoning District which increased the size of the current Commercial Zoning District along Rte. 127 beyond the Sanbornton General Store toward Franklin, which would allow light manufacturing in that area. According to a town map prepared by the Lakes Region Planning Commission, this area is an aquifer conservation zone. Why would the Planning Board even consider proposing such an amendment to our zoning knowing that this area is an aquifer conservation zone?
Is this how our town officials plan to protect our environment and water?
Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 10:10
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to express sincere gratitude to the local resources of the Laconia Department of Employment Security, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program and the Community Action Program, who were instrumental on my journey to being a useful number of the community in spite of my physical disability. I have always been a proud person and because of these resources I continue to be.
Vocational Rehabilitation in conjunction with Crotched Mountain assisted me in obtaining my catalyst wheelchair with specific modifications for my spine, as I am unable to ambulate an extended distance anymore. This has been a Godsend.
The Community Action Program assisted me in my search for useful employment, relative to my physical restrictions. I have been delighted to have been offered a position as a receptionist at the Laconia Department of Employment Security, with the CAP Program. I have not felt such fulfillment toward a job since my days when I was a licensed nursing assistant.
The Laconia Employment Security office has been essential in assisting me at looking beyond my disability and restoring my spirit. I appreciate all of the staff there, all their compassion and much needed sense of humor. I have never seen a more dedicated group of individuals under one roof as I have seen at 426 Union Avenue. Today, I look at my disability as a blessing and not a hindrance.
In summation, I use this simple quote from scripture: "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others." 1 Peter 3:10.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 10:06
To The Daily Sun,
The representatives of the party of peace, diversity, tolerance, and love seem to be competing in creating vile names to call people with diverse views and inconvenient facts in order to intimidate them into silence.
Ed Allard's effort of April 29 surpasses previous leader, James Veverka, whose May 1 effort seems stale and eerily similar to Allard's effort.
Aside from name-calling, Veverka's letter wants to waste his, my, and readers' time debating the minutia of the earth's climate which has been changing for billions of years in ways that, based on the failed predictions of the consensus of his "scientists" over the last 20-30 years, is unpredictable.
I put quotes around "scientists" because they ceased being real scientists when they started manipulating data and trying to suppress opposing data and arguments in order to support what the politicians' wanted, and paid for, to justify increasing taxes and energy costs, and restricting our freedoms.
As they were hired to do, the "scientists" "proved" that burning fossil fuels caused global warming and predicted numerous man-made global-warming caused disasters unless we raised taxes, stopped burning fossil fuels, and implemented costly programs. When those predictions didn't occur, the "scientists" then "discovered" and "proved" that burning fossil fuels caused man-made climate-change which had to be addressed with the very same tax increases, reduced fossil fuel use, and costly programs.
Scientists have been studying the climate for many millennia. They have been predicting (non-occurring) disasters, alternating about every 30 years, because of global warming or cooling for more than a century.
The important question is, do we prefer more people to live or do we prefer, as Veverka apparently does, that politicians achieve their political objectives no matter how many humans die? I prefer more people to live.
The earth's climate will change with little or no impact from whatever number of trillions of dollars the politicians are able to tax and spend on their man-made climate-change hoax.
While the money the politicians want to spend (to increase their power, to enrich themselves and special interest groups, and to increase their control of the people) will have little effect on the earth's climate, this useless spending wastes money that could be productively invested to increase human wealth.
Human ability to adapt enables us to survive extreme weather, climate changes and natural disasters. The wealthier humans are the more people will survive.
According to Patrick Moore, Greenpeace co-founder, the earth's average temperature over the last 1 billion years has been about 14 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than today (http://goo.gl/klz9yT). Warmer (than now) is better for humans, warmer saves lives; cold kills many thousands more people annually than die from heat. Humans flourish when the earth is warmer and millions have historically died when the earth cools.
For a fraction of the money the politicians want to spend on climate change to maybe help a few people in 100 years, we could help millions of people now by making sure everyone has clean water, more food, vaccinations, better sanitation and waste disposal, medical care, etc. (Bjorn Lomborg elaborates on this in his book, "Cool It!".)
The most success in improving human lives recently has been the spread of capitalism and free trade which has enabled, and continues enabling hundreds of millions to escape poverty; the number of people living on less than $1 per day has been reduced by almost two-thirds in less than 50 years.
Most Americans are rightfully skeptical of politicians' claims about the need to tax and spend trillions to address man-made global warming-cooling-warming-climate-change. Not only are politicians so untrustworthy, not only have the "scientists'" predictions of disaster failed to happen, but Americans know they can't even depend on the weekend weather forecast.
Most Americans know that when they can, advocates use facts, history, and logic to support their arguments. Lacking facts, history, and logic, advocates like Veverka, Allard and most leftists try to win by slandering opponents, calling them names, shouting them down, stifling debate, falsifying or withholding information, claiming a false "consensus," and/or otherwise trying to intimidate opponents into silence.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 10:01
To The Daily Sun,
I read, with interest, my friend Tom Dawson's letter proposing an income tax as the solution to our fiscal woes, including our high property taxes. I just want to list my personal experience dating way back, to around 1960, when I was a resident in Lisbon Falls, Maine. The state imposed a "small and temporary" income tax just to get the state over some temporary fiscal hurdle.
I can't find the actual figure now, but I believe that it was about 2 percent. The taxes on my first home, there, were average for the state and I don't believe that there was a sales tax at that time.
Now comes the current tax situation in Maine, and what would inevitably be in New Hampshire's future, with the introduction of his proposal. Their 2014 income tax rates are: no tax on the first $10,449, 6.5 percent on $10,450-$41,849, and 7.95 percent above $41,850. Maine also has a sales tax of 5.5 percent and a rooms and meals tax of 8 percent. They also have numerous excise taxes. For example: $2 per pack on cigarettes, 30 cents a gallon on gas, $5.79 a gallon on liquor, plus several more.
I don't recall any instant impact on my property taxes and soon left the state to follow my job with IBM. I did make a current comparison between Lisbon Falls and Laconia and found that their 2014 tax rate was $24.20 per $1,000 and ours was $22.40, not even a small reduction with both broad based taxes in force.
So, where does all the money go, as most any news report from Maine has the governor in hot water for trying to make the state live within its means. In my opinion, a good share goes to ever expanding state bureaucracy with bloated administrations and little actual benefit to the deserving public. There is never enough of other people's money to satisfy the politicians in power or the party that still believes that ever larger government is the answer and should be all things to all people. This is a great vote-getter as more and more people find that they don't really have to produce to be supported by that government. This can actually work for an unknown length of time, but at some point the tipping point is reached and it will all collapse.
Obviously, I don't have the answer to the many problems facing our state. I just wanted to point out how history shows that most of any additional money taken from the people will not be applied to the stated purposes. It will just be absorbed by those in power for mostly political purposes.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 May 2015 10:11