To The Daily Sun,
Mr. Ewing's response to the letter I wrote on April 18 is just another Tea Party letter with Fox News talking points. I even got greetings from the janitor of the parrot cage, Mr. Wiles. I thank them both for being concerned of my health.
I do admit that my knowledge of the Tea Party was lacking the fact the Tea Party wasn't part of the Republican Party. I guess I never read a letter written by a left-winger that had their views.
In response in April 18, I wrote that New Hampshire had 34,000 millionaires living in the state. It pointed out that folks gather in New Hampshire to retire after a successful career elsewhere. New Hampshire is well known as a tax haven for the rich. Some even purchase a home, register to vote here, but don't live here.
The Wall Street Journal pointed out in 2013, New Hampshire had 522,867 households (and) 33,867 millionaires. This figured out that for every 1,000 households, 6.48 percent were millionaires.
My point is there are millionaires in this state that make it impossible for most folks to earn a livable wage. Mr. Ewing says the problem is state and national policies that make it difficult for citizens to prosper and have a good chance to become a millionaire.
It would do everyone good to reread letters written in The Daily Sun on April 28 on Page 4. I was glad to see that Mr. Wiles outlined the chain of command within the Tea Party (the party of protesters, confusion and discontent). I will write later to address concerns the janitor of the parrot cage outlined in April 25 Daily Sun. Awk, Awk.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 09:44
To The Daily Sun,
Belmont residents now have the opportunity to share their ideas for the historic 1833 Belmont Mill. This is a positive step. The selectmen have requested feedback from the community regarding future use of the Mill after a warrant article for the Mill was turned down by voters last March.
Belmont's Mill and historic district are a tremendous asset that needs to cultivated. They give Belmont a "sense of place" and will attract residents, visitors and investment. As indicated by the town Master Plan and previous town charettes (futuring discussions) have concluded, the Belmont Mill does not exist alone, it is the cornerstone of Belmont's downtown revitalization, along with our beautifully restored historic bandstand. Recent work by the town on Main Street sidewalk and plantings are also moving in the right direction.
We have good bones to build from. Downtown Belmont has a small core of historic buildings that house commercial businesses, a Town Hall and Corner Meeting House, library, bandstand, old post office, a police station and historic residences in addition to the Belmont Mill. There are resources available to help us continue to move forward.
Here are a few simple points to keep in mind:
-—The Mill is the gem of Belmont Village.
— It is a great location for social, education, medical and other community services and displaying our heritage.
— It basically a sound building worthy of continuing investment.
— There are great resources we can tap into on this.
— We have time to get this right.
People in Belmont value the mill. The mill building has proven its ability to host a variety of community services that really benefited the community. When it was fully occupied rental income was over $90,000 annually. Engineering studies indicate the building is basically sound. It does need some replacement and reinforcement of floor beams and flooring on the top floor and work on the brick on one wall and the exterior, but this work could be phased or handled through grants, or by public/private or private investment. We have time to work this through and make good choices that will be supported by the community.
We have some great potential partners to explore options with including the Belmont Economic Development Council (EDC) and the Lakes Region Community College, and LRGHealthcare.
The Belmont Mill location and facility would be a good fit for education, community health and services and the arts. With activities possibly ranging from an extension campus of LRCC with classrooms, evening adult education opportunities, to LRG Healthcare offices/services, to daytime child or adult care services, to a community arts center, to a Belmont heritage museum or display, to community arts center to town services like the Senior Center and some town offices.
We need to explore the options and lay out clear choices for the community. Options for the mill are tied to decisions related to the old post office/bank building, and Town Hall and the Police Station is in need of expansion. By listening to all the ideas, the town can lay out some clear options and present these to the people of Belmont. We need to move forward and make decisions for the future. With clear priorities based on public support, we can develop a strategy and set us on a path to accomplish it. Belmont's downtown offers great opportunities, let's use this opportunity to quit circling around the issues and move forward.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 09:41
To The Daily Sun,
Every morning and afternoon I hear ads from a law firm about helping immigrants get green cards and helping people stay in this country and other things. At the end in Spanish and Portuguese (language of Brazil) it says it speaks the respective language.
This is not intended for legal immigrants. They are here in New Hampshire and New Hampshire citizens beware.
Massachusetts spends $1.1 million a week in housing the homeless. I was in several motels for work a couple years ago and the majority did not speak English. They were housed in western Massachusetts where the motel rates are cheaper. The towns had increased school spending, increased students and also bilingual teachers.
Manchester is having a housing problem already. Will this problem travel north? Why not?
Illegals are in line for housing and all the federal and state benefits. Our citizens could be behind them in line for housing and other benefits. We have many veterans and they could be behind them in line for benefits. This makes me so angry.
The illegals that work, work hard. They are crossing the border. It is only a two hour bus ride to the Lakes Region from Boston. Summer jobs — do you know for sure that your employer would not hire one in your place? Parents, grandparents — will your grandchild have competition from an illegal for a summer job, for tuition aid in college, or even a place in college? Yes, your child and grandchild may not get accepted in the college of their choice to make room for an illegal alien.
Your federal taxes go to subsidizing this. My friend spoke Spanish and would fill out the income forms for illegals. When asked how many children? 14 — yes 14, so we both know there were no federal tax money taken out of their paycheck, like yours and mine.
Several years ago my son applied to mow the grass at a country club on the ocean in New Hampshire. I took time off to take him to an agency in Massachusetts to apply for the position. No one spoke English. Needless to say he did not get the job.
Recently a nun from Iraq was not given a visa to the U.S. She wanted to speak in front of Congress to tell the murder of Christians in the Middle East. My son's mother-in-law invited her best friend from school to the wedding. She was not granted a visa. Yet we do nothing to stop the illegals from crossing the border. I read that 36,000 mothers came to the U.S. to deliver their babies last year for citizenship. The babies get citizenship and then the mothers get to stay on our dime to raise them.
Millions is being spent on illegal aliens and yes that is what they are. They are not undocumented citizens. We are trillions in debt.
The Republicans said elect us and we will stop this (and other things). Before the Senate was the bill for our budget. Conservative Republicans did not sign it as they wanted to defund the president's executive order which protects some illegals from deportation. Senator Ayotte was not among these, and we know, of course, Senator Shaheen would not be and was not one of these.
Senate confirmation vote passed on the new attorney general who will support the president's executive order, which the president himself for years said was illegal and that he had now power to do this. Senators Ayotte and Shaheen voted to confirm this new attorney general.
Senator Ayotte said she was against illegal aliens but has done nothing to stop it. I do not want to give her another six years to do nothing. Maggie Hassan is rumored to run for Senate and she would be worse.
We need representation in Washington that will stop this. We need a true conservative. Unfortunately New Hampshire does not offer true conservatives. We must search them out and do everything we can to elect them.
I was in Massachusetts when Scott Brown ran the first time for Senate. There were handmade posters everywhere. We do not need money. We need a candidate who will work hard for the people.
Senator Ayotte said if elected she would stop Obamacare and stop illegal immigration. Well, she has done none of this. Senator Shaheen had a bill that she sponsored on more efficient water heaters and is sponsoring a bill for a woman on the $2 dollar bill. Is this what we sent her to Washington, D.C., for?
The average income for the middle class is going down and down. It was $56,000 thousand and is now $51,000. We spend more on groceries for less. Just recently I saw an ad to buy vegetable plants. Four for $10. Last year is was three for $5. One more plant at double the cost.
I do not know what the answer is. Another party? A grassroots organization. A search for a true conservative to represent the citizens of New Hampshire in Washington, D.C. 2016 is not far away. Candidates for president are coming all the time. We must ask them the hard questions. Not just what they stand for but how they will fix things. Citizens in New Hampshire must become involved in the next election. We must make sure we elect representatives that do what they say. We must start now, before it is too late.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 09:40
To The Daily Sun,
On Thursday, April 30, the article about the earthquake in Sanbornton sent me to the sporadic journal which I kept at our farm in Sanbornton in the 1980s.
On June of 1981 I wrote, "At 6:42 p.m. EARTHQUAKE shook the house strongly and the windows rattled for about two seconds." The paper the next day described it as a 3.3 quake on the Richter scale and said that it was centered in Lake Winnisquam in the vicinity of Three Islands. A few days later the location was corrected to the Eastman Cemetery at the top of Oak Hill Road.
Our wonderful well water was permanently affected and the Culligan Company was the beneficiary.
It was interesting to learn that the area has often been affected by earthquakes.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 09:37
To The Daily Sun,
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently expressed that she found "somewhat surprising" the concern of New Hampshire and Iowa voters about mental illness and substance misuse disorders. For Granite Staters whose lives affected by such disorders, it comes as no surprise. For those of us who live with mental health and/or substance use disorders, or love someone who struggles with such challenges, we know all too well that we are facing a crisis.
The "treatment" or, more accurately stated, lack of available and effective treatment for people with mental illness as well as for people with addictive disorders is a state and national disgrace. A prime example of this disgrace is the day Clinton made the comment there were 20 adults and four children in emergency departments throughout New Hampshire waiting for an inpatient psychiatric bed. Many of these adults and children will spend days "boarding" in the emergency department, waiting for a bed.
Can you imagine leaving someone having a heart attack, a diabetic coma, cancer or other medical crisis on a gurney in a hallway waiting for a bed or treatment? This is abominable and, sadly, not isolated to New Hampshire. Ironically, it is happening at a time when research over the past several decades has overwhelmingly determined that mental illness and addiction, like other medical conditions, are biological diseases. It is also important to note that research dollars for mental illness have lagged far behind other medical conditions.
The reasons for the shortcomings of mental health treatment are many but largely are the result of stigma and discrimination. For years health insurance failed to provide parity — reimbursement for mental health and addiction treatment at the same level as physical health care. This led to the closure of many hospital inpatient psychiatric treatment units and, more importantly, low or no reimbursement for community-based treatment. Despite parity now being the law of the land, a recent national report by NAMI, as well as national news reports, indicates that discriminatory practices toward people with mental illness and those with addictive disorders continue to be commonplace.
Examples include denials for prior authorization for treatment and for prescribed medications, as well as higher co-pays, deductibles and other self-pay mechanisms.
Not only is treatment for psychiatric conditions lacking, but studies cited by the National Institute of Mental Health indicate people with mental illness die 14 to 32 years earlier than their peers in the general population. Reasons for this disparity in life expectancy include high co-occurrence between mental illness and other medical conditions, complications due to weight gain from psychiatric medications, and general lack of access to effective medical care.
There are other significant ramifications of not effectively treating mental illness. In December 2012, the Portland Press Herald reported that half of the fatal law enforcement shootings in the U.S. are of people with mental illness and in most of those cases the responding officer was aware the subject was unstable. The article further concludes "that Maine and rest of the country have failed to employ methods or invest in training that could defuse life-threatening situations with mentally impaired people."
Criminalization of people with mental illness as well as people with addictive disorders is widespread. Our jails and prisons are full beyond capacity and have replaced hospitals as the largest "treatment" facilities for people with mental illness. But little treatment actually occurs for individuals who are incarcerated and recidivism rates and poor outcomes are much higher for prisoners with a mental illness or addiction. Study after study shows the economic benefits of providing treatment rather than incarceration, yet we continue to build more prisons and unnecessarily lock up people with behavioral health issues.
Many of our veterans suffer from mental health conditions. Though the factors which triggered or exacerbated these illnesses may be different than the civilian population, the underlying biological symptoms for depression, post-traumatic stress, suicidality, traumatic brain injury, or addiction are all the same. That our warriors, our strongest men and women, struggle with these illnesses highlights the fact that such disorders are not due to personal weakness or character flaws.
The lack of treatment access has far-reaching impact upon individuals, families and communities. Far too many people are homeless as a result of mental illness and/or drug addiction. The suicide rate creeps upward each year and will likely continue to do so until we make a commitment to improve mental health services. And, tragically, more than 300 New Hampshire residents died of drug overdoses last year – more than the number of suicide deaths or traffic fatalities.
The sad truth is that, like other diseases, if left untreated, mental illness and addiction can be fatal — and the impact of those deaths on families and communities is devastating.
Granite Staters are fortunate that many of our political leaders understand voters' concerns about these issues. Congressman Frank Guinta called mental illness the biggest problem facing New Hampshire during his campaign. He has reached across the aisle, and together with Congresswoman Kuster will be holding a bipartisan Mental Health Summit during May which is Mental Health Month. Senators Shaheen and Ayotte have also both been strong supporters of treatment for mental illness and addiction. Governor Hassan has been steadfast in her commitment to improving access to treatment and services for mental health and addiction. And much of our state Senate leadership has been supportive as well.
Sadly, the New Hampshire House of Representatives still doesn't get it and removed funding for key treatment components for both mental health and addiction which the governor had included in her budget.
On Tuesday, May 5, the Senate Finance Committee will hold its public hearing on the budget. Please come out and express your support for mental health and addiction services. Ask the Senate Finance Committee to fully fund the settlement agreement for the mental health lawsuit, to continue funding for the New Hampshire Health Protection Program provides 38,000 residents with access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment, and to include funding to allow current Medicaid recipients access to treatment for substance use disorders.
Thank you, New Hampshire and Iowa voters, for raising your voices about mental health and addiction. Hillary Clinton clearly heard you and we need to keep raising our voices to make sure all the other presidential candidates and political leaders do so as well.
Executive Director of NAMI New Hampshire
The National Alliance on Mental Illness
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 09:32