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
To The Daily Sun,
Iberdrola Renewables, a foreign, for-profit corporation in the business of developing industrial wind projects all over the world has sponsored "Predators of the Sky" at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness. Whether the Science Center is aware of it or not, they have accepted money from a corporation that kills and maims "predators of the sky" and then sponsors a program that rehabilitates the very creatures their projects are responsible for killing and maiming. How ironic.
Iberdrola Renewables has targeted the ridgelines of New Hampshire for industrial wind projects for a number of years now. They own and operate Groton Wind and the project in Lempster. Industrial wind projects are documented to kill and maim "predators of the sky" that are known to use thermal drafts for hunting and then often come into contact with the turbine blades. This is acknowledged as collateral damage. Industrial wind turbine developers can apply for a permit to legally "take" (meaning to maim or kill without penalty), protected birds such as those rehabilitated through the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.
Does Iberdrola Renewables think that by sponsoring such a program that it would improve their public relations with the people of New Hampshire? Is this their way of justifying the killing and maiming of "predators of the sky" here in our state? Maybe this kind of ironic sponsorship looks good to Iberdrola's stakeholders, investors, our legislators, or even the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, but don't let it fool you. It is as though Iberdrola Renewables is attempting to justify the killing and maiming of these amazing predators by sponsoring a program that would rehabilitate them. The problem is that you cannot rehabilitate the dead ones.
CARE Group (Citizens of Alexandria Rights Effort) is a local non-profit organization of resident volunteers providing education to the Newfound-Cardigan region about local, community self-government and empowering the citizens of Alexandria to protect the health, safety and welfare of its residents and ecosystems. Participants of CARE Group petitioned for a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance (RBO) in 2014 to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents and ecosystems of Alexandria by prohibiting the siting of industrial wind projects within the town.
President of CARE Group
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 09:31
To The Daily Sun,
In response to James Veverka's insulting letter concerning God's holy word, the Lord Jesus Christ, John Demakowski, ect.: remember, James, you have insulted every Roman Catholic, every Protestant, and all other Christan church believers who believe that Jesus Christ is their Lord and savior.
Gods word was before creation, it says in the beginning it was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God, he (Jesus) was in the beginning with God (John 1:1 l 2). To dare to liken Gods word to the Quaran, an evil, demonic book that allows Islamic believers, to behead Christians if they won't convert to Muslim laws, The Daily News and papers, tell us all the horror stories. God's words tell us all of a loving God, who loves all, including you, James; all we have to do is believe the Gospel and receive the Lord Jesus and have eternal life. (John 3:16)
James, your personal opinion, about God, Jesus, Christian peoples, faith, ect. is a worthless lot of nonsense, not one word of hope for love for anyone. How sad.
How you prove there is a lake of fire James, is if you end up in Hell, "your choice". I encourage you chose Jesus Christ as your savior.
Today, I have read Professor Cracraft's letter in The Daily Sun. Remember you can only teach what you were taught, and out of books come man's opinions, not God's word. I was taught myself by professors who told us our ancestors were apes, monkeys, ect and God never created mankind. I never believed them. Period. They also taught us, the Big Bang Theory; a big bang does not create, it destroys. God created a world full of life and beauty. Look around, James, see the wonderful world God gave us; breath God's given air; enjoy the only planet in our solar system that has water, green grass, food, people. A big bang made all that? No way, James. Your letters to The Sun newspaper get worse, and worse. Now tell us, James, who is your God? Who do you love and serve. We Americans proclaim "In God we Trust" and sing "God Bless America"? What do you sing? Let us all know, James.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2015 09:42