To The Daily Sun,
I read it and hear it — in New Hampshire we're known for our "retail politics". National candidates in primary season can hone their skills with us, meeting one on one. However, something else we can be known for — sharing firewood.
A friend in Sanbornton is sharing her firewood over-supply with her friends that have run out. When they come to take a load, they also take a load for another family that has run out of wood but also out of fuel oil money. Now friend, Mary, tells me she overheard conversation in the grocery check-out line this week of another family sharing their extra firewood with someone who ran out. No money exchanged. Just good hearts in action. Thanks for simple generosity being normal behavior in New Hampshire.
May the candidates learn from it. Heart to heart can beat out money changing hands.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 08:58
To The Daily Sun,
The three sectors of the economy that have experienced the greatest cost increases and price inflation over the past 50 years are those where government exerts its greatest influence: health care, education and housing.
The government-induced housing bubble fertilized with low interest rates, reinforced with mandates that lenders provide mortgagees with no money down to unqualified borrowers, caused one of the worst recessions in this nation's history. Millions of homeowners were forcibly evicted from their homes while millions of others watched helplessly as their property values plummeted. Government is already at this high-risk game again, permitting mortgages with little or no down payment, putting the tax payer again at risk of massive bailouts and home owners of eviction.
The cost of education, kindergarten through grad school, has increased faster than almost any sector of the economy. College tuition has doubled in 15 years, causing student debt to mushroom to more than a trillion dollars. Student default rates on that debt are now soaring. All while quality in education has stagnated or declined almost every place. America spends the highest amount of money per student of any country in the world while producing the most average test results. The best paying STEM related jobs still go to Asians, not Americans.
The cost of health care has been debated to its death. The acrimony and sour taste from that debate with dictated solutions from government has left Democrats at their lowest ebb of power in nearly a century. There are now only 17 Democratic governors out of 50, while Congress, the Senate and the majority of state legislatures are in republican hands as a direct result of that debate.
The Affordable Care Act has not, and will not cut the cost of providing health care. It only specified who got stuck paying the bill. When tens of millions of the young/healthy and middle class discovered it was them, they revolted with their vote. In fact the one issue all economists agree on is the unfunded costs of Medicare and health care in the tens of trillions going forward is the only issue that has the power to bankrupt this nation.
Government has made promises to people regarding health it simply can't afford to keep and won't. Government refuses to admit it because doing so could damage Democrats badly at election time for decades. So government dilutes health care hoping you won't notice. Full-fledged doctors with years of residency training have been replaced by a nurse practitioner, while the number of doctors willing to serve Medicaid and Medicare patients shrinks toward zero, driven out by government reimbursement dictates.
The constant bullying, meddling and intervention of government into health care, education and housing aimed to produce equality has produced the absolute worst of results. No one can deny it. Much of the handiwork of government is unstated price control through executive orders and bulling.
Subsides only mask the true cost of everything. They do not make products or services cost less. Grants from government and states with the intent to reduce costs only increase them. Handouts to education from government have never been greater while the cost of education has never been higher. The more government interferes in private markets to distort or control price, the faster prices rise and the poorer quality becomes.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 09:59
To The Daily Sun,
We've all been looking forward to spring returning to New Hampshire. Finally, it's time to celebrate the warmer weather and blooming flowers!
Guests who enjoy lunch or dinner at Patrick's Pub in Gilford on Sunday, March 29, through Thursday, April 2, can ask their server to donate 25 percent of their meal cost to the Belknap Mill. I encourage you to participate in this "Spring Into Action" fundraiser with family, friends and co-workers. I want to thank Patrick's, a Belknap Mill business member, for hosting this five-day Give Back Program.
The Belknap Mill is a historic treasure that attracts visitors from all over the country and beyond. Your support can help to continue their arts and education programs. Stop by 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia to see Stewart making socks on the vintage knitting machines. He usually volunteers on Thursdays. Check out the monthly changing exhibits, powerhouse museum and the latest items offered by local artisans and photographers in the Gift Shop. You can rent space for your wedding, baby or bridal showers, birthday and anniversary parties, business meetings and more.
Visit www.belknapmill.org or call 603-524-8813 for the hours of operation or more information.
Join me and Belknap Mill supporters to make sure these programs continue for future generations to enjoy.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 09:54
To The Daily Sun,
Gov. Hassan has never supported the 8-cent per gallon gas tax increase or played games with the Department of Transportation budget as claimed by Rep. Mike Sylvia in a letter published Thursday. The whole DOT fiasco is a creation of the House Finance Committee Republicans.
The Finance Republicans snatched the DOT budget from the governor's budget proposal, attached it as an amendment to an innocuous bill about drivers licenses (HB-357), crippled the department by slashing $88 million needed to fund department operations so it could spend the money raised last year to fix the roads, and when John Q. Citizen complained loudly, decided to fix the bill by imposing an additional 8-cent tax increase.
Curiously, Finance Chairman Rep. Neal Kurk refused to sponsor the gas tax increase, but publicly stated he'd support it. Such fortitude. Well, by Wednesday, the 176 Republicans who signed the Grover Norquist pledge seem to have been joined by a few others, and, apparently the Democratic minority in the House didn't want to go along with the shenanigans, by passing the House Finance crippling amendment, adopting a floor amendment imposing the 8-cent per gallon increase and then passing the bill.
As a result, on Wednesday, when the bill came up, Rep. Kurk urged the House to kill his committee's amendment (2015-1015h), and pass the bill dealing only with driver licensing.
Nary a word was spoken about the amendment to raise the gas tax (2015-1071h). This issue now becomes a second thing subject to my warning in an earlier letter: "Don't count on this being the last word on the subject."
David O. Huot
Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 09:48
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to comment on article titled "Jeers & Cheers" in the March 7 issue of The Laconia Daily Sun.
Part of the article was based on a letter by Susan Colby expressing her opinion of the visiting crowd's behavior at a recent game between the two schools. I respect her opinion, but do not agree.
To summarize how the article read to me, as a fan of Laconia High School: a person associated with a losing team was upset. School officials were present and in control. No actions on court or in stands were considered unsportsmanlike. School administration had not heard anything negative from school officials present. Next game everything was great except actions by opposing fans prior to game, considered rude by some.
I do not understand why The Laconia Daily Sun chose to juxtapose this article in a way that depicted Laconia fans as unruly. I think a more appropriate title for article would have been "No harm, no foul".
As a parent, I could not have enjoyed the atmosphere and excitement of recent playoff games any more than I did. I only have praise for all of the friends, families, faculty and fans who came out to support our student athletes. I felt school spirit was boisterous and proudly on display.
Our youth should be allowed to express themselves in a constructive and creative manor. These events are an extension of their education and necessary to allow them to grow as individuals and in groups. To depict them as unsportsmanlike based on one letter was unfair.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 09:44