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Here's reality: we need to quadruple funding for SUD treatment

To The Daily Sun,

Cut the New Hampshire Health Protection Program substance use disorder (SUD) budget? Are they kidding? That would be the most absurd, ridiculous and reckless act to save a few dollars that I have seen in a long, long time.

The addiction problem in our state has become so overgrown because, for the most part, of pharmaceutical companies with billions to spend on spreading highly addictive drugs, so they can make more billions.

The ultimate costs to the budget of New Hampshire and taxpayers, will be many times the amount saved by depriving poor people of the chance to get off addictive substances, opiates in particular.

Highly addictive, legal drugs are being pushed on consumers so aggressively that far more of these medicines are being consumed than are necessary. The SUD component that allows treatment options for substance users, abusers and addicts offers a ray of hope that hasn't even gotten off the ground yet and it is already being considered to be eliminated?

The marketing, research and lobbying that goes on for the purpose of protecting the (over) flow of potentially addictive therapeutic medicines is making these drugs increasingly accessible to those who do not really need them.

Once someone has crossed the line of addiction, there is no cure and there is no deprogramming back to normal. Most eventually die or struggle with recovery off and on for the rest of their lives. A very few manage to stay drug free and treatment funding is a big reason that some recovering addicts manage to get through the initial intensive treatment phase toward longer term success.

The comparatively small amount of funding that has been recently made available could translate into many people staying clean, longer and some actually stay drug free permanently. But we need money to make that happen. Remember, a conservative estimate of the yearly cost of incarceration for one person in New Hampshire is more than $20,000. So, what has been happening is that convicted drug offenders while incarcerated, have less access to viable addiction treatment, many get released prematurely on probation or parole and their addiction takes them right back on to the same path, ergo ... the expensive cycle continues.

Save a dollar and eventually spend 10 dollars is actually what this ridiculous proposal is saying. And it is not just poor and marginalized persons who have been victimized by the over-availability of addictive painkillers that are now supplanted by heroin. Check the web for wealthy celebrities, politicians and talk show hosts who are in recovery from such "medicines".

Members of the House Finance Committee, here is the reality: We need to quadruple funding for SUD, now, not eliminate it. Then, down the line, that investment comes back. Those who vote for the defunding of what has been the best move in decades toward offering chronically addicted persons a chance at a better quality of life need to know that, as sure as the sun will rise, they too are, have, or will be significantly negatively affected by this horrendous scourge that will only get worse and gain momentum. Taking away this small amount of funding will allow far more lives lost and far more eventual cost to our already suffering community.

Michael Tensel

A&D Recovery Counseling

Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 09:02

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Sen. Forrester has thus far not taken stand on House's budget

To The Daily Sun,

I wish to reference a letter to the editor written by Kate Miller which appeared in The Laconia Daily Sun on March 20.

I just want to state the facts. In her letter Ms. Miller spoke about the House proposed budget, one the Senate hasn't even begun work on, and the need for Senator Forrester to be "honest with her constituents". The truth is Senator Forrester has yet to take a stand on the House-proposed budget package.

I see no evidence of "grandstanding" (Miller's words) by the senator when she speaks on this topic. She has always supported nursing homes. What she is doing is demanding that the governor follow the law and give the money to the nursing homes that the Legislature agreed to. The fact is, the governor signed into law the budget the Senate put together, and now wants to disregard the law and take the money from nursing homes to fill a budget hole in 2015.

That sets the record straight.

Edward C. Touhey

Meredith

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 08:57

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We have to much taxation in N.H., don't need 8ยข gas tax hike

To The Daily Sun,

The House will be voting on HB-357 this week. The Department of Transportation has been pulled out of the budget for special treatment due to its "unique and serious" problems. (http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2015/HB0357.html)

HB-357, which deals with an increasing the time to notify DMV of a change of address, will have an amendment proposed that will increase the gas tax by 8 cents per gallon. If you are opposed to yet another gas tax increase and prefer that funds stop being diverted from repair of our roads and bridges, please write your representatives (http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/ns/whosmyleg/default) asp You can also write all reps at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please contact your friends and tell the to write too.

We have too much taxation. We have too much ineffectual government. Tell the government to, "Please stop helping me." If they institute more tax for NHDOT it will be transferred it to the general fund. There is no credible demonstrated need.

It is time to think about the consequences of what you are doing. Think about the fact that New Hampshire cannot retain her young people. Think about the fact businesses are leaving ... not coming to the state. Think about why New Hampshire has the highest per capita college debt in the nation.

"It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the danger of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." Daniel Webster.

Marc Abear

Meredith

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 08:54

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"Feel good' bills? Legislature has important issues to resolve

To The Daily Sun,

While the firestorm over the actions of a state representative using the only opportunity provided to him to debate a piece of legislation, I wonder why the actions of Rep. Robert Cushing, et. al., who introduced the bill, or the lessons taught by Mr. James Cutting being questioned.

The business conducted by the General Court is serious and impacts the daily lives of the citizens of the state. The decisions made determine whether some families will be able to put food on their tables or a roof over their heads. Just as important is the cost of precious taxpayer dollars for the process to consider those bills.

Think about it. It is an economics lesson that should be given before petitioning a legislator to present an idea for a bill. While I commend Mr. Cutting for educating the students in the process, he should also encourage the idea to be one of real substance such as requiring paid lobbyists to be heard in public hearing after the citizens are given an opportunity to be heard or that all bills be distributed in electronic form only.

Every idea that is introduced for consideration requires research and time by a staff attorney to write the appropriate language and format. Once the bill is written it requires printing a minimum of 400-plus copies of the bill for the legislators and staff distribution. That also requires materials and time of the legislative staff. The next step is for the bill is given a public hearing requiring more copies for public distribution. Once the committee takes action, the bill must now be included in the Calendar and additional copies made for distribution to the 400 members and the public. It then takes the time of the legislators to discuss and vote on the bill. And then the final results must be published in the Journal for public distribution. None of the above includes the cost of security, utilities and other support systems needed to operate the state Legislature.

It is you and I, the taxpayers who pay for the salaries of those employed to assist at the Statehouse for each bill to be introduced, considered and voted by the body.

Mr. James Cutting should share the math lessons with his students and weigh the cost to those families who are working hard to pay for the legislation they suggest. Rep. Cushing and the other sponsors of HB-373 owe the taxpayers an apology for introducing a "feel good" bill when there are much more important issues to resolve.

Karen Testerman

Franklin

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 08:49

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The Amerian Taliban is coming to Kansastan, I kid you not

To The Daily Sun,

Its almost spring and crazy is in the air. Welcome to another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity where we strive to keep the stupid in the news.

The American Taliban is coming to Kansastan to get your dangerous books. Bill 56, introduced by right-winger Mary Pilcher-Cook criminalizes teachers with any lesson plan that depicts "nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse," or anything that the "average adult person" believes "lacks serious literary, scientific, educational, artistic or political value." Average adults? Like those who haven't a clue about evolution, vaccinations, climate science, or what the word secular means?

An epidemic of constitutional cluelessness in right-wing world continues unabated and there is no vaccine for willful ignorance yet. PPP's latest survey found 57 percent of the GOP support, "establishing Christianity as the national religion." They must belong to the George Clark and Gene Danforth School of American History funded by the Tony Boutin Educational Foundation. In Sacramento, attorney Matthew McLaughlin an American Sharia activist, paid $200 to file the "Sodomite Suppression Act" ballot initiative with the Attorney General. Gay people in California would be banned from holding office and be executed by firing squad. McLaughlin wants to save us from God's wrath. Fox ranter, Pastor James Manning, known for praising ISIS for the execution of gays, must be proud.

Right Wing World is on fire lately. Logic be damned! Lower the IQs!. Ayatollah Mike Huckabee, who vowed to fight "secular theocracy", is crying about those blue meanies imposing their secular values on religious conservatives. What that means is that giving the LGBT community the rights and freedoms he and his band of apoplectics already have is an insult and an imposition. Persecution, too! Crazed TV Pastor John Hagee is demanding that we stand with war criminal Netanyahu or God will destroy us. Spawn Matthew Hagee says gay marriage will cause the collapse of society and the incessant babbler Ted Cruz wants a constitutional amendment banning gay and lesbians from marrying because they threaten our liberties. Cruz is proof that a good education doesn't cure stupid. Tony Perkins of FRC is blaming gay activist Dan Savage for the videos recorded by University of Oklahoma fraternity members singing a racist chant. That's rich!

On Perkins' radio show, ex-NFL player Craig James is in a tizzy because the New England Patriots, the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Francisco Giants joined a brief on behalf of gay marriage at the Supreme Court. James stated, "that's Satan working on us." Satan! Liberty Council's Matt Staver quipped that the teams were "hostile to our faith and to the very foundational values of God's natural created order." Oh, the weeping and gnashing of teeth in Biblestan!

And poor Bobby Jindal is now claiming Obama's secularism is taking his liberties away. Which ones? Making bigotry legal? What he doesn't realize is that secularism is the foundation of religious liberty for all because like the Constitution, government should take no sides on the issues of mumbo jumbo and hocus pocus. That unassailable truth may be a little too deep for the thinking of conservative Christians, though.

James Veverka

Tilton

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 12:46

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