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Moulton Farm is a true community-minded business, a treasure

To The Daily Sun,

As the president & CEO of Lakes Region Community Services, I am fortunate to often be moved by the generosity, caring and support of businesses and community organizations surrounding us here in the greater Lakes Region. We are always grateful for the support we receive, but there are times when an unexpected act of generosity deserves particular immediate recognition.

Lakes Region Community Services recently started a foundation to diversify and enhance our funding streams and enable LRCS to have the financial strength, resiliency and flexibility to carry out our mission of serving people in need and strengthening our community. The existence and work of LRCS ensures a developing safety net for the most vulnerable members of our communities who might experience gaps in services, and builds a stronger Lakes Region for all of us for generations to come.

It is challenging to overcome a perception that LRCS’s services are all funded. The very gaps in our communities that we are here to fill, represent the same gaps in resources to do so. It is challenging to create a base of supporters willing and able to donate to the LRCS Foundation, and to create new relationships expanding beyond our current circle of influence. To that end, we recently held a Harvest Dinner at Moulton Farm in Meredith to appreciate our major donors and supporters and to introduce others to the impact our programs and services have.

Moulton Farm’s "Field to Fork" dinner surpassed all expectations — beautiful setting, amazing food prepared and served by a talented and delightful farm crew, and a tractor tour of the fields hosted by John Moulton. We filled the tent with 45 people who enjoyed farm fresh produce from appetizers to dessert. And at the end of this very successful event, Moulton Farm donated the entire event in support of the LRCS Foundation mission. That’s a lot of ears of corn!

In addition to this demonstration of generosity, Moulton Farm also signed on to be the Savory Food Sponsor for the LRCS signature fundraiser "Lakes Region Uncorked," to be held on November 2. Moulton Farm, a Lakes Region treasure, is truly a community minded business that makes us all grateful to live and work in the Lakes Region!

Rebecca Bryant
President & CEO

Lakes Region Community Services

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Expansion of Medicaid has led to explosion of opioid abuse

To The Daily Sun,

I think most people would agree the drug epidemic in America is a national crisis. The states keep begging Uncle Sam for more millions to treat drug abuse when it may be government's "easy money" that's fueling the problem.

Drugs now rank as the leading killer for Americans under age 50. Opioid overdoses have have quadrupled since 2000, while fatalities have soared. To put the drug disaster in perspective, the number of overdoses projected in just Ohio this year exceeds all overdoses in America in 1990.

It is true, the majority of those prescribed pain killers do not become addicted. It just as true those who do often turn to the street to buy and sell illegal drugs often laced with fetanyl and heroine. These drugs often come from Mexico and China. Many of them are purchased cheaply with Medicaid cards.
A recent study by Express Scripts Holding discovered about 25 percent of all Medicaid patients were prescribed opioids in 2015. According to a recent federal Health and Human Services analysis, overdose deaths per million residents rose TWICE AS FAST in the 29 states that EXPANDED MEDICAID eligibility under the ACA than the 21 that did not between 2013 and 2015. Drug fatalities are up 41 percent in expansion state of Ohio. Only 3 percent in the non expansion state of Wisconsin. Up 108 percent in our expansion state, N.H., and only 22 percent in the non expansion state ofVirginia.

An estimate by police suggests 240 oxycodone pills can be purchased with a medical card for a $1 co pay and sold on the street for as much as $4,000. A single vicodin pill can fetch $50. It has become more than clear, EXPANDED MEDICAID is a major fertilizer for the drug epidemic. All while states play the obfuscating "shell game," blaming drug manufactures for the unknown addictive properties of their products. The public sector "con game" played on taxpayers is afoot once again.

Many governors, including Sununu, are screaming at Trump for more money to fight drug abuse when its clear the increased flow of more billions from government to the states in the form of EXPANDED MEDICAID is in good part funding the epidemic. Opioids have become far more valuable than gold per ounce. They can be obtained relatively easily, and sold for small fortunes by people with few resources who see the money as hitting the lottery. Money that sustains their own life-destroying addiction while vastly expanding the addicted marketplace.

Once again, the unintended consequences of excessive, welfare philanthropy used as a "political opioid" by the Democratic Party comes back to bite our heads off as it does so routinely. Like opioids for individuals, "political opioid money pills" are equally as addictive to the Democratic Party for fear of election consequences. The vote of the less fortunate must be continually bought with handouts from them like EXPANDED MEDICAID. It is fair and honest to describe the Democratic Party as POLITICAL DRUG ADDICTS. Their addiction is killing thousands of innocent, people.
Tony Boutin
Gilford

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