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2009’s Lie of the Year – Death Panels – is making a comeback

To The Daily Sun,

You might think that since the ACA has been deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court, implemented, and met and exceeded its signup goals, that a made-up scare tactic like "death panels" would fade away. But it appears this "Lie of the Year" for 2009 is to be perpetuated by Ms. Landry, Mr. Demakowski and other conservatives. They are twisting themselves into knots trying to defend a myth and attempting to revive "death panels" amid weeks of good news of ACA successes. The only "death panels" I've found are those attempting to kill the ACA. 

Ms. Landry, if an insurance company refused to pay for surgery because the company's analysis showed a subscriber already too sick and believed surgery wouldn't save the life, or that an individual wouldn't be covered by insurance because of a pre-existing condition, would your friend Ph.D. Betsey McCaughey label them "death panels"? This kind of utilitarian rationing is exactly what Palin, McCaughey and other opponents of the ACA say they want to protect the country from — but it's rife with them already. Thousands of people are dropped from insurance rolls yearly for such reasons as typos on forms, pre-existing conditions or a family member's medical history — talk about your "death panels."

In honoring my request for "death panel" guidance, I researched Mr. Demakowski's suggestion of The Independent Payment Advisory Board. This is a section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act whose explicit task is to achieve specified savings in Medicare without affecting coverage or quality. I found that with regard to IPAB's recommendations, the law says, "The proposal shall not include any recommendation to ration health care, raise revenues or Medicare beneficiary premiums. I found nothing to indicate a "death panel."

Congressman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), referenced by Ms. Landry, is a retired physician and chairman of a House Labor and Health Subcommittee. He is considered a "kindred soul" by the medical industry, partly because he has introduced legislation to remove the IPAB provision in the ACA that is meant to rein in the growth of Medicare payments. He charges that the IPAB would deny care even though the law explicitly bars "any recommendation to ration health care." It's also interesting to note that Ms. McCaughey has strong ties to the medical industry, having served as a member of the boards of directors of medical equipment companies Genta and Cantel Medical Corporation.

Health care by definition involves life and death decisions, but Ms. Landry and Mr. Demakowski have drawn conclusions that vastly exceed the implications of their evidence.

L.J. Siden


Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 12:35

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Do homework to find out how roundabouts will affect Meredith

To The Daily Sun,

On Dec. 15, the Meredith Selectboard held a workshop at the community center regarding a proposed road improvement project. The presentation was called the Meredith US 3/ NH 25 Improvements Project. The presentation was informative. What we learned is different from what was reported in The Sun. This is part one of a four-part letter.

We learned the existing traffic signals at the intersection of Routes 3 and 25 will be removed to be replaced by a roundabout which will have one lane of traffic going around three-quarters of the it and two lanes going around one-quarter. Northbound drivers will be able to make a free right hand turn along the lake in two lanes. We learned there will be three roundabouts included in the project. The other two roundy are single lane traffic circles: one at the existing intersection of Lake Street and Hwy 3/25 [that's between the fire station and the town docks]; the other at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Hwy. 25.

We learned that the roadway between the roundabouts will be a divided highway with a barrier and an island spacer. We learned the width of the single-lane roadway will be 20 feet, for each lane in each direction. We learned that the speed in the area is expected to be limited to between 15 and 18 mph year-round. We learned that no one is claiming the change will positively impact the traffic congestion in the area, though it is hoped there will be some improvement in traffic flow. We learned that heavy congestion in an area with multiple roundabouts can cause gridlock. We learned no one could tell how much heavy congestion is exactly.

My recommendation is that you do your homework on this project. The presenters stated: Construction is scheduled to take place in 2017 and 2018, which will not solve the congestion issue, which will beautify the area, but won't cost you anything. The inference is the government is giving Meredith free money which we can either take or not take. You are encouraged to go to the public hearing in Jan. 26 and find out what's going to happen to you. It would be better if you did a little homework, to lend an informed voice to the discussion.

The video can be viewed on GraniteGrok.com.

Rosemary Landry

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 12:31

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Torture remains torture no matter who engages in it

To The Daily Sun,

"America our nation has been beaten by strangers who have turned our language inside out, who have taken the clean words our fathers spoke and made them slimy and foul. All right, all right we are two nations." — John Dos Passos. 

In Edward Everett Hale's story Man Without a Country, Philip Nolan feels so alienated from the United States that he renounces his citizenship and becomes a man without a country, I am fast approaching this point. The country defined by Bush, Cheney and the CIA apologists in the wake of revelations in not one in which I wish to live.

The acts which they describe were not the acts of immature ignorant individuals such as Lindie England, but organized systematic acts carried out by a bureaucracy in cold blood much like the tortures of the Inquisition. By descending into this abyss (aka the dark side) those who applied enhanced interrogation techniques (aka torture) joined the ranks of Torquemada, Eichmann, and Bin Laden himself. Torture remains torture whoever engages in it. Senator McCain seems to have no doubt that water-boarding, so-called, is somewhat more serious than a frat boy prank.

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" — Samuel Johnson.

It is not even true that torture and the Patriot Act have prevented further terrorist attacks. The bombing outside the Boston Public library where I have spent a great deal of time struck a little too close to home. Bush, Cheney, and other apologists seem to be saying there are no moral absolutes, that the end justifies the means. 

If these measures were intended to protect me the cost is more than I am willing to pay. To trade freedom for security is a compromise that can become a deal with the devil — not only do those who compromise not deserve freedom, but eventually they will lose it entirely, with no real increases in security.

To compare Bush, Cheney with Eichmann is unfair; Eichmann had sufficient moral sense to know how odious his conduct was and went into hiding. Bush and Cheney went on television. If Bush, Cheney, and "the Compant" dislike being included with Torquemada they should stop acting like Torquemada.

Paul Frohock


Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 12:27

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Yes, Obama has hurt me. He’s hurt you, too, by the way

To The Daily Sun,

In reply to Bernadette, yes Obama has hurt me. Now, admittedly he did not come to my house, kick me in the shin or punch me in the nose, but he has hurt me.

By the way, he has hurt you, too, along with everyone except the 1 percent that are too rich to be bothered by him. Let me say that in his terms the cost of energy has risen. Don't be fooled by recent drops in fuel prices. They are still much higher then when he was elected. When the costs of energy goes up Bernadette, the costs of all goods and services goes up with them. That hurts me and you.

He spent his entire first term pushing the ACA (Obamacare) through by lies and deceit, which hurts all of us whose health insurance went up, deductibles went up, as did co-pays. That hurt me and my wife and millions of others.

Aside from personal economic injury I'm insulted by his serial lies which has harmed not only the nation in general but hundreds of individuals most recently two police officers of the NYPD and a third in Aubendale, Fla. These officers were assassinated by radical leftists spurred on by the false narrative that police are hunting down young blacks and killing them because of racism. That's a lie and you and Obama know it. Ninety-one percent of blacks murdered are done by other blacks, another 6 percent by non-police whites, that leaves only 3 percent by police. And yet Al Sharpton, Obama's "go to guy on race relations" has convinced most of the left we are a racist nation with racist police.

In summary I hate serial lairs who disregard the harm and injury their lies inflict on people. I hate it that false narratives are used to incite violence, (riots looting and burning and now assassinations) to advance a political agenda. I hate it when those on the left accuse anyone who disagrees with them of being a racist or lying because of differences of opinion. So expect no apology from me, no remorse for telling the truth as I see it and know it to be true.

Let me suggest you stop depending on MSNBC and "Saturday Night Live" for your information and start tuning in to Fox News where both sides of a story are represented and nothing is withheld so as not to hurt some politicians feelings.

Steve Earle


Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 12:21

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I put all the debate tricks in a magic hat and out popped Obama

To The Daily Sun,

Bill Dawson would like those of us who write to The Sun to refrain from using debate tricks in submitting our letters. So I took his advice. I took his eight pet peeves: 1. Appeal to ignorance, 2. Card stacking, 3. Hasty generalization, 4. Appeal to force, 5. Personal attacks, 6. Appeal to Prejudices, 7. Bandwagon, 8. Guilt by association, and wrote them all down on separate pieces of paper and put them into a Big Black Magic Hat, and tried a magic trick of my own.

I shook the hat injecting no logic or emotion. I then reached into the hat hoping to pull out my point of view, instead out popped Obama.

Tom Sellew

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 12:19

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