To The Daily Sun,
Imagine this. Its late October, and you get a notice from your job that if you want to keep your health care for you and your family, you must pay the remaining balance your employer owes for the year or risk losing your coverage or your job.
Many of us are put in unexpectedly tough financial positions at some point in our lives. Except then you find out that it is not because your employer doesn't have the funds to pay what they promised you. It's because they are feuding with payroll and don't want to do it? Sounds crazy, but this is the position that the state representatives who lead the Belknap County Delegation like Colette Worsman, Frank Tilton and Herb Vadney have put the commission and the employees of the county.
These representatives have the opportunity to finally stop this madness of putting ideology over common sense and pay the county's bills with money already appropriated by them, at no additional cost to taxpayers. If they don't, it could cost all of us more money, disrupt the lives of single parents trying to make ends meet, and possibly affect our county services. Over what?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:29
To The Daily Sun,
The county administration is having to prepare our county workers who are caring for our elderly in the nursing home that they may need to unexpectedly pay the balance of their health insurance for the year. Is this because the county does not have the funds to pay its promised share of health insurance for its dedicated employees? No. There are no additional funds needed. It is because State Reps. Colette Worsman, Herb Vadney and Frank Tilton short-changed it and there is some doubt as to whether they will transfer the money to pay their bills from surpluses elsewhere.
It is totally unwarranted that the county is in a position to have to tell its employees that in the fourth quarter of the year, when bills are due and holidays are coming, that we have to tell a mother who works as a LNA at the nursing home that she needs to pay triple the amount for her health insurance or face losing her coverage or losing her job, just because these representatives are playing politics with her health coverage.
This whole ordeal could be avoided at the next county delegation executive committee if they transfer the necessary funds at no cost to taxpayers. Or it could cost everyone more due to litigation for violating the terms of employment which the county is obligated to uphold. Rep. Tilton, please do the right thing.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:26
To The Daily Sun,
It was of great interest that I read of Mr. Burchell's complaining about the "frivolous" lawsuit filed by state Rep. Ruth Gulick concerning the rights of the Belknap Commissioner to spend county money.
Is it frivolous to have to fire people from the nursing home and force the taxpayers to pick up their unemployment and Medicaid payments? Is it frivolous to prevent people from receiving medications at the county jail? Is it frivolous to reduce the number of programs at the county jail so these people might return to society and not back to the jail? The list of frivolity goes on and on.
It is also interesting to see that a goodly number of the majority of the Belknap County delegates are the beneficiaries of those social programs that they claim to hate: Social Security, Medicare, high five-figure military pensions with PX privileges and paid medical benefits (probably some more frivolous programs we should get rid of).
What was not frivolous was my wife's attending law school at age 35 while she helped raise three teenage children. Of her award as the leading attorney for pro bono work in aiding the poor and defenseless in Belknap County. She today puts her constituents' views ahead of hers when it comes to legislation whether they be Democrats or Republicans. Can this be said of the "Toxic Ten"? What other county has this micro-management?
No matter who you plan to vote for, I do not find it frivolous that the good employees of Belknap County deserve to be treated this way by people who seem to be saying, "I've got mine, to heck with you."
Peter L. Gulick
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:23
To The Daily Sun,
Kudos to the Daily Sun and reporter Michael Kitch. They responded to my letter criticizing their reporting of a recent council meeting. Isn't it wonderful to have a paper that will print critical letters about them and also a personal response from reporter Kitch.
They would probably hate the reference, but they are "fair and balanced."
Councilor Ward 4, Laconia
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:00
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Jim Spiller. I am the father-in-law of Kalem Beane, who recently passed unexpectedly.
My wife Susan and I, our daughter Megan, and Kalem's family want to take this opportunity to thank all in the community for your support through this difficult time for our daughter, Megan, and for Kalem's family. As you might imagine, we are all overcome with grief, in shock and disbelief at our loss, and appreciate you allowing us to privately bear our grief as we each choose.
Thank you to the many of you who assisted in all the personal searches, made and distributed signs, and helped get the word out through social media. Your efforts did not go unnoticed, no matter how small you feel your efforts might have been, or how unimportant you feel those efforts were. We feel each effort was immense, because every little bit helped. It was comforting to the family to feel your love, and you are loved in return.
Thank you to Gail Ober at The Laconia Daily Sun, for her compassion and genuine concern, and help in keeping Kalem's disappearance in the public eye. A heartfelt thank you to the authorities, the Laconia Police Department, in particular Capt. Matthew Canfield and Chief Christopher Adams, and especially the good men and women of N.H. Fish & Game whose assistance was so important in bringing Kalem home to us. And lastly, thank you to the fine professionals at Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home as we prepare to say our private good-bye to Kalem. Though it was not the outcome we hoped for, we are able to begin the long and difficult process of healing.
To those of you who find yourself in Kalem's position, severe depression is an illness, please seek help immediately and aggressively, do not take "no" for an answer. I myself struggle with and have struggled with depression my whole life. I call this my public coming out, though most close to me are aware. To families and friends of those with depression, please take that journey with them in a spirit of compassion and love. But again, do not take "no" for an answer, when seeking help. It is sad that in recent years cutbacks to mental health programs seem to be passed on a routine basis by our leaders. I find this to be irresponsible and downright deadly. I am not blaming the system for Kalem's passing. How a better system might have saved him we will never know. I am simply trying to raise awareness for the next individual and their family whose darkness overwhelms them so utterly and completely. If there is one thing I cannot say enough, "do not take 'no' for an answer!"
You are you missing one's advocate. Do not take "no" for answer, from the media, authorities, or anyone else who chooses to stand in the way of you finding your loved one. Get mad if you want. You're entitled. It shouldn't be that way. But sadly for now it is the truth of how it is. And if that's what it takes to bring your loved one home, then do it at any cost.
We are your brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, neighbors, co-workers, bosses, business owners, the homeless on the street corner, the low income, the wealthy, the ministers in your churches, your elected officials. I firmly believe everyone knows someone battling this insidious disease that knows no political, monetary or social boundaries, but you may not be aware we have it. Oh, and you can't "catch it" so a heartfelt hug is okay, and often just what we need at that moment. You can't catch it by sitting and listening to someone who's in pain. You can't catch it by talking about it, and talking about this disease in its many forms needs to happen.
I was talking to a friend recently, and we agreed that it seems "compassion" is becoming so scarce today. And I freely admit to having lost my compassion on occasion. We all need to look in the mirror more often and ask not what I can do to "get ahead" in this world, more this, more that. Instead, look yourself in the eye and ask what can I do to help my neighbor, my friend, my family member or even a stranger that is struggling.
I am not a religious person, so I am not asking in that light, but if you are religious, most teach humility and compassion for the sick and less fortunate in their core values. I simply believe it is the decent thing to do, it is part of our evolutionary growth as a species. There are many days when I watch the news and read the letters to the editor here and elsewhere it seems we are devolving as a species, very sad.
The senseless, endless and petty bickering over taxes, race, religion, sexual orientation, build this or not, or providing services or not, it is indeed a sad commentary on the state of our species and our society.
For those of you who govern and somehow feel that cutting services to those of our society who are most vulnerable and most in need and get away with blaming those same people "Shame on you, I cannot fathom how you sleep at night!"
I can only hope that nobody else ever has to experience the loss of someone as we are with Kalem, it is truly a journey no one should have to take.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:55