To The Daily Sun,
The most cherished of all we hold dear is our health. Good health allows us to enjoy life, work, love others, and see the splendors around us created by God. Not knowing when one would get sick or injured, insurance companies were formed to handle this uncertainty.
Unions saw the benefits of health care and started including it in their benefits package when collectively bargaining for a larger share of the company's profits. Today most of our health insurance plans are through our employer. As insurance costs became higher and higher it was more difficult for employers to handle premiums. In general insurance premiums went sky-high.
Retired senior citizens had the most trouble acquiring or affording a health care plan so the U.S. government created Medicare for citizens 65 and older. Medicaid was also introduced to help those who needed health care protection but who could not possibly afford it.
For decades our federal government tried to devise a way to cover all U.S. citizens with health care. Most foreign industrial democratic countries already had all their citizens covered. But, we had trouble putting together a plan acceptable to both political parties. The problem being that it returned some of our country's wealth back to the middle class (the 99 percent) and away from the wealthy.
Finally, with the Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare — a system was created that was designed to cover all the people in America. The Republicans hated this law in the same way they despise Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. They have been trying to repeal it for the last five years without success. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court weakened the law allowing states the option of not expanding Medicaid (a provision of Obamacare). So, we see that currently about half our states, the ones with a Republican governor, do not cover all their citizens with health care.
When the first Republican candidate, Ted Cruz, announced he would seek the presidency his first words were that he would "repeal every word of Obamacare," I was saddened. To deny our fellow Americans the opportunity to be protected from unwanted illnesses and injuries is immoral.
After five years of the Affordable Care Act this is what would happen if the Affordable Care Act were repealed: 1. 16 million Americans would lose their health insurance coverage; 2. 105 million Americans would suddenly have a lifetime "limit" on their health plans; 3. 76 million Americans would no longer have preventative care coverage; 4. 30 million young adults would be denied coverage under their parents' plan; 5. individuals could be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition; and, 6. an insurance company could cancel your policy if you became ill or had an expensive accident.
The state of New Hampshire is currently grappling with budgeting Medicaid which provides health coverage for 37,000 Granite Staters. To deny health care coverage to these fellow neighbors is (again) immoral and just plain mean! If Obamacare was repealed nationwide 53,000 Granite Staters would lose their health care insurance.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 10:57
To The Daily Sun,
Supposed you had hired someone to help with the housework, either because you were recovering from an illness, or had simply decided to take things easy. And suppose that in the course of their work, they had taken it upon themselves to make some changes to the way you had been doing things. For example, what if they decided they didn't like where you kept the coffee cups, and moved them to the bottom cabinet where you kept the pots and pans, and moved the pots and pans to the cabinet where you kept your finest crystal. Or suppose they decide, on their own without getting your input or advice, to move the bed from the wall where you like it, to another location in the room.
Would you keep these domestic "servants" employed for very long if they continued to make decisions based on their own likes and dislikes, or would you insist that they either do things your way, or be fired?
Public servants at all levels of government work for us. "At all levels" means public employees at all levels, from the people who pick up trash along our roadways, people and teachers who work in the government schools, all the way to the top levels of government, including the president. We pay their salaries, and we decide how we want things done. And whether they like it or not, they are our servants.
In the Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, Tenn., Adam Stinnett, a 7-year-old second grader looked up to his older brother as a role model, and told his mother he wanted a haircut just like him, a soldier in the Army, whose hair was very short — "high and tight." So Adam got his hair cut on March 8 of this year. On March 9, his mother got a letter from the principal of Adam's school, telling her Adam's haircut was "a distraction," and needed to be fixed. Keep in mind, "high and tight" means very short. The school told his mother the haircut was against the "rules" of her school, and therefore the only alternative was that Adam's head had to be shaved completely. The principal didn't explain exactly how a bald-headed second grader was not a distraction.
Adam's mother complied with the order from the school, but she also did something else. She wrote to the local newspaper, telling them her son was made to feel ashamed of his haircut by wanting to look like his older brother. The local County School District responded, saying that no school in the district has any rules against military haircuts. By then, it was too late for Adam's haircut to look like his brother.
When public servants start making up the "rules" as they go along, it is time for action, no matter whether its in Tennessee, or in New Hampshire, at a school board meeting, or selectmen's meeting, where the public's input is not welcomed by those "public servants".
And isn't ironic that the school is named after Navy Corpsman David Robert "Bobby" Ray, who was killed in action in Vietnam, when he used his body to shield another Marine from a live grenade. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, and recognized throughout the area as a true American hero.
Yet these "public servants" chose to shame a second grade boy who wanted to emulate his older brother, and look like a soldier.
Notice to all public servants: You work for us.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 10:41
To The Daily Sun,
Hey, Laconia Daily Sun readers, if you don't like what Blow Hard (R. Wiles), Blow Harder (T. Boutin) or Blow Hardest (S. Earle) write, just don't read their diatribes.
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives everyone the right to voice their opinion no matter how ignorant, biased or misinformed that opinion may be.
Unlike some local newspapers, at least The Daily Sun is willing to print all sides of controversial issues.
Remember, freedom of the press and freedom of speech are two of the strongest defenses we citizens have for a viable democracy.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 10:38
To The Daily Sun,
Considering the debate about minimum wages, some issues stand out. First and foremost: any working person from any background, trained or not trained, needs to make a living wage — sufficient wage to pay their own way. The mere suggestion of increases (from $7.25 to $8.25) to $9 or $10 over two of three years borders of the incredible. How much are we out of touch with the real world? I'd say working people should be paid $12 to $14 now.
Unfortunately legislation must be enacted to bring this about. And the knee-slappers that sit and legislate laws in the state are never going to do that. They have always been over-zealous to protect business interests, in no way would they vote for a mere nickel increase. If these modest increases are not enacted many workers will fall back to state aid or help from the federal government, so in effect the taxpayers ultimately pick up the bill.
When potatoes cost $2 a pound and bread $4 a loaf, who can eat and pay rent to sustain a decent living on a pittance? You're asking for the improbable and impossible from honest hard working citizens! It all goes back to the plain fact that New Hampshire is not a progressive state. In my 50 years of residence in New Hampshire I've seen the same scenario (of disdain for the working class) from a form of government long since outdated. A 400-member legislative body is a black hole, unable and unwilling to improve the state's economy without drastic cuts in essential services. And our good governor has the audacity to suggest our way out is casino gambling.
On "Car-Talk" with Tom and Ray, they'd say she needs a "dope slap!" If anything, casino gambling would take precious money from working-class people spending rent and food money putting themselves and family in serious financial shortfall.
It should seem obvious by now the state needs revenue from a sales tax or income tax. If not, we will go through the same insane reordering of priorities, robbing one department to pay another — leaving the state in a turmoil ... again! But then again, our brothers in Concord would rather stand on the deck of a burning ship then even mention a broad based tax. Send most of them home
One other thing needs changing. The governor's term should be for four years, not two. So much vital time running for office leaves state business in limbo. Will New Hampshire continue in free-fall or come to their collective senses. We desperately need progressive laws to move this state to center stage.
Leon R. Albushies
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 10:33
To The Daily Sun,
Mr. Earle's letters are consistently filled with misstatements, "facts" that aren't real, all leavened with heaping doses of a persecution complex and venom for anyone who opposes him.
I would like to tell him that we will not be hating you back, and I'll tell him why, even though he may have no interest in knowing the reason.
Hatred does accomplish some things. It's a loud "attention getter", as any parent who has a child in the "terrible twos" can tell you. Hatred does provoke and stir up people. We could even say that Mr. Earle is a provocateur and an agitator. We could spend our time trying to prove that you shouldn't waste your time or energy consuming yourself with hatred of anything or anyone different than you. But a more visceral (and often satisfying) response is often to "get back" or worse, to "get even".
Doing the last can be a waste of time. You read the letters in The Daily Sun. Writers continue to counter your lies, half-truths and purposeful omissions. They have given you responses to your addicted hatred toward President Obama.
Your constant expression of hatred will no longer faze us. Maybe we are just wasting our time and efforts to answer your hatred and your lies. Maybe it's wiser not to be annoyed or baited into a tit for tat.
We've had many discussions amongst our group and have come to a simple solution. You will probably love it. When we turn to the Letters to the Editor pages our eyes will immediately go to the end of each letter. If we happen to see your name attached to that particular letter, we will not read it. From now on, we will just ignore the rants that you submit to this newspaper. The same way we would ignore the crazy man with the wild hair standing on the corner, bug-eyed and yelling at everyone who walks by. Or the crotchety and irritable man who yells at the neighborhood kids to, "Get off my lawn".
Have a good day and try to take some comfort knowing that we don't hate you back.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 10:30