To The Daily Sun,
On September 16, President Obama publicly addressed the Ebola outbreak that was ravaging three Western African nations at that time. In his comments the president called for worldwide coordination to fight the disease while proclaiming the chances of an outbreak in the United States "very low." Recent events in Texas have rendered the president's prediction ephemerally inaccurate.
We now have two confirmed cases of the disease in Texas among health care professionals who cared for a deceased Ebola patient, Thomas Duncan, and health authorities in Dallas are tracking more than 120 people who may have had contact with that victim and the diseased workers. The president has not ordered any travel restrictions with the Western African countries where the disease has killed more than 4,000 people, including more than 200 health care workers.
Travelers are asked questions at the gate and temperatures are taken. This protocol is deemed prophylactic even though we don't know if Ebola can be spread by those who are currently asymptomatic. The disease has a 21-day incubation period, we do seem to know that much. The government tells us via its director of the Center for Disease Control that travel restrictions or a ban would be ineffective in controlling the disease, using an unconvincing excuse that we would not be able to get aid to those countries if we restricted travel, an assertion patently incredible on its face. That comes from a man who can't tell you scientifically if the disease can be transmitted through coughing or sneezing.
I wonder if Mr. Duncan would have infected anyone in Dallas if he had been questioned more carefully before entering the country (he had actual physical contact with an Ebola victim in Africa before flying here), or if he had been quarantined prior to traveling?
In slightly less recent times we have seen the ineffectiveness of our government at controlling the outbreak of TB, the entero virus, and other communicable diseases that have been transmitted through our southern border, largely due to intentionally lax border security and the subsequent relocation of tens of thousands of illegal aliens to all 50 states by the INS, ironically a division of the Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security doesn't seem to be terribly effective at having control over who comes into our country and federal authority doesn't seem to be much interested in trying and deporting those who have no right to be here in the first place. I wonder if that might be because the leadership in both the Democrat and Republican parties seemed hell bent on passing an amnesty bill a mere eight weeks ago, in spite of the fact that more than 60 percent of our citizens are against such preferential treatment for illegal aliens?
The executive branch of the federal government has the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security at its command to protect U.S. citizens from the deleterious effects of pathogens that could harm us, illegal aliens who have no right to be here under federal statute, and otherwise legal travelers who are infected with deadly disease.
We taxpayers expend multiple tens of billions of dollars to fund their operations. The employees of these agencies get all sorts of bonuses and other benefits that we in the private sector can only dream of. Yet it is remarkable how reluctant each department seems about doing its job. I wonder if that might be a reflection of the fact that our Commander in Chief doesn't seem much interested in his constitutional duty to "take care that the
laws be faithfully executed..."?
Perhaps we taxpayers should have all of this in mind when we go to the polls on Nov. 4.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 07:58
To The Daily Sun,
Dear Mr. Albushies:
Just read your letter concerning a recent obituary in The Daily Sun. Are you aware that most obituaries are submitted by the family of the deceased? If they wish to celebrate his dedication to a sport he loved, then why denigrate it?
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 07:53
To The Daily Sun,
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown think we in New Hampshire are annexable. How very different the two states are, however. Our economies are not at all alike, though southern-edge New Hampshire may somewhat resemble Massachusetts. It must be the two politicians are hoping that we in the rest of the state succumb to look alike with Massachusetts.
Romney is in our state stumping for Brown "to send a message to President Obama" by defeating Shaheen, who has loyally given her adult life energies to our state. How shallow a proposition. Two more years of Obama would be the target for this "message," leaving four more additional years the "message" would serve to undo our stature as an independent New England state should their "message" plan work and we get Brown for six years.
We have more independents than registered Republicans or Democrats. May the independents care, at this time, and vote in our November election, and realize their power to keep New Hampshire for New Hampshire. Scott Brown is not a person with New Hampshire in his heart.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 09:33
To The Daily Sun,
I ask that Meredith and Gilford Voters join me in voting for George Hurt on Nov. 4 in the general election. George, while raised in Sanbornton, has been a long time Gilford resident and a Laconia businessman for 30 years. He knows what it takes to make a payroll in tough economic times. His common sense approach to business matters will bode well for the taxpayers of Belknap County District 2 and the entire county as well.
George feels low business taxes and less government regulation are key to a healthy business environment and more jobs. He will work toward that end.
The Nov. 4 election is critical in terms of change. While many of our families and small business are under enormous financial strain, the current Democrat representative, Lisa DiMartino, of Gilford and Meredith has voted for increasing fees on home heating oil and more business taxes. This is not good for us, the taxpayers, nor the economy.
I hope you will join me in voting for a known, well respected, and trusted individual, who has pledged to protect our "money, our freedoms, and the economic future of our families." That individual is George Hurt.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 09:29
To The Daily Sun,
In a recent letter to the editor in this newspaper, my friend Bob Longabaugh inferred that another friend of mine, Raymond Howard, is a stooge for the Republican Party. Ray is running for state representative for Alton, Barnstead and Gilmanton and is not a stooge for anyone.
Bob says that he wants a representative who will follow the state Constitution. If he was a Republican, he would know that the Republican platform supports the Constitution, as opposed to the Democratic platform which does not. Unfortunately many Republicans fail to support their platform and Constitution when they get to Concord.
Raymond Howard is a family man and a successful businessman who loves his country and his state. As a member of the Alton Planning Board he constantly stands up for individual property rights. He is also dedicated to helping young boys mature into responsible men as a volunteer unit commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America.
When we send Ray to Concord he will always do his homework and vote for the interests of his local constituents and for the state at-large. He believes strongly in our country, and in both the state and U.S. Constitutions and, believe me, he will be nobody's stooge.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 09:20