To The Daily Sun,
The New Hampshire Health Protection Plan extends private insurance coverage to an estimated 3,000 persons in our region in a fiscally responsible way.
As an emergency physician in practice in the region for almost 30 years, I have truly seen the human toll of what being without coverage means.
The bipartisan agreement that Senators Forrester and Hosmer voted for will directly help the health of those without insurance. Also, it will help lower the rate of increase in health insurance costs for those individuals and businesses that have purchased coverage previously, by reducing uncompensated care and treating illnesses at a less expensive stage.
Thank you, Senators Forrester and Hosmer, for your support of this truly New Hampshire solution so vital to the health and economic well-being of our region.
Paul F. Racicot, MD
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:01
To The Daily Sun,
Kindness is a language we all can speak. Those who throw "mud balls" at others lose ground as Bernadette Loesch did in her recent Daily Sun letter dated March 12th. Loesch, a frequent writer to The Sun, mocked others for submitting articles to The Sun not to her liking.
If Loesch wants to promote what she believes are positive steps and policies by our U.S. president, she can do so freely and openly as she has for quite some time. But before heaping discredit on other people for what she perceives as one-sided viewpoints, Loesch should first take a look at her own progression of letters to The Sun. In doing so she might be a lot less condemning.
This letter isn't going to change how mature adults put forth their political views in public. Hopefully, however, The Sun's younger readers will take notice and see the virtue of never looking down on people unless they're helping them up.
The crux of today's writing is to make known that no one should be discouraged from sharing personal views on government practices and policies. I don't ever recall reading anything Loesch wrote that I might agree with, but it would never occur to me to send a letter to The Sun to denigrate her.
Diversion of thought is vital to every community. It promotes an exchange of ideas that often lead to better choices and better living. Anyone seeking to change someone's political views should do so by writing passionately on ideas they espouse. Intellectual diversion warrants encouragement not denunciation.
If history has taught people one thing it is that "triumph of evil" comes when good men say nothing. Tony Boutin, Steve Earle, Dale Channing-Eddy, Russ Wiles and Bob Meade ought to be hailed not assailed for taking precious time in submitting letters to the editor.
Long ago I learned that when you really like someone be sure to tell them because sometimes you only get one chance. So today is my chance to tell Tony Boutin, Steve Earle, Dale Channing-Eddy, Russ Wiles and Bob Meade how much I respect them and how much I enjoy reading their Sun articles.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:58
To The Daily Sun,
In the March 12, issue of The Laconia Daily Sun, Ms. Loesch claimed that I, and others, ". . . faithfully repeat talking points from the corporate-funded right wing and Fox." She went on to say, ". . . these critics give us snippets of this and that, usually more fiction than fact." And, she reminds us that Chicken Little was wrong, the sky wasn't falling. I will not speak for the others she cited, only for myself.
First, most of my "talking points" come from the experience gained in having lived a long life, from the Constitution that I keep close at hand, and from the ability to look at and read a variety of news reports. If Ms. Loesch can cite one case of where I gave a wrong fact, I would like her to state it. As to her Chicken Little comment, my view is that it is better to have tried and failed, than to not have tried at all. I, and others, try to sound the alarm while you, Ms. Loesch, seem to always want to hit the snooze button and go back to your dream world.
The world is in serious turmoil — Egypt, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Crimea and the Ukraine, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Uganda, Mali, Rwanda, and Lebanon, just to name a few — and the mightiest nation the world has ever known, the nation others look to as their protector, offers little more than a finger shaking and "stern condemnation". Our closest allies now doubt that we will come to their aid, and Israel may have to act independently to secure their own survival as a state, and as a people.
And, the most difficult has yet to come: China. As they observe our feckless foreign policy, and they see us doing little to prevent Russia from reconstituting the Soviet Union, it's a good bet that they will reclaim Taiwan, the island of Formosa. If the current administration stays true to form, our treaty with Taiwan to protect them will be worthless paper and will negate every treaty we have. Tied directly to all of this is China's need for oil to fuel its economy. We politically diddle over the Keystone Pipeline while China is probably prepared to go to war to get oil from the Mideast countries that are in various stages of uproar. Russia has the third-largest oil and gas reserves in the world and, as things stand now, if they pull the plug, Europe will be in a deep freeze.
Our president claims we're increasing our oil production and he's right. But that increase is in spite of his actions, not because of them. We have the largest known oil reserves in the world and we could be an exporter, but standing in the way is the president's political pandering to certain left-leaning constituencies.
At home, Ms. Loesch applauds this administration for the growth in the Dow Jones stock market average. Perhaps she is unaware that the Federal Reserve has been pumping about a trillion dollars of free money a year into banks and the financial industry. Do you know why the banks now pay such a miniscule amount of interest? Because they're getting interest free money from the feds. Not only has this become the forerunner for high inflation, it has driven people into the stock market in hopes of getting some higher return on their investment. A bubble has been created. And what happens when the bubble bursts . . . it falls and hurts millions and millions of people. Perhaps Ms. Loesch can ask the president what his contingency plan is for dealing with that problem.
Ms. Loesach also applauds the shrinking unemployment rate. Perhaps she's unaware that we now have the lowest "labor participation rate" in over 35 years.
Constitutionally, the president has been a one-man wrecking crew. If any other president acted so outside the Constitution's boundaries, he would have already been impeached and convicted. The Founding Fathers gave us a government of shared powers, of checks and balances, all designed to make the enacting of laws difficult, and to ensure they met the will of the people.
I don't know how long it will take for us to recover and re-institute the system of checks and balances that helped to make us the greatest nation in the world. But let's hope that we can.
There are none so blind as those who will not see.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:47
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to the residents of Meredith:
The Trustees of the Meredith Public Library congratulate and thank our library director for obtaining $70,000 from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program for preservation work on the library. Since the library building is owned by the town, Erin Apostolos deserves the public's acknowledgement and gratitude for winning this award. Using numbers from the 2010 census, we calculate the LCHIP grant amounts to taxes saved of more than $11 per resident.
Securing these funds from LCHIP brings our library that much closer to the $186,000 needed to renovate and repair the chimneys, masonry and drainage system of the older structure, work that we hope will commence this summer. LCHIP money comes from fees on four types of documents recorded at Registries of Deeds all around the state. In addition to preserving and protecting places people love, LCHIP projects bring added economic benefit by providing employment and enhancements that attract visitors.
In addition to her other duties, Erin is constantly researching and applying for grant money. As library director for Meredith, she has successfully written more than 15 grants totaling more than $115,000 for our library. We congratulate and thank Judy Hodges and John Locke also for grants they have received that are not included in the above total. We are proud of our dedicated and hard-working staff. When you visit the library, please let them know they are appreciated.
Trustees of the Meredith Public Library:
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:38
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank Ken Slater of Gilford for echoing my thoughts regarding MetroCast Cablevision. I live in Laconia and have had the same experience as Mr. Slater. All residents should be concerned about what is taking place in the cable industry.
Currently, ComCast is trying to purchase Time Warner, which would give ComCast more than a 60 percent share in the industry. MetroCast either rents or leases the cable lines from ComCast. Obviously, rates will go up after the acquisition and these will be passed on to the customer.
As Mr. Slater mentioned, we only have so many choices for services and have to pay extra to be in a higher tier to be able to view more channels. My friend who lives in Exeter informed that many of the higher tier channels we pay for in the Lakes Region are actually included in his basic channel coverage. Why aren't we getting the same service?
Several weeks ago I sent an e-mail to customer service at MetroCast regarding my e-mail account and not one person has responded to me.
It is too bad that are elected officials and paid representatives are not doing their research and seem to be shooting from the hip. These types of issues do not seem to be as important to them as they can afford the price increases. Maybe it's just easier for them to go with the flow. I hope that corruption is not taking place, and behind-door agreements are being reached by the people making the decisions. I can't believe that Gilford is considering a 10-year contract with MetroCast. That gives MetroCast the monopoly for the area and leaves the customer at their mercy. Maybe a three-year contract would be better to allow some competition to bid next time around. It's just a thought.
I was also wondering why MetroCast calls our house to provide an appointment confirmation for LRGH? Does the hospital actually pay MetroCast for that service? All these costs are passed on to the little customers like you and me. I think that the public should be allowed to view the breakdown of line items of operating costs for MetroCast Cablevision so we can see the big picture. No pun intended.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:28