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Bob Meade - The Great Pretender

History will show that our president was a great pretender.

He pretended that there could be such a thing as a "unilateral" war, and if we didn't respond to the war made against us, the war would cease and peace would reign.

He pretended that the police were the root cause of all the woes in the urban areas and, if the police were told to "stand back", and the citizens were given "space" to act out their anger, peace would reign.

He pretended that if our soldiers on the battlefield were told to holster their weapons and not use them unless the waring forces shot at them first, then peace would reign.

He pretended that if we gave soldiers medals for not shooting at the enemy, that they would be willing to let the enemy shoot first.

He pretended that if we didn't identify the race, ethnicity, or religion of those engaging in criminality or acts of war, then peace would reign.

He pretended we could provide health insurance to all at less cost to the subscribers, without regard for actuarial history or the health conditions of those subscribers.

He pretended that healthy young people would relish the chance to pay higher premiums for their health care policies so as to subsidize the costs imposed on the older and less healthy people.

He pretended that he could impose conditions on employers, forcing them to provide contraceptive and abortion services which would require some of them to violate the tenets of their faith and, he pretended that would not be in direct conflict with the First Amendment.

He pretended that he could legally change laws that had been lawfully enacted, without Congress being involved in the changes.

He pretended that parents of young girls would welcome older transgender males into their bathroom and shower facilities at school or in public places.

He pretended that he could force the transgender issue on public schools and colleges by threatening to withhold other federal funding if they didn't comply with his edict.

He pretended people wouldn't notice that he didn't inflict the transgender requirement on "private" schools and colleges, or notice that his daughters attend a private school.

He pretended that people wouldn't know that MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber (who told the world that the administration relied on the people being "too stupid" to understand the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (PPACA) law because, if they did understand it, it wouldn't have been passed) was a major contributor in the writing of the PPACA, aka "Obamacare".

He pretended that, after Professor Gruber had made his statement, he didn't know who he was.

He pretended that people would not show concern when he said he wanted a "national police force equal in strength to our military," even though such a force would be in direct conflict with the intent of the "posse comitatus act".

He pretended he knew the police acted improperly when they questioned a Harvard professor who was entering his house, even though a simple query would have shown the professor's neighbor reported a suspected burglary was in progress at the site.

He pretended that citizens would not get concerned over his continued negative comments about local police activities in New York, Ferguson, Orlando, Baltimore, and other cities.
He pretended that citizens would ignore his continuing failure to show concern about the black on black crime that continues in major urban areas across the country, mainly by gangs vying for control over illegal drug sales.

He pretended that citizens wouldn't begin to put two and two together, and begin to wonder if his continuing negativity towards local police is a tactic intended to create a demand for that "national police force" he espoused.

He pretended that the death of our ambassador and three other brave Americans was caused by an obscure YouTube video.

He pretended that Secretary of State Clinton was one of the greatest secretaries our country has ever had, ignoring the fact that she achieved only negative accomplishments during her tenure and, sadly, has repeatedly lied to the public, the parents of those killed in Benghazi, the Congress, and is under criminal investigation by the FBI for her improper use of a private internet server.

He pretended he knew nothing about Secretary Clinton's multi-year use of a private internet server.

He pretended we didn't notice how easily he criticizes and chastises Christians and how often he defends or minimizes the actions of radical Muslims.

He pretended not to be responsible for anything that was less than acceptable during his administration, always finding it easier to cast the blame on others.

He pretended he was responsible for creating a high level of employment, ignoring the fact that the percentage of Americans working today is the lowest it has been in over 38 years.

He pretended . . . he pretended . . . he pretends.

(Bob Meade is a Laconia resident.)

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The stigma that comes withe addiction is very pronounced

To The Daily Sun,

This is a response to Mr. David Lynch's letter, printed on June 11.

It must be said that Mr. Lynch may be unaware that the reason the Legislature voted against this bill was secondary to an attachment that came with the original bill. The efforts this time will be focused on the substance abuse problems in this state. No additional amendments are being proposed and will not be accepted (according to Mr. Morse), and this was a bipartisan effort to address this current drug and substance abuse crisis in New Hampshire.

Mr. Lynch does point out, correctly, that substance abuse is a mental health issue. Incarceration is not the answer and could worsen the crisis. Substance abuse goes beyond the mental health picture. There is also the physical component of addiction which drastically impacts on their body system as well. In addition, addiction covers all walks of life, color, creed, wealth or poverty. Addiction does not discriminate. Yes, one of the solutions is to provide treatment for those affected. But there is more than just treatment for the substances themselves. There is a holistic approach that takes in the entire social network of the afflicted. This includes family, friends, and the communities in which the addicts reside. While employment is a factor, alone it is not the source of the addictions. There is a need to help them increase their personal self esteem as well as pursue gainful employment.

The stigma that comes with addiction is very pronounced. Those who seek to manage their life crises with either medications or alcohol are sadly treated with scorn by a misinformed group of people who really do not understand those who struggle with their addiction. Substance abuse is an illness, both mental as well as physical. There is much more to addiction than just ending the source of the drugs or alcohol. It is a holistic and community issue.

It is agreed that the courts need to focus on the problems these addicts face, rather than to address the addictions as a crime. The "drug courts" were an excellent step in the right direction. It was a start. Much more needs to be done. Prevention is another goal of these community groups.

Did Mr. Lynch ask Senator Hosmer why he voted against the original bill? Then perhaps Mr. Lynch could develop new knowledge as to why this was done. Was it because of the attached amendment that was tacked on at the last minute? To make his article more complete, Mr. Lynch needed to discuss this with Senator Hosmer. The recall of the Legislature, according to Mr. Morse is to vote on the actual bill without attachments, amendments, etc. It is to focus on the issue at hand. It is inappropriate to say that Mr. Hosmer is the sole reason for the failure of this bill not passing. There were many more legislators and senators involved than just one individual. Ask Mr. Hosmer for the rationale of his vote.

There were many fine points of Mr. Lynch's letter. He does show that this crisis is serious. While it is being addressed, this will take quite some time before there is a positive direction to providing recovery. In addition, the road to recovery is a long one. It will take time, perhaps even a generation or two before we even begin to get a handle on this crisis.

The community groups such as those in Manchester, Concord, Laconia area, as well as Stand Up Newfound (SUN) in the Bristol area, are sources that in time, will help make the recovery process work. There is hope. It will take all of us working together, along with those who are struggling with their addictions, to make them whole again. The funding of Granite Hammer is just a beginning. The additional funding is needed. Groups such as SUN focus on several things; prevention as well as recovery are some of them. Recovery is a holistic process. Prevention is an educational process, for everyone.

Seeking solutions, both medical and mental health in a holistic way will help pave the way for these affected patients to rebuild their lives. Providing this road to recovery, their family, friends, and their communities will also benefit.

Robert T. Joseph, Jr.

New Hampton

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