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Republicans are masters at selling to the information-poor

To The Daily Sun,

A month or so ago someone wrote to this forum saying that he thought that racism was no longer an issue in this country. When one reads outrageous statements like that, cognitive ability immediately comes to mind — and that's being very generous. Never mind the black lady that fired a 'warning shot' over the head of her attacker to keep him at bay and the Florida Attorney General is going for a 60 year prison term for her. George Zimmerman (the psychotic) is Scot-free after killing someone. Apparently the "stand your ground" doesn't apply to black people?
I don't know of any sitting president that has been subjected to so much hate and "personal" indignities than the current resident in the White House not only by common variety racists but members of Congress and even sitting governors. They question everything about the president: his religion, his loyalty to this country and even his intelligence which is what Trump is insinuating with his stupid offer of five million dollars for the president to release his college transcripts and application. "Fact Check" doesn't do any good because that's just another liberal conspiracy.
Let's face it. 51 percent of white America is not "comfortable" with someone in the White House that doesn't look like them. They want "their America back" ie someone that looks like them. Well, it's our America too and they're not going to get it back. The demographics are changing in spite of Fox News' 55 to dead network.
They hate Obama, they hate gay people, they hate black people, they hate immigrant Muslims, they hate labor unions, they hate women who want the right to make choices concerning their bodies – they hate them all. And ironically, they hate being called a racist and a bigot. Maybe if they talked about creating jobs more than why they hate gay people we wouldn't call them bigots. Maybe if they talked about black people without automatically assuming they are on food stamps we wouldn't call them racists.
Republicans are masters at selling stuff to their low information constituency. Their basic principle is that rich people shouldn't pay taxes and black people shouldn't vote. They then sell these ideas to their gullible, low information constituency by changing the language. Don't tax rich people becomes "encourage the job creators". Don't let black people vote becomes "clamp down on voter fraud". Poor people become "the takers". Estate taxes become "death taxes". Democrats could learn from them. Actually they've already started by calling national health care the "Affordable Care Act". That's a good start. I don't know why Republicans think they can govern since they hate the government so much. And of course at the top of the pile is Paul Ryan, the Irish American, who uses the same arguments about 'bad culture' of African Americans and their supposed 'laziness' and 'idleness' that were made against his ancestors by eugenicists and race scientists in the United States and Europe.
His Ayn Randian fantasies and twisted understanding of Catholic social justice is an insult to all right thinking Catholics. His 'bad culture' and "lazy" black people thesis doesn't bother to say much about white "bad culture" and white "bad folks" dependence on the federal government which constitute the largest group of poor people in the U.S. and who receive a disproportionate amount of federal assistance. Red State America receives more federal money than any other part of the United States. No, this wouldn't play well with the Tea Party and Libertarians.
More recently another fringe contributor brags about being part of the top 5 percent and how much money his "investments" are bringing in. He's probably collecting Social Security and taking advantage of Medicare — those nasty government giveaways which he will claim he "deserves" for working hard. I have no problem with intelligent conservatives — the ones that realize that change is necessary in order to ward off revolutionary change. My advice to the fringe who belong to the 5 percent is to continue taking government benefits and pipe down about it. Your concern for the other 95 percent is disingenuous at best.

George Maloof

Plymouth

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:49

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Most affordable Obamacare program costs me 40% of my income

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

I went to the LRGH Obamacare sign up today.

I am shocked at the outcome. Since you voted for this program that has left us in a terrible situation for health care, I am sure you want to hear of my experience.

I was there for a private appointment. I came early and it took an additional 45 minutes to answer questions, many of which were redundant.

Outcome you ask? I am self-employed, 64 years old, single, and the lowest program was 40 percent of my income.

Congrats!

John Fessenden

Moultonborough

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:43

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Lots of people to thank for success of Citywide Chess Tourney

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank all the people who made the Citywide Chess Tournament that was held on March 29th such a success.

I was so proud of our students and the good sportsmanship they showed.

A special thank you to all the coaches — Ramsay Eliason, Alex Evans, Jack Fortier, Betsy Damon, Greg Schneberger, Sharon Frick, Ernie Bownes and Ed Emond — for giving of their time to organize and coach these students and for cheering the players on Saturday morning.

Thanks to Jack Aldrich and the Huot Culinary Arts students for providing yummy breakfast treats.

A special thank you to Common Man Restaurants, Funspot, Gilford Cinema 8, Art Escape, Dairy Queen of Laconia, the Boston Red Sox, and Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region for providing the prizes for the event. Also a special thank you to Deb Williams for helping to keep track of everything. Thank you to Jeff Twombly for also arranging the camera and screen so that the audience could have a bird's-eye view of the games. Steve Dalzell, Facility Manager, and your staff, thank you for providing a wonderful and clean venue for this event.

Thank you to Ken Martin for the engraving of the trophies and in advance, for the name engraving. The winners really get a kick out of receiving a trophy. These trophies will be presented to the winners at the April 15 Laconia School Board meeting.

Last, but certainly not least, a special thank you to all the players and their families for participating in this annual event. We hope it was as fun for you as it was for us.

Janet Brough

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

Laconia School District

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:50

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How many have completed everything & are really insured now?

To The Daily Sun,

President Obama and his supporters are celebrating their Obamacare achievements. Great, so the 40-50 million uninsured are now insured? No.

The March goal was 7 million. Well, insuring 7 million of the uninsured is a good start. No, that didn't happen. Their goal was revised to 6 million. Well, insuring 6 million of the uninsured is a start. That didn't happen either.

What are they celebrating? That 6 million people signed up for Obamacare? But signing up doesn't mean they are insured now, or that they were uninsured before (apparently most had insurance). That's confusing.

People aren't insured until their sign-up is transferred to the insurance company and the premium is paid. Unfortunately the Obamacare website hasn't worked well. Some sign-ups aren't sent to insurance companies and some payments aren't collected, so some people aren't insured, even though they think they're insured.

That's bad. How many people have completed everything and are now insured? No one knows, the Obamacare website doesn't collect that information.

Wasn't Obamacare's purpose to insure the uninsured? Yes.

Who else signed up? Well, most existing insurance plans are unacceptable to Obamacare and are being canceled. Over 6 million people, so far, have had their insurance canceled (many losing access to their doctors, hospitals, and life-saving drugs). Some of these people signed up for Obamacare, but others can't afford the Obamacare compliant insurance.

And, some people with insurance signed up when they found that Obamacare would subsidize their premiums with money taken from their neighbors. Oh.

But Obamacare is reducing premiums, right? No.

Obamacare depends on young healthy people signing up and subsiding older, less healthy (but wealthier) people. But far too few young healthy people are signing up.

Therefore premiums will increase. And taxpayers will be subsidizing the health insurance companies, as required by Obamacare.

This isn't what President Obama promised. Correct, President Obama has been lying to us about Obamacare for years.

Let me see if I have this straight. After spending tens of billions of dollars, the Obama administration is celebrating because 6 million people signed up for Obamacare. But apparently only a small percent of the previously uninsured, the whole justification for Obamacare, signed up. More people had their policies cancelled than have obtained insurance. Some people who bought insurance before can't afford Obamacare compliant insurance and are now uninsured. And, because not enough young healthy people are signing up, premiums will rise and taxpayers will be subsidizing health insurance companies? Correct.

And, they're celebrating rather than firing people? Correct.

Please tell me that this is just a sick April fool's joke. I wish it were, but it's all true.

Don Ewing
Meredith

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:45

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Gilford can grant 10-year contract & MetroCast can charge whatever?

To The Daily Sun,

If there is one thing I cannot stand, its pilfering and monopolies and there seems to be a lot of that going on around here lately. From the powers-that-be giving a 10 year contract to MetroCast, to the social worker stealing vouchers so they can ride on the taxpayers' dollar for free, down to the accountant who fudges the books to line their own pockets with unearned money.

Since we all know that monopolies are against the law, along with payola, you can bet your bottom dollar that something smells like dead fish when several people can grant 10-year contracts and the contracted can raise the charge as much as it wants each year. To put it simply, someone's hands were greased, you know it and I know it. That seems to be the new norm on how one runs a business.

While these people thumb their noses at John Q. Public, they should realize that they will get caught eventually. The best thing that ever happened to me was that I was forced to retire. It gave me time to look around me at all the wasted taxpayers' money being thrown away every day. The saddest thing about this situation is that you see it too, but are afraid to say anything about it.

As one gets older, it seems that the fear factor leaves us and we lose the fear of speaking out. The part-time secretary, pilfering vouchers for the free ride will get caught. Her bosses are not as dumb as she thinks. The powers that gave the contract will lose their positions only to be replaced by new powers who may be more honest, we only wish, and life will go on as usual, stealing this or that.

Only in America can so many be ruled by so many who think they will never be caught in their wrongdoings. Do not be afraid to speak up when you see something wrong with the system. But when you speak, be prepared to follow up with the proof.

Bev Buker
Gilford

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:39

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