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Susan Estrich - Managing my health care, HA!

I've had stomachaches for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I called it an "uncomfortable feeling." As an adult, it was sometimes downright painful. But they came and went, and I chalked it up to stress and overwork and my long family history of stomachaches. And when it got a little worse, I dashed in to see the gastroenterologist, who wrote me scripts to stop spasms and break the cycle. But that stopped working, too. I couldn't break the cycle, and I entered a world in which trying to figure out my stomachaches produced even bigger ones — the world of modern American medicine at its best and worst.

I'm not covered by Obamacare, like it or not. One of the advantages of having two full-time jobs (law professor and lawyer) is having two comprehensive insurance policies. Most of the doctors I went to see — supposedly "the best" — had posted signs announcing that they do not participate in any plans, Obamacare or otherwise, no PPOs. Two of them, my two insurance policies notwithstanding, made me pay upfront for each visit. I had access to the best.

I've read a lot of stories about how you're supposed to "manage" your own health care, "produce" it even, as I've explained to my friends in the business, just like you might a program or a campaign.

If anybody should be able to do this, other than a doctor, it should be someone like me: smart, well-insured, good for the deductible, semi-famous, well-connected, not to mention charming, not demanding (really, I'm not), a well-liked patient who has done favors and extended thoughtful gestures to many of my doctors.

I spent almost two years trying to manage things. My family doctor tried to help me. And all I can say, in this small amount of space, is that other than in the past month, I failed completely. Once in a while, a client will mention something he found online about an issue in a legal case, and I will try, kindly, to tell him he really shouldn't look for legal advice online, that situations are different and facts matter, that some people who write about law online have no idea what they're talking about even though they do it with great certainty, and that the most important thing a person can do is pick the right lawyer and listen to her or him. I may be wrong, I tell my clients, but the chances of my being right are so much greater than those of someone who doesn't know this system and understand its workings as I do after more than 30 years that it makes sense to trust me.

Get a second opinion, of course. But make sure it is from the right person. Ha!

I think I saw 14 different doctors. In critical respects, most of them were simply wrong. Wrong. The ones who were sure I needed surgery were wrong because the tests, until the last ones, didn't prove that. The one who was sure it was all in my head was definitely wrong. The surgeon who reassured me that I needn't worry about a bag ("I hate those bags; you just can't find shoes to match.") was right about that risk, but was completely inappropriate and proposed the wrong surgery anyway.

I say this assuming the most recent doctor, the one I met last week at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, is right. I didn't manage my medical care. I just endured long enough to find someone my gut told me I should listen to, in the same way my clients should listen to me.

But what I also found at Mayo, and not just from the doctor, was hope and courage. The people I was with for those three days of testing displayed a level of dignity, decency and determination I have rarely seen. To a person, they were sicker than me. I don't think any of them would tell you they were "managing" their care. We were just lucky to be there and trying to help each other through it. God bless them all.

(Susan Estrich is a professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law Center. A best-selling author, lawyer and politician, as well as a teacher, she first gained national prominence as national campaign manager for Dukakis for President in 1988.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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A thank you to Patrick's Pub for hosting our LCC team's event

To The Daily Sun,

Pub Mania Team, Laconia C.C. 19th Hole, sincerely thanks Patrick's Pub for hosting this annual event and for all the help they provide to the community.

This event is only possible due to the overwhelming generosity of our local businesses in donating these gift certificate prizes totaling over $2,500.

Join us in thanking: A Balanced Body Massage, All My Life Jewelers, Al's Village Pizza, Appletree Nursery, Auto Serv, Bob House – Moultonboro, Burriito Me, Café Déjà Vu, C.J. Avery's, Del's Kitchen, El Jimador, Fire Clean Up Services Inc., Fratello's, Funspot, Greenlaw's Music, Greenside Restaurant, Hannaford's Gilford, Happy Cow Ice Cream, Imbue The Salon For Hair, Jason Baldini, Asst. Pro Lac CC (golf lesson), JJ's Yolk & Co., Katie Flo's, Kellerhaus, Kitchen Cravings, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, Laconia Car Wash, Laconia CC Round of Golf for 3 (must play with a member), Laconia CC Golf Pro – Todd Rollins, Lakeside, Local Eatery, Lochmere CC - round of Golf for 2, Lowe's Tilton, Lyons' Den.

Also: My Coffee House, Mystery Gifts by Judy, Ninety-Nine Restaurant, Our Place, Patrick's Pub, Prescott's Florist llc, Quik Laundry & Dry Cleaners, Shaw's Belmont, Shear Definition, Shiloh's, Shooters Tavern, Smoke n Styles, Stafford Oil, Steele Hill Resorts, Sunday's Salon & Spa, Terry Murphy's Court St. Auto, The Golf Club @ Patrick's Place, The Mill Fudge Factory & Ice Cream Café, The Purple Pit Coffee Lounge, Tilton Snacks & Wraps, Top of The Town, Vic's Pro Shop @ Lochmere CC, Whittemore's Flower & Greenhouses, and Wine'ing Butcher.

Come join us on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free, however, there is a $1 donation per bingo card played each round. All proceeds go directly to the WLNH Children's Auction. Prizes make great Christmas gifts.

For more information, contact Lucy Jacobson @ 455-4348 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember, it's for the kids.

Lucy Jacobson

Team Captain

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:38

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Lack of maintenance of the Hathaway House was a human failure

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to a letter written by Jessica Alward, which appeared in the Nov. 4 edition of The Daily Sun.

It is a little-known fact that the Hathaway House was deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places just a few weeks before its demolition. In order for a property to become eligible for the National Register, an extensive survey must be compiled detailing the history of the property, and it must be proven that the property has historical significance. The survey prepared on the Hathaway House was conducted by an expert in the field of history and preservation. Their findings found that the property was historically significant in two of the five categories that prove significance and was a surviving, rare example of domestic architecture in the area.

It is true that the exterior of the Hathaway House was in disrepair. However, the lack of maintenance was a human failure, not the failure of the building. Prior to its demolition several individuals were allowed to tour the interior of the house. They found it to be in pristine condition with original features dating back to the 1800s, and a hand-painted mural that filled one of the walls.

A plan had been devised to move the Hathaway House from Union Avenue to a nearby lot without using taxpayers' dollars. The relocation included the restoration of the exterior of the house and interior space being utilized as a museum and also rental space for new or existing businesses that may have wanted a unique and historical place in which to locate their establishments. The plan was two-fold and offered a positive solution for both sides: the area where it once stood would have been cleared for commercial space, and a significant piece of Laconia's history would have been preserved.

Laconia would do well to carefully study successful, prosperous communities, such as Boston, Portsmouth, and Meredith. These communities have done an impressive job of preserving and using their historical buildings for the benefit of today's businesses and for the community in general. They are also the communities that people to flock to because of their rich cultural environment — which includes the careful preservation of their history.

Carol Anderson

Gilford

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:34

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Did voters understand amendments affected all elected officials?

To The Daily Sun,

Just because the Laconia Mayor, editor/president, owner of the Laconia Daily Sun says it's so, don't make it so. All the Charter Amendments passed by an overwhelming margin. However, did the voters believe it was simple housekeeping to eliminate the non-partisan primary?

How many voters knew, in-depth, that each impacted all elected officials.

ARTICLE II consists of 11 sections. Of the 11, seven amendments were on the municipal ballot. Amendment 1 related to Section 2:03, Amendment 2 related to Section 2:07, Amendments 3 related to Section 2:06, Amendment 4 related to Section 2:06 Amendment 5 related to Section 2:06 Amendment 6 related to Section 2:06 and Amendment 7 related to Section 2:10

Clearly, Amendment 6 "ARTICLE II Section 2:06 to require a minimum number of 35 write-in votes be received to declare any write-in primary candidates as nominated for the municipal election and to declare any write-in regular election candidate as elect for all offices" was the hot topic.

It can never be ascertained that voters we misled by articles printed in The Laconia Daily Sun. As the result of passage of all seven amendments, the Police Commission and School Board are specifically affected:

"All members of the Board of Education shall be nominated and elected in accordance with the Nonpartisan election procedures set forth in Article II of this Charter. (Amended by referendum 11-4-2003, 1,324 yes, 423 no)"

"All members of the Police Commission shall be nominated and elected in accordance With the nonpartisan election procedures set forth in Article II of this Charter. (Amended by referendum 11-4-2003, 1,341 yes, 407 no)"

Even the ward officials are impacted by all of these amendments. All elected official come under Article II and are automatically impacted by the 35 vote minimum.

The amendments were not simple housekeeping. They include a long list of financial implications regarding recounts which disallow taking a picture of a ballot after they become public by the opening of all sealed ballots. The Right-to-Know protects all ballots cast and counted but fails to exempt unidentifiable ballots during a recount. Once members of the recount committee view all the ballots they are a public record.

What happen to wards that ran out of municipal ballots?

Thomas A. Tardif

Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:30

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Some N.H. communities are claiming right to self government

To The Daily Sun,

I just exercised my right to vote (Tuesday) and couldn't help wondering if I had wasted my time. It is very easy to get discouraged with those that are supposed to represent us. It seems they just keep going behind our backs doing favors for corporate lobbyists that are paid to spend their time pushing for more regulations that are supposedly meant to protect you and me. I feel the only ones we need protecting from are the corporate lobbyists. Their regulations are not protecting us. Corporate crafted regulations legalize any damages to communities, people, and our local ecosystems, while at the same time take away the rights of community members to say "No" to harmful activities.

Our rights are inherent and unalienable (Articles 2 and 4 of the N.H. State Constitution) — we have them because we were born, not because a piece of paper says we have them. The state and federal constitutions were written to limit the power of government, not the power of the people. Who is supposed to decide what power is granted to the government? You and me — We the People!

Consider the first part (Bill of Rights) of our state Constitution, Article 1 says that all government of right originates from the people, and is founded in consent. The power to govern starts with our local governing structure, up to the state, and then to the federal; wherein they govern according to our constitutions, not illegitimate court rulings — at least that is how it should be.

The system has been turned upside down so that corporate power wields federal policy dictating to the states what they can and cannot do, who then in turn dictate to the local government (municipalities) what they can and cannot do, who then in turn dictate to we the people what we can and cannot do. This will not change without communities, made up of people, standing up for the rights we were born with. Exercising the right to local self-government is a first step to take back what has always been ours to begin with.

How do we exercise local self-government? We do so by reforming the old, or establishing a new government (Part first, Article 10 of our state constitution) when the current government denies rights. Alexandria, Barnstead, Barrington, Danbury, Easton, Grafton, Hebron, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sugar Hill, and Thornton are communities in New Hampshire that have begun to exercise their right to local self-government by pursuing a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance (RBO). The RBO protects the health, safety and welfare of residents and their ecosystems, elevates community rights above claimed rights of corporations, and secures the right to exercise local lawmaking free from state pre-emption when the state denies rights.

The people's right of local, community self-government is the right to a system of government within the local community that is controlled by citizens to secure and protect the civil and political rights of every person in the community, and makes real the promise of local control to deny interference by powers that would infringe upon those rights.

If you would like to learn more about your Right to Local, Community Self-Government, please contact Michelle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Michelle Sanborn

Alexandria

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:26

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