To The Daily Sun,
John Morrissey's letter of July 23 supporting Nick Vazzana's candidacy was amusing. While Vazzana may have been a successful entrepreneur as he claims, Vazzana also supports President Obama's policies which have killed more good jobs than it has created, made middle income Americans poorer, and widened the gap between our rich and poor.
Morrissey apparently likes Common Core which is another one-size-fits-all Washington-driven program to control education, indoctrinate children with the proper "progressive" views, and reward special interest groups.
Perhaps Morrissey is demonstrating his learning of Common Core math when he (incorrectly) asserts that before Obamacare one quarter (about 78 million) of our population was uninsured. The generally accepted, although overstated, number of uninsured Americans at the time of Obamacare's passage was about 45 million people, less than 15 percent. One-third of the 45 million were illegal aliens (who President Obama said would not get Obamacare), one-third were people who could afford but chose not to purchase health insurance, and about one-third were people who could not afford the high priced health insurance which meets the government requirements imposed to benefit bureaucrats and special interests.
Addressing the problem that 5 percent of our population could not afford health insurance did not require an Obamacare-like solution which drives up costs, reduces health care choices for most people, and puts Washington bureaucrats in charge of our health care.
Before Obamacare we were the center for innovation in health care (Obamacare's regulations and taxes will hurt this). Most of us know people who survived illnesses that would have killed them just a few years ago. The U.S. health care system is the world's best, or nearly the best in responsiveness to health problems.
Critics of our health care system point to the World Health Organization, and similar organizations, which bias their evaluations in favor of single-payer, central-controlled healthcare systems such as that provided in the U.S. by the Veterans Administration.
The ultimate goal for "progressives" like President Obama is a VA-type of health care system for all Americans because it gives the government control over everything related to your health.
The VA health care system has had problems for decades. Certainly some good care is provided. But now we find that patients are put on hidden waiting lists, patients who complain are neglected, and records are falsified so employees get raises and bonuses. Our pre-Obamacare system is much more responsive to patients.
I agree with Morrissey that we need to "restore the American dream." But big government controls and solutions, as exemplified by the results of President Obama's actions, are obstacles rather than aids to people achieving their American dreams.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:04
To The Daily Sun,
Are we being invaded?
Yes, by hordes of 7- to 15-year-old children from Central America. Beware as they are armed with spitballs and are scared stiff. They have ridden on the tops of railroad cars for thousands of miles just to get here to be safe from the drug lords at home. In some cases they will be killed if they go home or they will be forced to work as mules carrying drugs. In most cases they will be deported and sent back. There must be a better answer than that.
If there was oil to be had down there it would be a no brainer and our answer would be there. Just ask the Cheney/Bush cartel. But no oil, so who cares and what to do with them if they stay here?
We don't have the resources or places to house them do we? Well, we do but we won't even spend those on our own people. We already have thousands in need, if you are to believe the news lately. We even turn Detroit, if you haven't heard about it. We will waste billions trying to keep health care away from those who need it. We will waste more closing down the government if we don't get our way. We will spend more time pointing fingers of blame at each other than trying to fix the problem.
The GOP has spent more time attacking the president instead of earning its pay. All they are doing is stalling until the next elections. Ted Cruz, the antipatriot, from Texas tries to blame Obama for everything possible from A to Z. Izza spends all his time attacking on the other front. Good military move, but they are attacking and dividing their own country. Sounds like treason to me. This is how we have lost respect in the world.
Other countries see our lack of respect and wonder why they should respect Obama. It wasn't to long ago the described patriotic and "popular" Congress has vowed not to allow the president to accomplish anything. They must be proud.
If anyone should be deported it should be many members of the House and Senate. The GOP has spent the last few years quietly building from the ground up rearranging voting districts and voting rules so they will be able to slide into power in the mid-term elections. We need to keep both Maggie and Jeanne in office. So, get out the vote in 2014.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:01
To The Daily Sun,
Death Notice: Ours!
Do we prefer not to be advised by our doctor of their diagnostic expectation of our remaining life span? Given the extent of many illnesses, is this why we refuse to acknowledge that this administration has a death plan for us and our country?
Regardless of your attitude to this threat we have arrived again at 1776 — the only possible answer to 2014.
Ward H. Flanders
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:56
To The Daily Sun,
Some people are just better at what they do than are their competitors. On Sunday, the 27th, we stopped at Hannaford's in Gilford to pick up a few needed items.
As we were leaving, the skies opened up with a very heavy downpour, and patrons gathered under the overhang, hoping for the rains to diminish. Quickly, there appeared a cadre of Hanaford's employees with large umbrellas, ready to escort the shoppers to their cars and to place their groceries in their automobiles. We availed ourselves of such help and offered a little gratuity to the young man for his helpful kindness ... and he graciously smiled and said he couldn't accept any monetary thanks.
There's an old adage that people buy from people they trust. In this case, people buy from people they trust to help keep them and their groceries as dry as possible.
Our thanks to Hannaford's.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:36
To The Daily Sun,
Alton Community Services recently held its board of directors meeting. Pastor Larry Adams name was removed from the directors as he has moved out of state. Other board members include Pastor Sam Huggard, Hazel Potter, Peter Bolser, Jay Mehan, Dale Schaeffner, officers include Dorothye Wentworth - Director, Amy McDonald - Assistant Director, Diane Eagles - Director of Volunteers, Sandy Wyatt - President, Paul Monzione - Vice President, Jean Stone - Treasurer, and Purr Whalley - Secretary.
The Boy Scouts has offered to renovate a closet for us to use for storage.
We are reviewing our by-laws and updating the wording. This will continue for our fall meeting.
It has been rewarding for so much generosity you have given us, our success depends on you. I must take advantage of your generosity again by asking you for non-perishable items as our shelves are diminishing. A notice of availability of our services went home to all the "back pack" children from school. We haves see some of the families, but we would like to see more. I'm calling on your generosity to fill our shelves again. You may leave donations at Maxwell Realty, Profile Bank, Alton Home & Lumber, or Ice Out Consignments at The Bay.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:33