To The Daily Sun,
The frequent flyer letter writers are at it again. Using scare tactics and gross misinformation, they portray themselves as experts on everything and write long-winded letters that ultimately blame all the worlds ills on President Obama and the Democratic Party.
Shoutin' Boutin's letter this past Saturday is a prime example. Such hyperbole as Obama's actions on the Ebola crisis "will leave a path of death and destruction this country will never forget" or "consequences that carry a gravity of death unimaginable." Tony and his compatriots avoid the flu vaccine because it is some sort of conspiracy or wrongly believe it will cause illness. The flu is far more contagious than Ebola and kills far more people every year. Remember the flu pandemic in 1918? Now that was a path of death and destruction at least some of us will never forget. Tony et. al. apparently have no such recollection despite their extensive medical knowledge. Did you get your shot Tony? Sure didn't get a distemper shot.
Tony goes on to prove his ignorance by stating the the 47 percent mortality rate can be extrapolated to care provided in the USA. The conditions in Africa are horrendous compared to the USA. To date, all the people in the USA that contracted Ebola here have done quite well. Yes, it takes a team of professionals to care for these patients, but Tony leaves out the fact that the unit Dr. Branley was treated in was set up for just such a patient.
Tony, how many highly trained professionals care for a patient with open heart surgery? Dozens, Tony, and they also do this in a highly specialized unit.
Now this one is my favorite as it takes ignorance to great new heights. Tony wrote, "In the end 3,200 pounds of stuff had to be autoclaved (heated to 350 degrees) to be sure the all virus was killed. Did it all get killed? Did some item or items get missed out of thousands? Do you think hospitals have the capacity to treat and sanitize tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of pounds of stuff in a real outbreak? I don't. If they don't, they sure are not going to say so for fear of causing panic.
Tony, Tony, Tony. Hospitals sterilize tons of "stuff" every single day with many controls to assure that they are terminally clean. Modern healthcare also relies on disposable items which are disposed of and not reused. Didn't know that, did you?
In your efforts to continually belittle our president, you dear Tony are the one causing panic and fear. I am not surprised though, as fear-mongering is your specialty.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:19
To The Daily Sun,
Simply put, if you want honesty, integrity, and a man who will do what is right, not just what is popular at the moment, Walt Havenstein deserves your vote.
"In questions of power ... let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." — Thomas Jefferson Nov. 10 1816
Roger E. Kohls Sr.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:14
To The Daily Sun
An open letter to Gov. Maggie Hassan:
I realize you are fighting very hard to get re-elected, but a seemingly minor issue compared to the big picture is not being addressed. Wind power in the the Newfound Lake Region being the one I speak of.
This threat is a very, very scary prospect to those of us who have elected to live here and care for this special piece of New Hampshire. As I'm sure you're aware, by far, most of us do not want these apparitions scarring our beautiful ridges.
This past spring, a thank-you get-together was put on by Wind Watch at a facility on the shore of Newfound. It was attended by Wind Watch members and open to anyone who wished to come. Walt Havenstein took the time to come. At that time I had no idea who I was speaking with, but we thought along the same lines regarding the folly of this ill-conceived project and he made it plain he would oppose both it and Northern Pass if elected. This is a big deal to me and plenty of other people who live, work, play and vote in this part of New Hampshire.
I have heard that you think this area is insignificant and does not matter very much, that you don't really care what we think "up here," and that you will continue to push for wind development. Do you see as your legacy the entire center part of our state covered with huge sprawling power plants?
I eagerly await a response from you, Governor.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:10
To The Daily Sun,
My thanks go out to Mrs. DiMartino for precisely affirming the larger points of my letter. She is the prototypical left-of-center politician who is not in touch with reality. She and her Democrat party's policies are the problem and are causing the destruction of the middle class, driving up business costs, and lowering the average household incomes.
I reconfirm my support for Mr. George Hurt for representative in the Meredith-Gilford district as well as the other fiscally conservatives on this year's ballot.
Although Mrs. DiMartino asserts she was never for the $42-million county prison, I must remind her of the conversation she had with me earlier this year. We both were at a local restaurant. She approached me and engaged me in political conversation. We discussed a host of issues including the prison that she favored. At the end we agreed to disagree. I certainly remember the discussion. Perhaps just does not remember this.
My thanks also go out to Mr. Tim Carter of Meredith. He did his homework and detailed at length the spend-and-tax record of Rep. DiMartino in his letter last week. Highlighting and documenting a voting record is not making accusations, it is providing sunshine for all to see in the light of day. So while she says that the 4 cent gas tax was reasoned legislation, she fails to tell you her support of the double-digit increase her party wanted. She mentions gas prices being lower but fails to tell you that gas cost approximately $1.90 per gallon when president Bush left office. Prices have been above $3 dollars a gallon during the six years Obama has been in office. This has cost the average driver over a $1,000 per year.
She goes on to pat herself on the back about the number of people that are now on the Medicaid roles. She fails to tell you that more than 20,000 people in New Hampshire lost their insurance coverage because of Obamacare. The other 1 million-plus residents of the state have seen massive cost increases along with other chaos due to this act that Obama continues to change, unconstitutionally. We have yet to see the full negative impact from this bill.
We do know that government intrusion into our lives has grown and our liberties have been taken from us by fiat. Are you comfortable with this, Mrs. DiMartino?
So, yes, I do want a committed and sensible representative that puts all of the people first. In the time period that I have seen you active in local politics I have never seen you act in this manner. Every action I have witnessed has shown you to be the ideologically driven person pandering to one special interest or another. I have never seen you vote against a proposed spending measure or increase in taxes. Shall I remind the citizens of the area about your statement in support of a half-million-dollar fire truck in Gilford? That one is on tape.
Again, I ask the people of our communities of Meredith and Gilford to do their homework. I am supporting all of the fiscally conservative candidates, Especially Mr. George Hurt for representative in District 2.
David R. Horvath
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:02
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in support of David Pollak, candidate for Belknap County Commissioner. I worked with David for five years at Lakes Region Community College and know him to be a person of intelligence, commitment and integrity. His background in business and law as well as education has given him the capacity to view issues from multiple perspectives, which would be a great asset in trying resolve the divisive conflicts that have arisen between the commission and the Belknap County Convention.
David is definitely not an ideologue, adhering stubbornly to a narrow political view. Rather, he is a person of common sense and rationality who listens carefully and works toward solutions that will benefit all. He is highly regarded by both his students and his colleagues at the college for his character and for the thoughtful style of leadership he consistently displays. I have every confidence that he would make an excellent county commissioner.
President Emeritus, Lakes Region Community College
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 08:59