To The Daily Sun,
It has been estimated that 37 percent of the state roads in New Hampshire are deemed in "poor condition," by the N.H. Department of Transportation. As a resident of the Town of Sandwich, I can verify that all the state-maintained roads in our town are in "poor condition." How did we get here and what can be done to meet the challenge?
The simple answer is that the state has dwindling funds to fix or maintain the roadways that serve our needs. Despite the limitations, the State Department of Transportation has done all it can to maintain the roads. Chris Clement, commissioner of Transportation estimates he has between $32 and $40 million a year to spend on winter maintenance that actually requires more than $100 million. Unfortunately, it costs about $50,000 a mile to resurface a road in decent condition and about $1,000,000 to fix a badly maintained road. In addition, roads less traveled are likely to be ignored and fall deeper and deeper into disrepair.
In the meantime, cars, trucks and buses constantly roll through our giant potholes caused by frost heaves that can raise the broken roadway more than seven inches. Town residents report steering, suspension and alignment problems. It's estimated by TRIP that these repairs can average between $300 and $500.
Roads less traveled can also have an affect on business and social gatherings about town. A trip of a few miles can take 20 minutes after slowing to four miles an hour while avoiding giant holes and cracks in the asphalt.
Unfortunately, repairing roads can be a political, as well as a personal issue. Anti-tax sentiment has consumed the good sense that once recognized that good roads make prosperous communities. The most short-sighted say, "If I don't use that road or bridge, do I really need it?" The sensible answer: "What good is a road that only goes to your house? Being able to drive on roads outside your neighborhood is a good idea."
As the New Hampshire Senate recently voted to raise the gas tax by four cents, Americans for Prosperity-NH came out strongly against the measure. This is the same organization funded by the Koch Brothers, the oil, gas and paper billionaires.
It is estimated that the new levy will bring in an additional $33 million into the general Highway Fund. New Hampshire has not had an increase in the gas tax since 1991 as asphalt charges have quadrupled and fuel-efficient cars bring in fewer gas tax dollars.
I encourage anyone who wants more funding for the Department of Transportation to call your State Representatives at 271-1110 and the governor at 271-2121.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 08:51
To The Daily Sun,
A baby is born addicted to drugs. She survives the painful withdrawal process and goes home with Mom.
Three months later she is hospitalized and her Mom is charged with neglect.
An 8-year-old girl is very quiet and is a good student. She loves to read and do crafts. She is in foster care.
A 14-year-old boy is very outgoing and loves the Red Sox. He lived with his Dad, but his Dad is now incarcerated. There were no family connections that could provide him an appropriate home or foster families available so he is living in a group home.
Would you be interested in volunteering to be a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and getting to know a child like this? Our volunteers receive a comprehensive training and then are asked if they would like to advocate for a child who has been the victim of abuse and/or neglect. Our volunteers meet with the child at least once a month. Volunteers also talk with various adults in the child's life. With support from the staff at CASA, our volunteers stand up and represent the best interest of the child in court proceedings. We ask that our advocates volunteer with the child for the time they are involved with court. While that time varies widely, the average time is two years.
We need more CASAs statewide, but have a critical need in the Lakes Region. We start a new training in May. Applications are available at www.casanh.org
CASA of New Hampshire
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 08:42
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to make comments referring to letters to editor written on April 4 and 6, 2014. I don't think I have seen such hateful letters written in a week as this.
It is my opinion that Mr. Maloof, tired of seeing the President of the United states being referred to in such a matter in the past month and responded as I would when reading letters of hate, distortion and disrespect. The letter he wrote was honest, to the point easily verified.
A letter on Thursday stated his letter contained no evidence to back up his opinions, all truthful. To answer that "talking point" I will. The writer stated that 37 percent of white folks voted for the president, did not mention who the other 63 percent voted for. On Saturday another writer wrote, "droves of white people voted for Obama in 2008 and again in 2012. Which is it? I guess what number a drove is confusing.
In 2012 of the 10 poorest states, nine voted for Romney, New Mexico voted for Obama. Of the 10 richest states, nine voted for Obama, Alaska voted for Romney. Our state is seventh richest state in the union, unemployment dropped to 4.7 percent. I guess it's fair to blame that on the president also.
The point Mr. Maloof makes, and clearly stated, was the red states receive the most federal dollars. This one fact — and I repeat, fact — the right-wing party won't touch with a 10 foot pole. A writer on April 6th stated that president hated him his children and grandchildren. I can't imagine the president told him that. I think he meant to say that they will be saddled with the national debt as he often mentions.
If you live in a blue state, your tax dollar goes to Washington, red states take it home. That has nothing to do with the president. I can add here help for you is on the way. Read the Ryan budget.
The next "talking point" which is the easiest to prove wrong is, "When John Kennedy lowered tax rates and when George W. Bush did, in both cases revenues increased. Completely false. Google: Bush tax cuts 2002. Read Bush tax cuts reduced revenues by about $1.8 trillion between 2002-2009. Other points of interest, read "Bruce Bartlett Bush tax cut failure, three good reasons to let high-end Bush tax cuts disappear this year." Compare Kennedy, Reagan and Bush tax cuts, a good read.
In 2008 a looming recession prompted President Bush to sign a stimulus package. Google economic stimulus act 2008. I will be interested to see what the nitpickers write in a letter to the editor about this evidence. I now think the right should talk about their 2014 candidates, two recycled senators, a man from Alton running for governor who doesn't know whether he lives here or Maryland. The Democrats love this story, can't wait for the voting to begin.
I think it's time to talk about 2016 presidential candidates. Since President Obama, although elected twice isn't qualified, I can hardly wait to see the qualifications are for a eye doctor from Kentucky has, or a traffic director of New Jersey has.
I don't need talking points, facts only.
To close on a very happy note, a topic that was always on my mind was planes loaded with dead and seriously wounded military personnel landing in Dover Delaware. While sitting here half listing to Lou Dobbs on Fox News, he announced that no military personnel died in Afghanistan last month. God bless the troops and the president of the United States of America.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 08:34
To The Daily Sun,
We are hearing in the news that Obamacare hit its objective of signing on 7-million people. And that is all we hear.
How many are under the Medicaid expansion? How many have made a payment and really are signed up? How many had insurance before and signed up for Obamacare and do not have the coverage that they had before?
But the real question is how many of the 7 million did not have insurance before? This was the whole purpose of Obamacare. . . wasn't it?
In New Hampshire, I think 20,000 people signed up for Obamacare. More than that had their insurance that they were happy with canceled. How many have had their insurance payments increased dramatically since the inception of Obamacare?
With all the billions we are paying for this new health coverage in the U.S., wouldn't it have been cheaper if we just spent the money and covered the people who did not have insurance and leave the rest of us 85 percent that were happy with our coverage alone?
And to think we now have the IRS involved in our health care.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 08:28
To The Daily Sun,
George Maloof must have fallen into not just a puddle of Kool-Aid but a well, after reading his last pontifications from the academic towers. I do love reading Maloof... he provides my comic relief for the day. Let me say this, to get it out of my system. Your full of BS right up to the tip of your pointy cap, George. You wouldn't know what an individual, creative thought was if it bit you. All you know is whatever smoke the peer reviewed drones at the education, wasp nest blow.
When you're ready to MEANS TEST Medicare and Social Security, George, let's write Obama and demand it. I am all for it. I am calling your BLUFF... Just be aware doing so EXPLODES the DONKEY MYTH these programs were going to be paid for, IN FULL by the people who use them. WE can NOW IDENTIFY both as the INSOLVENT, WELFARE, BOONDOGGLES they always have been since the day they were born.
The quality of medical care in America is already on the slippery slope. Obamacare has just accelerated the down slide. When a person can not get into 15 of the 19 best cancer care hospitals in America because OBAMACARE STOPS THEM, the value of EVERY LIFE in America life just got DILUTED by Democrats. Are you ready George? We both SCREAM WELFARE every time someone gets a SS check or a health care bill paid by Sam. Come on George you opened the DEBATE with your usual demonizing style. Let's make these programs what they always were and are, WELFARE. Some poor stiff working and some Democrat collecting the fruits of that work.
You're concerned with the indignities suffered by Obama. Where were you SLEEPING during the Bush years. It was Bush's fault for eight years when he was in office and his fault the next four of Obama's term. Give it a brake George, your beginning to sound like a broken record of excuses. Face it, Obama has been totally in over his head with every economic matter. Worse, we now watch his foreign policy that instills feeling of the Cold War people thought were long dead. Obama's spineless and feckless handling of the Iran crisis, the Syrian crisis and Russian intervention have made us the laughing stock on the world stage. We can be sure our friends and allies wonder if we REALLY have their backs or is it what ever the POLLS SHOW that determines the action of the day for Obama. I am certain the Saudis and Israel are wondering. Obama's presidency is so bad he makes Jimmy Carter looks like he was from the Mensa society
Still stirring up racial discontent. Is that the ONLY way you see Democrats winning an election George? Democrats are going to get steamrolled In November. I am sure that scares the crap out of you, so lets stir the race pot. Is that what academics do? Create division and hate in Americas social fabric to further party gains. Right down there with the earth worms.
You mentioned Paul Ryan. Are you aware Barack Obama says many of the same things Ryan does. During a recent speech regarding "My brothers keeper", Obama's program to help black young adults he said this, "We are dealing with issues that run deep in our society, government can not play the only roll or primary role (in other words just keep handing out welfare). It is ultimately those young men who are out there to STEP UP and take RESPONSIBILITY for their own lives". I can assure you if RYAN spoke to young black men with the SAME WORDS as OBAMA, he would be labeled a racist, while Obama gets applause. What we have are idiots like George Maloof who seem to know racism when they hear it. . . it only depends the color of the person saying the words, even identical ones.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 08:24