Jim Dirrubo

Recently you've been hearing a great deal about the fact that LRGHealthcare has not been able to come to a contract agreement with Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Having been directly involved in the negotiations, I can tell you that some of what you have heard is true, and some is not. Unfortunately, this is sometimes the nature of a very public contract dispute. Just over two weeks ago, LRGHealthcare announced its intention to terminate our hospital contracts with Anthem for both ...

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Ed Philpot

There is much talk about what a post-war Iraqi government will look like, and not all of it is coming from the U.S. There seems to be a strong message from the major Islamic religious parties in Iraq that they will play a defining role in the future of their country. The free and democratic elections that the U.S. and Britain want may well produce the sort of fundamentalist theocracy that we clearly don’t want. Speaking on ABC news this morning, Ahmad Chalabi said that “there is a ...

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Shepherd Bliss

America's celebration of our military victory in Iraq has left out something important. Our country needs to temper its euphoria with humility or pause for the killing that was done in our name and with our tax dollars. It's not just that we risk further alienating our allies and the international community, whose support improves our security in the post 9/11 world. Victors in wars face certain dangers, most notably when they fail to reflect and exercise restraint, but instead seek ...

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Doug Lambert

Headline: "Rubber stamping class held at Gilford Library." This was certainly puzzling to me, as there are no elections till next March. Says the news brief, "Back by popular demand, the Gilford Public Library will be offering rubber stamping classes." This is good news for all prospective budget committee people (so they don't dare repeat this year's mistakes), Selectmen, School Board members, and any other potential committee members that may not know how things work in Gilford — ...

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Ed Philpot

Paige’s Public Education: The Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution prohibits the federal government from creating or establishing a state religion. It has also been interpreted to forbid favoring one religion over another. Apparently Bush Education Secretary Rod Paige agrees with the concept of separation of church and state, he just thinks everybody ought to go to a school that teaches “Christian values.” In an interview with the Baptist Press, the news service of ...

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