4 - July 16, 2010 Salem Community Patriot
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Legislative Carolyn Webber Autism HB 569 FN Sometimes you have to spend money to save
money. The insurance companies found that certain types of treatment (habitative) were being denied to children with autism. The department found that treatment and therapies were a necessary and vital aspect for the child’s development. The amendment for the bill does not change the scope of the current statute; it still allows insurance companies to determine medical necessity. The bill does not shift costs or responsibility from schools to insurance companies, or give autistic kids greater coverage than children with other conditions. The bill simply provides for speech, behavioral, and occupational therapy. The cost to the insurance company is minimal; half of one percent. The important savings is the savings
Just How Serious is Our National Debt?
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said last week, “the biggest threat to our national security is our nation’s debt.” That sounds pretty serious to me. How about you? Let’s see—$13 trillion in debt and counting, Congress has spent $1 trillion over this year’s budget, Congress raised the limit on the National Debt so they could borrow even more money from foreign interests after they were told by their own experts that their spending was unsustainable, so they added billions of dollars of earmarks to the budget and they topped it off with giving all federal employees another raise. Every two years, we vote for those who promise to fix this problem, and every two years, we are right back where we started—only deeper in debt. The question for New Hampshire voters is
whether the problem is serious enough for you yet?
Are you tired of the two parties constantly trying to one-up each other? Are you tired of campaign promises with no real plan to fix anything? If there were a plan to actually fix this incredibly disastrous situation Congress has put us in, would you support it? A plan that requires Congress to meet benchmarks each year until a balanced budget is achieved, a plan that will levy consequences if Congress fails to meet the required benchmarks, and a plan that rewards those who provide acceptable ways to reduce government spending? Would New Hampshire voters lead the charge in support of The Plan? Do New Hampshire voters really have the
stomach to commit themselves to something so revolutionary? Would New Hampshire voters be willing to ignore the millions of dollars the two parties have spent and stand up for one average American who is 100-percent committed to bringing The Plan to Washington? Review The Plan and you decide: www.thepetersplan.com
. A dear friend once told me, “We will get what we deserve or what we will tolerate.”
Tom Peters, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senate - Ashland
Windham GOP Town Committee to Host Candidates
Each month, the Windham GOP Town Committee is hosting Republican candidates for public office in an informal gathering. Each candidate gives a short talk about who they are and why they are running, followed by questions and general conversation. This unique setting gives voters an opportunity to meet future elected officials and make informed decisions on Election Day. The committee urges all interested residents to attend. This month on Tuesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the
Windham Senior Center, John Stephen, a leading candidate for NH Governor, will be our guest. In addition to Mr. Stephen, the committee is also hosting U.S. Senate candidate Jim Bender and U.S. Congressional candidate Wes Sonner. Mr. Stephen is an attorney, and in 2003 was appointed to four years as NH Commissioner of Health and Human Services, where he succeeded in increasing services and improving
to DHHS and local school districts over the life of the child.
It is estimated that a savings of
$1.9 million per child will be achieved. That translates to $597 million savings to school districts and DHHS. The vote was 213 yeas and 147 nays for a Ought to Pass (OTP) with amendment motion.
voted for it because it just makes sense. Those in Windham/Salem who voted for
OTP were Representatives Carolyn B. Webber, Anthony DiFruscia, Mary Griffin, Ronald Belanger, DJ Bettencourt, and Russell Ingraham. Those that voted against the bill were
Representative Charles McMahon, Margaret Crisler, David Bates, Walter Kolodziej, and Bob Elliott. Marilinda Garcia and Anne Priestly were absent.
fiscal efficiency. More recently, he is a partner in the Lucas Group, a corporate strategy and governmental consulting group. Mr. Bender is a New Hampshire business
leader, with extensive experience in building businesses and providing jobs. He is President of Logicraft, and has also founded two other companies. Mr. Sonner is an Air Force veteran, and currently works as a software engineer. Although he grew up in Pennsylvania and California, he moved to New Hampshire in 1999 and loves the outdoor activities the state offers. If anyone has questions or wishes for more information, please do not hesitate to contact me (595-7625) or the Town Chairman, Pam Skinner (893-6825).
Representative Margaret McKee Crisler - Windham
John Lynch, Governor of America’s ‘Most Livable’ State
One would think that people who made their home in a state that had the second-lowest total tax bite out of their hard-earned salaries of all 50 states, had the fourth-lowest state spending in the entire nation, and has declared an actual budgetary surplus in 2010 for the first time in years, would correctly feel that they had little to complain about re: the abilities of their governor to run a tight financial ship. Especially when you look around the country and see how most of our other states are struggling to recover from the economic cluelessness of massive tax givebacks and record federal debt and deficits run up in Washington during the Bush/Cheney years that finally filtered down to affect the American citizenry on all our states’ levels four years ago. New Hampshire has been fortunate over the past six years to have the managerial John Lynch as our governor during this national downturn. Due to a combination of targeted cuts in state spending mostly affecting administrative redundancies, along with refusing over his three terms to bow to appeals to institute sales and income taxes on our residents, Lynch has governed over what is rated as the “Most Livable” state in America over every year of his tenure. These rankings are compiled annually and take into account crime rates, tax burden, employment, and citizens’ health, along with many other factors.
One reason for the tremendous successes
enjoyed during Lynch’s tenure in the Granite State is his past strong business background as chairman of furniture manufacturer Knoll Inc., as well as president of his own Manchester business consulting firm, the Lynch Group. At Knoll back in the 1980s, Lynch turned around a company that had lost almost $50 million before his hiring to become a quarter-billion-dollar-profit corporation, while at the same time granting new benefits to his employees, including stock options, retirement programs, and scholarship assistance for their children, all enhancements that the company had never offered before. He has governed our state like a well-run business instead of bowing to either left- or right-wing poll results, and has, in effect, headed the most efficiently maintained state in the Union over his time here. Over Lynch’s three gubernatorial terms, some of his most noteworthy accomplishments
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have been fighting for and maintaining SCHIP funding (in the face of former president George W. Bush’s draconian cuts to this bipartisan- popular program), funding high-school graduate plans that have resulted in markedly higher state-wide graduation rates, signing the nation’s toughest sexual-predator laws early on in his tenure, increasing state job-training programs (his concentration in job creation in our North Country, an area devastated financially during the Bush years, basically saved that section of our state from long-term ruin), dramatically lowering the cost for health insurance for small business employees, among many other achievements. It is this type of gubernatorial real-world acumen that is necessary in order to maintain New Hampshire’s “most livable” and safest state in America status. John Lynch is running for an unprecedented fourth term as our governor this year. We are currently the envy, in almost all facets, of much of the rest of our country due to our combination of fiscal conservatism and social moderateness (i.e., everyone has and deserves the same God-given rights as long as you work for them). And we want to keep it that way.
William F. Klessens - Salem President Obama’s America
Ever since our elected President of these United States took his office to defend and protect the people of the United States against foreign and domestic enemies, he has an apparent agenda that says otherwise. He has approved over $14 trillion in national debt (plus interest) borrowed from foreign countries such as China and Saudi Arabia, and will affect millions of American families. He allowed the BP oil spill to continue with little help from the federal government, and the response was too little, too late, thus putting in danger and affecting millions of lives in America. He is suing the state of Arizona over their right to protect their citizens against illegal aliens. This is a slap in the face of all (States Rights Law), when the federal government refuses to enforce federal laws that endanger.
He pushes Obamacare down the throats of all Americans at a cost of $1 trillion. This unread bill, voted by our local Congressmen Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter, was a blind step of faith for Obama. Without any excellent amendments enacted, this will affect millions of hard-working and retired people to their disadvantage due to higher deductibles, increased costs by insurance companies, and taxes to support such a huge change. Most all Americans were not for and still not ready to accept without massive improvements in this bill. Change in Congress is needed! The new finance reform pending in Washington
allows several loopholes in the future to make you concerned about that passage and check your stock portfolios more closely. The reform in refinanced homes continues to be in trouble, as 35 percent of all new, refinanced homes are now in default. This will lead to more guaranteed government write-offs, adding to more taxpayer debt. The president favors a United Nations constitution over the American Constitution and Bill of Rights for all citizens; though established in 1776, he wants to pull down America to be an equal partner with socialist Europe as a citizen of the world. A world of equal partners, not a strong America in leadership of freedom and private enterprise.
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William Klessens Should Be Ashamed
A recent letter from William F. Klessens was entitled the “Rand Paul Movement” (6-11-2010). Right off the bat, this title casts serious doubt upon Klessens’ scope of understanding. There is no such thing as the “Rand Paul Movement.” Rand Paul happens to be a very popular Kentucky eye surgeon who won the Kentucky Senatorial primary with nearly 60 percent of the vote. People are sick of lawyers and career politicians. At one point, Paul’s desperate GOP primary
opponent began slinging all sorts of mud, and made a wild accusation with an exaggerated comment about the Civil Rights Act. This was intended to be a smear against Dr. Paul, when Dr. Paul himself had never said anything about the Civil Rights Act, and certainly had never in the past suggested anything as outrageous as repealing it.
Enter entertainment shock-jock Rachel
Maddow asked Paul if he thought the Civil Rights Act should be repealed as if it had ever been a serious question. She then spun the ensuing discussion about how far government should go to tell people what to do into a statement that Dr. Paul never made, about a subject to which it did not pertain. When confronted with the insane statements of his opponent, Dr. Paul never hesitated to condemn private clubs who still discriminate, and said he himself would never join one. (That is the free market working.) Rand Paul said that he would have supported the Civil Rights Act in 1964, and still supports it. End of story ... or so you would think. Enter the gullible public who decide to base
their rants on these contrived matters, taking their political cues from entertainers. Is it any wonder they are so ill-informed? Even the esteemed Walter Williams, a black talk-show host, went on to defend Rand’s ensuing conversation, which he understood had nothing to do with repealing the Civil Rights Act, but more a philosophical discussion about where to draw the line on what government should and should not mandate people to do. Like an anti-intellectual school child, the sad
Mr. Klessens uses the media-generated mistruth in another of his snotty diatribes, stretching it to say that “candidates like Paul” are “unwelcome precursors to a new age of repression, violence, countless lawsuits, and race-on-race castigation.” Such wild-eyed liberal nonsense purveyed by Klessens—all based on a totally erroneous and manufactured media claim; the whole premise of Klessen’s pathetic rant being patently false. Dr. Paul comes from a most genteel and upstanding family of doctors who have likely donated more free medical services to minorities than any politicians today. His bio tells more, but in addition to his extensive work with the Lions Clubs, Dr. Paul has provided free eye surgery to children from around the world through his participation in the Children of the Americas Program. William Klessens, therefore, owes an apology to Rand Paul and his whole family, that is if Klessens is a man, and one who possesses even a shred of decency. At the very least, he should be completely ashamed of himself for purveying one of the ugliest of lies as truth about one of the most decent men I know; a lie created by an equally ugly character from a failing television channel called MSNBC. One can only hope he’ll be targeted for a libel suit, because that’s the only way this continued ugliness will stop. This is but another example of the poisoning of the discourse by fake media and the effect it has on the half-witted. They should stop listening to the hate speech coming from out-of-the- mainstream shock-jocks like Schultz and Maddow, who shamefully pose as “journalists.”
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