, Derry, New Hampshire

December 26, 2013

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — Pricey mandated insurance won’t help the poor

To the editor:

Liberals and progressives would like you to believe that conservatives and tea partiers like me don’t care about people and don’t want people to get health insurance or needed medical care. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We want everyone to have affordable health insurance that enables them to get excellent medical care.

Medicaid does not meet this requirement. Medicaid already pays less than the cost of providing services, and Medicaid payments are continually being reduced. Thus doctors and other service providers are increasingly unwilling to accept Medicaid patients.

The Obamacare insurance policies don’t meet this requirement. Obamacare insurance premiums are unaffordable for many middle-income Americans and Obamacare insurance frequently excludes, as in New Hampshire, many doctors and hospitals. Reports indicate that 70 percent of California doctors may not accept the insurance from the Obamacare exchange.

Obamacare hurts middle-income Americans who can’t afford the premiums for Obamacare compliant insurance which covers more services than most people want or need. Consequently the number of previously insured middle-income Americans who won’t have insurance because of Obamacare may exceed the number of new people getting taxpayer subsidized insurance.

Progressives claim that their motive is to help people, but they deserve no credit for providing “insurance” that doesn’t enable access to needed doctors and services and they deserve condemnation for outlawing good affordable insurance.

Progressive politicians promote things like Medicaid expansion, Obamacare, extended unemployment benefits, and enhancing other welfare programs to pretend to care about people and to divert attention from their destructive progressive policies which hurt peoples’ income producing abilities. Progressives know that struggling people may become dependent on government and then reward the politicians who promise the most “help.” This, political gain, is the evil motive for progressive policies.

Caring people would object to policies that devastate middle and low-income Americans by destroying good jobs, by condemning students to failing public schools, by flooding our labor markets (often with illegal aliens) which suppresses wages, and by destroying the culture that leads most Americans to be responsible, capable, and self-sufficient.

Caring people would join conservatives and tea partiers in fighting for the time-tested policies that lead to prosperity for the American people and for our country: fiscal responsibility, private property rights, rule of law, free enterprise, capitalism, and small, constitutionally limited government.

If our politicians really wanted every American to prosper, they wouldn’t promote Obamacare and welfare to cover up failing policies, they would promote the time-tested economic policies that create a powerfully growing economy so people can earn enough money to purchase what they want and need including good health insurance.

Don Ewing


I enjoyed my time in Derry

To the editor:

I recently moved to the Upper Valley and am very happy here.

However, I want to thank all the people involved in the town of Derry for making my 17-year stay among the happiest of my life. All of these fond memories will remain with me always, from my employment at Birchwood Nursing Home, fun times at Beaver Lake, Bone-builders and Tai Chi at the Veterans Hall, as well as many other offerings for seniors at the Marion Gerrish, volunteering at Pleasant Valley, walking the rail trail, belonging to The Friends of the Library, and enjoying all the shopping, movies, and dining out around town.

I have warm memories of church breakfasts, suppers, and yard sales, fabulous performances by the Pinkerton Players and other presentations at the Stockbridge and Kapow theaters, will live long in my heart, too.

Thank you also to Derry Cable TV for giving me the opportunity to introduce my first published book, and to The Coffee Factory, my favorite place to write and enjoy “Open Mic”, and for the Creative Women’s Writers Group where I learned to polish my skills and form lasting friendships.

Last, but not least, thanks to Derryfest and the Farmer’s Market! What a wonderful “people-friendly” town. Thanks to all of you who make life better here!

Eunie Guyre


Town employees deserved recognition

To the editor:

In response to the letter from Janet Fairbanks that appeared in the Derry News on Dec. 12:

I am grateful for the hard work of the Derry municipal employees, and pleased that they were given a couple of hours off during the middle of the workday to attend an annual recognition luncheon.

The minutes of the Nov. 5 Town Council meeting indicate that the Town Council was informed by the town administrator that there would be a recognition luncheon on Dec. 6, and that the Municipal Center would be closed for several hours as a result.

It is unfortunate that Ms. Fairbanks chose to misrepresent this event as a holiday party. Ms. Fairbanks also failed to note that the Town Council and town employees delivered a fiscal year 2014 budget that included no increase in taxes for municipal services. That kind of result can only happen when we have conscientious, motivated employees who are looking out for the best interests of the people that they serve. Our town employees deserve to be recognized for their hard work.

Craig Cunningham