Adoption can be rewarding experience
To the editor:
As November is National Adoption Month, I would like to take this opportunity to make an appeal to anyone who is contemplating adoption; please consider adopting a child who is in state custody.
These children are the most vulnerable, having experienced neglect or abuse. They need a special family that will give unconditional love, a family that is able to provide for all of their needs both physical as well as emotional on a consistent basis.
As a CASA guardian ad litem, I have witnessed the transformation that occurs when a child is placed in a permanent “forever” home. It is truly a miracle. These children blossom with care and are finally able to reach their full potential.
It is not an easy journey and it may take a lifetime of emotional support but the rewards are immeasurable. The trauma of neglect and abuse, as well as foster care, can be overwhelming; however, with time, love and nurturing anything is possible. Having adopted our two sons, my husband and I have experienced the joys, trials and challenges that all parents face. They are truly our children regardless of how they entered our family and we are very grateful.
If adoption is not an option for you, please consider volunteering for CASA of New Hampshire. As a guardian ad litem, you will receive training and support to help guide you in your work with the children.
You will advocate for them and give them a voice. As their CASA/GAL you will be challenged and taken out of your comfort zone but the end result of having a child placed in a permanent safe home is the ultimate reward, whether it is reunification with parents/guardians or in an appropriate adoptive home.
With the holiday season upon us, what better time than now to make this your gift to a deserving child. If you are unable to become a CASA/GAL, please consider becoming a “Friend of CASA” which will enable you to volunteer and support our mission in any way that you can. You can learn more about CASA at their website, www.casanh.org.
We’re paying for others’ reproductive choices
To the editor:
The Health and Human Services mandate for taxpayer-funded abortions and contraception in all health insurance plans is a travesty and an abomination. Planned Parenthood is profiting in a big way from this mandate.
Contraception and abortion are not health care. They are choices.
Why weren’t child and adult diabetic medications paid for instead? Why wasn’t high blood pressure medication or cholesterol lowering medication paid for instead? Why wasn’t medication for multiple sclerosis paid for instead? What about cancer treatments?
The answer to these questions is because Planned Parenthood invested a large sum of money, $12 million-plus, into President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Now President Obama is paying them back with our taxes and insurance premiums, in the form of the Health and Human Services mandate.
Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, cancer, etc., are all involuntarily contracted diseases. Sexual pleasure is a purely voluntary act.
The HHS mandate promotes sexual promiscuity and sexually transmitted diseases and sends the wrong message to our young people.
Wake up, America! We are on the wrong path. We have a government making the taxpayer pay for a totally voluntary activity, while real health issues are ignored.
Please contact your representatives and senators if you agree and tell them, you don’t want to pay for abortion and contraception through your health care insurance.
Ayotte is hurting New Hampshire families
To the editor:
Like many of my neighbors, I was relieved when the government shutdown ended. Yet the truth is that unless Republicans in Congress stop throwing temper tantrums to get what they want, these fights will not be going away. They aren’t cheap: this 15-day shutdown cost our government $24 billion, and that doesn’t include the cost to New Hampshire’s economy. Navy Yard contractors and Portsmouth businesses took a huge hit.
It is ridiculous that Sen. Kelly Ayotte harps on the value of fiscal responsibility but does nothing to reign in tea party excesses. Her tea party leaders nearly destroyed America’s credit rating while wasting billions of dollars.
When she was sworn into office she promised to represent the interests of New Hampshire families, yet under her watch her own party has enacted policies that have cost New Hampshire families jobs and income.
She has done nothing to stop them. She is, in fact, doing the opposite by putting forward so-called solutions that will perpetuate the tea party’s job-killing agenda.
Sen. Ayotte’s priorities are backward. New Hampshire’s families should come before her Washington buddies.
Gilmanton Iron Works