Fairbanks engages in revisionist history
To the editor:
It seems that in most of the articles in your paper about which I have personal knowledge, I find frequent errors. It is of additional concern that you allow people to repeatedly write letters that offer, to be nice, a revisionist history. Facts are easy to check.
The Derry town website has so much information available. For example, agendas and minutes of Town Council meetings going back several years can be found under the town administrator’s tab under departments. These are public records, no RSA 91A request required. A review of the minutes for the Dec. 7, 2010, council meeting shows Janet Fairbanks present in her role of councilor. Under “Administrator’s Report” is included the item of the Dec. 9, 2010, employee recognition luncheon with the notation that the Derry Municipal Center will be closed from 11:30 to 1:30 on that date so employees can attend the event. There was no discussion and no questions were raised by Mrs. Fairbanks. Councilors were invited to attend. The minutes for the Dec. 7 meeting were accepted at the next council meeting held on Jan. 4, 2011.
Mrs. Fairbanks was revisionist in two points: First, she did have knowledge of the event and closing of the Municipal Center while she on the council. Second, she did not, despite her assurances, bring her concerns to the council. Her husband, who was picking her up that day, certainly had knowledge the Municipal Center would be closed as he is the current council chairman and this year’s event was discussed at council meetings (minutes available online).
Minutes for other meetings and other years in which Mrs. Fairbanks was a town councilor are also available and every December the employee recognition luncheon was announced to the council and no objections were raised.
Just because you put something in your paper does not make it true.
Nation needs its weapons systems
To the editor:
A former owner of an ice cream company is waging a campaign questioning the necessity of the Pentagon’s large-scale weapons systems, including the F-35 fighter bomber which has been plagued with problems yet to be resolved.
We have a need for the development and implementation of strategic weapons systems to counter the systems of Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. Our large-scale weapons systems have kept potential adversaries at bay since World War II, and will continue to perform this vital function. The previously mentioned countries have extensive strategic weapons systems and continue to improve them and develop new, more lethal weapons.
I agree with the ice cream guy that we have to assign resources to address the threat of terrorism. In particular, Islamic terrorism is a major threat to world peace as evidenced by the attacks in this country, Europe, Russia and the Middle East.
If the former ice cream guy can guarantee the strategic weapons systems of potential adversaries will melt away, maybe we can convert some of our military manufacturing facilities to the production of ice cream whoopie pies he can use as ammunition against our enemies.
Donald A. Moskowitz
Thanks for supporting Day of Giving
To the editor:
Recently, Londonderry High School held its eighth annual Day of Giving event, celebrating students who give of themselves all year to make Londonderry High School, Lancer Nation, the caring community that it is.
Our world-record hair-cutting event for Pantene Beautiful Lengths, and the entire day, would not have happened without the help of community support, especially L-Town garage, owned by alum Jackie Phillips (who also donated eight inches of her beautiful lengths that day on the gym floor!) and Hannaford’s in Londonderry, the Boston Bruins and the Boston Red Sox, as well as the following salons and stylists, who volunteered their time, skills, and TLC: Joanna, Londonderry Hair; Kim, Great Clips, Hudson; Pam, Studio of Hair Art, Londonderry; Jackie and Trisha,The Chop Shop, Derry; Melanie, Jacqui and Chelsea, ECO, Londonderry; Kayla, Mistress and Her Tinkerman, Londonderry; Maria, Samantha and Shelby, Dolce Vita, Derry; Kristen, Hair Update, Londonderry; Kathleen, Courtney and Kylan, Kathleen Z’s, Auburn; Carrie Ann, Wendi and Crystal, Hot Heads, Manchester; Nicole, Tara, and Sarah, Bamboo Natural Beauty, Londonderry; Karen, from Mode Salon, Manchester; and Lisa, from Water’s Edge, Derry.
Roger Grondin, owner of The Grondin’s Photography, volunteered his time, in November and all day Friday, to take the “before and after” portraits, as well as our annual group portrait. We are indebted to his expertise and dedication to the community.
Thank you all.
Day of Giving/Pep rally coordinator
WHO’s health-care statistics are skewed
To the editor:
When people hear complaints about the U.S. health-care system based on the World Health Organization (WHO) rankings, they should understand that the WHO rankings are not what most Americans assume.
The WHO rankings are based on criteria which is intended to justify big government-controlled, essentially socialist, health care so that politicians and bureaucrats can justify increasing taxes, allocating health care, and controlling citizens’ everyday lives.
The complainers don’t mention it, but in the one WHO criteria that most Americans would consider most relevant, “responsiveness”, the U.S. health-care system is rated best. Responsiveness measures how quickly the health-care system responds to your problem, that is, how quickly you can see a doctor and get treated.
Even using the WHO’s criteria, which gives greater weight to factors other than “responsiveness”, the U.S. ranks 15th. But because the U.S. spends the most on health care, the WHO drops our ranking to 37th.
The U.S. health-care system is unjustifiably downgraded because most insurance policies require co-pays or deductibles and because of the total cost of our health-care system. But with 85 to 90 percent of Americans covered by insurance and with hospitals required to treat people regardless of ability to pay, American health care is available to all and affordable by most.
The WHO unjustifiably downgrades the U.S. health-care system for things that our health-care system doesn’t control -- murders, accidental deaths, and the results of perhaps the most unhealthy lifestyle in the developed world. Use of such criteria is only relevant for justifying increased government controls over our lives -- so we live “healthier.”
Do we really want bureaucrats controlling what we must and cannot eat or drink, requiring specific amounts of exercise, and preventing behaviors the bureaucrats consider risky — perhaps skiing, motorcycling, fireworks, hunting, driving over 55? Think of the country’s experiment with Prohibition and apply that to every aspect of your life that a bureaucrat decides is relevant to your “health.”
The WHO ranks Columbia, Morocco and Saudi Arabia above the U.S., but the world’s rich come here, not there. Canada is ranked above the U.S., but many Canadians come here for health care, often so they can get treatment before they die.
Because the WHO’s criteria has been hotly disputed, the WHO has not rated national health-care systems since 2000. Nothing should be based on the WHO’s health-care rankings.
Americans who cite the WHO report to denigrate our health-care system and justify government control of health care such as Obamacare are either ignorant of the WHO’s criteria and objective or supporters of socialized medicine, increased taxes, and the loss of personal freedom that results from increased government controls of how we live our lives.