, Derry, New Hampshire

September 5, 2013

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — Let Woodmont build a bit at a time

To the editor:

The strategy is to go big, go for it all, and grind everyone down with endless PowerPoints long into the night.

Woodmont has executed that strategy and now wants everyone to just go away and let them have their way. “Let’s wind this thing up, everyone’s tired, just go home!”

The Planning Board in Londonderry has given Woodmont its way for two years. They let them present plans with an imaginary connection between the east and west sides of I-93 so they could claim extra acreage and less density. They allowed a lump-sum project when voters cried out for phased approvals because the thing is to be built in phases.

They now have a vague mess on their hands with a 260-page master plan proposal that glosses over things like traffic — you build it, we will come — drainage — replacing 10,000 trees with roofs and roads is no problem — and putting 600 to 800 kids in our schools from unspecified roads that school busses can’t use because of two-sided, all-night, on-street parking!

Let’s get real.

Let’s get control over these guys. Let’s start at the beginning where we first went wrong. Let them get going building phase one and then see what they really are trying to do.

I’m in favor of Woodmont phase one.

Jack Falvey


Rejecting Medicare funds may cost Republicans

To the editor:

During a recent panel discussion on New Hampshire Public Radio regarding the proposed expansion of Medicaid, Hillsborough Rep. Neal Kurk, a member of the Medicaid Expansion Study Commission, stood out for his thinly disguised contempt for the program.

Kurk framed expansion as an ideological question about the role of government that sounded painfully reminiscent of Mitt Romney’s famous “47 percent” remarks, implying that the poor should simply remedy their plight by taking “personal responsibility.”

He went on to explain that it was unfair to offer coverage that might have to be withdrawn if federal funding stopped. If businesses used such convoluted logic, they would only sell their products to customers who promised to keep buying them forever. Unlike Mr. Kurk, I think the eligible poor would gladly accept three years of coverage, even if they knew it could expire.

The Republican majority in the Senate may in the end be sufficient to thwart expansion. But starting with the likes of the dyspeptic Mr. Kurk, his party may pay a dear price in 2014 after voters discover they were willing to refuse $2.5 billion of federal money just to feed their endless obsession with destroying Obamacare.

Andrew Weir


Don’t let Republicans kill Obamacare

To the editor:

It is quite apparent to me that the Holy Grail for House Republicans is to keep people from getting health care. They have tried to repeal Obamacare 40 times and yet have offered no other solutions for health care.

Obama’s health reform law, The Affordable Care Act of 2010, was duly passed by Congress, signed by the president and is ready to be implemented. The individual mandate is an essential piece of the reform which can not and will not be bargained away. Obamacare is the law of the land and the Supreme Court has upheld it. The Republicans have no legitimate way to stop it but they will keep trying. Some Republicans are considering using a showdown this fall over the country’s borrowing limit as leverage to try to delay the law’s implementation. Another approach they are considering involves denying funding for Obamacare and threatening a possible government shut down. Does this all sound familiar?

This is what has been implemented by Obamacare so far: $1.1 billion in rebates to consumers, 3.1 million more young adults insured, 105 million Americans who have received free access to preventative care. For the first time one can not be denied medical insurance for a pre-existing condition.

Major legislative changes have historically caused plenty of opposition: Social Security in 1935, Medicare in 1965, Medicare Prescription Part D in 2007. But compromises were made and negotiations were carried out so as to make these laws work. All the Republicans talk about is repealing Obamacare as if that is the answer to our prayers.

House Republicans are attempting to frighten people and sabotage the law — a law that is already helping tens of millions of Americans and will give millions more the security of quality, affordable health care for the very first time starting in January 2014.

Please go to your representative’s town meeting and make certain that they are not trying to destroy Obamacare.

Sylvia R. Kennedy, M.D.