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September 26, 2013

Letters to the editor


Derry News

---- — Obama tries to spin the economy

To the editor:

The president reprised his role as prevaricator-in-chief last weekend in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, when he claimed he inherited an economy worse than the Great Depression. But the National Bureau of Economic Research says it was not even worse than 1980-82.

Obama claimed he stabilized the economy and we have had 42 straight months of growth — 1.7 percent annually can hardly be termed “growth” — and the creation of 7.5 million new jobs in that time. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics says we have only created 5.1 million jobs, 4.4 million of which are part-time.

He went on to claim 170,000 new jobs in the auto industry after his bailout, but the truth is, according to the BLS, that we are still down 74,000 industry jobs since then.

Obama claimed that “too big to fail” is a lot less likely to be in place the next time, due to his policies.

But Dodd-Frank enshrines too big to fail as national policy. And he then resorted to possibly the most asinine claim he has ever made: that our slow job growth is due to technology, automation replacing jobs — ATMs replacing tellers and the like.

It is embarrassing that a man this uneducated in basic economics is making economic decisions for the nation. It is also proof once again that the words that he speaks bear little relation to reality.

America needs honesty. We deserve better than this.

Mark Acciard

Derry

Anderson is a not so ‘public’ administrator

To the editor:

Town Administrator John Anderson’s recent closed meeting before the Town Council over his legal predicament reminds me of what JFK had to say on the subject of secrecy in government: “The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we as, as a people, inherently and historically opposed to ... secret proceedings.”

I believe that no town council should fear public scrutiny.

For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary.

JFK further implored the press, the only business in America protected by the Constitution, to provide strength and assistance, confident that with their help men will be what he was born to be: free and independent.

JACK GOTERCH

Derry

Republican opposition to Obamacare is puzzling

To the editor:

In 1989, Stuart M. Butler of the conservative Heritage Foundation published a proposal called “Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans,” which included a provision to “mandate all households to obtain adequate insurance.”

In 2006, Mitt Romney, Republican governor of Massachusetts, signed off on a law requiring individuals of the state to purchase health insurance.

This law has proven successful and is popular with the satisfied citizens of Massachusetts.

It served as a template for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) put into place by President Obama’s signature in 2010.

ACA puts the private health insurance market within the reach of millions who will deal directly with their providers and the insurers — the farthest thing from a “government take-over of health care.” It all sounds like a Republican dream come true! But no — it’s a Republican nightmare — a “train wreck,” a tornado that will leave “nobody safe from its wrath!”

What is keeping Republicans up all night is a very scary thought — Americans able to see for themselves the benefits of ACA and Obama being given credit for it! Yes, “the fight to stop ObamaCare now is an urgent matter” for the GOP!

One wonders how a Republican idea can morph so quickly from good to evil — so evil that Republicans are threatening to shut down the government, wreck the good faith and credit of the United States and risk destabilizing the global financial system to prevent its implementation by a Democratic president.

Cynthia Muse

Rye

Obamacare is a ‘train wreck’

To the editor:

Do you want to keep your doctor? Do you want to keep your health insurance (the insurance that you understand, that meets your needs, and that you can afford)? When President Obama wanted your support for Obamacare, he promised these things.

Are you unhappy that your health insurance premiums are skyrocketing (on average more than $2000), although President Obama promised your premiums would go down by $2,500?

Millions of Americans are suffering because so many Obamacare promises are false. But now, if you object to President Obama’s broken promises, you are called an “extremist.”

Obamacare is destroying jobs, suppressing job creation, and turning millions of full-time, into part-time jobs. Many employers who are struggling with increased, rather than lower, health insurance premiums are cutting workers, cutting spousal insurance coverage, or passing on increased costs to employees. Facing new Obamacare regulations, restrictions, and taxes, many hospitals, clinics, and companies working on new medical devices and techniques are cutting jobs and services, which means poorer future healthcare for patients.

Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean and others now admit that Obamacare inserts, between doctors and patients, a government bureaucrat who determines if life-saving (e.g., cancer drugs) or life-enhancing (e.g., hip replacements) treatments can be provided.

Obamacare taxes raise the cost of healthcare, especially for people with high medical expenses.

To provide insurance for5 percent more Americans, Obamacare is harming the insurance and health care for the 85 percent of Americans who already had health insurance.

One of its authors, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, called Obamacare a “train-wreck.” Our country was far better off without Obamacare.

Are you afraid to be called an “extremist” for wanting to help avoid this train-wreck which harms so many Americans? If not, sign the petition at dontfundit.com and call or email Sens. Ayotte (202-224-3324) and Shaheen (202-224-2841), and Congresswomen Shea-Porter (202-225-5456) and Kuster (202-225-5206) and tell them to vote to defund and repeal Obamacare.

DON EWING

Meredith