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June 23, 2013

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Jesus models the way to live for his followers. His way is compassion, mercy and love. He didn’t kill anyone, he didn’t advocate killing in war. Jesus commanded us to love one another, even our enemies.

Jane Cadorette

North Andover

Just take the money, New Hampshire

To the editor:

The New Hampshire Legislature has another significant vote coming up: Should the state accept federal Medicaid funds to expand health coverage for 58,000 hard-working Granite Staters?

It should be a no-brainer. The $2.5 billion in federal funding would help insure families — people — unable to secure health insurance. It would cause hundreds of jobs to be created in the New Hampshire economy.

This is good!

Meanwhile, we still have the anti-progress tea party/libertarian/Republicans in Concord, still voting, like the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., against anything that will help people. We all know a family or an individual needing health insurance, people who are between jobs through no fault of their own, who have children with disabilities, who are disabled, who are veterans.

These folks have no access to preventative care, and they have no alternative but the Emergency Room when they get sick. Emergency rooms are exorbitantly expensive.

This cost is passed back to those who are insured. Meanwhile, our senators and representatives in Concord have the opportunity to get federal funding to secure health care for thousands of New Hampshire families.

Our tea party/libertarian/Republican coalition wants to turn back this money. Who turns away money, especially money that will help thousands of state citizens?

Meanwhile, if New Hampshire doesn’t take this money it will go to other states.

As concerned citizens, need to insist our representatives in Concord — Reps. Gary Azarian, Ronald Belanger, Bianca and Marilinda Garcia, John Sytek, Anne Priestly, Patrick Bick, Robert Elliott and Joseph Sweeney, and Sen. Chuck Morse — accept this federal funding.

They let us down on the expanded gaming bill, costing thousands of jobs and an infusion of money to the economy in Salem and New Hampshire. Are they going to again vote against the wishes of the people?

Dee Lewis

Salem, N.H.

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