Blaine Dwyer: Heathy eating could lead to lower healthcare costs

To the editor: 

With Republican Congress bent on depriving 22 million Americans of medical insurance, this is a great time to provide our own, totally free
and totally effective health insurance - a plant-based diet.

A study with 131,000 participants, in last year's Internal Medicine, found that consumption of animal protein is associated with higher risk of death. A couple dozen other massive studies in the past four decades had similar findings. None reached opposite conclusions.

According to National Institutes of Health, 1.4 million, or 68 percent, of identified U.S. deaths are attributed to heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, linked conclusively with consumption of animal products.

Cost of medical care was estimated by National Institutes of Health at 3 trillion dollars in 2014, or $24,000 per household, and rising at 6.5 percent
annually - nearly four times the rate of inflation. Incredibly, this amount rivals our national budget and represents 17.5 percent of our gross domestic product. Even so, it does not include the costs of lost productivity, disability, and premature death.

We have little control over the national cost of medical care. But, each of us has a great deal of control over our household’s $24,000 share
every time we visit the grocery store.

Blaine Dwyer,

Theodore Bosen: It's high time for rank and file Democrats

To the editor:

Who holds the record for foreign intervention in another country's elections? According to Professor Don Levin of Carnegie Mellon University, the United States does with over 81 such meddlings since 1946, at least half of which changed outcomes. And that does not even include the CIA interventions like that ones that forcibly toppled governments in Chile, Guatemala, Iran and elsewhere.
The Clinton Democratic machine, which shows no inclination to step aside after having blown its election, still controls the Democratic National Committee and most of the Democrat members of Congress. This Clinton gang was caught soliciting major foreign cash in its 1996 bid to re-elect Bill, but Clinton Commerce Undersecretary and DNC operative John Huang took the fall for all of it in a plea bargain in 1999 with Bill's Attorney General, Janet Reno, who then dropped her investigation.
The same Clinton crowd now wants us to demonize the Russians, who, under Hillary's watch as Secretary of State pushed NATO and the EU to pull Russia's major trade partner and most important source of defense contracts, the Ukraine, away from Russian influence into an alliance with the West in a brash attempt to isolate Russia. This led to Russia's takeover of the strategic Ukrainian province of Crimea (whose population is virtually all Russian). The Clintonites want us to scream about the illegality of such a move, neglecting the fact that this is exactly what the their administration orchestrated 20 years ago in Kosovo, which was over 90% Albanian in population despite being a province of the sovereign state of Serbia. They invaded it to remove it form Serbian control, gave it to the Albanian rebels, and bombed civilians in Serbian cities during their Easter Holy Week in the process. These same Clintonites find no inconsistency in condemning the Russia, however, for doing the same thing, because it distracts from the truth of what the Wikileaked DNC emails proved, . . . that the DNC and the Clintons unlawfully collaborated to cheat Bernie Sanders out of the Democratic nomination. These are the facts that the “hack” revealed. It exposed the corruption of the Hillary Campaign and the DNC. If the Russians are responsible (and there is not a shred of evidence so far that they are), I want to give them a medal for saving us from eight more years of Clinton corruption.
It's high time for rank and file Democrats, for our country's sake, to push the Clintonites out of DNC leadership and take our party back. The former Bernie 2016 Steering Committee of NH has made the first move by endorsing Bernie's pick, Congressman Keith Ellison, for DNC Chair. I hope Democrats join us in this effort before these Clintonites still in power whip this country into another war on a phony premise for their own corrupt purposes.

Theodore Bosen,


Bob Pelletier: We need a council that is looking out for us

To the editor:

As most of you know, our city council has voted to do away with the Berlin Health Department. After about eight decades of providing service to this community, in just a few minutes of a council meeting, you will no longer be served by these skilled and dedicated nurses and ancillary staff. You will now be served by an agency from Littleton. Some of the nurses that served you here in Berlin may be able to be hired by the new agency but they will lose the state benefits that they enjoyed while working for the city. They will lose the benefits of their union and will essentially be starting over again with a new company. Not sure how many will be willing to make this transition. I know some will not.

Please remember that the Berlin Health Department has served the citizens of this community for decades at essentially no cost to the taxpayers. That didn't stop a few council members from destroying this traditional service with a simple raised hand. We, the citizens of this community, should be disappointed in the performance of the council regarding this matter. Remember that you, the citizens, expressed your desire to keep the health department on numerous occasions. Even so, the council voted against the wishes of the people they supposedly represent. It was an inside job with the vote being cast when a council member who would have voted in favor of the health department was not present at the meeting. Had she been there, we'd have our beloved health department. Had councilor Rozek not changed his vote at the last minute, we'd still have our nurses. Councilman Otis was against the health department from the start.
I want everyone to keep this in mind when it comes time to vote again. We need a council that is looking out for us, not trying to take away everything that benefits the citizens of Berlin.

I went to the work session at city hall Jan. 9, and watched as the final arrangements were made to destroy the Berlin Health Department and replace it with the North Country Home Health from Littleton. This is to be done in two short months. Eight decades of caring service is being done away with in two short months. The residents of this city should all be ashamed of the job being done my many in the council.

By the way, no determination was made as to the trust fund that was given specifically for the use of the nurses of the Berlin Health Department. We all need to hold the council accountable to the community for deciding what will be done with these funds. This money was not intended to go to the general fund! Lets keep an eye on that in the coming weeks.

Bob Pelletier, RN/Ret,


Wendy G. Muello: The Women's March, We stand together

To the editor:
This Saturday, Jan. 21, I will be joining other concerned North Country citizens in Lancaster at a Womens’ Solidarity March—exercising our first amendment rights of freedom of speech and the right to peaceful assembly.
Women’s Marches in Washington D.C. and all over the United States on Jan. 21, are meant to send a message to the country and the new administration that we stand together, recognizing that “defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us”. This is an inclusive peaceful march. Everyone is welcome. Please bring family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and children.

Join us on Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. in the municipal parking lot located in front of the Great North Woods Welcome Center in Lancaster. The walk will last one hour and take place on public sidewalks in downtown Lancaster. Please wear warm clothes and bring signs showing what you stand for and believe in.
I passionately support Healthcare for all people, not just the entitled. I believe in Science. I believe in Vaccinations. I will do everything I can do to support these causes.
I will be marching on Jan. 21. Join me. Bring a sign: what do you stand for?

Wendy G. Muello, M.D., FACP

John Gralenski: Teaching a governor how to kill a chicken

To the editor:

They keep saying it's a small world. Here's an example:

Years ago, a family that we knew quite well lived in Shelburne. They were active in community affairs. The wife ran a 4-H group for local kids. One day, the husband called me up. "John," he sez. "You grew up on a farm. How do you kill a chicken?" I thought he was joking, and, besides, if possible, I don't like to give a straight answer anyhow. "Well," I replied,"If you want to be certain, you can back over it with your car—"
No, no no. He was serious. The 4-H group was doing a poultry raising project. They were at that critical juncture when live-stock is converted to food. On the farm, we used to do a lot of that, so I went over and we accomplished the grisly business.
Years went by, the family moved to Littleton, the kids grew up and moved on. One of them settled in Kentucky. After a successful business, he was elected Governor.

How about that? I may well have showed the Governor Of the State of Kentucky how to kill a chicken!

John Gralenski,