Rotary member’s fill the backpacks
The Pleasant Street Church recently gathered with the Salem Rotary to put together close to 55 school backpacks for the upcoming school year students. These bags were complete with all the required supplies from a list that had been given to the Rotary, which included paper, erasers, scissors, glue, paperclips — anything that is necessary for a school year.
Walmart and several other stores helped with the supplies. These bags are going to be hand delivered by the Salem Rotary so that each student will get one in a discrete manner.
Some of the Rotary members were having so much fun with this project that they were actually trying to color coordinate all the items. It is nice to see an organization take so much pride in something so simple.
Some of the Rotary members who were filling the bags were Rick Incollingo, Arthur Barnes, Bill Sherry, Rick Silva, Chuck Black, Dave Bournival, Johanna Ramsley, Dick O’Shaughnessy, Laura Allain, Maria Bertelone, Jim Thomas, Henry LaBranche, Ed David, Ruth Ann Reddy, and Tom Hopper.
Dr. Henry LaBranche organizes notebooks
Bev Johnson, Queen Mother - doing introductions
Once again, the Rockingham Rubies celebrated an ‘Afternoon at the Races’. Red Hatters came from all over New Hampshire to laugh, share crazy hats and clothing, and just sit down with each other and have a good time. There was plenty of great food, and then came the chance to try their luck at horse racing. Everyone left with fond memories of a nice time together.
I shall wear purple...
With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up smaples in shoops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils
And beermats and things in boxes
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked
And surprised when suddenly I am old,
And start to wear purple.
Birthday ladies - Ida Ballard, Claire Honohan, Camille Lorusso
Dorothy Eagles - too young to be a Red Hatter
Horse betting on the side
Judd Gregg immediately received questions
The Salem Senior Center welcomed Senator Judd Gregg to talk on Health Care Reform. This is an issue extremely important to everyone, and Gregg explained what is going on, answered many questions, and had excellent charts for those who are “hands on”. One shocking fact that surprised many is that health care takes up 17 percent of the economy.
Gregg tried to answer the question on how to improve health care. He quoted that the United States has the best health care in the world. But even so, there are approximately 47 million people without health insurance, and there are 170 million people on private insurance policies. Therefore, reforms have to be made soon, and they have to be done right. There must be adequate care, costs need to be controlled, and people can’t be forced out of the insurance plans they are satisfied with.
Everyone needs access to insurance. Costs can be controlled with mechanisms, such as presentable health care, healthy lifestyles with cash incentives (such as quitting smoking), and lowering the cost of tests and overall health care in general.
Gregg feels rewards should be given to those who take care of themselves. He opposes a government plan. He claims that if the government controls prices then limited access will further slow down health care. This will reduce innovation and choices. Also, because Medicare coverage involves 60 percent of the costs, some doctors will refuse to participate.
Gregg then gave a quick summary of what he said, and also stated that he believes a bill will pass in Congress in late October if a consensus can be reached.
Next, he had a man from the audience choose the questions that needed to be asked so he wouldn’t be accused of stacking any questions. Sal Marino, from Salem, asked again if the US has the best health care, and a positive reply was answered. Judd mentioned that administration costs are out-of-sight, with “waste” being as high as 20 percent.
Women’s rights and abortions were then discussed.
Moving on, Gregg explained that Obama’s plan would reduce private insurance and slowly move towards a government plan; he feels this is so wrong.
A lady in the audience than stood up (Ann St. Hiliare) and said more reform is needed now. Judd explained to her that Medicare now reimburses only 8 percent of costs. A national system will set costs, stifle innovation, force many people out of business, and control the costs by limited access.
A discussion of breast cancer followed. The senator stated that right now in the US there is a 92 percent survival rate of breast cancer, while in England it comes in lower at 78 percent. There is also limited access to coverage in other countries.
It was mentioned that there are 47 million uninsured people in the US and close to 5 million illegal immigrants without coverage. A discussion ensued as to why illegal immigrants seem to be getting free things over the other people in the United States.
Senator Gregg believes that if we can have a bipartisan bill then it will be a big accomplishment. He also had a discussion in regards to VA hospitals and whether or not veterans can go to private hospitals as well. The veterans have earned their care, whether by the VA hospital or the private ones.
It was shown on the charts that this is going to be a very expensive program to develop, with a cost over 2.2 trillion dollars. Private insurance people will be moved into the government program. Gregg explained that there will be a financial meltdown of the country in 10 years if nothing is fixed. This involves Medicare and Social Security. This extreme Federal spending will also eliminate education funding as well as many other sources.
As shown, this is a very complicated issue, and Gregg took the time to explain in detail what is happening. People left with the feeling that somehow change is going to come about soon.
Senator Gregg, thanks for speaking to the people at the Senior Center. It showed that someone really cares and wants to make it better for the majority of the people.
Waiting for the man of the hour
Ann St. Hilaire questioning illegal immigrants receiving health insurance
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