Letters to the Editor

 

Tuesday
May212013

VRC web site is up 

www.veteranresortchapel.com

            The web site is up and in the next week or so it will take shape.  Helping returning from the front US Military Veterans must come first.  Citizens using their own money to build rent free single person tiny structures for US Military Veterans to find their way back is positive action.  Neighbors or any other person that speaks against helping US Military Veterans returning needing help but the flawed system we have is what the naysayers use as the reason not to help these (Veterans) citizens in their neighborhood.  Put the homeless US Military Veteran in any other town or neighborhood but ours.  101 Stepping Stone Rd Veteran Resort-Chapel is not the complete solution to helping all the homeless US Military Veterans that exist in NH alone.  635 registered homeless US Military Veterans exist in this State of New Hampshire.  This is only the registered homeless US Military Veterans.  All homeless US Military Veterans are not drug addicts or alcoholics.  Some are people just like you or anyone else that lost their job or the spouse took everything in the divorce.  Some of these Homeless US Military Veterans are disabled and unable to swim the maze of protocol to get the VA Medical care they need.  The VA turns away just as many veterans seeking help from the effects of their military service because there is no proof of it happening during combat.  I know because of the years of struggle even though I have four service-connected disabilities.  Three of my disabilities are Combat related.  I had a copy of my military medical file so every time the VA lost it I could give them a copy. They say they are working to correct the problems but they say that after every new wave of combat veterans return.  The problems today’s veterans suffer from the VA is the same as before just a new label.   

            On May 29 the Lee ZBA will meet and the subject is the wrongful action of the Town of Lee NH denying the VRC a building permit even though the area is zoned for what was asked to build.  The naysayers tell me that my bad mouthing the selectmen and planning board members that use their government position to make the resident of Lee believe that the VRC is not zoned in this area to build.  The selectmen and planning board member live in this neighborhood and do not want “these type people” (their own words) in their area.  These naysayers make the public believe that I am a danger or mentally ill.  I volunteer almost every day of the week to help other people.  I am not badmouthing any person.  If they do not want me to speak publicly about their actions then do not do it. 

            I am a 100% disabled US Marine from the Vietnam Conflict. My wife and I are using our life savings to help other US Military Veterans. A veteran helping other US Military Veterans not go through what my coming home was.  The newspapers refuse to print the letters to the editor from the VRC informing the residents of these government wrongs.  Ignorant citizens lead to more government wrongs when the next person enters the wrong neighborhood.  Think about it?

Peter Macdonald Sgt USMC Semper Fi

Tuesday
May212013

Groups should protest Shaheen, not the IRS

To the editor,

Groups in NH who may have been targeted by the IRS should know that despite her expression of disapproval this was done at the request of some US Senators, including their own Jeanne Shaheen in both 2010 and 2012. This is not the first time Shaheen has shown herself to be a hypocrite.

Shaheen’s Manchester and Hampstead offices are where the 2007 NH tea party movement was involved in protests after the Affordable Healthcare Act was introduced with the election of Obama in 2008. Shaheen was being called out for her refusal to hold any Obamacare town halls. After 80 of us showed up at her Hampstead office, she lied about our efforts by putting out a completely false and misleading press release blaming us for blocking her "constituents" from getting help.

Imagine if you will, that she contended we were not her NH constituents when we were, and when it was really our group that was being blocked? No one from out of state, paid for by “Washington insiders, insurance companies, or well-financed special interests” as she claimed we were, would ever have been allowed to be part of our group. However, there were exactly 3 supporters of Obamacare who stood outside. They wore purple shirts and admitted to us that they were paid to be there by SEIU of Massachusetts, including an illegal alien.

We will remember come election time.

Jane Aitken
Bedford, NH 03110
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(This misleading press release still exists on her website: http://shaheen.senate.gov/news/press/release/?id=744DDBD9-3C47-4A06-B2E3-8A8D5870FFE6 and the full story was printed here: http://www.nhteapartycoalition.org/tea/2010/06/09/shaheen-should-be-ashamed-for-cowardly-misleading-press-release/)

Thursday
May092013

Lee NH commuity profile the truth

Lee  NH  homeless veterans

            The UL had two great articles today.  One being “Club house” about how The Brookside Congregational Church of Somersworth NH is hosting a place for mentally and physically impaired to have a future.  The neighbors are all for such a place to exist but not in their neighborhood.  Then on the Veterans page “Motor vehicle crashes” how returning combat veterans have a 75% chance of being in a car crash compared to those that never serve.  The Veteran Resort-Chapel (that my wife and I put our life savings to purchase the land and give it to the non-profit) plus we are going to build the single bedroom 16’x24’tiny home with a private chapel in the basement and two religious meditation shacks 8’x16’ all with full bathrooms.  The tiny home and the two shacks will have full bathrooms using compost toilets.  From the town of Lee NH selectmen down to the Stepping Stone Rd neighborhood everyone says they are for it but not in their neighborhood.  Yet the Union Leader does not believe US Military Veterans homeless on the street rate coverage in their newspaper. 

            I have been there and I am some times still there.  Society that tries to make others afraid of me claims that I am mentally unstable, create hate to stop the VRC.  I am one that came back alive and sees just how wrong that was.  The UL caught the true meaning of the mental and physical state most returning veterans are in when we come home from our tour.  Returning US Military Veterans even from today’s wars suffer the same and end up the same homeless on the streets.  Society claims as they do after each war to understand and not let what happen before to these US Military Veterans happen to the ones coming home from today’s war.  Warehousing US Military Veterans in homeless shelters as our government sees as the solution is not the answer.  We all say we want to help but do not let “people like this in our neighborhood” is the common denominator.  To illustrate when I stepped off the plane many years ago the first word from the first round-eyed girl was just after she spit on me “Baby killer” and as ironic as that is just last month a 21 year-old bartender made a comment on a Vietnam news comment on the TV about how those that served in Vietnam were “baby killers”.  I (meaning all of us) are still there for the proud memory of servicing as US Military for the USA we did what was needed to survive to make the USA exist another day.  It is not easy coming home but some of us make out better than others.  Fighting the silence of newspapers like the Union Leader believing not telling our side helps us is wrong.  The existence of the VRC is to help a few of the 600 plus homeless US Military Veterans in New Hampshire alone.  I beg the Union Leader to print this letter and let the people of NH take a chance on a Veteran helping Veterans come home. 

            I ask everyone that reads this letter to write the newspaper and the town of Lee NH and just ask why not in their neighborhood?

Peter Macdonald Sgt USMC Semper Fi

101 Stepping Stone Rd.  Lee NH 03824             

Monday
Apr292013

Peter Macdonald - Government wrongs against US Military Veterans 

(Editor's Note: NHInsider received both letters. We have included the first letter at the bottom of this entry. Being a tiny media outlet we do not have the resources to respond immediately to everyones letters and  requests.  Bob DeMaura Owner/Operator NHInsider.com)

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Yesterday I wrote a letter and asked Chris Sununu to give a copy to the NH Governor.  I also sent it to every newspaper.  The subject of the Town of Lee NH discriminating against homeless US Military Veterans because the elite that live here do not want them in their town.  No game: my wife and I spent our life savings to buy 11.5 acres of woods abutting Wheelwright pond and deeded it over to the Veteran Resort-Chapel non-profit.  The only goal of this non-profit is to help homeless US Military Veterans come home mentally as well as physically if at all in a rent free single person cabin of their own.  The neighbor and Lee Planning Board member of Crawford Electrical and Builder (Kevin Crawford) does not want this across the street from his home and the neighbors have expressed the same.  This person wrote a letter to the Lee selectmen of incorrect facts asking for damaging harmful, threats and to have an art exhibit on the other side of Lee to be removed.  This citizen even documents how he and town official used government power to cause financial harm to stop this project.   The Lee building inspector writes a letter to the selectmen of his own idea to get the art exhibit removed maybe it can happen by using the building cabins on Stepping Stone Rd as leverage.  The Lee building inspector promises me a building permit if I do certain expensive unnecessary items.  Then when I go to get the permit he says I need site review (LSR).  To get a permit for a single person tiny house 16’x24’with a private chapel in the basement and two meditation shacks 8’x16’ no one else would be required.  LSR has me come to an informal meeting in March 2013 and tells me do certain things and they need legal opinion and sets April 10 2013 for the formal meeting.  On April 10 this meeting is delayed until April 24 to give the attorney more time.  April 24 formal meeting after a 42 private meeting with the attorney they come back and declare the meeting is informal now and a new one will be secluded after I get certain things done.  I went to a selectmen’s meeting, explained the wrongs and they refused to even do a thing that might allow homeless veterans a place to live in Lee NH.

            Everyone says that they want to help homeless US Military Veterans but no one will lift a finger.  It is my fault for I have never let a wrong be invoked against another citizen that asked me for help.  No matter what the cost to my character or wallet I have given but helping homeless US Military Veterans is my dream in life.  These men and women gave their future as children to fight and defend our nation the United States of America.  I ask Chris Sununu and NH governor to step forward and ask the public to ask why. 

Peter Macdonald Sgt USMC Semper Fi

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First Letter from Mr Macdonald received earlier this past weekend. /bobdm

Veteran Resort Chapel asks public help!

Lee Planning Board

(Site Review Committee)

Mr. Chairman

            My application on the property located at Lee Tax Map # 12 Lot 3-3 is known as the Veteran Resort-Chapel (VRC).  We applied for a 16’-24’- weather tight shell and two 8’x16’ Sheds and have been in front of the Lee Site Review committee twice so far and you have delayed and miss represented your goals so far, for they have been to with the help of an attorney find ways to delay our building in Lee NH. 

            The VRC owns 101 Stepping Stone road, which is a registered NH non-profit for the benefit of homeless US Military Veterans.  To build a one bedroom 16’x24’ single person tiny home with a full basement has never required such treatment to any other Lee citizen.  There are 11.5 acres of VRC property to build on.  The VRC is trying to enjoy Life, Liberty and Property and your delays and out right illegal acts to require such tests and other demanded wasteful time consuming requests is of like actions of Nazi Germany.  Any other person would be allowed to build and have friends and relatives visit with no government interference.   At the informal March meeting, which was SRC motion to reset to a formal meeting on April 10 2013 after legal opinion was obtained. This April 10 meeting to allow the board to get legal opinion asked for at the March meeting was delay to April 24.  The April 24 formal meeting after a 42-minute consolation with the town attorney in a private room from the citizens you came back and declared this an informal meeting off the record.  I have asked for and demand a copy of all communication between the SRC and the attorney where attorney client privilege is not reasonable here and by law the entire conversation must be public record.  Right to know law.

            The VRC owns the property and by guaranteed Constitutional rights has the right to quiet enjoyment of said property.  The building is a home with a home chapel in the basement.  It is not a public place but a place for the single homeless US Military Veteran using the meditation shack one each to come and pray or talk to God in their own way.   The discrimination and hurtful acts perpetrated on the VRC by the town of Lee NH to this point are uncalled for and down right in defiance of our US Constitution and NH Constitution.  The main theme of the Lee government officials and the neighbors on Stepping Stone road is you do not want “these type people in your town”.  This phrase has been used many times in my presence as you all have asked me how I was going to “Keep these type people out of your town”.  Other citizens have been discussed as they have said after hearing your contemptible words.   I have to ask what type of citizens are you, to reject the very children that gave their future to protect and defend this great nation the United States of America so that you so called out-standing citizens can enjoy freedom.  The hardest part is to accept that the good citizens of this great nation are kept ignorant by the newspapers refusing to inform the public of the Lee government’s distasteful, criminal actions to keep the US Military Veteran that is homeless out of your elite town.   I am sending this letter to the newspapers and CC to Governor Hassen and Mr Sununu

Peter Macdonald Sgt USMC Semper FI 

 

Sunday
Apr212013

Gloria Andrews - Accept Federal Money To Expand Medicaid

Many have experienced the fear that comes with not having health insurance. Others are covered, but have seen their premiums rise exponentially. New Hampshire has an important opportunity that will address both of these problems: accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid.

Medicaid currently only covers low-income children, people with disabilities, and some parents. This leaves others to fall through the cracks without health coverage they can afford. Expansion would help solve this problem by covering more than 22,000 Granite Staters who would otherwise be uninsured.

A smaller uninsured population would also be good for businesses and consumers who pay for private insurance. Family plans cost around $1000 extra to make up for uninsured people who get care they can’t pay for.

In Concord, the House has already shown their support for the new coverage option. Now we need to ensure the Senate does the same. My Senator, John Reagan, has not yet announced his support for this commonsense solution.

I encourage Senator Reagan’s constituents to contact him at john.reagan111@gmail.com or 603-463-3009 and ask that he do the right thing: accept federal funds and expand Medicaid. Reagan represents Allenstown, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, Loudon, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke, Pittsfield, Raymond, and Strafford.

Gloria Andrews

Chichester, NH