NHI Editorials


Christie Proves He is a Bully Hypocrite!

Did you see Christie at the debate the other night? He interrupted Trump and Fiorina when they were discussing their business experiences, to tell them no one cares, the 50 yr. old construction worker doesn’t care about their resumes.

Then he went on to tell everyone what he had accomplished as Governor of New Jersey and as a federal prosecutor. That is, he reviewed his resume through rose colored glasses as if that same 50 yr. old construction worker probably a New Jersey union worker, cared about Christie’s record.

Further along he chastised Fiorina for interrupting him, proclaiming she had been doing it all night. That’s called projection Gov. Christie, when you place what you have been doing all night onto someone else.

Time for you (1% and sinking) to go back to Jersey to work your bully tactics. I have an idea why don’t you shut down a bridge or two to punish a mayor from the other party that won’t join with you. A move that punished thousands of Americans and made not one spec of a difference to the Mayor of Ft. Lee.

Work Hard Have Fun!

Bob DeMaura


Heroin Epidemic Part 3: Overdoses, A Quality Control Problem

There were over 300 heroin overdoses resulting in death last year in New Hampshire, not counting the overdoses that were reversed by injecting the victim with Narcan to counteract the effects of the heroin. This leads everyone to declare overdosing as the problem, it isn’t the problem, it is the symptom of the problem.

The real problem is due to the fact that heroin is illegal, thus there is no regulation or oversight over the formulation of the product. How many times has it been stepped on ie: diluted, cut with other substances? What other substances were used to step on the heroin?

The user can’t be sure how much heroin is in the packet he just purchased and what is the strength of the heroin. Is he getting 10% or 25% heroin? Does the packet include other opioids such as Percocet or Fentanyl? Has the user been out of the scene for a while such as at a rehab or in jail? How many of the OD’s are fresh from rehab and jail, thinking they will use the same amount as before only they have lowered their resistance making them susceptible to Od’ing.

How do we solve the problem of bad quality control? Some countries have gone so far as to have clinics available where registered addicts can go to get there daily fixes, using clean needles and a controlled amount. I don’t see that system gaining any traction in the USA.

Having Narcan available does help to limit the number of deaths though it is just treating the symptom. Amazing how many EMT’s report the victim comes out of the overdose raring mad that the EMT ruined his high, they are belligerent and sometimes violent. This puts our First Responders at risk of injury or even death. I personally am not comfortable giving Narcan to everyone including civilian family members, again treating the symptom. How do we ever get any of the addicts to rehabilitate if they are guaranteed to be safe using heroin?

Having law enforcement crackdown on heroin and other hard drug dealers is perhaps the best method. It will dry up the supplies causing the price to escalate. Be aware however as reported in previous essays the amount of money involved makes it nearly impossible to eliminate the drugs, with each arrest another person jumps in to fill the void.

I know I promised 3 essays on this subject, but it is just so large it will take a fourth (4) essay to wrap this up.

Bob DeMaura

NHInsider owner/operator


Heroin Epidemic Part 2: A Self Correcting Problem

Sadly, this is a very true situation. Eventually if the heroin user continues using they will become addicted. The end result is an early death either due to overdose or ‘natural’ death due to the many diseases that comes with addiction to harmful chemicals. These include Hepatitis B or C, Renal failures, auto accidents due to intoxication, and HIV/AIDS.

The downward spiral begins almost immediately with the first usage. Heroin creates such a euphoric state that it draws the user into ever increasing dosages.

Some will argue that these are really good people that went bad. My observations over time has been that they are not really nice people. They are entitled, selfish and self-centered.          If they were so nice you wouldn’t find needles in the children’s playgrounds.  These are the people that rob and steal from their family members, telling great lies to get the money needed to score a bag. These are the people that are breaking into your cars and houses, and will resort to arming themselves so they can hold-up anyone that appears to have more money than them. They were coddled, not allowed to experience disappointment or made to work for rewards. Personally, I think we can trace this back 30 years or so when it became ‘politically correct’ to give everyone a trophy, there were no longer tryouts everyone made the team, no one won as no score was kept. Then once they became of age to go out in the world they found out soon enough that the rest of the world was in fact keeping score.

The downward spiral is well along the way once they get arrested for the crimes they are committing. The arrests then make it hard for the addict to recover as they now have a record making it hard to get a job. This is a topic that needs more time but our current criminal justice system makes no allowance for good behavior after a crime. Even after the criminal has served his penalty he is punished further by having this follow him/her forever. I suggest Judges set a period of time after the penalties are paid that the arrest will stay open. If they remain crime free during this timeframe their record is sealed from public view.

So where do we go from here? Treatment centers are called for but what is the actual success rate?  It appears that very few stop on the first admission. It usually takes a number of admissions before any real progress is made, and then it is still just a small number that can return to their city or town and stay clean. When allocating money for heroin treatment perhaps it makes more sense to consider this a jobs program for the underemployed social service workers.

Why do treatments fail? Obviously the allure of euphoria is hard to deny, but there are other reasons as well. Many of these addicts see treatment center workers as a bunch of hypocrites, who proselytize to the addicts in treatment all the while going home using alcohol, pot or prescription drugs of many varieties. Then there is the desire to feel alive, live dangerously. They find it fulfilling to beat the cops, driving right by them while high as a kite and holding some quantity of drugs. It is thrilling to go deep into the inner city in the dangerous neighborhoods and score a bag and get out alive.

One has to wonder what a ‘straight’ social service worker can possible say to an addict to get them to stop if the threat of imminent death isn't enough?  That is why this is a self-correcting problem, eventually the addict will become so sick or experience a sudden death from overdosing removing them from the ranks of the addicted.

From my experience it is certainly emotionally draining to have a drug addict in the family. Emotions run high and low like a roller coaster ride of emotion. One emotion that is not readily admitted to but is certainly there in almost all overdose or deaths due to complications of drug use is relief. Relief that this is finally over and the family members, relatives and friends can once again start living their lives.


Heroin Epidemic Part 1: Courtesy of the US Government

NB: This is the first of three Editors Blogs regarding Heroin and our communities.


In the 1960’s the US Government under President Nixon instituted the War on Drugs. In particular it was a war on marijuana. Heroin and cocaine was limited, an inner city problem involving mostly the poor minority population. Methamphetamines were unheard of as such it wasn’t considered significant. Marijuana on the other hand had taken hold with the white middle class population.

The War on Drugs was actually a War on Marijuana. The Federal government classified Marijuana as a Class 1 narcotic drug with no medical applications. This was the same exact classification as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. Getting arrested for possession of marijuana brought on the same penalties as these other hard core drugs.

As we know heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine are processed powders, easily diluted with other substances to stretch the amount available for sale. They are either injected, snorted into the nasal passages, or smoked. Marijuana on the other hand is a plant whose flowers are smoked, cooked into sweets such as brownies or brewed into a tea. I’m reminded of the old Sesame Street ditty, “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same”.

The War on Drugs took a nasty turn when the US Government began eradicating the marijuana farms in Central America using various chemicals sprayed via airplane. Some of these caused death to anyone who used the tainted products. More important, this opened up Central America to convert from marijuana production to production, under the control of organized crime, of the more harmful yet profitable drugs under Class 1 classification.

Here’s the reason this happened. Marijuana can’t be diluted so it is sold through a series of levels. For instance the farmer would get about $50 for a pound of marijuana sold to the crime bosses. They then sell it to regional wholesalers for $500/Lb. Who then sell it to regional distributors for $1000/lb., who distribute it to local resellers for $2000/lb., who then sell it to street level dealers for around $600/quarter lb., who sell it to users for around $200/ounce!

Heroin is manufactured by the criminal enterprises then sold as pure heroin for $100/gram bringing in around $45,000/lb., the wholesalers then “cut” the heroin with a variety of substances. They also sell it for $100/gram but now due to diluting the product they have twice as much bringing in around $90,000. They sell the two pounds of diluted product to regional distributors, who cut it again doubling the amount available for sale bringing in $180,000 for the now 4lbs. of product. They then sell it to local resellers who cut it once again making it 8lbs. The resellers are now bringing in $360,000 for their eight pounds of diluted product.

Another positive for the crime bosses is the fact that 5 pounds of heroin takes up the same physical space as 1 pound of marijuana! In numbers that is $500 for the pot vs. $225,000 for heroin to the crime bosses.

As the numbers show it is now too late to get that genie back in the bottle by legalizing marijuana. The profit potential for distributing heroin is just too great to ever think that Central American governments and criminal enterprises will ever go back to producing marijuana.

Which brings up the only positive of this crazy War on Marijuana. Almost all the marijuana used in the USA is now cultivated in the USA. Bringing those jobs back to the USA.

Bob DeMaura

NHInsider Owner/Operator


Which is Politically Corrupting, $350K from Family or $3.2 Million from Hedge Fund Manager?

Ray Buckley made his weekly rant denigrating the integrity of NH CD-1 US Representative Frank Guinta, in a recent press release. The basis of his claim that Frank Guinta is a “Damned Liar” is grammatical bit- slicing of statements Congressman Guinta has made regarding a $350,000 donation to his campaign against Carol Shea-Porter from his parents in New Jersey. Buckley uses some of the statements made by Congressman Guinta’s mother regarding this donation but ignores other statements made by this aging woman. Buckley demands that Congressman Guinta return this money as it wasn’t his, even though Congressman Guinta’s mother has made other statements claiming this was in fact Congressman Guinta’s money as partly his and partly his future inheritance.

Buckley has two motives, first to besmirch the reputation of Congressman Guinta in preparation for the 2016 election cycle, second to distract the NH voters from the fact that the NH Democratic Party 2016 candidates to Federal office, US Senator Shaheen, US Congresswoman Kuster and Governor Hassan have accepted $3.2 million dollars into their campaigns from California Billionaire “Green” Energy hedge fund manager Tom Steyer.

Unfortunately for Congressman Guinta, many of NH’s political journalists and editors are very Liberal and basically cut and paste directly from Ray Buckley’s press releases. Yes, todays journalists and editors are basically lazy and are willing to sacrifice their integrity for ideological reasons. Sadly, many Republicans elected to hold State office positions are easily led by the liberal media to distance themselves from Congressman Guinta to protect themselves from future nasty press releases from Ray Buckley which the liberal media will regurgitate, potentially hurting their chances of re-election.

So the question remains “What is more corrupting, Family Money or Hedge Fund Money”?

The Democrats want to peg Congressman Guinta a liar based on the conflicting statements made by an elderly woman. Somehow this is supposedly corrupting but I fail to see how. Will Congressman Guinta vote for a special Social Security payment just for his mom?

Or is the $3,200,000 donations made to Shaheen, Kuster and Hassan by California Billionaire Tom Steyer corrupting? What does Mr. Steyer expect from these 3 NH women? Perhaps votes maintaining so called Green Energy subsidies. Preferential treatment of so called Green Energy companies by Congress on future votes protecting his massive investments in so called Green Energy companies. Perhaps even a bailout of California’s broke pension funds, or other special treatments for California.

I suggest NH’s Republican elected officials get some backbone and stand up for Congressman Guinta.

NH Voters need to give this situation a thorough examination of facts and motives and vote accordingly.

Work Hard Have Fun!

Bob DeMaura