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Tuesday
Jul212009

Prescott Park Arts Festival Presents First of Two KIDS Festivals this Saturday

Prescott Park Arts Festival Presents First of Two KIDS Festivals this Saturday.

PORTSMOUTH, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival is preparing to present the first of two KIDS Festivals this Saturday, July 25, at 11:00 am as part of the FairPoint Communications MainStage. Held in Prescott Park, the KIDS Festival is part of the arts festival's summer long season filled with music concerts, festivals, kids events, musical theatre, and dance offered to the public at no fixed admission. The KIDS Festival will feature Wayne from Maine, Mary Kaye and Professor von Weinerschnitzel, and Ben Rudnick and Friends.

The KIDS Festival will feature Wayne from Maine who has been performing and recording music for children for over a decade. The Wayne from Maine show is an adventure through various musical styles designed for the young and young at heart. Audience participation is always encouraged as volunteers are invited on stage to play various instruments or sing.

Mary Kaye is an award winning singer/songwriter based in southern Maine. Her interactive show for children and families includes selections from her three award-winning CDs. Mary Kaye is joined by Professor von Wiennerschnitzel who performs juggling, comedy and magic as he pursues his grand experiment. Some may recognize the Professor as having a slight resemblance to David Kaye, the stage director of Prescott Park Arts Festival's presentation of Grease.

Ben Rudnick has been playing family friendly music featuring instantly hum-able original songs and fun spins on well-known traditional material. Boasting a high level of adventurous musicianship, his award winning recordings contain a unique acoustic sound ranging from light folk to bluegrass, calypso, and rock.

"The KIDS Festivals are an important part of our programming," says Prescott Park Arts Festival executive director Ben Anderson, "It involves not just entertainment for children, but also education, in a fun manner. It's a great place to spend the morning and afternoon with your kids."

The season also includes the presentation of Grease throughout the summer on Thursday and Sunday at 7 PM and Friday and Sunday at 8 PM, from June 26 to August 23.

The festival also offers the River House Restaurant Concert Series, held each Wednesday night in the park and features international acts such as Richie Havens, July 29, and Jonathan Edwards, August 12, in addition to multi-instrumental band The Waybacks, August 5, Quebecois band Genticorum on July 22, and high-energy Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers on August 27.

The Prescott Park Arts Festival's annual music festivals including the Americana Festival (August 15), Rhythm & Roots Festival (August 8) and Country Festival (August 1) have also exploded with talent including such acts as the prestigious Celtic group Solas, Alaskan bluegrass band Bearfoot, and many more.

Since 1996, the Arts Festival has consistently been named by Yankee magazine as a "must see" tourist attraction. Prescott Park Arts Festival is an independent non-profit organization with a mission of serving the community with a diverse array of quality arts events accessible to all.

For more information on the festival, or to see a full schedule of events, visit www.prescottpark.org or call 603-436-2848.

 

Monday
Jul202009

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

VETERANS AND THE UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE DEBATE
by Gordon Duff, Staff Writer

FEW VETERAN FAMILIES ARE COVERED BY ANY INSURANCE
HEALTH CARE RATIONED IN AMERICA BY MONEY


As a 100% Disabled Veteran, I qualify for full VA health care, including dental and optical. It hasn't been a perfect relationship. I got glasses a decade ago. They were broken and didn't fit when I got them in the mail. The VA has sent me to private dentists as they have not had qualified people available. It has cost me thousands. Specialist referrals are never made or have had year long waits and most problems or illnesses have been misdiagnosed. Read More >

 

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Monday
Jul202009

DSCC - Nashua Telegraph: Taush Aims Dart At Ayotte 

Tausch also entered the realm of state politics accusing Gov. John Lynch and the Legislature of placing the state on the path of an income tax.

He railed against the $110 million raid on the Joint Underwriting Association's surplus that Superior Court Judge Kathleen McGuire could rule on its legality by the end of this month.

"The authors of the state budget who felt it was OK to snatch private property to finance their dangerous growth in spending have landed the state in legal limbo that may result in a huge budget shortfall," Tausch continued. "The governor, attorney general and the legislators who passed the state budget are obligated to explain how they will make up the revenue if Judge McGuire's block on these funds stands. Will we end up with an income tax? A sales tax?"

Gee, who would he really be aiming that dart for with this assault?

That's right, desired senator-to-be Kelly Ayotte.

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090719/COLUMNISTS12/307199939/-1/opinion

Monday
Jul202009

NRCC - Shea-Porter Votes to Block Democrats' 'You Can Keep It' Promise 

Democrats Say One Thing, Do Another

Washington- Carol Shea-Porter apparently doesn’t believe taxpayers have the right to choose the health care plan that works best for them. In the House Education and Labor Committee, Shea-Porter took a stand against consumer choice by voting against an amendment that would shield employer-provided health coverage from costly and complex mandates that would force Americans off of their current insurance plans. Instead of keeping the ‘You Can Keep It’ promise touted by President Barack Obama and Democrat leaders, Shea-Porter cast a vote against what was supposed to be an underlying tenet of the Democrats’ healthcare plan.

 

With her vote, Shea-Porter told New Hampshire families that she has no problem forcing them to endure hours of waiting, higher insurance costs, and ballooning costs to taxpayers. Without the ‘You Can Keep It’ guarantee, Americans could be forced onto a public rationing plan like those that exist in Canada and Europe.

 

“Carol Shea-Porter's stance to further burden taxpayers while allowing the government to force people from their current coverage is the last thing New Hampshire families want from a healthcare plan,” Said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Chalk Carol Shea-Porter's vote to undercut competition and drive up costs for New Hampshire families as yet another broken promise.”

 

Background:

 

Democrats’ proposal is similar to a ration-care plan that pulls “from a limited pot of money: “In March, NICE ruled against the use of two drugs, Lapatinib and Sutent, that prolong the life of those with certain forms of breast and stomach cancer. This followed on a 2008 ruling against drugs -- including Sutent, which costs about $50,000 -- that would help terminally ill kidney-cancer patients. After last year's ruling, Peter Littlejohns, NICE's clinical and public health director noted that ‘there is a limited pot of money,’ that the drugs were of "marginal benefit at quite often an extreme cost," and the money might be better spent elsewhere. (Of NICE and men, Wall Street Journal, 7/08/09)

 

Small business groups immediately registered opposition, saying Democrats’ plan ‘threatens’ growth and job creation: “As our nation’s economy struggles to stabilize, policymakers agree that economic recovery, growth and job creation demand our focus and attention,” [National Association of Manufacturers] Executive Vice President Jay Timmons wrote in a letter to House Members. “However, some legislative proposals not only threaten sustainable growth and job creation, but also our economy’s ability to recover at all.”

 

“[National Federation of Independent Business] opposes the bill, it said, because “it threatens the viability of our nation’s job creators, fails to increase access and choice to all small businesses, destroys choice and competition for private insurance and fails to address the core challenge facing small business — cost.” (Murray, “NAM, NFIB Criticize House Health Care Proposal,” Roll Call, 7/15/09)

 

Similar systems in foreign countries force patients to wait for treatment – costing them valuable time and money: “The average wait time for a Canadian awaiting surgery or other medical treatment is now 18.3 weeks, a new high, according to a report released Monday.

 

“That's an increase of 97 per cent over 14 years, the report says.

 

“‘Canadians wait longer than Americans, Germans, and Swedes for cardiac care, although not as long as New Zealanders or the British,’ it reads. ‘Economists attempting to quantify the cost of this waiting time have estimated it to amount to $1,100 to $5,600 annually per patient.’” (“Wait Times for Surgery, Medical Treatments at All-Time High: Report,” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 8/15/07)

 

Monday
Jul202009

NRCC - Carol Shea-Porter Won't Let Unemployment Stand in the Way of Government Healthcare Takeover 

Kills Amendment Protecting Americans from Devastating Effects of Democrats’ Small Business Tax Hike

 

Washington- Carol Shea-Porter won’t let crippling unemployment stand in the way of her party bosses’ ongoing crusade to put health care in the hands of federal bureaucrats. Despite her supposed commitment to saving jobs and restoring American prosperity, Shea-Porter voted against an amendment that would eliminate a job-killing “pay or play” provision in the Democrats’ health care bill. With the national unemployment rate already nearing, Shea-Porter's vote could have devastating consequences.

 

Shea-Porter already put taxpayers on the hook for a trillion dollars in spending that has failed to turn around the country’s ongoing economic woes, and now she has made it clear to middle-class New Hampshire families that she has no problem with driving unemployment even higher.

 

“When Carol Shea-Porter thought no one was looking, she pushed through a provision that would allow unemployment to skyrocket in the name of a government healthcare takeover,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Middle-class New Hampshire families can look forward to even more job losses in the future thanks to Carol Shea-Porter's blatant efforts to pass yet another piece of the Democrats’ anti-business agenda.”

 

Background:

 

Democrats will force small businesses to comply with their onerous bureaucratic rules – or else: “Under the House measure, employers with payrolls exceeding $400,000 a year would have to provide health insurance or pay the 8% penalty. Employers with payrolls between $250,000 and $400,000 a year would pay a smaller penalty, and those less than $250,000 would be exempt. Certain small firms would get tax credits to help buy coverage.

 

“The relatively low thresholds for penalties triggered the sharpest criticism yet from employer groups, who said the burden on small business is too high and doesn't do enough to help them expand insurance coverage”. (Adamy and Meckler, “Small Business Faces Big Bite,” Wall Street Journal, 7/15/09)

 

A wide-ranging coalition of business groups recognize that the ‘pay or play’ scheme will kill jobs by ‘fiat’: “We are specifically concerned with a proposal to mandate that employers either provide health insurance or pay a new eight percent payroll tax. The House “pay or play” proposal is even more troublesome because employers are also mandated to pay the majority of employee premiums. Exempting some micro-businesses will not prevent this provision from killing many jobs. Congress should allow market forces and employer autonomy to determine what benefits employers provide, rather than deciding by fiat.” (Multi-Industry Letter on Health Care Reform, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 7/14/09)

 

Small business groups immediately registered opposition, saying Democrats’ plan ‘threatens’ growth and job creation: “As our nation’s economy struggles to stabilize, policymakers agree that economic recovery, growth and job creation demand our focus and attention,” [National Association of Manufacturers] Executive Vice President Jay Timmons wrote in a letter to House Members. “However, some legislative proposals not only threaten sustainable growth and job creation, but also our economy’s ability to recover at all.”

 

“[National Federation of Independent Business] opposes the bill, it said, because “it threatens the viability of our nation’s job creators, fails to increase access and choice to all small businesses, destroys choice and competition for private insurance and fails to address the core challenge facing small business — cost.” (Murray, “NAM, NFIB Criticize House Health Care Proposal,” Roll Call, 7/15/09)