The Epsom Bible Church Choir will be presenting “Our King Has Come”,
a Christmas Cantata. The event is free and open to the public. There
are two performances; Sunday, 12/8 at 10:30 AM and Friday, 12/13 at
7:00 PM. 398 Black Hall Road, Epsom. All are welcome!
The Epsom Public Library is having a “Polar Express” event on
Friday, December 13th at 6 pm. Come decorate cookies, and then enjoy
hot chocolate and popcorn while watching the movie. Wear your
pajamas and bring a blanket/pillow! There is no fee for this event
but registration is required.
Call the library at 736-9920 or sign up at the circulation desk.
As you may have heard on the news the NH Senate decided not to
proceed with expanded Medicaid at this time. While most of the
opposition was focused on the future costs of the program to the
state budget, I think the fundamental policy issues were more
important. For the first time, this program would have provided
Medicaid (fully paid medical insurance) to able-bodied adults, based
only on an income test. New enrollees would have been covered if
their income is up to 133% of the poverty level, which pretty much
means they do not hold full-time jobs. Amazingly,
college students and prisoners would have been covered. For others
the program creates a strong disincentive to work, which is bad
public policy. These really aren’t good reasons to send the federal
government even further into debt. That was the end of the special
session so the legislature is off until January.
When you are thinking about end-of-year charitable giving please
consider donating to your town’s welfare department. Epsom’s
welfare officer, Lee Bartlett, told me that there are needy families
who don’t quite meet their income criteria for public assistance.
Donated funds can be used more flexibly.
Carol and I wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.
Rep. Dan McGuire