To The Daily Sun,
We've all seen the LOL or ROFLMAO acronyms in the text messages we receive from friends. I have to tell you I was laughing out loud and almost rolling on the floor laughing a month ago when I read Ms. Lisa DiMartino's chest-thumping Sept. 19 letter here in The Daily Sun.
Twice in the headline she used the word "I". In the body of the letter, she said either "I" or "me" no less than 20 times. I thought I was listening to a speech given by our esteemed president.
But Ms. DiMartino's letter went off the tracks when she only told you half the story. If Paul Harvey, the award-winning radio newsman, were still alive, I'm sure he might say, "And now you're about to know the rest of the story." as he presented to you the following facts that Ms. DiMartino conveniently left out of her letter.
In her letter, Lisa talked about how she moved in the "right direction" and "worked hard" as your representative. After reviewing the following list, you may say to yourself, "With representatives like Lisa DiMartino, who needs enemies?"
Don't be fooled by soft and gooey letters like Lisa's. The true measure of your representative is how he/she voted down in Concord. Look at the votes and then decide how each vote affects you on a personal level.
Tell me if Lisa's votes put more money in your bank account, helped your family make ends meet or if you lost more of your rights.
In 2013, Lisa voted to expand Obamacare in NH (HB-271), direct tax dollars to fund abortions (SB-194), divert money from Highway Fund so roads deteriorate faster (HB-617), raise electricity costs (HB-306), increase taxes on your home heating oil (HB-185), increase cigarette taxes (HB-659), increase taxes on fishing licenses (HB-2 Am.1219H), increase boat license fees (HB-411), further restrict law-abiding citizens from carrying concealed firearms, to ask Congress to restrict free speech (HCR-2), enable residents of other states to vote in NH (HB-119), and accept expired student IDs as proof of New Hampshire voter eligibility (HB-595).
I could go on and on and on with Lisa's voting record, but I feel the editor will not print the long list. If you want to see Lisa's poor voting record, just go here: http://go.timcarter/lisa
Here's what you need to know about Lisa DiMartino. Just about every new law she voted for did one of two things: It either took away more of your rights, or it took money out of your pocket. The bills she voted against at the Statehouse were ones where you and I would get back more of our rights or we could keep more of our money.
It's time for you to give Lisa her pink slip. I'm not going to vote for Lisa in November and if you do, I don't want to hear you whine or complain when your taxes go up, your car needs an alignment from the potholes in our roads, or when you finally realize that each day more and more and more of your rights have been taken away.
I'm voting for Glen Aldrich as my state representative because Glen wants to repeal laws that infringe on our rights. Glen really wants to shrink state government and Glen understands the Second Amendment.
I know Glen personally and I know he'll do everything possible to reduce taxes, eliminate waste in Concord and do whatever is possible to keep the government out of my daily life and yours, too.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:57
To The Daily Sun,
While we properly focus right now on upcoming elections, we can be distracted from costly choices our government is making: war again, war some more. And war tools, like the controversial drones-bombing, that can make as many enemies among the people as hit targets, because our misses are tragic.
I want my Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Senators Ayotte and Shaheen to push for alternatives to the failed military strategy, and push for a debate and vote around military authorization for dealing with ISIS.
What are the alternatives? How can Iraqi soldiers bear the burden of fighting more war, when whatever age they've reached, for the last 11-plus years they've lived with family deaths and destroyed communities? We did that. If they run away from battles to survive, isn't that understandable?
Alternatives to war, please?
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:53
To The Daily Sun,
I am amazed at the money political candidates spend for TV ads to bad-mouth their opponents. They spend thousands and thousands of dollars to do this. I may be wrong, but I heard that a TV commercial can cost up to $30,000 for under a minute.
I would vote for the person that actually said something I want to hear without bad-mouthing their opponent. Tell me you will stop companies from moving jobs to China and other countries. Tell us you will fight for the people that voted for you and not the big corporations that funded your campaign. It seems that he who raises the most money wins.
Democrat or Republican, you all have something the other guy will find and use against you. Get down to what you are supposed to do fix this failing economy and create jobs instead of just talking about it. Stop allowing them to move to a foreign country. Put New Hampshire back on track.
One other thing: gambling is not the answer to fix our budget.
If you look hard enough you will find the answer.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:44
To The Daily Sun,
On Monday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m., the county Commissioners will go before the Executive Committee of the Belknap County Convention for budget transfers. The county convention has sued the commissioners over the question of "Department Budget or Line Item Budget" and the judge who will issue the ruling, will do so in March 2015.
The county is on a calendar year budget, so the judge has asked the commissioners to stay within the "line item budget" until his decision is made. The judge also said if the commissioners need to transfer monies they can request transfers from the executive committee of the county convention, who will consider the request "in good faith."
What does this mean? It means, in the middle of this political turmoil is the county employee. Belknap County has loyal, dedicated employees. With all that you read in the newspapers, the county employee has received a lot of negative publicity and with the newest budget issue, and the emotional stress is taking its toll. We (the county employees) are taxpayers, too. We have mortgages, rent, heating cost, and families to care for. We shop in the area, and our monies go back into the communities we live in.
It's my hope at this meeting on Monday, Oct 27, that the executive committee of the county convention considers the commissioners' request and "in good faith — do the right thing." However, following the county convention's current track record, it's probably not going to happen. The county employees will take more cuts and layoffs to stay within the budget line item. How many more cuts are left until we lose the Nursing Home or Corrections Dept.? Are we the taxpayer ready to lose these two establishments? The funds are already in the budget, so Mr. Tilton, chair and members of the executive committee, in good faith — will you do the right thing and transfer those monies back into the appropriate lines — 230 employees are waiting.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:23
To The Daily Sun,
The Executive Committee of the Belknap County Delegation will hold a meeting on Monday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. at the Belknap County complex. At this meeting, the commissioners will request budget transfers that require the executive committee's approval. This process is based on the court order that was put in place by the judge since the end of August.
A major issue that affects every employee in every department of the county, is the possibility of having to come up with a large amount of money over the next eight weeks in order to fulfill the county's budgetary requirements for funding their health insurance plan to the end of 2014. Employees became aware of this potential financial shortfall on Oct. 16. To say the least, this will impose a financial hardship for county employees who continually find themselves caught in the turmoil of the micromanagement and political environment that has been created at Belknap County.
Employees have been made out to be bad, awful, untrustworthy people who want something for nothing. I know when I come to work every day, I come willing to earn my paycheck, and there are 200-plus employees just like me. The commissioners will request the transfers to be able to move the money, which is already appropriated in the budget. The money is there. It just needs to be moved from one line item to another line item within the respective department's budget.
Similar to moving money from your savings account into your checking account to pay your bills. You've already saved the money; it is in your budget. You just need to move it to the right account to pay the bill. The county has operated like this for years until this court order was imposed.
For the sake of all county employees, who come to work every day and do their jobs which serve the citizens of Belknap County, I for one am asking for the Executive Committee to approve the transfers needed to cover the costs of the health insurance.
Angela A. Bovill
Belknap County Employee
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:19