To The Daily Sun,
There are some people who run for and serve in public office for personal recognition or self aggrandizing opportunities. Other folks do it for the good it will bring to their business or personal enterprise. We have seen many of these characters in our years of observation, haven't we. However, once in a while someone comes along who actually has something to offer the public in the way of leadership, integrity, and a sense of respect for giving the public the best bang for their tax dollar possible.
Glenn Cordelli is one of those exceptional people. I have seen his participation at the oversight meetings dealing with the Carroll County mess. I receive communications from him with updates on state and local issues. Whether attending local board of selectmen's meetings or a meeting of the Carroll County Delegation and Commissioners, he comes prepared, ready to engage in the discussion, fully equipped to express his views and offer resolutions, often educating those who didn't come as prepared. The way a person presents themselves in public venues demonstrates whether they are present only to be seen or there to make a difference. Glenn makes a difference.
His hard work has been recognized nationally as being one of 21 legislators in 19 states in the Class of 2014 Emerging Leaders because of their "potential and ability they have shown to have an impact in their state..." Part of the criteria for this achievement is "... a strong commitment to ideas leading to more private-sector jobs and more effective government at lower costs." He has proven his innovation and tenacity by the bills he has sponsored. He has studied the subject, conferred with people related to the issue and comes prepared to offer his ideas for balancing spending with good results for his constituents.
If you are from Moultonborough, Tuftonboro or Sandwich I urge you to vote in November. And do yourself, your town, the county and the state a favor and vote to re-elect Glenn Cordelli.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 11:00
To The Daily Sun,
Contrary to my usual practice, I am going to write a letter of support for a candidate who is not in my district and for whom I cannot vote. But I wish I could. I heartily support Dave Pollak's bid for office as County Commissioner from District 1, Laconia.
I have known Dave for years, both as a co-worker and as a personal friend. An ethical man of principle and brass-bound integrity, Dave never struck me as a "professional" politician. He is simply seeking to serve his community and to "make a difference." In fact, I was rather surprised when he told me he would be running for county commissioner. While I do not always agree with him, I have found him to be a person who will listen respectfully to anyone and can be counted upon to tell the truth.
Although today he is an educator, Dave will bring a wealth of other "real life" experience and knowledge to the office. He has been an attorney and the owner of a construction company. He chose education as another career because he believes in making a difference. He is very knowledgeable about the issues surrounding the Belknap County Jail. In addition to his regular job, he has participated in educational activities at the County Jail. He has also taught in the criminal justice program at Plymouth State University. He is respected by his students and colleagues. He has often taken a leadership role among his faculty colleagues and seeks to reach consensus with others.
While he is running as a Democrat, again, Dave fits few political stereotypes. He is logical and analytical. He is actually quite moderate on many issues and in any case, always seeks "common ground" with those who may disagree with him. Of course I encourage the Democrats in his district to come out and vote for him in November, but I would also encourage Republicans to vote for him or even write him in on the Republican ticket. I think he is a Democrat they would respect.
E. Scott Cracraft
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:57
To The Daily Sun,
"My father is running for Laconia School Board. He wants to go to the meetings to help the kids in the school. He helps my brother and me with our homework. I am 9 and my brother Ben is 10. My father is nice and considerate of others. I hope he wins."
This was a letter to the editor that I wrote back in 1984, when my father, Dr. Thomas Dawson, was running for his first term for Laconia School Board. I still remember the excitement surrounding the election and the satisfaction he took from that role (which he served for three elected terms).
I confidently endorse my father in his run for a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Laconia - District 3. He has been a citizen of Laconia for decades and would truly work for the interests of Laconians. He has gained respect during his time as a member of the Laconia School Board and within the educational community as a beloved professor of Fire Protection at Lakes Region Community College.
The one attribute that speaks volumes to any election candidate is one of values. My father's moral compass is unsurpassed, with an ethical demeanor and sound character. He exemplifies honesty and fairness. Dr. Dawson is highly intelligent, professional, and selfless. He will work tirelessly for the people of Laconia and New Hampshire if elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives and I proudly support his run in November's election.
Daughter of NH House Candidate Thomas Dawson
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:49
To The Daily Sun,
Susan Collins of Northfield recently wrote that Senator Hosmer "has been a strong advocate for education." It is true, but only for his own kids. His kids can attend private schools because he writes the check for it, but the program that allows New Hampshire lower-income families to send their kids to private school with scholarships donated by businesses, Senator Hosmer votes against. Do as I say, not as I do.
Susan also writes that Hosmer fought to keep UNH tuition frozen, but he wasn't even in the Statehouse when that fight began. Does any right-minded person think that UNH would have voluntarily frozen tuition if it wasn't forced to by the Legislature? The Legislature said, "Get your financial house in order and stop the practice of giving automatic pay raises to faculty (some who were making already over $ 200,000 per year) and stop thinking of the taxpayers as your ATM card."
And one more thing ... the famous 50-percent budget cut (which really only amounted to a cut of 6 percent of the UNH budget) that Democrats like to point out as being "anti-education" was almost instantly recovered by UNH in an alumni fundraiser. UNH finally did what every other state university in the country does. It fund-raised from alumni.
Susan's enthusiasm for Senator Hosmer is not only misplaced. It's dead wrong. Kathy Rago will be the lobbyist for parents and taxpayers. We need her representation in Concord.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:46
To The Daily Sun,
In the coming election you can have a voice in the next Congress, but only if you vote. By not voting you lose your voice. There is a stark choice in the 1st District between Carol Shea-Porter and Frank Guinta.
Carol has refused to take money from corporate PACs and won't be bought by corporate special interests. She supports everyone paying their fair share — no special breaks for the wealthy and unfair subsidies for corporations. She supported investment in infrastructure and voted to stop sending jobs overseas. She voted to save the auto industry, strengthen small businesses, and she refused to bail out Wall Street.
Carol is committed to preserving Social Security and Medicare. Carol supports laws to punish polluters. As a former military spouse, she got the VA to give New Hampshire vets greater access to in state medical care and have the VA upgrade its facilities. Carol believes the government must keep out of personal, medical, end of life, or lifestyle decisions. The government must not access private records without cause.
Carol brought construction and jobs to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, helped to secure funding to rebuild the Portsmouth Memorial Bridge, helped secure grants for firefighters and police.
Frank Guinta is funded by "big oil," the Koch brothers, "big pharma," the insurance industry, defense contractors. He just doesn't represent us. He supports obstructing a women's access to birth control and has said that if a pregnancy endangers a women's life, she should die. He voted to privatize Medicare, and cut Social Security. Frank was for cutting funds from critical environmental programs.
This is no time to turn back to policies that will have a severe negative impact on the economy and the environment. Come out and vote for Carol Shea-Porter.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:43