To The Daily Sun,
When SB-99 mandated a full review of the makeup of the State Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) which is responsible for siting large energy projects, including wind farms, I was skeptical that any meaningful changes would occur. I was pleasantly surprised with the proposed revisions to the SEC, which included revising the committee makeup, funding the committee, adding a staff administrator and requiring that siting guidelines be developed.
When SB-245 added the requirement that two members of the public, appointed by the governor, be added to the SEC so that there would be greater "public involvement" of those who ultimately will live with the decisions of the SEC, I was hopeful that New Hampshire was actually going to put in place a fair evaluation process.
Now I find out that the first "public member" of the SEC that Gov. Hassan has recommended to the Executive Council is state Sen. Bob Odell, formerly of Lempster. Lempster is the home of the first major wind farm in New Hampshire and Odell, who was a major promoter of the project, was openly dismissive of scenic concerns raised by homeowners.
To suggest that Senator Odell will fairly represent the public interest in the siting of wind farms is ludicrous.
So now we know that the SEC revision process was really a charade. We put lipstick on the pig but it's still a pig. Only now when the SEC approves a wind farm on New Hampshire's mountain ridges, destroying their scenic beauty and driving tourists to Maine and Vermont, so that Connecticut and Massachusetts can benefit from New Hampshire's excess electrical power, they can say we got "public input" before we approved the project.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 08:40
To The Daily Sun,
I'm a lifelong Republican and I support state Sen. Andrew Hosmer. I know this is considered traitorous within the New Hampshire GOP, but Andrew is the best suited candidate to represent District 7 and the people who live here.
I've known Andrew for almost 20 years. We've had many spirited debates over the years, and it's fair to say there are a number of issues we don't agree on. What I've come to appreciate about Andrew is he's willing to listen to my opinions, challenge them and offer a thoughtful response to them. His demeanor and willingness to listen are traits I value in elected leaders.
As a new father, my wife and I are concerned about education, affordable health care and New Hampshire's economy. These issues are important to Andrew as well. Unfortunately these issues often fall victim to partisan politics. Andrew has earned a reputation for working with Republicans and Democrats in crafting solutions to complex problems. If we want to preserve our New Hampshire Advantage we must support people who are reasonable and committed to problem-solving through collaboration. That's why Andrew Hosmer gets my vote.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 08:37
To The Daily Sun,
In Carroll County District 4 (Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, and Sandwich) we have a choice for State Representative.
Glenn Cordelli, running for State Representative, is against Common Core _ standards for our schools developed by the states, not the federal government, as falsely repeated by Glenn Cordelli — to prepare our students for the future job market.
Mr. Cordelli voted against Medicaid expansion — denying our poorest citizens health care. He voted against the buffer zone for women's clinics. Mr. Cordelli is against raising the minimum wage. Mr. Cordelli did not vote for the Fair Pay Act — equal pay for equal work.
During a forum in Sandwich, he used the phrase "a rising tide lifts all boats" in talking against the minimum wage. During the last 20 years, the top 1 percent of the "boats" has been raised significantly, but for the middle class and working people wages have stagnated.
Glenn Cordelli's experience is as an information technology person working for 30 years in county government in New York. As in the Documentary on the Roosevelts — both progressives, one Republican, one Democrat, government can be an agent for change and a help to the middle class and working people. We seem to be sliding to oligarchy in the same way the robber baron's controlled the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century.
If you want representatives in the Legislature who will fight for you and your economic well being, who will work to raise the standards for our schools, who will make sure we have a healthy population, who will protect women's health, who will raise the minimum wage, and who believe in equal pay for equal work — vote for Nick Vazzana and Ken Hill for State Representative in District 4.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 08:35
To The Daily Sun,
The Democratic Party misinformation squads are working overtime to smear anyone who gets in their way. One Mr. Jones denies any racial ties to buying a gun. I can only speculate whose idea it was in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to add the racial questions to Form 4473, which every person must fill out when purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer.
I have always understood that our civil rights were not contingent on ethnic or religious or political values. Remember our civil rights? The ones in the Bill of Rights that have been affirmed over and over by the U.S. Supreme Court? The ones that so many of our elected leaders have been trying to erase? Like our Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who voted to annul our 2nd Amendment by voting for the United Nations Small Arms Treaty just last spring. This piece of work was put forward by some of the most repressive governments in the world, would have outlawed the private ownership, sale, or transfer of firearms in the USA. Fortunately for us, Jeanne Shaheen was in the minority on that vote and it failed but not by much.
But back to the race questions on the Form 4473. After answering about a dozen questions of which a wrong answer would disqualify you from buying the gun, ones like "are you a convicted felon, illegal alien, drug addict," and such, come two race questions. First, are you of Hispanic origin, yes or no? Next comes a multiple choice of which you must choose one. I don't have it in front of me but I believe it included African-American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Eskimo and on until the last box was labeled "White." Not Caucasian, but white.
I don't remember those questions being there before Hussein Obama and Eric Holder took over. And I wonder if there is a wrong answer to those questions as well that would trigger a red flag to some racist, socialist person in charge of the government. But here is how to stick your finger in their eye. Go to a gun store and fill out a 4473 of your own. Proudly declare your ethnic heritage and exercise your natural right to own a firearm. And while you are at it, join the five million members of The National Rifle Association. We're the good guys.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 08:31
To The Daily Sun,
Lisa DiMartino is running for re-election to the House of Representatives. During her first term, Lisa served as a member and clerk of the Health and Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee and was appointed to both the Long-Term Care Committee and the Suicide Prevention Council. In addition, Lisa participated on the Governor's Commission on Disability, the Caregivers' Coalition, and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Disability Rights Center.
Lisa received the 2014 Governor's Accessibility Award for her dedication to her constituents and was recognized as a "Public Health Champion for 2014" by the N.H. Public Health Association.
Lisa needs to continue the work she started.
I will vote to return Lisa DiMartino to the House of Representatives. I ask that you vote for Lisa DiMartino, too.
Susan Michaelis Gunther
Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 08:24