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New tsunami of welfare is not answer to raising living standards

To The Daily Sun,
Consider the UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES of raising the minimum wage...
Very soon the employee of the month will have a battery. No place will the battery powered employee arrive quicker than the fast food industry. Chili's and many other chains are already on that track where computers and technology replace humans. Restaurants work on very thin profit margins of 3 to 6 percent... every increase in government and state taxes/wages results in higher costs and reduced profits to owners. Increased costs they pass on directly to customers in the form of higher prices. Forced higher wages delays every future hiring decision. It increases the determination and resolve of business owners to replace paid labor with unpaid computer technology. Waiters, waitresses and front counter personnel at places like MacDonald's and Wendy's are at the highest risk to be replaced in the first wave. The dining experience where you have no human contact except with that of fellow diners is fast on it's way. The computer tablet does not show up late for work, does not demand a raise,  (minimum or otherwise), doesn't require the payment of federal payroll taxes, state wage taxes, doesn't know what a holiday is and has never heard the words paid vacation or UNION. The incentive for every business to eliminate labor increases exponentially with it's cost. These most basic principles of economics 101 seem simply above the intelligence of the average Democrat to comprehend. Like Obamacare, they simply ignore that an action can have UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES that are far more damaging than any benefits.
There is only one way to improve the lives and finances of people in the lower economic strata of society. It is not with with a new tsunami's of welfare. It is not with another avalanches of new taxes or increases to the minimum wage in some desperate, insane search for equality at the bottom of the income scale to make us all feel better. If those Democratic approaches worked, America should be a living utopia. It is not, the country is awash in welfare and poverty. After five years of Democrats leading the country, the vast majority of Americana are sure the next generation will have it worse than they have. If you truly want to lift the lives of the lower economic half. Look east to Honk Kong. It has risen out of the ashes of pain and poverty over the past 75 years to become one of the most prosperous, vibrant and productive economies on earth. It has few taxes on anything, little promised welfare to any one, little poverty, low profile government with minimal regulations to handcuff and throttle business.. Best of all the place is recession proof. It draws unlimited investment from around the world that creates a never ending stream of new businesses with new jobs. A job is the only true path to independence. A better job is the only path from the lowest 20 percent to the highest. There is no other way as the futility of following the democratic, socialist, left leaning solutions have demonstrated for so long.
Tony Boutin
Gilford

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:45

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Planned Parenthood is not at all about planning for raising children

To The Daily Sun,

In the Daily Sun's January 31st edition, Gail Morrison made it clear she could not vote for Joe Kenney, fearing he would not support Planned Parenthood.
Morrison has my utmost respect for stepping forward and expressing her views on what she believes. Regardless of a person's commentary, it's never easy to have your words read in public since it's apt to spawn other opinions, such as mine, that are contrary.
The name Planned Parenthood sounds great but in reality it's more about not being a parent and planning for children as Harry Mitchell brings to light in his Sun letter of Feb. 1.

When visiting family in Rhode Island, I enjoy early morning walks to a favorite neighborhood café. On my path is a Neighborhood Center where there are always people, both young and old, holding signs as follows: "Think it over" ... "Not today" ... "Your baby has no voice" ... "Please return to your car" and it'll be with these 'sidewalk folks' in mind that I will enter the voting booth in November. Hence, whatever candidate best articulates a genuine personal sensitivity and compassion for life will have my vote.

Roland Jutras

Meredith

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 11:46

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Free intern for Democratic Park accuses well-respected businessman?

To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in response to college student and New Hampshire Democrat Party Intern Kyle Middleton's letter. Kyle opened his letter with the snarky question of "Does George Hurt read his own letters?" Well Kyle, I believe the appropriate question for me to ask is, did YOU read George Hurt's letter? Mr. Hurt was criticizing Senator Andrew Hosmer for his indefensible refusal to use a portion of the surplus to fund the largely depleted Rainy Day Fund ("RDF"), as required by law. He pointed out that Democratic governors have made large withdrawals from this fund, driving home the fact that even Democrats see the necessity of this fund. Young Kyle's letter only helps prove Mr. Hurt's point. Well done Kyle, I hope you'll be contacting Senator Hosmer encouraging him to vote to apply part of the surplus to the RDF.
The writer then regurgitated long discredited Democrat talking points. For example: Former Governor Shaheen, during her regime, withdrew more money from the RDF then was deposited. While Governor Lynch withdrew $80M, only to cover the Democrat's extremely bloated budget.
I find it comical that a bright young man who is willing to work for FREE as an intern for the N.H. Democrat party is accusing a well-respected pragmatic businessman such as George Hurt of "trying to score political points".
Now, Mr. Middleton, I wish you the best in your education and future, but please do YOUR OWN research before you put your name on another letter.

Kevin Leandro
Gliford

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 11:41

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Democrat offer of subsistence living in return for votes is amoral

To The Daily Sun,

Bernadette Loache says the only way out of poverty is to vote Democratic. Really? No! The only way out of poverty is a job Bernie. To get a job one must have an education, a marketable skill and most importantly the desire. Depending on Democrats to get one out of poverty is like waiting for a train that doesn't run (except for re-election). Democrats offer subsistence living generation after generation, after generation for as much of the population as they can attract to that life and keep voting Democratic. It's amoral, Bernie.
Steve Earle

Hill

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 11:35

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My professional experience and education will serve town of Hill well

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to the community of Hill:
My name is Tom Seymour and I am announcing my candidacy for the open seat on the Hill Board of Selectmen. As a New Hampshire native and life-long resident of the Lakes Region, I love the small-town atmosphere in Hill. I want to help preserve all that makes Hill the town my wife, Lisa, and I enjoy. Our grandchildren love to visit because the town is friendly and safe. They especially love playing at the town park. Lisa enjoys taking her regular runs through the town's streets and we can often be seen walking together in town — especially on warm summer afternoons. There is a real sense of community in Hill. We know our neighbors, we know our community, and we pitch in to help one another.

Small town life is attractive, but it can be difficult to maintain. I have witnessed changes in other small towns over the years that diminished the sense of community and belonging. Demands on town services, such as police and fire protection, highway improvements and maintenance continue to increase. Continued well-controlled, well-planned growth and spending will assure Hill remains the town my wife and I have come to enjoy over the last 12 years. Progress may be inevitable — even necessary; but making smart, affordable choices can assure effective and efficient town operations and growth.

A graduate of Winnisquam Regional High School, I completed my degree work with Lakes Region Community College and Southern New Hampshire University (MBA). I am employed by EPTAM Plastics, the largest precision plastics fabricator in the United States, in Northfield, NH. As Quality manager, I also oversee Continuous Improvement, Information Technology and their respective budgets. I also participate with other senior management staff in setting policy, creating fiscal plans, and strategic planning. As vice president and member of the board of directors of the Granite State Animal League, overseeing the operation of the Franklin Animal Shelter, I also help establish budgets and fund raising events.

I believe my professional experience and education will serve the town of Hill well and I am excited about the opportunity to represent the citizens as a member of the Board of Selectmen. I ask for your vote on March 11, 2014.

Tom Seymour
Hill

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 11:31

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