To The Daily Sun,
I recently met Sue, a waitress working three jobs to support her four children, at the Bristol Diner, home of my most favorite chicken pot pie.
I asked if she was registered to vote (since I'm a candidate for state representative from her district). "No," and she explained her hectic life. She would not want to vote unless she had the time to research the candidates. I praised her sincerity and empathized. I'd been a working single mom of three without child support for many years myself.
When I left, she thanked ... ME! Stunned, I asked why, and she simply said for understanding without creating a guilt trip.
Being an informed voter is particularly important in our district (Grafton, Alexandria, Bristol, Bridgewater and Ashland) because gone are the days when you could trust what a Democrat or a Republican stands for. This election, Hull and Olson are acknowledged Free State libertarians running for state office under false labels.
Thank YOU, Sue, for taking care that your vote is worthwhile. Please vote, because many gains such as Paycheck Fairness promoting equal pay for women are at stake.
You can find a sample ballot for your town at the Secretary of State's office: http://sos.nh.gov. There are recorded interviews and debates with candidates that you can stream anytime at http://nhpr.org/topic/elections-2014. And this paper plus others publish candidates' profiles prior to Election Day.
House candidate, Grafton District 9
Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 10:46
To The Daily Sun,
The Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, states our president. The Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa are upset at the West because of social, political and economic dysfunction within their own society asserts most of the Democratic talking heads.
Former President Bill Clinton claimed that "these forces of reaction (al-Qaida) feed on disillusionment, poverty and despair." Bruce Thornton would like to ask the aforementioned leaders of our country the following: "Why is it that the billions of people around the globe who are even more impoverished and hopeless, have not created a multinational network of groups dedicated to inflicting brutal mayhem and violence on those who do not share their faith or would block their vision of global domination?"
Bruce goes on to affirm that we refuse to diagnose the problem properly so all the economic development and democratic nation building will never provide the answer to neutralize jihadism. Unfortunately, former President George Bush failed to understand that when he tried to develop a democracy in Iraq. Yes, the surge did stabilize Iraq and just might have kept the jihadists at bay in that region if not for President Obama's feeble and failed attempt at establishing a status of forces agreement, residual force in Iraq. The result was a destabilized region and a welcome mat for ISIS, provided by our Democrat president.
So-called experts of all political stripes have erroneously compared the global aspirations of the Muslim world to that of the Soviet Union's desire for world denomination. Bruce notes that Soviet Communism was a materialist, atheist ideology imposed by force on deeply religious people. It ultimately failed at both, neither delivering material prosperity nor successfully suppressing the religious needs of its citizens.
Despite the corrupt and dysfunctional Russian economy, Putin's autocracy enjoys strong support in part because he acknowledges that religious piety lies at the core of its national identity and separates them from the secular, godless West. Just let that maddening juxtaposition simmer on your consciousness for awhile.
We continue to face the slow erosion of our Judeo-Christian roots in the face of the growth of secular humanism, political correctness, and moral relativism which is leading to the destruction of the very moral fiber that has held this country together for so long.
The Communism vs. Islam analogy is flawed because the Muslim world is steeped in profound Islamic spirituality and the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Qatar and others embrace that. What Muslims see on worldwide media and hear at their Friday sermons in their mosques, regarding America and the West is as Bruce states, "a godless Sodom of materialism and depravity fostered by rootless individualism and irresponsible license camouflaged as prosperity and democratic freedom." That is what feeds this centuries-old conflict between Islam and all infidels. That is why they are able to commit such death and destruction with a clear conscience and why this "share hummus not hate" diplomacy nonsense may get more and more of us killed.
Though some of the Muslim nations seem more moderate than others and have disdain for some of the extreme violence, they all appear to agree on one theme. Bruce believes that theme is "spiritual solidarity, desire to live under Shari'a law and dreams of Islamic global dominance." I think he is dead-on right when he warns us that, "until we see jihadism as a spiritual rather than a material phenomenon, we will continue to pursue tactics and policies doomed to fail."
Kudos to the research and analysis of Bruce Thornton that is contained in much of this letter. Bruce is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Ctr and a Research Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. He is also a professor of classics and humanities at California State University.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 10:41
To The Daily Sun,
Last week Rosemary Landry wrote a letter decrying Sen. Shaheen and Congresswomen Shea-Porter and Kuster for not holding town meetings and for refusing to meet with the candidates who are running against them. We all know that candidates are asked to attend dozens of debates. No candidate accepts all debate invitations. They are clearly a number of debates that all candidates are participating in, so any assertion that these candidates are refusing to debate is simply not accurate.
I do know that Carol Shea-Porter has accepted seven invitations to debate between Sept. 25 and Oct. 27. Frank Guinta skipped one of those debates, on Oct. 13 at the RiverWoods Retirement Community, and Rep. Shea-Porter appeared alone.
This is the same location where he skipped an earlier primary debate. When Mr. Guinta was in Congress his votes to weaken Medicare and Social Security drew criticism from the RiverWoods Retirement Community at a debate during the 2012 campaign so he is steering clear of that venue as he cannot defend those votes or his current positions on Medicare and Social Security to this large senior community.
Did Ms. Landry have any issues when Sen. Jeannie Forrester repeatedly refused to debate her opponent, Mr. Lamb, in the 2012 District 2 state Senate race? Despite countless efforts by Mr. Lamb and others to organize debates, the voters had to go to the polls without the benefit of ever hearing Forrester and Lamb debate. Based on the comments in her letter, I assume Ms. Landry felt that Sen. Forrester had the responsibility to prove to us that she deserved our vote then. Did Ms. Landry raise it as an issue then against Sen. Forrester or did she give her a free pass?
Kathy Rago is running against Sen. Hosmer in the District 7 state Senate race. The Lakes Region Community College, in collaboration with the NH League of Women Voters, has organized a candidate's night on Oct. 24 and invited a number of the candidates in Belknap County to participate. Ms. Rago did not accept the invitation so Senate District 7 voters will not have the opportunity to hear her and Sen. Hosmer debate. Would Ms. Landry encourage those in that senate district to not give Ms. Rago a pass?
As many have written, the "traditional town hall" meeting has been declining for a number of years especially during campaign session which, given two-year terms for the U.S. House and all New Hampshire seats, is endless. Sen. Ayotte, Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Shea-Porter and Rep. Kuster, appear countless times throughout the state and their staffs hold "office hours" throughout the state as well. They are constantly on the road and are consistently followed as Ms. Landry would know from her own recent "tracking" of Carol Shea-Porter on Oct. 8 in Laconia. Given that they basically give up their own personal lives to represent us and New Hampshire, Ms. Landry's claim that they only care about their paycheck and benefits is not represented in what these four women do on a daily basis for New Hampshire.
It is reasonable to have standards of behavior and expectations for our candidates, but they can only be standards when they are applied to all candidates not just those we oppose.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 10:36
To The Daily Sun,
How can so many bad decisions all come back to kick Obama in the pants all at once?
This past eight or 10 days alone has seen the Secret Service prostitute scandal revisited because the original claim that no White House staff were involved apparently was not true.
Over in Iraq, the president's spokesman is telling reporters, is that the president's strategy against ISIS is working. All the while ISIS has captured two more towns in Anwar province and has surrounded another and is only a few kilometers away from the airport in Baghdad. If that airport is captured does that mean our troops (advisers) on the ground and diplomats will then be trapped? Obama doesn't deny that, but seems in no hurry to do anything about it. After all an election is coming up, no time to tell the truth.
Speaking of truth why is it that our state's Democratic incumbents to Congress refuse to talk about their records? Well, not much positive to say about that when everything Obama did has harmed working people and families and they voted for everything Obama wanted. They can't deny it, so they use personal attacks, smears and lies against their opponents.
I have to laugh when these Democrats complain about the "golden parachutes" and wealth of this one or that. Give me a break. All three of these women are set for life with government pensions, government health care the likes of which we working families can only dream of. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black?
Gas prices are coming down. Swell, but will they stay down after the election? Call me a pessimist, but for some reason I just doubt it. For six years our Democratic representatives have voted for every harebrained, socialist program guaranteed to raise the cost of living for everyone. So now they are telling everyone Republicans are the bad guys. With friends like Obama and his followers who needs enemies?
National debt is at or near $18 trillion. Our credit rating was reduced for the first time in history under Obama all the while he smiles at us on TV and lies, deceives, covers up, and stonewalls, and our three Democratic incumbents join right in with him. No wonder they don't want to talk about their records.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 10:31
To The Daily Sun,
State Senator Andrew Hosmer, representing Lakes Region communities, was first elected two years ago. Andrew works hard. He quickly gained a reputation in Concord for his ability to listen and lead.
Andrew's experience as a positive and problem-solving business leader has served us well in a political climate too often dominated by negativity. Andrew stands out as a beacon of excellent judgment. He has been an extraordinary senator.
It is my privilege to support his candidacy for re-election. A vote for Sen. Andrew Hosmer is a vote for the very best in New Hampshire government.
Philip T. McLaughlin
Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 10:05