To The Daily Sun,
I wish to thank the voters and residents of Belmont and Belknap County who have supported me in 26 years of public office. It has truly been a privilege to serve you.
I would also like to offer my apologies to Reps. Worsman, Cormier, Greenwood, Tilton, Burchell, Comtois, Sylvia, Vadney, and their friends.
I wish to apologize for the following:
— Respecting the dignity of the county employees.
— Honoring contractual obligations.
— Thinking that excellent work by employees should be rewarded by reasonable wage increases.
— Keeping operational costs as low as five years ago.
— Not conducting a smear campaign to get elected.
— Not understanding why Reps. Tilton, Vadney and Greenmore are trying to destroy the salary and benefit packages of our employees when those employees are paying for the military retirement and medical benefits of those three through their taxes.
— For not agreeing with Reps Worsman, Cormier, Tilton and Burchell for personally going after the county administrator's salary.
— For not agreeing with a judicial decision that has destroyed the efficiency of the day-to-day operation of the county.
— For thinking that reducing recidivism by treatment for mental illness and addictions and building a comprehensive community criminal justice system rather than just incarceration is the way to go.
Again, thank you, the voters and residents of Belmont and Belknap County, for your support.
John H. Thomas
Belknap County Commissioner
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:38
To The Daily Sun,
I am running for re-election to Executive Council District 1 and I ask for your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The Executive Council is a two part Executive Branch system in which the council administrates the Executive Branch along with the governor. The five executive councilors are elected every two years, concurrently with the governor. We oversee state contracts, approve the spending of the major portion of the billions of dollars that is appropriated annually by the Legislature.
Additionally, the council also acts on a wide variety of official actions, such as the nomination and confirmation of some 350 commissioners and directors who administer the 65 departments and agencies in state government. The council also votes on the judicial appointments to the bench.
Over the past seven months, I have traveled more than 45,000 miles to get around the District 1 which consists of 108 towns and four cities. I have fielded dozens upon dozens of constituent calls. It has been my pleasure to help out so many people with their concerns, whatever they maybe. I have stated, "If it is a problem for you, then it is a problem for me, and let's solve it together."
I have approached the job trying to build bridges and relationships with citizens, community leaders and others to make the position of Executive Council, the position of the people's. Too often, citizens do not know how to navigate state government and it has been my pleasure to help them.
My passed experience in local (selectman) and state government (eight years in the N.H. House and six years in the state Senate) has prepared me well for the position of Executive Council, and I have not missed a beat and I have attended all meetings and contributed to the process. I have committed myself to the Executive Council full-time and I have enjoyed it greatly.
If re-elected, the issues I want to work on are: Constituent service, work with the economic development corporations to create more New Hampshire jobs, and to shape the 10-year highway plan to better assist our communities and transportation system in District 1. I also want to see if we can limit our sole-source contracts in state government. There needs to be more competitive bidding process within our contracting system and we need to keep as many contracts here in New Hampshire. Millions and millions of dollars are going out of state.
I hope to continue to educate students on the uniqueness of Governor and Council and its history. Only two other states have a council (Massachusetts and Minnesota) and they are limited in their scope of activity. The governor knows she has to count to three before anything passes during a council meeting, it is a good check and balance and it keeps the executive branch the most transparent in the nation.
On Nov. 4, I asked for your vote and it has been a pleasure serving you.
Joseph D. Kenney
Executive Councilor District 1
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:33
To The Daily Sun,
Sam Cataldo is our conservative state senator representing Rochester, Farmington, New Durham and Alton. Once again he is being challenged by liberal Richard Leonard.
Leonard supports Common Core, the top-down attempt of the federal government to take over our schools. Sam believes in local control of our schools. Leonard supports raising the minimum wage. Sam knows it would hurt lower-income people as it has everywhere it has been tried because people get laid off and lose their jobs (check out Seattle, Wash.).
Leonard is against New Hampshire becoming a right-to-work state. Sam supports it because it has raised wages in all states where it has been passed. He knows lowering taxes and regulations on businesses would attract them to our state, creating jobs.
As a recreation director at a local nursing home I have asked Sam to visit the residents twice, the second time when some residents had concerns about Medicaid expansion. He always makes himself available to them as he is a senior citizen himself. He explained why the expansion would be bad for New Hampshire and then voted against it as he said he would. It is just an expansion of Obamacare, which Leonard supports. When the federal money runs out in a couple of years the state will be stuck with the bill (State sales tax or income tax anyone?).
Sam doesn't believe in the false science of man-made global warming. Leonard does and of course the liberal solution is always more big government socialism.
Sam supports the voter I.D law to prevent voter fraud. Liberals always depend on the votes of unqualified voters.
Leonard's socialist beliefs don't work, never have worked and never will work. Ask Gorbachev. They always lead to government control of every aspect of the citizens' lives. Sam believes in individuals living their lives unencumbered by big government. This works. Ask Reagan.
Let's return Sam Cataldo to the state Senate where he will continue to fight for our liberties and freedoms.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 05:57
To The Daily Sun,
The New Hampshire Democrat Party appears to be at it again. A recent mailer they sent out is filled with falsehoods. Here are some of them:
They accuse Republicans of "slashing funding" for higher education. Reality: In 2013, the state budget crafted by Senate Republicans and passed by the Legislature increased state university funding by almost $50 million over the last biennium.
Second falsehood: They accuse Republicans of "defunding Planned Parenthood" and "restricting access to women's health care services." Reality: Planned Parenthood is not a government agency. It receives funding from a number of sources. Necessary cutbacks to overspending on non-government organizations is not "defunding," and it is not "restricting access." Otherwise we would have to endlessly tax and spend, with no end in sight.
Third falsehood: They claim "Republicans Cut Essential Services." Reality: No "essential services" were cut. In 2011 the incoming Republican Legislature found an $800 million budget deficit left by the reckless outgoing Democrat majority. Many tough decisions had to be made. As a result, the Republicans not only fixed the budget hole without raising taxes, but also generated a surplus.
Fourth falsehood: They say "Republicans Eliminate Health Care for 50,000." Reality: No "health care for 50,000" was "eliminated." Expanded Medicaid in New Hampshire will cost increasingly amounts starting in 2017, costing the state tens of millions of dollars per year. Responsible Republicans have ensured that a debate will be held on this budget-buster in 2016. Democrats will see it as an opportunity to raise taxes. Republicans will not.
Fifth falsehood: "Republicans Repeal N.H.'s Minimum Wage." Reality: No minimum wage was law was repealed. In fact, we have a minimum wage: It's the federal federal minimum wage. Raising it further will destroy both small businesses and jobs in our state.
Let's not fall for the claims of "Chicken Little Democrats" that we hear every election. For smart, responsible, frugal government, just vote
Republican on Nov. 4.
Robert "Bob" Hull
Candidate for State Representative, Grafton District 9
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 05:53
To The Daily Sun,
In the past couple of months I have heard many people state that they are glad that Colette Worsman and Bob Greemore are not running for re-election and they hope that our County Convention can return to being civil and productive.
I attended many of the Belknap County Convention meetings in 2014. I think we can all agree that what has transpired under Rep. Worsman (Chair) and Rep. Greemore's (Co-Chair) leadership over this year in the convention has been shameful. They have led with a political agenda that has taken precedent over county needs and have treated the County Commissioners that we elected with outright disrespect. While none of us expect our elected officials to agree all the time, or any one to be right all the time, we do expect them to be able to be civil to each other and to effectively collaborate to reach decisions that are in the best interest of those they serve.
It is evident that Reps. Worsman and Greemore, both from Meredith, have been driven and acted only in the best interest of their political agenda. They tout that they have acted to save us tax dollars but have actually cost the county more then the $15 or so they may have saved us in taxes. Was all the angst, disrespect and blatant rudeness worth it?
We do have the opportunity to return the county to responsible leadership when we vote on Nov. 4.
I encourage all voters in Belknap County to consider what has transpired in our county over the last two years and let their vote tell the County Convention that we wish to return to leadership that is civil and productive. While Worsman and Greemore are not on the ballot there are many candidates who mirror their voting records and who would continue in the same fashion they have established.
Rep. Herb Vadney, Meredith, has voted and acted in lockstep with his Meredith counterparts and will continue the same. Rep. Frank Tilton, Laconia, chair of the Executive Committee, has stood firm with Worsman and Greemore through all of the turmoil and will continue the same. Rep. Mike Sylvia, Belmont, who is part of the Free State movement, seldom participated in the discussions at the convention meetings but voted every time with Rep. Worsman and will continue the same. Glen Aldrich, another member of the Free State Movement, is running this year to represent Gilford and Meredith. He has been endorsed by Rep. Sylvia and will continue the same.
Given the growth of the Free State Movement and the Tea Party throughout Belknap County and the fact that these candidates run as Republicans, it is important to understand that all those who now run as Republicans do not share the principles or practices of what the Republican Party has stood for. It is increasingly important that we all learn about the candidates and what they truly represent.
I will vote to return Rep. Lisa DiMartino, Gilford, to Concord. She has been an independent thinker which her votes reflect. Lisa always acts with respect and thoughtfulness which is much needed in Belknap County. She represents what we should seek others to mirror in Concord and in our County Convention.
I feel that Sandy Mucci, Dorothy Piquado, and Nancy Frost have the same independent perspective and will vote for what is best for Belknap residents, not by party line.
Please learn about the candidates before you vote, all those elected in Belknap County impact all of us.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 05:49