To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to my fellow citizens of Belknap County District 4:
I write this letter in support of a tireless supporter of our community and the democratic process, Jane Alden. Jane is a truly caring individual who has shown through her tireless efforts her willingness to donate her life to the goals of unconditional support and assistance her fellow citizens no matter their age, sex, socio-economic and gender.
She has shown her strong support to our young population, aging population, veteran population and ever diversifying population. Jane has the acute ability to see the core of a problem, present her opinion, seek the input of others, reach out to other community members if a compromise is necessary for the effective meeting of the community's needs and provide strong and unqualified leadership.
I have meandered through the budget systems of the town of Tilton and SAU 59 at times confused, amused, frustrated, and proud with the system. This has been a strong learning experience and Jane has provided much appreciated mentoring so that I could survive these systems. I have concurrently participated in the democratic election process of these ever-expanding systems, and have appreciated Jane's kind and caring support in my victories and defeat.
I am careful in my praise and support in the election process. I examine a candidate closely. As a result of this scrutiny, I would strongly urge your support of Jane Alden for State Representative on Nov. 4.
I would end this endorsement with a challenge and invitation for all the community members of Belknap County District 4 to show their Yankee heritage by exercising their right to vote.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 04:54
To The Daily Sun,
The Executive Committee (of the Belknap County Convention), by not fully funding the contractual obligations of Belknap County, have forced the commissioners into taking one of three options going forward:
1. Break the union contracts that were negotiated in good faith, and subject the county to lawsuits.
2. Be held in contempt for ignoring the court ordered injunction that prevents the commissioners from transferring funds between budget lines.
3. Terminate employees, leaving the county critically understaffed, and damaging morale to the point where they will have a difficult time finding high quality applicants to fill future job openings. Who will want to work for the county if they believe that their wages and benefits are under constant attack by some members on the County Convention?
Regardless of whether you believe the employees should kick in more toward their health insurance plan or not, the Executive Committee's strong-arm tactics are wrong. It is the commissioners' job to negotiate the details of the labor contracts. For the extremists on the county convention to try to override the commissioners' authority in an effort to save taxpayers money, will likely wind up costing the county more in lawsuits than it saves on insurance contributions.
It is time to stop this foolishness — the Executive Committee should pay the county's contractual obligations and not hold employees' earned benefits hostage. The voters can bring an end to this come Tuesday, by careful selection of candidates for county commissioner, and the state representatives who will sit on the county convention.
State Rep. Ian Raymond
Belknap County, District 4 (Tilton & Sanbornton)
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 04:45
To The Daily Sun,
After reading recent letters from some of the staff at Belknap County nursing home, I came to the conclusion that union representatives told them to back Dave Pollak for Belknap County Commissioner, as he would then be beholden to them. I will again remind those of you sympathetic to the plight of the nursing home employees, their package of salary, insurance and pension is higher than any other nursing facility in Belknap County.
Mr. Pollak and others have written letters stating what a wonderful person he is but at this time we don't need Mr. Wonderful. We need someone who is pragmatic and will first and foremost look out for the taxpayers of the county when making monetary decisions. I have always had a problem with someone with an academic background becoming involved in politics as they usually look at things in a theoretical way rather than a practical way.
At the end of September, the Laconia City Council adopted a resolution that specified that a prison be built in the $15 million-$20 million dollar range as that was what the city could manage and stay within the tax cap and still fund necessities. Apparently Dave Pollak only reads his letters as a few days later he wrote that he had a plan that would cost $25 million. Hey, what's $5-$10 million between friends.
I would like to remind the voters/taxpayers of Laconia, no matter what political party you belong to, that you will be bearing the brunt of the cost of the jail when it is built.
In another letter that Dave Pollak wrote he stated that he felt the commissioners were just doing their job and the county convention was overstepping its bounds when it reined in the commission. Seeing as how a judge on three different occasions sided with the convention, I have to assume Dave Pollak has no respect for the law.
You have a choice when you go to the polls, you can keep the status quo which is what you will get if you vote for Dave Pollak or you can vote for Dave DeVoy and get a commissioner who will do what's best for everyone concerned, which includes the taxpayers. I am not a resident of Dave DeVoy's district, but the commission makes decisions that affect all of Belknap County, so its entire makeup is a concern for all of us.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 04:39
To The Daily Sun,
Walt Havenstein is focused on making New Hampshire a better place to live and raise a family. Walt is concentrating on how to fix New Hampshire and restore our economy while Maggie Hassan focuses on her next run for higher political office, rather than accepting responsibility for the economy that has put New Hampshire dead last in New England on her watch.
Maggie's ads are indicative of what she has accomplished in her two years since being elected Governor ... nothing. It is impossible for her to have positive ads pointing to her accomplishments for New Hampshire's citizens over the past two years. There are none. So, she fabricates false ads against Walt.
If you ask anyone who worked at BAE, they will tell you that Walt was an extremely successful CEO and wonderful boss. He created 1,500 technical jobs in New Hampshire while he was at BAE. Ironically, that is the same number of technical jobs that have been lost under the Democrats in the past few years. Walt partnered with educational institutions while he was at BAE to improve New Hampshire students' ability to compete in the marketplace. When Walt arrived at BAE, none of the 150 engineers hired annually came from New Hampshire schools. The partnership with UNH produced engineers who have been consistently hired by BAE. Walt partnered with FIRST to create robotics competitions in high schools and to give recognition to those students who concentrate on technical accomplishments.
As governor, Walt Havenstein will utilize his leadership skills from his military career as Naval Academy graduate to a Marine colonel, as the successful CEO of the largest corporation in New Hampshire, and as the chair of FIRST to overhaul all of New Hampshire's state departments to be more efficient and to create business opportunities in New Hampshire.
Jan Face Glassman
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 04:35
To The Daily Sun,
If Democrats want to win any election, including that of dog catcher, they must do two things. First, they must produce a huge turnout of minority voters, secondly they must produce an outsized turnout of female voters. Without both of these happening the Democrats will lose every election in America.
The racial makeup, gender makeup and social makeup up of the voting public has changed dramatically over the past half century. Of all the changes none is more dramatic than the fact white, working class, Americans, including the segment society describes as blue collar and middle class as determined by incomes, have become voting blocks of the Republican Party. These segments had voted by majority for Democrats for decades. In fact Democrats bragged blue-collar workers were the "base" of the Democratic Party. It was a sure truth at one time, but not today.
Working Americans and middle-class Americans have become in good part the base of the Republican Party. Those voting groups with good reason are far more concerned with jobs and job security than any other issue. No other social factor beyond a good job determines one's happiness in life. It often determines one status in life. A good job is the key ingredient to a successful life. Why wouldn't people be focused on finding, and keeping a good job?
This change in Americas voting habits has presented quite a challenge to the Democratic Party. They present one going forward to the Republican Party as well, but there is insufficient space to address that here. The ability of Democrats to win elections today is totally dependent on the turnout of minorities everywhere and the gender makeup of the electorate because men have become a dependable voting majority for Republicans. Without a high minority turnout, and high female turnout on a macro basis the Democratic Party withers in influence nationally.
This voting dynamic has been the case over recent years and we will witness it again Tuesday. The Republicans now control more governorships and more state legislatures than at any time since before the end of World War II. Republicans remain the dominate national force in state politics and local politics because those governments demand fiscal responsibility which Republicans deliver more reliably. Municipalities can't print money to pay their debts. The taxpayer knows well the long and tortured history of Democrats to tax and spend out of control.
Democrats have become the party of minorities because they have no other choice. White voters nationally are first concerned with finding and keeping a good job are well aware Democrats support higher taxes, higher labor costs, increased trade barriers, higher tariffs, and increased regulation on business, all policies that kill investment and job creation on an epic scale making good jobs much harder to find.
This insight offers explanation why, in a country with a wheezing economy, bankrupt entitlement programs, and debt piled to the sky sure to harm our children's futures, Democrats want to talk about only two things: racial discrimination and gender discrimination. That is it. There is not going to be a discussion about the on going crisis in health care, the failure of education in cost and performance or our befuddled foreign policy.
You're supposed to vote Democratic because men hate women's reproductive organs and racism still exists. Democrats have spent the past six months and hundreds of millions of dollars screaming those two issues through every electronic device in America 24/7 to the point of absurdity. If that is Barack Obama's method to unite a nation (his 2008 campaign promise) filled with contempt and distrust, it helps explain the total disintegration of his presidency tied to the shrinking of the Democratic Party's influence on a national basis.
Personally, I love women's reproductive organs. I have zero concern whether our president, or any other elected official is black, white, green, or orange in color. I am only interested in the person's policies. Every man I know holds the same view.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 04:30