To The Daily Sun,
Before going to the polls on election day, I ask myself what the incumbents have done that is of significance for the public they were elected to serve. In this letter, I am speaking of our incumbent state "representatives" questions like: Have they done anything to improve the economy or the job market? Have they done anything to improve the business climate in this once great state and have they done anything to reduce the burden on the taxpayer? Or did they stick their hands in our pockets at every turn come to mind?
As I recall, the incumbents had plenty of promises to go around when they were asking for our votes but their performance while in office has been less than stellar. I believe jobs was to be a high priority. However, of the more than 100 new bills passed on to the governor, I personally know of none that have anything to do with new jobs. With nothing done about our job situation, of course the economy has seen little or no advancement.
Did they enhance our business climate? Absolutely not. CNBC ranks states based on how friendly they are to business. New Hampshire was No. 18 previous to the current incumbents being elected. We are now No. 33. They also passed several bills that make it harder for businesses to do business and grow as well as raising taxes on heating oil, gasoline, youth camps, fishing and boating. On top of this, it appears that we will be facing another budget deficit that will approach $100 million. I don't call that representation.
On Tuesday, I will be voting for Greg Hill and I ask that you join me in returning Greg and fiscal responsibility to the House of Representatives. Greg Hill does what he says he will do. He did an excellent job as our representative the first time around and I fully expect him to the same this time.
Please get to the polls on Tuesday and vote for Greg Hill.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 09:22
To The Daily Sun,
Tuesday is the Primary Day and I would like to endorse two people: Jeanie Forrester and Herb Vadney.
I have worked with Jeanie since her days on the Meredith Main Street Program and have worked with Herb for at least 14 years with the American Legion. Both have shown me 100 percent honesty and integrity.
Jeanie has come to the top of the Senate, and Herb has watched out for our money in the attempt to pass on the mandated cost of a over-priced jail to the towns in the area.
I can say a lot more, but my vote is going to Jeanie and Herb.
Thank you for voting. I will see a lot of you. I will be holding a sign.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 09:19
As the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches, we will remember with sadness what happened in the U.S. on that date. We will ask: "how could anyone hate us that much?"
Perhaps a place to begin that discussion is remembering that this September 11 is also the 41st anniversary of "The Other 9-11" an act of terror that began on Tuesday, September 11, 1973 in Chile — terror for which the U.S. bears responsibility.
On that date, the Chilean military, with the support of the U.S., overthrew the constitutionally elected government of Salvador Allende, a socialist considered a threat to U.S. corporate interests. Throughout the 60s, the U.S. poured millions into trying to prevent Allende's election. When he finally got elected in 1970, the U.S. tried to keep him from taking office. When he took office anyway, millions more were funneled through the C.I.A. to destabilize the economy and to fund right-wing neo-fascist groups. Our dollars funded campaigns of violence and sabotage to destabilize the Allende government which nevertheless remained popular with Chileans.
Allende rejected any undemocratic means of reform and scheduled a referendum for mid-September, 1973 to let the Chilean people decide if they wanted him to continue in office. The Chilean armed forces and the U.S. could not take the chance he would win and staged a bloody coup on September 11 of that year.
The leader of the military Junta, General Pinochet, claimed he was fighting "terrorism" and "communism. In addition to the thousands killed or "disappeared," at least 200,000 Chileans fled their homeland for exile, including some of Chile's best artists, musicians, and academics. Of those killed were two American citizens, student Frank Teruggi and journalist Charles Horman who were murdered with U.S. complicity. Over 100,000 were detained, some for months. At least 90 percent of those arrested were brutally tortured. Many torturers had been trained by the U.S.
The coup led to a 17-year military dictatorship. With other "anti-communist" dictatorships in South America, Chile, with U.S. help, formed "Operation Condor," an international terrorist network that targeted critics of those regimes not only in their own countries but also in Europe and even the USA. For example, Orlando Letelier, a former member of Allende's government, was killed by a car bomb in Washington D.C. along with his American secretary.
But, U.S. support for the regime was more than a matter of mere Cold War "anti-communism." The terror in Chile allowed neoliberal economists to have their way under a regime where no one dared speak out. In fact, many see Chile as the USA's first experiment in neoliberal, free-trade, "privatization" economics which is now being held up as a model for the United States and the rest of the world by American conservatives. Since the 1950s, the ultraconservative Economics Department at the University of Chicago under Dr. Milton Friedman had been providing scholarships for Chilean grad students to provide an alternative to other economic models in Latin America.
After the coup, the "Chicago Boys" were invited to totally reform the Chilean economy along strict "free market," libertarian lines. Unions were suppressed, many government services, including social security, were privatized, and government-run enterprises were sold off cheaply to private investors. Funding for education was cut and vouchers were provided for private and religious education. Supporters called these reforms the "Chilean Miracle" but in reality, it only made the rich richer and the poor poorer. It resulted in a debt crisis that, by the early 1980s, had resulted in a recession. It was then that Chileans took to the streets to get rid of Pinochet. Even Pinochet had to partially abandon "Chicago" economics and re-establish such social programs as public works and public housing projects.
Even today, Chile still struggles with the damage done by the dictatorship and by "free market" economics. The country now has the biggest gap between rich and poor of any South American country.
Apologizing for a wrong done is never a sign of weakness. Perhaps, this September 11, our Secretary of State could tenure an officials apology to the Chilean ambassador?
(Scott Cracraft is an American citizen, a taxpayer, a veteran, and a resident of Gilford.)
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 09:15
To The Daily Sun,
Belknap County Commissioner John Thomas, in a letter to the editor on Friday, requested the voters give him another term as commissioner, and I have to ask, "Why should we?"
The commissioners under his leadership have wasted our money on attorneys representing them in their war against oversight by the County Convention which is what the convention is meant to do. Their record so far is 0 and 3. After reading the judge's decision I can't believe they are going to waste more of our tax money requesting a review by the judge.
I'm just a layman when it comes to the law but I don't see how the judge could arrive at any other decision. My personal opinion is that there are over-sized egos in play and the people that possess them can't believe they are wrong. When you have a problem, and we have a few, you need someone in office who will be part of the solution. John Thomas is part of the problem.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 11:29
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Richard Brothers and I am running to represent Tilton and Sanbornton at the N.H. House of Representatives.
I lived in Tilton for 9 years prior to moving to Sanbornton last year. My wife and I have two children, our son Joshua graduated from Winnisquam Regional High School in 2006 and our daughter Sara attended Sanbornton Central and is now a junior at Winnisquam Regional. My wife Rebecca is a nurse at the Veteran's Home in Tilton. We have deep roots and strong ties to the community and it is my strong desire to see that our communities are best represented both in Concord and at the Belknap County Convention.
I am well-qualified to serve as your representative. Prior to moving to Tilton, I served as a state representative in the North Country. I served on the Thornton School Board, I am a founding member of the board of directors of the Franklin Career Academy (N.H.'s first charter school), a founding member of the board of directors of the Laurent Clerc Academy (school for the deaf and hard of hearing), and I served on the Board of Trustees of the N.H. Community College System.
I served on Governor Craig Benson's staff as his health care policy advisor, and helped bring two health insurance providers into New Hampshire. I served as the chairman of the governor's task force on Employment & Economic Opportunity for people with disabilities.
I served as commissioner of the N.H. Department of Employment Security from 2004-2009. I was on the board of directors of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. While on the board of directors, I served as chairman of the National Veterans' Affairs Committee. I am a veteran of the Marine Corps.
I am a registered nurse and have worked in the emergency departments at LRGHealthcare in both Laconia and Franklin. I am a nationally registered EMT and have been involved in EMS over the years. I served on the N.H. State Board of Nursing.
I have started and owned several small businesses in New Hampshire over the past 20 years. I am deeply committed to our state and our communities, and I have a long and consistent track record of bringing people together to solve problems in both the public and private sectors.
I would ask my neighbors and friends in Tilton and Sanbornton to cast their vote for Richard Brothers for State Representative on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014!
Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 11:18