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4 years & counting; our opposition to Northern Pass will not waver

To The Daily Sun,

On Sunday, Oct. 26, no fewer than 70 grass roots members opposed to the Northern Pass gathered in Franco for a celebration dinner marking four years strong in fighting the Northern Pass as it is proposed. Guest speakers talked about rights-of-way and how Vermont, Maine and New York are burying HVDC lines. PSNH is pushing forward with this project, and as long as they do the opposition will be there for however long it takes. We will not stop.

Hydro Quebec said they would not build this line if the people of New Hampshire didn't want it. Why is it taking so long for the New Hampshire legislators to follow suit with the other three states that are burying these lines? It has been four years of committees, studies, meetings, disappointments. When will the state House act?

Remember this Northern Pass HVDC line is a merchant-funded project not needed for system reliability. It will put millions upon millions of dollars in the pockets on PSNH and North East Utilities' stockholders. It is only sensible to bury he line under Interstate 93 and other state-owned rights-of-way. Think of that revenue instead of casinos and gambling.

George Wright


Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:16

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Thank you allfor the tremendous Tobin/Hicks family benefit

To The Daily Sun,

Unbelievable!! Thank you tremendously from the Tobin/Hicks family benefit.

The gift items for auction, donations and an abundance of food was amazing and so much appreciated. The community spirit of Sanbornton and surrounding towns, friends and family, businesses and organizations were especially overwhelming. We may live in a small community but the love, gifts and caring are worldly. We will always be grateful as these memories will brighten the tough days ahead.

A special thank you to the Van Tassel, Fournier, Mcgirr and Ober families who organized and dedicated many hours of work and love to make this an unforgettable event.

Bill Tobin


Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:10

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We have a clear moral choice when we vote — for Shea-Porter

To The Daily Sun,

Former Congressman Frank Guinta says he's a proud Catholic living in a Christian nation. Yet, Mr. Guinta endorses the Republican-Ryan budget that he helped write in committee and voted for four times. Mr. Guinta should heed what Catholic faith leaders said about the Ryan budget.

On April 13, 2012, 60 Catholic faith leaders released a statement calling Ryan's budget "morally indefensible," saying it "betrays Catholic principles of solidarity, just taxation and a commitment to the common good. A budget that turns its back on the hungry, the elderly and the sick while giving more tax breaks to the wealthiest few can't be justified in Christian terms."

John Gehring, Catholic outreach coordinator at Faith in Public Life, commented on their statement: "This budget turns centuries of Catholic social teaching on its head. These Catholic leaders and many Catholics in the pews are tired of faith being misused to bless an immoral agenda."

We have a clear moral choice when we vote on Nov. 4. Whatever your religious practice or political affiliation, there is wisdom in these faith leaders' verdict on the Ryan budget that Mr. Guinta endorses.

The Rev. Susan (Andy) Jepson


Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:06

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Clearly the Executive Committee has to pay & they must know it

To The Daily Sun,

As a soccer referee, my job is to ensure that the game is played fairly. When I see play that is blatantly unfair, I can show a red card to a player and ejected him or her from the game. I would have shown my red card to the Chairman and the Executive Committee at Monday night's hearing when they continued to play chicken with the lives of Belknap County employees. I would have shown it again for berating county staff members in public and yet again for issuing and permitting public insults to the commissioners.

Despite an eloquent plea from County Attorney Melissa Guldbransen, the committee refused to assure the county employees that their contract with the county will be honored through the end of the year causing unnecessary worry and stress to those who take care of our most vulnerable senior citizens. The county will face massive legal action if they don't pay, as County Attorney Guldbrandsen warned.

Clearly, they have to pay and they must know it. So, what is the purpose of this charade? My father and mother were lifelong Republicans who wouldn't recognize their party today. Who behaves this way?

If I am elected with your help I will bring a level head, a rational approach, and a commitment to dialogue to county government. I will work diligently to solve problems. I can work with anybody, but I won't have my staff belittled in public. I won't tolerate rudeness, and I will honor signed contracts. If you want to see county government work like it is supposed to, choose carefully next Tuesday. Say enough is enough. Show your red card.

David Pollak

Candidate for Belknap Co. Commission


Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:58

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I will continue to work with House members on both sides of the isle

To The Daily Sun,

Overall, as a state Legislature, we did many things over the past two years that we should be very proud of. We passed state budget that continued business tax reforms and incentives that were previously enacted. We eliminated an additional 20 cent increase in the tobacco tax, added no new government funded programs, and included zero new taxes and fees.

We allowed small business owners more freedom in how they operate, reduced their tax burden, and facilitated their financial success by increasing the amount of record-keeping safe harbor deduction under the business profits tax. Also, the Legislature increased the research and development tax credit, which encourages small business growth and investment in new technologies.

I was also proud to vote for many landmark bills that came to my committee, the Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee. Those bills included ones that establish a crime of domestic violence, make the law stronger on human trafficking, paycheck equity, require criminal background checks for employees at child care agencies and institutions, and establish a crime of financial exploitation of an elderly, disabled or impaired adult.

Along with being proud of my voting record in the state House, I am proud to have 13 bills, that I sponsored, pass both the House and Senate then go on to be signed by the governor. If I am fortunate enough to be re-elected, I will continue to work with House members on both sides of the aisle and continue to work hard for my constituents. I thank the citizens of Sanbornton and Tilton for giving me the honor to serve you, and I once again ask for your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Rep. Dennis Fields


Belknap District 4

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:51

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