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
To The Daily Sun,
The mayor and City Council's response to the mistake made in the Sept. 10, 2013, Laconia Primary Election Results for Laconia Ward 5 City Council seat is to take the voters of Laconia's constitutional rights away by limiting a write-in candidate's access to having their name placed on the ballot. And take away a voters right to vote for who they want.
The Constitution of New Hampshire Article 11 Elections and Elective Franchises. "Every inhabitant of the state, having the proper qualifications, had equal right to be elected into office." Chapter 44 Cities and Wards Local Elections Section 44:14 Procedure. "In all elections of city and ward officers the person having the highest number of votes for any office shall be elected." This Charter Amendment is in conflict with the N.H. Constitution and RSA Chapter 44.
On Oct. 29 I made a Right to Know request of Laconia City Clerk Mary Reynolds asking for any correspondence with city officials relating to the following story. And a copy of any N.H. city charters that require a 35 vote minimum to get on the ballot. In The Daily Sun of Aug. 13, "City Clerk Mary Reynolds, who initiated the process to restructure the primary election, said that the proposed charter amendment has been reviewed not only by the city attorney but also by the New Hampshire Secretary of State and the Attorney General, who suggested 35 votes as the minimum. Moreover, she said that Manchester, Nashua and Concord all require write-in candidates to poll a minimum of 35 votes. Laconia is one of three of the state's 13 cities to conduct municipal primary elections. Both the other two — Manchester and Keene — follow the follow the procedure prescribed by the amendment." Mary Reynolds response on Oct. 30 was, "Your request has been received and upon review, I have no documentation to support your request." No documentation to support her statement.
I've reviewed the city charters of the those four cities and cannot find any 35 vote minimum for write-in requirement. If Nashua and Concord don't have primaries how could they have a 35 vote minimum? That is why I wanted to see the City Clerk's records to back her 35 vote statements.
Mayor Ed Engler was interviewed on Niel Young's radio show on WEZS. These are some of the statements the mayor made:
— A "write-in vote is a privilege not a right." The U.S. and New Hampshire Constitutions doesn't make a distinction between how a vote is cast.
— "It's silly and foolish to have the Laconia City Clerk run around and ask people if they want to be on the ballot." That is her job. It's neither silly or foolish, she enforcing the City Charter and New Hampshire RSAs .
— "By not having a primary the City of Laconia is going to save $10,000." What is that a penny savings per $100,000 in property taxes to take our voting rights away? And his is the best one. . .
— "People say they don't want to have happen again, when the Straight Arrows won by a plurality not a majority." In the 1989 election, four at-large City Council Straight Arrows were on the ballot and Tom Tardif won with 1,727 votes, Helen Gouin came in third with 1,403 votes and Phil Davis was fourth with 1,275 votes. And there were 10 candidates running for councilor at-large that year. That is closer to a majority of the registered voters than Laconia has ever seen. In the primary elections since 1997 the average turnout has been 7.5 percent of the registered voters. How can the mayor consider the winners of those elections won by majority of qualified electors?
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 04:26
To The Daily Sun,
State Sen. Andrew Hosmer has brought a fresh, responsible approach to the people of the 7th District.
He has worked tirelessly to promote educational opportunities which will create real jobs by providing the skills which are in short supply and which employers desperately need in order to grow their businesses, particularly in the important field of manufacturing.
Andrew is a leader in the fight against substance abuse, sponsoring round-table discussions such as the one held in Laconia this past week, designed to bring government and citizens together to find innovative ways to attack the problem.
Protection from domestic violence has been another priority. Senator Hosmer led a recent study resulting from legislation he sponsored, which recommends that discrimination against victims of domestic violence be added to the protections provided by the New Hampshire Commission on Human Rights. He needs to be re-elected in order to see this priority through.
Without creating a laundry list of accomplishments, Sen. Hosmer has been a catalyst for making New Hampshire a better and safer place to live. He deserves re-election.
Rep. David O. Huot
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:21