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Epilipsy research on back burner because there's not votes in it

To The Daily Sun,

Mr Kipreotis, it is not in the best interest of our politicians to fund research into neurological disorders, it is not where all of the hidden votes are counted. If you were to go down to any of the Drug Task Force hearings you would see a bunch of state unionized employees who have a special vested interest, testifying, looking to enlarge their departments — the vocal minority, the politician's voter base. It will be very interesting five years from now, when New Hampshire is 80 percent grey and can no longer support all of this big government and state retirees,  when this year alone there was a mad scramble to find $10.5 million for the state retirement shortfall. If you were to testify on behalf of epilepsy research, you would be met with politicians starring at the desk in front of them, unless you can promise them 30,000 votes in the upcoming election.

The war on drugs is costing the U.S. $50 billion annually in enforcement, judicial and incarceration, all of which are unionized jobs. You will not see our politicians threaten to reduce any of our state or federal enforcement agencies. That is why we are not hearing any more about New Hampshire becoming a Right-to-Work state; the state unions wouldn't allow it; the politician who leads that charge would be voted out as fast as Governor Benson.

In 1914 President Wilson singed into law the Harrison Act to suppress minority's use of drugs; in 1937 came FDR with the Reefer Madness program; and in 1971 "Tricky" Dick Nixon jumped into the war on drugs to suppress white anti-war college students, just as all of the previous administrations used it to build up vested departments from coast to coast and suppress minorities. You never hear of any white collar American busted for smoking a joint. But smoke it they do.

Tobacco subsidies in the U.S. totaled $1.5 billion from 1995-2012. Tobacco kills 6 million people worldwide, our governors see fit to increase the tax on tobacco any chance they can. Alcohol kills 3.3 million annually, but it is socially acceptable. Tens of thousands of people are killed on our roads by drunk drivers. We are building a new liquor store in New Hampton. Why aren't we fighting the war on socially acceptable drugs that kill? It would mean the loss of revenue from taxation, the loss of social workers, unionized law enforcement don't see it as an "epidemic, " and after all, how would our lawmakers celebrate their spending spree victory without their favorite glass of wine. Wine, by the way, is a gateway drug. So is beer, but we have to keep marijuana illegal because it is a gateway drug. Never heard of a marijuana overdose. I never heard of any one with withdrawal symptoms from marijuana. We have a load of hypocrites in government.

Mr. Kipreotis, it would make a lot of sense to spend all of the before mentioned funds on neurological disorders and find a cure but where would that leave the pharmaceutical companies who push dangerous pain killers? Just more special interest groups with their lobbyists and unions telling our politicians how and what they should be spending taxpayer moneys on. The outcome will remain the same. This is the form of democracy we are pushing around the world. Welcome to the Unionized States of America.
Eric T. Rottenecker
Bristol

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We write in support of 'Farm to Table' events at Timber Hill Farm

To The Daily Sun,

As 44-year residents of Gunstock Hill Road and neighbors of Martina and Andy Howe of Timber Hill Farm, we are writing in support of their efforts to hold "Farm to Table" events at their farm.

Agriculture in New Hampshire is in crisis. These types of events are one way to help family farms to prevail, to maintain diversity in our economy, and to add to the quality of communal life.

If administrative changes are necessary, such as zoning ordinances, then these should be accomplished as soon as possible.

Barbara & Don Carey

Gilford

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