MeredithMay2017

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Grafton County will thrive with Bill Bolton representing District 3

To The Daily Sun,

It is definitely with mixed feelings that I will be retiring from my position as Grafton County Commissioner for District 3 — an area of 17 towns from Campton to Bristol, Canaan to Holderness. As I finish my fourth term I look back so fondly on my eight years traveling to Haverhill for the weekly meetings and many, many other countywide events with my colleagues, including our late great and dear Ray Burton.

I feel positive that I am leaving the county in better condition with a forward-looking vision as we all face many issues — some easy to resolve, others will be challenging. Working with two other colleagues (all 10 counties in New Hampshire have three commissioners) has been special and always non-partisan as we make decisions on how we can help our citizens in the best way. A way that is fiscally prudent but aiding those who are most vulnerable. This includes a Department of Corrections, from which we hope the released inmates will have gained new positive living skills, an award-winning and caring nursing home with about 130 residents with various diagnoses yet arriving sicker than in past years, a dairy farm with 80 cows producing wonderful milk, a large vegetable gardening program feeding the inmates and nursing home residents, as well as public sales, pigs, and chickens — did you know our farm is the last New Hampshire county dairy farm?

We have the innovative alternative sentencing programs including the drug court, mental health court, adult sentencing, and juvenile restorative program, all created to give alternatives to incarceration when feasible. And the wood chip biomass plant whose building I spearheaded with a volunteer committee and erected without extra taxes being levied onto our citizens — now saving thousands of gallons of oil, and dollars.

I have great pride in knowing that Grafton County is held in high esteem throughout the state in how we conduct business, have good relations with our legislative delegation, and as commissioners value and respect one another's opinions.

So it is with great pride and anticipation of his being elected as the next commissioner for District 3 that I am thrilled to endorse Bill Bolton of Plymouth. Bill's exemplary work when he was state registrar and director, the Division of Vital Records Administration, with very creative, innovative and forward-thinking projects will be an added boon to our county's IT department whose needs are always changing in this technological age.

Having served on Plymouth's Selectboard gives him an advantage in knowing town governance, as well as his many volunteer positions in the region. Like me, he wants to increase the connections with PSU for internships with the county from the nursing home to the DOC to the courts. Geriatric issues are foremost as we are a fast-aging region with big implications in so many arenas. Bill is ready.

I leave knowing Grafton County will thrive and do so with Bill Bolton representing District 3 and I hope you will vote for him. And I thank all of my constituents for the confidence and support you gave me all these years. It's been a great ride.

Martha Richards

Grafton County Commissioner
District 3

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Electing Hillary will further corruption that benefits special interests

To The Daily Sun,

My friend says I'm too negative. He asks, "Don't we live in a great country?"

We live in a great country where government was established to protect liberties so people can flourish, and where most people are law-abiding, tolerant, generous, and hard-working.

Unfortunately many Americans are denied our country's opportunities by corrupt politicians pursuing their own power and wealth.

Democratic Party politicians care more about teachers' union support than about children getting good educations in safe schools, so they oppose school choice. President Obama canceled Washington, D.C.'s, successful school choice program.

The corrupt Washington political establishment — Democrats and Republicans — tolerate illegal aliens who hurt American workers, create crime and accident victims, increase taxes by at least $100 billion to fund their social services, and lower the availability and quality of the education, hospital, and other services created and funded for citizens and legal residents.

Washington politicians created and are immorally passing our $20 trillion national debt (increasing by $1 trillion annually) to future generations who will struggle to pay for today's spending. This debt is a burden today and promises great harm to the American people.

Other examples of Washington corruption are plentiful and familiar.

Corruption was greatly enabled and increased around 1900 as citizen legislators were being replaced by professional politicians who saw government, not private pursuits, as their paths to power, wealth, and fame. They installed judges to change our Constitution's meaning, without the American people's approval (and thus unconstitutionally), to increase the politicians' power.

A single Supreme Court justice appointed by the next president, and the next president might appoint several, will determine whether or how quickly more of our liberties, opportunities, prosperity, and way of life will be eliminated to benefit politicians.

Donald Trump promises to appoint justices, like Justice Scalia, who consider our Constitution essentially a sacred contract, between the American people and government, intended to protect our liberties. As such, the Constitution's meaning can only be modified by the amendment process, i.e., with the consent of the American people.

Hillary Clinton promises to appoint justices who believe they have the right to make the Constitution mean whatever they and Hillary want. What might he/she/they approve? Citizenship for illegal aliens? Further freedom of speech and religion restrictions? Certainly our Second Amendment rights be minimized or eliminated as Hillary wants.

Electing Hillary Clinton furthers the Washington corruption that benefits the politicians and special interests.

Donald Trump promises to appoint judges who honor the Constitution, to protect our rights, to attack Washington corruption, and to govern for the benefit of the American people.

Vote for Donald Trump to protect our rights and make government work for the people, not for the politicians.

Don Ewing
Meredith

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