To The Daily Sun,
Rich Leonard, our candidate for state Senate, has been out talking to neighbors and potential constituents in Rochester, Farmington, Gilmanton, Alton, New Durham and Barnstead. He's listening to our stories and finding out what is important to us. As a resident of New Durham, a pharmacist in Alton and having lived in Rochester for 26 years, Rich knows our communities well, and he is determined to listen more and learn more about what the people of this district need to build strong families and move New Hampshire forward.
Contrast this with Sam Cataldo, our incumbent state senator. While Sam accepts phone calls and e-mails from constituents, he appears not to be listening. For every issue about which I contacted Sam, he voted the wrong way, yielding to moneyed interests over New Hampshire families. Sam did agree to meet with his constituents here in Barnstead, but he followed up that meeting with votes that disregarded all that we had brought to his attention. We asked Sam to talk to his Farmington neighbors who work full-time but have no health insurance. When we followed up that request with emails asking about these conversations, he failed to respond.
Needless to say Sam voted against Medicaid expansion.
Rich Leonard knows from personal experience what families need to be strong and secure, and he continues to take every possible opportunity to listen to the people of his district. If you aren't fortunate enough to have conversation with Rich as he knocks on doors, you will assuredly be heard if he is elected.
I urge you to cast your ballot on Nov. 4 for Rich Leonard. He will work for us, not for the moneyed interests that pull Sam Cataldo's puppet strings. It's time for a change in Senate District 6.
Diane St. Germain
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 07:47
To The Daily Sun,
The primary is over and now is the time to make the real choice for our state senator.
Jeanie Forrester has done an excellent job on our behalf as our state senator and is always ready to take the time to listen to us as residents and voters. She votes in the best interests of District 2 and the State of New Hampshire.
Sen. Forrester is cost conscious, thinks about the future and weighs whether or not these decisions work effectively and benefit us.
She is well acquainted with business needs, the cost and benefits of education, recreation, vocational training, and the budget needs of the police, fire, highway department, and the schools.
Jeanie understands the value of money and getting the most effort and information with the committees she serves on in Concord. In order to make proper decisions and complete the tasks assigned, she evaluates the implications now and into the future and that "needs not wants" are met.
Vote for Jeanie Forrester. Talk is cheap. Votes count. Her record shows that we can count on her. Can she count on you?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 06:25
To The Daily Sun,
State Rep. Ian Raymond has been a great asset to the Lakes Region and New Hampshire. His leadership has created jobs and saved taxpayers money. He has initiated projects which have already saved the taxpayers $300,000 and will ultimately save us $5 million. For this work Representative Raymond has been recognized by the Winnisquam School District and the Town of Sanbornton.
In this divisive time Rep. Raymond sponsored and got bipartisan support for two bills, now state law which help protect citizens and the environment. House bill 1376 establishes a committee to study the safe delivery of oil and gas, including natural gas and propane, throughout the state of New Hampshire, whether transported by pipeline, rail, or truck. House bill 1224 requires the Public Utilities Commission to apply annually to the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for authorization to conduct pipeline inspections on its behalf.
Ian Raymond, who I have come to know through my work as a professor at Lakes Region Community College, is an honest, hard-working man who represents us well. Please join me in supporting his re-election in Sanbornton and Tilton Belknap District 4.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 06:23
To The Daily Sun,
The state of New Hampshire is very fortunate to have Walt Havenstein running for governor.
Havenstein graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and postgraduate school. He served 12 years on active duty in the Marines and serving the Reserves with more than 30 years of service.
Havenstein then went into the aerospace industry where he worked His way up the ladder into leadership positions with, Raytheon, Sanders, and BAE Systems which at the time employed the most workers in the state of New Hampshire.
He set goals for growth and production, and was able to meet those goals.
While working for BAE, Havenstein became aware how many young engineering students from UNH were leaving for jobs across the country. He started a program to train them so they could work right in New Hampshire. The program was very successful.
It is pretty amazing with all the problems the Hassan camp says Havenstein had running the different companies he worked for, and knowing Hassan's dismal record as a state senator and governor, they would even bring it up.
Hassan has a record of being a big spender and even though she doesn't admit it, she thinks more taxes is just a normal part of her job.
Hassan brags about balancing the budget. But the truth is she made changes in the New Hampshire Retirement System. It does not only balance the budget, but it increases what the taxpayers have to pay. Is this what you call playing with mirrors.
On Oct. 9, my state senator, Jeannie Forrester, the state Senate Finance chairman rejected the Hassan administration $1.9 billion budget request, And now she is calling agencies to cut their current year's spending.
All the facts on spending can be found at the DRA'S budget office and look at all the spending total funds.
For all of you that support the Second Amendment, look at Hassan's record. In 2006 a bill that would have allowed our citizens to protect their homes — the so-called Castle Doctrine, rather than having a legal duty to run instead of defending yourself and love ones — Maggie Hassan voted "no," and after the then-governor vetoed the bill she still voted "no" against the override. That is two times she voted to force you to flee Your home. All voters should check on the firearms that Hassan has said she favors a gun ban on. We don't need this in the Live Free or Die State.
In order to bring New Hampshire back to the state we were always known for, we need Walt Havenstein to lead the way.
L. Michael Hatch
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 06:18
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to respond to a recent letter by Mr. David Horvath from Gilford regarding my record.
To the citizens of Gilford and Meredith, I'm grateful and honored to serve as your state representative and thank you for your continued support. I'm proud of the work I've done over the last two years to help our families, support quality education, and promote local businesses and the economy.
In his letter, Mr. Horvath asserts that I support a $42-million price tag for a new jail which is simply not accurate. I've never spoken to Mr. Horvath about the jail, but have had numerous conversations with others including public officials and citizens. My position has been, and continues to be, that I do not support spending $42-million for a new jail, period! Everyone knows that we simply can't afford that amount, and I am confident we can keep costs to an affordable level. Further, I will consider all proven viable options for the jail that meets our objectives.
Regarding the unfortunate situation with the county, my sense is that if we had more individuals involved in the process that where better able to communicate, actually listen and value input, compromise, treat each other with dignity and mutual respect, and not be paralyzed by politics, ideology, personal agendas, power plays and egos, we would all be in a much better place right now. My hope is that we can move forward with a better working relationship and actually function effectively for the citizens of Belknap County.
Mr. Horvath also makes reference to my vote for a gas tax, so I'd like to provide the following factual information. Both Democrats and Republicans, after careful consideration, and with the support of the New Hampshire business community, worked together and voted to increase the gas tax by 4 cents per gallon. This increase, the first since 1991, still keeps the New Hampshire gas tax rate the lowest in New England and provides funding for critical road and bridge projects such as the expansion of I-93 and repairs to secondary roads that affect Gilford, Meredith and all of Belknap County.
Further, this funding helps to offset costs to our towns for road repairs, and is key for economic growth and attracting business and tourism to our state and region. In July of this year when the legislation was enacted, the price of a gallon of gas in New Hampshire averaged $3.60 a gallon, the current cost per gallon is about $3.19, and oil prices are also down significantly. As you know, there are many factors, both domestic and international, that affect the fluctuation and manipulation of gas and oil prices, most of which are beyond the control of our state.
Now, I'm not sure if Mr. Horvath is an expert on health care issues, but I'm proud of the work I've done over the last two years as a member of the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee and other organizations I'm involved with to enhance the quality of life for our seniors, those with special needs and our citizens with serious health problems, including mental health issues. I'm also proud of my support for bipartisan legislation to expand health care opportunities for our citizens. Since enactment, 20,000 more New Hampshire residents now have quality healthcare coverage and more stable and secure lives.
In conclusion, I stand by my record and respectfully ask for your vote on Nov. 4. It's important you have a committed and sensible Representative that puts people first before politics, ideology, or numbers on a ledger sheet. I also ask that you do your homework on the issues, so you can make an informed decision on Election Day.
Thank you for your consideration and the privilege to serve you.
For more information, assistance, or if you would like to support my re-election, please visit: www.lisadimartino4rep.com
Rep. Lisa DiMartino
Belknap County District 2, Gilford and Meredith
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 06:08