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Gilmanton's reps in N.H. House are anything but friends of working people

To The Daily Sun,

As a public service, I'd like to let the working people in Belknap County House District 5, allegedly represented by Peter Varney and Michael Maloney, know that these two "representatives," along with Governor Sununu, think it would be a great thing if the working people of this state earned an average of $5,000 to $6,000 less per year. That's right, folks. They both voted for the mislabeled Right-to-Work legislation.

In states that have adopted this legislation, workers receive an average of $5,000 to $6,000 less per year than workers in states that have not adopted the legislation. Further, there is absolutely no evidence that this legislation leads to any increase in business activity. What it does is allow employers to make greater profits while paying their hard-working employees less. Those figures were presented to these people, who studiously ignored them.

This state has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, and has always been "open for business." Our representatives are actually representing the Koch Brothers through organizations like Americans for Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council. That is where this legislation originated decades ago, not in New Hampshire.

So, you might want to ask these fine gentlemen why they think your work is worth so much less? Of course, it will be difficult to reach Mr. Maloney, since he lists no address, phone number or email in his contact section on the House of Representatives website. Good luck contacting him.

Dick de Seve


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Bristol needs to slow down the growth of long-term debt

To The Daily Sun,

Some Bristol officials like to tell voters the Bristol tax bill can't get any lower, since the total tax rate in Bristol is in the lower third for New Hampshire communities. They brush off your concerns and struggles to pay your tax bill as if they are not valid or worthy of their consideration. In reality, the municipal tax rate in Bristol — the only tax rate the Selectboard is directly charged with managing — is near the 75th percentile of the most expensive tax rates in New Hampshire. We have room for improvement. Candidates like John Sellers know there is a need for improvement, so I will be voting for Sellers on March 14.

With Sellers on the Selectboard, I believe we can focus on data-driven needs vs. nice-to-have services, such as a K-9 unit.

We need to tackle the million-dollar unreserved fund balance, only half of which is needed for potential abatement reserves. This fund has been represented to the residents as a large unappropriated contingency fund. Well, we already have a transparent and voter-approved contingency fund in our budget. The truth is, this money got there by over-taxation during the greatest recession in the past 75 years.

To be fair, the Selectboard has in the past three years used the unreserved fund balance to lower the tax rate, but that obscures the real issue of overtaxing you in the first place and then giving a portion back to lower the tax rate while using the remaining excess to fund warrant articles.

We need to slow down the growth in long-term debt. The past few years we have watched million-dollar project after million-dollar project get pushed through the town warrant. In the past 10 years our long-term debit has increased from less than $100,000 to greater than $3 million.

Bristol should be improving its infrastructure, but a little more planning and thought needs to be taken into account. The philosophy of taxation without planning almost resulted in the town owning a very impractical and expensive boat shop.

This is only a sliver of the work that needs to be done in Bristol, but the first step requires voting March 14 for John Sellers Selectboard.

Paul Manganiello


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