To The Daily Sun,
Regarding a Daily Sun article by Gail Ober, "City Clerk Clarifies Tuesday Ballot Situation; No Race for Police Commissioner & Only School Votes Are In 4 & 5.": This has to do with an error I made in a Letter to the Editor published in the Daily Sun on Sept. 6 and also submitted to the Laconia Citizen wrongly saying there will be an election for Police Commission this year.
The Laconia City Clerk Mary Reynolds said, "voters in Tuesday's primary who are getting State Ballots only, cannot write-in any recommendations for a city or School Board office because the electronic readers will reject any ballot that has writing where it doesn't belong." This is misleading, I suggested that voters of Wards 4 and 5 write-in someone's name for the unopposed School Board election. The School Board election has to have a separate ballot with a space to write-in someone's name if the voter so chooses. The two top vote-getters then will be placed on the November ballot if the write-in candidate accepts.
In the New Hampshire State Election there is space to write-in someone's name if you don't like the choices or there is no one running for that spot. The Democratic ballot has lots of spots that has no one running for certain positions. The write-in ballot will be spit out but has to be counted if you write-in someone's name in the space allotted for "Write-in."
The City Clerk also noted, "That the recent resignation of Ward 2 School Board member Beth Arsenault must be handled by the School Board through the process explained at the School Board meeting last Tuesday." The process City Clerk Mary Reynolds is referring is for a three-member committee to interview School Board Candidates then recommend their choice to the full board. The Laconia City Charter and RSA 671:33 requires, "The School Board Shall Fill Vacancies occurring on the School Board." There is nothing in the City Charter or the New Hampshire RSAs giving a sub-committee the power to interview and recommend.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 09:29
To The Daily Sun,
Do you ever wonder how some candidates can put signs on every street corner, flood the airways with advertisements, and fill your mailbox with their ads? The special interests and political establishments are richly funding their chosen candidates. Do you believe that the special interests and political establishments are funding these candidates because they expect these candidates to put the interests of the people ahead of their interests?
For example, there are two main candidates in the the primary race for governor, Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway. Havenstein's signs, mailings, and advertisements are everywhere. He has raised about 20 times as much money as Andrew Hemingway.
Hemingway is a tech savvy entrepreneur who has started multiple successful businesses in New Hampshire. He will bring the skills to governing our state that he used to be successful in business: listening, assessing, teamwork, high technology, etc.
By starting and operating his own businesses in New Hampshire, Hemingway learned why our economy is stagnant and the changes needed to get our economy growing to provide job opportunities for our 32,000 unemployed (about 7,200 more than when the recession began) and for our graduating students.
With a growing young family, Hemingway is also focused on education to ensure that each New Hampshire child has the opportunity for a great education. For more information, see www.andrewhemingway.com
Hemingway is not beholden to the special interests or political establishment. He is only beholden to the people. Hemingway will put what is best for the people of New Hampshire ahead of all other considerations.
It is time to break the cycle of politicians being selected by and beholden to the special interests and political establishments. It is time to make New Hampshire's government work for the people.
Vote for Andrew Hemingway for Governor on Sept. 9.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 09:26
To The Daily Sun,
Before going to the polls on election day, I ask myself what the incumbents have done that is of significance for the public they were elected to serve. In this letter, I am speaking of our incumbent state "representatives" questions like: Have they done anything to improve the economy or the job market? Have they done anything to improve the business climate in this once great state and have they done anything to reduce the burden on the taxpayer? Or did they stick their hands in our pockets at every turn come to mind?
As I recall, the incumbents had plenty of promises to go around when they were asking for our votes but their performance while in office has been less than stellar. I believe jobs was to be a high priority. However, of the more than 100 new bills passed on to the governor, I personally know of none that have anything to do with new jobs. With nothing done about our job situation, of course the economy has seen little or no advancement.
Did they enhance our business climate? Absolutely not. CNBC ranks states based on how friendly they are to business. New Hampshire was No. 18 previous to the current incumbents being elected. We are now No. 33. They also passed several bills that make it harder for businesses to do business and grow as well as raising taxes on heating oil, gasoline, youth camps, fishing and boating. On top of this, it appears that we will be facing another budget deficit that will approach $100 million. I don't call that representation.
On Tuesday, I will be voting for Greg Hill and I ask that you join me in returning Greg and fiscal responsibility to the House of Representatives. Greg Hill does what he says he will do. He did an excellent job as our representative the first time around and I fully expect him to the same this time.
Please get to the polls on Tuesday and vote for Greg Hill.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 09:22
To The Daily Sun,
Tuesday is the Primary Day and I would like to endorse two people: Jeanie Forrester and Herb Vadney.
I have worked with Jeanie since her days on the Meredith Main Street Program and have worked with Herb for at least 14 years with the American Legion. Both have shown me 100 percent honesty and integrity.
Jeanie has come to the top of the Senate, and Herb has watched out for our money in the attempt to pass on the mandated cost of a over-priced jail to the towns in the area.
I can say a lot more, but my vote is going to Jeanie and Herb.
Thank you for voting. I will see a lot of you. I will be holding a sign.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 09:19
As the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches, we will remember with sadness what happened in the U.S. on that date. We will ask: "how could anyone hate us that much?"
Perhaps a place to begin that discussion is remembering that this September 11 is also the 41st anniversary of "The Other 9-11" an act of terror that began on Tuesday, September 11, 1973 in Chile — terror for which the U.S. bears responsibility.
On that date, the Chilean military, with the support of the U.S., overthrew the constitutionally elected government of Salvador Allende, a socialist considered a threat to U.S. corporate interests. Throughout the 60s, the U.S. poured millions into trying to prevent Allende's election. When he finally got elected in 1970, the U.S. tried to keep him from taking office. When he took office anyway, millions more were funneled through the C.I.A. to destabilize the economy and to fund right-wing neo-fascist groups. Our dollars funded campaigns of violence and sabotage to destabilize the Allende government which nevertheless remained popular with Chileans.
Allende rejected any undemocratic means of reform and scheduled a referendum for mid-September, 1973 to let the Chilean people decide if they wanted him to continue in office. The Chilean armed forces and the U.S. could not take the chance he would win and staged a bloody coup on September 11 of that year.
The leader of the military Junta, General Pinochet, claimed he was fighting "terrorism" and "communism. In addition to the thousands killed or "disappeared," at least 200,000 Chileans fled their homeland for exile, including some of Chile's best artists, musicians, and academics. Of those killed were two American citizens, student Frank Teruggi and journalist Charles Horman who were murdered with U.S. complicity. Over 100,000 were detained, some for months. At least 90 percent of those arrested were brutally tortured. Many torturers had been trained by the U.S.
The coup led to a 17-year military dictatorship. With other "anti-communist" dictatorships in South America, Chile, with U.S. help, formed "Operation Condor," an international terrorist network that targeted critics of those regimes not only in their own countries but also in Europe and even the USA. For example, Orlando Letelier, a former member of Allende's government, was killed by a car bomb in Washington D.C. along with his American secretary.
But, U.S. support for the regime was more than a matter of mere Cold War "anti-communism." The terror in Chile allowed neoliberal economists to have their way under a regime where no one dared speak out. In fact, many see Chile as the USA's first experiment in neoliberal, free-trade, "privatization" economics which is now being held up as a model for the United States and the rest of the world by American conservatives. Since the 1950s, the ultraconservative Economics Department at the University of Chicago under Dr. Milton Friedman had been providing scholarships for Chilean grad students to provide an alternative to other economic models in Latin America.
After the coup, the "Chicago Boys" were invited to totally reform the Chilean economy along strict "free market," libertarian lines. Unions were suppressed, many government services, including social security, were privatized, and government-run enterprises were sold off cheaply to private investors. Funding for education was cut and vouchers were provided for private and religious education. Supporters called these reforms the "Chilean Miracle" but in reality, it only made the rich richer and the poor poorer. It resulted in a debt crisis that, by the early 1980s, had resulted in a recession. It was then that Chileans took to the streets to get rid of Pinochet. Even Pinochet had to partially abandon "Chicago" economics and re-establish such social programs as public works and public housing projects.
Even today, Chile still struggles with the damage done by the dictatorship and by "free market" economics. The country now has the biggest gap between rich and poor of any South American country.
Apologizing for a wrong done is never a sign of weakness. Perhaps, this September 11, our Secretary of State could tenure an officials apology to the Chilean ambassador?
(Scott Cracraft is an American citizen, a taxpayer, a veteran, and a resident of Gilford.)
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 09:15