To The Daily Sun,
Senator Andrew Hosmer wants New Hampshire to adopt Common Core Standards (CCSS). These standards very profoundly restrict students and teachers.
New Hampshire, and therefore parents, abandon local control over curricula and standards which measure academic standings. Parents' rights to oversee their children's education are stolen. Students' rights to be prepared for the ever-more complex world are stolen as well.
Teacher evaluations are linked to student performances on standardized tests, regardless of the type of students the teacher has. Reputations are held ransom to "teaching to the test." This clearly marginalizes the teaching profession and pits teachers against students.
CCSS does not prepare students for worldwide job competition. James Milgram, officially voting against CCSS, said it will put them behind instead. The U.S. used to be tops in education worldwide. How low will we become with CCSS?
CCSS poorly prepares students for four-year colleges needed to enter graduate schools and get the higher-paying jobs. The man who drafted CCSS' math standards said college "readiness" is minimal. This creates distinct disadvantages in competing for these college slots. CCSS math does not even prepare for college calculus without remedial courses. (source: http://www.restorecaeducation.com/)
Every single New Hampshire student has a right to expect education that prepares him or her for any vocation or further education he or she wants. No exceptions. They don't need inferior federal standards to compete.
A vote for Sen. Hosmer is a vote for CCSS. A vote for KATHY RAGO will stop the stranglehold that is CCSS.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 07:49
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