To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to Mr. Ray Cunningham of Bridgewater:
I will not skirt the issue, before, during or after the election. I like to see things happen yesterday. Unfortunately it doesn't happen that way. The wind farm is no game and I'm just as frustrated as you are, as most of us should be. Passing a town ordnance is not enough. In order to ensure that no more Groton wind farms keep popping up around us, we need to change the Constitution of the state, or at the very least, amendment it. I have been working with Michelle Sanborn, CARE Group Alexandra, and I took the RBO, (Rights Based Ordinance ) to our constitutional scholars and this is what I got. I'll only hit certain points.
Right to determine the kind of energy projects town residents want: There is no such power delegated to towns. The Public Utilities Commission governs this activity, at least in part.
Right to access clean water and the right to keep it from being polluted: This is impractical. In the extreme, say there was no aquifer under your town, how would you guarantee this right? What if the water sources in your town dry up or become polluted due to natural release of some chemical.
I had pointed out that the bog in Alexandra is the natural filter for the aquifer under the entire Newfound Lake region. I could not, therefore, accept the scholar's answer.
The right to govern ourselves inherent: To a degree this was surrendered with the ratification of the Constitution of the state in 1784. This is simple state, not a Commonwealth or "home rule."
Section 3: Corporations cannot engage in gathering up land to build unsustainable energy projects: Incorporated entities are given their status and power by the state, legally it is a practice known as " franchise," the power to do business not available to the general public.
Section 3-B: The state and any corporation cannot violate any rights claimed in the ordinance: This would require an amendment to the Constitution of the State of New Hampshire. This is where I think we have them. This is what I'm going to work on if I get elected, and get my chance to go to Concord. I'm sick of these southern states looking at New Hampshire as a bunch of suckers. We have got our necks in a stranglehold by our own Constitution and it needs to be addressed. In September I will be attending, (if I get past the Primary) a two-day summit in Manchester and I plan on bringing up this issue then, and hopefully gain support for the amendment to the Constitution in part, to protect the quality of life we have in our towns and in this state.
Thank you for your support.
Eric T. Rottenecker
Republican House Candidate
Grafton District 9
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 04:26
To The Daily Sun,
I believe we need a state representative who will represent and be respectful to the voters. One who will hear their concerns and understand the issues that affect our families.
I am the candidate in Grafton District 17, who will listen and will represent the voters, instead of a party or personal agenda. I am a retired scientist, not a politician, who will offer solutions and support our rights and environment we enjoy in New Hampshire.
I am against industrial wind farms. I believe that towns and voters should have a voice in projects which affect their communities.
I have encouraged voters to know the candidates' views and to contact them before the Sept. 9 Primary. I am proud to have publicly stated my views, completed multiple of surveys, answered e-mails and phone calls with information and honesty.
We need honest, independent thinkers in Concord to handle the fiscal affairs and refrain from the political rhetoric. We need people who will listen and take a stand based on information, facts and data, not bow to party ideologies. This is one election when I believe Grafton District 17 needs to vote for the individual not a political party on Sept. 9.
(Candidate for NH House of Representatives, Grafton District 17, representing Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Enfield & Grafton)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:48
To The Daily Sun,
One of my opponents in the Republican Primary for State House Grafton District 9, Eric Rottenecker, has attacked me (even using the ungentlemanly profanity "BS politics"). He accuses me of misrepresenting his position on Second Amendment rights. I won't bother arguing with him since it's all on videotape.
Instead, I will simply ask the Republican voters of Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, and Grafton the following: If you were asked whether people should have the right to large-capacity magazines for their rifles, would you give this answer: "If that is what it takes to go turkey hunting, then maybe they need to learn how to shoot straight?" That's a non-answer and it shows little support for our Second Amendment rights.
Similarly, if you were asked whether people should be allowed to own large-caliber gun, would you answer with "First I'd ask why you need such a thing"? Again, that's a non-answer. Both were given by my opponent.
My answer to both questions above would be, "People have the right to own both large capacity magazines and large caliber weapons under the Second Amendment." I will never support any law seeking to restrict those rights.
In the upcoming Grafton District 9 primary election, I am the only "no compromise" supporter of Second Amendment rights. I do not "waffle" on fundamental constitutional rights. For that reason, I ask for your vote in the primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Republican Candidate, Grafton District 9
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:43
To The Daily Sun,
Once again Ms. Rudman Chong decides to tell us all how all the ills in the world are "Bush's fault". Once again, this "teacher" of our children never lets facts get in the way of her opinion.
As to her inference that Vice President Cheney was a war profiteer, perhaps she doesn't remember, or never bothered to find out, that Mr. Cheney left his position in the private sector while earning millions of dollars a year, to accept the offer to run for vice president, a job that paid $174,500 annually. As most people know (but I'm not sure that Ms. Rudman Chong does), as vice president, Mr. Cheney's assets had to be put in a "blind trust" until he left office.
As is her usual practice, Ms. Rudman Chong ignored a few very important facts concerning the War in Iraq. For example, here is a four minute YouTube video link in which various Democrat leaders all speak of the need to disarm Saddam Hussein: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5p-qIq32m8. In addition to the Clintons, Sandy Berger, and various congressmen and senators all endorsing the actions that were taken, Ms. Rudman Chong also ignores the fact that the best information available at the time was presented to the Congress and also to the United Nations for their endorsement. Of course I'm sure Ms. Rudman Chong doesn't remember that CIA Director George Tenet, a Clinton appointee, told President Bush and his advisers that the issue of Hussein having weapons of mass destruction (WMD's) was a "slam dunk".
We recall that prior to initiating the war, it was reported in various news sources that there were a number of large trucks carrying unknown materials into Syria. The speculation was that Hussein could be removing the WMD's to a "safe house" across the border. In light of recent events in Syria, might that speculation have some substance?
I'm waiting for Ms. Rudman Chong's comments on the current administration's ongoing attempts to by-pass the Congress and ignore the rulings of the Supreme Court . . . the real threat to our democratic republic.
And yes, she teaches our children. Will someone please test the water at Plymouth State?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:40
To The Daily Sun,
It was a pleasure to serve Alton and Gilmanton as a state representative for the past two years.
As a member of the Belknap County Delegation, it was amazing to see the current County Commissioners flout the law on many occasions and to fail to properly manage the county. It was this that prompted me to contest for the District 2 commissioner's seat for the towns of Barnstead, Gilmanton, Belmont and Tilton.
When one-tenth of the county budget is devoted to health care premiums, does it make sense for us not to put the contract out for competitive bidding? When commissioners admit that our population growth is stagnant, that our median age is increasing and that county income is down, does it make sense to propose a new jail at a cost of $40 million, and to hire 20 new correctional officers to staff it?
The existing jail does have issues, issues which were worsened by years of neglect. But there are proven ways for the county to meet its obligations at a cost about one-fourth of that which the commissioners have recommended.
In preparation for a new jail plan, a plan which will cost the county about $5 million a year each and every year, the requisite reports to the state attorney general about the condition of our jail were never submitted.
It is time to change who sits on the board of the Belknap Commission.
Please vote on Sept. 9.
Richard B. Burchell
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:34