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Rep. Cordelli is the best state representative I've seen in decades

To The Daily Sun,

In a few days we vote for people to represent us, from President of the United States to U.S. Congress, as well as state and county positions. Those elected will I suspect lead us to prosperity or more recession, to better government or more political rancor, through the muck and mire that we are facing in the next decade and beyond. I think we have all made our picks by now for the upper tier of the ballot; those names and faces we can't avoid on TV.

For those voting in Moultonborough, Tuftonboro or Sandwich, I will however, make a suggestion for voting on our local races. As we start to get past the middle of the ballot where there are names we don't know, political credibility we're not sure of, and offices we're not really sure what they really do, that's part of the ballot I'm addressing. If you don't know their names and their political credibility, or don't know their record, or if even if they have one, don't feel obliged to vote for them. There have been times in the distant past, after voting, I found I may have voted for someone I would not have otherwise supported by filling in all the asked for number of candidates.

However, one name stands out clearly in our district as an established candidate. Glenn Cordelli has a proven record of fair and principled representation. He has been your representative in the General Court for two terms now. I have watched Glenn closely as he has taken a lead to correct Carroll County's dubious and challenging budget issues. He's been the target of some gratuitous and misleading comments from one of his challengers for his tough and hard-hitting stance.

Glenn comes to meetings prepared. His leadership style is not to just throw good money after bad, as some would. He offers possible solutions worthy of discussion, not just mud-throwing.

His seat on the House Education Committee has afforded him the opportunity to advocate for a better quality education in New Hampshire, whether that comes to New Hampshire students by way of the public schools, home schooling, or high quality public charter schools.

One individual running for the same seat would do his level best to defund state spending for public charter schools in spite of a record of an overall better quality education for their students. That candidate is Paul Punturieri. Glenn feels that if New Hampshire's education money raised by taxes pays for the education of New Hampshire's children, and if they have a better choice within that system, they should be able to make that choice. We're not talking funding of private or parochial schools, as Mr. Punturieri has had the good fortune to take advantage of in his home state of New York.

The New Hampshire Charter School Law, established in 1995, encourages the establishment of public charter schools. The state has oversight responsibility as well. They are, and by right ought to be, part of the public education system New Hampshire provides its students. I have to wonder why Mr. Punturieri grouses so much about funding this part of the New Hampshire public education system.

Rep. Cordelli has been an excellent state representative. He is the best one I have seen in decades. I suggest we continue to support his efforts. Even if he is the only one we vote for in that category, now that you know his name and his good reputation from this observer.

Rick Heath

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Congressman Guinta will continue to work for true health care reform

To The Daily Sun,

On New Hampshire Public Radio, Carol Shea-Porter, whose only solution to failing government programs is more government, proposed a massive federal takeover of the health care system to fix Obamacare, the president's failing insurance scheme, which she once called a "great joy and a triumph."

Among many other of her broken promises to Granite Staters, Shea-Porter once promised that "reform" would save us money. But on NHPR and also NH-1 recently, she bragged Obamacare plans will increase only five percent next year.

It sounds as if she's jumping for joy that health care costs for middle-class families and small businesses are rising less in New Hampshire. Shea-Porter's excuses obscure the true cost of Obamacare's most common plan.

According to the Department of Health of Human Services, the average 40-year old will pay 25 percent more. In some parts of the country, the figure could exceed 100 percent.

Greater taxpayer subsidies will cover rising costs, says Shea-Porter. So Granite Staters — both the consumer and taxpayer — will take a double hit for these premium spikes. And the administration is urging those who can't afford higher prices to switch plans, another broken promise.

As Democrats rushed ahead with Obamacare, President Obama famously promised, "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan." Initially, 22,000 Granite Staters initially lost their insurance plans. Many lost them when a federally subsidized co-op fled New Hampshire's exchange recently.

Most co-ops have failed already. Major insurers are exiting the centralized system, because customer sign-ups are half as many as government "experts" predicted. Could it be that Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber — who called Americans "stupid" for believing his fabrications — isn't as smart as he thinks?

Big Government liberals like Shea-Porter and Shawn O'Connor, a Bernie Sanders enthusiast running as an Independent in the First District, now want us to believe a total federal monopoly — the so-called "single payer" health system — is the cure for what ails Obamacare.

And they're willing to bet house money — your money — on another scheme destined to fail. However, there has always been a better way to help Granite Staters access affordable health care, the reason our Congressman Frank Guinta voted to repeal and replace Obamacare numerous times.

Instead, Guinta, a Republican, supports a patient-centered system with plenty of options, where competition among carriers naturally lowers consumer prices. He voted against insurance company bailouts and helped to prevent Obamacare's 40-percent tax on employee health benefits, as well as a medical device tax that would halt innovation. What kind of health care reform taxes technology that saves lives!

Both reforms passed Congress on a bipartisan basis. There are others to further reduce costs, such as flexible, tax-exempt health savings accounts. Allowing competition across state lines. Eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse to save taxpayers billions of dollars. Tort reform to end frivolous lawsuits, which also raise consumer prices.

Community health centers provide excellent care for uninsured and under-insured Granite Staters at a lower cost to the public. Block grants to states is yet another solution in a long list that Democrats like Shea-Porter, when they passed Obamacare on a party-line vote in 2010, should have considered. O'Connor also supports a total federal health care takeover.

Frank Guinta listens to his constituents. As Manchester's mayor, he worked with local unions to save city employees' health insurance plans and taxpayer money — why two police unions have endorsed his campaign to represent the First District. In the next Congress, he will continue his work to achieve true health care reform, which improves cost and quality for all, and has my vote on Election Day.

Tim Seeger


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