To The Daily Sun,
I am voting for Jeanie Forrester because she has been a tremendous advocate for Holderness. As a member of the Selectboard in Holderness, I can tell you that Jeanie has been the most effective elected official for our community since Ray Burton. She recently attended one of our meetings to report on her activities as our state senator and asked if there was anything she could do for us. We asked her to try and get resolution on the Jersey barriers that had plagued our downtown for more than a decade. Guess what? The barriers are now removed and new guard rails have been installed. Done. That is service.
And she is assisting in getting the $150,000 funding approved through the SEC for the Livermore Falls improvements. Jeanie is on the ball and committed to the communities in her district. This is refreshing, and not politics as usual.
I hope everyone will take part in our democratic privilege to vote in both the primary (Sept. 9) and the general election (Nov. 4). And I would encourage you to vote for Jeanie Forrester so the North Country continues to have a strong supporter in Concord.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:38
To The Daily Sun,
Scott Brown and his SuperPAC buddies continue to lie about Senator Shaheen's record. I feel a need to put the real facts forward, but first, some context.
Recent attacks ads against the senator have indicated that she and her family benefited from her vote for the stimulus package in 2009. These ads have been taken off of many TV channels because of their factual inaccuracies. I find it offensive that they would falsely attack a sitting U.S. Senator, Democrat or Republican, just to promote another politician.
These are the facts: Sen. Shaheen and her family never received a single penny from voting for the stimulus package. Her husband was given stock options in a company that received a drop in the bucket worth of stimulus money. Neither the industry nor the company, which is developing better software to help detect breast cancer, knew it would be eligible to receive stimulus money until after the vote. In addition, Mr. Shaheen let these stock options expire, meaning it was not possible for him to receive any money from the company.
Mr. Brown and his friends need to do some research before they put another ad on TV.
As President Lincoln once said, "Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of one for the other."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:36
To The Daily Sun,
I recently read an article in the paper that described GOP gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway as "brash" and "unwilling to listen." The quotes were printed by the paper, citing anonymous sources from Bristol. I was elected to the Bristol Budget Committee the same year that Andrew was elected its chairman. For the entire budget process lasting approximately seven months, I watched Andrew's conduct, demeanor and leadership of the 13 member committee — from a vantage point of about 8 feet.
Andrew was anything but "brash" and "unwilling to listen." Whoever told this to the paper must have been referring to the previous chair, when the committee was run like his personal fiefdom.
Andrew was effective, considerate, observed Roberts Rules, sought consensus, and was genuinely concerned that budget pretensions to the committee were fairly and politely considered. He brought innovation to the budget process as well.
The end result was a budget that was unanimously approved by the Budget Committee, selectmen, CIP Committee, department heads and town administrator. The budget was dramatically reduced from the prior year, allowing for a reduction in municipal taxation. This doesn't happen when the man with the gavel is unwilling to listen.
I just wanted to correct the record, sign my name to this letter, and say I'm supporting Andrew Hemingway for governor. He is more than up to the job. Don't believe what "they" — who won't sign their names — say about him.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:33
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Raymond Howard Jr. and I'm running for the District 8 state representative seat which represents Alton, Barnstead and Gilmanton.
As a native of New Hampshire, I have lived in Alton the past 21 years with my wife, raising our children. I have been a self-employed, small businessman who has had some good years financially, as well as some tough ones. I am nearing retirement age and I feel the time is right for me to give back to my state, but more importantly, caring for the towns within the Belknap County, as a member of the County Delegation.
Some of my qualifications that I feel would benefit the people of our towns is my success as a small-business owner through hard work and conservative values. My years of leadership with the Boy Scouts of America as an unit commissioner helping Scout units resolve issues, with outcomes that are fair to all. In Alton I have served three years as a cemetery trustee, one year as chairman; and I am currently a member of the Alton Planning Board. Some of the challenges facing our county and state that need to be addressed in the near future are as follows.
The Belknap County Jail building plan discussions have occurred with estimates from $1 million to $42 million. I don't want to burden the taxpayers with having to pay for unnecessary and costly components for the jail. My opponent voted to spend $160,000 to start the planning process for the $42 million project.
Two other issues are the unfunded county employee pension liabilities and Medicaid expansion. These will be very costly and must be addressed now.
I feel that I am the best candidate for District 8 and plan to work alongside both houses of the Legislature to create agreeable solutions in fixing these problems. I am asking for, and would appreciate your vote on Sept. 9.
Raymond Howard, Jr.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:30
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in response to the letter submitted by Nancy Frost regarding "Women's Equality Day" and her candidacy for the New Hampshire House. Reading her letter one would think, as so many progressive Democrats try to perpetuate, women still do not have the same opportunities as men. Progressives continue to portray women as weak victims of an "evil male society" that has kept them down and not able to accomplish the same goals and financial status as a male.
If anyone has succeeded in keeping women back, it has been progressive Democrats who continually tell women how unequal they are. They accomplish this by solely focusing on women's body parts (abortion and birth control) and not a woman's body smarts (education and careers). It is the progressive's agenda to make all people, especially women, believe they are victims of an evil Republican or Tea Party conspiracy whose only goal is to take care of the rich and not worry about the poor.
I believe I am a strong and successful woman, and I owe that strength and success to the inspiration of two strong women in my life. I am also the mother of a son and daughter and the grandmother of three. I tried to instill in my children and now my grandchildren what was taught to me by my mother and grandmother. For your information, my grandmother was born in 1885. She came from a family that was not wealthy but believed in strong family values, the value of education and an even stronger work ethic. In 1904 my grandmother, not worrying about not being able to vote, graduated from business college and went to work. In 1914 she married my grandfather (a mechanic who worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad for 50 years) and together they raised seven successful children who held those same values. She was always a very savvy business woman who successfully raised a family with my grandfather during some of our country's hardest times.
From as early as I can remember, both my mother and grandmother instilled in my sisters and I that it was just as important for us to be as educated as my brothers. They both wanted us to know that we also needed to be financially independent and able to take care of ourselves and our families and, when it came to work, we needed to give at least 100 percent.
Today the goal of progressive Democrats is to make women think they are victims of society and that the Democrats are the only ones who can save them from the evil Republicans or Tea Party. There is no mention of the importance of personal responsibility, which in my mind begins with education.
Instead of telling young men and women they are victims, we need to provide direction, encouragement and let them know they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. We need to tell them from the time they are very young that they must complete their education either through college or training for a trade. They need to know if they work hard they will succeed. That is the "American Dream" my generation has lived and my father fought for in World War II. We need to pass that dream on to our children and grandchildren. I urge voters in the upcoming election to vote for the" American Dream."
Ms. Frost asks women to organize to move our state forward. I couldn't agree with her more, but I ask both men and women to organize and return our country to those who still believe in sensible government and the "American Dream."
Vote Republican. Our country depends on it.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:27