To The Daily Sun,
I have read the letters to and for the GOP candidates for state representative in District 2: Glenn Aldrich, Marc Abear, Norm Silber, and Herb Vadney. It is an understatement to say they extreme!
Already, the incumbents, Mssrs. Aldrich and Vadney have shown their "true colors" by voting against a state minimum wage. They oppose full-day kindergarten, making possession fentanyl as a drug offense, and any rational gun restrictions. They are not conservatives but rather libertarian extremists who have tried to hijack the N.H. GOP for years!
I think the best way to judge candidates is not on what they say but rather what they DO and by looking at who is endorsing, funding or supporting them. And, voters do have a right to know who is supporting a candidate so they can make informed choices.
All four candidates have the strong support of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, which probably accounts for the amount of advertising they have been able to do. Despite its patriotic and positive-sounding name, the Liberty Alliance is an extremist organization.
The Liberty Alliance claims to be non-partisan but it they always favor the more extreme the GOP. It appears they a front group for the old N.H. "Free State" project and the N.H. Liberty Forum. They also have connections to the Constitution Party and other extreme organizations.
Voters should look at their website: http://www.nhliberty.org/.They oppose distinctions between open and concealed gun possession even though a rather conservative U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that there can be reasonable limits on "gun rights." They feel that paying ANY taxes should be "voluntary." Who would really pay their fair share of taxes if taxation was up to the individual?
They support an innocuous sounding idea like "school choice," which really means they want to privatize our public education system and to make the taxpayers support private and even religious schools of questionable quality. They would also cut funding to our already underfunded social programs which would drastically cut funding for the poor, the disabled, and the elderly.
They believe that private charities are the best way to take care of the unfortunate. Again, this is idealistic, Utopian volunteerism and not enough people can usually be depended on to volunteer their time or money.
While all four GOP candidates may be nice folks, they will not be good for New Hampshire. I will be voting for all four Democratic candidates November 8.
E. Scott Cracraft