To The Daily Sun,
I am being attacked on these pages, almost on a daily basis, by the losing Republican primary candidate who is conducting a sour-grapes campaign. I could try to address each and every accusation but as they are coming faster and becoming more off the wall each time.
In the interest of conserving time and preventing reader fatigue, I will address the most recent one only, that I am somehow responsible for the Grafton Town Clerk's Office being located in the same building as the U.S. Post Office.
The Grafton Town Clerk's Office is not located in the same building as the U.S. Post Office. Anyone wishing to verify this can easily look on the Internet and see that the Grafton Post Office has an address of 564 Main St., and the Grafton Town Clerk has an address of 11 Library Road. Clearly not the same building and clearly this accusation is baseless.
I could continue refuting the other baseless accusations but I will not waste your time, nor mine.
Now to a positive note, I am looking forward to being your advocate in Concord. I am going to fight to reduce your taxes at every opportunity. I am going to fight to return local control of education. I am going to fight to reduce government intrusion into your everyday lives. I'm going to fight to protect your Second Amendment rights, which are continually under attack despite claims to the contrary.
Please vote for Bob Hull on Nov. 4 because I am a true fiscal conservative who will not be swayed by the constant demands for overspending by special interests of any kind in Concord and I thank everyone ahead of time for helping me to protect your pocketbooks.
Robert "Bob" Hull
Candidate for State Representative, Grafton District 9
Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 02:35
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to Gilford and Meredith voters:
Have you heard of the Free State Project? If not, please go to their website: www.freestateproject.org. New Hampshire was the "winner" in their choice of states to move to. According to their website: "The FSP is an agreement among 20,000 participants to move to New Hampshire for "Liberty in Our Lifetime." We are more than 80 percent of the way to our goal, after which we will "Trigger the Move." "Trigger the Move?" What does that mean? Most of us know why people would want to move to New Hampshire, but some of their top reasons may surprise you, such as: "Right to Revolution-New Hampshire's Constitution is one of only six state constitutions that expressly protect citizens' right to revolution." Here's another good one: "Secession — New Hampshire's Constitution does not specifically prohibit secession."
Is that why you live here? Not me, I live in the Lakes Region because I feel it is the best place to raise a family and I hope my children will come back and raise their families here.
My rationale for providing the above-mentioned information is to remind voters to get informed before they vote. There are currently a dozen or so "Free Staters" in office, and a large number of them are running in the 2014 election, some as Democrats and others as Republicans. We have two local Free Staters: Mike Sylvia from Belmont is a state representative running for re-election, and Glen Aldrich is a Gilford resident running for state representative. Add them to the growing number of Tea Party candidates and reps in office, the Belknap County Convention fiasco will just continue to get worse, in my opinion.
These candidates are not running as Tea Party or Free State Candidates, but as Republicans on the ballot. There is no bipartisan politics with them. It's their way, or else. I urge you to research the candidates and what they stand for before you make your decision on Nov. 4. I know I will be voting for Lisa DiMartino, Nancy Frost, Sandra Mucci, and Dorothy Piquado.
Please think of why you live here in the Lakes Region. Is it because you have "the right to a revolution & secede," or because it is a wonderful place to raise a family?
Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 02:32
To The Daily Sun,
Travis Bennett has my vote to represent Plymouth, Holderness, and Hebron in the state House of Representatives. Travis embodies youthful energy and intellect and seeks greater political cooperation — crucial for the success of our State.
As a young man, Travis served as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives where he witnessed first-hand the kind of political impasse he hopes to surmount in our state Legislature. As a political science student at PSU, Travis helped to encourage a civil society throughout the surrounding community, geared toward stimulating fruitful debate and cooperation on issues that matter. He is an experienced organizer, having helped organize international trips to academic conferences in Finland and Brazil, having assisted with the organization of the Plymouth High School Model U.N. Conference, and as a student representative to the Peace and Social Justice Studies Council.
A lifelong resident of New Hampshire, Travis spent much of his childhood exploring and enjoying the natural beauty of our lakes, rivers, and mountains. He also worked to help conserve this land as a volunteer and leader of volunteers on trail maintenance crews with the Appalachian Mountain Club and in two search and rescues in Huntington Ravine.
Travis Bennett will work on bipartisan solutions to continue Sid Lovett's legacy for the preservation and conservation of our surrounding natural environment, ensure the access of all citizens to affordable healthcare, respect the reproductive rights of women, and improve political access and representation of New Hampshire's young people, transcending party lines for common-sense policies and initiatives.
Please vote for Travis on Nov. 4.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 02:29
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to the voters of Meredith and Gilford:
I am a candidate for the state House of Representatives and I am writing to ask you for your vote. There are lots of important issues facing New Hampshire and Belknap County and I would like to add my voice and talents to help solve the problems and meet the challenges facing our district.
My primary qualification is the ability to work collaboratively. I think that the hyper-partisan atmosphere that has infected the County Convention is a travesty. As a member of the convention and the state House I would take the responsibilities of office seriously. I know that government programs are important in operating our county and state. To pretend otherwise is irresponsible.
The residents of Belknap County rely on their representatives to fulfill their obligations as employer and provider of services. I will take that responsibility seriously.
My other qualifications include a background in business, education and non-profit organizations. I have lived and worked in the Lakes Region for more than 50 years. I know and love this area and respect the traditions of caring for the environment, the elderly, and children. Selfishness and greed are not New Hampshire values and never have been. Respect for tradition, education and individualism are the New Hampshire values I know. We take responsibility for our obligations.
Thank you for your consideration and thank you for voting on Nov. 4. Our democracy depends on you.
Sandra J. Mucci
Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 02:22
To The Daily Sun,
As the Interim Administrator of the Belknap County Nursing Home, I need to make sure everyone in the Belknap County community knows how grateful I am for each and every employee on our team. In my eight-plus years in management at the nursing home, it has been an honor to be a part of a team of highly professional, caring and dedicated group of individuals. And despite the recent challenges we have faced, these employees have continued to remain just as professional, caring and dedicated to the residents who need them. I have the highest level of respect for them; beyond what anyone outside the nursing home could ever imagine.
Even through political unrest, part of which will determine whether or not they will lose their health insurance, they continue to maximize quality of life for the residents we serve. When line-item transfers necessary to continue operations in the nursing home were delayed, they all pulled together and placed their own lives on hold. I am astounded by their level of commitment to the success of the nursing home. Despite all of the political turmoil, which has recently escalated to the point of dysfunction, we all achieved a successful health care deficiency free survey two weeks ago. This magnificent team achieved this.
Anyone who comes into the nursing home sees happy residents and families who are well cared for and know what our team is all about. Our community needs this nursing home. We have a lengthy waiting list of Belknap County residents who need our help and want to come to Belknap County Nursing Home because of its reputation. There are many people in the community who want to be a part of our team due to our reputation.
But the political issues place all of this at risk and it saddens me to know that if this continues, in time it will. As a dedicated team, we have persevered and brought this nursing home to where it is today. It is my hope that for many more years to come, we can continue with our mission, "To care for our residents as ourselves, with compassion, dignity and respect."
Thank you to the employees of Belknap County Nursing Home for all you do.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 02:19