To The Daily Sun,
Voters who care about New Hampshire families will re-elect Gov. Hassan this November. Her opponent shows clearly that he doesn't get what affects every-day folks and their families.
Havenstein thinks it's okay if women are paid less than men for the same work. It's okay with him if corporations don't cover expensive medications needed for gynecological conditions or family planning. It's okay with him if students cannot refinance their student loans. He believes women's ability to make their own health care decisions should be restricted. He opposes legislation that makes it easier to prosecute domestic abusers and keep women safer at family planning clinics. He doesn't seem to realize that women's concerns deeply affect families.
On all these issues Maggie Hassan has the opposite view. She stands with families and understands that their well-being depends in great part on policies and legislation supporting women. She supported legislation for paycheck fairness, safety in the home and at health care facilities. She favors raising the minimum wage. She froze state university system tuition to help New Hampshire students attend college in-state.
Ten thousand jobs were created on Gov. Hassan's watch while Havenstein's corporation lost thousands and allowed security breaches of private information on his.
What a contrast!
I don't trust Havenstein to care for New Hampshire families as much as he cares for his millionaire cronies. Maggie Hassan has earned my trust and my vote. I urge all who care about families to support her re-election this November.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:27
To The Daily Sun,
Where are the leaders? So asks Walt Havenstein. Which is absolutely the right question. There is no strategy for eliminating terrorism. A woman is beheaded right in the U.S. and there is no outcry from our government. A Marine languishes in a Mexican jail and there is no outcry against Mexican trade and travel. We have a governor who balances her state budget by using revenue from a non-existent casino. The First Lady, a powerful minority female attorney, complains that women are disadvantaged in the U.S. Our children are faced with food they won't eat in school, while they are taught Common Core classes that are centrally controlled through leaderless directives.
Our New Hampshire citizens are leaving New Hampshire to drive to Massachusetts for their work in droves of over 100,000 people/day, and local politicians seem powerless to address or influence this issue. Taxes are so high that we no longer can afford to live on one salary alone and we mostly need two workers per family to make ends meet. And we are struggling with so very many citizens and illegal aliens on government support, and need leadership to get our population back to work. So where are the leaders?
Walt Havenstein is a leader. His employees at BAE are vocal and loyal. Their energy and support are reminiscent of the recent support that Market Basket employees gave Arthur T. People who worked with him for years, know that he is "the real thing," know that he listened to and respected all the employees who worked there, knew their names, was open and honest as a manager, and kept their jobs in New Hampshire.
It's time to get back to real leadership. My vote goes to Walt. I hope you'll join me.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:23
To The Daily Sun,
Our recent county "crisis" has proven to have been a fabrication. On Sept. 15, at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Executive Committee of the Belknap County Convention, there was no request from the commissioners for any budget transfer. Three days later, on Sept. 18, the Belknap County Commissioners announced that the county was faced with an immediate crisis if the commissioners were not allowed to make a number of significant money transfers from various budget lines to other lines. They demanded that the executive committee meet again and immediately approve the needed transfers. The commissioners emphasized that the immediate situation was so serious that the transfers could not wait until the executive committee's next scheduled meeting on Sept. 29.
When the executive committee refused to hold another meeting immediately to approve the claimed emergency transfers, the commissioners on Sept. 23 again sent their lawyers from Exeter into court. This time the lawyers made an emergency motion to either compel an immediate meeting of the executive committee to approve the needed transfers or, in the alternative, to obtain court approval for the claimed emergency transfers.
Specifically, the commissioners represented to the court through their attorneys that "in the week that it will take to convene the executive committee by their proposed schedule, elderly patients will need to be transferred from the nursing home, inmates will need to be transferred from the jail, and law enforcement personnel will be subject to danger due to insufficient communication." To address this urgent situation, the commissioners initially told the court that $617,872.20 was needed. After questioning by the court, the commissioners then reduced the figure to $455,500.
The court rejected both requests, refusing to order an emergency meeting and also refusing to grant approval of the transfer of the money said to be immediately needed. The judge did make it clear that he would like to see a meeting of the executive committee take place before the scheduled Sept. 29 meeting.
A meeting was scheduled by the executive committee for Sept. 26 to hear the commissioners' request for emergency transfers that could not wait until the Sept. 29 meeting. At that meeting, the prior requests of $617,872 and then later $455,500 became a request for transfer of $10,000. The "crisis" that was going to shut down the county if $455,500 in transfers were not immediately made turned out to be a $10,000 need.
It is abundantly clear from this that the original representations were patently false. It is obvious that the commissioners knowingly misrepresented the "crisis" to the convention, the public and the court. In addition to conveying knowingly false facts to the court, the commissioners also expended public funds to pay for lawyers to convey the misrepresentations to the court.
When public officials lie to the public and to other public officials, that is wrong. Intentional misrepresentations to a court in the course of a public officer's official business is totally unacceptable.
Our state does not have a recall procedure. Instead RSA 64:7 provides that "any officer of a county may be removed from office by the superior court for official misconduct." The case law under this statute is clear that the misconduct need not rise to the level of a crime but must be more than a mere lapse in judgment. Intentional lying to a court about matters of county business definitely cannot be dismissed as a mere lapse in judgment. Whether or not it rises to the level of perjury, the effect is the same.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:13
To The Daily Sun,
Massachusetts and New Hampshire papers have reported that power companies are telling everyone that electricity will be much more expensive this winter, but they haven't told us why.
Back in 2008, Mr. Obama told us he planned to raise electricity rates (http://instituteforenergyresearch.org/quotes-on-cap-and-trade-and-energy/): "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. . . . Because I'm capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, natural gas — you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers."
He couldn't pass his cap-and-trade system, but he's had the EPA write rules that are shutting down our coal-fired electrical generators. We can't get our now-abundant natural gas to them because he's blocked all sorts of pipeline construction.
Rising electric rates are the direct result of Mr. Obama's policies. Why won't the newspapers tell us that?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:07
To The Daily Sun,
Aggressors around the world have been emboldened. Some aggressors are nations, others are terrorist groups like al-Qaida and ISIS or criminal groups such as the Mexican drug cartels. Some aggressors claim their neighbors' lands, others just take them. Some aggressors kill fellow citizens who aren't the right something (e.g., religion, tribe, ethnic group, gang), while others are reaching out and killing people in other countries. Aggressors, such as North Korea, China, Russia, Iran, and in the Middle East, Africa, South and Central America, are acting, demanding or taking what they want, increasing their power, and controlling or killing increasing numbers of innocent people.
Yet, this wasn't supposed to happen.
Less than six years ago the progressives of the world awarded President Obama the Nobel Peace Prize not for anything he did but just because they "knew" that his progressive policies would bring peace and justice to the world.
President Obama has done what the world's progressive elites wanted. He apologized for our country because they accuse U.S. power of causing aggression. President Obama is cutting our military and economic power to ensure our country's future weakness. President Obama negotiates with and appeases aggressors, against the advice of our military and blames us for the killings. He prematurely withdrew our troops from Iraq. He refuses to accurately name our enemy and he removed information about Islam from our anti-terrorist training to avoid being "offensive" (and perhaps anticipating a flood of Quaker or Presbyterian terrorists). He establishes "harsh sanctions" that don't hurt the people instigating the aggressive actions. And, of course, he is "properly" anti-Israel.
For decades progressives have told us that these actions were required for world peace. But, after nearly six years of applying these progressive policies, the promised peace is nowhere to be found. In fact, aggression has increased and made the world a much more dangerous place (as predicted by people with a realistic understanding of human nature and history).
Edmund Burke said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Ronald Reagan advocated, "Peace through strength." Burke's and Reagan's statements reflect reality. Weakness and denial of reality embolden aggressors. Strength deters aggressors. These are clear lessons that Pearl Harbor and 9/11 should have taught every American.
President Obama and the progressive elites may actually believe in their progressive policies of appeasement, political correctness, denial of reality, and weakness, but they only achieve peace in fantasyland. In reality progressive policies create an increasingly dangerous real world where people lose their freedoms, prosperity, and often their lives.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 09:29