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Shaheen is more supportable than Brown on so many fronts

To The Daily Sun,

NHPR's report on Shaheen/Brown shows, today, the Friday before Tuesday's vote, that he could pull her to the extreme of supporting nuclear power as part of our energy mix. Nuclear power is such a beaten issue. The fuel is so dirty when mined and fabricated into rods — so expensive to do — and so problematic when "spent" for disposal (somewhere, nowhere, except on-site, making every power plant a radioactive waste repository and inherently dangerous to life).

"A spill of solar power is called a sunny day" is the T-shirt message that seems apt to remember, here. I wish she'd done the 21st Century thing, which would be to counter-challenge Brown on his ignorance and foot-dragging about climate change and the important place it holds as a problem now.

Still, Shaheen is more supportable than Brown on so many fronts. She's the better candidate. Go vote for Shaheen on Tuesday. Be a good citizen of New Hampshire.

Lynn Rudmin Chong


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:21

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Sen. Forrester’s geniune concern for local issues is impressive

To The Daily Sun,

As a human being, a friend, a community member and a member of the Wicwas Lake Grange, I have to acknowledge Jeanie Forrester is an exceptional and compassionate person. I know Jeanie has had a hard life. She learned that with hard work anyone can accomplish their goals. Jeanie's passion for people and their livelihood is her life. She believes businesses will help the economy grow. She helped develop the new shopping plaza in Meredith and improving the community. This, I know, has helped the community grow. Just take a look during the summer and try and find a parking space at the plaza.

Jeanie also has supported many women-owned businesses, offering her assistance when needed. She recently visited Newfound Lake Vineyards in Bristol to offer her support with the newest winery business under the New Hampshire Winery Association. As CEO of the FESI, Jeanie believes in helping the environment and has raised money for the Loon Preservation Committee. She is also an advocate for education.

She volunteers for many organizations, such as the Franklin Business & Industrial Development Corporation, Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, Greater Meredith Program, Latchkey Charities, Meredith Visiting Nurses Association and the Wicwas Lake Grange.

As an advocate for employment, I recently found her at job fair in Plymouth greeting job applicants as they came in through the door and leaving. Jeanie provided her support and kind words with a smile for everyone. I am impressed with her genuine concern of the economy, environment and community.

Helga Paquin

Wicwas Lake Grange Secretary


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:20

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Sen. Forrester will champion policies that allow economic freedom

To The Daily Sun,

On Nov. 4, New Hampshire will have many important decisions to make. Namely these choices are who we decide to send to Concord and Washington to represent our best interests. New Hampshire and all who reside here have always shown resiliency, hard work and a sense of Yankee frugality. This fall comes a time when we need to elect strong, principled leaders who will protect our way of life here in the Granite State.

As a young Republican and fiscal conservative, I am voting for state Sen. Jeannie Forrester. Sen. Forrester is a champion of individual freedoms, common-sense legislation and a watchdog for state spending. With the reckless policies and lack of leadership in Concord from the Corner Office, Sen. Forrester is a steady and assuring voice for my tax dollars.

As a college student and a young person, I see New Hampshire going in a direction that is not viable for long-term economic growth. This election is about new vs. old policies. The old ways that Democrats are proposing are simply not working. With an aging population, the tax-and-spend policies are simply not working. We need to instill new policies with vitality.

Sen. Forrester will be a champion for new policies that allow young people to be innovative, effective and take control of our own economic freedom. College students care deeply about jobs and the economy and we want great, high-paying jobs when we graduate. Staying in New Hampshire is important to us so long as we can find employment.

I am voting for Jeannie Forrester because I know she is a voice for our New Hampshire college students and a voice for fiscal responsibility. New Hampshire needs to get back on track as we have been doing under Republican leadership and Sen. Forrester will lead us.

Connor Brown, President

Plymouth State Republicans

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:20

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Scott Brown has probably never even been to a N.H. town meeting

To The Daily Sun,

I retired to New Hampshire after serving 21 years in the Marine Corps. After six years of becoming progressively more involved in my community, I decided to run for Selectboard. I was elected, and have served for over five years.

Jeanne Shaheen moved to New Hampshire 40 years ago. She worked as a teacher in Dover, raised her family, and has been a part of her community. She served two terms in the New Hampshire state Senate and three terms as governor. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008.

Scott Brown was born at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. The first two years of his life he lived in New Hampshire, while his father worked at Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth. But Brown grew up in Massachusetts, where he went to school, got married, started his family, and started his political career. He was elected and lost re-election to the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

Brown moved to New Hampshire this year to run for the U.S. Senate. He has no real connection here. He has never worked in New Hampshire, hasn't served on local boards or committees, never voted in a statewide election, and has probably never been to a town meeting. His vacation home and political ambitions may be here, but his life is not.

I've been in New Hampshire for just 11 years, and still have much to learn here, but the choice in this election is clear to me. Jeanne Shaheen knows New Hampshire. She knows our problems and challenges, and she puts New Hampshire first — because this is where she lives.

Valerie Scarborough
Lt. Col., USMC (Retired)


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:20

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Proposed ordinance is attack on Gilmanton Firemen’s Association

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilmanton Fireman's Association is a non-profit civic group which raises funds in a number of ways to better serve our community. We purchase and donate equipment to the town that our department's budget can't support, donate to local charities, and furnish and maintain the living quarters of the Iron Works station that this same association built and now leases to the town for $1 per year.

This association is comprised of members of the Fire Department, however it is in no way associated with municipal business. No member is paid by the town to participate in any association activity.

Recently we received notice that the Board of Selectmen have chosen to initiate an ordinance that would prohibit our ability to hold our semi-annual "boot drives," in their words to "Protect the citizens of the town of Gilmanton through the legal regulations of individuals seeking to solicit funds for charitable purposes."

Our primary means of securing these funds are through these drives. As you all know, we choose race weekends and stand on Route 140, at the stop sign in the Corners, from 6 a.m. until about 11 a.m. to collect voluntary donations from race fans coming from the east on their way to the race track. These excited race fans are always willing to donate some change and say hello. We do, of course, see some of our townsfolk as well. We welcome all with a smile and a good morning, donation or not.

When elected to the Board of Selectmen, that member's opinion becomes void. They become the mouth of the constituent, the champion of the people, no matter their own voice. This honor given to them by the voters, in trust, to uphold the will of township, and most importantly to operate our town according to state laws and procedure. They, by running, being elected, and accepting that office, have a duty to uphold for you and I at all cost.

This Board of Selectmen has been one of their personal opinions, doing what they choose, when they choose.

This proposed ordinance is a direct attack upon our organization, citing complaints that can't be documented, rationales that are inflammatory, and opinions in the minutes of our Board of Selectmen meetings that are inappropriate and unprofessional. Since no written complaints can be cited, the proposed ordinance is the will and personal opinion of the Board of Selectmen and, again, not of the constituents.

Boot drives are an extremely common means for departments or similar groups to raise funds and are conducted nationwide, this is also the way for the association to raise money to give back to our community.

There will be a public hearing to show your support on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. at Town Hall. If you are unable to attend due to the unbelievably inconvenient time, please contact any or all of the members of the Board of Selectmen at:
Brett Currier - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Don Guarino - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steve McCormack - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Arthur Capello - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dennis Comeau, President

Gilmanton Fireman's Assoc

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:19

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