Vote for GOP Executive Councilors to keep spending under control

To The Daily Sun,

One reason why Governor Hassan keeps overspending the budget is because the Democratic-controlled Executive Council doesn't do its job. The Democratic executive councilors frequently just rubberstamp the contracts, even costly hundred-page contracts, that Gov. Hassan and her department heads present to them.

The Executive Council is supposed to review contracts to make sure that good value is received in exchange for taxpayer dollars. But the Democratic majority refuses to allow enough time for contracts to even be read, let alone investigated, before the councilors vote on them. This results in wasteful spending.

Wasted dollars can't be used for other things, e.g., to repair roads or bridges, to help needy citizens, to make life more affordable for New Hampshire citizens, or to make New Hampshire more inviting to businesses so they create more good jobs here for our citizens.

New Hampshire needs executive councilors like Joe Kenney, in District 1, who are dedicated to providing the appropriate, effective, and efficient state government operations that improve the lives of all New Hampshire citizens rather than just favored special interests. Vote for Republicans for the Executive Council.

Don Ewing


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Think about Hosmer’s record next time you pull up to a gas pump

To The Daily Sun,

There is no doubt that stat Sen. Andrew Hosmer and his challenger Kathy Lauer Rago are likeable individuals, however, this is where the similarities end.

Sen. Hosmer voted to kill the Education Tax Credit, which hurts low-income and lower-middle-class families. However, Sen. Hosmer's vote has no effect on himself personally because his children attend private schools.

Sen. Hosmer voted to raise the gas tax, by doing so he hurt low-income families, the elderly living on a fixed income, small business and all of us. Sen. Hosmer can well afford to raise the gas tax, he comes from a wealthy family and as such his vote has no personal consequence.

Sen. Hosmer voted in favor of raising the tobacco tax. Sen. Hosmer voted to reduce the carbon allowances for New Hampshire utilities, thereby increasing electricity costs for ratepayers. Sen. Hosmer sponsored a bill to reduce state regulations on auto dealerships.

Ask yourself, do we need a local politician who takes the easy way out by increasing our taxes? Do we need local politician who is willing to silence parental rights in regards their children's education? Do we need a local politician who is willing to increase our energy costs? Lastly, do we need a local politician who is willing to sponsor self-serving legislation for personal gain?

Sen. Andrew Hosmer is not a friend to parents, those living on low income, the elderly, and the middle class. We've seen what Sen. Hosmer has done for us.

Thank Sen. Hosmer the next time you pull up to a gas pump by joining me in support of Kathy Lauer Rago on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Paul Trudel


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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


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Size and breadth of endorsements for Shea-Porter says a great deal

To The Daily Sun,

I was contemplating the content of a letter in support of Carol Shea-Porter for Congress when I came across this list of the organizations that have endorsed her:

Alliance for Retired Americans, AFL-CIO (Local, State, National), American Association of Social Workers, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), American Postal Workers Union, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Building & Construction Trades (BCTD), Communications Workers of America (CWA), Council for a Livable World, Daily Kos, Democracy for America (DFA), Emily's List.

Also: Environment NH, EQuality Giving, Humane Society Legislative Fund, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), International Association of Heat & Frost and Asbestos Workers (Insulators), International Association of Iron Workers (Ironworkers), International Association of Machinists and Aerospace, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (Boilermakers), International Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners (Carpenters), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), International Brotherhood of Painters & Allied Trades (Painters), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (DRIVE), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), J Street, League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA), Mayday PAC, MoveOn, NARAL.

Also: National Air Traffic Controllers Association, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, National Education Association (NEA), National Organization for Women (NOW), National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC), New Hampshire Peace Action, Ocean Champions, People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood, Plumbers & Steam Fitters, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Senior Votes Count!, Service Employees International (SEIU), Sierra Club, Sheet Metal Workers International, Students for New American Politics (SNAP), Tri-State Maxed Out Women, United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices, United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), United Steelworkers of America (USW), United Transportation Union (UTU), U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, Women's Action for New Direction (WAND), Women's Campaign Fund (WCF)

Given the size and breath of these organizations, I think the fact that they have all endorsed her over Frank Guinta says a great deal. Please join me in voting for Carol Shea-Porter for Congress on Nov. 4.

Lynn Thomas


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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


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