Democratic leaders don’t care at all about N.H., vote for change

To The Daily Sun,

This year, I did my best to listen to both sides of the argument. I listened to the president, watched MSNBC, FOX, and WMUR. I do not like politicians and believe the line from the politician in the "Hunt for Red October," "When I am not kissing babies I am stealing their lollipops."

Why vote Change? I believe the president. His New Hampshire representative's in the House and Senate love him, believe in all of his programs, and will continue to vote with him almost all of the time. They have been instructed by him, and the talking heads agree, to do and say whatever they need to say to get re-elected, then it is business as usual. New Hampshire is a very small state by population, and we are on our own.

In any national program, smaller states will be abused by the needs of larger states. Washington, D.C., is the fastest growing in real estate appreciation, size, and income. New Hampshire has been voted number one in quality of life, but in Claremont and Berlin, a nice house can be purchased for $60,000. Our real estate appreciation is weak, and our per capita income will not lead to early retirement. New Hampshire Democrats are happy to bring in millions of people through the southern borders and give them healthcare, money, and breaks on a college education. New Hampshire residents do not get a break on in-state college tuition.

At every chance, I interviewed people who were seeking health care. Most were kicked off of their current program, and they tell a very different story than the one I hear from our Democratic representatives on TV and in print ads. Recently, I was in the new Walmart and CNBC just stated that Walmart was cutting 30,000 employee hours to 30 hours because of the new health care. I told this story to two new Walmart workers at the self-checkout line. They looked at each other and said, "Hey, that's us."

We need to vote change because our Democratic representatives are not strong enough, and their leaders do not care at all about New Hampshire.

Jim Allen


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Conservative actions saved Alton cemetery trust fund from collapse

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank Loring Carr, for giving me the opportunity to prove to the voters of District 8 that, I am a true conservative.

In Carr's Oct. 20 letter to the editor, Mr. Carr failed to mention the fact that the Cemetery Trustees were trying to conserve what was left of the cemetery expendable trust fund. The trust fund had been used to offset the cost of maintaining and operating Alton's numerous municipal cemeteries. For 20 years the taxpayers of Alton, never funded the cemetery operating budget through taxation and the trust fund was nearly depleted.

Yes, the cemetery budget increased due to the selectmen-approved COLAs and employee benefits. All these costs were listed in cemetery budget line items so the taxpayers could review the trustees total budget. Under the selectmen's budget, the full-time sexton was removed from the cemetery budget. However, the selectmen appointed other town employees to do the sexton jobs. The selectmen ordered the Highway Department to dig graves, Parks & Rec staff for maintenance and mowing, and the Finance Office for taking minutes and providing clerical work. Plus five to 10 hours a week we trustees had to be there to lay out graves and meet with funeral directors, duties normally performed by the sexton.

The other town departments had to use their budgets to finance the work of the cemetery and there was no way for the taxpayers to know the real cost of the cemetery operations. In my estimation, there was more money spent than the trustee's proposed budget. But, with so many cost items not being accounted for, who knows? The bottom line is the three trustees, with myself included, through our conservative actions, saved the trust fund from collapse.

And FYI, I find it interesting that in the 2015 Alton Cemetery budget proposed by you, Mr. Carr, and the other selectman, I see a line item for the return of a full-time cemetery sexton.

Raymond Howard, Jr.


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As a state Rep., Bob Hull will never be more than a phone call away

To The Daily Sun,

As the Area 3 Vice Chair of the Grafton County Republican Committee, I would like to ask the voters of Grafton District 9, which includes the towns of Ashland, Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, and Grafton, to vote for Bob Hull for State Representative.

A spirited Republican primary in September resulted in Bob Hull winning by almost 300 votes to the next-closest candidate.

I know Bob Hull to be a principled individual who will work not only to reduce burdensome government regulations that have hindered our New Hampshire economy for too long, but also to bring sensible spending to New Hampshire and Grafton County with the goal of reducing the tax burden on our New Hampshire and Grafton County citizens. Bob has been active in supporting our local Republican candidates for many years and Bob is well known throughout the areas he will represent. I know Bob will listen to the concerns of all of the people he will serve, and Bob will never be more than a phone call away to work with folks on any problem with which Bob can help. Bob will be especially helpful in addressing the needs that must be met within our Grafton County government. Bob served as a Republican Party State Delegate in 2009 and 2010 as well as this year.

I urge all of the voters of Grafton District 9 to support and vote for Republican Bob Hull on Nov. 4. Thank you.

Omer C. Ahern Jr., Esq.
Pemi-Baker Republican Committee Chair
Area 3 Vice Chair, Grafton County Republican Committee

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As a state rep., I promise to listen, learn and represent the voters

To The Daily Sun,

In the waning days of a political campaign it is common for tensions to mount and for the accusations and criticisms to take on a negative tone. Maybe now is the time to take a deep breath and for all the candidates, myself included, to reflect on our reasons for running for elective office and our responsibilities should we be fortunate enough to win the trust of the voters.

First and foremost, we must remember that once elected we represent all our constituents, not just the ones who supported us, who endorsed us, who may have helped fund our campaigns and who generally agree with us on various issues. Indeed, every elected official should be reminded that the majority of the people he or she represents did not vote for him (or her). Rather they voted for an opponent or chose not to vote at all. It is imperative that none of the voters, or the non-voters, consider themselves "losers," that they can be assured that they will not be marginalized because they voted for the "wrong" candidate.

Secondly, legislators need to actively listen, and to listen especially intently to opposing viewpoints. The goal should be to listen in order to understand, not to formulate a response. There are many legitimate reasons that different people support or condemn an increase in the minimum wage, gun legislation, expanded gambling, death penalty repeal, Northern Pass and a host of other issues facing our state. It is essential that we do not characterize the opposing view as "wrong" all the time and that we recognize the legitimacy of their positions.

Third, the job of legislators should be to try to bring as many voices to a piece of legislation as possible. Legislators need to be educators and conciliators. They need to try to take two very opposing viewpoints and reconcile them so that as many constituents as possible feel that their beliefs, concerns and values are considered. This is what compromise means. Just because one party "wins" should not mean that the people who did not vote for it lose their voice. It might not always be possible to reconcile and appease everyone, but everyone should at least feel that they have been seriously considered.

I am running for the honor of representing Gilford and Meredith, District 2, and I promise that my primary job will be to listen and learn and to do everything I can to represent you, the voters. On Nov. 4, please vote. And I am asking you to cast your vote for me, Dorothy Piquado, as well as for Lisa DiMartino, Nancy Frost, and Sandi Mucci.

Dorothy Piquado


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As a state legislator, I hope to help make positive change for N.H.

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to the voters of Gilford and Meredith:

I am writing to introduce myself to the voters of New Hampshire's House District Belknap District 2, the residents of Meredith and Gilford.

There are four positions for state representative, and I am running for one of them. I believe we all need to give back to our community and our state. Becoming a member of our citizen legislature is one way that I can do that.

I like what our current Legislature has done in expanding Medicaid and passing the paycheck fairness legislation. I believe I can help make positive changes for New Hampshire.

At the county level, there is deadlock over financial issues in an atmosphere of anger and frustration. I hope to be part of a change in attitude that would allow our delegation and our county commissioners to work together in the best interests of the citizens of Belknap County.

I am a teacher and have also worked in health care and communications. I grew up in Gilford and have lived here for many years. I love this area and its people, and with your input and support, I hope to help us continue to prosper.

Please vote for me on Nov. 4.

Nancy Frost


Candidate for State Rep., Belknap District 2

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