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Importance of coming mid-term election cannot be understated

To The Daily Sun,

In the last mid-term elections — in 2010 — fully half of Belknap County's voters — nearly 22,000 voters — did not  vote.

That means half of our residents have no voice in the laws that affect their lives or the budgets that affect their services and taxes.
Just because we are not electing a president in November, we cannot downplay the importance of this election. For Democrats, turning out to vote is critical from the top of the ticket down. We can't allow a Republican majority in the Statehouse and risk leadership by Bill O'Brien with a Tea Party, Free State agenda. We have to protect our nursing home residents from the vagaries of purely political decisions. We need an Executive Council that will work cooperatively with the governor rather than blocking her recommendations.

We live in a participatory democracy that only works when voters participate. Otherwise, extremists call the shots for everyone.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in most locations. You have just two weeks to learn where the candidates stand on the issues and make your choices.

Bring an ID and vote on Nov. 4 to give yourself a voice in the way our county and state are run.

Kate Miller
Chair, Belknap County Democratic Committee

Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:07

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Glenn Cordelli has the needed leadership skills to be a great rep

To The Daily Sun,

Glenn Cordelli is exactly the type of person we need as our state representative. I have seen him out knocking on doors and talking to people on the campaign trail, and I know that he works even harder in the Statehouse.

He understands that the issues that you and I are worried about are the issues that need to be addressed by your representative. As a member of the House Business Caucus, he brought in service providers, such as the Small Business Administration, last month to talk to local businesses about available services. He then produced a resource list of the providers at the roundtable and is making that available to business who could not attend his roundtable.

Glenn is also a member of the House Education Committee. Even though he just finished his freshman term, he authored a number of common-sense bills. Those included bills on the protection of student and teacher data, honoring Constitution Day, and availability of student assessment information. He has already submitted legislation this year to make adoption of new state education standards a more open process.

His work in the Legislature has already been recognized by others. He was selected for the GOPAC Emerging Leaders Class of 2014 — one of only 21 legislators in the country.

As a state representative, he also has a role in overseeing Carroll County operations. He has been a leader there in diagnosing and finding solutions to the county financial problems that affect us, the taxpayers.

I am supporting Glenn because he is hard-working, has the needed leadership skills, and is responsive to his constituents. Please join me in voting for Glenn Cordelli as our state representative.

Rob Horace

Moultonborough

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:05

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Dave Pollak will be non-partisan, thoughtful county commissioner

To The Daily Sun,

For those of you paying attention to the work of the Belknap County Commissioners, you know Commissioner Steve Nedeau operates in a non-partisan, thoughtful, and reasonable manner.

As a citizen of Gilmanton, I am represented by Dick Burchell in Concord and on the county convention, I find him to be partisan, vindictive and working against the best interests of our county and its residents. Rep. Burchell is a member of the county convention's personnel committee that, for partisan and vindictive reasons, reversed the commissioner's principled and justified decision to remove the administrator of the Belknap County Nursing Home. Rep. Burchell is now running unopposed for county commissioner, representing Gilmanton, Tilton, Barnstead, and Belmont and will most likely join Commissioner Nedeau in that position in January.

I urge/beg/plead that Laconia, Sanbornton, and New Hampton voters elect Dave Pollak as their County Commissioner. Dave follows the lead of Commissioner Nedeau with non-partisan, thoughtful, deliberative approaches to the problems facing Belknap County. These problems are substantial and must not be handled by partisan, vindictive officials.

I wish I could vote for Dave Pollak, but for those who can, please learn more about him at: davepollak.com.

Lew Henry

Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:04

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Obama can't lead? I can make a long list that suggests otherwise

To The Daily Sun,

There has been a great deal of rhetoric lately about the lack of leadership by President Obama. One elected official in Missouri even recently suggested the military would be justified in removing him from office. All this makes me wonder if some people are just forgetful or are intentionally denying the truth.

Here are a few of the things that come to my mind when I think of this president and his leadership:

He saved our automobile industry from collapse.

He has practically eliminated our dependence on foreign oil.

He oversaw the restructuring of our banking system.

He has helped to bring our unemployment down from over 10 percent to under 6 percent.

He has slowed the flow of American jobs away from the U.S.

He has assisted efforts to make our economy become the leader of the world again.

He brought our troops home from Iraq.

He has reduced our military role in Afghanistan dramatically.

He led an international effort to remove chemical weapons in Syria.

He has built an international coalition to confront ISIL.

He is leading an international effort to stop Russian aggression.

He has improved services and benefits for our military men and women and their families.

He has established a system to provide health insurance for millions.

He has reduced the unfettered increases in our national debt.

That, my friends, is not the sign of a person who cannot lead. No, I believe it is the sound of one voice making a difference.

To the official in Missouri, show me the lack of leadership. Show me where President Obama has created such a threat to our nation that a military coup would be appropriate. Or could it be that the glare from Ferguson has blinded you?

Patrick H. Wood

Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:00

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Let’s put people in office that can give us a real chance to propser

To The Daily Sun,

Today I saw a piece on TV about a candidate for governor talking about people trying to live on $40 for the week while hunting for a job and with no place to sleep.

These are things we take for granted and put a blind eye. Hundreds of people live this same story every day right here in New Hampshire. For them the American Dream is dying, or has never even been born.

Alexandra is a 14-year-old having to watch her siblings and cook for them because mom has to work two jobs. Why is Johnny, a fourth-grader, having to worry if he and his family are going to eat a simple meal tonight? Rose is a sophomore in college working two jobs just to get by and not having any time to study.

What bothers me the most is that we have become so insensitive that we are okay with people with mental disabilities living on the streets with no one to care for them. Or someone willing to work for $20 a day just to get by. A mom that has to decide whether to go to work or stay at home to take care of her precious children.

We are also concerned about the rise in crime. Jobs are often the best solution. We also can't continue to think that prison facilities that are outdated are the solution to helping people that have made mistakes recover and move forward.

Republicans keep pitching that people are just looking for a handout. No. Most people are looking for a hand up, someone willing to help them get a chance to feel human and accepted again and a chance to work and make a better life for themselves. Attacking teachers and calling them thugs because they want better pay so they don't have to work two jobs instead of focusing on their students' education.

Look at the Republican agenda: too focused on always lower corporate tax rates, attacking marriage equality, making it harder for the elderly and the poor to get by and keep their homes. They are too focused on fighting wars outside our country in the name of freedom while we have children starving at home. While solutions and answers can be hard to find and more complex than simple (or simplistic), we can't continue to elect politicians that are only concerned with their political career, and neither want nor care to see what life for ordinary Americans looks like.

Don't let their hard-pressure sales tactics and their fear-mongering intimidate us. Look at how they vote and how they act. Look at what they have done, not just at their talking points. Let's help every American live the American Dream: that if you are willing to work hard and do right you can build a good life for yourself and your family.

Please vote on Nov. 4t for Andrew Hosmer (a car dealership manager), Dave Pollack (a community college professor), Mo Baxley (rights activist), Dave Huot (former judge), Beth Arsenault (a mom that raised three children and served her community on the school board and the Legislature), Tom Dawson (former state fire marshal and education advocate). These are individuals that have lived and know the struggles of everyday people. Let's get people in office that will give us a real chance to prosper and move forward.

Carlos Cardona

Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:00

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