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Nursing home residents & workers deserve better than Tilton

To The Daily Sun,

Full disclosure: I work at the Belknap County Nursing Home. I love my job and I love our residents. Our residents are our family members — everyone in Belknap County knows someone who either lives here or has lived here.

Despite our love for our jobs, it has stopped being fun. It stopped being fun when Frank Tilton told the county commissioners to lay people off rather than fund our health insurance. Yes, the same Frank Tilton who collected a public paycheck for years and now gets a taxpayer funded pension.

In less than two weeks, unless Tilton allows the funding of our health insurance, the county will run out of money to pay for it. My family will no longer be able to get health care unless we pay for the complete amount — for my family, that means paying $120 per week. Forget that I haven't had a raise in three years, we simply can't afford that.

The residents and workers at the Nursing Home, along with all the residents in the county, deserve better than what Frank Tilton provides his constituents so far. I urge at to consider that at the polls in November.

Candie Harriman


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:43

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Kevin Maes determined to return a sense of civility to government

To The Daily Sun,

Alice and I were so pleased to hear that Kevin Maes of Rumney had thrown his hat into the ring for Grafton County District 6 State Representative to the state Legislature. He is just the kind of thoughtful, hard-working and forward-thinking person we need to represent us in the House.

For 30 years Kevin has served his community and the region in one capacity or another, as a selectman, a police officer, a teacher and an active volunteer in many other local efforts.

Kevin has strongly expressed his desire to "return a sense of civility to government."

If you have been as disheartened as Alice and I have about the partisan bickering and the poisonous atmosphere that has developed at all levels of government between the parties, then you will be as happy as we were to hear that Kevin wants to reach across the aisle and work to bring all parties together in the best interest of everyone in our beloved state.

Kevin's vote will not be owned by anyone but the people of District 6. He will vote his conscience in the best interest of his district and based on his own solid, good judgment — judgment that he has proven to us in three decades of public service. No political party, no lobbyist, no special interest will unduly influence his vote.

Kevin will pay attention to the things that matter in our day-to-day lives. His lifelong commitment to public education, his promise to work to develop a strong economy by encouraging diversity, innovation and entrepreneurship in the private sector. His experience in budgetary matters, youth sports, and local law enforcement and public safety present a well-rounded person with a public spirit. I am proud to call him my friend and I hope to call him my state representative.

The representative districts in New Hampshire tend to be a little confusing. District 6 includes the towns of Rumney, Ellsworth, Thornton, Orange and Groton.

If you live in any of these towns, please vote for Kevin Maes on Nov. 4.

Wayne D. King


Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 09:11

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If elected, I'll support legislation that supports responsible freedom

To The Daily Sun,

Thank you for voting for me in the primary.
How do we assure our freedom? Article 10 of our state Constitution states, "Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of non resistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind." Source 1784.

My name is Valerie Fraser and I am your Republican state representative candidate for Belknap County District 1 (Center Harbor and New Hampton). Thank you so much to the hundreds of voters who came out and voted in the primary election and I ask for your vote in the general election on Nov. 4. I have been officially endorsed by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. Responsible freedom has been defined as an individual having the right to do whatever he wants as long as he does not force his will on any one else. Jesus commanded us to love they neighbor as thyself. We don't need an ever expanding government with its many accumulative little restrictions and rules to achieve freedom. To the contrary, it inhibits freedom and suppresses our desire for action. We should all do our best to obey the golden rule.

Our republic is composed of fully responsible free people that truly are the state; the state of free men and women on their own country or territory (we call it New Hampshire). The Constitution is a body of rules to protect the rights of free people. Our government is the elected representatives who carry out the business of government for the free people, and lastly, civil servants are free people serving as employees of the people of the state as well as of the government. We should all look to the New Hampshire State Constitution as our guidebook. No government should have any power to usurp our "we the people" inherent rights ordained by God and defined in our Constitution. We must remain ever vigilant and use our power of discernment to keep those rights.

If I am elected, I will do my very best to support the Constitution and legislation that supports responsible freedom and be the representative who is your voice in government. Please vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Valerie Fraser

New Hampton

Candidate for State Rep: Center Harbor & New Hampton

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 09:04

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Jeb Bradley understand he works for the taxpayer; he'll listen

To The Daily Sun,

On Wed., Oct. 15, I attended a meet the candidates event in Wolfeboro. I submitted a question on an issue about which all of the candidates said that they knew nothing. The moderator asked if I would like to explain the substance of the issue.

After saying only a few words and seconds into my explanation, I was shouted down by the "tolerant" liberals in the audience and at least one of the Democrat candidates, namely, John White, State Senate candidate.

Mr. White then asked to say something and I responded by saying that he apparently had suddenly gained knowledge on the subject and that I would gladly like to be educated. His response was that he doubted that I was capable of being educated and proceeded to rant and rave about the issue which I hadn't yet explained and about which he had admitted minutes, if not seconds, before that he hadn't any knowledge. His outburst was totally unresponsive to the question posed and makes me believe that he is not able to control his emotions. This is a characteristic that does not allow one to make reasonable and well thought out decisions.

Sen. Jeb Bradley and I have differing opinions on quite a few issues, but we are capable of having rational and unemotional discussions without personally attacking each other. Sen. Bradley understands that he works for the taxpayer and is willing to listen and perhaps learn something from his constituents.

Mr. White on the other hand seems sure that he knows everything and certainly more than the New Hampshire taxpayer for whom he would work if he were elected.

Vote for John White if you want someone who apparently is not interested in your opinion and who would attack a constituent with whom he disagrees even before understanding the issue at hand.

Vote for Jeb Bradley if you want someone who will serve you.

Remember, your state senator works for you.

Vince Merola



Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 08:54

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I've been inspired by the leadership Martha Richards provides

To The Daily Sun,

Martha Richards is running for re-election as Grafton County Commissioner for District 3. In this role, Martha has been a force behind constructing the county complex woodshop biomass plant, which has already saved $148,000 in fuel costs. Martha has shown her concern for the effects caused by a lack of full mental health services in the North Country. Her voice has been consistent in opposing both Northern Pass and wind turbines, addressing the harmful effect both projects can have on this part of the state.

Martha's intention is to continue to be this voice for all citizens opposed to Northern Pass, urging the burial of the proposed 180 miles of lines where the result will provide revenue for the state. As she has already done, Martha will continue to work for sound, fiscally wise budget solutions to meet the needs of citizens in Grafton County.

I have personally been inspired by her leadership in heating assistance through raising money through the Keep the Heat On fundraiser which, last year, raised over $40,000 to help those in need of heat. I will be voting for Martha Richards on Nov. 4 and strongly encourage you to join me.

Edith Hamersma


Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 08:50

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