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The moderate view lies at the heart of necessary compromise

To The Daily Sun,

In response to a recent letter, there is a case for the moderate voice in any political party. It has been said by many that a political party without valued, moderate participation cannot function fully. Former senator, congressman, and governor Judd Gregg has, in the past, warned that "without compromise democracy cannot survive". For compromise to happen both sides need to be able to see through the ideology and how it impacts both sides of an issue. Therein lies the moderate view.

A CNN/ORC poll, conducted between November 17-20 of this year, reported, "a sizeable minority personally agree with both parties on at least some issues, and, however, 8 in 10 say the Republicans should make an effort to include Democratic policies in any legislation they pass rather than sticking to a GOP-driven agenda."

When lawmakers become narrowly bound to an ideology that is representative of only one side, or part of one side, of an issue there is not a fair airing of the intent or the consequences of a potential law. There needs to be room for robust discussion. Compromise is not a bad word. In that way, there is a reasoned chance that controversial legislation will be crafted to meet the greatest need in the best way or viewed inexpedient to legislate after a fair hearing.

As for "go along to get along," is concerned, when a person has aspirations for party leadership that is the way it is done. To get a leadership job, one has to heed the tenets of the existing leadership. The primary problem with the current Republican Party "go along" is that there is not much flexibility in the stated platform, leaving little latitude for discussion. The current Republican platform is too rigid and detailed. It is good for choosing items to score a legislator's voting record, but does not leave much room for debate to progress. It so happens that some legislators feel they only represent the people who voted for them. The reality is that they are elected by a simple majority to represent all the people. The parties exist to make it easier to understand the position of each legislator. The two party system works as long as there is latitude allowed in the approach to legislation. At the same time, it is prudent to remember that one third of the electorate are undeclared of any party.

New Hampshire has a long reputation of hearing every bill entertained, being fiscally prudent, avoiding graft and corruption, making every effort to limit waste, and taking a practical approach to the value of any bill.

All of this is an argument for retaining the moderate voice on the political scene.

Alida Millham

Laconia

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Thanks for all the support on 'Shop Small Saturday' in Franklin

To The Daily Sun,

Dear customers and supporters of The Franklin Studio:

On behalf of our board of directors and our many volunteers, I want to thank our customers and supporters for making The Franklin Studio a great success in the Franklin community.
This past Saturdaywas "Shop Small Saturday", established for small and local retailers to encourage patrons to shop locally. For the Studio, it was also our most successful business day ever and we thank all the new folks who visited us on Saturday, and our regular customers for your support and loyalty. As you know, The Franklin Studio is a non-profit organization managed and staffed by volunteers working together as part of the revitalization of downtown Franklin. The support we've received from you our customers, the business community, our developer Todd Workman, and the City of Franklin has been essential to our success.
Thank you again for everyone's support during the past 17 months and especially on this past Saturday. Yes, it can be done in Franklin.
From Jo Brown and all the volunteers and board, have a wonderful holiday season.

Jo Brown, Owner
The Franklin Studio

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