N.H. voters can show they don't scare that easily

To The Daily Sun,

From the anti-Kathy Rago mailer I received this week I'm guessing Ray Buckley's minions at New Hampshire Democratic Party headquarters are running out of tinfoil hats. Hilariously invoking both the "all-purpose evil" Koch Brothers and the poisoning of babies, the mailer makes clear that the Hosmer campaign is in full desperation mode. Given his Senate record, I'm not surprised.

The Democrats' low opinion of voters shines through in their propaganda. On one side of the mailer they misrepresent three of Rago's votes from 2011. Two (HB-1 and HB-2) were budget bills. Like all such bills, tough decisions had to be made. While it's easy to manufacture out-of-context one-liners to score cheap political points, the reality is that funding state government requires weighing priorities, making tough decisions, and operating the state within the means of taxpayers. The budget Kathy Rago voted for did just that. Despite what Buckley & Co. would have us believe, our social safety net remains secure and the doors to our universities remain open.

The other bill the Democrats twist to partisan purpose is HB-370. A fair reading of that bill shows Rago voting to strengthen, not weaken, the law. But when reality doesn't fit in their 5 1/2 by 8 mailer, the Dems choose the party line over the truth. Maybe they think no one will notice.

What I couldn't help notice was the other side of the mailer, featuring a baby being fed, and a jar of baby food marked with a skull and crossbones. It's a visual worth of Khrushchev. The issue at hand is a vote on banning BPA from baby food jars. Here again, reality contradicts the party line.

Angela Logomasini, a senior fellow at the Independent Women's Forum, writing in Forbes magazine pointed out that BPA bans are a danger to public health: "Resins that line food containers made with BPA prevent the development of deadly pathogens in our food supply, protecting consumers from potentially deadly bacteria like E. coli. Because there aren't good alternatives to BPA resins, if passed into law, BPA bans could increase food spoilage and serious food-borne illnesses."

A comprehensive review has found that BPA is safe. The U.S. FDA, the European Union, Japan, Canada, and the World Health Organization agree on that. But what do they know? Buckley and Hosmer know better ... or at least they want to scare voters into thinking so.

Democracy doesn't run well on fear. In a couple of weeks we'll have the opportunity to show Buckley, Hosmer, and their puppet-masters at DNC HQ that New Hampshire voters prefer facts to fear mongering.

I'm voting for Kathy Rago because I want an adult decision-maker representing me. I know she won't treat me like Buckley's and Hosmer's spoon-fed infant.

Ken Gorrell


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Under Hassan, N.H. has taken unfriendly tone toward business

To The Daily Sun,

On Oct. 12 the Pentagon released a comprehensive plan, "2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap" for the U.S. military to deal with the immediate threats to national security arising from climate change, including increased risks from terrorism. ISIS has, for example, used water shortages to increase its power and recruit young men displaced from farms by drought.

This plan points out that rising temperatures and sea levels along with more intense weather events will increase the spread of infectious diseases, poverty, food shortages, and mass migrations. These predicted effects of climate change will trigger global instability and must now be an integral component of military planning.

Both Senator Jeanne Shaheen and 1st District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter have emphasized our need to address climate change as a national security issue. In contrast, their opponents in the upcoming election, Scott Brown and Frank Guinta, have opposed measures to address climate change.

Jeanne Shaheen and Carol Shea-Porter march in step with the U. S. military on climate change.

Join me in voting for them on Nov. 4.

Constance Cunningham


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If you answer no, no and no . . . vote Republican on November 4

To The Daily Sun,

Ask yourself these questions:

Are you better off financially than you were six years ago?

Are you happier with your health plan than you were six years ago?

Do you feel safer than you did six years ago?

If, like me, the answer to all of these questions is no — then vote Republican on Nov. 4.

Janet Allen

Center Barnstead

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Under Hassan, N.H. has taken unfriendly tone toward business

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Peter J. Spanos and I am running for state representative in District 3 as a Republican candidate. As a lifelong Laconia resident and former small-business owner of 31 years, I am not satisfied with the current direction our incumbent Democrats have taken here in New Hampshire. But what can we expect with Barack Obama as their standard-bearer?

Under Maggie Hassan, our state has taken a decidedly unfriendly tone toward small businesses in our state, even though they are the economic backbone of New Hampshire's fiscal survival.

Many issues such as funding the state pension system, suppressing casino gambling, and keeping a lid on the gasoline tax must be addressed sooner rather than later, and my esteemed Democratic opponents appear unwilling or unable to make the proper and difficult choices necessary to ensure our state's long-term growth and viability.

I am new to politics and am running because I have a deep and abiding faith in our community, and am prepared to make the tough, sensible decisions in Concord that our district expects of our representatives.

When I hear proponents of a new county jail want to spend upward of $20 million we have to ask ourselves the question: Isn't jail supposed to be adequate, yet spartan?

New and frightening diseases have come to our shores and our government appears paralyzed and indecisive in containing what may become an epidemic. Although we are a generous and compassionate people, the right to self-preservation must trump all others, and that begins and ends with securing our borders.

I am asking for your support on Tuesday, Nov. 4, especially Democrats who are looking for a change in direction at the Statehouse. The right to vote is a privilege earned at great cost by those who came before us and are no longer here. I thank you in advance for exercising it on Election Day.

Peter J. Spanos


Candidate for State Representative, Belknap County, District 3

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Grafton Co. residents deserve commissioner who understands needs

To The Daily Sun,

I am the Republican candidate for Grafton County Commissioner, District 3, which is made up of 17 communities: Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Canaan, Dorchester, Ellsworth, Grafton, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Orange, Plymouth, Rumney, Warren, and Wentworth.

Grafton County residents deserve a commissioner who understands their lifestyles and needs, a commissioner who will make informed decisions to ensure that necessary services are properly funded, but who will also work to keep taxes low.

I will work to develop a strategic plan to address the needs of our rapidly aging Grafton County population and provide our elderly with exceptional care.

I will focus on preserving our environment, lifestyle and economy from foreign developers.

I work diligently in a bipartisan manner to promote those core activities of Grafton County and maintain low taxes through the efficient and intelligent use of tax revenues.

I am a veteran, a former small-business owner, served on the Bristol Budget Committee for 17 years, served two terms in the State Legislature, served on the State Finance Committee — Health and Human Services, and Chairman of the Grafton County Republican Committee. I reside in Bristol with Mary, my wife of 36 years, and have one daughter, Atty. Genevieve Simard.

Paul Simard


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