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Ruth Gulick looks for creative, painless ways to raise revenue

To The Daily Sun,

After having listened to the wild vitriol of some "up ballot" campaigns, we must be thrilled/relieved that Center Harbor and New Hampton have a winner as a candidate for representative to the General Court. Ruth Gulick of New Hampton, has filed for another effort to work for you and your neighbors. She has a clear history of looking after others.

In the 25 years she practiced law in our town, she never had fewer than three pro bono cases at a given time. She believed and still believes everyone's problems are serious problems and worthy of attention.

During her time in the Legislature, she collaborated with numerous others, holding that good ideas come from all over the political spectrum. Her particular focus was on families and children. She worked very hard to try to establish the training necessary to identify real sex abuse as opposed to mere allegation. She was helpful in reinstating a parental agreement for allocating college costs back into the marital stipulation. She was happy to see that the pre-O'Brian definition of truancy was re-established allowing schools and law enforcement to provide the safety net for kids at risk for delinquency.

Besides the ongoing attention to the opioid crisis and burying Northern Pass, Ruth would like to facilitate more connection between New Hampshire businesses and our schools. As usual, she would like to find creative painless ways of raising revenue for our state.

Essential when voting Tuesday, Nov. 8, we must vote not only the "up or down" ballot, but the whole ballot. As a practical matter people at the bottom of the ballot have a more direct impact on citizens' lives than those at the top. Moreover, it's much easier to get the "bottom people's" attention. Please vote for Ruth. She wants to work with you again.

Patricia P. Schlesinger
New Hampton

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Voting this year is probably one of the last big decisions I will make

To The Daily Sun,

The last thing I thought I'd be doing this month is filling out an absentee ballot form for the town of Tilton. Thanks to the girls at Town Hall I was able to do so and my vote will be counted Nov 8.

I take my right to vote seriously, and while I may not be able to stand in a voting booth this year, my vote will be in the ballot box. My mobility these days is limited to my walker and the length of my oxygen line. Now I know how a puppy feels when he tries to turn a 20-foot leash run into a 25 footer.

There are some things, however, about absentee ballots that I wasn't aware of. For instance, you have to be alive, breathing and above ground for your vote to count. A month or so ago, that might have been an issue for me. Two years before that, my heart and lung specialist told me my condition was likely caused by excessive living back in the 1980s and '90s. The quality of life, is, after all, influenced by the choices we make, they preached. I thanked them for their brilliant diiagnosis and, asked them if they learned that in med school. Some people cant take a joke.

What's becoming clear to me is that voting this year is probably one of the last important decisions I will make in this lifetime.

My point is, if you think that your vote doesn't count, you are so wrong. In this tightly-contested and critically-important election, the people of New Hampshire have a voice ... and an obligation to take
back control of our government. The future of your children's and grandchildren's constitutional rights depends on it.

It's like this: If you don't get out and vote for Trump and we let the Clintons back in, then the power grab from the federal, state and county level will continue to destroy this country like a cancer, and the words "Live free or die" when talking about New Hampshire will be no more than a myth.

Tom Sellew

Lochmere (Tilton)

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