Sen. Forrester will champion policies that allow economic freedom

To The Daily Sun,

On Nov. 4, New Hampshire will have many important decisions to make. Namely these choices are who we decide to send to Concord and Washington to represent our best interests. New Hampshire and all who reside here have always shown resiliency, hard work and a sense of Yankee frugality. This fall comes a time when we need to elect strong, principled leaders who will protect our way of life here in the Granite State.

As a young Republican and fiscal conservative, I am voting for state Sen. Jeannie Forrester. Sen. Forrester is a champion of individual freedoms, common-sense legislation and a watchdog for state spending. With the reckless policies and lack of leadership in Concord from the Corner Office, Sen. Forrester is a steady and assuring voice for my tax dollars.

As a college student and a young person, I see New Hampshire going in a direction that is not viable for long-term economic growth. This election is about new vs. old policies. The old ways that Democrats are proposing are simply not working. With an aging population, the tax-and-spend policies are simply not working. We need to instill new policies with vitality.

Sen. Forrester will be a champion for new policies that allow young people to be innovative, effective and take control of our own economic freedom. College students care deeply about jobs and the economy and we want great, high-paying jobs when we graduate. Staying in New Hampshire is important to us so long as we can find employment.

I am voting for Jeannie Forrester because I know she is a voice for our New Hampshire college students and a voice for fiscal responsibility. New Hampshire needs to get back on track as we have been doing under Republican leadership and Sen. Forrester will lead us.

Connor Brown, President

Plymouth State Republicans

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Scott Brown has probably never even been to a N.H. town meeting

To The Daily Sun,

I retired to New Hampshire after serving 21 years in the Marine Corps. After six years of becoming progressively more involved in my community, I decided to run for Selectboard. I was elected, and have served for over five years.

Jeanne Shaheen moved to New Hampshire 40 years ago. She worked as a teacher in Dover, raised her family, and has been a part of her community. She served two terms in the New Hampshire state Senate and three terms as governor. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008.

Scott Brown was born at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. The first two years of his life he lived in New Hampshire, while his father worked at Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth. But Brown grew up in Massachusetts, where he went to school, got married, started his family, and started his political career. He was elected and lost re-election to the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

Brown moved to New Hampshire this year to run for the U.S. Senate. He has no real connection here. He has never worked in New Hampshire, hasn't served on local boards or committees, never voted in a statewide election, and has probably never been to a town meeting. His vacation home and political ambitions may be here, but his life is not.

I've been in New Hampshire for just 11 years, and still have much to learn here, but the choice in this election is clear to me. Jeanne Shaheen knows New Hampshire. She knows our problems and challenges, and she puts New Hampshire first — because this is where she lives.

Valerie Scarborough
Lt. Col., USMC (Retired)


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Jim McCoole (10-24) 304 VFF

To The Daily Sun,

This is an open letter to all the thoughtful and kind folks, for the words they have written, demonstrating that they are loyal friends, supporters, and in some cases, even constituents of those who are running for elective office.

However, when I read things like "...he/she listens to us..." "takes our concerns to heart..." "...he/she cares about us...," it doesn't tell me anything about the candidate's position on issues! What is much more helpful is, how will he/she vote on issues like partial-birth abortion? The gas tax? The issue of open carry, where concealed-carry is already legal? Same-sex marriage? Minimum wage?

Secular Progressives, generally speaking, have a "worldview" that enables one to almost predict what their position will be on any number of issues. For example, if they support an increase in the minimum wage, chances are they also would disagree with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby, positions that have, surprisingly, very little in common with each other.

Constitutional Conservatives, on the other hand, generally speaking, have a "worldview" that holds to the belief that no one has a "right" to a job, while at the same time, that the "free market" determines what someone's skill level is worth, not the government. The free market also provides unlimited opportunity for everybody and anybody with the right attitude, willing to put forth the right amount of effort.

Oh, and just so you know, Kathy Lauer-Rago will be appearing at an open forum in Laconia next week, before the election, not that Mr. Dietrich cares very much. His letter vividly shows he is not really interested in her "vision," but only that he's upset at the missed opportunity to slings arrows at her in person. Listen to Niel Young's radio program next week for details.

Jim McCoole


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Proposed ordinance is attack on Gilmanton Firemen’s Association

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilmanton Fireman's Association is a non-profit civic group which raises funds in a number of ways to better serve our community. We purchase and donate equipment to the town that our department's budget can't support, donate to local charities, and furnish and maintain the living quarters of the Iron Works station that this same association built and now leases to the town for $1 per year.

This association is comprised of members of the Fire Department, however it is in no way associated with municipal business. No member is paid by the town to participate in any association activity.

Recently we received notice that the Board of Selectmen have chosen to initiate an ordinance that would prohibit our ability to hold our semi-annual "boot drives," in their words to "Protect the citizens of the town of Gilmanton through the legal regulations of individuals seeking to solicit funds for charitable purposes."

Our primary means of securing these funds are through these drives. As you all know, we choose race weekends and stand on Route 140, at the stop sign in the Corners, from 6 a.m. until about 11 a.m. to collect voluntary donations from race fans coming from the east on their way to the race track. These excited race fans are always willing to donate some change and say hello. We do, of course, see some of our townsfolk as well. We welcome all with a smile and a good morning, donation or not.

When elected to the Board of Selectmen, that member's opinion becomes void. They become the mouth of the constituent, the champion of the people, no matter their own voice. This honor given to them by the voters, in trust, to uphold the will of township, and most importantly to operate our town according to state laws and procedure. They, by running, being elected, and accepting that office, have a duty to uphold for you and I at all cost.

This Board of Selectmen has been one of their personal opinions, doing what they choose, when they choose.

This proposed ordinance is a direct attack upon our organization, citing complaints that can't be documented, rationales that are inflammatory, and opinions in the minutes of our Board of Selectmen meetings that are inappropriate and unprofessional. Since no written complaints can be cited, the proposed ordinance is the will and personal opinion of the Board of Selectmen and, again, not of the constituents.

Boot drives are an extremely common means for departments or similar groups to raise funds and are conducted nationwide, this is also the way for the association to raise money to give back to our community.

There will be a public hearing to show your support on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. at Town Hall. If you are unable to attend due to the unbelievably inconvenient time, please contact any or all of the members of the Board of Selectmen at:
Brett Currier - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Don Guarino - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Arthur Capello - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dennis Comeau, President

Gilmanton Fireman's Assoc

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Ian Raymond has already accomplished so much as a State Rep.

To The Daily Sun,

State Rep. Ian Raymond has served just one term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives but has accomplished much for the citizens of Sanbornton and Tilton, Belknap District 4, in this two year period.

He has sponsored or co-sponsored 15 bills, 12 of which have become law. Two of these bills were requested by town government, one by Sanbornton and one by Tilton. His main committee assignment has been the Science, Technology and Energy Committee and many of his bills have dealt with energy and improved energy systems that will result in a cleaner environment and cost savings to us, the consumers, He has worked effectively with Republicans and Democrats.

The biomass energy plant that he championed to heat the Winnisquam High School and Middle School before running for office has saved area taxpayers $750,000 thus far, and it is projected that it will save us $5 million over the next 21 years. His work won him recognition by the Union of Concerned Scientists and America Clean Energy Now. The biomass project was featured on N.H. Public Television's "Planet Granite" program. All that, and Ian has operated a small business in Laconia for over 25 years while he and his wife, Carol, have raised a family in Sanbornton.

Ian Raymond is an extraordinary legislator and truly deserves re-election on Nov. 4. It is your vote that will re-elect Ian next Tuesday so we can keep him working for us in Concord.

Gail Morrison

Former state representative, Belknap District 4


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