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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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.

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

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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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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I want my constitutional rights back, for myself and for everyone

To The Daily Sun,

A commercial is currently being run regarding Frank Guinta. It depicts him in black and white and espouses his old-fashion values. My Democratic friends are putting memes on Facebook saying "don't forget to turn your clocks back this Sunday, but vote Democrat so as not to turn the country back." Another attack on old-fashion values, I suspect.

So, let's think about that a little bit. What's wrong with old-fashion values? What's wrong with a strong work ethic rather than an entitlement mentality? Isn't that what our country was founded on? What's wrong with wanting to help your neighbors rather than being forced into helping everyone by "redistributing your wealth"? What's wrong with the idea that a government job paid less than private sector because it was more secure and had good benefits rather than the notion that a government job pays higher than the private sector and is unionized?

What's the difference between creating 25,000 private sector jobs like Walt Havenstein wants to do vs. creating a top-heavy, over-regulated, excessively middle-managed, redundant government? What's wrong with wanting a balance of power between judicial, congressional and executive branches?

I actually kind of like the pictures of Frank Guinta in black and white. It reminds me that everything wasn't always so electronically excited and that people still can interact as people.

I'm so tired. I'm tired of being called a racist every time I disagree with a presidential policy. I'm tired of being called a miser because I don't want to work from January to June for the government, like they do in Germany. I'm tired of all of our young people not having the same opportunities as I did. I'm tired of offending people because I have faith and then being the one in the wrong because I express it. I want my constitutional rights back, not only for myself but for everyone.

So folks, don't stay home on Tuesday, the 4th. Take this chance to protect your rights and your livelihood. You have some great folks out there on the ballot willing to sacrifice their time and commit to doing this for us.

Walt Havenstein, Frank Guinta, Scott Brown, Joe Kenney and Jeanie Forrester can move us forward without losing those old-fashion values that I, for one, hold near and dear. (I include Marilinda Garcia in there as well, but she's not in my district).

Hillary Seeger


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