Hosmer’s work will result in safer roads and enhanced economy

To The Daily Sun,

As a retired New Hampshire state trooper and chairman of the New Hampshire Traffic Safety Commission, I know how important safe and well maintained roads are to travelers throughout the state. Good roads and safe bridges make travel safer and support New Hampshire's travel and tourism economy. Unfortunately, up until recently our roads and bridges were not getting the repair they needed.

I commend Senator Hosmer for supporting Senator Jim Rauch (R-Derry) and his bill to reinvest in New Hampshire's infrastructure. This bipartisan legislation allocates 100 percent of funds for road and bridge repair. I know Commissioner Clement from the Department of Transportation, along with Senator Hosmer, have met with local officials to discuss their infrastructure needs.

Also, Senator Hosmer has taken Commissioner Clement on a tour of our local roadways in need of repair.

I've known Andrew Hosmer for almost 20 years. He is thoughtful, hardworking, and accessible. I also appreciate his political courage and commitment in addressing our long neglected roads and bridges. His work will result in safer roads and a stronger transportation system that will enhance our economy.

Please support Andrew Hosmer so he can continue working on our behalf.

Richard Tuck


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Electing Frank Guinta is a step toward returing to ‘Happy Days’

To The Daily Sun,

U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter shows just how out of touch she really is on the issues that matter most to New Hampshire voters with her re-election attack ads against Frank Guinta. The only ads she has been running on TV are her pro-abortion agenda ads.

First of all, unless people have been living under a rock for the last 40 years, it does not take a rocket scientist to know that the Democrats are the pro-abortion party. It's right in their party platform. So with that cleared up, is the pro-abortion agenda of the Democrats, really a top priority for New Hampshire citizens? What about jobs, the economy, supporting our military so we can continue to live in freedom and safety. She has been in Washington for the last two years and this is the best she can do? Run advertisements stating the Frank Guinta wants to take us back to the '50s?

If we really stop and think about it, for a moment, that just might not be a bad idea, if you really look at America then and now. Thanks for the suggestion Representative.

America certainly was not perfect in the 1950s, but when you look at then and now, which America would you prefer? At least in the '50s children could go to school without fear of being shot. (I'd say let's even go back to the '70s and '80s as we did not have that fear then either.) They could play outside without fear of abduction. In the 1950s the average duration for unemployment was 12 weeks, today it is over 40 weeks. In the 1950s the average family spent 22 percent of their income on housing. Today families spend about 44 percent. In the 1950s the national debt was only $257 billion. Today it is a crippling $18 trillion, with $8 trillion added in just the past six years. This is with Democrat tax and spend re-distribution of wealth policies.

In the 1950s we had a thriving middle class. Under the Democratic policies of Carol Shea-Porter the middle class continues losing ground and the nation's top earners have grown even more. Are their ideas really working and helping you?

It was the Democrats who let every Americans taxes increase on Jan. 1, 2013. Remember that? When you saw your take-home pay shrink and continue to shrink under the tax-and-spend, fee and over-regulation policies of Democrats. In the 1950s the United States was No. 1 in GDP per capita. Today we are not even in the top 10. In the 1950s the biggest disciplinary problems in schools were talking in class and chewing gum. Today many schools are now equipped with metal detectors due to the massive increase in violence. All this while even having stricter gun laws that we did in the 1950s.

In 1950 many Americans regularly left their homes and cars unlocked. Today many live with bars on their windows and have high tech alarms systems installed out of fear of theft. In 1950 the United States loaned more money to other countries. In 2014 the United States owes more money to the rest of the world than anyone else. In the 1950s the city of Detroit was a booming center of manufacturing and industry. Today it is bankrupt and abandoned, all done while under the direction and leadership of Democrats and failed policies that promised hope and change, but just give despair and disappointment.

This is the party Carol Shea-Porter belongs, and still she supports these failed ideas that just lead to bankruptcy, while it is a fact that cities and states where there is Republican leadership have grown.

So I ask, are the policies that Carol Shea-Porter and the Democrats support really moving us forward? What has she really done for us in the 1st District of New Hampshire? Has she even held a town hall meeting? She seems to like hiding in Washington. We continue to see no growth and a weak economy. Which America would you prefer?

Remember the sitcom "Happy Days" that was the '50s! They were happy for a good reason. America was united, children were safer, and people had jobs. We can have "Happy Days" again, with hard work and dedication to restore America. It will not be easy, as the policies that Democrats have forced upon us have put us in great debt and financial instability. However a good first step is electing Frank Guinta for Congress on Nov. 4.

Gary Torressen


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Conservative actions saved Alton cemetery trust fund from collapse

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank Loring Carr, for giving me the opportunity to prove to the voters of District 8 that, I am a true conservative.

In Carr's Oct. 20 letter to the editor, Mr. Carr failed to mention the fact that the Cemetery Trustees were trying to conserve what was left of the cemetery expendable trust fund. The trust fund had been used to offset the cost of maintaining and operating Alton's numerous municipal cemeteries. For 20 years the taxpayers of Alton, never funded the cemetery operating budget through taxation and the trust fund was nearly depleted.

Yes, the cemetery budget increased due to the selectmen-approved COLAs and employee benefits. All these costs were listed in cemetery budget line items so the taxpayers could review the trustees total budget. Under the selectmen's budget, the full-time sexton was removed from the cemetery budget. However, the selectmen appointed other town employees to do the sexton jobs. The selectmen ordered the Highway Department to dig graves, Parks & Rec staff for maintenance and mowing, and the Finance Office for taking minutes and providing clerical work. Plus five to 10 hours a week we trustees had to be there to lay out graves and meet with funeral directors, duties normally performed by the sexton.

The other town departments had to use their budgets to finance the work of the cemetery and there was no way for the taxpayers to know the real cost of the cemetery operations. In my estimation, there was more money spent than the trustee's proposed budget. But, with so many cost items not being accounted for, who knows? The bottom line is the three trustees, with myself included, through our conservative actions, saved the trust fund from collapse.

And FYI, I find it interesting that in the 2015 Alton Cemetery budget proposed by you, Mr. Carr, and the other selectman, I see a line item for the return of a full-time cemetery sexton.

Raymond Howard, Jr.


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Democratic leaders don’t care at all about N.H., vote for change

To The Daily Sun,

This year, I did my best to listen to both sides of the argument. I listened to the president, watched MSNBC, FOX, and WMUR. I do not like politicians and believe the line from the politician in the "Hunt for Red October," "When I am not kissing babies I am stealing their lollipops."

Why vote Change? I believe the president. His New Hampshire representative's in the House and Senate love him, believe in all of his programs, and will continue to vote with him almost all of the time. They have been instructed by him, and the talking heads agree, to do and say whatever they need to say to get re-elected, then it is business as usual. New Hampshire is a very small state by population, and we are on our own.

In any national program, smaller states will be abused by the needs of larger states. Washington, D.C., is the fastest growing in real estate appreciation, size, and income. New Hampshire has been voted number one in quality of life, but in Claremont and Berlin, a nice house can be purchased for $60,000. Our real estate appreciation is weak, and our per capita income will not lead to early retirement. New Hampshire Democrats are happy to bring in millions of people through the southern borders and give them healthcare, money, and breaks on a college education. New Hampshire residents do not get a break on in-state college tuition.

At every chance, I interviewed people who were seeking health care. Most were kicked off of their current program, and they tell a very different story than the one I hear from our Democratic representatives on TV and in print ads. Recently, I was in the new Walmart and CNBC just stated that Walmart was cutting 30,000 employee hours to 30 hours because of the new health care. I told this story to two new Walmart workers at the self-checkout line. They looked at each other and said, "Hey, that's us."

We need to vote change because our Democratic representatives are not strong enough, and their leaders do not care at all about New Hampshire.

Jim Allen


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As a state rep., I promise to listen, learn and represent the voters

To The Daily Sun,

In the waning days of a political campaign it is common for tensions to mount and for the accusations and criticisms to take on a negative tone. Maybe now is the time to take a deep breath and for all the candidates, myself included, to reflect on our reasons for running for elective office and our responsibilities should we be fortunate enough to win the trust of the voters.

First and foremost, we must remember that once elected we represent all our constituents, not just the ones who supported us, who endorsed us, who may have helped fund our campaigns and who generally agree with us on various issues. Indeed, every elected official should be reminded that the majority of the people he or she represents did not vote for him (or her). Rather they voted for an opponent or chose not to vote at all. It is imperative that none of the voters, or the non-voters, consider themselves "losers," that they can be assured that they will not be marginalized because they voted for the "wrong" candidate.

Secondly, legislators need to actively listen, and to listen especially intently to opposing viewpoints. The goal should be to listen in order to understand, not to formulate a response. There are many legitimate reasons that different people support or condemn an increase in the minimum wage, gun legislation, expanded gambling, death penalty repeal, Northern Pass and a host of other issues facing our state. It is essential that we do not characterize the opposing view as "wrong" all the time and that we recognize the legitimacy of their positions.

Third, the job of legislators should be to try to bring as many voices to a piece of legislation as possible. Legislators need to be educators and conciliators. They need to try to take two very opposing viewpoints and reconcile them so that as many constituents as possible feel that their beliefs, concerns and values are considered. This is what compromise means. Just because one party "wins" should not mean that the people who did not vote for it lose their voice. It might not always be possible to reconcile and appease everyone, but everyone should at least feel that they have been seriously considered.

I am running for the honor of representing Gilford and Meredith, District 2, and I promise that my primary job will be to listen and learn and to do everything I can to represent you, the voters. On Nov. 4, please vote. And I am asking you to cast your vote for me, Dorothy Piquado, as well as for Lisa DiMartino, Nancy Frost, and Sandi Mucci.

Dorothy Piquado


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