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Look closely at who voted for the House's shortsighted budget

To The Daily Sun,

There were probably 500 people waiting to testify against the House Republican's budget at the Senate Budget Committee hearing that overflowed the chambers at the Legislative Office Building last Tuesday.

Many of the speakers offered heart-rending stories of children lost to drug addiction and begging for treatment beds. After being told that the waiting period for a treatment bed for her addicted son was weeks long, one mother described her experience of locking herself in his bedroom with him while he detoxed. She described the vomiting, crying, begging, and shaking and her worry that he might die in graphic detail.

Many talked about how devastating the cuts to services to the developmentally disabled will be. One, young man, who testified on his own behalf, asked how he will be able to work if he doesn't have the assistance of the area agency that has provided so much support and assistance to him in the past.

And, yet others talked about how much they personally benefited from services to the mentally ill. One fellow described his lifelong struggle with schizophrenia that saw him living for years in and out of the hospital but that with help from community mental health centers has found success in employment, marriage, and has a child on the way. There were even two police chiefs who thought it worthwhile to wait to testify against the cuts to domestic violence programs.

And, you know who else opposes that budget? The Business and Industry Association which represents more than 400 leading companies throughout the state that employ 86,000 New Hampshire residents argued in favor of lower business taxes and increased funding for tourism, renewable energy, the department of environment services, and higher education. And, they support Medicaid expansion because it will mean a healthier work force. How about that?

Look closely at how your representatives in Concord voted on that cruel and shortsighted budget.

Dave Pollak
Laconia

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Where is BIA's leadership role on the Northern Pass issue?

To The Daily Sun,

Since this issue affects everyone in New Hampshire I am passing along comments, pro and con, about the vital concern for new power resourcing through the "Northern Pass" project, but also the need to bury the power lines and not have a gangly trail of high-powered transmission lines going right through the center of one of the state's most scenic areas. It's not an easy issue to solve thus the long debate over the project in the first place.

My only comment, as a former resident, and hopefully a renewed resident later this year, is that the folks on both side of the issue need to spend a helluva lot more time working together rather than imply innuendos via press releases, e-mail notices, etc, etc, etc. I am amazed that there has been no coalition of groups coming together to work with the proponents but that may have already been offered and didn't receive acceptance by the parties involved.

N.H. needs the added power, that's for sure. Economic growth is vital to the state's business health. But, N.H. citizens also have the obligation to protect one of its most valued assets, that being the pristine environment that God put on this area which all of us from generations past, present, and for the future should be able to enjoy without interruption and obstruction.

I'm sure my idea has been offered many times over the past decade. What I don't see or hear is an advocate voice leading any charge to move such a thought forward. This requires someone with a high profile, an impeccable tract record, and total dedication to getting a resolution on the table for action. If you know of someone, why not raise the issue with the powers-to-be and just maybe something positive could get off the ground? I guess I could say, "where is the BIA in all of this?" The leading business organization in the state seems to be rather silent from what I can gleam from reviewed resources. Is that because PSNH is a high profile member of the BIA? I wonder if someone has the moxie to raise this issue. It would be an interesting sight to behold.

Well, anyway, if you have not read up on the "Northern Pass" project, you really should. It is going to affect you for decades to come, both in the business climate and in the pocketbook due to electricity costs.
W.R. "Bill" Carr
Louisville, Kentucky

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