How about recognizing women by not treating them as fools

To The Daily Sun,

There you go again, Terri. On Aug. 14, Ms. Norelli, New Hampshire's Speaker of the House (a Democrat), in recognition of Women's Equality Day fanned the fires of ignorance by repeating the misleading mantra of the left: "men...still earn on average 33 cents more to the dollar than women."

Give me a break! If Ms. Norelli wanted to truly recognize women on this special day she would not treat them as ignorant fools. With the Equal Pay Act the United States has had equal pay laws on the books since 1963.

Paying more or less based on gender is illegal.

As is most everything in life the truth is often complex. How, for example, can the left continue to get away with the claim that women are being treated unfairly? Especially when as reported by the Washington Post on July 1 in an article titled: "Male-female pay gap remains entrenched at White House:" "The average male White House employee currently earns about $88,600, while the average female White House employee earns about $78,400,..." That is a gap of 13 percent.

So there you have it. After six years in control the man who routinely blames Republicans (or Bush) for all of his ills has maintained the "gender pay gap" in his own administration. Ridiculous you say? I say look it up.

Hmmm, doesn't Mr. Obama fan the flames of inequality, too? Oh wait it's in his political interest to prop up the myth that women are oppressed, that everyone else is waging a war on women, and the left will be their salvation. In my opinion the tax policies of this administration with one of, if not the highest corporate tax rates in the world of 35 percent, a job-killer for sure. Oppressing the free market is the most deadly assault on women one could ever imagine. Jobs are what are needed. Clearly the real war on women is being conducted by the left and their job-killing tax, spending and onerous regulations.
Jobs set you free. More jobs equal more freedom.

So what's going on here? Or better said, exactly what is the truth? Perhaps some of the truth may be found in a study paid for by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2009 conducted by CONSAD Research Corporation: "This study leads to the unambiguous conclusion that the difference in the compensation between men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and the raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action."

Careful everyone, as the old saying goes: Fool me once; shame on you. Fool me twice; shame on me.

Some of the multitude of factors that result in raw data showing women's wages are less than their male counterparts: the Department of Labor states that men work on average 8.14 hours per day while women work 7.74 hours per day. The U.S. Department of Labor! General walking-around common sense observation tells us that men often choose higher-paying, more stressful careers, like construction and engineering, or work more overtime than women.

In Katie Pavlich's book "Assault and Flattery" she states, "Women are overwhelmingly doing better than their male counterparts. According to the Census Bureau, more women than men are going to college than men, women are on pace to be making more than men by choosing more lucrative college majors, and more women are employed than men straight out of college, a far cry from being held down through employer's paying less based on gender."

The truth is sometimes complicated and difficult. But in the end the truth will out. The truth is that Ms. Norelli is trying to hoodwink the women of New Hampshire.

Don't be fooled again.
Marlene Rivers

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Do any of our candidates care about EDP Renewables' project?

To The Daily Sun,

On Sept. 30 there was a special selectboard/town meeting in the town of Alexandra. The issue was that EDP Renewables has filed a writ of mandamus with the Grafton Superior Court against the Alexandria Selectboard for failing to issue a building permit for the construction and placement of a meteorological tower as a predecessor to the Spruce Ridge wind turbine project. The lawyers for the plaintiff are Pierce Atwood LLP, Portsmouth. The good citizens from Alexandra and the surrounding towns that were in attendance realized the fact that we have no say in what the PUC (Public Utility's Commission) and the SEC (Site Evaluation Committee) is shoving down our throats.

I've been around politics most of my life and have witnessed candidates campaign with the promises to voters to, "work for the people." They get into office, land on boards like the PUC and SEC, then screw the same people into the ground, using our own state's Constitution that has so many amendments tilted towards "franchise" industry it's sickening.

What promises were made, to work for what people and how much big money is involved? How much is it going to cost all of us in the end? The town of Groton, facing a 190 percent (county) tax increase this coming year, can best answer that one.

Rather than ending up in Superior Court, the building permit was issued. We will not throw the selectboard members under the bus. It's a sad day when the citizens who have been yelling at the top of their lungs for over three years, "We do not want this junk in our back yards, " can't seem to penetrate the thick skulls down in Concord. Again, we are hung by our own Constitution. Again, it's big money driving the bus.

What is even sadder still is the fact that none of the six candidates (R, Libertarian or D, Libertarian) who won the primary for District 9 and Flotorial Dist 17 attended this meeting. Maybe they are waiting to see if they get elected before they extend their hands. Maybe after the election they will come out and start to listen to their constituents. Maybe, maybe not.

It is obvious that they just don't care. I don't believe for one minute that they are going down to Concord to continue to fight for the people in the Newfound Lake region on this or any other issue. All the roadside signs and expensive advertising means nothing if you could care less for the very people your expecting to hand you the keys to the kingdom. Do us all a favor, extend your hands and sneak back over here from your Free State Libertarian town of Grafton and pick your signs back up off the sides of our roads. You're polluting our scenery.

As the only (write-in) candidate present at the meeting, with a lot of time and effort I've devoted on the subject of the wind farm project, and all the little nastiness that go along with it, I can safely say that this is not over yet. I refuse to bury my head in the sand while Alexandra is facing the same faith that has happened to Groton. I spoke at the meeting and I will speak down in Concord. If I can't get into office to serve my constituents as House Representative with a write-in campaign so I can go to Concord and represent this District properly, than I will go to Concord to testify before committees on behalf of my neighbors. State Representative is not a job. It's a responsibility. I will meet that responsibility head on.

Write-in, Rottenecker for Representative, Nov 4.

Eric T. Rottenecker (R)
USN veteran, fiscal conservative
Write-in candidate, Dist 9
Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Grafton

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Ambiguous language of ATT posses threat to U.S. gun owners

To The Daily Sun,

After being ratified by over 50 member countries, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will indeed go into effect on Dec. 24, 2014. Despite strong bipartisan opposition, that did not stop President Obama from signing it anyway. In his address to the U.N. he said, "All nations must meet our responsibility to enforce international norms" concerning gun control.

Although it is said to not be specifically designed to control the domestic use of small arms in any country, the ambiguous language in the ATT poses a significant threat to American gun owners. Of guns imported here from other member countries, the ATT requires a list of end user documentation, or registration. It creates something called the international Small Arms Control Standards Module 03:30 which outlines and endorses worldwide gun control.

L.J. Siden is correct that there is no legal way around the Second Amendment, but we can't expect that little technicality to stop Hussein Obama from trying. Gun control has been high on his "to do" list since he first took office. By signing on to the ATT without consent he has violated his oath of office to uphold the law. So he guaranteed Sen. Jeanne Shaheen that "if we like our guns, we can keep our guns." Seriously Siden? There is no doubt that she would be a rubber stamp to support whatever gun-control scheme that might come along in the future. That is why we need to remove Jeanne Shaheen from office now. She will still be threatening our civil liberties long after Barack Obama is just a painful memory.

Again, L.J. Siden was partly correct about racial profiling on Form 4473 to purchase a firearm. The machinery to collect racial data has been in place for decades, and is included on all kinds of government forms and applications. In the dark ages before computers, this information was deemed useful for identification purposes and such info was to be included in all of them be 2003. The BATF was slow on the draw and finally included one race question on the 4473 in 2005. The extra question that singled out Hispanic heritage was indeed added in 2012, long after such profiling should be considered useful.

There is legislation pending in the House of Representatives now that would remove such racist questions from being required from gun buyers. We shall see how that goes in the next Congress. This information is available in the Sept. 16, 2014, Washington Times, not Fox News, not the NRA. Look it up for yourself if you still care.

Alan Moon

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Shaheen & Shea Porter understand financial needs of constituents

To The Daily Sun,

This year Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representative Carol Shea-Porter co-sponsored the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act that would have allowed refinancing of outstanding student loans at lower interest rates to make it easier for young graduates to buy a home or start a family.

The refinancing measures of this bill would be paid for by a small tax increase on those earning more than $1 million annually. But the bill was killed in the Senate where 60 out of 100 votes, rather than a simple majority, are often needed even to debate — let alone pass — a bill.

Sen. Shaheen and my Congresswoman Shea-Porter understand the financial needs of their constituents. They have worked for legislation that increased the size of federal Pell grants to low-income college students. They have also called for an increase in minimum wage that would help workers pay for higher education. Their unwavering commitment to protect Social Security and Medicare assure us of a secure future as we age.

Jeanne Shaheen and Carol Shea-Porter stand for New Hampshire values and fight for all of us. I am proud that they represent me and look forward to voting for them on Nov. 4.

Margaret Merritt

Center Sandwich

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I'll continue efforts to share resources to gain efficiences of scale

To The Daily Sun,

In past letters, I have presented in some detail my belief that we should proceed in a deliberative and thoughtful way to resolve the jail issue. We should compare the alternatives and get to the best solution we can afford.

Among the other things I'd like to accomplish to help save taxpayers money and continue the process of improving the efficiency of government, I'd like to propose the establishment of a countywide strategic planning group. While he was mayor of Laconia, Mike Seymour began a series of conversations with the other towns in Belknap County about sharing resources. He was hoping that we'd be able to use and share our resources to reduce duplication and gain the efficiencies of scale that result from such collaboration. The county commissioners also began a series of County Conversations during which they traveled to the various towns to talk to and hear from the governing entities there.

I'd like to combine these efforts, and Mike has agreed to continue working with me, if I'm elected. In addition, I'd like to add strategic capital asset planning to the conversation. If towns can be more aware of each other's building plans, we can better distribute the tax effect in a balanced and predictable way.

David Pollak
Candidate for Belknap County Commission

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