To The Daily Sun,
This past weekend, the Town of Plymouth hosted many events and activities to celebrate its 250th birthday — and it was an over-the-top celebration. Plymouth, and its people, are a perfect example of small town America and what makes New Hampshire such a great place to live, work, and play.
I was honored to present a Senate Resolution and N.H. state flag flown over the Statehouse in recognition of this historic occasion.Happy 250th birthday Plymouth!
Senator Jeanie Forrester
N.H. State Senate, District 2
Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:26
To The Daily Sun,
Belknap County Commissioner Ed Philpot obviously feels that he has so much power he can make unfounded accusations against his Republican colleagues just because they stand in direct opposition to his Democrat agenda and goals. For him to describe the Republican leadership for the Belknap County Delegation as "bad people looking to do bad things" not only sounds childish but is a character assassination of the delegation — which is always in the Democrats playbook when they can't seem to accomplish their agenda with healthy means of communication. Disqualify the enemy (Republicans) so that people will believe the accusations.
Commissioner Philpot obviously believes he can use his level of power to attack the integrity of the Republican delegation. His negative and unfounded accusations are more of a reflection of who Mr. Philpot is and the Democrat Party and how he is failing to lead his own party. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." When someone of power such as Ed Philpot degrades others and makes unfounded accusations based on his own personal agenda, perceptions and beliefs it is time for such a person to resign and allow someone who can articulate the argument and bring common ground to both parties to take his place.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:19
To The Daily Sun,
As Commissioner Ed Philpot's opponent during the election, I am disappointed in his comments about the Belknap County Republican Delegation. He called them bad people that want to destroy government. During the election we both prided ourselves on running a clean campaign, an example of how politics should be. I have had many good conversations with him and I know there are many issues that unite us. If Ed Philpot is the person I think he is, he probably now regrets saying what he said.
To set the record straight, I am one of those small-government Republicans that he referred to as bad. I am also one of those people at the tip of a spear he talked about. I have been doing my best to promote the truth about bad policies that hurt people and drive away jobs. Ed Philpot needs to remember that good people can disagree.
I became a Republican last year, just prior to filing time for the 2012 election. As an Independent that served as the Belknap County Co-Chairman for the Ron Paul campaign, the Belknap County Republicans welcomed me with open arms. The Belknap County Republican party is not made up of mean, bad people who want to destroy government. What unites all Republicans is that we want policies that promote fiscal responsibility and job growth so all citizens can enjoy economic prosperity. We also believe in the rule of law and that the role of government is to protect our rights, not limit them. Big government politicians believe the reason why the middle class is shrinking and ranks of the poor are growing is because government is not growing fast enough. We have been riding this train for decades and it is not working and now we are on the road to serfdom with a growing 17 trillion dollar deficit.
Ed Philpot is also upset that his new county jail will not happen and considers people that opposed it as bad. I believe he wants to help people, just as I do, but we have a disagreement on which path to take. I have worked hard behind the scenes against the new county jail by voicing my opinion to state representatives, writing letters to the editor and presenting my argument on talk radio. The war on drugs is a complete failure and the new 42 million dollar county jail will not conquer it, but instead perpetuate it. Every year is worse than the next no matter how many police officers we hire or prisons we build. We now incarcerate five times as many people before the so called war on drugs started, which equates to 25 percent of the world's prison population. The current war on drugs does not help people, but can destroy them and sentence them to a life of poverty and government dependency. People convicted of a felony drug crime may never earn a living wage and will most likely require government assistance for the rest of their life. This explains why our infrastructure is crumbling. All our money is spent on locking people up and supporting felons that cannot find a job, instead of fixing our bridges and roads. These people need a job, not a jail cell.
Ed Philpot and I are both the same age. We both went to college before the war on drugs started. We probably both know people who did some really stupid things but found success without help from the government or cost to the taxpayer. Ed Philpot should reconsider his position on the current failed drug policy that is bankrupting the nation. Our resources should be spent on drug treatment and counseling, not prison cells and job destroying felony drug convictions. The end result of the current war on drugs is angry young people with no future, thus perpetuating drug abuse and crime. A felony conviction and a welfare check for life is not the American dream these people hoped for.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:15
To The Daily Sun,
"Wow"! I just kept saying it after seeing "Les Miserables" at the Interlakes Theater. I have to admit, knowing the difficulty of this musical and having seen it on Broadway, my expectations were for simply an average to good performance of one of our favorite shows. However this cast just blew me away! Every single voice was right on and the acting totally captured the raw emotion necessary for a superb performance which riveted the audience. Even the costumes were phenomenal. Hats off to all involved with this wonderful production. Russell Crowe should have taken lessons from this Javert! All were outstanding and no one should miss an opportunity to see this show.
Sometimes it's great to be wrong.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:12
To The Daily Sun:
The power struggle continues between the commissioners and the Belknap County Convention. On Friday, Mr. Philpot (commissioner for Sanbornton, New Hampton, Laconia) defended the work of the commission for budgeting responsibly without tax increases. This is flagrantly inaccurate.
The budget process: appropriations less projected revenues (including draw down on the fund balance) equals taxes to be Raised. The commissioners presented their Proposed FY 13 Budget to the Convention with a NINE percent increase in taxes to be raised!
Mr. Philpot, you can state now whatever you want but that doesn't change what you handed over to the convention — and I am sure every one of the 18 state reps remembers — that NINE percent increase in taxes to be raised.
When State Rep. Frank Tilton from Laconia, which has a tax cap, questioned you on why you significantly reduced the use of the fund balance for FY 13, your answer was "we can increase it by a million dollars. We can have that discussion."
It was your responsibility to hand over a proposed budget that could be reviewed and approved by the convention, not one that could be discussed. This wasn't a collective bargaining agreement. Had you applied better judgment on that proposed budget submission, the taxes to be raised would have been minimal and the budget probably would have sailed through the process to completion.
Many of the state representatives were newly elected and were facing a NINE percent increase in taxes as the first decision they had to make. It's easy to see the resistance that you encountered. You created the rift, not the "bad people" you spoke of on last week.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:09