Havenstein has no experience in N.H. government — at any level

To The Daily Sun,

On Tuesday, my ballot in the Primary will be cast for candidates who display intelligence, commitment, and independent thought irrespective of politics. Andrew Hemingway is such a candidate, and I'm pleased to offer my support to him.

My perspective of Andrew is that of someone who served on the Bristol Board of Selectmen when he chaired the Budget Committee. I have also chaired Bristol's Budget Committee and represented the people of Grafton County as a state representative. I am very familiar with local and state government. Lastly, I'm a small-business owner; Shackett's Store is in its 70th consecutive year on Newfound Lake.

When Bristol adopted the town manager law, all of Bristol's commissions — and the wisdom of the commissioners — were gone overnight, leaving five selectmen and a newly constituted Budget Committee to fill the void. It was a time of great change and uncertainty.

Andrew Hemingway was the chair of the Budget Committee, and as the selectman member of the committee, I worked very closely with him. As a public official, Andrew led with integrity, fiscal responsibility, professionalism, and maturity. He made us on the Selectboard look good, by listening to our recommendations and delivering a budget that was reduced by half a million dollars, but maintained town services. We selectmen reduced the tax rate to historic lows, and stabilized them, because of the budgets that Andrew and his committee presented.

Andrew bridged, what had been, a huge chasm of trust between prior budget committees and the Board of Selectmen. I know he will accomplish the same when it comes to helping the folks in Concord get it right, regardless of whether there's a "D" or an "R" after their names.

Andrew's opponent in the primary, I honestly know nothing about, except what little I've read on the Internet and seen on the commercials that are beginning to take over the airwaves. I understand he hasn't lived in New Hampshire very long, except on paper and weekends for all but the past two years.

He has no experience in New Hampshire government at any level. From my vantage point as an elected official, I can tell you that no matter how easy it may look when you're running, if you end up in office, you still have to know what you're doing. I honestly worry that big business corporate know-how isn't necessarily a good predictor of success in New Hampshire governance. We know this from past experience, don't we?

I urge you look into the actual record of accomplishment of both candidates in the GOP gubernatorial primary. If you're like me, the choice is clear as a bell: Andrew Hemingway.

Jeff Shackett


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We've changed from 'one man one vote' to 'one dollar one vote'

To The Daily Sun,

Okay ... so we know that in one of the worst decisions, the Supreme Court said that corporations, secretive PACs, and the uber-wealthy with the deepest of pockets can contribute unlimited amounts to political campaigns.

So we know that those in Congress who have absolutely no moral compass will accept those monies from companies and individuals and that from then on they are beholden to their new masters (not to us the voters).

So we know that Eric Cantor has just confirmed our worst nightmares about cashing in on his so-called "public service" to lobby and to influence-peddle.

So we know that our democracy has been changed from "one-person, one vote" to "one dollar, one vote."

Okay, so we know. Now, what are we going to do about it?

Bernadette Loesch


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On Tuesday, let's stand up to establishment GOP & Democrats alike

To The Daily Sun,

The GOP proudly says, they are different than the Democrats. "We promote primaries."

I realize the need for primary contests within the GOP. The problem is the elite establishment of the GOP likes incumbents. Especially those who like being there, and remain silent to Democrat leadership. Some new faces within the GOP have made it clear that the Tea Party and other principled conservative groups are to keep your mouth shut and vote Republican.

As an activist, I like to speak and write using aphorisms (a tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion). In Belknap County we have two county commissioners to replace, one is leaving, and John Thomas has a Republican challenger, who does understand the plight of the property taxpayer, Dick Burchell.

The Democrats are not having a candidate to oppose the incumbent Republican. What does that tell you? In recent GOP primaries in Tennessee and Mississippi the establishment Republicans interfered in those primaries to make sure the lousy incumbent won. If, as Republicans, we are accepting this behavior right here in Belknap County, then shame on us.

On Tuesday, Election Day, show the establishment and Democrats that real common sense principled Republicans will elect Dick Burchell, the real Republican.

From The New York Times of June 24: "With an unusual assist from African-American voters and other Democrats who feared his opponent, Sen. Thad Cochran on Tuesday beat back a spirited challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel." Mr. McDaniel, speaking in Hattiesburg, was angry, and he did not hesitate to say so: "There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that's decided by liberal Democrats."

This primary is about what have they done to us? And do we trust them anymore. And this is about them versus us in the GOP.

Belknap County voters: you need some new blood in Sanbornton and Tilton. Before you vote in the primary, remember who is for more spending than we can afford. If you oppose the Taj Mahal jail proposal, vote for Devoy and Burchell. They understand spending is the big picture for most Belknap property taxpayers.

Thanks to a letter in The Weirs Times from candidate Hatch who stated that when he decided to run (a Republican) it was to eliminate two Meredith representatives (Republicans) and bring in new leadership to the delegation. I will guess Hatch was writing about two of the best: Reps. Worsman and Greemore. Hatch wouldn't get my vote on Tuesday.

In Sanbornton Gallagher and Brothers would make a major improvement. Alton/Barnstead: Howard and Comtois can be counted on for good judgment, and no playing favorites in the administration. Disregarding Hatch, I would vote for Vadney, Dumais, Hurt, and Aldrich. When candidate Hatch attacked good Republicans, that was it for him.

Our friend Jane Cormier is under attack in Senate District 16 because the establishment wants to keep their guy in office. The elite/establishment/RINO party is doomed. It will take Tea Party, common sense principled leaders, and America-loving people to fix things. Begin this Tuesday by voting out the Establishment, and voting for those you trust in the Republican Primary.

My ballot will be Smith, Hemingway, Guinta, Kathy Rago, and Frank Tilton. I'm just not good at taking orders from anyone that pretends we are a political party while protecting incumbents, no matter how bad the incumbent is.

Jefferson to Madison: "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing."

Niel Young


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Havenstein focusing on the economic issues facing this state

To The Daily Sun

Walt Havenstein is a proven leader. During his career and during this campaign, he has demonstrated the level of maturity that we need in our governor.

It's easy to say "no." It's far more difficult to say "how." It is easier to criticize or ignore a problem than to work to actually understand the problem, develop solutions to the problem, and communicate those solutions. We already have a president doing OJT (on-the-job-training). We cannot afford a governor doing OJT in New Hampshire. Our state is in trouble.

We need a governor who has a proven track record of leading organizations and solving complex problems with teams of experts. We need a governor who has demonstrated maturity by prioritizing and focusing on the critical issues for our state during his campaign.

As a Marine colonel and as CEO of BAE Systems, Walt successfully managed large organizations and budgets. He worked with teams of experts to solve complex problems and made the tough decisions that had to be made. During this campaign, Walt has conducted himself as he will as New Hampshire's next governor. He has focused on the real economic issues facing our state and on how to create the jobs our residents need to be able to raise their families in New Hampshire.

Jan Face Glassman
Center Barnstead

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Bob Smith a man of principal & will represent us well in Senate

To The Daily Sun,

Bob Smith has promised to reduce taxes and the size of government. He also understands the main role of the federal government as set forth in the U.S. Constitution is to protect the national security of the United States and its borders.

How do I know Bob Smith will keep his word? He has been there before. He served three terms in Congress and two terms as a United States Senator. He cast over 5,000 votes in the U.S. Senate. He supported the Reagan Revolution wholeheartedly, whose policies unleashed an amazing economic boom. Bob received a 100 percent rating on his votes from Right to Life organizations and the National Rifle Association. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, he supports the members of our military and our veterans 100 percent. He will not forget them.

Bob Smith is a man of principle. He will keep his word. The safety and security of the United States may depend on sending Senator Smith back to Washington, D.C.

Vote Bob Smith on Tuesday, Sept. 9, for the sake of your children and grandchildren.

Marie Bradley


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