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If you, too, care about women's rights, please vote for Hassan

To The Daily Sun,

One of the most important issues compelling my vote for Maggie Hassan for the U.S. Senate is her unwavering support of women's rights, and her opponent's apparent opposition. For example, as governor, Maggie Hassan signed New Hampshire's Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. In the U.S. Senate, Kelly Ayotte voted against a similar bill.

Gov. Hassan has also consistently supported women's access to contraception, earning the endorsement of Planned Parenthood, a group that, in addition to upholding the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade giving women the right to decide whether or not to terminate a pregnancy, also provides thousands of New Hampshire women with critical health services, including cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and birth control. Sen. Ayotte has repeatedly voted to deny all federal funds to Planned Parenthood, and has called for overturning Roe v. Wade.

Kelly Ayotte plans to write-in Mike Pence for president on her ballot. Like her, Pence wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. He has fought to restrict women's reproductive rights, both in Congress and as governor of Indiana where his cut in funding for Planned Parenthood led to closure of its HIV-testing centers and a subsequent HIV outbreak.

If you, too, care about women's rights, cast your ballot on Nov. 8 for Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate.

Nancy Starmer

Center Sandwich


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Temple B'nai Israel is presenting its first ever online sign off

To The Daily Sun,

In addition to a terrific TBI We Care concert by North Shore Acappella on Nov. 19 (tickets at www.tbinh.org) with the included food, soft drinks and a dance floor for you to get your daily exercise, TBI has another exciting component to the fundraising event. They are holding their first Voices That Care Sing Off in support for both New Beginnings of Laconia and Voices Against Violence located in Plymouth.

The contest will pit groups from various organizations against one another. Voting will be online and all of the net proceeds from this will go to the two charities. If you currently have a business, work for a business, or belong to any organization that would like to help these two well deserving nonprofits by entering the sing off and encouraging friends and family to vote (registration fees and the net monies raised for each vote will go directly to the two shelters) please consider entering the contest. Registration ends on Oct. 29. Here is a little about the contest with all of the details available at www.tbinh.org

Voices That Care is an online sing-off benefiting Voices against Violence & New Beginnings without Violence and Abuse.

New Beginnings and Voices Against Violence are domestic violence shelters in the region. They provide support and resources to victims of domestic violence as well as education and advocacy to the community at large.

Domestic violence offenders use manipulation and coercion in addition to violence to suppress the voices and control the actions of their victims. In the Lakes Region, one in three women have experienced domestic violence, and more than 50 percent of all homicides which occurred in Grafton and Belknap counties were a result of domestic violence. Voices Against Violence and New Beginnings work to empower victims to find their voice and break out of the cycle of abuse.

Temple B'nai Israel presents its first ever online sing off, "Voices That Care," to raise money in conjunction with our 'We Care' benefit concert featuring North Shore Acappella on Nov. 19. The sing-off consists of community groups from a variety of organizations and businesses who will record a song from the list of eligible pieces. That video will be uploaded to a website and everyone will have a chance to vote on the winners by buying blocks of votes and casting them for their favorite group. All net proceeds will go to the November 19th recipients Voices against Violence and New Beginnings.

There are four categories from which to choose: Business organizations, religious organization, student organizations, and individuals/families. Upload videos to one or all of them.

Remember to get your tickets today for North Shore Acappella and recruit your own team and enter in to the Voices That Care Sing Off today before registration ends on Oct. 29. Details for both the concert and the sing off can be found at www.tbinh.org.

Stu Needleman


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