To The Daily Sun,
A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a longtime public servant, a family man, and a New Hampshire native — these are a few phrases that summarize the life and career of Executive Council candidate Joe Kenney.
In their desperation, Democrats have begun running from their record of neglecting Central and Northern New Hampshire and have taken to attacking Mr. Kenney. In an attempt to distract voters from pressing regional concerns like the Northern Pass and the devastating loss of doctors and medical facilities across the North Country, Democrats have sought to make the race for the late Ray Burton's Executive Council seat into a brouhaha over social issues.
I, for one, am utterly perplexed as to how Gov. Hassan can say with a straight face that Mr. Kenney stands for "blocking access to basic health services for women" when the crowning achievement of her party — Obamacare — is the very program that will force women and children throughout the North Country from their family doctors and local hospitals. It seems clear that the citizens of Central and Northern New Hampshire need anything but another rubber stamp for the big government agenda of Democrats in Concord.
If Executive Councilor Burton were alive today, I am sure that he would see this race as an important opportunity to have a conversation about the future of the district he so loved. Such a conversation would make it clear that what our region needs is an advocate who understands the complicated economic issues facing it. Indeed, we need someone with an intricate knowledge of infrastructural policy, a commitment to fighting the Northern Pass and preserving New Hampshire's scenic beauty, and an acute awareness of the want for more economic opportunities throughout region. What we need is a man like Joe Kenney.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:29
To The Daily Sun,
It must have been the year 2000. The Executive Council was in town to explain its 20 year highway plan. Phase I of the Lakes Business Park was complete and negotiations were well under way with Gilford for Phase II. I was interested in the proposed Route 106 interchange that would provide access from the highway directly to the entrance of the Business Park.
The weather was nice so I walked from my office at the Belknap Mill to the old Martha Prescott Auditorium at the library where the Executive Council was set up, with all sorts of plans and maps behind them. As I came down the steps and into view, I was greeted by a familiar voice, "The mayor's got something on his mind today!" It was Ray Burton. He stood up, smiling broadly, and shook my hand with his trademark "How are you?" with emphasis on the "you." We had a friendly chat about the city, family and work, all interspersed with Ray's humor.
That was Ray: Friendly, witty, genuine — and fair. He was an equal-opportunity councilor. Ray did not judge people based upon who they were or what they were. He treated people the way he wanted to be treated. Ray could have cared less that I was a Democrat and he a Republican. He did his job non-partisan. I, in turn, regularly voted for Ray because of his tireless work for the city. I would have been an ingrate not to.
So what does any of this have to do with Tuesday's District 1 Executive Council special election? Well, if these are the attributes that earned Ray Burton the distinction as the state's most respected and beloved politician of the last 40 years, then maybe the next guy should have some of them, too.
I believe that Mike Cryans is that person. Mike worked shoulder to shoulder with Ray Burton for years as a Grafton County Commissioner. Mike has the same well-earned reputation for fairness and non-partisanship. The Executive Council wields exceptional power in appointing judges, department heads and other government officials. Mike can be trusted to make those appointments in a fair way, and not based upon some political or social bias toward the applicant. Mike, like Ray, treats people as he would want to be treated. It is no wonder that Ray Burton's family, who knew him best, has given their whole-hearted support to Michael Cryans.
I urge my fellow Laconians to vote for Michael Cryans for District 1 Executive Councilor on Tuesday, March 11.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:26
To The Daily Sun,
We are writing this letter in support of Steve McCormack for selectman in Gilmanton. Steve is native to the Lakes Region and has lived in Gilmanton since 1987. He had a career in the military and worked for the State Employees Association before retiring in 2011. He is an advocate for open, accountable government and wants to bring the skills that he has learned in his work life to help run our town.
Spend any time with him, and you will find that he is open to ideas, wants to learn from us as to our concerns and is eager to dig into the job. It is clear that he is honest and forthright with his views and does not have an agenda or personal animosities.
It is important to note that he came forward on his own to run. He is an independent voice that will look out for the interests of all of our residents. His opponent, Jim Barnes, is a brother-in-law of Selectman Don Guarino. While it is not illegal to have two family members sit on the same board, we believe it is not good practice. The town benefits when there are three independent voices, bringing a variety of perspectives. We do not need to have a board's decisions vulnerable to challenges because of their relationship.
Please join us in supporting Steve McCormack for selectman.
John Funk & Deb Chase
Mike & Pam LaFond
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 08:32
To The Daily Sun,
I have served the Town of Tilton for the last four years, and although I did not file for re-election as moderator, I am now seeking your vote on Election Day.
Please write in Chuck Mitchell for Moderator.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 12:09
To The Daily Sun,
My hat's off to all candidates running for any political office. It isn't easy to submit yourself to the scrutiny of the press and questioning by voters. And it's bad enough we voters have to make a choice during a regular election, but now we are faced with a special election. We must decide who can best perform the almost impossible job of filling Ray Burton's shoes as our representative to the Governors Council for the First District.
Both candidates have excellent backgrounds — one mainly in the private sector and one, Joe Kenny, in public office. But there will never be another Ray Burton and frankly I would like the person to whom I give my vote to build their own reputation. Also I feel that the candidate who is elected should be able to start off running and not have to learn the ways of state government.
Joe has experience as a state representative and senator. Also, he is also a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve and has served his country well, for over 30 years. I feel very strongly that if we can trust our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters to his leadership in the Marines, he will serve the citizens of New Hampshire with equal skill, and devotion. That is why I will vote for Joe Kenny in the special election.
Semper Fi Joe Kenny.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 12:06