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It’s time to end this budget stalemate created by our governor

To the Daily Sun,

I am writing to the good citizens of the Belknap County area to pledge my support to override the governor's veto on Sept. 16 of our state budget approved by both the House of Representatives and State Senate in June of this year.

A recent letter by my very knowledgeable colleague Rep. Peter J. Spanos of Laconia clearly outlines the wisdom of an over ride vote. Our governor for almost four long years continues to stand in the way of an economic recovery for the citizens of New Hampshire. Lots of talk seems to be the strategy in positioning oneself for higher office in the world of politics.

Folks, it is time to contact both your Republican and Democratic representatives statewide and let them know it is time to put a stop to this divisive stalemate created by our governor. It is hurting our citizens.

Increased funding for our citizens in social areas, and clear common sense policy for business growth are included in this budget. Our economy is beginning to show signs of relief and stabilization as state revenues begin to carefully rise.

It is time to move forward with the budget plan with bipartisan support.

State Rep. Brian Gallagher


Ways & Means Committee

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Possible Biden run screams of panic mode for Democratic Party

To the Daily Sun,

The biggest surprise in politics today isn't Trump's triumphs or Sanders' screaming crowds. It is the possibility, getting ever brighter, (that) Joe Biden might announce his candidacy soon. The air has been leaking slowly out of the Hillary bandwagon for several weeks. Concerns about her private email server have grown ever more intense. The FBI now has her under investigation, while her stories and answers get ever more contrived. But don't be surprised to see her rise from the dead. Hillary (and Bill) have had more death-defying escapes from sure death than Harry Houdini. She has been seen leaving countless crime scenes, but no finger prints or DNA, yet. But that's the current fear, DNA will be found.

That Joe Biden is seriously considering jumping in to the presidential race at this late point with literally no election apparatus and few committed donors suggests something has grown rotten in the bowels of the Democratic Party. One thing is certain. Joe's candidacy can't been spun even by magicians as any plus for the Democratic Party. It signals a high degree of sheer panic. The about-to-be-anointed queen's armor has been discovered to have a e-mail hole in it.

Some thoughts on Joe.

Hillary and Joe are paper thin in their policy differences within the Obama administration. The only way Joe Biden can cut into Hillary's lead is to attack her personally which neither Sanders or O'Malley has been willing to do. Why? If Hillary prevails they will both be express-shuttled to the Siberian waste land of the Democratic Party, never to be heard from again. Attacking Hillary where she is "soft belly weak" is like attacking a grizzly where they might be weak. It's dangerous work. The Clintons are as powerful people as exist in politics today. They make Trump look like an altar boy. They know who their friends are, more importantly, who their enemies are. They don't forget either.

Biden will be risking his reputation and political future. Should he lose, that makes him a three-time loser. The game will turn dirty and quickly if he really has any hope to win. Everything about a Joe Biden run helps the Republicans politically. For him to prevail he will need to be ruthless and vicious in his attacks on the Democrats' brightest star. If he isn't wiling to do that, he might as well head to the "Shady Rest" retirement home.

Even better, it puts Obama between a rock and a hard place having his two lieutenants running. Who will he support? He already gave Hillary a back hander in the chops. Obama said, "picking Joe Biden was the best political decision he ever made." That means Hillary can't be anything better than his "second best decision," but he didn't say that either.

Joe Biden has run for president twice. Once in 1988 and again in 2008. Both runs were truly unforgettable. Not because he won many votes. In 1988 Biden dropped out after it was discovered he had appropriated British Labor leader Neil Kinnock's life story as his own during a speech at the Iowa State Fair. That discovery led to other admissions and misappropriations, including plagiarism. Joe said he had graduated in the top 50 percent of his law school class. That too was found to be another untruth. In 2008 Biden dropped out of the race after failing to win less than 1 percent of the vote in Iowa caucuses. Talk about going to your "A" team, Biden isn't it. No question, Joe hopes Elizabeth Warren would brighten his ticket. Without her, Joe Biden will be a laughingstock. The only real debate would be whether he or Rick Perry have the closest IQ to a 60 watt light bulb. Open mouth, insert foot. Joe has that instruction down well.

To put Joe's potential candidacy in perspective. Republican Rick Santorum, who didn't even make the GOP top 10 cut for the debate in early August, has won more primaries than old Joe. If that doesn't scream panic for Democrats, nothing does.

Tony Boutin

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