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I'm proud that our little town of Grafton is fielding 5 house candidates

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to the negative piece of campaign literature that I found in my mail box recently. I would like to take the time to set the record straight. In this manner voters may make an informed decision on Nov. 4.

First and foremost, I am not in any way involved with the Koch brothers, nor will I be if elected. My emphasis in my election campaign is to be positive and accentuate strengthening our communities. I want to empower our rural towns with the necessary means to combat unwanted intrusion from those who wish to change our charming New England character. This includes Northern Pass and the industrial wind farms in the Newfound-Cardigan area that would have a disastrous effect on our scenic beauty.

What is troublesome for me is the two candidates who are behind this mailing are my neighbors in Grafton. They both know me and they should know better. In my 12 years as selectman I have continually worked toward improving education, health care accessibility, and fairness in the way town government treats its citizens. I intend to continue this work in the state House.

I am proud of the fact that our little town of Grafton is fielding five candidates for the state House. Political diversity is the stuff of which our democracy is made. My door is open to all, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians or anybody with views they wish to discuss. This year, in fact, my opponent Catherine Mulholland was at my house enjoying some of my homemade borscht while discussing town issues.

What we need in Concord is someone who listens to all and works for all, not someone who operates in a Democratic Party bubble and tows the party line, as does my opponent. District 17 deserves better than that. I am the person our district needs.

That is why I am asking for your vote on Nov. 4.

Stephen Darrow

Selectman, Town of Grafton

Republican Candidate Grafton House District 17

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What in the world has Republican Party done to earn your vote?

To The Daily Sun,

With all the negative ads being showcased in every state and the GOP licking its chops thinking they will retain the House and take over the Senate, I ask why vote for them? What have they done to earn your vote?

From the very beginning of Obama's presidency the GOP has done nothing less than try to block almost everything he has done or proposed to do. It's no secret that Mitchie has made it a main point of his boring life. He has gone so far as to filibuster his own bills. Just take a glance at Tom Colburn's Wastebook 2013 to see some of the waste in D.C. That would cover any increase in the minimum wage or any one of the number of bills waiting to be voted on. I would think there are better places to invest our tax dollars than some of the examples in Colburns Wastebook.

A perfect example of this political insanity is the election going on in Florida between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott to see who can buy this election. Spending millions for a job that only pays $130,000. Then there is Illinois where Pat Quinn is running against Bruce Rauner. Rauner has invested $23 million in this race for governor — $23 million of his own money for a job that pays just over $177,000. This is happening in many states, but more so in states that run ads paid for by the big PACs.

Why the big fight over the Keystone pipeline? Only a few permanent jobs. The oil is not staying here. Oil prices will increase, more chances for oil spills. The pipe itself is not even built here, and more addiction to oil. Until all this big money is out of politics we will never have an honest election. However, when we consider how the big money got into politics ­— the Supreme Court -— then it may never leave.

As citizens we have rights too and some of them are written into our Constitution and Bill of Rights. We do have laws and it is our country the politicians are messing with. Our tax dollars are paying them and for being paid over $200,000 per year I would expect more than a few roads being named. At least they should throw in a bridge or two.

Jon Hoyt


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