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Democratic candidates have no understanding of state debt

To The Daily Sun,

Last week's candidate forum in Northfield showed voters three Democrat candidates who don't understand a critical issue facing the Granite State: our billions of debt.

The Democrat candidates Lorrie Carey, Leigh Webb, and Deb Wheeler, told the crowd debt isn't an issue at all. When asked, none knew the state carries dangerous levels of debt and none expressed concern that increasing interest payments on that debt and all future borrowing must be accounted for in our state and local budgets. None suggested they understood that we have an underfunded pension system even.

Rep. Carey stated her belief that because the state has a constitutional obligation to present a balanced budget, the idea that the state carries any debt is impossible. Coming from a political neophyte this would be merely laughable. But this stunningly inept comment came from someone who has completed two years as a representative. Webb's and Wheeler's comments were of a similar nature.

Run-away debt costs taxpayers more whenever government borrows money for school buildings and the like. The recent credit rating drop caused our interest rate on borrowing to increase by 50 percent.

Carrie, Webb, and Wheeler showed they just don't understand what's facing our state. By contrast, the Republicans, Carolyn Virtue, Jason Parent and I, Greg Hill, understand the seriousness of this issue. We know that runaway debt limits the future economic growth that you and your children are depending upon.

We ask for your vote Nov. 4.

Greg Hill

Northfield

Candidate for State Representative

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How can anyone in Belmont contact their representative, Mr. Silvia?

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing this letter in response to Belmont's state legislative representative Michael Sylvia's letter of Sept. 3 requesting five taxpayers to step up and demand accountability.

Mr. Sylvia is a Free Stater who moved to Belmont six months before he was elected. A Free Stater is a person who does not believe in our present form of government. He believes that town governments should run things without any form of state involvement, which means each town would have to establish its own laws in order to operate. Their plan was to bring in 20,000 Free Staters into the state because our population is not large and have them run for public office in order to implement their political views.

Mr. Sylvia, as a representative for the town of Belmont, is on the state roster that identifies who represents each town in our state. If you go to this roster you will find Mr. Sylvia's name and that is all you will find, no address, phone number, e-mail address and no biographies to explain who he is and what he stands for and how he will promote good present-day government as we know it. How can anyone in Belmont or the state contact him? The answer is, you can't.

Mr. Sylvia voted as a member of the Belknap County Delegation against providing health insurance benefits to the county employees for 2014, even though they are entitled for that benefit and have a contract with the county. I have spoken to a number of county employees and they said that they have not had any increase in income for the past three years.

He and the county delegation have created the problem and Mr. Sylvia now puts the blame on the commissioners who have an obligation to the county employees. I would like to make a recommendation for him, he should sign the petition himself and find four like-minded individuals to go along with it and see where it goes.

To the voters of Belmont: You voted for Mr. Sylvia not knowing who or what he was about and because he put his name on the Republican side of the ballot. The consequence of that vote will have an impact on a number of individuals who are usually on the lower end of the income scale.

George Condodemetraky

Belmont

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