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I thank the many Meredith citizens who opened doors to me

To The Daily Sun,

Now that the votes are in and the signs are down, I want to thank the many citizens who opened their doors to me and spoke about various concerns in Meredith. I will keep your polite and helpful hints for further reference and discussion, as your voices are very important to me.

Thank you, Meredith voters, friends and neighbors, for the wonderful support and showing up to vote.

Congratulations to Ray Moritz and Bev Lapham for their first and second place wins to garner two of the four Selectboard positions.

Rosemary Landry
Meredith

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Based on inflation, today's minimum wage should be $15-$16

To The Daily Sun,

It is interesting how the present legislature is bent on compromising the rights of all workers in the workplace, whether in the private sector or government sector.

Current legislators are attempting not to provide the right to work, rather it is the right to freeload that is being promoted. Current employees in the government sector are paying what is called "fair share" fees in that the union bargained for their benefits and therefore "fair share" employees should assist in the finances of benefits bargained for on their behalf. It is not right that these hard-earned benefits be provided for all, while some do not pay their way. It is not a matter of choice, rather it is a responsibility that everyone pay for the benefits earned in the bargaining process.

It is also interesting, that many legislators are much more financially better off than most of the state employees, who are also represented by these legislators. In a way this is a class battle of the haves and not so fortunate. Therefore, not only does this right to work or right to freeload impact on full-fledged members, but everyone in the workforce, be it the private sector or the government sector. Wages that are held down is not the driving force of a healthy economy. Rather, by providing better wages as well as benefits, the economy is improved on a global level.

What happens is that when you increase people's wages, you increase their spending power. Not many people retain their hard-earned wages, but are spent on daily activities of life, food, shelter, heat, medical, and transportation. When these people have less to spend, there is less money entering the overall economy. In turn, with the increase of demands brought about by more spending, this means an increase in the need for more labor to help move the product of productions as well as increase the profits of either the businesses and their respective owners.

It is a proven fact, that economies are wage driven. Without people who have wages to spend, there is no economy. Today, based on rates of inflation, the minimum wage should be around $15-$16 an hour. These delays of improving our economy by increased hourly wage also impacts negatively on the work force that drives the economy. They do not have money, no one buys big companies products.

Therefore, freeloading does not help the economy, it hinders it. By forestalling increase of wages long overdue for all workers of both government and private sectors, the economy will be sluggish, if not going into a downward spiral. The unions in this state are critical to the improvement of this state's economy. Freeloading is not the answer. Rather, it is actually the detriment toward a positive direction of this state's financially picture, as well as further worsening the state's own government funding.

With improved wages, there is also decreased welfare spending, which in turn will reduces taxes of those paying into the system. In turn, people have a better perspective of themselves, their employer, and their government. It is a win-win situation for all parties, employees, employers, and the government sector. Vote "No" to the right to work.

Bob Joseph, Jr. RN, ASN, BA, EMT-I

New Hampton

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