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Republicans are wrong to grandstand on behalf of seniors

To The Daily Sun,

Executive Councilor Joe Kenney's recent (March 17) Letter to the Editor states the obvious: all Granite Staters are in favor of the maximal budgetary support for our seniors and nursing homes.

In the budget process, choices must be made. So far, choices at the Statehouse have favored business tax cuts over nursing homes, Department of Transportation jobs, elderly services such as home delivered meals and in-home caregivers, ServiceLink and the continuation of Medicaid expansion, which opened access to health care services to over 37,000 low-income New Hampshire residents. Other potential targets to offset these business tax cuts include the Tilton Veterans Home, the state University System and the State Police.

But as a recent Concord Monitor column pointed out, "there's no reason to believe that ... reducing business taxes will attract and retain businesses." What they go on to say deserves additional emphasis: "(t)here is, however, good reason to believe that making up for lost revenue will require even deeper cuts ... (that will) make the state less, rather than more, attractive to young, well-educated workers and the businesses seeking to hire them."

Businesses looking to relocate to our state look for great schools, safe roads, secure neighborhoods and services for extended family members such as grandparents and the developmentally disabled. These are the resources put at risk by our New Hampshire Legislature.

It's simply wrong to grandstand on behalf of seniors while supporting other budget cuts that will make that support impossible to deliver. Councilor Kenney and state Sen. Jeanie Forrester need to be honest with their constituents about the entirety of the budget package they support.

Kate Miller

Laconia

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Purpose of Right-To-Works laws simply to weaken labor unions

To The Daily Sun,

Gov. Scott Walker just signed the so-called "Right-To-Work" legislation in the state of Wisconsin. As you know he is also running for president. The Republicans are ecstatic over the fact that he signed this law and did it in a blue state. Accolades all around for Scott; what a guy!

So what is the true purpose of "Right-To-Work" laws? It is a way to weaken unions by allowing any non-union worker in a unionized business to not pay for the administration of their collective bargaining agreement. You might think that this is great; don't want to be a union member, don't have to pay. The problem is that the non-union workers covered by a bargaining agreement get the same benefits and protections that union members get, including the right to file grievances, and legal representation in working condition disputes. "Right–to-Work" laws starve labor unions of the funds they need to ensure that rank-and-file workers have better wages and working conditions and a stronger voice in the workplace.

One way the middle class can grow and earn its fair share of this country's wealth is through union organizations and collective bargaining. Otherwise the wealthy corporations and the rich and powerful will dominate the working class and prevent wage growth and proper justice in the work place.

So, Right-To-Work is intended to destroy unions and put more power in the hands of the rich and powerful. Right-To-Work is intended to weaken the middle class and workers of America.

The Republicans might want this, but I believe in the long run it will threaten our democracy and cause hardships to the workers of America. (In fact, it already has.)

The N.H. House of Representatives has just passed the Right-To-Work bill. In the Laconia Delegation, Republicans Robert Fisher, Bob Luther, Peter Spanos, and Frank Tilton voted in favor of passage. Don Flanders did not vote. Apparently, most of our delegation believes weakening the working class is good policy.

Let us hope that Scott Walker's bid for the presidency fails. If Right-To-Work were enacted in the nation, workers would forever be subjected to low wages and unfair labor practices.

Tom Dawson
Laconia

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