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Frank Guinta's words don't match with his dismal record

To The Daily Sun,

Surprisingly, former Congressman Frank Guinta says he regards providing more money to fund a higher level of mental health services in New Hampshire as an important responsibility for a member of Congress.

I say surprisingly because Mr. Guinta is a Tea-Partier who was adamantly opposed to federal funding for state and local programs and projects. He voted to terminate the TIGER grant program used to replace the Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Maine. So how would Guinta add funding to increase services? Maybe, as he said about autism research, towns could hold fundraisers?

Fortunately we already have an able and caring U.S. Representative, Carol Shea-Porter, who has consistently supported improved mental health services. Congresswoman Shea-Porter voted for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (now law), mandating insurers cover mental health services as they cover physical health services. Recently, she also got research funded for a promising therapeutic service-dog training program to address PTSD.

Wondering what Frank Guinta did to improve mental health care while in Congress? Not a thing.

Guinta's words don't match his dismal record. I'll be voting for Carol Shea-Porter on Nov. 4 because we need an honest, caring representative.

Gail Morrison


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I don't think we can afford a conservative like Ray Howard

To The Daily Sun,

Recently an Alton citizen told me that they were going to vote for Ray Howard because he was a conservative and had saved "us" money as a cemetery trustee.

I was taken aback by that comment, but then realized that most Alton taxpayers are probably unaware of the details of the budgets during his tenure.

Elected in March 2010, Ray was one of the trustees, and supported the 2011-2013 budget requests for the cemetery.

That first year (2011) the proposed cemetery's budget was $101,656 — a 4.6 percent increase over the previous year. The overall town budget increase was 3.1 percent, which included the new position of police prosecutor. Even with the new position, Ray's proposal was almost one and a half times the town's percent increase.

In 2012 this "conservative" proposed a 9.5 percent increase, from $101,656 to $111,340 for our town. This was the same year the selectmen and Budget Committee agreed to remove the full-time cemetery employee and return the position to a part-time one as had been the practice for 50-plus years, and a budget of $50,732. Ray Howard vehemently fought this change.

So, how can Ray Howard say that he is conservative when as a cemetery trustee, he supported a 4.2 percent increase and a 9.5 percent increase in these budgets? In my mind, actions speak louder than words.

The ironic part is that Peter Bolster (who is be labeled as "a spender") was selectman at this time and fully supported changing the cemetery budget to save taxpayers money.

Can we afford this "conservative" as a state representative with his past history ....?

Robert Loring Carr


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