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I'm a veteran & I will be voting on March 11 for Colonel Joe Kenney

To The Daily Sun,

I rarely respond to letters in the paper. However, after E. Scott Cracraft's vicious attack on Colonel Joe Kenney, here is my response:

Please spell his name correctly, it is Kenney not Kenny.

You label Joe Kenney as an extremist with an anti-worker, anti-education and anti-woman agenda. You feel he is anti-worker because he voted to make New Hampshire a right-to-work state. What rights do the unions lose? Workers can still join the union if they want; it is called freedom to choose.

Once again, you feel he is anti-education because he has concerns about the teachers' union, like putting the teacher first and the students second.

Finally, you feel he is anti-woman because of Planned Parenthood. My wife and I are both pro-life, and neither of us are anti-woman. Planned Parenthood does many types of service for women's health. However, they did over 334,000 abortions in 2012.

As for expanding Medicaid under Obamacare — where the government promises to pay 100 percent the first year and 90 percent after the first year — I was promised free health care when I joined the Navy in the 1960s and guess what, they now have means testing and I do not have free health care. We were also promised we could keep our doctors, hospitals, etc. This was the lie of the year.

Vermont and New Hampshire have excellent gun laws. Perhaps you feel we need to ban guns. Illinois, New York and Connecticut are trying, but they still have a high rate of gun violence.

I am a veteran and I will be voting for Colonel Joe Kenney. He has an "A" rating with the NRA and he is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead of viciously attacking a hero, you should be thanking him for more than 30 years of service. I salute you Colonel Kenney.

Jim Mayotte


Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:06

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GOP needs to put forth plan that includes a route out of poverty

To The Daily Sun,

Wasn't that a lovey speech the president gave at the State Of the Union the other night. Problem is we have heard it all before, promise after promise, but he has made so many promises unkept in the past, how do people still buy into what he says instead of what he does? For five years now he said he was going to create jobs but those he has created have barely kept pace with the population growth and those hurting the most are the very folks he says he wants to help. All those social programs mean nothing without a road out of poverty and dependence on the government, unless dependence is the objective itself.

Republicans and Conservatives haven't a lot of room to puff themselves up and pat one another on the backs either, at least not the leaders who are failing to lead but are content to go along to get along. Not easy for me to say but that's the facts as I see them. I still fail to see anyone of them coming up with a complete plan to get the economy rolling and the poor off welfare and into jobs. Sure over-taxation and regulation could and should be rolled back but is that going to get families on welfare motivated to get a job? I doubt it because making that kind of change can be a huge risk for them. Look, as soon as they get a job all government help stops. No monthly check, no food stamps, health care goes, so why take that kind of risk, heck the whole family could be devastated.How long will a job last, what if for some reason the person fails in a new job for whatever reason? A bird in the hand being worth two in the bush is what happens here in my opinion. Republicans should put forth a plan that includes tax and regulation reform and a route out of poverty. I suggest passing a law that would allow long-term unemployed to get a job and taper off government support. We can and will argue about how long and how much support is enough but unless some kind of viable road map is designed we may as well stop complaining about entitlements and just pay up.
Steve Earle


Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:02

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I was never taught that believing in life was 'extreme' viewpoint

To The Daily Sun,

In Saturday's issue of The Daily Sun, Professor Cracraft went to great lengths to paint Joe Kenney as an "extremist". He made that judgment, among other things, based on the fact that Mr. Kenney is pro-life. Now I don't know about you, but I never went to the class that taught believing in life was an "extreme" viewpoint. I was taught that taking someone's life was not a good thing . . . and people who did often went to prison for having done so. Perhaps the professor went to a different class.

He then thought Senator Kenney's opposition on funding for Planned Parenthood also made him an extremist. As I have pointed out previously, the federal government grant to that organization this year was $540 million, which amounts to 45 percent of planned Parenthood's $1.2 billion budget. I think most folks would consider that taxpayer contribution to be "extreme", especially considering that no government funds are legally allowed to be used to fund the 350,000 abortions done each year by that organization. Cracraft also thought it "extreme" that Kenney would vote for parental notification. Evidently, the professor believes that life and death decision is best left to a teacher and not the child's parents. By the way, isn't there a law against statutory rape?

Among the other things the professor labels as "extreme", is Kenney's position that New Hampshire should be a Right to Work state. Evidently if one doesn't believe that the signature on the bottom of their paycheck isn't that of a Union boss, but of the owner or manager of the company, then he is again, extreme. Oy vey!

In a number of other ways, the professor felt comfortable labeling anyone who didn't agree with his positions as "extreme". I guess professorial civility had a vacation day. If the professor is on the hunt for a person with "extreme" positions, he only need check out that image in his mirror.

Bob Meade


Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:56

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Joe Kenney has led a life of service; let's elect him on March 11

To The Daily Sun,

Why is Michael Cryans running as a shadow of Ray Burton? Who is the real Michael Cryans? .

Ray Burton did not support Omer Ahern, a Republican who was running for re-election in District 2 for Grafton County Commissioner in 2012. Omer has been a great advocate for reigning in Grafton County spending and keeping Grafton County property taxes LOW! Burton and Cryans have consistently opposed Ahern's pro-taxpayer initiatives.

My question again is who is Michael Cryans? Is he for We the People? Is he for lower taxes?

I read an article in the Examiner.com the headline was, " Disturbing: Ray Burton sending e-mails for Michael Cryans from the grave" The e-mails backing Michael Cryans are sent from Ray Burton's e-mail account. The question in the article was why would someone use Burton's e-mail and contacts to push Cryans or any other candidate? Is this ethical? Hundreds of people are getting them! Some voice concern because they were close to Ray and find this in poor taste! A quote from this article is as follows: "Burton cannot speak from the grave and no-one should be sending e-mails in his name to anyone, let alone supporting a candidate that no-one knows for sure Burton actually supported given the choices. Cryans should do himself a favor and ask that the e-mails cease. It would be interesting to know what other information Democrats have gained from whoever is sending these e-mails. Burton most likely had different contacts than Cryans as he was a Republican". Is this manipulation by the Democrats? This is unethical and immoral!

In 1996 Cryans ran against Ray Burton and lost. Clearly Cryans is no Burton. This unethical and unconscionable behavior is unacceptable and the voters should reject this candidate!

Joe Kenney who has led a life of service USMC, selectman, state senator. Please vote the candidate with proven constitutional service and strong ethical principles. Vote for Joe Kenney March 11th!

Rosemary Landry

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:53

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Marijuana is gateway drug which can lead to cocaine or heroin

To The Laconia Sun,

I am writing to express my opinion on House Bill 492 which would legalize the use of a certain amount of marijuana. I am opposed to any type of legalization of this use and hope the governor sticks to her word and vetoes this bill.

Marijuana is a "gateway" drug which can and does lead to the use of a stronger drug such as cocaine or worse, heroin.

We spend tens of thousands of dollars on people who must go through rehab, sometimes a number of times, on education in our schools, such as the DARE program, and other initiatives.

I grew up with a father who was a police officer in the 1950s, whose last assignment was commanding a small group of people committed to investigating illicit use of drugs. As a result, I had the opportunity to see first-hand the results of what can happen to the human body. Because of this I became strongly opposed to the use of illegal drugs.

I will never change my opposition to any type of legalization.

Please Ms. Hassan, stick to your principles and veto this bill if it gets to your desk

Bill Knightly


Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:47

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