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When was last time Hassan or Shaheen held a real Town Hall?

To The Daily Sun,

New Hampshire voters expect their public officials to be open and available to the public. Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen have been anything but open and available with their constituents. If anything, they have been the most hidden and isolated representatives our state has ever seen.

You don't have to spend a lot of money to win the hearts of New Hampshire families. We are simple folk who like access to our politicians and realize spoken words are more valuable than spent money. But when you avoid us and make decisions on our behalf, do realize that comes with consequences.

The question should not be, Why don't they take part in a Town Hall meeting? The question should be, When was the last time either one of them held a real Town Hall meeting? Start paying attention. Both of them continue increasing our taxes, and now they want New Hampshire residents to subsidize southern states on their electrical bills. Stay focused on the energy policy. The devil's in the details. Remember we've been an electrical exporter for decades. Why would we want to lose those revenues to foreign countries? That's not the New Hampshire way.

Ray Cunningham

Bridgewater

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Fair play was only part of the reason unions came into being

To The Daily Sun,

Just another GOP reason to vote for a Democrat, from Mr. Gorrell. The right-to-work CEOs are making way over millions while the local worker makes about $15­,000 to $25,000 per year. Some CEOs, like the guy from the NFL, make more in two weeks than most people will make in a lifetime. The right-to-work laws, or anti-union laws, are just another way of not paying a fair wage. Those companies and jobs used to be called open or closed shops. A closed shop was union only and you joined or you had no job. There was no choice, but business and the economy was good.

I've worked in both, and even worked in a shop where the owner brought in the union. True story, but there was a reason this had to be done.

But now just look at all the Walmarts and fast food restaurants who don't pay employees a decent wage. This is a perfect example where wages are an issue, and unfortunately only a union can fix it. The employees have to resort to extra help like food stamps and other social services at taxpayer expense. Somehow Mr. Gorrell and most of the GOP feel this is a good idea. And skip the crap about "when I was their age" I worked at a min wage job".

That was 40 years ago folks and our country wasn't shipping all the good jobs overseas. For the most part the only large industry left is fast food, health care, Walmart-types and other low-paying jobs. The GOP would like to do away with the min wages completely so instead of a low wage of $7.25 the employer could pay you $5 or even less. That would be a right-to-work (at any wage) state.

There are reason unions came into being in the late 1800s, and fair pay was only a part of it. Working conditions, like safety, were a large reason, too. Young working-age people have been leaving the North Country for years and it wasn't just because of low wages. It was a lack of jobs completely. It is purely an economic issue. The result of this was the buildup in the North Country of places like Conway, Meredith, and now Plymouth. In this day and age, with the Internet, you can run a small business anyplace you want. But we will always have those who move to the North Country and want to bring the places they leave with them. There are jobs to be had. But it is up to you to get them whether they are union or not. The choice is not difficult.

Fact check to Mr. Ewing, who as usual has some of his facts wrong. It was the previous President GWB who decided our troops would be out of Iraq by the end of 2011 and signed the agreement in 2008. Obama signed on to SOFA to transfer troops out of Afghanistan beginning in 2011 backed by Gates, Petraeus and Mullen. But as of yesterday we just signed on to stay until probably hell freezes over.

Jon Hoyt

Plymouth

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