To the Daily Sun,
At the No Labels Conference in Manchester, the stage included five actors who told why unstuck government is important to them, then went into the audience with mics to find New Hampshire people to tell what our concerns are. Actor Wayne Knight from "Seinfeld" held the mic for me when I said that, "An old problem is nuclear weaponry, that we live with every day as a threat to our lives and the life of the planet. President Obama has allotted $1 trillion for more nuclear weapons." Wayne Knight, who on stage had said he's here because of his 5-year-old son's future, thanked me.
I was struck by our persistent willingness for more war, when candidate-for-president Lindsay Graham, in a slew of questions addressed to bank-seated college students, wanted them to raise their hands for being willing to "give your lives for our country". He was talking troops on the ground to fight the Islamic forces.
Gov. Christie did address not enough accessible health care for our vets who need it.
Bernie Sanders was the only candidate to point out our high numbers in prison, and what that costs, and that education is a better expenditure with one outcome being fewer desperate people committing crimes.
Martin O'Malley sounded good on energy policy, even using a smart phrase I haven't heard in a long time — "conservation energy" — but disappointingly also talked about "safer nuclear". Interesting, because it subtly points out the un-safety of nuclear plants all around our country.
Maggie Hassan and Kelly Ayotte both spoke with us. Governor Hassan, now running for U. S. Senate, praised our inherent hardiness, living with granite and winter cold. Apt compliment and observation as we leave warm summer and prepare to be our most durable selves. As did others, recognizing the day's theme, Senator Ayotte gave credit to Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill for their working across the aisle.
Often mentioned from the audience with mic opportunity, was the overwhelming burden to college students of loan debt. Truly a problem to be solved. Our 2016 choices are more and more about how we will live our daily lives because of government that we need to be good government.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
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