To The Daily Sun,
I have read a number of recent letters to the editor attacking state Rep. Dennis Fields and, although I seldom write letters to the editor, I felt compelled to respond.
I was a registered Republican from 1984, when I cast my first vote for Ronald Reagan as an 18-old voting in my first election, until 2010, when I grew tired of the partisan politics and campaign by attack that both parties now seem to favor. During that time, I voted predominantly for Republican candidates, but I always voted for the person, and what he or she stood for, over the party with which the candidate was affiliated. I am now an independent (I know that the correct term in New Hampshire is "undeclared", so please no attack letters on this point), but I still hold to the ideal that our elected officials should stand by their principles and vote for what they believe is best for their constituents rather than how their party leaders want them to vote.
Unlike so many of today's politicians, Dennis Fields has done just that and, predictably, he is now being attacked for it. I first met Dennis a number of years ago when I served on the board of the Belknap County Economic Development Council and, frankly, I didn't know what to make of him. He was not a polished politician and did not strike me as the type of person who would hold political office. However, in the years since then, I have gotten to know and respect Dennis. While other members of our delegation were frequently absent from many of the legislative breakfasts and other community events in the area designed to inform our legislators of the needs of their constituents, Dennis was always there to hear what members of the community had to say and to ask questions to help him to understand the community's needs. Dennis took these needs to heart and has consistently been a strong and informed advocate for the residents of Belknap County.
Over the past year, Dennis has stood up against the partisan politics that have dominated the headlines. In fact, he seems to be the only member of our Republican caucus who remembers how things used to be. He remembers a time when both parties would stand by their principles but also be willing to reach across the aisle and work together with members of the other party to actually get things accomplished.
That is exactly what strong conservatives of the past, like Ronald Reagan, did. Unfortunately, as Jeb Bush recognized in 2012, President Reagan would also be labeled a RINO in today's political climate. In my opinion, that is a shame.
If the voters of Sanbornton want someone who will toe the party line, then it is clear that Dennis Fields isn't their candidate. If they want someone who will take the time to understand their needs, stand by his principles, and be willing to work across party lines for the benefit of his constituents, they should ignore the attacks and send Dennis back to Concord for another term.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:55
To The Daily Sun,
State Rep. Burchell is the man for the job in Belknap County. Having known Richard Burchell for these past two years, I can tell you he is honest and direct and not afraid to do the work that needs to be done.
The Belknap County taxpayer will do well to remember how Rep. Burchell has fought for them time and again while serving in the Belknap Delegation. Whether it supporting reasonable budgets for the taxpayer or undertaking the debated project work on the County Jail, Rep. Burchell was always professional and prepared.
Our family wishes all the best to Belknap County and we know Rep. Richard Burchell will work for all the folks in Belknap. We heartily endorse Rep. Burchell for Belknap County Commissioner.
Carlos Martinez & Jane Cormier
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 10:50
To The Daily Sun,
Experience is one of the most important qualifications for the position of Carroll County Register of Deeds, and Lisa Scott has that experience.
Lisa Scott has worked as a paralegal for more than 35 years and she understands the function of the Registry of Deeds and the documents which are recorded there.
The Registry of Deeds is used by realtors, surveyors, attorneys and the general public. When the Registry of Deeds makes the transition to go online, it will be important to have a Register of Deeds who understands the who, how and why of the Registry.
In my 35 years of researching at the Registries of Deeds throughout the state, I hold the record-keeping done at the Carroll County Registry of Deeds in high esteem. I know that if Lisa Scott is elected to be the Register of Deed she will continue the excellent work that is done by the staff who will serve under her.
Please vote in the upcoming primary, and when you do, please vote for Lisa Scott, Register of Deeds.
Donna M. Cullen
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 10:45
To The Daily Sun,
We would like to recognize and thank state Rep. Herb Vadney of Meredith for his excellent work in Concord on behalf of his Gilford-Meredith district, the entire Lakes Region and residents throughout the state.
Herb's leadership and initiative on the Science Technology and Energy Committee is vital to New Hampshire having sustainable, reliable and affordable energy policies that will keep our economy growing while protecting the natural resources that drive the year round tourism that so many of our Lakes Region businesses count on.
Always open and accessible, Herb listens, asks tough questions, and offers well thought-out solutions to help solve New Hampshire's science and energy issues. In addition to representing the economic best interests of our Lakes Region in Concord, Herb also is representing us in shaping New Hampshire's energy future as an advisory member on SB191 which will determine New Hampshire's energy future for years to come.
Herb, we know firsthand, cares about our towns, our region and our state, and shows it by being an active advocate in Concord for the continued growth and vitality of our Lakes Region economy.
It is clear that Herb enjoys the respect of his House of Representative colleagues in Concord, and he certainly has earned the respect and appreciation of residents and businesses throughout the Lakes Region that Herb so faithfully represents with the integrity and honor that befits an ex-military man.
Herb has earned our trust, our respect and our thanks.
Jan & Tim McHugh
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 10:42
To The Daily Sun,
The Laconia Heritage Commission has an important question for you.
What structures do you think have the architectural, historical, cultural or social character worthy of having limited protection from modification or demolition in these three communities of Laconia: Laconia, Lakeport and the Weirs?
The Laconia Heritage Commission seeks to represent your choices and your input is important in compiling a list of at least a dozen important structures in each of these communities.
The list will be shared with the Laconia Planning Department to alert the Planning Board and/or the Zoning Board of Adjustment that should any structure on the list appear before them, they will be at the ready to advise an owner that said structure has been placed in a protective state as a landmark of significant historic importance by the community that has a concern in preserving this structure, and therefore, it requires approval and will be referred to Heritage Commission.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 10:33