To The Daily Sun,
This year Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representative Carol Shea-Porter co-sponsored the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act that would have allowed refinancing of outstanding student loans at lower interest rates to make it easier for young graduates to buy a home or start a family.
The refinancing measures of this bill would be paid for by a small tax increase on those earning more than $1 million annually. But the bill was killed in the Senate where 60 out of 100 votes, rather than a simple majority, are often needed even to debate — let alone pass — a bill.
Sen. Shaheen and my Congresswoman Shea-Porter understand the financial needs of their constituents. They have worked for legislation that increased the size of federal Pell grants to low-income college students. They have also called for an increase in minimum wage that would help workers pay for higher education. Their unwavering commitment to protect Social Security and Medicare assure us of a secure future as we age.
Jeanne Shaheen and Carol Shea-Porter stand for New Hampshire values and fight for all of us. I am proud that they represent me and look forward to voting for them on Nov. 4.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 07:30
To The Daily Sun,
After being ratified by over 50 member countries, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will indeed go into effect on Dec. 24, 2014. Despite strong bipartisan opposition, that did not stop President Obama from signing it anyway. In his address to the U.N. he said, "All nations must meet our responsibility to enforce international norms" concerning gun control.
Although it is said to not be specifically designed to control the domestic use of small arms in any country, the ambiguous language in the ATT poses a significant threat to American gun owners. Of guns imported here from other member countries, the ATT requires a list of end user documentation, or registration. It creates something called the international Small Arms Control Standards Module 03:30 which outlines and endorses worldwide gun control.
L.J. Siden is correct that there is no legal way around the Second Amendment, but we can't expect that little technicality to stop Hussein Obama from trying. Gun control has been high on his "to do" list since he first took office. By signing on to the ATT without consent he has violated his oath of office to uphold the law. So he guaranteed Sen. Jeanne Shaheen that "if we like our guns, we can keep our guns." Seriously Siden? There is no doubt that she would be a rubber stamp to support whatever gun-control scheme that might come along in the future. That is why we need to remove Jeanne Shaheen from office now. She will still be threatening our civil liberties long after Barack Obama is just a painful memory.
Again, L.J. Siden was partly correct about racial profiling on Form 4473 to purchase a firearm. The machinery to collect racial data has been in place for decades, and is included on all kinds of government forms and applications. In the dark ages before computers, this information was deemed useful for identification purposes and such info was to be included in all of them be 2003. The BATF was slow on the draw and finally included one race question on the 4473 in 2005. The extra question that singled out Hispanic heritage was indeed added in 2012, long after such profiling should be considered useful.
There is legislation pending in the House of Representatives now that would remove such racist questions from being required from gun buyers. We shall see how that goes in the next Congress. This information is available in the Sept. 16, 2014, Washington Times, not Fox News, not the NRA. Look it up for yourself if you still care.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 07:27
To The Daily Sun,
In past letters, I have presented in some detail my belief that we should proceed in a deliberative and thoughtful way to resolve the jail issue. We should compare the alternatives and get to the best solution we can afford.
Among the other things I'd like to accomplish to help save taxpayers money and continue the process of improving the efficiency of government, I'd like to propose the establishment of a countywide strategic planning group. While he was mayor of Laconia, Mike Seymour began a series of conversations with the other towns in Belknap County about sharing resources. He was hoping that we'd be able to use and share our resources to reduce duplication and gain the efficiencies of scale that result from such collaboration. The county commissioners also began a series of County Conversations during which they traveled to the various towns to talk to and hear from the governing entities there.
I'd like to combine these efforts, and Mike has agreed to continue working with me, if I'm elected. In addition, I'd like to add strategic capital asset planning to the conversation. If towns can be more aware of each other's building plans, we can better distribute the tax effect in a balanced and predictable way.
Candidate for Belknap County Commission
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 07:24
To The Daily Sun,
Recently state Sen. "Sam" Cataldo signed a "Pledge of Allegiance" to Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a Virginia-based, Koch brothers founded and funded, right-wing, political advocacy group. This means that Senator Cataldo now cannot vote for any bill, no matter how beneficial it would be for New Hampshire citizens, that would lead to any tax or fee increase, and that he must fight against expanding health care to those desperate for it, and that he must vote for bills that would lead to lower wages for New Hampshire workers and make their work sites more dangerous.
In 2010 AFP spent $40 million, in 2012 they spent $122 million, and in 2014 they will spend a mind-blowing pile of money on reactionary candidates and causes. Apparently the health, safety, and paychecks of New Hampshire's families do not make Senator Cataldo's to-do list. What a shameful move by the senator, pledging his independence and integrity to out-of-state political operatives. Let's not send someone accountable to a Virginia political organization back to our New Hampshire Legislature.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 05:57
To The Daily Sun,
Just a few words to say how much there was (and is) to celebrate in Sanbornton.
Thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make the day fun and informative. There are many ways we can continue to keep our town vibrant, from serving on committees to hiking our trails. One of them is to keep our roadsides clean. If you pick up trash when you walk our roads. Remember that there are free trash bags to use when you bring those cans and bottles and other "jetsam" to the recycling center. You can pick them up at either the town office or the library.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 05:54