Lawmakers know they need to 'butter the bread' of state employees

To the Daily Sun,

Let's talk budget. The top Republican lawmakers have certainly recognized that the state workers backed up by the state workers' union are the backbone of their re-election bid. The Senate president, House speaker and Senate majority leader have decided to put the $12 million state employee pay raise back into the budget as a compromise to the governor's budget veto. The state workers' union must have caught wind that the "Teflon" Dept. of Fish and Game worked out their own deal with the Senate Finance for the $1.2 million for their own employees pay raises. It is quite obvious that the state taxpayers are working for the state employees.

Our lawmakers have recognized, and have known all along the fact that if they are going to retain their seats in Concord, who is "buttering the bread". Let's use an estimated 20,000 state employees as an example. Twenty-thousand votes, added to their spouse or significant other, equals 40,000 votes. Then add children (two) and you get 80,000 votes. Then add one parent and you're up to 100,000 votes and at least one friend equals 120,000 votes.

Would you say that 120,000 votes could sway who gets elected or not? So much for this conservative majority working for their other taxpayer constituents.

A lot of people in this country think it's big money PACs which determine which elected officials get elected, when in reality it's the elected officials spending our taxpayer money on the government, state and local employees pay and benefits that determines who get elected and who keep their seats. Think about it.

How many 2016 votes were at jeopardy if this 2 percent pay raise was left out of the budget? This must have been a real hard decision for the conservatives to make.

Eric T. Rottenecker

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Raising minimum wage might be most politically viable option

To The Daily Sun,

Why raise the minimum wage? Conservatives argue that when we raise the price of a commodity, less of it will be purchased — supply and demand — and jobs will be lost. Economists are conflicted about whether that's true and how large that effect might be, if it is true. An employer might not cut any jobs if, for example, it is already at a minimum staffing level. Many liberals simply argue that it's the right thing to do. However, maybe that shouldn't be the end of the analysis.

Twenty-five years ago, the majority of those earning the minimum wage were teenagers and others supplementing family income. Today, the story is different. According to Ben Casselman, of the website which does such a good job predicting political races and analyzing sports by the numbers, about half of those earning less than President Obama's proposed minimum of $10.10 are struggling to support themselves and their families.

That number has doubled since 1990. Some conservatives suggest that these people have character flaws that lead to their poor financial condition. But that's a large number of people, and they are working. Despite their efforts, they are poor. Living in poverty is not good for children. For example, a report out of Princeton University suggested a strong correlation between low income and low measures of children's health, intelligence, and academic success regardless of parental characteristics.

Maybe we should ask ourselves if raising the minimum wage is a good thing for our society. How many jobs will be lost? Will it hurt small business owners? How much will those struggling low wage workers benefit? Will their children benefit in the long run. Will we pay less for supplemental educational services and crime control? Is this a way to stimulate demand since that money will most likely be spent not saved and help keep the economy growing?

Some have suggested that raising the minimum wage isn't the best way to attack the problem of poverty among the working poor but we also have to do the political calculus. If we decide it's a good idea to help them, what will pass? Raising the minimum wage might be the most politically viable option. While we are thinking about that, let's not have an emotional or superficial debate about raising the minimum wage. Let's look at what is good for society now and in the long run.

Dave Pollak

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Japanese people were adamant about fighting to the last person

To The Daily Sun,

A letter was printed in the Saturday, Aug. 15, paper by a gentleman who claimed to correct many errors/reasons about the long-planned ground invasion of Japan before the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While Japan was indeed a defeated nation and was no longer a threat in the Pacific, the gentleman appears to have no direct contact with the thousands of troops on the Pacific islands or on ships headed for the ground invasion in Japan.

Even though the nation was defeated, the Japanese people were adamant about fighting to the last person, dead by battle or suicide.

The quarter million, plus or minus thousands, of Japanese killed by the A-bombs saved 2 million or more Allied and Japanese lives that otherwise would have been lost. These are the facts I have learned as a result of serving in the armed forces and living in the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton. The bombings were what we realize were necessary evils to end World War II and save millions of lives.

Bill Berthold


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A pleasant outing by 3 senior ladies turned very special. Thanks!

To The Daily Sun,

Many thanks to the nice couple who paid for our breakfast at Nothin' Fancy on Sunday morning. A pleasant outing by three senior ladies was made really special by your random act of kindness. We will pass it along in the near future. Thanks again.

Marilyn Pierce


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I hope Trump does take the country back & brings God with him

To The Daily Sun,

Well New Hampshire, how do you like Donald Trump now? He speaks what all of us are saying and feeling. While the rest B.S. us until they get elected.

Where are all the promises the Republicans said they were going to do? They did nothing. So he is saying it like it is and needs no donations from anyone. He has his own money and does not have to owe favors to anyone. That's what I call shaking up the apple cart. He is waking up both sides. That is why he drawing so many crowds.

Who wants Bernie Sanders? He is nothing but a communist, another Obama. Have we not had enough of that? Now Iran is going to do their own inspections? How crazy is that? Are they kidding?

Nasty Hillary should be in jail. She should not be running for anything. I just hope you can see all the handwriting on the wall.

I hope (Trump) does take the country back and put God, yes, I said God back into our lives. I am sick of the crazy liberals. They are one of the reasons this country is going down the tubes. All I have to say to them is, wake up.

God bless America.

Anna DeRose

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