To The Daily Sun,
The state of New Hampshire is very fortunate to have Walt Havenstein running for governor.
Havenstein graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and postgraduate school. He served 12 years on active duty in the Marines and serving the Reserves with more than 30 years of service.
Havenstein then went into the aerospace industry where he worked His way up the ladder into leadership positions with, Raytheon, Sanders, and BAE Systems which at the time employed the most workers in the state of New Hampshire.
He set goals for growth and production, and was able to meet those goals.
While working for BAE, Havenstein became aware how many young engineering students from UNH were leaving for jobs across the country. He started a program to train them so they could work right in New Hampshire. The program was very successful.
It is pretty amazing with all the problems the Hassan camp says Havenstein had running the different companies he worked for, and knowing Hassan's dismal record as a state senator and governor, they would even bring it up.
Hassan has a record of being a big spender and even though she doesn't admit it, she thinks more taxes is just a normal part of her job.
Hassan brags about balancing the budget. But the truth is she made changes in the New Hampshire Retirement System. It does not only balance the budget, but it increases what the taxpayers have to pay. Is this what you call playing with mirrors.
On Oct. 9, my state senator, Jeannie Forrester, the state Senate Finance chairman rejected the Hassan administration $1.9 billion budget request, And now she is calling agencies to cut their current year's spending.
All the facts on spending can be found at the DRA'S budget office and look at all the spending total funds.
For all of you that support the Second Amendment, look at Hassan's record. In 2006 a bill that would have allowed our citizens to protect their homes — the so-called Castle Doctrine, rather than having a legal duty to run instead of defending yourself and love ones — Maggie Hassan voted "no," and after the then-governor vetoed the bill she still voted "no" against the override. That is two times she voted to force you to flee Your home. All voters should check on the firearms that Hassan has said she favors a gun ban on. We don't need this in the Live Free or Die State.
In order to bring New Hampshire back to the state we were always known for, we need Walt Havenstein to lead the way.
L. Michael Hatch
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 06:18
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to respond to a recent letter by Mr. David Horvath from Gilford regarding my record.
To the citizens of Gilford and Meredith, I'm grateful and honored to serve as your state representative and thank you for your continued support. I'm proud of the work I've done over the last two years to help our families, support quality education, and promote local businesses and the economy.
In his letter, Mr. Horvath asserts that I support a $42-million price tag for a new jail which is simply not accurate. I've never spoken to Mr. Horvath about the jail, but have had numerous conversations with others including public officials and citizens. My position has been, and continues to be, that I do not support spending $42-million for a new jail, period! Everyone knows that we simply can't afford that amount, and I am confident we can keep costs to an affordable level. Further, I will consider all proven viable options for the jail that meets our objectives.
Regarding the unfortunate situation with the county, my sense is that if we had more individuals involved in the process that where better able to communicate, actually listen and value input, compromise, treat each other with dignity and mutual respect, and not be paralyzed by politics, ideology, personal agendas, power plays and egos, we would all be in a much better place right now. My hope is that we can move forward with a better working relationship and actually function effectively for the citizens of Belknap County.
Mr. Horvath also makes reference to my vote for a gas tax, so I'd like to provide the following factual information. Both Democrats and Republicans, after careful consideration, and with the support of the New Hampshire business community, worked together and voted to increase the gas tax by 4 cents per gallon. This increase, the first since 1991, still keeps the New Hampshire gas tax rate the lowest in New England and provides funding for critical road and bridge projects such as the expansion of I-93 and repairs to secondary roads that affect Gilford, Meredith and all of Belknap County.
Further, this funding helps to offset costs to our towns for road repairs, and is key for economic growth and attracting business and tourism to our state and region. In July of this year when the legislation was enacted, the price of a gallon of gas in New Hampshire averaged $3.60 a gallon, the current cost per gallon is about $3.19, and oil prices are also down significantly. As you know, there are many factors, both domestic and international, that affect the fluctuation and manipulation of gas and oil prices, most of which are beyond the control of our state.
Now, I'm not sure if Mr. Horvath is an expert on health care issues, but I'm proud of the work I've done over the last two years as a member of the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee and other organizations I'm involved with to enhance the quality of life for our seniors, those with special needs and our citizens with serious health problems, including mental health issues. I'm also proud of my support for bipartisan legislation to expand health care opportunities for our citizens. Since enactment, 20,000 more New Hampshire residents now have quality healthcare coverage and more stable and secure lives.
In conclusion, I stand by my record and respectfully ask for your vote on Nov. 4. It's important you have a committed and sensible Representative that puts people first before politics, ideology, or numbers on a ledger sheet. I also ask that you do your homework on the issues, so you can make an informed decision on Election Day.
Thank you for your consideration and the privilege to serve you.
For more information, assistance, or if you would like to support my re-election, please visit: www.lisadimartino4rep.com
Rep. Lisa DiMartino
Belknap County District 2, Gilford and Meredith
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 06:08
To The Daily Sun,
Recently two events occurred in Meredith that deserve recognition.
First, by placing the "coyotes" in Hesky and Scenic Park and ridding us of the Canada geese that were causing not only a mess but a health hazard, the Meredith town manager, Phil Warren, deserves high praise. Residents and visitors can now stroll through and enjoy the lake, scenery and sculpture in our lovely parks.
The second recognition is to the Department of Public Works, which in three days was able to achieve the resurfacing of Main Street without disrupting the town and its residents. They even had the lines painted on the last day. The organization of how this project was completed is to be commended and thanks and appreciation are to be given to Mike Faller, director of Public Works, and his amazing crew.
Many thanks to Phil Warren, Mike Faller and the DPW crew for continuing to keep Meredith a great place to live, work and play.
Greater Meredith Program
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 06:03
To The Daily Sun,
If you do little else before this coming election you must get your hands on the book, "Rather Outspoken" by Dan Rather. This book goes into meticulous truthful detail about the following: Gitmo, Abu Ghraib and the very deep involvement of the Bush dynasty. Rather gives us G.W. Bush's sanitized "service" in the Air Force Reserve step by nauseating step. He exposes layer by painful layer how the influence of corporations (in particular Viacom) was used to bring extreme pressure on CBS executives to keep these scandals quiet and to cover up and sanitize the truth about the Bush family.
It becomes clear that the cover-ups of Gitmo and Abu Ghraib (the hows, the whys and the wherefores) were purposely drowned out by diverting our attention to bogus talking points about Benghazi and the IRS. Read it and you will see how our democracy has been hijacked by big business. This should be the primary topic of discussion.
This book is painful to read but is a must read nonetheless. I cannot believe Rather was able to get a publishing company to give us his book to read. One of the few times I've been moved to tears was reading how corporations have tried to cover up crucial facts about Bush-Gitmo and Abu Ghraib, Iraq, Afghanistan, just to name a very, very few. The cover-ups, lies, threats, firings and resignations at CBS all for telling the bald-faced truth, up to and including Rather's engineered termination.
Although our students are often given pap to read in high school. "Outspoken" should be required reading for every person before they vote for the first time. This bleak, dishonest time in our history must be known. In reading this chronicle do I finally understand why the GOP and Tea Party feel they have a divine right to win national and statewide elections and why they feel that any election they lose must be illegitimate. They have to keep us in the dark and uninformed.
Now I know why the election is Florida was stolen to give Bush the presidency. Now I know why Chief Justice Rehnquist intervened to "crown" Bush-Cheney. Now I understand the roles Buchanan, Rove and other GOP operatives played to get Bush/Cheney in the White House. Those suspicions we've had over all of these years are now confirmed and documented.
We should be spitting nails that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and their accomplices are still free to walk this earth instead of being behind bars. This is a true travesty of justice. Bush/Cheney not only enabled and then covered up the worst financial collapse and resulting recession of our modern times. But that is just a blip on the radar of their total disregard for laws governing this country. If laws didn't jibe with their policies they just ignored them. They did this with the full complicity of the Republican leadership and rabid conservatives.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 06:00
To The Daily Sun,
I went by the Hathaway House, and saw the demolition was under way. It's just so sad they couldn't come to a consensus on saving this beautiful old house. I for one, am boycotting all of the Dunkin' Donuts stores which are owned my Cafua Management.
I'm not upset that they are doing what they want with a property that is rightfully theirs, but I am upset because they lied; they said they were going to repair and preserve the house and make it into other businesses or a mixed-use building. Instead they allowed it to fall into disrepair, to a point where it would be too costly to repair. They don't have to move the house either. That's a load of crap. They can still use it for commercial use, and I'm pretty certain that if the ground level housed a business, then they can have apartments above.
I would have liked to see the ground level be made into a hair/nail salon, flower shop, restaurant, or whatever, then have the upper levels be made into one-and two-bedroom apartments. Or better yet, a bed and breakfast. Cafua could have made bank with a B&B.
They don't need a new, ugly cookie cutter building there with space that no one is going to rent. They can't even get the storefronts downtown, which some by the way have been empty for years, rented. So why do we even need more business space? It seems to me like every year we lose one or two of these old houses that are historical. We will lose many more I'm sure, unless we stop demolishing them. This started back in the 1970s with Urban Renewal, that's when the decline of this City of Laconia began. DD won't be getting any of my business anytime soon.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 05:57