To The Daily Sun,
I have moved four times in the last five years. Each time, I make it a huge priority to get to my new town hall and register to vote. It is a right that I do not take for granted. I encourage young voters and all women to learn about their candidates and make the effort to get out to vote on election day.
I often hear people say that they get sick of the campaign and they can't wait until it's over. I sometimes hear people say that they don't know about the candidates and can't bother to vote. Believe it or not, I have heard women say that they leave it up to their husbands to make the decision about who to vote for. This way of thinking has to change and I write this letter in hopes that people will realize that voting is not an inconvenience, but a civil right and a privilege. Voting is our passage to our democracy. You, as a citizen, have the opportunity and responsibility to make change happen for yourself, for your community, for your state and your country. That is power.
According to U.S. Census Bureau and its site called Voting Hot Report, "the national voting rate in 2012 — a presidential election — was 61.8 percent, while the national voting rate in 2010 — a congressional election — was 45.5 percent. For 2012 the voting rate in New Hampshire (69.4 percent) was higher than the national voting rate of 61.8 percent." So, good for New Hampshire!
While New Hampshire's voting record is good, we still can always achieve better, and it is up to you. Don't be afraid or embarrassed to educate yourself about voting procedures. The League of Women Voters of NH has a great site with loads of information about voting, registration and even sample ballots specific to your town for the current election. Check it out at http://lwvnh.org/elections.html. Once you go there, you can learn about the candidates and the platforms that they stand on. The state site at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/ will provide you with your state legislator's voting records.
Since I live in Meredith, I want to vote for a state legislator who matches my own interests. Lisa DiMartino is up for re-election and I plan to vote for her. She is the kind of representative that one can talk to easily and know that you will be listened to. I like Lisa's voting record and I appreciate her passion for the same interests as I have concerning healthcare and for people who experience disabilities.
If you live in Gilford or Meredith, Lisa DiMartino will be on your ballot and I recommend you vote for her. Get out and vote.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:29
To The Daily Sun,
From the anti-Kathy Rago mailer I received this week I'm guessing Ray Buckley's minions at New Hampshire Democratic Party headquarters are running out of tinfoil hats. Hilariously invoking both the "all-purpose evil" Koch Brothers and the poisoning of babies, the mailer makes clear that the Hosmer campaign is in full desperation mode. Given his Senate record, I'm not surprised.
The Democrats' low opinion of voters shines through in their propaganda. On one side of the mailer they misrepresent three of Rago's votes from 2011. Two (HB-1 and HB-2) were budget bills. Like all such bills, tough decisions had to be made. While it's easy to manufacture out-of-context one-liners to score cheap political points, the reality is that funding state government requires weighing priorities, making tough decisions, and operating the state within the means of taxpayers. The budget Kathy Rago voted for did just that. Despite what Buckley & Co. would have us believe, our social safety net remains secure and the doors to our universities remain open.
The other bill the Democrats twist to partisan purpose is HB-370. A fair reading of that bill shows Rago voting to strengthen, not weaken, the law. But when reality doesn't fit in their 5 1/2 by 8 mailer, the Dems choose the party line over the truth. Maybe they think no one will notice.
What I couldn't help notice was the other side of the mailer, featuring a baby being fed, and a jar of baby food marked with a skull and crossbones. It's a visual worth of Khrushchev. The issue at hand is a vote on banning BPA from baby food jars. Here again, reality contradicts the party line.
Angela Logomasini, a senior fellow at the Independent Women's Forum, writing in Forbes magazine pointed out that BPA bans are a danger to public health: "Resins that line food containers made with BPA prevent the development of deadly pathogens in our food supply, protecting consumers from potentially deadly bacteria like E. coli. Because there aren't good alternatives to BPA resins, if passed into law, BPA bans could increase food spoilage and serious food-borne illnesses."
A comprehensive review has found that BPA is safe. The U.S. FDA, the European Union, Japan, Canada, and the World Health Organization agree on that. But what do they know? Buckley and Hosmer know better ... or at least they want to scare voters into thinking so.
Democracy doesn't run well on fear. In a couple of weeks we'll have the opportunity to show Buckley, Hosmer, and their puppet-masters at DNC HQ that New Hampshire voters prefer facts to fear mongering.
I'm voting for Kathy Rago because I want an adult decision-maker representing me. I know she won't treat me like Buckley's and Hosmer's spoon-fed infant.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:27
To The Daily Sun,
On Oct. 12 the Pentagon released a comprehensive plan, "2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap" for the U.S. military to deal with the immediate threats to national security arising from climate change, including increased risks from terrorism. ISIS has, for example, used water shortages to increase its power and recruit young men displaced from farms by drought.
This plan points out that rising temperatures and sea levels along with more intense weather events will increase the spread of infectious diseases, poverty, food shortages, and mass migrations. These predicted effects of climate change will trigger global instability and must now be an integral component of military planning.
Both Senator Jeanne Shaheen and 1st District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter have emphasized our need to address climate change as a national security issue. In contrast, their opponents in the upcoming election, Scott Brown and Frank Guinta, have opposed measures to address climate change.
Jeanne Shaheen and Carol Shea-Porter march in step with the U. S. military on climate change.
Join me in voting for them on Nov. 4.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:23
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Peter J. Spanos and I am running for state representative in District 3 as a Republican candidate. As a lifelong Laconia resident and former small-business owner of 31 years, I am not satisfied with the current direction our incumbent Democrats have taken here in New Hampshire. But what can we expect with Barack Obama as their standard-bearer?
Under Maggie Hassan, our state has taken a decidedly unfriendly tone toward small businesses in our state, even though they are the economic backbone of New Hampshire's fiscal survival.
Many issues such as funding the state pension system, suppressing casino gambling, and keeping a lid on the gasoline tax must be addressed sooner rather than later, and my esteemed Democratic opponents appear unwilling or unable to make the proper and difficult choices necessary to ensure our state's long-term growth and viability.
I am new to politics and am running because I have a deep and abiding faith in our community, and am prepared to make the tough, sensible decisions in Concord that our district expects of our representatives.
When I hear proponents of a new county jail want to spend upward of $20 million we have to ask ourselves the question: Isn't jail supposed to be adequate, yet spartan?
New and frightening diseases have come to our shores and our government appears paralyzed and indecisive in containing what may become an epidemic. Although we are a generous and compassionate people, the right to self-preservation must trump all others, and that begins and ends with securing our borders.
I am asking for your support on Tuesday, Nov. 4, especially Democrats who are looking for a change in direction at the Statehouse. The right to vote is a privilege earned at great cost by those who came before us and are no longer here. I thank you in advance for exercising it on Election Day.
Peter J. Spanos
Candidate for State Representative, Belknap County, District 3
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:03
To The Daily Sun,
Ask yourself these questions:
Are you better off financially than you were six years ago?
Are you happier with your health plan than you were six years ago?
Do you feel safer than you did six years ago?
If, like me, the answer to all of these questions is no — then vote Republican on Nov. 4.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:59