To The Daily Sun,
This letter is to state our support for Herb Vadney in the upcoming primary election on Sept. 9. Herb is a New Hampshire native and graduated UNH with a degree in mechanical engineering.
During his 28-year career in the Air Force Herb and his wife Karen lived in many different states as he served his country with distinction both here and overseas. These experiences gave him wide and deep understanding of both technical and political issues.
Now that Herb is back home in New Hampshire, representing the residents and businesses of Gilford and Meredith, we see him bring that same knowledge, leadership, initiative and sense of responsibility to Concord that he long demonstrated as an Air Force officer, and that he used so well while serving as Planning Board chairman and Meredith selectman.
As a leading member of the Science Technology and Energy Committee, Herb is enhancing our economy here in the Lakes Region and throughout the state. It is clear he respects and understands that our economy depends largely on tourism and our natural resources. We appreciate that Herb's policies on sustainable, reliable and affordable energy, respect and protection of our natural resources, and enhancement our regional and state economies.
Herb Vadney cares deeply about New Hampshire and New Hampshire's future and works very hard for your future, as well. He is open, easy to reach, and easy to talk to. Why? Because Herb cares.
Please join us in supporting Herb Vadney on Sept. 9.
Larry DeLangis, Owner
Inn on Newfound Lake
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 11:09
To The Daily Sun,
Please join us in supporting state Sen. Jeanie Forrester on Sept 9.
Sen. Forrester is devoted to the best interests of the towns and the residents of her Senate district which consists of 27 towns. Somehow Jeanie finds time to visit locally fairly frequently.
Jeanie does a great job of listening, learning and then translating the input she gets from residents of her district into legislative priorities in Concord. Well respected by her Senate and House colleagues for her integrity and her bi-partisan relationships, Jeanie is also active as a volunteer for a number of charitable and civic organizations and has been throughout her career.
As a member of The Senate Finance Committee, Jeanie puts her MBA from Whittemore and her business skills to work as an effective steward of our regional and state economy. Importantly, Sen. Forrester believes in policies that will provide sustainable, affordable and reliable energy to the homes and businesses that count on it. With a deep appreciation for the natural resources of our state and the scale and size of tourism's impact on our state economy, Sen. Forrester is an outspoken and effective advocate for protecting our natural resources and our state's scenic beauty from being destroyed by poorly sited industrial energy complexes.
It is rare to find a "public servant" who is truly interested in doing exactly that, representing his/her constituents faithfully and genuinely. Sen. Forrester cares about her district and our state and it shows in not only her words, but her actions.
Please take action on Sept. 9 and vote for state Sen. Jeanie Forrester.
Ivan and Barbara Quinchia
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 11:06
To The Daily Sun,
I would like the opportunity to voice my support for Andrew Hemingway, GOP candidate for governor. I have known Andrew for some years now. I met Andrew in the context of our mutual involvement in town government in Bristol.
Andrew and I were on a committee established to study the feasibility of recycling and to establish a recycling program if the study showed it would benefit the town. The members of this committee represented a wide range of beliefs and political convictions, but they didn't get in our way because we had a common goal.
Here's what I know about Andrew from working with him: He is honest, principled and hard-working. He is thoughtful and looks at all sides of an issue before making a decision. He recognizes that people can have different opinions and doesn't let a difference of opinion change his respect for the person who disagrees with him.
Andrew is more interested in doing good than "looking good." He believes that one person can make a difference and if enough of us believe that we can, together, make a big difference. The people of New Hampshire need a governor who understands and is one if them. They need to have more in common with the governor, than mere ownership of property in New Hampshire.
In the interest of full disclosure I do need to say that after I retired from the New Hampshire National Guard, I was offered a job out of state. I continue to own my home there and hope one day to return.
Colonel, USAF (Ret)
Bristol & Panama City, Fla.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 11:02
To The Daily Sun,
Seldom do I weigh in on candidates during a Republican primary. Usually I have found the Republican primary winner, whether or not he/she was my first choice, to be far better for the taxpayers then the Democratic candidate.
This year, however, there is a race in Belknap County that doesn't fit that scenario. State Rep. Dick Burchell is running against an incumbent for a county commissioner seat. Since the two of them have extensive voting records, it's easy to see the contrast in how they represent their constituents, particularly in fiscal issues.
Dick's opponent, as a commissioner, proposed budgets that would have increased the amounts assessed the towns and ultimately the taxpayers by 9 percent in 2013 and 8 percent in 2014. The delegation, with Dick playing a strong role, had to prioritize competing budget items to reduce the hit on taxpayers to a more reasonable amount.
Likewise, Dick's opponent and his fellow commissioners proposed a $42 million replacement of the county correctional facility. In spite of much criticism for greatly exceeding standards resulting in the huge cost, the commissioners have resisted reducing the scope, though Dick's opponent now says his proposal will come in at $30-35 million. Many other facilities that meet all required standards have been built at far less cost. As commissioner, Dick will be far more realistic and develop a taxpayer-friendly solution.
The Superior Court injunction issued last Thursday sums up much of the recent disputes on the Belknap County budget. The court took this unusual action saying that an injunction was necessary to prevent "...the possibility of the continued unauthorized transfer and expenditure of taxpayer money, especially in the wake of the likelihood that the petitioners (the Delegation) will succeed in this case on the merits...". The entire conflict has been troubling, particularly when one realizes that Dick's opponent took the exactly opposite side of his current position when he served as chairman of the delegation in 2005-06.
Republican voters in Belmont, Tilton, Gilmanton, and Barnstead are urged to turn out on Sept. 9 and vote for Dick Burchell to keep fiscal soundness in Belknap County. The rest of Belknap County also needs to give attention. This primary will affect all of our tax bills.
State Rep. Frank Tilton
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:50
To The Daily Sun,
When voting for State Representative in the upcoming Primary Election please consider Russ Dumais of Gilford. I have personally known Russ for 44 years. He is a man of honesty and conviction.
He has been an educator, respected town leader and selectman in Gilford and a successful businessman in the Lakes Region. These life experiences give Russ the tools to be a great state representative who will make the tough decisions we need to successfully run our state government.
And as a former sheriff of Belknap County and county employee for 28 years, I know he has the ability to sit on the County Delegation and understand the unique issues we face here in our county. Russ will also be available to meet and speak with his constituents.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:41