N.H. simply can no longer restrict its financing alternatives

To The Daily Sun,

I included the pieces from the Telegraph of Nashua and the Concord Monitor in a letter I sent to state Sen. Jeannie Forester.

In its Thursday editorial, The Telegraph called out the H.H. Senate for giving businesses a tax break while allowing health care coverage for low income Granite Staters to sunset. One key passage:

"If cutting business taxes is such an all-fired good idea, perhaps lawmakers would like to trade even deeper business tax cuts for an income or sales tax? Of course they wouldn't, because that would upset the state's grand bargain. The heavy reliance on business taxes is a price we pay for not taxing the incomes of business CEOs and their employees. It's also the price to be paid for not taxing retail sales."

Rep. Len DiSesa, in an op-ed in the Concord Monitor, asked how is this budget good for New Hampshire?. DiSesa pointed out that tax cuts such as this haven't worked out so well lately in other states:

"Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback tried that idea three years ago to disastrous effect. He is now in the process of having to raise taxes to try to dig out from the huge financial hole — to the tune of more than $400 million (that's a fact!) — in which he has put his state. Yet the Republican Party continues to hold on to this financial pipedream, when all it is really doing is supporting corporate welfare at the expense of the citizens of this state. Do they believe that is why they were elected?"

Senator, in the past I shared with you an idea to streamline and equalize the tax base here in New Hampshire. This coupled with the comments by Len DiSesa could be the way we can finance the needs of this state. That was to reduce property taxes (which are not equal), reduce business taxes (which you seem to support) and replace these with a stable income of income taxes and sales taxes on non-essential items (i.e.: soda, liquor, stereo equipment, etc.) The sales tax proposal was a uniform tax that would enhance the hotel, overnight lodging and camping, as well
as restaurant industries by leveling such a sales tax to one amount, i.e.: 4 percent for everything, not 9 percent for this industry, etc. This would be competitive with neighboring states and...may actually increase the tourist trade here in New Hampshire. The reduction of business taxes to be replaced by income tax would also result in increased opportunities for businesses to relocate to New Hampshire creating more jobs, more monies for income to support the needs the citizens demand of our government.

To satisfy some of the anti-tax opponents, perhaps we could even consider a cap on such taxes with a clause to change as needed one type of thing to cover emergencies. Such a clause would also have a permanent part to it, that such a cap be reverted back within a year.

Remember too, Mark Twain once said, "Support your country, and your government (if it deserves it)."

What is really needed Jeanie, is a new task force whose mission is to:

A. Develop the needs and services citizens of this state want and need.

B. Develop an equitable financing program to support these needs.

Part B is critical given the disparity of income levels in this state. Everyone needs to pay their fair share as they are able. This would be a true step to redefining our government and its mission. I would offer to be appointed on such a committee.

Currently we are on a path of financial catastrophe. It is not too late to rebuild and reinvest in our state. The "No Tax Pledge" is obsolete. We simply can no longer restrict our financing options. Already, it has cost us more in the current trends of government services due to the burying of heads in the sands on these issues. Investment by the state is critical to the survival of our citizens' health, safety, welfare and our economy.

Lastly, thank you for your comments that appear to support the citizens who work for this state. No doubt, these are among New Hampshire's finest. Police, state troopers, EMS and fire personnel, DHHS and Mental Health staff, the Highway Department, the prison staffs, etc. All of these members deserve a significant raise for these past years of no raises.

Robert T. Joseph, Jr.

New Hampton

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Many businesses have supported BHS Spanish Club's Costa Rica trip

To The Daily Sun,

The Belmont High School Spanish Club is traveling to Costa Rica. There are many fundraisers.

We would like to thank the following businesses who supported us: Coca-Cola, Granite Ledge Coffee, House on the Hill Custom Creations, The Pampered Chef Consultant Melodie Esterberg, AutoServ of Tilton, McCauliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, JJ Yolk & Co. restaurant, Hill's Corner Sugar Shack, Laconia Ice Rink, Story Land, Amish Country Barn, Shaw's of Gilford, Capitol Center for the Arts, Whale's Tale Water Park, Funspot, Our Place restaurant, Alpine Adventures, Squam Lake Science Center, Jon Pike Automotive, Common Man, Agway, Hannaford, Mt. Washington Cruises, Fox Country Smoke House, McDonald's, Petals in the Pines, SAU 80, and families that have assisted us.

Belmont High School Spanish Club

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Cartoon referring to 'schizophrenia' was in very poor taste

To The Daily Sun,

I respectfully question The Daily Sun's editorial judgment to publish the cartoon "B.C." on Tuesday, June 2 (page p.18). Over many years of my reading "B.C." cartoons I've never had problem with its off-beat, whimsical, humorous content, but this particular cartoon on that particular day featured a supposedly comical definition of "schizophrenia" which was in poor taste, I believe.

It's one thing to use the word "schizophrenia" in everyday language to attempt to explain something which appears disordered or divided, and I don't take issue with such usage. However, it's another thing altogether for a well-known cartoon to publicly offer a dictionary-style definition of schizophrenia, as "B.C." did, with the clear aim and intention of making people laugh by making light of something.

Schizophrenia is not a joke — it is a severe mental illness that affects people from all socioeconomic levels. My girlfriend suffered horribly from schizophrenia, despite taking psychiatric medications and working closely with her doctor, and she ended up dying by suicide 10 months ago in a confused and terrified delusional state caused by her mental illness — an illness which she did not cause and which she could not control.

It would be in equally poor taste, I believe, for a nationally-recognized, widely enjoyed newspaper cartoon such as "B.C." to use the issue of breast cancer, for example, or even Ebola, to attempt to make people laugh, all while failing to consider the suffering experienced by people with such life-threatening conditions.

I respectfully ask that The Daily Sun consider providing ongoing and well-balanced coverage of the stigma of mental illness.

Alex J. Boros

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Who disrespected this family's Sanbornton burial ground?

To The Daily Sun,

Walking my dogs near my Wadleigh Road home, I pass two cemeteries. Sometime last week the stone posts and iron gate of one were removed. I walked in with pen and paper today, to write down two of the stones' names. Samuel Dustin (d. 1859) and his wife, Rachel, are readable on one old stone. David Dustin (d. 1850) and his wife, Polly, are readable on another. Some are such old stones they are unreadable or are field stones without names.

Who disrespected this family burial ground? If you know anyone who suddenly has a vintage iron gate newly installed for use, and you ferret out that the gate and posts were taken from an unguarded cemetery, would you please ask that they be returned?

Lynn Rudmin Chong


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"Almost Heaven' folks celebrating 152nd birthday on June 20

To The Daily Sun,

June 20 of this year, West Virginia will celebrate its 152nd anniversary of statehood. And, as many West Virginians believe, it deserves a celebration, and so a party is in order. All you fine folk who now make New Hampshire your home are invited to commemorate this delightful occasion next week.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia was invited to join us last June as we celebrated the 151st birthday of West Virginia. He regretfully declined. As busy as many governors are, traveling 17 hours for a New Hampshire version of your state's birthday would be rather above and beyond. However, the honorable Gov. Tomblin did send a message:


As governor, I'm pleased to see West Virginians celebrating our 152st birthday, even from as far away as New Hampshire! I'm sorry I'm unable to join you for this special occasion.

Pride in our state is one of our greatest assets, and I commend each of you for your unwavering commitment to West Virginia. I encourage you to enjoy this gathering to the fullest, reminiscing about your mountain home with dear friends and family.

The Mountain State is rich in time-honored tradition, as well as extraordinary natural beauty. From the gold dome of the Capitol to the excitement of white water rafting, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy; and I'm sure you each have your favorite memory of West Virginia.

Again, thank you for remembering the 151st anniversary of West Virginia's statehood. I hope you will have the opportunity to visit home soon!


(Signed) Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor

Yes, we do still call West Virginia "home," just like we say we're going "downtown" or just "up the street." So, if you now take your calls at "603" instead of "304" and would like more information about this gathering coming up next week, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'd sure love to have you all join us for a grand celebration of a place, a time and a people that resides deep in your bones no matter the miles between.

Montani Semper Liberi,

Catherine M. Reitz Tokarz

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