To The Daily Sun,
Having spent most of my career working with elected officials, my voting decisions reflect these interactions. The skills to serve effectively in office go far beyond a candidate's political party, a single issue or a campaign slogan. A good elected official can be found in a person's willingness and ability to work with their peers, their constituents, their community and with other levels of government. An effective senator is a skilled leader and one who is willing to listen to all sides to develop compromises that address the problem at hand.
Working in the Statehouse has given me the opportunity to see Andrew Hosmer's work first-hand. The district voters were wise to trust their interests to Senator Hosmer. He is respected for his ability to forge compromises, his knowledge of the issues and his willingness to work with all members, regardless of party affiliation. Sen. Hosmer is able to develop solutions that consider the well-being of his constituents and the state as a whole.
Whether the issue is education, health care, business or the environment, he is prepared to work toward a solution that is in all of our best interests. It is my hope that the voters once again elect Sen. Hosmer as their senator. It benefits both the district and the state as a whole.
Former State Senator, District 4
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:19
To The Daily Sun,
As an employee of Belknap County Nursing Home, I have one question for the members of the Belknap County Delegation: what in the world are you thinking?
Your recent actions and inactions have done a great disservice to the staff of Belknap County as well as to the taxpayers. An excessive amount of money is being spent in legal fees simply because the members of the delegation continue to step on the toes of the county commissioners.
First you held our payroll hostage by not allowing the transfer of funds from one payroll line to another causing great distress. No one was requesting additional funding, simply transferring funds that were already in the budget. This would have cost the taxpayers nothing. However, now we are incurring legal fees just because you chose t take the proper step only when you were ready to do so.
Then the county commissioners made a decision to terminate the nursing home administrator for several valid reasons. In his place they appointed an interim administrator who has already worn more than one hat at the nursing home and has proven herself to be qualified, capable and dedicated. Even with the amount of evidence brought forward at an appeal hearing, the three members of the delegation's personnel committee chose to reinstate an employee who failed to do his job. Is this what you honestly believe is in the best interest of the nursing home or just another power play?
So here we go again, incurring yet more legal fees in a battle to make sure that the quality of life of our cherished
nursing home residents is being overseen by someone who is capable and qualified.
And now there is another battle brewing. The delegation is yet again causing chaos by not allowing another transfer of funds. This action will hurt any employee currently receiving health care benefits by forcing them to pay the full cost of their health insurance plan for the rest of the year. This is not only unreasonable but also illegal because they have a contract in place that has already determined the amount that the employees must pay.
Again, no one is requesting additional funding. The money is already there. It only needs to be transferred. So what does that mean to the taxpayers? More legal fees incurred. Shame on you!
I want to thank my co-workers in every department at Belknap County Nursing Home for stepping up during this stressful time and putting the welfare of our residents first and foremost.
I would also like to thank Charlotte Flanagan, our interim administrator for stepping into an uncertain position and doing so in such a caring, professional and dignified manner.
I would like to ask the voters of Belknap County to join me in voting for more responsible representation on our County Commission by voting for Dave Pollak.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:17
To The Daily Sun,
"Bad" members of the Belknap County Delegation: Representatives Worsman, Greemore, Tilton, Vadney, Burchell, Comtois, Holmes, Fink, Sylvia, must be voted out. They continually, disrespectfully, and needlessly berate the county commissioners, who were selected by local voters, by the way. The commissioners are serving admirably in the face of such adversary.
The delegates' mean-spirited decisions have placed unnecessary burdens on the county's public employees — the people who care for our elderly and keep us safe from harm.
Their latest spiteful act is to institute pay cuts to the lowest paid employees in the nursing home industry via charging them to cover the employer's portion of the health insurance premium. This is unacceptable, as well as illegal, as it is certainly a breach of the employment contract.
These employees have had their constitutional rights compromised by this aggressive and vindictive group of politicians bent on "saving taxes" at the employee's expense. We can no longer keep burying our heads in the sands in the name of "fiscal efficiency". It is called being cheapskates!!
This bad group of people does not represent the true and common core of Republican ideas of the past, and certainly insults the ideas of Abraham Lincoln. At times I feel embarrassed to say I am a Republican, particularly after nearly 50 years of uninterrupted voting record.
Such negativity and narrow-minded politicians have no place in our county government. Their vicious acts can't be tolerated. Your vote can and will change this.
Fortunately, Ms.Worsman has chosen not to run again and Jane Cormier left the delegation to run unsuccessfully in Hookset.
Frank Tilton should resign his position. He certainly does not deserve another term in the N.H. General Court.
There are excellent candidates to replace the "bad actors". One is Dave Pollak. Dave will provide a voice for working families. He will work with both parties to preserve the public's health, safety, and welfare. He has bold visions for moving the country forward. He, along with Jeanie Forrester both deserve to vote for their vision as well as their history of dedicated service to our communities. Jeanie strives to serve her constituents. She answers e-mails personally, as does Dave. Ruth Gulick offers compassion and hope; she cares for our communities.
It is time for fresh faces on the delegation committee. Voting out the "bad guys" reflects a time for change and provides fair and civil treatment for the employees at Belknap County Complex, Jail, and Nursing home. Please vote out the Tiltons, Vadney's, Greemore's, Burchell's, Comtois', Homes', Finks' and Sylvia's. It is time for these "bad guys" to go!
Robert T. Joseph, Jr., RN, ASN, BA, EMT-1
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:10
To The Daily Sun,
I met Kathy Rago several years ago when she moved to Franklin from Texas. I was impressed by her can-do approach and admired her perseverance in completing and achieving tasks and goals she set for herself. I learned that she is the type of person who follows through and does what she says she will.
We need someone of her caliber representing us in the state Senate, and I unhesitatingly commend and recommend Kathy Rago as state senator for District 7.
State Representative, District 2
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:03
To The Daily Sun,
Using my Ph.D (Promoting Heated Discussion), how about this? First congratulations to The Daily Sun for providing so much space for "Letters". Obviously we agree that providing public discourse is a good thing! My wife and I suffered through three debates on NH1.
The Garcia-Kuster portion was awful if one is a supporter of Marilinda. What Kuster got away with, talking three times after the candidates had already spoken. Too bad when she is in a town meeting with voters and constituents she clams up when asked about Benghazi. She just refused to answer questions. Same moderator for Guinta-Shea Porter. The same moderator was favoring the Democrat. Same moderator for Havenstein- Hassan. By then, someone must have –pointed out to not be so blatantly Democrat.
When asked last year to moderate mayor/City Council forum it was my first and last time in that setting. The people attending want answers. As for my favorite candidate, Kathy Rago, after what I have witnessed with debates this year, I would have been unavailable, too. To prove my point; how many liberals show up on my radio program? None.
There was brief discussion during the first few minutes of my show Thursday about Pat Wood's letter praising Obama. We all love and respect Pat, but how can anyone who is pro-life stomach Barack Hussein Obama in the least? Killing the unborn babies, defending the the gay agenda (NO 1st Amendment for me), and killing America are Obama's top issues.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:00