To The Daily Sun,
One candidate for governor of New Hampshire has the financial resources (millions of dollars, largely his own) to plaster the airwaves with self-promoting propaganda, 30 seconds at a time. The other candidate, Andrew Hemingway, can afford to run some ads during the last few days of his campaign, but he's counting on grassroots support by word-of-mouth from people who know him.
I know Andrew. I know him very well, having served with him as an elected official in Bristol — he was the chair of the Budget Committee, when I was the selectman member of the committee. I want to offer these first-hand observations and you can decide if this is someone you'd like to see as your governor.
Fact: In the years prior to Andrew's service as Budget Committee chair, the budget process was cumbersome and cantankerous. So much so, it was impossible to find 13 people who wanted to serve on the Budget Committee, and there was open hostility between the Budget Committee, department heads and selectmen. Andrew set a tone of civility and respect that was infectious. He repaired the relationships with the department heads and selectmen, so that it became cordial and not confrontational. The committee had a full complement of 13 members. The end result was a reduced budget that was presented to Town Meeting that had the unanimous support of selectmen, department heads, the town administrator and Budget Committee — to the penny. The body at Town Meeting decided to add money to the budget. Can you imagine?
Fact: Bristol had failed to implement the Capital Improvements Program, a state law, that it had voted to adopt in 1987. As a result, capital planning was chaotic, with adverse impact on the selectmen's ability to maintain a stable tax rate. Under Andrew's watch, the CIP was implemented and continues to this day. The tax rate remains stable.
Fact: During Andrew's tenure on the Budget Committee, Bristol's municipal tax rate dropped to its lowest level in 20 years: $4.65. As chair, he proposed a modified budget process that eliminated inflationary departmental requests.
Fact: As a key member of the town's recycling committee, Andrew's innovative approach to problem-solving was instrumental. After arguing about recycling for 30 years, Bristol commenced a "single stream" recycling program that continues to produce income to the town and cost nothing to implement. Today, 75 percent of all refuse is recycled.
There's more — like the public access television station, weekly town newspaper, and website to provide greater transparency in government -- but I think you get the idea.
Andrew is the only candidate who's really from New Hampshire, and the only one with experience, and success, at building cooperation, cutting taxes, and using common sense to protect us from government waste.
He gets the job done.
Bruce Van Derven
Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 04:30
To The Daily Sun,
There once was time when Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter would say she stood up for Granite Staters in Washington. Her campaign slogan even was "for the rest of us." Just like her days of holding town hall meetings, that jingle is now a thing of the past.
The truth is that Washington special interests and party leaders have changed Carol. She's become an extremist liberal elite who refuses to meet with her constituents at a New Hampshire town hall, but will go to Napa Valley California to wine and dine at fund-raisers with Nancy Pelosi and billionaires, like the radical Tom Steyer.
Shame on you, Carol Shea-Porter. New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District isn't for sale to billionaires in California's wine country.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 04:25
To The Daily Sun,
Congratulations and many thanks to the Gilmanton Historical Society for its wonderful program presented on Tuesday, Aug. 26. The topic was the story of Herman Webster Mudgett (alias H.H. Holmes) who was raised in Gilmanton and earned notoriety as a convicted serial killer in the 1890s.
The research was well prepared and thorough and very interesting to the audience. Mr. Mudgett is apparently still popular in our local history as evidenced by the standing-room-only event. There were several participants including an appearance by the villain himself.
Mudgett's story is told in the book "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson which was a best-seller. That's where to go for more information if you are curious about him.
The program was very well done and deserves recognition. Thank you Gilmanton Historical Society.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 04:21
To The Daily Sun,
To the residents in state Senate District 7 (Gilford, Laconia, Belmont, Franklin, Northfield, Andover, Canterbury, Boscawen, Salisbury and Webster):
My name is Kathy Rago and I am running for State Senate because I believe that our state government needs capable people to provide careful fiscal analysis and a willingness to make tough decisions.
As an accountant and a CPA, a prior member of the state House of Representatives and a mom of three great kids, I know how important it is to create a careful budget and live within our means. According to multiple news sources, New Hampshire stands on the precipice of another $100 million shortfall due to overspending in Concord.
Since 2006 we have not only had three Democratic majorities, but also severe overspending problems. It seems reasonable to assume that if re-elected, these same lawmakers will be incapable of living within the extremely accurate revenue projections provided to them, and once again overspend your hard-earned money.
No one thus far predicts that the current overspending will top that of the 2008-2010 biennium, when the Democratic majority overspent by approximately $800 million, but this must stop. Increasing the gas tax and other fees to try and offset this out-of-control spending is not right, and our taxpayers deserve better.
Who will look out for the working families that are already struggling and hold Concord accountable? I will.
The first thing we will need to do is introduce careful cost reductions in all departments to stem the bleeding. But soon after, we will need to take actions to jump-start our economy to build a welcoming business environment, grow jobs and get us out of this awful stagnation.
When we, once again, welcome businesses to the state. . . and when we provide an environment for businesses to grow, we will see more people hired and fewer having to leave our state to find suitable employment.
How do we get there? We need to cut business taxes (currently third-highest in the country). We need to reduce or eliminate burdensome regulations without jeopardizing safety or our environment. We need to get our energy costs under control. And finally, we need to stop wasteful spending. (Perhaps you've heard me speak about the wasteful $79,000 door in the Statehouse?). But absolutely everything should be on the table for review to jump-start job growth in our state.
I ask for your vote on Nov. 4 so that we can, once again, place an "Open for Business" sign in New Hampshire.
Candidate for Senate District 7
Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 04:18
To The Daily Sun,
I am pleased to support George Hurt's bid for election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. A long-time resident of Gilford, George owned and very successfully operated Hurt and Forbes Insurance Agency in Laconia for 30 years.
He understands the plight of small business in a climate of over regulation and high taxation. George additionally understands the legislative process in New Hampshire. He represented the town of Gilford from 1995 to 1998. Serving on the Commerce Committee he worked diligently to build and maintain a business-friendly environment in New Hampshire. While Forbes most recent ranking places New Hampshire as seventh for quality of life, our state is currently rated only 31st overall due to low rankings in business costs and regulatory environment. George's voice and his work in this area are quite clearly needed in Concord again.
George has been and continues to be, an ardent supporter of education, both public and private, and of school choice in New Hampshire. He has served on the New Hampshire State Board of Education, the Post Secondary Education Commission, the Subcommittee on Technical Education and the Education Commission of the States for New Hampshire.
George Hurt quite clearly understands the issues facing those of us in business and education in New Hampshire today. History has shown that he will work tirelessly in support of both.
I have heard George say that as a legislator he can be counted on to protect our freedoms, our money and the economic future of our families. I believe this to be true and urge voters in Gilford and Meredith to support George Hurt for District 2 state representative in the Republican Primary on Sept. 9.
Karen Tardif, Director
Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 04:15