To The Daily Sun,
On January 6, 1776, the day after N.H. gave this country it's first state Constitution, our House of Representatives was created. In spite of threats from the British crown, we were determined to set a course for self-government and keep that government close to the people. Our forefathers fixed the size of the House of Representatives as a direct ratio to the state's population. The first House had 87 members, each representing 100 families. Our present day House has 400 members.
Article 8 of the N.H. Constitution states: All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive."
I'm stuck on the words "accountable" and "responsive" when I think of Grafton District 17 representative Catherine Mulholland. As a resident of the district she's supposed to represent, I've written her both e-mails and letters and also telephoned her several times. I have never once gotten any reply from her whatsoever. Nothing! She drives past my house several times a day, so she can't say it would be too far out of her way to respond to me. Then again, she doesn't even slow down or wave so I guess a conversation is asking too much of her?
I've noticed she tends to vote straight Democratic Party line, so maybe she feels she doesn't represent our household as there are no registered Democrats here. There are also no registered Republicans, Libertarians, Communists or any other political party here either, so that point is likely moot. Besides, in reading the Constitution I've not found it stating or even implying that the government need only be "accountable" and "responsive" to the voters they agree with or share a political alliance with.
For those of you who continue to vote for Ms. Mulholland, I just have to ask why. Why do you vote for someone who pays no attention to her constituents whatsoever? Why do you vote for someone who doesn't care about your opinion or will even take a moment to acknowledge your concerns? Why do you vote for someone who doesn't think for herself but simply hits her voting button according to what the party tells her to do?
We already fought and won the war against taxation without representation once. Let's do it again and vote for a representative in District 17 who will give us accountable and responsive representation.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:40
To The Daily Sun,
Wow! The letter from Tom Dawson, former Laconia School Board member was interesting in a way. I have read some in the past and as I recall I didn't agree with his words. The last six years have been rough, and many friendships have been strained. Gee, wasn't that after the time of the election of the most dangerous man in America, Barack Hussein Obama? That election was won by extremely liberal minds, and free loaders who believe in wealth redistribution, mine! And because Independents and common sense Republicans would not vote for amoeba Republicans — NO backbone. So candidate Dawson has a problem with an ideologue like me? Unlike local, state and the federal governments, a good representative for the people should form a plan to reach the final decision. How many times has government done B and D before A and C?
Another Wow! As one who has advocated for more discussion at Belknap County Republican meetings, this one had more action than when Bill Grimm and I went at it verbally two years ago. Glad I wasn't there! Havensetin is the Establishment candidate, as is Scott Brown. Walt is a Republican, a Marine, successful businessman. When the video surfaced of Walt giving some speech and using the "tea bagger" expression, I was chewing nails. Now maybe people who know what that means let us not continue to allow the Liberal Democrats to use this filthy description. Two or three years ago, after hearing these words, I did the research and it is not nice.
As for his positions on the gay agenda and abortion on demand, they do not sit well with me. It tells me a lot about one's character. I am glad that Mr. Havenstein did not take the garbage from Skip Murphy, though. And for that, sir, you may get my vote!
Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:36
To The Daily Sun,
I had to chuckle when reading the first of Steve Earle's letters this week. He predicts the mud will soon be flying from desperate Democrats. He predicts that they will make personal attacks on Republican candidates and supporters and will be nasty as they get unceasingly desperate.
Mr. Earle sure knows about being nasty, making personal attacks and slinging mud as that is exactly what he, Mr. Wiles, Mr. Ewing, Mr. Boutin and alike do in every letter they write. And they sure do write a lot of letters! They have made countless personal attacks and flung mud at the president and their nastiness only increased after his 2012 repeat rout of their preferred candidate. He talks about Democrats being desperate. Look at the letters from this group of individuals written this year alone — they write day after day after day about the exact same things desperately trying to convince readers why they should hate President Obama as they do.
It is amusing that he predicts Democrats will do exactly what he has been doing for years and yet he chides them for it. Mr. Earle, look in the mirror and reread your letters. You and your fellow weekly writers could give lessons on how to sling mud and make personal attacks.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:26
To The Daily Sun,
What do we get from those who are advertising their qualifications for elected office on TV? One says he wants the "Best for New Hampshire." Who doesn't want the "best" for our state? His wife says he is a "leader" and "fearless. What wife wouldn't say that about her husband.
Then we have another candidate running for the Senate. His sister says that he protected her as a youngster from an abusive stepparent. He was also a Boy Scout who lived in Portsmouth as a child. So what? That's all we get so far. I like to think he has something else?
Then we have the incumbent senator. She is for the Portsmouth Navy Yard. That's nice. Who is not in favor of keeping the Navy Yard? As a senior senator, if she cannot keep the yard in New Hampshire, we don't need to keep her in the Senate. She also likes small business. How about getting some big business to move to New Hampshire instead of China?
Then we have the former senator who is running again. Although he hasn't run an ads on TV, he has signs up all around the area. Guess we have to remember what he did when he was in the Senate years ago, in order to get an idea of what he would do if elected this year.
All of them are giving us a "Pig in a Poke." We don't know what we will get from any of them if elected until they get the job. We are entitled to more. How do they feel about immigration, the pipe line, Northern Pass, taxes, Afghanistan, military spending?
We want specifics. Facts, not emotion.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:55
To The Daily Sun,
Hopefully everyone had a great Fourth of July, celebrating our nation's birth, and remembering the men and women who served and sacrificed for our freedoms. Last week's jobs report that President Obama and the media hype began the weekend on a positive note.
Unfortunately the hype about the jobs report, the 288,000 new jobs and the 6.1 percent unemployment rate, provides a false impression of reality. The reality is that this jobs report, like most recent jobs reports, signals a disaster for more hundreds of thousands of American families.
The primary scintilla of good news was that 799,000 part-time jobs were created. But 523,000 full-time jobs went away. Now over 7.5 million Americans wanting full-time jobs have to settle for part-time jobs with lower wages and few or no benefits. Lack of full-time jobs means people struggle with multiple part-time jobs to achieve the same standard of living ... or endure a lower standard of living.
In June 111,000 people gave up their fruitless job searches and dropped out of the labor force. Nevertheless, because the unemployment rate only counts people looking for work, this personal disaster helped reduce the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent.
Fewer than two out of three people capable of working have jobs. This is the lowest labor force participation rate since 1973. This would be great if people were better off, but most Americans, except the rich, are poorer, earning thousands of dollars less annually since Obama became president.
The progressive policies that President Obama has implemented have been a disaster for most Americans. Progressive policies, e.g., Obamacare, energy, immigration, regulatory, environmental, labor, and tax policies, stifle job growth and often kill the good jobs needed by middle- and lower-income Americans. But Obama's bailouts, subsidies, and crony-capitalist policies (e.g., Solyndra) make sure that the rich get richer.
If President Obama really cared about people, he would implement policies like Presidents Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush that encouraged a growing economy creating millions of good jobs.
But President Obama, like most Washington Democrats, cares more about his progressive ideology than about what is best for every American. President Obama pursues his ideology by destroying jobs and making people increasingly dependent on government and the politicians that provide subsidies to divert attention from the hardships caused by their progressive policies.
Unfortunately President Obama's progressive policies are achieving his ideological objectives including increasing the president's power in a bigger, more powerful government. As a result most Americans are poorer and less free.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:50