To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to the voters of Gilford and Meredith:
I am writing to introduce myself to the voters of New Hampshire's House District Belknap District 2, the residents of Meredith and Gilford.
There are four positions for state representative, and I am running for one of them. I believe we all need to give back to our community and our state. Becoming a member of our citizen legislature is one way that I can do that.
I like what our current Legislature has done in expanding Medicaid and passing the paycheck fairness legislation. I believe I can help make positive changes for New Hampshire.
At the county level, there is deadlock over financial issues in an atmosphere of anger and frustration. I hope to be part of a change in attitude that would allow our delegation and our county commissioners to work together in the best interests of the citizens of Belknap County.
I am a teacher and have also worked in health care and communications. I grew up in Gilford and have lived here for many years. I love this area and its people, and with your input and support, I hope to help us continue to prosper.
Please vote for me on Nov. 4.
Candidate for State Rep., Belknap District 2
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:10
To The Daily Sun,
I'm writing to those of you who might still be on the fence about whom to vote for in the Belknap County Commission race. I want to convince you that I'm the better candidate. That's not to say that my opponent is not a good person. As Professor Lovett said, he's honest. Our mutual friends tell me he's hardworking and a good family man. And, he's a successful businessman. I've found him to be thoughtful and compassionate and I've enjoyed debating him. But the important thing for voters to know is that he's wrong on the issues.
His idea of what to do with the jail is inadequate. If we just Band-Aid the rat's nest of buildings that date back to 1890, we will be back at this in five years and end up paying much more. If we don't invest in the programs that work, the number of beds we need will increase instead of decreasing.
I will work with the other commissioners, the Jail Planning Committee and the convention to come up with an affordable solution that meets our needs now and in the future. And, as I've proposed, we also need to be talking with law enforcement, mental health, the courts, prosecutors, defense attorneys and others to figure out alternatives to pre-trial confinement and post-trial sentencing where appropriate.
About the county employees, I believe that we must honor the contracts that we've signed. Not to do so is illegal and disgraceful. We should also have funded the 1.5 percent raises that the commissioners negotiated and we should continue to work with employees to resolve the "Cadillac" tax problem on their health insurance before the deadline hits in 2018. This is a problem facing municipalities all over the country not just us, and the employees know something has to be done.
We must keep in mind that these employees do a good job and they are not overpaid. In fact, they have had no raises in years and some can't expect any increases because their length of service already puts them at the top of their wage scales.
Finally, I've proposed that the county expand conversations about strategic planning and resources sharing. The time will shortly come when we will need to explore the savings that the economies of scale the county can provide.
Please come out and vote.
Candidate for Belknap County Commission
Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 11:57
To The Daily Sun,
I am tired of the fear mongering, the perpetuation of myths, the half truths and downright lies. Never let the facts interfere with the mud slinging. If even just a little bit sticks, "Mission Accomplished." But I am most tired and disgusted by the candidates pretending to be independent, critical thinkers in public while pandering to the extremist right wing conservative ideology behind closed doors hoping the voters won't catch on. In the forefront of that behavior is Joe Kenney.
I will never forget the candidates forum last February at the Meredith Community Center how Joe went out of his way to disavow any connection with the Tea Party or any other ideology that might be losing favor with the mainstream independent voters. He was "Mr. Congeniality," promising to represent all the constituents in our district. That promise lasted just long enough for him to fool voters, get elected and once again, we were deprived of an excellent mind, a proven collaborator and problem solver, Mike Cryans, endorsed by Ray Burton's entire family. Well fool me once Mr. Kenney, shame on you, fool me twice Mr. Kenney, shame on me.
Joe Kenney's support of the extremist Tea Party, ALEC-driven agenda shows no respect for the intellect of the people of New Hampshire, their independence or their needs and belief in strong community loyalties. Even Chris Sununu voted for the Planned Parenthood contract Kenney opposes. I say "No" to Kenney's Tea Party ideology trying to take New Hampshire back to the 1950s. Those were great days with great opportunities and needs, but not appropriate to 2014.
It is time for real leaders and collaborative problem solvers like Mike Cryans to put skills, experience and common sense to use in moving New Hampshire forward and meeting the needs of New Hampshire people now and in the future. Please join me in voting for Mike Cryans for Executive Council and say "No" to the Tea Party agenda and the candidates who pretend to think for themselves.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 11:51
To The Daily Sun,
As I write, it is the day before the election. Soon your phone will stop ringing and your mail box will not be like a Halloween adventure filled with scary tricks and few treats.
I'd like to thank the good people of Belmont for having allowed me to serve you for the past two years. It certainly was a learning experience and I will take those lessons with me forward if re-elected or not. Over the past two years I've been fortunate to meet and work with some of the most dedicated and hard working people in the state.
In the last days running up to the election there were many people making attacks against Free Staters. We've read many of that type of letter here in The Daily Sun, and I believe that most people will look at the sources and see that there is little behind their irrational fear mongering. I know that most of the people I know and work with in the Lakes Region care little about the Free State Project, or are very welcoming to those of us who've made the move.
I've addressed in detail the remarks made in The Daily Sun on Nov. 1 by Mr. Condodemetraky on my website at mikesylvia.org/LDS. I won't bore you with all the details here but I will address one concern. Mr. Condodemetraky was upset that the state roster listed my name and no other information. I apologize for any part I may have had in the lack of information listed by the state. I have found the staff at the Statehouse in Concord to be very thorough and professional. I don't know how it is that I am not listed on the roster, perhaps a form went astray. The world is changing, land-lines and phone-books are fading into the past, those who have looked have found me. You can find what you need at mikesylvia.org.
If this is printed on Election Day, I urge the people of Laconia to get out and vote for Dave DeVoy, thank you.
I look forward to building a better Belmont and Belknap County in whatever capacity the people of Belmont have chosen for me.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 11:47
To The Daily Sun,
Recently I placed an ad in The Laconia Daily Sun with a list of veterans who supported my re-election effort. Shortly after, I was notified that one of the names on the list had not been authorized for release. I sincerely appreciate all that our veterans do for our country and apologize for the oversight.
NH State Senate District 2 Candidate
Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 11:42