To The Daily Sun,
In 2010, I ran for the House of Representative as a fiscal conservative. As a business owner, I could see the problems we were having in Concord with the over-spending lead by the Democrats and a governor who could not hold the line even while raising taxes and fees. It took two years to clean up the $800 million hole the Democrats had created and lied about for four years. The job got done at the expense of a lot of needed projects.
It cost the Republicans the House and almost the Senate however, we did manage to bring in a small amount of money over and above the expenses. The last two years have not been fun watching the governor and the Democratic majority go right back to the same old yo-yo legislation and yo-yo spending. Raising taxes and spending more than is coming in. Like little children in the toy section or the candy section of Walmart, the "Give me, I want....." rhetoric goes on.
This year we have a chance to put some adults back in charge and get control of the budget by some who follow state spending like Charlie Arlinghouse, who say the state could be in the hole again another $200 million. That's why I am voting for some real proven conservative leaders. I will be casting my votes for Herb Vadney, former selectman from Meredith and a fellow House of Representative for the past two years. Also, George Hurt from Gilford, a former state representative and businessman with an impressive background of service on boards and commissions for the state. I am also supporting Russ Dumais, a local business man from Gilford with an impressive background of community service.
These are the kind of people we need to take the leadership roles in Concord and manage this states fiscal affairs. We do not need seat warmers in Concord we need leaders.
Remember to vote on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
State Rep. Robert Greemore
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 10:27
To The Daily Sun,
Since I announced for a run for state representative, a lot has changed.
The main reason I decided to run was to help put new leadership in the County Convention. As it turned out, my wish was granted before the time to sign up. The two people I hoped would be replaced decided not to run. I hope the new leadership will run the Convention in a way that respect is given to all the members, no matter which party they represent. It also would be nice everyone is given a chance to give their opinion.
There are many other candidates with more qualifications and experience than me. Even though I will be on the ballot, I plan to support the four candidates who win in the Primary.
The one thing I learned is how many special interest organizations that send you letters of their interest and questioners. The only one I sent back was the one from the NRA, of which I am a member. I am a firm supporter of the Second Amendment.
If I was ever elected, my special interest would be the people of Meredith and Gilford.
I have not run an active campaign, no fundraising, no hand-out cards, no signs and no other political events.
I want to thank all those people that encouraged me to run and offered to help finance my campaign.
If I should ever win in the Primary, than I would run a full active campaign and would need plenty of help.
I want to wish all the other candidates good luck.
A lot more important than me winning, is the re-election of Jeanie Forrester, our state senator, and Joe Kenney our executive councilor.
L. Michael Hatch
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:15
To The Daily Sun,
It's back-to-school season. Teachers are going back to the classroom to discover a judicial hurricane hitting education.
A high-profile court case, Vergara vs. State of California, was heard, involving several minority students. The plaintiffs' suit claimed tenure and seniority rules established by teachers' unions violated their constitutional rights in receiving a quality education. The case grabbed the headlines, given its potential to set precedent nationwide.
A stream of witnesses took the stand backed by mountains of evidence and days of testimony by experts. The final verdict: the students won a victory of epic proportion that will impact education across the nation. Teachers' unions suffered another stunning and humiliating defeat. Ten more cases are being filed immediately in other states with the intention to eliminate tenure given its damage to the learning experience.
The evidence put forth was shocking. Even the judge commented he was taken aback by the sad history. One Los Angeles school district had spent millions of taxpayers' dollars in the quest to remove just a handful of poorly performing, tenured teachers. The argument was, all too often poor quality, tenured teachers make their way to the poorest quality school districts. The practical reality is, it is literally impossible to rid any school of any poor teachers given the time, cost and union stonewalling to defend them.
Teachers unions are bottomless money pits while school districts count every taxpayer penny. The school district plays David in every showdown against the teachers' billion-dollar, union Goliath.
There are so few teachers in this country removed for cause it is an absolute joke, all while national academic performance has deteriorated for years. We have let teachers' unions run roughshod over teacher quality and accountability in the classroom for the past quarter century. The recent court decision turns that tide. Teacher tenure is going to become as politically and socially incorrect as racism is.
In 1964 we further freed the blacks with the Civil Rights Act. In 2014 we freed the kids from the the horrors of tenure with the Vergara decision. Read my follow-up regarding what the public, parents and teachers think about tenure. You will become both informed, and shocked.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:11
To The Daily Sun,
I have had a home on Sawyer Lake for almost 50 years. I also had a home and a chain of flower shops in the Boston suburbs.
In 2008 Scott Brown ran for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. I worked for him. When he won we were all overjoyed. We, the conservative voters of Massachusetts, became distraught when we saw the way he voted, 75 percent with Obama, Barney Frank, Kelly Ayotte, and John McCain. I love America and I love New Hampshire, but we are at a tipping point of never being the "the shining city on the hill" again.
Brown is supported by George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, two beauties bent on destroying America. I am sure you know all this Mr. Editor.
The point I would like to make is that there are still many good people in the world like Sen. Bob Smith, who can straighten this mess out. He is a bulldog for God-given constitutional rights, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Bob Smith is a proven, principled, no-nonsense leader.
Please vote Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:08
There's a painful lesson to be learned for liberals, especially liberal Jews, from the hopefully concluded war in Gaza.
Most of my liberal friends desperately want to believe that the fact that Israel is subject to more criticism than almost any country in the world (including some very scary ones), that respected universities consider calls for boycotts, that student government slates (at UCLA) run and win on pledges not to accept travel from the Anti-Defamation League, that all of this and more has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that it is a Jewish state, much less with anti-Semitism. No, it's not about holding Jews to a different standard; it's Israel.
Newsflash: Not so in this war.
Israel is not the "occupier" of Gaza. Israel did not build tunnels into Gaza.
Show me another country that would be castigated, as Israel has been, even in the American media, for protecting its citizens against terrorists who had secretly figured out how to infiltrate their towns and villages, who were sending rockets aimed at major population centers without even a pretense of targeting the military.
You know what the world would say if another country were the one taking on terrorists who have vowed to destroy us, as well. We would say thanks. We would say well done. We would be very glad that they were willing to send their soldiers into harm's way, that they were adept enough to target militants. Would the international media be castigating the country that first warned of impending attacks and then hit houses where the dead were pulled out carrying rifles to the cheers of the crowd? They would not.
How is it that Israel became the villain in a war it did not start, that was necessitated by self-defense, that cost needless lives because Hamas does not value the lives of its own people either?
One of my friends sent me an e-mail from an Israeli doctor whose team had saved the life of a Palestinian woman who had been burned by her own family (likely for straying beyond the proper limits for women).,She returned to Gaza and was encouraged to return to Israel for outpatient follow-up. She was stopped at the border, suicide bombs strapped to her body, on her way to her follow-up appointment in Israel. She planned to kill herself and those who had saved her life. Her family told her they would forgive her if she did.
This is why Israelis were overwhelmingly in support of this war. It is because it was a war of self-defense, part of the struggle for survival that we would like to believe is limited to the countries in the Middle East, but is built on hatred and hypocrisy that cannot so easily be cabined.
It is good that there is a ceasefire, good that families on both sides can sleep a little better and breathe a little easier, good that fewer lives may be lost in the short run. But we liberals cannot kid ourselves.
My mother saw anti-Semitism behind every corner and always urged me not to offend. I was determined to push back against those limits — when I was growing up, limits on who could live where and go to school where and even go fishing off of which dock — just like I was determined to push back on the limits imposed on women. No one's victim. Not me. We Jewish Americans have done very, very well and have much to be grateful for.
But blindness is more dangerous than paranoia.
It wasn't — it isn't — just about Israel.
(Susan Estrich is a professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law Center. A best-selling author, lawyer and politician, as well as a teacher, she first gained national prominence as national campaign manager for Dukakis for President in 1988.)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:04