To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to U.S. Sen. Kelley Ayotte:
I appreciate the work you are doing in Washington and understand that your schedule is quite busy. However, last night the Board of Selectmen in Meredith had an agenda item as follows: "Senator Kelly Ayotte — board update". You were not there and had sent a staffer in your place. That was really not a problem. The problem began when questions were asked of the staffer. One of our selectmen asked him about the federal highway funding of Routes 3 and 25 intersection, and rather than address the issue, he handed the selectman a card and said they could get in touch later. He wouldn't even wait to talk to him after the meeting.
Then, he said if anyone had any personal questions they could meet him in the hall. A lady got up and wanted to talk to him and it wasn't personal, it was issue driven. She came to the microphone, was recognized by the chair and began to speak by saying it wasn't personal and she had a couple of questions for him. He opened the door and motioned her into the hall. I was stunned. He obviously did not want to address her questions in a public session, and if that was the case, what was he doing there at all.
This lady, a constituent of mine, came to this meeting solely for the purpose of having the opportunity to have these questions addressed by you. To be basically "blown off" by this staffer was unacceptable and regardless of the party affiliation of anyone involved, I do not feel that this was professional or fair.
I encourage you not to allow this to happen again in the future and I encourage all of our representative to either show up themselves or when they can't, sent educated staffers to represent them. It makes us all look bad when things like this happen.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 10:34
To The Daily Sun,
What's in it for you? With no regard for woman, I can't understand why a majority of Americans have no problem with the forthcoming socialist society, overruled by Islam! They will have no qualms in dispatching you and yours. They are devoted to their cause, lacking any principal that might impede their success. Their religion entitled them to lie about this. In fact, it's a commandment. Remember you are an infidel if you disagree. It's that simple.
Now, the coming great society will take on cradle to grave care of any and all who prefer to loiter. Guess who pays!
Ward H. Flanders
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 10:30
To The Daily Sun,
I am a veteran and I'm so happy to see that the House and Senate have voted on a VA bill that will help vets.
Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter was the first on the scene in 2008 with her bill calling for a full-service hospital or access to local care for states without a full-service hospital. It was great to see Sen. Shaheen introduce Shea-Porter's bill in the Senate in 2009, and then in 2011 to watch Sen. Ayotte support it also. It has been a long road, but the New Hampshire women of the House and Senate got the job done.
It took time for the rest of Congress to understand what Congresswoman Shea-Porter, wife of a veteran, understood from the beginning. This nation needs to keep its promises to its veterans. I send a big "thank you" to Congresswoman Shea-Porter and Sens. Shaheen and Ayotte.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:02
To The Daily Sun,
I watched the news the other night and was amazed as Scott Brown, a paid consultant for Fox News, had a good 15-minute one-on-one with Brett Baier. While he was doing this very nicely produced "interview," he stated that he is a "moderate" Republican. He also stated he is for a woman's "right to choose." We know that Mr. Brown is pro gun "regulation." If the word "regulation" doesn't send you reeling by now, I wonder if you have been paying attention to the slow deterioration of our liberties. He's so very pro-regulation of guns that he took $100,000 from Michael "give me all those guns" Bloomberg.
Mr. Brown doesn't seem to feel the need to show up at senatorial debates. He has apparently gotten the "nod" from the establishment GOP that he is the chosen one and feels no need to put any effort in, unless of course you want to count those schmlatzy, tug-at-your-heartstrings commercials intended to evoke an emotional response from the public.
If you attend the GOP debates, you will see Sen. Bob Smith, a true conservative, sees the need to "protect and defend the Constitution" since it is most assuredly under attack. He will answer with sure knowledge of how to fix the problems we face. He knows how D.C. works. He also knows how D.C. should work as opposed to what we are watching now. You will also see Jim Rubens who until very recently was a big global-warming, carbon-tax, kind of candidate. Nothing says, "following the Republican platform" like global warming, limiting gun rights, and a pro-abortion stance, right?
I understand that Mr. Brown also went on a local radio program, where he announced that he is an "independent." I guess his voting record from his time in D.C. as a Massachusetts senator, which shows that he voted 62 percent of the time with the liberal agenda should speak for itself that he is, at best, an independent, and at worst a liberal. Hmmm...
So my question is this. Why is it that this Massachusetts Republican (a/k/a Democrat-Lite) running in the New Hampshire GOP primary? He surely seems to align himself with the Democrat platform more than the GOP. Why? Simple. He doesn't think he could beat Jeanne Shaheen in a primary.
My question to Republican voters and to those that are aware that there is a problem in D.C., is why does Scott Brown assume that he is the GOP nominee? And if he is indeed the nominee, why does he think he can beat Jeanne Shaheen in a general election when he's already conceded that he can't beat her in a primary? This makes absolutely no sense to me.
Go back home to Massachusetts politics, Scott Brown. We don't need you here in the Live Free or Die state. We need bold differences, not watered-down policies. We need someone that is willing to help save our floundering country, not another narcissist. We need Bob Smith, a veteran, a man that will speak truthfully to us, a man that is pro-life, and who will protect our right to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government
Truth has no agenda.
Jean M. Ferreira
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:54
To The Daily Sun,
It is my honor to serve as the Grafton County Commissioner for District 3, comprising 17 towns from Bristol to Orange, Holderness to Canaan. I am writing to announce my campaign for re-election, and am asking for your vote on the primary date, Sept. 9, and again on Nov. 4, the date of the general election.
I am running because my work as your county commissioner is not done. And, having shared part of my current term with our special late friend, Ray Burton, I want to continue working for this great county and in the spirit of Ray's special tradition of public service.
As your county commissioner, I have been a leader who has brought results that have benefited our county. One of my proudest accomplishments has been overseeing the completion of the wood chip biomass plant to its start-up last fall with savings to you, the taxpayers, of $151,000 since last September.
I also organized and led several meetings with providers of mental health care in our region which has been sorely lacking in mental health services for years. I learned an immense amount from this group who struggle on a daily basis in managing the needs of the mentally ill without resources, extra personnel, facilities, or sufficient state support. We are now beginning to see some important changes in the delivery of mental health services, thanks to Gov. Hassan's budget. I will continue to advocate for both the providers and the patients in our county.
The primary responsibilities of the county commissioners are to oversee important county functions administered by the executive director and departmental heads like the highly regarded nursing home, the now two-year-old Department of Corrections in transition with a new superintendent in November, the sheriff's office, dispatch, the Superior Court, and the historic county farm. Managing all this and helping the county's most vulnerable citizens must be balanced by considering an appropriate level of costs of county services and the taxation impact on the county residents. The twenty-seven member County Legislative Delegation has the final vote on the budget each fiscal year based on much study, discussion, and input from many sources.
If re-elected I will continue to be fiscally responsible, but will also be a voice for the needs of our county's citizens, be it the elderly or the troubled youth population. My fellow commissioners, Mike Cryans and Linda Lauer, share this commitment to our social services and non-profit groups in Grafton County. Our county is rebounding from the economic downturn as we are now seeing fewer foreclosures, new business start-ups, and our unemployment rate is the lowest of the 10 New Hampshire counties.
Opposition to the Northern Pass and the industrial wind projects continue to be non-partisan issues in this region and farther north. I will continue my very strong opposition to these projects in how they're sited and will only grudgingly agree to the Northern Pass if it is totally buried in its 187-mile length down the State rights-of-way, thus ensuring revenue to the state. I led the first discussion of this abhorrent project in Holderness in February 2011, got the well-known yellow signs designed, printed, and distributed initially, have attended numerous meetings, and have dogged our candidates about their position on the project.
I urged the Alexandria residents at the outset of Iberdrola's industrial wind plans of "Buyer Beware" and learn the facts, which they surely did in their excellent pursuit of fighting that project which has now been abandoned.
I have a proven track record of leadership, compassion, and integrity. I am asking for your vote on Primary Day, Sept. 9, and on Nov. 4, Election Day. I'll be attending many summer and fall events in my seventeen towns and look forward to meeting many of you. I also welcome your help in my campaign.
Grafton County Commissioner
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:38