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Bernie has done plenty in Congress, he’ll do the same as President

To The Daily Sun,

What has Bernie Sanders ever done in Congress?

For answers, see http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/2/12/1483928/-What-has-Bernie-ever-accomplished.
To paraphrase: in Congress, Sanders is known as The Amendment King. He got passed amendments that:
— Reduced costs of post-secondary education in April, 1998.

— Stopped the IRS from being able to use funds that violated pension laws in July, 2002.

— Expanded free health care in November, 2001.

— Prohibited importation of goods made with child labor in July, 2001.

— Increased funding for heating for the poor in September, 2004.

— Prohibited the Export-Import Bank from providing loans for nuclear projects in China in June, 2005.

All this despite the fact that the most right-wing Republicans in a generation controlled the House of Representatives between 1994 and 2006.

As a senator, Sanders made amendments that:

— Required 30 percent of hot water demands in newer buildings to be provided by solar water heaters in June, 2007.

— Protected our troops; $10 million to Army National Guard in October, 2007.

— Restricted the 2008 bailout to protect U.S. workers in February, 2009.

— Exposed corruption in the military-industrial complex in November, 2012.

— Ensured that the military's TRICARE system could treat autism.

— Required an audit of the Federal Reserve.

So, Bernie has done plenty in Congress, and I think he'll do plenty as president.

Dick Devens
Center Sandwich

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San’ton Planning Board needs get the message on senior housing

To The Daily Sun,

On Election Day, March 8, the residents of Sanbornton will once again have to tell the Planning Board that they don't want a senior housing ordinance in Sanbornton by voting "No" on Amendment 1 on the town election ballot.

In March, 2005, the taxpayers of Sanbornton voted to repeal the senior housing (Article 4Q) ordinance by a majority vote of 396 to 339.

It should also be noted that a petitioned warrant article was voted on at the 2014 Town Meeting, calling for the selectmen to appoint a committee to develop a senior housing plan for the town. That article failed to pass. It should be noted that it called for a housing plan to be developed, not a new ordinance, which of course is a Planning Board function.

In response to Mr. Dick Leclerc's recent letter to the editor, dated Feb. 12, he stated that in the distant past via a telephone poll, 91 percent of the 102 seniors contacted agreed that the town needed senior housing. Considering that the town has 2,183 registered voters 91 of 102 residents is not that impressive. Perhaps a new telephone poll should be conducted to see if that position has changed significantly.

Apparently the Planning Board hasn't gotten the message yet and it's "No need for senior housing ordinance in Sanbornton."

Bill Whalen

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