To The Daily Sun,
Just before the November elections, Fred Malek is back in New Hampshire politics with $1.6 million in ads for Frank Guinta, in a coordinated national Republican effort to unseat Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.
You remember Fred, deputy chief of Richard Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign that put dirty tricks in our political lexicon and gave us Watergate. Fred Malek, the White House aide famously tasked to hunt down Jews in federal agencies Nixon thought were plotting against him. Same Fred Malek the Securities and Exchange Commission fined $100,000 and censured in 2007 for investment fraud, who then served as Finance Co-Chair of the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008. And, yes, the Fred Malek involved in that spectacularly gross youthful indiscretion at age 22 in 1959 when he and friends were arrested in a Peoria park for bludgeoning, skinning, skewering and roasting a dog on a spit. (See Wikipedia and Huffington Post archives.)
Malek now heads the American Action Network, a superpac supporting Tea Party favorites like Frank Guinta, in a close race with Democrat Carol Shea-Porter whom Guinta defeated in 2010 and Shea-Porter then defeated in 2012.
OpenSecrets.org says Malek's $1.6 million is more than Shea-Porter's raised so far in 2013-2014 — all to save the skin of a politician National Journal rated in 2012 as the 31st most conservative House member (putting him to the right of Michele Bachmann.)
New Hampshire needs Fred Malek's advice on who we should send to Congress about as much as we need his culinary skills.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:58
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing this letter to enthusiastically encourage you to vote for Brian Gallagher, who is a new candidate running for State Representative in Belknap 4, which includes the towns of Sanbornton and Tilton.
Brian has spent many years working for the State Budget Office and New Hampshire Supreme Court (Administrative Office), so has an inside view of our government, how it works, and how it could be improved. With his MBA in management and degree in accounting, he understands numbers and knows the importance of passing a balanced budget.
When elected, Brian will focus on those things most important to you. He knows we need to keep taxes in check, yet still find a way to meet the needs of our community. He knows how to solve problems and work with everyone, while making sure we have a more efficient and less costly government. Brian will be an advocate for local decision-making in education, for restoring a business friendly environment so we have more jobs, and for hard working families in our state.
Brian is a thoughtful leader who cares about the issues, works toward solutions, and wants to bring people together to solve problems. He brings a conscientious, common sense, compassionate and responsible approach to governance.
Brian Gallagher will be a great Representative for you and a terrific member of my team in the Legislature. Please vote for him on Nov. 4.
Rep. Laurie Sanborn
Republican Policy Leader
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:51
To The Daily Sun,
I will proudly cast my vote on Nov. 4 for Senator Jeanie Forrester, and I would ask that you will consider voting for Jeanie as well.
There is no elected official currently in office who has been a stronger advocate for the people. She listens to what her constituents have to say and studies the issues. For the past four years, Jeanie stood beside those of us who fought against the of Northern Pass and Jeanie helped us protect our property rights when Northern Pass threatened the use of eminent domain.
Sen. Forrester also listened to her constituents and determined that the Site Evaluation Committee was not functioning properly, and sponsored legislation (SB-99 and SB-245) to revamp the make-up of the Site Evaluation Committee. Jeanie successfully sought bi-partisan support, which was key in ensuring the success of this bill. Jeanie knows how to build partnerships, not put up partisan walls.
I know that Sen. Forrester's motto is "Let's Keep Jeanie," but I say, "Where Would We Be Without Jeanie?"
Lee Ann Moulder
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:42
To The Daily Sun,
We have been reading avidly your letters to the editor regarding political candidates. After much research, and checking websites, (not listening to political ads), we have decided that Dave DeVoy would be the best person to have as county commissioner. There has been so much infighting and misunderstanding between the commissioners and the convention that now I understand which is which. However, the fighting must end now. We need a commissioner who is willing to use common sense with our tax dollars. Why hasn't that been happening until now?
Dave DeVoy wants to reduce the amount of money spent on the administration and use it for the rest of the county needs. He understands that "public" money is our money, not other people's that can be squandered. We expect our money to be used wisely by the government. So does Dave.
Promoting efficiency is one way to cut back. Government is supposed to serve the people. As county commissioner, Dave will work to improve the transparency and respect our need to know.
As taxpayers, we need to be active in controlling the cost and scope of government, and that's what Dave DeVoy stands for. Therefore, we support Dave DeVoy for County Commissioner.
Hal & Peggy Graham
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:33
To The Daily Sun,
I have moved four times in the last five years. Each time, I make it a huge priority to get to my new town hall and register to vote. It is a right that I do not take for granted. I encourage young voters and all women to learn about their candidates and make the effort to get out to vote on election day.
I often hear people say that they get sick of the campaign and they can't wait until it's over. I sometimes hear people say that they don't know about the candidates and can't bother to vote. Believe it or not, I have heard women say that they leave it up to their husbands to make the decision about who to vote for. This way of thinking has to change and I write this letter in hopes that people will realize that voting is not an inconvenience, but a civil right and a privilege. Voting is our passage to our democracy. You, as a citizen, have the opportunity and responsibility to make change happen for yourself, for your community, for your state and your country. That is power.
According to U.S. Census Bureau and its site called Voting Hot Report, "the national voting rate in 2012 — a presidential election — was 61.8 percent, while the national voting rate in 2010 — a congressional election — was 45.5 percent. For 2012 the voting rate in New Hampshire (69.4 percent) was higher than the national voting rate of 61.8 percent." So, good for New Hampshire!
While New Hampshire's voting record is good, we still can always achieve better, and it is up to you. Don't be afraid or embarrassed to educate yourself about voting procedures. The League of Women Voters of NH has a great site with loads of information about voting, registration and even sample ballots specific to your town for the current election. Check it out at http://lwvnh.org/elections.html. Once you go there, you can learn about the candidates and the platforms that they stand on. The state site at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/ will provide you with your state legislator's voting records.
Since I live in Meredith, I want to vote for a state legislator who matches my own interests. Lisa DiMartino is up for re-election and I plan to vote for her. She is the kind of representative that one can talk to easily and know that you will be listened to. I like Lisa's voting record and I appreciate her passion for the same interests as I have concerning healthcare and for people who experience disabilities.
If you live in Gilford or Meredith, Lisa DiMartino will be on your ballot and I recommend you vote for her. Get out and vote.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:29