To The Daily Sun,
When I moved to the Lakes Region to accept a teaching position in 1972, the Republican Party was in control of the Statehouse. They were a very different crowd then. They certainly were conservative, but not so much that they couldn't make changes in the law. The Business Profits Tax was passed in 1970 under Gov. Walter Peterson and the Business Enterprise Tax under Gov. Judd Gregg. Gov. Meldrim Thomson signed a bill providing for conservation easements and a bill to protect wetlands. Republicans joined with Democrats to pass an amendment to the state Constitution allowing for "Current Use" taxation for further protection of our open lands.
Today, it seems that the GOP has lost its way. No increase in tax can even be considered even though some of our school districts are in critical need of additional revenue and our roads and bridges are crumbling. Our state has a serious problem with invasive plants, yet the state has just one employee to address the issue. The Department of Education looks like a ghost town with the remaining employees doing the job of one, two or even three previous staff members. Other departments are in similar condition.
What's the answer to this? Well, it's certainly not to continue this do-nothing attitude! We can leave the GOP in control or look to the new, forward-looking Democratic candidates as our choice in the coming election.
The Democratic Party is fielding candidates from the top down who are informed, enthusiastic, and willing to roll up their sleeves and consider legislation that will make our state a better place to live and conduct business. Like the Federal Government, refusal to act is not an answer. We need a governor, executive councilors, state senators and House members who care about the needs of all our residents.
In November I'll be voting for Democrats who are willing to face the critical needs of our state. I hope you will too.