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I'm only candidate in the race who supports expanded Medicaid

To The Daily Sun,

There are 536 residents of Grafton County’s 9th district who rely on the New Hampshire Medicaid expansion for their health. There are several schools in the Squam, Newfound, and Mascoma regions full of kids who need a strong public school system because it’s the only option they and their families have. There are countless families in our district whose lives are either directly in the line of, or whose lives would be severely and negatively impacted by the disaster that is Northern Pass. A New Hampshire economy based largely on recreation and tourism will soon hit a wall when that model no longer is sustainable without a large investment in trade schools and job programs. These are the issues that will define the September 5 special election in Grafton County’s 9th district. They are the issues that really matter to the residents of this district who, for too long, have sent the same old license plate hunters to Concord to have them skip votes and not put their nose to the grindstone. We have an opportunity to finally move past this trend, and those are the ground on which I, Joshua Adjutant, am asking for your support as a candidate in this election.

I’ve lived in the Newfound community my whole life, aside from service in the Marine Corps, and I was fortunate to grow up in such a wonderful community of hardworking people. In the last year, I’ve spent countless hours talking to residents who’ve expressed more than anything else, an unprecedented level of frustration with the way politics, even in New Hampshire, operates. This past session was the first in nearly 100 years where the N.H. House couldn’t pass a budget resolution, one of the most basic components of governance. Meanwhile, the Senate Budget gave 220 million dollars to the top 3 percent of Granite Staters, money that should have gone to the middle class via the tax break we get promised every 2-4 years.

This election is crucial, because it's a fundamental decision on the way we want to approach governance. Programs like Medicaid are a non-partisan issue. I’ve met everyone from the most liberal Democrat to the most Conservative Trump supporters who know without that program they’d be devastated, and I’m the only candidate in this race that would vote to keep Medicaid. The same spectrum applies to education, in the sense that Democrats and Republicans in the Newfound community all have children that rely on a strong public school system to give their kids opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have, and I am the strongest candidate in this race for strong and accountable public schools.

On September 5, let’s vote for issues, let’s vote for the opportunities of tomorrow, and vote for someone who will stand up for all of us.

Joshua Adjutant,


  • Written by Edward Engler
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Food For All in Ashland will be celebrating anniversary number 25

To The Daily Sun,

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, FOOD FOR ALL in Ashland will celebrate its 25th anniversary! FOOD FOR ALL is a community meal served each Tuesday evening at 5:00 (weather permitting) at the Boost Club building in Ashland to anyone who wishes to partake. Its motto is “A friendly gathering so that all may eat . . . and no one will eat alone . . .“ Mike and Sue Bridges, formerly of Ashland, but currently residents of North Carolina, opened FOOD FOR ALL in September of 1992. They modeled the community meal after their experience at the St. Francis Inn, a mission/soup kitchen run by Franciscan Friars, that serves the needy in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, PA. Over the years, FOOD FOR ALL has served between 30 and over 100 guests, though more recently the numbers have been closer to 40.

In the early years, various community organizations took responsibility for preparing and serving the meals under the direction of the Bridges. More recently, a small cadre of very faithful and effective volunteers under the direction of two successors of Mike and Sue, Linda Folsom of Ashland, and Elena Worrall of New Hampton, have taken over total responsibility.

Support for FOOD FOR ALL has come totally from the generosity of businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals in the surrounding communities. In particular, FOOD FOR ALL has enjoyed significant monetary and in-kind donations from Common Man, the Plymouth Hannaford, and the New Hampton School. Local gardeners have shared their produce with us as well. We wish to sincerely thank all those donors, volunteers, and guests who have made this effort possible.

Sue Bridges will be making a visit to help us celebrate the anniversary at the dinner on September 5.

Elena Worrall

New Hampton

  • Written by Edward Engler
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