To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in support of Lisa Scott who is running for Register of Deeds in Carroll County.
Lisa is a mature and very experienced person in the world of deeds and real estate transactions. She has worked as a paralegal in an attorney's office in Meredith, and has followed up by doing endless work on her own for individuals in this same field. She has vast knowledge of how various registries in the area operate, and would bring her expertise to Carroll County. One of her goals is to bring Carroll County up to date by placing all of the deeds and related information online, making it accessible to all the real estate offices and attorneys in the area who would appreciate this effort tremendously.
Lisa is intelligent, sensible and very outgoing. As a Realtor, I have worked with her on numerous occasions, and therefore I urge one and all to support her in the Nov. 4 election.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:32
To The Daily Sun,
As a lifelong educator and parent of two boys currently in the public school system, I will be voting to re-elect state Sen. Andrew Hosmer.
Sen. Hosmer is a strong, committed advocate for teachers, parents and students. My children have thrived in the public school system here in Gilford. As I look to the future and the astronomical cost of sending them to college, it's good to have Andrew Hosmer fighting for education. He's worked to freeze tuition at New Hampshire's University System and lower the tuition at Lakes Region Community College.
I believe a strong economy depends on a quality education. If we want young people to stay in New Hampshire, let's not drive them away with limited educational opportunities and prohibitively expensive tuition costs. Andrew Hosmer understands this and is focused on quality education that's accessible and affordable. If you believe a strong economy needs strong schools and a well-educated workforce, please join me in supporting Andrew Hosmer.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:28
To The Daily Sun,
For a typical married couple with two children, the combined cost of child care, housing, health care, and savings for college and retirement jumped 32 percent from 2000 to 2012 — and that's after adjusting for inflation. This, while wages stagnate and the median net worth of families in the middle 20 percent of incomes fell 17 percent from 2010 to 2013.
I bring this up in light of Massachusetts National Grid announcing electricity rates will soar 37 percent. That's an average of $33 per month for each household based on 500 kWh. It should be galling to learn that just this past June National Grid reported their chief executive, Steve Holliday, earned $7.8 million in the last fiscal year, up 56 percent from about $5 million the previous year. Do you know anyone who received a 56 percent raise last year? The National Grid announcement represents but one swing of the pickax that is chipping away at the American middle class.
Combine an electric rate increase, food price increase, child care increase, student tuition increase with stagnant wages and you arrive at the 17 percent decrease in middle class net worth over several years.
How much can the American people take? We are living in an age of "trickle-up economics" where wealth flows to the upper earners of our society.
And New Hampshire residents will be hit harder than Massachusetts.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:20
To The Daily Sun,
The unemployment rate is now 5.9 percent. Sounds good. But what about the people who stopped received unemployment or just have part-time jobs because they cannot find a full-time job with the same pay rate as the job they lost? They are no longer counted in the unemployment rate. What about the people that did find a job, but are getting paid less than the last job they had?
Just after the Primary, I heard Maggie Hassan talk about all the jobs she created.
I got a job under Maggie Hassan. I also lost that same job. I was hired by a company with a big project. When the project was finished there was not another to take its place, so over 100 people were laid off. I wonder how many people who got a job created under Maggie Hassan are still employed in that job.
I am looking and it does not look good. I do not want to collect unemployment. I want a job — a good job with benefits, a full-time job — and so do a lot of people in this state.
New Hampshire is 50th in corporate taxes. Yep... last (highest) in the country. That really is enticing companies to come here.
New Hampshire needs full-time year round jobs. Maggie Hassan is doing nothing to bring businesses to New Hampshire. Some are leaving. New Hampshire needs jobs with benefits.
TIdo not think Maggie helped the people in our state. She did not help me, and I am sure she did not help others.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:16
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing this letter in complete disbelief that in this day and age, something like this would be happening. But it is, and because I believe in standing up for what is right, and for being a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves, I am submitting this letter.
A few weeks ago, a sweet little 5-year-old boy told his mom that he really wanted to be part of the One Voice program that performs every year, usually at Christmas and Easter. This little guy loves Jesus, and he will tell you that. He absolutely loves Christmas and the true meaning of it. He attends a Christian school and goes to Sunday School at Grace Capital Church here in Laconia. So, after auditioning he was told he could join. Proud as a peacock he was, so excited he was "doing something for Jesus" and something he loves. He learned just about every song, every word. He listened to that CD every time they got in the car.
Last week, after practice, his mom was taken to a little room with One Voice directors. They blindsided this very proud mom, who happens to be the most attentive, loving, "put the Lord first" mom I know, by telling her that her son would not be allowed to be a part of this (Christian-based) program. These parents, by the way, love each other very much. They've been together over eight years, own a home, work in the community, and are good people. It's a miracle their first son even survived a traumatic beginning of his life. They've been through a lot, but it's only made them stronger. Anyway, the reason they will not let this little guy sing is because the parents are not married.
Mom was told parents must be with the younger children backstage and (I quote) "We cannot possibly let you go back stage with the married mothers." WHAT? And, when it was suggested that someone else be in charge of him in order to practice, she was told "we cannot do that, because if someone recognizes him from the audience and know their living situation it will taint their image." I think this has tainted their image.
I'm very disturbed for two reasons. The heart of this little boy is so joyful and innocent, it saddens me that he is being rejected by people who claim to serve the Lord. I do not in any way want this letter to reflect poorly on the church as a whole. This is the work of a few, who are taking what they believe and making it law. The will not respond in anyway to phone calls or letters written, stating only that it is " a private matter." Only private because they know it will cause outrage in Christians and non-Christians alike. I cannot allow it to be "private" because not only is it unjust, but it is discriminatory and wrong. We are talking about a little boy. A child of God. And though I could throw many scriptures in here, I won't. I will only say that God says in his word, "Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven."
I'm sure this grieves His heart as it does ours.
I and many, many people will not be attending this program. It does not exude God's grace and mercy. To the directors, who took their convictions or what they think is right, without being fair (how about asking the married mom's backstage how they feel. I dare say they wouldn't dare), I will only say this: When you stand before the Lord, which we all will one day, you will have to give an account for your words and actions. Maybe your little program will go on with many in attendance, but you yourselves have already tainted the message. Jesus is all about forgiveness and not judging others. He says, "For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God."
We are called to love. You have not done the one thing he asks of you. I believe all things happen for a reason, and what we do with what's been handed to us is what matters. The little guy you've rejected? He'll be just fine because he has a family who lives him tremendously and a God, who has promised good to him.
All I can even think to say to you ladies, is shame on you. Shame on you for taking a gift that God gave you in being able to direct something that could/would glorify Him, and making it all about you and what you feel is right.
I think if the community as a whole understood what you have done, they wouldn't make an effort to see this program. Because you've taken something that was his, and made it your own.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:11