To The Daily Sun,
Well, it's that time again — time we elect our representatives to represent us in Concord or Washington. To the people of Campton, I am asking for your vote. My name is Eric Johnson and I would like to be your state representative. I have knocked on most of the doors in Campton and talked to a number of people. The one issue that keeps coming up is taxes. People are concerned that taxes and fees are too high and are afraid that they will be going up. I agree with them. I believe if we don't make changes, we will soon see an income tax and sales tax in this state. This would be horrible to our economy as well as driving companies and jobs out of New Hampshire. If elected, I will do all I can to keep this from happening.
I have three over-riding principles that I would bring to every vote.
1. Lower taxes. We don't have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem. We have to start making tough choices and prioritize our spending and live within a budget.
2. Personal freedoms. We need to keep government out of our lives as much as possible by encouraging independence and individual responsibility.
3. Minimize bureaucracy. Bureaucracy is a huge un-elected part of government that seems to grow larger and larger. Bureaucracy is an efficiency and economic killer. We need to minimize it as much as possible.
New Hampshire has so much going for it. It's a great place to live and raise a family. Unfortunately, we have too many young people graduating from high school, leaving for college, and never coming back. I would like to help make New Hampshire a state where businesses want to come and create jobs. I would like to help us get back to a feeling of hope in our future where we believe tomorrow will be even better then today. Where hard work and risk taking is admired and encouraged. Where, when we take that risk and work hard and succeed, we keep as much of the fruits of our labor as we can.
Of course, I can't do this alone. These are my principles and if we elect enough people that share these ideas, then I believe we can change the course we are on. If you agree, I would appreciate your vote on Nov. 4.
I am still knocking on doors. If I haven't gotten to you yet, I hope to see you very soon.
Thank you for your consideration.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 09:35
To The Daily Sun,
I hope now that we are moving on to the General Election that I can still count on your support.
If I win the General Election I will work hard to represent the people of Gilford and Meredith to keep spending (and thus taxes) low and create a friendly business environment which will attract out-of-state businesses and new start-ups which would help provide much needed good paying jobs. I'm also in favor of looking for health care solutions by opening up enrollment to insurance providers from other states. By creating a competitive market prices should decrease and service will increase. We see it in state after state that chooses this route.
I am a firm believer that low spending equals low taxes. Figuring out how to spend money by using realistic figures (instead of projections) will help us budget our state more appropriately and allow us to have real concrete numbers to work with.
The Democrats took our rainy day fund and spent it on pet projects in order to gain more votes for their campaigns. I will promise to do no such thing. You work too hard for your money. There's no need to allow fat cats in Concord to use your money to get themselves re-elected. I promise to do no such thing. The dollars you give me I spend extremely wisely. I plan to do the same if you give me your support in November.
Candidate for State Representative
Belknap County Dist. 2 (Gilford, Meredith)
Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 06:35
To The Daily Sun,
I'd like to recommend Richard Leonard for state senator in the upcoming election.
Many of you may not know him but I'm sure he knows you. He's the man you trust with your health needs as a pharmacist at Hannaford's Supermarket in Alton. Today's major issue for all of us is the health care system and health care needs. Richard has years of experience and is behind the scenes and has watched as things have gotten worse and out of control.
He knows when we're in pain, ache, depressed, chronically ill and worse, terminally ill. He treats us discreetly, with care, compassion and knowledge, always mindful of our situations. He knows how the health care system works and does not work. He's had first-hand knowledge in these areas and is dedicated to help correct them where ever possible to bring the best to the citizens he would serve.
Who better to serve in a capacity as state senator than a person who knows our system is in pain, chronically ill and depressed, than your pharmacist. If you trust him with your health, please trust him with your vote on Nov. 4.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 06:31
To The Daily Sun,
WGIR reports that a Belknap County budget crisis may impact county employee paychecks. Letters to the Editor claim various impacts because of the budget crisis. Unfortunately some people are confused and don't realize that the blame for this crisis is exclusively that of the Belknap County Commissioners.
The Belknap County Delegates did their job. They assessed the responsibilities of the Belknap County Government, its financial status and requirements, their responsibilities to taxpayers, employees, and citizens, the projected county revenues, and the budget offered by the County Commissioners. Based on their assessment, the Delegation felt it was necessary to exercise their constitutional authority and responsibility to modify the budget proposed by the commissioners. (Budget creation and/or modification and approval is a typical responsibility of the legislatures in representative governments.)
The commissioners, however, didn't want to be constrained by the legal budget passed by the delegation. And, since the commissioners controlled the county checkbook, they spent the taxpayers' money as they wished, illegally moving money from line item to line item, without approval of the delegation. Then they hired lawyers (paid with county taxpayers' money) to provide legal opinions to try to justify their refusal to follow the legally approved budget.
The court dismissed the legal opinions that the commissioners' sought in hopes of bullying the delegation into surrendering their legal and constitutional responsibilities to control the budget. Now line items from which money was illegally taken are running out of money.
The delegation has responded quickly, to continue operations and pay employees, to make up for the commissioners' mismanagement of the budget and illegal spending.
For two years the Belknap County Commissioners and their supporters created a very antagonistic environment in attempt to bully the delegation into abdicating their legal and constitutional responsibilities. The commissioners and their special interest supporters wanted budgets that would force significant current tax increases and would force large additional increases in the future for the $42 million jail with its greatly increased operational expenses.
This budget crisis has impacted delivery of county services, tarnished Belknap County's reputation throughout New Hampshire, and jeopardized employee paychecks. This budget crisis is a direct result of the Belknap County Commissioners' illegal actions.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 06:26
To The Daily Sun,
In my opinion, town hall meetings are often disrupted by the far right, loud and boisterous individuals such as the Chicken Man with Senator Sheehan, and/or by the parent who did not like a particular book in school. They all are very loud and disruptive, since this is how they get attention and get the media involved.
It's too bad that partisan politics has gone this far. We should be able to sit down across party lines and work together and town hall meetings are the perfect venue. But, until we do ... God Bless America. So, when you vote this Nov. 4, choose very wisely my friends.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 06:22