To The Daily Sun,
Deborah Wheeler is a two-term state representative, running for a new term in Merrimack County District 3 (All of Northfield and Ward 3 in Franklin).
She graduated from Franklin High School in 1963 and resided in Franklin until 1986. She has lived in Northfield for over 29 years. Deb served as a state employee for over 36 years, first working for the Department of Adjutant General, Agriculture and retired in 2002 with over 32 years of service with the Department of Revenue Administration.
While residing in Northfield, she has served as ballot clerk, and a supervisor of the checklist.
Deb is the widow of James Wheeler and daughter-in-law of the late Rollin (Bud) Wheeler, former police chief and prominent member of the Northfield community.
Deb has been an active member of the District 3 community for many years. She has also cared for many elderly people in community as well as family members.
During Deb's first term in the Statehouse she served on the Environment and Agriculture Committee. Here second term, she served on two committees, Municipal and County Government, and Legislative Administration. She has sponsored and co-sponsored bills of which all but two have passed into law. Deb has appeared before Commerce, Labor, Environment and Resource Committees, introducing new bills. She works very hard for her constituents and the residents of N.H.
Issues which concern Deb:
— Services for the children, elderly, ill and disabled.
— Alternative education opportunities for young people who are in need of structured classes.
— Works for all citizens to help improve their quality of life, regardless of income.
— Tax relief for seniors and disabled citizens.
Deb will work with Leigh Webb, also running for Merrimack County District 3, to build a better N.H. She would appreciate your vote.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 10:11
To The Daily Sun,
The primary is coming on Sept. 9. I was hoping my state senator, Jeanie Forrester would not have anyone running against her in the primary.
Jeanie is what I think a representative should be. I e-mail her often with opinions and questions. She always replies. She gives me the reasons why she votes the way she does.
Weekly I receive an e-mail newsletter from her. She sends this to all constituents who are interested. She sends out e-mails about happenings that she think people might be interested in.
This happens all year, not just before an election. She is accessible to all her constituents. All the time.
She wants to cut the fraud and spending in the New Hampshire budget and is working hard to do it.
She is chairman of the Finance Committee. She keeps an eye on the state spending, and that is what I want. I want to make sure that spending is not out of control and the state does not spend more than it makes. We as citizens on New Hampshire have to do that, and so should the state.
Let's send Jeanie back to Concord. We really need her.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 09:55
To The Daily Sun,
Why would Republicans want Scott Brown in the Senate? Brown's Senate voting record went from fair to poor to bad. In 2012 Brown voted more like Sen. Shaheen than Sen. Ayotte on key issues.
Sen. Brown voted against the ban on insider trading for members of Congress, against domestic energy production, for energy subsidies, against efforts to stop government fraud and waste, for Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bailouts, and subsidies for mortgages over $700,000. He consistently votes to restrict our Second Amendment rights. Scott Brown's votes don't benefit the American people.
But the special interests are very happy to fund Brown's campaign. The special interests will win, and the people lose, if voters must choose between Scott Brown and Sen. Shaheen in November.
Because of his long record of fighting for small, constitutionally limited government, Bob Smith can be trusted to do so again. (See: http://bobsmithforussenate.com/). He supports a balanced budget, enforcement of immigration laws, tax reform, repeal of Obamacare, government integrity, and all our constitutional rights.
The special interests and Washington establishment already have too much power. The people need a senator who represents them. On Sept. 9, vote for Bob Smith.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 09:52
To The Daily Sun,
Summer has been lovely here in New Hampshire. But now, voters need to do a quick pivot to political primary to focus attention on the Tuesday, Sept. 9 Primary Election.
Why? New Hampshire's undeclared or independent voters have an unusual opportunity at the polls. Ordinarily, the primary contests are drab and dull, not much is at stake until the general election. So ordinarily, many of us take a snooze. But this is one of the rare opportunities when our vote can really make a difference.
Scott Brown's campaign for the New Hampshire Senate brings out the cynicism in me. Defeated in Massachusetts, he seems to think it's okay to just switch states and try again ... as if constituents are exchangeable, or expendable and it doesn't really matter who you represent as long as you have the big money behind you backing your campaign.
New Hampshire voters are an independent breed. We take our political responsibilities seriously. We don't fall for slick, surface stuff. We know how to vet candidates and hold them to a high standard of integrity and accountability.
In fact, over 40 percent of New Hampshire voters are undeclared or independent. Whether we lean Democrat or Republican, left or right, many of us reserve the right to cast our votes in whatever manner is most effective. We put certain principles above party politics: Integrity, fairness, character, sound judgment.
At the polls on Tuesday, this Independent will take a Republican ballot and vote for Jim Rubens to become the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. The reason is as profound as it is simple. Jim Rubens has agreed to make campaign finance reform a centerpiece of his campaign platform. Scott Brown has not. Period. End of story.
Ordinarily single-issue voters aggravate me. But this is no ordinary issue, and this is no ordinary time. Our political system is broken and and we need to fix it.
Even if we feel cynical about our political system, we cannot succumb to feeling cynical about the power New Hampshire voters. We are not mere pawns of the big name, big money political players. Most of us hate political games. But all of us have to recognize that we are inside of one big strategic contest and to sit on the sidelines means checkmate for the people. It's our move.
It's time we let our politicians know that there is no more important issue to their constituents, to the voters, to the citizens of this country. There are some issues which are fundamental. Getting the corrupting influence of big money out of politics in one of these fundamentals. Nothing else matters until we get this accomplished. Nothing.
Vote smart. Send big money and Scott Brown back to Massachusetts.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 09:49
To The Daily Sun,
I've noticed a troubling pattern with GOP candidate for governor, Walt Havenstein, where he seems to always try to have things both ways and doesn't think he has to play by the same rules as everyone else.
As CEO of a government contracting company, S.A.I.C., Havenstein led the company as it took nearly $100 million to implement the Affordable Care Act, despite his belief that regular people in New Hampshire shouldn't get any of the benefits of the law. His position on healthcare reform is frustrating enough to me, but it's his hypocrisy that I find truly infuriating.
Now, the State of Maryland has said he defrauded them on his taxes. He apparently claimed a tax credit meant only for residents of Maryland, wrongfully taking thousands of dollars from the state. The problem is, since he declared his candidacy here in New Hampshire, he's claimed adamantly that he has always only been a resident of this state. Accordingly, Maryland now wants its money back, and I'm left wondering why we should trust Havenstein as his scandals continue to grow.
On the other hand, Maggie Hassan has been working with all the parties in New Hampshire to expand health care and to support higher education. These are things I can agree with so I will be supporting her for governor of New Hampshire.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 09:46