To The Daily Sun,
After awhile one has to review what is that important in life. My friend and fellow activist Ken Gorrell often repeats his "we deserve what we tolerate" to describe why our country is headed down the road to ruin. I appreciate the space to make my final comments in print before the election on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
I am voting for Kathy Rago for Senate District 7. Kathy is well-qualified for the job. I find her opponent hypocritical with his vote against families of lesser financial means to assist them in placing their children in a school other than the public school. I am glad that Hosmer can do it, but he does not care that your child is stuck in the government indoctrination center.
I do appreciate Mayor Ed Engler accepting my invite to do radio with me. While saddened that the other members of the council, as well as department heads, have chosen not to visit with me.
After reading the Friday edition of the Sun I see a full-page ad with names supporting Andrew Hosmer that surprised me, yet they must find they agree with him.
Disappointed is the word for Ed Engler's op-ed. For parts of the charter amendments I refer to as "the protection of incumbents Act of 2014." Not much thought was put into these amendments. Why after telling me he fought for 10-15 names for a write-in and now he thinks 35 is the magic number? That may be for a state office but we operate with a City Charter for our municipal elections. I will vote "No" on every amendment, and urge others who believe this is unfair to the person who the night before the primary decides to give the Protected Incumbent a primary, and then general election; a choice.
I used to believe in the process. Time to review if local politics are worth my time.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:41
To The Daily Sun,
I wish to thank the voters and residents of Belmont and Belknap County who have supported me in 26 years of public office. It has truly been a privilege to serve you.
I would also like to offer my apologies to Reps. Worsman, Cormier, Greenwood, Tilton, Burchell, Comtois, Sylvia, Vadney, and their friends.
I wish to apologize for the following:
— Respecting the dignity of the county employees.
— Honoring contractual obligations.
— Thinking that excellent work by employees should be rewarded by reasonable wage increases.
— Keeping operational costs as low as five years ago.
— Not conducting a smear campaign to get elected.
— Not understanding why Reps. Tilton, Vadney and Greenmore are trying to destroy the salary and benefit packages of our employees when those employees are paying for the military retirement and medical benefits of those three through their taxes.
— For not agreeing with Reps Worsman, Cormier, Tilton and Burchell for personally going after the county administrator's salary.
— For not agreeing with a judicial decision that has destroyed the efficiency of the day-to-day operation of the county.
— For thinking that reducing recidivism by treatment for mental illness and addictions and building a comprehensive community criminal justice system rather than just incarceration is the way to go.
Again, thank you, the voters and residents of Belmont and Belknap County, for your support.
John H. Thomas
Belknap County Commissioner
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:38
To The Daily Sun,
I am running for re-election to Executive Council District 1 and I ask for your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The Executive Council is a two part Executive Branch system in which the council administrates the Executive Branch along with the governor. The five executive councilors are elected every two years, concurrently with the governor. We oversee state contracts, approve the spending of the major portion of the billions of dollars that is appropriated annually by the Legislature.
Additionally, the council also acts on a wide variety of official actions, such as the nomination and confirmation of some 350 commissioners and directors who administer the 65 departments and agencies in state government. The council also votes on the judicial appointments to the bench.
Over the past seven months, I have traveled more than 45,000 miles to get around the District 1 which consists of 108 towns and four cities. I have fielded dozens upon dozens of constituent calls. It has been my pleasure to help out so many people with their concerns, whatever they maybe. I have stated, "If it is a problem for you, then it is a problem for me, and let's solve it together."
I have approached the job trying to build bridges and relationships with citizens, community leaders and others to make the position of Executive Council, the position of the people's. Too often, citizens do not know how to navigate state government and it has been my pleasure to help them.
My passed experience in local (selectman) and state government (eight years in the N.H. House and six years in the state Senate) has prepared me well for the position of Executive Council, and I have not missed a beat and I have attended all meetings and contributed to the process. I have committed myself to the Executive Council full-time and I have enjoyed it greatly.
If re-elected, the issues I want to work on are: Constituent service, work with the economic development corporations to create more New Hampshire jobs, and to shape the 10-year highway plan to better assist our communities and transportation system in District 1. I also want to see if we can limit our sole-source contracts in state government. There needs to be more competitive bidding process within our contracting system and we need to keep as many contracts here in New Hampshire. Millions and millions of dollars are going out of state.
I hope to continue to educate students on the uniqueness of Governor and Council and its history. Only two other states have a council (Massachusetts and Minnesota) and they are limited in their scope of activity. The governor knows she has to count to three before anything passes during a council meeting, it is a good check and balance and it keeps the executive branch the most transparent in the nation.
On Nov. 4, I asked for your vote and it has been a pleasure serving you.
Joseph D. Kenney
Executive Councilor District 1
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:33
To The Daily Sun,
Sam Cataldo is our conservative state senator representing Rochester, Farmington, New Durham and Alton. Once again he is being challenged by liberal Richard Leonard.
Leonard supports Common Core, the top-down attempt of the federal government to take over our schools. Sam believes in local control of our schools. Leonard supports raising the minimum wage. Sam knows it would hurt lower-income people as it has everywhere it has been tried because people get laid off and lose their jobs (check out Seattle, Wash.).
Leonard is against New Hampshire becoming a right-to-work state. Sam supports it because it has raised wages in all states where it has been passed. He knows lowering taxes and regulations on businesses would attract them to our state, creating jobs.
As a recreation director at a local nursing home I have asked Sam to visit the residents twice, the second time when some residents had concerns about Medicaid expansion. He always makes himself available to them as he is a senior citizen himself. He explained why the expansion would be bad for New Hampshire and then voted against it as he said he would. It is just an expansion of Obamacare, which Leonard supports. When the federal money runs out in a couple of years the state will be stuck with the bill (State sales tax or income tax anyone?).
Sam doesn't believe in the false science of man-made global warming. Leonard does and of course the liberal solution is always more big government socialism.
Sam supports the voter I.D law to prevent voter fraud. Liberals always depend on the votes of unqualified voters.
Leonard's socialist beliefs don't work, never have worked and never will work. Ask Gorbachev. They always lead to government control of every aspect of the citizens' lives. Sam believes in individuals living their lives unencumbered by big government. This works. Ask Reagan.
Let's return Sam Cataldo to the state Senate where he will continue to fight for our liberties and freedoms.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 05:57
To The Daily Sun,
The New Hampshire Democrat Party appears to be at it again. A recent mailer they sent out is filled with falsehoods. Here are some of them:
They accuse Republicans of "slashing funding" for higher education. Reality: In 2013, the state budget crafted by Senate Republicans and passed by the Legislature increased state university funding by almost $50 million over the last biennium.
Second falsehood: They accuse Republicans of "defunding Planned Parenthood" and "restricting access to women's health care services." Reality: Planned Parenthood is not a government agency. It receives funding from a number of sources. Necessary cutbacks to overspending on non-government organizations is not "defunding," and it is not "restricting access." Otherwise we would have to endlessly tax and spend, with no end in sight.
Third falsehood: They claim "Republicans Cut Essential Services." Reality: No "essential services" were cut. In 2011 the incoming Republican Legislature found an $800 million budget deficit left by the reckless outgoing Democrat majority. Many tough decisions had to be made. As a result, the Republicans not only fixed the budget hole without raising taxes, but also generated a surplus.
Fourth falsehood: They say "Republicans Eliminate Health Care for 50,000." Reality: No "health care for 50,000" was "eliminated." Expanded Medicaid in New Hampshire will cost increasingly amounts starting in 2017, costing the state tens of millions of dollars per year. Responsible Republicans have ensured that a debate will be held on this budget-buster in 2016. Democrats will see it as an opportunity to raise taxes. Republicans will not.
Fifth falsehood: "Republicans Repeal N.H.'s Minimum Wage." Reality: No minimum wage was law was repealed. In fact, we have a minimum wage: It's the federal federal minimum wage. Raising it further will destroy both small businesses and jobs in our state.
Let's not fall for the claims of "Chicken Little Democrats" that we hear every election. For smart, responsible, frugal government, just vote
Republican on Nov. 4.
Robert "Bob" Hull
Candidate for State Representative, Grafton District 9
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 05:53