To The Daily Sun,
We are well aware Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster refuse to hold Town Hall meetings with us. However, now they even refuse to meet with the candidates who are running against them.
Why are Shaheen, Shea-Porter, and Kuster getting a free pass on hiding from us? Regardless of what your political party you belong to or what your positions on the issues are, you have a responsibility to prove to us that you deserve our votes and convince us that you will represent our interests. For some reason, Shaheen, Shea-Porter and Kuster don't get that concept.
Shame on Shaheen, Shea-Porter and Kuster and shame on New Hampshire if we keep allowing ourselves to be duped by this trio of elected officials who only care about their cushy paycheck and premium benefits that we pay for.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:58
To The Daily Sun,
In case you haven't had heard, the Freese Brothers Big Band is in town this Saturday evening. If you haven't had the pleasure of listening and dancing to the music of a true big band while enjoying a wide array of refreshments, set this Saturday evening aside to do all that at the beautiful new Winnipesaukee Playhouse.
Homemade pastries, cheese platters, veggie platters, enormous fruit salad bowl, hot and cold beverages and more is just the beginning. Take a seat in the beautiful theater and get ready for the sound that will transport you back to the big band sounds of Ellington, Goodman, Sinatra, Basie and more.
You're invited to dance the night away or simply relax and try to stop your feet from tapping while sitting in this fabulous theater. It happens once a year, and the best of all is that all net revenue that evening is donated to the wonderful non-profit Lakes Region Community Services. All this for $25 per person.
Remember it's only once a year. So get your friends together and go to www.TBINH.org for tickets.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:55
To The Daily Sun,
Please join me in supporting the most effective state Senate delegation this region has had in more than a decade. Our region can ill afford to send state Senate "newbies" to Concord in Districts 2 and 7 at this critical juncture in our region's future.
As a region we have typically been at a great disadvantage in representation due to our size and proportional representation. This was not the case over the past two years. Our region's interests and needs have been well represented.
Senator Hosmer's Ways and Means Committee and Commerce Committee membership and Senator Forrester's positions as Finance Chair Vice Chair of Public and Municipal Affairs are well earned appointments that have been utilized to make a positive difference here in our region and across the state.
Both of these senators are proven elected leaders who have exercised the appropriate political balance to achieve workable governance, so the vital needs and key interests in the region are served and accomplished.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:52
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in support of Rep. Lisa DiMartino's reelection as State Rep from Belknap 2, which includes Meredith and Gilford.
Lisa and I have a lot in common. I too represented Meredith in the Legislature and I, like she, served on the Health & Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee. While I was there, I chaired the Long Term Care Caucus, and Lisa has gone on to serve there as well.
The demographics of our state are staggering: we are aging (or more young people are leaving) at a precipitous rate. Our state desperately needs a policy that will enable us to meet the needs of this population. Most of our seniors want to stay in their homes but we need to develop a network of support to allow this to happen on a large scale. The development of NH's long term care policy is critical!
Lisa is a tireless advocate for numerous causes. She is well respected at the State House, at the Department of Health and Human Services and within the organizations she champions.
We are lucky to have Lisa working for us in Concord and we need to keep her there!
If you live in Meredith or Gilford, please vote for Rep. Lisa DiMartino on November 4th!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:49
To The Daily Sun,
Glen Aldrich of Gilford is running as a Republican for the New Hampshire House. From looking at his own campaign literature and Internet sites, the voter might be fooled into thinking that he is just another fiscally conservative Republican and small businessman. He is not very upfront about his positions and those who have endorsed him, but a little research reveals some very disturbing facts.
If you look at his own statements, he is very confusing about whether or not he is a Tea Partier. He states that he believes in "Tea Party values," but thinks that these should be and have always been the values of the "authentic" GOP. A look at history shows this to be far from the truth. On his website, he has a confusing statement where he essentially says he is a Tea Partier and not one at the same time. Mr. Aldrich has been confusing in other ways on what he believes and wants to do while in office. Perhaps he could clarify his positions in a letter to The Sun?
Voters should be aware that Mr. Aldrich is not a "mainstream" Republican but part of the extreme libertarian faction of that party that has taken over that party in many places. This is happening in our state, too. Mr. Aldrich is part of the libertarian "Free State Project" that has stated that it wants to move as many of its members New Hampshire to take over town and state government and to create a libertarian utopia.
In reality they are extreme libertarians, but often hide their true views and objectives by running as Republicans. While Free Staters talk about "personal liberty," a number of "libertarians" and Tea Partiers are extreme Christians who oppose a woman's right to choose, or same-sex marriage. Since Mr. Aldrich has not spoken on these issues. I would like to know his honest opinions.
The Free Staters, as extreme libertarians, remind one of a cult. They are opposed to most government and to most health, safety, and licensing laws. They believe in cutting spending for all social services and support the total privatization of education and Social Security. They have long opposed any meaningful health-care reforms as well as any sane regulation on guns.
One also has to look at Mr. Aldrich's other affiliations and the organizations that have endorsed him. He is apparently a key member of the Lakes Region Porcupines, a group that would like the public to think they are merely a "fraternal organization" that seeks to clean up highways. But if you check them out, they are a right-wing organization openly affiliated with the Free State Project.
These are not the moderate Republicans I know (and have actually voted for in the past). No one, Democrat or Republican, should vote for him, if for no other reason than that he is less than honest about his positions and affiliations. We have seen what happened a few years ago when Tea Partiers and Libertarians took over the State Legislature and the really insane policies that followed. Our state does not need that again.
E. Scott Cracraft
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:46