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Leadership of Belknap County Convention this year has been shameful

To The Daily Sun,

In the past couple of months I have heard many people state that they are glad that Colette Worsman and Bob Greemore are not running for re-election and they hope that our County Convention can return to being civil and productive.

I attended many of the Belknap County Convention meetings in 2014. I think we can all agree that what has transpired under Rep. Worsman (Chair) and Rep. Greemore's (Co-Chair) leadership over this year in the convention has been shameful. They have led with a political agenda that has taken precedent over county needs and have treated the County Commissioners that we elected with outright disrespect. While none of us expect our elected officials to agree all the time, or any one to be right all the time, we do expect them to be able to be civil to each other and to effectively collaborate to reach decisions that are in the best interest of those they serve.

It is evident that Reps. Worsman and Greemore, both from Meredith, have been driven and acted only in the best interest of their political agenda. They tout that they have acted to save us tax dollars but have actually cost the county more then the $15 or so they may have saved us in taxes. Was all the angst, disrespect and blatant rudeness worth it?

We do have the opportunity to return the county to responsible leadership when we vote on Nov. 4.

I encourage all voters in Belknap County to consider what has transpired in our county over the last two years and let their vote tell the County Convention that we wish to return to leadership that is civil and productive. While Worsman and Greemore are not on the ballot there are many candidates who mirror their voting records and who would continue in the same fashion they have established.

Rep. Herb Vadney, Meredith, has voted and acted in lockstep with his Meredith counterparts and will continue the same. Rep. Frank Tilton, Laconia, chair of the Executive Committee, has stood firm with Worsman and Greemore through all of the turmoil and will continue the same. Rep. Mike Sylvia, Belmont, who is part of the Free State movement, seldom participated in the discussions at the convention meetings but voted every time with Rep. Worsman and will continue the same. Glen Aldrich, another member of the Free State Movement, is running this year to represent Gilford and Meredith. He has been endorsed by Rep. Sylvia and will continue the same.

Given the growth of the Free State Movement and the Tea Party throughout Belknap County and the fact that these candidates run as Republicans, it is important to understand that all those who now run as Republicans do not share the principles or practices of what the Republican Party has stood for. It is increasingly important that we all learn about the candidates and what they truly represent.

I will vote to return Rep. Lisa DiMartino, Gilford, to Concord. She has been an independent thinker which her votes reflect. Lisa always acts with respect and thoughtfulness which is much needed in Belknap County. She represents what we should seek others to mirror in Concord and in our County Convention.

I feel that Sandy Mucci, Dorothy Piquado, and Nancy Frost have the same independent perspective and will vote for what is best for Belknap residents, not by party line.

Please learn about the candidates before you vote, all those elected in Belknap County impact all of us.

Paula Trombi



Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 05:49

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I would like Jeanne Shaheen to tell the truth; just once in 6 years

To The Daily Sun,

The definition of a carpetbagger is any person, especially a politician, who takes up residence in a place for opportunistic reasons. Jeanne Shaheen was born Jeanne Bowers in Saint Charles, Mo., and she was educated in Mississippi, the wife of attorney and political operative Bill Shaheen. Yet somehow, she escapes being called a carpetbagger, while other politicians with actual roots are referred to as carpetbaggers?

Jeanne Shaheen signed her name to Obamacare. Did she read the bill? She carried Obama's deceit, bold-faced lies and outcomes to the New Hampshire citizens ... you can keep your doctor and hospital, you can keep your insurance.

Jeanne Shaheen is destroying the family unit, and the middle class. Look what is going on with the family. Working hours have been cut, loss of jobs, high insurance rates, and the fundamental taking of our rights and choices as American citizens. She cares little for the women in New Hampshire. Her war is against the female population in New Hampshire. Women carry the strength of the family unit. She has taken their hopes and dreams away without any empathy for the parents and children.

Recently Jeanne Shaheen stated "Obamacare benefits starting to be seen, but more work needs to be done." She states, " I don't want to go back. and I think most people don't want to go back to a system that will deny all of those reforms." I think she is out of touch with the people. Most people on Obamacare will get low-cost care and will be denied seeing specialists. Doctors are leaving because of diminished care, their professional decision and expertise has been removed. I would like Jeanne Shaheen to tell the truth just once, she has had six years to be truthful.

GAO (Government Accountability Office) confirms Obama and Shaheen misled the public. Taxpayers are forced to fund abortions. Everything the Democrats told us was a bold-faced lie. Obamacare was deliberately designed to wreck the healthcare system and the family unit. The IBD (Investors Business Daily) also cites studies confirming that Obamacare is now crippling the economic growth and raking workers over the coals. http://www.examiner.com/article/obamacare-kills-more-health-plans-hurts-workers?CID

Has anyone heard of the Gosnell Protection Act? It was co-sponsored by Jeanne Shaheen. The name given to the bill "Women's Health Protection Act or S1696. This bill will gut legislation now in place to regulate abortion, New Hampshire parental notification law and partial-birth-abortion ban are two of the laws that would be lost if S1696 were to pass. A companion bill in the House, Shaheen, Kuster co-sponsoring — the Gosnell Taught Us Nothing Act. We need to vote these two people out of the Senate and House. This isn't about a Women's Choice, it is about the government deciding for us what we can and can't do, disguised as pro-women talking points. http://www.standfirmfaith.com/?/sf/page/31442----www.ncregister.com/.../democratic-lawmakers-push-pro-abortion-agenda-on-st...

In 2011, Senator Shaheen found a way to circumvent our Executive Council's decision to eliminate the government money for Planned Parenthood. What did the Senator do? She contacted the HHS and they contacted Obama and they funneled money to Planned Parenthood. Do we really want a senator who is deceitful in her actions. Unconscionable actions are unacceptable.

Rosemary Landry

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 05:45

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I've found Pollak to be thoughtful listener & respectful collaborator

To The Daily Sun,

Voting for David Pollak for Belknap County Commissioner is a vote to bring positive changes to our county.

I have worked with Dave for more than five years, and I have found him to be a thoughtful listener, an intelligent and diligent researcher, and a respectful collaborator. These are the qualities that we need our public office holders to have so they can make good decisions for all of us.

David Pollak would make an excellent Belknap County Commissioner.

Cynthia Davis


Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 05:42

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I'm proud that our little town of Grafton is fielding 5 house candidates

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to the negative piece of campaign literature that I found in my mail box recently. I would like to take the time to set the record straight. In this manner voters may make an informed decision on Nov. 4.

First and foremost, I am not in any way involved with the Koch brothers, nor will I be if elected. My emphasis in my election campaign is to be positive and accentuate strengthening our communities. I want to empower our rural towns with the necessary means to combat unwanted intrusion from those who wish to change our charming New England character. This includes Northern Pass and the industrial wind farms in the Newfound-Cardigan area that would have a disastrous effect on our scenic beauty.

What is troublesome for me is the two candidates who are behind this mailing are my neighbors in Grafton. They both know me and they should know better. In my 12 years as selectman I have continually worked toward improving education, health care accessibility, and fairness in the way town government treats its citizens. I intend to continue this work in the state House.

I am proud of the fact that our little town of Grafton is fielding five candidates for the state House. Political diversity is the stuff of which our democracy is made. My door is open to all, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians or anybody with views they wish to discuss. This year, in fact, my opponent Catherine Mulholland was at my house enjoying some of my homemade borscht while discussing town issues.

What we need in Concord is someone who listens to all and works for all, not someone who operates in a Democratic Party bubble and tows the party line, as does my opponent. District 17 deserves better than that. I am the person our district needs.

That is why I am asking for your vote on Nov. 4.

Stephen Darrow

Selectman, Town of Grafton

Republican Candidate Grafton House District 17

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 05:38

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What in the world has Republican Party done to earn your vote?

To The Daily Sun,

With all the negative ads being showcased in every state and the GOP licking its chops thinking they will retain the House and take over the Senate, I ask why vote for them? What have they done to earn your vote?

From the very beginning of Obama's presidency the GOP has done nothing less than try to block almost everything he has done or proposed to do. It's no secret that Mitchie has made it a main point of his boring life. He has gone so far as to filibuster his own bills. Just take a glance at Tom Colburn's Wastebook 2013 to see some of the waste in D.C. That would cover any increase in the minimum wage or any one of the number of bills waiting to be voted on. I would think there are better places to invest our tax dollars than some of the examples in Colburns Wastebook.

A perfect example of this political insanity is the election going on in Florida between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott to see who can buy this election. Spending millions for a job that only pays $130,000. Then there is Illinois where Pat Quinn is running against Bruce Rauner. Rauner has invested $23 million in this race for governor — $23 million of his own money for a job that pays just over $177,000. This is happening in many states, but more so in states that run ads paid for by the big PACs.

Why the big fight over the Keystone pipeline? Only a few permanent jobs. The oil is not staying here. Oil prices will increase, more chances for oil spills. The pipe itself is not even built here, and more addiction to oil. Until all this big money is out of politics we will never have an honest election. However, when we consider how the big money got into politics ­— the Supreme Court -— then it may never leave.

As citizens we have rights too and some of them are written into our Constitution and Bill of Rights. We do have laws and it is our country the politicians are messing with. Our tax dollars are paying them and for being paid over $200,000 per year I would expect more than a few roads being named. At least they should throw in a bridge or two.

Jon Hoyt


Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 05:17

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