To The Daily Sun,
It is my honor to serve as the Grafton County Commissioner for District 3, comprising 17 towns from Bristol to Orange, Holderness to Canaan. I am writing to announce my campaign for re-election, and am asking for your vote on the primary date, Sept. 9, and again on Nov. 4, the date of the general election.
I am running because my work as your county commissioner is not done. And, having shared part of my current term with our special late friend, Ray Burton, I want to continue working for this great county and in the spirit of Ray's special tradition of public service.
As your county commissioner, I have been a leader who has brought results that have benefited our county. One of my proudest accomplishments has been overseeing the completion of the wood chip biomass plant to its start-up last fall with savings to you, the taxpayers, of $151,000 since last September.
I also organized and led several meetings with providers of mental health care in our region which has been sorely lacking in mental health services for years. I learned an immense amount from this group who struggle on a daily basis in managing the needs of the mentally ill without resources, extra personnel, facilities, or sufficient state support. We are now beginning to see some important changes in the delivery of mental health services, thanks to Gov. Hassan's budget. I will continue to advocate for both the providers and the patients in our county.
The primary responsibilities of the county commissioners are to oversee important county functions administered by the executive director and departmental heads like the highly regarded nursing home, the now two-year-old Department of Corrections in transition with a new superintendent in November, the sheriff's office, dispatch, the Superior Court, and the historic county farm. Managing all this and helping the county's most vulnerable citizens must be balanced by considering an appropriate level of costs of county services and the taxation impact on the county residents. The twenty-seven member County Legislative Delegation has the final vote on the budget each fiscal year based on much study, discussion, and input from many sources.
If re-elected I will continue to be fiscally responsible, but will also be a voice for the needs of our county's citizens, be it the elderly or the troubled youth population. My fellow commissioners, Mike Cryans and Linda Lauer, share this commitment to our social services and non-profit groups in Grafton County. Our county is rebounding from the economic downturn as we are now seeing fewer foreclosures, new business start-ups, and our unemployment rate is the lowest of the 10 New Hampshire counties.
Opposition to the Northern Pass and the industrial wind projects continue to be non-partisan issues in this region and farther north. I will continue my very strong opposition to these projects in how they're sited and will only grudgingly agree to the Northern Pass if it is totally buried in its 187-mile length down the State rights-of-way, thus ensuring revenue to the state. I led the first discussion of this abhorrent project in Holderness in February 2011, got the well-known yellow signs designed, printed, and distributed initially, have attended numerous meetings, and have dogged our candidates about their position on the project.
I urged the Alexandria residents at the outset of Iberdrola's industrial wind plans of "Buyer Beware" and learn the facts, which they surely did in their excellent pursuit of fighting that project which has now been abandoned.
I have a proven track record of leadership, compassion, and integrity. I am asking for your vote on Primary Day, Sept. 9, and on Nov. 4, Election Day. I'll be attending many summer and fall events in my seventeen towns and look forward to meeting many of you. I also welcome your help in my campaign.
Grafton County Commissioner
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 10:38
To The Daily Sun,
The liberal Democrat of today does not support liberty.
Even more ironic, the word "liberal" originates from a Latin word meaning freedom. In the 19th century liberals in this country stood for free speech, free exercise of religion, free markets and free trade. The exact opposite of what they stand for now. They spoke out loudly for minimal interference from state and federal authority while conducting ones life. FDR even expanded the four original freedoms to include freedom from fear, and freedom from want. But FDR unwittingly made one of the greatest blunders of any politician in history. He didn't consider the implications of his logic through to the end. Politicians, no matter how brilliant can only see as far as the next election. FDR's ill-fated reasoning flipped the word "liberalism" into its reverse image.
To address "want" government would not only have to intrude, but in many cases make a mockery of the first four freedoms. That is exactly what has happened over the past 70 years. It is still happening today. Addressing "want" meant government would not only have to become more expansive and more expensive, but most importantly, much more controlling and intrusive. The Gestapo-like intrusions of Obamacare on personal choice and religious beliefs, the massive expansion of welfare and food stamp programs, cash for clunkers and caulkers and the never-ending promotion of government assistance to literally anyone, all trace back to FDR's assault on what liberalism once stood for. And with the same full-throated, arrogant BS then, as now "government knows best," when the truth is (and we all know it) government does not know its derriere from its elbow. It couldn't run a lemonade stand without going bankrupt as half the country would get subsides to buy it whether they worked or not.
The new liberal Democrat is more frightening than ever. They stand for something the very opposite of the word freedom. They endorse government coercion for those who refuse to behave as they demand. Obama turned the full harassment powers of the IRS loose on "free speech" in an attempt to silence dissenting voices that were organizing to oppose him in the 2012 election. Now, to cover it up, the IRS says " the dog ate two years (not two days, or or two months) worth of our e-mails of the villains in order to fully hide the corruption that surely goes to the president.
Does Obama really think we are all stupid? It's more than insulting.
The individual in America now finds himself forever at the U.S. Supreme court trying to protect his liberties and freedoms from attack by Barack Obama and the new liberal Democrat. The court has ruled against Obama 13 times already, stating in every case government is bullying.
The Religious Freedom Reform Act was signed by Bill Clinton, with only three dissenting votes. The same act shredded by Barack Obama today to the applause of the new liberals, with Bernadette Loesch and others doing their best to silence free speech and all dissenters of the Obama administration, characterizing any and all who speak out as evil or racist or both.
The new liberal today is comfortable with using force, harassment and demonization to foist their views on others, whether it be religion or speech. Today's liberal wants to push people around to prevent them from speaking out about the failure of government and its assault on our individual freedoms.
I guarantee, our founders are grave rolling watching Obama and the new liberal democrats of 2014. There is no connection between the word freedom and the person known today as a liberal, no matter its Latin roots.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 11:30
To The Daily Sun,
The goal of any government should be the delivery of essential services on a cost-effective basis. The means to achieve this goal is to work within a structure of bipartisan government utilizing reason, negotiation and compromise to forge consensus. It looks as if that is finally happening in the nation's "most deliberative body," the U.S. Senate.
The Veteran's Reform Bill, after passing in the U.S. House, has been approved by the Senate and goes on to the president for his signature. The bill addresses the long wait-times that our nation's veterans have had to endure to get their essential medical care.
The two senators from New Hampshire — Shaheen and Ayotte — worked together to include a provision that allows veterans to go outside the state, as well as VA facilities to get their required health care. If a veteran lives more than 20 miles from a VA facility that offers "hospital care," he or she can receive care at any local hospital that is approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
This is a needed change in veterans' medical care and shows what elected officials can accomplish through bipartisan negotiation and compromise. I commend our senators for their work on this issue and hope it leads the way to further compromise and progress.
Candidate for State Rep. - the Lakes Region
Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 11:24
To The Daily Sun,
Is illegal immigration good for our nation? No.
About 21.5 million (bout 9.5 million unemployed and 12 million labor force dropouts who couldn't find jobs) more Americans could be employed if there were available jobs. Millions of illegal aliens take jobs that unemployed Americans could take.
Most illegals are relatively uneducated and unskilled and so they join the labor pool of uneducated and unskilled Americans which already has our highest unemployment rate (almost 10 percent). Increasing the number of people looking for fewer jobs allows employers to pay lower wages which makes our working poor even poorer.
Does it help a nation to have lots of people on unemployment, welfare, food stamps, etc.? No. Poor people are supported by the people who do earn money. Many taxpayers struggle financially because of low wages, reduced working hours, and high prices (increased by government requirements and demand from taxpayer supported unemployment and welfare recipients).
It's best for a nation, and its people can prosper if everyone has a job that provides goods and services that people and businesses need, want, and can afford.
A nation, its leaders, and its laws lose respect when politicians and bureaucrats refuse to enforce our immigration laws that protect our citizens and our sovereignty.
Our nation has stringent requirements for immigrating legally, e.g., health, skills, and financial independence, to ensure that immigrants contribute to our country and don't harm or burden others. Is it fair to the millions of legal immigrants and foreigners trying to come here legally that illegal aliens are rewarded with benefits and allowed to stay? No.
Illegal aliens may bring diseases that spread to others and require costly treatments. Illegal aliens burden taxpayers by obtaining benefits and services far in excess to the taxes they pay. A disproportionate number of illegal aliens commit crimes and accidents that hurt legal residents, burden our justice system, and increase taxes.
If unrestricted immigration were good for our nation, then why is it illegal? Unrestricted immigration is illegal because it is bad for our nation and for our citizens, because the American people know that it is bad, and because politicians know that the American people are already angry at politicians for not enforcing our laws.
Nevertheless, Washington politicians tolerate, and even seem to encourage, illegal immigration. Why? Because illegal immigration benefits some powerful special interests which richly reward the politicians who allow it.
This November we have the chance to replace New Hampshire's two Congresswomen and Senator Shaheen who put their own interests and those of special interests and illegal aliens above what is best for the American people.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 11:21
To The Daily Sun,
Well, well, who could have guessed Nancy Polosi in a TV interview with Candy Crowley came to a meeting of the minds? Hamas is really a charitable organization, um um, um um. Good grief.
Someone please either wake me up from this nightmare or wake them up. How can anyone take news reporting on NBC seriously when we see this kind nonsense presented to viewers? How does anyone consider Crowley as an objective reporter when she not only feeds into this kind of foolishness and then fails to challenge Polosi's position? I can only shake my head and say again, Good grief.
Just for the record, Hamas is a terrorist organization — period. Hamas is the aggressor in this latest episode of violence, as it has been in all episodes of its existence. Hamas is part of the Muslim brotherhood with a charter which calls for the destruction of Israel and the death of all Jews worldwide. The closest parallel we in the West have ever seen is the KKK. (Strange how liberals choose to miss that connection.)
Anyone on the left want to debate that Hamas is a terrorist organization? Anyone on the left want to debate that Hamas was the aggressor? Anyone on the left ready to admit that Nancy Polosi and Candy Crowley are, at best, are fools?
Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 11:12