To The Daily Sun,
We're not far away from Election Day and there's one topic I must discuss that can have an effect on us all: voting.
I am not going to harangue you to exercise your constitutional right and vote. Nope. Not me.
Instead I am going to ask you to think about the upcoming elections in your town/city/state, about the candidates running for office, and to ponder any ballot initiatives that may also be on the ballot. Then after taking all of those things into account I want you to consider a drastic action: Don't vote.
"But....but, but why?" you may ask.
It's simple, really. It's not that I think you should boycott Election Day. I don't.
It's not that I think it's a waste of time. It isn't.
It's not that I think you don't have the right to vote. I believe you do.
It's that far too many voters don't have a clue about who or what they're voting for or against. They don't know the candidates running, particularly for town, city, county, or state offices. They don't know anything about the various ballot initiatives that may be on the ballot. A few moments pondering them in the voting booth can't possibly impart any knowledge about the pluses or minuses about them or any of the unintended consequences of such initiatives. These voters go in blind, vote, and feel better about themselves for a few minutes before moving on with their lives. They have little idea what or who they've voted for and then they're surprised when the candidate they elected hoses the electorate or the initiative they voted on has consequences that cause problems far beyond its intentions.
What it comes down to is ignorant voters cause havoc far beyond anything anyone could possibly imagine. People we wouldn't otherwise trust end up in office and then screw things up. Ballot initiatives cause problems or costs money that wasn't allocated or boosts taxes in unexpected ways.
It comes down to this: If you don't know who to vote for, then don't vote for anyone. If you don't know how you should vote on a ballot initiative because you don't know about the issue, then don't vote on it either way. If there's only one race you're interested in or you know who you want to vote for, and more importantly why, then vote for that person. Otherwise leave the rest of the ballot blank. There's no law that says you have to cast a vote for every office or ballot initiative.
When Election Day arrives and you haven't followed the campaigns of anyone running for office or don't have a clue about any of the ballot initiatives, then I must make this appeal to you: Please don't vote. You're not doing yourself or anyone else any favors and you'll just screw it up for everyone else.
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:55
To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to Patrick Wood's letter in the Oct. 23 edition of The Sun.
I find it interesting that you list all of President Obama's successes while failing to also tell us just how these successes were anything but. Since you didn't feel the need to do so, I figured I would address a few of your points.
— He saved our automobile industry from collapse: No, he did not. He unconstitutionally interfered in the bankruptcy process of both GM and Chrysler. Both companies would have survived Chapter 11 and come out it in a better position to thrive. But by his interference he cost taxpayers billions of dollars we will never get back. He handed over large portion of GM to the UAW, stiffing the bondholders in the process. It was the over-the-top union contracts that helped drive GM into bankruptcy and Obama rewarded them by ripping off the bondholders — mostly mutual funds owned by retirement and pension funds.
— He has practically eliminated our dependence on foreign oil: I'm sorry Patrick, but this happened in spite of Obama. He's tried everything to quash development of our expanding oil and natural gas reserves. He closed federal lands to oil and gas exploration. He's also made it more expensive to move that oil by using every delaying tactic to prevent construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
— He has helped to bring our unemployment down from over 10 percent to under 6 percent: Umm, no. The actual unemployment rate — the so-called U6 rate — is still above 12 percent. The unemployment figures you're touting as a success merely signify that the number of people collecting unemployment has dropped. That doesn't mean they're employed. It means their unemployment benefits have been exhausted, and when that happens they drop off the unemployment roles. We now have a labor participation rate that hasn't been this low in over four decades.
— He has established a system to provide health insurance for millions: Wrong again. Obamacare doesn't provide one more bit of health care to anyone. You've made the mistake so many others have that somehow access to health insurance automatically equates to access to health care. It does not. It has also stripped millions of Americans of health insurance they already had, already liked, and could already afford and replaced it with something that is more expensive, provides less coverage, and in many cases means they can no longer see doctors they've had for years. How can that be considered a success?
— He has reduced the unfettered increases in our national debt: Really? This president who created more debt than all of the other presidents combined? He wasted hundreds of billions of dollars on a stimulus plan that did nothing more than fill the pockets of cronies and political supporters while doing nothing to help the economy. If you think that over $500 billion in deficit spending this past fiscal year is a reduction, then you've forgotten the trillion dollar deficits he created year after year after year. If a trillion dollar deficit is a problem, then a $500 billion deficit is not the solution.
And one last one — He has built an international coalition to confront ISIL: As compared to the coalitions both George H.W Bush and George W. Bush put together, Obama's is a loose gathering of parties that do not trust each other and have little or no trust in Obama. The president's response to ISIL wouldn't even have been necessary if he hadn't prematurely cut and run from Iraq.
I could go on and on, but frankly I don't see the point. I have no doubt you will see my take on your list of Obama's successes as nothing but political sour grapes. But I am a student of history, and I know a weak and ineffective leader when I see one, and Obama is that kind of leader. He's not successful by any measure.
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:50
To The Daily Sun,
Regarding my involvement in local politics in Gilford, Mr. Horvath in a recent letter, mentions my pandering to special interests. If he considers the following community involvement within that definition, then who would have thought that we could actually agree on something.
Working together in support of quality education, our schools, library, and teachers and staff; supporting and valuing the work of our town employees, both in the workplace and in our community; supporting our public safety personnel including our fire department; working together over the years to help make Gilford a wonderful place to live, raise a family and create a true sense of community.
Moving on to the county, I stand with the hard-working county employees and support a new jail that is affordable and meets all of our requirements and objectives. Also, my hope is that we can all move forward with a better working relationship and actually be effective for the citizens of Belknap County.
As your state representative, I supported, investing in quality education and infrastructure, local businesses and the economy, expanding quality health care for our citizens, protecting women's rights, and provided a voice for those who might otherwise go unheard.
Yes, these are some of the issues that I stand for, and I'm proud of it!
To the citizens of Gilford and Meredith, I respectfully ask for your vote on Nov. 4. You deserve a committed and sensible representative that puts people first before politics, ideology, or numbers on a ledger sheet, and actually shows up to get it done.
Thank you for your consideration and the privilege to serve you. I urge you to please get out and vote and I look forward to seeing you at the polls.
I wish all the candidates the best on Election Day.
I also ask that you please vote for Nancy Frost, Sandi Mucci and Dorothy Piquado for State Rep, Gilford and Meredith, Andrew Hosmer for State Senate and David Pollak for County Commissioner, if you live in Laconia, Sanbornton, or New Hampton.
For more information, assistance, or to support my re-election, please visit www.lisadimartino4rep.com.
Belknap 2, Gilford and Meredith
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:45
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