DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

August 16, 2012

Letters to the editor


Derry News

---- — Support Kevin Smith for governor

To the editor:

I am not normally the type of person who gets involved in political campaigns, but I would be remiss if I did not speak up about this year’s race for governor. As you probably know, Gov. John Lynch is not running for re-election, and the race is wide open.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, I plan to vote for Kevin Smith for governor, and I ask you to take a look at his website (www.kevinsmithforgovernor.com) to learn more about this Londonderry native.

I went to hear Kevin Smith speak at a town hall meeting that he held in Merrimack earlier this summer, and was very impressed by his enthusiasm, his energy, and his plan to make New Hampshire a better place to live and work. I love that he has a detailed plan to bring businesses to New Hampshire, even saying that, as governor, he will cold-call Massachusetts companies to ask them how he can bring them up here.

At the town hall meeting, he told the audience: “I want to be Gov. Deval Patrick’s worst nightmare.” As someone who has commuted to Massachusetts ever since I moved to this state from the Midwest almost 24 years ago, this sentiment truly resonated with me. I would love to have the opportunity to work in this state, to cut down my commute, and to get home earlier so that I can spend more time with my family.

Speaking of family, another issue that is of importance to Kevin Smith that I agree with is how do we keep our children here in New Hampshire instead of going out of state for college and jobs? I can relate to this, as my daughter just graduated college, but did not have many job opportunities here. Alas, she moved out to Arizona to start her career. We need to be able to keep an educated work force here in New Hampshire and create a climate for our young people to want to stay here and raise a family.

Kevin Smith has experience in the private, non-profit and government sectors. He served Londonderry as a state representative in the late 1990s, worked for Gov. Craig Benson and also worked for U.S. Sen. Bob Smith. He understands how to work with all of these sectors on a bipartisan basis to get things done up in Concord, which is something that is desperately needed in the State House. As the father of three young children, Kevin has a vested interest in taking a long-term approach to creating jobs and to keeping our kids here in New Hampshire.

I urge you to vote in the primary on Sept. 11, and to vote for the candidate who is passionate about moving our state in the right direction: Kevin Smith.

Randy McIntyre

Londonderry

Generous donations help soup kitchen

To the editor:

The Sonshine Soup Kitchen was truly blessed by the generosity of the staff and patients at Broadway Chiropractic. We were overwhelmed with joy when they drove up with an entire van full of items from our needs list. Our joy was compounded by the donations of $335 worth of grocery store gift cards, $31 in cash, and $145 in checks! It is amazing that all of these donations were the result of a single day of giving!

We cannot thank them enough for organizing this donation drive. Having their patients give to the Soup Kitchen in lieu of payment for chiropractic services was an inspired approach to fundraising. We truly appreciated them calling us in advance to ask what was most needed. Thanks to all of them we were able to stock our shelves with cleaning products, paper goods, and non-perishable foods. We can now offer our homeless clients backpacks, towels, personal care products, new underwear and socks. We will also have a good amount of children’s socks on hand for “back to school” needs.

The folks at Broadway Chiropractic truly exemplify Jesus’ command to love your neighbor as yourself!

Cynthia Dwyer

Director

Sonshine Soup Kitchen

Derry

Incumbent legislators earn failing grades

To the editor:

Recently, I was at Maggie Hassan’s ice cream social and there was a standing room only crowd to hear the gubernatorial hopeful. When she shared some of the votes that had been passed by the current state legislature, there were some audible gasps in the audience. I was a little surprised that this group of engaged citizens wasn’t more aware of what happened in Concord during the last two years, but then our state representatives and senator haven’t really been shouting their exploits from the rooftops. Let me fill in some of the gaps:

Despite their campaign promises about focusing on jobs, this legislature has prioritized weakening workers’ rights and public education, and sticking their nose into women’s health choices. From the first day on the job in 2010, they have voted to expand access to guns, even against the recommendations of law enforcement. Among those representatives running for re-election, some voted to eliminate the requirement for public kindergarten, to eliminate workers’ rights to organize, to permit 16-year olds to drop out of school, and to cut the cigarette tax costing New Hampshire $20 million in lost revenue.

According to CNBC’s annual list of top states for business, New Hampshire’s ranking dropped in infrastructure, transportation, and education – all areas that received drastic cuts in the GOP’s state budget. New Hampshire’s overall “economic” ranking suffered the biggest drop of all, sending us from 10th to 34th.

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate has dropped only 0.7 percent since the 2010 election, less than half the national average. Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and 33 other states have added jobs at a faster rate, leaving New Hampshire an embarrassing 37th in job growth. Good for business? I don’t think so. Good for New Hampshire? Even less so.

Betsy Burtis

Derry