, Derry, New Hampshire

December 20, 2012

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — Support the fight

against lung disease

To the editor:

As holiday cards begin arriving, many Northeast residents will notice envelopes decorated with the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals — a critical cornerstone in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air for more than 100 years. The Christmas Seals campaign was first introduced in 1907 as a way to stamp out tuberculosis. Today, the seal continues to be an important means of funding our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

While the Christmas Seal looks like a postage stamp, it has no monetary value; yet, the donations that stand behind each seal are invaluable.

The seal helps fund our ongoing efforts to combat lung diseases like lung cancer, asthma, influenza and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Throughout the years, the Christmas Seal has supported our work to fund lung disease research, eliminate smoking on airplanes, strengthen the Clean Air Act and help generations quit smoking.

As we celebrate the spirit of giving this holiday season, the Lung Association wishes to say “thank you” to all our supporters, both old and new, who have used the Christmas Seal as a way to join our fight against lung disease — the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Your continued support gives us hope that one day we will live in a world free of lung disease. To those who have not supported Christmas Seals in the past, we invite you to begin a new holiday tradition. Visit to learn more.

Jeff Seyler

President and CEO

American Lung Association of the Northeast


Ayotte is not

serving state well

To the editor:

New Hampshire voters made a mistake by electing Kelly Ayotte our senator. I imagine the hope was that Ayotte would follow the example of prior Republican female senators from New England: Margaret Chase Smith, Olympia Snow and Susan Collins — all independent, sensible and practical thinkers. What we got is not even close. Ayotte has agreed to become an acolyte to the GOP far right and their hyper-partisan ways.

Unfortunately, Ayotte has decided to replace her independent thought and voice with the right’s sound bites. Her recent statements on Benghazi have been a complete parroting of McCain’s remarks.

Instead of going to Washington to be her own person, she folded under the influence of John Sununu and John McCain. Sununu sucked her into being a Romney surrogate by whispering in her ear about being a vice presidential candidate. Surprisingly, she has figured that being part of McCain’s backup group in the Benghazi-gate boondoggle would be good for her career. Ayotte ought to understand the concept of innocent until proven guilty better than most. I don’t think Margaret Chase Smith would have joined up so willingly. Chase Smith didn’t tolerate Joe McCarthy’s witch hunt and called him out. Ayotte should preserve her own integrity and let McCain continue to make a fool of just himself.

Since joining the Senate, Ayotte has spent more time advocating for Romney and enabling McCain’s Benghazi folly than working for New Hampshire. Chalk one up for ambition. She is now threatening to block any secretary of state nomination over Benghazi, an unprecedented threat by any measure.

What portion of her constituents does she represent when supporting the preservation of the Bush tax cuts for families earning over $250,000 per year? Why did she stand by, without comment, and let the New Hampshire Republican legislature attack every program that supports the lower and middle classes? Her support of Paul Ryan’s budget is very troubling and certainly not in the best interests of New Hampshire.

Sen. Ayotte would better serve her ambitions by spending more time at her job as senator and less time at the microphone. So far she is not very good at either one.

Dave Potter

North Hampton