, Derry, New Hampshire

August 9, 2012

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — Lamontagne is best choice for governor

To the editor:

I am writing this letter in support of Ovide Lamontagne for governor. There is no question in my mind that Ovide is the best person to lead New Hampshire in these difficult economic times. His business experience will certainly be a plus as he deals with the tough state budget process he will ultimately face. As the former chairman of the State Board of Education, he certainly understands the issues facing Derry and other New Hampshire towns as they grapple to balance a great education with limited tax dollars.

On a personal note, Ovide is one of the finest individuals I have had the pleasure to meet and get to know. He will be a fantastic ambassador for our state and will make us proud to live in New Hampshire. Whether you agree or disagree with me, you know he will always do what he thinks is right!

Please join me in voting for the best candidate for governor, Ovide Lamontagne.

Art McLean


Smith has experience needed for governor

To the editor:

Kevin Smith is my choice for governor this Sept. 11 because of his experience in both the public and private sector. Smith has worked in the Statehouse before, and knows that success in government requires bipartisan efforts.

Kevin Smith is a conservative candidate who is willing to work for the best interests of New Hampshire regardless of party affiliation. Smith has outlined a specific plan, he is the only candidate to do so, of his goals for his time in office. Smith wants to cut taxes on businesses to encourage more businesses to move their operations to The Granite State. Additionally, Smith does not support the Obamacare mandate in New Hampshire — he is willing to work for other reforms to help lower insurance costs.

Smith has earned my vote and hopefully he can earn yours as well.

Bill Coyne


Smith is conservative choice for governor

To the editor:

Kevin Smith is opposed to the Obamacare mandate in New Hampshire. Having worked in both the public and private sector, Smith knows how detrimental the effects of Obamacare would be for small businesses in New Hampshire.

Smith has repeatedly said his objective as governor will be to attract businesses back to New Hampshire. Smith has outlined a specific plan for his time in office, in addition to opposing Obamacare, another part of his plan is to cut taxes on businesses.

As a small business owner myself, I am supporting Kevin this September because of his experience and his conservative mindset.

David Lundgren


Olympic athletes inspire with skill

To the editor:

It seems like lately when I read or hear anything about the Olympics, it isn’t about predictions for Jamaican runner Usain Bolt, or the amazing 100 meter dash that ended in a dead tie between two best friends. Lately when I read or hear about the Olympics, it’s about how Congress had to draft legislation ensuring that the U.S. Olympic Team’s clothes were made in the U.S., or it’s about what an inconvenience the Olympics are to people who live in London. I’ve heard complaints from all around the world about fashion, food, and driving, but what I haven’t heard enough of is the athletes.

While I understand that planning and attending the Olympics is a stressful occasion for any nation, I worry that all this hype is detracting from how amazing these Olympians are. I wish the news would broadcast more stories of athletes like American soccer player Hope Solo, who was kidnapped by her father as a child, or Malaysian Nur Suryani Mohammed Taibi, who is competing while eight months pregnant, or amputee runner Oscar Pistorius. These people should be presented as role models for children, because they are the most amazing people in the world right now. They are not only chosen representatives of their country, they are an inspiration to everyone watching.

I know that it’s important to support Team USA, but I think that it is missing the point for Congress to write a letter to the USOC expressing their outrage that the Olympic uniforms were made in China. Their energies would be better spent writing letters to athletes, congratulating them on their frankly awe-inspiring skill. Michael Phelps has won record-breaking amounts of medals. South Korean archer Im Dong Hyun set a world record on the first day of competition — and he is legally blind. These athletes are amazing people; they have come from all over the world, have worked to become the best athletes, have overcome adversity and trained impossibly hard, yet all the media can talk about is how inconvenienced London has been by the Games, and the location of a factory in China.

These athletes, some of whom cannot even vote, should be national role models, not only for teenagers but for everyone. Gymnast Gabby Douglas is 15 years old, and yet I find myself looking up to her. Runner Lolo Jones lived away from home from the time she was in high school so she could train for an event like this. That sort of ambition is inspiring. Shouldn’t someone like that, someone who is the personification of the American Dream, be the focus of news stories more than whether or not the Brits will be able to serve chips at the Olympics?

Team USA deserves to be them on more than just human interest pieces on the news. They are what young people should be seeing all the time because they are what young people should aspire to be. Personally, I think that everyone should set them up as an example of how to follow your dreams regardless of age or circumstances, because the Olympics are a time to believe that people can do anything.

Abby Rugg