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October 11, 2012

Letters to the editor

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Mitt Romney plans to allow more flexibility and make health care more efficient by allowing purchase of health plans across state lines, a stop to frivolous medical lawsuits, and better fraud prevention. He also plans new options (“choices”) for investment of Social Security funds collected to improve the below-market returns now obtained.

These are solutions we need to problems Obama has just avoided. And if you don’t believe this, wait until you see your paychecks — for those who have them — in 2014! We need Romney!

Elizabeth Thomas

Londonderry

Vote to make education a priority

To the editor:

Our children’s educational opportunities are under attack in New Hampshire. This election could result in a severe impact to public education and to the career opportunities of our youth.

The extreme leadership in the New Hampshire House attempted to abolish kindergarten. There is no reason to believe that they won’t try again next session. They did succeed in cutting funding for our state colleges and universities. New Hampshire was already last in the nation in per capita funding for public higher education. If the state doubled its support, we would still be ranked last. The cut was the largest percentage cut (49 percent) in our state’s history. This will ultimately raise tuition costs for thousands of students.

What does this mean for New Hampshire’s future? According to the American Community Survey, New Hampshire already ranks fourth from the bottom of native-born New Hampshire citizens holding bachelor’s degrees. These devastating cuts will mean that access to higher education will become even more limited. It seems the right-wing extremists in charge of our New Hampshire legislature are steamrolling the state toward the absolute bottom of the list. Move over, Mississippi. Make room for New Hampshire.

This same extremist legislature cut cigarette taxes by 10 cents per pack at the expense of our youth’s educational opportunities. And they downshifted educational costs to local communities. That means higher property taxes for Derry residents. At a time when funds are slim, they have made it more difficult for Derry citizens to stay in their homes..

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