, Derry, New Hampshire

September 20, 2012

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — Hassan is right choice for governor

To the editor:

I am very pleased that Maggie Hassan will be the Democratic candidate for governor of New Hampshire, running against Ovide Lamontagne.

Maggie is a sensible centrist and a New Hampshire leader in the mold of governors like John Lynch and Jeanne Shaheen. She will work to manage our state in a fiscally responsible way while protecting freedom of choice and other values that are so important to us. As a state senator, she has worked to balance the state budget and she understands the workings of state government.

Her opponent, Ovide Lamontagne, is a perennial candidate having first run for governor 16 years ago. His only experience in state government was his controversial tenure with the New Hampshire Board of Education, where he led a fight to reject federal funds because of the “strings attached” — even though no one could tell us what those strings were as there were none. His personal social agenda includes banning all abortions including in cases of rape and incest, destroying marriage equality, diverting public dollars to private schools, and bringing the teaching of creationism into our schools.

I hope that in the time between now and Nov. 6, you have the opportunity to meet Sen. Hassan and listen to her plans to move New Hampshire forward. I have no doubt that when you do, you will be on her side.

Bob Spiegelman


Helping others is the American way

To the editor:

My tax rate is more than twice Mitt Romney’s but I am not complaining. I have never been on welfare but I have received a lot of help. I went to the public school system in New York City and received an excellent education including arts, music and sports (I was on the math team).

I went on to Brooklyn College where I received a superb education at the taxpayers’ expense and worked in a biology lab, where I was paid from a national grant. This allowed me to go to medical school which I attended with the help of federally guaranteed loans. Then on to residency training which is supported in part from federal dollars. So I got a lot of help and I now employ 35 people, pay lots of taxes and I am giving back.

Today, there is another young child starting out and he or she may one day be a “job creator” and taxpayer and help keep America a great nation. So I will shrug off “Atlas Shrugged” and help someone with their boot straps because someone helped me when I needed it. That’s what it is to be an American.

Wayne L. Goldner, MD


Shea-Porter is best choice for Congress

To the editor:

Carol Shea-Porter served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011 and was defeated by Frank Guinta who arrived with the Tea Party.

What has been happening since Carol has been “out”? Conservative Republicans like Congressman Guinta have refused to raise taxes on the wealthy, and have pushed to replace our guaranteed-benefit Medicare with vouchers (which would lead to over $6,000 per year of individual payments from seniors) and sought to replace Social Security with risky private “investments” on Wall Street. Guinta and the Republicans favor subsidies for home schooling and private schools, not public schools, and also do subsidies for Big Oil but have voted to eliminate Meals on Wheels and cut Medicaid.

What has Carol been for? Carol supported investments in infrastructure such as bridges, roads, rails and power grids plus upgrading old schools. Carol was behind funding to replace the Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth. She has worked and voted to strengthen American small businesses and manufacturing.

Carol wants to be re-elected and continue her good works in the House. She was a prime mover in acquiring funds for the modernization of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. She is in favor of clean energy (such as thermal, solar, wind and tidal) and voted for the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (HR 354) which became law. She believes that it will be good that almost everyone will now have health insurance and that if some cannot pay for it, the government will help them pay for it. She would like both parties to work together for the good of our country.

Sue Kaplan


Romney meddled in embassy crisis

To the editor:

Shortly after noon on Sept. 11 Cairo time, the U.S. Embassy in Egypt issued this statement to the Egyptian people:

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims (referring to the disrespectful film about Mohammed). Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for the religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”

They were clearly trying to cool the situation. The embassy was attacked six hours later.

Mitt Romney released a statement, shortly after four State Department employees were killed in Libya, criticizing the above statement. He now says the president agreed with him.

Not exactly. The president put out a statement saying if he had been there he would have done the same thing.

Mitt should be ashamed of himself. He did the same thing last January when Hillary Clinton was in the middle of delicate negotiations in regards to the blind Chinese dissident, which were successful, no thanks to Mitt. If he wants to criticize, he needs to wait until an event has ended.

That film is akin to shouting fire in a crowded theater — in this case the theater houses over a billion people.

Rebecca Fee