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July 10, 2014

Letters to the editor

Thanks to Burtis for her service

To the editor:

Before we get much further into the campaign season, I would like to note that state Rep. Betsy Burtis will not run for re-election. Although we have disagreed on the path, Rep. Burtis and I agreed on the goal — a better Derry and state of New Hampshire.

I want to thank her for her service to our town. I hope she will remain involved in our community matters and wish her the best of luck in her future efforts.

Jim Foley

Derry

Guinta can’t run from tea party roots

To the editor:

I read recently that Frank Guinta, our former congressman, claims not to have been a tea partier, saying that he had been “branded” as a tea party member by the election of 2010. Branded? So Guinta believes “tea partier” is a derogatory term, whether his intended meaning of “branded” is marking with a branding iron, or marking with disapproval, stigmatizing. He staunchly denies ever having been a tea partier, and says that not joining the Tea Party Caucus in Congress proves it.

Mr. Guinta protests way too much. He has a long history with the tea party going back to 2009, when he called them “grassroots effort at its finest.” Guinta won the New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition’s straw poll, said he was “honored” by the results, and mentioned attending several tea party events, as well as meetings of the Glenn Beck 9/12 group. A Concord Monitor article reported, “The former Manchester mayor has said he would join a House Tea Party Caucus created this summer by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann ...”

Whether or not he joined, Guinta’s still a tea partier. Just look at his answers to the Raymond Tea Party survey (http://raymondareateaparty.weebly.com/frank-guinta.html), which include supporting a mandate to teach creationism in our schools. His answers are tea party to the core. No matter how much backpedaling he does to fabricate his bipartisan pose, that tea party brand just doesn’t rub off.

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