, Derry, New Hampshire

August 23, 2012


Derry News

---- — Incumbent legislators earn failing grades

To the editor:

Recently, I was at Maggie Hassan’s ice cream social and there was a standing room only crowd to hear the gubernatorial hopeful. When she shared some of the votes that had been passed by the current state legislature, there were some audible gasps in the audience. I was a little surprised that this group of engaged citizens wasn’t more aware of what happened in Concord during the last two years, but then our state representatives and senator haven’t really been shouting their exploits from the rooftops. Let me fill in some of the gaps:

Despite their campaign promises about focusing on jobs, this legislature has prioritized weakening workers’ rights and public education, and sticking their nose into women’s health choices. From the first day on the job in 2010, they have voted to expand access to guns, even against the recommendations of law enforcement. Among those representatives running for re-election, some voted to eliminate the requirement for public kindergarten, to eliminate workers’ rights to organize, to permit 16-year olds to drop out of school, and to cut the cigarette tax costing New Hampshire $20 million in lost revenue.

According to CNBC’s annual list of top states for business, New Hampshire’s ranking dropped in infrastructure, transportation, and education – all areas that received drastic cuts in the GOP’s state budget. New Hampshire’s overall “economic” ranking suffered the biggest drop of all, sending us from 10th to 34th.

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate has dropped only 0.7 percent since the 2010 election, less than half the national average. Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and 33 other states have added jobs at a faster rate, leaving New Hampshire an embarrassing 37th in job growth. Good for business? I don’t think so. Good for New Hampshire? Even less so.

Betsy Burtis


Support Coyle for county commissioner

To the editor:

Because it isn’t the biggest part of our local tax bills, no one pays much attention to the management of Rockingham County. But over the years the county’s budget has grown to almost $80 million a year. Inattention and business as usual are becoming very expensive.

Fortunately, Kevin Coyle has stepped forward to offer to serve us as a county commissioner. We in Derry have come to know Kevin as a man of integrity who watches out for the interests of the taxpayers. We are lucky to have someone with his knowledge, ability and experience run for this important position.

In the upcoming primary please join me in voting for Kevin Coyle as county commissioner.

Doug Newell


It’s time to

register to vote


To the editor:

Derry residents can register to vote or request changes to your voter record every day that the town clerk’s office is open. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. except lunch and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. except lunch. That’s a lot of chances to register instead of waiting for voting day and having to stand in line for who knows how long!

Also, by law, we have sessions of the supervisors of the checklist and you can come in then to our office, Room 104 of the Town Hall, and register or request changes. Currently, we will be having a session on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Of course, if there is a large turnout we will stay later. With the numerous hours that the town clerk is open, we find that most people register with them and then we enter the records and changes.

What freedoms we have as Americans! We can live a life people in other countries only dream of! Don’t forget to register and exercise your right to vote. You can help choose who runs your town, state and country.

Renee Routhier

Supervisor of the Checklist


Smith is best

choice for governor


To the editor:

I am supporting Kevin Smith in September’s Republican primary for governor. Kevin is a straight shooter with a clearly defined plan for turning this state’s economy around.

Like Kevin, I feel that the best way to improve the job market is to bring businesses, especially manufacturing, back to New Hampshire. Kevin’s plan for making New Hampshire a more enticing place to do business is the only way to create more quality, long-term jobs here in the Granite State. His plan to balance the state budget and bring us to the 21st century is exactly what we need.

Kevin Smith has proven to me that he has the leadership, background, and specific ideas to be successful as our next governor.

Tom Dixon