Smith understands businesses’ challenges
To the editor:
As a small business owner, I very much appreciate the understanding shown by Republican candidate for governor Kevin Smith of the challenges facing our state. Kevin understands that New Hampshire businesses pay some of the highest business taxes in the country and he is seeking to change that.
As far as I’ve seen, Smith is the only candidate in this race who has put together a specific plan to improve our economy and foster a more friendly environment. Smith’s common sense reforms of reducing high taxes and regulatory burdens will change the way businesses inside and outside of New Hampshire think about our state and will lead us to a new era of prosperity creating new jobs across the state.
On Sept. 11, please cast your vote in the primary for Kevin Smith.
Faye H. Sell
Rausch gets job
done in Senate
To the editor:
Several weeks ago – in his quiet and unassuming way – Sen. Jim Rausch signed up for re-election to New Hampshire State Senate. I am delighted that Jim is running for re-election.
Sen. Rausch has been a hard-working and accessible public servant for the communities of Derry, Hampstead and Windham and has produced some significant results. Among his accomplishments was working with legislators from across the political spectrum and Gov. John Lynch to establish an education funding formula to stabilize school funding so our communities receive level funding. This is so important. Our local leaders who have had to scramble in years past because the state didn’t have its act together and didn’t know how much aid each community would receive. It isn’t easy writing your local school budget when the amount of state funding is a mystery.
Sen. Rausch also obtained $7.8 million dollars in renovation funds for the regional career technical education center at Pinkerton Academy. This means that the children of Derry and surrounding communities will be have a multitude of educational options and opportunities to attain a career and earn a good living.
Jim Rausch is a results-oriented state senator who focuses on the issues and doesn’t get bogged down in partisan politics. He gets things done and it is my hope that you will join me in supporting Jim Rausch for State Senate.
Olympics are over but games continue
To the editor:
The Olympic Games have closed, the vice presidential candidate has been announced and local candidate signs are disappearing — it must be election season in Londonderry.
The state primary is little more than a week away (Sept. 11) and things must be heating up because signs are disappearing. Why is it necessary to resort to such low tactics?
RSA 664:14 states that political signs may be removed from public property by state or town maintenance or law enforcement personnel. The property owner or those authorized by the property owner may remove signs placed on private property without owner consent and improper political advertising may be removed by law enforcement personnel.
It is a criminal offense to remove, deface or destroy political advertising per RSA 664:21, VI (a)-(b) which allows a $1,000 civil penalty per violation.
Our state representatives earn $200 per session and spend a lot more than they earn on signs alone. These games should stop; the voters of Londonderry are entitled to a fair and honest campaign season.
Cindi Rice Conley
Shed no tears for
the very wealthy
To the editor:
To those who shed tears for the super-wealthy supposedly paying an unfairly high portion of federal income taxes, consider: These people make so much money that if it were not for the special tax advantages created and designed by them and sneaked through Congress by their lobbyists, they should probably be paying more to be fair. Heard of anyone making $20 million who in one year paid a rate under 14 percent? Sure, lots of money, but not fair in relation to the tax rates or what most middle-class people pay.
Those who pay little or no federal income taxes are largely elderly, infirm and mostly the hard-working poor who earn so little as not to reach the threshold for income taxes — based on our long-standing, humane progressive tax system designed to limit poverty. But the working poor do pay local and state taxes as well as federal payroll taxes (Social Security and Medicare). And the working poor and most middle-class taxpayers pay the full Social Security tax rate on every penny they earn, while those earning above about $106,000 don’t pay any Social Security tax on any amount above that. That’s a very clear tax advantage for the very wealthy.
So readers, don’t be suckered into feeling sorry for the so-called unfairness of our tax system to the super-wealthy. Listen to them and their advocates and you are being snookered. They are laughing at you all the way to their bank — in whatever country they keep their money.
for state Senate
To the editor:
I am writing in support of Jim Rausch for state Senate. I have worked with Jim for many years and found him to be intelligent, informed, hands-on and someone who dedicates much of his time to make Derry and District 19 a better place.
Serving in the Senate requires intelligence, diligence, and an ability to recognize an issue and be a quick learner. Jim has these qualities and applies them to some very important issues that affect us all such as I-93, social issues, and education funding. Jim fights for lower taxes, and works to attract business to New Hampshire by supporting bills like HB 593 — a gaming bill that would have made New Hampshire the most attractive state in the country to locate a business and substantially reduce property taxes. He has supported education funding bills that ensure continued state aid to Derry.
Please join me in supporting Jim Rausch for state Senate.
Frank V. Sapareto
Support an appointed treasurer for Derry
To the editor:
We are respectfully asking Derry residents to support the charter change to have an appointed rather than an elected town treasurer. We both spoke in support of this charter amendment at the Town Council’s public hearing held on June 11, 2012. So, why do we support this change?
Over the years, the position of town treasurer has become more complex and the responsibilities have significantly increased. These require that the person holding the position be qualified by having an accounting education and background. The position involves much more than signing the checks each week for all town expenditures, which is a small part of the treasurer’s responsibilities. The position handles over $100 million dollars a year, is responsible for investing the town’s funds, managing multiple bank accounts, electronically signing off on multiple transactions weekly and maintaining a set of financial records apart from the town’s operating records. The treasurer must precisely follow specific RSAs that set forth the treasurer’s responsibilities, primarily RSA 41:29 - “Duties of Elected and Appointed Town Treasurers.”
By providing for an appointed town treasurer, the town can properly review the credentials of the people being considered for appointment and ensure that the treasurer is a highly qualified person to be entrusted with the town’s funds. Under the current charter provisions, an individual that is not qualified to undertake the treasurer’s responsibilities could run for and be elected to the position. The proposed change will ensure that the town continues to have a qualified person performing the treasurer’s duties.
We strongly urge you to support Charter Amendment 1 on the Sept. 11, 2012, Town of Derry ballot.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Rita M. Correia
Frank L. Childs
Chief Financial Officer
done @headBriefs:well for N.H.
To the editor:
I would like to respond to a letter to the editor from Betsy Burtis, It seems that this letter is somewhat full of half-truths, and really doesn’t represent what I and other legislators have worked on in Concord for the past two years.
I pride myself as being a independent thinker and not a tin soldier who follows the leader and votes because I was told to vote that way.
The Republican-controlled House and Senate have been able to turn an $800 million deficit that was inherited from the Democrats into a balanced budget, and have also reduced some of the 100 taxes and fees the Democrats had imposed on citizens of our state in the process.
We managed to get Derry the $7 million back from the state that the Democrats took away from our education funding.
As far as expanding access to guns, our constitution clearly states the people have the right to bear arms and the Supreme Court has affirmed this. I do not believe we expanded access to guns. The requirements to own or have a gun has not changed. I did vote to allow people to defend them self against criminals — by the way criminals do not ask for permission to carry guns.
Burtis says we “allow 16-year-olds to drop out of school.” This is not as cut and dry as Burtis presented it. A 16-year-old cannot just decide not to go to school, the child must to have consent of the parents before dropping out. The reasoning behind this bill was if a 16- or a 17-year-old really doesn’t want to be there, they may very well be a distraction to the rest of the class and the quality of education goes down for the children that want to learn.
The cigarette tax has rebounded and is revenue neutral. It was lowered because for the first time New Hampshire saw surrounding states gaining sales more than our state.
It has been fast two years and I believe this legislative body has done lots of good things. It has done some things I didn’t like as well. I don’t think the work is done. We need to maintain the balanced budget; we need to continue to work to make New Hampshire more attractive to business. New Hampshire’s people are its greatest asset with their work ethic, their personality, and their intellect. We need to expand on that.
State Rep. Jim Webb