, Derry, New Hampshire

November 22, 2012

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — Together, we’ll build the state’s future

To the editor:

Thank you to the people of New Hampshire for the trust you have placed in me. I am truly grateful. I will work as hard as I can to serve you and to continue to earn that trust. Together, we can build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where our businesses can grow, flourish and create good jobs for our people.

I have always known that New Hampshire is a special place, with a community of people who come together to solve our common challenges. My husband, Tom, and I have experienced that first-hand while raising our son, Ben. Ben is a smart, funny Exeter High School graduate who happens to have severe physical disabilities.

Because of advocates who came before us, Ben was able to remain at home and attend public schools in Exeter, where he made friends and grew up to be the wonderful young man he is today. It was the sense of community that we felt in our home town while raising Ben and our daughter, Meg, that helped inspire me to enter public service more than a decade ago.

And it is that same sense of community and coming-together that I intend to bring with me to the Statehouse. New Hampshire faces great challenges in the coming years to ensure we are building a strong and vibrant economic future, and I know that, most of all, the people of our state expect their government to work in order to keep us moving forward.

The incoming legislature will be more evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. We should see this not as an obstacle, but as an opportunity to move beyond the partisan divide. The challenges our state faces must be met with the best solutions and ideas we can muster. Good ideas and good people reside on both sides of the aisle.

In the coming weeks, I will be reaching out to legislators and people across New Hampshire — Democrats, independents and Republicans — to ask for their help and advice.

We will build a New Hampshire that nurtures innovation and entrepreneurs. Where businesses can and want to grow. Where young people will stay and work, and create their own new companies. A New Hampshire where every child goes to a good school; where all families can afford college; and where all of our workers can get the training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Together, we will build a smarter, transparent state government on a foundation of fiscal responsibility and common sense. We will meet our responsibilities, and we will do so without an income or sales tax. And we will continue to ensure that all of our citizens share in the liberties and rights our state holds so dear.

Over the past year, I’ve met many wonderful people across New Hampshire. Parents and teachers who care about our schools and the education of our children. Firefighters and police officers, and the people they serve, who want to keep our state the safest in the nation. Women and men who care about access to health care for everyone. Construction workers, truck drivers, business owners and public employees who want to build stronger communities and a stronger future.

I met some of the men and women building the new renewable energy plant in Berlin, who want to continue to build a new economic future for the North Country. Business owners who want to do right by their workers, but are worried about rising health care and workers’ compensation costs. Parents who are afraid they won’t be able to afford to send their children to college.

Know that I will take what I heard from you, what I learned from you, with me into the governor’s office. And I’m going to work every day to keep listening, because it is only together that we will build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.

As governor, my door will always be open, and I want to hear from all Granite Staters who are willing to contribute their talent, energy, and ideas to moving New Hampshire forward. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us to make progress for our state. It will take all of us coming together, and I hope that each and every citizen will participate. Because that’s always been the New Hampshire way. Together, we will move forward.

Thank you again, New Hampshire.

Maggie Hassan


Soup kitchen appreciates support

To the editor:

The Sonshine Soup Kitchen is blessed to have the support of local businesses such as the Hampshire First Bank in Londonderry. We appreciated the opportunity to work with them during their Document Shredding Day event last month. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Hampshire First for asking customers to donate canned goods to the Soup Kitchen in exchange for having their documents shredded. The food collected during this event will help restock our shelves for the winter months, when we will see an increase in the number of guests we serve.

The Sonshine Soup Kitchen operates solely on donations. It is vital to our mission to have the continued support of the entire community. We are grateful that Hampshire First Bank is committed to helping provide that support. Please keep the Soup Kitchen and our guests in your thoughts and prayers.

Cynthia Dwyer

Executive director

Sonshine Soup Kitchen