Work together for solving problems
To the editor:
On March 6, the New Hampshire House voted to accept a bipartisan solution to a problem faced by 77 communities across our state. With a vote of 302-34, we accepted a solution to a promise made by the state and about to be broken.
When the state budget estimates were being considered, there was an error in the process which told towns that they could expect the same level of stabilization grant as in the prior year. This was not correct. School budgets were presented and voted on at school district annual meetings and deliberative sessions all over the state based on this misunderstanding. Without quick action, school districts would have been forced to cutback or ask the voters for more money.
When the error was discovered, it took very little time for state Sen. Molly Kelly to step forward to address the issue; state Sen. Sharon Carson and I signed on to cosponsor the effort, which created the funds to keep the promise made to our community and 76 others.
As a result, Londonderry will be receiving the more than $300,000 it was told it could expect from the state of New Hampshire. Londonderry’s Superintendent of Schools Nate Greenberg said; “Passage of SB 40 is of significant importance, as failure to do so would require us to curtail purchases of supplies, equipment, materials and, in all likelihood, significantly limit the hiring of substitutes during the remainder of the school year.”
Instead of wasting time making political points, the New Hampshire Senate and House moved quickly to come to agreement across the aisle to provide the necessary funding to make this right. There were no misleading statements, no finger-pointing; the Legislature simply recognized the problem, and worked together to find a common sense New Hampshire solution.
I hope that this might serve as a model for other issues facing our state: how to present a responsible balanced budget, how to deal with damaged bridges and roads, how to fund the promise of an adequate education for our young people in an age of intense international competition.
These are not easy problems to solve. They require thoughtful discussion and a refusal to add empty rhetoric to serious potential solutions.
When we can face squarely and honestly the difficult fiscal issues facing us, and focus on finding New Hampshire solutions to New Hampshire problems, then we do our best to serve our community, our state, and all the working families and others who look to us for leadership.
Let’s use the bipartisan intention to solve problems as a way to move New Hampshire forward to better schools, better infrastructure and a healthy business and economic climate.
State Rep. Lisa I. Whittemore
Ayotte falls in with bad crowd
To the editor:
New Hampshire has always been a state of rational, intelligent conservatism. Sen. Kelly Ayotte has me worried.
After respectable service in New Hampshire state government, she seems to have gone insane in Washington. First, it was joining the attempt to politicize the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya. Now there is talk about her cosponsoring a bill that would support Israel if it starts a war with Iran. This would give Israel a green light for war. Insanity!
While in Washington, she seems to have fallen in with a bad crowd: Sen. Lindsey Graham, the poster boy of the extreme right wing politics; Sen. John McCain, a once honorable man who has become a fan of war. Most people gain wisdom as they age. I don’t know what happened with McCain. Perhaps that is the “maverick” in McCain coming out.
We are sick of war, Kelly. Come home to New Hampshire values. Grab hold of your own head, give up the insane.
We must face North Korean threats
To the editor:
General Kang Pyo Yong of North Korea recently said: “When we shell (the missiles), Washington, which is the stronghold of evils, will be engulfed in a sea of fire.” The North Korean National Defense Commission stated: “In the new phase of our century-long struggle against the United States, we do not hide the fact that various satellites, long-range missiles that we will continue to launch and high-level nuclear tests we will conduct will target our sworn enemy, the United States.”
North Korean intransigence on the discontinuation of its nuclear weapons and missile development programs has fostered the current volatile situation with the United States. It has conducted three nuclear weapons tests and long-range missile tests in recent years. The missiles could possibly reach Hawaii, Alaska and the West Coast of the United States.
We need to ensure our early warning detection systems can shoot down their missiles and we need to review our contingency plans targeting their missile and nuclear sites. We need adequate deterrent forces in the region, including a robust South Korean military. We might want to consider encouraging Japan, an ally, to enlarge and strengthen its military capabilities.
Donald A. Moskowitz