Trump fails the most with climate change
To the editor:
Although this election season is upon us and the races for the presidential seat is heating up, Donald Trump is still our current president. I am not going to lie, I do not agree with the president at all on numerous issues from healthcare to the economy. But where he seems to fail the most is with climate change.
On Sept. 14, President Trump was in a meeting about the dangers of the California wildfires and the effects they were having on the state. That is when a heated moment occurred between the president and Wade Crowfoot, who oversees California's Natural Resource Agency.
Crowfoot remarked about the impacts climate change are having on the wildfires to which the president replied, "It'll just start getting cooler, just you watch." Dismissing the remark Crowfoot has made. But which Crowfoot remarked, "I wish science agreed with you." And the president said, "Well, I don't think science knows, actually."
These kind of remarks by the president are extremely dangerous, as we are facing a global climate crisis. About 97% of climate scientists agree that man-made emissions are dangerously warming the earth and causing effects, like the intense wildfires in California. President Trump is making very dangerous moves by discounting science and the crisis that we face.
Not voting for Richard Tripp
To the editor:
Last fall I was discussing a serious neighborhood issue with a neighbor, who suggested that I contact Richard Tripp, councilor for District 1.
I sent him an email on Nov. 3, 2019, describing the problem and asked for some direction to deal with it. He emailed back on Nov. 5, thanking me and saying he would look into it.
On Dec. 13, I sent him an update of my progress and requested an update from him, and received no response. I called him and left a message on Jan. 7, 2020. To date, I have received no response from him.
I believe we elect politicians to represent our concerns and address these issues in government, making it vital to communicate with the people who entrusted you with that position.
Ann Marie Abramo
This Republic is voting for Biden
To the editor:
I am a Republican who will be voting for Joe Biden. To all who are planning to vote for Donald Trump, including people that I know and love, please read on.
You and I probably get our news from different sources and, as a result, we may have a different understanding of various issues. But the following are facts that I don’t think you would dispute and I ask that you consider them.
Why do you suppose that five of the president’s hand-picked advisers have been found guilty of crimes, some of whom are in prison as you read this? (Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, and Roger Stone.)
Why do you suppose that well-respected military and intelligence leaders have taken the unprecedented step of publicly opposing the re-election of the president? (John Kelly, Retired Marine Corp General; Jim Mattis, Retired Marine Corp General; Colin Powell, retired General and former Secretary of State; John Brennan, former CIA Director; KT McFarland, former Deputy National Security Advisor.)
Why do you suppose that 300 members of the Bush administration or campaigns are publicly backing Biden? Or that 100 former staff of McCain's congressional offices and campaigns also endorsed Biden for president?
Why do you suppose that Trump’s cabinet has had more “acting secretaries” than any of his predecessors?
Why do you suppose that norms long held in our government have been ignored since 2016? (No presidential tax returns, no medical records, no compliance with the Hatch Act, no regularly scheduled press conferences, no party platform.)
Why do you suppose that Bob Woodward, having written extensively about nine presidents has, for the first time, felt compelled to express a personal opinion about this president? His conclusion: “Trump is the wrong man for the job” ("Rage," page 392.)
Why do you suppose that prominent Republican and conservative writers oppose the president? (Bill Kristol, George Will, David Frum, and the late Charles Krauthammer.)
In October 2016, Mr. Krauthammer wrote: “This election is not just about placing the nuclear codes in Trump’s hands. It’s also about handing him the instruments of civilian coercion, such as the IRS, the FBI, the FCC, the SEC. Imagine giving over the vast power of the modern state to a man who says in advance that he will punish his critics and jail his opponent. It takes decades, centuries, to develop ingrained norms of political restraint and self-control. But they can be undone in short order by a demagogue feeding a vengeful populist. “
I’m guessing that the Republican Senators who have not asked these questions of themselves (Lindsay Graham comes to mind), were acting in their own self-interest. They didn’t want the president to “primary” them; they want to keep their jobs. You have no such reason to not consider these facts. Please, in the privacy of your mind ask yourself, why?
Republicans seek vote of Windham citizens
To the editor:
As the four Republican candidates for state representative from Windham, we write for two reasons.
First, to thank all those who voted in the Sept. 8 primary for selecting us as the Republican Party standard-bearers for the general election on Nov. 3. We are honored and humbled by your support and we pledge to do all within our power to live up to the trust and confidence you have placed in us.
Our second reason for writing is to seek the vote of all the citizens of Windham in the general election.
We know that the overwhelming majority of Windham residents share our view that Chris Sununu has done an outstanding job as governor of our state and that he deserves to be – and will be – reelected. But to be fully effective, Governor Sununu needs to be supported by a Republican majority in the legislature.
As Republicans, we share Gov. Sununu’s commitment to preserving the “New Hampshire Advantage.” That means maintaining a system of state government in which taxes are low, the regulatory environment is non-onerous, and individual freedom and responsibility are foundational principles. We all are firmly committed to ensuring that there shall be no sales or income tax in New Hampshire.
Unfortunately, our opponents in the Democratic Party do not share these values. We do not suggest that they are bad people; on the contrary, we acknowledge them as our friends and neighbors.
However, their view of the world is that the answer to virtually all problems, large or small, is bigger government – another program, another agency, another regulation, etc., and of course more government spending, and more taxes, to support them.
If you have any doubt on this score, just look at the record number of bills passed by the Democratically-controlled legislature in the last session that Gov. Sununu wisely chose to veto. Had he not done so (and had Republicans not had sufficient numbers to prevent a veto override), New Hampshire would have been well on its way to becoming just another big-government, northeast state with ever-increasing taxes and regulations and public policy largely controlled by public employee unions.
If you believe, as we do, that preserving New Hampshire’s “live free or die” spirit and maintaining the “New Hampshire Advantage” are critical to the way of life we all cherish, then we respectfully ask for your vote on Nov. 3.
Mary Griffin, Charles McMahon, Julius Soti, Bob Lynn
Executive Council needs Messmer
To the editor:
Please join me in supporting Mindi Messmer for the District 3 Executive Council seat. While I do not live in her district, I know how critically important it is for an environmental and public health scientist to serve and advocate on the Governor’s Executive Council.
I’ve observed how Mindi’s background as a scientist shapes her advocacy for public health. Mindi provides a necessary perspective for the Executive Council as our state and country emerge from this pandemic.
As the Senate Chairman of the Education and Workforce Development Committee, I know that we need a public education advocate on the Executive Council. Mindi has demonstrated to me her support for the community college and public university systems and for local school districts.
She knows that our workforce pipeline begins with quality education and retaining students in New Hampshire, and that state support provides an important share of funding that otherwise falls to taxpayers and students.
As a state representative, I saw how hard Mindi Messmer fought for issues important to her constituents. She’s a smart strategist who knows that collaboration is key to government’s success. Mindi will be a watchdog for public health, environmental sustainability and public schools, issues important to all Granite Staters.
Please vote for Mindi Messmer for the District 3 Executive Council seat by Nov. 3.
State Sen. Jay Kahn
Reasons for voting Democrat
To the editor:
I will be voting for the Democrats on election day because they believe that:
* COVID-19 should be defeated with science and empathy.
* Global climate change is our greatest existential threat and they will tackle it in a fiscally responsible way and create abundance of green job opportunities.
* Health care is a human right and all people deserve coverage that is affordable and that will not bankrupt them with a major illness. That preexisting conditions should not be a deterrent to coverage.
* All working people should earn a living wage and the minimum wage must be raised. That taxation should be equitable and just with the wealthy paying their fair share without any loopholes or tax shelters. Affordable housing is a right and food insecurity, especially in children, is wrong and immoral.
* That Medicare and Social Security must be preserved and funded so our elderly and disabled can lead dignified lives.
* Public education is a right and is the foundation of our civilization and must be supported by society.
* All Americans — regardless of skin color, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnicity, social and economic standing — must be treated equally. There should be no discrimination in law enforcement and judgment, hiring, wages, schools, school admission or any other societal endeavor.
I am voting for the Democrats because they believe and care for all of us.
Wayne Goldner, M.D.
Signs of the times
To the editor:
Recently, the Biden campaign provided local Democrats with hundreds of signs and volunteers blanketed the area. The Hampstead Democratic Committee has been fielding requests from residents. You may have seen the big 4-by-8-foot sign proudly displayed on Main Street.
After months of Trump flags and pinwheels, it was heartwarming to see Biden-Harris signs representing the rest of us on lawns and street corners. Democrats in southern New Hampshire are finding they are not alone.
Sadly, some of us have also had signs stolen or destroyed. Tampering with signs is not a prank; it’s a violation of law and of privacy, if it’s taken from your yard.
One volunteer has twice observed vehicles swerving onto the shoulder intentionally to run down Biden signs. These events have been reported to the Hampstead Police Department and the town is already prosecuting individuals.
Should we really need trail cams to protect freedom of speech in our own yards? If your candidate’s success depends on your vandalism, that’s a statement in itself.
But what does it say when a candidate for office, already an elected official, pulls into your driveway to inform you that your lighted sign is illegal and to expect a visit from the building code inspector the next day?
A quick review of both the state RSAs and town ordinances proved him wrong; the action proved him a poor representative of our community.
After years of Republican monopoly on local representation, it’s clear change is in the air, and none too soon.
Sununu is no moderate
To the editor:
In the New Hampshire primaries, more than 4,000 Democrats voted for Chris Sununu as a write-in. But Sununu is not the moderate they think he is.
“I’m a Trump guy through and through,” Sununu boasts. He takes money and advice from the fossil fuel industry. His 77 vetoes diminish your rights, take money out of your pocket, and put you in danger from a runaway climate.
Many New Hampshire residents work multiple jobs in the struggle to pay bills on a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Sununu twice vetoed bills attempting a modest increase to $10 an hour.
We are in a pandemic, with no paid family and medical leave, which Sununu vetoed twice.
As we witness raging wildfires, flooding, droughts, Sununu vetoes bills that address climate change. “No” to energy efficiency; “no” to towns generating their own renewable energy — at a loss of hundreds of jobs, and millions of dollars to taxpayers, businesses, and towns.
Our safety? He vetoed the bill preventing unauthorized people from carrying firearms into schools; he vetoed a suicide prevention measure.
What of democracy itself? Sununu vetoed bills to address gerrymandering and to streamline absentee voting.
We all work hard to choose the best people on our ballots, to legislate for us in Concord.
Our efforts are pointless if we vote for Sununu. Seventy-seven times, he undid the courageous work of our elected officials with his vetoes.
Please vote for Dan Feltes – he has worked tirelessly across the aisle for our health, safety, climate and economy.
Sununu isn't the best manager
To the editor:
If you love football (or even if you don’t), you know that going for a touchdown from the 50-yard line is much easier than starting at the 6. That extra distance is filled with more plays and more opportunities for mistakes.
Gov. Chris Sununu prides himself on being a good manager, yet he decided that school districts should start at the 6-yard line without the benefit of three or four plays towards the end goal. Instead of giving districts a solid framework, local school boards and administrations have mostly been left on their own.
So what role does Gov. Sununu play in helping to reach the goal of safely educating our children? Instead of providing leadership, he has downshifted all responsibilities to the local level. This isn’t a new pattern. He’s used it before. By not taking a leadership role, he avoids any blame. He lets school administrators, volunteer school board members, teachers, and staff take the rap for fumbles.
If you’re a parent trying to ensure your kids are getting an adequate education, or if you’re a grandparent who has been called to provide student support while a parent focuses on work, you know the obstacles are many.
Call Gov. Sununu out for leaving the school board and staff at the 6-yard line. Ask him to take a leadership role in order to provide the best educational opportunities during this time of crisis.
Nothing wrong at Trump rally in Derry
To the editor:
I read the article regarding the Trump rally in Derry. I was driving to the CVS and saw the people out on the corner waving flags, et cetera.
Being first-in-the-nation to cast a vote, these types of events should be supported by towns, as it shows a spirit for engagement. What I love about New Hampshire is the passion people feel about politics and the pride people feel about voting.
From what I saw, it was very peaceful. It did not harm anyone and those driving by were honking and showing support.
I wonder if it was a Biden rally if there would have even been an article. Although you can bet there would not have been as many people on the corner.
If nothing else it would have been advantageous to the businesses in downtown Derry since the businesses there need customers.
Who knows if those in attendance did not shop or dine before, during or after the event?
Why I’m running for state representative
To the editor:
I’m running for state representative from Derry because I love this town. I will fight for Derry taxpayers, Derry schools, Derry small businesses and for those who want a leg up and not a handout. Visit my website at maryforderry.com for more information about my priorities.
Ever since the 2008 recession, the state has decreased the amount of Meals and Rooms tax revenues it shares with towns and has stopped sharing business tax revenues altogether. In addition, it stopped paying its share of the pension plans for firefighters, police and teachers. When this happens, it is property taxpayers who have to make up the difference. I’m a property taxpayer in Derry, and I’m tired of being taken advantage of.
Efforts have been underway for several years to build a solar farm on the old landfill in Derry, which would cover the electricity costs for the town and the schools and save Derry taxpayers over $1 million per year, not to mention clean our air. Unfortunately, bipartisan legislation that would open the door to this project has been vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu for the past two years.
I’m asking you to stand with me to put a stop to property taxpayers being the revenue source of last resort. Also please vote for my fellow Derry Democratic candidates running for state representative and for Josh Bourdon for state senate. Together we can turn this around.
We need change in the state Senate
To the editor:
We need change from continued Republican leadership in our District 19, to someone who can balance changes such as the way we tax property and other issues.
Here are the ways in which State Sen. Regina Birdsell has failed:
* She promised to bring lower electric rates in a previous election cycle. In District 19, Eversources electric rates average over 20 cents per kilowatt-hour. In the city of Peabody, Massachusetts, the municipal light plant has an average cost of just around 11 cents per kilowatt-hour. Eversouce rates are double.
* She voted against a $4 million federal government grant to study bringing a commuter rail to the Capital corridor of Concord, Manchester and Nashua and then onto Boston. Such a start-up would be an economic engine for southern New Hampshire that could lead to electric running trains on green power. Shame on you state Sen. Regina Birdsell! She just wants the same old, same old, roads-only transportation. Hence, if you keep building more roads and widening highways, you are destroying the rural character of New Hampshire. And yes, active rail lines can co-exist with so-called walking trails that were once active rail lines of years ago.
* I had to send numerous e-mails and U.S. Postal Service mail before I got any acknowledgment from her. It seems like she only responds to her Republican constituency, rather than trying to respond to all her constituency in her district.
* School property taxes have run amock here in Derry with no progress of trying to find a state resource in order to bring those property taxes down so that seniors citizens can stay in their homes without moving out of Derry. Hence, we need balanced taxation as opposed to the same old, same old, no new taxes.
Yet our Republican elected officials sidestep the issue of drastic property tax increases for the Derry school district budget.
By the way, I wrote an article for the Derry News back on April 4, 2016, asking publically if one-time Republican state representative and school board member Brenda Willis can live in Derry making just under $35,000 per year — the threshold to qualify if you're over 66 years old for an abatement on property taxes.
She never answered back in the Derry news to date! Setting the upper limit on yearly earnings in a state without an income tax? Is that constitutional?
That also goes for the other Republican elected officials for the Derry area with their same old, same old, type of responses. If they read you as some taxing liberal, which I'm not, they will try to snub your issues and concerns. Especially if you identify as a fiscal conservative, socially liberal Democrat and now today as anti-Trump which, I am.
In support of Regina Birdsell
To the editor:
This November I am voting for proven leadership for state Senate. I’ll be casting my vote for Regina Birdsell – a Coast Guard Veteran, tax-fighter and proven leader.
As we stare down a $500 million revenue shortage, it’s Sen. Birdsell I trust to work with Gov. Chris Sununu and to help guide us through it. Regina understands that now is not the time to increase taxes on New Hampshire’s business and families. Proposing new taxes will hinder economic growth.
Pre-COVID, our economy was red-hot and now more than ever businesses want to flock here to call New Hampshire home. I trust Regina to be our pro-business senator.
Regina Birdsell is the only fiscal conservative running to represent the hardworking families and business owners of Derry, Hampstead and Windham.
Regina Birdsell is the only candidate in the race for state Senate committed to opposing all forms of an income tax, is definitive in her opposition to a sales tax, opposes a capital gains tax, and continuously stands up to higher energy costs, new taxes and toll increases.
On top of this, Regina has been a bipartisan champion who worked to increase funding to our public schools, supported access to clean water in our district, and is dedicated to standing with our police, firefighters and first responders.
It’s no wonder why Regina is endorsed by Gov. Chris Sununu.
I hope you will join me in supporting Regina Birdsell for state Senate on or before Nov. 3.
We need Messner in the U.S. Senate
To the editor:
As we face this pandemic and the economic challenges that follow, we need someone like Corky Messner in the U.S. Senate, someone who understands what must be done to get our nation back on track. Endorsed by President Trump, he will support the policies needed to restore our economy.
As he travels the state, Corky has met with countless Granite Staters who see daily headlines about the chaos and violence plaguing our cities. These are uncertain times, and we need someone in the U.S. Senate who is not a career politician, who has not abandoned New Hampshire’s values.
Corky Messner is a reassuring voice in these days of divisiveness. He has a plan to strengthen America and return our sense of unity and purpose. He is the one candidate in the race who sees a vision for the nation that includes economic prosperity, individual freedom and national pride.
As an Army captain, stationed in West Germany, he witnessed what totalitarianism and ‘big brother’ government can do to break a people’s spirit. That is why he is committed to protecting our freedoms as laid out in the Bill of Rights.
As a businessman, he knows the path to success is hard work, not hand-outs.
As a father, he understands that our future generations cannot be burdened by a ballooning national debt.
As an American, he continues to show the pride and respect for our flag, for our standing as a free nation.
Corky Messner must be our next U.S. Senator!
We need Pappas in Congress to protect ACA
To the editor:
The future of the Affordable Care Act is more vulnerable than ever, meaning that the health care of over 100,000 Granite Staters is at risk.
The ACA has made an enormous impact on the lives of countless people in New Hampshire and nationwide, especially for folks with pre-existing conditions.
Before the ACA, my sister had to continuously battle with insurance companies in order to stop them from dropping her from their coverage — now thanks to the ACA, she doesn’t need to worry about that anymore. But with the balance of the Supreme Court in question, and with Republicans willing to put people’s lives at stake in the name of “lowering costs,” the ACA is most certainly threatened.
This is why it’s so important that we vote for candidates who will fight for our health care in November, especially Congressman Chris Pappas.
Chris has consistently fought to block the Trump administration from repealing the Affordable Care Act, and has worked to ensure that folks with pre-existing conditions aren’t stripped of their coverage. Meanwhile, his opponent Matt Mowers has called the Affordable Care Act a “terrible law” and has never failed to stand by the Trump administration in its calls to repeal the ACA.
We have a clear choice when it comes to keeping our health care, and that is voting to re-elect Chris Pappas in November.
To the editor:
Donald Trump has refused to guarantee a peaceful transition of power even if he loses the election, effectively setting a three-alarm fire to the democratic process.
Republican governors of neighboring states have managed the moment with muscular, nonpartisan rebukes of Trump’s threat. Massachusetts’ Charlie Baker called Trump’s words “appalling and outrageous.” Vermont’s Phil Scott decried them as “dangerous rhetoric.”
Yet our Republican Gov. Chris Sununu met Trump’s refusal with the rhetorical vim and vigor of a shrug, calling it a “very inappropriate comment.”
If, during this crunch time for democracy, Gov. Sununu needs to calibrate his words to balance his loyalty to Trump and the GOP with his desire to appear critical of Trump’s autocratic fulminations, then he has lost his way.
Voters should demand that their governor energetically condemn Trump’s autocratic impulses and renounce loyalty to party over democratic principles. That’s why I’m voting for Dan Feltes.