Hudson - Litchfield News 4 - July 16, 2010
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Just How Serious is Our National Debt? Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
said last week, “the biggest threat to our national security is our nation’s debt.” That sounds pretty serious to me. How about you? Let’s see—$13 trillion in debt and counting, Congress has spent $1 trillion over this year’s budget, Congress raised the limit on the National Debt so they could borrow even more money from foreign interests after they were told by their own experts that their spending was unsustainable, so they added billions of dollars of earmarks to the budget and they topped it off with giving all federal employees another raise. Every two years, we vote for those who
promise to fix this problem, and every two years, we are right back where we started—only deeper in debt. The question for New Hampshire voters
is whether the problem is serious enough for you yet? Are you tired of the two parties
constantly trying to one-up each other? Are you tired of campaign promises with no real plan to fix anything? If there were a plan to actually fix this
incredibly disastrous situation Congress has put us in, would you support it? A plan that requires Congress to meet benchmarks each year until a balanced budget is achieved, a plan that will levy consequences if Congress fails to meet the required benchmarks, and a plan that rewards those who provide acceptable ways to reduce government spending? Would New Hampshire voters lead the
charge in support of The Plan? Do New Hampshire voters really have
the stomach to commit themselves to something so revolutionary? Would New Hampshire voters be
willing to ignore the millions of dollars the two parties have spent and stand up for one average American who is 100-percent committed to bringing The Plan to Washington? Review The Plan and you decide: www.thepetersplan.com
. A dear friend once told me, “We will
get what we deserve or what we will tolerate.”
Tom Peters, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senate - Ashland
Returning America to Solid Principles
The Nation celebrated its birthday
recently. As John Adams suggested, ‘with speeches and illuminations.’ Many of us watched the Boston Pops or a local parade and recalled that this nation was uniquely conceived in liberty for all. Baptized in blood of a civil war to become a nation of law and equal justice under that law.
Still, the reason a diverse group of people joined in bloody struggle to fight, and some to die, is too often forgotten. Today some think it “good government” to undertake some of the causes against which this Nation’s Founders objected. The paragraphs after the famous verse “When in the course of Human Events ...” are most instructive. For example, consider the following and see if you or others today would object:
“He (King George III) has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.” “For imposing taxes upon us without our consent.” “For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our government.” “... we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.” These are only a few excerpts, but the point is that these events then, and now, rise people to object. Some object in legalistic petition. Some object by peaceful demonstration. Some object in print or other media. Such protest is legitimate, indeed obligatory by free citizens. Meekly assenting to transgression of rights is not only
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unpatriotic, it is fundamentally wrong. Perhaps the best way we can express
ourselves comes this November when a free people can elect whomsoever they wish to represent them. The only caution is that a free people must also be an informed people, as Jefferson teaches. ‘Fundamental change’ is not needed in America, but a return to solid principles of integrity, individual responsibility, and individual liberty is needed. Then and only then, can each of us, regardless of gender, creed, color, sexual orientation, place of national origin, or any other artificial distinction some person or group wishes to impose, be free.
Jordan Ulery - Hudson Equal Rights
for Office Election
Those who have a vested interest in the status quo are still out in full force to make sure dissenting opinions are not recognized by the political process. I am talking about those who believe in the one-party Democrat-Republican juggernaut. It doesn’t matter whether the Democrats or the Republicans control the executive and legislative branches of government. The government gets bigger, more expensive, and more intrusive. Now, those in power have added another level of obstruction to dissent. According to Part First, Article 11 of the New Hampshire Constitution, “... Every inhabitant of the state, having the proper qualifications, has equal right to be elected into office.” That means if you’re old enough and have lived in the state long enough, you have an equal right to be elected. Also, according to RSA 31:102-a, “... A city, town, or village district shall be specifically prohibited, however, from licensing or regulating a candidate for public office in the process of obtaining signatures on nomination papers, who seeks to have the candidate’s name placed on the ballot for the state general election by submitting nomination papers under RSA 655:40.” The state of New Hampshire has steadily raised the bar in one form or another to silence third parties. The first was raising the threshold for party qualification from three percent to four percent of the voters in a statewide general election. Now they want to change it to a slightly smaller percentage, but change the requirement from “voters” to “registered voters.” So, say the percentage were lowered from four percent to two percent, but as is typical in a non-presidential election, only 25 percent of the registered voters show up, then that is functionally like an eight- percent requirement for ballot status. That is far from an “equal right to be elected into office.”
Speaking of RSA 655:40, that law
was modified September 13, 2009, to require that “Nomination papers shall be dated in the year of the election.” This amendment was added after nearly 300 nomination papers were gathered in the town of Dunbarton in 2009. The Secretary of State’s Office accepted these only after a lot of noise was made about violations of Part First, Article 23 of the New Hampshire Constitution, “[Art.] 23. [Retrospective Laws Prohibited.] Retrospective laws are highly injurious, oppressive, and unjust. No such laws, therefore, should be made, either for the decision of civil causes, or the punishment of offenses.” Further, individual towns are now getting into the act. The towns of Pittsfield, Candia, Deerfield, Bedford, and Northwood have required petitioners to stand in places that effectively nullify the ability for petitioners to get signatures for ballot access. From personal experience, I’ve petitioned at the Bedford transfer station in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008. We could stand anywhere we wanted and approach people to sign our petitions. Now, in 2010, we have to stand where there are no people. What changed? The same thing happened today in Northwood, reducing our effectiveness by about 75 percent. Again, what changed? The towns of Hopkinton, Dunbarton, Boscawen, Canterbury, Warner, and
Webster do not have an arbitrary “petitioning place” requirement. This is hardly an “equal right.” Plus those towns that restrict petitioning places are in clear violation of RSA 31:102- a, and as such a formal complaint has been filed with Attorney General Michael Delaney’s office. What is really surprising is that it is the position of the Secretary of State’s Office that the towns that restrict or regulate where petitioners may stand are not in violation of state law, hence the complaint to the AG’s office. Please consider this an open
invitation to any member of the press to accompany petitioners in their quest to verify any of the above claims. Keep in mind that any such acceptance must take place before August 11, as this is the deadline for submission of nominating petitions. Finally, according to Attorney
Paul Twomey’s arguments before the New Hampshire Supreme Court in the case of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire v. William Gardner, secretary of state, “It is easier to get on the ballot in Iraq than it is in New Hampshire.”
Richard B. Kahn - Hudson
Think Cool! GFWC Hudson Junior Women’s Club Seeks Crafters!
It’s the first Saturday in December and the air is crisp and cold. Time to bundle up and head for the GFWC Hudson Junior Woman’s Club Craft Fair—maybe for the 34th time! But perhaps this is the year that you have decided to be a part of the craft fair. You could be creating something wonderful in your nice, cool basement, and be ready to sell it on December 4 at Hudson Memorial School. Admission to the fair is free, and most area residents look forward both to visiting favorite crafters and finding new ideas for locally made Christmas presents. Artists and craftspeople that would like to be a part of the fair should contact Debbie at 594-0332 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
. See you at the fair!
Phyllis Appler - Hudson Support for
Ovide Lamontagne After studying the platforms of the
current candidates for the Republican Senatorial nomination, it is obvious to me that Ovide Lamontagne is the best choice to represent New Hampshire. I believe his promise that he will not become an “inside Washington” politician, because he intends to continue living in Manchester while commuting to DC when the Senate is in session. And he believes in term limits, promising to serve no more than two terms. I trust Ovide to work with other conservatives to return this country to fiscal and moral sanity. He states his belief in the Constitution of the United States as it was constructed, and opposes liberal judicial activism on in our Courts. Ovide wants to help end illegal immigration, and will work to see that our borders are secured once and for all. Visit his
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, to find “Ovide’s Oath,” which lists 15 pledges that he makes to the citizens of New Hampshire, detailing, among other issues, his stand on the Obama takeover of our country’s healthcare system, the security of our country, his support of our troops, his commitment to refuse earmark requests, end government waste, support term limits, reform of the IRS, establish a Balanced Budget Amendment, protect the
right to bear arms, and respect the dignity of human life.
Ovide further pledges that he will read and understand the legislation that he is asked to vote upon. Please join me in supporting a true conservative by voting for Ovide Lamontagne in New Hampshire’s September primary.
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