Pelham - Windham News 4 - September 3, 2010
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Do Your Homework before Voting
Can you name all 13 of your state representatives? Do you know what they stand for or how they voted on issues you believe are important? Their votes determine the amount of our taxes, how those taxes are spent, and to what extent the government regulates our lives. Having served Windham and Salem in the New Hampshire legislature, I’ve seen how some legislators stay true to the promises they made as candidates, while others go through the biennial ritual of masquerading as something they’re not to get re- elected. But how can we tell the difference? Perhaps the
best way to measure your legislators’ performance is to analyze their voting records. Most of us don’t have the time to pore through hundreds of votes for more than a dozen legislators, but fortunately, there is a respected conservative organization that does the work for us. The New Hampshire House Republican Alliance (HRA) is the conservative caucus in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The purpose of the HRA is to preserve and strengthen the traditional principles and values of the Republican Party, including fiscal restraint, personal freedom and responsibility, limited government, free enterprise, and strong families. Every year, they score each legislator’s voting record against the NH Republican Party Platform and the NH Constitution. The following are the most recent scores for the 11 incumbents and two previous legislators running for state representative this year in the order they appear on the ballot (starting at “M”): John J. Manning, 68 percent; Charles McMahon, 87 percent; Kevin Waterhouse, 90 percent; David Bates, 97 percent; Ron Belanger, 70 percent; D.J. Bettencourt, 91 percent; Margaret Crisler, 71 percent; Anthony DiFruscia 47 percent; Robert Elliot 79 percent; Marilinda Garcia 89 percent; Mary Griffin 79 percent; Russell Ingram, 77 percent; and Walter Kolodziej, 98 percent. We are fortunate that only two candidates scored below 70 percent. The majority of our representatives have a proven track record of supporting Republican principles. By contrast, the incumbent who scored below 50 percent should consider running as a Democrat, as he did when he served in the Massachusetts legislature. Besides the incumbents and prior legislators listed above, there are eight other candidates on the ballot this year, six of whom have been endorsed by another great organization, the Republican Liberty Caucus. They are: Gary Azarian, Bruce Breton, Donna Mauro, Richard Okerman, Mark Samsel, and John Sytek.
On a related note, if we’re going to judge Republican legislators by their adherence to the state GOP Platform, we need to elect delegates to the state convention who will ensure that the platform stands for conservative principles. For this reason, I wholeheartedly support candidates Ted Maravelias and Rich Florino, both of whom have
worked tirelessly to promote liberty, free enterprise, and limited government in the “Live Free or Die” state. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Simply
voting for any candidate with an “R” next to their name is not enough. If you want to ensure that your representatives are truly representing your values, you have to do your homework. I highly suggest cutting out the above ratings and endorsements to bring to the polls on Tuesday, September 14. It’s a small price to pay to elect those who support liberty.
Honorable Jason Bedrick - Windham
Marilinda Garcia for State Representative
I wanted to write and show my support for Marilinda Garcia as one of our state representatives in Concord. Marilinda has always voted for fiscal responsibility in a legislature that has increased our budget by 25 percent. Marilinda has also consistently voted for free enterprise and to defend our small businesses against unnecessary regulations and tax increases. The Democrats in the legislature forced almost 20 votes and eventually succeeded in redefining marriage in our state and also stripped parents of their parental rights. Marilinda has always advocated for traditional values and regularly testifies on these issues. After having been in office for four years, Marilinda is now running for her third term. I will gladly cast my vote for her and for Representatives who share her positions on the issues, and I encourage you to do the same on September 14.
G. Binaghi - Salem Triage for America Doctors prioritize the delivery of critical care
during disasters. In dealing with America’s economic meltdown, Congress should do the same. America is bleeding (deficit spending),
suffocating (over-regulation), and in shock (rising unemployment, business failures, and real estate foreclosures). Here’s what I believe we must do to recover. Doctors use transfusions to keep patients alive
as they work to stop bleeding. We need a “fiscal transfusion” for the federal treasury, and that means a prompt, significant reduction of taxes. This action delivered tax revenue increases every time it was ever done—by JFK, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush. What we do not need is federal “stimulus” spending that adds trillions to our national debt by throwing money we don’t have at programs that do not work. Doctors use CPR to get patients breathing again.
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We need “fiscal CPR” in the form of an immediate moratorium on regulations inhibiting business startups and expansions. What we do not need is ObamaCare, Cap and Trade, and Financial Reform that strangles banks, doesn’t touch Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, and hides the FED and SEC transactions from public scrutiny. Doctors treat for “shock” to
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do not need are sweeping changes (e.g., “Across the Board Spending Cuts”) that would immediately dump the costs of federally funded programs onto the backs of local property taxpayers. It took 100 years to get into this fiscal mess,
and it’s going to take a lot of time and effort to get out of it. “Across the Board Cuts” in federal spending would wreak havoc in our communities because federal funds flow to roads, police and fire departments, schools, and local projects. Downshifting those costs will drive property taxes through the roof, and New Hampshire families and businesses simply can’t afford this. Our most critical priority as a state and nation
is creating jobs. Government can’t do this, no matter how many trillions it spends. To stop our economic bleeding and get our businesses breathing again, we should make the Bush tax cuts permanent, eliminate the capital gains tax, reduce the federal corporate income tax to 15 percent or less, align IRS depreciation schedules with the true service life of capital equipment, and enact a moratorium on regulations that have stopped our businesses and industries from creating the jobs we desperately need. Once our economy is on the mend, we must
perform the major surgery needed to bring government and its spending under control and realign its functions to conform to Constitutional limits. As a Marine, airline Captain, and former Deputy
Majority Leader of the New Hampshire House, I understand the critical importance of leadership in crisis situations. As a three-time small business owner, I know the impact of taxes on free enterprise. As a member of the New Hampshire House Ways and Means Committee, we defeated the Shaheen sales tax, Fernald income tax, and repealed the jobs-killing Legacy and Succession Tax, and sponsored a state Constitutional Amendment that today protects our property from Eminent Domain abuses by government. As a Selectman and State Representative, I dealt every day with the complexities of federal, state, and local funding issues. This experience is valuable, and it is very
relevant to our nation’s current economic crisis. You can learn more about my candidacy by visiting www.bobgiuda.com
. I need your vote on September 14. With your support, I will fight
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Robert J. Giuda, Candidate for Congress Mary Griffin
for State Representative I am Mary Griffin, seeking re-election as State
Representative representing Windham and Salem. It has been my pleasure to have served you for 14 years in the New Hampshire legislature.
a labor of love, as you know. The salary for a state legislator is $100 per year, less taxes. My first six years, I served on the Municipal and
Government Committee, and served the last eight years on the Ways and Means Committee.
100-percent attendance and voting record and have held a leadership position for the last eight years. During the past year, I joined others to fight for the
repeal of the LLC tax and the Rooms and Meals tax on campsites, which we did accomplish successfully. I am a fiscal conservative who believes in smaller
government, controlled spending, less taxation, and absolutely reducing the deficit now in existence. I have served on most town boards, including the
Cable Board, of which I am still an active member. I also host the television program “Windham
Watch,” interviewing people from all walks of life. This year, we have had the privilege of showcasing
candidates for U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressman, Governor, Executive Councilor, State Senators, and of course, our State Representatives. I am a member of the Windham and Salem
Women’s Clubs, as well as a member of the senior organizations.
I am a member of the Salem Senior
Singers, entertaining at nursing homes and assisted living homes. Education of our children is a must for me. Who
knows what these young minds will create and accomplish as we proceed into the future. They must he prepared for the world ahead. Many of you will remember me as the “farm lady.”
My husband Andy and I operated Tara Farm on Range Road for many years. Our love for Windham and its people resulted in the creation of Griffin Park for your enjoyment. I respectfully ask for your vote on September 14.
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