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DiFruscia for State Representative
On September 14, please join me in voting for Anthony DiFruscia as one of our state representatives. Anthony DiFruscia has proven himself to be a hard-working, effective representative—one who is guided by fiscal prudence and social responsibility. In these challenging economic and political times, we need Anthony
DiFruscia as one of our State Representatives. With 400 representatives in our House of Representatives in Concord, the effectiveness of an individual State Representative depends not just on what he says he wants to do, but on his ability to work with others who have differing opinions. Real results are only achieved from an ability to take initiative, research the issues, work with others, work across party lines, and to be personally accountable to us. That’s Anthony DiFruscia. For example (one of many), even though we are the wealthiest town in the State on a per-person basis, Anthony has consistently been able to bring school aid dollars to us. Thanks to Anthony’s effective work as one of our State representatives, we are a receiver town and that has saved us millions of dollars; for fiscal year 2011, Windham is projected to receive over seven million dollars in State aid. Anthony DiFruscia has what it takes to get the job done in Concord. He has repeatedly proven time and time again that he can work effectively with the largest state legislative body in the United States, making his voice heard and steadfastly representing the citizens of Windham and Salem. When Anthony gets involved, he gets involved to make things happen—not to merely participate. Anthony is more than just one of our many State Representatives – he is our advocate – a strong voice in Concord who is working for us. With your vote, you can help Anthony DiFruscia to continue to be an effective State Representative for us. Ross McLeod - Windham
Donna Mauro for State Representative
My name is Donna Mauro and I am running for State Representative from District 4 Salem/Windham. I believe that I have the skills necessary to deal with the challenges we
face. The government is going one way and “We the people …” have been trying to make it go in the opposite direction. The government is leading us down a path to European-style Socialism while the American people, especially New Hampshire citizens, are looking at the failures of that system and end up paying for those failures, saying “That is not for us.” We have tasted Liberty and we do not want to give it up. The Keynsian economic/political model that brought us the Great Depression that lasted from 1929 to 1943 should not be repeated, and yet, here it is. John Maynard Keynes may be dead, but his legacy is steering our ship of state onto a reef that is threatening to sink us for good. We need Legislators who understand the difference between Keynsian- style economics, the economics of “the government is in charge of your life and your property,” and Austrian economics that put the individual in charge of that life and property. The differences are critical. God has given us our rights of Life, Liberty, and Property, and government was instituted to protect those rights—not to control them or take them away. Too many of the issues that should be dealt with at the state or local
level are being addressed at the Federal level. If you “follow the money,” most of our tax money and resources are being funneled into and through the Federal Government, and we end up with a small percentage of what was ours to begin with. That has to stop. The States that are responsible and staying within their budgets should not be ‘donors’ to states that act irresponsibly.
I am pro-life, I support the Second Amendment, and I do not believe that the federal government should be in charge of the education of our children. I will not vote for any increase in state taxes, and I will work to reduce spending. We have critical issues here in our state and towns that should be addressed by the citizens of our State and Towns. I will advocate for transparency and accountability in Concord so that critical information about the goings-on in Concord is easily available and understandable. I don’t expect the job to be easy. The time to start down the right path is now, and I need your vote to start down that path.
Donna Mauro - Windham Rick Okerman – Candidate for State Representative My wife Jessica and I are the proud parents of three children residing
in Windham. I believe in giving back to the community we are grateful to be a part of. In order to meet this objective, I currently serve on my Town’s Planning Board, Local Energy Committee, and Safe Routes to School Committee. In the past, I have also served on the Capital Improvements Program Committee and Trails Committee. It is my three children, along with your children and grandchildren,
who are the inspiration for my decision to run for State Representative. The children of New Hampshire are the eventual benefactors of all decisions we make in our government today. I believe a conservative approach will ensure that the next generation will not be forced to pay for today’s mistakes or short-term band-aids to chronic, long-term shortfalls. So many aspects of the “New Hampshire Advantage” are at risk, and this is especially true when it comes to state spending and taxes. Over the past four years, we have witnessed our state budget increase by approximately 23 percent. This out-of-control spending has burdened us with an increase of over 60 taxes and fees. This cash grab was not enough to satisfy the spending frenzy, and now we are facing a deficit of historic proportion. I believe the best ways to protect the economic stability and well- being of New Hampshire residents are by controlling spending, minimizing taxes and fees, and reducing the deficit. The federal government is forcing burdensome mandates and unfunded liabilities on our state, with little to no resistance from Concord. I support legislation to protect New Hampshire’s sovereignty from the overreach of the federal government. Especially in this climate of economic uncertainty, all too often, the
government representatives get bogged down with waste, inefficiency, and bureaucracy, and forget that they work for us—the people of New Hampshire. We do not work for the government. Please consider me, Rick Okerman, on September 14. I will work hard to return the
government back to the people—both to the people of today’s New Hampshire, and to the children who will inherit our great State in the near future.
Rick Okerman - Windham Supporting Anthony DiFruscia For more than three decades, my wife and I have dedicated our
lives to public service. During that time, we have had the opportunity to observe and participate in both the state and local governments. Representative Anthony DiFruscia has almost 20 years of public service, both in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He has an outstanding record in protecting civil rights and being fiscally conservative. Tony DiFruscia is not afraid to stand up for what he believes, without concern for political ramifications. His voting record is exemplary, and has addressed the House on many occasions defending the rights of small business, public employees, and citizens of Windham and Salem. Tony DiFruscia is the kind of representative we must retain in order to ensure that our principles of democracy and our way of life are kept intact. I hope on September 14, Republicans and Independents will vote for Representative Anthony R. DiFruscia, because he certainly makes the difference.
Robert Skinner - Windham Good Intentions and Law
Not everything in life can be corrected by a law. It is not the job of legislators nor the government to try to “fix” everything by writing a law. Some people believe, however, that “laws” protect you and I from, for the lack of a better term, the boogieman. That simply is not true.
In a very real sense, no law “protects” anyone, except maybe the firesafe cigarette law. The stop sign law does not protect you or me from being hit at a stop sign; we still must use due caution at the intersection. The law against murder does not protect us from being murdered; we still need to lock our doors and not let strangers into the house.
Is there a need for such legislation? Yes as a punishment. The key question is what is the purpose of law? To me, the purpose is to provide guides and standards of conduct. Laws must not and cannot “Keep us Safe.” We keep ourselves safe because we are aware and diligent, and we take responsibility for our own actions. If a stranger comes to the door selling magazines and demands cash, well, duh—do not do it. If you are uncomfortable with the presence of a person, then call the cops. No law will protect you, but your own awareness and common sense will. So what happens when laws are passed that attempt to “protect”
society? In a very real sense, such law can become, as one vocal and well-spoken political activist said, a “tripwire on the Freedom’s road.” That may sound a lot like hyperbole, but in fact, it is closer to the truth than one may imagine. Simple, well-meaning laws; for example, the recently passed peddler’s law, can interfere with daily life, prohibit children from opening lemonade stands, or grossly discriminate against non-residents in a near-unconstitutional manner. Unfortunately, such laws may pass because of a large liberal/socialist majority in Concord. It may also pass because of the sheer number of bills with which Members of the General Court deal with (this term, almost 2000). Sometimes, well-meaning people will offer a bill with the best of intentions. Perhaps that intention is an attempt to offer a measure of “protection” to a worried constituent. In reality, however, such bills harm our liberty by imposing too-strict government regulations.
In the case of the peddler’s bill, honest youth attempting to earn summer income may be harmed. In the worse case, if local law enforcement opts to be less than in full compliance with the law in dealing with residents, your local police officer may be turned into an agent of selective enforcement. This is because of a bad law that was passed by consent. Your legislators have to be diligent in not allowing such feel-good legislation to become law. As that activist also said, “you do not infringe on Freedom merely because of a local annoyance.” Your legislators need your help. Yes, we need to be aware of issues in the communities. We also need you to be aware that being a member of society comes with self-responsibility and an understanding that government is not the end-all and be-all of daily existence.
Jordan Ulery - Hudson Kevin Waterhouse for State Representative
I would like to announce my candidacy for the State House of Representatives and I hope you will consider voting for me on September 14. I am Kevin Waterhouse and I run Waterhouse’s Country Store in Windham. Waterhouse’s has been in my family for 88 years now, and New Hampshire has been a great place to grow and raise a family. I want to return to the Legislature where I served on the Public Works and Highways Committee for six years. During the last term while I was seeing the store through a rough economy, I saw the State become a lot less friendly to small business and to the taxpayer. I saw the DOT try to put a toll on I-93 and the DOC try to put adult prisoners in a beautiful neighborhood of Manchester in a facility designed to rehabilitate youthful offenders. I want to return to Concord
as your Representative because Windham and Salem need a strong, conservative voice in the House, that along with John Stephen as Governor and Jim Rausch and Chuck Morse as State Senators will bring spending under control, reform our business taxes to encourage
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growth and jobs, and widen I-93 to eight lanes from Salem all the way to Manchester. As a small business owner, I have had to tighten my belt to make payroll during this economic downturn, but the State of New Hampshire balanced its budget by using money that only comes once and borrowing—an unsustainable situation. I served in the Army as a Military Policeman from ‘74 to ‘80 and
graduated from Central Connecticut State University in ‘84 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a minor in Economics. While in the Legislature, I served on the Executive Committee of the Rockingham County Delegation for a term. I am a celebrant of St. Mark Catholic Church in Londonderry, where I serve as a lecture, and I am a Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. I am a founding member of the Windham Endowment for Community Advancement and have served five years on its Board of Directors. I am a member of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce and I enjoy performing in community theatre. I have been honored by your trust in the past to serve as your representative. Please allow me the privilege of serving you again. Please vote for Kevin Waterhouse, Representative, on Tuesday, September 14.
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• I will not vote to increase taxes and fees.
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