4 - October 15, 2010 Salem Community Patriot
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Getting to Know Your Candidate
Gary Azarian, running for State Representative, is qualified as the best candidate. He is the fourth generation of the Azarian family to reside in Salem, NH, the family settling in the 1890s, founding the Diamond Dairy Farms, Inc. in 1914. He worked alongside his father Harry and uncle Arthur until its closing in 1984. Schooled in Salem, Gary was a 1980 graduate of UNH with a degree in Business Management. He is the trustee of the Azarian Family Trust and is currently enjoying a business relationship with the Donabedian Bros. of Salem.
He resides in Salem with his wife Lisa and sons
Nicholas, a sophomore at UNH, and Zachary, a senior at Salem High School. A 14-year member of the Salem Zoning Board (currently the sitting Chairman), Gary continues a tradition of service to the community set by his father and uncle, both past members of the Kiwanis Club and one of the Original Incorporators of the Salem Boys Club. He is a fiscal conservative who will fight to lower taxes, stop spending, and balance the state budget. To know Gary is to grasp his capabilities: Honesty,
Integrity, and Dedication. Harry Azarian - Salem
Patrick Bick for Second
Congressional District Rep My name is Patrick Bick, and I would consider it
a privilege to serve New Hampshire as the Second Congressional District Representative in the U.S .Congress in Washington, DC. I am a 63-year-old retiree and a Vietnam-era Veteran.
I have been married to my wife Donna for 39 years and have two married daughters and five grandchildren who reside in Salem. I am running as a “write in” candidate. I looked around at the state of our nation, and I thought long and hard about the issues facing our country. For years, I’ve had my own ideas and thoughts about what we can do to collectively change America. So I finally decided to stop thinking about what is wrong and actually do something about it. Politics is defined as “the art or science of government or governing, especially the governing of a political entity, such as a nation, and the administration and control of its internal and external affairs.” How are we now being governed? Does the current Administration truly represent you and your family? Certainly, we are not being governed the way our founding fathers had planned. I am running for the House of Representatives to represent those whose voices are not being heard and who want to secure and maintain the freedoms which have made the USA a great nation. The very people we have put in office to represent us are not listening. They are enacting laws that tear the very fabric of our nation’s ideals, not regarding the consequences and, worse yet, ignoring their constituents. As one united voice, we can change America and let those in office hear us loud and clear. A better America, better education, excellence for our veterans, an economy that is strong, putting families first, and a strong military that represents our great nation—
these are the things I believe in. I will face important issues head on as your representative. I am working for you and I will represent your concerns. Please check my Website, pickthebick2010.com
see my stand on the issues affecting New Hampshire and millions of Americans. Let me know how you feel and pass my site on to your friends.
Patrick Bick - Salem Special Interest Politicians
This election is about electing grass-root, honest people to political office (and throwing out the self-interest retread bums). Good candidates have come forward to offer an alternative to the crooked, long-time policy makers on the Federal and State level in MA and NH. In less than four weeks on November 2, the vested interests forces could have a stunning setback. This would bring about a peaceful revolution that we all need to see. Bringing back a balance in government on all levels we can all live with. The stranglehold by Democrats in power on the people could be a certain death for the country if they are elected to continue these progressive, left-wing, tax-and-spend, crazy ideas; real change is needed by conservative Constitutional individuals, as they can bring back freedom to America, not protracted, destructive, liberal, progressive socialism. This will affect all governments – Federal, State, and county – and local towns. These politicians, or should we say persons with with personal interests, vote either for the groups who gave them the most money to be elected (then they owe that group), such as a union, an electric company, a payoff with stimulus money for pet projects, or their own selfish interests to the highest bidder—goes on and on! Enough is enough! Check them out and find the real conservative candidates of either party willing to work for us, the People! Ask them questions before you honor them with your precious vote. Remember, they work for you; make them earn that right!
Ed Brooks - Salem
Support for Carolyn Webber for State Representative
For a moment, ask yourself, what does it mean to depend on someone? Well, the American Heritage Dictionary says the following: “To rely, as for support or aid, to be assured; place trust, to be determined, conditioned or dependent.” When we go to the polls to vote for our State Representatives, I would hope that you would want to vote for someone that you can depend and rely on, someone that you can trust, someone who will listen to you, someone who is determined to do the very best for you and for our state. That someone is Carolyn Webber. She has worked diligently hour after hour at her home and in Concord, pouring her heart and soul into her job acting as your State Representative in Salem and Windham. She certainly has not taken her job lightly over the past two years. She is in love with this fine State of New Hampshire and the people who reside in it. She cares about the well being of you and your families and protecting your rights. She especially pays attention to our seniors, veterans, and those with disabilities.
She cares about the environment and protecting and preserving the waterways, forests, and the air that we breathe. She spends countless hours answering e-mails and speaking one-on-one to folks regarding their concerns, not to mention the hours of reading the bills (approx. 800 this year) so that she will have complete understanding on what she is voting on. She spends at minimum three days per week in Concord attending debate/voting sessions. She worked on the Local and Regulated Revenue Committee (attending two weekly meetings). Now, how do you think I know all of this—because
she is my sister! Carolyn is always there for every member of her family, for her friends, and neighbors in the good times and in the bad. Always available to give a cheerful helping hand—it’s just the way she is and always will be. We all know that we can depend on her; it’s part of who she is. And citizens of Windham and Salem, you can depend on her, too. She will continue to work diligently behind the scenes at home and in Concord as well. She wants with all her heart to represent and care for you once again. I could go into a very long list of her accomplishments in community service, tell you more about her love for our beautiful state of New Hampshire, and talk to you about her leadership skills in both the corporate world as well as her community life, but I will leave that up to the many others you will be hearing from during this campaign on my sister’s behalf. I just want you to know that she cares very much for you and how you feel and what is on your mind regarding the best for our community and state and the people residing in them. Isn’t that what it’s all about—people? Please consider a vote for the highly dependable Carolyn Webber on November 2. You can rely and depend on her!
Phyllis Churchill - Windham Maintaining the
New Hampshire Advantage
Dean Tibbetts spends every day manning operations at PSNH’s Schiller Station, helping power the Miss Wakefi eld Diner. And after a hard day at work, he’s been known to recharge with a cup of coffee and a slice of cherry pie in his favorite booth at – where else – the Miss Wakefi eld Diner. So, perhaps it’s fair to ask…
It has been an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to represent you these past 12 years in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. I appreciate the support of those of you who voted for me in the Primary. It was disappointing to me to be defeated in the Primary. The Republican party made it clear that there was no room for moderate Republicans, and moderates were targeted throughout the State. In fact, there were seven false and misleading mailings sent the week before the Primary specifically targeting my voting record from Republican Political Action Committees, including the House Republican Alliance, which espouses a radical agenda; NH Citizens for Truth PAC in Derry, which was formed specifically to attack me; the National Organization for Marriage in Washington, DC; the Anti- Labor Organization; Ted Maravelias of Windham, as well as threats over an Internet Website. Following the Primary, I received many telephone calls and e-mails from constituents in Windham and Salem, as well as from both Republican and Democratic colleagues in the House of Representatives expressing their concern over the loss of an independent-thinking moderate Republican and the trend towards radicalism and fanaticism within the Republican party. Many of the incumbent Republicans from Windham and Salem are members of the House Republican Alliance and support its ultra- conservative agenda which proposes to, among other things: eliminate the Commission on the Status of Women; eliminate the Human Rights Commission; eliminate voting machines and same-day voting; reconstitute a militia; urge the repeal of the 17th Amendment (election of
Senators); repeal laws regarding financial limits on religious societies; insert language in the State’s constitution regarding Christian
is cherry pie a renewable ENERGY SOURCE?
heritage; reject federal funds for healthcare; repeal the Shoreline Protection Act; repeal same-sex
marriage; permit the carrying of firearms in the State House and in all state and local government buildings except courts and jails; eliminate labor unions, and permit firearms to be carried within an automobile without a license. The list is too long to fully document in this letter, but this gives you a sense of the agenda.
I cannot support this agenda and I encourage you to not
vote for Republican candidates who are members of and who support this radical agenda. Moderates in both parties, as well as Independents,
have asked if I would consider a write-in campaign as an Independent, and have encouraged the formation of a bi-partisan Political Action Committee for truth and responsibility by our elected representatives. At this time, I have not decided whether to conduct a write-in campaign. However, the Political Action Committee called “The Independent PAC” will be conducting a poll asking for your opinion on the following: 1. Would you be in favor of responsible expanded gaming at Rockingham Park?
2. What suggestions would you make to lower unemployment?
3. Do you think civil rights and marriage equality should be preserved?
4. Do you support a union’s right to organize and collective bargaining?
5. Should Salem and Windham continue to receive education funding?
6. Would you vote for an Independent candidate for State Representative with the above mentioned platform? You may respond to these questions at www. independentpac.com
. Please join me in encouraging truth rather than fiction (for example, in truth, there is no financial deficit in New Hampshire), reasonableness over fear-mongering, and moderation over fanaticism. Let’s maintain the New
Hampshire Advantage. Anthony R. DiFruscia - Windham
Straightening Out the Facts
In a recent letter written by Jane Lang, I took offense to her comment about the only reason the tolls were stopped was because Beth Roth met with Governor Lynch. I wish she would get her facts straight. First of all, the sign holders were bi-partisan. We did not make it a political thing like Jane wants to. Maybe Jane feels she needs to slam those who really stopped the tolls because she is running for state rep. Second of all, I met with the Governor, thanks to Reps Ron Belanger and Anthony DiFruscia, at the state house. I also met with Methuen Mayor Manzi and Lawrence Mayor Lantigua. Also, Rep. Crisler stood with us in Windham. Oh, and State Rep Carolyn Webber stood with us at exit 2. Oh, I have a question for Jane. Are you still the treasurer of the Salem Farmers Market?
Michael Flathers - Salem
Tea Party Candidates – You Decide
Led by Senator DeMint, who, in the first days of Obama’s administration, declared that he would seek Obama’s Waterloo, an exuberant Tea Party has endorsed what could be the strangest assortment of candidates ever. (I use the word “strangest” kindly).
DeMint has stated that single women should not be
allowed to teach school, as well as gays, equal rights notwithstanding. Funny, but when I grew up, I had all single teachers for 12 years. Married-women teachers were not allowed to teach. Take Palladino, who wants to be governor of New York.
He wants all welfare recipients to be imprisoned by making prisons into dorms, and is also noted for threatening a newsman with violence. But high on the silly scale are women nominees starting with Christine O’Donnell, whose ad starts off with, “I’m not a witch,” and also has said that masturbation should be illegal. Sharon Angle of Nevada, a real challenger to Sen. Reid, has lit up the looney tunes by suggesting a 2nd Amendment solution to Washington policies, would get rid of the Veterans’ Administration and ban abortions—even pregnancies that derive from rape and incest. Michelle Bachmann has made a cottage industry of
outrageous statements. She has stated that Democrats are un-American and would start investigations to determine if Obama was born in Kenya and is a Muslim. Her most vicious comment outrightly suggests a revolution in America in order to take back the government. Bachmann seems to forget that America solves its problems with ballots—not bullets. Most believe that Soc. Sec. and Medicare should be privatized. How about candidate Glen Urquhart, who says that the
separation of church and state idea comes from Hitler and we should ask anyone with that belief why he is a Nazi. Actually, Jefferson was around long before Hitler, so the guy is a few bananas short of a pound. Liberal Democrats have felt that the party has moved to the center and Republicans have moved to the asylum. It will be an interesting two years ahead.
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