Salem Community Patriot October 29, 2010 - 5
More Letters to our Editor We have a clear choice November 2—either “live free or die.” America,
stand up! History can repeat itself—our grandchildren deserve better! Be vigilant! Fight for Conservative freedom values every day. Do not accept the deceptive lies on this “change for the better” they want us to accept. Vote them out.
Ed Brooks - Salem Market Water Meter Benefits The town desperately wants to install a new water metering system. The
concept makes sense, but people will not vote for it if the town doesn’t clearly explain how it is going to benefit the average taxpayer. I’m not even sure what are all the benefits. People want to hear, for example, that it will make billing more efficient,
resulting in more accurate bills with fewer town employees. People are afraid their bills are going to be higher, so even if the tax rate is lower, people may feel the overall expense will increase. You need to explain that it may result in higher rates for some and lower rates for others, but for most, the bills shouldn’t change much. Lastly, the town needs to prioritize their expenses. With a 10-percent unemployment rate and people fearful of losing their jobs, we want to save money. I’d like to see the town in future negotiations switch from pensions and go to a 401K-style benefit. Health benefit employee contributions should gradually increase to 20 percent, as is done in most companies. I believe that more people would support the water meter project if they saw the town cutting expenses to help fund it.
Richard Carlin - Salem Elect Those Who Represent Us When we elect people to represent us, especially on the local level, one
would expect they would represent us and not the special interest groups in Concord. Back in January of this year, our State Representatives had the opportunity to stand up for the people in their district of Salem and Windham. As we recall, the State wanted to place tollbooths on Interstate 93. When this idea was proposed by the DOT at a Selectmen’s meeting (a public meeting), none of our State Representatives took the time to attend. State Senator Mike Dowling was there and citizens from the public were in attendance to hear this idea. Senator Mike Dowling did express at that meeting that he and the citizens of Salem would oppose this idea and fight not to see this happen. Shortly after that meeting, a group of citizens formed to protest the tollbooths. They stood at exit 1, 2, 3, and 4 on chilly winter evenings with signs protesting the tolls. None of the State Reps stood along with the citizens in support of their cause. When the reps were asked to speak to the Governor about the tolls, all but a few were too busy to help the citizens. After 10 weeks of protesting and over 100 letters sent to the Governor
and the DOT by the citizens in protest to tolls, the citizens won. Thank you, citizen protesters. I would also like to thank the few State Representatives who, in the
end, work for the people, not the special interest or party chiefs: Rep. DJ Bettencourt, who organized the media events; Rep Crisler for bringing the Transportation Comm. to our district so we can talk to him; and a special thanks to Reps. Ron Belanger, Carolyn Webber, and Anthony DiFruscia for getting the Governor to talk to us. Their help proved to me that there are still elected officials willing to work for the people. On November 2, I will not be voting to reelect the following reps.; they
have proven time and time again, especially during a time when the citizens needed them the most, that we cannot depend on them: Rep. David Bates, Rep, Marilinda Garcia, and Rep. Walter Kolodziej. I will vote to reelect Rep. DJ Bettencourt, Rep. Ron Belanger, Rep. Anthony
DiFruscia, and Rep, Carolyn Webber; we can depend on them to help the voters who elect them.
Ed DeClercq - Salem Back Up Your Words I promised myself I would not write letters during this election. However,
I feel compelled to. As a Republican, I am very sad. As I read letters to the editor in the Patriot on Friday, October 22, I was shocked. This year, the Republicans can take some seats in Concord. Instead, a few decided to make it public that there is internal fighting. The letter by former Rep. Bedrick showed how he was out for himself and not the party. When former Rep. Bedrick won his only term, he had a recount. Fast-forward to two years later. Another recount and he lost. He also bragged how his red button (that’s the no button) was wearing out. Wow. He did not represent me. He just did as he was ordered to by the Republican Party. When the people elected Rep. DiFruscia, they elected the voice of the people—not the voice of a dictator telling him how to vote and when to vote. Also, to me, the people that use Thumbs Up/Down are afraid to sign their names to a letter. Why do they hide behind that? Are they afraid that they are not voting, but just running for the state plates? I was brought up to back my words up in writing. So if you have anything to say about my Rep. Anthony DiFruscia, have the guts to sign your name. You know how I mean.
Michael Flathers - Salem Election Day 2010
On November 2, the voters of Salem/Windham will elect 13 State Reps.
As a senior citizen, I will be writing in Anthony DiFruscia’s name. He is for the seniors. He votes the way we would. He does not “follow” the crowd. I am very happy to say I have known him for about 40 years. He is honest. He attended all his sessions. In the Patriot on the 22nd, a lot of Thumbs Ups/Downs knocked him, as well as some letters. To those who wrote those letters, I say wow; please get your facts straight. Mr. Bedrick had two recounts. He won the first one. On the second one, he lost. Sore loser. Then, David Bates tries to ram his anti-gay life down our throats. I feel he is violating civil rights, as well as constitutional rights. Please join me and write in Anthony DiFruscia on November 2. Oh, and remember to color in the circle next to his name so your vote will count.
Shirley Flathers - Salem Marilinda Garcia for State Representative
It was an honor and privilege to serve as your State Representative from 2006-2008, and I am proud of my exemplary record from that term. I was subsequently re-elected in a special election at the end of the 2009 session. My campaign was open and straightforward—I made no secret of my position on the issues and of the fact that I was concurrently enrolled in graduate school at Harvard. I promised to vote according to what I had campaigned upon and to serve my district to the best of my ability for the remainder of the term, and that is exactly what I did. I loaded up my fall semester schedule with as many classes as it was
possible to take, so as to have the most flexibility in the spring semester and January to June legislative session to schedule around Wednesday house session days and Tues/Thurs morning committee meetings. Since I was not elected until the end of 2009, I was not in attendance that year. However, during 2010, I was an active presence in my legislative committee and town committee, I co-sponsored and testified for important legislation, I supported causes on behalf of various organizations that are important to our state, I served as mentor and public role model for young women, I volunteered as a special advocate for abused and neglected children, I was a vocal advocate for our state and for conservative values on the national level, and I made it a point to stay in close contact with my constituents and respond to their questions and concerns. Unfortunately, some representatives in the current legislature had no
qualms about wasting the time of the collective House membership on hours of debate over pointless resolutions, such as HCR27, “Urging that the United Kingdom return the Parthenon (Elgin) marbles to Greece” and thus delaying other votes until well into the evening or the next day, at which times I occasionally had study sessions, presentations, or exams scheduled. Fortunately, as relates to the upcoming 2010-2012 term, I am now graduated and recently employed, with a flexible schedule, at an office two streets away from the State House in Concord. For this, I am grateful and excited. After talking to constituents about their struggles with finding employment,
being able to afford their homes, securing services for their family members with special needs, starting a business, and getting the best education for their children, I am looking forward to supporting legislative initiatives that will help meet their needs and develop the NH economy. I have consulted with businessmen, entrepreneurs, social service providers, and educators across the district, state, and country, and am always happy to talk with anyone
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. Rep. Marilinda Garcia - Salem
To Anthony DiFruscia
Imagine my amazement when in last week’s paper I saw my daughter, State Representative Marilinda Garcia, referred to as “Tweedle-dum” in an ad by the “Independent PAC.” I was a bit confused by this appellation, as she has three college degrees, including a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, which she received just this May. A master’s degree she earned, by the way, while racing between Cambridge, MA, and Concord, juggling graduate-level classes, work, and sessions at the State House after becoming state representative by special election halfway through the 2009 legislative session. Anyway, the ad provoked in me a fury of poetry and verse, so I cracked open my Mother Goose, Lewis Carroll, and Dr. Seuss to get it just right. Since Representative Tony DiFruscia is the Treasurer of the “Independent PAC,” according to the NH Secretary of State’s Office, I direct these rhymes to him:
Humpty DiFruscia did straddle the wall, Humpty DiFruscia did have a great fall. A Democrat I’ll be, at start did say he, Then ‘tis not for me - I’ll Republican be!
I’ll vote Yes, I’ll vote No, I’ll vote No then vote Yes, The public will never sort out this big mess!
“He votes Red, he votes Blue” – is what they will think, But when push comes to shove, I think I’ll vote Pink! Elephants are too smart, Donkeys too slow, The right thing for me – is to be a Rino!
I’ll play hide the deficit, with Governor Lynch, So my re-election then, will now be a cinch! But alas, in Primary time it was seen,
The voters said “No,” this House we must clean! Queen Norelli did frown, at what did go down, For where else could such a fine ally be found? This is not good! This does not suit!
Who are these voters that gave me the boot? An Independent – now that’s what I’ll be, They will go now – and write-in for me!
But all the Queen’s donkeys and all the Gov’s men, Could not put DiFruscia in the State House again.
Story time is over – it’s time for bed now – Good Night Tony. David L. Garcia - Salem
Selectmen Say Yes, Town Voters Say No The town of Salem last year voted not to replace the Water Meters. The
reason is that we are in a recession and a lot of town folks are losing their jobs and homes. With no money coming in, this is a bad time to push on the town folks millions of dollars in tax money spending. Now, notice that the Water Meters are back after we as a town said no at
a cost to the taxpayer of $5 million. With the tax rate going up 9.88 percent and the spending now up 20 percent, they will tell you it won’t hurt. The Water Meter article is buried in the Operating Budget. This is the time
to say no to the Operating Budget, or you will pay at the tax window if you still have your home.
James Gill - Salem
Supporting Marilinda Garcia and Dave Bates for State Representative
Character – Char´ac`ter n. (kar-ik-ter)
1. moral or ethical quality: a man of fine, honorable character. 2. qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity Clearly, the character displayed in this political race by Marilinda Garcia
and Dave Bates make them worthy of our support and votes for the State of NH. It is unfortunate, but also a true display of lack of moral strength and principles when a fellow Republican resorts to negative campaigning, as we have witnessed with Tony DiFruscia. Please remember that Representative Marilinda Garcia and Representative Dave Bates have been true fiscal conservatives that opposed raising the budget 24 percent, and raising 84 fees. • They are real conservatives • They will work for fiscal responsibility for a true balanced budget • They will uphold the Constitution Please support Rep. Marilinda Garcia and Rep. Dave Bates.
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