Salem Community Patriot October 29, 2010 - 7
More Letters to our Editor
Vote for D.J. Bettencourt for State Representative
On November 2, we must elect State Representatives
who will work for our best interests in Concord. D.J. Bettencourt is just that person! He is involved, accessible, respectful, and willing
to listen. He understands that a successful State Representative must be committed to public service, and you will not find a more dedicated public servant than D.J. Bettencourt. In addition to serving Salem and Windham in the
New Hampshire House of Representatives and being in leadership in that body, he is a full-time law student at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he serves as President of the Federalist Society and works with local communities to implement juvenile diversion programs to address New Hampshire’s alarmingly high recidivism rate. How does he keep this grueling schedule? His answer is simple: he loves serving his community. Representative Bettencourt has an outstanding record
of representation and accomplishment, and has put principle and the interests of residents ahead of politics that sets an example for others to follow. Please support D.J. Bettencourt for State Representative.
Kate Huminick - North Salem
Please Keep Incompetence from Reigning Again
To “former” Democrats, Ninety-Niners, and the rest of
the angry mob planning on sitting out the mid-terms or, even worse, actually voting Republican on November 2 … what are you thinking of? Did you really believe that the bottomless pit of problems President Barack Obama inherited from George W. Bush’s ugly handoff would all be fixed in 22 months? How could less than half-a-term be enough for any administration, no matter how talented and well-intentioned, to successfully clean up the half-trillion dollar deficit entirely created by the Bush organization, overhaul a Godzilla-sized healthcare system that has gotten exponentially too expensive for millions of American families, and bring an orderly close to two wars raging (only one of which was justified)? And all this while holding their collective noses while necessarily loaning billions of dollars to hundreds of banks and other financial institutions, preventing the then-current recession from bottoming out to a worse Depression than the 1920s version, as well as successfully regaining the international respect for our nation that was completely destroyed by Bush? Remember the former president, when the American
death count of the Iraq war that he started was already over 1,000 of our youth, making a total fool of himself during a speech by pretending to look behind his desk and drapes for the “missing WMDs?” Remember then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld boasting about America’s ability to successfully carry on wars on three fronts if necessary before the first bombs were dropped on Iraq? Remember Bush’s two vetoes of the SCHIP expansion in 2007-08, a hugely admired children’s healthcare initiative that enjoyed widespread bipartisan support, that threw millions of citizens out of their coverages? And there’s also Katrina, the GOP tax cuts for big businesses and the wealthy while the middle class collapsed, redeploying our troops to Iraq from Afghanistan allowing the Taliban to return and resume all their present hostilities there, warrantless wiretapping: the list is endless. Back in 2008, many politicians from both sides said
that it could take a generation to undo the damage that the GOP foisted on America during the Bush/Cheney terms. Obviously, we’re all hoping we don’t have to wait that long. But for so many people who fueled that wonderful grassroots effort two years ago to repudiate a conservative ticket that only offered more of the same failed anti-American policies, to now turn their backs on a team of visionaries who, unlike the Washington Republicans, are putting all their efforts behind pulling us out of an eight-year debacle is more than sad: it is potentially lethal to the recovery of our nation. Please think about this before next week’s election.
You are kidding yourselves if you feel that by making a statement by siding with the party that caused our national collapse, you’ll accomplish anything good for yourselves and your families. You won’t be. Instead, you’ll be helping to consign Americans back to the same hell that we all suffered through over the entire last decade, and halt the US in its tracks from the progress the Obama team has achieved so far. You’ll be casting your lot with the Party of No, a cabal that has proven over the past 15 years to be a visionless horde of frauds who, in their desire to further business enrichment at the expense of our workers, deregulated Wall Street over Democrat objections and threw away our tax dollars until they crippled our economy. And they’ve spent the past two years blaming the team trying to fix their mess. You have one chance to keep
incompetence from reigning again. Please vote Democrat on November 2.
William F. Klessens - Salem
First Year of Salem’s Farmers Market Closes for Season
The Salem Farmers Market has
ended its summer season. Thank you to everyone who made our first year a great success. Our farms and vendors appreciate your support. I also thank all the non-profits who came out each week to offer their information to our community. What made it so special was seeing the crowds of people coming every week with their tote bags filling them with all the fresh produce, farm-fresh meat, homemade jams, relishes, honey, and soap. My vision of Main Street was created with success. A special thank-you also goes
out to Michelle Roux, Chris Dillon, Jeanine Bannon, Brian Lockhard, and Peggy Tripp for all their help, and the Salem Recreation Department for making the Market one of their many programs. From this wonderful event, we
are now working on having a winter market starting in November going through March 19, 2011. We will continue to offer winter produce; fresh farm beef, pork, and lamb; cheese; and many other fresh farm
products for you to bring home to your family table. Details will follow. Thank you, Salem!
Jane Lang, Volunteer Market Manager - Salem
Supporting D.J. Bettencourt for State Representative
On Election Day, I am voting for D.J. Bettencourt for
State Representative. As I am sure you know from recent news, New
Hampshire’s budget and economy are in poor shape, and those we send to the New Hampshire House of Representatives will play a pivotal role in turning our state around. We desperately need genuine fiscal conservatives. D.J. has been a Representative for the past six years,
and is a distinguished member of the Ways and Means Committee. In that capacity, he made tackling out of control deficits and irresponsible spending his first priority. He has done so not just by talking about it, but by taking action and showing leadership. He has worked in a bipartisan manner to sponsor legislation that cuts spending and takes innovative approaches to deliver essential state services in a more efficient and accountable way. Most importantly, D.J. is a person of character and
honor who understands that public office isn’t supposed to be a popularity contest, but instead is about staying focused and getting the job done for New Hampshire, regardless of political party. I respectfully ask that you support D.J. Bettencourt for State Representative on November 2.
Rob Liberatore - Salem Let Us Be Heard I do hope that all Democrats aren’t staying home
from the polls. Don’t think that all is lost because of the media. Yes, the Republicans have overspent us many times over, but most of it is “mud” slinging. They don’t seem to be able to tell us just what it is that they are going to do to get all they say they want to do. I want them to speak to the issues and elaborate how they are going to fix all they say needs fixing. (We know what has to be fixed. We are not stupid. We live with all the failures.) President Obama was elected at a crucial time in our history. Yes, he came up with the stimulus, but most of that money has been paid back by the banks and is now making money. Many of his plans are farsighted plans, not quick fixes. Healthcare may not be perfect, but it is a beginning. Presidents from Teddy Roosevelt on down have said we needed it (our country is the only country in the whole industrial world that did not have healthcare). Shame on us. Get to the polls. Let your voice be heard. These times are critical for us to be heard. I am not a scholar, but I am tired of the big corporations and lobbyists telling us what is good for we, the people. Let us – the poor, the hungry, the down- trodden, everyone – be heard. We still are Americans and we must help ourselves by going to the polls and speaking up. You may register to vote on Election Day, November 2. Let our politicians know we will be heard!
Catherine Panciocco - Salem
Re-elect Carolyn Webber I got to know Carolyn Webber two years ago
when she was running for her first term as our State Representative. I was struck by her conviction to advocate for the unique needs of Windham and Salem in the arena of State Politics. During her term in office, this is just what she has done. Of course, I see her all the time on the campaign trail now, and perhaps a letter from one candidate endorsing another may carry less weight. But I couldn’t let the opportunity to recommend Carolyn Webber to voters pass by. Carolyn has represented Windham and Salem with a passionate commitment, and has a great attendance and voting record. We need her representing us this next term and beyond. Please join me in voting for incumbent Carolyn Webber, and don’t forget to vote November 2.
Kristi St. Laurent - Windham
The Second Wave of Obama Tax Policies
Here is the second in the series of the new tax policies set
forth by Obama. This is the Second Wave – Health Care. There are over 20 new or higher taxes in Obamacare.
Several will first go into effect on January 1, 2011. They are: Health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account
(FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to save for special medical expenses. Created under the Bush Administration, these shielded money for operations, special needs people support, and to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin), among other items. Americans will no longer be able to use these, as this provision of Obamacare imposes a cap on flexible spending accounts (FSAs) of $2,500 (currently, there is no federal government limit). There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children. There are thousands of families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education. Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, DC (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars cannot be used to pay for this type of special needs education. Obamacare increases the
additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax- advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent. Cruel in the era of un-and under-employment we are in. Isn’t it amazing that they are helping the people who have become at risk so well? Now, your health insurance will
be income on your W-2s! Starting in 2011 (next year, folks), your W-2 tax form sent by your employer will be increased to show the value of whatever health insurance you are given by the company. It does not matter if that’s a private concern or governmental body of some sort. If you’re retired? So what ... your gross will go up by the amount of insurance you get. You will be required to pay taxes
on a large sum of money that you have never seen. Take your tax form you just finished and see what $15,000 or $20,000 additional gross does to your tax debt. That’s what you’ll pay next year. For many, it also
puts you into a new, higher bracket, so it’s even worse. This is how the government is going to buy insurance for the 15 percent that don’t have insurance, and it’s only part of the tax increases. Here is a research of the summaries ... On page 25
of 29: Title Ix Revenue Provisions – Subtitle A: Revenue Offset Provisions (sec. 9001, as modified by sec. 10901), Sec.9002, “requires employers to include in the W-2 form of each employee the aggregate cost of applicable employer sponsored group health coverage that is excludable from the employees gross income.” So much for not reading the bill – or as Nancy Pelosi said
– “We must pass this bill so we can find out what’s in it.” Are you liking this rape of our wallets? This affects everyone and doesn’t assist healthcare delivery and services one bit. But then, that is typical of the political elite of this
country. They are not impacted by this at all. We are. And to what end? Less money to live on and create our own wealth with. Think of losing $10-40,000 more to taxes. Can you live with your mortgage and expenses? Vote out all incumbents. Go to Kiplingers and read about 13 tax changes that
could affect you. Bill Weimar - Salem
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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.
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A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE WHO WILL FIGHT TO LOWER TAXES, STOP SPENDING, AND BALANCE THE STATE BUDGET.
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