Hudson - Litchfield News 8 - October 29, 2010
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More Letters to our Editor Is John Knowles a Democrat?
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This, too, increases the cost of the insurance premiums. I do not work for a company that pays for even a portion of my health
Several people have complained recently on the “Thumbs” page that I neglected to specify in my campaign announcement that I am running as a Democrat. While I find it ironic that people who feel I was “ashamed” to acknowledge my party affiliation are themselves complaining about it anonymously, I am glad to take the time to clarify things for them. First, several quick points: (1) Anyone who has paid attention to town matters for the past 20 years would have already known I was a Democrat—I have run as a member of that party a number of times, including 2006 and 2008 when I was elected as a Democrat. (2) Since I will be listed as a Democrat on the ballot on November 2, there would be no point in trying to hide it! (3) In my announcement, I was particularly interested in letting voters know who I was and what my concerns would be as a Representative, not just that I was a member of one party or another. I didn’t even notice that I hadn’t mentioned it in my announcement. (4) I also wonder if the complainers noticed that most candidates’ announcements do not mention a party affiliation, including many Republicans. Not only am I not ashamed of my party, but I am proud of the things we
have accomplished as the majority party over the past four years. Indeed, the Democratic leadership in Concord recently sent out a list of our accomplishments during the past two years—it took more than 100 pages to list them all! Although I obviously cannot mention them all here, I do want to point out one issue—whether we have been good stewards of the state’s financial health and economic environment. • Three independent bond rating agencies (Moody’s, S&P, Fitch) recently reaffirmed NH’s high bond rating at a time of severe economic stress, when most states have been downgraded. These are agencies that have no partisan connection, but are required to give realistic, impartial advice to potential investors in the state.
• The Wall Street Journal (a very fiscally conservative publication) recently named New Hampshire one of the 10 best-run states in the nation. To quote: “Well-run states have a great deal in common with well-run corporations. Books are kept balanced. Investment is prudent. Debt is sustainable. Innovation is prized. Workers are well chosen and well trained. Executives are picked based on merit and not ‘politics.’“
• In a time of severe unemployment throughout the nation, New Hampshire has the second highest job growth in the country (10,000 jobs created last year), the fourth lowest unemployment rate (40 percent lower than nationally, with new jobs created in each of the past four months), and at the same time, the second lowest combined tax burden in the country (the smallest amount based on personal income). This has all happened under Democratic stewardship. Why would anyone be “ashamed” of that? I thank my anonymous critics for the opportunity to clarify these issues.
John Knowles - Hudson
Vote for Sharon Carson for State Representative
This is in response to the hateful vitriol expressed by a letter writer in last
week’s edition against Sharon Carson. She would have done more of a service to her candidate if she had listed the accomplishments and qualifications of her chosen one. People are tired of the Liberal attacks. We want to know what qualifies a candidate for office, not a list of what you might think of as negatives against them and statements taken out of context to make a candidate look bad. I have been involved in our community for many years and I have yet to
hear of your candidate, nor have I seen any support for her. She would be better served if you would list her good deeds other than to just say she is the best candidate.
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Anyway, in the long run, a vote for any Democrat in this state is a vote for more taxes and more government control over our lives. I’ll stick with Sharon Carson, who I know will not just promise to be a fiscal conservative, but will actually work to keep our money in our own pockets. A vote for a Liberal is a vote for Socialism. Remember our motto – “Live Free or Die” – and let’s take back our State.
Sandi LeVasseur - Hudson Joe, Can You Hear Me?
In response to the attack on both me and Representatives John and Mary Anne Knowles in the Hudson~Litchfield News, October 15, for backing legislation that requires health insurance companies in the state of New Hampshire to cover the cost of hearing aids for the hearing-impaired, your way of thinking is just plain wrong.
I do not have a heart condition, so should I complain
that my insurance company pays for both diagnosis and treatment of this condition? Hey Joe, how about high blood pressure and the myriad of other medical problems that are covered by health insurance? However, Joe, if needed, you can have your health insurance cover Viagra.
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insurance like you do, Joe. I pay for health insurance myself at a cost of $1,360 per month, per person. I am very happy that you have the resources to pay for your wife’s hearing aid, but such is not the situation for everyone. Are you saying that because of possible increases in the cost of your insurance that anyone with a severe hearing problem is to just learn to live with it, even when there are remedies that can help? What other disabilities would you want not to be covered, Joseph? Shame on you, Joe, for being so narrow minded.
Vivian L. McGuire - Hudson Richard Pennington
for Hillsborough County Attorney
My name is Richard Pennington, and I am running for Hillsborough County Attorney as an Independent. I ask for your vote, regardless of your party, and I promise that I will give the job my all. Please take a look at my advertisement found elsewhere in today’s paper. For more information, or to contact me, visit my Website at www.PenningtonNH.com
. Thank you for your consideration.
Richard Pennington - Peterborough More Support for Sharon Carson
I went to bed last Thursday in Hudson, but when I woke up Friday, I thought I had been transported to Chicago. It was a logical conclusion after reading the ad hominem attacks against State Senator Sharon Carson that were spewed in last week’s Letters to the Editor by a Londonderry supporter of her opponent in the November election. The letter sounded more like a congressional campaign hit-piece, full of class warfare, innuendo, and half-truths. The only thing missing is trying to link Senator Carson to the Bush administration. In Hudson, we try to fight it out on the issues. Our State Senators and Representatives all have voting records. If a challenger feels he or she must attack an incumbent, the intelligent way is to attack that incumbent’s record. Unfortunately, that really won’t work well for Senator Carson’s challenger because no one can match Sharon Carson when it comes to voting on the side of the taxpayer. She fought against the spending spree that increased the budget 23 percent in four years. She fought against doubling the auto registration fees. She fought against the midnight tax attack that slipped into the budget, without any hearings, an LLC tax, and a camping tax so devastating to small business that the legislature repealed these foolish taxes the next year. Senator Carson has a long record as both a Senator and a State Representative. Her record is there for anyone to see. It’s a record that is unassailable. There’s an old adage among lawyers that says, “If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If you have neither on your side, pound the table!” What we have here is the political analogy to that adage. “If your record is good, pound your record, if your opponents record is bad, pound their record, but if you have no record and your opponent has an outstanding record, then all you can do is throw mud.” That may work in Chicago, but not Hudson.
Andy Renzullo - Hudson
Supporting John and Mary Ann Knowles for State Representatives
I’ve worked with John Knowles for many years in the high-tech industry
and have also been acquainted with him and his wife, Mary Ann Knowles, by residing alongside them here in Hudson for the last 18 years. I’ve never seen two more energetic and dedicated people. In addition to working full-time jobs, they have tirelessly and thoughtfully represented District 27 (Hudson-Litchfield-Pelham) of New Hampshire in the state legislature, helping balance the 2009-2010 state budget, protecting workers by passing the WARN Act to require advance notice of layoffs, helping the unemployed retrain by establishing the New Hampshire Working job training program, and strengthening environmental protections that increase penalties for oil spills and safe drinking water violations. Their perfect attendance record in the legislature speaks to their dedication - they have voted on every piece of legislation proposed during their terms.
In addition, they have been active in the community, serving on local
school and library boards, and the senior advisory council. Their work has helped New Hampshire be the fifth healthiest state in the nation (up from sixth last year, according to the United Health Federation), collect the second lowest amount of taxes per capita (taxadmin.org
), and have the fifth lowest amount of spending per-capita of any state in the country (Statehealthfacts. org). We should re-elect these two dedicated people to the state legislature,
where they can continue contributing and making New Hampshire a safe, high-quality, and affordable place to live.
Ruth Sessions - Hudson Urging You to Support Sharon Carson
I am writing to urge the reelection of Senator Sharon Carson to the New Hampshire Senate. Sharon Carson has served Hudson, Londonderry, and Auburn with the residents’ concerns at heart. She has worked hard for New Hampshire families, and will continue to fight for us. We need strong leadership in Concord, and Sharon Carson is the one. She is a fiscal conservative, and has served our country in the Army. At the Hudson Old Home Days, Senator Carson spent the four days there meeting the people of Hudson; at Londonderry
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