4 - March 30, 2012 | Salem Community Patriot
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Not a Fan of “Obamacare”
In the March 23 issue Jane Lang praised Obamacare. As usual the liberal democrats only tell half truths. Since it became law my cost for my health ins has gone up about 29 percent. One of my co-pays went from $5 to $250. And let’s not forget Nancy Polisi’s famous quote: “Pass the bill, then we will read it.” Well I read it. Seems like those on welfare and the president’s illegal family pay nothing. I have not had a raise in my retirement in 10 years but the liberals have no trouble causing my taxes to go up. I can only hope the next president and congress repeal Obamacare. Oh, one question. Jane did you ever pay the money
back? Michael Flathers - Salem
Keystone Pipeline is Not the Answer
I have been wondering for quite sometime about why
our President is against the Key Stone Pipe Line. After going on to several sites, I now think he is right. Te Sand Tar is a very crude thick oil. It can only become a liquid by using intense heat and mixed with toxic chemicals. Tis pipe line could put drinking water at risk, as well as many other environmental issues in any of the states where it will be going through. Many of the states do not want this pipe line (originally it was a much shorter route and would come out in California; it will create temporary jobs for two years). Te bottom
line for me, this oil will be up for grabs. It probably would not go to the U.S. It will create two years of temporary jobs and could damage the environment (that can’t be replaced). It costs too much to make it, and we do not get the end product. Meanwhile, we the taxpayers are subsidizing the oil companies. Tey reap the harvest. Have you noticed the new commercials from the oil companies pushing for us to pass the law for the pipe line? Another important thing, our presidents or Congress do not establish the price of a barrel of oil. It is priced by OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries). I think that we Americans have to learn conservation
(how we drive, etc.). Foreign countries, so I’m told, have been paying $4 and $5 a gallon for many years. Don’t let the oil companies win this battle. Call our leaders and let them know where you stand and get more information not just sound bites from the Oil Companies.
Kay Panciocco - Salem
Election Law Sleight of Hand I was very surprised to see the “thumbs up” in the
March 23 issue of the Patriot which lauded Bryan Donovan’s response to the piece by the League of Women Voters (which was itself a response to the Op- ed by New Hampshire’s Republican House leadership, arguing for required photo IDs for citizens to be able to vote). Te thumbs-up goes on to say, “Te Democrats’ view was very deceiving, lacking facts, distorting the facts, and blatantly dishonest.”
I say it was surprising because Mr. Donovan didn’t really address any of the factual rebuttal points that the League of Women Voters wrote about, which seems to indicate that the League’s information was accurate. Instead, he went for the
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tactic of belittling the writers, as though that would somehow diminish the truth of what they were saying. Te attack on Joan Flood Ashwell’s title of Election
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Law Specialist was incredibly laughable. Within my own firm there are perhaps over 60 different types of “specialists.” It is a job title designation given by the firm to identify the employee’s function. If the League of Women Voters has chosen to bestow that title on an individual, what is wrong with that? It’s not as if Ms. Ashwell has no experience with voter issues. A Google and Bing search of her name provided much more information than Mr. Donovan’s search. Perhaps his certification by MCSE didn’t include basic researching skills. ZoomInfo cites that she has been affiliated with the Strafford County Democratic Committee, League of Women Voters of New Hampshire, and America Votes, and is also a board member of the League of Women Voters in New Hampshire. I saw a number of citations which lead me to conclude that she must know something about election laws. Mr. Donovan also took great pains to point out Ms.
Ashwell’s Democratic Party ties and donations. And what does this prove – or even have to do at all with the discussion? New Hampshire is still a state that is heavily registered Independent, and perhaps a Republication Committee Chairman should keep this in mind. Not everybody is happy with the direction our state has taken in the last year and a half. Finally, as to the issue of voter fraud, I can suggest one possible practical solution. Perhaps the Legislature could encourage the cities and towns to clean up their own due diligence of voting rolls, if that is a problem. A simple obituary check and deletion from the active registry would not be such a massive undertaking, and cost far less money and manpower than the creation and implementation of an ID and provisional ballot process from scratch. Why does the solution have to fall squarely on the shoulders of the poor and elderly who don’t have proper IDs? It is not a crime to be poor, and it is not a crime to be elderly. After all, we do have laws that address the issue of
voter fraud already. Mr. Donovan’s key piece of voter fraud evidence is the case of Geoff Wetrosky back in 2005. My question is, if there was a solid case there, why wasn’t it prosecuted? Wouldn’t it be the duty of the State Attorney General to pursue it? Tat would have sent a strong message of deterrence. Perhaps Mr. Donovan could ask his fellow Republican, Kelly Ayotte, that question the next time he sees her. As I recall, she was the Attorney General at that time.
Russ Brown - Salem
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Concord deserve unalloyed kudos for their resounding (and admittedly surprising) vote down of Windham GOP representative David Bates’ gay marriage repeal effort (HB 437) last week. Teir 202-133 margin, the victors encompassing all Democrats and 109 centrist Republicans, had to bring a sense of relief to the nearly 2,000 newly-married couples since governor John Lynch signed same-sex marriage into law in 2009, and hopefully is a harbinger that the past 14 months of Concord insanity may be finally turning. And by afterwards voting to kill the bill outright, the legislators ensured that this year-long attack on what had become a basic freedom for many was staked for good. Congratulations to both parties for a job well done. And a note to New Hampshire voters: let’s all do a better job of checking out the qualities and ideologies of the people we’ll be voting for this November as 2012 rolls along. Tere will be many fine Democrats and moderate Republicans to choose from, leaving no excuse for us if we allow the Tea Party regressives we installed in 2010 to remain in office. Tese people don’t stand for smaller government, job creation and the other nice- sounding legislation they talked about. Teir aim is to turn our state into a sort of “Georgia North,” allowing government into our bedrooms as well as continuing the losses of thousands of school, hospital and public sector jobs that the ridiculous budget they foisted on us has already done in the past year. Hopefully last week’s vote will make people take a closer look at the better choices we have for our state. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will undoubtedly be the GOP nominee in a couple months, but this coreless of all politicians has been exposed again, this time last week by his campaign manager Eric Fehrnstrom. Say what you will about the extremely flawed Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. But at least they all have the courage and honesty to push their political aims in the public forum with none of the Jekyll-and-Hyde, “which-way-is-the-wind- blowing-today” deception that Romney has practiced at every level for nearly two decades. Nobody on either side of the aisle should’ve been too surprised by the gist of Fehrnstrom’s damaging comments admitting that many of his boss’s conservative beliefs and views will change soon after his nomination. “You hit a reset button for the fall campaign,” Fehrnstrom explained in a CNN interview. “Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch - you can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again.” And all this right after Romney received the long-coveted Jeb Bush endorsement a day earlier. Tis interview was definitely not in the Romney game plan, i.e., courting the right-wing vote by repudiating all the centrist beliefs and legislation he had stood for as Massachusetts governor, Senate candidate and presidential aspirant, while simultaneously pushing his more moderate views in states with audiences more receptive to them. What made Fehrnstrom’s blunder (and honesty) astonishing is the fact that he is a classic slash- and-burn campaign administrator, very much in the mold of the Lee Atwater/Roger Ailes team that ran the devastating, distortion- filled war of negativity for George H. W. Bush in 1988 against Democrat Michael Dukakis. We can expect about six months of the same disingenuous character assassination after Romney sews up the nomination and goes head- to-head against president Barack Obama, if the ugly state campaigns he’s already run against Santorum and Gingrich are any indication.
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