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Forum, Aug. 29: President must stop spreading falsehoods about voting fraud


Wednesday, August 28, 2019
President must stop spreading falsehoods about voting fraud

In a statement to reporters prior to his recent campaign rally in Manchester, President Donald Trump once again made the baseless assertion that he lost the 2016 popular vote in New Hampshire due to the casting of fraudulent ballots. He stated that, “New Hampshire should have been won last time, except we had a lot of people come in at the last moment, which was a rather strange situation. ... Thousands and thousands of people coming in from locations unknown. But I knew where their location was.”

The following day, Federal Election Commission Chair Ellen Weintraub submitted a letter to the president requesting information to back up this claims, noting that she had previously requested such information in 2017 (when he previously asserted election fraud) and received no reply at that time.

After the president and his staff made claims regarding New Hampshire election fraud in 2017, Lebanon’s mayor — on behalf of the City Council — submitted a letter to Gov. Chris Sununu urging him to thoroughly investigate the matter and “if found baseless, to request that the administration retract its comments.” We never received a response from the governor.

The cities and towns in New Hampshire take great pride in the integrity of our elections. There has been no documented evidence of the widespread fraud suggested by the president. Words matter, and spreading falsehoods about our election process is both reprehensible and destructive to the democratic process. It should stop.

TIM McNAMARA

Lebanon

The writer serves as mayor of Lebanon.

The president flip-flops again on background checks

I thought “flip or flop” was an HGTV show about refurbishing houses. Apparently, I am mistaken. It is about a part-time resident in the White House in reference to background checks for gun purchases. He’s flopped again.

ELAINE SMITH

Hartland

College should take another look at biomass plan

On the evening of Aug. 13, I attended another site selection forum for Dartmouth College’s proposed biomass facility. The short presentation by the college was the same as given two weeks earlier. And, I continue to struggle with the energy direction that the college is advocating.

As with the previous forum, neighborhood concerns about health, safely and traffic, and observations about the college’s direction, were voiced in arguments against this project. However, this time, in what seemed like a concerted effort, professional and commercial forest interests all spoke in favor of this project. When a speaker said that the college “did not care” about its neighbors, the pushback was immediate and defensive. However, not once did the college push back against the raw financial interests of the commercial forest speakers, despite the fact that it was clear that any monetary gains from using biomass would accrue solely to those speakers.

If the decision to push forward with this biomass project is irrevocable, the college should have the courage to say so. We can then stop this Kabuki dance of pretending to solicit community input. And the neighbors, students and alums can get over their sense of truly engaging with the college in one of the great and urgent discussions of our time — how do we achieve carbon-free energy generation?

It took the college nine years to develop this self-described “not perfect” project. Given that students through tuition and alums through donations will bear the financial cost of any energy strategy, I would ask the college to take a fresh look at its sustainable energy initiatives rather than simply cram down this possibly outdated, and certainly controversial, project.

PETER C. PAQUETTE

Hanover

A sensitive, graceful portrait

We were overjoyed by the beautiful tribute to the life of Ruth Jeffers Wellington written by David Corriveau (“A Life: ‘She wanted everybody to flourish,’ ” Aug. 19). My husband, also a writer, literally said, “He’s a genius!” We were impressed by the way he managed to develop the narrative of my mother’s life with well-researched details, weaving in quotes from interviews and her brief memoir. The portrait rendered was so well expressed. I marveled at the pacing, the engaging word choices — in short, it was one stunning piece of writing and we will be forever thankful.

Please accept my deep appreciation for the monumental effort made to honor my mother with such sensitivity, precision and grace. When we travel north for her funeral, there will be many copies of the Valley News to share with the 30 family members who are traveling to Pike for the event.

BETH WELLINGTON

Wellesley, Mass.