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Forum, Aug. 31: Beatriz Pastor listens to constituents

Published: 8/31/2020 4:29:20 PM
Modified: 8/31/2020 4:29:17 PM

Pastor listens
to constituents

I am writing to strongly encourage New Hampshire Democratic and independent voters to support Beatriz Pastor for the state Senate in District 5 (Canaan, Charlestown, Claremont, Cornish, Enfield, Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, and Plainfield) in the primary on Sept. 8.

We’re fortunate to have two excellent candidates running for the state Senate in the Democratic primary, but I think the edge clearly belongs to Beatriz. She is a longtime, committed Democrat who served for three terms in the New Hampshire House from 2008-2014. Her record shows that she champions the issues that will advance New Hampshire: equitable education, affordable health care access, universal high-speed internet access, low energy costs and climate action. As a legislator, she has an impressive track record of effectiveness and bipartisanship. She is committed, she is passionate and she gets things done.

More importantly, I know that Beatriz is a person who listens to her constituents. In this confusing world, where shouting and misinformation appear to reign, it’s important to elect public officials who engage honestly and thoughtfully with the voters they represent.

Beatriz will represent all of District 5 regardless of party affiliation. Please join me in supporting a fair-minded, thoughtful and kind candidate for office: Beatriz Pastor.

Peter Glenshaw


Prentiss devoted to public service

I am proud to call Sue Prentiss a friend and a colleague in public service. I have known Sue for over five years and during that time she has supported my desire to serve my community, advised me on how to manage the challenges that I have faced as an elected official, cheered me on and been a consistent advocate of electing women.

I chose the path of running for the Mascoma Valley Regional School Board. Investing in our schools and providing the opportunity for students to have an excellent education in the school district that I attended is what I believe in. Sue and I are both well aware of the challenges we face in New Hampshire when working to bring equality to the educational opportunities for students from district to district. Sue has taken the time to tour all our district’s schools, talk with our staff, see our investments firsthand and learn what challenges our communities will face when coming back to school in the time of COVID-19.

I have learned from Sue over the years what it means to be on the ground, to be present in the community in order to gain a better understanding of the issues and how to prepare yourself to make necessary decisions. I think it’s important for District 5 voters to know that Sue has “walked the walk” and has already demonstrated the commitment, concern and compassion needed to be a good state senator. I am proud to call Sue my friend, a fellow elected official and dedicated public servant. Our work at the local and regional level matters, Sue understands this. I hope you will join me on Sept. 8, and vote for Sue Prentiss, Democrat for State Senate.

Bridget Labrie


How to get money out of politics

I’d like to spell out some practical implications of a recent editorial (“Money is at the root of our politics,” Aug. 25).

There is a long-standing Republican campaign to appoint “conservative” Supreme Court justices. Their propaganda has focused on the appointment of “anti-abortion” justices. This appeals to the personal values of a portion of American citizenry. But it is increasingly clear that the primary aim has been to focus the court on the interests of those few who derive their wealth from corporate profits (dividends, interest and the “carried interest deduction” that limits tax liability to 20% of profit on the sale of stock), rather than from wage-based income.

Two decisions by the Supreme Court, and the reasoning behind them make this abundantly clear. First was the Buckley v. Valeo (1976) decision, which effectively equated money with “free speech.” The more recent one, Citizens United (2011), equated (financially at least) corporations with citizens, and affirmed that making unlimited contributions was a matter of their “free speech.” The legal reasoning behind such contortions appears to have been Supreme Court decisions of the late 1860s affirming that corporations were “persons” under the law. I think it’s fair to say that this was a distortion of the 14th amendment’s definition of a citizen as a person born in the United States or “naturalized.” What we appear to have is a confusion of a political matter, with an economic matter: Constitutional democracy does not necessarily imply the system of corporate capitalism.

To begin to heal government by the people, I propose an amendment to the Constitution that A) repeals the Citizen United decision, and B) states that the rights and authority of government inhere in the citizenry of the United States, and therefore, that the government has full authority to regulate and support the electoral processes of this nation, so as to foster citizen participation.

Boris G. von York

Springfield, Vt.

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