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Forum, Aug. 8: The Pledge of Allegiance means a lot to veterans

Published: 8/7/2020 10:00:23 PM
Modified: 8/7/2020 10:00:11 PM
The Pledge of Allegiance means a lot to veterans

I am president of the Veterans Council of Hartford, consisting of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans and other veterans of the White River Junction valley. The Pledge of Allegiance may not mean much to the members of those selectboards that have dropped it or are considering dropping it, but to veterans it means a lot. If we had not fought for everyone’s freedom over all these generations, we would not be where we are today with the freedom of speech and all the freedoms we enjoy every day.

The taxpayers voted to put selectboard members into office to further these freedoms, not to take away the rights we have fought for. Think about it. We fought for you. You should have a little respect or us. People do not have any idea what all veterans went through unless they are veterans. When we were kids, it was a privilege to hold the flag or to start the pledge at the beginning of the day. We were proud to do this.

DENIS B. BACKUS

Sharon

Sue Prentiss will represent District 5’s many needs

The New Hampshire House and Senate balance each other. The House seats are mostly filled by people representing small districts. They defend their towns’ interests and ideals first or don’t get reelected. Almost all the Senate districts encompass multiple towns that differ in their economies, structure and institutions. Senators have to weigh bills they write or vote on against that variation.

Senate District 5 contains two cities and seven towns. I have always believed a state senator should encompass that municipal diversity, represent as many of their needs as possible, and report to her constituents on the reasons why some are out of reach, explaining the trade-offs, resources and competing ideals.

That is why I support Sue Prentiss. As an emergency medical services professional, and then mayor, she had already been forming regional alliance and learning our district’s constraints, needs and desires. A moderate Republican by birth, but operating outside partisan politics, she has bonded with local leaders and doers. I watched her turn into an independent for Hillary Clinton as the choice against Donald Trump, and then, because of what New Hampshire’s Republican Party had become, and in admiration of Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his inclusive, common-sense plans for our nation, into a Democratic activist.

To date, I have not found a Democratic value we do not share.

I watched her advocate in Concord for bills to help our cities and some towns hold the line on the property tax (both to be re-submitted in 2021 in normal session), and the Westboro Rail Yard funding, key to West Lebanon’s redevelopment. I watched her as mayor keep the Lebanon City Council united and focused on common goals that encompass housing, sustainable energy, green space and recreation, and the vibrant art-based downtown that she helped develop.

And I know her as a key player in defeating the H1N1 epidemic and as a national leader in emergency medical services, someone who will help guide us to a better time through this terrible pandemic. Please vote for Sue Prentiss in the Sept. 8 primary.

SUSAN ALMY

Lebanon

The writer represents the Grafton 13 district in the New Hampshire House.

Beatriz Pastor will be ready to serve District 5 on Day One

Beatriz Pastor is energized and ready to hit the ground running as the New Hampshire senator for District 5. As an experienced and accomplished legislator, she knows how the system works and will be well prepared to file and advocate for legislation from Day One.

Pastor served in the New Hampshire House for six years, with a keen focus on energy and sustainability issues, as well as working to make high-speed broadband available to all New Hampshire residents, an issue she will prioritize in the Senate.

Having represented Lyme and Hanover for the last four years, I often hear refrains of support for her: “When will Beatriz run again? She knows us and will fight for us!”

I am delighted to endorse Beatriz Pastor for New Hampshire Senate — where her strengths and values will shine.

POLLY CAMPION

Etna

The writer represents the Grafton 12 district in the New Hampshire House.

Sue Prentiss has extensive local governing experience

I am delighted to endorse Suzanne (Sue) Prentiss for New Hampshire state senator from District 5.

During her working career, Prentiss has held many leadership positions in health care, including project director for a federally funded rural health outreach initiative, service in New Hampshire’s state government as the trauma system coordinator and as first female chief of EMS at the Department of Safety. She worked with emergency management and public health officials planning the response to SARS and H1N1 at the state level, and was part of the management team at Concord Hospital Emergency Department coordinating the effort to prepare the response to Ebola. In May 2018, she was named executive director of the American Trauma Society, where her work focuses on reducing deaths related to trauma, improving trauma system development and empowering the survivors of trauma.

I am particularly impressed by the fact that her public involvement has been mainly at the local level. She has served on the Lebanon City Council since 2009 and served as mayor for four years. I like the fact that she has dealt with all manner of local concerns and has been answerable in the most direct manner possible to Lebanon residents. She knows that to work effectively together does require working collaboratively. Her public, local governing experience is a big plus.

When I first met her, I was very happy to learn that she was quite knowledgeable about Claremont, our successes and challenges. She does not require a “get to know you” period — she knows Claremont and the other city and towns in Senate District 5. She understands that cities and towns require a strong advocate in Concord, and I have no doubt she will be that advocate.

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us for quite some time. This reality demands leaders who can work for the common good, forge working alliances, and work to bring about positive, lasting changes. Sue Prentiss will provide that leadership for the future. I ask all to join me on Sept. 8 and cast your vote in the Democratic primary for Sue Prentiss.

ALLEN DAMREN

Claremont

Beatriz Pastor is progressive, well-informed and passionate

I heartily endorse and enthusiastically support Beatriz Pastor to represent District 5 in the New Hampshire Senate. It is essential that we elect a strong and experienced lifelong Democrat to represent us in this important office. Pastor has long been involved with the Lyme Democratic Committee, and could always be counted on to provide needed support, even while teaching full time and representing us in the New Hampshire House. She is progressive, well-informed, passionate on the issues and committed to helping to make life better for all of her constituents.

She is a professor at Dartmouth College and served six years in the New Hampshire House. She has a strong commitment to the environment, health care, voting rights, women’s choice and many other important issues. Beatriz Pastor is clearly the strongest candidate for this position and I hope you will join me in supporting her and giving her your vote, both in the September primary and in the November general election.

PETE SWART

Lyme Center

The writer is the former chair of the Lyme Democratic Committee.

Winburn will focus on needs of Vermont’s underserved

In advance of the upcoming Vermont gubernatorial primary, I would like to highlight a candidate who continues to fly under the radar despite running a serious campaign that addresses many issues his opponents overlook. I am talking about Pat Winburn.

A longtime fixture in the Southern Vermont community, he would bring the perspective of a political outsider to the governor’s office. His two main competitors — Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and former Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe — bring little new to the table, offering records of minimal accomplishment and ignorance of rural Vermont outside of their Chittenden County and Norwich pockets of wealth and relative prosperity.

Pat Winburn has made the struggling areas of Vermont — the south, the Northeast Kingdom, etc. — the focus of his campaign, with progressive policies like free school lunch for all and a $15 minimum wage, explicitly designed to help these underserved regions. He brings an outsider’s perspective and a grounded, rational approach to the race, and is worthy of serious consideration in the primary on Tuesday.

WRIGHT FROST

Tunbridge

Write-in Holmes for Windsor 1

To all the voters in the Windsor 1 district (Hartland, Windsor, West Windsor), please consider writing in my friend Jacob Holmes, of Hartland, for state representative on your ballot in the upcoming primary. Holmes is well-educated, well-spoken and experienced. With his knowledge, experience and common-sense approach to the issues he will contribute much of value to the upcoming important election season. Your write-in vote in the primary on Tuesday will help ensure that his name appears on the ballot in November.

KEN COLBY

Woodstock




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