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Forum, Oct. 10: Going all-in for Elizabeth Warren


Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Going all-in for Elizabeth Warren

As a member of the New Hampshire Legislature representing Lebanon, I see the issues our community struggles with every day. If we want to rebuild America’s middle class, we need to nominate a candidate who will fight for the big, structural changes we need to make. That’s why I’m supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Warren has spent her career studying the economy. She understands how America’s middle class has been hollowed out, and she knows what it will take to rebuild it. Her plans to strengthen unions, raise the minimum wage, invest in infrastructure, and make early childhood education and college available to all will make a huge difference in the lives of working families.

Her 2 percent wealth tax on the nation’s richest families — households with more than $50 million — will generate enough revenue to strengthen public programs. Her affordable housing plan would build or rehabilitate more than 3 million housing units, lower rents by 10%, create 1.5 million new jobs, and tackle housing discrimination not covered by the Fair Housing Act.

Warren is not afraid to take on those in power. She is running to make Washington work for everyone, not just those at the top. To do that, she has proposed the strongest anti-corruption legislation since Watergate. It would end lobbying as we know it, create a new public integrity office, and require all candidates for public office and federal officeholders to disclose their financial and tax information.

She has plans for addressing climate change, investing in rural America and more.

You can tell a lot about a leader based on her team, and Warren’s leadership is on full display through the grass-roots effort she has built here in New Hampshire. And our nation is long overdue for a woman in the White House. Warren is ready to take on the job.

Whatever issue drives you, Warren is ready to fight on your behalf. I’m all-in for Elizabeth Warren, and I hope you’ll join me in supporting her, too.

GEORGE SYKES

Lebanon

The writer represents District 13 in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Ward 2 on the Lebanon City Council.

Second Amendment is crystal clear

Letters to the Forum have called for putting an end to ownership of so-called “military-style” weapons and high-capacity magazines. The Second Amendment is crystal clear. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” It doesn’t say what kinds of weapons, or how many weapons, or whether “the people” are men, women, old, young, or whatever. Those who argue that the right has “turned into” something are wrong. The right to keep and bear arms is as it is stated.

In two decisions (District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the framework and language of the Second Amendment. The Supreme Court also may consider New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. City of New York, another case in which plaintiffs argue that draconian gun control laws violate the rights under the Second Amendment. Exhaustive discussions of these case are available online.

I am not a gun owner. I am an unalterable advocate for the rights contained in the Second Amendment. I would oppose any change. However, I do believe that it is time to stop the “salami tactic,” “slice-by-slice” attempts to undercut it. The Founding Fathers offered a way to revise the U.S. Constitution. It is contained in Article 5. It’s called amendment. It isn’t an easy process because the Founding Fathers wanted to avoid emotion-driven changes to the foundations of this country.

The U.S. tried to prohibit the sales of alcohol with Prohibition. It was an unmitigated, crime-laden disaster. Those who wanted alcohol got it, by hook or crook. Prohibition had to be repealed to clean up the mess that had been created. I believe a similar attempt with private gun ownership would face the same fate. Those who want guns to kill will find a way to obtain them no matter what the government decrees. I strongly doubt that law-abiding gun owners will submit to confiscation.

ALAN TANENBAUM

Grantham