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Forum, Sept. 24: Focus of N.H. Republicans is winning, not governing

Published: 9/23/2019 10:00:12 PM
Modified: 9/23/2019 10:00:09 PM
Focus of N.H. Republicans is winning, not governing

The game plan being followed by the New Hampshire Republicans is becoming clearer by the hour: They do not strive to govern, they strive to win.

The budget vetoed by the governor is supported by Democrats because it meets the actual needs of the state and the people who live here. The governor vetoed it because he wants another tax cut as a wedge issue for the 2020 election. Democrats, trying hard to govern, spent the summer months working for compromise. The governor didn’t. He wants an election issue on which he thinks the GOP can win. Democrats, perhaps naively, continue to work for a budget that will help the state and their constituents function and flourish.

Who do you think will win this fight? It really depends on whether or not Granite State voters see what’s going on.

PETER HOE BURLING

Cornish

The writer is a former Democratic leader of the New Hampshire House and a former state senator.

Lewandowski asserts a nonexistent immunity

At his testimony under oath to the House Judiciary Committee last week, Corey Lewandowski, former director of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, claimed a nonexistent immunity to answering questions about the president’s statements to him.

This claim that presidential immunity can extend to a private citizen is a total fabrication. Were it real, the process of impeachment under Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution would be effectively repealed. As a result, Lewandowski clearly appears to have obstructed of justice.

ROGER D. MASTERS

Hanover

A call to share your talents

A question for all the smart, creative people of the Upper Valley with something unique to share: Why aren’t you teaching more classes?

I moved here three years ago from the San Francisco Bay area, where the offerings of things to learn and do are so everywhere and diverse it can get overwhelming. Here in the Upper Valley, I look for places to learn tai chi, practice French or join a keto meetup group and I have to scour the internet to find something that might be available within a 40-mile radius.

There are fascinating and brilliant people here. I’ve met so many. Please consider sharing your talents with the world and offering classes, workshops, tours — whatever format is best suited. And please consider scheduling at least some of them in the evenings or on weekends so folks working or going to school full time can attend.

CATHERINE BAUMGARTNER

West Windsor

Proposed sentence in abuse case would be outrageous

The Union Leader on Tuesday reported that a woman from Bristol, N.H., who faced animal cruelty charges for allegedly horribly mistreating 31 dogs would walk away with a slap on the wrist if a proposed plea deal is approved.

The New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spent more than $600,000 to care for the animals she allegedly abused. It is proposed that she gets a suspended sentence and pay no financial penalty or restitution to the NHSPCA.

That is just plain outrageous. It means that the organization would have to go back to its volunteers and supporters and say that the legal system totally failed them. The Grafton County attorney is not doing justice.

DON KOURY

Lebanon




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