Forum, July 19: Vote for Warmington

Published: 8/1/2022 12:30:41 PM
Modified: 8/1/2022 12:27:32 PM
Vote for Warmington

Republican redistricting has changed the choices available to Upper Valley, Grafton and Sullivan County voters in the state’s House, Senate and Executive Council races. There is a serious primary on the Democratic side.

The Executive Council is critical to women’s health, maternity and family planning access. In recent terms, each time Republicans have controlled the 5-person council, it has voted to defund Planned Parenthood and the other two New Hampshire stand-alone clinics which include abortion access in their reproductive services. Two terms ago, President Obama was able to send funding through another route, but it has become more difficult, especially for the two independent clinics.

The council also votes on all of the governor’s appointments, from Supreme Court judges to department heads to river commissioners; and on all contracts above a minimal amount. The COVID vaccine program delay and reappointment of Sununu’s anti-public-school education commissioner were also among the damage.

Redistricting split the North Country in half to set current District 2 Councilor Cinde Warmington of Concord against previous District 1 Councilor Mike Cryans of Hanover. Grafton, Sullivan counties and much of Cheshire counties now form most of Warmington’s District 2.

Cryans won in District 1 in 2018 and served in a Democratic-majority Council. He provided a strong and effective voice for the North Country and our area, as we all know.

Warmington won in District 2 in the 2020 Republican sweep, serving as the sole Democrat with Republicans. She adopted the entire state as her constituency, posting videos and texts from every meeting on key actions and their impacts. An experienced lawyer and minority of one, she has negotiated down or defeated a number of bad appointments and contracts. She spurred the recruiting and funding of 4 excellent candidates for the other districts, giving us the chance to take back control in November despite the redistricting. She has served the whole state well, and is my choice.

Please vote in the Sept. 13 primary.

Susan Almy

Lebanon

Support Sellers for House

We have many immediate issues facing us. Food costs rise by the day, along with heating oil/propane. Fuel prices are hitting everyone who needs a vehicle, and in rural New Hampshire, everyone needs a vehicle.

We all have less money to save or spend. If I am right, in the next year or so, jobs that we can’t get workers for today will start to vanish. Less money and higher fuel and food means businesses have less to build or sell and they will start to fail. I don’t mean patch it but fix it. Open the pipelines and stop giving our oil to China. New Hampshire first.

Many of you may already know I am running for state representative for Grafton County District 18 which covers 10 towns.

My concern is this, can the people make it through this winter?

I still have hope for New Hampshire. I will work with whomever to help the people survive this winter.

I need to hear from you on what your needs are and what you think government can do to help. At the same time, we don’t need more government.

We may be managing now, but it is going to change. I know many of you have already started to change the way you do things to make the money last.

The primary is Sept. 13th and then the general election is Nov. 8th. I’m willing to do what I can to represent you, but without your vote that will never happen. So first, you got to vote, second, I need that vote, third, we need many other like-minded conservative caring people to get elected, so spread the word.

John Sellers

Bristol, N.H.

Abortion law back to states

Contrary to Barry Smith’s assertion (letter, “Hypocrisy and duplicity,” July 8) the Supreme Court did not “destroy” reproductive rights for women. Nothing about that ruling prevents reproduction. Rightly or wrongly, the court merely returned the matter of abortion to the states. Many feel that the court was being consistent with the separation of powers doctrine which is at the core of our system of government.

Secondly, Smith falsely claimed that the Constitution “did mention separation of church and state.” It says no such thing. Here’s the actual wording: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof....” The Founders simply wanted to prevent the creation of a state sponsored religion. Smith’s injection of such a falsehood into an already contentious issue is anything but helpful.

Dick Tracy

Laconia, N.H.

Buy, don’t browse

I was saddened to learn a new word the other day. It was on the door of my local bookstore, Morgan Hill in New London.

The word is “showrooming” and its definition involves taking photos of the books in the windows of a store and then going on Amazon to purchase them at a discounted price. There are so many reasons to adhere to the theme of shop local, I’m encouraging everyone to give it a try.

Janet Miller Haines

New London

Vote for Johannensen

Alison Johannensen has the strength of character, intelligence, work ethic, humor and compassion to make an effective Windsor County Assistant Judge. She has a fresh interest and eagerness to fill the position.

I have known Alison for 16 years as a close friend and also as a collaborator onstage in local musical theater productions. Onstage, as a dancer and actor, Alison leads, creates, and teaches. As a friend, neighbor or family member, Alison invariably shows up to lend quiet support to those in times of crisis or need.

Over these years, I have watched Alison and her husband raise two strong daughters while they worked their full-time jobs. Alison’s work has been as a highly organized, committed and skilled paralegal. Remarkably, she has also found the time to support her community by serving on local boards and volunteering regularly at events such as the Zack’s Place annual Thanksgiving day Turkey Trot fundraiser.

Voting in the Aug. 9th primary is one way we can create a better future. I will be voting with confidence for Alison Johannensen to serve as Windsor County Assistant Judge.

Sara Norcross

Reading, Vt.

Domestic supply of infants

The recent Supreme Court majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade contained a footnote to a CDC report that includes the phrase “domestic supply of infants” related to the marketplace for babies in this country. Additionally, during oral arguments, one justice noted the wide availability of safe haven baby drops, the clear implication being that the convenient option of relinquishment obviates the need for abortion access. These lines of thinking signal the inappropriate view that adoption is a solution to the “problem” of abortion.

Like abortion, adoption is a reproductive rights issue. The idea that adoption is a win-win transaction ignores the trauma, corruption, inequity and white Christian saviorism found in the adoption industry. The glossy “everybody wins” adoption narrative overlooks complex lifelong issues faced by both adoptees and birth mothers. It also completely ignores the horrors of gray market activity, trafficking and coercion that are present in the industry, especially with transnational adoptions. Consider the child rescue language that permeates the marketing material of many adoption agencies dependent on a steady supply of babies for revenue, all of which disproportionally disrupts the kinship ties and cultural norms of families of color and under-resourced communities.

Adoption by definition involves the severing of family ties, replacing them with different family ties. Please do not use or accept adoption as an anti-abortion talking point. To do so would ignore the under-appreciated pain and loss felt by many adoptees and birth mothers. 

Steve Skillman

Grantham

Drifting toward cult status

The Rev. Steve Gehlert’s letter in the July 12 Forum “Trumps offer stark choice to Evangelical Christians” hit home in his first sentence, “Evangelical Christians who chose to disregard his immorality, dishonesty, racism, and cruelty should ask themselves, is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ or Donald Trump.” This issue has stumped me since Trump became president. Do they see themselves in him?

Is this how a cult starts?

Nancy Parker

Lebanon




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