Forum, Oct. 7: Important Choice in November

Friday, October 06, 2017
Important Choice in November

In a recent Primary Source column, John Gregg sketched out the importance of the Sullivan County District 1 race for a seat in the New Hampshire Legislature.  Because the next 10 months will see so many important questions come before the House, I think greater attention must be paid to the questions of consequence that our representative will have to address.

What will happen to the Medicaid expansion bill that allowed so many Granite Staters (more than 50,000) to get health insurance and care? The expansion passed by one vote in 2016, and in January the Legislature must address it again. Do both of our candidates support it? Or will a Republican majority find a way to kill it as part of the GOP plan to end Obamacare?

The New Hampshire GOP has passed a bill designed to suppress voting by citizens. A part of that bill (SB3) has already been struck down by a New Hampshire court. Will the person who becomes our representative vote to continue voter suppression efforts while claiming “voter fraud,” or will our chosen person say no to voter suppression?

The House GOP majority in Washington has passed a bill making abortions illegal after 20 weeks. That bill would provide for criminal prosecution of physicians who perform later abortions. One of our candidates supports that legislation, the other does not. Does our district want such a law in New Hampshire? 

The horror in Las Vegas has turned our world on edge, if not upside down. Is it now time for our Legislature to have a conversation about how to prevent the devastation of mass shootings, or is it, as the GOP believes, still “too soon?”

The upcoming months will see a remarkable number of important issues come before the New Hampshire House. We have a chance on Nov. 7 to guide the way in which those issues are addressed and resolved. For me, the better choice, on the issues, is Brian Sullivan, Democrat from Grantham.

Peter Hoe Burling


Sensible Gun Measures

I couldn’t agree more with Leianne Moccia’s Oct. 4 letter to the editor. Over 45 years ago in New Jersey, I needed to be fingerprinted and have a background check done at my local Police Department to get a permit to buy my then 10-year-old son a 12-guage shotgun to shoot skeet. At the time, I was a member of the NRA. Since then, it would appear common sense has gone completely by the wayside.

Currently living in New Hampshire, I have a permit to carry a handgun in my car. No background check was done that I know of.

As Moccia wrote, “Universal background checks, age restrictions on purchases, a ban on assault rifles — these are only a few of the many measures that must be put in place.” I would add that if you’re on the “no fly” list, you shouldn’t be able to buy a weapon either. In another letter the same day, A.E. Norton wrote that the NRA is now trying to get a bill passed to allow silencers! What, pray, have silencers to do with the Second Amendment? I should add that I am no longer a member of the NRA.

Margaretta L. Paduch

West Lebanon

Alternative to Gun Control

What happened in Las Vegas on Sunday was a national tragedy. The criminal responsible took his own life like the coward that he was. What this nation needs is more felon control, not gun control.

Mitchell A. Ota


Belief Would Help the World

The Oct. 8 Las Vegas shootings immediately provoke demands for gun legislation. However, I think the most powerful long-range solution to guns, and drugs, is the Christian church baptizing more believers in Jesus, of all ages, to become lights in the world (and hopefully avoid politics!).

Think how successful AA has been with its recognition that there is but one ultimate authority— a loving God as he may express himself in the group conscience.

Don Kivell


No Religious Litmus Test

The U.S. Senate has voted on and approved only four justices for the appellate courts out of 18 nominees.

The most troubling incident was regarding the nomination of Amy Barrett. Both Sens. Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein questioned whether there were conflicts between the law and her Catholic faith? When did we have a religious test for any federal position?

I remember when John Kennedy had to go to West Virginia to tell people he was free to follow his opinion, and not the Vatican’s.

This is truly the most awful question to be asked of a nominee. Not only are there fewer votes being taken on nominees, but now a religious test!

We don’t need platitudes from our senators. We need a disavowal of a religious test.

Janet C. Connolly


Responsive Lebanon Police

Some nights ago, while house-sitting at my daughter’s house, I found myself locked out of my bedroom, with two barking dogs inside. The family was gone for several days, out of state.

It was past midnight, and being fairly new to the area, I didn’t know whom to call. In desperation, I called 911 — feeling utterly stupid by the extent of my “emergency.”

I was treated with the utmost courtesy, and within minutes an officer was at the house and quickly unlocked the door. Being legally blind, I could not see the tiny hole in the doorknob.

He was extremely kind and assured me I was not at all stupid! He told me I did the right thing calling 911.

I am very grateful that we have such a caring police department.

Pauline McNulty


Republican Greed on Display

Another member of the Trump administration has been caught spending taxpayers’ money for special trips. This is the Republican way: The more money they have, the more greedy they are. (Remember our former Gov. John Sununu? He set an example for Tom Price on how to take private planes at taxpayer expense.)

This is why Donald Trump is in a hurry to pass the tax bill, which will greatly benefit these greedy people. A tax cut for you is pennies. A tax break for the wealthy is millions. Who will make up the difference in tax revenues? You, the real taxpayers.

Trump and his family will greatly benefit, not you, because the greedy like Price will make the middle class pay for their mistakes. And laugh at you.

Robert Pollard


Make a Goal to Help

I, like many people, felt a great need to reach out and help the displaced animals from the Hurricane Harvey disaster. I sponsored a bake benefit, making zucchini bread from my garden and neighbors’ end-of-the-season donations. Well, 30 loaves later, and with the generous support of Hartford neighbors and CarePro Home Health and Wellness, a donation of $125 was given to the ASPCA.

I encourage people to think of creative fundraising projects such as a bake sale or recycling cans for a cause, as I did to raise $105 in eight months for the Humane Society. Pick a local organization or national support group and set a goal for a year; you will be surprised and proud of the achievement.

Kim Reardon