Work together for citizens’ rights

Friday, July 20, 2012

To the Editor:

This is in response to candidate Valerie Ogden’s statement (Hollis Brookline Journal, July 13) that the previous Legislature left the current legislators with a $900 million deficit. If anyone were to check the figures on the ending budget for the biennium, they would see that New Hampshire was left with a $26 million surplus (www.unionleader.

It is this type of repetitive untruth that earned us our current legislators.

What Republican candidates did not mention is an $800 million or $900 million deficit when there was in fact a surplus. If you hear it enough times, you assume it to be true.

I was approached by a man at the transfer station who asked why we spent so much and left a deficit. My answer to him was we left New Hampshire with a $26 million surplus.

Note to The Telegraph: Someone needs to do a PolitiFact check on that one.

Although some may be pleased by the performance of our current legislators, there is much to be concerned about. We should not vote for candidates because they are Republican or Democrat but because of what each candidate believes, how they have voted, what they will fight for and, most importantly, how would their votes and legislation impact your life.

Candidate Ogden and I agree that we believe there has been a consistent and concerted effort to subvert, destroy and change our form of government and that this is a critical time in our country’s history.

The question is, do we want to go in the direction of a heavy-handed Legislature, weakening our public schools, taking rights and resources away from citizens, or do we want to work together toward what may not be perfection but “a more perfect union”? It is yours to decide in November.



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