, Kingston, NH

Letters to the Editor

May 29, 2014

What’s Wrong With NH Senate Republicans?

What’s Wrong With NH Senate Republicans?

Don’t they hold any of the values as the majority of NH citizens?

Recent NH Senate deliberations reveal how “out-of-touch” Republican Senators are. Cases in point:

Most NH citizens realize our political process has been captured by wealthy corporate and other interests to the detriment of our Democracy. Not twelve of the thirteen Republican Senators. To his credit, only Republican Russell Prescott voted with eleven Democrats to study if the NH Legislature would consider supporting a Constitutional Amendment that might overturn the Citizens United decision. The bill failed on a 12 to 12 vote.

On April 17, eleven Republican Senators and one Democrat voted HB 1170, a bill to repeal the death penalty, inexpedient to legislate. Democrat Lou D’Allesandro joined the eleven Republicans, and only Republican Senator Sam Cataldo voted with the eleven Democrats to end the death penalty in NH.

The NH Senate nixed a minimum wage bill on May 8. Along party lines, all thirteen Republican Senators rejected a bill that would have raised our minimum wage for working New Hampshirites from $7.25/hour to $8.25 next year and $9.00 in 2016. Democrat Lou D’Allesandro referenced the 1968 minimum wage of $1.60/hour, which is inflation-adjusted to $10.56/hour in today’s economy saying, “We’ve regressed.”

John Reagan, R-Deerfield told the Laconia Citizen he “thinks it’s ‘silly’ to say that someone couldn’t be supported on minimum wage as they can take on multiple jobs.”

The hypocrisy of Republican Senators is palpable. Write them a

Herb Moyer


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