Letter to editor by NRCC Chairman Jack Tulley
"She should step down"
Jan 19, 2020
It seems that one of this city’s best-kept secrets is the Nashua Republican City Committee, which I have been chairman of for the past year. People urged me to run for the position because of my lengthy business background and reputation for being a consensus builder. Like any other political organization, we study proposed legislation and how both sides ultimately vote on a bill.
It’s been fairly predictable in the New Hampshire House lately, and by and large most representatives follow their party lines. Such is the case with state Rep. Debbie Stevens of Nashua’s Ward 7, who voted for a state income tax, voted to weaken voter laws, voted to raise taxes on New Hampshire employers and voted to give New Hampshire driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. There’s a longer list of this absurd voting pattern here with the various legislative ID numbers: nh.gop/democrats/stevens.
But her absurdity is truly exposed by a post that she made at quarter of 2 in the morning a couple days after Christmas in which she says if the president “loses in 2020 that all these people who’ve been stockpiling ammo and amassing weaponry are planning to start a Civil War.”
Look, you can’t make this stuff up, and understandably this sort of warped logic hits the nerves of many political hacks. But when her fellow Democrats are reaching out to this organization for help in getting her to resign, then that says it all and we agree; this type of thinking, this posting of hateful violent and venomous diatribe by ANY elected official is cause for that person to either resign or be removed from office by the House leadership.
Op Ed by Former State Rep Bill Ohm
Politics preventing real energy solutions
Jan 2, 2020
When I was first elected to the Legislature in 2010, the biggest concern of the business community was high energy costs. Companies could relocate to Pennsylvania where, due abundant supplies of natural gas, electric costs were substantially lower, about 12.5 cents per kWh. Right now NH electricity costs about 20 cents/kWh. Pretty much the same in the rest of New England. The problem has not been solved, but has been made worse.
The reason the problem has not been solved is political. Environmental groups, such as the one featured in Sunday’s paper, claim that more underground natural gas pipelines from Pennsylvania, which would import low cost energy, will somehow spoil the environment, even though they can’t be seen and are exceptionally safe. Wouldn’t you rather have gas piped into your home or business, instead of paying much more to have big trucks carrying propane or kerosene running down your city streets?
Then we have Northern Pass. Back in 2011, I took a field trip to the North Country to look at power sources. First stop was a hydro plant in Berlin. Nobody was in the plant, it was operated and monitored remotely. Source of the energy was rain falling from the sky. It all looked pretty low cost to me.
While standing on the dam, I looked up at the nearby ridge line to see a bunch of supersized windmills flickering in the distance. I didn’t think that those wind turbines added much to the environmental appeal of our beautiful wilderness. I looked for power lines that were below the mountain tops, but they were hard to find, the tree tops seemed to cover everything, including cuts for the nearby roads.
Read more at the Union Leader.
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