Letters

Chandley for Voting Rights

To the Editor:

      This year’s elections are the first to take place under the new Republican gerrymandered maps. In 2010, and again in 2020, Republicans used redistricting to bake in an advantage for their party, shifting the balance of power in state government from voters to incumbent Republican elected officials. This type of unfair, unrepresentative redistricting undermines the power of individual voters such that winning the most votes does not guarantee the most representation, as has routinely happened in NH since 2010, and is likely to continue in the 2020-30 decade thanks to Republicans.

      Sen. Shannon Chandley has been a remarkable leader on this issue and has consistently fought to ensure that our elections result in fair representation. She was a lead sponsor on SB 8, a bill to establish an independent redistricting commission, which received bi-partisan support in the Senate but was unfortunately vetoed by Governor Sununu. This bill would have stopped the partisan gerrymandering which removes accountability and blunts the concept of one person:one vote. Like, Senator Chandley, I believe that voters should choose their representative, not the other way around, and that’s why I am voting for her in November.

      Shannon will never stop fighting for fair elections and fair representation, but don’t just take it from me. She was endorsed by Fight for Reform, a project of End Citizens United dedicated to eliminating special interest and corporate influence in politics and returning power back to the voters.

      We need representatives in Concord like Senator Chandley who are able to work across party lines to come up with solutions that eliminate partisan bias and deliver real results that help all Granite Staters. I’m proudly voting to elect her (again) on November 8th and I hope you’ll join me.

Martin Goulet

Amherst

Amherst Book Swap

To the Editor:

      This is a friendly reminder there’s a book swap at the Amherst Transfer Station. Think of it as a very large Little Free Library. Take the first turn on the left after entering the transfer station and you’ll see us on the left side of the red building. Books are well organized, and all shelves are labeled. You’ll find a large variety of books – fiction, mystery, classics, cooking and non-fiction of all kinds, plus young adult and children’s books. All free for the taking.

      You are welcome to drop off books, with a few caveats - no encyclopedias, nothing in poor condition, nothing clearly outdated, such as old computer manuals. Haul those up to the trash compactors or the paper recycling. If you choose to leave them at the book swap, you’ll make volunteers do the hauling for you (not appreciated!) Leave only books likely to appeal to a wide group of readers. We’re open whenever the transfer station is open. Please enjoy this town resource. 

 

Faye O’Neill

Amherst

We Need a Voice in Concord

To the Editor:

      I have known Shannon Chandley for many years. Our children grew up together in Amherst, and we would often see each other at soccer games, school events, and sometimes catch up for a cup of tea. She is a friend and someone I can depend on at any time. When Shannon was elected as a state representative, I was so excited that Amherst would have a genuine, passionate representative in Concord. Then, when she was elected as state senator, I was grateful that she could continue her work on a higher level.

      The past few years have been challenging for all of us. I feel that I did not have representation in Concord that fitted my needs. When Shannon was representing me in Concord, she would check in, I would see her at local events and I felt like she was an active member of my local community. 

      Sen. Shannon Chandley is running for re-election in District 11. I will be voting for her, and I hope you do as well and we need a voice in Concord.

 

Paula Garvey

Amherst

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