Archive for November, 2009
NH FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN ELECT NEW LEADERSHIP
Bedford’s Jane Aitken Named Woman of the Year
CONCORD, NH—The New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women hosted a standing room only crowd for their 2009 Annual Meeting at the historic Upham-Walker House in Concord this month. Republican women representing all ten New Hampshire counties converged on the popular meeting house to enjoy brunch and coffee and to officially elect a new Board of Directors who will serve for the 2010-2011 biennium. Newly elected officers are: President, Representative Nancy Elliott of Merrimack; 1st Vice President, Leanne Mocchia of Atkinson; 2nd Vice President, Sandra Ziehm of Nashua; 3rd Vice President, Laurie Savoy of Newmarket; 4th Vice President, Liz Christoffersen of Hollis; Tresurer, Jennifer Wrobleski of Dunbarton; Assistant Treasurer, Pat Stell Fleck of Wakefield; Recording Secretary, Marilyn Huston of Keene; Assistant Recording Secretary, Brenda Major of Plaistow and Corresponding Secretary, Barbara Barrett of Concord.
The NHFRW 2009 Republican Woman of the Year was awarded to Jane Aitken of Bedford in recognition of her behind the scenes work for a large number of grassroots groups throughout the state. Aitken serves on several committees and boards that are instrumental in leading and supporting Republican and other grassroots organizations here in New Hampshire. Aitken also co-hosts a taxpayer radio show broadcast throughout the Hillsborough County area and statewide via streaming radio.
Stopping by to meet and greet the crowd were several Republican candidates and hopefuls for the 2010 elections including candidate for Governor Jack Kimball and Karen Testerman, who is currently exploring a run for the corner office. Candidates for US Congress from the 2nd Congressional District who attended were Jennifer Horn and Bob Giuda. Bob Bestani who is running for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District and Ovide Lamontagne who recently announced he will run for the US Senate on the GOP side also joined the enthusiastic crowd.
The NHFRW has eight local clubs across the state with more groups forming regularly. Membership is open to all Republican women and men are also welcomed as Associate members. For more information, please visit the website at www.nhfrw.org or email Christine Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both Bedford papers last week reported that Federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in town promoting the Manchester Airport Access Road (MAAR) project as evidence of the success of the federal stimulus package. His visit and his message, amidst news that the national unemployment rate has now climbed to 10.2 percent, shows how deluded our bureaucrats and elected officials actually are.
The MAAR project, which was approved in 2003 and began 2007, received an additional $10 million in stimulus funds earlier this year. How many new jobs were created as a result of that $10 million stimulus funding? An astounding twenty-one! That breaks down to about $478,000 per job. Governor John Lynch has ignored this glaring failure by pointing out the glorious potential for local business created by the new access road. Potential that would exist with or without stimulus funds.
In addition to the disastrous national unemployment numbers, the New Hampshire media reported that of the 16,000 jobs projected to be “saved or created” by the stimulus, only 3,007 have actually come to fruition–a dismal failure by any measure. And of those 3,007 jobs, 96 percent (or 2,880) of them are government jobs!
Despite the delusion of our government officials, the citizens of New Hampshire see this situation with clarity. We the people know that our government at all levels has ceased working for the people, and it is only out to better its own interests and increase its own power and authority. Next year, watch as the state government adds those 2,880 jobs to the budget baseline (considered by the state as necessary for government to operate), because once a government program or job is created, it is nearly impossible to eliminate it.
It is time for We the People to wrest control away from government at all levels, take responsibility for ourselves and our communities, and tell our misguided officials to keep their hands off our wallets, our healthcare, and anything else they are wanting to control.
Stephen A Poschmann w/Carolyn McKinney