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Letter: Support a statesman

James Freeman Clarke, a New Hampshire native theologian and author said it best: “A politician thinks of the next election – a statesman of the next generation.”

At this point in the campaign you are probably tired of hearing empty ideological sloganeering dictated by national interest groups.

New Hampshire’s greatness is embodied in our sense of community and how we look out for one another today and for future generations that succeed us, our independent thinking, and our disposition to live and let live.

Whether you care deeply about improving health care, education, the jobs picture, have strong opinions about civil liberties, or gun rights, the practical reality is that New Hampshire faces great economic and social challenges over the next two years.

We sorely need in our next governor an engaged leader with strong values, compassion and competence who can bridge party politics and the national agendas to solve New Hampshire’s challenges. That individual is Ovide Lamontagne. We do not agree on all the issues or the solutions, but I deeply trust in his integrity, character, competence and his tenacity to make New Hampshire a better place for every New Hampshire resident.

If you think for one moment either national party’s platform can be implemented in New Hampshire lock, stock and barrel, you are getting drawn into meaningless ads and attacks. Please join me in supporting a statesman, Ovide Lamontagne, on Nov. 6.

HENRY LIPMAN

Laconia

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