Letter: An unfortunate turn
Alas, I thought the primary contest for state senator in District 15 was going to be decided based on voters’ respectful personal choice since it seemed the Democratic candidates were each solid contenders and in sync about most state issues ahead.
But, sadly, contender Dan Feltes has recently stirred up a lot of empty smoke around the issue of full-day kindergarten. This seemed to this writer a signal of the type leadership young Feltes might gravitate toward if he lands the nomination and enters the arena of legislative culture.
I speak, though happily living with imperfect elderly memory, of my past years in the 1980s spent on the New Hampshire House Education Committee. Our state has struggled and dodged its commitment to education, selling lotteries and casinos and the woeful New Hampshire “advantage.”
It’s rather brash of Feltes to hear him shout he will fight for “full-day kindergarten . . . for all New Hampshire children” and castigate Kass Ardinger. It would require a miraculous legislative shift to enact a legislative educational mandate lacking state funds for a program that should be thoughtfully studied within the context of a full educational experience and the cost benefit of the same within locally controlled school districts.
At times general citizenry swallow brash statements of alleged positions, only to learn that shouts do not legislate in a true collaborative culture.
I wish for an elected state senator cut from the fabric of Sylvia Larsen, Caroline Gross and Susan McLane.