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Forrester has a poor Senate record

I have read with interest about Sen. Jeanie Forrester finally deciding she doesn’t want to debate her opponent Bob Lamb after they had agreed to a series of forums. I wouldn’t want to either after looking up her voting record online at gencourt.state.nh.us. I found it to be in many instances seemingly identical to the ALEC-agenda-driven representatives now in control of the Legislature. Do the names Colette Worsman, Bob Greemore, Harry Accornero and Robert Kingsbury come to mind?

Most concerning is Forrester’s vote to cut $48.4 million (or half) of the state’s contribution to the state university system in one fell swoop, effective July 2011. Try paying your bills, meeting your payroll, feeding and clothing your family in the next six months with half the money you have now with little or no warning, no systematic downsizing over time, no planning for cuts, just do it and do it now!

And then there is the voucher bill (SB 372 now signed into law over the governor’s veto) being touted by proponents as a school choice initiative. It is good for businesses, bad for parents and students and bad for public education as we have known it in New Hampshire. In fact, over a period of three to five years it could effectively dismantle public education in the state. Read the fine print, and you may be as surprised as I was at what SB 372 does not spell out for parents interested in vouchers. Got your attention? I hope so for the sake of the students in New Hampshire.

ROBERT SWARTZ

Laconia’

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