Letter: Divisive sign
On Sunday at the intersection of Routes 3 and 25 in Meredith incumbent GOP candidates Jeanie Forrester and Colette Worsman stood with a sign that read “Welcome to Republican country.”
Displaying signs supporting one’s candidates or positions is universally accepted, but signs asserting that this country is of one particular persuasion is what divides us as it shuns the majority of citizens. This is every citizen’s country – whether independent, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Green Party. A sign like that helps explain why the Republicans have refused to work with the rest of Congress and why New Hampshire has been taken in such an extreme direction by our current Legislature. As so many of the elected Republicans in Washington and in the New Hampshire Legislature have demonstrated and publicly stated, it is either their way or no way.
Based on Gallup data from polling taken Sept. 24-27, U.S. citizens claim party affiliation as: independent, 38 percent; Democrat, 32 percent; and Republican, 28 percent. The independents polled were asked how they lean; 50 percent said Democratic and 43 percent said Republican.
Let’s hope that after the election we have chosen candidates who recognize and embrace the great diversity in our country. Let’s hope we have elected candidates willing to work to unify and not divide, who are willing to represent all the citizens, not just those with their same party affiliation.
(The writer is secretary of the Meredith and Center Harbor Democratic Committee.)