Fact checking

To the Editor:

In recent elections voters spoke, giving the boot to many incumbents, with the message to the new group, including Meredith's Jeanie Forrester, Colette Worsman and Bob Greemore, to get tough and put NH's fiscal house in order. Now letters and speeches are attacking these people and their decisions. What irritates me, is that many folks, spewing information as fact, are not citing references or checking those facts, and sometimes they can't even get the spelling right of the person they are complaining about! (It's Greemore, not Greenmore.)

Cuts to the NH University system is a popular topic, with amounts of said cuts growing daily, but where are the questions? Were cuts made or were there just no increases? How much was cut? How much remains? Where will it be spent? Why were cuts made? Were they discussed? Did the cuts represent waste or attrition? Is it time to overhaul the 4-year-degree program curriculums in favor of more trade school and manufacturing technologies where jobs and shortages are? How does N.H. compare to other states? I seriously doubt that a whole group of lawmakers woke up one morning and decided to automatically target N.H. college kids. The campaign cry from the Democrat candidates is to put the money back. So, where would that money come from?

The site below shows that N.H.'s average 2012 in-state university tuition rates are comparable to many other states and are not the highest in the country, nor the highest in New England. The websites of UNH, Keene State , and Plymouth State give specific 2013 cost information which, compared to rising education costs everywhere in the country, still appear to be a good deal for NH students. (www.collegetuitioncompare.com/search/state-tuition-compare.html.)

And another question: If non-resident college kids vote in N.H., what prevents them from also voting absentee in their home state?

Another comment, again stated as fact, by a local Democrat House candidate, was that the unions gave us our 40 hour/5 day work week and leisure time. Therefore, NH should not become a Right to Work state. Actually, "On May 1, 1926, auto maker Henry Ford voluntarily instituted the eight-hours-a-day, five-days-a-week work schedule for his factory workers. Three months later, he instituted the work policy for his office workers. Ford's research made it clear that worker productivity and reduced production costs qualified the 40-hour work as a success. Ford also praised the shorter work week for providing employees with more social time." The History of a 40-Hour Work Week | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6692488_history-40_hour-work-week.html#ixzz270wsS2lt

So in 1926, a business entrepreneur set the bar and was trusted to voluntarily take care of his employees. Then his successful company was, coincidentally, the only major car company not to need or want Obama's big government, taxpayer sponsored, bailout money more than 80 years later. Good for free enterprise, capitalism and the Republican spirit! And fact checking is also fun!

Karen Sticht

Meredith, N.H.


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