To the Editor: Despite what he would have voters believe, Governor Sununu has repeatedly shown he is not a moderate.
For example, his very first official act as governor in 2017 was to repeal New Hampshire’s common-sense concealed weapons permit law — long seen, by most, as safeguarding both gun rights and public safety.
Then, he recently vetoed three moderate bills that were sensible gun violence prevention policies: allowing schools to ban guns; closing background check loopholes; and waiting 3 days for gun purchases.
A moderate would protect public safety, not special interests like gun manufacturers.
Governor Sununu’s actions show he is not a moderate.
With Earth’s future in crisis, nothing is more important than halting the warming of our planet. Yet Gov. Sununu, indifferent to scientific certainty, continues wearing blinders.
Climate change is caused by human activity, primarily the burning of fossil fuels. Yet our governor refuses to acknowledge the fact, let alone take steps to reverse the trend. Surely, he sees the melting of polar ice and glaciers that result in rising seas. Surely, he is aware of the devastating fires that have swept tinder-dry Western states.
In New Hampshire, UNH scientists predict maple sugaring can virtually disappear by the end of the century; warmer, shorter winters already make sugaring less predictable. Increased temperature fluctuations result in more frequent damage to crops, including hay fields. Increased extreme rain events introduce even more uncertainty into crop production of any kind. And our beautiful, historic seacoast is in jeopardy.
Who is Gov. Sununu protecting with his vetoes of three commonsense bills passed by our Legislature, designed to promote gun safety in New Hampshire?
Surely, law-abiding gun owners have no reason to be concerned that these well-crafted gun-safety bills would do anything to impinge on their right to bear arms and protect themselves and their property.
However, each of these bills could help reduce the incidence of gun tragedies through accidents, suicides and crimes involving guns. Adopting these measures could also go a long way toward making the state’s general public, including many of us who do not choose to own guns, feel safer in our state, and proud that New Hampshire is among those states addressing the national epidemic of gun violence.
I believe that Gov. Sununu is really protecting himself by vetoing these bills. They allow him to retain his “A” rating with the NRA and continue to align himself with hardliners on gun issues. He bills himself as a moderate Republican, but these vetoes are just one part of a vast record of vetoes on many issues that prove that Sununu is no moderate. In 2020, I intend to support a candidate for governor who supports the hard work of our Legislature and the more moderate and reasonable views of many of us living in New Hampshire.
Gov. Sununu doesn’t believe in climate change, but my garden does.
This was a weird spring and summer weatherwise. My flowers were confused, blooming at the wrong time or not blooming at all. I had roses until the end of October. Some plants, uncharacteristically, bloomed twice. Yes, the climate is changing right down to our gardens.
Concord’s average temperature has increased by around 3 degrees in the last century. It is causing longer mosquito and tick seasons, exposing us to diseases such as Lyme disease and EEE. An explosion of ticks has decimated the moose population. Spruce trees in the White Mountains are dying. A shorter winter hurts our tourism industry. It’s going to get much, much worse unless we do something.
Scientists around the world and our own N.H. Department of Environmental Services recognize that climate change is caused by humans, and is adversely affecting New Hampshire, but Gov. Sununu doesn’t. Among the many bipartisan bills he vetoed this year were several that would increase support for solar energy, control greenhouse gas emissions, protect wetlands and improve energy efficiency. These were bills supported by both Democrats and Republicans, and by the people of New Hampshire. Our Legislature is trying to do something about climate change, and Gov. Sununu is actively working against them.
SPRINGFIELD, N.H. — A group of Upper Valley Democrats on Wednesday lamented the closing of a biomass power plant in Springfield, saying its loss will harm New Hampshire’s timber industry and deprive foresters of a reliable source of income.
Standing outside the Springfield Power plant near Interstate 89, the three lawmakers and a candidate for state Senate laid blame on Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who vetoed a bill in August that would have required utilities to buy renewable generation credits from biomass facilities.
“Sununu’s veto made abundantly clear where his priorities lie. Not with the laid-off workers or promoting local renewable energy sources but with safeguarding the interest of large, corporate special needs,” state Rep. Lee Oxenham, D-Plainfield, said during an event organized by the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
She was joined by state Reps. Brian Sullivan, of Grantham, and Linda Tanner, of Georges Mills, as well as Jenn Alford-Teaster, a Sutton Democrat again running for a Newport-area Senate seat.
Mount Laurel, N.J.-based EWP Renewable Corp., a unit of South Korea-based Korea East-West Power Co., announced its intention to close the Springfield plant last month. The company also plans to close a sister plant in Whitefield, N.H., letting about 20 workers go at each location, officials at the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association said at the time.
SPRINGFIELD — Standing outside the shuttered Springfield Power biomass plant Wednesday morning as snow fell, local Democratic lawmakers denounced the July veto by Gov. Chris Sununu they say caused the plant closure and job losses.
Jenn Alford-Teaster, a local community activist and a 2018 state senate candidate, said the closures caused by the veto of HB 183 strikes at the New Hampshire timber way life.
“The timber industry is one of the oldest industries in New Hampshire,” Alford-Teaster said.
“This is a cultural source of pride and to take away the innovation that our timber industry has had … I don’t understand why someone who is a native Granite Stater like Gov. Sununu would do that.”
The Springfield biomass plant is owned by New Jersey-based EWP Renewable Corp., a unit of South Korea-based Korea East-West Power Co., according to a recent Valley News article.
EWP moved to close the Springfield plant and its Whitefield plant last month after lawmakers were unable to overturn Sununu’s veto of the bill, which would have continued subsidies of the biomass industry.
WEST LEBANON, N.H. (WCAX) Democrats in New Hampshire are criticizing fallout from vetoed biomass legislation by Governor Chris Sununu, and he's pushing back.
Two biomass plants in Springfield and Whitefield recently announced they were closing and laying off workers. It's the result of a veto by Sununu which subsidized the state's biomass industry. A similar bipartisan bill was also vetoed last year. Lawmakers overrode that but the bill got tied up in the courts.
Democrats say Sununu's decision to veto the legislation benefits special interests and hurts jobs, the economy, and the environment.
"It's the market that provides the income, that allows people to sustain their forestry practices. Lots of people will lose the ability to continue if they don't have this low-grade wood market," said Rep. Lee Oxenham, D-Plainfield.
Concord Monitor: State Employees Association, Sununu renew negotiations with release of fact finder's report
Gov. Chris Sununu and state union officials are entering a new phase of negotiations this week over the next contract after an independent report was sent to both parties.
The parties received a confidential fact finder’s report Wednesday – an outside assessment of both sides’ arguments, the State Employees Association said in a statement Thursday.
According to state law, the receipt of that report sets off a ten-day countdown ultimatum for both sides to come to the table for a final agreement. If an agreement is reached before the end of that ten days, the report is not made public; if nothing happens after 10 days, the report is released.
The development could force the parties to come together to avoid any public fallout from the release of the report.
In its announcement, the SEA said it would keep the report confidential until that window expires Nov. 23 “to allow sides to work out an agreement.”
Presenting, your president of the United States of America, Donald Trump.
In just two weeks, president Trump announced that Democrats are “crazy”; they “hate our Country”; and they “want to destroy America.”
Trump called the speaker of the House “a third-grade politician” to her face, described his Republican critics as “human scum,” said his defense secretary, Marine Gen. James Mattis, was “the world’s most overrated general,” and that it was he, Trump, who “captured ISIS in a month.”
Trump then argued that the Kurdish people in northern Syria “are no angels” as he abandoned them to the Turkish invasion and fears of genocide.
After that, he accused Vice President Biden of “raping and pillaging the nation,” and he has said the American free press is an “enemy of the people.” He also said science is a “liberal hoax.”
Finally, he boasted at a Cabinet meeting: “ISIS was all over the place. It was me who captured them. I’m the one who did the capturing.”
This is YOUR blatantly lying buffoon of a president, Republicans. Own him.
I’m talking to you, Gov. Chris Sununu.
When it comes to the climate crisis, Governor Chris Sununu is part of the problem. Our governor is not simply stagnant on climate legislation, but actively working against it. Since taking office Sununu has vetoed bipartisan bills that would curb New Hampshire’s emissions and invest in renewable energy, bypassed participation in a coalition of governors pledging to meet concrete climate goals, and supported Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.
Sununu’s answer to the climate crisis? Denying climate change is real and increasing New Hampshire’s dependence on fossil fuels with projects like the Granite Bridge Pipeline. Oh, and making sure his fossil fuel buddies who financed his campaign get a fat check.
Despite all this, Sununu is somehow considered “moderate” on climate. Let’s be clear - the governor is no moderate on climate by any stretch of the imagination. But even if he was, the moment we are in demands unprecedented action far beyond the luxury of moderation.