October 2, 2013

Letters to the editor: Public funding key to well-run elections

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The decision to cut public gubernatorial campaign funding from the state budget was “short-sighted nonsense,” a reader says.

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This campaign on the governor’s part is cruel.

Let your legislator know you support health care for everyone and that you want the state to help those who need it.

We can turn this around.

Delene Perley

Windham

Health tax is too big a burden for small businesses

We are small-business owners who are worried about a tax that will take effect in January unless Congress intervenes. It is part of Obamacare, and it is called the health insurance tax. It will have a negative impact on local companies like ours, and we need support in standing up against it.

The health insurance tax is a hidden tax that will negatively affect small-business owners and the self-employed.

Though the government will directly tax health insurance companies, it will be passed along to companies like ours in the form of higher premiums, while large corporations and labor unions will be exempt. Since we provide health insurance for three full-time employees, this will amount to $1,500 in higher premiums next year alone!

We have been in business for more than 30 years now and have been able to keep our doors open through some difficult times. It is wrong to keep heaping expenses like the health insurance tax on top of the small-business community.

We cannot continue to afford everything that is expected of us.

There seems to be a disconnect between those of us who are trying to make a living and create jobs and those in Washington who are passing laws.

We will not benefit from this tax, and we cannot foot this extra bill.

There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon, and Congress still has the ability to stop this tax from harming us.

We need our elected officials in both the House and the Senate to vote in favor of the Jobs and Premium Protection Act.

This specifically aims to repeal the health insurance tax provision within Obamacare, and it will help the small-business community.

James and Kim Ray

owners, Ace Hardware Cornish

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