EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 26, 2012

Letter: Magie Hassan the moderate in race for NH govenor

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

Before we moved from Nashua to Hampstead 25 years ago, I was very involved in the Nashua Republican Party and was even president of the Young Republicans. Former U.S. senator Judd Gregg was an active member. Those days, Republicans were moderates. They rejected the likes of Barry Goldwater and the John Birch Society.

The difference between a Republican and a Democrat was slight.

How different is the Tea Party from the John Birch Society? I don’t find much difference between the two. I reject extreme leftists as well as extreme conservatives. Of our two candidates for governor, one has swallowed the tea and the other is a moderate.

— Ovide Lamontagne does not support women’s rights to make decisions about her own body. Maggie Hassan does.

— Both have taken the pledge to oppose a broadbased tax.

— Maggie supports marriage between two consenting adults and does not define genders. Ovide opposes that.

— Maggie supports insurance coverage of contraception, but Ovide has stayed clear of that issue.

— Maggie supports clean energy, and Ovide wants to deregulate. If we deregulated the oil companies, how would the Alaska (Exxon Valdez) and BP Oil spills be managed?

I see no reason to support Ovide Lamontagne. I see many reasons why I support Maggie Hassan for Governor.

Joel Saren

East Hampstead