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June 8, 2014

Your view: Letters to the editor

Brown’s finances merit scrutiny

To the editor:

If you haven’t yet decided that money and politics are a bad mix, you need look no further than Scott Brown’s recently reported association with a shady “start up” firm in Florida for proof. All he needed to earn a seat on the board and stock valued at $1.3 million was a partial term in the U.S. Senate, plans to run again, and a willingness to lend his name to the company.

We may never know what, if anything, Brown promised the owners of that firm, but it defies logic to believe that there was no expectation of reciprocal action by Brown. Nobody just gives away that much value without expecting to gain from it.

In 2012, Mitt Romney arguably lost his chance for the presidency when his infamous “47 percent” remarks revealed his cynical perception of nearly half the country’s population as parasites, mooching off of “job creators.”

What then is Scott Brown? Is he worthy to serve us in the Senate, or is he just one of Romney’s “47 percent” disguised in an expensive suit, getting his “free stuff” from wealthy business people instead of in the unemployment line like so many who lost their jobs because of an economy devastated mainly by the actions of banks too big to fail?

And if Brown had nothing to hide, why did he so abruptly end his association and return the stock? I think I’ll stick with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. I don’t have to worry about her judgment or integrity.

Andrew Weir

Hampstead

Toohey is best choice for state Senate

To the editor:

It amazes me how fast time really does go by, I recently saw Shaun Toohey out campaigning for state Senate. I said to him, “Wow, it’s already been two years?” Shaun replied, “Yes! and I am ready to work harder than ever for the citizens of the 1st Essex District!”

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