A quick update NHInsiders. None of the state senate candidates bothered responding to my 'candidate questionare'where I asked local type of questions ranging from layoffs at Hitchner Manufacturing to legislation involving tax increment financing.

It's a big surprise to me that they didn't respond. New Hampshire becomes more like Massachusetts each day. Which I think it unfortunate. But like I've said in the past, a great deal of the population of the granite state is content if not pleased at the way things are going.

Good for them. 

Thanks for reading my blog.      Steve


To The Editor:

Senator Jeff Woodburn of Dalton is running for re-election for Senate District #1.

"It's all about the North Country our rural culture, values and way of life."Woodburn states in his official campaign announcement. The question is what has Sen. Jeff Woodburn actually done for the North Country?

This answer might be more challenging than it seems. It's clear that the local economy is stalling and answers from Concord are not apparent. Sen. Jeff Woodburn is minority leader in the senate, a powerful position that should be able to deliver progress and results to in an expansive district that borders two New England states and the Province of Quebec. Just last month Sen. Woodburn was in a "leadership summit" at the swanky Mountain View House in Whitefield, other than staged photo ops and champaign style toasts it would be interesting to see how much 'leadership' was actually created there.

I don't think Sen. Jeff Woodburn has done anything except stand behind Gov. Maggie Hassan and her failed creation of an "innovation economy" in New Hampshire which in reality is a state budget deficit, heroin hysteria, and the never ending political angling for a campaign for U.S. Senate. The North Country deserves better than this.