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October 11. 2012 8:34PM

Osgood and Cataldo: Common sense and experience

In Senate District 6, voters have a good candidate in Republican Joe Osgood, a state representative and small-business owner making his first run for Senate.

Osgood, of Claremont, has a solid record in the House of voting for limited government, lower spending and lower taxes. His opponent, David Pierce of Etna, portrays Osgood as some radical who wants to destroy public education and state investments in infrastructure. It is the boiler-plate liberal attack line this year, and it does not ring true.

Osgood's publicly stated position on education, for example, is that the state indeed has a duty to fund it. The question is not whether the state funds public education, but how. Osgood is for finding ways to improve schools while spending less, not for defunding education. The same goes for his view of state government.

Osgood, who spent 15 years as the Cornish police chief, brought New Hampshire common sense to the House, and he would do the same to the Senate.

Sam Cataldo of Farmington, in District 7, is another Republican state representative who would bring common sense to the Senate. He has a record of supporting low spending and low taxes. He also has substantial knowledge of energy issues, and although he advocates alternatives to oil and coal, he is not a pie-in-the-sky supporter of non-solutions that carry the “green” label, such as windmills and commuter rail.

Cataldo, a nuclear engineer who owned a restaurant and flew in the Air Force, would bring a wealth of experience to a Senate that is losing several small-business owners and one engineer. His views and values would be welcome, and voters should send him to Concord.


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