Bennet is electable

To the Editor: Four more years of Trumpism pose an existential threat to our democracy and our children’s future. I’ve watched the debates, seen the candidates in person, and studied each of their platforms, and I believe the candidate that gives us the best shot at beating Trump is Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado.

Bennet’s focus on education, comprehensive plan to fight poverty, and record of bipartisan accomplishment make him a compelling option. He got a late start in the process, but there’s something happening in New Hampshire.

In 1984, I was a supporter of another pragmatic Coloradan, Gary Hart, who won an upset in the Granite State. The Bennet campaign has that same feel to it.

Democrats are making a critical error in defining electability on early primary polling and cable news predictions. A candidate’s record of winning tough elections is a far more reliable predictor of success. Bennet is the only candidate in the field with a record of winning national elections in a swing state. Not only does that make him the best person to face Trump, but it also means that he can help our down-ballot candidates in tough states.

“If our nominee represents the agenda of Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan and Chris Pappas,” Michael said in a recent town hall, “we will win the independent voter and the general election.” I agree. Michael Bennet shares that agenda and deserves the same support from Granite State voters.

William J. Kanteres

Beech Street, Manchester

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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Sunday, February 16, 2020
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To the Editor: An English novelist, Henry Fielding, wrote in the mid 1700s, “What is vice today may be virtue, tomorrow.” In my time (late 1930s), I have witnessed Mr. Fielding’s comment as prophetic. Usury was illegal, but now legal reflected in credit card interest rates.

Saturday, February 15, 2020
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To the Editor: We support Pete Buttigieg for President and could not be more proud of his finish in the first-in-the-nation primary. As the Presidential race moves on to other states, we are focused on N.H. and the upcoming election for governor, in which we are thrilled to support Andru Volinsky.

Friday, February 14, 2020
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To the Editor: According to federal statistics, New Hampshire collected $352.1 million in state fuel taxes and registration fees in 2017. $21.9 million of that was spent on mass transit and $35.3 million went to “general purposes.” A stunning $81 million was spent just to administer the tax …