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At this point in our campaign to overturn Gov. Sununu's vetoes of SB 365 and SB 446, letters to the editor (LTEs) are very important. The more letters, the more impact the messages will have.

Here are some tips for writing effective LTEs:

 

* Keep your letter brief and to the point. Try to keep the letter to no more than 200 words, 300 words at the absolute maximum. That's enough words to make one, maybe two good points effectively.

 

* Do no rant. Do not insult. Do not make the Governor sound stupid. Make your message positive to the greatest extent possible. On the SB 365 and SB 446 vetoes, describe the benefits (economic, recreational, social, etc.) your local community will lose if the vetoes are not overturned.

 

* Write the letter so it's specific to you and your situation. LTEs that sound mass-produced don't get much attention and persuade no one.

 

* Send your LTE to your local newspaper and to the Union Leader in Manchester (which is considered a statewide newspaper). Go to your newspaper's website for specific directions on how to submit an LTE; instructions vary from publication to publication. Note whether there's a word limit. 

 

* There is an LTE template in the Veto Overturn Tool Kit. Call the NHTOA office if you don't yet have a Tool Kit. If you'd like assistance in composing you LTE, contact NHTOA's director of communication, Steve Bjerklie, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He'll be glad to help!

The office of State Senator Kevin Avard (R-District 12) has produced an excellent video on the necessity and importance of overturning Gov. Sununu's vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446. Watch the video here

 

Sen. Avard's district includes Nashua, which has a large hydropower facility. SB 446 in particular would be a great help for hydro, solar, and biomass power. SB 446 and SB 365 would help guarantee that local energy plants have the means to generate local power for New Hampshire residents. The Sununu vetoes of these bills makes the state's energy complex more dependent than ever on natural gas generated by outside companies beyond New Hampshire's control. In addition, the vetoes threaten hundreds of local jobs and hundred of millions of dollars of local economic contribution to the New Hampshire economy. 

Despite the damp weather, another excellent crowd attended today's Veto Overturn Rally at Pinetree Power-Bethlehem. Several N.H. legislators attended, in addition to more than 100 loggers, foresters, sawmill operators, landowners, and others associated with the industry.
 
Momentum is building -- the message has been consistent at every rally: Gov. Sununu's vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446 are misguided, misinformed, will do irreparable damage to the state's economy as well as to dozens of small rural communities in N.H. and hundreds of families and working people. These irresponsible vetoes must be overturned.
 
Two more local rallies -- at MiltonCAT in Londonderry on Aug. 23 and at Monadnock Paper in Bennington on Aug. 30 -- will be held before the big statewide rally to be held Sept. 6 on the State House plaza in Concord.
If you haven't already, please call the NHTOA office to receive your Veto Overturn Tool Kit, which includes a petition to overturn the vetoes. Signed petitions will be delivered to the legislature at the Sept. 6 rally.
 
Also, call your state representative and senator to remind them of the importance of keeping SB 365 and SB 446. Without these bills becoming law the health of N.H. forests, wildlife, recreation, tree farming, local economies, and the state economy are all at considerable risk.

A rally to overturn Gov. Sununu's misinformed and misguided vetoes of Senate bills 365 and 446 will be held on the State House plaza in Concord, N.H., on Sept. 6, 2018, beginning at 10 a.m. Speakers and a press conference will follow at 11 a.m., with lunch after.

 

Senate bills 365 and 446, both of which were passed by the N.H. legislature with overwhelming bipartisan majorities, are crucial for the survival of hundreds of jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars of economic contribution to the N.H. economy, and the health of our state's extensive forests. The bills give critical support to the biomass energy sector.

 

The Governor claims that he vetoed the bills because they would increase energy rates for N.H. residents and businesses. This is nonsense. There is a much greater cost to residents, businesses, and the state if biomass energy and all its associated jobs and economic contribution disappear as a result of the vetoes.

 

Overturning the vetoes requires a two-thirds majority of both chambers of the legislature (House and Senate) of the representatives and senators present for the vote. The vote will be taken on Sept. 13.

 

On Sept. 6 in downtown Concord, please join the NHTOA and all those who support healthy forests, the $1.4 billion N.H. timber industry, and thousands of landowners who want to sustainably manage their woodlands for forest health.