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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.
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.
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.