An Opinion About the Candidates and Their Views

By Kent Hackmann

The 2020 race in Merrimack House District 1 is underway.  Louise Andrus, the Republican candidate, associates herself with Trump Republicans.  Ken Wells, the incumbent, is the moderate Democrat. At Andover’s July 4th celebration and at Salisbury’s Old Home Day both reached out to the public and both marched in the parades.  In her announcement of […]

September Report from Concord

By Ken Wells

Since the 2019 Legislative session closed at the end of July, the Governor has been making almost daily headlines with his vetoes of bills that have passed with a majority in both legislative bodies. At this moment, there have been an unprecedented 53 bills vetoed. Most remarkable to me is roughly half of the Governor’s […]

Letter to the Editor

By Louise Andrus

Andover had another great 4th of July celebration. I  marched in the parade with the Merrimack County Republicans. The response from the public was very positive. Thank you to each and every person involved in the Andover 4th of July celebration as I know it is good planning, and  tremendous hard work to make a […]

Response to Ken Wells’ July Letter to the Beacon

By Faith Clendenan

To the Beacon: I read Ken Wells’ report on the legislative session in Concord and was dismayed at his uncharitable comments about corporations.  Corporations are organized under the law in order for groups of people to work together to achieve a common goal, whether that is construction of tangible products, providing services, or any of […]

Curtain Raisers for the 2020 Election?

By Kent Hackmann

The Beacon’s readership has been treated in the June and July issues to letters from both sides of the political spectrum.  Are we reading curtain raisers for the 2020 election? On the moderate Democratic side, State Representatives Ken Wells and David Karrick have reported from the State House and, in my opinion, informed readers about […]

Ken Wells Reports from Concord

By Ken Wells, NH Representative

A dear friend who is a chaplain introduced me to this poem: “Out of a great need we are all holding hands and climbing. Not loving is a letting go. Listen, the terrain around here is far too dangerous for that.” Since I became your sworn representative in the New Hampshire House, I have been […]

Thank You Mike Prete

The Kitchen Eatery & Catering

By The Board of Directors, The Andover Community Hub

To the Editor: We want to thank Michael Prete of The Kitchen Eatery & Catering for setting up his food truck in The Andover Community Hub parking lot on the 4th of July, for selling his excellent food there, and for donating all profits to The Hub and to the 4th of July Committee.  We’re […]

Political Conversation is Alive and Well in Andover

By Kent Hackmann

Letters in the May and June issues highlight two contrasting political positions.    On the moderate Democratic side, Ken Wells reported in May on his legislative activity in the New Hampshire General Court.  He has a clear commitment to measures that benefit all of us. I highlight three: Funding for education to reverse the many […]

Report from Concord

By Ken Wells & David Kerrick

With the end of June comes the end of the regular legislative schedule. The House and Senate have read each other’s bills and made their decisions to concur or reject each one of them. A huge pile of bills are sitting on Governor Sununu’s desk, awaiting his signature. If he signs a bill, it becomes […]

Did Your State Representative Really Vote on your Behalf?

By Natalie Wells

While you are going to work everyday to make a living, stay retired, State Representatives Clyde Carson, David Karrick and Ken Wells (no relation) are undermining not only your taxes but your 2nd Amendment rights, and so much more. Part of the State Budget, SB1, sponsored by Democrat Senator Dan Feltes is a Mandatory Paid […]

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