Election Questions
(The Keene Sentinel, November 12, 1998)

The election may be over but the questions are only beginning...How long will it be before Congress is forced to follow its recent precedent of wholesale release of information about a politician by publishing information on the internet about a Republican?

How long will it be before President Clinton, reveling in his recent success, does something inappropriate and stupid?

Did Republicans create their present dilemma when they allowed Newt Gingrich to retain his job after he admitted to submitting "inaccurate, incomplete and misleading information" to a special prosecutor and using tax-free funds to promote Republican candidates?

Have New Hampshire Republicans become as captive of the far right as national Democrats were captives of the left in the 60’s, resulting in candidates who can win in the primaries but are too extreme to win the election?

When will the state legislature help schools deal with disengaged and disruptive students who require a disproportional amount of our schools’ resources?

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Presidents can be sued while in office, will each new President face a series of politically motivated civil suits, with the accompanying "discovery" investigations where perjury traps can be set?

How did such weak candidates for governor as Ovide Lamontaine and Jay Lucas beat out stronger candidates in the primaries like Bill Zeliff and Jim Rubens?

Can Gov. Shaheen and the Senate Democrats participate in the governance of the state as well as they ran for office?

How can New Hampshire politicians continue to support a constitutional amendment as the answer to the Claremont decision when two non-controversial amendments were overwhelmingly rejected in the recent election?

How will Gov. Jeanne Shaheen solve the school funding conundrum without a new broad base tax?

Why is it that the New Hampshire State University system is cutting programs, laying off staff and raising student tuition, while Massachusetts is reducing tuition for the fourth consecutive year?

Will the Republicans allow the Democrats to institute a broad-based tax to solve the school funding problem then accuse them of levying "the greatest tax burden in the history of New Hampshire" to regain power and rule uninterrupted for another 75 years?

Why has the average score of New Hampshire tenth grade students dropped each of the past two years, despite an ever increasing number of schools who teach to the test?

Why hasn’t someone suggested a broad-base tax whose revenues must be returned to the cities and towns and used only for education spending?